Friday, June 15, 2012

It's Friday! A Summer Cocktail and my gift pick for Dad! Happy Father's Day !

Father's Day gifts are notoriously hard to find or maybe we just like to show our Dads just how much we like to fuss over them :)





One of my favorite picks this year ( let's hope that my DH does not read this ) are socks. Socks? Yes, I know, socks. Novelty Socks. The NY Times was the first  to report on happy socks in February of this year Fashionable Socks in Silicon Valley  and then  The Wall Street Journal did a report Socks on Trend back on May 16th.  The Times article detailed the hot habit among Silicon Valley Nerds...outrageous, "dandiesque" socks.  The WSJ article chronicled the latest "happy" among men of all professions and ages. Socks have come out of the dark ages especially for the the geek set. I knew that khakis and button down shirts could only last so long without something to add some dimension to a man's wardrobe. We needed to breathe a bit of life back into men's fashion and these are just the items to do it. Instagram and Twitter are often used by men in the know who like to post their sock picks for the day.





and so just in time for Father's Day.
And since it is already  the Friday before the big day,  here are a list of stores which carry great sock lines that will put some pizazz back into Dad's wardrobe. The Only mall department store to really pick up on this trend and stock it well is one of my favorite stores, Nordstrom Hook and Albert Socks at Nordstrom . My daughter and I spent last evening in their sock department picking socks of different colors and prints, it was fun. And I mean..... color, orange Hook and Albert Orange and Blue yellow, flourescent green. Prints include polka dots, mixed stripes and defnitely not your grandfather's argyle, this is argyle for the dandy! Lorenzo Uomo Socks at Nordstrom - 3 for 27 
Shop at Barneys
Sid Mashburn
Even if you don"t get them this week, here are some great online options beginning with the famous Happy Socks ( a four year old Swedish brand).
Big Dot 07


http://www.happysocks.com/us/ love this one :) Moose socks
Joy of Socks. 
Bonobos
Vineyard Vines

And on Sunday here is an excellent cocktail for Dad to sip while admiring his new socks!!

Feliz Dia De Padre!


Memphis Belle….named for World War 11 most famous B-17 bomber, The Flying Fortress (now on display in Memphis). 






11/2 ounces brandy

3 or 4 dashes Angostura or Orange bitters

½ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice

¾ ounce Southern Comfort

Add all ingredients except the garnish to a shaker filled with ice; shake well. Strain into a chilled martini or cocktail glass. Add the garnish. 


Happy Father's Day to all of our Dads!


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