A great friend and brilliant photographer, Meredith Perdue, started a website with her boyfriend called Map & Menu [click here] to chronicle their travels. It’s a refreshing and unpretentious peek into the lives of a couple 20-somethings who love to travel, eat, and take beautiful photographs along the way.
Do yourself a favor (as you sit in your office yearning to get out and explore) — go visit their website.
You’ll thank me as you waste the last two hours of your workday plowing through their adventures.
Do guys look to other guys or celebrities for influences on their style? If so, who do you look to?
I can’t, unfortunately, speak on behalf of all men. However, I can say that I do look to other guys for style influences. Some guys just honestly don’t care about what they wear. Those are the guys that would vehemently respond no to this question.
That being said, there are two men who I constantly look to for style influences.
(1) Sid Mashburn
By now, most people who care about men’s fashion in the south know the name. They’ve heard about the store in Atlanta. This guy is important as far as letting folks around the world know that what we are doing in the south is a good thing. He is really, really sans socks. As a matter of fact, I’ve never seen a picture of him wearing socks. He also subscribes to a philosophy that I do as well — fit is everything. You can have a $1,200 suit, but if it doesn’t fit you then you still look stupid.
I, of course, don’t have any $1,200 suits. But the suits I do have fit well. The pants I own don’t fall all over my shoes. The shirts I own are all proportionate to my torso.
As I mentioned earlier today, my friend BrittOn is getting hitched soon — likely down near ATL. I will make my first trip to the Sid Mashburn store while there. And I’ll likely come out with much less money than I entered with.
(2) Andy Spade
Andy Spade is all about comfort. His jeans are well worn. His desert boots are beat to hell. The look seen here is pretty much my outfit four or five days a week. I’m proud to say that my desert boots are probably more beat to hell than his. I didn’t know much about Andy Spade until Reckner turned me onto him through an article about him and his wife. They care about looking good, but they do a good job of not trying too hard. I like that. A lot.
1) Congrats to my friend BrittOn who got engaged to a wonderful young lady this weekend. Britt and Maggie are two of the finest folks I know, and I’m looking forward to celebrating with them soon.
2) The aforementioned BrittOn and I just booked tickets to see M83 in Boston on May 9. This is the week before I graduate and start studying for the Bar. So I don’t want to waste a second of it. Given my obsession for M83, you might imagine that this is a pretty huge deal.
Alright, Loafers - finally pulled the trigger and will officially be starting law school in august. Did you do any of the recommended "pre-reading" or did you just jump in? Any first year survival tips? Also congrats on almost being done!
First off, congratulations. Making the decision to go to law school is very difficult for a number of reasons. That’s behind you — now, it’s on to the legal education aspect of the process. To simplify the answer to this, I’ve just numbered my responses below.
(1) Under no circumstance should you do any pre-reading. Fully embrace this summer and the freedom provided by the summer before law school. One of my greatest regrets re: the law school process is that I didn’t stop work earlier and travel for a while. At the time, I was concerned about money. Now, after hefty student loans and the accompanying interest, I should have just gone for it.
There is nothing in a book that can prepare you for law school and how to do well. Read the trashiest stuff you can find and enjoy the warm weather.
That is all.
The first year of law school is one of the most unique and terrifying academic years a person can go through. Each and every day you sit fearing that it’ll be your day to get called on in Civil Procedure. That being said, here are a few tips and thoughts…
(2) None of the material is that hard. As a matter of fact, I’ve always said that I think that law school is overly complicated — especially first year. Don’t make it more difficult than it should be.
(3) Actually read and brief the cases the entire first semester. You will walk through the library and see people ferociously copying and pasting case briefs from various websites that provide briefs for practically every case you’ll read first year. Don’t fall prey to this. It’s a really easy way to not learn the material and fall way behind. I tell you this from experience. About halfway through my first semester I got lazy and started pulling the briefs from online. It impaired my learning and put me at a disadvantage come exam time.
Doing this second year is fine.
(4) Don’t fret when you hear people talking about being at school all day Saturday and Sunday. My first year I did not do work on a single Saturday until about a month before exams. I went to UNC football games (both home and away). That being said, I usually spent Sunday at school or doing work at home. Along these lines, you don’t have to be at school until 10 p.m. on weeknights. I was able to get work done during the day and be home by 6:30 or 7. Just act like a grown up and do your work during the day instead of spending the afternoon goofing off on Facebook or taking a nap.
(5) I should have actually made this number 1, but now I’m a bit too lazy to go back and change the numbering. Network your ass off. I can’t overemphasize the importance of meeting and knowing the right people. There are folks in the top 10 of my law school class who don’t have jobs. There are also folks in the bottom 25% of my class who have great jobs. Grades are important. Trust me. But getting your foot in the door is well over half the battle. A lot of students don’t think that the summer after your first year is important. This couldn’t be more incorrect. Getting a good job or two jobs the summer after 1L year could very, very easily lead to a great second summer job and then a full-time job after school.
Get out there and meet people in the practice area that you want to work in. Follow up with phone calls, handwritten notes, whatever it takes. I promise that by doing this you will be well ahead of your classmates.
(6) Hand write your notes in class. My first year of law school, I took my computer to class each day. It was a disaster. I found myself G-chatting, looking on Facebook, and basically doing everything other than paying attention. It’s a killer. My second year, I started taking notes by hand. I was forced to pay attention and it GREATLY increased my efficiency and productivity. We aren’t paying $30k/year to goof off on the internet in class.
If, however, you have the self discipline to pay attention with a computer than more power to you. It just wasn’t for me.
I think that’s it for now. I’m sure I have a bunch of other ideas and tips for you. If I think of them, I’ll post. Thanks for the question and best of luck to you. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.
I actually decided against doing a top 5 list this week. As I mentioned last week, I was going to discuss five albums that you’d be surprised that I like. What I determined was that I really just wanted to get it off my chest that I really like the album “Fearless” by Taylor Swift.
Reckner obviously blasts this album occasionally, but my affinity grew deeper when my friends and I found “You Belong to Me” on a recent version of the video game “Guitar Hero.”
At first, we were a bit ashamed that we kept coming back to this song. Then, however, we embraced it and realized that this song — and the whole album — are just catchy as hell and make you feel super nostalgic about being in high school.