Nike Lunar Force 1 Duckboot Leather Sneakers

These kicks by Nike are a definite winner in my book – stylish, comfortable and weather proof.  I purchased them from Mr Porter online where the customer experience is always superb!


Here are some pictures I took after unpacking them from the box.

IMG_9397The leather on the boots is supple and the striped laces are a nice touch.

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Overall they have a rugged quality similar to what you would expect with a hiking boot.  The rubber soles are perfect for inclement weather where I live in Chicago.


Perfect with slim sweatpants or denim.

Berluti Loafers

Berluti’s unlined Lorenzo loafers are buttery soft, made of Kangaroo leather and have a uncoated hide that should develop a gorgeous patina that Berluti’s are famous for. Classic style … Go sockless with these. I chose the brown color to add to my collection.


Shinola in Chicago

Shinola’s store on Damen Avenue in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood is an absolute gem. Upon entering the store, we were warmly greeted by the sales staff and invited to peruse through their beautifully curated mostly US manufactured goods – watches, bicycles, clothing and leather goods.

Our nominal purchase of an Exto extension cord by Conway Electric came with some freebies from the staff – Mediterranean popcorn, Shinola Cola and gourmet treats for our pooch. Great service, amazing products. Thank you Shinola!


The Ink & Bean Coffee Saloon and Wordshop

Want a serious space to get your creative juices flowing?  Head to the Ink & Bean Coffee Saloon and Wordshop in downtown Anaheim.  Dark wood furniture, funky lamps, vintage typewriters, fountain pens and of course great coffee!



IMG_9175 IMG_9178 IMG_9182A cool space without good coffee would be of course be meaningless.  At Ink & Bean – they brew Stumptown Roasters coffee based out of Portland Oregon.  Stumptown coffee ranks right up with Intelligensia, Blue Bottle, Ritual or name your favorite local spot.

IMG_9179 IMG_9184They also have a cool patio space and a good selection of newspapers (New York Times and Wall Street Journal) and magazines for purchase.

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Definitely a cool little spot in Anaheim!