After the craziness of our move, unpacking and the start of Maria’s school year, we are finally, finally, getting back a day-to-day routine. You know so much already about Maria: her typical day, her personal style (yeah, she loves her clothes), even taste in home decor. I’m quite happy to work behind the scenes and let Maria do most of the writing. But just for fun, this time around, I’ve decided to share a somewhat typical weekend day for me. And, thanks to Stitch Fix Men, I can show you some of the great clothes that have effortlessly made their way into my everyday wardrobe. You’ll definitely notice that my style has improved since Maria first helped me clean out my closet a couple years ago.
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My days start mostly the same way as most everyone else’s: with coffee.
Lots of coffee. What can I say? I love coffee.
Our new kitchen has a great little spot to sit, drink some coffee, and indulge in one of my favorite pastimes: reading. I recently decided to reread one of my all-time favorites: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. Part autobiography, part writing advice, it’s just a fantastic book by a very down-to-earth guy. I could never write the way King does (he just gets an idea in his head, sits down and starts typing), but he sure is fun to read.
Want to know something interesting? Except for my shoes and belt, all the clothes in the photos in this post are from Stitch Fix Men. You probably already know about Stitch Fix from Maria. But in case you don’t, let me tell you about it. Stitch Fix is an online styling service. It started out with just women’s clothing, but they have just recently expanded their service to include men’s clothing, which made Maria and I both very happy.
When you sign up for Stitch Fix, you first create a Style Profile with your measurements, general information about you, and clothing preferences (relaxed vs. slim, tucked vs. untucked, favorite stores, etc.). Filling out a Style Profile is pretty easy and quick. After that, you can order your first Fix by paying a $20 styling fee. A personal stylist will hand-pick clothes just for you based on your Style Profile. A couple weeks later, your Fix will arrive with five pieces of clothing that you can try on at home. Keep what you love and send back what you don’t. If you buy something, the $20 you paid up front is credited against your purchase. When you hate shopping for new clothes as much as I do, it’s pretty awesome to have clothing just show up at your house.
Enough about Stitch Fix, let’s get back to my day.
Since it is now September, one main thing takes priority come noon on Saturdays: Michigan Wolverine football. They’re off to a great start this year, though the games will only get tougher as the season goes on. I’m not the biggest sports fan ever, but I always try to find time to watch my Wolverines play.
After the game, Maria and I planned to go out in downtown Royal Oak, but I still had a few hours to kill. Time enough for some video games. I play many games, like King’s Quest, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Bioshock: Infinite.
But Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is hands-down my favorite video game. It always seems to draw me back in. I just love it. Over the past five years, I have invested over 280 hours into Skyrim. I can’t wait for the Special Edition remaster to come out in October.
Later in the day, it was almost time to head out, so I changed into my steppin’ out clothes, which are also from Stitch Fix Men. I really like the blazer; it looks high-end, but is actually made of a soft, warm cotton jersey material. It will be great as the cold starts ramping up here in Michigan.
Maria and I love living in Royal Oak because so much is within walking distance. So when we decide to go downtown, we just walk out our door and take a short, very pleasant walk down the street.
I say the walk is very pleasant because there are a ton of great houses, both new and old, in Royal Oak. The tree-lined streets and the beautiful homes couldn’t be more picturesque. We love to admire the houses on our walks and talk about what type of house we will purchase when we have saved up enough to own one ourselves.
On this particular trip downtown, we decided to head to Bastone, a long-time favorite of ours. Bastone is a Belgian-style brewery and restaurant. The beers are great and the food is fantastic. We grabbed a bar top table to have a beer while we waited for our table to be ready.
Once we got seated, the inevitable happened: we pulled out our phones. Even on the weekends, blogging gets the better of us.
Don’t let the cell phones fool you. Maria and I have been making a weekly effort to get out and enjoy ourselves downtown. We usually give our phones a quick check when we first sit down, but then we put the devices away and enjoy each other’s company away from teaching, lawyering and blogging.
There you have it. A typical Saturday in the life of Rob Gavin. And thanks to Stitch Fix Men, I got to look pretty darn good while doing it. Maria shouldn’t be the only one who gets to enjoy a hassle-free shopping experience.
If you or your significant other are looking for an easier way to shop for menswear, I strongly recommend that you sign up for Stitch Fix Men and give it a try. I am loving it right now and I really look forward to my next Fix.
On the off-chance that you’re curious about the specific clothes I’m wearing, here’s a brief breakdown of each ensemble.
The Champ Fleece Sweatshirt by Alternative Apparel
Zach Straight Leg Jean by Mavi
Steppin’ Out Clothes:
Corona Chambray Shirt by Diamond Black Jack
Hillsborough Jersey Blazer by Scotch & Soda
Matt Relaxed Fit Jean by Mavi
My shoes are Shelter Oxfords by Dockers, my all-time favorite casual brown shoes. They are super durable, but (more importantly) comfortable.
Thanks to our friend, Brian Weitzel of BTW Photography for capturing such great photos once again.