Fashion for Men

Happy Birthday.

By: Jen Shoop

Happy birthday to…

My coffee snob //

My Excel whiz //

My romantic-at-heart //

My can’t-talk-about-Mr.Rogers-without-misting-over tough guy //

My exceptionally-gifted personal chef, who does things like buy heirloom variety corn to nixtamalize for homemade tacos and travel to four or six specialty grocers in order to get all the right, authentic ingredients for carnitas //

My occasionally hot-headed-for-the-right-reasons protector //

My business partner — the data-minded brains behind this blog! //

My audaciously ambitious and brilliant entrepreneur, always looking for “the duct tape” (i.e., things people do to “paper over” gaps in their lives — where many a good business idea have been born) //

My negroni-lover //

My erstwhile adventurer, who will both eat ants off of trees while backpacking through Patagonia and refuse to go on roller coasters //

My dishwasher nazi (“why are these bowls going in this direction?”) //

My round-the-clock confidante and middle-of-the-night companion //

My contrarian //

My biggest advocate //

My silly-heart, known to dance like a maniac with his three-year-old daughter to “Tequila” //

My keeps-it-together-and-squeezes-my-hand-during-two-c-sections cheerleader who then excuses himself to cry alone, carrying an emotional burden bigger than himself all on his own //

My superstitious ball-player //

My meant-to-be, my beloved —


Post Scripts.

+Great gifts for men.

+A few of the biggest hits from his Christmas haul: CloudKnit sweats, Hue lightstrip, Hunter refined-fit Chelsea rainboots, Veja V12s in olive green, Filson beanie in red. Basically he had a ton of holes in his wardrobe that I filled…#adultChristmas.

+How sweet (!) is this toile crib sheet?! Love!

+Speaking of toile, love this shirt dress. (And of course the toile dress I already own and talked about here…)

+THIS MAXI SKIRT is so fun!!! And an extra 20% off! So chic with a white tank/bodysuit and Hermes oran slides.

+How adorable are all of these rainboots?! Especially adore these and these — such good colors and that gingham lining is so precious! I might have to deviate from my Hunters for mini this season. The question is whether to go with a bow or not…

+Just ordered this bow in the sure-to-sell-out “taupe” color for mini — it’s the one Born on Fifth’s daughter wears all the time and is SUCH a pretty pink/lilac/gray blend. I swear it is always sold out!

+That time Mr. Magpie cut his hair

+Just ordered this striped tee for $28. I am getting such heavy use out of my collection of Kule tees (<<just also bought this one, which is for some reason marked down to $30!!!) this season — thought I’d add this to the mix.

+Love this pretty sweater.

+This adorable sweater is 50% off — ordering for micro for next fall.

+This leopard bomber is on sale for $149!!!! LOVE.

+Clever option for a toy bin thanks to the dividers.

+Such a pretty serving bowl. Love the size, too. Ideal for sides.

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7 thoughts on “Happy Birthday.

  1. Such a sweet tribute to Mr. Magpie! Happy super-belated birthday to him!

    Curious to know how he/you have used the Hue lightstrip? I’m always looking for new lighting solutions in our apartment.

    Also, yay for KULE tees! I only own one — a half-sleeve one in white/lavender that I love to pair with white overalls in the spring/summer. Would love to add a few other long-sleeves to my collection, but I’m trying to wait until some of my St. James bite the dust! xx

    1. Hi! We put the light strip underneath our kitchen cabinetry by the sink. It’s FANTASTIC. We did that because the kitchen is actually very, very bright with overhead lights on BUT micro’s nursery is off the butler’s pantry and it has a cool/old-fashioned transom window above his door, so when the kitchen lights are on, his room is BRIGHT. So now we have to keep some kitchen lights off to make sure he can sleep well. The Hue light strip was the perfect solution so that we can work by the sink/countertop around it and actually SEE without keeping him awake.


    2. Thanks so much for letting me know! We already have a light under our kitchen cabinets in our current apartment, but I’ll definitely tuck away this idea for future homes! I love the sound of the Hue lightstrips. 🙂


  2. Happy Birthday Mr Magpie! This is definitely a birthday to celebrate with a beautiful complete family and a more accommodating living abode for that family! You rock!
    PS- Be sure to stop and admire your wife’s appearance in that stunning dress she’ll be wearing as you celebrate!
    Cheers to you!

    1. Thank you!

      Kule has a loose fit but it’s not boxy like a St. James sailor tee. It’s made of a lighter-weight, softer pima (?) cotton that has a lot of stretch to it. I only own the modern long style and I actually don’t think it’s “long” — I had anticipated it would be almost like a tunic but it hits me where I’d expect a striped tee to hit, just below my belt line? I love the way they fit because they are trim in the arms but loose with a lot of stretch in the torso — perfect for running after kids, cooking, etc.


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