The Coldest Winter I Have Ever Spent …..

Only in the Bay Area can folks experience seasonal affect disorder during the Summer. Locals have affectionately nicknamed the proverbial fog layer that envelopes the city, “Karl”. Why Karl? I don’t know but it kinda fits the moody, lumbering way that the fog tends to roll over the hills and into neighborhoods. Occasionally, Karl will lose his grip and one will be able to frolic in appropriate Summer attire, but for the most part, you are stuck with using the trusty layering approach to dressing: tee, sweater/jacket and scarf. In this way, you can begin to peel layers off as the fog dissipates (if it ever does).

So when my friends over at Mark & Graham asked if I would model (and I use that term loosely) for them showing folks how I would style their Armour Lux Cotton Scarf, I was happy to oblige.

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Since Bay Area summers can be lacking in sunlight, I tend to gravitate towards bright colors. The red and white stripes on the scarf are the perfect preppy accent to my usual Summer uniform of chinos, denim jacket, white tee/button down and Converse. Slim enough to be worn as a ascot (seriously, I do wear ascots) but still warm enough to fight off the morning chill, the Armour scarf is perfect to keeping my in my “murse” (aka man purse) and whipping out should I need an extra layer. However, what I love most is the little “C” that is embroidered on the edge of the scarf.

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As with all Mark & Graham products, you can personalize it with your monogram selecting from a variety of fonts. I don’t know why that little letter makes me so giddy but it does!

What makes me even more giddy is that Mark & Graham has teamed up with its sister brand, Pottery Barn to give away FIVE of the Armour Lux Cotton Scarves. Head over to the Pottery Barn blog, Inside & Out to find out how you can enter to win as well read not only my interview but that of four other Bay Area creatives on how they handle Summers here in the area.

With my new scarf in tow, I am off to find a 160″ drapery rod– evidently this length can only be forged in to fiery depths of Mordor (or ordered online). In either case, it’s a pain to deal with. Have a great weekend and if you wanted a laugh, check out my Facebook page to see what I keep in my “murse”……

[image credits: Pottery Barn/Courtney Lake]

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