Archives for the month of: June, 2013

ThriftI am a thrifter, and part of being one is finding the best deals.  I frequent the same spot twice a week – not only to fuel my love of fashion but to also equip myself with the gear I need for my room, library, record collection, or random things that I feel could be recreated for practical uses.

Of all of the great things I have acquired over time during my “thrift ventures,” I have two that have truly stood out: one of these finds being the Sony Blu-Ray player that I scored for ten dollars and the other a pair of Asics I found in which I ran my first marathon in and finished with for $3.98.

Thrifting can be a hard game and involves a lot of patience. You have to walk in with the mindset that you may not find what you are looking for, but in the search, there may be something that could also be to your benefit.  Keep a positive outlook and an open mind toward your adventures in thriftin’ and you will find some great things.

Classically yours,

ZRH

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I think everyone, for the most part, has a piece of art they love and cherish.  It was when I really first started to acknowledge and understand art for myself that I was introduced to the painting Water Lilies by Claude Monet.

This painting brings multiple feelings to me, especially happiness.  It truly captures a moment in time when Spring is in bloom and the flowers are truly beautiful.

Art is meaningful to me for many reasons. Mainly because it allows one to take away the problems in his or her lives for a moment and focus on a great piece that an artist has produced.  This is how I felt when I actually saw Water Lilies in person. It truly takes your breath away and makes you realize that art has a purpose beyond just something stuck on a wall.  It consumes your feelings and emotions for the matter of seconds you look at it and makes you reimagine yourself in it.

I imagine myself walking next to a small pond and seeing the lilies as they hang above the water, soaking in the sun.  I would imagine Monet saw a meaning similar to mine, perhaps, of a work that invokes a person to immerse in nature and appreciate the great things that it does for a person, how it makes us appreciate beauty and how it is created.

 Classically Yours,

ZRH

 

 

Blade Runner

Futuristic, actions, romance – just a few ways of describing this landmark science fiction film. It is one of favorite movies and possibly one of my favorite love stories of all time. This movie is based in the future, where humans live amongst androids and are challenged by both the ideas of love and what it means to be human.  I can remember not appreciating it the first and second viewing, but after watching it another time, I began to understand the depth and the beauty of this film. Not only that, the score exquisitely ties together the movie by Vangelis, a monument to music in film, and challenges other great composers to step up their game.  Check it out – if you don’t like it watch it again. It may not hit you the first time.

Classically yours,

ZRH

Beach House

In 2009, I listened to a song that forever changed my perception of how a great song could be created. This song was so infectious and so catchy.  The band Beach House really captured my feelings both inside and outside of my college life. For someone who is seeking answers swimming through an ocean of possibilities, “Norway” is truly representative of these feelings:

Hang on to the things that you’re supposed to say
Millions of stars; they open to your fate

This song was stuck in my head until the album Teen Dream dropped. It was perfect from beginning to end, starting with the somber but uplifting  “Zebra” and closing out with the song “Take Care.”

To this day, it remains as the album I feel explains not only me, but also my search for what I choose to be in life. It shows a world where dreams are not just dreams; they can, in fact, be made into something real. Teen Dream is a true inspiration for those seeking that thing, whatever it may be, that he or she may not see as possible.  This album stands amongst other as my favorite and is one that is and always will be a constant spin in my music collection.

Classically Yours,

ZRH

Reading has always been something that I have enjoyed and has also sparked my creativity. I have been a reader since third grade, when I remember reading my first chapter book, an abbreviated version of Moby Dick.  That was the beginning of a further venture into what I was capable of reading and how it would make my imagination run wild. Instead of furthering my adventure into my reading catalog I thought would compose a list of my ten favorite books, which overtime, have inspired me and kept a place in library forever.

1. High Fidelity- Nick Hornby

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2. The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald

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3. Blue Like Jazz- Donald Miller

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4. On the Road- Jack Kerouac

On the Road

 

5. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe- C.S. Lewis

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6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix- J.K. Rowling

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7. Me Talk Pretty One Day- David Sedaris

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8. Maltese Falcon- Dashiell Hammett

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9. The Road- Cormac Mccarthy

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10. To the Lighthouse- Virginia Woolf

To the light

 

Classically Yours,

ZRH

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My favorite DIY would have to be my whale sweater, which sparked my interest in recreating my own clothing. The project, like most others I have done, started off very risky, because of the unknown outcome; I had never attempt such a task. The results seemed more flawless than I expected from the pattern I created to the actual process of using a stamp. It withholds a future, in which I see myself creating my own clothing that is uniquely me.

Classically Yours,

ZRH

IG - Ties

 

A boy’s voyage into manhood can be described in many ways, but one of the most important a boy must learn is to tie a tie. My father taught me the importance of a tie and its value to a man’s wardrobe. Since then, I have discovered a tie has two purposes: its functionality and stylistic appeal.

 “A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life”- Oscar Wilde

Classically Yours,
ZRH

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Fresh-Clean-American-Classic-Timeless.

Classically Yours,

ZRH

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This has been a year of evolution. As I have written this blog, I have found who I am and where I want to be. My style and the DIY’s I have done over the last year have helped, in many ways, to contribute to this change. As I stand before my readers and the blogosphere, I am confident in what I have to say and hope it makes a difference.

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As I have created Independent Gentleman, my intentions were vague, but full of ambition, which fueled to my current status of blogging. In life, I find that each individual must discover something for which they’re passionate and have the ability to convey to others. It’s important for one to find his or her niche.

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Classically Yours,

ZRH

 

Pavlov WarholDuring the month of June, I will be doing a few things: celebrating the dawning of Independent Gentleman (just one year ago) as well as the month of my birthday. Each day I will write a post pertaining to the blog and me.  My hope is for my readers to get a better feel for who I am and the direction of the site with each entry.

Classically Yours,

ZRH