Friday, January 4, 2008

Winner Takes All

I have recently won a few online auctions and am looking forward to the new editions. Soon to arrive is an Umbro by Kim Jones jumper, some vintage Cole Haan leather chukka boots, some new Wayfarer Glasses and a Gap Shawl Cardigan. The jumper should be a nice addition for spring/summer athletic outfits; with removable sleeves, it should be perfect for work or play into the summer heat. The Boots are beautiful brown leather chukka boots, I was considering going to Outlooks in Victoria and filling my boot void with some brown suede chukkas, but I am glad I will have something unique that I doubt I will see replicated in any outfits this winter. The glasses are a standard that will become part of many different looks, and the cardigan will be an anchor piece that will work under a herringbone blazer for winter, and replace a light jacket for spring weather. Pictures below are of the jumper and the boots, and hopefully I can add some of the glasses/cardigan once they come.
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Sennheiser CX300 Headphones

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I have been contemplating entering the world of in-ear headphones for a while now. I spend enough time commuting, listening to music, to justify the investment. Although I am not much of an audiophile, I do have ears, and when I listen to music on my iPod, its pretty sad what the stock headphones that come with the mp3 player sound like. I did a little research on head-fi and other websites and decided that the CX300 would be a great entry point into the in-ear, higher end headphone world, without having to sell my left leg (which I am not sure the street value, but maybe will list on ebay, keep an eye out). Anyway, I digress. I received my headphones in the mail today, I decided to purchase them from a chain store after hearing about numerous knockoffs circulating over the ebay etc. So far I must admit I am happy with the headphones, Sennheiser is a reputable company and these headphones stand up. They come with three different rubber sizing things (technical term) and much like goldie locks, I was eating the metaphorical porridge, that is the proper fit, in no time. The benefits of these headphones over the old unfaithful iPod basics are pretty severe. First off the benefit of a in-ear style allows the volume to maintain low, while lowering outside noise - that means more Girl Talk, and less girls talking loudly getting into my ear. The benefit of these headphones is mostly in higher productions music, and somewhat lost in live recordings and laptop recordings and demos, but still sounds good. The music so far has sounded the best has been MSTRKRFT, Kings of Leon, Animal Collective, Arcade Fire and surprisingly Bon Iver, who will get an album review soon. Black Kids' Wizard of Ahhs demo was less impressive as was live cuts of Animal Collective and Final Fantasy.

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