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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2013

Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Dodd’s fathers was a Civil War veteran who was a single parent who raised his six children there.

The holiday is now celebrated in over 8o countries.

Whoever does not have a good father should procure one. ― Friedrich Nietzsche

Fathers Day Gift Guide for The Geek Dad

1 – Printed Textured-Leather iPhone Case by Pierre Hardy // 2 – The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun // 3 –  Fish Eye Lens for iPhone // 4 – Letterpress You Blow Me Away Father’s Day Greeting Card // 5 – Jawbone Bluetooth Big Jambox // 6 – Star Wars Death Star Blue Print Cufflinks in Silver

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I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom. ― Umberto Eco

Know a dad that loves alcohol, beer, whiskey and a full-stocked bar?

1 – Jack Spade Beer Mug Silk Classic Tie // 2 – Whiskey Stones – On The Rocks Granite Drink Chillers in Hardwood Tray // 3 – Keg Works Triple Tap Brass Draft Beer Kegerator Tower // 4 – Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide: 75th Anniversary Edition// 5 – MALIN+GOETZ Candle, 60 Hours – Dark Rum

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I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. ― Sigmund Freud

Gifts for the father who loves pocket squares, shoe horns, reading, money clips, watches and shaving.

1 – Hardcover Set of Three: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, Colonel Roosevelt // 2 – Silver Street “Nest Egg” Money Clip by Kate Spade New York // 3 – Jack Spade ‘Buckner’ Leather Strap Watch // 4 – Drake’s Bauble-Print Silk Pocket Square // 5 – The Art of Shaving The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave™ – Sandalwood // 6 – Chrome Shoe Horn with Raw Hide Strap and Wooden Handle 

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“And now, I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.” – Lady Gaga

On days when I am feeling ho-hum – a lot of my mood can be changed by throwing on a metallic, sequined dress. No longer just for New Year’s Eve and special occasion, I slip into a bedazzled frock, or blinged out blazer, often. Sequins, often thought of as “cheap” or “trashy” actually have quite the classy origins. The word “sequin” a loose translation into French of the Italian word zecchino, which was a gold coin that was issued in the medieval centuries in Republic of Venice and Ottoman Empire Era Turkey.

Image via Pugly Pixel

Vintage pre-war Belgian, Czechoslovakian, and Japanese sequins thanks to Pugly Pixel.

This doesn’t seem so far fetched when you think of gypsy scarves with stitched on coins (ala Esmerelda in Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame). At one point in history, many nomadic peoples had to travel with their possessions – thus attaching coins to outfits!  Some people argue that the word “sequin” might also comes from the Arabic word sikka, meaning “coin”. Both words of origin mean represent a type of currency – so maybe the etymology happened simultaneously?

Sequin Dresses, Pillows, Napkin Rings, Manicures and Loaders.

One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six

Most sequins today are made of plastic, but they used to be made of metals. In the United Kingdom sequins are known as “spangles” – I actually cannot say the word “spangle” aloud without an English accent…

Sequins are having resurgence with the advent of the Great Gatsby-meets-Jazz Age-cum-1920’s-Flapper fashion craze or because of Liberace’s return to the spotlight! Although I associate these decorative, glittering discs with Art Deco style (and some others with The Golden Girls), there is evidence of the adornment dating back to 2500BC!

Shine On You Crazy Diamond, just don’t confuse the classic sheen for glitter! 

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Samantha French

Samantha French, who sells her delicately detailed oil paintings and prints on Etsy,  graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2005. Her paintings show a strong connection to her Minnesota lifestyle and memories. Her canvases are startlingly realistic – seemingly a collage between childhood photographs and fictional details. She is a full time painter and keeps a studio in NYC.

Samantha French, Refresh: 16x20" Archival Print - Signed

Refresh: 16x20" Archival Print - Signed

“My current body of work is focused on swimmers underwater and above. Using vague yet consuming memories from my childhood summers spent immersed in the tepid lakes of northern Minnesota, I attempt to recreate the quiet tranquility of water and nature; of days spent sinking and floating, still and peaceful. These paintings are a link to my home and continual search for the feeling of the sun on my face and warm summer days at the lake. At the same time, I am drawn to an idealistic time before my own, where swim caps and wool swimsuits were commonplace. This combination of memory, observation and photography (old and new) has allowed me to preserve the transitory qualities of water and remembrance.”

Samantha French, Slow breathing: 16x20" Archival Print - Signed

Slow breathing: 16×20″ Archival Print – Signed

Samantha French, Dark Waters, 16x20" Archival Print - Signed

Dark Waters: 16x20" Archival Print - Signed

Remember when summers meant the glistening of sun against cool water and the slow drying of chlorine on your skin? Can you recall the hazy memory of arid heat usurped by a quick and cool relief of a dive into a pool? Oh to be young and carefree in the summertime! 

Inspired by Samantha French

1 // 2 // 3 (waterproof) // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7