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Necktie of the Month – December 2018!

December 1, 2018

Dec2018Here is my last holiday necktie (for now).  Santa Claus!  In addition to the repeating pattern of your traditional-looking St. Nick, the words “Merry Christmas,” in a variety of languages (see below), are also interspersed throughout the necktie.  Due to the limited colors of this one, I would only pair it with my red, black, or white dress shirts.  It probably would look fine with a dark green shirt as well, but it might be just enough of a contrasting color to not be an ideal pairing.

  • Feliz Navidad (Spanish)
  • Joyeux Noël (French)
  • Fröhliche Weihnachten (German)
  • Nollaig Shona Dhuit (Irish)
  • Feliz Natal/ Boas Festas (Portuguese)
  • Zalig Kerstfeest (Dutch)
  • Buon Natale (Italian)
  • Milad Mubarak (in the Middle East)
  • Mo’adim Lesimkha (Israel)
  • Merii Kurisumasu (Japan)
  • Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian)
  • and more . . . .

Necktie of the Month – November 2018!

November 1, 2018

Diagonal StripeIt is fall, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  So this month’s necktie again features numerous earth-tones: brown, tan, beige, yellow, and sage with a hint of grey and black.  It really goes best with my tan shirt (pictured here), but will pair nicely with many of my dress shirts.  Here is a traditional Iroquois prayer (translated by Harriet Maxwell Converse) entitled

“The Thanksgivings”

We thank Him for all the fruits that grow on the trees and vines.

We thank Him for his goodness in making the forests, and thank all  its trees.

We thank Him for the darkness that gives us rest, and for the kind Being of the darkness that gives us light, the moon.

We thank Him for the bright spots in the skies that give us signs,        the stars.

We give Him thanks for our supporters, who had charge of our harvests.

We give thanks that the voice of the Great Spirit can still be heard through the words of Ga-ne-o-di-o.

We thank the Great Spirit that we have the privilege of this pleasant occasion.


Necktie of the Month — October 2018!

October 1, 2018

GarciaThis month’s necktie is yet another one of my ties from the Jerry Garcia collection.  The black/gray background with the somewhat centered red squiggle down the middle makes for a bold and dramatic statement.  This particular necktie pairs nicely with only four of my shirts: white, red, black, and gray.  And, while the shirt in this photograph appears to be beige, it actually is my gray shirt (hmm, the colors captured by my phone sometime amaze me).   I acquire most of my Garcia neckties when they are on sale either through either Stein Mart or Kohl’s, but there are several online outlets from which to acquire these products (,,, e-bay, the Silk Tie Factory,,, etc.).  Interestingly enough, you cannot find these neckties on the Jerry Garcia online store.   Happy shopping!



Necktie of the Month — September 2018!

September 1, 2018

Diagonal Stripe PurpleThis month’s necktie has been in my closet for a very, very long time.  Obviously one of my more conservative neckties although the purple does take it a bit to a higher level (color-wise).  Outside the purple, this tie has the rich earth-tones of green, brown, and beige which will allow its pairing with my beige, brown, and sage-colored shirts as well as my lavender an purple shirts.

According to the Bourn Creative blog (Jennifer Bourn), the color purple “is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic.”

The various shades of purple include: violet, plum, lavender, lilac, puce, thistle, orchid, mauve, magenta, royal, amethyst, wine, pomegranate, eggplant, mulberry, plum, lilac, thistle, orchid, and mauve.  Can you think of any other shades?

If you are interested in the meanings associated with other colors, this blog has also highlighted the following colors:

Source: (Jennifer Bourn)

Necktie of the Month – August 2018!

August 1, 2018

Banyan Tree IIHere is yet another Jerry Garcia necktie that I have managed to acquire.  The title of this one: Banyan Tree II.  Ironically enough, I already have three other Garcia Banyan Tree designs in different color combinations (multi-colored [maroon, yellow, beige, gold, blue, green, orange], earth-toned [brown, beige, orange, gold], and blue and yellow).  All of my previous Banyan Tree designs go well with my brown and beige suits, but I now have one that will compliment my gray and black suits.  Shown here on my black shirt, this tie pairs nicely with my gray shirt and my white shirt (obviously).  And, with the hint of beige and brown, it might pair nicely with my beige and brown suits as well.  I just love the versatility of these Jerry Garcia patterns.  And, with my summer and fall vacations/travel underway, who knows what new necktie treasures I will discover?  I’m sure there will be some to tempt me along the way; I’ve already proven a weakness for ties (and clothes in general) so I’m confident that my collection will grow before the end of the year.

Necktie of the Month – July 2018!

July 2, 2018

Stock Exchange_NecktieThis colorful and busy Nicole Miller necktie (circa 1991) was a Christmas gift last year from my financial planner (thank you Dean).  It attempts to illustrate the hectic milieu of a broker at the stock exchange.  The NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) was officially founded over 200 years ago (March 8, 1817).  Located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York, and is (per wikipedia) “the world’s largest stock exchange by  market capitalization of its listed companies at US$21.3 trillion as of June 2017.”  The current building was constructed in 1903 in the classic revival style (architects: Trowbridge & Livingston; George B. Post) and was added to the U.S. National Registry Historic Places and named a U.S. National Historic Landmark on June 2, 1978.  It was later designated a New York City Landmark on July 5, 1985.  As with most of my neckties, this one will pair nicely with a variety of my colored shirts (white, black, purple, red, beige, brown, yellow, and gray) as well as many of my suits (beige or brown, black or charcoal).  A very versatile tie indeed.


Necktie of the Month – June 2018!

June 2, 2018

Cookies_NecktieHappy Saturday!  This month I will be featuring a tie that was gifted to me by my financial planner last year (thank you Dean!).  A beautiful Nicole Miller design featuring cookies of the Nabisco brand.  From the Lorna Doones, to the Teddy Grahams, to the Oreo, to the Nutter Butter, to the Barnum’s Animal Crackers, to the ones that I do not recognize (Social Tea Biscuits — I had to look them up) this necktie is just fun.  Due to the black background and the many colors incorporated into this tie, it will pair nicely with many of my dress shirts: white, beige, yellow, red, pale blue, gray, and black.  However, I’m thinking that it would pair best with a plain white shirt so that you have nothing competing, rather than complimenting, with the necktie for attention, as colored shirts sometimes do.  Regardless, this tie will serve me quite well for those days when I am totally struck by whimsy (Friday or weekend shifts, the occasional conference, travel, etc.).  This gives a whole new meaning to “wearing your food on your tie.”

Necktie of the Month – May 2018!

May 1, 2018

Ticker_NecktieThis month’s necktie is one of the many that I received as a gift from my financial planner for Christmas last December (thank you Dean).  Featuring ticker tape and the old stock ticker machines with stock information in the background, this earth-toned necktie will pair nicely with my beiges and browns.  The term “ticker” came from the sound the machine made as it printed.  This was one of the earliest forms of digital electronic communications by which stock price information was transmitted over telegraph lines.   This form of communication was used primarily between 1870 and 1970 but was rendered obsolete during the 1960s as television and computers became the adopted modes for transmitting this kind of data.  But fear not, the whole concept of the “ticker” continues to thrive, just not in paper form.  All of the major news and financial channels on television, as well as brokerage firms, have scrolling “electronic” tickers to keep you up-to-date with up-to-the-minute transactions.

Necktie of the Month – April 2018!

April 2, 2018

DalmatiansDalmatians adorn this month’s necktie, which was a gift (one of many) from my financial planner last Christmas (thank you Dean).  And, while I have had the occasion to collect several “novelty” neckties from time to time, they constitute a very small portion of my overall collection; you just never know when a bit of whimsy is called for when dressing for work in the morning.  With National Fire Pup Day coming up in about six months (on October 1st), this would be the ideal necktie to wear that day.  Even though I am not a huge dog fan, the color combinations of this necktie will easily pair with any of my black, white, red, or gray dress shirts.   Did you know that dalmatian puppies are not born with their spots?  These dogs come into the world with a solid white coat and don’t develop their spots until they mature a bit.  Who knew?

Necktie of the Month – March 2018!

March 1, 2018

Necktie_March2018Happy Thursday!  This month’s necktie was a gift from my financial planner this past Christmas (thank you Dean).  And, while I am not entirely certain of the pattern, my best guess is that they appear to be headphones.  The dark maroon background coupled with the hint of pale blue (almost “Carolina blue,” yikes!) and beige would make this necktie a favorable pairing with beige, brown, maroon, pale blue, and white dress shirts.  I don’t generally have a lot of “maroon-toned” clothes (I prefer the bright reds and pinks compared to the muted maroons), but perhaps having a necktie or two in this color will allow me to expand  my wardrobe to include more of these earthy-red tones.  I do have another (an M.C. Escher patterned necktie) that utilizes this similar maroonish-red coloring, so I probably should address this gap in the wardrobe (sooner rather than later).