Monthly Archives: April 2013

Media Tease — Figawi 2013

With the annual Figawi Race Weekend being only a month away, I figured I’d throw together a bunch of classic photos from years past.

Have any good Figawi photos worth sharing? Send them over.

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Tie One On, A Bow Tie Tutorial

Everyone, yes everyone, should know how to tie a bow tie.  I mean, The Boss is literally a pro.

bow tie the boss

Wearing High Cotton

Done in under 30 seconds, with better dimples than a clip on.

I found this great tutorial from SarahBelle93x, who is just fantastic.  I actually found her on instagram after seeing that she was in the same business as an old friend of mine, Allie Evans.   If you haven’t come across her instagram or youtube account yet, I definitely recommend checking her out!

As promised, the bow tie tutorial:

If your prom hasn’t come up yet (mine isn’t until June 3rd!), consider one of these bow ties that all of the girls will love!
college bow tieRep where you’re going next year! Go Tarheels!

southern proper bow tie

Old school prep

lilly pulitzer bow tie

Match her dress

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The Great Gatsby Collection by Brooks Brothers

F. Scott Fitzgerald was a life-long Brooks Brothers customer. Double Academy Award winning designer, Catherine Martin noted “Brooks Brothers is mentioned several times in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writings as a representative of the ultimate gentleman’s purveyor of fine clothing to the American man of distinction.

The line gives a modern twist to the decadent fashion of the roaring twenties. 

The narrow lapels and hightened armholes on the jackets are great ways in which BB altered the line to display the classic Gatsby style. If you’re in need of a new three piece suit for your prep school’s Graduation festivities, the Gatsby line is the way to go.

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Boston Marathon Bombing

The thoughts and prayers of the Twines & Vines family go out to everyone involved in today’s terrorist attack, the entire city of Boston and the state of Massachusetts.  A few of our writers are from the Boston area and I personally have been to several Boston Marathons; this one definitely hits home.  

I would like to quote something which a friend and classmate of mine posted today on Facebook regarding the event;  Ward Scott is a sophomore at the United States Naval Academy and a proud American.

I normally don’t post about these things, but I felt compelled today. Boston’s a great city full of great Americans and great people.
Just at a time when popular support for the War on Terror is at what seems to be an all time low, this happens.. It’s incredible to see how time and time again, the terrorist for some reason thinks that his tactics of targeting innocent civilians will strike fear in the heart of the American, that his bombing our cities will shake us, will make us weak and prompt us to hide and revert to the pre-WWII isolationism that emboldened Imperial Japan and Nazi-Germany.
But just as Bin Laden learned, these attacks on our innocents do NOT shake us; these attacks do NOT make us weak. Contrary to their incredibly short sighted and historically ignorant strategies, tactics and goals, the United States only comes closer when cowards attack from behind.
Behind Boston, we will stand, and we will make sure that any ass-clown that thinks bombing a street in the US will scare us into isolation learns that you don’t mess with the U.S. I am certain that we as a country and a community will only come closer and rally behind this to ensure that this type of cowardice is wiped from the face of the Earth. I only hope that our leaders – especially our politicians – can do so in a more informed and responsible way than has happened in our past.

God bless the city of Boston… It stands today, and it will stand tomorrow.

*this is my own personal opinion and in no way reflects the opinions of the USN, USMC, or DoD

God Bless Boston and God Bless America.

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Pingree School senior dies in car crash

Tim Chaloux of the Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA


By Jeremy C. Fox, Globe Correspondent

Tim Chaloux was a senior at the Pingree School in South Hamilton, a talented infielder on the school’s varsity baseball team looking forward to graduation on June 9.

Early Saturday, Chaloux was killed when the 2011 Honda Civic he was driving veered off Route 128 and into a wooded area near Exit 23 in Danvers, according to State Police.

Chaloux, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities believe the North Reading resident’s car left the highway and rolled over between 1 and 1:30 a.m. Saturday, State Police spokesman David Procopio said in an e-mail.

But he wasn’t found until hours later, when another motorist noticed the car and called police, Procopio said. Chaloux’s family had reported him missing about 10 minutes earlier, he said, when they realized the teen hadn’t come home all night.

Procopio said Chaloux was wearing a seatbelt. The accident is under investigation.

Buddy Taft, dean of students at the Pingree School, said Chaloux was known by almost all of the small private school’s faculty and approximately 338 students, and he will be deeply missed.

“For me, he was one of those kids that I just … want to see every day, because every day he got better,” Taft said. “He grew every day, and it was just great to see him. It’s going to be a real challenge not seeing him.”

My school plays Pingree in many sports, and some of my classmates may have played against Tim in baseball. Really sad story. Shout out to all you seniors out there. Keep it safe. Graduation is just a few weeks away. R.I.P. Tim Chaloux.

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Spring Footwear

As our Chief Editor, WHolley, and I have blogged before, prep school campuses are loaded with Sperry Topsiders, and we hate it. While the classic boat shoe may be a staple for all prep schoolers to own and wear from time to time, the driving moccasin is a much more stylish and versatile option. Dress them up with your khakis and your favorite blazer or wear them casually with your shorts or swimming trunks.

Peter Millar is currently having a sale on their Tie-Drivers. Some of our other favorite brands for Driving Mocs include Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Cole Haan, and Tod’s. Driving moccasins are great investments. The more you wear them, the more comfortable they get. You can wear them with  almost every outfit within dress code. Girls love guys in Gucci. Et cetera, et cetera 

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RIP Lilly Pulizter

Ms. Pulitzer passed away earlier today at the age of 81 in her Palm Beach home.  Ms. Pulitzer attended Miss Porter’s before she began her infamous career as a dress designer for her namesake brand in 1959.  The entire staff here at Twines & Vines sends our thoughts and prayers out to the entire Pulitzer family.  This writer will be bringing out his Lilly menswear tomorrow in memory. 

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ISL Lacrosse: Week 1 Recap

As many of you preps in New England know, the ISL is perennially one of the best leagues–top to bottom–in the nation. I was so busy myself preparing for the season that I forgot to write a preview of the league. So, without further adieu, here’s a recap of Week 1, 2013.


Nobles/Seb’s 8-3

BH/Thayer 9-6

Gov’s/St. G’s 18-7

Rivers/Milton 10-7

RL/BBN 10-5

MX/St. Mark’s 17-3

The big matchup of the weekend was most definitely the Nobles/St. Sebastian’s  game. Seb’s returned a majority of their 2012 ISL championship team, and has arguably one of the best defensive units in New England. Nobles played with nothing to lose as a young bunch under the leadership of their new coach. Seb’s has a tradition of running a sprint for every goal allowed immediately following each game. Eight sprints must have sucked after that upset. Read the full recap of the game via BostonLax.

For highlights of New England prep school games, check FirstScoutTv’s library. They update it on a weekly basis.

Looking ahead to the upcoming week, some big games will be Belmont Hill/Roxbury Latin, Thayer/Nobles, Middlesex/Nobles, Rivers/Thayer, Governor’s/Belmont Hill. Every week is full of surprises in the ISL. I’m looking forward to seeing how Week 2 plays out.

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And the Celebrity Prep School Grad of the Week is…

…Jonah Hill of the Crossroads School in Santa Monica, CA.

If you don’t think that Superbad was one of the funniest movies of all time, you may want to check yourself. Jonah Hill made that movie, and I never get tired of him yelling at Fogel.

One of his other underappreciated roles was in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, where he had a man crush on Aldous Snow.

Jonah Hill will also be starting in the upcoming This Is The End which looks hysterical.

The Crossroads School has a ton of alumni who are now in Hollywood. I’m going to save them for future posts.

These posts are all NSFW or NSFS, so play them in the privacy of your room.

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