For the Menz: Sock Club


I’m known for splurging on a variety of products (mostly necklaces and shoes), but my partner only has one passion when it comes to spending on clothes: socks. Think of them as pocket squares for your feet; they add a fresh pop of color to an otherwise ho-hum outfit. If you also have a man in your life that loves style, but hates leaving the house, then you have to check out Sock Club.


Once a month this company will ship you a tidy, little flat pack containing one pair of fashionable, quality socks designed and made here in America. Did I mention that they’re based out of Austin? Yep! You can support a local business without driving to a store!


The style was perfect for my 20-something, hip, professional partner, but I’d wager that just about any man could benefit from this service. It’s the perfect gift, and it literally keeps on giving year round. The designs are on fleek! (Okay, okay I know I’m not a teenager.)

Disclosure: I did get to try a pair free of charge for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Inside the Box: Mantry


I recently threw a fantastic Thai dinner party, and I owe it all to a hip, new monthly subscription service called Mantry.


Each month they send high-end, artisanal food products matching a theme such as coffee, bacon, or in our case –  Thai.


Once I surveyed the box, which included  products such as Dried & True Sriracha Beef Jerky, and drinking vinegar from the world-famous Pok Pok restaurant, I knew that a get-together was in order. The stuff was just too nice not to share!


We carefully read their enclosed product guide, gathering ideas for what to make.


Then we rounded up a few extra ingredients, and set off to our friend’s house to do the cooking. (His house is much, much nicer than ours – plus he has a fully stocked bar.)


We snacked on a few the items as we cooked, including the Dallas-based Lord Nut Levington’s Thai-Dyed Peanuts.


I took full advantage of our host’s prior bar-tending experience, and had him make delicious summer cocktails from the drinking vinegar.


I essentially had a house full of men all doing the dirty work (cooking) for me.


We made shrimp and used Apinya for the dipping sauce. It was fantastic – I think I may prefer it to sriracha now, and normally nothing tops that condiment for me.


I sampled a few of the other enclosed ingredients, and secretly wished that we had thought to make Thai nachos.


We meandered through all of the enclosed delicacies until at last we arrived at the coconut chips, which alongside raspberries helped to elevate our simple vanilla ice cream dessert.


If you’re looking for a creative, delicious, and unexpected Father’s Day gift, be sure to check out Mantry. The items they will send you are normally hard-to-find, and make eating an exciting adventure, as opposed to an everyday chore.

Disclosure: I received this box free of charge for reviewing purposes, but opinions expressed are my own.

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