November, my favorite month, is finally here! One of the best things this month brings is the bounty of Christmas gift guides. My favorite spotting so far has been Free People’s Vintage Loves shop, which featured a surprising number of vintage and vintage-inspired sports items. While they’re all filed under the “For Him” gifts, I think any gals like me would be equally stoked on this. I’m thrilled to see collector items like this being highlighted at a major brand, but I’m also a little selfishly disappointed that collectors will have to be competing with corporations that are scouring the market.

Due to the condition and rarity of these items, a few have been unsurprisingly sold already. For items just as cool, but much lower in price, I highly recommend Etsy for finding that unique gift for the sports fan in your life.


1. Handsome Dan Football 

2. Vintage Sports Illustrated – 1975 Nolan Ryan cover [sold]

23. Vintage Hank Aaron Signed Bat 

4. Vintage 1950 Phillies Yearbook [sold]


5. Vintage 1940s Phillies Pennant 

6. Vintage 1950s Phillies Decal


7. Vintage Steve Carlton Set [sold]

8. Vintage Negro League Legends Signed Bat



Tomorrow evening is the Heisman Trophy Presentation, one of my favorite sport moments of the year. While it’s about celebrating this season’s top talent, with all signs pointing to FSU’s Jameis Winston as the shoe-in winner, it’s the heritage of the award and the spirit of football that really nabs me. And if tuning in for football reasons isn’t your thing, sometimes some of the attendees make some questionable sartorial choices.



Why I love Esther Williams*:

• She was a native Los Angeleno, hailing from Inglewood specifically.

• She took on the “male-only” swims, including the breast stroke, and not only won, but set records. She joined the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s medley team and won three national titles by age 16.

• She wanted to be attend USC [a D in her senior year of Algebra prevented her from going] and pursue a degree in physical education.

• She would’ve competed in the 1940 Olympics had WWII not broken out.

• She revolutionized swimwear both in styling and fabrication advancements. After nearly being drowned while wearing, get this, a flannel swimsuit on set, she signed a contract with Cole of California to represent their latex suits. The US Navy even took notice and immediately ordered 50,000 units of the “Esther Williams” style suits.

The lovely Esther Williams sadly passed the other day, but she leaves quite a legacy spanning from sport, film, and fashion. Williams is easily one of my favorite Old Hollywood personalities and it’s not hard to see why. She’ll be missed!

*Some of these reasons may be a bit biased. Whoops.