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Tallisms: Paul Bunyan Day (June 28th): Celebrating America’s Favorite Mythical Giant

May 30th, 2013

To end your week, here’s a little light reading and tall inspiration. ;-)

Warm Regards,


P.S. The Fashion Camp is a Bay Area Blog devoted to all things Fashion. Next Monday 6/3 we will be featured in a special Father’s Day post.  Please check us out Thank you for your generous spirit, dear friend and fashion maven, Kena!



If you were to ask “What would a Big and Tall guy look like?” We would reply by describing Paul Bunyan. A giant bearded man wearing a red flannel shirt, jeans, and boots while carrying a big axe to chop down trees. To us, Big and Tall men are giants of men who perform feats of godly strength that leave you in awe, not slam dunk basketballs which ends up being the common stereotype. Inspiration comes in many shapes and sizes and for many people in Northern America, they celebrate Paul Bunyan’s mythical feats in a day long festival of feats of strength and skill (ax throwing, tug of war, cutting logs, log carrying, log sculpture, eating and height contest, etc.). Paul Bunyan is so popular to the masses that states and towns are fighting over claims that they are the original home of the Paul Bunyan man or story.




So who is Paul Bunyan and why is he famous?

Paul Bunyan was a gigantic lumberjack of American Folklore. The stories originated as camp fire stories and then gained popularity when the stories were published in early 1900’s. According to folklore, Paul Bunyan and his blue ox “Babe” lived and travelled around country. He is “credited” for his many deeds which are:

  • He created logging in the U.S.
  • He scooped out the great lakes to water Babe, his blue ox.
  • He cleared the entire states of North and South Dakota for farming.
  • He trained ants to do logging work.
  • Babe’s large footprints created Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.

Obviously, Paul is a gifted ant whisperer with incredible strength whose trusted sidekick ox has a drinking problem and makes a mess after himself. If this isn’t tall inspiration, we don’t know what is. What is your tall inspiration?

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Tallisms: Inspiration Through Tall Buildings

May 23rd, 2013

Recently, I read an inspiring article that the One World Trade Center in New York City finished adding a 408 foot spire making it the tallest building in the western hemisphere and third tallest building in the world. After tragedy struck down the Twin Towers over a decade ago, New York has rebounded to new heights showing the world America’s strength of character and will. We love that giant size evokes emotion and confidence and what better way to demonstrate your character by erecting a tall building or structure. Just think of any tourist destination and we bet there is a tall building there to view. Size does matter.

If you like to travel as much as I do, then it’s good to have a running list of places to go and see on hand. If you are looking for tall inspiration within America, here is a list of the tallest buildings by US state.

Warm Regards,



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Tallest Buildings in US      
Alabama Mobile RSA Battle House Tower 745
Alaska Anchorage Conoco-Philips Builoding 296
Arizona Phoenix Chase Tower 483
Arkansas Little Rock Metropolitan National Bank Tower 546
California Los Angeles US Bank Tower 1018
Colorado Denver Republic Plaza 728
Connecticut Hartford City Place 535
Delaware Wilmington Chase Manhattan Center 330
Florida Miami Four Seasons Hotel & Tower 789
Georgia Atlanta Bank of America Plaza 1023
Hawaii Honolulu First Hawaiian Center 429
Idaho Boise US Bank Plaza 267
Illinois Chicago Willis Tower 1451
Indiana Indianapolis Chase Tower 811
Iowa Des Moines 801 Grand (The Principal Building) 630
Kansas Wichita Epic Center 320
Kentucky Louisville AEGON Center 549
Louisiana New Orleans One Shell Center 697
Maine Portland Franklin Towers 204
Maryland Baltimore Transamerica Tower 529
Massachusetts Boston John Hancock Tower 790
Michigan Detroit Renaissance Center 750
Minnesota Minneapolis IDS Center 792
Mississippi Biloxi Beau Rivage Casino Hotel 347
Missouri Kansas City One Kansas City Place 624
Montana Billings First Interstate Center 272
Nebraska Omaha First National Bank of Omaha 634
Nevada Paradise The Palazzo 642
New Hampshire Manchester City Hall Plaza 275
New Jersey Jersey City 30 Hudson Street 781
New Mexico Albuquerque Albuquerque Plaza 351
New York New York City One World Trade Center 1776
North Carolina Charlotte Bank of America Corporate Center 871
North Dakota Bismarck North Dakota State Capital 242
Ohio Cleveland Key Tower 947
Oklahoma Oklahoma City Devon Tower 850
Oregon Portland Wells Fargo Center 546
Pennsylvania Philadelphia Comcast Center 973
Rhode Island Providence Bank of America Building 428
South Carolina Abbeville Prysmian Copper Wire Tower 373
South Dakota Sioux Falls Qwest Tower 174
Tennessee  Nashville AT&T Building 617
Texas Houston JPMorgan Chase Tower 1002
Utah Salt Lake City Wells Fargo Center 442
Vermont Burlington Decker Towers 124
Virginia Virginia Beach The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center 508
Washington Seattle Columbia Center 932
West Virginia Charleston West Virginia State Capitol 293
Wisconsin Milwaukee US Bank Center 601
Wyoming Laramie White Hall 200


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Found: TEAL’s Top Brands for Spring

May 16th, 2013

Outfitting the tall Lallier men has always been a giant task to tackle. My husband recalls his mother driving  around to different department stores trying to find basic every day wear and it always ending in frustration and sometimes tears. Then the Big and Tall Catalogs came and helped the discovery process, but they still lacked quality brands and options that fit well. Time has since passed, but very little has changed in the big and tall space. 

Currently, I found the sizing options at many big and tall retailers are not for the tall man with long limbs, but for the big man with big limbs. Just knowing which brands fit men with long legs can be such a nightmare, so we decided it was time to divulge our favorites to make your shopping experience easy and stress free. Here are our top Brands for Spring (which all go great with the TEAL Premium Chino!). We hope you find items that you love as much as we do.


Warmest Regards,



Sport Coats & Blazers


hickey freeman blazer   Hickey Freeman  *

   Hart Schaffner Marx

   Joseph Abboud


   Ralph Lauren 


Casual Shirts


facconnable shirt   Facconable  *

   Brooks Brothers

   Long Shot Apparel






peter millar polo   Peter Millar  *

   Ralph Lauren







banana republic t-shirtBanana Republic  *

Ralph Lauren

Calvin Klein




 Boxer Briefs


calvin klein underwear

Calvin Klein  *

Banana Republic






banana republic shortsBanana Republic  *


Peter Millar

J Crew





facconable jeansFacconable  *


Lucky Brand


7 for all Mankind




coach belt Coach **

 Brooks Brothers

 Banana Republic






allen edmonds shoes  Allen Edmonds  *






* Represents the Editors Top Pick.  

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