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Relationships with Facial Hair.

Erik Engstrom

I have a love-hate relationship with facial hair. 

I was so ecstatic when I got my first peach fuzz hanging off of my neck in seventh grade. I was becoming a man. I didn't want to trim my 'beard' for years.  I embraced the lifestyle of a wannabe lumberjack, even though I was the furthest thing from one.

One side of me loves facial hair. I think mustaches and beards are dang sexy. I say this for myself, I think they increase my attraction 100% (but that's just me).  At the same time of loving facial hair, I hate facial hair. I hate having dry skin. It's a war zone on my face. I contemplate in the morning taking the razor to my face, while still applauding my appearance. Relationship status: confused. 

For the past couple of weeks I have found myself glorifying my facial hair. Even though it's summer and hot, I'm embracing the beard. And If i'm going to embrace the beard, I need to learn to combat it's consequences. 

My friends over at Every Man Jack knew exactly what I was thinking without me telling them. They send me over their hydrating beard oil. 

I'm a longtime fan of Every Man Jack - they are made in the California and use natural oils. They're oil is just another reason to continue buying their product. The oil conditions and softens  my beard while hydrating my skin. That's what I need. 

I look forward to keeping the beard for the summer and using this product. 

erik.

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Every Man Jack Beard Oil

 

Spring Layers.

Erik Engstrom

I love styling layers. The Winter's brisk air makes layering an easy task. However, come springtime it's not that easy. Especially when you live in Minnesota. One week can be perfect 50 degree weather and the next day a snowstorm can hit instantly. I'll trade my layers for a paid vacation to the Caribbean any day. 

However, I live in bipolar Minnesota. I haven't been able to put away my winter jackets just yet. And the days it is warm, I tend to need a jacket by nightfall. 

So here are a few tips for bipolar Spring (especially for you Midwesterners). 

  1. Light tops - Your body needs to breathe! Put away your flannels and fold up those itchy wool sweaters. This is not the season for those tops. Pick fabrics that are light. Don't have too many bells and whistles on your clothing. Keep it simple. I picked up this Oxford from Gap the other month just for Spring. It really comes in handy on those hot, steamy days. Roll up the sleeves and feel the breeze. Pairing it with a light blazer (from J.Crew) is a perfect combination. 
  2. The jacket - This is the tricky one. Find a jacket that can combat any weather. My Orvis jacket is excellent for those chilly nights by a bonfire, running through the April showers, and light enough when leaving the house. 
  3. No comfy clothes - I know it's simple for people (especially Midwesterners) to fall into the trap of sweatpants, yoga pants, and a sweatshirt. Just because it's cold doesn't mean you need to change your entire aesthetic. Mama Engstrom would not approve. Neither does your love interest. You know she loves when you look good and dressed up. So keep her happy. 

erik.

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Orvis Barn Coat
Gap Oxford Shirt
Gap Clean Khakis
J.Crew Chore Blazer
Red Wing Heritage Classic Mocs

Photography: Jed Cranor 

Living Boldly.

Erik Engstrom

I am the type of person that needs constant reminders. I place post-it notes with little encouragements around my home and office. I have actually gotten to the point of hanging my favorite quotes around my house as art. You see these reminders prompt me to live full. Stirring me to live boldly. 

I've gotten to the point that even my clothes encourage me. Thank goodness for Bold Love. Their shirts inspire me to live life to the fullest. Whether that is chasing my dreams, loving people, meeting a homeless guy, whatever. I am challenged everyday. 

I think we all need healthy challenges in our lives. It is easy to not encourage our coworkers. It is easy to walk past the homeless guy under the highway. What would it take to use those 20 seconds of courageousness? What risk would be had? Even better, what reward would be had? The world would get a small glimpse of hope and extreme love. That is the kind of life I'm chasing after. Life full of love. 

erik. 

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Bold Love Long Sleeve
Warby Parker Lionel