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Camp Good.

Erik Engstrom

Memories..I'd stay up late sitting by the fire with my dad and then wake before dawn with him to reignite the flames from ashes. While he cooked the sausage and eggs, I'd watch the dew disappear from the grass and wait for the rest of my family to wake up. From an early age I have learned to have a deep passion and love for the outdoors. Camping. Hiking. Escaping the hustle and bustle of daily life - without these experiences as a child, I would not have the love for natural beauty that I currently have.

As I get older and begin making a life away from my family, I hold onto the traditions, rituals and memories from my youth. I must go and search. I must discover a sight that will leave me in awe. It's a important to branch out and mature. It allows us to start to fully grasp life and the beauty around us. I didn't fully comprehend this as a child, but now I do.

With all this talk of tents, exploration, and campfires, somethings never change. I wore Levi's jeans as a kid - I'd get them muddy and dirty playing in the woods and campgrounds. And here I am, years later, still sporting a classic pair of Levi's - Life. Camp. City. And everything in-between. 

Camp good. 

erik.

Shop the Look:

Levi's Trucker Jacket
Levi's 511s
Red Wing Heritage Classics
Brixton Messer Fedora
Best Made Co. Patch

Fall Budget Shopping.

Erik Engstrom

I'm a true believer that good fashion does not have to be expensive. Of course there may be an article of clothing that I may want to spend a little more on, but if I can live on a budget and still look good, life is good. 

Fall is quickly approaching and I am in love with some of the latest trends. I've been reading the latest issues of GQ and Details on the search for some autumn wardrobe inspiration. I walked into Target the other day and I came across a new brand, Good Fellow & Co. It was love at first sight. If you are feeling nice earth tones for the fall, looking for simple classic pieces, or just can't help but resist for unnecessary Target purchases, I think this is the direction you should be taking. Their skinny chinos were the first thing that caught my eye. I grabbed 2 pairs, went to the dressing room, and fell in love. The stretch fabric has been a hit with many brands - Levi's, American Eagle - and now Target following suit. These are probably the comfiest pair of chinos I have. For the price of $22, the deal can't be beat. 

erik.

Shop the Look:

Good Fellow & Co. Baseball Tee
Good Fellow & Co. Chinos
Clarks Desert Boot
 

Beast in the Wild.

Erik Engstrom

I simply cannot contain the beast within.

I've expressed my obsession with water on The American Swede before. Whenever I go hiking and find a pond, lake, river, or body of water for that matter - I must go for a swim. Perhaps it's the kid inside of me or maybe just my love for nature, but the second I see water, I am stripping down to my shorts and running and driving into the refreshingly cool water.

This month I've been using the body wash from Tame the Beast. I love revitalizing and invigorating eucalyptus scent. On those early mornings weekday mornings, the aroma that fills the bathroom helps wake me up and get me ready for the day ahead. If you are looking for a new body wash, I highly recommend Tame the Beast. 

erik.

Shop the Product:

Tame the Beast Extreme Yawp Body Wash


No ecosystems or fish were hurt in the production of this shoot.
Body wash was not opened in water. I highly encourage keeping the Beast to the bathroom.