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Let's Be Real.

Erik Engstrom

It's been awhile. 2018 is among us. Resolutions were made, and I may have already failed... whoops. 

As you can tell, I've taken some space from this blog for awhile. I wanted to start the new year well and with high hopes. I have however been thinking a lot about this blog. What is this? What is it used for? How do I express myself to you, the reader? 

I think there is always the risk of having a psuedo-personality when portraying yourself online. There is the risk of masking your true self before hundreds of people. And I am longing to be one that does not do that for you. 

If there is one lesson I've learned from 2017 it is to be authentic. I'm not talking about Instagram's #liveauthentic. I'm talking being myself and being real with you all. I celebrate the fact that I can be a serious, deep thinker yet a goofy, wild child.  

So as we look towards the future I promise to be me. I promise to be silly. I promise to laugh. I promise to tell real stories. I promise to share my authentic opinion on products. I promise to be Erik.

This is me.

erik.

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Orvis Barn Coat (similar)
J.Crew Flannel (similar)
Levi's 511s
Red Wing Heritage Classic Moc
Warby Parker Lionel

Photography: Will Palumbo

Own The Moment.

Erik Engstrom

"If you own what's right in front of you, I do believe that someday, when you sit down to tell the story of your life, it's going to take a while. Because you have so many moments that deserve their own microphone."

Carl Lentz

I come from a family of pastors, church-goers, and spiritual folk. Church has somewhat always been a factor, in some way or another, of my life. And for awhile, it all got very boring and annoying. Even leading to me question if there really is a God. Now defining myself as a follower of Christ, I believe church doesn't have to be what we grew up with it as.

A huge influencer in my life is Carl Lentz, Pastor of Hillsong NYC. CNN names Carl, "not your typical Sunday preacher." I jive with that. Carl just released his book "Own The Moment," and I've found most of my autumn days are spent with a coffee in hand and the book in another. Praise God for good coffee. 

I'm owning every moment of this fall weather with sweaters, chelsea boots, and monochromatic colors. Gap has hooked me up well this season. I'm finding most of my wardrobe is from the Gap. Hallelujah. 

If you're looking for some quality fall gear - stop by your local Gap store. Also, check out Carl Lentz's new book for a real good read!

erik

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Gap Jacket (similar)
Gap Sweater
Gap Khakis
Steve Madden Chelsea Boots

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Own the Moment

Photographs by Will Palumbo.

Falling for Fjallraven.

Erik Engstrom

After years of wanting, I finally got my hands on a Fjallraven Kanken backpack, and just in time for this beautiful fall weather!

I have been ready for the falling leaves, hot chocolate, and late autumn bonfires, all while layered up in a good sweater or denim jacket. It's the best time of the year. 

For years I've had eyes for the Kanken backpack, longing to get my hands on the bag. Well folks, patience pays off. I now have one in my possession. I'm a sucker for a good bag, and this backpack packs the punch. Durable material. Handy water bottle pouches. Space for a laptop. This bag is nothing short of amazing. 

If you're looking for a new backpack, or some good outdoor gear check out Fjallraven. They are a stellar brand. Although I may have to admit, I may be a little biased as they are based out of Sweden. Represent. 

erik.

Shop the Look:
Fjallraven Kanken Backpack
Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket (similar)
Levi's 511s Jeans
Brixton Field Hat (similar)
Target Tee
Red Wings Heritage Classics
Fossil Minimalist Watch