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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.


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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


Erik Engstrom

Can we all be real for a second? Little towns always have the cutest gems in them!

I recently explored Madeline Island, Wisconsin, taking in the great outdoors, and suddenly my stomach growled with a mighty roar. It was lunchtime. I started walking the single street town with two of my buddies, trying to decide what we should eat. We passed a pizza place, grilled food, and then suddenly our eyes caught the beautiful sight of Farmhouse

Farmhouse may easily be the best gem in Madeline Island. We quickly fell in love with the atmosphere. Outdoor seating area, small, quaint, almost a little bit of a Gilmore Girl's, Stars Hallow, kind of feel to it. We browsed the menu and went with the obvious decision - brunch. I ordered the Savory Waffle - shallot, parsley, bleu cheese, asiago, sausage, and an over easy egg. Talk about yum! 

What makes Farmhouse so special? 

They keep it local. Being on an island, away from large urban areas, they resource (as much as possible) from nearby farms and always cook from scratch. I will always stand behind eating good local food. Cheers Farmhouse, you have made one very happy customer. 


Shop the Look:

Levi's Trucker Jacket
Levi's 511s
Red Wing Heritage Classics
Patagonia Duckbill Hat

Summer Colors.

Erik Engstrom

If we could, we'd probably live on a gorgeous island off the coast of the Dominican Republic. We'd lay in the sun all day long. Wander through the jungle. And have monkeys feed us. Okay, maybe not the monkey part...but this Chicago heat has us dreaming. 

Summer I just have two words for you: THANK YOU!

We can finally stroll through the parks of Chicago without worrying about dreadful rainfall. This sunny weather is bringing out the colorful side of our attire. Summer colors. We both have been appreciating the same colors this year: pink, blue, and tan. Whenever we go to the mall, these are the colors that stick out. And then all of a sudden, we're leaving the store with a range of tones and styles. 

Jeans are always a safe option for any outfit. Wearing light pastels? Pair them with jeans. What about a sports jersey? Pair it with jeans. Perhaps a nice linen shirt? Pair it with jeans. Denim goes with anything. If you've been following The American Swede for a while, you're probably annoyed by this statement as Erik uses it ever chance he gets.

We have our favorites, but what are you favorite colors for the summer? 

erik + tommy.

Shop the Looks:

Urban Outfitters tee (similar)
Levi's 511s
Vans SK8-Hi (similar)
Timex Southview Multifunction

Gap Denim Worker Jacket
Topman Drop Shoulder Longline T-Shirt
Levi's 511s
Adidas (similar)