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Don't You Worry, I've Got the Donuts!

Tommy Engstrom

Tommy Engstrom is single.

It is what it is. It used to bother me. I would get upset because I saw my friends and strangers in happy relationships. Going on dates. Making public displays of affection. Talking about their significant other. It used to make me upset. I used to feel sorry for myself. But here I am, almost 29-years old and I am okay with where I am at. In fact, for the first time in a very long time, I couldn't more more happy and content with where I am at in life. 

That being said, there are a few certain things that I feel like I am missing out.

Example A: Waking up early to sneak out of my apartment to pick up coffee and donuts to have breakfast in bed. Only to lounge around all day Netflix and chilling. even getting up to go on a long walk through Lincoln Park, enjoying the bipolar Chicago weather, wishing for nothing more than consistent 70-degree weather. I mean really, is that too much to ask for?!

Forget all of the lovey-dovey romance stuff, really I just want some donuts from Stan's Donuts. I mean look at that vanilla frosted donut with sprinkles....HELLO!

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Nash Eyeglasses
Ampere Pullover Hoodie (similar)
Faux-Leather Moto Jacket
Levis® Commuter™ 511™ Slim Fit Jeans
Graegleah Boots

But First Coffee...

Erik Engstrom

Coffee is wonderful. Coffee is good. Coffee is so wonderful it's all I want.

When I am running around the city, to work, meetings, or simply running errands, I typically want a quick fix for my caffeine addiction. A trenta iced coffee from Starbucks is my go-to. It is quick, easy, and packs enough punch to keep me going. Starbucks has its time and place. 

Here's the honest truth though...I much prefer going to a smaller, locally owned coffee shop. One that roasts their own beans in the back of their shop. One that doesn't have mass produced aprons that their baristas have to wear. One that allows their employees to have and show off any tattoos or piercings they may have. When I am in Chicago, Heritage General Store is my go-to. When I am visiting my parents in the suburbs? Hansa Coffee Roasters all the way.

Reading a book. Working on my novel. Editing photographs. Researching the hottest new restaurants in the city. Chatting with friends and family. Yea, Starbucks may fit the bill when I don't have time to truly enjoy the experience. But when I want to savor the moment, and cup of coffee, I will always choose a local coffee shop.


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Bronson Leather Fedora Hat
Stussy Ikat Zip Shirt (similar)
Guitar Pick Mixed Charm Necklace
511™ Slim Fit Jeans
Original Rubber Lace-Up Boots

Be Present in all Things.

Erik Engstrom

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
Maya Angelou

Things are consistently busy for me. Working a full-time job at Nickelodeon. Writing, photographing, and editing for two different blogs. Spending my mornings before work getting my butt kicked at SoulCycle. Attempting to grow a serious man bun. This is all very serious business. I've unfortunately found that it is rather easy for me to get wrapped up in all that I have to do and not take the time to simply enjoy life. I have to get this done. But I can't say no to that. Why would I think that I don't have time to do both?

Lately I have been trying to take a few minutes a day to sit back and just relax. To take a few moments to enjoy where I am, what I am doing, and what I have been so blessed with. It is not always easy, but I've found it to be incredibly beneficial and therapeutic. It's become an absolute must on a daily basis. Even on vacations! During my recent trip to Door County I found that I was just as stressed as I would have been at home. 

Tomorrow is the beer festival. I have to make sure to get my appetizer made. Do we have enough beer? What is the weather going to be like? I can't believe I forgot that jacket at home! 

When Erik and I had a chance to go to Base Camp for a quick cup of coffee, we sprang at the opportunity to enjoy coffee and the waterfront. What makes life easier is not being overly concerned with what to wear. It means slipping on a pair of Weekend Warriors (these pants are like heaven for your thighs) and a casual plain white tee. Simple and fashionable. I have also fallen in love with Gents headwear. Me gusta mucho. If you haven't heard of Gents before, you need to check 'em out. Scout Sixteen's Justin Livingston teamed up with Gents to deliver a stellar southern cap. Gents, want to collaborate on a Midwest hat? It could say something like: "Windy City", "Grabowski", or keep it simple "Jazz." Sleep on it. 


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H&M Cotton Tee | Bonobos Weekday Warriors | Steve Madden Troop-L | Gents Jersey Front Cap