What’s In My EDC Bag?

Fans have been asking for an update as to what I carry in my EDC bag, so now’s the time!

 

Everyday Backpack (30L version)
Everyday Backpack

Laptop
Dell XPS 13

Laptop Skin
https://dbrand.com/shop/dell-xps-13-skins-9350-9360

Hip bag A.K.A Field Pouch
Field Pouch

Phone Wallet (exact model is no longer available)
https://bellroy.com/products/category/phone-cases

Keychain Leatherman
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0032XZW82/

Outlery
https://outlery.com/

Sunglasses Case (exact model discontinued)
https://www.etsy.com/listing/592895748
https://www.etsy.com/listing/221302823

Oliver People’s Sunglasses
https://www.oliverpeoples.com/usa/0OV5414SU–100581#image_0

Galaxy Buds
https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Wireless-improved-Charging-included/dp/B083KVM9VW

Notebook
https://www.amazon.com/Creations-Author-Tomoe-River-Notebook/dp/B07CS5N18R

Pen case & Pens
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FWE0DQY

https://www.amazon.com/Platinum-Fountain-Preppy-Black-PPQ-200/dp/B001H0CEM4

** The "Pocket Six" Fountain Pen**

Fountain Pen

Phone Stand

Water Bottle
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VJX4C4

Baby Wipes
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ND3WR64/

Battery Pack
https://www.amazon.com/Anker-PowerCore-Portable-Capacity-PowerPort/dp/B01K6TA748

Phone Case
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QSSYXNJ/

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Co‑Axial Chronograph

https://www.omegawatches.com/en-us/watch-omega-speedmaster-moonwatch-omega-co-axial-chronograph-44-25-mm-31190445103001

Self-Isolation Essentials (Things We Can’t Live Without During Quarantine)

Since we’re under pseudo-quarantine right now, we wanted to show you the things that are making our time indoors fun, easy and (somewhat) productive.

Loungewear

Discussed at length, here.

BENDY Phone TRIPOD

Since video chatting has become a standard way of life in our household, having a tripod for your phone allows you to sit back or do other things while chatting with friends or family.

Tripod & Smartphone Tripod Mount | The head shown in the video

Insulated Hot/COLD Thermos

This mug is great for enjoying a hot or cold drink throughout the day and not having to worry about it cooling off or getting warm.

Notebook & Fountain Pen

Now that we’ve got more time on our hands, we’re finding analog options are more relaxing and useful. So we’re writing out to-do lists, thoughts, ideas as well as use for journaling.

Favorite Notebook | Fountain Pen | Ink

Hip Bag

Since we’ll all have to venture outdoors eventually for basic necessities or for a walk around the neighborhood to maintain your sanity, a hip bag is great for carrying your wallet, keys, hand sanitizer, mask, gloves, etc. This bag is great because it can be used with a belt or strap for either around your waist or as a regular sling bag.

SKINCARE Routine

Being stuck indoors and not having to see anyone socially means it’s the perfect time to get your skincare routine completely locked down. As mentioned in the video, here’s some of the items we’ve been testing and finding to be well worth the time invested.

Curology Night Lotion | Masks (both are great) – 1st Choice, 2nd Choice 

BOARD GAMES

We were never big board game fans in the past, but just before we went under lockdown, we picked up a couple that have been highly recommended and we’re so glad we did!

Choice 1 | and 2 | and 3

Streaming Device

We’ve been streaming-only for almost a decade now, so this may be old hat to us, but if you’re looking for the best all-around streaming device, this is absolutely it. You can virtually stream anything and everything, even if the service you like doesn’t have a compatible app. (Watch the video for the explanation.)

Silicone Food Containers

If you’re like us, your home cooked meal count has gone up exponentially. Instead of using plastic bags to store leftovers, these silicone food containers have been a god-send. They can be frozen, boiled and cleaned in the dishwasher. Total game changers in our house.

Men’s Loungewear Essentials (9 Must Have Items To Relax In Style)

Since we’re all spending more time indoors, that means what you’re wearing around the house takes on more importance. The goal is to have loungewear that’s comfortable and stylish enough to wear in front of your friends or a date, but also be able to save you from having to change into “regular’ clothes to run a quick errand or be worn if you’re going to the airport to take a long flight. Does this mean you have to get rid of the 10 year old T-shirt and tattered flannel pj bottoms? No, but they should probably be worn when you don’t need to be presentable.

Robes

They’re comfortable, great for wearing after you get out of the shower or when you want an extra bit of warmth in addition to your core pieces (below). Most men don’t think of a robe as being an essential, but once you get and use a good one, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

Favorites: Option 1| Option 2 | Budget-Friendly

Sweatshirt & Jogger Pant Combo

This is a great combo that is warm, comfortable and can easily be worn outside to run a quick errand or as a comfortable yet stylist airport outfit. Pair it with white or black sneakers, throw a coat or bomber jacket on, and you’re all set.

Favorites: Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3 – Sweater, Pants

Drawstring Pants

These are great for the same reasons as the sweatshirt and jogger combo. You can use a long sleeved or short sleeved shirt – it’s up to you. The main difference will be that they’ll be a little thinner material and not so warm as the other combo. So if you run warmer or want a warmer weather combo, this is for you.

Favorites: Sweater Shirt & Pants Combo | Option 2 | Option 3

shorts

If you’re more of a t-shirt and shorts guy then the last thing you should be wearing are basketball shorts – they look terrible and sloppy. Instead, grab some of the shorts recommended below and ensure they have a trim fit. Ideally they should hit about 1-4 inches above the knee, depending on your preference.

Favorites: Option 1 | Option 2

t-shirts

I’ve been saying this for years now: Never underestimate the power of a well-fitting t-shirt. Instead of reaching for one of your tattered, random t-shirts from 10 years ago, wear the comfortable, well-fitting t-shirts you wear in public. Bonus points if you match your t-shirts to your jogger or drawstring pants – it just makes you look even classier (especially if you’ve got a special someone over for the evening.)

Favorites: Option 1 | Option 2

slippers

Having the right slippers can easily make your at home experience significantly better. There’s nothing quite like a pair of super soft, fluffy slippers that keep your feet warm and protected. Being stylish is all about the details, so complete your outfit with the right slippers.

Favorites: Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3 | Option 4

Socks

You have socks for the gym, for your boots, for when you want show off some ankle during the warmer months, and socks for your dress shoes. So yes, you should also have a set of loungewear socks, as well. Again, bonus points by complementing your loungewear with matching socks – but you don’t have to match them, you can go for fun or colored socks, as well.

Favorites: Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3 | Option 4

Top 10 Men’s Essentials For Spring 2020

It’s Springtime and you should be transitioning your wardrobe to warmer weather options. In this video, we’ll discuss our must-have men’s Spring essential items you should have in your closet for 2020.

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Work or Chore Jacket

Of course, we’re always going to love a bomber jacket, especially a suede during this time of year, but if you want to mix it up, a field or chore jacket is the perfect addition for this time of year. It’s not too heavy and can add an interesting element to your wardrobe. They’re supposed to be a little more relaxed fit, so keep that in mind when shopping for one. You can definitely go for a more tailored/trim style, so size down if that’s what you’re wanting instead.
Budget Pick One and Two
Upgraded Pick

White or Blue Sneakers

With the warm weather it’s time to get out the lighter colors and fabrics and this definitely applies to your shoes. So grab your white or blue low top sneakers or slip-ons and start putting them into the casual outfit rotation.
Favorite Slip-On Sneakers
Favorite All-Around Sneaker

Oxford Button Down Shirt

One of the best shirts for Spring, is the Oxford Button Down. It’s the epitome of versatility. It can blend into any setting and as part of almost any dress code – from super casual all the way to business casual and looks equally good tucked, half tucked or untucked. There aren’t many items of clothing you can say that about.

Favorite Blue Oxford
Favorite White Oxford

Sunglasses

Now that the sun is coming out, its time to freshen up your eyewear- specifically your sunglasses. Obviously, you want to make sure your sunglasses fit your face shape and style, but this year the trend is to go for more unique shapes and/or colorful frames or lenses.
Some of our favorites

Polo Shirts

Polo shirts instantly make an outfit look more put together and Spring is the perfect time to bring them out. If you’re a slim to regular build, grab a Pima cotton polo because it looks less like your dad’s golf shirt, but if you’re a bigger fella with a little bit of weight in his torso, then go with a pique cotton polo because it will airbrush your problem areas better than a cotton or silk blended shirt would.
Best Polo Shirts Ever

Fabric or Woven Belt

During Spring or Summer, there’s nothing that looks better than a woven belt. Either in leather or fabric. For a little extra casual flair, get the belt a little longer and let it dangle a bit.
Favorite Woven Belts

Chino Pants

Finally it’s time to have an alternative to those jeans and wool pants you’ve been wearing the last few months. Chinos’ time to shine are Spring and Summer as they are lightweight, breathable, and super comfortable. They also add an easy going stylish touch when paired with a sweatshirt or tee. Recommend colors: tan, green, blue, and grey.
Favorite Chino Pants

Penny Loafers

Now that the weather is warming up, showing a touch of ankle is permissible – if that’s your thing. Either way, a pair of penny loafers in leather or suede add such a cool, upscale touch to any outfit, whether it’s worn with a suit or jeans and a t-shirt. Opt for a high quality pair, as they’ll look great for many, many years – if you take care of them properly. A chocolate brown color is definitely a favorite, as it’ll go with 99% of the colors you’ll be wearing this season. But black looks good, as well.
Budget Pick
Upgrade Picks: Black and Brown

Crewneck Sweater or Sweatshirt

A well-fitting crewneck sweater or sweatshirt looks great paired with chinos and denim and is a great layering piece when the weather is chilly in the mornings and evenings.
Best All-Round Crewnecks
Budget Sweatshirts
Upgrade Sweatshirt

Suede Chukka or Desert Boots

Just like during the fall months, its time to grab a pair of suede desert or chukka boots. They’ll class up an otherwise casual outfit and they look great during this time of year. Just make sure to waterproof them in case its a little wet outside. Preferred colors: light brown, chocolate brown or gray.
Budget Pick
Upgraded Pick

How To Wear Black Sneakers

Black sneakers, whether they’re all black or black with a white sole, can be hard to pull off. So today we’re showing you the best ways and rules to follow for wearing all black sneakers.

Bags Every Guy Should Own | Best Bags & Luggage For Men in 2020

Any self-respecting, modern gentleman understands that he needs to use the right tool for the right job. And that definitely extends to the bags and luggage he carries. Today we’re going to discuss the essential bags and luggage depending on where you’re going and what you’re wearing.

 

Backpack

The backpack is the most versatile of the items on this list and depending on your lifestyle, it could be a smart business-casual accessory, a daily go-anywhere bag for trips to the coffee shop, grocery store or gym or a piece of luggage.

While you can technically use a backpack for everything, you don’t want to because if you’re traveling for an extended period of time, that may not be enough space for your belongs and it can get heavy, which can negatively affect your back or shoulders. And if you need to wear suits for work, even a well-designed leather backpack looks unprofessional and will ruin the shoulders of a suit while wearing it.

You can find virtually any level of design and price for backpacks these days, so much so that they’re officially a staple bag now. There is one caveat, if you need to wear suits for work, no matter how classy the backpack is, there are still better options for you that won’t ruin the shoulders of your suit jackets.

Best Options
Budget Options: here and here

Rolling Luggage

For trips away, whether on a plane or via a car or train, when you need to carry more stuff with you, nothing beats rolling luggage.

We didn’t have one of these for a while and as soon as we got one it quickly dawned on us that this was superior to using non-roller luggage. It’s too convenient not having to lug around your luggage on your back or by carrying it by the handles when this bag can be gliding effortlessly next to you.

The Carry-on by Carl Friedrik is our favorite for a number of reasons:

(get 15% off until March 15th with code: AW-15)

  • Lifetime warranty
  • Personalization options – monogramming and colored leather detailing and handles.
  • Durable Polycarbonate shell
  • Rigid aluminium frame with TSA approved side locks
  • Smooth and silent gliding Japanese wheels
  • Option for integrated power bank
  • Available in: Cognac, Black, Chocolate

Briefcase w/ Shoulder Strap

If you prefer more of a classic piece with versatility or just can’t see yourself wearing a backpack, then look no further than a briefcase with a detachable shoulder strap.

The shoulder strap provides versatility (as long as you’re not wearing a suit jacket). Technically, you can call this a messenger bag, but where messenger bags tend to be less structured and sporty-looking, the briefcase is a little more rigid and sophisticated. You can get a messenger bag, but we’d prefer a backpack in 99% of scenarios when a messenger would be appropriate because it just looks better and frankly, is more comfortable to use.

Best Options

Budget Options

Weekender or Duffel Bag

These are great for short trips or if you’re a light packer. While we’re big fans of the classic styling, admittedly, they’re not as nice to use as a piece of roller luggage if you pack it to the gills. These come in all shapes, sizes and materials and are very sophisticated looking.

Best Options

Budget Options

Dopp or Toiletry Kit

The final bag or piece of luggage you need is a Dopp kit for all your toiletries and grooming essentials. These are great for gym trips or for any sort of travel. They keep your stuff organized, are sophisticated-looking and are just a joy to use.

This is our absolute favorite one by a longshot.