Road Trip – Bryce Canyon

September 27, 2016

This was our THIRD attempt at going to Bryce Canyon. The other 2 times we attempted to go we were thwarted by the weather. But this time we were determined! However, though the weather through Zion was perfect, once we bean nearing Bryce it turned cloudy and rainy. But we were going to see that f-ing canyon even if we had to take a boat there! And we made it! And it was only slightly rainy when we were there. And the weather even made for some epic photos, both in foggy clouds and clear sun.

I wore some new boots from Frank Wright to the canyon. I love the wingtip and detailing on the boots because it allows for both dressy and casual wear. Check them out on the Frank Wright site. They are the Cypress Lace Up Boot.

Road Trip – Zion National Park

September 26, 2016

My wife and I decided to embark on a 3 week road trip with our 14 month old son (see much more on my Instagram). It seemed crazy but we didn’t want to be afraid to road trip because it may be difficult or uncomfortable some times. So far things are working out way better than expected and I am going to do a wrap up with tips on how to road trip with a baby, but for now I’d like to share some photos from Day 2 in Zion.

We love Utah and our desire to go back was what sparked the idea of a road trip. We headed to Zion after sleeping over in St. George for the night. The weather was perfect; it was cloudy and about 70 degrees. Holy shit is it difficult to hike with a baby on your back,though! But this backpack made it a bit easier. We saw some deer and took in all the natural beauty of Zion and our boy squeaked and pointed the whole time. He loved it.

Shirt: Rugged Elbow Patch in Aubergine – J. Crew Factory
Dark Jeans: Skinny Active Flex – American Eagle – $20
Sunglasses: Bilko – AJ Morgan – Amazon – $13
Boots: High Fidelity in tan – Eastland – 6pm – $79
Watch: NATO Watch Strap & Minimalist Leather Watch 36mm Face – Shop Stay Classic
Baby Travel Backpack: phil&teds Parade Carrier – Amazon – $131

September 14, 2016

September 14, 2016

Is it cold or hot? Who knows. It started out cold today so I wore my tweed jacket, but then it got hot so I took it off. At least I wasn’t wearing socks or else I would’ve been way too hot. I decided to wear a new tie from my shop today, The New Haven Skinny Tie. It’s perfect for fall by the way. Anywho, we went to Cafe Gratitude for lunch and then grabbed some coffee nearby at James Coffee Co.

Jacket: Camden Tweed – Bonobos (c/o)
Shirt: Oxford – Uniqlo – $20
Pants: Ultimate Skinny Built-In Flex Khaki in Wined Down – Old Navy – $40
Shoes: Charlie Oxford – J. Shoes
Tie: The New Haven Skinny Tie – Shop Stay Classic – $25
Tie Bar: 1″ Tie Bar – Shop Stay Classic – $10
Sunglasses: Bilko – AJ Morgan – Amazon – $13
Bag: Canvas Messenger Bag – Shop Stay Classic – $30
Watch: The Vegan Minimalist Watch – Shop Stay Classic

Hair Care with Dove Men+Care

September 13, 2016

how_to_get_thicker_hair_for_menLately my hair has become a big issue for me. As much as I hate to admit it, it is rapidly depleting and I am always trying to figure out new ways to hold on to what is left lol. I think back to growing up and all the shit I put in my hair from bad shampoo to relaxer to dye. Even though my parents told me not to, I did it anyway. Damn. Maybe they were right!

As much as many guys hate to admit it, taking care of your hair is important and is part of one’s overall health. One of the recent lines of products I’ve tried out is Dove Men+Care. I really like the 2-in-1 shampoo because it just makes my hair feel thicker immediately. And it leaves it super smooth. I was able to sit down with, or rather email back and forth with, professional skateboarder and super dad Andy Schrock and talk to him a little bit about how Dove is integrating into his active lifestyle and helping keep his hair and body healthy. Check out the interview and check out the Dove Men+Care products if you’ve been thinking about switching up your hair and body care routine.

20160906-_H9A1314Q: So I think we are about the same age, and I skated from about age 14-24. So, naturally, I have to begin with asking what your favorite video and/or part is? 
A: Ah, there’s so many good skate videos! I’d have to go with Zero Skateboard’s Misled Youth. That really shaped me into what kind of skateboarder I wanted to be as a teenager. I probably watched it 300 times.

Q: I loved going through some of the videos you’ve uploaded of your son. I have a one year old myself and I’m excited to be able to teach him how to skate. How happy are you that he is goofy footed? I mean, I don’t know what I’ll do if my son wants to be regular.
A: Haha! Well, I may have guided him a little bit to skate goofy footed for sure, but now that he is for sure pushing the same way as me, I’m so pumped to help him with and watch him learn tricks. It’s so rad to see his excitement when he does something new.

Q: Now down to what we’re here for. Hair. When did you make it a point to take care of your hair and why?
A: As you get older you begin to start noticing differences in your appearance, but before this campaign I never spent a lot of time looking into it. Working with Dove Men+Care definitely provided me with the information I needed to improve how I care for my hair. In the Dove Men+Care Hair Fall study, 90% of the dermatologists surveyed agreed that men today aren’t aware of how everyday activities can contribute to hair fall due to breakage. I was definitely one of them – that is until I started working with Dove Men+Care. Now I’m more informed than ever and have started making adjustments to improve my hair health.20160906-_H9A1311

Q: Why did you choose Dove Men+Care over all the other hair care products out there catered to men?
A: I’m a big fan of Dove Men+Care products, especially their 2-in-1 shampoos and conditioners. I use the 2 in 1 Thick and Strong Shampoo on a regular basis, so it was a natural fit to work with them. Being a father and a husband are top priorities for me as well, so working with a brand that appreciates those values was very important to me.

Q: What is the biggest difference you’ve noticed since you began using the Dove Men+Care line of products?
A: From using the Dove Men+Care’s 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner regularly, my hair feels stronger, more resilient and can keep up with my busy schedule. Usually my day consists of shooting videos, play time with Ryden and skateboarding, all of which takes a toll on my hair. No one day looks the same in my career, so having a head of hair that is prepared for whatever lies ahead – from campaign shoots, to filming a new video for my channel – has made all the difference.

Q: What Dove Men+Care products do you use daily and which is your favorite?
A: My personal favorite is the Thick and Strong 2-in-1 Shampoo. It’s a go to product for me that cuts down on the amount of time I spend washing my hair.
Aside from that, I always use the Clean Comfort deodorant, and the Control Gel occasionally for date night!

Q: As a father, what would like to pass down to your son about taking care of one’s appearance?
A: I want to pass down to Ryden that treating yourself with care and incorporating that into your everyday life is important. When you’re an adult, it is easier to forget about yourself due to responsibilities and work. I don’t want him to fall into that habit, so it starts with him seeing me taking proper care of myself. He grew to love skateboarding from spending so much time with me, and I want him to learn to love taking care of himself by my example as well.
The general attitude of stopping for a moment before we do anything in life, before we do something, and thinking “how can I do this correctly,” is very important to me. General health is at the top of this list. So as long as he is doing that, then mission accomplished for me as a father!

Q: And finally, what is your favorite trick that you have landed?
A: Ah, that’s a tough one! In my latter years I’ve been getting more technical and creative than I did as a teenager, but I think the trick that sticks out the most to me is my boardslide on the Hollywood 16 Stair. It’s just a boardslide I know, but to hit such a big and iconic spot has always had a spot in my heart! Not to get too mushy, haha.

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This post was sponsored by Dove. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Favorite Hat

September 12, 2016

I’ve never been one for hats. Well, when I was a kid I used to wear backwards baseball caps all the time, but as an adult they just made me feel like a kid. And when I put on a hat I thought it made me look weird because you couldn’t see my hair, which has always been a big part of my look. However, I kept seeing so many people wearing hats and looking so cool that I really wanted to give them a try. I tried on a bunch in stores and stuff, and even bought some, but the kind I was drawn to made me look like Indiana Jones. I felt like hats were one of those things that look great in pictures, because usually people wear them slightly back on their head and a bit of their hair shows through, but they don’t make sense in actual life. And that is really what matters.

When I came across the Luke Fedora by Yellow 108 things changed. It isn’t black or brown, though they have those colors available, it’s a heathered charcoal so I think it works with basically any outfit and doesn’t scream DOCTOR JONES DOCTOR JONES! It’s made in the USA, too, actually in one of my favorite cities: Long Beach, CA. I’ve worn it all over the place and it is helping me ease into hats. And I think it works with casual and more formal looks. After all, my hair is falling out so I’m gonna need to start wearing more hats soon! haha. Here’s some outfits with the hat. How do you feel about hats? Is there one you particularly like?

Some of the outfit details:
Cord Sherpa Jacket | Blue Oxford Shirt | Levi’s Jeans | Boots | Sunglasses | Burgundy Shirt