Before it was -3 degrees outside, I had the opportunity of collaborating with an awesome Chicago-based company that’s taking the city to new heights. Literally. If you haven’t already heard of Chicago Helicopter Experience already, then listen up. In their own private heliport located only 8 minutes from the Loop, CHE really changes your perspective on the city – and life.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the little things. Especially this time of year. Between gift-shopping on a budget, end of the year reviews, jam-packed schedules, and everything in between, we forget how lucky we are. Sometimes we’re so focused on outside stresses, that we neglect the beauty that surrounds us. Chicago Helicopter Experience reminds us that life is too short to not make every ordinary day, extraordinary.
Also – if you’re going to take a helicopter tour, why not do it in style? Shop my helicopter look below and let CHE change your perspective.
ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY: ERIK MARTHALER
The Movember campaign is in full swing and men around the world are participating in No Shave November to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer. Don’t worry you’ve still got time! Because like they say, there’s no better time than the present to start growing out your facial hair (or something along those lines).
Ultimately, No Shave November is the true test of a man. It’s what separate the boys from the men. But it’s around this time in Movember that things start looking a little hairy (literally). The low-maintenance scruff starts to look like a wild forest. So if you plan on keeping the Lumberjack look going for the rest of the winter, follow these easy tips for keeping your beard groomed!
Skin comes first
While your facial hair may be the main attraction, the base player has just as an important role. Take care of your skin and know your skin type. Whether you’re dry, oily, or sensitive, make sure you’re aware of complexion’s needs.
Match your beard to your face shape
Since we’re well into the month, it’s time to start sculpting your masterpiece. But make sure it compliments your face shape. Highlight that jaw or angle it on the chin to make your jaw look sharper. Regardless – trim your beard to your advantage.
My favorite trimmer? Phillips Norelco Beard Trimmer Series 7200 – rated #1 of 2016.
Wash it regularly
I shouldn’t have to tell you this, but no one likes a dirty beard. Keep it clean, gentlemen. I’m not saying you have to deep clean it daily. Just fresh. If you’re into keeping it simple, stick with a bar of soap. But if you want to play with the big leagues – try The Art of Shaving Beard Wash. Plus, it comes in peppermint – just in time for the holidays.
Beard Oil is your FRIEND
Honestly – beard oil is key to keeping your facial hair well-tamed. Plain and simple: regular use will make your hair softer and shinier. Try Mountaineer Brand WV Timber Beard Oil. Especially if you’re into smelling like a rugged huntsman.
Did Michelangelo’s ceiling painting in the Sistine Chapel happen overnight? No. And neither will your facial masterpiece. Growing and maintaining a well-groomed beard your father would be proud of takes time. Be patient. It’ll grow.
Coat season is upon us, men. And let’s face it – that puffy ski jacket you bought four years ago just isn’t cutting it anymore. Besides, do you really want to show up to the office or a first date looking ready for the slopes? I didn’t think so. It’s time to step up your winter wardrobe and invest in a jacket that keeps you warm while looking cool.
But who said layering up for the winter had to cost a fortune? To make purchasing easier on you, I’ve rounded up my top 8 favorite winter jackets under $200. Trust me, your wallets will thank you when holiday shopping rolls around in a month!
Marc New York Wool Blend Peacoat, $199 | nordstrom.com
Zara Biker Jacket, $149 | zara.com
Black Rivet Wool Blend Coat, $168 | nordstrom.com
Johnston & Murphy Melange Knit Full-Zip, $128 | johnstonmurphy.com
Patagonia Better Sweater Hybrid Zip, $179 | nordstrom.com
Banana Republic Duval Jacket, $198 | bananarepublic.com
Vince Camuto 3-in-1 Softshell Jacket, $198 | nordstrom.com