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All the Best Gear to Wear on a Spring Bar Crawl

first_img $152 from Huckberry Maybe you enjoy that age-old pursuit of bar-hopping fairly frequently in your hometown on the weekends. But what about once you’ve packed up and left town on a spring getaway? Will you still be ready for a pub crawl (as you should be) at the drop of a hat? And specifically, what the heck are you going to wear? It’s a style situation within a style situation, but the key is taking your favorite essentials and then having a little fun with them. After all, the beer’s going to be flowing, might as well look great while enjoying your favorite beverage. Let’s go for fun, stylish menswear — nothing stuffy or serious. Kind of like spring break overall, right? Bottoms up. La Paz Alegre Shirt – $152It’s a spring bar crawl, likely in a fun coastal city, so let’s have a little fun here with this shirt. It’s old-school-inspired and mixes in the casual with the playful; it avoids the gaudy nature of a loud printed shirt or a neon tank-top, too. Subtly stylish yet unique is what we’re going for here. You Need One (Or More) of the Best Men’s Henley Shirts in Your Wardrobe $211 from Huckberry MWC Watches GG-W-113 U.S. Infantry Watch – $211Leave your fancy dress watch at home. This tough field watch is perfect for all manner of imbibing, and it can stand up with ease to having a bit of beer spilled on it. Plus, it’s priced agreeably for its performance and durability. Don’t worry about matching the black NATO strap to your brown leather boots — it’s casual, after all. $99 from See Eyewear Flint and Tinder Heavy Slub Tee – $38Instead of throwing on a short-sleeve button-down shirt and calling it a day, we’re layering that atop a classic, American-made slub tee. Leave the top shirt open for a bit of Ryan Gosling-esque style and you’ll be the best-dressed guy at the bar. Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites $70 from Flag and Anthem Blundstone Original 500 Boots – $180We’re all about the spirit of adventure — responsible adventure, that is — that a bar crawl can bring. To keep you comfortable and stylish for long hours on your feet, there might be no better pair of boots for the occasion than these Blundstone Original 550. The striped elastic sides inject this outfit with a bit of fun and spring flair — oh, and these are weatherproof (and likely beer-proof, too). See Eyewear 9661 Polar Sunglasses – $99Classic men’s sunglasses that channel the timeless vibe of Steve McQueen? Available for under $100? Those sound like the perfect sunglasses to wear all day. We love the tortoiseshell frames and polarized lenses. Editors’ Recommendations You Definitely Need a Shirt Jacket for Fall $185 from Amazon $180 from Blundstone Flag and Anthem Kirksville Jeans – $70Because you’re hitting up a range of fine drinking establishments, from craft beer bars to top-notch jukebox joints, casual denim is the way to go. In a slim fit with a pleasingly faded wash, the Flag & Anthem Kirksville Jeans get the small details right. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know $38 from Huckberrylast_img read more

The Best Natural Sunscreen Options for the Environment and Your Skin

first_img $10 from Neutrogena $15 from Amazon Neutrogena SheerZinc Face Sunscreen SPF 50Sometimes you can’t wait for the UPS guy to show up with your special sunscreen order. When the pool party starts in twenty minutes, drop into the local CVS and pick up Neutrogena’s zinc oxide-based sunscreen. While it does leave your face looking a little ghosty at first, it spreads smoothly and protects your skin and your health. Matt Lincoln/Getty ImagesIt’s high school graduation season, which means just one thing for the post-high school adult who has not yet begun to raise children: A reminder that you were supposed to be wearing sunscreen.You know what I’m talking about—the tired but nonetheless ubiquitous commencement speech by Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich that gets reprinted in every newspaper and referenced at every grad party. In this speech, the author puts “Wear sunscreen” as the top bullet point in her advice to the class of 1997.Sorry, Mary, but odds are that nobody took that advice. Sunscreen, like drinking 64 ounces of water and flossing our teeth, is one of those things we almost never do while fully knowing we’re supposed to. But unlike those other healthy habits, skipping out on sunscreen all this time might have actually been doing the planet a favor.It turns out that the majority of commercially produced sunscreens are full of chemicals that wreak havoc on ocean environments. The main culprits, oxybenzone, and octinoxate, are particularly harmful to coral reefs. The situation is so bad that on June 1, a Waikiki-based action group comprised of government officials, marine conservationists, scientists, activists, and professional surfers staged World Reef Day. This event featured a riff on a gun buyback program, only instead of firearms, participants dropped off bottles of mainstream sunscreen and received a bottle of mineral-based, reef-safe sunscreen made by Hawaii company Raw Elements.Tom Merton/Getty ImagesIt also turns out that skipping the sunscreen may have been doing your skin more good than harm. Last May, FDA researchers published a clinical trial that revealed sunscreen’s UV-blocking chemicals seep into your bloodstream. (For years, sunscreen makers have been insisting that they don’t.) According to the study, these chemicals show up in concentrations way above the safety threshold…and stay that high for three days after the sunscreen has been applied.  At least one of these chemicals—oxybenzone again—is known to mess with the endocrine system and trigger allergic reactions.There’s still a lot of testing to be done on sunscreen, to determine if these chemicals are truly toxic, and if so, in what concentrations. But for the time being, we opine that you’re better off ditching the mainstream sunscreen and opting for a mineral-rich, verifiably nontoxic sunscreen that protects your body and the earth.Need a few suggestions? We thought you’d never ask.The Best Natural Sunscreens Bare Republic Mineral SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen SprayBare Republic’s spray sunscreen hits both of the main requirements for a great sunscreen (blocking UVA and UVB rays) and exceeds them by adding a dose of amazing scent. Zinc oxide and titanium oxide act as the main ingredients in this sunscreen, meaning it does require rubbing in after spraying on, but we think that makes it even better because it forces you to really know where you’ve applied it. What’s better, it goes on slightly white, which also helps to prevent missing a spot. Finally, it’s water resistant and only needs reapplication every 80 minutes. With all these great features, is it any wonder that this is a winner for The Manual Grooming Awards 2019? Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Men Raw Elements Face + Body SPF 30Who better to mastermind a sunscreen than a professional lifeguard? This ultra-crunchy SPF sunscreen boasts a shortlist of certified natural ingredients: Zinc oxide to block UV rays; beeswax and cocoa butter to help it spread; black tea for antioxidant power; and hempseed oil for cell repair. We also like that this 1% for the Planet member company helped pioneer the movement to protect coral reefs. $48 from Amazon $13 from Thinksport For even more environmentally friendly sunscreens, check out our favorite reef-safe SPFs. $19 from Raw Elements $17 from Amazon Thinksport Natural Sunscreen SPF 50If you’re going to be sweating hard under the sun, this hard-wearing sports sunscreen should be your go-to. While it’s a little clumpy at first, it guarantees protection for up to 80 minutes, even under water. Free of parabens, phthalates, and any off-putting scents, this sunscreen has been featured by everyone from Men’s Health to Metro Moms and boasts more awards than the lead trainer at your CrossFit gym. $48 from Nordstrom Editors’ Recommendations Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep Supergoop!This lightweight but ultra-effective SPF 50 sunscreen deserves that exclamation point included in its brand name. It offers the trifecta of sunscreen virtues: Spreads smoothly, absorbs in seconds, and doesn’t clog pores. It even offers a subtle but delightful scent. Free of shady parabens (which cause an overabundance of estrogen) and phthalates (linked to – yikes – testicular problems), it’s our top choice for daily wear, as well as for those with sensitive skin. 7 Couples Costumes That Don’t Suck The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About last_img read more

New local media outlets crop up as traditional community papers close

TORONTO — Dave Bidini asks “what if” a lot.As in, what if the mainstream press didn’t care about George Clooney building a house on Lake Cuomo? Maybe, just maybe, he says as he sprinkles in a few profanities, communities would be better off.Next month, the prolific musician, author and general man-about-Toronto, will be trudging door to door delivering his most recent creation: a 20-page broadsheet newspaper called the West End Phoenix. It will be a community rag, served without advertisements once a month with a focus on a few west-end neighbourhoods.“We used to have a whack of really, really great community papers, but they’re all glorified flyer-mobiles now,” Bidini says, his voice rising.“Goddammit, we’re in Toronto, we’re in this amazing city and we’re in this catchment in the west end where there are so many stories and we need a paper that will focus on the community. And you know what, the lane is wide open for us.”Bidini is betting on the community where he lives to respond. He has budgeted about $300,000 for the first year for 12 issues and says he’s raised about 40 per cent of the funds needed. The money comes from a mixture of what he calls patrons, those who have shelled out $500 to $25,000. Count artists Margaret Atwood, Yann Martel and Serena Ryder among the donors.He says he has about 1,100 subscribers thus far and is hoping for 5,000 within a year. He’s going local.“We, as of a society, have to punch open those front doors and roll open those garages,” Bidini says. “In our times, it’s important for us to better know each other.”There is a paucity of community newspapers in Canada, according to research by a Ryerson University journalism professor. April Lindgren runs the Local News Research Project that puts numbers to the mass extinction of news organizations. Her research has led her to dub the situation across Canada as “local news poverty.”Since 2008, 194 news organizations have closed in Canada, either outright or due to mergers, her research shows. Only 62 new ones have popped up over the same time period. She is continually updating the numbers, she says.“News is becoming a luxury item for a community,” Lindgren says.Someone like Bidini finds himself in the perfect position to launch a newspaper, she says.“You need money, education, background and contacts,” Lindgren says.Bidini can tick off some of those boxes and is using his contacts to find money.“I’m having dinners and coffees with potential patrons trying to shake the trees,” he says.Lindgren points to American research that shows people who live in more affluent communities tend to have more access to more local news than people who live in poorer communities.Yet she’s excited for any new news outlets, especially if it’s local.“Research shows the availability of local news is as important to a well-functioning community as a functioning sewer system, good roads, public health services and good schools,” she says.Nearly 700 kilometres north of Toronto, Jeff Elgie speaks of his burgeoning local news empire from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. He runs Village Media and his crown jewel is SooToday.com, a digital-only news organization based in the northern Ontario city.They have news sites in four other Ontario cities: North Bay, Barrie, Timmins and Guelph, and they’re expanding. They’ve built their own publishing software that powers their sites and they also license it to other news organizations in Sudbury and Thunder Bay where they take a cut of digital sales, he says.Elgie is bullish on local news. He says on an average weekday, SooToday.com sees about 90,000 hits and 42,000 unique visitors, totalling about 15 million hits a month. This from a community with a population 73,368, according to the 2016 census.He says about 97 per cent of traffic is from local stories.“What we’re just doing is what a community newspaper did 20 years ago,” Elgie says. “It’s not that brilliant, really, we’re just focusing on local.”He says he won’t go anywhere near Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver, but is targeting small- to medium-sized cities with populations from 40,000 people to 200,000. He also targets areas that have their own distinct persona, learning from their struggles in Barrie, Ont.“Barrie seems to act a little differently and in some ways behaves a bit more like (a) commuter community where there is not as much interest in engagement in purely local news, so we struggle there,” he says.Another important factor is the competition. He’s looking for places with a weak media landscape. He points to Guelph as a good example. They had already planned to go in there because it fits the profile, but when the local paper, the Guelph Mercury, closed in early 2016, they raced to enter the market and opened up shop eight days later with two former Mercury reporters in tow.The next experiment is to test an even smaller market: Elliot Lake, Ont., with a population of 10,498.They’ll leverage SooToday’s site since it’s so close and they’re already covering issues like crime and health care. He says he already has commitments from companies to buy ads that have nearly covered the new operations launch costs.Like newspapers of yore, his company is making money off obituaries, which they post for free but make advertisement dollars off of their popularity, and classifieds.“In the Soo, we have more used vehicles than Auto Trader does,” Elgie says.Back in Toronto, Bidini already has a few shoestring budget stories to tell. An old high school friend “who’s done very well” will cover printing costs. There is no rent for the newsroom space because they are considered artists in residence at the Gladstone Hotel.He’s pumped for the first issue, which will feature “massive photos and massive illustrations” to go along with both short and long stories.“We do whatever we want to do,” Bidini says.Then it’s back to the what ifs. What if the West End Phoenix is no different than the scores of news outlets that died?“Who knows, maybe we’ll be that, man,” he says, “but we’re gonna try.” read more