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    Lifestyle: OMJ Says Thanks

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    Last September, OLE MASON JAR took a major step into the next phase of our brand. Looking to expand and having a clear vision of wanting to help revitalize manufacturing in our home state of North Carolina, we were desperately in need of outside help to achieve such a lofty goal. Well, we put ourselves out there with a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the funds...and our supporters turned out in a BIG way...

    Music: August Discovery

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    For the month of August, our playlist includes a little John (Mayer), Frank Ocean and a mixed set by yours truly. 

    Travel: The Carolina Coast Guide

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    Here in the southeast, there are a few things synonymous with summertime. Outdoor cookouts/BBQs, days on the lake, country music concerts and of course...the beach. Fortunately for us in the Carolinas, only a few hours stands between us, a chair in the sand and the summer breeze through our hair. 

    Lifestyle: Filipe Likes The Sporting Gent

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    This summer we have been checking in periodically with OLE MASON JAR co-founder Filipe Ho, to find out exactly what he is up to. Our second entry is a look at Filipe in our Charlotte retail partner, The Sporting Gent.

    Music: July Discovery

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    Each month the Music & Lifestyle department brings you the latest and greatest music releases, concert updates, fashion trends, and much more. Checkout July Discovery!

    Lifestyle: Celebrating July 4th

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    In the true spirit of Independence Day, we hope everyone had a great day celebrating July 4th with family and friends!

    Guide: Packing For Summer Travel

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    Hot off the heels of our European vacation, we thought it wise to give guidance on what to pack for your upcoming summer travel plans. After 2 weeks of being constantly on the go in a foreign country in the early summer heat, we sort of feel like experts now. How do you pack for these types of trips? Here is our guide to packing lightly for your trips away! 

    Music: June Discovery

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    For the month of June, we have been traveling around Europe, and so naturally needed a playlist that complimented the many hours in transit!

    Guide: 8 Must Have Gifts For Dad

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    Father's Day is just around the corner, Sunday June 21st incase you've forgotten. This year, get Dad something he really wants and will use time and time again.  These are 8 great gifts that any Dad would be excited to open!

    Travel: A Weekend in Rome

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    For the next couple of weeks we are traveling in Europe, so make sure to check back often for a running log of our travels. First up, "The Eternal City" Rome! 

    Lifestyle: Filipe Likes Memorial Day

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    This summer we will be checking in periodically with OLE MASON JAR co-founder Filipe Ho, to find out exactly what he is up to. Our first entry is a glimpse of Filipe’s Memorial Day festivities, and how he celebrated in true North Carolina style.

    Style: A guide to Linen

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    This summer we are all about linen. In that spirit, we thought it would be great to learn a little more about this great fabric option.

    Guide: The Kentucky Derby

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    As you prepare to watch the 138th Kentucky Derby this Saturday, here’s a quick guide to one of the most famous sporting events in the world.

    Lifestyle: "late Nights"

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    This is a special edition of Discovery about how we came up with the concept. And then what happened next.

    Introducing: Made in North Carolina Polos

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    This week we officially stepped into the polo market with the launch of our North Carolina Polo Shirts. We know, we know...polo's are a dime-a-dozen these days. So what makes ours any different? Well, we are so glad you asked!

    Guide: How To Wear Your Pocket Square

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    If you've never worn a pocket square before it might seem like challenge.  Don't worry, wearing them are easy!  As with any accessory or style, all it takes is a little confidence in it and you're set.

    Lifestyle: March Discovery

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    Each month the Music & Lifestyle department brings you the latest and greatest music releases, concert updates, fashion trends, and much more. Checkout March Discovery!

    Lifestyle: Thoughts on Turning Two

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    This past week marked a major milestone for OLE MASON JAR, our second year anniversary of being in business. On such a significant milestone we offer some observation and thoughts.

    Style: Wear A Sport Coat

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    Wearing a sport coat gives off a sense of being distinguished and can take a casual outfit up a notch.  They have the ability to easily transform looks.  Every man should own at least one sport coat, and not just the simple blue.  This staple wardrobe piece is not just for the older generations! No matter your career, there are endless possibilities for wearing a simple sport coat.  

    Guide: How To Fold A Pocket Square

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    Pocket squares are an accessory every man should wear.  They effortlessly take an outfit up a notch and are quickly added into a suit or blazer jacket.  They add style and sophistication to almost any outfit.  Another added bonus, they quickly add a small detail of color and can enhance other accessories.  There are three folds that are quick and easy everyone should know, and wear! 

    Style: Spring 2015 Color Trends

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    Spring Color Trends

    The spring season means shedding your winter wardrobe and opting to add some fun colors rather than layers.  This season, be on the look out for softer color choices in cooler hues.  Color trends are all about going minimalistic and looking to nature for inspiration on color and how to pair them.  

    Guide: Patterns 101

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    Here is a brief overview of six of the most common, and classic, patterns found in clothing and accessories.  Learn how to distinguish between different patterns.  Solids look great but patterns can add dimension and texture into your ever day wear. 

    Style: Flasks

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    While doubled up plastic bags may have worked for a four year stint, they don't travel as well with your outdoor gear, tux or business attire. These days, a dapper and leakproof flask complements the weekend away much better.

    The post Flasks appeared first on Bearings.

    Guide: What Women Really Want For Valentine’s

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    Each February 14 you can always choose to show your affection with flowers, chocolates and a nice dinner. And while there’s nothing wrong with those options, we have a hunch that’s not what really counts.

    Guide: Valentine's Day Gifts

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    Valentine's Day, or shopping for men in general, can be very tricky. You'll need to put some thought into getting a unique gift that he'll enjoy. Show him that you're always thinking of him with a creative present! We're bringing you the best assortment of gifts to make your shopping easier.  

    Lifestyle: The South At The Oscars

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    Over the years, Hollywood has given the world glimpses of Southern culture – some sincere, some appalling; some painfully accurate, some ignorantly stereotypical.

    The post The South At The Oscars appeared first on Bearings.

    Lifestyle: Welcome to Discovery

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    Welcome to Discovery,

    It’s 2015 and we are beyond excited for what we have in store for you this year! Each month the Music & Lifestyle department will bring you the latest and greatest music releases, concert updates, fashion trends, and much more. 

    Music: Best Albums of 2014

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    With 2014 drawing to a close (wow, is it really almost 2015?!?), it is time once again for our annual list of best albums. Checkout who made out list this year, and why!

    Guide: Give the gift of choice this Christmas

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    Collaboration: The Sporting Gent

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    Ladies and Gentleman, we have officially launched into the physical retail world...The Sporting Gent. An incredibly welcoming store that exudes the sporting lifestyle, the Sporting Gent is neatly tucked into the Myers Park area on Selwyn Avenue in Charlotte, North Carolina. Offering everything from well known brands, to unique items from local artisans and everything in between, the Sporting Gent is truly different from your typical gentleman's retail store. From the minute we first stepped inside, we knew it was an ideal fit for OLE MASON JAR, and are so pleased to announce this partnership. 

    Travel: The North Carolina Mountains

    Travel: The North Carolina Mountains
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    The past few weekends we have really taken things back to our roots...the mountains of North Carolina. For several reasons/opportunities/commitments, we have made the trek to the Boone/Blowing Rock area, and so wanted to make sure we gave due credit to the place that has been such an influential inspiration for OLE MASON JAR.

    Style: Wine, Women & Shoes

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    This past week we had the incredible honor of participating and supporting the philanthropy we give back to...Second Harvest Food Bank for their annual Wine, Women & Shoes event aimed at ending child hunger. If you didn't already know, one of the very pillars we are founded on is giving back. We made the decision when we first started OLE MASON JAR, that for every shirt/product we sold, we would give back to organizations aimed at helping those that are underprivileged. 

    Lifestyle: Kickstarter Campaign

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     Friends, family and fellow followers, we are so thrilled to say our Kickstarter campaign has hit it's goal!

    Music: A Night With Ed Sheeran

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    Kicking off our Fall Music Series, our Director of Music and Lifestyle, Taj Simpson, got a front row seat for Ed Sheeran at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Sheeran is onto something, and that something is pretty great.

    Style: Fall Layers

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    This month, our CEO sat down for an interview with Elevate Lifestyle Magazine, to answer some frequently asked questions about fall style and wardrobe essentials.

    Music: Summer Music Series - Part 3

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    This summer, our Director of Music and Lifestyle, Taj SImpson is at it again, following some of the hottest artists in the world as they stop in to Las Vegas. In the final installment of our summer series, we get an all inclusive backstage pass with the next big thing, Almost Normal!

    Collaboration: The American Gentleman

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    We are exited to announce the partnership and launch of Chicago based online menswear The American Gentleman. Founded by our friends Barrett and Jonathan, with the idea to promote the revival of high quality stylish products made in America, The American Gentleman is primed to deliver some pretty great things!

    Lifestyle: Meet Cooper

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    This past week while we were busy launching our newest collection, Made in North Carolina ties, we took some time to sit down with someone that has played a large role in our expansion...Cooper.

    Music: Summer Music Series - Part 2

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    This summer, our music correspondent Taj Simpson is at it again, following some of the hottest artists in the world as they stop in to Las Vegas. In part 2 of the summer series, we get an all inclusive backstage pass for Skrillex, Girl Talk, Alie Layus and more. Stay tuned this summer for more!

    Lifestyle: SouthPark Magazine

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    We were more than honored to be featured in the latest issue of Southpark Magazine. Better yet, this issue was the "Men of Style" issue, which featured the most stylish men in Charlotte (double coolness to be included).

    Music: Summer Music Series

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    This summer, our music correspondent Taj Simpson is at it again, following some of the hottest artists in the world as they stop in to Las Vegas. In part 1 of the summer series, we get an all inclusive backstage pass for Bruno Mars, Alesso and Diplo. Stay tuned this summer for more!

    Lifestyle: Top 30 under 30

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    A special congratulations goes out to our CEO, Bradley Rhyne, for being named one of Charlotte's top 30 individuals under the age of 30. Requirements for selection being a heavy involvement in community service along with career achievement, there was some pretty stiff competition. Obviously, we aren't surprised, but in a city full of people rising through the ranks to achieve their dreams and goals, it is nice to see what we already know acknowledged by everyone else!X

    Guide: Father's Day Gifts

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    Father’s Day is just around the corner, so we decided to make a brief list of some great gifts for the dad in your life. All of these gifts are made in America and are perfect compliments to the sophisticated gentleman’s collection.

    Travel: A Weekend in Chicago

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    A few weekends ago, the Mrs. and I took a trip to Chicago for the weekend.  As much as it was a vacation, there is never a lost opportunity when it comes to OLE MASON JAR!  To sum things up… Chicago has great food, great history and is a great American city.

    Music: Artist of the Month - Alie Layus

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    Each month, OLE MASON JAR features an artist or band to spotlight. Our artist of the month for May was carefully selected by our music correspondentTaj Simpson, who needs no introduction. We present to you, the beautiful and talented Alie Layus!

    Music: Spring Music Series

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    The OLE MASON JAR Spring Music Series is the documented music tour by our resident music expert, Taj Simpsonthat features some of the hottest concerts, DJ's and events in one of the most happening cities in the world. Over the past month Taj has been on a grueling tour schedule, but lucky for us has had an all access backstage pass that he has graciously recapped for our readers and fellow music fans. For a real time update on what Taj is up to, follow him at @adamtaj.

    Style: Back to Basics

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    Last month, our CEO sat down for an interview with Elevate Lifestyle Magazine, one of the premier publications here in Charlotte North Carolina. Originally published in Elevate Lifestyle's March issue, we have transcribed for you.

    Travel: A weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina

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    A couple of weekends ago, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Raleigh and shoot a private runway show for Belk featuring the very talented Trina Turk. Naturally, since I was heading up their anyways, it was the perfect opportunity to stop in and visit some of the great menswear brands headquartered in Raleigh. Checkout our complete recap!

    Lifestyle: American Made Truly Does Matters

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    This month was a very important milestone for OLE MASON JAR, as we were inducted as the newest member of American Made Matters, an organization made up of 250 of the top manufacturers and brands made right here in the U.S.A.

    Guide: Last Minute Gifts For Him

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    Ladies and Gentleman, it is almost Valentine's Day, and that means another year of needing last minute gift ideas for your man. Have no fear, we have got you covered!

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