About Us

The Manual is simple — we show men how to live a life that is more engaged. Whether it be fashion, food, drink, travel, grooming, or culture, we’re here to provide insight into it all. As our name, The Manual, implies, we offer a suite of expert guides on a wide range of topics, from how to tie a bow-tie to how to cook a  steak. We don’t boss you around; we’re simply here to bring authenticity and understanding to all that enriches our lives as men on a daily basis.

Founded in 2012 in Portland, Oregon, by our parent site, Digital Trends, we pride ourselves on sharing genuinely interesting and informative experiences from a national perspective.

We have a team of seasoned writers based around the country, including Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, and the East Coast, who test the gear, shake the cocktails, cook the food, and meet with the brands we cover — all in an effort to bring you everything you need to be a man in the 21st century. Take a look and let us know how we’re doing.

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Editorial Team

Nicole Raney
Managing Editor

Nicole Raney is a Texas native, writer, photographer, and the Managing Editor of The Manual. She came to Portland, Oregon, via Austin, where she worked in lifestyle media and radio. When she isn’t playing with words and images, she is eating ridiculous amounts of tacos and spending time outside.
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Chase McPeak
Associate Editor

Chase grew up on the windswept plains of the Midwest, did a brief stint on the East Coast as a young adult, and then high-tailed it across the country to Portland, Oregon, where he now works as The Manual's Associate Editor of Lifestyle. When he's not writing and editing, you can find him hitting the trails and rivers of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, lying on a beach, or reading a good piece of non-fiction. Follow his adventures on Instagram: @mcpeakaboo0.
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Sam Slaughter
Food and Drink Editor

Sam Slaughter is the Food and Drink Editor of The Manual. His first cocktail book, 'Grown Up Drinks,' will be published in spring 2019 by Andrews McMeel. He has written for a variety of places, including Maxim, Bloomberg, and The Bitter Southerner. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in over 50 other publications.
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Amanda Gabriele

Amanda Gabriele is a food and travel writer at The Manual and Senior Editor at Supercall. She can’t live without the three Bs—bourbon, barbecue and beards—and loves to cook in platforms. Amanda resides in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with her collection of vintage furs, but you can find her 24/7 on Twitter @CrystlMeatballs.
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Beau Hayhoe

Beau Hayhoe is a fashion PR pro and freelance style writer based in Brooklyn. Beau's menswear writing work has appeared on a number of prominent independent men's style sites, including Dappered, Effortless Gent, Genteel Flair, and VOUCH Mag. He also contributes to GearMoose and GearHungry. Outside of working hours, Beau enjoys all things craft beer and has a passion for live music. Reach him via beauhayhoe@themanual.com, find him on Instagram @BeauHayhoe, and follow him on Twitter via @BoKnowsClothes.
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Bryan Holt

Bryan Holt is a writer, editor, designer and multimedia storyteller based in Portland, Oregon, and is a graduate from the School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon. He enjoys sitting with a cup of cold-brewed coffee and a notepad while watching the world pass by, dabbling in music production from time to time and reading short stories.
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Chelsea Batten

Chelsea Batten is a writer, photographer, and Kerouac groupie. One of the original digital nomads, she was seduced from life on the road by the wild beauty of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. She covers diverse topics for The Manual related to travel, gear reviews, and odd cultural sidetracks. She’s currently building a yurt on the shore of Lake Superior. You can follow along on Instagram: @thechelseagrin
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Clay Abney

Clay Abney is a PR guru and freelance writer living in the "wild and wonderful" state of West Virginia, where he spends his days trail running, mountain biking, hiking, and working when the mood strikes. At 47 (the new 26), he still competes in multi-day races and is always looking for his next great adventure!
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Cody Gohl

Cody Gohl is a Brooklyn-based writer who enjoys covering a wide range of topics, including travel, fashion, literature, LGBT rights, pop culture and anything that has to do with his home state of Texas. You can find him on Twitter @CodyGohl or on Insta @Pico.de.Gayo
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Elizabeth Dahl

Elizabeth is a southern girl in the heart of Los Angeles who lived far too long before learning what an incredible food the burrito is. As a contributor to The Manual, she covers bars, restaurants, menswear, travel, and the Feel Good Friday column. She has never been able to read enough history books, drink enough champagne, or travel enough. You can follow her Twitter @HisGirlMonday.
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Jahla Seppanen

Born and raised off-the-grid in New Mexico, Jahla Seppanen is currently a sports, fitness, spirits, and culture writer in Denver, CO who watches WWE, 007, and baseball in her spare time. Her writing has appeared in Maxim, SHAPE, Strong Fitness Magazine, Dwell, and InsideHook, along with international literary fiction reviews. Her vices include long runs and tequila with mango juice.
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Jennifer Ryan Jones

Jennifer Ryan Jones is a fashion and grooming expert who contributes regularly to The Manual and AskMen.com. Her past experience includes overseeing all of the men’s style and grooming content for Playboy magazine. Her projects include features that showcased artists such as Iggy Pop, Daft Punk, Flaming Lips, Duran Duran, MGMT, Pharell, Bryan Ferry, Diplo, Michael Buble, and Cee Lo Greene; celebrity fashion shoots with Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segal and Josh Radnor from How I Met Your Mother, Dana White and top UFC Fighters, and Mac guy Justin Long from He’s Just Not That Into You; features set in exotic locations such as, Ibiza, St. Barth’s, and Turks and Caicos; adventure-style shoots on location in Sao Paulo at the Grand Prix and lifestyle fashion features in New Orleans. Pro Snowboarders, skaters, and most recently extreme sports legend Travis Pastrana have all been part of the mix. She has worked with a “who’s who” of top photographers, including Harry Benson, David Bailey, Gavin Bond, Timothy White, Danny Clinch, Tony Kelly, Nigel Perry, Fabrizio Ferri, Nino Munoz and Mick Rock. Ryan Jones graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. She lives on Long Island where she tests all new grooming products on her husband and two teenage boys. Only the dog is safe.
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John Jones

John Jones is a Jersey City-based writer who enjoys covering design in all its forms, from fashion to architecture, interiors, and textiles. When he’s not herding cats with his husband, he’s training for his next Tough Mudder or hanging out in St. Augustine, Florida, the nation’s oldest city. He’s on all the socials: @JohnRusselJones.
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Jonathon Klein

Fashion, gear, and the lifestyle of a motorcyclist have always been important to Jonathon. As important to him as his love of the car. Previously, he wasn't given enough reign to dive deeply into those passions. It was cars and cars alone. No room to explore. The Manual's pages are giving him that room. You can follow his adventures on Instagram @Jonathon_klein.
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Kelsey Machado

Kelsey Machado is a professional interior designer with over a decade of experience in the field. Along with running her studio, Kelsey is a writer and traveler. Born and raised in historic New Bedford, Massachusetts, she loves getting outdoors for hiking, kayaking, and camping. When not traveling the world in search of good food and inspirational architecture, she enjoys nights at home with her guy, their cat, a bottle of wine, and a superhero movie.
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Lee Heidel

Lee Heidel is the managing editor of Brew / Drink / Run, a website and podcast that promotes brewing your own beer, consuming the best craft beer in the world and then running off the calories. Based in beautiful Savannah, GA, he's documenting his town's growing beer scene at SAVCraftBeer.com. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @brewdrinkrun.
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LeeAnn Whittemore

LeeAnn Whittemore is a writer, artist, and graphic designer who grew up in the Midwest before moving to the Gulf Coast. As a Creative Writing undergraduate, she was selected to read in the Chicago Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival and has since earned six Hoosier State Press Association Awards for her work in advertising. When she’s not working, she enjoys reading biographies, questing to listen to every podcast ever recorded, and curling up with a good Netflix binge. You can find more of her work on her personal website: http://www.leeannwhittemore.com
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Matt Payne

Matt Payne is an Oklahoma-based travel photographer, writer, public speaker, and filmmaker. Matt has covered Rwanda, Alaska, Galapagos, Iceland, Costa Rica. In addition to print and digital media, Matt produces PBS/OETA's newest travel show 'Mosaic Oklahoma' and teaches film courses at Oklahoma City University. He is a member The Society of American Travel Writers and the Writer's Guild of America.
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Miles Branman

Miles Branman doesn't need sustenance — he needs cars. While the gearhead gene wasn't strong in his own family, Miles discovered a passion for cars from an early age thanks to a friend whose father collected rare and exotic vehicles. His enthusiasm was stoked during his time at Boston University when he started writing for Fast Lane Daily. After a short career in marketing for Northeast tech startups, Miles returned to California and his primary passion: automotive. He has built and raced a Spec Miata (because racecar), loves compact hatchbacks and supercars equally, and can recognize a vehicle from 1,000 feet away by its taillights.
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Mike Richard

Mike Richard is a Rhode Island native, professional web designer, and travel junkie. Since 2006, he has edited, written for, and kept the gears running behind the scenes at Vagabondish. His travel advice has appeared on the websites of industry leading publications for Forbes, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, VanityFair.it, CNET, and National Geographic. He enjoys speaking in the third person. You can discover more about Vagabondish here: http://www.vagabondish.com/
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Pat Evans

Pat Evans is a writer based in Las Vegas, Nev., and Grand Rapids, Mich. His writing appears in a variety of publications across the U.S. and authored Grand Rapids Beer: An Intoxicating History of River City Brewing.
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Riddles is the Music Curator for The Manual. He believes that every activity we do in life could use a good soundtrack. From the formative reel to reel tape player entrancement he experienced while devouring his dad's classic rock collection in Buffalo, New York, to expanding his horizons via funk, hip-hop, punk, and alternative rock in high school and college, music has been a constant source of happiness, inspiration, and strength. After discovering underground electronic music via renegade raves in The San Francisco Bay Area, and the even more mind expanding nether regions of Burning Man (in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada), Riddles feels confident that he's got remixes and mashups of beloved, well-known songs that could make even the most ardent music purist get down and shake a tail feather. When he isn't compiling and summarizing playlists for The Manual, Riddles can be found at the helm of Subwoof, promoting and occasionally throwing/DJing beats & bass music events in and around his adopted hometown of San Francisco.
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Ross Collicutt

Ross is an outdoor adventure writer, amateur photographer, and computer programmer based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. When not writing or editing photos for his own website, Pure Outside, he can be found attempting every outdoor sport available. So far he loves backcountry skiing and is terrible at yoga on stand-up paddle boards. You can find him on Instagram @pureoutside.
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Steven John

Steven John is a writer and journalist living just outside New York City, by way of 12 years in Los Angeles, by way of growing up in Washington, D.C. Also, there was that stint in Boston. He can occasionally be found climbing mountains, is sometimes spotted in a canoe, and is most often found home with his wife, son, and daughter.
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Terence Praet

Terence Praet contributes to The Manual’s New Music Monday column. He studied Philosophy and History at Skidmore College, where he was also the music director at the school’s radio station. He has worked in the music industry since graduation. Though he became a Portland, Oregon resident in 2014, Terence is a proud New Jersey native. He can often be found singing along to Bruce Springsteen songs and roaming the streets of Portland in search of Taylor Ham.
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