Welp! Winter is officially on its way, and I’m not gonna lie my feet are homesick for a pair of sandals…real bad. My sandal tan lines are slloooowwwllllyyy fading. I’m reminded each time I look down at them that the warm weather is taking a vacation for awhile. The good news, I’ve scored some nifty boots just in time for my feet to hibernate in…the even better news? California can be just as beautiful in the Winter as it is in the Summer. I’ll go ahead and chalk this one up as a win-win situation.
Saw this little sayin’ on a sign a few days ago and it just stuck with me, so I figured I’d pass on the good word. Slow down and don’t sweat the small stuff.
Here’s to kicking Monday in the gonads!
I’m actually getting into the holiday spirit rather early this year. I blame it on the local radio stations who are already playing Christmas music. (The Christmas Wrapping song just speaks to me) I’m always last minute when it comes to trying to find the perfect gift for family and friends, but this time I’m going to stay ahead of the game, so I did my research a little early this year.
I came across a few hidden gems and they were so awesome I just had to share, because what’s better than giving a gift? How about a gift that gives back…it’s literally the gift that keeps on giving. And well, I think that’s pretty awesome.
All the awesomeness is explained below:
Indosole shoes - The Balinese workers who craft Indosole shoes by hand are fed and clothed properly (often benefiting from clothes donated from the US) and never overworked. Indosole helps Balinese communities by partnering with Calling On Others to help raise money for kids who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend school, and even by supporting two local teens in their dream to become pro surfers. So rad, right?
Blenders Eyewear - With their Shades for Scholarship program, Blenders Eyewear contributes to a scholarship fund for US college students for every pair of Blenders sold. So not only can you look cool, but you can help a kid further their education.
This Shirt Helps - Awesome t-shirts at reasonable prices, and they donate a portion of the sale to a non-profit organization that is doing real, measurable good in the world. The best part (aside from the amazing shirt) you get to pick the non-profit your purchase goes towards.
Hovey Lee Eco Jewelry - All jewelry is lead, nickel and cadmium free. By using renewed metals, Hovey Lee is reducing the need for additional mining of precious metals is very harmful to our environment. In addition, Hovey Lee supports several different charities, including Project Angel Food, a local organization that nourishes the body and spirit of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses.
Consurfvation - Consurfvation donates $1 from the sale of each shirt to one of their partner charities, including Project Save Our Surf, Waves 4 Water, Waterkeeper, 5 Gyres and the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. A t-shirt to remind others to not trash where they splash!
Intristic - Instead of giving aid that creates dependency on charity, they are working to create sustainable economic development in impoverished Kenyan communities by empowering the citizens through employment opportunities. Intrinsic employs African artisans to design and create accessories, while also providing finance and business classes for them.
Note: All these amazing and awesome brands can be found on Roozt where you can do a one stop shop for all your holiday do gooders.
In honor of Thanksgiving, just a few things I’m thankful for. Hope you all have a day full of good food and good thanks.
The other week while my sis and I were out and about doing some window shopping, she totally surprised me with some perfume I had been eying in our favorite go to store Therapy. (Chalk five points up on the best sister ever board) She got me the Indian Coconut Nectar scent, which smells absolutely delicious. Naturally, I’m a sucker for anything coconut or pineapple scented.
I had the chance to sniff out a few of my other favorite scents from Pacifica like Waikiki Pikake and Tuscan Blood Orange. Their roll on tubes are perfect for on the go, I throw it in my purse and put a little dabble on whenever I want. I have yet to try their solid Bali Lime Papaya and Mexican Cocoa perfumes, but I’m sure they’re just as awesome. Also, a side bonus, they’re completely cruelty free, which means no cute critters were harmed!
As I stood in the store smelling all these yummy scents, I instantly wanted to be transported to a tropical island with my toes in the sand, and a fruity umbrella drink in hand….but since teleportation isn’t exactly a thing yet, this will have to do for now.
Last week my friend Amy and I decided to take a day off from our adult lives and go on a grand adventure. Our adventure landed us at Point Lobos in Carmel. This is probably one of my most favorite spots, I could literally sit, stare, listen, and smell the ocean for god knows how long. Especially when the views are that spectacular and the water is that blue, I mean are you kidding me?!
We then meandered up to Big Sur since we were in the neighborhood and all. I forget how nice it is to take a break from your everyday routine (this whole adventuring thing may just have to become a weekly ritual of mine) As I was reminded again today, sometimes you just need to take a step outside, take a minute to actually enjoy your surroundings and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be because every now and then we all need a little bit of a reality check. And that my friends, is my deep thought for the day…I’ll be here all week!
Now go get a little lost and explore.
Popping in for a quick ello’! It’s been a busy Friday, working in the Thrifted and Modern studios brainstorming up ideas for their blog (Psst! You should totally sneak a peek at all the fun things they carry…) and getting ready for a big shoot next week. Then it’s off to spend some quality girl time with my sis!
Also, a little side tidbit for ya, I got a wee bit crafty with it this morning…couldn’t find a bracelet that was suitable with my casual Friday outfit, so I improvised with a headband. Wrapped it around my wrist and voila, instant awesome new bracelet. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?
Hope everyone has a happy weekend filled with a little bit of adventure.