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I am happy to announce that I am the newest addition to Blowfish's B.Log! I recently moved to Los Angeles from Chicago, and although moves can be stressful, I have been finding that change is good. Los Angeles has been quite the adventure thus far, and I could not be happier about starting this next chapter of my life!
I am the newest member of the marketing team here at Blowfish, which means I will be keeping you up to date on shoes, fashion and all of my noteworthy California experiences. I am coming in with experience working in the music and art supply industries and am very excited to dive into the fashion world. So that you can get to know me a bit, I though I would share the top 10 highlights of my first couple of weeks here in sunny Los Angeles.
Since moving to California I have . . .
1. Swam at Venice Beach.
I find the energy of Venice quite inspiring and the salt water felt amazing!
2. Indulged at the Culver City Farmers Market
My favorite find was a "Dinosaur Egg". They taste like if a peach and a plum had a baby; quite possibly the best, sweetest, juciest fruit I have ever tasted.
3. Partied in the Valley
I hear that driving into the Valley is no fun, but sitting in the passenger seat, the view at night is pretty spectacular.
4. Explored Downtown L.A.
Maybe it was just a picture perfect sunny day, but everyone I saw looked cute, happy and bright. Seeing the iconic downtown area made me feel like I was on a movie set! I highly reccommend shopping around Little Tokyo to anyone who is looking for a fun afternoon activity in downtown L.A.
5. Shopped at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena.
This place is amazing! The extreme heat made it a bit harder to shop, but that was probably for the best. I got some seriously cute layering pieces, which are always fun.
6. Unpacked my boxes.
Packing is no fun, and unpacking isnt really either. But I must admit, I did a great job. All of my boxes were so well organized, everything seemed to fit right into place.
7. Hiked Baldwin Hills at sunset.
I conveniently live right next to the Baldwin Hills, so I decided to wrap up the weekend with an evening hike. We timed it perfectly and caught an amazing sunset.
8. Had my first celebrity sighting.
I was at Cynergy Cyles picking out my new bike and there was Jim Belushi. He struck up a conversation with me, told me that Chicago must miss me because I am a happening chic, and gave me some advice on living in L.A. I'm a dork, so this was beyond exciting for me.
9. Biked to work.
My new commute is a 6.4 mile bike ride to work and back until I can get myself a car. That puts me at 12.8 miles a day and 64 miles a week, which means I am getting in shape quickly and I may be the craziest person in all of L.A. ;)
10. Paddle boarded at Hermosa Beach.
So awesome! Paddle boarding in the ocean is much different than in a lake; i much prefer it. The worst part of this was carrying the paddleboard from the shop to the beach, but after that, it is all waves, fun and sunshine!
I have been quite active exploring the city and trying to find my way around. Waking up and not knowing what life is going to throw at you is a really great feeling.
Please stay tuned for more from yours truly. And remember, CHANGE IS GOOD!
The other day I got together with some girlfriends and did something a little out of the ordinary (for me, anyway) - we went to an art class! Typically when my friends and I get together we go to dinner, drinks, the beach or shopping, so this was a nice little change of pace. None of us can be considered artists, but we all had such a fun time.
Our teacher gave everyone pointers and tips, but the point of the class wasn't to try to be perfect, it was more about just having fun and being creative. Below is my not quite accurate version of a painting by Monet:
I highly recommend checking out Paint : Lab if you live in the LA area, or do a search to see if there is a similar place in your city.
Have you taken a painting class like this? Or are any you really awesome artists and not in need of a class? I'd love to hear!
Boy, oh boy, do I love reading. And that might be the biggest understatement of 2012. Books are my jam, kids. I was an English major in college, but once I sold my soul to the technical writing devil, well, I wasn't too big of a reader anymore since I turned into a corporate machine. Lately, though, I'm getting back in touch with my literary roots, and it's glorious.
First up is a piece from a phenomenal author, John Green. I read The Fault in Our Stars in about two seconds and then voraciously tore through all of his books. Paper Towns was also a favorite! It's a fast read with clever writing that's perfect for summer.
Next on my summer favorites list was Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. Another YA novel that's a quick and easy read for summer, but it's got an excellently complex plot.
If you're more in the mood for a non-fiction read, try Incognito by David Eagleman. It's a pretty incredible look into how our brain really works put in easily digestable terms. It sounds boring, but trust me--it's not. You'll feel like you don't even know your own brain. Pretty cool.
And if classics are more your style, I HIGHLY suggest Steinbeck's East of Eden. A definite favorite of mine and one I try to read at least once a year!
What have you been reading this summer? Do tell! I'm always on the hunt for my next good read.
Trying to think of a new way to express your artistic abilities? How about fruit art? Check out these cool pieces I've found below!
Image via tumblr
Image via Tumblr
Image via Tumblr
I made these two happy guys for a photography project in college!
So head on over to your local grocery store or farmer's market & create some FRESH ART!
Summer isn't summer without some solid summer jams. In fact, life really isn't worth living if there's not music, right? Hi--I'm Amy, and I'm a music addict. Are you a music addict, too? Great. Let's be friends.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I live, breathe, and bleed music. It's my life, my all-encompassing hobby, and I live for it. 2012 is shaping up to be a pretty fantastic year for music, and today I'm going to share my favorite summertime jams with you, featuring Dirty Projectors, Dr. Dog, The Walkmen, Beach House, Lower Dens, Best Coast, and MORE!
I could go on for hours. I really could. What are your summer jams? Spread the music love and tell us what you're chilling to this summer!
I've always wanted really cool wall art for my apartment, and as I was looking around for ideas, I came across wall decals. They come in different sizes, can be easily applied, AND they give a room so much more oomph! Check out a few of my faves:
image via etsy
image via etsy
image via etsy
What are your favorite easy home decor tricks? Seen any cool wall decals around lately?
Although I am allergic to chalk, I sure do think these chalkboard walls look like so much fun!
Maybe when I have kids someday, I'll have the courage to paint one.
What do you think of this home project?
Happy Monday, champions! It's Amy here with a fun and easy spring DIY.
Remember those crystal forest sets you used to love when you were little? They usually came in a little kit and were pretty awesome. Well I'm here today to bring them BACK, and you don't even need a kit to do it--just a few household supplies and an hour or less of your time.
Here's everything you'll need:
- Household Ammonia (make sure no soap added)
- Liquid Bluing - Table salt - Food Coloring (optional, but this will make your crystals colored)
- Cardboard (not corrugated and not too floppy.)
- Measuring spoon
Don't be weirded out by the liquid bluing. I found it in the laundry/cleaning aisle at the grocery store for $3.
1. Cut out your cardboard tree. Don't make it too big--mine was about 3" on the bottom and about 3.5" high. Once you've got your tree shape, cut a slit in the bottom of one half and a slit on the top of another. This will make your 3D tree!
2. Color the tips of your tree with food coloring.
3. Mix your magic solution, which is as such: - 1 tablespoon water - 1 tablespoon salt - 1 tablespoon bluing - 1/2 tablespoon ammonia Put this solution in a container that you can shake up and mix that baby up real, real nice. Once mixed, place your tree in the water and let the waiting begin!
Here's my little tree after 3 hours...
and the next day, I had a tree! Woop!
There you have it! Simple, easy, and all cool and scientific and such. You could really make any shape you wanted for your crystals--maybe chia pet style? Whatever your little imagination can come up with! If you try this little experiment, be sure to link us up or tweet us a pic! (@blowfishshoes) We'd love to see it! Have fun!
[all photos via instagram]
Maybe you're not into colorful outfits for spring.. well... how about dressing your nails?
Check out these cute nails for spring! Got any ideas?
[pictures found on pinterest]
Here are a few of the things that make me feel really excited and relaxed about Spring!
What are yours?
P.S. The giveaway winner from last week is Elizabeth McNearney!! Congratulations! We'll be in touch shortly!