Hello, Blowfish B.log readers! Chelsea here again, back to share some tips for making your graduation today the best it can be!

With graduation approaching fast, I've found myself thinking back to when I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in 2011. At the time I was SO excited to finally be done with my Journalism degree, but at the same time was a bit sad to be leaving a beautiful school and sweet classmates behind. However, knowing that I would be starting graduate school in the fall, and realizing that my classmates were only a text/phone call/tweet away, I eased my fears of what post-graduation life would be like. This time around, my emotions are running high once again, but I truly know that post-graduation life is going to be amazing and I am so ready to celebrate!

1. Wear comfy, low-heeled shoes! This was a big one for me, and something that I am so thankful that I did. I wasn't afraid of falling on my face when I had to walk across the stage to get my diploma, and I still had my shoes on come the end of the evening (when many other graduating ladies had tossed their's to the side). 

2. When it's time to line-up to walk out and get your diploma, get in line quick so that you don't have to wait a long time and let the nerves sink in anymore. Plus, afterward you get to watch all of your classmates get handed their diplomas from a comfy seat.

3. It's ok to be nervous, but realize that this moment is something you have worked SO hard for and you deserve to enjoy it!

4. When you walk out onto the stage and get handed your diploma, take a second to look out into the crowd and smile! All of your family, friends, classmates, and professors are watching!

5. Enjoy the experience! Take in every moment you can, and just have the best day ever!

I would love to hear if you all have any other tips or tricks for graduation day? And if you're graduation, please let us know what you're getting your degree in!

Congrats, fellow graduates! We did it! 

Thanks again for having me Blowfish Shoes, and until next time!

-Chelsea xo

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Hello, Blowfish B.log readers! Chelsea here again, back to share with you all about the pre-spring fever I've recently caught!

Even though it's only February, and we still have a few more weeks of winter left (says Punxsutawney Phil), it seems that spring has already sprung in Phoenix. The weather has been unseasonably warm, flowers are starting to bloom (and my allergies as well), and the area is gearing up for another busy season of spring madness. Phoenix is not only home to the Cactus League (spring training for multiple baseball teams), but is also home to so many neat concert venues - many of which just announced some amazing spring shows! So in honor of my early spring fever, and the handful of shows just announced that I couldn't be more giddy about, I've made two mood/inspiration boards that will hopefully inspire you as well.

The Tugo's
from the spring collection are right up there at the top of my spring wish list, and I think they would be perfect to wear out to an evening concert. I'm also in love with this pretty, tribal print dress from LuLu*s, and these accessories from Modcloth and LuLu*s as well. I would to wear something like this outfit to the Local Natives show I plan on attending in April in Tucson!

The Quite
are also on my spring wish list, and would be super comfortable to wear around town on a swarm spring day( along with this pretty dress and accessories from LuLu*s)! I'm also planning on going to see The Postal Service (ECK!) the same week as Local Natives, and think this would be the perfect outfit to wear to the show. From what I hear Jenny Lewis, of the now defunct band Rilo Kiley, will be planning with The Postal Service and I definitely think this is an outfit that she would approve of!

Do you have spring fever yet? What are you most excited for this spring? Which style from the Blowfish Shoes spring collection is at the top of your wish list?

Thanks for having me Blowfish Shoes, and until next time!
xo, Chelsea 

 

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Looking for a pair of black mid calf slouch motorcycle type boots. I have them in brown and want them in black. I can't find them anywhere.can you help me?
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I like these blogs, keep posting pics on how to style with your shoes.
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Hello again! One of my favorite style icons has to be Lana Del Rey. This amazing songstress is not only talented but also has a great sense of style. She can be girly, quirky & vintage-y but can still dress a bit street. I'm all about contrasting styles to create something that's unique & all your own! Want to get Lana's look? 

Here's how I'd do it!


1. White sweet heart crop top

2. Blue maxi skirt

3. Neutral Palmona flats by Blowfish

4. Heart Sunglasses

5. Chain Necklace

 

How about you guys? Who's your style icon?

I love Lana del Rey! But I

I love Lana del Rey! But I love Daisy Lowe even more, she's perfect!
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Oh, February. Such a tease of a month. January is known for it's bleakness and emotional low after the highs and festivities of the previous months. And now February, the time of the year when the sun likes to make its appearance yet still finds a reason to shine without the rays warming up the earth and melting away the snow. Because of this, I still find myself hiding indoors, keeping myself self busy with projects and the regular routine of orders, cleaning up the apartment, cooking hot meals and drinking lots of hot chocolate and coffee.  However, in the midst of the holiday season and the busyness of my most recent move, I forgot the rejuvenating and refreshing experience that a book can bring a person.

If you know me at all, I am an avid reader but through November and December, I hit a reading rut. Happens to the best of us, I admit. However, I have only recently been able to devour a couple new books in the past few weeks and have found my mind and my soul completely refreshed. I needed that more than I realized.

There is nothing like opening up a book (whether on your e-reader or an actual book in your hands) and getting lost in a whole different world. I think our minds and our souls need that break - to hear stories (whether fiction or non-fiction) that we can relate to or escape to.  The words that jump off the page become as alive as your own breathing and your heartbeat.

So if the gloomy winter weather is keeping you indoors or the busyness of life and its pace is nearly suffocating you, grab your favorite cup of hot chocolate (top it with extra whip cream) and that book you have been meaning to read for forever. Wrap yourself in a cozy blanket and slip into your favorite PJs as you settle into a brand new world.

Here are some of my favorites that might help you get a kick start on reading:

Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Divergent - Veronica Roth

Clockwork Prince - Cassandra Clare

Delirium - Lauren Oliver

Cinder - Marissa Meyer

Follow me over a my blog, twitter or instagram where I keep track of all of my favorite reads!

What are some of your favorite books?

Do share! I'm always looking for something new and fresh!

much love, ilene 

 

Well, I know you've read many

Well, I know you've read many of the books I love (in fact, I discovered some of them because of you) but maybe you don't know "the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime". It's a little bit different but oh so good. http://bodaciousthought.blogspot.com
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ooer, I just received Casual

ooer, I just received Casual Vacancy for Christmas, but I have yet to read it. I have been reading Catcher in the Rye and The Things They Carried as assignments instead. hopefully I'll get to crack that one open soon. a favorite book of mine is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. it's a young adult book, but it's been one of my favorites since I could read. it's just so clever, I can't stand it! :)
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I am reading The Missings by Peg Brantley.
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Hello! Valentina here. Today I’d like to share some thoughts on going to Ireland. I was just in Dublin last week playing some songs and I had the most amazing time. I’m so lucky to have many friends there who take me to the best places. So if you are on your way to Ireland, here are some places you have to visit. 

Whelan’s : Whelan’s is a magical place. I went four times during my ten-day trip and never went home before 3 in the morning... They have several bars where you can order Guinness or anything you wish, and then they have two stages where they have concerts going on all the time! I went to see Nanu Nanu with a friend who knew them. It was great craic (fun)! 

The International : My friend Tony often goes there to play some tunes with friends. When I went it was so fun and casual. Everyone who was sitting around was welcome to join in and sing with them! Furthermore, they have a wonderful Open Mic every Monday called The Monday Echo. It’s downstairs and it’s a lot of fun! 

The Bleeding Horse : If you are a singer, you should go to their Apollo Sessions which happen every Sunday. Open mic. Sign in and sing your song! I’ve done it twice now. John and Fiach who run it are lovely souls. 

The Ruby Sessions : I was lucky enough to play the Ruby Sessions last week with The Young Folk, Danny of The Coronas and Wyvern Lingo. The Ruby Sessions go on every Tuesday in Doyle’s Bar. 

County Cork & County Kerry : Now these aren’t pubs or restaurants. I’m talking about the actual counties out west! Why? Because you will be amazed at how beautiful it is over there! Ireland is so small, it’ll take no time to get there. 

What does one wear to go to Ireland? Well, expect there to be rain at least half the time you’re there. I’d recommend a trench coat, and some good shoes that won’t get soaked. Don’t bring an umbrella with you, just buy one at Penney’s! It’s a magical place. I would pick out some good boots: Makepeace, Mistress, Kaydon, Kanne, Kenessa all seem suitable. And for a night out at Whelan’s go for Colt flats! 

 

PS. These are only a few suggestions! If you want more, feel free to come over to my blog and ask away. 

 

Valentina Duracinsky

 

 

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So, it's no secret that we love partnering with bloggers, artists, designers, stylists, photographers, musicians over here - we love to be inspired by all the amazing things that people are creating! We wanted to celebrate some of the awesome women that make up our Blowfish family, so we started this It Girl program! An It Girl exudes effortless originality, isn't afraid to express herself, and offers a bit of the unexpected! She also has amazing style - so we've asked her to pick a selection of her favorite shoes!

Elycia, author of Love, Elycia, is our newest "It Girl"!  She's a blogger, fashionist, diy queen, cat lady & so much more!  Check out her blog for style tips, cat adventures, diy project tutorials, and lots of lovely photos and snippets from her life in Canada!

Here's a peek from our interview with Elycia:  

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Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Stoney Creek, Ontario, right beside Hamilton where I live now. 

 

What's your idea of the perfect adventure?

A road trip somewhere awesome with good friends, yummy snacks and silly music. Yeah, I'm pretty adventurous. 

 

When did you start blogging and crafting etc.?

I have been crafting for as long as I can remember, it has always been a part of my life. I started blogging January 2010 and I am so glad I did. Blogging has allowed me to meet so many awesome people.

 

What were some of your 2013 resolutions and are you sticking to them?

Is it terrible that I didn't make any 2013 resolutions? I had planned on doing it but then just never got around to it. I did do a pretty good job of sticking to my 2012 ones though!

 

What are some of your favorite blogs to follow?

Of course I love to check in on my best friend's blog, The Dainty Squid, to make sure she's not having too much fun without me. Other than that I try to pop by One Sheepish Girl, A Beautiful MessScathingly Brilliant and a handful of other blogs everyday.


Do you have any big plans this year?

Yes! We actually have some really huge plans this year but I can't quite tell you what they are yet! Other than this big, super secret plan I'm hoping to finish a huge granny square afghan I started last year. 

 

What has blogging taught you?

Blogging has taught me to be confident in who I am and what I am putting out there into the online world. It can be a scary place sometimes so it is really important to be comfortable and stay true to yourself. Blogging has also taught me to appreciate the little things more.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I was always terrible at answering this question in job interviews. Maybe that's why I never got hired? I see myself being five years older (yikes) and still blogging, playing with cats and wearing silly outfits.

 

What are your favorite places to shop online?

For clothes, definitely ModCloth. I just love almost everything they have in their shop. For shoes, obviously I love Blowfish! I have been a huge Blowfish fan from the days before I even knew what the heck a blog was. 

 

Are you more of a flats or heels kinda gal?

I do love heels, but it is usually flats that find their way onto my feet. 

 

What is your favorite season and why?

I absolutely love Fall. The leaves are so beautiful and I love the days when you can just throw on a sweater and be perfectly comfortable.

 

Where is your favorite place you've ever been?

Oh my gosh, I am the worst at picking favourites. We visited Chicago this summer and I really loved it there. Oh, and I visited Sydney, Australia when I was in high school and thought it was amazing.

 

What's the best thing about living in Canada?

The free healthcare. That is defintely the very best part. Go Canada! 

 

Follow Elycia's blog for more fun, snippets, photos & silly outfits!

 

xo

Aw, I loved reading this

Aw, I loved reading this interview with Elycia! She's such a great gal!
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Hello everyone! We love meeting young women who can be an inspiration for all and the day I met Celina (she's the floral designer for my wedding coming up this Spring), she definitely struck me as one of those types of girls! Celina is the floral designer & owner of Violette's. She's  bright, creative & really has a knack for knowing what her clients want. Check out our interview with Celina to learn more about her!

1. Tell us a little bit about Violette’s Flowers. How did you come up with the idea for it? Where did the name come from?
When I was choosing names for my business, right off the bat I knew I didn’t want it to be Celina’s Flowers. I didn’t want my name in there at all. The idea just made me cringe. I wanted my business to have it’s own name. And one day when I was showering, the name Violette’s popped up. The name resembled violet (which is my favorite color of all time!) and it’s quirky pronunciation just felt right (Because I’m inept at phonics, I pronounced my business as “vee-oh-lets” even though it looks like is should sound like “violet”). And lastly, Violette’s looked pretty on paper so I was sold.

2. When did you decide you wanted to have your own business & why?
After apprenticing at a local flower shop and getting slightly over my irrational fear of failure, I decided to take a leap of faith. I fell in love with the feeling of contributing in some way to an event that celebrated the love between two people. Every time I handed a bride her bouquet, I would feel a rush of happiness.  I loved that my job entailed making people happy. But most importantly, for the first time in my life, I knew this was something that I really wanted. I never felt this way towards my Bachelor’s Degree so I knew I had to run with it.

 

3. When did you fall in love with floral design?
I fell in love with floral design when I realized the endless possibilities of arrangements I could make. I loved seeing the beauty in things that were unconventionally beautiful. But above all, I loved working with my hands and bringing what I see in my mind to reality. 

 4. What other hobbies do you have?
The most dangerous hobby of all: SHOPPING. Hahaha But I also love trying new types of foods and any kind of activity that involves my friends. I love photography but I am no expert. I only shoot in Av mode and I do a victory dance whenever I can get the lighting just right.

 5. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley. Therefore, I am doomed to forever crave boba, pho and tacos and in that order.

 6. Where do you find your inspiration?
I draw my inspiration from nature. Everything I make, I try to make it as if it grew that way. Whenever I’m designing I think I mostly reflect on the days of when I studied abroad in London. I’m always trying to imitate the natural and effortless beauty of the English gardens that I visited.

 7. What’s your favorite flower & why?
It would have to be a tie between the freesia and lilac. Freesias smell amazing and I feel like I can look at them forever. As for lilacs, I love their color and texture.

 8. What’s the most rewarding thing about being a Floral Designer?
I love the relationship that I get to establish with my clients; especially the freedom in being able to be personable. Secretly, it’s because I really love being able to use emoticons in my emails.  But most importantly, nothing beats seeing the bride and groom’s expressions when they walk into a space I’ve decorated. Their happiness is my happiness.

 9. What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I love to listen to music with my headphones when I brush my teeth. So there are incidences where I have been caught dancing or singing into the mirror. My family members and college roommate can vouch for that. You’d think I would have learned to shut the door for the sake of the public, but alas I always seem to forget.

Below are some pieces that Celina has done!


Photo Credit: Cindy L. Huang

 

Really into Celina's work? You can see more of it here!

 

 

 

 

I am said college roommate!!

I am said college roommate!! Not only can I vouch for Celina's comical toothbrush dance but I can also vouch for the passion she has for this business. Her hard work is paying off and I can't think of a more deserving person :)
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Meet the newest addition to our E-Commerce team, Leslie! She works in Customer Service & plenty of you will get the pleasure of chatting with her. She's the sweetest person ever, so make her feel welcomed!

1. Where are you from?
St. Louis, Mo

 2. What do you do at Blowfish?
I am the Ecommerce Customer Service Associate.

 3. Do prefer heels or flats?
Depends on the occasion! I love them both, but if I had to choose I would say flats!

 4. What are you favorite hobbies?
I love shopping, traveling, listening to great music/going to concerts, and partying!

 5. What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I’m only 4’11, I’m a shorty!

 6. Favorite music artist/group/ or band?
I’m obsessed with Drake! I also love Wale, Beyonce, Rihanna, and my all time fave is Mariah Carey. I could go on forever, I love music!

 7. Favorite food?
I love Chinese food, I could eat it every single day!

 8. Favorite Blowfish Shoe & why?
Currently I really like the Quite, I love the faux straw material and I think it’s great for spring!

 

 

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 Last Friday was Have Fun at Work Day!  We all ordered up our favorite new spring style and played dress up at work in our new shoes!  Usually by the time Friday rolls around, the energy to pick out nice outfits is lacking and we revert to jeans and tshirts, but we were also excited about our shoes that we dressed up!  It made the day go by much faster, and now we all have new shoes and pictures!  It was so much fun bonding with the ladies and hearing from our designers about what they are working on for fall!  

Take a look at some of the pictures we took below!  (More coming soon!)

Did you do anything fun at work last Friday?  What new Spring styles are you crushing on?  Check out all the new spring styles here.

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very nice collection you deserve to wear that so beautiful.. visit also my blog @ shoes
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You guys are SOOOOO CUTE!!
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Hi, Blowfish B.log readers! My name is Chelsea and I run a personal style and lifestyle blog called Tea Talk! I am also a full-time graduate student (graduating in May with my master's in Communication Studies), and enjoy spending my days sipping iced coffees, going on adventures with my sweet boyfriend, Scott, and chasing around my Cavalier King Charles puppy, Scout!

With winter finally here, the Arizona sunshine and heat that my state is most famous for has finally dwindled down and we're getting some extra chilly, and grey days around here. Since nine months out of the year we see some seriously high temperatures (I'm talking 115+ in the summertime!), I'm alway thrilled when I get to pull out my winter coats, boots, and scarves (and drink all of the hot coffee that I want, of course). However, I have realized that while the cold and the winter sunsets are amazing to experience, winter days sometime have me feeling a little down (they call that the winter blues, right?). So today I thought I would talk about my three favorite ways to bring a little light into a grey, winter day!

1. Go for a walk around your favorite neighborhood. The cold (and the snow in other areas) oftentimes make us feel just like staying in for the whole day, but I've learned that getting out and going for a walk always lifts my mood and leaves me feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the day.

2. Bright lipstick + fun accessories = perfect winter combo! I've learned that the best way to brighten up a simple winter outfit is to add a touch of color to your lips, and adorn your outfit with a little extra sparkle and shine! Lately my go-to lipsticks have been MAC's Plumful and Radiant Cosmetics' Daphne, both of which are very easy to wear - for those of you out there who are a little weary of lipsticks (like I was up until about five months ago!). I've also been really into ban.do products these past two seasons, and love the extra pizzazz they bring to my everyday outfits - like the metallic pom pom flower featured above!

3. If all else fails, get a hot coffee with a friend. Coffee dates are my ultimate pick-me-up. If I'm ever feeling down or stressed, a coffee date with a friend always helps to perk me up and level out my thoughts. Plus, hot coffee is the best at warming you up and gives you a little caffeine boost that you more than likely needed (always, in my case!). 

I would love to hear about your favorite ways to beat the winter blues! Do you have a favorite coffee shop you like to hang out at, or a bookstore that you roam around in searching for the perfect winter read? What about your favorite winter lipstick shade? 

Thanks for having me Blowfish Shoes, and until next time!

-Chelsea xo

 

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