I'm back back... in cali cali... after a weekend in Paradise Valley, AZ for my best lady friend's bachelorette party!

I felt silly for packing a suitcase- as it turned out, I really only needed my bikini. I thought I'd be catching up and getting ahead on some blogging, but a computer anywhere in our general vicinity would have been a pretty terrible idea. We went a little nuts- or maybe a lot. A few of us were finishing off another school year, while the rest of us have been buried in work since Christmas, so we needed to let loose. And, how often is it that you get to hang with six of your best friends in an infinity pool on top of a mountain in Phoenix, Arizona? Just this once for me, I'm sure. 

I picked up Stacy Friday afternoon for the drive- car packed, 2 gallons of water and plenty of playlists, ready to rock. Before we crossed the Arizona border we drove straight into a thunderstorm/sand storm of sorts; the craziest driving conditions I've ever experienced. Pummeled by sand and rain, emergency lights were an order and no one was driving over 20 mph- in fact, some people pulled over and just straight stopped. We lived to tell the tale and made it to the house in time for Friday night fettuccine.

I'd say the risk was well worth it... I pulled up and was directed to park in a private garage, attached to my own bedroom, private bath, mini fridge, flat screen tv... WHAAAT!? I felt spoiled, it was awesome. Not to mention, the TempurPedic bed, I miss it already... Friday night we stayed up late singing in the hot tub so we slept in on Saturday and woke up to french toast and plenty of bacon. We spent the rest of the day lounging by the pool and sipping on fancy cocktails. Sunday we all left the house for the first time since arrival, only took us 6 hours to get out the door. After brunch, we restocked our beer supply and hit the pool again. It was HOT so we made friends with the pool once more, threw some burgers on the grill for dinner, played some beer pong and hit the hay.

Yesterday's eight hour drive was a bit rough; half of my body is burnt to a crisp and pretty sure my ass melted into the driver's seat never to be seen again, but the way back is never quite as wonderful as the way there. We were tried, hangry, and dreading diving back into work and responsibilities. So here you are Tuesday, feeling a whole lot like Monday. How did you celebrate Memorial Day? Link to comment up top by the title!

Xo, 

Lindsey

 

 

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Who's excited for Memorial Day weekend! I am so pumped to hit the road!!! I'm off to Phoenix for a bachelorette and I'm driving out with my BFF who happens to be the bride to be. I personally love long car trips, and she does too, so this will certainly be one for the books! We're going to stop for some lox bagels before we leave and pool toys before we arrive! I plan on sitting/lounging/swimming by or in the pool for the entire 72 hours of the weekend. I am so ready for a little vacation action. 

Today's favorites are my round up on some vacation essentials:

Don't forget the sunscreen! Getting burnt to a crisp on day one of vacation has to be just about the worst, plus skin cancer's no fun. Remember to get down with that SPF!

And of couse, SHADES! Protect your eyes & look cute - don't forget the glasses.

Tunes are essential when it comes to proper vacationing. Get the earbuds so everyone can pick their poison. SAM SMITH. ALL DAY.

COCKTAILS. Because when you're on vacation... it's 5 o'clock somewhere!

Sandals. Poolside, shopping, or out for dinner, the BAKER will keep you comfortable, casual and looking flyyy!

What are some of your vacation essentials? Comment below!

Xo, 

Lindsey

 

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Laura from Roots & Feathers 

Spring is in full force here in Texas and I couldn't be happier about it.  After a long winter season it is so refreshing to see bits of color popping up along the roads and in our backyard.  These are a few of our first flowers that came up.  The highways are fully lined with bluebonnets right now too... it is such a beautiful sight to behold as you drive along the pavement roads.  This time of year always makes me think about backyard barbeques, days at the river, soaking up the sun and really just feeling a new zest for life.  I'm hoping we get some good rain this month so we can actually enjoy our rivers this year!  

What is the weather like in your neck of the woods?  Is it still cold or is it warming up?  What do you most look forward to as the seasons change?



Peace,

Laura

 

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 Hey ladies! We thought you'd like to know a little bit about some of the people that work to bring cute shoes to two feet near you. ;) Last week, I introduced you to Leslie, who handles all of our customer service related issues, and she also does a lot to help with coordinating shipments and orders. You can thank her every time your shoes arrive safetly, and when there's ever a problem- she'll take care of it! 

Greg is our operations guy. He pretty much makes sure everyone is doing what they are supposed to and everything is operating smoothly. That's a very simple description from someone who doesn't deal with a whole lot of those kinds of details... but I do know he does a BUNCH to keep Blowfish up and running smoothly. 

He's also a little goofy. We asked him some questions and though he kept his answers brief, we hope you have fun getting to know us a little better!

 

Where did you grow up? 

Oceanside New York 

How long have you been working for Blowfish?

Since the company started, about 6 years ago

What's the best part about your job? 

Getting to be involved in all parts of the business

Describe your personal style.  

I don’t have much personal style.  My son has all the personal style genes on my side of the family.

What's your favorite season?

Fall

What's your favorite food?

Pizza

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Swimming in the Pacific Ocean at sunrise on Wednesday mornings with approximately 150 people

What's your favorite spot in LA and why?

Going outside of my house and looking at the city view.  I get the best of the city while having a sense of privacy which is not an easy thing to do here in LA.

 

Hope you had fun getting to know Greg!

 

Xo, 

Lindsey

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Where did you grow up?

St. Louis, MO

How long have you been working for Blowfish?

Just a little over a year.

What's the best part about your job?

I learn something new everyday!

Describe your personal style.

I don't know if I can give it a name. I like bright colors and patterns. 

What's your favorite season?

Summer, I love the warm weather and BBQ's!

What's your favorite food?

Chinese Food and Mexican food-I love a good plate of messy nachos!

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

My brother and one of my best friends are getting married on July 4th, I'm super excited and literally can't wait for the wedding and to spend the holiday with my family.

What's your favorite spot in LA and why?

Venice Beach! I love the culture there. Street Performers, Art, Food, and the Beach…what else could you ask for?!

Where's your favorite place you've ever traveled?

I went on a cruise a few years back and we visited Honduras and Belize, it was pretty awesome. I would love to go back some day.

Isn't Leslie awesome?! Say hi in a comment!

xo, 

Lindsey

 

 

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Since spring is in the air, the world's abloom, Easter's around the corner, as well as Earth Day- I thought I'd get a little crafty with some flowers. This one's for the ladies, and those gents looking to get in touch with their feminine side. This project was a lot of fun, pretty straightforward, and they made an awesome prop for some fun pictures. (I used this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess as a guide- but subbing and modifying to accommodate for what I had on hand.)

I suggest getting a bunch of friends together, whipping these up and heading out into the great outdoors for some laughs, and maybe a hike, bike ride, city stroll or beach walk... and plenty of grammable moments

 

here's what you need:

1 bouquet of flowers

Medium to thick wire (measured to the circumference of your head, plus about 3 inches)

Tape (green preferred)

Pliers (to cut the wire)

Scissors (to cut the flowers)

 

Once you've gathered your materials and measured your wire- start by cutting the stems off the flowers. Be gentle- the petals are delicate!

 

* You want to leave 2-3 inches of the stem so you have room to tape the stems to your wire frame. 

 

* You want somewhere between 7-10 flowers set aside, depending on how large your bouquet and how big you want your crown. Use more or less, depending on your tastes. 

 

Arrange the flowers along the wire frame you've measured out and wrap the tape around the stem and the wire to hold the flower in place. Once it's secure, you can use your scissors to cut off any unnecessary stem that's leftover.

 

Continue layering the flowers beside each other, mixing up the colors as you see fit and taping the stems to the wire. Be sure to move slowly and be careful not to crush your petals! Also don't leave too much space in between each flower- unless you want some gaps in your crown. 

 

Line about half the wire with flowers and then wrap the back of the wire in tape. (If you want the flowers to go all the way around, feel free, but you might need to add a little length to your wire if you're going to go this route.)

 

* Try to only wrap the stems of the flowers in tape- you might prefer using a green or different colored tape opposed to the white. You could also try using a glue gun and wrapping the flowers and wire in fabric. I didn't have the extra fabric, but I want to try this next time!

 

Once your flowers are in place, and your wire is wrapped in tape, you're ready to rock! Store these in a plastic bag in the fridge and they should keep for up to 48 hours! Perfect Easter/Earth Day attire!! 

 

Will you give this a try? Comment below!!

 

xo, 
 

Lindsey

 

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We took our favorite flats our for lunch. Guess the style name & where we are in a comment below for your chance to win a free pair of spring flats!! Hint: we're not too far from the office!

xo, 

Lindsey

Those are the lovely Demure

Those are the lovely Demure flats and you are on Abbot-Kinney Boulevard in Venice, in Los Angeles!
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Venice beach Demure shoes
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Venice beach shoes: demure
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p.s I <3 that mural!

p.s I <3 that mural!
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Gjelina restaurant on

Gjelina restaurant on Abbot-Kinney Boulevard in Venice, in Los Angeles is the place the shoes are the Nice flats :)
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So, I've been pretty crazy obsessed wtih our new BELONA sandals these days. They match wtih everything and they're ridiculously comfortable. They have a really slight heel and a fairly narrow footbed, so they also look awesome. I find a hard time finding strappy sandals that don't give me blisters and pair with anything from pants to a sundess, but these fit the bill. 

I know it's a bit chilly for most of your still, but I'd grab a pair of these ASAP if I were you. The one good thing about winter is, it ALWAYS brings spring. So stock up on a pair of my favorite sandals of the season before we're out!

Which outfit is your favorite?! Harem pants on the left, black skinnies on the right. Comment below!

xo, 

Lindsey

 

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Hey Lovelies!

HAPPY NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY! If there's anything I love more than pancakes, it's muffins. So I have the most amazing news and I'm excited to share it with you on this special day... I discovered how to turn pancakes into muffins. For any of you who don't have a griddle, you can join in on the pancake fun, too! So long as you have a muffin pan... 

let's get started: 

1. follow the directions for pancake batter.

2. add in 1/4 cup maple syrup & chopped fruit (i used strawberries) & stir.

*optional for extra fluff, add an extra egg. i also sub almond milk for regular milk.

3. pour batter into muffin pan.

4. bake in the over for 8-12 minutes at 375 degrees.

5. let cool and proceed to devour.

Have such a delicious pancake day! If you're not up for cooking tonight, then head to your local ihop! They're giving away freebies all day long! YUMMM!!

What's your favorite way to do pancakes? I LOVE blueberry pancakes with whipped cream and butter the best. Comment below!

xo, 

Lindsey

 

 

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Happy Friday everyone!

Here's a roundup of our favorites from the week:

This looks like a great idea:

image via Pinterest

Karen found this nail art inspiration and got something similar done for her trip to Vegas this weekend:

We caught this sweet moment last Sunday:

Honestly Yum is right:

Getting really excited about new sandals:

 

It's Friday- so we decided to go on a little field trip and we packed our favorite spring flat, GLO. First person to comment with the intersection where we were wins a free pair!

 

What's the weather like where you are? Any good plans for the weekend?

xo,

Lindsey 

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