Aloha! Karen, here.

Do you ever dream of going to a place, or a travel destination you have wanderlust for? My place was Hawaii. I say was because I just got back from a trip there!!! It was a very special trip at that, to celebrate my mum’s 60th birthday!

There were definitely adventures to be had, and though I got back a few weeks ago, I’m still day dreaming and wishing I was on the beautiful beaches or swimming in the warm (almost) bathwater like ocean!

My top 4 things to do in Oahu, Hawaii:

1. Go to the beach! Whether there’s one in the more tourist spots like Waikiki Beach, or the more isolated and famous north shore beaches, ensure you make time to lay out with a book, surf, snorkel or take a dip. You won’t regret it!

2. Eat and walk around! This doesn’t just go for Hawaii but try and do some research on where the locals eat. Immerse yourself in some Hawaiian culture. My favorites were poke (ahi tuna sliced up and seasoned in various ways), and dole whip – pineapple soft serve. YUM!!

3. Take a tour! Unless you rent a car, make sure you sign up for a tour that will take you around the island showing you various sightseeing spots. You can choose from more historical type tours, to a beach tour, or even tour the WHOLE ISLAND in a day. 

4. Go to a Luau! Okay so I’ve seen a lot of Lilo and Stich (teehee), grass Hawaiian skirts and shirts. But seriously for a full experience with dancing, food and drink, try and sign up or book a Luau. You’ll be taken through a journey of Polynesian culture through dance and music.

North Shore > Here’s the North Shore in Oahu, perfect for any beach activity!

Lost > Taking the tour meant I got to see where Lost and Jurassic Park was filmed! 

Mum exploring > Here’s my mum taking a stroll around the Dole Plantation where we had a tasty pineapple soft serve dessert.

Chief’s Luau >  Firedancing

Whether Hawaii is your destination this summer, or elsewhere, stay safe during your travels!  

Where are you heading this summer and more importantly, HOW EXCITED ARE YOU ABOUT IT!?!?

Mahalo,

Karen

 

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Our favorite sandal of the season has gotta be the GRANOLA! This criss-crossed cutie comes in 3 different colors and it goes with just about everything. Pair it with shorts & a tshirt for a day at the beach, harem pants & chambray for a day at the office, or a maxi & a crop top for date night! 

Snag a pair today, this style's going fast!

Xo, 

Lindsey

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Hey Ladies!

We went exploring around town yesterday and brought our favorite sneaks with us! We had some ice cream, took a walk, made contact with some sand and shared a lot of laughs. Sometimes it's good to get out of the office; you end up coming back feeling refreshed. The SoCal weather has been so beautiful, so we're soaking it up before June gloom sets in... 

So if you're crushing on any of our summer styles, guess the name of the shoe and where we were for a chance to win a pair! Just leave your answer in a comment below and we'll pick a winner next week. 

Have an awesome weekend!

Xo, 

Lindsey

St. Monica pier with a pair of Carhop!
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Location: Santa Monica beach Shoes: Carhop in Off Whte Honolulu Print blackasphodel(at)yahoo(dot)com
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I think you took the fab pair of Carhop to the Santa Monica Pier, to enjoy the awesome view. :D
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Santa Monica Beach and that is the Carhop
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Carhop... and maybe somewhere in Venice Beach? I'm not super familiar with southern CA :(
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We had our Fall '14 Photoshoot in DTLA last week and it was so much fun!! This year we went with a rebel theme, so the urban landscape was perfect! It was a lot of work figuring out the shoes we wanted to include, the wardrobe, booking the location and assembling all the props and equipment we needed for the day, but it was worth it. We had so much fun getting everything together and seeing it come to fruition! It was about 100 degrees both days we were shooting on top of the roof, so we all got a great tan and enjoyed the early summer weather. We worked with an amazing crew of photogs & models and can't wait to see all of the final pictures! 

Summer's just around the corner, but looking at these boots all week got me excited for fall already! Aren't they the cutest!?! Stay tuned for more sneak peeks coming soon... 

Are you excited for Fall?! Comment below!

XO, 

Lindsey

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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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