Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sunkissed Recommendation: Blackfish

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This documentary was incredible. You really find out the truth (that somehow these companies have kept a secret) about these beautiful killer whales that spend their life inside a "swimming pool".

It's emotional and eye-opening, beautifully put-together, and makes you want to go to every establishment that holds wild animals and set them all free.




Until next time. xoxo


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sunkissed Sneakers

One of my favorite things about summer is the fact that you can throw on a pair of cute sandals with just about any outfit and run out the door...
so when cooler weather approaches it gets a little more difficult for me to figure out what to put on my feet! 
I LOVE boots just as much as the next girl, but let's face it, boots don't go with every outfit and it can be tough to find boots that are super comfy for all-day wear! 
Thankfully, sneakers are making a come back! No, not running shoes, but fun hightops! 
They're comfy, keep your toes warm, and add a little sporty spice to your outfit!

Here's a few pairs that are super fun, and can be rocked just about anywhere...

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Throw a pair of these on and your inner child/hardcore girl power is sure to come out.


Until next time, keep dreaming. xoxo

Friday, October 4, 2013

Sunkissed Stylin'

Fall is here and although I LOVE a good hoodie,
cooler weather doesn't have to mean jeans and sweatshirts everyday...
keep it fresh with printed bottoms and fun beanies!


Get your's here:



And some Friday tuneage to get your weekend started right!


Until next time, keep dreaming. xoxo

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sunkissed DIY: Distressed Jeans

Fall is here! Time to pull out the jeans, sweaters, leggings, & boots!
I love jeans, but I hate buying them! It takes me forever to find a pair that is comfortable AND fits me right. So, instead of going and buying a new pair of jeans, the other day I decided to take an older pair I had and give them a fun, new look! I've always had mixed feelings about jeans with holes in them, but recently I've been digging the style, so I decided to just make myself a pair! Didn't take that long at all, and turned out just how I had hoped!

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WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
  1. A pair of jeans that you don't mind cutting up but still like the way they look on you
  2. A box cutter or other really sharp blade
  3. Sand paper (I didn't have any and didn't feel like going to the store, so I just used a pumice stone and it worked great!)
  4. A thick piece of cardboard or card stock
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WHAT YOU DO:
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  1. If you're not sure where your knee goes, just fold the pant leg in half, up to the crotch, and where the crease is in the leg is the section you're going to cut for the knee holes. Make a little box with a pencil, so you have some guidelines.
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  2. Grab that piece of cardboard and push it down into the leg until its laying right behind where you made your lines. This way the blade doesn't go through to the back of the leg!
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  3. Now, take your box cutter or blade and starting at the top line make a firm cut straight across the leg (leaving about an inch to the seam on either side). Keep making these cuts, leaving about 1/4 inch between each one, until you get to the bottom line that your drew. I made some cuts shorter than others, just to give the hole a more jagged edge.
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4.  I also made some smaller cuts (as you can see in the photo above) above/to the side of the big ones, to add a little more natural wear and tear look to the pants. 
5.  Go ahead and do the same process on the other leg.
6.  I also wanted to make the bottoms of the pants and the pockets look worn as well, which you can do very easily:
  • Cut the bottoms of the back of your pants just above the seam and use your sand paper or stone to wear down the seams, sides and very bottoms of the pants. Take the blade cutter and cut some horizontal slits right above where you cut the material off as well.
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  • Now, put the cardboard into the front pockets, one at a time, and make a few cuts, horizontal or vertical, on/around the pockets. Then take your sandpaper or pumice stone and wear down the edges of the pockets, around the fly and button, and anywhere else you want to take out some pent-up aggression!
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  • We can't forget about the back pockets! Remember the cell phone or lip gloss holes you got in your back pockets back in high school?! Ya, we wanna relive those days with these jeans. Make a few slits in the bottom corner (don't forget to put the cardboard as a shield first!), top corner, rub the sandpaper at the corner seams and across the top and boom, you're done-zo!

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  • You can also "sand-down" the belt loops, anywhere on the seams, on the pant leg seams, just basically wherever you want to add a little more wear and tear look!
  • Now throw them in the wash and then dry completely - TWO TIMES for the best results!
  • Put them on with a flowy tank or tee, some sandals or sturdy lace-up boots and you're ready to hit the town! Or just look at them and reminisce about your high school crush. :)
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Until next time, keep dreaming. xoxo

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sunkissed Bikini Lovin': Tavik Twenty-Fourteen

Sometimes it's so much more fun to check out new styles in a video
than looking through a bunch of photos, right?
Love these new looks for Tavik's 2014 swim line!


Want more Tavik? Click here!


Until next time, keep dreaming. xoxo

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sunkissed Escapades: California Dreamin'

I know, I know...I haven't posted anything in a very long time.
I guess I've just been enjoying my summer too much to want to sit down and write something.
But, I finally got inspired today and I thought I'd share some of the 
fun adventures I've had the privilege of going on so far this summer. 
Although, I do basically live in the dead center of California's
hot and dry Central Valley, I've been able to get out a lot and go see my favorite places-
the sea and the mountains.
I am so very thankful that I am only a few short hours from both of these places.
The ocean makes me happy and content; the mountains, trees and fresh pine smell soothes my soul and makes me feel grateful to be living on this beautiful planet. 

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This photo is actually from a little ranch nearby my home, I just thought it was so pretty.
It also perfectly portrays my hometown, that I'll always love. 



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I went to visit a friend staying in Santa Cruz and spent all day at this beach, off of 26th avenue. 
The sky went from cloudy to sunny all day, 
but I wasn't complaining as long as there was soft sand under my toes.



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These two photos are from Manresa State Beach, near Santa Cruz. I went there recently and went paddleboarding for the first time! I totally get what all the hype is about now! When you're so far out in the water and it's just quiet and peaceful, you can't help but just be happy about life. It's a great workout as well, all that balancing definitely works your core and leg muscles. We saw dolphins while we were out in the water too! 
It was such a beautiful day.

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We rented the paddle boards from Capitola Surf and Paddle. The staff was super friendly and the boards were great! Check out their website right here and if you're in the area needing any board rentals I would highly recommend them!


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Now, this is one of my favorite spots in the Sierra Nevada Mountains: Pinecrest Lake! I grew up coming here on family and church camping trips. My whole family spent all day swimming and playing in the water, 
kayaking, hiking, and picnicking by the lake. You can rent kayaks, paddleboats, speed boats, and party boats all right there at the dock for fairly reasonable prices.
This is a beautiful place and the water is clean and gets pretty warm during the summer! 

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We stopped midway through our hike and did a little cliff jumping. 
It always takes me a little while to build up the courage to jump; 
but felt amazing once I landed in the deep, cool water.
(not quite sure what I was doing with my hands when I was jumping...)
PS: I'm wearing the Beach Riot Tarzan Top here...love it so much! Totally stays put and the back is to die for!
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I never tire of the majestic redwood trees surrounding every 
road, pathway, cabin and house in that area.


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There's a fun place on the lake where they have a bunch of huge logs floating and tied together; the challenge is to try and walk all the way out to the end of them without falling! 
Pretty difficult...we got almost the whole family to try it out!


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This gorgeous piece of nor cal beach is a little less well known. It's just off the 1 North heading out of Santa Cruz, and is a little hike through some pretty terrain to get there, but well worth it! There was only like 10 other people there when  I went traipsing about it on this gorgeous day. 

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I just love how the rock formation looks like a natural made lighthouse; 
I could have sat in this spot all day.



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I took a trip to Yosemite last month and the drive there was literally just as awe-inspiring as the national park itself. We stopped the car atleast 5 times while driving there, just to get out and take in the gorgeous views.



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These three photos are from Mono Lake, a place I had never heard of, but am so glad we came across! There's tons and tons of seagulls and other birds there, that claim all the little islands in the lake as their home. The reflection of the clouds on the lake was one of the prettiest things I'd ever seen and the tall, glorious mountains around it, just add to the overwhelming beauty of it all. 

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We hiked to the top of Nevada Falls in Yosemite, its not too difficult and the trail up is right next to the waterfall, so you get a nice little cool-off from all the mist blowing in your face. 
The view from the top is obviously gorgeous and there's tons of little spots to take a load off and enjoy a snack and some drinks before heading back down, or (if you have the energy) continuing up to the next spot!

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I went down to LA back in June to see a concert and the last night we were there, we headed over to Venice Beach for a little stroll and then drinks at this amazing bar/restaurant. Its called the High Rooftop Lounge; its on the roof of Hotel Erwin, right in the midst of all the Venice Beach action. 
The drinks are amazing, they have delicious appetizers to munch on, comfortable little booths with blankets for when the breeze picks up, and ofcourse the view is unbeatable! 
Best time to go is right around sunset, so you can catch the million dollar view like in the picture below. You can make a reservation here at their website, so you don't have to wait for a booth when you show up!

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This little piece of heaven in the next few photos is just outside of Watsonville, out in the boondocks. We went driving through there on the way home, pulled over and walked down an empty road with a canopy of trees and vines. I felt like I was in a scene of Twilight or something! If you just stopped and stood there, you could literally hear nothing, except for the sound of birds chirping and wind whistling quietly through the trees. 
We climbed down into this little creek, crossed a moss covered log and did a little exploring. 
Its such a cool feeling to explore a place that you know very few people have wandered through. I couldn't help myself from just standing there and smiling. 

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I'm a firm believer in the need to emerse yourself in nature's beauty, if not as much as possible, then at least every once in a while. It has a way of putting things into perspective, giving you a fresh outlook, 
and reminding you how beautiful life can be. 
Free mental therapy, you could say. 

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So, if you haven't had the chance to do some "wanderlusting" lately, 
you need to before the seasons change again! 

Until next time, keep dreaming. xoxo