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Recipes

How to Make the Best Acai Bowl

May 11, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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After a day of sun, salt and sand, whip up the perfect post-surf snack: a healthy and delicious acai bowl. We let Haleiwa Bowls show us how to make the BEST acai bowl on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii and maybe even the world!

Ingredients:
2 C Total of Frozen Blueberries, Strawberries & Bananas (equal parts of each)
Sambazon Pure Acai Smoothie Pack
Splash of Milk (We love coconut or rice milk!)
Your Toppings of Choice:
Granola, Bee Pollen, Honey, Chia Seeds or Diced Fruit. Get creative!

Directions:
1) Combine the frozen fruit and Sambazon Acai in your blender. You may need to add a splash of milk to get everything moving. Turn your blender on and take breaks in between blending to stir the frozen mixture.

2) Scoop the yumminess into a bowl. Top with the granola first.

3) Then add some fresh fruit, bee pollen and finish off with a drizzle of honey.



4) Grab a spoon and enjoy on your lanai while the ocean breeze keeps you company!

Gold & Silver Bangles: Owlette Hawaii

Thanks so much to Kylie, Anna and Sam for showing us how it’s done! If you’re ever on the North Shore of Oahu, be sure to head to Haleiwa Bowls (@halewiabowls).

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Travel

14 Struggles Only a Wanderluster Will Understand

May 8, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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We believe that travel is life. We can’t stop thinking about our next adventure or dreaming of everything from exotic beaches to snow-capped mountains. We are wanderlusters. And here are 14 struggles that only we can relate to:

1) Spending your entire day at work looking at flights and getting nothing done.
2) Post-surf trip blues.
3) Losing your flip flops.
4) Drinking from a cup and not a coconut.
5) Sand. In. Everything.
6) Differentiating between foreign currencies in your wallet.
7) Jetlag.
8) Ridiculous tan lines.
9) Finding the love of your life then realizing you have to go home.
10) Being fully clothed.
11) Your tan fades and so does your happiness.
12) Washing out your beach hair.
13) Extreme FOMO from seeing other people’s vacation photos on Instagram.
14) The never ending urge to travel, explore and seek out new adventure.



Wanderlust Bar Ring: By Jasmin

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Lifestyle

30 Things You’ve Got To Do Before 30

May 5, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Your 20s are some of the best and most challenging years of your life – you’re trying to find yourself, fit in, stand out, pay off student debt, grow up, make crazy adult life decisions, live up to your parent’s expectations and post better vacay pics on your Instagram than your frenemy. Here’s 30 Things You’ve Got To Do Before 30 to get you on track:

1) Travel abroad for a year.
2) Go through a relationship break-up.
3) Take care of your health so it becomes a habit for the rest of your life.
4) Stay up all night and dance at a music festival.
5) Go skinny dipping.
6) Book a mansion cottage for you and 20 friends in the summer.
7) Learn how to surf.
8) Live by yourself.
9) Work hard and pay your dues. There is still so much to learn.
10) Be selfish.
11) Buy the bikini/purse/bracelets/shoes/outfit/whatever. Cuz #treatyoself.
12) Spend time with your parents.
13) See as much of the world as you can.
14) Get on stage at a Diplo concert.
15) Think about the person you want to become.
16) Go to Vegas with your best friends.
17) Read books.
18) Take yourself out on dates every few weeks.
19) Be the best uncle/aunt to your siblings’ kids.
20) Be conscious about your impact on the environment.
21) Binge watch Netflix wearing XL sweatpants without any guilt.
22) Go to Australia and hold a koala.
23) Dye your hair mermaid colors.
24) Stop drinking Smirnoff Ice.
25) Try being a vegetarian for a month.
26) Fall in love.
27) Sleep in. Once you have kids, those two words disappear.
28) Figure out your dream job.
29) Live in the moment.
30) Find yourself so your 30s become the best decade of your life.

What would you add to the list? Comment below!

Photos:
Michelle Moore
michellemoore.com
@moorephoto

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Lifestyle

4 Yoga Mantras to Improve Your Life

May 4, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Sometimes our lives can get a bit hectic and it’s hard to find time to slow down. This is where a mantra can really help you focus and make the most of your down time. Mantras are chants in Sanskrit used in yoga to keep our concentration focused inwardly and quiet the distractions of the outside world. Try to take a few minutes every day to repeat these mantras quietly to yourself and help anchor your wandering mind to find some inner peace:

1) OM
The sound of the universe. It’s the first, original vibration, representing the birth, death and re-birth process. OM is a great way to begin and end a yoga or mediation practice, and also comes in handy when you just need to chill out.

2) Om Namah Shivaya
This is a great mantra to help build self-confidence, reminding us that we are all made up of divine energy and should treat ourselves accordingly.

3) Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
This mantra is a powerful way to dedicate yourself to living a life of non-harming and being of service to the greater good. This mantra encourages cooperation, compassion and living in harmony with the environment, animals and our fellow human beings.

4) Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
The peace mantra is focused on providing peace of mind, stress relief and increasing harmony in your surroundings.

Photos:
Chapman Images Photography
www.chapmanimages.com
@chapman_images

 

Translations provided by MindBodyGreen

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Recipes

6 Energy-Boosting Breakfast Toast Ideas

April 30, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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“Top” of the morning to ya! Toast up some morning perfection with these 6 quick and easy energy-boosting breakfast toast ideas.

This is the one and only instruction: Drop 2 pieces of your favorite bread (we used gluten-free bagels) into your toaster, then simply top with the following flavor combinations:

1) Avocado + Tomato + Goat Cheese
2) Coconut Peanut Butter + Banana  + Almonds + Hemp Hearts
3) Herb Cream Cheese + Cucumber + Mixed Baby Lettuce
4) Pineapple Jam + Strawberry + Toasted Coconut
5) Coconut Butter + Raspberry Jam + Mango + Chia Seeds
6) Hummus + Sliced Red Peppers + Green Onions + Sesame Seeds






What are your go-to breakfast flavor combos? Tell us below!

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Fashion

A Swimsuit For Every Occasion

April 29, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Just like any functional piece of clothing, you need “suitable” swimwear for any and all occasions. And when the fabric is barely there, it’s definitely worth investing in the best cut, style and fit. Whether you’re hanging 10 or hanging out by the pool, we’ve got you covered (sort of) with a bathing suit for every occasion.

Music Festival
Feeling fringy? Sway around in the INDAH Marjan Top in Metallic Cream while you listen to your fave musician as the sun sets. Shop

Surfing + Water Sports
We love multi-functional fashion! Throw on the San Lorenzo Bikinis Reversible Sports Top + Brief in Sol/Wildflower on your next surf or water adventure. Shop

Getting Your Bronze On
Sizzle in style with the Stone Fox Swim Loni Top + Tucker Bottoms in Black Ginger. Suns out, buns out! Shop

Pool Party
Make a statement at your next pool shindig with the Mikoh Seychelles One-Piece in Bone. Business in the front, party in the back. Shop

Day at the Beach + Out for Dinner
Spend a day frolicking at the beach in the ACACIA Swimwear Teahupo’o Crochet One Piece in Bird of Paradise then transition to dinner attire by throwing on a maxi skirt, some denim or black slacks and a cute cardigan. Shop

All Photos:
iShine 365
Shop everything at www.ishine365.com
@ishine365

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Lifestyle

4 Ways to Make your Space your Sanctuary

April 21, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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You want to live in more than just a house. It should be a home filled with love, happiness and peace. The outside world can get pretty hectic, so here are a few ways to turn your space into a soothing sanctuary:

1) Create coziness. Find a quiet corner in your bedroom and setup a place to sit and unwind. This could be a desk with a comfy chair or a bunch of pillows and blankets laid out on a plush carpet — the more the merrier!


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2) Add your personal touch. Hang up wall prints from artists you love, frame photos of happy memories and display items that make you smile (travel souvenirs, awards, handwritten quotes).


3) Green is good. Plants are a great addition to any sanctuary. They bring the beauty of nature indoors and also freshen the air with more oxygen.




4) Indulge your senses and set the mood. Add lavender scented candles for a calm setting, vibrant artwork for inspiration or a small set of speakers to play music for any mood!




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Fashion

Love Pineapples? You Need These

April 20, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Okay, so it’s not news that we love pineapples. Not only are they sweet, golden and delicious, but they also remind us of the beach and good vibes! We decided to round-up our favorite pineapple must-haves to show our appreciation for the tropical fruit:


Tidepool Love Sweet & Sandy Pineapple Charm Bracelet Gold Bracelet


Bath & Body Works Pineapple Everything!


Amuse Society Pineapple Crew Fleece


Pura Vida Pineapple Clutch + iPhone Background


Angelina Hills X Kaikini Reversible Pineapple Bikini


Dress Gallery Pineapple Silk Jacket


Woven Pear Pineapple Socks


Reebok Pineapple Capri

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Lifestyle

Happy Birthday to Me: 5 Thoughts on your Big Day

April 16, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Birthdays are the best days. We’ve lived another 365 days of sunshine, rain and well, a few thunderstorms here and there. As you celebrate each year that passes, take some time to reflect on your past, present and future — kind of like an annual check-up. Then you can get back to party planning, outfit shopping and cake tasting. Promise! Here are 5 thoughts to think about on your big day:



  1. What am I thankful for?
  2. If I died tomorrow, would I have any regrets?
  3. What is my dream job?
  4. Do I show enough gratitude, love and kindness to the people in my life?
  5. Am I the person I want to be? 

What’s your fave way to celebrate your birthday? Comment below!

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Lifestyle

Create Your Own Zen Garden

April 16, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Big or small, outside or in, a garden can offer a place of calm, peace and tranquility. Here are some handy tips on how to create your own zen garden even if your green thumb isn’t so green:

1. Keep it to a minimum. Creating a place of serenity is all about open space and feeling light. Your zen garden should feel light and airy, so keep the greenery, furniture and design elements to a minimum. Less is definitely more!

2. Add a place for sand. Whether it be a large, open box in your back yard or a small container on your desk. And don’t forget the rake! Create multiple patterns in the sand to mimic the ripples of the ocean. Don’t you already feel relaxed?

3. Add zen features like Buddha statues, pebbles, stones or rocks.

4. If you have the space and resources, having a small water fountain ups the zen factor by a ton. Hearing the soft sound of trickling water creates positive energy and we could all use more of that!

5. If you don’t have an outdoor space, create a desktop zen garden using a small tray, some sand, a rake and a few stones. When you’re stressed, take a few minutes to create a pattern by drawing in the sand with your rake.

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Recipes

Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl

April 6, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Craving a sweet and healthy snack? Try our super easy Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl. Recipe below!

Ingredients:
2 C Frozen Mixed Berries
1 Banana
1 C Milk (We like coconut obvi!)
Your Toppings of Choice (Bananas, chia seeds, shredded coconut, hemp hearts, honey, granola, fruit, whatever!)

Directions:

  1. Add the milk, frozen berries and banana in that order to your blender. Cover tightly and turn the power on.
  2. The mixture will be thick so you may need to stop blending and stir every few seconds.
  3. Top with your favourite morning munchies like chia seeds, shredded coconut and banana.

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Fashion

Tips + Tricks to Make Your Jewelry Last

April 3, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Any good wardrobe has a jewelry collection to match and just like that pair of jeans you had forever, you want your bling to shine like the first day you bought it. Here are a few tips to make your jewelry last:

  1. Store each piece in it’s own bag. Like any precious piece, keep your accessories in the bags or pouches they came with to prevent it from tarnishing and getting scratched. Those clear daily pill boxes also work great for separating everything out and keeping organized.
  2. Apply lotion, perfume and makeup BEFORE your jewelry. The oils and ingredients in your cosmetics can dull your jewelry and build up over time. Remember to put on your jewelry last.
  3. Rinse. I love wearing jewelry to the beach, but when it comes to staying golden, your jewelry doesn’t count. Even the smallest bit of salt can begin to rust any type of metal in a day or two, so remember give your jewelry a good rinse in warm, soapy water along with your bikini.
  4. Clean and polish. Sometimes, accessories are an investment and it’s important to keep them perfectly polished and clean. Use a dedicated jewelry cleaner kit every few months to keep shinin’ on!

‘Salty’ Bar Necklacke: The Orange Bungalow
Compass Pendant Necklace: Sasha Eillenna Jewelry
Pineapple Charm Necklace: Josa Jewelry
Pineapple Charm Bracelet, Coral Ring, Stackable Gold Rings: Tidepool Love

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