The Best Way to Paddle Board

…Is with your FRIENDS on a SUNNY DAY in a HARBOR with a GIANT BRIDGE.

Paddle Boarding

paddle boardingPaddle boarding. An ambiguous word, each mention invoking a variety of responses:

Paddle boarding is what you do on a board with a paddle. 

Paddle boarding is extremely difficult

Paddle boarding is a leisurely pastime

Paddle boarding is an intense form of aquatic yoga

Paddle boarding is a great workout

Paddle boarding is fun

Paddle boarding is just standing on a giant long board

How can these statements hold true when they contradict each other? You see, a modern paddle board is simply a flotation device like a long board, that will stay afloat in water, and is fitted with a mat for stability and grip. One uses this board to propel themselves through the water with a paddle. The technical term is Stand Up Paddle board, commonly seen as SUP. There are extreme forms of paddle boarding, paddle board yoga and paddle board fitness, (lessons that draw you through a normal yoga routine, but on a paddle board, great for core strength.)  Mainly, however, paddle boarding is a leisurely activity that allows you to enjoy the water and your present company. Easy simple good clean fun. It is potentially a great full body work out. The legs and core are engaged for stability, and the shoulders and arms work together to push the paddles through the water. However, the muscles need only be severely exhorted if the boarder wishes to travel rapidly or if he or she is paddling against a strong current. Therefore, paddle boarding is a work out if you make it one, or a leisure activity if you make it one. The amount of effort you put in is what you get out of it, similar to almost any other activity, as the practices of common knowledge will vouch.

Enough of these ridiculous details. All I really have to say is I went paddle boarding this weekend with my best friend Lauren, and her best boyfriend Brad.

Paddle boardingWe rented them from the rental shop by Huntington Harbor, OEXSunsetBeach, $15 for 2 hours. A great deal. But if you do not reside in Huntington Beach, you can check your local google listings for a good deal near you. The sport is becoming rather popular, and a rental facility will probably be closer than you think.  All you really need is a paddle, a board, and mellow water.

We paddled around Huntington Harbor. They gave us a map, which was convenient for navigating, but our own local knowledge is what guided us towards the tallest bridge. The Trinidad bridge, a great thrill to plunge off of, into the cool oil-kissed harbor water. I was paranoid of smelling like harbor, until I noticed the outdoor shower, then I didn’t care. I have been playing this game for years, and so have all the other kids daring enough to share in the summertime fun.

Needless to say, we paddled around, we jumped, we swam, we paddled back. All in all I would do it again. Being on the water in nothing but a paddle board is a very peaceful place to be; admiring the luxurious houses as we cruised past, and chatting about the experience. I’d recommend ending with an ice-cold cup of water, and of course an ice-cold beer. Remember folks, stay hydrated, and don’t drink and drive. 

And now, some pictures. Thank you for humoring me as you scrolled past my narrative, I know these pics are all you really wanted to see. 

Paddle Boarding

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Who What Wear – With The National | Los Angeles

Now I only think about Los Angeles when the sun kicks out (Pink Rabbits | The National)

Lucky for us the sun did kick out, just on time as we were in the city celebrating our favorite band’s movie preview! Here is a quick fix of what Caitlyn and I wore to the Mistaken For Strangers screening in Los Angeles.

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Here I am in my “Loose Lips Sink Ships” t-shirt, inspired by The National‘s song Cherry Tree. This shirt is fitting because Mistaken For Strangers is a movie about The National, and Cherry Tree is such a great song, and Loose Lips Sink Ships is such a great saying. In this shirt I can do no wrong.  I’m also wearing a black blazer, denim shorts (cause it’s summer!) and suede booties.

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Caitlyn is wearing her favorite polka dot skirt, also with booties and a tank top. A cute get up for any long summers day of sight seeing and obsessing over our favorite band.

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To make this shirt more comfortable I cut the sleeves off.  The art of cutting sleeves, as seen in my previous post “Rock Your Style” is in exposing the right amount of skin.  If you just clipped your shirt down the sides, you would expose too much skin in the front, and not enough in the back. That is why I first cut off the sleeves along the stitch line, then I turn the shirt around and trim out the back, dipping lower and towards the center and work my way up. Once you have the shirt on you can stretch out the opening with your thumbs to give it a natural looking finish.  And remember, this is your shirt – Rock it however you want!

Tshirt DIY

TSHIRT DIY

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Solana Beach | Who What Wear

Followed by my recent posts A Day at Solana Beach, and WEAR ART Thou Going, I suppose I finally ought to fill you in with the style report!

What Lisa and Lauren wore on their day trip to Solana Beach, California. 

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Lauren came ready for some sun in her flowy Free People crop top, paired with high waisted shorts with a tribal print. The two compliment each other; the top might be cropped but the excess billowy fabric keeps the look fun and flirty, and the shorts come up to the waist which elongate her legs. The teal palette in her clothes and accessories highlight her eyes and the natural ocean backdrop and her black strapped Steve Maddens complete the look for a day of walking and beaching.

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I chose to wear all black (as usual) and paired it with my Andy Warhol beach bag as my statement. Since the day was still a mystery to me, I knew a large beach bag would be a good idea. So I stuffed it with sandals, a towel, sunscreen, water, magazines, and ready for a multi-purposeful day of walking shopping and beaching. I’m wearing my LBD from H&M, a suede jacket from Elle’s fashion line, and my new booties from Cotton On.

We love finding new places together, and can’t wait to see what the rest of California has to offer us this summer… and whatever will we wear?!!?!  

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A Day at Solana Beach | San Diego, CA

“What is there to do in Solana” one might ask, “where is Solana?”one might add. The answer is simple: the same thing you do in any beach town: “Soak up the sun, grab a bite, grab a brew, shop around, call it a day.”

SolanaMy friend Lauren and I traveled south to Solana Beach on a mission. She had to do some quick business in the area, and we decided to make a day of it – we traveled into the unknown and were rather pleased with what we found.

solanaThere was a stretch of shops in the “Design District.” Which offered a selection of cafes, restaurants, and beach boutiques – ideal for lovers of nautical decor, the DIY aesthetic, and succulents.

But -as you know- the beach comes first. Across Highway 101 we found a quiet cove of sandy cliffs, rainbow umbrellas, piles of seaweed, and a calm surf.Solana

The middle of July welcomed many young families – we witnessed two toddlers (both females) experiencing their first kiss together, much to their parents surprise and exchange of shrugs – this was the right atmosphere for people to get away from the everyday and just be themselves – whatever that may look like.

Solana

Lauren and I grabbed lunch at The Naked Cafe, the local health food eatery, equipped with build-your-own menu items, from pancakes to wraps, it was a build-your-own paradise.Restaurant Choices

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Once we were stuffed we walked down to the beach and  set up camp on the shore between the cliffs and the surf. Magazines and gossip ensued until the suns heat encouraged us into the water. Within seconds of our leaving the tide decided to lap its way closer and soak our sprawl of belongings. Lucky for us the Marc Jacobs, Vintage Dooney, and iPhones were safe. But the poor boys of One Direction in my Glamour, and Lauren’s Steve Maddens were drenched. While the salty water would normally just emphasize the boys’ natural fluffy dos – water and print don’t mix and my magazine resembled nothing more than a wet rag.Glamour on the beach with One Direction

Solana

Solana

We moved to higher ground, I read what I could, and we eventually made our way back to the mainland, it was time for some ice cold refreshments.

We could have stopped at Culture Brewing, a new brewery and tasting room whose smell beckoned us closer. Its open atmosphere and decadent aromas could have pulled us in for hours, but we had to get going. If we were staying through the evening (and perhaps older and more cavalier) we could have also stopped at Belly Up, the local tavern and night club, where bands such as Atomic Groove rock lobster the night away. -I recommend this venue to any parents that welcome nostalgia, us Millennial’s will kick it at Culture Brewing. Instead we shopped around and grabbed an iced coffee to quench us through the trek back home. (Note to visitors: most cafes close at 5, go to the cafe’s before 5).

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We said so long to Solana, and watched the sunset as we drove back up the 5 to get home. Maybe we will come back again, or maybe we will explore another beach town that is probably exactly like it, as there are hundreds spotted up and down the Southern California coast.

We are blessed to live in such a nice place, especially in the summer.

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WEAR ART thou going?

What am I wearing and where am I going!? 

Fashion Warhol

I have on my LBD, my bikini, my suede shoes and jacket, and my trustee Andy Warhol Bag! Now off to a day of adventure! Come back tomorrow to hear all about it.

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Farmville reaches Orange County | OCFair2013

Ladies and Gent’s the Fair is back in town.  Before you dive into all the deep fried goodies, don’t forget to take a stroll through cowtown and say hi to all the fine livestock that has yet to be tossed in the friar. Yes this livestock is alive and well, being cared for by the young cowhands frolicking about in their country get-ups.  This is the California we don’t often see in Orange County, but a lifestyle worth visiting.  While you’re there stop by the Pig Races, Cow Milking, and Camel Exhibit, (and please wash your hands on your way out).

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What’s Eatin’ at the Fair? | OCfair2013

“Come and Get it” at the Orange County Fair

I am a healthy eater – something I try to hold true in all dining circumstances.  While my diet does not have the extreme restrictions that a gluten-free or vegan person might, I still try to steer clear of over processed and fried foods. The fair is a breeding ground for fatty foods. And as any dietician might add: indulge (in moderation!) And Live your life! Being a healthy eater does not mean living under a rock. Keep in mind there are plenty of healthy options at the fair to choose from.

For example, corn husks are delicious, a vegetable, no gluten or nothing. They fill you up, take a while to eat, and you can add your own fixings which makes the whole process of eating them even more enjoyable. I also saw a booth selling fresh fruit – another great healthy appetizer. 

Be wise when you look around.  Maybe a bite of a friends fried oreo is wiser than getting your own personal serving. Or perhaps you could split the chocolate covered bacon. Money saving advice: bring in your own water and snacks, and splurge on one item. Share with your friends so you can all enjoy the flavors without emptying your wallets.Fair Food Fair Food Fair Food

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