Cause I Am An American Girl | As Seen on DIYREADY.com

Guys, not sure if I’ve mentioned it enough times yet, but I am a blogger over at DiyReady.comWhat’s that!? Yes, DIYREADY.COMWell for the fourth I was inspired to DIY my own little getup. So I begged my bosses to let me my bosses begged me to craft this little post for our loyal readers. CLICK IT:

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When it comes to dressing up for the holidays I like to keep it low key: thematic, but not over the top. So I opted for 2 classic American looks, and topped them with a sun-hat covered in an American Flag Scarf to pull the look together

Look 1: (above) I am wearing a LBD with a fancy ruffled slip. My “southern” or “at the races” look, if you will. (Now where’s my Mint Julep, Y’ALL!?)

Look 2: (below) A plain white tank, denim cutoffs, bikini top, and artfully placed aviators. My “west coast” look. Cowabunga.

 

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And WHERE oh WHERE did I get this FABULOUS AMERICAN FLAG SCARF!?!? Scarves.com, that’s where!

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Things to do when it’s summer, or almost summer, or whatever.

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When you live in a place as beautiful as this, summer comes and goes… but not really. So what do you do during the “off-season?” Whatever you want, because it’s still a great day.

This weekend we went Stand Up Paddle Boarding, and where’s a good place to try it? Huntington Harbour of course, mainly because if you get lost, you can probably ask a neighbor passing by on a Duffy for help and they’ll pull you in. It’s not like I would know from experience, but the thought crossed my mind a lot while our paddle speed was less than or equal to the speed of the current….

So go make the most of the weather, grab some friends, put on whatever you won’t mind getting wet ( you know – just in case ) and get out there! In case you were curious, I took these photos with a waterproof camera ( The Nikon Coolpix AW100 – love it ) and NOT my phone, because that would have been real dumb.

So here’s to another great adventure by the weekenders! What did you do with your #SundayFunday?

XOXO @itsa_Lisa.

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Local Waves Make Crashing Headlines

The Waves of Huntington Beach

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The swells have been rather impressive lately. “Totally tubular” as us colloquial-locals might say. Watch the live surf cam here on surfline!

Reporters at abc claimed “beaches are seeing extremely high surf Friday, and many are taking advantage of epic swells.” dude, EPIC. These particular waves are the result of an Alaskan storm headed south. In Huntington they reached 10 feet, and in Seal Beach they were even more extreme. As OC Register puts it, these are “long-interval waves, forming about 1,200 miles away near Hawaii.”

An awesome side effect of these swells ((aside from high-level risk and the reward of exhilaration)) was a charity event that Seal Beach held: “Morgan’s Wave of the Day Invitational” Pro surfers only, winner receives $2000, $250 reserved for best wipeout. Please enjoy this nail-biting video…

Holy Shit. I am thankful I live in an awesome place with famous surf, but I’m also thankful I do not surf. Why not? I don’t know, something about the cold, wet, and unpredictable oceanic abyss makes me nervous… what do you think?

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The Best Way to Paddle Board

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

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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. 

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The US Open At Large – Modest Mouse and Lots of People

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The US Open of Surf came to a close this Sunday, in Surf City USA (aka my home town of Huntington Beach). If you want to read about the riots, read the news, I’m too embarrassed that inland-visitors would ruin it for everyone and vandalize our usually peaceful city. I was at the beach on Friday to watch Modest Mouse. I know, I know, I should have also watched the surf and explored the booths more. But I wasn’t really in the mood. Maybe next year, if there is a next year. For Friday, To be quite honest, the people watching was enough.

A few quick comments on Modest Mouse’s performance: they rock, because they’re a rocking band. But the concert came to an abrupt close, no encore, no thank you. Isaac Brock was over it – but this isn’t new news for any true MM fans. If I didn’t know any better I’d say Matt Costa (the opener and a local) was more entertaining with his poppy beach songs. Especially when he played the popular Mr. Pitiful. While I’m still stoked I finally saw Modest Mouse in concert, most of the crowd was bummed because they failed to play their one big radio hit, Float On. To true fans, they still rocked a set of young and old songs. To say the least, however, the obnoxious early pubescent crowd seemed more into riding everything, than Gravity Rides Everything.

Below are some photos I took of the pier, the crowd, the stage, all highlighted against the setting sun.

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Thanks for reading. I’d love to hear your own thoughts on the show, the weekend, or the rioters below.

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Flashbacks of the US OPEN

The US OPEN, Surf City’s favorite time of year.  (That’s a lie, we prefer July 4th). This holiday is still pretty rad because it brings in hundreds of competitive surfers and also hundreds of thousands of crowds – who all wear close to nothing. These crowds can be respectable, they can say nice things and throw their trash away, they can drink in moderation and look both ways before crossing the street, but all these things would require too much effort. Instead the youthful crowds practice all of the skills not learned in school and growing up. They throw off all of their clothes, paint their bodies with suggestive words, and run their own competition to see who can be the most obscene; which translates to who can have the most mother lovin’ fun.

Being a local at an age slightly higher than the average US OPEN attendee, perhaps I am being rude and underapprectiative of the next flock of young adults. But really, perhaps they are being rude and need to realize this is a public beach – not Spring Break Gone Wild!!! For the past few years the US OPEN was brought on by Hurley – a part of Nike. This year the US OPEN is hosted by VANS, we are excited about this because VANS is used to the crowds of WARPED TOUR, and they are native to Orange County – holding our reputation closer to heart. Their goal is to keep the crowds more under control, and more family friendly.

With that being said, excuse me while I drink my prune juice, let out my curlers, and yell at the crazy hooligans down the street. 

Below are some blasts from the past, these photos are snapshots of the past 4 years of the US OPEN. A glimpse of the epic crowds and surf. Come back for more this weekend when I share current photos after attending.

And remember, I can complain all I want but I am still going to enjoy the experience of free concerts and free crowd watching entertainment! The best advice I can give here is enter with low expectations, come out satisfied. 

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Related Content:  VANS US Open Announces Largest Free Concert Of The Summer 

 

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Who What Wear | 4th of July

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Happy Independence day Y’all!  Today is my favorite holiday.

I love it because: It is a nationwide holiday where we all go outside, ride bikes, swim, barbecue, eat, drink, be merry, celebrate our country, and at the end of the day we watch fireworks or set off our own.

I also love it because unlike other national holidays:  There is no stressful build up, no extreme forms of gift giving, no one has to feel excluded because the parties are often open invite, if you want to dress up- red white and blue/stars and stripes is super easy because these are naturally closet staples, and the food is usually potluck style so you just have to bring the one thing you’re good at and know people will like it.

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I live in Huntington Beach, Surf City USA.  One of the best places to celebrate for good reason. They close off Pacific Coast Highway and have a 5k run, followed by a parade.  Festivities occur downtown all day, the streets become covered in bikes and lemonade stands, and the day ends with a firework show over the famous Huntington Beach Pier. Admission is free, most people arrive on bike, and a large majority of the city ends up attending so you are guaranteed to run into old friends.

I spent my day doing the above, sharing the day with friends and family, remembering that we live in a great place, and are part of a great country.

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My good friend Lauren dressed up like our flag and I was obsessed with how adorable she looked, let’s call it The American Flag Undone – her shirt being the stripes and her baseball cap being the stars. We both sported the American favorite: denim shorts and white tennies. I love my chuck taylors and wear them any chance I get. While Lauren’s bold outfit was very statement making, I went a little more subtle and tied up an American flag handkerchief in my hair.  I think she wore it better.

A few more pictures of our day in Surf City. America, we salute thee!

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Cheers to Bloody ‘Merica!

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Biking Down PCH.

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Going on stage, Lauren answers Huntington Beach themed questions right and wins a t-shirt.

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Lounging by the pier.

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Our view of the show.

Gotta love Huntington Beach. ❤

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