Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! Happy Independence Day (well, tomorrow)! We looked and looked for some good freedom-themed songs and videos (and there are lots of good ones out there), but we just can’t stop listening to this tune that doesn’t have anything to do with anything. Except dancing, of course. It has LOADS to do with dancing.

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This summer I don’t have any plans to take extravagant trips to places around the world. But that doesn’t mean I can’t dress like I’m traveling in a different country.

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Embroidered Dresses | Similar Style

This dress makes me think of Greece and the amazing landscape they have along the Ionian and Mediterranean Sea. I let the dress be my main focus with the amazing embroidery detail, and paired it with a neutral beige in my sandals and purse. I wore my hair in a half up bun and I’m wearing M·A·C Lipstick in ‘Whirl’ on my lips.

Mahal,

Bella

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From a few of my music posts, you guys might know that I love music with acoustic and folky sounds. I adore Ben Howard (he’s quite possibly my favorite artist), so I was ecstatic when this film, Austin to Boston came out.

Austin to Boston is a beautiful documentary that follows four bands (Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Bears Den) as they tour via road trip from Austin to Boston. I ended up loving this documentary so much that I had to share it. It made me want to grab my friends and take a road trip ASAP!

Austin to Boston is available on Netflix, so go ahead and add it to your list.

xo ॐ – Amber

 

 

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Paddleboarding


In my family, surfing and all things “boarding” (surfboard, paddleboard, skateboard) are very much a part of our lives and culture. I first learned how to surf when I was 5 years old on my first trip to the Philippines. Many of you might be wondering, how do I surf while living in the Pacific Northwest? Well, the solution is a wetsuit. But since the nearest beach is at least an hour away, paddleboarding is an easy alternative.

I went paddleboarding with my little brother Jimmy, little sister Sofie, my cousin Reba, and my best friend Gabby. We paddleboard along the river but, due to ships passing, we have to paddleboard in coves to prevent getting washed out into the middle of the river with all the boats and ships.

Here are a few pictures from when we went paddleboarding, I encourage everyone to try it. It is super easy to pick up and a great all-body workout.

 HEROCan you find my brother floating by himself, enjoying life off in the distance? (Cue laughing/crying emoji)

Nordstrom_BP_blog_Paddle_BoardingMy cousin had never paddleboarded before, so in this picture she’s mentally preparing herself for potentially falling into the cold river water.

Nordstrom_BP_blog_Paddle_Boarding1The best stance for paddleboarding is to lean a little forward, feet slightly apart and knees slightly bent.

Mahal,

Bella

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What’s In My Beach Bag


Before I left to the beach the other day, I thought I’d take inventory of what’s in my beach bag.

I like to keep my bag light, but I still have to pack the essentials. When I’m just lounging on the sand, I love to pull out one of my favorite books for some light reading or a sketchbook for some beach inspired doodling. I love documenting my day, so my GoPro is perfect for capturing moments in the water!

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I hope all of you catch some sunshine on the beach this summer!

xo ॐ – Amber

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It’s a week night and you’re up, ready to spend some coins, so you go surfing on Nordstrom.com–but what to buy? I have you covered with my top five summer essentials for men. These items will help you conquer a stylish summer!

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The Rail short sleeve poplin woven shirt

On my previous OOTD Post  I wore a shirt similar in style and received many compliments on it. I love the patterns that this one from The Rail has available as well.

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Herschel Supply Co. Retreat backpack

Now summer is all about travel right?? Travel in style with this Herschel Supply Co. backpack. I love the vintage feel of the bag and it’s the perfect size for leisure.

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TOMS Bellini sunglasses

Protect your eyes from the summer sun with these TOMS sunglasses. TOMS eyewear is always very modern yet classic. I am a proud TOMS eyewear connoisseur [thanks, Nordstrom HQ ;)] and I must say that their shades are quite comfortable–they don’t slide off or feel heavy on your face.

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TOMS Chukka Boot

Chukka boots are honestly everything! I love how versatile they are in the sense that you can throw on jeans and a t-shirt or a button down and khakis and your outfit still looks well put together both ways. The comfort level is astonishing as well!

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Topman Straw Hat

I love how a straw hat can change the whole vibe of your outfit and I particularly love the leather strap around this hat. This is one of my favorite styles of hats because it’s simple yet adds another dimension to your look.

So there you have it, my top 5 summer essentials. Which ones are your favorite?

– James

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Besides dresses, one of my favorite articles of clothing has always been jumpers, especially Wildfox jumpers. They are SO extremely comfy, cute, and the perfect item to throw on when keepin’ it casual.

When you feel the quality of fabric and the effortless style these pieces add to any outfit, you’ll want to buy one for every day of the week! I own three jumpers, some I’ve had for years, and they hold up extremely well, especially considering the countless number of times I’ve worn them.

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These are two jumpers I’m currently lusting after. This pineapple one is absolutely adorbs and perfect for summer with it’s fun and flirty fruit pattern, and of course being that I live in California, this pink Cali sweater is a MUST!

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Tropical Fruits V-neck pullover | Live Under the Rainbow oversize sweatshirt

Yours Truly,

Caroline

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Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! Happy Pride weekend! Seattle always throws down for Pride in a big way, but in light of this morning’s historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, we put together a Friday playlist instead of just a single video. There’s too many good options and we’re too happy for self-restraint.

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I grew up listening to artists like Alicia Keys, India Arie and Ashanti. Now that I’ve graduated from high school, I still have a love for R&B and soul. Back in March, my boyfriend introduced me to an artist named Kehlani. She grew up in the Bay Area and has amazing vocals–her songs speak about her life experiences and even her songs about breakups are uplifting. She recently released a mixtape and is currently on tour.

Take a listen:

You Should Be Here Mixtape

Cloud 9 Mixtape

Mahal,

Bella

 

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Summer Recipe: Fruity Bowls

If one thing’s for sure this summer, it’s that temperatures are rising. Here in Cali, I mean seriously R I S I N G–I’m not about that 100-degree weather!

To keep cool this summer, I’ll be posting some yummy and refreshing recipes.

Today’s post is a super-easy summer fruit bowl. Açai bowls have been huge this year, and this bowl is nearly identical. All you have to do is replace the açai with any of your favorite homemade smoothies (or go straight for the antioxidant packed açai)!

 HeroIngredients:

– Any fresh fruit
– Granola
– Any smoothie OR frozen acai
– Optional toppings: chia seeds, almonds, coconut, etc.

The smoothie recipe I used:

– Vanilla yogurt
– Ice
– Fresh strawberries
– Fresh peaches

Put it all together, and you’ve got a simple summer bowl! I also find it quite fun to decorate the top of the bowl with lots of fresh fruit.

Stay cool this summer!

xo ॐ – Amber

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