Feel Liberated

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When was the last time you spent a day without your electronic devices and social networks? With eyes glued to the screen, you’re bound to miss the smaller moments left undocumented in Instagram feed. Summer is the perfect time to disconnect from your technological tendencies and reconnect with the real world.

How often does a TV show open with an appealing shot of a city from afar? Instead of taking in the scenic views via a screen, make an adventure of finding them yourself. Try a new hike, find a scenic overlook, or take the elevator to the top of a famous building. A view always feels more powerful when mixed with a summer breeze.

Some other ideas to help you feel liberated: pick up that book you’ve been meaning to start and find a lazy locale outside in the shade. Make room on your nightstand for something besides your cell. Why not wake up and grab a journal instead of your phone? It’ll take away the temptation to check your favorite apps before you even get out of bed.

Need a little inspiration? Check out our Feel Liberated Pinterest board for ideas on how to unplug this summer.

Or share your own by tagging how you’re disconnecting with #SummerResolutions on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or in a video.


The Lookback for the week of July 7th, 2014

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In case you missed this week’s Summer Resolution to Take Chances, we’ve handpicked a few of our favorite memories and inspirations for you to browse through.

·      From zip-lining to paddleboarding our Pinterest board is packed full of fresh ideas on taking chances.

·      Task yourself with creating your own summer hammock with tips from a pair & a spare. Trust us, you’ll thank yourself later.

·      We love DesignLoveFest’s blog, photography and flower classes – who says learning can’t be fun (or beautiful!).

Inspired? Capture and tag your photos with #SummerResolutions on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook so we can applaud your adventurous spirit.


Take Chances

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Remember the first time you tried sushi? We do. That introductory piece of ginger-laden goodness was met with a very skeptical palette, but by the end of the roll, we were hooked – and well on our way to the land of sashimi. As the old adage goes, don’t knock the uni ‘til you try it! Seriously, if you haven’t given your local sushi spot a shot, get in there immediately. And that goes for (almost) everything else, too. This summer, we want to pack in as many new experiences as possible, and officially invite you to join in the fun campaign.

No one wants to waste a sunny day inside the gym. Skip the elliptical and get your workout on the trail, in the water, or even in the air. Horseback riding, canoeing, paddle boarding, and paragliding are just a few of the outdoor adventures calling our name for a beginner’s course.

Dying to hone your domestic skills? Start making your way through those Pinterest boards. Get artsy and make your own potato stamps or experiment with chalkboard paint. Channel your inner mother earth and plant a garden. Soon you’ll be able to spice up those recipe pins with homegrown herbs.

If you’ve ever been bit by the performance bug, now’s the time to practice, practice, practice. Enroll in dance classes or take up a new instrument. Most local music stores offer lessons. If you prefer life behind the camera, seek out live shows in new genres. You might just stumble upon a new favorite or the next big thing.

These are just a few suggestions to get the bocce ball rolling. We’ll be sharing more ideas on our Take Chances Pinterest board and would love to see yours, too.

Capture and tag your photos with #SummerResolutions on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and show us how you’ve been making this summer the season of yes.

 


Summer Strolling

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Creative Council contributor and perennially chic style maven, Kim Pesch, of eat.sleep.wear kicks off summer by making making strides in her Delmar wedges. We’re taking cues from Kim’s #summerresolutions – breaking out our sunnies and sunblock to explore the outdoors.

Where will summer take you? Check out our Live Alfresco Pinterest board for outdoor ideas. Or if you’ve already got your summer plans dialed in, share them using #SummerResolutions.

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4th of July Fireworks You Won’t Forget

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Tomorrow is America’s 338th birthday, and we’ve found the most unique places to watch her blow out those pyrotechnic candles. Not sure where to go? Where to sit? What shoes to wear? We’ve got you covered.

Contrary to popular opinion, fireworks aren’t relegated to the night. Mt. Vernon, the home of our nation’s first President offers some glittering displays of smoke and fire before golden hour sets in. Best of all, when the explosions end, you’re close enough to stroll over to the Washington Monument, the premiere viewpoint for D.C.’s annual show. A full day of festivities calls for comfortable (and cute!) footwear. Try our Alloway Crystal Bow flats. Pair with a white shift dress and our red and white striped Lucianna scarf for a perfectly patriotic ensemble.

Lake Tahoe has taken the idea of great seats to a whole new level – horizontal. Reserve one of their beachfront cabins and discover the delight that comes with having the best beds in the house. Snuggle up by your windows or walk down to the water’s edge to take in Lights on the Lake, an unbeatable event. It can get a little chilly at night, so we recommend our Classic short boot with blue jeans and a slouchy sweater.

Can’t decide which show to attend? Catch ‘em all! If you’re in the LA area, the Baldwin Hills Overlook in Culver City delivers a 360° view of all the fireworks in the city. It’s a quick hike up some steep stairs to get to this gorgeous view, so you’ll likely work up an appetite. Pack some eats for a gourmet picnic. Akasha is a favorite local spot for flavorful comfort food to go. Speaking of comfort, all that walking will require a sturdy shoe, like our Drina in Smooth Blue. The boat-shoe-meets-moccasin silhouette is perfect for the traditional occasion.

For a fun night out away from the masses, sign up for a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan. You can catch Chicago’s fireworks as they burst from Navy Pier. Work a white pant with our Tomato Soup Lucianna Stripe wedges, a blue pashmina, and a glass or two of champagne.

Let us know where you’ll be celebrating, and have a very happy Independence Day.