Get Movin’ Monday (& Look Good Doin’ It)

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SUP Boarding: 1/2/3/4               Yoga Class: 5/6/7/8/9          Nature Hike: 10/11/12/13/14

The weather beautiful on the East Coast this past weekend, and now it’s warming up on the West Coast this week! We are always inspired to get outside and moving, but without looking like a schlumpy mess who rolled out of bed. And then when we pull together something that is halfway decent, we don’t want to spend a small fortune. Yes, investment pieces are key (see fabulous LuluLemon jacket above), but you can find chic basics for wallet-happy prices.

This post was mainly dreamed up from our obsession with Urban Outfitter’s new venture, Without Walls. Focusing on styles and gear for fitness, surf, and trail, Without Walls makes a stylish, active wardrobe attainable. They also introduce products from smaller companies that are making waves (yes, literally) in the industry! We currently have our eyes on Calavera swimwear, Onzie activewear, and Salt Gypsy surf leggings. There’s a lot to love on the Without Walls site, and you can find their products carried in select Urban Outfitters stores, too. We call that win-win.

Now, for the Get Movin’ part. If you’re looking to add some variety into your weekly workout, or just looking to get out there in general, we seeked out some great spots in both VA and CA for SUP Boarding, Yoga Classes, and Nature Hikes. Plus, you need a place to show off your new workout gear – right?

Orange County, CA                                                       Richmond, VA

SUP Boarding – SUP Fitness Laguna                       SUP Boarding – Surf & Adventure

Yoga Class – SunSpark Yoga                                    Yoga Class – Shockoe’s (ft. SURFSET)

Nature Hike – Peters Canyon Trail                        Nature Hike – James River Park

 

We know the East Coast weather won’t be nearly as nice as last week, so try out some of these fitness videos we love instead!

For a weight-loss targeted Yoga workout:

For a low-impact Cardio workout:

For a full-body Sculpting workout:

Now, get that rear in gear!

Xx, E & S

An Ode to FOAM!

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Do you ever find yourself completely engulfed in every article and every page of a magazine? Like, starring and bookmarking and re-reading pages until they were splitting apart? Well, that actually did not happen to us very often. At least, not until FOAM magazine entered our lives.

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Headed by the stylish and courageous Sari Tuschman {above}, (F)ashion (O)cean (A)rt (M)usic magazine caught Sarah’s eye when she was browsing through the daily Refinery29 articles. Even though the article is now more than a year old, the pictures of Sari struck Sarah as a perfect portrayal of surfer chic. The passion Sari exuded about her publication and the humbleness in her responses had us signing up for subscriptions within days. Even now, one of the quotes she gave in that article still sticks with us: Continue reading

US Open Final Weekend

Even though the Vans tents are packed up, the Red Bull skate pool deconstructed, and local businesses disheartened after last night’s mayhem, I continue to reminisce about my first ever U.S. Open of Surfing experience.

Taking place in the SoCal surf capital, Huntington Beach, the annual U.S. Open of Surfing attracts surf enthusiasts from all over the globe. With names like Kelly Slater, Alana Blanchard, and Coco Ho, it’s a can’t-miss, star-studded spectacle of wave-charging professionals.

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I decided to head out early on Saturday to get a good look at the venue before the masses started congregating.  As I walked towards giant colored flags at the end of the Pacific Coast Highway, I took in all the sights of kids skateboarding, families tailgating, and beach-goers sunbathing. Men’s quarterfinals were already underway, and I walked up the first set of stairs I came upon, hoping to secure a spot in the heralded Surf Stadium.

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Instead, I found myself in the Red Bull Skate pool arena, overlooking a huge, graffiti-covered pool that looked like a scene straight out of Lords of Dogtown. Pretty cool, but only a few skaters warming up. So, I kept journeying to the next set of bleachers, passing at least 20 or 30 beach-related business tents along the way, and then I found the shore – and the Surf Stadium.

Once I sat down, I took in the view of the open sea and the masses of people gathered on the pier and on the sand. There was a crew of cameramen riding jetskis as well as a moving camera placed on a giant cable overhead. I listened to the announcers giving the play-by-play and watched the guys in the last few heats seamlessly carving through sets of waves. I even took a break to watch from above, and then rushed back to the beach for the women’s semi-finals.

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Some of the big names were eliminated earlier in the week (Slater, Blanchard, Peterson, Gilmore), making this year’s title anyone’s game. Even though I was disappointed I didn’t get to see some of my idols take on the waves, I was pleasantly surprised by a few unfamiliar faces. One of my newest surfer crushes is Courtney Conlogue, the SoCal native, who used the home-field advantage to take her first wave of the quarterfinal heat and weave through the underbelly of the HB pier (girl’s got serious style).

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Sitting on the beach before the third round, I saw both Carissa Moore and Coco Ho run right by me to start stretching under the pier. I stood up and managed to get a killer picture of a smiling Coco moments before her heat, but the Hawaiian showdown proved Moore victorious. Moore went on to win the Women’s title the following day.

The final round was French surfer Pauline Ado versus Aussie surfer (and one of our fitness idols) Sally Fitzgibbons. It was a serious showdown of skill and prowess, with Ado up most of the heat. Sally came back with a huge-scoring wave, but came up short by less than half of a point.

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It was hard deciding to leave just when the Longboard round was starting, but by mid-afternoon I could barely make my way back to the boardwalk in the growing crowd.

But with the sun on my skin and souvenir in hand, I went home a happy gal with an itching to get back in the water…

xx, E