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.


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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Summer Resolutions: Socialize

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Have you noticed that everyone seems a little happier lately? A little more eager to celebrate any and every occasion? You can thank the sun. The summer heat brings out the best in people, socially speaking – it’s a meteorological fact. Take advantage of the trend by ditching your devices to spend some actual face time with friends. Your Instagram will thank you later.

If you’re searching for outdoor activities, start in your own backyard. Summer is chock-full of local fairs and festivals. Assemble a group and savor the unique qualities of the city you call home. Here in Santa Barbara, you can’t go wrong with our signature wine, food, and cultural events – and we never miss the annual Sandcastle Festival!

For an extra memorable gathering of your own, host an ice cream social. We recommend churning a homemade batch or two, to give it that homespun touch. For a recipe that’s guaranteed to please, check out The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz. Encourage your friends to bring their best toppings and favorite friends so you can meet, greet, and treat all at the same time.

Summer is also an ideal time to try your hand at a new, old, or long forgotten sport. Dodgeball, kickball, volleyball, and bocce are amongst the many leagues that pop up during this cheery season. Don’t worry about your athletic level – most leagues are more concerned with the post-game cocktails than the score. Speaking of summer cocktails, here’s one called the Porch Swing from one of our favorite cooking blogs, Smitten Kitchen. It’s light, refreshing, and easy to make in large batches for the whole team.

When you’re on your feet socializing all day, you’ll need a comfortable pair of shoes or two. We like to wear our Brias during the day and keep a back-up pair of evening shoes in the car, like the super-elegant D’Alessios , just in case.

Pass the challenge to friends and family and start making plans with your socialize partner in crime. Then show us what you did by tagging #SummerResolutions on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

 


The Lookback for the week of June 23rd, 2014

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

·      From picnics, to stargazing and outdoor movie nights, we’ve got a lot of ideas on our Al Fresco Pinterest Board

·      The perfect culinary delight for the great outdoors? We’ve got a picnic-perfect recipe for you.

·      Take your pick from twenty-two summery, scenic picnic ideas from DESIGNED.

Ready for some rays? Share your outdoor adventures with us using #SummerResolutions to keep the spirit of summer alive (and outside!).