Summer Resolutions: Explore

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Whether it’s a month-long voyage to an exotic locale or simply a sunset drive to a new neighborhood in town, the trips you take this summer will become memorable milestones that’ll set the bar for every summer hereafter. Not to mention, make for some enviable Insta snaps. The key to keeping summer memories alive long after your tan fades? Documenting your adventures. A few suggestions:

Make a memory box dedicated to every place you visit. Keep ticket stubs from trains or movies, jot down memorable dishes, save the map your tour guide gave you, and keep them all in a hand-painted box. Throw in a few slips of paper with your favorite memories, and a few Polaroids of your Drinas crossing various state lines. Display your memory box on your coffee table and let the reminiscing begin. For inspiration on creating your own, start here.

Collect samples of sand, shells or soil wherever you go. Display them around your house or garden in separate mason jars, or layer them in large glass apothecary jars to create a unique cross-section of all your travels.

Stitch your road trip route onto a map. Create one continuous line, or color in each state, city or country you visited. Frame the map and hang it somewhere in your home to get a hint of that unmistakable summer feeling, no matter the season.

Let your adventures live on. Tag your experiences (or your wanderlust plans) with #SummerResolutions on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to make this a summer to celebrate. Need a little “Pinspiration?” Check out our Explore Pinterest Board. It’s filled with great ideas, if we do say so ourselves.


Summer Resolutions

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Like clockwork, every January we whip out our notebooks and list-making apps to create a set of resolutions – be it that new spin class, losing the holiday fifteen, or any other daunting task we feel obligated to cross off in the coming year. But how would our list change if we started making resolutions in summer?

Ahh summer. That first hint of warmth triggers so much excitement that we shove our winter coats in the dark corners of our closets, dig out our much-anticipated sandals, and proclaim ourselves ready for summer. If you ask us, it’s the perfect time to make a few summer resolutions.

We’ve come up with our top five resolutions that you can embrace as your own and each week we’ll be sharing inspiration on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. We have a sneaking suspicion these resolutions are ones you’re going to actually enjoy seeing through. No spin class. We promise.

 

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Ready to commit to something new this summer? Tag your tweets, Instagrams, Pins and videos #SummerResolutions to let us know which one you’ll be tackling.

Here’s to kicking off summer right.

 


Wedded Bliss

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The big day has finally arrived. After the dress-shopping decathlon, bouquet bargaining, copious cake tastings, and navigating the musical chairs that is your seating arrangement, it’s finally here. Time to leave the painstaking wedding planning behind and enjoy the day. Take a minute during bridal party prep – somewhere between the whirlwind of bobby pins, hairspray, Champaign toasts and photos upon photos  –  to take it all in. Sink into the Fluff Flip Flop for your own personal sanctuary amidst the chaos. It’s the perfectly plush tootsie prep for the hours of dancing ahead. Not to mention that much-anticipated walk down the aisle.

Say “I Do” to plush pampering.


Best Buds

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We introduced Oregon-based mixed media artist Alisa Burke in last week’s post. This week we tapped into Alisa’s design genius and enlisted her to make handcrafted Mother’s Day cards – exclusively for UGG. Check out the creative collaboration between Alisa and her daughter Lucy in her latest post. And don’t forget to pick up one of her blooming designs in store.

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in full bloom

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We enlisted painter/designer blogger extraordinaire Alisa Burke to bring our color-happy Spring ’14 line to life, capturing all things bright, bold and beautiful. Alisa readily shared her top five favorite tips for finding inspiration – from snap-happy photography, to ever-watchful treasure hunting and taking the road less traveled by walking instead of driving. With her adventure chasing, walk-everywhere lifestyle, we couldn’t help but outfit Alisa with some of our comfiest kicks around. See where our latest spring styles took her >

 

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I am really excited to announce my partnership with the Creative Council by UGG Australia. I will be collaborating with UGG over the next few months – interpreting their color focused Spring 2014 line, bringing it to life and putting my own creative spin on their inspiration.

 

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To kick off my partnership with the Creative Council, today I am sharing my top five favorite tips for finding inspiration! Inspiration is the most important part of my creative process. Without excitement, joy and understanding of what it means to look for inspiration, you run the risk of losing motivation to keep up a creative routine. My goal as an artist is to stay offline when looking for ideas. I want my work to be authentic and speak to my daily experiences and the only way for me to do this is by seeking inspiration in everyday moments and in the things around me.

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1. CARRY A CAMERA EVERYWHERE: One of the most important things I do is carry a camera everywhere I go. I make sure I always have a way to capture the things that catch my eye. From the farmers market to my neighborhood to my daily walk on the beach, I am always on the look out for things that inspire and can be captured in a photo. The result is a library of thousands of photos that I pull from when I sit down to draw, paint, craft and come up with tutorials and classes. Taking photos has become such an essential part of my creative process that I cannot survive without a camera these days.

 

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2. HUNT AND GATHER: I’ve always been a treasure hunter- from beach combing to picking flowers to looking for leaves and stones on the ground, I love finding things that catch my eye. And now that I am a mom, this ritual of hunting and gathering has become one of the special ways that I can inspire and connect with my daughter Lucy. All of the things we find are put to use as inspiration or get transformed into art and craft projects.

 

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3. WALK WHEN POSSIBLE: This is an incredibly simple concept – choosing to walk instead of driving – but this concept has changed my life and the way I gather inspiration. While I don’t have lots of free time I do make a point to go for walks. We live in a small town and many things are within walking distance so while it would be much quicker to jump in the car to go to the store, I try to walk instead. Often it is during these walks that I find myself feeling most inspired and connected with my life, creativity and ideas.

 

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4. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH BEAUTY: I am a big believer in having things around me that inspire and keep the creative juices flowing. I like to fill my studio with flowers, decorate with color pattern and texture and create inspiration boards when I am working on projects. My hope is that surrounding myself with beauty will influence my work and spark unique ideas.

 

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5. PERMISSION TO PLAY: While I love going out looking for inspiration, I have also discovered that staying in the studio and “playing” is just as valuable. When I need ideas one of the first things I do is pull out my supplies and have fun! I don’t get caught up in creating anything specific instead I give myself permission to just mess around- I splatter, I blend, I finger paint, I scribble. Whether I am painting, drawing or sewing, I know that this process helps me explore and discover new ideas.

 

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Don’t forget to check back for Alisa’s next project – handcrafted Mother’s day cards