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!).


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.