All of us have had a love affair with the Classic boot. It’s a trusted staple in every gal’s wardrobe. For Creative Council member, Alicia Lund of Cheetah is the New Black, it all started with a trip abroad and a college boyfriend. A few years removed, that boyfriend is now her husband and she’s added a new classic to her arsenal of wardrobe essentials: the Classic Mini Bailey Bow … but this time in fall-perfect Corduroy.
Creative Council member, blogger and self-proclaimed flower child, Liz Cherkasova of Late Afternoon, leads a busy life. From 6AM flower market meanderings to sunset sipping, she’s always on the run. When it comes to her time – moments with friends, taking in a beachside cocktail – she takes a much-deserved respite and slips into her favorite UGG boots.
Harry Gesner’s life reads like an adventure novel. His chapters unfold like fiction. Widely known for his work as a world-renowned self-taught architect, who still designs at 89 and whose designs influenced the Sydney Opera House, he once turned down the chance to study with Frank Lloyd Wright. Few know that he also survived Normandy, excavated tombs in Ecuador, rubbed shoulders with the likes of Marlon Brando, and still surfs and water skis with expert -like panache.
But to Gesner, life’s accolades come second to shared moments with family. As Gesner puts it, “Many have inspired me in my lifetime, but the association of being in the ocean with my children, grandsons, and son Zen is a wonderful feeling. It’s really inspiring. Absolutely makes my life.”
Californian to the core, Gesner is the great-great-grandson of the Spanish captain of Santa Barbara, so it’s no wonder that he feels right at home in the water. It’s in the waters of Malibu, where he’s been longboarding since the late 70’s that he connects with three generations of Gesner’s – sharing the perfect set in the sun together. The waves bring them together. Common ground. An equalizer.
Gesner’s Son Zen captured this sentiment best; “My father has always been the source of inspiration for me and my boys. Seeing his connection to the ocean, it was always his place to go. Growing up, whenever there was a problem that I was having, we’d always go surfing, my father and I. It was a really special bond. A very, very special bond that we have now and I’m able to do that with my sons. We spend incredible time out there just discussing life, or nothing at all.”
We have no doubt that architect, adventurer and visionary Harry Gesner will continue to ride the wave.
After months of planning and careful prep, we’re excited to share a new brand that’s near and dear to our heart. So without further adieu, say hello to… (*drumroll please)… I Heart UGG – a crush-worthy line-up of school-ready silhouettes made exclusively for fashion’s next generation of style stars!
Crazy cozy and all-around cute, I Heart UGG is everything you love about classic UGG favorites, with a girlie-gone-glam twist. Fun and flirty prints meet our signature heart rivet and “kiss” stitch in a range of comfy silhouettes that go from schoolyard to slumber party quicker than you can update your Insta feed. Leopard print is spot-on for the wild child, fresh floral print perfect for the budding free spirit, and dainty-yet-demure heart print tailored to the quintessential prepster. No matter your style persona, this new brand will steal your heart.
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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.