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.
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.
Capture and tag your photos with #SummerResolutions on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and show us how you’ve been making this summer the season of yes.
Tomorrow is America’s 338th birthday, and we’ve found the most unique places to watch her blow out those pyrotechnic candles. Not sure where to go? Where to sit? What shoes to wear? We’ve got you covered.
Contrary to popular opinion, fireworks aren’t relegated to the night. Mt. Vernon, the home of our nation’s first President offers some glittering displays of smoke and fire before golden hour sets in. Best of all, when the explosions end, you’re close enough to stroll over to the Washington Monument, the premiere viewpoint for D.C.’s annual show. A full day of festivities calls for comfortable (and cute!) footwear. Try our Alloway Crystal Bow flats. Pair with a white shift dress and our red and white striped Lucianna scarf for a perfectly patriotic ensemble.
Lake Tahoe has taken the idea of great seats to a whole new level – horizontal. Reserve one of their beachfront cabins and discover the delight that comes with having the best beds in the house. Snuggle up by your windows or walk down to the water’s edge to take in Lights on the Lake, an unbeatable event. It can get a little chilly at night, so we recommend our Classic short boot with blue jeans and a slouchy sweater.
Can’t decide which show to attend? Catch ‘em all! If you’re in the LA area, the Baldwin Hills Overlook in Culver City delivers a 360° view of all the fireworks in the city. It’s a quick hike up some steep stairs to get to this gorgeous view, so you’ll likely work up an appetite. Pack some eats for a gourmet picnic. Akasha is a favorite local spot for flavorful comfort food to go. Speaking of comfort, all that walking will require a sturdy shoe, like our Drina in Smooth Blue. The boat-shoe-meets-moccasin silhouette is perfect for the traditional occasion.
For a fun night out away from the masses, sign up for a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan. You can catch Chicago’s fireworks as they burst from Navy Pier. Work a white pant with our Tomato Soup Lucianna Stripe wedges, a blue pashmina, and a glass or two of champagne.
Let us know where you’ll be celebrating, and have a very happy Independence Day.
The eternal conflict of summer – you’re dying for a nice, relaxing night at home, but the warm, dusky evening beckons at your door. The solution? Host an outdoor game night!
Deck the yard with blankets and cushions, wipe the dust off your board games, and fix up some snacks and Sangria. We had our guests stack their sandals by the gate in preparation for our barefoot adventures in Backgammon. The colorful arrangement made for one very chic, seasonal Instagram. We’re pretty sure our Indah Burlap flats culled the most likes.
What are you waiting for? Call up your friends and unleash that competitive spirit as the sun sets on another gorgeous day.