Devotion to the Ocean: How to Rock Mermaid Style on Land

Processed with VSCOcam with k2 presetMorning surf sessions are vital.  Although they don’t leave much time (or energy) for getting ready post-slide, we have Mother Nature to thank for helping us out.  The transition from sea to land isn’t as tough as we think.  Mermaid style is effortless.  It is as simple as cutoffs over a bikini and coconut oil in your hair… minimal or no make-up and gold dainty jewelry.  The little secret to the mermaid muse is… it’s easy.  And we like easy.  Because let’s face it.. we’d rather be surfing.  Here are a few style tips every sea babe should know:

1.  Find jewelry you can wear in and out of the water.  I am constantly in and out of the water and I don’t have time to be taking my jewelry on and off.  Tiny Devotions has an awesome line of feel-good jewelry that literally exude positive energy as soon as you put them on.  I have the Gangster Stack that came with me to Maui.. in the water, sand, and all elements.

It was packaged with a lovely reminder of what each bracelet represented.  This is a bettering stack – The ‘how to” of awesomeness for the strong goddess.  A pretty reminder of how strong you truly are.

  • Faceted Labradorite: The stone of good fortune and new beginnings.  Labradorite also helps with a good aura.  Cultivating a good energy attracts fabulous things.
  • Faceted Pyrite: The stone of luck and fire and protection.  For the fiery spirit who get’s things done.
  • Faceted Hematitle: This is a strength stone and grounding.  In ancient times, Hematite was actually used as a mirror – a vision into oneself.  If you don’t think you’re strong, who will?

2. Coconut Oil is your best friend.  Head on over to your local health food store and pick up a jar of this goodness.  You will use it for EVERYTHING.

tumblr_inline_n9a5r4CD1h1qd5fyb3. Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen.  If you love the ocean as much as I do, you should make sure to give your skin constant TLC.  Protection and post-nourishing skin-care is extremely important.

4.  Effortless beach waves are a forever yes.  Don’t have time to run to the ocean to get your hair all salty?  There is still hope to waking up with those beach locks you love.  Thisthis, and this.  You’ll thank me later.

5.  Always keep a bikini, beach blanket, and sandals in the back of your car. Enough said.

6. Save money on clothes, so you can buy surfboards and pretty fins.  Find awesome statement pieces from your favorite brands, and then stick with the basics.  Boyfriend jeans, vintage washed tee’s, cutoff’s, and bikinis are pretty much what I’ve been living in lately.

7.  Sun-kissed skin can be safe.  Bronzer will give you an extra glow, you won’t have to do much more (this is the one I use and I will never go back to any other brand.. Leaves my skin bright and sun kissed all day long).  My usual beauty routine consists of tamed brows, a dust of bronzer, blush, and a little illuminating powder.

Processed with VSCOcam with k3 preset8. Less is more.  Makeup is used to compliment your beauty, not cover it up.  Use the “less is more” mentality when applying and let your beauty shine through.  It gives you more time to enjoy little things, like your favorite cup of tea in the morning, or one extra wave.

9. Get a good pair of sunnies.  Keep your eyes happy and find a pair of sunglasses you love.  Sunglasses are like a marriage.. you’ll want them forever and feel kind of lost without them.  I literally take mine everywhere.  Everywhere.  I wear them more than I wear shoes.

10. Smile.  It’s good for the soul.

Now get off the computer and go in the ocean, you mermaid.

Processed with VSCOcam with k2 presetArtist, surfer, and designer, Taylr Kreutziger was born and raised from salt and sand.  The ocean is her home and inspiration.  With an eye for simplicity and collaboration, Taylr’s personal style is the foundation of the The August Fox aesthetic. From her study of Fine Arts, to her involvement in the surf community, Taylr is perpetually submerged in creativity. Her organic, sea-centric creative style, captured in a series of photographs, paintings, and illustrations displayed at gallery shows, paved the way for the creative adventure that is The August Fox.

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Surf’s Up! Get Bikini Ready in 5 Easy Steps

IMG_7958By Beata Rydyger BSc, RHN

The dog days of summer are well upon us – finally! – which means you’re probably gearing up to bare it all at the beach, pool or just because. Whether you’re an east- or west-coaster (or somewhere in between), you’ll surely agree that summer promotes shorter hemlines and slimmer waistlines. But before embarking on a caffeine-induced mega-marathon at the gym, check out these 5 simple tips that will have you bikini-ready before you can shout “surf’s up!”.

Count nutrients, not calories

Sounds shocking but it’s true! Calories are nothing more than a number and a nasty source of restriction with little value to overall health and vitality. Instead, fill up on foods that are closest to their natural state like seasonal fruits and vegetables, fibrous whole grains like quinoa or millet, power-packed proteins like hemp seeds and essential fats like the omega-3’s to guarantee a full spectrum of nutrients. Doing so will keep your metabolism high and fat-burners set to full blast. Become a clean eating machine and kick calories to the curb—for good!

fgrG-DMbJBLImD-D74IFNEM0ArQAqCZtkUgWSYBCStYChew chew chew!

Here’s a weight-loss remedy so simple that even a bunny rabbit can do it: chew, chew, chew! You can eat all the nutritious foods you want but if your digestion isn’t up to par your waistline will suffer. Chew your food at least 10–15 times before swallowing or until it feels like soup in your mouth (which is gross, but good!). This allows the digestive enzymes in your saliva to start breaking down food particles so that your stomach and intestines don’t work overtime. The result is better absorption of nutrients, more efficient elimination of waste and a flatter, bloat-free belly.

Ditch the drip

Sorry my dear java-drinking boho beauties but attaining that bikini-ready bod might mean cutting out coffee or at least trimming to one cup per day. Believe it or not but when you drink coffee your body releases many of the same hormones as when you’re stressed. These hormones, namely cortisol, wreak havoc on your insides by boosting inflammation, causing blood-sugar instability and by affecting fat storage and abdominal weight gain! Try cleaner, reduced-caffeine alternatives like green tea, yerba mate or caffeine-free coffee subs like Dandy Blend, kombucha or rooibos tea.

j_mVg1AgHFpvcNQuekrHRVpBHwz05xqSp9f116CaypQSnack smart

Eating 3 meals a day is becoming so outdated it’s ancient! Nowadays it’s all about snacking—and snacking smart! That means you want to be noshing on 3 or so mini meals and 2–3 snacks per day. This allows the body’s blood sugar levels to remain stable so as not to disrupt insulin levels and fat storage. As a quick rule of thumb: add protein to each snack, eat slow and eat until you feel almost full.

Before you catch a wave, catch some ZZZ’s

Getting an adequate amount of shut-eye per night is just as important as daily exercise for optimal weight loss and management. When you compromise sleep your body produces more of the hormones that trigger hunger and fewer of the hormones that reduce appetite. On top of that your body becomes depleted of nutrients that help keep stress in check and blood sugars stable! Tips for a solid sleep? Avoid eating at least 3 hours before bedtime and sleep in complete darkness sans electronics. Sweet dreams!

Beata Rydyger is a Holistic Nutritionist. Health Writer. and Natural beauty expert. Find more of her below: 

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