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Friday, July 29, 2016

Life's a Beach: SUP, Sand & Sunnies {+ GIVEAWAY}

How is it almost August already?! Seriously. As usual, our beautiful West Coast Summer is flying by, but there's still plenty of time to clock in some days at the beach. Whether you just like to sprawl out on a towel, chase the kids through tide pools, or jump right into the big blue, there's something about the sun and sand that's hard to resist.


Here on the West Coast we're blessed with natural beauty, with the ocean playing a major part in why we love living here. And if you haven't already, you should add paddle boarding to your Summer bucket list. While we have to treck to Tofino to surf, paddle boarding- aka SUP- has become a popular choice for local beach goers and a big part of what today's post is all about (and yes, there is a GIVEAWAY to go with it!!!).

My friend Piya at The Handpicked Home Shop and I work together on photo shoots fairly often and when she started carrying Proof Eyewear, we thought it would be fun to not only show off these awesome sunnies, but some fun beach- inspired style and the beauty of the beach that's minutes from the shop. And what better way to show off what White Rock has to offer visitors than a SUP session? Thanks to Feral Boardsports us two gals along with the help of my oh- so- awesome brother (thanks again Steve!) spent an afternoon paddle boarding and had a blast shooting photos at the beach decked out in fun threads from All Twerk No Pray and Feral (not only are the clothes offered up by these two collaborators just plain awesome, both have big hearts- scroll to the end of the post to see how they're helping worthy causes). I had a hard time narrowing down the photos to use, so there are quite a few- BUT- I hope they show how awesome some SUP, sand, & sun can be! 







This was Piya's first time paddle boarding and she killed it. Seriously, if you get the chance to go paddle boarding, DO IT! Feral is located right on the beach and offers rentals for paddle boards and other beach activities, including kiteboarding and kayaking (see the full list here) and  their latest venture is offering flyboarding. I don't want to spoil the surprise for you, so you'll have to check out their website to see what this is (it looks AWESOME!!!

And can we give those sunnies some love?! Proof Eyewear makes some pretty sweet styles and we had a hard time picking (Piya is showing off the McCall Wood shades in Mahogany and I'm wearing the Ontario Eco pair in Crystal Kush- both have polarized lenses). Not only does this company offer up some pretty great eyewear  that's made from eco- friendly/ sustainable materials, they give back to worthy causes both local to their home of Idaho and globally (you can check out more info about them and all the collaborators at the end of this post). If you want to pick up a pair locally, take a drive to White Rock and check out the selection Piya has in stock at her shop.








Aaaaand finally, let's just talk about that beachin' style. I went monochromatic with All Twerk & No Pray's 'Straight West Coastin' one piece (I couldn't think of a better suit than this one for this shoot!) and the 'Baecation' tank. I love the cheeky style of this local line and if you want to really have fun, designer Taylor will create a custom design for you. Piya and Steve both got to pick their fave tanks from Feral's in- shop selection (when you visit them on the beach to rent your paddle boards you can shop their tees, tanks, and sweaters- all with a portion of the proceeds going to families affected by Autism). And as the photos show, we had fun showing off for the camera just how much we loved our beachin' style...!!!






So whadya think? Are you going to give SUP a try??? Well how about I make it a little easier for you to get you to the beach in style... the 3 brands who helped us pull this post together have teamed up with me on a pretty sweet GIVEAWAY!!!

Here's what's up for grabs:

- $100 online gift card from Proof eyewear towards the purchase of a pair of sunglasses of your choice
- tank from All Twerk & No Pray (winner's choice of their 'But First Coffee' or 'Sweat Daily' white tank)
- 1 hour SUP session for 2 from Feral Boardsports

How's that for ya??? See all the ways to enter in the entry form below. To learn more about everyone who helped bring this collaboration together, check 'em out below. A big THANK YOU to them and Piya & Steve for helping me pull everything together! See you at the beach!

***Contest is open to Canadian residents only. If the first drawn winner is unable to enjoy the SUP session for 2 from Feral, another winner will be drawn for this individual prize



Collaborator Love

The Handpicked Home

Celebrating it's first year anniversary in August, The Handpicked Home is the passion project of owner Piya, who lovingly selects the products she carries- many of them by local artisans and brands based right here in BC. Everything is handpicked to bring shoppers a curated shopping experience whether they're shopping for themselves, their home, or a gift. Next time you're in White Rock, don't miss your chance to stop in and maybe even find shop pup Colbie- Piya & hubby Pav's Boston Terrier- snuggling up to shoppers.

Facebook: The Handpicked Home
Instagram: @thehandpickedhomeshop

Proof Eyewear
3 brothers started Proof in 2010 after one of them tried to make a bamboo ski pole in his garage. When that didn't work, the idea morphed into creating other products from wood (their Grandfather, Bud, opened a sawmill in 1954) and the business has grown from there. The goal remains to offer handcrafted products made from sustainable materials such as FSC- certified wood, and repurposed skateboards. Proof's eco- friendly products can now be found in more than 20 countries with a portion of profits going to their Do Good Program which helps those in need everywhere from their local home of Idaho to efforts around the world.

Website: iwantproof.com
Facebook: Proof Eyewear
Instagram: @proofeyewear

Feral Boardsports is owned by a husband & wife team, located on White Rock beach offering rentals for SUP, kite boarding, kayaking, and flyboarding (picture jets skies attached to your feet- it looks amazing!). They also host SUP ladies nights and SUP yoga nights. This Summer they introduced an exclusive apparel line which includes items for men and women including tanks, crop tops, tees, and sweaters with a portion of the proceeds donated to families affected by autism in partnership with the Centre for Child Development. Learn more about how Feral is giving back here.  

Website: feral1.com 
Instagram: @feralboardsports

All Twerk & No Pray
Taylor Ellen is a West Coast girl with an eye for cheeky fashion, bringing her fun style sense to her made to order line All Twerk & No Pray. Her black & white threads include swimsuits, tanks, and sweaters, all with an edge of fun along with offering customizable pieces. In addition to her fashion line, Taylor recently dipped her toe into blogging, sharing about some of her favourite fashion brands, beauty products, and people, plus giving attention to worthy causes including animal adoption & fostering (she's the proud mama of a pup adopted from Mexico).

Instagram: @alltwerkandnopray