Skateboarding in New Orleans

In keeping with this season’s theme of unique gifts, I was happy to find out about an opportunity in New Orleans.

As a writer I love a good story and Parisite Skatepark’s is both amazing and evolving.

“In 2010, New Orleans was a city of over 350,000 people with no official skateparks and few places for kids to exercise outside of team sports leagues. Unstructured recreation areas such as skateparks allow youth to build self-confidence as they creatively interact with their environment as well as with one another. With that in mind, a group of skaters got together and started a Do-It-Yourself skatepark at the intersection of Interstate 610 and Paris Avenue (hence the name ‘Paris Site’). Through time, strategic partnerships, and a series of state and local approvals, the grassroots public park has become New Orleans’s first official skatepark.” – source http://small.tulane.edu/project/parisite-skate-park/

Like any passion project building just continues and you can help them in several ways.

In honor of cyber Monday – consider buying or donating on line to a cause you believe in. When skateparks are built, skaters will come and opportunities for building self-confidence will abound.

What’s important to you in a skatepark community? I love to see one working together and inclusive.

Don’t just wish for a better tomorrow – build it today!

Catching up with Exposure Open 2019

EXPOSURE invites you to check out all their amazing photos from EXPOSURE 2019 Open.

Seeing girls having fun skateboarding inspires other girls to try or keep skating so please check out the photos!

Thanks to EXPOSURE skate for organizing another wonderful opportunity for women to lift each other up. It’s truly empowering to see events for women run by women.

EXPOSURE Open 2019 was on November 2nd at the Vans Off The Wall Skatepark in Hungtington Beach California.

recycle clothes with nordstrom

I’ve been guilty of hoarding. Yes, sometimes the closet gets filled with clothes I no longer wear. Which is wrong – wrong – wrong. Just because I’m not wearing it doesn’t mean it’s not right for someone else.

I’m lucky that my younger brother, Wyatt works at the local resale shop – the CRC. So it’s easy for me to pack up the clothes I no longer wear and donate them.

1331 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA 92024

Now it’s just as easy for everyone. I’m not sure how long this program has been running, but I’m super excited to blog about it.

The next time you order something from Nordstrom, a gift for yourself or others, challenge yourself to fill the box (with something you’re no longer wearing) and send it back.

There’s a million reasons why you aren’t wearing something – it doesn’t fit, it’s not your color, it reminds you of a bad date, bla bla bla – whatever, let it go & do some good.

Click here to find out the details of this wonderful program Nordstrom has with Give Back Box. If you’re in certain areas you can donate directly at Nordstrom (not in San Diego yet).

It sounds simple and receiving a box is definitely a reminder of how lucky you are so take the next step and share the luck by donating what you’re not wearing.

Whether you give this way, or through your local community program, please take the time to remember that hoarding does not help you and letting go can help others.

Skateboard Art an Idea for the holidays

This holiday season I want to challenge everyone to think beyond traditional or trendy gifts. I’m a huge supporter of shopping for unique gifts.

I’m also a huge supporter of buying gifts that give back. Note that none of the gifts I’ll be mentioning throughout the season are paid endorsements. If I’m blogging about a gift idea, it’s because I saw it and said WOW.

First up from Skateboards for Hope:

Custom Skull Broken Deck Art

Beto Janz is a Brazilian artist/sculptor who customizes our broken decks with his signature skull cut out. All profits benefit underprivileged children. Get your customized skull 💀 today! 
By purchasing this deck-art you are impacting the lives of underprivileged children directly. 100% of profits funds skateboarding projects and equipment worldwide.

I like the look of decks on the wall, but I’m really liking the idea of skate deck masks on the wall.

Regardless of how you feel about skate deck masks, check out Skateboards for Hope.

I encourage girls to skateboard because the skills you learn on the board will help you off the board. But the truth is you need a board to skate. So, if you have the opportunity to help someone who otherwise would not have access to a board – well that’s an awesome gift.

Stay tuned for more gift ideas!

11th annual Ladies day at the BERRIcS

I am happy to report back from the Poseiden Foundation about their 11th annual Ladies Day at the Berrics event!

“Poseiden aims to teach youth to believe in themselves and to fulfill their dreams by creating life changing experiences through empowerment, love, and support [through skateboarding].

For the competition part, the highlight of the event was the masters’ division “Bricks at the Berrics” contest and Adaptive Skate.

The adaptive skate contest was created so that a female on any type of wheels could participate. Alyssa Montenegro, from USA a Paralympic athlete, won the Adaptive Skate Best Trick.

You can watch her two runs by clicking the picture above!

Natalie Das, from USA in masters’ division, won “Bricks at The Berrics”,  Kaya Isa from Japan, an Olympic hopeful, won both Open Best Trick and Game of S.K.A.T.E., Margie Didal, from the Philippines another Olympic hopeful, won the 7-Stair Pro!

The day was ended with a Hippie Jump contest where FireFly jumped over 4’ high!

You can watch FireFly’s video by clicking the picture above!

For more videos and pictures you can find Poseiden on Facebook, Instagram, and Vimeo using @PoseidenFoundation.

You can also participate in Posiden’s events or the 2020 Ladies day at The Berrics by contacting: volunteer@poseiden.org.

National Cat Day

For those of you who aren’t aware, national cat day is Tuesday, October 29th this year – aka TODAY. 

Luckily, I am the owner of the most beautiful cat in the world, Sushi Beal. 

She has been my inspiration for countless art projects, taken care of me when I’m sick, and even sat with me while I skate. 

Yes, that’s right. She sits with me while I skate… in the backyard. 

Her support means the world to me. Even though her act is small it is always remembered and appreciated. 

So, if you have a cat who preforms small acts or someone else in your life who does remember to say thank you! 

5 years of Skating Fashionista the blog & 90 years of Grandma

Five years ago I started the Skating Fashionista Blog to inspire other girls to have fun skateboarding. I feel that seeing other girls having fun skating is the best way to encourage more girls to skate. Throughout the 5 years, I have been amazed at the number of girls willing to share their pictures and stories.

Thank you to all who have and all who will share! I also want to thank someone who helped make the blog possible, my grandma. My grandma doesn’t skateboard, although she’s from Canada, so in the day she ice skated. My grandma always encouraged me to skate. When I was the only girl at the park, she would come watch me. When I questioned if I should dress like the boys, she brought me back to my senses. And when I said I needed a blog, she literally made it possible by helping me get set up.

My first post was on 10/28, a day that has meaning to me because it’s my grandma’s birthday. This year she’s 90!

You don’t need a specific skill to inspire someone else. All you have to be is willing to listen and encourage. Thanks you grandma for always being there!

October 2019 skate rising

On Saturday October 11th at Skate Rising at the Encinitas Community Park, we had a special guest speaker, Kendall Stier.

Kendall talked about the power of girls in sports and her experiences as a US Paralympics National Champion. She is a three time champion in track and field. Her powerful message included this quote:

“You know you and you know your identity. You don’t ever need someone to validate what you can and can not do.” – Kendall Stier

After hearing Kendall speak, we made capes and masks for children being discharged from Rady’s Children Hospital. Everyone should realize they have the inner power to be a super hero.

Next we played SKATE LIMBO!

Skate limbo is exactly like normal limbo but on a skateboard.

There are endless ways to get low and Skate Limbo is fun for all levels of skaters.

How are you having fun skateboarding? And how are you being a super hero? Anyone can be a super hero because helping someone smile is a super power.

How Will You make a Difference on International Day of the Girl?

According the the United Nations, “International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. “

It’s 2019 and we still live in a world where many girls are not treated equally. That will only stop when we take action to make it stop. We can’t all go out and make sweeping changes, like education for all girls, but we all can do something.

Today and every day, is the day you can encourage a girl to be her best because we were all created equally, the inequality starts when encouragement and opportunities are withheld from some.

When I was her age, there were a few if any girls at the skatepark. Today there are girls because people took the time to encourage – they took action to make the change they wanted to see.

Whether it’s at the skatepark, on the street, in a school, or at a place of employment, you have the power to encourage!

November 2019 women’s skateboarding events

October has just started, but let’s give a thought to November.

After Halloween it will be all treats at these 2 upcoming events.

More girls skateboard when they see girls having fun skateboarding, so I love to see events that encourage girls. Both these events have been going on for years – Ladies Day at the Berrics for 11 years and EXPOSURE for 8 years – because supporting & empowering each other never goes out of style!

The self-confidence you learn on your board is yours forever.

To find out more about either event just click on the picture.

Skating & Fashion are Better Together