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November Skate Rising at EXPOSURE Skate

November’s Skate Rising event was held at EXPOSURE Skate on Saturday November 4, 2017.

Skate Rising was started by Calli Kelsay as EXPOSURE Skate’s youth program for girls.  Skate Rising teaches compassion through service and empowerment through skateboarding.

This month’s event included a free Learn to Skate Clinic with Neal Mims Skate Academy.

This was EXPOSURE Skate’s 6th annual event featuring competitions, vendor village, yoga clinics, and a skate clinic.  My favorite part is always the skate clinic because it’s filled with encouragement, smiles, and hand holding.

It’s amazing how much courage can come from the simple act of holding hands.

I was amazed by the girls’ willingness to try new things.

Girl after girl faced her fears and succeeded.

I saw them conquer drop ins,

kick turns, ledges and more!

Plus I saw them make new skate friends. Skateboarding is always more fun with friends who encourage you.

The skate clinic was in the morning so the girls had the rest of the day to watch the competitions and participate in the village activities including the service project at Skate Rising.

This month’s service project benefitted Carol’s House, a women’s shelter and the beneficiary of the EXPOSURE Skate event.  The girls made knotted blankets for the shelter.

The girls also had the opportunity to paint rocks and participate in raffles.

The girls learned that painting rocks is not just fun and easy, it can also be a way to spread kindness.  They were encouraged to write inspirational messages on the rocks and then give them to someone or hide them for someone to find.

If you missed out on November’s Skate Rising you can catch up any month.  Skate Rising happens the second Saturday of the month at the Encinitas Skate Park or if you’re in Phoenix, Arizona area you can check out Skate Rising Phoenix at the 91 West Skate Park.

To find out how you can be involved with Skate Rising (volunteers and sponsors always welcomed) contact Calli at .  To find out more about EXPOSURE Skate a nonprofit dedicated to empowering women through skateboarding check out their web page.

To spend even more time with Skate Rising & EXPOSURE Skate check out Woodward West’s Girls Week.

Till next time keep it stylish on & off the board.

XOXO skatingfashionista

photos by Gavin Silberman, Mary Gardner, & Neal Mims Skate Academy


Skateboarder & Pokemon Master

Kakyy aka @kakykakyy shares that she worked months to learn the basics and is grateful for an excellent teacher!

I love to see more girls having fun skateboarding and that they are getting encouragement to skate.

When she’s not skating she’s busy being a Pokemon Master.  Her IG is in French & Japanese.  I’m struggling to learn French so I’m trying to read her posts without the translator.

Where are you having fun with your skateboard and what are your other interests?  Hope you share soon!



Beatriz Skateboarding in France & Spain

Above Beatriz aka @frausonnenblume is skating with style in Nord-Pas-de-Calais in France.  Below she’s in Spain.

Love how she skates in different places and I love her positive attitude

I Didn’t get it this time!! But next time I will 💪🏼😤

Determination is stylish on & off the board.

I also love that she keeps it fun by skating doubles with her boyfriend.

Where are you having fun skateboarding?  When you share you inspire more girls to give it a try & gain the benefits like learning determination.



The Sky is the Limit with Tilly’s Life Center

The Sky is the Limit when you have skills to achieve your dreams.  So it was appropriate that Tilly’s Life Center, which teaches life skills to teens called their gala The Sky is the Limit!

Thanks to the generous support of those that attended on October 14, 2017 in Irvine and other supporters Tilly’s Life Center aka TLC has empowered almost 3,000 teens in Southern California.

Since 2012 TLC has been running programs at schools and other facilities like the CHOC Children’s Hospital and the Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles.

What do TLC programs teach?

TLC teaches skills to face many of today’s challenges including: social media interaction, divorce, body image, self-image, drugs, alcohol, cyberbullying, stress, peer pressure, dating, sex, self-responsibility, motivation and purpose.

Challenges that face teens of all socioeconomic levels and in communities across the world.  Without skills to deal with these challenges, teens are at risk of never achieving their full potential and never being able to give back to the community.

As a teen, I’ve been faced with many of those challenges.  I know first hand that it’s easy to feel depressed and become discouraged from pursuing anything (academic or otherwise). I also know that having a safe place to go and people who will offer help free of judgement can help build back your self-esteem.

Christian Ford, the host, performed magic and explained TLC’s core lessons: overcoming obstacles and adversity and encouraging who we see in the mirror to become a better, more whole version of ourselves.

What do Teen Graduates have to say about TLC?

Through video testimonials, guests were given an inside look at how TLC has enriched the lives 1,100 teens across Southern California this year alone. TLC teens, Alma and Kyle shared how the nonprofit has helped them overcome emotional and physical trials such as sexual assault and cancer.

I had the chance to chat with several of the teens who attended the even and have participated in TLC programs and here’s what they had to say:

  • TLC makes better people, people who are mature, understanding, true to themselves.
  • Through TLC I’ve made friendships and become comfortable with my true myself.
  • I’ve not only found good role models, I’ve become a good role model.
  • I joined because my friend recommended it – she was so right.  I’ve had amazing experience and really grown.
  • TLC helps you deal with normal high school drama and the stress of balancing school with home and work.
  • TLC has given me the courage to speak up and has strengthened my self-respect.
  • TLC is my second family.  I know the friends I’ve made will be friends for life.


TLC makes PSA Public Service Announcements.  Several of the teens I spoke to said that was a highlight of the program.  It was a chance for them to learn about a problem and then work collectively to end the problem.  When I say work, I mean work.  The teens star in, write,  film, edit – make the PSA with guidance from the TLC staff.

TLC PSAs cover topics that impact teens across the world.  For example opioid addiction, suicide, abusive relationships, how to make good choices, and so many more.

click above to go to TLC website & see some of their PSAs

TLC is successful because of the support they receive.  One of the skills TLC teaches is gratitude so part of the evening was about giving thanks and acknowledging the contributions of others.

Awards of the Evening

The CHOC Children’s Hospital, a leader in pediatric care including pediatric mental health, was awarded the 2017 I am Inspiring Award.

I’m very inspired by how CHOC partners with TLC to provide children access to the I Am Healthy Workshop. I absolutely believe that your health is physical, mental & emotional. It’s very important that health care providers talk to their patients about the importance of staying positive and give them tools to help them stay positive.

As a story teller, I loved hearing the stories of how CHOC is working interactively with their patients.  For example literally burying the negative comments they hear in flower pots. Letting things go is easier said then done.  Taking an action can really help, so I’m going to try the flower pot suggestion.

CHOC will soon be opening a Children’s Mental Health Inpatient Center.  This is timely because I heard that in Orange County, one out of five children suffers from a mental health condition that’s 150,000 children.   One in five is a scary statistic, however, with programs like TLC that statistic can decrease.

Steve Van Doren with Tilly Levine

The second honoree, VANS, was awarded the 2017 I Am One of a Kind Award.  VANS, a VF Corporation brand, is active in the global community.  Through social media it’s easy to find them hosting or supporting all kinds of events from sports competitions to music festivals and art shows.  They also support communities at the grass root level.

In addition to Vans® Earth Day and Vans® Gives Back Day, during which all Vans® brand associates at headquarters give back to the community, Vans® donates up to 20 hours for each associate to volunteer at organizations of their choice during business hours each year.

I’m thrilled that TLC is one of the organizations they support.  On a recent #vansgivesback day they donated & assembled hundreds of backpacks for TLC teens.  It’s easy for many of us to take backpacks and school supplies for granted, however, when you need them you really appreciate them.

I appreciate all the efforts (time and money) that I see companies giving.  As I learn in history class, it wasn’t all too long ago that corporations focused solely on profits.  When you see others taking the time to help it inspires you to do the same.  We can’t all make the same contribution, but every contribution is important and they all add up to creating a better world.

What Tilly Levine, Founder of TLC Had to Say

I’m thankful to everyone who opens their hearts to help TLC empower teens by teaching them life skills that build confidence, inspire compassion, encourage them to set goals, continue their education, build a future career, and pursue their dreams.

My vision for TLC is that every single school in the country will have our program as a required curriculum and because of your support that dream is well on its way!

I truly believe that with your ongoing support, The Sky Is the Limit!  Thank you!

Tilly Levine with a few of the many teens she’s helped mentor.

Auction Highlights

Just a sampling of the amazing items up for auction.  Plus there were experiences like a Bugatti and Porsche driving and racing day and a day in the life of the action sports industry with Tilly Levine up for auction.

Gala Summary

I’m excited to report that the night raised $220,000!  That’s $220,000 towards empowering teens to overcome their own adversity and crisis through positive thinking.

What a wonderful evening.  To find out more about Tilly’s Life Center and how you can get involved follow @tillyslifecenter on Instagram, Facebook , LinkedIn and @TillysLC on Twitter plus check out their web site below.

I learned about TLC through skateboarding.  What have you learned through skateboarding?  When we share what we learn and spread the news about organizations who are building a better tomorrow & how we can get involved – we all win.

Till next time keep it stylish on & off the board.


Ivy Learning New Skateboard Tricks

Ivy has fun learning new skateboard tricks with encouragement from friends.

It’s amazing how much fun you can have plus how much you can learn when you have encouragement.  When people believe in you – it’s contagious.

Ivy’s 7 and having fun skateboarding in Brazil.  Where are you having fun skating & who’s encouraging you?

Skater Girl’s Answer to Construction

In NYC you have to expect some construction.  Ang sees it as another opportunity to skate – the video above shows how she makes it work for her!

Whether in traffic or at the park, Ang stays committed!  Persistence & patience are definitely things you learn from skateboarding.

How are you having fun skating & what are you learning?  Hope you share soon.

To see more of Ang you can also check out @sk8babes.


Encouragement is Powerful

Love when people celebrate the accomplishments of others.

Above is a video shared by @allysarita celebrating success in the bowl.  Encouragement is so powerful.

Encouragement and motivational comments emphasize on progress, efforts and continuous improvements rather than just getting the best results. It recognizes contributions, quality work over quantity and this fosters a sense of appreciation to their inner abilities.

Hope we all take the time to encourage each other both on & off the board.

Go Girl Energy Interview

I had the delicious pleasure of tasting Go Girl at the Neon Supergirl Pro this past July in Oceanside CA. In addition to finding out they were tasty, I found out they were a low-calorie energy drink and supporters of a good cause.

So if they’re an energy drink are they healthy?  What good cause do they support?  This post will answer those questions and more because it’s the Go Girl interview post with Amanda.

How can Go Girl provide energy and be healthy? I’ve always heard that energy drinks are high in caffeine & sugar.

Amanda:  Go Girl prides itself on providing a healthier energy drink for its consumers. Our flagship flavor, Original Sugar Free, is sugar free and only 5 calories per can. Our second most popular flavor, Peach tea is sweetened with agave nectar and only 35 calories per can.

We are healthier because sugar and calorie levels are low. Each flavor also contains B vitamins, which helps naturally extend the energy after the caffeine has worn off. This, theoretically will eliminates the “shakes and crashes” that other energy drinks can cause. GoGirl also contains a natural appetite suppressant, garcinia cambogia, that will help maintain cravings. Plus Go Girl is proudly gluten free and kosher.

Due to the fact that it is an energy drink, it is not recommended for minors to consume. It is safe for one to consume as many as recommended by your doctor, everyone is different, but it is not recommended to consume if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

I read that Go Girl Sugar Free is the original drink and supports breast cancer awareness. How does is do that and do the other flavors support a cause?

Amanda:  Go Girl and it’s parent company, Nor-Cal Beverage are proud supporters of Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness and Research Causes. With every case sold, we donate $.50 to these causes.

Some non-profit organizations are local to the areas that we are distributed in and some are statewide organizations. Some provide funding for research, like Susan G. Komen, and some provide funding and care before, during and after a diagnosis is made.

Beyond the monetary donations, we are also constantly donating our products to events throughout our markets that directly benefit Breast and Ovarian Causes. You can find out which specific organizations that we donate to, on our website.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month – Go Girl helps spread awareness every day!

I met you at a community event, what type of events does GoGirl participate in and what’s the best way to find out where they will be next?

Amanda:  Supergirl is one of those events that we participate in yearly. Yes it is a community event, but it’s proceeds benefit women’s health and well-being. It’s best to check our instagram feed for upcoming events and where we will be next.

There’s Go Girl fashion. The fashionista in me loves that – the Pink Zip Up Hoodie & Black Pull Over Hoodie plus a beach towel. Are those only available on line?

Amanda:  Yes, we have some swag items and are constantly trying to expand our merchandise to provide wearable’s for all those in our demographic, women 18-65. At this time, there are only on our online store and occasionally sold at events, where appropriate.

The best way to experience Go Girl is by tasting it. If an event isn’t coming up soon you can check them out at tons of locations.

Since launching in 2005 from Sacramento, CA, Go Girl has expanded to nine western states to find out if Go Girl is in your area check out their locator.

Plus Go Girl is available thru their website.  They ship everywhere and in the continental US, ground shipping is free with a case purchase.

Thanks Go Girl for supporting all girls and special thanks to Amanda for taking time to do this interview.

Life is more positive & stylish when you know about positive things going on – companies who make giving back a priority are definitely positive & stylish to me! What organizations are helping you keep it stylish on & off the board?

Skateboarding in a Dress

This is one of the most beautiful pictures of skateboarding in a dress that I’ve ever seen.    Thanks for sharing @tiask8 

She has an awesome IG account and I hope you check her out soon!

How are you having fun skateboarding?  And how are you staying true to your style while you skate?

More people skateboard when they see people having fun skateboarding and encouraging each other.  Hope you share your skate adventures soon!