Back on Her Skateboard

Whitney shares this photo by Noah Baskin with the caption

I got this skateboard for Christmas in 1997, and taught myself how to do an ollie and a “pop shove it” (which sounds like an uncoordinated white person dance move). I retired from skateboarding at 12, but mercifully, I can still stand on one for photo ops.

I’m glad that Whitney came out of her skateboarding retirement!

Cruising with your skateboard is like biking – you don’t forget.  You might be rusty at first but it will all come back.

Here’s to hoping Whitney keeps the skateboard out.  It doesn’t matter why you started skating, just that you keep having fun skating.

Have you recently started skating again?  I’d love to share your story.  When we share our stories, we encourage each other to be our best.


Kathryn Morin Artist Coming to KAABOO

Kathryn Morin is an artist based in Anchorage, Alaska.

She specializes in watercolor and ink paintings.  She’s coming to KAABOO September 15-17th and after reading her goal

My goal as an artist is to find beauty where there is only darkness, to inspire feelings of strength and a passion for life, and to create a sense of balance within my own heart.

I had to research her & request an interview.


I read that you’re inspired by your hopes, dreams, nightmares, and fears. How did you find the courage to share your nightmares and fears with the world?

Kathryn:  You have a wonderful way of looking at things. In my mind, making art was my way of expressing my emotions without having to talk about them. Making art was how I expressed my struggles, and it was really all about getting them out of my head and onto paper.

Family and friends then encouraged me to set up a booth at some local craft shows, so I did. And I stood there awkwardly, not knowing how to talk to people about my art or myself. However, I soon found out that my artwork touched people in a way I never expected. People would look at my art and be able to see their own lives, and their own struggles, and be able to relate to it. While their struggles are different than mine, and they are at different stages in life, they are able to pull what they need from my artwork.

Nowadays, I’m better at talking about my art, and I try to leave room for interpretation in each painting, so that, while there’s definitely a part of me in the painting, the viewer can also find a part of themselves within it.


On your site you offer prints of some of your paintings. How do you decide which paintings become prints? 

Kathryn:  All of my paintings become prints! I feel strongly that art should be obtainable and accessible, so I offer prints in a variety of sizes and price points.

prints like these are available in 8×10 or 11×14 or 16×20 

I read you sell originals at art festivals. Is that what you’ll be doing at KAABOO? Will you also be creating “live” at KAABOO.

Kathryn:  Yes! I will have a pretty large variety of framed originals for sale at KAABOO. I will also have a selection of limited edition prints available.

And, I really hadn’t considered creating “live” but now that you mention it, well, I’m already packing my supplies! So yes, I do plan on creating “live” and I’m really excited to talk to festival goers about my drawing and painting process!

time lapse video

Have you ever considered painting skate decks?

Kathryn:  Actually, yes! I had a festival goer recommend skate decks to me a few years ago, but I honestly don’t know where to start as far as getting a skate deck! If you or your readers have any suggestions, or want to commission a one-of-a-kind skate deck, please reach out to me via email, Facebook, or Instagram!

Thank you Kathryn for taking the time to share.  Your art is beautiful and definitely spoke to me.  To see more of Kathryn’s work both before and after KAABOO check out her IG and website – Amor Artis Gallery.

current WIP – will she make it to KAABOO?  I hope so she’s exquisite! 

KAABOO 2017 is coming up fast September 15 – 17th.  KAABOO features:

world-class music, hilarious comedy, incredible cuisine, craft libations, inspiring contemporary art, and personal indulgences

To see the full 2017 Line Up click here.  To see my 2016 recap click here.  For apps to keep you up to date on schedules

iPhone Download
Android Download
Link to the KAABOO app page

More posts on amazing artists scheduled to appear at KAABOO 2017 are on the way.  All the artists featured are girls following their passions and willing to inspire other girls to do the same!

XOXO skatingfashionista




First Time Skateboarding

Jennifer shared this video with the caption

First time at the skate park and now they want to come everyday!

I’m so happy she encourages girls to skate.  I’m also super impressed at how fast they’ve learned.

Whether they’re at the park in Santa Clarita or on the street, they are having fun skating!

Where are you having fun skating or encouraging girls to skate?

When you share your stories you inspire even more girls to be this happy!

Carly Ealey, Artist – Coming to KAABOO

Carly Ealey is a San Diego, California artist who will be painting a permanent mural at the Del Mar fairgrounds live during KAABOO at the Trestles Stage – September 15-17, 2017.

I recently had the honor to ask her a few questions about her art.

How did you start as a mural artist?  Were you using spray paints from the beginning or how did it come about?

Carly:  Painting murals was a natural progression from painting on canvas. I found myself wanting to paint larger and larger pieces and eventually moved to walls. I would mess with spray paint from time to time on smaller surfaces but didn’t really try using it outside of background textures until painting larger scale. I realized how fast you could paint and cover more surface area with spray a couple of years ago and was totally hooked.

Denver, Colorado

Before spray paint, I was painting with just brush and sometimes on big rolls of paper and wheat pasting to walls which was very time consuming. I love the instant gratification you get from spray paint and the use of my whole body…it’s a release.

I’ve seen some of your incredible work like the pieces at Chez Pierre Cabaret in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, the border wall in Tijuana, Mexico, and your piece from last year’s KAABOO how do these compare in size and style to what you’ll be doing at KAABOO this year?

Carly:  Every wall is different and requires a unique approach, I think that’s partly why they’re so fun to paint. My wall in Edmonton for Rust Magic mural festival 2017 is the biggest one I’ve painted yet and was a crazy struggle the whole way.

Edmonton in Alberta, Canada

I was short paint, encountered weather delays, and the wall was constantly wet (the building is incredibly old and has a very water logged and leaky roof) but it ended up being my favorite mural so far. One of my goals has been to make my murals look more like my smaller scale paintings and I feel like that mural achieves that despite all of the challenges that arose.

Tijuana Mexico

The border wall was an experience for sure…living in San Diego, Mexico is our neighbor and very much integrated into our everyday culture. Baja Internacional invited me to participate and I accepted immediately. Part of my desire to paint the TJ/SD border was to promote border unity and embrace diversity so it was a really cool and personally meaningful project to be a part of…especially during these turbulent times in this divided political climate. The border wall itself is pretty gnarly, rusted red corrugated metal. It’s definitely not the most ideal surface to paint on but the experience made it worth it. You just have to keep in mind that this is something people will only really see as they are speeding by on their commute so I kept it simple and big with not a lot of detail.


Looking back at my KAABOO mural last year, I now realize what a luxury it was to be so well taken care of with my giant fancy lift and food and restrooms haha! It’s pretty crazy to see how far I’ve come in just a year. I’ve only been spray painting seriously for a couple of years now and I feel like I’ve grown tremendously. Then again, I pretty much feel that way after every wall I paint.

San Diego, CA

Each mural is an opportunity to grow as an artist and even as a person. I guess anything truly challenging can do that!

LA, California

This year’s KAABOO mural will be a whole new challenge. It will be my largest mural to date! It’s on a permanent structure on the Del Mar Fairgrounds across from the giant mural of the humpback whale by Wyland. Which is pretty surreal in itself because as a kid, I was really enamored with Wyland’s work and especially his massive murals. This particular surface is the facade of a two-story building that has a lot of doors and windows in it, so it will be interesting to paint. Because of the scale and amount of obstructions, my plan is to go really big with some giant female characters resembling mermaids or sirens in an underwater environment. It will be a cropped view of their faces as they gaze out from the depths.

KAABOO 2016 when it was WIP

What’s the timing of your KAABOO mural do you start on Friday when the festival opens? Can you share insights into the planning before the festival to make it happen in just 3 days?

Carly:  Due to the size of this mural, I will be starting several days prior to the festival otherwise there would be no way I could finish in time. A lot of planning went into this ahead of time, all of the paint colors were planned and ordered well in advance based on sketches and mock ups of the design. I had to have the fairgrounds approve the design as well as the KAABOO team months in advance.

painted live at Karl Strauss Brewery Arts & Amps – La Jolla, CA

What’s unique to you about “live art”? I saw your work on the container at the SDCCU Festival of Arts North Park and you were at KAABOO last year but is it usual to have a large audience watching you create? How does an audience change the vibe?

Carly:  Live art is just another challenge. I used to be really nervous about painting in front of people but now it doesn’t bother me. In fact, I kind of like it now. As long as you have a good crowd and positive people, I think it just makes you try harder. It can be more of a challenge to focus sometimes but that’s where good music and headphones come in handy.

container painted live at SDCCU Festival of Arts in North Park

Any chance you’ve thought of painting skate decks?

Carly:  I’ve actually painted quite a few decks in my days…and surfboards…and I’ve even designed some skis haha

Whatever the medium Carly’s art is stunning!

Thanks Carly for sharing with us. Can’t wait to KAABOO to see her work – you don’t have to. You can follow her on IG and check out her website to see much more of her amazing work.

KAABOO 2017 is coming up fast September 15 – 17th.  KAABOO features:

world-class music, hilarious comedy, incredible cuisine, craft libations, inspiring contemporary art, and personal indulgences

To see the full 2017 Line Up click here.  To see my 2016 recap click here.  For apps to keep you up to date on schedules

iPhone Download
Android Download
Link to the KAABOO app page

More posts on amazing artists scheduled to appear at KAABOO 2017 are on the way.  All the artists featured are girls following their passions and willing to inspire other girls to do the same!

XOXO skatingfashionista

Penny Board Adventures

Ellis shares this picture of her niece

Zoë is on her way to have some #PennyAdventures and to become a skateboarder for life!

What a perfect place to skate with your penny board.  I love the graphics.  Plus as a fashionista, I noticed the matching bag!

How wonderful to have an aunt that encourages you to have fun.  Ellis gave her niece the penny board as a birthday present.  Happy 11th birthday, wishing you fun with skateboarding for life.

Skateboarding is sport, art, transportation, exercise & so much more.  One thing skateboarding isn’t is boring.  As long as you’re skating you’ll have endless adventures ahead of you.


M Learning to Drop In

Love that Cole shared this video with the caption

M learning to drop in, way harder than rolling down the ramps! What a badass! Thanks to the guys at @existskatepark for all your help!!

I love to see girls getting help & encouragement to skate.  Skating is fun and skating with friends & cheerleaders is even more fun.

Learning anything new can be hard and/or scary.  One thing that makes learning fun is having a kind and patient teacher.  Thanks to all those who take time to teach & coach.

Hope you share your skateboarding stories soon.  Seeing girls skate encourages more girls to try skating plus it inspires girls already skating to try new things or help others learn.

Love when you share where you’re skating too.  Exists Skatepark is a non profit indoor skatepark in Swansea Wales.


KAABOO 2017 is Almost Here

The end of summer is sad, but the coming of KAABOO is something to get excited about.

KAABOO is three days of music plus so much more!

I’m especially excited this year for the Girl Power coming including Kesha on Friday

Pink on Saturday

and Alanis Morissette on Sunday.

In addition to the female musicians, I’m super hyped to check out the artist section where last year I was introduced to the work of Lauren YS

complete artist list includes murals/installation & exhibits from gallery & artists

KAABOO truly is a unique festival experience.  It’s all the good without the bad of inconveniences like porta potties.  Plus you can view art, experience indulgences,

Yes – Paul Mitchell is on site to pamper you!

eat gourmet food,

Above Palate Tastes plus there will be featured chefs, Palate Sips, Posh Nosh, & Other Eats!

and kick back in a million ways including comedy shows.

music & comedy line up

There’s still General Admission and limited VIP passes available – I hope you get yours soon so I see you at KAABOO in Del Mar September 15 – 17th.

To see the full 2017 Line Up click here.  To see my 2016 recap click here.  For apps to keep you up to date on schedules

iPhone Download
Android Download

Link to the KAABOO app page

The most stylish place to be September 15-17th will be KAABOO Del Mar.  Look for more posts leading up to it and then a recap post.

XOXO skatingfashionista



Introducing Urban Ave Boardshop

Urban Ave is a new skate shop in Bressi Ranch aka Carlsbad, CA.

Above is how it looks from the outside and below is my brother Sway working hard.

Urban Ave’s address is

I totally vibe with Urban Ave because it has top brands like Brixton,

Huf and Volcom

Plus they have a deluxe women’s section!

For girls they have options ranging from cute dresses, light layers, cozy jackets, and shorts/pants.

Their skate equipment is also outstanding.

They are one of the few skate shops that sell 187 pads for little people, which is super handy if you’re a parent.

Urban Ave has one of the biggest board selections I’ve ever seen.

Including pro skater Nora Vasconcellos first board, recently released by Welcome.

Urban Ave is obviously killing the game. By supporting girls (and others) you’re always winning.

Congratulations on opening the shop. Readers it is definitely worth checking out.

You can also check them out on IG to see their latest and know their hours.



Birthday Trick

For some people a birthday can be a big deal, but for Maria it’s a huge deal.

On Maria’s 20th birthday she landed her first ollie.

From personal experience I can easily say that to do an ollie takes practice and to get it on lock takes even more work.

Congratulations Maria and happy 20th. I hope this year rocks!