Serious Athletes Can & Do Wear Makeup

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Is Peach the new Pink?

No don’t be silly it’s just a new option from Jane Iredale.

As I’ve shared before I love Jane Iredale’s products – my life wouldn’t be the same without Jelly Jar™ Gel Eyeliner. And loving makeup doesn’t mean I’m not a serious athlete.

Well, I’m not a total hardcore serious skateboarder – I’m definitely in it for the fun but wearing makeup isn’t a sign of weakness. Here is a sad true story – my makeup was questioned and not by boys but misinformed girls at the skate park.

Yes, in 2015 there are girls out there who think you can’t wear makeup and be an athlete. (And I’m in Southern California – OMG!) Sad so sad that people still think makeup is for others not the wearer.

As a blogger I love to read other rad blogs and I encourage everyone to read Alyssa Matthews “4 Reasons Why Women Wear Makeup (For Those Who Just Don’t Get It)”

I 100% agree with her reasons – which really quick are

  • Really, we just do it for ourselves
  • It’s PURRTYYY
  • It corrects things that we cannot always correct on our own
  • It’s a way to be expressive

I’m not saying you have to wear makeup – I believe you have the right to wear makeup. And I think you can wear makeup some days and no makeup other days and be the same person.

Well I am the skatingfashionista keeping it fun & fashionable on & off the board. Till next time keep your makeup options open – yes I’m totally daring you to try the peach!

Hurray for Companies that Support Girl Skateboarders

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This is Vanessa on her Pacific Tribe Skateboard.  I say hurray for companies like Pacific Tribe Skateboards who show real girls skateboarding. Vanessa looks like a model and maybe she is – what I know for sure is she can skate.

I hope this blog is showing there are skater girls around the world and that being a skater girl isn’t just a look, it’s about living an attitude of balance and confidence.

 

 

Ride the Skateboard that is Right for You

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Carmen_sutra can ride skateboards of all sizes. I like that – the pictures of her skate adventures are incredible. I appreciate that she loves all skateboards.

There’s no such thing as one size board fits all. Just like there’s no must have wheel. And believe me I argue with my dad about wheels all the time. Yes, there are guidelines – you can check out Tactics for details. The most important take away from the article is: “This is all a matter of riding style and personal preference, so use these ranges as a starting-off point and determine the best fit for your own set-up.”

There is such a thing as favorite wheels. If you have a skateboard with wheels you love and over a period of time they have consistently performed– it is totally ok to consider them your favorite wheels and you can ride them until they don’t roll anymore. Yes even if some people are like “WTF is up with those wheels” – if you like the feel of the wheels keep them on your board.

I also believe it is not a waste of money to have several boards that you ride depending on what you’re riding. You’re blessed if you can have several boards. With clothes you should never wear ill-fitting ones. And with boards and wheels it’s the same thing – if it feels wrong for you it’s wrong – if it feels good to you – ride on.

Thanks Carmen for sharing the rad shot and showing girls can skateboard!

There is NO Skateboarding Uniform

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Vianez Morales has some amazing videos and shots on her Instagram. The link will take you to a video and the picture above is one where I just love, love, love the outfit.

If you Google how to dress like a skateboarder and you’ll find a lot of advice like:

. . . The more black, ripped and worn out clothing you have, the better you’re going to look . . .

Well maybe black, ripped, and worn out clothing looks good on you – wear it skateboarding – my point is there is NO skateboard uniform. You don’t have to be dressed in black, Vianez is shredding in yellow – some might even say neon yellow – she looks fabulous and inspires me to keep skateboarding.

Keep sharing your pictures – the more people see the more they know stereotypes about skateboarders are just stories.

 

 

Stay Who You Are When Skateboarding

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This is what it’s all about – staying true to yourself while skateboarding. This is her first lesson and I love that she’s dressed for the occasion. I get hate messages – like yesterday’s “skating and fashionista are two words that shouldn’t be used together” – which is not a quote more a paraphrase because I took out the swear words.

Not everyone should be out there skateboarding in pink and/or lilac. Obviously not everyone looks good in those colors – never wear a color that doesn’t complement you.

To my new friend, who’s just starting out – keep it up – and don’t change who you are or what you wear to skate. Skateboarding is about having a sport that allows you to express yourself and have fun.

Till next time stay fashionable and friendly. And good job coffeemomma1981 for being a positive encouraging role model to your daughter.

 

 

Skateboarding Should Inspire NOT Scare

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M0untain_mama has balance. Like oh my gosh balance – I think she might even be going down an incline. Obviously you should not try this at home for a very long time – work up to it – keeping both feet on the board for some time and practice squatting. I guarantee you if you skate and squat you will get an incredible workout.

As for being able to skate like Meria? I know I can’t yet, but never say never – if you want something work for it and don’t be scared by Meria be inspired.

More girls skate as they see stylish girls skateboarding. Please share your pictures and stories – no matter what level, what kind of board – your picture shows the worlds #girlscanskate!

 

 

Are Bombas Socks Better for Skateboarding?

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Recently I received a catalog that encouraged the wearing of socks with sandals. I won’t be sporting that look. Not all style tips are valid.

When I’m wearing my skate shoes, I will be wearing socks. As a fashionista I like how Bombas socks look, but does that make them better for skateboarding ? Bombas socks don’t fall down and they’re comfortable plus they don’t cause friction blisters all of which makes my feet happy and I skate better with happy feet.

Seriously I’ve observed that people skate, run, and even walk better with happy feet, while people with sore, mad, cranky feet tend to spread doom and gloom. So I’m endorsing wearing comfortable socks as a way to spread joy and improve sports performance. Note this is not scientifically proven or an always – could be some people with sore, mad, cranky feet are just so pumped on adrenalin they have super sports powers.

Another way Bombas socks spreads joy is that for every sock bought a sock is donated. Where I live people take socks for granted. Of course some disappear in the drier or get stolen by little brothers or daddies, but for the most part socks are a given in my community. In some communities socks are in need. Bombas answers that need. I’m proud to support a company born out of a mission to help those in need.

I absolutely agree with Bombas, that we’re all connected and little improvements can add up to make a big difference. It’s always fashionable to connect and help others. It’s also fashionable to change your socks regularly – smelly socks are never in style. Till next time – wishing you happy, fashionable, stink-free feet both on and off the board.

photo by Neal Mims

Be Fearless: Wear Stripes While Skateboarding

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Stripes and skateboarding have something in common – people fear them for no reason. I say be brave like Ana Laura Garcia from Buenos Aires in Argentina. She looks amazing in stripes especially as she airs over stairs. Check out her video for day and night clips.

When and where do you like to wear stripes? I agree with Teen Vogue that stripes are sporty check out their article for inspiration on how to wear stripes.

So till next time keep it fun and fashionable on and off the board!

Skateboarding Improves School Work?

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Stefani Nurding is a busy skateboarder – she’s also a model and artist. Since starting this blog I’ve been amazed at not only how many talented and stylish skateboarding girls there are but how many of those girls are multi-talented.

Before skateboarding, I played a little basketball but never had a sport per say. My parents encouraged me to be active and I heard that sports actually made you a better student. I just didn’t believe it.

Now that I’m an active skateboarder, I do see how it’s made me a better student. The proof: report cards which show an improvement, the number of days absent has gone down, and my parents don’t have to chase me down over homework. Why the improvement? I think it’s because skateboarding really has taught me the value of persistence, patience and practice.

I’m not saying I’m a model student, but I’m sure a lot more balanced than I was before skateboarding. So thank you to skateboarding for really making a positive difference in my life both on and off the board.

Enjoy Skateboarding

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This is an excellent picture of Audrey Berdar and I love her caption: “Get out there & enjoy the ride”.

I totally skateboard for fun, and while I work and hope to be a better skater, my happiness is not dependent on my skill level. I also believe that no matter what you’re wearing you look better when you’re smiling.

Keep sharing those pictures of having fun skating – they are after all the most fashionable pictures and what will inspire other girls to give skate boarding a try.