Skateboard Camp in Utah

I first blogged about Diana when she shared teaching girls to knee slide back in June of 2016.

Now she’s sharing a skateboard camp coming up in October.

If you’re in the Ogden Utah area check it out.  Below a fun pics from prior camp.

How are you sharing the fun of skateboarding?  More girls skateboard when they see girls having fun skating and stay skateboarding when they have other fun people to skate with & learn from.

Hope you share soon!




Na Ty Wanted to Skate so She Did

Loved when I saw these pictures and Na Ty’s caption

Ever since I was a kid I simply wanted to learn how to skate and now after such a long time this wish comes true… I think I found a new hobby today!

I’m so glad she shared.  Trying anything new can be scary, but the reward of trying and finding out you love it are well worth it.

So many people along the way, whatever it is you aspire to do, will tell you it can’t be done. But all it takes is imagination. You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits. – Na Ty aka oceangirl.naty

Thanks again Na Ty for sharing!  When we take the time to encourage each other we are helping others reach their true potential and live the lives they dream of.


She’s Trying

Tim share’s this video with the caption

She’s trying.

I’d go further & say she’s doing it.  We all start as beginners which can be scary no matter what you’re beginning.  There’s so many unknowns when you start anything.

You might fight out you don’t like the new “thing” or you might find out it’s your passion.  I think when you put it that way, you have ever reason to stop wondering and start doing.

Thanks Tim for encouraging – encouragement has the power to lift others up & give them courage until they find their own courage.




Do It Today

@mylifespot is skating in  Germany

Where are you having fun skating?

Like her board says – do it today – it’s always a fun day to skate.  And skateboarding isn’t a crime – no matter what the signs say.

We all get busy, it’s important to take breaks and recharge.  So never feel guilty about taking a skate break – it’s good for the body, mind, & soul.

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend & that today & everyday is the day you follow your passions.

KAABOO 2017 Recap

KAABOO  just wrapped it’s third successful year at the Del Mar Racetrack.  This year’s 3 day festival ran from September 15th thru September 17th.  It featured music, art, culinary experiences, comedy, Indulgences & more.

Above Reese @reeseschaffer & friend

Smiles are a staple at KAABOO whether you’re wandering the fair grounds, watching a concert or getting up on stage!

video by Sarah @skaenel featuring  Lexi @shapstick8 & DJ Diesel 

KAABOO is all about fabulous choices, like should I check out Kesha or Weezer?  I hopped between the Grandview & Sunset Cliffs stages to check them both out.

photo by aLIVE Coverage

Kesha is back!  She was better than ever with both new music and favorites.  My favorite oldie had to be Dinosaur.

photo by aLIVE Coverage

Weezer was amazing as the sun vanished.  My dad doesn’t usually go with me to concerts (this was his 1st KAABOO my 3rd) but for Weezer and the next group, he came.

photo by aLIVE Coverage

This was my first time seeing the RHCP, but my dad says they were as incredible as they were when he first saw them in the 80s.

photo by aLIVE Coverage

Saturday’s musical highlights first from the Grandview & then the Sunset Cliffs Stage.

I’ll start with Logic because I love him on stage with Jimmy @jimmy_lime who interpreted the lyrics with ASL (American Sign Language)

photo by aLIVE Coverage

Jimmy’s a trilingual interpreter & Logic is amazing in all languages!  Catch the full video on YouTube.

Next on the Grandview stage was Jane’s Addiction.

Lorrie @lorrie_sabban captured them brilliantly & I have to agree with her Nothing’s Shocking because at KAABOO you can see everything!

they had a sexy tatted girl (hooks in her back) swinging over them as they jammed! Nothing’s Shocking

Muse then closed out Saturday for the Grandview stage.  Thank you Muse for an incredible show.

photo by aLIVE Coverage

Really grateful that I got to share the experience with my good friend and mentor Neal Mims.

Over on the Sunset Cliffs stage the recap starts with Machine Gun Kelly.  I thought he was pretty amazing when I saw him the week before at the Sheckler Foundation Golf Tournament – I know who would have pegged him for a golfer?  But on stage he takes it to the next level.

Evelyn @evhawson summed up his performance as

Mind Blown . . . Have you ever watched something without any expectations and come out saying that it’s the best thing you’ve seen in a long time? Yeah… that’s exactly how it felt watching MGK. So much raw energy and jaw dropping stage presence…

photo by aLIVE Coverage

Next came Garbage in this picture by aLIVE Coverage that captures again how the artists of KAABOO interact with the audience & how delighted the audience truly is.

The sun went down but the energy stayed high with Ice Cube

photo by aLIVE Coverage

and then P!nk.  Yes,lots of people came out to see P!nk.

photo by aLIVE Coverage

I’m  not alone in thinking she put on a tremendous show.

One of the few pictures I took last night KAABOO. Forgot just how much I love P!nk and her music. Crazy to think the first concert I ever went to was P!nk at the del mar county fair on her Misunderstood tour. Now I got to see her at almost the exact same place this many years later along side one of my other favs, Machine Gun Kelly !     Dill-Bird @kell_bell27

P!nk killing it on stage.   Ian @ianboganstudios

Yes, she killed it & Ian has tons more killer photos on his IG.

Sunday ends earlier than the other days, however, it’s still packed.  Among the musicians on Sunday were Jackson Browne on the Trestles stage.

I’m going to be honest, I never heard of Jackson Browne before KAABOO and that’s exactly why I had to include this video by Ali @alipariseau.  I love that KAABOO is eclectic.

It’s an opportunity to be exposed to so many new things like music from emerging artists like Kira Lingman Band on the Tourmaline Stage,

or music that’s just new to you

Gina Marie @gmoneystrappedphoto found out she loves Trevor Hall.

Plus it’s an incredible way to make new friends.

Above Tawny @phantombride85 with the most appropriate caption

You gotta make new friends and have a blast!

One of my new friends spent time at the Grandview stage where she caught Andy Grammer.

Kelly Anna @kelly.says.argg says

Andy Grammer was amazing. Best show of the weekend.

photo by aLIVE Coverage

Jason Derulo above & Alanis Morissette were on opposite stages making sure Sunday is a fun day to be at KAABOO.

Picture above by Sarah @sarahsmiles11 who sums up festival as

KAABOO concert was 3 days of awesomeness

Sunday’s last but certainly not least show on the Sunset Cliffs Stage was Tom Petty.  Celebrating 40 years of amazing songs.

photo by aLIVE Coverage

It was there with two of my favorites – Sway & Gavin that I had my last KAABOO dance of 2017.

Or as Emily @auntieem_4 reminded me

In the words of Tom Petty: ‘Bye, bye’ #KAABOO! Thanks for a fabulous festival!

Now some highlights from other areas that make KAABOO a memorable experience.  At Palate you can meet some of your favorite chefs and at Humor Me you attend comedy shows.

@RySpeer shares this pic with Chef Irvine.

KAABOO also welcomes amazing contemporary artists.  These are three of the incredible artists who participated in KAABOO.  To find out more about them click on their name to read an interview post.  They are as kind and inspiring as they are talented.

Artist Carly Ealey photo by Bill Sinkovic

The mural above by Carly is permanent so just visit the Del Mar Fairgrounds to enjoy it.

Above ELLE creating & below the finished piece.

Artist ELLE

Artist Kathryn Morin

A day at a festival can take a toll.  KAABOO has you covered with a section called Indulgences.  It’s a place to get pampered by the likes of Paul Mitchell.

Above Monika @styledbymonika shares a shot of the Paul Mitchell Squad who had you covered all 3 days.  

Indulgences also had flower crowns from Cake & Punch so everyone could embrace their inner princess self

and mirror selfies.

No matter where you were at KAABOO – even in between places – it was easy to have fun.

Above Gordon @gordonlanedesign 

Thanks again to everyone who shared their KAABOO memories!

Above Crystal @crystal.alysia ends our KAABOO recap.  Yes KAABOO has roller skaters – they have all things fun & stylish!

KAABOO 2018 will happen September 14th – 16th – I’m already looking forward to it.


Skateboards, Summer, & Smiles

Giovanna shares this beautiful picture in Norwalk Harbor – Connecticut – with the caption

Summers with you ??????.

Smiling while skateboarding is always in style.  If Giovanna looks familiar it’s from her August 2015 post.

I absolutely love her style and her attitude which comes through in her bio

It’s okay to be afraid… It’s not okay to let the fear stop you. ???????❤️

Where and with who are you having fun skateboarding?  When you share your fun, you inspire others to try skateboarding or keep skating.





Sheckler Foundation 10th Annual Golf Tournament

The Sheckler Foundation is on a mission to

educate, equip and empower our community to “Be the Change.”

One way they do this is through events.  On September 9th they hosted a Gala which was followed on September 10th by their 10th Annual Golf Tournament.

The weekend was a huge success with $300k being raised to benefit the Sheckler Foundation’s “Be the Change” program.

I was fortunate enough to drop by the Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point where the 10th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament sponsored by Oakley went off.  Among the crowd were celebrity athletes like Klay Thompson, Reggie Bush, Ryan Mathews & Clay Hensley. I also got to see Machine Gun Kelly a week before KAABOO because he came to golf & “be the change”.

And yes, I had the opportunity to chat with Ryan, pictured above with Reggie & Klay.

Q: How did you get into golfing?

A: “I have always liked to golf, so when it came time to bring everyone together I thought this would be a great way.”

Q: This year’s theme was Lost at Sea. How do you pick each years’ theme?

A: “I think the theme adds a fun touch to the event. I usually decide the theme based on the location. “

Q: How do you find time to prepare for such a big event?

A: “To me this event is one of my favorite things. Most people could see this as work but really it’s just friends coming together and doing good for the world.”

Q: Why do you continue to contribute so much? 

A: “The world needs more nice people and we can only do that if we treat each other with kindness.”

In addition to a game of golf, there were hole activations, contests, games and entertainment along with food served by Chronic Tacos, Zebra House Coffee and Wienerschnitzel.

Above thee Wienerschnitzel getting some golf in!

and below is Lumecube’s sling shot game.

This wasn’t your typical golf event.  For instance some golfers, like Neal Mims, embraced the ponds.

One way that everyone could get involved, even those who couldn’t make it to the golf course, was the Helicopter Ball Drop.  After the golf game a helicopter came by and dropped balls that had been purchased for a $20 donation.  Anyone who purchased a golf ball was entered to win up to $5,000. 100% of the proceeds from the ball drop went to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Once you bought a ball you hoped it landed closest to the mark.

338 was the lucky ball!  Zebra House Coffee – a San Clemente local coffee shop – was the winner & in true spirit of the event donated their winnings back to the cause.

What a wonderful way to end an amazing day.  To find out more about the Sheckler Foundation and how they are & inspire others to “be the change” check them out on their website & follow them on IG, FB, or Twitter.


Sarah Johnson Metalsmith Artist at KAABOO

Sarah Johnson is a self-taught metalsmith artist.

photo by Kim Martin

She designs and creates jewelry and has a mobile boutique unit that rolls around central Illinois. I’ll be lucky enough to check her out when she comes to KAABOO September 15-17th.  Until then, here’s more about her & her art!

How were you attracted to metalsmith art & how long have you been doing it?

Sarah:  I started making jewelry at a hobby level about 8 years ago. Through experimenting and finding the need to broaden my skill set, I found a love for working with metal. I taught myself through a ton of trial and error, a few YouTube videos and hours of reading online. I have come a long way from those initial hours with my little butane torch in my basement, and feel comfortable and happy with my skill level now, although I don’t believe I will ever be done learning.

How were you inspired to start share your jewelry by opening a mobile boutique? I absolute love the mobile boutique idea! 

Sarah:  The mobile boutique was born out of necessity. I have always done a ton of markets and shows to sell my jewelry. Unfortunately for me, I live in the midwest and most of those shows that are close by are limited to May-October due to weather.

Every year I went through a bit of brainstorming about how to sell in those off months. I have a website and have dabbled in Etsy, but I crave the face to face interaction with my customers. My husband and I looked at opening a brick and mortar store, but found it to be a huge financial risk. I had been traveling in Chicago and saw a ton of mobile clothing boutiques and thought, “why not jewelry??” From there it was a matter of finding the right truck, rehabbing it and getting it on the road.

How often do you do mobile shows?

Sarah:  I fell in love with a 1973 Winnebago Brave and we launched it in April of this year. I take the ‘Bago’ out about twice a month, more or less, and so far it has been really well received!

Is the mobile boutique coming to KAABOO?

Sarah:  I will not, however, be making the 30+ hour drive to Del Mar in the Bago. If for nothing else, to spare my nerves of that long of a drive with a vintage vehicle.

Your website is called Brazen Jewelry – what’s the meaning behind the name?

Sarah:  I went through some re-branding about 2 years ago when I made the decision to make this jewelry gig a full time job. I was searching for a name for my business that would exude my style and look before even seeing a piece from my collection. I started looking in a thesaurus at words that I wanted my brand to be know for. Bold, strong, different, edgy were a few and among the synonyms, brazen kept popping up. I mulled it over for a minute and it just felt right!

Each piece is hand sketched, designed, cut & finished by hand will you be demonstrating the process at KAABOO – making pieces?

Sarah:  I will not be demonstrating my craft at KAABOO. There are so many tools, steps and parts to my process, not to mention it is dirty and almost always requires a torch!! Its not the best thing to try and travel doing.

How do you decide which pieces are created and offered multiple times on your site? Will you be bringing all the pieces from your site to KAABOO or will it be a surprise?

Sarah:  The design process has always been a little different for me. I used to just make whatever I felt like and almost always only made one of everything. Over the coarse of developing a brand, I have changed my process a bit and now I try to design a whole line. Pieces that jive together and speak to my brand.

My website is stocked with pieces I have on hand or things that are easily repeated, i.e. not one of a kind pieces. I also use my website for wholesale purposes and kind of a sampling of my work. Pieces that are listed in multiples are usually pieces that sell well, have been popular, or have been requested often enough to make multiples.

So while I will be bringing most of the things on my website with me, I will also have a ton of new pieces made specifically for KAABOO as well as one of a kind pieces that have never been listed on my website.

custom Elephant – can’t wait to see what custom pieces come to KAABOO

Thank you Sarah – I realize you’re super busy and appreciate you taking the time to share with us your passion which is now your job! Check out all of Sarah’s art on her IG & website.

KAABOO 2017 starts today – Friday, September 15th & goes thru Sunday September 17th.  KAABOO come see Sarah & all the other artists – the line up is incredible.

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
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Link to the KAABOO app page

Thankful to all the artists featured on my blog posts leading up to KAABOO 2017.  They were girls following their passions and willing to inspire other girls to do the same – which is always in style on & off the board!

XOXO skatingfashionista


Cake & Punch – Flowers to Wear at KAABOO

I’ve always shared my love of Indulgences at KAABOO. One of the participants I’m super excited about is Cake & Punch. Yes, I love cake and punch but this cake & punch is not about food, it’s about flowers.

As it says on their site:

“The flower crown has been around for centuries as a statement of love, beauty, and peace.”

So it makes perfect sense that everyone would want to experience wearing one at a festival like KAABOO!  I was fortunate enough to catch up with Christina Schneider, owner & founder, to get the scoop on what to expect from Cake & Punch at KAABOO September 15 – 17th.

p.s. if they sound familiar it’s because they’re the creator of Hair Snapz & they’ve been on RHOBH

What do you have planned for KAABOO?  Will you be making crowns there?

We will be making fresh flower crowns all day!

Will you have fresh and faux crowns at KAABOO? If fresh too what are your tips for keeping them fresh for 3 days – life can be “hot” in Del Mar & especially in a mosh pit?

We will only be selling Fresh Flower Crowns and taking custom orders! Each one is hand made, beautiful, and unique, while using durable flowers that remain fresh for your day at the festival.

They have not been mosh pit tested, but we are up for the challenge!

You’re the founder & owner how/when did your passion for flowers and crowns become a business?

About 3 years ago, after teaching myself how to make a flower crown, I offered a flower crown bar to one of my clients who was having an event at Malibu Wines.

Everyone at the venue kept coming up asking to buy one, so I had my first Pop Up at Malibu Wines the following weekend where  70 hand made custom flower crowns were sold.

Since then Cake & Punch has created thousands of flower crowns for celebrities, hollywood events, festivals, and have Pop Up Shops on the weekends at Malibu Wines and Rosenthal both located in Malibu, California.

she looks like Elle King because she is Elle King 🙂

Thanks so much Christina from Cake & Punch – to see more of their designs check them out on IG & their website.

I’ll be checking out Cake & Punch for sure at KAABOO, especially because now I’m thinking about flower crowns instead of corsages!!!

KAABOO 2017 starts tomorrow September 15th & goes thru Sunday September 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


XOXO skatingfashionista




Kira Lingman Band Coming to KAABOO 2017

Kira Lingman Band will be performing at KAABOO on Sunday September 17th the Tourmaline Stage at 11:50am.

I had the opportunity to find out more about Kira.

You started playing guitar at 16, what inspired you to start and did you realize immediately it was a passion?

Kira:  I’ve always loved music since I was a kid but it wasn’t until I was older that I really wanted to practice and learn. I think it’s important for everyone to have a creative outlet in their lives.

Did playing guitar come naturally or did you take lessons? How did you start singing and composing?

Kira:  While guitar came naturally, I did take some lessons when I was in high school. That’s when I really started to learn about using my ear to figure out songs and improv on solos. I’m not classically trained so I rely on how I feel to show emotion in my guitar playing and singing

You started performing after college? Had it been in the back of your mind or was it just chance?

Kira:  I was shy when it came to music. I never performed in public but it was always something I wanted to do but didn’t know how to go about it. It wasn’t until I started working at a surf shop that one of my managers needed a guitar player and I asked to sit in and it was amazing. I loved the collaboration happening within the band. After that I was hooked and I eventually formed my own band years later.

How & when did you form the Kira Lingman Band?

Kira:  We formed Kira Lingman Band about a year ago, but a year before that we were a two piece rock-n-roll duo. I met my drummer, Zach though a mutual friend and we immediately had a great chemisty. He sat in with my previous band, The Hollow Legs, but once the other members went back to college to pursue their masters degrees, the two of us gigged a for a year until we added Joe to the mix.

You’ll be at KAABOO Sunday September 17th 11:50am on the Tourmaline stage and your songs are on your web page – how & where else can people hear you?

Kira:  Website, Facebook and Instagram are the best ways to keep up to date on shows. I primarily play around the beach cities in Los Angeles.

Saw on your IG that you like to surf. How does surfing help keep you balanced and does it inspire your music? Any chance you like skateboarding too?

Kira:  I’ve been surfing since I was a kid and it definitely inspires my music. When you do the activities you enjoy, it keeps you happy and motivated to channel that energy towards music.

As for skateboarding, I do enjoy it but don’t skate often for fear of breaking an arm. When I do skate, I love those Carver boards. They’re such a fun cruising board!

Thank you Kira.  I’m so inspired that you took your love of listening to music to the next level of playing and then beyond to sharing.  Love how fate & friendship played a part in your success – helping your manager got you on stage & friends introduced you to your drummer now long time collaborator!   Looking forward to hearing you Sunday at KAABOO and beyond!

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