Ahhh I miss Santorini already! From the minute we got there, I was SO relaxed and felt worlds away from everyday life. A major highlight was a 2 hour hike we did from Imerovigli to Oia which was mostly on the cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea and allowed us to totally explore the island! It led us right down to a restaurant on the water (you literally get splashed while you eat) where we ate the most delicious Greek salads and white fish. The rest of our days were fully comprised of lazing and beach hopping! We went to a different beach club everyday where we holed up under grass umbrellas, soaked up the sun, frolicked in the black sand, and drank cocktails. Since there are no words to describe how much I loved Santorini, pictures will have to do…
It’s hard not to love leather pants! They go with everything and instantly “cool up” any look. When I want to take em daytime, I like to keep everything else really simple and casual. That’s were my favorite Isabel Marant sneakers come in handy and my go to Alexander Wang pocket tank (I have this in every color – it’s so versatile and I’ve yet to find a better relaxed but still sexy fit). These particular Blank Denim pants aren’t even leather – they’re faux – so this time of year they’re perfectly lightweight because nothing feels grosser than sweating in leather pants.
Photos: Sam Montfleur
A lot of you have asked about my workout routine, and if it were several years ago I would have been able to tell you exactly what it was. In the past, my workouts have been intense, regimented, sometimes painful, and hardcore. I used to believe if I didn’t leave the gym drenched, shaking, and in some kind of discomfort, I hadn’t really exercised. I would literally think a yoga class was a throw away stretch fest and not consider it exercise at all in comparison to my “normal” workouts. Fast forward to now and I don’t even have a gym membership. If something feels uncomfortable or too hard, I stop. And I never workout unless I’m feeling it. And how do I feel? Amazing! I have zero mental stress around my workouts, never have to fire myself up to do them because I love them, they make me feel good, and I don’t plan my life/day around working out because it just fits in naturally and nicely when I want it to. So, why the shift and how do I reconcile drastically less calories burned?
When I used to work out long and hard, I was hungrier. I was like a teenage boy and I would eat a lot more because I needed a lot more. Sometimes it became a chore because I knew if I had worked out that day I had to hit a certain amount of food to make up for the 500-700 calories burned. I would get anxiety about being ravenous and caught without a snack somewhere. But I don’t get that at all now. I eat a good sized breakfast, lunch, and dinner and don’t really need snacks in between. I can skip a meal or wait until the next one because my hunger isn’t urgent the way it used to be when I worked out overly intensely. So that’s how I reconcile less calories burned – I’m not trying to lose weight or create a deficit, just maintain. Therefore, I don’t need to burn more than I eat and I don’t need to eat as much because I’m not burning as much. It all balances out naturally when you listen to your body and eat in proportion to your activity and hunger levels.
If you would have told me back when I was agro elliptical chick that I wouldn’t have a gym membership in the future I would have flipped out and been horrified because I was such a gym rat and it was such a vital part of my routine. 60 minutes on the elliptical at a steep incline maintaining a certain speed with a fatty stack of magazines to distract me from the torture or 70 minutes on the treadmill at a 7:45-50 mile pace were my go to workouts and anything less didn’t count. So what do my workouts look like now? Yoga, walking, and occasional running. Most often, I wake up and do yoga every day first thing for an hour. I do power classes, flow classes, and hatha classes depending on my mood. I barely consider this a workout because I love it so much and it sets me up for a relaxed, calm, centered mind the rest of the day. I don’t do it to sculpt my arms, make my booty pop, or chisel my core – I do it because it makes me feel incredible. That’s the major difference in my mindset around exercise now. I do it to feel good, not to look good or check it off my list because I “should” be working out. But it just so happens to do those things to my body and that’s pretty cool too. On the days I wake up feeling like getting outside, I opt for long walks. I never go inside on a treadmill because it makes me feel like a hamster. I like to be outside and get inspired by nature, the sunrise, the ocean, the trees, or whatever it is that my surroundings provide that day. I like to think about things that are bugging me and how to break through them, things I am grateful for, things I want to make happen that day/week/month/year, what I want to write about for you guys next, and so much more. By the time I’m done, I’ve had a total mood and mind transformation and it feels really awesome. I like to walk for an hour or two and I almost always go to the beach or a hiking trail. Then there are the random days that happen as often as once or twice a week or as little as once a month when I wake up craving some miles. When this happens, I go out WITHOUT my Garmin, which used to be attached to my wrist permanently tracking my speed and distance and which I would obsessively check throughout a run to make sure I was on pace and hitting my targets. Now, I don’t have any distance goals or rules in mind whatsoever. I just run as long as it feels good and stop when it starts becoming a chore to keep going. This can be as little as 3 miles or as many as 8 miles. On these run days I tend to wake up more ansty, restless, and carrying nervous energy. Running really helps me release that and leave it behind so I can enter the day fresh and clean slated. That reason makes me way more stoked to be out there than burning calories or proving I’m a “legit runner”.
The moral of the story is this: exercise is meant to feel good. It’s meant to be enjoyed, savored, and looked forward to. When you set rules of exactly what you must do, calories you must burn, miles you must run, and weights you must lift, you suck the joy out of moving your body which should be the most natural and pure expression of life. You can’t de stress and release tension when your workout is stressing you out more. I know it’s not easy to break out of a routine because it’s a comfortable and sure thing, but I urge you to try. You won’t gain ten pounds if you try a week of working out however you feel at a lower intensity – I promise. Try trading your cardio for yoga, pilates, a leisurely bike ride, or walk. See how your mind feels, how your body feels, and how your soul feels. Do what makes you happy!! And tell me how it feels for you!
Yassas from the black sand beach in Greece! I’m currently soaking up the Santorini sun and have been enjoying a few of the same travel necessities daily. Rompers, cover ups, hats, bikinis, sandals, sunnies, and simple jewelry are always my staples when traveling to beach destinations. I hate wearing anything too fussy, wrinkly, or heavy when I’m in lounge mode and I also must have pieces I can wear on repeat because nothing is worse than traveling for 11+ hours with a million pound bag filled with impractical clothes. I’ve done my fair share of beach travel this year between Hawaii, Bali, Italy, and Greece – not to mention my own backyard, the La Jolla Shores beach, that I frequent regularly in the spring/summer – so I’ve learned what beach wear works for me with ease and utility in mind. That said, here what I’m rocking right now in Santo (and the rest of the summer!):
Sunnies: Stella McCartney // Panama Hat: JCrew // Bikini Top: Mikoh // Bikini Bottom: Mikoh, also have and love this one // Romper: Splendid // Bracelet: Tai // Sandals: K. Jacques (similar) // Caftan: Vix // Necklace: Gorjana
Ciao from Rome! I am currently basking in the Italian sun, soaking up all that is Roma! This place is truly amazing – the romance, the shopping, the history, the hospitality, the beauty, the food…I could go on forever! Truly one of the most special places on earth!! I’ve walked all over the city, met wonderful people, eaten delicious meals, done some mischievous shopping, and so much more. Here’s a peek at what I’ve been up to…
Champagne at the Jardin de Russie
Crudo on a pink himalyan salt block
Whole sea bass with lemon, olive oil, and salt on a pink himalayan salt block
Breakfast eggs, lox, avocado, greens, and fruit
Insanely delicious tuna and salmon tartars with pomegranate seeds and kiwi
To die for scallop carpaccio with rosemary infused olive oil and crunchy sea salt
Salmon, amberjack, and tuna carpaccio
Local fresh sea bass with lemon, olive oil, sea salt and steamed spinach
An italian sparkling wine and a super delish grapefruit margarita with lavender
Poached eggs and avocado
Spanish steps while roaming the streets late night after a delicious dinner + wine al fresco
St. Peter’s Basilica Now this I have to tell you about. I took the above photo from INSIDE the glass room in St. Peter’s Basilica housing the Pieta by Michelangelo!! This is not open to the public. In the last 5 years, the only visitors to enter the glass have been President Obama and Queen Elizabeth. My wonderful Italian friend Lara lives in Rome and knows someone at the Vatican and was able to get the door unlocked for us. As you can see, many people come to see this infamous work from outside the glass and I was so so excited to be inside so close to such an important piece! It was SO special! Although I don’t think the people outside the glass watching me run around in it and stand right in front of the work taking photos and blocking their view were my biggest fans… Taken from inside standing in front of the Pieta
Lara got us on the roof of the Basilica overlooking Vatican City!
The Colosseum The Pantheon
Stumbled into the Celine store, the holiest of all sites I visited. Come to mama…
Found the newest shoe baby to add to my family at Gucci.
Have you been to Rome? What is your favorite place/restaurant/thing about it?
Off to Santorini next! Tell me your faves there!!
I recently moved to a new place, and along with trashing all my janky Ikea furniture from college, I decided it was time to bring in some big girl art. Picking a piece to invest in and bring into your space can be kinda intimidating for those of us who have zero idea what we should be looking for. I immediately texted my good friend and the best artist I know, Erik Skoldberg, for all the deets. I met Erik almost three years ago at yoga and he was just a really cool guy and OG juice customer when Suja was still a baby in unlabeled glass bottles. I had no idea he was such an amazing artist until I got to know him and found out he was showcasing pieces at a gallery downtown. Fast forward 3 years later and Erik has his very own insanely gorgeous, light, open, airy, huge gallery at the Del Mar Plaza and those Suja bottles are now labeled and on the shelves of grocery stores nationwide. Even crazier, Erik designed the art for this year’s cover of the Del Mar Race Track Program along with a whole racetrack collection of jockeys and horses plus killer cute swag like hats and flip flops to match! I was DYING when I saw them they are sooooo good! We’ve both evolved our passions into full fledged businesses, but the passion whole heartedly remains as I saw when he invited me over to the gallery to pick out my very own Erik Skoldberg original – my first piece of oh so special grown up art (purple, pink, and blue, natch). It’s now perched smack dab in the middle of my living room and I smile every single time I look at it. Erik just lights up when he talks art and here’s what I mean…
How old were you when you started painting and how did your art evolve as you grew up?
My mother had a paintbrush in my hand as young as I can remember. My mother is a studio artist and teacher for over 30 years. I feel that she really groomed me into the artist that I am today. As far back as I can remember I loved drawing, painting and everything creative. My taste was constantly changing and I sketched and painted whatever I was in the mood for. I painted underwater fish, professional athletes, architecture, cars, my dog, beach scenes, etc. You name it, I painted During my undergraduate studies at the University of San Diego, I was very experimental with large-scale pieces. I loved the freedom of action painting and being in the moment using bright colors, layering and ingraining movement. I envisioned the big picture in my head but paid little attention to the fine details in between. It was very refreshing. I became fascinated with the theories behind each color and the impact it had on our emotions. I believe the right color combinations really engage the viewer and create an inner sense of balance in the visual experience. I loved bright, fun, energetic and uplifting colors. It’s like that summer music mix that never ends. Then it evolved into monumental pieces, 5×7 feet, 6×10 feet; to a piece I recently competed at the Merrill Lynch building 15×15 feet. Alive, cool, brilliant, vigorous, elevating pieces fill my collection that carry depth and movement.
The way you combine colors is magic. What’s your favorite color and why?
Is this a trick question? Well, I love the color wheel, ha. If I had to choose ONE, it would be blue! I have grown up on the beach as a surfer and can’t get enough of our beautiful water here in San Diego and around the world. Blue is a constant color in our lives as we see it every day in our skies and oceans. Blue also causes the body to produce a chemical that is calming and tranquil. I am always all over the place so I think it naturally mellows me out. Blue also communicates significance, importance, trustworthiness, loyalty, stability and unity. A good color to have in your home!
Where do you get your inspiration?
I love traveling, the outdoors, and being active. I am passionate about Mother Natures and the feeling it evokes when something spectacular is captured. This continually inspires me to create. We often miss the natural beauty around us in our fast paced and often stressful lives. I simply want to recreate those scenes and have them last forever. How can you not be inspired by Mother Nature!
How long does on piece take you from start to finish?
That is a tough question to answer. I start weeks before I even touch the canvas experimenting with new color samples and textures. After fine-tuning my bleeds I usually work on a few pieces at a time. All of my works are multi layered. Some have up to 10-12 layers on one piece. I think knowing when to stop is the most important and the most difficult. Sometimes less is more and I love simplicity. I have pieces that are very monochromatic, super smooth, clean and simple. Four to five layers and I’m extremely happy with it. Others I work on for weeks at a time and put aside because I feel like they are missing a slight touch. In working on new collections, I create new ideas. I often break a piece back out and finish it up. Sometimes I hang the piece to digest for a while before working on a few more layers.
Any rituals you have before making a piece?
I think that rituals are really important. If I am stressed under a time constraint or not focused thinking about my To-Do list I don’t even attempt picking up a brush. I have before and it ends in a complete mess. Not to mention one really large canvas and a dozen tubs of paint end up wasted.
Knowing I will be painting the next day I ALWAYS do an early surf or yoga session. Clearing my mind before painting allows me to truly enjoy the process. The anticipation of painting is often greater than the happiness actually experienced while painting. I use a lot of different brush stroke techniques and my acrylics dry fast so I stay pretty focused. A great playlist is ALWAYS a must. Black Keys, Macklemore, Mumford & Sons, Neon Trees and always a bunch of Reggae.
What is your workspace like? OCD clean or down to business messy?
I would like to think it starts out pretty clean and organized. I have a nice big bulletin board with all of my ideas and color combos. I have my colors all spread out, my brushes in line and my sample works close at hand. Then it goes down hill quickly becoming very messy. I have spattered paint all over my studio walls, floors, pants, shirt, hair and even my face which I often don’t notice until my girlfriend points it out at dinner. I then layer, let it dry and do it all over again.
You have your own gallery now and it is pretty big, beautiful and amazing. How did you get to this stage in your career?
During college, circa 2007 I really wanted to exhibit my artwork. Of course I went to my favorite gallery, Madison Gallery in La Jolla. At the time I spoke with Alexander Salazar and showed him my pieces. He loved my usage of color, my unique style and consistently in my collection. But of course, he said, “You have a long way to go my friend. I love your work, but if you want to be serious artist I need to see a collection of at least 50 pieces. I want to know you are serious about your art; you’re going to be around for a while as an artist and this is not just a hobby; especially if I am going to put my time and energy behind you.” So I got to work. By the time I returned after college Alex Salazar had opened his own gallery in Downtown San Diego and La Jolla. I had my first Solo Exhibition at his Grand opening in La Jolla. I was fortunate enough to have some success in the corporate world doing collections for Fed Ex corporate office, Merrill Lynch, USCD Biomedical buildings and more. I was living up in Encinitas and an opportunity arose to open up my own gallery at The Del Mar Plaza. Timing is everything and I think it all came together nicely.
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Least favorite?
My favorite part about being and artist is always having something to do, for LIFE. Not a day goes by where I don’t think about new concepts, techniques, color ideas or even look at something and think how I can connect it back to my art. I am in a consistent state of innovative thought that keeps me going. I also love having my own schedule and freedom.
Having my own gallery, keeping up with events, shows and marketing on top of creating new collections can get pretty hectic. I love it all and having a business degree from USD really helps. Sometimes it can be tough turning off my brain and just enjoying the present. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
Your painting is the cover of the 2014 Del Mar Racetrack Program. Pretty Major! Every single person at the track with have their hands wrapped around your art. How did that come about and what else did you create for racing season?
It is really exciting, one million copies. I still can’t believe it. Last year at the Del Mar Races, I met Craig Dado, the Chief Marketing Officer of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. I told him a little bit about my new gallery that I had just opened up down the street at The Del Mar Plaza. I also showed him the new horserace collection I was working on. I did a rendition of the first Del Mar Racetrack Program of 1939 for the Turf Club and a wonderful charity event roasting Doug O’Neill, one of the top Thoroughbred trainers in California. We raised $7,500 from the painting for Great Friends Foundation. I continued to stay in touch with the racetrack submitted my artwork for the following year. The rest is history. I just hung my full racetrack collection up in my gallery last week. I did a full collection of the jockeys such as Mike Smith, Chantal Sutherland, Rafael Bejerano and a few contemporary abstract paintings of them racing.
What advice do you have for art newbies looking to start a collection? The top 3 things to keep in mind?
Always buy something you are in love with and have to have! Not a status symbol or label. Something that you connect with and it moves you in a positive way. The best is when there is just an unexplainable connection. New collectors, it is always nice to find an upcoming artist or a local artist that is established but not already huge. It gives you a chance to follow their evolution and career. Art is an investment and you will have it forever so always buy an ORIGINAL.
And because I am nosy- what’s next for Erik Skoldberg Art?
UP! Staying true to my style and not being worried about painting whatever is in style at the moment. Keep building my collection and staying ahead in the contemporary art world. I would like to continue exhibiting my artwork nationally and internationally. My work continues to evolve. Through layering, brushstrokes and the application of color, I am able to express a distinctive style hoping to give my artwork a breath and life of it own.
Every good painter paints what he is! “Jackson Pollock”
See? You love him right? He’s the real deal. If you like what you saw, go to website www.erikskoldberg.com and check out his portfolio of over the top beautiful pieces. He also does custom stuff so if you have a color scheme you love or need for a specific space he can make the magic happen!
The party is FREE entry with Suja cocktails flowing, a signature welcome cocktail at the door, delicious food, live music, a margarita and taco bar, and just an all around reeeaaaalllly good time! If you’ve ever been to Rancho Valencia, you know they have one of the most gorgeous views of Rancho Santa Fe, a sexy equestrian theme in their Pony Room Bar, and a gorgeous croquet lawn overlooking the city where you can mingle or hang by the fire pits. Hosted by Rancho Valencia and Riviera Magazine! Go and thank me after
I don’t typically rock a bright color from head to toe and on the rare occasion that I do, it’s not typically hot pink. But I’m obsessed with this dress. Because the color is so vibrant, I love the minimal deep V back and simple single ruffle detail. I’ve told you that growing up I was a pretty big tomboy and pink was nonexistent in my complicated 8 year old life. Now that I’m out of those dark ages, I love all things girly – hair, makeup, clothes, boys. And apparently, hot pink dresses.
In Part I of our Ayurveda discussion, we learned what a dosha is, broke ‘em down, and figured out what we are! Now we’re getting into stuff we can eat for our dosha and how we can work out to help ourselves feel best within the framework of Ayurveda. Here we goooo!
Since Vatas are dry, cool, and light, we need foods that are the opposite. Many foods like chilled raw veggies and salads, light fruits like apples, cold beverages, and low fat meals can exacerbate Vata. The best foods for Vata are oily, warming, and heavy. Since Vatas are moving, quick, and thin, we can tolerate richer foods to keep us balanced without easily gaining excess weight or feeling heavy. Some guidelines to follow are:
- Eat larger quantities
- Enjoy natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup
- Consume plenty of fats and oils which help digestion and reduce Vata. Ghee and coconut oil are wonderful.
- Dairy is helpful for Vatas if you’re not lactose intolerant
- Rice and wheat are the best grains for Vata.
- Eat sweet, heavier fruits like bananas, mangoes, avocados, apricots, plums, berries, coconut, figs, grapefruit, orange, lemon, melon, papaya, peaches, pineapples, dates, kiwi, and nectarines
- Minimize raw vegetables and go for cooked. The best are asparagus, beets, and carrots. Other veggies should be cooked in ghee or coconut oil to make them less cold, light, and dry
- Avoid gas forming foods like cabbage, sprouts, and beans
- All nuts are great
- Good animal proteins are chicken, turkey, fish, and eggs
- Vata pacifying spices are cardamom, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, sea salt, cloves, basil, mustard seed, cilantro, sage, fennel, oregano, tarragon, thyme, and black pepper
Exercise: Vatas have spurts of energy, but burn out easily. We tend to push ourselves more than we should. Since we are airy, we get extreme benefit from grounding activities like yoga, walking, riding a bike, and dancing. When it’s cold outside, indoor workouts are key because we are very averse to cold and don’t carry excess body fat for warmth and protection.
Since Pittas are intense, hot, sharp, and acidic, so they need foods that are cooling, sweet, and balancing. Many hot foods like peppers, warm beverages, and cooked meals can exacerbate Pitta. Since Pittas are so fiery and penetrating, they can tolerate more raw, chilled foods to cool them down. Some guidelines to follow are:
- Eat regularly and do not skip meals
- Maximize cooling foods and avoid hot, spicy foods.
- Dairy in the form of milk, butter, and ghee can be very beneficial. Avoid yogurt, sour cream, and cheese since sour foods exacerbate Pitta.
- Use sweeteners in moderation, but avoid honey and molasses
- Focus on olive and coconut oils.
- Wheat, rice, barley, and oats are the best grains for Pitta. Brown rice, corn, rye, and millet should be avoided.
- Avoid sour fruits like grapefruit, apricots, blueberries, and lemons. Eat sweet fruits like grapes, cherries, mangoes, pomegranates, pineapples, oranges, plums, coconut, and melons.
- The best vegetables are cucumbers, asparagus, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, green beans, zucchini, and pumpkins/winter squash. Eat less tomatoes, hot peppers, carrots, beets, eggplant, onions, garlic, radishes, and spinach.
- Use cooling spices like coriander, cilantro, cardamom, saffron, and fennel. Avoid hot spices like black pepper, cayenne, chili peppers, cloves, sea salt, and mustard seed.
- Chicken and turkey are the best animal proteins. Avoid beef, seafood, and eggs.
Exercise: Since Pittas are intense and fiery, they can be competitive in all kinds of physical activity, even with themselves. It’s important for them to move because they have a strong drive and enjoy challenging themselves, but should avoid increasing their stress during exercise. Moderate exercise is best for Pittas so they can balance their activity with rest periods. Riding a bike, taking a long walk, or swimming are all nice cooling, relaxing exercises for Pitta that don’t build too much heat or tension and irritate them.
Because Kaphas are heavy, solid, cold, and oily, they need foods that are light, dry, and warm. Many foods like sweets, high fat meals, hot meals, and dairy can be too heavy and exacerbate Kapha. Since Kaphas can easily gain weight and retain fluid, they need lighter, dryer foods to counteract their natural tendency towards sluggishness and heaviness, Some guidelines to follow are:
- Eat lightly and wait until hungry.
- Liquid fasts of vegetable + fruit juices and blended veggies soups for a part or whole day once per week can be very beneficial.
- Avoid dairy except ghee in moderate amounts.
- Avoid sweeteners except honey in small amounts.
- Drink hot teas, especially ginger to fire up sluggish digestion.
- Enjoy all beans except soybeans and soy products.
- Eat lighter fruits like apples, pears, and apricots. Avoid heavier fruits like avocados, pineapples, bananas, coconuts, peaches, melons, dates, figs, and oranges.
- All vegetables are great except sweet ones like potatoes, winter squashes, tomatoes, and carrots.
- All spices may be enjoyed freely except sea salt because Kaphas are prone to water retention.
- Avoid nuts and seeds except pumpkin and sunflower seeds in small amounts.
- Chicken breast, turkey, eggs, and seafood are the best animal proteins. Avoid beef.
- Lunch should be the largest meal since Kapha’s digestion slows down with the day.
- The best grains are barley, corn, millet, buckwheat, and rye. Avoid oats, rice, and wheat.
Exercise: Kaphas are the hardest dosha to motivate for exercise due to their slow tendencies, but they should try to get some physical activity every single day to counteract their stagnation and congestion. Sweating is great for them to help release accumulated toxins. Because Kapha’s are strong and sturdy, endurance cardio is most beneficial. Running, spinning, dancing, and swimming are the best choices.
Ok, this was a lot of info so let me know if you have any questions! There is so much more information about following an Ayurvedic diet for each dosha so I wanted to lay out the nuts and bolts to give you a general idea of the basics! Do any of these guidelines resonate with you?
After a massive closet clean out, I’m currently craving simple, edgy, chic everything – solids, basics, and neturals that are versatile and timeless. I always tire of printed, trendy stuff after one or two uses whereas I keep my classic foundation pieces like a high quality pair of leather shorts, a luxe tank, the perfect all purpose cross body bag, or a beautifully lacy bra in a jewel tone for a peek of sexy color forever. Here are my picks for perfect staples I can see myself wearing into the ground a million different ways…
I really love things that make you look twice. I looked at this Givenchy clutch and couldn’t stop thinking about it. I love how in your face the rabid dog is on the front. Kind of how I feel towards people some days when I’m in extra hermit everyone’s annoying me mode. Since the clutch is so tough, I paired it with a sweet lace top and some sleek leather pants to smoooooth it all out. Yeah dawg.
Photos: Efrain Ibarra