One of my mottoes is Shop Local. Thats a big part of why I host the girls night out events once a month. To empower local women and give them an outlet to support other local women in business and friendship.
Because as we all know, when you buy from a local business an actual person does a happy dance. Plus this creates a stronger community of customers and friends who are supporting each other and not competing.
The same happens when you support a local designer on Kickstarter who has a great story about designing sustainable clothing and empowering women.
Meet Dina. A charming, quiet darling of a woman who has been in the fashion industry for 10 years. Previously she owned a boutique in Austin, Cypress Vanguard, with a handful of other designers back in 2011-2012 after she studied costume design at The University of Texas-Austin and then Fashion Design at The Academy of Art University for costume design.
Tragically, at the same time, Dina’s sister was diagnosed with cancer. So she left Austin to be with her family. Sadly her sister passed away. It was then, Dina started researching more about cancer and found that fashion was one of the top industries that harmed the environment which in turn causes more occurrences of cancer.
Driven by this tragic event, Dina wanted to start a line of clothing that was not only more sustainable, known as slow fashion, but also better for the people who would wear it and the environment. SixChell was born.
She launched a Kickstarter campaign and is hoping to reach her goal this week. If everyone just gives $10 she is sure to reach her goal and start rolling out her designs this fall.
Dina currently has three samples all made of vegan leather, Bamboo organic cotton, and Tencel Twill. You can learn more about supporting this local designer here in the video and donate to support her on Kickstarter here.
.Who said you can’t fly?
Because now days you can. I tried it.
Ifly here in San Antonio collaborated with me to come out and experience a flight with them and some of my other blogger friends. It was by far the most exhilarating experience I have had since I climbed a fourteener in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
First off, I was set up for some training video's and to learn safety standards to be sure I didn’t wreck myself or any of the fly equipment.
But let me paint this picture for you.
This is what they say to me in the video.
Stay flat, head up, relax….uh, what?!!
I can’t walk and chew gum. I thought for sure that I was not going to be able to fly. Or that I was going to slam my face into the clear plastic walls. Because doing all three of those things is surely going to end in disaster.
But it didn’t. It was way easier then I thought. Thomas was our official “fly guide.” He was gentle to let me in on this whirling wind tunnel. How he stayed grounded I have no idea because I was all “limbs up.”
Laying flat and keeping my head up while in “flying arm and leg position” felt pretty natural for the way the wind blew by. Plus with all Thomas’ direction, he made sure that I was at my optimum position for flight. And I was....see my photo below.
This experience is amazing. Flying through the air, circling and weightless. On the second flight I got a little in my head and had a hard time relaxing but I was still able to hold on to the position long enough for Thomas to send me whirling up the tube with him guiding.
It was breathtaking.
Literally breathtaking. I had to catch my breath once I left the tube. It pretty much feels like sticking your head out the window at 65 mph. It’s not hard to breath but it definitely helped to stay relaxed and to breath through my nose. (which you can see by this video that I didn’t do.)
All the ifly staff was great too. I got to chat with them about about their field trips that teach the STEM logistics of the wind tunnel. Plus they have a great little party room for birthdays or corporate parties. What a great way to celebrate with a gift of flight.
You can find all this info here on their website. They have many opportunities for flight. You can even fly if you are already certified as a skydiver.
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I was compensated for my post but the opinions experessed here are all my own.
I straddled the seat. I griped the handles. The attendant came over and pushed down the lap bar. And I lept forward to a garage, reporting for duty, on the next SeaWorld animal rescue team. A dolphin needed rescued!
3, 2, 1…………..Launch!
Headed up and over the first “wave,” this Wave Breaker Rescue Coaster is unlike other coasters I have experienced. Feeling totally exposed, with no harness or enclosed car, makes the feeling of being on a jet ski more surreal. I loved how close to the water I felt, but never actually touching the water or getting wet..
I got whipped around on quick bank turns, fast whoop-de-do’s and serpentine boosts throughout the three minute ride. I loved the way the coaster kept a consistent, fast pace, like I was in a hurry (like my life), while delivering a smoother ride than other coasters I have experienced. Truly a dynamic ride for me and my kids to enjoy. (*Note: must be 48” to ride)
Just like its namesake, Wave Breaker Rescue Coaster was designed to give the rider the same experience a SeaWorld Rescue Team member might have as they rescue various animals out in the ocean. This information was totally new to me. I was unaware how involved SeaWorld is in rescuing animals in the wild. And depending on the animal's issues, they may even get released again.
Sea World delivers a fresh new experience with this type of launch rescue coaster. Spanning 2,600 feet of coaster and reaching speeds of over 40mph, this rescue coaster is nestled between the Great White and Steel Eel coasters, close to the arcade and penguin exhibits. It is the perfect addition to the small coaster family here at SeaWorld San Antonio.
What an honor it was to be partnered with Sea World to help them launch the new ride, Wave Breaker and to enjoy the VIP party Grand Opening. As a blogger here in San Antonio it has been a privilege to experience Sea World at its fullest this year with various special attractions such as, Choo Choo Soul at the Just For Kids weekends this Spring and the Seven Seas Food and Wine tasting a few months ago.
I will be looking forward to the fall for Spook-tacular shows and surprises to come my way. And until then we will keep riding the Wave Breaker and checking out the baby orca.
If you have hung out with me for any length of time you will discover that I definitely have my own style going on. Wearing “fashion” has never been my strong point. Mostly because I am the mother of five plus I always love things that fit my mood. I could be wearing a skirt or jeans or heels or running shoes. For me it all depends on how my day is filled.
But I have always loved being a part of watching designers flourish in their creative zones on runways, and behind sewing machines. Back in the day, when I had cable television and a DVR, (I am guessing some people still have these right?) I would record all the Project Runway shows along with America’s Next Top Model.
Spending hours catching up on all the episodes and relishing in the new ways the designers saw clothes and how those models displayed them. I think it was the little girl in me who always hoped to find this avenue of life. Although life took a different route my love for the industry is still burning strong.
So as this blog continues to develop and grow my voice I knew fashion needed to be involved. It just makes sense for who I am and a passion I have always had.
Over the course of this Fashion Friday Summer Series I will be highlighting some boutiques both online and brick and mortar that are standing out in the fashion world-either online or on the local runways here in San Antonio.
And just this last Saturday Coco of Coco Productions had her fifth Stylish Saturday runway show of local designers. And I was quite impressed with the mix of local, fast fashion that was displayed in this 70’s themed style.
These models had their work cut out for them between the 10 different designers and a changing room with no air conditioning. But I say... it just made the women “glisten” in their bare back jumpers and high waisted trousers.
Models is not for the faint of heart. It is hard work. And these girls did nothing less then impress the onlookers in the industrial style CoLAB that was the back drop for the show.
Chris Cantoya and John Frazee captured the amazing designs, styles and designers from many angles. This quick recap will take you through the evenings highlights.
In case you fall in love with something here many of these designers can already be found in stores like Diva J’s Closet and A.Marie and Flawless Fashionista plus online on etsy. Plus they would love to make something special order just for you, just look them up on Instagram or Facebook.
The next show fashion extravaganza will be in October. If you’re a designer, model or artist in the industry contact me and I will get you all the info you need.
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