Month: December 2015

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Put it Down: 9 Things You Can Do Without

We now live in a world of over-stimulation. We are bombarded by the screens in our hands, in front of our faces, reflecting in the mirrors. We can’t get away from the influence, or so it may seem. We are constantly being told what to look like, who to emulate, what to idolize, where to eat and how to act. I don’t know about you, but that has put my brain on overload. I recently watched  a very accurate and moving video about how our obsession with technology is making us all so selfish and unconnected from the real world, real relationships, real people, real feelings and emotions. While I have also seen some very inspiring and moving accounts of how social media has positively shaped our lives, I feel like this may not be case for the majority. What do you think? I’d love to hear your opinion! Regardless, the desire to step away from the screens has helped shape my dis-attachment to certain social media. For instance, I used to scroll through Instagram …

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the sea, field & tribe store: shop the island

The time has finally come to reopen the Etsy shop! I am so excited to share with you all new items, and an all new look and vibe to the shop! You can now shop the Island on etsy for goods handmade in Puerto Rico. I have a new medium – coconuts – and have put a fun creative spin on trinket dishes and maracas. Yes, I said maracas. Remember those things you made as a kid with plastic coke bottles and beads? I’ve taken a hollowed out coconut, filled it with dried beans, and added a bit of my own unique twist and now you can add a little music to your gatherings with these hand polished, hand painted maracas. I also have trinket dishes from halved coconuts, key fobs featuring Bali seeds, and a dreamcatcher that is a total amalgamation of all things pretty and abstract.  And just in time for the holidays – if you’re considering a handmade gift, then take a gander at these goodies from the island! Perfect for all …

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Luna Sundara Palo Santo: the Holy Wood

Luna Sundara is a sustainably harvested brand of Palo Santo; a natural wood aromatic incense used for centuries by the Incas and indigenous people of the Andes as a remedy for purifying and cleansing. Traditionally it is used for relieving common cold and flu symptoms, asthma, allergies, headaches, anxiety, inflammation, sea sickness and arthritis… it is even said to have cancer fighting properties. In Spanish, Palo Santo translates as “Holy Wood” and it is so named after the mystical Palo Santo tree that grows on the coast of South America and is a relation of Frankincense and Myrrh. Appropriately named, the enriching aroma of a burning Palo Santo stick is heavenly, with hints of mint and citrus at work. “It all began with love.” This is the opening statement of Luna Sundara’s ‘About’ page on their website and really, how perfect is that? Inspired by their shared love of healing, tradition, aromatherapy and respect for nature, co-owners Thomas Konik and Sandra Manay founded Luna Sundara early this year (Luna is the Latin name for moon and Sundara means beautiful …

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#VisualizeChange: Blue Planet Eyewear

As a surfer, I know it’s important that I take care of my eyes. While I love spending time outdoors and in the sun, I understand the damage that it can cause and honor the fact I need to be mindful about covering up. The glare of the sun off of the water can be brutal at times, and my sight is something that I’d really like to keep for a while… you know, it’s nice to be able to see when a big set is coming or to be able to navigate the reef line clearly as I make my way in through a 3-foot wide keyhole. And there’s nothing better than opening your eyes as you duck dive under a perfectly crystal, clear Caribbean peeler or watching the day and the night collide as the sun sets over the ocean. Man am I grateful for these two working eyeballs in my head! I was on Instagram recently (shocker!) when I came across Blue Planet Eyewear, an eco-friendly company based out of Santa Barbara, …