Winter in Laguna / Tablerock Beach

What’s winter?

It’s the middle of November here in Southern California and the weather is still nice enough for a beach day! So we packed our bags and headed down to Tablerock Beach in Laguna. Camera gear in hand, I was prepared for a pretty awesome sunset…and it did not disappoint.

Tablerock is probably one of my top five favorite beaches in Laguna, maybe even top three. Whatever direction you go in, there’s epicness. There’s also a little perch to the right if you climb up so you have an awesome view of the whole beach as well as the sunset. Located smack in the middle of the beach is also a little rock formation that you can climb and take some pretty sweet pictures as well.

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1000 Steps Beach Day // Laguna: Part 4

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

It’s been way too long since I’ve done a Thousand Steps post, mostly due to weather conditions created by El Nino. With so many big swells and high tides, it’s been extremely tough to find a time to be able to get over to the pools when it wasn’t the middle of the night. But two weeks ago, the ocean gods aligned and gave us a whole four hours of play time at the pools!

Some baby barrels breaking on the shore.

Some baby barrels breaking on the shore.

My friend Tessa and I were lucky enough to find some free time during the week so the beach was particularly empty. We trekked over the rocks and over to our secret spot to discover we were the only people at both pools. The 70 degree water wasn’t too bad either 🙂

Playing mermaid with my beautiful friends.

Playing mermaid with my beautiful friends.

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End of Summer // Lake Havasu

It’s happening guys…summer is ending 😦

I can’t believe how fast this summer has flown by and how much fun I’ve had. It’s weird to think that I won’t have to go back to school this fall, but I’m looking forward to continuing my free time.

My parents were all set to go on our annual end-of-summer trip to Lake Havasu in Arizona. 85 degree waters, wakeboarding, tubing, rock jumping, bikinis…I’M SOLD. By some miracle I was able to get all my shifts covered at work so we packed up our boat and headed across the state for a couple days.

Taking in the sunset from the water.

Taking in the sunset from the water.

One of the best things about Havasu is really the amount of activities you can do on just one lake. The first day was spent just relaxing around our friend’s vacation house rental which comes complete with an infinity pool overlooking the valley, game room, movie room and overall perfection.

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Hawaiian Adventure // MAUI

This summer, I had the best week of my entire life. IN MAUI!! This was my very first time to the islands and to say I was excited would be a bit of an understatement. I spent two weeks packing and getting my gear together. The morning of our flight finally arrived and the nerves set in (flying in a suspended aircraft over miles of ocean is not my idea of a good time guys). 6 and a half hours later, we landed on Maui and I was immediately stunned by the palm trees that lined literally every single street. Even the airport was an open building, with the warm Hawaiian breeze flowing through baggage claim. Although it took awhile to grab our bags, pick up our rental car and get to the hotel, we were able to drive along the coast for our 45 min journey to the hotel.

I’m pretty sure I was in shock the whole first day we were there because everything around me was so beautiful. The water was the clearest shade of blue I’ve seen in my whole life and there were pineapples everywhere weeeeee! Our hotel, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, was gorgeous. I noticed that most buildings on the island had similar architecture and were very open with fresh air flowing from everywhere. Located right on the water, we were steps from the beach and even had an ocean view – does it get any better?! Fast forward 30 minutes from getting to our room and my sister and I practically ran downstairs to jump in the 80 degree water.

Day 1 in Maui jumping for joy. Source: Instagram @mmaaddzz

Day 1 in Maui jumping for joy. Source: Instagram @mmaaddzz

I’ve decided to break up our daily activities because we did SO MUCH in just one week. Follow along below 🙂

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Summer Wardrobe Essentials!

Bikinis have always been the most important staple of hot summer months. But you don’t have to sacrifice a cute outfit just because it’s 80+ degrees outside! My friend Sam and I hit our closets to pull together some great pieces that are perfect for sunny days. Whether you’re heading to a workout class, running errands or hitting the beach, you can look fabulous anywhere you go! Check out the photos below for some major inspiration 🙂

WORKOUT GEAR

I feel so much more motivated to work out when I have a cute gym outfit! These purple leggings from Zella are super comfy and stretchy. They also have a small pocket in the waistband so you can safely store your keys. I like to pair my Zellas with plain, solid tops so I don’t color clash too much with my pink Nikes 🙂

For days when it’s just too darn hot to pull some leggings on, you can opt for some cute spandex shorts and loose tank top like this one from Hurley. Pair it with a high ponytail and you’re all set!

CASUAL DAY

I’ve noticed overalls all over the place lately, so when I found this cute pair from Windsor for just $15 I couldn’t help myself! With a cute tribal pattern, these overalls are perfect for a hot summer day. I like to pair mine with my Vans that I custom painted for a little extra twist 🙂

Overalls: Windsor, Shirt: Brandy Melville, Shoes: Vans, Tattoos: Flash Tats

For those summer nights when it’s a little cooler, sweaters are a great outfit choice. This one from Roxy is just light enough to wear during summer and can be paired with some high waisted shorts. Add a hat and BAM! Hello gorgeous!

Sweater: Roxy, Hat & Sandals: Billabong

For those nights when you’re hitting the fair or going to an outdoor BBQ, you just need a light jacket to throw on. This camo green one from Others Follow goes great with almost anything and can be worn unzipped or closed and cinched at the waist. And if you get a little too hot, simply tie it around your waist!

Jacket: Other’s Follow, Shirt: Brandy Melville, Sandals: Matiko

BEACH DAY

Just like overalls, one-piece bikinis are coming back! Always make sure you put lots of sunscreen on so you can cut down on those tanlines! For an easy transition from road to beach, just add a cute pair of shorts and you’re outfit ready 🙂

One-piece bathing suit: sidewalk sale from Jack’s Surfshop, Tattoos: Flash Tats

Just like a one-piece, you can easily pair a simple bikini top with some breezy gypsy pants for the perfect on-the-go beach outfit. If you want to dress it up, you can easily add a cute hat and wedges to take your look from beach day to night!

Bikini: Kovey, Pants: Roxy, Hat: Billabong, Wedges: O’Neill

Your summer wardrobe doesn’t have to break the bank either! Sites like Raise.com offer you the option to buy gift cards at a discounted price so you can stock up on your favorite stores. Some of my personal favorites offered are Victoria’s Secret, H & M and Pac Sun. You can also sell back any gift cards you don’t use and just take the cash!

You can also mix and match pieces you already own to create new, fun outfits. Wear your favorite jacket 3 different ways or pair your cute sandals with a variety of outfits. GET CREATIVE! And have fun 🙂

Special thanks to the gorgeous for Sam Chavez for being such a fabulous model and helping me get some great shots 😉

xoxo
Maddy

Top 10 Fourth of July Essentials

Our nation’s birthday is TOMORROW! No matter what your plans are, you’re going to want to bring along these ten awesome goodies. While most will be hitting the beach, make sure you check out this list before heading to your BBQ’s and parties!

Maddy Jay presents your “Top 10 Fourth of July Essentials”.

1. Patriotic Polish

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You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get festive this Fourth of July. Essie has a huge variety of reds, whites and blues that won’t chip while you’re in the water or on the beach. Each polish only costs $9 a pop and can be easily transported for any necessary touch ups. Colors shown above are: “Bouncer It’s Me” and “Jelly Apple”.

2. Waterproof Camera

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If you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a GoPro, this camera from Fujifilm is a great affordable alternative. Waterproof AND shockproof, this camera can handle any slips or falls it may take on the Fourth of July. It also comes with HD movie so you can take some patriotic videos!

3. Fun Fanny Pack

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This fanny pack from Victoria’s Secret was probably one of my best investments. Nobody wants to carry a huge bag around everywhere or try to find a safe place to stow their stuff. These fanny packs are the perfect size for carrying your cell phone, sunscreen, money and any other essentials you bring with you. So pack your stuff in style with a festive fanny pack!

4. Patriotic Bikini

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One of the biggest must-haves for the Fourth of July is a festive, patriotic bikini. However if you’re like me, you’ll probably only wear your stars and stripes bikini once a year so why spend more than you have to? This top from Target is affordable AND adorable, costly a mere $15. Better yet – it’s reversible!

5. Protective Chapstick

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I’m a huge chapstick junkie. Any flavor, any brand, I’m all for it. But these chapsticks from Sun Bum have a little something extra. Each comes with SPF 30 which is great for protecting your sensitive lips while you’re having fun in the sun this Fourth of July. With added Aloe and Vitamin E, your only problem with be choosing which flavor you want! Photo: Sun Bum

6. Red, White and Blue Accessories

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Accessories like these necklaces above are the easiest way to create a festive look this Fourth of July. I like to tie two colors together in a knot to make them a bit cuter, then layer, layer, layer! Beads like this are extremely easy to find in most stores and last a long time if you treat them right. This will be my fourth year using the same necklaces!

7. Awesome Sunnies

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Your skin isn’t the only thing that needs to be protected from the sun this Fourth of July. These red, white and blue sunglasses from Urban Outfitters are fun and patriotic. Keep your eyes shaded from the harmful UV rays and look good doing it! Photo: Urban Outfitters

8. Flag Sneakers

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Everyone loves sneakers!! These shoes from Vans are perfect for the Fourth of July and every other day of the year. Inspired by designs from the Vans archives, these Van Doren Authentics are sure to make a splash at any Fourth of July party this year. Photo: Vans

9. Festive Flask

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What’s the Fourth of July without a little casual drinking? These disposable flasks from Spencer’s are perfect for slipping in your bag and adding a little extra American spirit to any outfit. With screw-on caps, you can re-use and re-seal them all day. Photo: Spencer’s

10. FIREWORKS!!

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No Fourth of July is complete without fireworks!!! Although they’re illegal in many cities (be sure to check yours before setting them off), they’re always a good time. My personal favorites are sparklers because they’re easy to light and are relatively safe. Be sure to be careful when lighting off your fireworks this weekend so you don’t ruin your fun!

Have a happy and awesome Fourth of July everyone!!

Top Five Favorite Bikinis!

With Spring Break and summer fast approaching, I’ve been on the hunt for the cutest bikinis on the market. With so many different styles, brands, colors and cuts out there, I tried to narrow down my list to just my top five favorites. Enjoy! xoxo

5. RVCA is one the biggest surf brands out there. While pursuing my local Jacks Surfshop, I found this adorable strappy bikini top. With a scoop neckline and criss-crossing straps that tie in the back, this suit is perfect for girls who are active. I recently took it for a test run during a day of beach volleyball, and everything stayed in place! Available in black, blue and burnt orange, this bikini is a summer must.

Photo: RVCA

Photo: RVCA

4. Ahhh Victoria’s Secret…I do miss my discount from when I used to work here! This season’s bikinis are the cutest yet! With so many different styles and colors, it’s almost impossible to NOT find a suit you love. Bandeaus have always been an especially difficult bikini style for me to pull off; they just never seem to stay up and I don’t want to spend my beach days continuously pulling up my top. Victoria’s Secret, however, has a whole line of bandeaus that have completely changed my opinion. This Crisscross Strap style is perfect for those who want a cute bandeau without the hassle.

3. L*Space has become one of my favorite bikini brands over the years. The first suit I bought from them was their Audrey Fringe top and I never looked back! The Audrey Fringe can be worn as both a bikini or a cute crop top paired with high-waisted shorts, skirts, etc. It also comes in a variety of colors so you’re sure to find one that fits your style and wardrobe. With festival season fast approaching, this L*Space top is a must for your collection!

Photo: L*Space

Photo: L*Space

2. After following Acacia Swim on Instagram, I absolutely had to purchase one of their amazing bikinis. Founder Lyndie Irons, wife of legendary surfer Andy Irons, was also born and raised in Southern California! With beautiful patterns and stunning details, each collection is just as perfect as the last. I fell in love with the crisscrossing back and spaghetti straps of the bikini below and recommend every girl stock up on some Acacia bikinis!

1. Rip Curl’s newest collaboration with pro surfer and model Alana Blanchard has given us gorgeous patterns and flattering cuts. The Alana’s Closet line includes swimsuits and apparel, but my immediate favorite was the Bali Dancer triangle top and hipster bottoms. Featuring a vibrant print and cheeky bottoms, this is my go-to bikini this Spring Break!

Photo: Rip Curl

Photo: Rip Curl