How To Bring Home Some Island Vibes

What are you to do when tropical vibes are desired, but jetting off to an island isn't on the weekend agenda? Bring the vibes to you, of course! Here are a few ways to satisfy those tropical, beachy cravings, and tie you over for the time being!

1. Throw on a tropical print! Wearing a tropical print is an instant way to infuse a beachy island vibe into your day! 

Volcom shorts

Volcom shorts

Wildfox sweatshirt

Wildfox sweatshirt

2. Slather on some coconut oil. Coconut oil is not only really great for your skin, but it smells like a tropical dream. Smell like a coconut, have silky soft glowing skin, feel like you're on an island... win win win. 

3. Paint your nails a bright, exotic color. Or, if you're feeling REALLY creative (and you have a steady hand) you can try out one of Goldfish Kiss's fun tropical prints! Get the DIY on her blog, here!

4. Make a sea salt hair spray and rock some mermaid hair! Try this DIY Mermaid Hair Spray recipe:

  • 1 tbs sea salt
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 tablespoon of conditioner (I like Suave's Tropical Coconut conditioner for the yummy tropical scent)
  • 1 clean spray bottle

Mix all ingredients together in the spray bottle. Spray a fine amount all over hair and style as desired. Scrunch your hair up with your hands for some messy beach hair, or add in some loose waves with a curling iron. You can also braid your hair and then take it out after a few hours for some kinky, beach waves. 

5. Fake a tropical glow. Spend some time exfoliating and then apply a self-tanner. Instant beachy-glow, minus the sun damage. My current favorite brand can be found at Target

6. Crank some island music. A little reggae can instantly transport you to an island the middle of a turquoise sea, lounging beneath a palm tree.

7. Make a 'Beachy' Pinterest dream board. Pin your little heart out and make a board dedicated to all things beachy and tropical. Dream away, beach babe! Check out my beachy Pinterest dream board here!

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Salty. Sandy. Happy.

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I've come to the realization that life is best when one is covered in sand, and one's hair is salty and sun bleached.Where can one get said sand, salt, and sun? A tropical island, of course. I've spent the last week on the North Shore of Oahu. When most people hear Oahu, they think Waikiki and Honolulu - tourist hell holes. However, take a drive up to the northern tip of the island, and you will find a completely different setting.

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The North Shore is famed for world class surfing and the fabled Pipe Masters, a surfing competition that takes place in the winter in which the best surfers on the planet can compete for the ultimate bragging rights. The quaint little beach town of Haleiwa is at the heart of the North Shore, and it feels a lot like a second home to me.

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I have been going there for years now with my family and every time we get back into town, I can feel myself beginning to relax. Haleiwa and the North Shore have a much more laid back vibe than the busy cities down south. The locals are super friendly and make you feel like one of them. It's a sleepy, sunny little place with some incredible restaurants and fun activities. Some of my favorite things to do are find new hikes around the northern end of the island, swim with sharks [www.hawaiisharkencounters.com], visit Waimea Valley, get a massage from North Shore Mobile Massage [they will come right to your beach house and set up their massage tables in your own back yard if you want!], and pick up some lumpias and fresh coconut from the local road-side fruit stands.

But honestly, my favorite way to spend the day on the island is holed up at our beach house, soaking up the rays and body surfing with the sea turtles. Nothing beats being a beach bum for a week and a half.I don't know if it is the balmy air, the vitamin D, or the salt water, but I always notice my skin clearing up after just a few days of being here, and my attitude clears up too. So, first chance you get, book your flight, pack your bags, and head to a tropical island - any one will do. Submerge yourself in the turquoise waters, lay in the sun, let your hair get bleached and let your body get sandy and just...let go.

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Mountain Peaks and Salty Seas

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Balance is an important thing in life. Sometimes people can take the concept of balance to an unhealthy extreme, but that's a topic for another day. The balance that I want to talk about is the kind that involves terrain. When it comes to getting out there and exploring the great outdoors and all that it has to offer, don't limit yourself!

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I think that we all need a healthy serving of mountains, and a side of tropical beach. These two types of terrain are polar opposites in most ways. But both are good for you, both physically and mentally.

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        The mountains are jagged, mysterious, challenging...they allow you solitude and the chance to prove your abilities to yourself. You can conquer new heights, scale new cliff sides, and lose yourself (voluntarily, of course) in the cool forests. Mountain air is clear, crisp, and enlightening. You can listen to the cry of an eagle echoing through canyons, and watch an elk making it's way through a wide open field. You can wander for hours or days, uncovering new sights that will take your breath away.

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Tropical beaches give you something else. They allow you to feel the sand between your toes. You can submerge yourself in the turquoise waters of the ocean and explore underwater caverns. You can swim with colorful schools of exotic fish, test your nerves in a shark cage, and watch the sun set into the ocean while sipping fresh coconut milk. Salt water does the body and mind good, and nothing beats floating, spread eagle in the sea with the sun beaming down on your smiling face.

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Balance is important when it comes to being an adventurer. To take advantage of nature and appreciate it in its' full capacity, I suggest making time for both mountain peaks AND salty seas. Trek up that treacherous terrain, stare up at that wide expanse of starry sky as wolves sing you a lullaby, bask in the quiet and the coolness and the unknown of the mountainous wilderness. And lay in the sand, soak up the Vitamin D (with a healthy coating of sunblock, of course), eat fresh, tropical fruit, dive in the sea...

Balance, brah! It's a beautiful world with so much to offer! Be sure to experience it all!

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