In case you missed it, we recently released our first ever rectangular beach towel inspired by the 7 chakras!
Chakras represent the spiritual energy that flows through the center of our bodies. Often present in yoga and mediation, it is encouraged to keep the chakras "open" so the spiritual energy flows through from the base of our spine to the top of our heads to keep us vibrant, healthy, and alive. The 7 chakras–Crown, Third Eye, Throat, Heart, Solar Plexus, Sacral, and Root–all have a spiritual connection to how we live, love, think and experience the world and those around us.
1) Root Chakra
The root chakra is located near the base of the spine. It’s the chakra closest to the earth and embodies the need for security, grounding, and survival. It represents our ability to feel safe, fearless, and grounded - not letting life knock us off our feet.
2) Sacral Chakra
This chakra dwells within the lower abdomen, a couple of inches below the navel. It is associated with emotions, creative expression, desire and sensuality. It represents our ability to accept others and new experiences.
3) Solar Plexus Chakra
Positioned near the upper abdomen slightly above the navel, the solar plexus is the source of personal power, intellect and self-worth. It represents our ability to feel confident and in control.
4) Heart Chakra
Found in the center of the chest just above the heart, this chakra bridges spiritual and earthly chakras, embodying love, compassion and integration. It represents our ability to love, the quality of love, and opening our heart to others.
5) Throat Chakra
Located in the throat, this chakra is the link between upper and lower body. It signifies communication and self-expression. It represents our ability to express ourselves and speak our personal truth.
6) Third Eye Chakra
Situated between the eyebrows, the third eye is the center of intuition. It symbolizes inner vision, openness and our ability to make decisions and see the big picture.
7) Crown Chakra
This chakra is located at the crown of the head. It is the highest of chakras and represents wisdom, bliss, enlightenment and the connection to ourselves, others, and spirituality.
You can buy the Chakra towel here. Once it arrives, lay down, feel the sunlight, enjoy the fresh air and let the good vibes flow through you.
Each towel comes with a short guide to Chakras, and Mala beads, which calm the mind, body, and spirit while you count them and repeat your personal mantra. What’s yours?
With every new year comes the feeling of a fresh start. A chance to take control of your journey and write your own story. Where will you end up? Who will you meet? What new songs will you listen to on repeat? So many unknowns waiting to happen. That’s why we came up with a dozen ways to make 2017 full of adventure and discovery. So grab life by the towel, live fully and get out there with these 12 resolutions for the new year:
1. Explore new places. Where will 2017 take you?
3. Spend more time underwater. Just remember to come up for air.
4. Plan more adfriendtures. After all, adventures without friends are sadventures.
5. When in doubt, say yes. Life is more fun that way.
6. Sleep under the stars.
Bonus: Plan your sleepover during the next lunar eclipse on Saturday, February 11th.
Double bonus: Plan a trip during the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017! But since solar eclipses happen during the day, you don't want to be sleeping for this one.
7. Find alternative modes of transportation.
8. Listen to the wild. You just may find the answers you seek.
9. Give back. We donate 10% of our net profits to charities that support our planet, cancer research, and protecting endangered wildlife. Let's give back together.
10. Climb more trees. And enjoy the view while you're at it.
11. Travel with your best friend. You're not the only one that likes getting some fresh air.
12. Pack lighter. Travel farther. The packing part may be a challenge, but we have faith in you.
Share your 2017 adventures with @VagabondBeach / #GetLosttobeFound. See you out there!
As summertime sweetly came to an end in Charlotte, I wanted to soak up the last few moments together as a family before the school bell rang. Some of our favorite memories were created here at the lake house; relaxing in the back yard, going for sunset boat rides, playing in the sand and splashing in the water. The lake has a way of making life feel like time is standing still and there is no agenda.
These are the moments we live for. I want to look back in 50 years and remember the way Ellie's curly hair was flying in the air, as she and Lilly chased each other with their ‘superhero capes’ in the yard. I want to remember the sweet talk about heading into middle school Lilly trusted me with as we cuddled up on the beach and dug our toes in the sand. I want to remember us trying to do yoga on the bank and the girls laughing at the funny poses we came up with or the lack of balance Steven and I had. I want to remember Marlon barking at every squirrel he laid eyes on and how his run was like someone hit the slow motion button on a remote control. I want to remember how Steven gently reached out for my hand and looked at me as we watched the girls build sandcastles. I want to know how these moments felt and never forget. I want to tuck them away deep down in my heart, like a treasure and absolutely never forget how they made me feel. Incredibly grateful for life and my family.
It's Courtney Steeves from withloveandlightcourtney.
I hope you’ve all been enjoying the summer months and exploring those far off places and hidden gems closer to home. My name is Alex, I blog over at passionfruitandprunes. I’m lucky enough to call the wonderful city of Austin, Texas my home and I’m thrilled to share a few of my favorite spots to cool off in and around my city. After all, summer in Texas doesn’t seem to end so there is still plenty of time to lather up in sunscreen and hit those summer hot spots.
Number one on the list and my absolute favorite swimming hole to date. You would not think this sunken grotto with a 50 ft waterfall and crystal clear turquoise waters is only 35 minutes outside of Austin. The water is a little chilly but splashing around under the waterfall and watching the wildlife around this natural reserve makes it all worth it!
A local favorite for many years, Barton Springs is wonderful all year round. The natural spring maintains its 68 degree (20 °C) temperatures throughout winter and summer making it a popular spot for swimming long after the summer heat has passed. It gets crowded over the summer so it’s best to get there before 10 a.m. if possible.
Lake Austin is great for renting a boat and enjoying a day on the lake or eating/drinking at one of the restaurants at Oyster Landing or just bringing a picnic and sipping a glass of wine from the jetty.
Good ole’ fashioned swimming pool
Honestly, Austin is so stinkin’ hot in the summer that sometimes nothing beats cooling off in a good old fashioned swimming pool. Lots of Austin hotels offer day passes to their pools, so bring a towel, order a cocktail, lather up in sunscreen and enjoy the Texas heat!
I hope you all enjoyed your summer as much as I did!
Alex is a half British--half Colombian blogger based in Austin Texas. To check out more of her adventures in travel, food and happy moments check out her blog passionfruitandprunes.com and follow her on insta: @passionfruitandprunes.
I went from blogging part time, to full time, to writing a cookbook, to just wanting to do everything and nothing all at once. Now I spend most of my time trying to find balance— serenity and adventure— I want a bit of both. I live in South Florida— where it’s hot, humid, and superbly tropical all the time. One of the absolute best things about living in South Florida is mango season. It’s the time of the year where golden treats are hanging by the hundreds in almost everyone's yards— just waiting to be grabbed and bitten into. The time of the year where we are left with sticky hands, faces, and a little bit of extra tooth decay too— but that’s okay, because it’s always worth it.
Sweet summertime. Those two words might be the cause for some of the best feelings in the world. That first lake jump and sitting on the edge of the dock watching the sun slowly disappear behind the world. I wait for it every year. I long for it in the winter months, and now that summer is here I just want to savor every single second of it that I possibly can.
On the day of our photoshoot storms and lightning plagued the radar. We hoped for the best and after the storm settled, we were blessed with a window of clear skies and a breathtaking sunset.
A massive thank you goes out to my husband John for being a part of this photo shoot as I know you want to ring my neck but I love you so very much and can’t say thank you enough. You are a rockstar!
I hope you are all enjoying every minute of summertime, it seems to disappear too quickly here in Minnesota.
Words by Tamara Waterston
Photos by Paisley Ann Photography
How are you spending your 4th of July weekend? Whether your plans involve a patriotic picnic, a poolside barbecue, or simply hanging out with friends in the sunshine; we’ve found some refreshingly festive and healthy treats to keep you cool on the fourth. Bon appetit!
Simple Strawberry Salsa
We think this delicious dip is almost as simple to make as it is to eat.
Here's what You'll need...
-2/3 cup of fresh Cilantro
-1 fresh Jalapeno
-1 Lime, (approx. 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice)
-1 pint of fresh Strawberries
-1/2 of a Red Onion (peeled and finely diced)
-Pinch of Salt & Pepper
Here's How to make it...
Dice strawberries onions, and jalapenos. Mix with chopped cilantro. Add freshly squeezed lime juice and a pinch of salt and pepper. Serve with blue chips for a festive look!
Berry Cool Popsicle
Healthy, refreshing, and an effortlessly fun way to beat the heat this 4th of July.
Here's what you'll need...
-Fresh Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries
Here's How to make it...
Step 1: Place an assortment of fresh red strawberries, crisp raspberries and juicy blueberries into popsicle molds.
Step 2: Fill molds with Coconut water.
Step 3: Get lost in the good times.
Have a happy and safe fourth of July!
-The Vagabond Team
We are happy to introduce the Magic Mandala, a brand new show-stopping towel design for summer 2016. Some see the mandala as a mystical map of the universe. We see the Magic Mandala as an essential for a summer unlike any other.
Bright, colorful, uniquely shaped, and ready to tag along on those adventures both on and off the beach. We think the hardest part is choosing: Fringe or Pompoms?
If you’re ever in Laguna, take a peek inside The Soul Project. We recently got the chance to stop in to this ever so charming southern California shop and chat with our soul friends. The team at Soul Project is made up of entrepreneurs, designers and artists that have come together to launch a simple and innovative apparel company that holds ‘socially conscious capitalism’ as their core cultural value.
After meeting Charlie, the friendly shop dog and favorite of customers, we checked out Soul Project’s local graphic ‘printables’ and their ‘Local Artist Series,’ a limited edition product series that includes one-of-a-kind apparel items, quality prints and other unique pieces that feature local artists’ work.
A dollar from every Soul Project item purchased flows on to local kids and environmental charities based on where the item was purchased. Founders Summer and Don Meeks describe this concept as a grassroots way of supporting ‘Soul Places,’ or special places that captivate people, feel like home, and resonate in a way that other places don’t.
Thanks for welcoming Vagabond to the Soul Family!
Check them out at www.SoulProject.com