PHOTOSHOPPING AT FASHIONCAMP VIENNA

2015-04-23


here are a few impressions of my photoshop workshops that I ran at fashioncamp vienna. it was a first timer but surely not the last one. I loved to share the photoshop magic with you!

first day "photoshop with ease"


more insights into various talks and workshops and more shiny girls after the click.
all photos by manuel carreon lopez

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LOLA MIGNOT

2015-04-03


Lola Mignot Gypsy Princess of Sayulita from Ed Fladung on Vimeo.

here's lola, she's from the world and she flies on the top of the waves.

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MAKE ART YOUR MEDITATION – SYNAPTIC STIMULI

2015-04-01

all healing must be self-initiated

my desire is too speak less. yet to communicate more

in a world of strings we are designers of expressions


head over to synaptic stimuli to see more of michael chichi's curation of hi-fidelity aesthetic stimulation which may affect and expand one’s consciousness, stir up latent cosmic origins, trigger cellular intelligence, tickle the neurons & warm one’s heart. to inspire and turn you on to your own evolutionary destiny. 

I must admit that I just copied and pasted this text. because it's perfect.

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SURF'S UP YOGA

2015-03-25



more road trips
more sunsets
more waves
and more hugs

but before, yoga


regardless of whether it's your first surf trip or if you are already catching waves for many years – we're gonna get strong, smooth and focused with these early bird surf's up yoga sessions.


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PATAGONIA DOES IT RIGHT / + yoga playlist

2015-03-22


one can find the most beautiful shapes, scents and tastes in nature. all attempts to imitate them by a linear thinking are vain. it's because of the Li, it makes it simply impossible. in taoism li stands for the organic system of nature that does not follow any rules and brings unpredictable lines and forms to light.

that might be one of the reasons why many of us can't get enough of going on surf trips and why we enjoy outdoor yoga sessions and long runs, because everytime the surrounding changes we'll be within something magic that we've never experienced the same way before.

patagonia sees it as its obligation to protect our nature by using sustainable materials like organic cotton, recycled polyester or hemp. and that's why I appreciate the brand so much. and besides their dedication for a better world their surf and yoga wear is amazing!




wherever you go, go with all your heart.

if you are getting a longing for the great outdoors while looking at the adventurous outtakes of Patagonia's spring lookbook but nature is far away at the moment see it as a sign to jump on your yoga mat and listen to my YOGA playlist that I've created for feeling the earth beneath the feet and the fire within us. 

photos by ben moon, adam clark, jeff johnson and steven gnam

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DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK

2015-02-24



whenever facing a tough situation changing perspective might work wonders.

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THE UNFOLDING SESSIONS II

2015-02-16


we couldn't be more excited about being back at the Little Yoga Room for our second acoustic yoga flow on march 1st. grab a friend or come alone and be prepared to play with your shadows.

see you on the mat
 

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LA MÉRICAINE – I LIKE THAT. WHAT IS IT?

2015-02-12


La Méricaine is the story of a french girl living the american dream. as a big fan of clothes that don't look like clothes at a first glance the beautiful blankets and capes immediately rised my spirit of adventure. Valerie Hernandez created a true homage to the great outdoors and is bringing the adventurous life of the prairies to the city streets and beyond. the world needs more stories like this.




how is it for you to run your own company after having worked as a designer in the sports fashion industry for many years?
it's a great feeling to work by oneself. I am responsible for my choices and decisions. I had the chance to work in large industries where I have learned a lot. today I can make use of the experience in my entrepreneurial life. I work with French suppliers I've known for a long time. it is very important for me to contribute to the French industry.

your collection is inspired by the native american tribes. what fascinates you about them?
I chose the Indian inspiration because I like these people for a very long time, because of their colours, their tradition and their blankets of course. they wear similar heavy wool coats for their entire lives: from birth to marriage until death. for them life is a journey with no end.

imagine yourself being wrapped up in a blanket next to a cozy fire place. where would it be and who would be with you?
I can imagine myself being wrapped in a blanket with my boyfriend watching a cool movie with a glass of red wine, it's a bit a cliché, haha!



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FLOATING LEAF

2015-02-09



happy monday morning everyone.

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BREATHE IT ALL IN, LOVE IT ALL OUT

2015-02-02



the next time you feel stressed try to breath with this.

via fuckyeahyoga

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THE UNFOLDING SESSIONS

2015-01-20



we love yoga, and music anyway, and we like to spend our sundays at winter more than anything else with the good people at places that gives us energy.

see ya at our first yoga & live acoustic music flow.
click click for more details.

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INTERVIEW WITH LAURA AUSTIN

2014-12-28


recently I talked to Laura Austin for Golden Ride Magazine. head feet over head to the full story and travel with her photographies around the world.

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YOGA FOR BEGINNERS – NEW COURSE

2014-12-14


close your eyes & open your mind

start your 2015 with a dynamic and playful date with yourself once a week.
I am looking forward to the new yoga beginner course starting january 13th

& you.

follow the link for more info.

wearing surf leggings and shirt by one of my favourite indie surfwear brands
salt gypsy x rue stic

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1 % OF A CHANCE – SKATING IN THE DESERT RAIN

2014-12-11


longboarding brings skating brings happiness brings places and people. one of those amazing people I got to know through longboarding is Janine La Franca. Janine belongs to the fearless girls who go downhill without turning their hair. she's a ball of energy and no surprise she's ambassador of the longboard girls crew pushing girls into longboarding – the thing that changed her life. in the beginning of this year her passion brought her to Israel. and because guest posts are my favourite posts Janine is taking over.

Israel – surrounded by conflicts but never the less a home for countless nations and religions. not necessarily the number one travel destination for a lot of people. 
until some time ago I did not have any connection to this country or its inhabitants. not till my friends from LGC went there to make a longboard movie last year.


it surprised me in a way but at the same time it made me really curious. because even in the small world of longboarding, this fact lead to differences of opinion. but Israel means so much more then political and religious conflicts. even if they are part of Israeli life.
 then in January of this year I suddenly happened to get to know the Israeli hosts of my friends, that in the same time run a longboard company – Dasilva Boards.


we instantly clicked and after a short time an invitation to their home country followed. 
I decided shorthand that I would love to get this adventure started and to visit the foreign land. for preparation I read a magazine for political education about Israel from 1995 that my sister found while she was clearing up her stuff.

I wanted to stay unprejudiced and for that reason I did not collect further information besides the experiences of friends that went there and told me positive things throughout. 
shortly after my landing and several safety checks I got a sunny and warm welcome by Ben, one of the founders of Dasilva Boards. the adventure started wit a drive to Ben’s wonderful little country house in the middle of green fields and fragrant orange trees at about 30 minutes away from Tel Aviv.

we were expected by team rider and colleague Ido and a befriended artist that already did some designs for Dasilva Boards under the name Untay.


we spent the first evening very relaxed on the cozy couches on Ben’s terrace with pleasant summery temperatures – and that in march!
the next day I had the pleasure to swim in the Mediterranean sea and to relax in a hammock hanging in the beautiful garden of Ben's friends who live right at the beach front.
 here I learned about the generosity of Israelis and that togetherness and cohesion are really important for them.

they share what they have and the most important thing is that everyone has a good time!
 above that I learned that in Israel the Saturday is like our sunday and that sunday is the beginning of the new week.
 the upcoming days were lead by changeable weather – as did the natural spectacle that I had the chance to experience on our travels from Tel Aviv to the green and luscious North followed by the warm and dry South.
 In the North at the Lebanese boarder we found new longboard track and shortly tested them on damp ground. wonderfully curved and super fast roads in a dreamy surrounding. 


the landscape with its lush green reminded me more of the Black forest (Germany) then of the Mideast or even of the Mediterranean impression from the day before. the air was fresh, clear and cool, the view offered deep green valley and castle forts.

the next day that should already change drastically.
 we drove down south – into the middle of the Israeli desert – to skate the worlds biggest crater „Mitzpe Ramón“.



it was breathtaking! dunes and sandy rocks as far as you could see. gusts of wind that changed their direction after every corner and every downhill run we did. an experience with the power of nature far off from the waves of the ocean. to round off the spectacle the sun gave us wonderful light as a gift to die away the day. that day I fell in love with the desert...


the greatest thing was that we would soon come back here to celebrate the Purim-Fest. It is similar to the carnival we know but the costumes would be chosen more after characters from fairy tales and fantasies.

in the next days some city-tripping was on the list.  Tel-Aviv is an exciting city.  In every corner you can find fresh squeezed fruit and vegetable juices and it smells after oriental spices everywhere.
there are second hand markets, groceries, handcrafted goodies and art all over the city. the inhabitants seem to be self-confident and strong and you find a peaceful togetherness of every skin color, culture and religion. you can easily wander through the allies on your own and find something new and different behind every angle. be it the giant city beach, the beautiful old city of Jaffa with its big arches and little hills and parks, the singing of the Moazin that calls out for the Muslim prayers and alternative quarters like Florentine with its nice bars and terraces. actually Florentine is only a street but all the way you can find cozy cafés run by alternative people having their very unique style. it is a beautiful place to get lost at night and to discover something new all the time. I got especially fascinated by the street art that you can discover also in other parts of Tel-Aviv besides Florentine. And even by getting lost on your own you will never stay alone for long – you meet nice travelers or curious locals that talk to you and like to make you have good times.


the next weekend we packed friends, food, tents, costumes and a big sound system and we started another trip into the desert. unbelievably this day was accompanied by an interplay of rain and sunshine. the result of that were giant, lucent rainbows in the middle of Israel’s desert. first I didn't believe my eyes and was pretty fascinated. and moreover the rain created little rivers on the dry desert ground. They ran through our campground under the tents and dried quickly after.


for the end of my trip we planned to spend a day in Jerusalem. the city is older then our calculation of times and truly had more influence on our daily life of today then any other city. mighty symbols of the most important religions, like mosques, abbeys and synagogues are built next to each other. the city is surrounded by a wall and is separated in a Jewish, Christian, Armenian and Muslim district. When you look down from the accessible rooftops of the city you can find catholic priests walking next to Muslims and orthodox Jews. it's a fascinating floating on the streets on which once Jesus walked. you can observe the wailing wall, that is right next to the temple and where religious Jews speak their wishes to while in the same time young soldiers bearing heavy weapons pass by and distract the view. a city full of contrast right next to each other.


it was an exciting last day in Israel. we enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere at the farewell-evening on Ben’s Terrace – in the middle of the fields covered in the beautiful fragrance of the orange flowers again.

I will remember this trip for a long time. the country and especially the people I met there will always be worth another trip.

thanks to longboarding for this wonderful experience.
open your eyes, mind, heart and soul.


photos by Tom Goldwasser, Ben Kaufman and Janine La Franca
 

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BEYOND THE SURFACE

2014-12-04



so true. so beautiful.

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ABOUT A MAGIC GIRL IN A MAGIC PLACE – SOPHIA METZLER

2014-11-28


this is Sophia. a girl that loves & lives for traveling. some of you who grew up near the mountains as well maybe know this feeling that let you intuitively identify your equals. be it through their shining eyes or their huge love of adventure. I've been pretty amazed once I stumbled upon Sophia's blog maybe you like because I knew that she is one of them right away.

besides presenting friday awesomeness picks and looking unbelievable sweet! on her outfit posts Sophia shares stories that happen close by the arctic circle. she's Iceland bound and fortunately she takes us with her every time when she heads to the island by taking many many pictures.

Sophia riffled through her photographies from Iceland to show us ...



… a place that felt energetic



… a place that paused you



… something you never can get enough of in Iceland



… a place you would like to stay forever or you would like to come back over and over again



… a moment that felt like a dream



… something funny that happened on your last journey



… something you would like to share with us


don't miss to follow Sophia on instagram if you'd like to see more of her freezing adventures and if you eventually want to know if  I prefer either cheese or bacon check this out on maybe you like.


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DEFINE + DESIGN

2014-11-20


tap into higher inspiration and create a strong visual identity.
join me for DEFINE + DESIGN and we gonna make the invisible visible.

a workshop series especially created for yoga teachers.


more info after the click

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TRICK OR TREAT with PLANET SURFCAMPS

2014-11-19


if my memory serves me right it was a quite fun night with eery people and an atm with psychic abilities.



places to have a great night out in Corralejo
"banana bar" for some warm up drinks with a view
"dr. drink" to shake ya booty
"waikiki" to shake ya booty more

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