Sunshine Kir

On a daily quest for the eternal sunshine!

Month: September, 2012

Oh Why Not…

Just Because

The Name Says It All…

Wednesday night I stopped by one of the cooler little shops I’ve been to in a good long while, Seaweed & Gravel. How can I say this without sounding pretentious? It truly is visually delightful.

Seaweed & Gravel Selections – look at the surfboard!

I think you may need this Mr. Bubble tee

The hangtags, the logo, the woodwork and even the little backyard are so creative and well thought out. You can tell David, the owner, is an artist. I couldn’t stop touching things.  You know how the term “curated” is used so much? Well, in this store’s case, it really does look thoughtfully and deliciously haphazardly eccentric and, well, curated.

Beautiful Logo

Set up in Leucadia, the mecca of deliciously eccentric, Seaweed & Gravel sells vintage finds like this insane, fringe jacket…

If only I could pull this off…

Glittering motorcycle helmets, killer cut offs and bonsai trees. Why not? And your man finally has a shop he can call his own. I will be doing some birthday shopping for M here, no question.

Every Wednesday night, owner David, throws open the doors, fires up the grill and puts some Tecates on ice for Weird Wednesdays. No need to know anyone, just come as you are, have a burger and meet some really nice, cool people! Everyone was really friendly.

Out front, the display of motorcycles

A side perk of Weird Wednesday…I rocked up by myself to check out the store and to visit Kamie and Dolly the bus who were also attending. That’s how I ended up with these 3 beauties in a bus sipping on a Tecate. I also ended up with a backless, floor-length navy and white striped number for $48!!! (Pic of dress, coming soon, but you can catch a peek of it behind Kami’s right shoulder…)

Girls in a bus

If you’re lucky enough to anywhere near Leucadia, stop by Seaweed and Gravel! If not, check out David’s tumbler page. Here’s to celebrating the unique and authentic community businesses! May S&G have every success!!!♥

Love Affair with the Bullet

M and my love affair with the Nutribullet began in Kona, HI. The courtship went a little something like this…

We flew to the big island so M could do Honu 70.3 (because he’s crazy). He had a great race, but couldn’t sleep that night. He turned on the TV and became instantly absorbed in the informercial for the Nutribullet. And viola, the obsession with the bullet was born. On a side note, this is what I was doing on race day. What can I say? I’m a huge fan and it was a shameless star moment, but I don’t care, it was pretty cool!

Me & Lance w/our matching hats!

But I digress, back to the bullet. Why we love it? Unlike the Vitamix, you don’t have to take out a loan to buy it. You can get it at Bed Bath and Beyond for $99 – and even less if you have the coupon. And really, who doesn’t have a coupon somewhere!

As the official description says, “it’s a high-speed blender/juicer system allows you to chop, shred and dice. The Nutribullet is design to break down nutrients of the whole foods you place in it so there are more nutrients that are released to allow your body to easily absorb them.” M and I use it every day!!! And it’s super easy to clean. Rinse out the cup and you’re done.

If you’re not into juicing, you need to set yourself up for success. We got my Dad into it, and if we can get that man to drink his fruits and veggies, there’s hope for anyone, so no excuses! We also got M’s Mom and Dad and tons of our friends too. In fact, they’re a bit sick of us and our love affair.

The Beloved Nutribullet

Just ease in…Start with half a banana, some berries, a little greek yogurt, 10 almonds and some water to thin it out. It tastes good and you’ll get so much nutrients. We buy everything and freeze it. This works great for texture – frozen bananas are yummy! As your tolerance builds incorporate spinach or kale. It’s just so good for you!!! We buy bunches of kale and stick it in the freezer. Don’t worry, we did the research and the nutrients are still there. Break off a few pieces and you’re good to go.

And, no judgement, but M made a mean margarita before…now lookout! Here’s his coveted “Friday afternoon, start the weekend right recipe”: juice from 1 large lime, 1tsp sugar, 1 shot of tequila, 1/2 shot Cointreau, 1C ice, approximately 4oz water. So there’s that…

M’s Famous Bullet Margarita

So there you have it. It’s worth it. You’re hair will grow, you’re eyes will sparkle, you’ll probably lose a couple lbs and you can wow your friends with iced coffee blendeds and frothy, frozen alcoholic  bevies – everybody wins! ♥