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World Housing: Aida Rivero Interview

Meet Aida Rivero, Aida is a Spanish architect & photographer passionate about everything related to art and design. Aida has worked for a long list of brands such as American Tourister, Tresemmé, Bombay Saphire, Happy Socks and more. She is known for creating striking visuals, colourful creations and curating a perfect Instagram feed that inspires over 85K followers daily. Learn more about Aida below…

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Aida, what was it like growing up in the coastal town of Tenerife?

Growing up in Tenerife was great. A lot of my childhood memories relate to the sea. We would spend a lot of time on the beach enjoying the sunny weather, the wind, and the salty air. Family always surrounded me.

What is it that makes the Canary Islands so unique and special?

When you look to your right and see a snow-capped volcano, then look to your left and see a sunny beach – you know you are in a special place. Tenerife is a land of contrasts, and on such a small island you can find everything.

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Does your entire family reside on the Canaries? Do you feel that living on an Island has brought your family closer together?

Yes, most of my family does reside in the Canaries. I have a few family members who have chosen to study abroad to experience something new. My family has always been close, and I feel that no matter where we lived, that would stay the same.

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Do you think that the isolation you have living in Tenerife affects family dynamics?

Those who have grown up on the Canaries often leave to study and travel. However, the people who have spent their lifetime on the Islands always come home. We are known for wanting to be on our land. It is important in our culture to spend time with family while being surrounded by the sea.

Will you tell us a bit more about the culture in Spain? Is family important in Spanish culture?

I believe that family is very important to Spanish people. We are all very connected to our families.

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What does a “home” mean to you?

Home is the place where you always want to go back to. Home is where your friends and family are. It is a place that you feel comfortable . A place of peace. A place for heartwarming.

How did growing up on the Canaries affect your sense of design and passion for art?

The life outdoors empowers you to be creative. I have always been surrounded by water and nature. I think that those factors have a lot to do with my sense of design and passion for art.

You have a unique approach to photography, an eye for colour, and the ability to capture abstract imagery. How would you describe your own personal style and who influences your work the most?

My photography is a reflection of myself and the things that I like. It includes elements of my travels, my passions, and my life. It is a way to transmit all of the beautiful things I have seen in this world. I believe there’s beauty in everything and it is important to pay attention to your surroundings. I gather inspiration from so many things, and that is what inspires me.

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In addition to your photography, you are an architect. How do the two careers combine? How do they differentiate?

I am an architect with a desire for graphic and interior design. I love everything related to art and fashion. I suppose that having these passions has educated my style into having a sensitive sense of composition when photographing.

How would you describe the architecture on the Canary Islands?

Canarian architecture is highly influenced by the Indigenous People who immigrated to America and returned here with money.

Having spent so much time travelling to other countries, how have these experiences changed your view about the demographics of the world?

Travelling is one of my biggest passions. I love getting lost with my camera. I enjoy getting to know other cities, meeting new people, and learning about different ways of living. It’s amazing how much you can learn from other cultures.

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If you could do anything, how would you give back to the world?

I would love to make people happy using my knowledge and talents in architecture or photography. No matter the situation, there is always something to do for those who are willing to help.

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Far & Wide: Normandy Shoppe Owners Interview

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Meet Amanda Redmon, Christopher Saniuk, and their mini auburn-coated golden doodle named Norman. Longtime Winnipeg locals, Amanda and Chris have a deep connection to the community and a clear eye for high-quality goods and aesthetics. On top of that, this good looking family also founded and recently sold one of Winnipeg’s finest menswear, housewares, accessories and lifestyle stores @NormandyShoppe. Thus, when we wanted to learn more about the growing Canadian city, there were no better people to ask than this power couple.

Itinerary from Amanda and Christopher ensures you will find the best of the best in Winnipeg. So what are you waiting for? Here are the best places to shop and snack in The Peg!

The Exchange District

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A good Saturday morning. #forthwpg

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The team behind Parlour and Lil Sister Coffee have brought a heritage building back to life with the creation of Forth. It’s a coffee roaster, a cocktail bar, a cafe, an art gallery and an event space. Forth has a little bit of everything and is a must see for those passing through Winnipeg. @forth_wpg | 171 McDermott Ave

Into the Music

Give yourself a few hours to scan through everything one of Winnipeg’s oldest record stores has to offer. No matter your taste in music, you’ll end up leaving with an old favourite or a new artist (or two). / 245 McDermott Ave

Tiny Feast

Heaps of lovely cads for mum in the shop! 👉🏻Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8.

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If you’ve got a soft spot for quality greeting cards, stationary, calendars, office supplies, textiles or if you’re looking for a great house warming gift, you’ll have to check out Tiny Feast. @tinyfeast | 217 McDermott Ave

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Photo adventure in the Exchange District today 🙌🏼 #wpg365 #fromhereandaway

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Antiques and Funk is a Winnipeg institution for anyone who prefers their housewares to come with a story. The treasure chest of a store carries everything from the old to unusual in one room. | 474 main

Downtown

Goodwill Social Club

If you can’t decide whether you want a coffee or a Caesar cocktail or maybe a piece of pizza, then stop in at Goodwill. It’s the best new venue in Winnipeg for live music and events like Drag Queen Bingo, Motown Mondays, and awesome weekly karaoke in the city. @thatgoodwill / 625 Portage Ave

Modern Supply Co. + Thom Bargen

A tropical paradise in the middle of downtown! Grab a coffee from the team at Thom Bargen and pass through the glass doors to Modern Supply Co. You’ll find a beautiful shop filled with ethically sourced housewares, womenswear, skin care, accessories and tropical plants, and you won’t find a selection like this anywhere else in the city. @modernsupplyco | @thombargen | 250 Kennedy St

Urban Bakery

Nike Roshe NM TP. Men's sizes 8-12 up for grabs. $140 #Winnipeg #WpgsGotSole

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The original tastemakers for street wear and sneaker heads in Winnipeg since 1999, Urban Bakery is a great stop for casual wear for men and women. @tub204 / 407 graham Ave

West Broadway/Osborne

Tallest Poppy

We are open today. We have fried chicken and mimosa.

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Home of the best chicken and waffles in Winnipeg and also an impressive cocktail list, Tallest Poppy also host the occasional party, which is guaranteed a good time. @tallestpoppy | 103 Sherbrook Ave

Lil Sister Coffee

Serving up your Friday coffee + treats allllllll day. ✌🏻️ Photo by @fullwpg

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Lil Sister Coffee is the cutest little coffee shop in the city, a fantastic place for a pit stop on your adventures around Winnipeg, and never short on good vibes and a great selection of baked goods, warm and cool drinks. @lilsistercoffee / 470 River Ave

Off The Beaten Path

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Hands down the best bakery in the city. You might end up leaving with one of everything, including a loaf of fresh baked bread, a dozen macaroons, and a couple pastries. Just make sure you get there nice and early before your favourites are sold out. | 1757 Main St, Winnipeg.

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World Housing: Emily Henderson Interview

What Does A Home Mean To You: Emily Henderson

 Written by on March 3, 2016

Meet Emily Henderson, Emily is an LA based stylist, T.V. Host, and New York Times Bestselling author of ‘Styled’. She is known for mixing eclectic styles on moderate budgets and her roll as Target’s home spokesperson, bringing accessible/stylish design to the masses. Her iconic aesthetic is influenced by her eclectic taste and love for exploring thrift shops. This convergence of salvage and design has allowed her to carve her own path and share her unique take on a modern day home to a larger audience. As an expert at turning a ‘house’ into a ‘home’ on a budget, we had a conversation with Emily to learn more about what a ‘home’ means to her. Take a moment to read about Emily’s inspirations and feelings towards creating a home below…

Emily, what was it like moving from the small towns of Oregon to NYC and now LA?
Moving from the comforts of home and family to a whole new world with no set game plan was scary for us but I do not regret it one bit. After years in NYC we made the jump to LA which was again a big transition. Home life changed both in size and in the way that we lived – moving from a shoebox to a decently sized apartment was definitely a perk of moving to LA and it was a fresh new start that we were excited for.

When did you first recognize that home design had a piece of your heart?
I have always been interested in design and the way that we live. When I lived in NYC I worked as a shopgirl for Jonathan Adler (who was much smaller back then) which then led to a job in prop styling for editorial and print campaigns in NYC. I loved finding new treasures on the street and bringing them home and making them my own. I look back now and sometimes wonder what I was thinking but the creative process for me was always something that I loved to explore which I think ultimately led me to where I am today.

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Your blog stylebyemilyhenderson.com is an amazing mixture of personality, design, and inspiration. In addition, your book “STYLED” is the perfect motivational piece for those who are looking to update their homes. What can we expect next?
We have a couple of big things in the mix that you will for sure have to stay tuned for as well as some fun new projects that we are working on. As the blog and company have continued to expand so has a reach as far as the amount of projects and content that we are able to do. We are very lucky in the fact that we get to be creative and enjoy the work that we do every single day.

Home for me is about feeling at peace and at ease with the ones that you love.

What does a “home” mean to you?
Home for me is about feeling at peace and at ease with the ones that you love. We have moved around quite a bit in the last ten years and being in different cities and different apartments or homes have made me realize that it isn’t the actual location that you live that makes something home but it is how you create your own haven for you and your family in that space.

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What is your favorite room in your own house, and why?
Right now I am very partial to my living room (although in six months that could change). I love the big open space. The huge floor to ceiling windows and how it has become a place for the family to play and enjoy each other’s company.

Is your home your place of comfort? Do you look forward to coming home and taking your shoes off?
Definitely. Life is chaotic and sometimes we forget that home can be a place of refuge for us after a long hard day. Work and career life has gotten busier for me in the last two years and the days that I do go to the office I look forward to coming home and spending time with my kids. It makes what I do even more worth it, and knowing that I have a home and a space that I love to come home to, obviously makes me very happy.

What is your biggest enjoyment about turning someone’s house into something fantastic?
Having the opportunity to really change the way someone lives is so rewarding. You wouldn’t think that some paint, a few accessories and rearranging a room could transform someone’s life but I really can. It is so fun to take spaces that people have long hated and turn them into a room that they now love to spend time in.
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What characteristics do you look for when shopping for a new home?
Go with your gut. When you find a home or space that you love it will usually speak to you (obviously not audibly – I am not that crazy). When we finally found our first home, which we currently live in, as soon as I saw it I knew that it would be our new home. I looked past the dated fixtures, the drop in ceiling, and the gross old carpet to a space that had the potential to become our new haven.

What or Who inspires you to decorate the way you do?
This is a tough question as everything inspires me. My kids, my friends, restaurants or stores we go to, new trends, art, music. There is inspiration in everything around you, you just have to keep your mind open to it. I love visiting new places though that I have never been whether that be a new city, a new country or just a new little restaurant or store down the street that I haven’t ventured into.

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How would you describe your unique style?
My style has evolved a lot over the years. There was a period where I loved crazy pops of color all over a room, then it went to a lot of blue, brass, and white, and I now find myself wanting to introduce more color into my own space. My style is a unique mix of vintage, mid-century, comfort and there will always be something a bit unexpected in there.

View the full “What Does A Home Mean To You” series on World Housing, here.

World Housing: Justina Blakeney Interview

Written by on January 20, 2016

Here at World Housing we’re excited to introduce a new series of stories that will explore the thoughts and opinions of a wide spectrum of people as they consider the concept of “home” and what makes one feel special. From architects to photographers, artists to interior designers, we’ve opened up this discussion with some of the people who, we believe, know what it truly takes to make a house a home, always anchoring with the question, what does a home mean to you?

Meet Justina Blakeney, Justina is an LA based interior designer and author of best-selling book The New Bohemians. She is known for her use of color, plants, travel, creative reuse and thrifting through interior design. Her iconic bohemian aesthetic is influenced by her multicultural upbringing and love for exploring the world. This convergence of culture and design has allowed her to carve her own path and share her unique take on a modern day home to a larger audience. As an expert at turning a ‘house’ into a ‘home’, we had a conversation with Justina to learn more about what a ‘home’ means to her. Take a moment to read about Justina’s inspirations and feelings towards creating a home below…

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Where are you from? What are the strongest feelings of home in your hometown?

I am from Berkeley, CA. Since I no longer live in Berkeley (and my parents no longer live there), I think that when I go back, it’s Tilden Park, and the drive up to the park that feels most like home. Lot’s of other things have changed, but the bends in the road, the smell of the trees, the view from the top of the hill — that still feels like home.

What does home mean to you?

Home to me is a wet canvas…it means creativity, good vibes, relaxation, productivity, music, flux, growth, cuddles, colors, comfort food, warmth…family!

What are your thoughts on how a home can impact our overall happiness?

I believe that having a happy home can have a profound effect on quality of life. Being somewhere where one feels safe, comfortable, and free is intimately connected with happiness. Just like a great outfit can give you added confidence, I think that a great home that reflects your personality can make you feel like your best self.

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How do these thoughts influence your thinking when you’re designing the interior of a home?

I like to try and make a home reflect the owners as much as possible. That means including elements from that person’s family, culture, travels, ideas. Also, I think a lot about color and what that can do for a person’s mood. If a person wants a place to relax, I turn towards beachy serene blues or corals, but if a space is meant to be more exciting or stimulating, I’ll turn to reds and oranges.

What do you look for in a home?
Great natural light, airiness, natural materials, plants, color, items that reflect the owners.

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Have you found ways to design a space that people feel generally happier in?
I think so. My clients in the past have told me that after designing their homes they now love to entertain (when they didn’t before), they enjoy just being at home and relaxing and that they love the way they feel when they get home. That’s huge for me. I wouldn’t necessarily know how to break down how I know how to design spaces that make people happy — it’s a kind of sixth sense maybe?? Or maybe just practice!

What qualities make a house a home?
People, plants, and pets!

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What can you tell us about your bohemian aesthetic and multicultural upbringing in Berkeley, California?
I could tell you a whole lot about it! But I think what it comes down to is contrast. I think that both my bohemian aesthetic and my multicultural upbringing play in contrasts — different things/people/cultures/colors meeting and creating contrast — which highlights the beauty of the differences and similarities.
What have your travels taught you about the word ‘home’ and what it means to different people?
I think that home is family, and that’s universal.

Check out Justina Blakeney’s new book, The New Bohemians.TheNewBohemiansView the full “What Does A Home Mean To You” series on World Housing, here.

 

Terasu: Trevor Gordon Interview

TREVOR GORDON | ESCAPE FROM BIGFOOT COUNTRY

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LOCATION: Bigfoot Country

Your wet suit doesn’t dry out there so you have to deal with a freezing cold suit every time. I would get all physco-warrior status just to hype myself up to put on my wetsuit as quick as possible.

Trevor Gordon grew up in Santa Barbara, surfing everyday on short or longboards at the leadbetter break. Taught to surf by his father at age seven, he was obsessed by the time he hit his teens and competed throughout high school. After the high school circuit ended, he was faced with the decision to go after the juniors or to go his own way. Luckily, that was about the same time he was presented the opportunity to surf for Patagonia. Instead of contest circuits, traveling soon became his job, going to exotic places to surf like Kamchatka, Russia, Islands off the West Coast of India and Alaska. I had the chance to sit down with Trevor to talk about his most recent trip from Santa Barbara to Canada to film his two-part video ‘Bigfoot Country’.

Trevor, where is the wildest spot surfing has brought you?

Kamchatka, Russia [with Keith Malloy, Cyrus Sutton, Foster Huntington, Dane Gudauskas, Ben Weiland and Chris Burkard] was definitely the wildest. Being in a country that opened its doors up to westerners only 10 years ago, and is still coming out of a post-war era made the trip very unique. Locals in Kamchatka were a bit hostile, and there were people everywhere wearing camo and holding machine guns. We couldn’t even surf some spots because they turned out to be full on military bases. It was trippy being out there in the first place, let alone surfing.

Why did you want to film your next surf video in Canada?

Canada was the coolest place I could think to drive to. Haida Gwaii seemed rad to travel to; driving your camper onto all the ferries and the really good waves are another draw. I prefer the culture in cold surf spots, it feels more natural. Warm places are usually dirty and muggy, and make me feel lethargic.

What gave you the idea to build your own truck camper? Did anyone help you build it?

Jay Nelson got me stoked on the building your own camper thing. His was really creative and spacious. I had a VW van and decided to sell it to get a 4×4 Jeep and build a camper. I didn’t have much help building it, I did almost everything myself. When I needed help lifting pieces I would call over friends, and my Dad came over to help with the hinges. The pop-up design came from looking at how the Westfalia pop-ups worked. I had to use a lot of common sense and basic building skills to put everything together; there wasn’t much on the Internet to learn from. Jay Nelson had warned me that using polyester resin gets hazy in the sun. He did a sanded finish on his resin which created air bubbles that dirt and sand can get stuck in. I decided to use an epoxy which is lighter and stronger and ˆdidn’t sand it.

Where and when did you go on your trip? Did you have a guide?

I left for the trip in October, driving solo from Carpenteria to San Francisco then straight to Tofino. I picked up Jeremy Korenski in Tofino and we headed out to Haida Gwaii. Jeremy had been to Haida Gwaii a couple times so he knew how to navigate the town. It was his first time camping out there though; we were about 45 minutes out of town for over a week with no heaters just 0 degree sleeping bags. We made it all the way up to Prince Rupert and Port Harvey. The ferries were long restless nights sleeping on the floor under public benches. Once we got back to Vancouver Island, I headed straight to Portland and went to the Oregon Coast to surf and camp at Pacific City. From there, I drove back solo to San Francisco and through Big Sur to Carpentaria. The entire trip was about 4500 miles and about a month in total.

How was the surf?

Drop Box was the best I’ve ever seen. We ran into some bad wind in Tofino, and weren’t even sure if we could make it out to Haida Gwaii. We were lucky enough to get a window and made it out to Haida Gwaii for some fun waves with nobody around. It was freezing out there, around 40 Fahrenheit during the day. Camping was gnarly; we would get a pre-fire going on the beach before we went out for a surf so we could stay warm when we got in from the water. Some days we would just drink tons of coffee, go surf, then get in the car and drive to the next spot with the heater blasting. Your wetsuit doesn’t dry out there so you have to deal with a freezing cold suit every time. I would get all psycho-warrior status to hype myself up just to put on my wetsuit as quick as possible.

Can you tell us a bit about working with Ian Durkin, Jeremy Koreski and Erin Feinblatt to make ‘BIGFOOT COUNTRY’? How did you align with such a good group of people?

Nobody even knew each other. Erin is older and handy with tools, so it was awesome while he was filming me build the camper in Carpenteria. He would give me some tips and tricks. Jeremy and I met when I was 19, and we have been on about six trips since. He is super creative and motivated, which is always great to be around. Ian is smart with the movies. It was impressive having him direct something without filming it; he is a real idea man. We all did our part in directing it, but Ian had some specific shots he wanted us to get and an overall idea for editing. Despite being all over the map, I think it came together quite well.

What kind of role or influence do trips like this have on your art?

I did a boat trip to the “great bear rainforest” in Northern BC about 3 years ago where I got a ton of inspiration for my art that still continues today. We were a crew of about 10 or so and one of the girls would cook meals for us all. She saw me drawing one evening and noticed some similarities between my art and Inuit Canadian art from the 70’s. I’d never heard of it before. As soon as we got back I did some research and I absolutely fell in love.

During that same trip the captain would tell stories. He was an awesome storyteller… totally cliche captain … He’d tell stories of bigfoot sightings he’d heard about in the area. That spawned a whole series of bigfoot art for me. This trip had a really big impact on me and my art for some reason… to be honest surf trips usually don’t have any influence on my art at all.

Why did you choose to live the life that you do and what has held you back?

I’m not sure exactly… I suppose its because if I ever want anything I usually obsess over getting it. That’s not always a good thing.

Living the way I do is the only way I can think how to. I weigh other options or think about living differently and it just doesn’t excite me as much. I’m pretty darn content with my path but like anyone I definitely have goals and improvements I’m shooting for. Nothing has really held me back…

I guess not having an insane amount of money has held me back in particular departments, but even then wouldn’t change much. I live on a sailboat, so I’d just have a bigger nicer boat I guess?

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Summer Series: Jared Whitney

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The summer is the perfect time to be outside and get out of your comfort zone. To help you take the leap just turn to an app you already use daily, Instagram. Instagram has grown into be an amazing network of like minded people. A way to share your inspirations and daily adventures with more then just your immediate group of friends. Recently we met up with Instagrammer Jared Whitney while hanging out in Encinitas, California. Learn more about what Jared does in the summer and what Instagram means to him below…
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Who are you? 

My name is Jared Whitney, I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon.

What do you do? 

Currently by day I am a project coordinator at a medical software company, by night I do music and freelance photography.

What instrument do you play? 

I play acoustic guitar, sometimes I dabble in electric. I also sing.

What are you doing in California? 

I am on vacation enjoying the sunshine. Surfing and eating burritos. I might dip down to Mexico, who knows.

Where is the best burrito you have ever eaten?

There is this place called BJ’s in Pacific City, Oregon that is just phenomenal. No matter what you get it is all the same price and comes with delicious pineapple.

Other then eating burritos, do you have any summer hobbies?

I love a good hike, I abuse my shoes quiet a lot. I like to hike, I like to camp. Pretty much anything with a view I do anything I can do to go see it.

Where is your favourite place to hike in Oregon?

Saddle Mountain on the Oregon coast is really good. It probably has the most satisfying view because you are still about 30 miles inland, but once you get to the top you can see all the mountains of the gorge, the Washington coast and the Oregon coast. You have to bring your A game though, the hike is only 2/3 hours but it has a deadly incline.

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Other then hiking and camping, are you looking forward to any music festivals:

I just snagged Jimmy Buffet at Hermosa Beach, for free. An hour of free beach music was pretty killer. As far as music festivals, I missed the blues festival in Portland but you can pretty much hear it from anywhere you are in the city.

What music are you listening to this summer?

I have been really into Wild Club lately it is really fun, peppy.

Do you have any favourite restaurants to go in the city for food?

For brunch I always recommend Besaw’s in Portland. It is a super old establishment probably over 100 years doing the same business serving the same food, it is just incredible. My brother and I go sit outside and the food is grubbing, super good. Pretty much anywhere in Portland you will be doing good on food.

Where is your favourite place to hangout in the city? 

Pretty much anywhere down on NW 23rd. It is one of those zones where you can try different places all the time. A place I went recently was the radio room, they are pretty good on drinks and have a nice patio with a fire pit. All the servers are supper nice and serve you well, it is always hopping.

Do you have any cool projects coming up?

I am working on a great amount of weddings, engagements and anything else I can get my hands on this summer. Other then that just trying to advance more and more in the craft of photography everyday. Along with that I am working with Scott Bakken the founder of the Sociality movement to host the next one in Portland at the end of October. I am working as the ground crew for that event. We are expecting 1000 plus people especially after the amazing results in Calgary. It is just going to be network heaven. It will be awesome because you can meet the people you have followed for a long time and get to learn a little more about the substance of who they really are. Along with that It will be really fun to showcase everything there is to do in Portland to visiting Instagram users.

We noticed on your Instagram feed that you travel a great amount with other influential Instagrammers. How does that come about?

My friend Greg was newer to the west side of Portland and the burbs so we started hanging out a great amount. We both got an Instagram at the same time and would meet folks and go on trips with people we only knew for a few minutes. Whenever you are not working or have a day off you talk the day off and just take the opportunity, pack light and roll with the punches to meet new people.

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How do you make contact with other Instagram users?

There will be someone else that says ‘hey we need a crew here’. It is just networking at the end of the day. One of my favourite things to do is connecting folks. I have a communications degree, I love to talk (maybe too much). I love networking that is probably my favourite things to do. Like Grether  who you met, he invented the best way of meeting folks by creating the Instameet and a safe place for people to cultivate community. Instagram only has substance when people meet and engage with each other in person. Thats how I love to meet people and get together.

 

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Summer Series: Austin Smith

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Hello Summer. This season SAXX presents the Summer Blog Series, featuring inspiring people and places to ensure you are equipped to make the best of those long summer days ahead. From sailing, wedding crashing to glacier snowboarding we caught up with professional snowboarder and co-founder of Drink Water, Austin Smith to learn a bit more about how he spends his hot summer days…

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Austin, where are you from and what do you do?

I am from Bend, Oregon. I try to do as much as possible, ride bikes, play hockey, surfing, skateboarding, sailing, traveling, camping, but I am known for my snowboarding.

Snowboarding for a career must allow you to travel to some amazing places. Where are your favorite destinations in the world to travel to for snowboarding?

It really varies depending on what you’re looking for. The north island of Japan has the best snow in the world. Alaska obviously has the best and biggest mountains. Austria and the Alps are usually the most fun trips with a little bit of everything. Lastly, if you want to do a trip in the summer Argentina is the place to go, it is gorgeous down there.

Is snowboarding a year-round job or do you get a summer break?

Last year was pretty nonstop but recently I got knee surgery and it is awesome because it’s the only time I get a real break. Taking breaks gives you time to reassess, reevaluate, reconsider, and refocus, I enjoy it. More office jobs should give sabbaticals, employees would come back either over it and quit or fired up with new ideas.

I agree that a break helps you pause the daily routine and look at it all from a new perspective. With your newfound free time, do you have any summer plans you are looking forward to?

I have a few bike trips planned and Bryan Fox and I host a snowboard race in the summer at Mt Hood called the Rat Race. We are working on that consistently up until the event on July 12th. Other then that I have a few bachelor parties to attend, a few weddings and then maybe hop on my friend Macy and Quintin’s sailboat headed to Australia.

That sounds like a busy summer and all the bike trips will be beneficial for your knee rehabilitation. Other then biking, what sports do you play in the summer?

Last summer I was skating as much as possible but this year it will be more low impact activities: sailing, walking, swimming, just trying to make the most of it.

You are the owner of a Hobie Cat correct? Any sailing trips planned?

The Hobie’s will be at the Rat Race for anyone to rip around on. Besides that, they just live tied up to a tree on a lake outside of Bend, OR and we use them for afternoon lake days.

You seem to spend a great amount of time in the Pacific North West in the summer. What are your favorite summer vacation spot?

Sweaty skate trips to NYC rule, I always end up in Encinitas in the summer, but it is less about the place and more about the people. A big group of us go to Sasquatch every year, and 4th of July in Bend OR is the best destination of them all.

You are known to be quite the wedding hopper. How many weddings are you attending this summer and where are they?

I have 6 weddings to attend thus far, all in the Northwest; it’s going to be a hell of a season.

From sports to weddings, you undoubtedly spend a great amount of time hanging out with friends. Do you have any go-to summer drinks?

Is this a set up? Well especially, post surgery as of now, I just Drink Water. It’s also not a bad option on the hot summer days.

What about the BBQ season? What are your party-favored BBQ recipes?

I usually wait for Curtis Ciszek to catch me a fish, but for the most part, I’m terrible at cooking. I am more of a blender guy, I have a great smoothie menu and a Vitamix that can blend anything.

When you are not listening to the sound of your Vitamix blending the next smoothie do you have a summer playlist you listen to?

I will go to music festivals and dance at weddings, but I’m not too into music. I have all these NPR radio shows that I nerd out on, its my substitution for not going to college.

 

 

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Selected Sounds: Mystery Jets

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Emerging as part of the London indie-rock scene around 2005, The Mystery Jets are an English Indie Rock band, formerly based on Eel Pie Island in London. Recently launching their fourth studio album Radlands, the Mystery Jets have transformed their sound yet again drawing inspiration from Austin, Texas southern rock roots. Get acquainted with The Mystery Jets, and listen along as Blaine Harrison, lead vocalist, shares a playlist of his favourite tracks for this week’s Selected Sounds.hsc-selected-sounds-mystery-jets

Photo: Rachael Wright

1. How do you find the music you listen to?

I go through periods of picking up all the music papers and going on amazon binges. I think it’s to do with obsessively needing to feel connected to all the new music being released in the world, but then I have periods of resorting back to just listening to Neil Young albums. And my record collection was a pretty good reflection of that. But then my car got stolen with most of my Neil Young records in it. So now i’m just left with all the other crap.

2. What is your favourite way to enjoy music?

Driving around in my car (before it got stolen). I could never understand why people drove, or equally what the purpose of CDs were. But the minute i put my key in the ignition it all made perfect sense. Music sounds so much better with lights flying past you at 90 mph on the motorway

3. What excites you about finding new music?

I think a big part of it comes from that feeling of discovery, and wanting to keep it to yourself. But if a record is really great, other people will start talking about it too, and slowly this thing which went from being your secret, is everyone else’s secret too and then you hear it in H&M and something inside you dies. I think that’s why a lot of band’s early fans end up deserting them in time. From the perspective of someone who plays in a band, i see the arc of a band’s career as being like a long, meandering train ride. People are going to get off at some stations and others are going to get on. Some of them will realize they caught the wrong train, but others will stay and ride it till the wheels come off.

4. What tracks/and or artists comprise your personal soundtrack right now?

Im listening to a lot of space rock. There is a lot of rock around but not enough space. Certainly not in Pop music. Actually i think that is why people really took to artists like the XX and James Blake, because there is room to breathe in their music. For the first time in so long you could actually hear something on the radio that had dynamic range instead of all this disgustingly compressed crap that made you feel like your brain was being squished out of your ears. They call it ‘brickwalling’.

Alex from the Monkeys recently commented that all he listens to know is hip hop which is exactly what he did before guitar music came back around ten years ago. And i feel kind of the same way. We are at the end of a cycle. All the stokes have kids and are recovering alcoholics. The scene isn’t as tribal as it was when we came out, everyones kind of out there, floating on their own. I think thats why i’m listening to a lot of space rock.

5. Who do you trust to give an honest evaluation of new tracks?

As in who do i play my own new music to? I guess my dad, he is very involved with my songs, we finish the words together. I bring him the lyrics and basically say ‘make this sound eloquent and articulate!’. But mostly I am quite private with it until the last moment. Iv’e always felt the creative process is a lot like childbirth in so many ways. Why would you want to tell the world all about your baby before its even born? i mean, it might have red hair, it might have black hair, who knows? it might not want you to tweet videos of it to everyone you know before it even knows what it is. I feel like that about songs. But then after we put the record out i always distance myself from it. The mastering process is the last time i usually hear the album and then i’m done. I have to step away or else i carry on hearing all the things i still want to change, but by that time it’s too late. You have to relinquish control and go let it out into the world and live a life of it’s own.

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Jon Kooley Interview for Lifetime Collective

Lifetime Collective is excited to welcome Jon Kooley. A long time Professional Snowboarder who inspired many with his unique style and still continues to do so off the mountain through outerwear design. To get a better idea of Jon, read the full interview below…

 

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Herschel Supply: W5&H – Chris Burkard

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Already a Senior Staff Photographer at twenty-six, Chris Burkard was quick to carve a name for himself in Action Sports photography. Read about Chris below…

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1. Who are you?

I am Chris Burkard.. central California native, and bodysurf enthusiast..and love of the outdoors..

2. What do you do?

I am a senior staff photographer for surfer magazine… I shoot a lot of outdoor lifestyle, adventure, and tomfoolery for outdoor brands.. but I’m most known for my editorial style and landscape perspective.

3. Where do you live?

The small beach town of Pismo Beach.. its’ more known for clam chowder and sand dunes than perfect waves.

4. When are you most productive?

In the cold climates of the North Atlantic.. I have never been content with sipping down pina coladas in the south pacific.. and in some way I get a sick sense of accomplishment freezing my but off chasing elusive waves in freezing and remote places.

5. Why photography?

For me, photography just became the most perfect medium for expression, it honestly made the most sense.. I did a lot of art through high school , drawing, clay, paint.. but I hated being tied to a classroom or stuck with and easel on a cliff.. I wanted to be apart of the action.. so photography made the most sense.. it was like a perfect extension of my body.. I could take it in the surf, the mountains, and pretty much anywhere in between.

6. How did you get your start?

My first passion was for shooting landscapes.. that was all I cared about.. so when I first started I went to the desert southwest and just explored.. I eventually combined my passion for being in the water and bought a waterhousings and started shooting friends surfing.. I was sending images to Transworld Surf, and I had a photo editor that gave me some great feedback.. Eventually I was offered an internship.. and the rest is history.. I learned a lot from that experience.. it really made me think hard about how to actually contribute to magazines.. so I started tailoring my work towards editorial..and it made me think in terms of telling the story.

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