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Festival Hair How-To: Boho Tiered Pony

Hi guys! It’s Kara from The Freebird. I’m super excited to be a guest blogger for O’Neill today and share some fun stuff with you all!

So lets talk hair.

This fun twist on a ponytail is perfect for festival season which is quickly approaching. So imagine this, you are at <insert your fav festival here>. You are looking like a babe in your cutest O’Neill festival pieces. But it’s hot and the sun is beaming so you wonder, “What can I do with my hair to keep cool but still look great!?” Enter the Tiered Pony!

This style will keep your hair up and out of the way but with a little more “boho” flair than just a plain old ponytail…. think Blake Lively! Cute right!? Add some flowers if your feeling really free spirited!

Follow these steps to create this bohemian look.

Festival Hair How To: Boho Tiered Pony

Here’s what you need:

- Teasing Brush

- Clear elastics

- Bobby pins

Festival Hair How To: Boho Tiered Pony

Give your hair a bit of height at the top and secure with 2 bobby pins.

Festival Hair How To: Boho Tiered Pony

Tie hair at the crown with an elastic to create your first pony. Section off strands at the temple for your second one.

Festival Hair How To: Boho Tiered Pony

Take your first pony and tease the underside to create “puff” while keeping the top side smooth.

Festival Hair How To: Boho Tiered Pony

To create the bubble, connect the 2 ponies and secure with an elastic.

Festival Hair How To: Boho Tiered Pony

Repeat steps 2-4 down to the nape of your neck. Secure elastics  down the remainder of pony a few inches apart from each other.

Festival Hair How To: Boho Tiered Pony

Gently pull the sides of each bubble to fluff them up. Make sure you start from the top and work your way down.

To help achieve the puff look, you can also lightly tease the remaining ponytail from the nape down (like you did in step 3) before securing the rest of the bubbles all the way down.

Festival Hair How To: Boho Tiered Pony

And you’re done! Add some flowers throughout if you want and you are set!

What do you guys think? Will you be trying this fun twist on the ponytail?

Don’t forget to show us how you wear it!

XO,

Kara

Mar.27.2014    BEAUTY · DIY · FASHION · NEWS    1 Comment

Breeology’s Stay Fit Tips

Everyone always asks me how I stay fit & healthy, and I tell them: variety is key! When the waves were too big to paddle out this winter in Hawaii, I spent a lot of time exploring, hiking and practicing yoga. Ditch the car and tone up biking and walking everywhere!

Mentally, it’s important to enjoy exercising so you don’t get burned out and over it. Going for runs with great music and the beautiful surroundings along the bike path of the North Shore, breathing in the fresh air always kept me motivated.

Breeologys Stay Fit Tips

I pick a point and try to run a little further everyday, at least 30 minutes is important to get your heart rate up. And it also feels good to have a super cute O’Neill 365 workout outfit on!

Breeologys Stay Fit Tips

I enjoy eating healthy and it made it especially easy while in Hawaii because there are so many amazing fruit trees to pull from! In the mornings, I cut up fresh mango and papaya from the trees outside my window and would eat that or top my yummy acai bowl with it. Eating clean helped cleanse the toxins out and boost my energy levels.

Breeologys Stay Fit Tips

Recipe:

  • Half a papaya
  • Fill with Greek yogurt
  • Sweeten with a little honey or agave
  • Top with any sliced up fruit, pomegranate seeds & granola

So filling & healthy but tastes like dessert!

I started practicing a lot of yoga while in Hawaii and using my own body weight in all the poses was a great toner! Not only did it give me a strong core, shoulders and legs, but it also distressed me and cleared my mind. I realized how huge those two things are in keeping a healthy lifestyle. I came out of every session sweating and smiling because my mind and body felt exercised and tired yet loose and relaxed.

Breeologys Stay Fit Tips

Don’t get me wrong I love to splurge every once in a while, I’m addicted to Chik-Fil-A! But I try to make sure my intake matches my outtake…So on those cheat days I push my workout a little further and sweat a little extra!

Hawaii is truly a spectacular place and exploring hiking trails in the mountains gave me the most surreal ocean views. It’s the best kind of reward for the workout to run up there!

Breeologys Stay Fit Tips

Wherever you may be and whatever exercise you may be doing…make sure to always find that one thing that is your reward for all your hard work. Breeologys Stay Fit Tips

Breeologys Stay Fit Tips

Follow me on my next adventure at Breeology.com and on Instagram & Twitter @breekleintop

Xoxo

Mar.25.2014    FASHION · HEALTH+ FITNESS · INSPIRATION · NEWS · TEAM    Comment

WHAT TO PACK FOR SPRING BREAK

WHAT TO PACK FOR SPRING BREAK

As the snow melts and we officially say goodbye to winter and welcome Spring and sunshine with open arms, many of us are headed off to tropical paradise locations for SPRING BREAK! Whether you’re spending your beachy vacation lounging & soaking in rays, partying it up, or going on adventures on land and sea, we’ve got the style essentials to put in your suitcase:

1. Kiki Floppy Hat

2. Krista Tote

3. Heatherbe Cover-Up

4. Seaside Cover-Up Dress

5. Peachy Dress

6. Grace Maxi Dress

7. Bondi Sandals

8. Primrose Sweater

9. Solids Fringe Tri Bikini Top

10. Calypso Bikini (Bandeau top + Hipster bottoms)

11. Luna Tank

14. Devon Denim Shorts

15. Marina Boardshorts

16. American Standard Towel

And the MOST important thing to have with you on Spring Break? Your best friend!

WHAT TO PACK FOR SPRING BREAK

Journey Dress // Hanky Panky Top, Devon Shorts, Blake Purse

WHAT TO PACK FOR SPRING BREAK

 

Mar.24.2014    FASHION · NEWS    Comment

LULU’S X O’NEILL BEACH BOUND CONTEST

LULUS X ONEILL BEACH BOUND CONTEST

O’Neill Women’s and Lulu*s have joined forces to give you a chance to win the hottest spring break styles through the BEACH BOUND INSTAGRAM CONTEST! 

THREE LUCKY WINNERS WILL EACH GET A $100 GIFT CARD TO Lulus.com AND THIS O’NEILL SPRING BREAK OUTFIT:
- O’Neill Jardin Bikini (bandeau top and multi tab-side bottoms)
- O’Neill Bianca Cover Up

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SHARE A PHOTO SHOWING US YOUR SPRING BREAK STYLE!

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

CONTEST DATES: MARCH 24 – APRIL 4

HOW TO ENTER:
1. FOLLOW @LULUS AND @ONEILLWOMENS ON INSTAGRAM.

2. UPLOAD AN ORIGINAL PIC OF YOUR SPRING BREAK STYLE TO INSTAGRAM

3. TAG @LULUS AND @ONEILLWOMENS & INCLUDE THE HASHTAG #LULUSXONEILL

 Good luck!!! 

Mar.24.2014    CONTESTS · FASHION · NEWS    2 Comments

FESTIVAL VIBES: MUST-HAVE STYLES

FESTIVAL VIBES: MUST HAVE STYLES

Music Festival season is in FULL SWING, with SXSW going on this weekend and Coachella less than a month away! And the best part about going to a festival (besides the music — duh) is the FASHION! We’ve you covered with all the perfect boho styles on our FESTIVAL SHOP to make you set the scene & turn heads.

With so many cute styles, it’s hard to pick favorites — check out a few of our HOT PICKS to help you get started:

FESTIVAL VIBES: MUST HAVE STYLES

FESTIVAL VIBES: MUST HAVE STYLESFESTIVAL VIBES: MUST HAVE STYLES  HONEY TOP
FESTIVAL VIBES: MUST HAVE STYLESFESTIVAL VIBES: MUST HAVE STYLES   ROLAND SHORTS

 

FESTIVAL VIBES: MUST HAVE STYLES

FESTIVAL VIBES: MUST HAVE STYLESFESTIVAL VIBES: MUST HAVE STYLES  JADEN ROMPER 

 

SHOP ALL FESTIVAL ESSENTIALS:

FESTIVAL VIBES: MUST HAVE STYLES     FESTIVAL VIBES: MUST HAVE STYLES

FESTIVAL VIBES: MUST HAVE STYLES     FESTIVAL VIBES: MUST HAVE STYLES

 

Mar.14.2014    FASHION · NEWS    Comment

FINAL #TODAYISPERFECT CONTEST SEMIFINALISTS

This week’s #TodayIsPerfect contest winner is…. a tie!

Congrats to Emily and Riley!

FINAL #TODAYISPERFECT CONTEST SEMIFINALISTS
Emily’s Winning Photo

Our first winner is Emily Watson, a down-to-earth 22-year old art and nature lover from Renton, Washington! She’s currently in college and holds many interests but her dream job is to be a photographer, as her favorite way to connect with nature is through her lense!

When we asked Emily what her perfect day is, she said “My idea of perfection will always lie within the boundaries of nature.  Humans aren’t perfect, and that is what makes our lives so wonderful and beautiful.  When in nature, a peace wells up inside me that nothing else could replace.  There is nothing more perfect to me than being in the mountains, or by the sea, or deep within a forest”.

If Emily wins the #TodayIsPerfect contest, she plans on making her day perfect by buying her dream camera so she can pursue her dreams.

Congrats Emily, and best of luck in the finals!

FINAL #TODAYISPERFECT CONTEST SEMIFINALISTS
Our second semifinalist this week is Riley Capritto!

She’s a 17 year-old high school student from Ventura, California! Riley loves to go to the beach (as you can see in her submission!) and write stories in her free time. She hopes to take this a step further and hopefully become a writer or editor for a magazine someday! But for now, you can find her at the beach, or as she calls it, her second home, her “escape from reality”.

When asked what her favorite quote is, she said “They laugh at me because I’m different; I laugh at them because they’re all the same.” Well, you’ve laughed your way into the finals!

Can’t wait to see you in the finals, Riley! Good luck!! FINAL #TODAYISPERFECT CONTEST SEMIFINALISTS

Mar.14.2014    CONTESTS · EVENTS · NEWS    1 Comment

Keeping It Local: Coachella SoCal Band Must-Sees

With all the hype of Coachella and SXSW clouding our minds, we can’t forget about our local bands! Our little headquarters is based here in Orange County, California, and boy oh boy do we have our pick of new local bands. Burger Records, based in Fullerton, California has been warming our hearts by signing new Indie bands into business straight out of the OC. With their “trashy punk with a bubblegum streak” sound combining 60s psychedelia and 90s garage rock, how could they not rock?

Burger Records have another tradition besides bringing great bands to power: BURGERAMA. That’s an annual two-day music festival held at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California, on March 22nd and 23rd this year featuring dozens of bands they’ve signed. Though 2014 only marks the third year Burgerama has been in play, it’s a fresh start to something great. Some of the bands playing include The Growlers, Mac Demarco, The Black Lips, FIDLAR, The Allah Las, Tijuana Panthers, and many, many more. And hey, if these names are new to you, this only gives you a chance to immerse yourself in the SoCal greatness. Here’s a little bit about a couple of the headlining bands and a playlist to get you vibin’.

LOS GROWLERS

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Dear Lordy if you haven’t heard The Growlers yet you are missing out. Based in Costa Mesa, California, these guys rose from the ashes of psychedelic rock in 2006. With a little bit of The Doors-y vibes and rad effects, they’ve created their own sound; as they’ve named it: Beach Goth. Besides the members being total cuties (lead singer Brooks Nielsen deserves to be on the cover of every high school girl’s binder), they also have major talent and will make you feel things you’ve never felt before. They’ve released three albums: Are you in Or Out, Hot Tropics, and Hung at Heart. We advise you to check them out.

MAC DEMARCO

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Alright Mac Demarco is the cutest man on the planet, let’s just get that out of the way. Though he’s based in Montreal, Canada, he still has those Southern California vibes that made Burger Records sign him. He describes his music as “jizz jazz”, and often makes lewd jokes with his audience while on stage and dresses up in drag! Despite him being a silly dude, he’s got a great sound, playing the guitar he bought when he was 16 and a bunch of crazy pedals that give him such a unique sound.

ALLAH-LAS

Keeping It Local: Coachella SoCal Band Must Sees

Based out of Los Angeles, these guys met while working at the infamous Amoeba Records in LA. This indie rock band is bringing back the 60s vibes, the lead singer giving us a little bit of modern Bob Dylan and their instruments a little bit of the Turtles. In a modern way, of course.

Playlist:

Sea Lion Goth Blues- The Growlers

Tony’s Song- Tijuana Panthers

Let my Baby Stay- Mac Demarco

Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind)- Allah-Las

Sad Tomorrow- The Muffs

Bad Kids- Black Lips

Acid Rain- The Growlers

Lovers Lane- Hunx and his Punx

Salad Days- Mac Demarco

Mar.14.2014    EVENTS · NEWS    Comment

CONGRATS ANNA: THIS WEEK’S #TODAYISPERFECT SEMIFINALIST

CONGRATS ANNA: THIS WEEKS #TODAYISPERFECT SEMIFINALIST

A huge congratulations to Anna Pederson, this week’s #TodayIsPerfect contest winner!

Anna is a 17 year old high school student from San Luis Obispo, CA. Her absolute favorite past time is painting at the beach, as it serves as a form of meditation for her to pour our her thoughts and emotions onto a canvas. She also loves to take photos with her Minolta camera, as well as singing, swimming, Bikram yoga, playing volleyball and meditating. It’s safe to say that Anna is an old soul, full of introspection and peace.

Next year, Anna will be attending a 4 year university — but doesn’t know which one yet. She plans to major in either Biology or Environmental Sciences and hopes to spend the future incorporating science with travel and the arts to make an impact on this world.

When we asked her about her winning photo and her idea of what “Today Is Perfect” means to her, she told us:

“For me, the sun serves as my guide. No matter the day, it is somewhere in the sky to symbolize the endless shining positivity present in each and every moment. The clouds may block it at times, but it always has the power to peak through at the right moment, to turn a darkened situation to light. The energy radiating through this photo matches the energy in my soul; the feeling of happiness when you have satisfied your hunger for the beach, the fresh air and the unknown adventure that could await you at any moment. As some anonymous wise human once said, “Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions,” and with that a perfect day is formed.”

Anna has won an O’Neill prize pack and featured here on our blog and our social media channels. She will compete against the 8 other semifinalists next week to win the grand prize of the ULTIMATE perfect day! Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

Congrats again, Anna! XOX

Mar.7.2014    CONTESTS · NEWS    Comment

IT’S A TIE: 2ND #TODAYISPERFECT WEEK 5 SEMIFINALIST

ITS A TIE: 2ND #TODAYISPERFECT WEEK 5 SEMIFINALIST

The photo entries keep coming in, and we continue to be amazed at the gorgeous submissions you are all sharing with us! Last week, we picked 2 winners and called it a tie… Tessa Barton is one of our semifinalist winners who will go on to compete in the finals round for a chance to win her ultimate perfect day.

Tessa is a 22 year old artist from Salt Lake City, who recently received her BOFA fine arts degree from University of Utah. A true artist through and through, Tessa started her own photography business, and also plays in a band called Luna Lune.

She’s an adventurer who enjoys all sorts of activities, from hiking to boating to camping. She told us, “I am lucky to live in a place with such diverse weather and nature that allows me to take on so many hobbies!”

When we asked her to tell us more about her photo and her idea of “Today Is Perfect”, she tells her story like a poet:

Serendipity, finding something good without looking for it. 

The ocean itself is not big enough to swallow my thirst for adventure and imagination. I hear the intoxicating lyrics scream from the sun as my skin absorbs the earths natural energy. 

The possibilities of my day seem endless, the sun only belongs to this day, I am reminded that I get to create my life. My mind stretched as wide as the ocean, I swim and swim and never stop. I am reminded that today is perfect because, I am alive, I am determined, I will create to destroy, destroy to create, and the world sits in the palm of my hands. Today is perfect because I have my mind and with that, there is bliss. 

Tessa’s ultimate perfect day would most certainly involve adventure — traveling and/or trying something new.

Congratulations, Tessa! Wishing you the best of luck in the finals round <3

Don’t miss your chance to enter! Learn more or submit an entry at: www.oneillclothing.com/todayisperfect

Feb.28.2014    CONTESTS · NEWS    Comment