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We <3 French Cassette’s!

We <3 French Cassettes!

You heard them on our Fall 2013 vibe video and if you’re in the Nor Cal area, you’ve probably sang and danced to their “infectious melodies with booty-shaking rhythm, in the style of big slappin’ beats,” as they like to say.

Don’t miss The French Cassette’s when they come to a venue near you! Check out their upcoming tour dates:
Sept. 12 @ Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
Sept. 14 @ Rock Make Festival, SF
Sept. 19 @ Fat Cat, Modesto CA
Sept. 28 @ Amnesia, SF and every Tuesday in November: Nov. 5,12,19,26

Sep.3.2013    News    Comment

Back-to-School Fall Finds!

As we bid farewell to summer, we say hello to cozy sweaters, boots, and…school books! O’Neill Girls breaks down the fall trends this week and helps you sort out your back-to-school frocks.

Trend 1: PRINTS!

 

Back to School Fall Finds!

Colette Dress, Levi Backpack, Taylor booties

 Why we like it: Pairing the flirty Colette dress with the camo Levi backpack is an unexpected mix of a girly girl print with a classic tomboy staple. Keep the shoes simple and neutral.

 

Back to School Fall Finds!

Dottie Top, Coco Backpack, Flippin Sandal

Why we like it: The darker tones of your top, shoes and backpack make your printed shorts the statement piece. Best part? The  Craze shorts are on sale!

 

Back to School Fall Finds!

 Annie Top, Rally Pants, Lander Booties, Ryder Backpack

Why we like it: All print errthang! If you’re going to go bold on rocking the head-to-prints (or embellishments), keep it in a neutral tone.

 

Stay tuned for more style tips from our design experts!

Any questions? Let us know!

Sep.3.2013    FASHION · News    Comment

Letters From Kiana Ch 6- #KianasONeillAdventure

Letters From Kiana Ch 6  #KianasONeillAdventure

The ocean has calling my name. I’ve never been away from the ocean for this long. I was so excited to know that we were on our way to the beach! Manuel Antonio, here we come!

A few hours into our road trip, we stopped at a famous crocodile sighting under a highway bridge.

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“Crikeyyy mate!” Those are some serious beasts! Seeing these guys chow down worked up my appetite.

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Next stop…lunch at Jaco Beach! We ate at a well-known eatery called, Caliche’s Wishbone. Seemed like a pretty common surfer joint. The Billabong Pro was on TV and there were boards everywhere. Spotted! A Cory Lopez board.

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Oh Em Gee! I couldn’t believe it. There it was…a signed board by THE legend… Andy Irons. How much better can this day get?!

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(moment of silence)

RIP AI. Legends never die.

We finally arrived to Manuel Antonio. WOW. Beautiful!

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I practically ran to the beach to find a place to rent a good board.  Found it! Come to me! I tried negotiating a decent rate, but Glen the vendor wouldn’t budge. He didn’t believe me when I told him I could surf. Fine! I paid. I smiled. I grabbed. Woohoo!

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After my session I ran in smiling from ear to ear. Glen was stunned. “You CAN surf!” he yelled out. I just laughed. He then handed me his 6’3” Al  Merrick short board. I was stoked! It was so much fun. I was so happy to surf again!

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Until tomorrow’s adventure amigos!

Pura Vida!

Xoxo..

Kiana

Aug.29.2013    INSPIRATION · Kiana Fores · News · Team    1 Comment

Letters From Kiana Ch 5- #KianasONeillAdventure

Letters From Kiana Ch 5  #KianasONeillAdventure

From a farm to another jungle! The next day we were on our way to Monteverde, a beautiful mountainside town in the Costa Rican jungle! Mountain time! The journey there was half the fun. We took our bus to a boat that took us around the mountain followed by a long, hot, bumpy bus ride though the mountains. There was no AC and no paved roads, but the view was absolutely breath taking- endless green hills and clear skies. Beautiful.

Letters From Kiana Ch 5  #KianasONeillAdventure

Letters From Kiana Ch 5  #KianasONeillAdventure

After our long ride we finally got to Monteverde. By the time we reached our hotel, it was cold and rainy. Oh my. I didn’t pack for cold temperatures.  I was in for a treat. Monteverde is at such a high elevation that the jungle town is literally in a cloud. It’s technically known as a cloud forest. The cooler climate is perfect for coffee plantations and endless upon endless species of plants and bugs.

We arrived at our hotel. It was beautiful. On top of a hill! And best of all…it was eco-friendly! As a matter of fact, lots of places in Costa Rica are eco-friendly. So amazing!

We checked-in and quickly headed to our cloud forest nature walk! The chances of rain? Extremely high!  As we walked through the forest, we noticed there weren’t many animals. No monkeys, snakes, or much of anything really. Gustavo, our Contiki tour guide, informed us that the cooler temperatures were ideal for thousands of plants and bugs but not mammals. He told us that just one tree alone can have hundreds upon hundreds of ecosystems living just on a branch or trunk.

The entire forest was so green and damp. It was like walking through my science book. Everything I learned in my AP Environmental Science class was right before my eyes. It was awesome!

We finished our wonderful chilly and rainy walk and heading to dinner. Annette, Meg and I had a delectable dinner at the hotel. Mango chutney chicken and mash potatoes! Amazing.  The fruit in Costa Rica is exceptional! I eat as much fresh fruit as I can and order anything made with fruit. I’ve become addicted to smoothies here!  After our delicious dinner we danced the night away and dreamed of the next days adventures.

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Day 8 was big day! Completely action packed. We kicked off with an amazing coffee tour at San Juan’s Coffee Plantation in Monteverde. Wow! I never knew how much went into making coffee! Did you know it takes a coffee bean 3 years to ferment to then be ready roast? And that there IS a difference between light and dark roast other than color and flavor…there’s a difference in caffeine!

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Guess which has more caffeine?

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Dark roast? Nope! The lighter the bean, the more caffeine. That even means espresso. Espresso is technically the darkest and most roasted of the coffee beans making it fuller in taste and lighter in caffeine. I know…mind blowing! I definitely appreciate coffee much much more!

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I was so amazed of the passion and knowledge our guide had about coffee. She taught us the importance of knowing where your coffee is roasted, because then you know what kind of coffee you like. Every region is grows different types of coffees. Costa Rica is known for producing Arabica beans. Every bag of coffee purchased in Costa Rica is 100% Arabica beans. “Only the best!,” as our guide would say.  Delicioso!

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We even met the owner of the coffee plantation, Don Juan himself!

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Up next…ZIPLINING! So excited to fly above the lush green forest! Fourteen ziplines? No problem! We got our helmets, gloves and harnesses and were ready to go! We clinked our way up the platforms. “Click, chink, buckle… Vamos!”

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Each zipline varied in length and height. Some were short and sweet. Others…not so much! We even did a Tarzan swing…a 50-foot free-fall on a rope. Serious adrenaline rush! The zipline company was so amazing that they gave me my own photo to keep and another for me to sign for them to hang up in their office. Pura Vida!

Two amazing adventures and oh hey! It’s only noon!

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Next was the butterfly garden! I love butterflies they are so beautiful and such delicate creatures. The garden was in a greenhouse dome covered with plants for the butterflies to eat and live. There were so many different kinds!

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Letters From Kiana Ch 5  #KianasONeillAdventure

I got to hold a few which made me really happy.

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We learned so much. Since butterflies don’t teeth, spikes, venom or any other deadly defense mechanisms, they use their wings to camouflage with their surroundings. Some look like leaves and others are even able to look like owls and snakes to scare off predators. Super creepy.

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They had cabinets full of cocoons and fresh butterflies that came out of their cocoon but couldn’t fly yet. It takes a new butterfly about three hours to “dry” its wings before it can take its first flight.  Muy bonitas las mariposas.

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Next, we were off to the humming bird sanctuary. Wow!! Humming birds are fast! These little birds are so full of life. They are so vibrant in color and shine so beautifully in the sunlight.

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Next we did the canopy tour. We walked through the rain on soil and through several swinging bridges above the forest.

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Something about the forest is so calming. So quiet. So still. So very tranquil.

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Today was a good day. Thank you Costa Rica!

Xoxo..

Kiana

 

Aug.23.2013    INSPIRATION · Kiana Fores · News · Team    Comment

Letters from Kiana: Chapter 4-#KianasONeillAdventure

Letters from Kiana: Chapter 4 #KianasONeillAdventure

Wake up call at 5:50 am. Another adventure in Costa Rica! Time to wake up for repelling and canyoneering! Waterfall jumping? Yes, please!

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We arrived to our destination and met our funny and quite animated tour guides. You can tell they loved their job. They were full of surprises. The first waterfall came and the guide asked me how I was doing. I quickly responded, “Bien y tu?!” To my surprise he replied, “Nervous! Oh so nervous! Today is my first day. I’m so scared. Can you help me?!” Good joke mi amigo!

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So down the first one I went and….   FUN! Felt like Jane from Tarzan!

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We swung down waterfalls and hiked through streams and water ways. It was radical! Epic! Fantastic! Totally wicked!

We finally arrive at the last waterfall. The big one! (220feet). The free fall… uno, dos, tres! I leaped off and zoomed down.

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F A B U L O U S. What a blast! Off to our next adventure!

Next, we visited a local school to experience some Costa Rican culture! The school children were to perform some traditional dances. So exciting! When we arrived, there were about 12 children between the ages of 5-16 who warmly greeted and guided us into their “escuela” (school).  A little boy named Michael, I think he was about 7, grabbed my hand, introduced himself and led me to my seat.  It was so sweet!

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 They performed about four dances  and even had us join in on the last one. It was fun!

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It was an extra treat for us since this day was Costa Rican Mother’s Day (Dias Las Madres)!

After their performance, each child introduced themselves with their name and age. We then had an opportunity to ask them questions to learn about them and their culture. We asked about school and future goals, like  their favorite subject and what they wanted to be when they grew up. There were future school teachers, policemen, FBI agents and even a vet!

They too were eager to ask us questions! They asked where we were from, our names, and our favorite fruit. They were so happy learning about us and even hearing all of our different accents! It was so cute. For most of them, we were the only contact with a world other than Costa Rica. I felt very honored to be there with them.

After the Q & A, they led us to tables filled with handmade bracelets, necklaces, and bags they were selling to help support their school. I donated some money and bought some toucan crafts! So cool. I even got to give one of the girls my Rope the Moon bracelet Letters from Kiana: Chapter 4 #KianasONeillAdventure Hope she remembers me.

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Next, we went farming! We headed to a local farm filled with fruits, spices and botanical plants. We smelt cinnamon, spearmint, I licked a pepper and my mouth was instantly on fire. No bueno. I think my taste buds were crying. The local farmer showed us around and taught us about each plant or fruit.

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Letters from Kiana: Chapter 4 #KianasONeillAdventure

Letters from Kiana: Chapter 4 #KianasONeillAdventure

Letters from Kiana: Chapter 4 #KianasONeillAdventure

 One of the cooler plants he showed us was one that was used as war paint back in the tribe days and even as natural lipstick! Inside were these red little balls and you rubbed your finger on them and you got some red lips or war paint. Pretty awesome.

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Letters from Kiana: Chapter 4 #KianasONeillAdventure

Next stop.. moonshine and sugar canes! We arrived to a traditional Costa Rican Restaurant where we were able to make our own tortillas, see how they made Costa Rican moonshine and ate a delicious authentic dinner! Y U M!

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Great day and night! Till tomorrow Costa Rica!

xoxo..

Kiana

Aug.21.2013    INSPIRATION · Kiana Fores · News · Team    1 Comment

Letters from Kiana: Chapter 3 -#KianasONeillAdventure

 Letters from Kiana: Chapter 3  #KianasONeillAdventure

Last time, Kiana left you at the beaches of Tortuguero, where the culture thrives and turtles lay eggs on beach! See what Kiana discovers about chocolate and night walks in this chapter of Letters from Kiana!

Letters From Kiana- Chapter 3

We left the hotel at Pachira Lodge in Tortuguero this morning and took an hour and a half boat ride up the river. All was well until a group of militia men greeted us with guns. We later found out these were policemen who regulated the boats on the river making sure passengers had life jackets and boat permits. It’s not everyday  you get greeted by men in uniform and machine guns!

We got back to the bus lugging our luggage up the muddy hill. Then we were off to our next location…. the tent suites. Oh the tent suites.

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We all are really curious about these tent suites. We finally made it. Gustavo, our Contiki travel guide, answered a few of our questions and tried to calm our nerves, but it almost seemed like our fear heightened along with our curiosity. We were literally staying in a tent in the jungle!

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We finally arrived. The scenery was breath taking, by my room was deep in the forest. Tent number 22 to be exact. Deep..deep…into the forest. If I were to scream, no one would hear or even notice. Scary.

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To make matters even more interesting, the plastic tent around my and Meg’s beds that was meant to be a mosquito net didn’t zip all the way. Not to sure how much sleep we will be getting tonight…

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After getting settled, we hurried to the cacao chocolate tour near where we were staying. We had the coolest tour guide. We called her V! Before we can actually start the tour, we hiked and walked across one of the longest hanging bridges in the world!

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 Letters from Kiana: Chapter 3  #KianasONeillAdventure

 Letters from Kiana: Chapter 3  #KianasONeillAdventure

After a small hike, we finally  got to the cacao presentation. We discovered the cocoa fruit!

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The actual fruit itself is sweet and similar to the taste and consistency of rambutan. We ate the white part and left the seeds. These seeds were then left to dry and ferment.

 Letters from Kiana: Chapter 3  #KianasONeillAdventure

 Letters from Kiana: Chapter 3  #KianasONeillAdventure

We got to taste cacao in it’s pure form. It was quite bitter. We even got to grind the cacao into shavings from the bean.

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 Letters from Kiana: Chapter 3  #KianasONeillAdventure

They then added brown sugar and some heat to make it 75% cacao. IT WAS SO GOOD! As we tasted each process we were able to drink some “kaka” water (chocolate water) and add our own spices if we wanted. It was the best chocolate ever. And I’m part Belgian…so that says a lot. Haha.

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 Letters from Kiana: Chapter 3  #KianasONeillAdventure

We then headed back for a night walk. Yay! The swinging bridge again! It really started to storm. The night walk was quite frightening. I asked our guide how often snakes appear. Apparently every time! OK, even more scared now. V fearlessly picked up creatures, bugs, frogs and toads. She informed us of how poisonous and toxic each creature was… Cool!  We walked super slow in pure terror hoping not to possibly step on a snake. Oh, did I mention that I ate some termites?! Yep! Stuck my finger in their nest and nibbled me some tasty termites. Tasted like pepper! The termites are known to help people with asthma. Super interesting! Checked eating termites off my bucket list  Letters from Kiana: Chapter 3  #KianasONeillAdventure

We finally finished the night walk and headed back to our tents. I made sure to check under the beds and the sheets for any unexpected visitors! “All Gucci!” We are all clear. However, I was still completely scared. It rained all night but when we woke up it was absolutely beautiful. I thought I was still dreaming. The lush green forest was breathtaking!

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We packed our stuff and geared up for river rafting! I was so excited! Got my go pro ready for action. Life jackets, sunscreen, O’Neill 365 Hybrid shorts, and my O’Neill Lanai One Piece.  I was ready for some rapid river rafting!

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 Letters from Kiana: Chapter 3  #KianasONeillAdventure

I sat in the front along with Chrissy. We listened to our instructor as he told us to paddle or back paddle or jump in if we might fall off. Probably one of the funnest activities I have done here! So thrilling and pure fun.

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We covered 11 kilometers of the river going over rocks and rapids. At the end we got to go in a whirlpool. One side paddled forward and my side paddled back and we spun down the rapid. So EPIC! We would high five with our paddles and cheer “Pura Vida!!”

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Next, we stopped at an amazing waterfall.  It was absolutely breathtaking.

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It was a small hike about 635 stairs to get there. The scenery was amazing as usual.

 Letters from Kiana: Chapter 3  #KianasONeillAdventure

 Letters from Kiana: Chapter 3  #KianasONeillAdventure

 Letters from Kiana: Chapter 3  #KianasONeillAdventure

 Letters from Kiana: Chapter 3  #KianasONeillAdventure

Awesome day once again.  Love it here!

We finally arrived at our hotel.  We settled in and two more people joined our group! Annette, from my O’Neill family  & Heidi from Shape Magazine!

We had all had a lovely Costa Rican cuisine together and geared up for tomorrows shenanigans. Ready for some culture learning!

Pura vida!

Kiana

P.S. I would like to say aloha to Mrs. Paik’s class from Hanalei Elementary School in Kauai!

Aug.16.2013    Kiana Fores · News · Team    1 Comment