The story of a Recycled Wetsuit Yoga Mat

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

You guyyyys, I actually partnered with a company to like...actually review something. I don't know what got in to me, but when I looked at the website I couldn't really resist, and so I did it. Are we still friends? I DIDN'T SELL OUT!

Uncommon Goods wrote to me and he was all nice and I was all like OK? I think they even spelled my name correctly. And I got to pick whatever I wanted!  

I said yes because I checked out the website and they had cool things. And its Xmas time and I was like "I could get a Christmas present" but then I got something for myself anyway (which happens everytime I go Christmas shopping).

But I really like them - they are all about the popular key words that should be important to all of us...sustainability, supporting artisans, evolution, etc. Each product seems to have a story but I finally chose one because I'm a hippy now and all in to yoga. So I chose the Recycled Wetsuits Yoga Mat a. because its pretty b. because I've needed a yoga mat for like a year and I didn't want a bright pink one which is all I can find. c. its recycled which sounds good and d. Its really pretty.

And I love it. So there's that. I've been using it for about a month and it makes me happy. Its a little on the heavy side but I've never carried another yoga mat so is that normal? And I actually don't have to carry this ever so its fine.

The end.

P.S. Thank you Uncommon Goods!!!!
P.P.S There are so many great Xmas present ideas there!

Yoga pants.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Yoga pants! Hey, these are cool. For the days that you want to cry because you don't want to do it, but you should anyway - then these would make it a little more fun?
I have to give a shout out to Dirty Yoga - an online yoga studio...perfect for hermits like me that don't like to leave in the winter...I started with the month of beginners yoga (so I didn't embarrass myself in a class) and now am doing the normal classes (still without embarrassing myself in a class). Its challenging and thorough and I can do it whenever I want!!...looooove it.

Velvet Socks.

Thursday, October 13, 2016


I'm posting about...one pair of socks. but look at them. but also look at the price. criminal!
(from of a kind)

What am I Doing?

Friday, September 9, 2016

@voyagedyvinec

Trying a little something different instead of weekend links this time...I love these kinds of lists so now I'm making one! Enjoy!

+ LOOOVING this instagram account of a guy (above!) (Guirec) who sails the world with his pet hen (Monique)  that he met 2 years ago and immediately clicked with. (clucked with?)

+ I finished reading Get Sh*t Done by Niall Harbison. This book will motivate your inner entrepreneur or get shit done-er...go read it. now.
+ Still being addicted to Snapchat/trying to use it. My username is: krystalespeland . I think. Now the internet knows.

+ Listening to the most beautiful song in german (said no one ever?) on repeat. if you like dancey electric music, please listen.

+ After my 3 week camper van trip in Spain, I'm crushing on all things camper van, especially the Van Crush Instagram account and dreaming of my own.

+ Already scoping out my 2017 planner, this one looks cool...

+ Getting involved with Depop - an app where you can easily buy and sell things. I'm kind of impressed with all of the cool things that people are selling on it. I guess Tradono is the Swiss version but doesn't seem as curated.

+ Drinking an almond milk cappuccino every morning. If you have an espresso maker and a milk frother...do it!

+ Perusing the sale section of Upper Metal Class because those items will not be made again! go!

+ Wondering how awful super short hair would look on me but how Ulyana Sergeenko's runway show makes me want it anyway

+ Browsing an interesting and educational amount of short films in 360... at Within

+ Daydreaming of a 5 hour work day. Here's a guy who did it in his company and what he thought.

What are you doing??

Golzernsee, Switzerland

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

I've had Golzernsee (a little mountain lake in Kanton Uri) on my 'to go to' list for awhile now and last Sunday we finally made it happen. Here are some pictures from the day...it was glorious! Things of note: Wesley is a hippy and had to do the whole hike around the lake barefoot, there are rocks there that only super heroes can climb, and I can highly recommend the restaurant there by the lake (and their homemade lebkuchen.

Article: Showing up for your Friends

Friday, August 26, 2016

For your Friday I'm leaving  you with a great article: Showing Up: The Single Most Important Thing a Friend Can Do
photo source: the article
We all have days when the weight of our responsibilities is enough to deal with and it’s a challenge to summon the energy to meet one more demand — to show up, even for something like celebrating a friend’s success. But it’s those moments that matter the most. It’s showing up for that kind of stuff that solidifies a friendship
This is something I'm not always good at, but I want to be. I feel pulled in many directions a lot of the time (mostly by my 4 year old, and literally, ha!) - that coupled with my need for alone time, etc...leaves me saying 'no' a lot. But this is something I've been thinking about so much lately. I think that like a lot of people, as I get older, I start to focus on the value of friendships and being there and quality time. Subconsciously, like the article advices, I start to weed out the friends who don't show up because I want to spend my limited time on those who do - on those who think that I'm important as well. Quality is way better than quantity in this case!

I'd love to hear your thoughts as well..

I hope you enjoy the article and it makes you think and become a little bit better of a person. The world and your loved ones and THE FUTURE GENERATION needs you!!!! xxxx

Happy Friday!

Essam Marouf

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Its not too often that I come across an artist that leaves me flipping through all of their pieces and wondering where I can get them, where I'd put them...all while ignoring the fact that I could never afford them. But I easily envision a house filled with Essam Marouf's work.
 
 

Away

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I'm sure the company Away and their super cool trendy suitcases has caught your attention already...and predictably, I really love them and want one so bad. Also it has built in cell phone chargers. But what really pulled me in? Their cool Instagram account, tbh - just cool people looking cool with their cool away suitcases and other cool photos that sometimes have nothing to do with suitcases. Basically I'm just fascinated at how they make suitcases look so cool and wondering what kind of target audience I fall in to? The only reason I haven't ordered one is because shipping to Switzerland for some reason is as much as it costs to raise a child and I might as well keep paying the overweight luggage fee with my old huge suitcase as it would still be cheaper? #willneverbecool
P.S. Where did this year go?

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Love at Burning Man

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I know a few people who have been to Burning Man and of course, it sounds incredible. I heard about this piece of art there this year by Alexander Milov (who was the first Ukrainian artist who received a grant to create at Burning Man) called ''Love''. Its so beautiful and also is what he has to say about it:
It demonstrates a conflict between a man and a woman as well as the outer and inner expression of human nature. Their inner selves are executed in the form of transparent children, who are holding out their hands through the grating. As it’s getting dark (night falls) the children start to shine. This shining is a symbol of purity and sincerity that brings people together and gives a chance of making up when the dark time arrives. - Alexander Milov
Photo Sources: Love at night / Love in the day

Get out: Seljavallalaug Pool, Iceland

Monday, August 22, 2016


I've had this plan to visit Iceland for awhile now, so I've been pinning things to do/places to go when I finally get there. I ran in to Icelands oldest pool (built in 1923) which no matter where you search about it (internet, Instagram, etc) the pictures are always amazing - so its a good one to add to your to do list..
Photo Sources: Top / Middle / Bottom
 

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