Pura Vida Bracelets

August 16

As you may know, or not know, I have been working hard for the past two years on my modeling career. This can be hard since I am a full time student and work, however, I have decided to make modeling a priority in my life and not stop until I have accomplished what I set out to do. I get backlash from people who say that I’ll never make it or that I’m just an “Instagram model”, but what I’m doing is bigger than just me. I am trying to change the modeling industry and promote woman empowerment through all different races, sizes, and height. I could go on and on about my mission and purpose, but I will let you read the post “My Story.” in the modeling section of my blog for more information on that.

I truly believe social media can be used for a good purpose, however, it can also be used with bad intentions. I have set out to use my social media platforms to promote self-love and remind everyone of how special they are. This being said, I use my Instagram and Facebook half for life updates and the other half to show my art through modeling to the world. When I first began uploading modeling photos, I felt foolish posting photos of just myself and worried about what other’s thought about my appearance. I was quickly reminded by my friends and family why I was doing this and pushed through my fear of backlash. It wasn’t until a couple months of posting that I began to hear from brands and companies. People in charge of marketing and ambassador programs reached out via direct message on Instagram taking interest in how we could partner together. This was just the beginning. For more information on my partnerships, ambassador programs, and more, check out my other articles titled “Hashtag Sunglasses”, “Serengetee”, “Sand Cloud”, “Karma Bikinis”, “Serengetee Part II”, “The Elephant Pants”, and more under the “Modeling” section of my blog.

A couple weeks ago, I got a message on Instagram from @puravidabracelets from Diana who is part of their Social Media team. She wrote me wondering if I’d be interested in receiving a care package from them. I emailed her right away saying I was more than happy to receive a care package and partner with them. I chose some of my favorite bracelets and in a week, I had a package at my door step from Pura Vida. I called up my friend Emily Hinch and told her we needed to shoot these bracelets right away. But I wanted it to be special and scenic. We made a plan and drove up to Yosemite before the sun rose to get the best shots. The view was absolutely breath taking. Standing at the edge of the cliff, you could see the sun creeping up the back of half dome while listening to the gust of the waterfalls flowing. What a perfect spot to take photos of Pura Vida Bracelets, capturing the uniqueness and beauty of the products.

Thank you to Pura Vida for this opportunity and partnership! Be sure to shop for your rings, bracelets, necklaces and more at their website https://www.puravidabracelets.com and join their monthly club for just $14.95 a month where you will receive 3 exclusive bracelets delivered to your door!

Pura Vida’s Story can be found at https://www.puravidabracelets.com/pages/story. I highly suggest reading it and seeing how two friends made this dream of theirs into a reality!

 

Other Notes

  • (Pictured above is “Platinum White” – https://www.puravidabracelets.com/products/platinum-white )
  • (Pictured above is “Black Arrowhead Vanilla” – https://www.puravidabracelets.com/products/black-arrowhead-vanilla )
  • (Pictured above is “Rose Gold Mandala Seafoam” – https://www.puravidabracelets.com/products/rose-gold-mandala-seafoam )
  • (Pictured above is “Black Lotus Silver” – https://www.puravidabracelets.com/products/black-lotus-silver )
  • (Pictured above is “Silver Cactus – Down South” – https://www.puravidabracelets.com/products/silver-cactus-down-south )

Photographer: Emily Hinch

Hashtag Sunglasses

August 16

Hashtag Sunglasses reached out to me via Instagram on doing a partnership where I then emailed and set up a deal. Emily and I went to watch the sunrise at Yosemite so what better than a little shoot in such a gorgeous place! Go get your glasses now at their website https://www.hashtag-sunglasses.com.

 

Be sure to use the code “NewShades4You” for a discount off your purchase!

(Pictured above is the “#GoneVintage” in Black Red – https://www.hashtag-sunglasses.com/products/my-vintage-cat-eye-sunglasses-5-color-options?variant=40651459204 )

Photographer: Emily Hinch

Sand Cloud

August 16

Brand ambassador alert! Here is another post on a brand I love with an incredible mission and product. Sand Cloud sells towels, shirts, and other accessories that are available for purchase on their website at https://www.sandcloudtowels.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxpqm5vvc1QIVkoZ-Ch2pEQkDEAAYASAAEgIKD_D_BwE. They were also seen on Shark Tank! Be sure to check out their Instagram and Facebook to see me featured in photos and ambassador videos!

Their Mission:

For one, their mission is to save marine life. 10% of profits are donated to non-profits that support their mission. Organizations they support include Marine Conservation Institute, Surfrider Foundation, Pacific marine Mammal Center, San Diego Coastkeeper, and Hawaii Wildlife Fund. If you’ve seen videos on social media of people releasing seals, turtles, etc. back into the ocean, that is most likely because of these organizations and Sand Cloud. Video’s can be found at this link: https://www.sandcloudtowels.com/blogs/videos

 

Make sure to use the code “KatherineDa25” at checkout for 25% off your order!

(Pictured above is the “Peach XL” towel –  https://www.sandcloudtowels.com/collections/towels/products/peach-xl )

Photographer: Faeln Naughton

Serengetee (Part II)

August 16

I have already gone into detail in my other post “Serengetee” about this brand’s mission and history as well as my story of joining the company as a brand ambassador so I just wanted to give you a little update on what I am doing now.

My term as a campus brand ambassador has sadly ended. I was going to apply to be a leader for this next semester but I felt that studying abroad might make this job more difficult and when I begin something, I want to give it my all. However, I might apply to be a leader in the spring semester so we’ll see! So when you’re a campus ambassador, you are given challenges to complete and by completing these tasks, you are rewarding with points that you can redeem at the end of the semester. I had a good amount of points added up so I decided to get some stickers and a random pack of two shirts.

I text Emily asking if she wanted to meet up and shoot one of the shirts along with the blue plane hat I have had hanging in my closet. We meet up at Woodward park and took a few photos that turned out great! The fact that I get to partner with such an amazing brand makes modeling for them easy and fun. Be sure to check out their website and get yourself some Serengetee apparel! https://www.serengetee.com

 

Make sure to use the code “KDavis15” at checkout for 15% off your order!

(Pictured above is the “Plane Cap” – https://www.serengetee.com/plane-cap/)

(Pictured above is the “Atalaya Pocket” in white (size small) where proceeds go to supporting Pencils Of Promise, which builds schools and fosters education around the world through a sustainable development method that maximizes impact –  https://www.serengetee.com/pockets/atalaya-pocket/#!/crews )

Photographer: Emily Hinch

The Elephant Pants

August 16

A wonderful organization with an even more amazing cause. This brand popped up on the side of my Facebook one day in an advertisement so I decided to click on it and I am sure glad I did. You may recognize the name, well, that’s because The Elephant Pants were on Shark Tank! I want to tell you more about their cause and why I decided to partner with this brand.

Their Mission:

Their mission is “Save Elephants. Feel Good.” And that’s exactly what they do! The company was founded in 2014 where two friends saw the exploitation of elephants around the world and made a mission to help save them through producing pants. “Producing pants?” You might be questioning this in your head right now and be a little confused. These pants, shorts, and more apparel are the most comfortable and stylish items that you have ever worn with proceeds going to an amazing cause.

Why They Care:

I couldn’t say this any better than how they addressed it on their website so I’m just going to copy and paste their exact words for you to read. “It’s estimated that there were once 7-10 million African elephants roaming the African Continent while around 200,000 Asian elephants lived in the forests and grasslands of Southern Asia. Sadly, due to habitat loss and human conflict, both of these populations have dwindled severely. From 2010 to 2012 alone, an estimated 100,000 elephants were poached for ivory. That’s essentially one elephant loss every 15 minutes—a 50 percent decline in population in the past 35 years. There are roughly 470,000 African Elephants left in the wild and less than 40,000 Asian elephants. The high rate of elephant deaths combined with their incredibly long gestation period (22 months) could lead to a world without wild elephants by 2050. With people being the #1 cause of this steady population decline, we feel that it is our duty to do what we can to bring it to an end. Together, we can create a sustainable future where elephants thrive.”

How They Help

They partner with other organizations that share similar interests in saving and protecting elephants. Their current partner right now is “Tusk” that supports and connects the people providing the most promising solutions to the iris facing Africa’s wildlife. For more information and video’s, click on this link here: https://www.theelephantpants.com/pages/how-we-help

I could go on and on about this brand and their mission to combat the exploitation of elephants, but I will let you explore their website for yourself. Be sure to buy some pants, shorts, tops, and more at this website- https://www.theelephantpants.com

(Pictured above is the “Lenana Burgundy Shorts” – https://www.theelephantpants.com/collections/shorts/proYducts/lenana-burgundy-shorts )

*** Photos by Faeln Naughton

 

Karma Bikinis

August 16

First I would like to thank Faeln for taking these photos and for letting me always drag her to the beach to do shoots. You are the greatest and most supportive friend girl.

Aren’t these swim suits the cutest and one of a kind?! Well to add to that, they are also comfortable and make me feel so confident. What’s even BETTER is that my friend Julienne Worring and her sister are the founders and creators of Karma Bikinis. But wait… it gets better. “Inspired by their combined passions for ocean conservation and the need for unique adjustable, fair trade pieces came our swimwear line with a commitment to donate 7% of all proceeds to ocean conservation efforts,” is read from their “About” article on their website. So not only are the bikinis unique, comfortable, stylist, but the proceeds are also donated to help ocean conservation.

Julienne reached out and asked me if I’d like to be a brand ambassador and I replied with a YES in a heartbeat. Brands like these that truly care about their clients and also think about giving back to organizations in need are the one’s I love to partner with. I mean how could you not?!

To buy your Karma Bikinis, read more about their story, mission, blogs, trends, and more, visit their website at https://karma-bikinis.com.

(Pictured above in the one-piece is the “Shakti Monokini” in a Small – https://karma-bikinis.com/collections/all-swim/products/shakti )

(Pictured above in the two-piece is the “Floral Mandala Bottom” in a Small and the “Floral Mandala Top” in a Medium – https://karma-bikinis.com/collections/all-swim/products/floral-mandala-bottoms // https://karma-bikinis.com/collections/all-swim/products/floral-mandala-top )

Stop. Hammock Time.

August 16

If you’ve read my other article titled “National Hammock Day!” you might understand this post a little better. But I’ll attempt to catch you up in a couple of sentences. 1) I worked on getting hammock stations on campus at Biola University. 2) I did it. 3) I connected with Trek Light Gear for a discount on a big bulk purchase. 4) Myself and Trek Light Gear are now friends and partners. 5) Side note, I had never hammocked before this experience. (Yes I just made “hammocked” a very and a new word)

So I have now caught you up and can begin this story. I emailed Seth Haber, founder and owner of Trek Light Gear when I saw an article regarding their mission to start bringing their hammocks to school’s all over the United States. I reached out asking what their prices would be for a large bulk order for hammocks as I did with Eno and other similar hammock companies. Seth was fast to reply and thanked me for reaching out. After the quality of service determined by the promptness of receiving emails and generosity as well as price, I decided that Trek Light Gear was the perfect partner for this project. We discussed specifics and then I put in a large order for hammocks and rope kits.

When the package arrived I was surprised to see stickers and a t-shirt included in the package. I thought that maybe Seth made a mistake and accidentally put too much in the box. However, Seth explained that it was a thank you to me for the hard work and dedication I put into this hammock station project. My eyes filled with tears as I tried on my new shirt and passed out stickers to those involved in the project.

I decided to do a little shoot in my hammock and t-shirt to promote Trek Light Gear on social media as well as write this post solely dedicated to them. Thank you Seth and Trek Light Gear for your high quality products, your passion for what you do, and your generosity. Be sure to get your hammocks, apparel, and other gear at their website and help support local businesses! https://www.treklightgear.com

Sunset Beauty

August 16

Best friends, creative minds, and good cameras. This is what today’s shoot consisted of. People think that all photoshoots need to be planned in advance and be the most professional, however, not all of them need to be. Emily and I choose to text each other the night before or even hours before a spontaneous shoot. All you need is a camera, a friend, and a good attitude.

For this shoot, I headed up to Emily’s house where there is lots of land and trees. This made for the perfect golden hour shoot with vibrant colors of yellow and green. I decided to bring two outfits because you never know what you’re feeling in that moment or what will look the best in that area. The first outfit consisted of black booties, black high wasted jeans, and a simple, beige, off-the-should top. The second outfit was a floor length cream dress that had a low cut v-neck, color, and sleeves with cuts in the shoulder (as you can see from above) that I bought on clearance at Ohh La La, a local boutique store in Clovis, California (https://iloveoohlala.com).

Emily would take photos of me as I ran around the field flipping my dress and posing by trees. And then we would switch. That’s what is cool about shooting with your friends. You get to take photos of each other and it’s a two way deal. You both get nice, professional photos and after you can both edit to your own style.

Em is always my go-to girl for anything I need to create content for and I pay her back by taking photos of her as well. Go grab a camera and shoot with your friends. It doesn’t always have to be super professional so enjoy hanging out and taking photos!

 

Another Five Hour Flight

August 15

Another Day. Another Adventure.

Spontaneous trips are what I live for. My girl Cait texted me saying that we’re going to Washington D.C. and whatever Cait says, go’s. I packed a bag and headed to Las Vegas where we would then board a plane the next day and take off for a five- hour flight. I made sure to download lots and lots of podcasts (This American Life being my go to as well as Ted Talks and On She Goes). Since Cait and I are avid travelers, we know exactly what to pack: ear phones, portable charger, snacks (and lots of them), sweater, a good book, notebook and pen, wallet, mints, toothbrush, tooth paste, and face wash. Also, for you spontaneous people, download the app “Hotels Tonight” for great prices on nice hotel rooms. This has saved us many times! I’ll stop boring you with travel tips and make a separate post about that in the future if you’re interested.

We arrived and then took an Uber to our hotel. After checking in, we ate some snacks for dinner and watched whatever movies we could find on our hotel television. The next morning we woke up, got ready, and headed into the city for a long and eventful day. We Ubered to the White House where we started our long walk and five minutes in, it started to rain. We ended up buying some cheap umbrellas and running to find some shelter and food. To be honest, we had no clue where we were going or what to see, so we grabbed a map and headed to where the most people where and the places with large stars next to them. We ended up in front of the Washington Memorial where I had flash backs to the recent Spider-Man movie and replayed the scene in my head. After asking random people to take photos of us jumping around in the rain, we picked up our heavy and tired feet and made our way to Lincoln. I have been dreaming of seeing his memorial and standing under the feet of this historical leader. I made sure to move everyone away from me and take a solo picture with Abe.

Cait and I began walking to the next place with a large star where we decided it was time to get an Uber back to our hotel and grab some dinner before seeing a National’s game. We ate dinner, put on our red-and-white gear, and began our five minute walk to the stadium. I have a new found addiction of going to baseball games. The lights, the loud crowd, the games in-between innings, and the vegan hot dogs.

I am always sad to leave. I love adventuring in new cities and there is always more I wish I could’ve done and more people I wish I met. But this trip was spontaneous and thrilling. Being in such a different city, a historical city, is something I suggest everyone do. We packed our bags, got on our very early flight, and headed back to Vegas. See you soon Washington. I’ll be back soon!

San Francisco

August 15

My dad and I have made a tradition of going to San Francisco for a few days every summer. We stay with my dad’s childhood friend George and his beautiful girlfriend Nancy (Yes, that is their jaw dropping victorian purple home as pictured above). We set out for the drive around 10 am to avoid any traffic and make sure to always stop in Casa De Fruta to pick up some yummies and stretch our legs. Back in the car and an hour later we reached our destination. We were greeted with open arms and wide smiles. One of my favorite parts about visiting George and Nancy is sitting in their garden, eating some snacks, and catching up on life. Since I only get to see them once a year due to my busy schedule and the fact that I live eight hours away, we have plenty to talk about. Dinner that night consisted of pasta for the vegan (myself) and clam linguini for the adults. We all had a long day and decided to head to bed for an eventful day to follow.

Game day! Luckily I got to sleep in, I am the best at sleeping in, and slowly got ready. We enjoyed fruit for breakfast as well as an avocado english muffin. Soon George’s friend David arrived and we headed out to the bus stop in our Giant’s gear. We then took the BART over to the stadium where our tickets were scanned and we headed to the bleachers to find our seats. What a beautiful day for a game! It was sunny, however, there was a cool breeze to keep your body at the perfect temperature. After a couple innings, I remembered I hadn’t eaten lunch yet and began my journey to find a vegan hot dog. After a couple laps, I finally found it! I returned to my seat to enjoy the rest of the game with my dad, George, and David. It was the last inning and everyone was on their feet. Then a roar of applause and cheers occurred as the Giants took the win!

Since it was a perfect day to be outside, we went for a stroll instead of taking the BART and enjoyed the fact that we could be present in the moment. Once we all agreed that our feet were barking, we hopped on the train and headed back to the house where I made salad and everyone else had some local pizza. After a long discussion over dinner about the fact that I had never seen Casablanca, George found the movie on OnDemand and insisted that we watch it. Life changing. I could write paragraphs on how this movie exceeded my expectations or we can watch it together (this gives me an excuse to watch it again) and then discuss how much our minds were blown.

It’s always so bittersweet packing my bags and saying my goodbye, actually, see you later. I do enjoy sleeping in my own bed and being at home, but I think I enjoy being on the road, traveling, meeting new people, and catching up with old friends even more. George and Nancy are planning on visiting OUR house next in a couple weeks and enjoying long days by the pool. I can’t wait 🙂

Thank you to George and Nancy for opening up your beautiful home to me and my dad as well as feeding us and making sure we felt loved!!!