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kai conversations... with rebekah steen

like all of us here at kai, rebekah steen is "always dreaming of hawaii" - making her a natural fit for our kai conversations series. her blog, goldfish kiss, is a sunny and happy spot on the internet and always leaves us inspired and thinking tropical thoughts. read on below for your own dose of inspiration from this beloved devotee!

how do you embody kai's breath* life* flow lifestyle?
oh man. great question to start this off with. i'd have to say it's my ability to step back, take things into perspective, make the most of each day and circumstance, and just see where it takes me. in short, i'm a pretty laid back, yet motivated gal who loves getting fresh air as much as possible too.

do you have a mantra you live by?
get rich each day in ways that don't count at the bank. gerry lopez said it in a surf movie i love, called "waterman". i hit pause and wrote it down when i first watched it.

what's your beauty secret? or must have beauty product?
aside from any sort of kai fragrance? i honestly think smelling anything by kai instantly makes me feel beautiful. a great scent is magical like that. other than that, it's drinking a ton of water, a big tub of organic, virgin coconut oil, and it cosmetics cc cream.
go-to lipstick color? 
chanel boy or nars velvet lip pencil in sex machine. i'll even use them both at once. looks fantastic.

how would you describe your personal style? 
i think i always answer this question differently, right now it's dialed in basics, with a slight edge and little tropical touch.

what do you love most about where you live? any secret spots you love to go to? 
that i am in driving distance to santa cruz. i absolutely love the place, the beaches, and the surf is amazing. really, i have lived in nor cal/the bay area for six months, and the coast here is unbelievable. once a week i take my pup, kili, and my 13-month-old son, levi, to half moon bay and we go for an hour long beach walk. some days we see maybe one other person. it's heavenly.
describe your perfect day.
it was my wedding day: woke up overlooking hanalei bay, had breakfast with my family, went and surfed with my husband, came back and hung out on the beach with my friends, got married, had a party, and sat on the beach and watched the stars with my husband. pinch me. that was an awesome day.

favorite date spot?
a little italian restaurant in playa del ray called cantalini's. we've gone there three out of our eight anniversaries. i love it. or, when we lived in hawaii we'd grab a six pack, tostitos hint of lime chips, something to grill, and our little mini grill and have a bbq on the beach at sunset.

ultimate getaway? 
a week long surf charter throughout french polynesia. but we'd also stop and dive and paddle board a ton too. and we'd have a personal chef on board. oh my goodness, that would be amazing. i've always wanted to live on a catamaran in paradise for a few weeks.
favorite food?
a gigantic wet burrito the size of my head.

guilty pleasure? 
a gigantic wet burrito the size of my head... with a few margaritas. and chips and guac.

kai obsession? 
the perfume oil, reed diffuser, candle, and body glow.

morning person or night owl? 
i am both these days. i love the early mornings with my son, then also have to stay up late at night, which is when i am able to work, focus, paint, and do all that kind of stuff these days. hallelujah for strong coffee.

currently craving? 
a trip back to hawaii, or somewhere tropical.

ideal way to relax/unwind?
surfing. it clears my mind, invigorates me, and after that first duck dive, i seriously feel an internal ahhhhhhhh from head to toe. unless it's a gnarly crowd. then it's a walk on the beach with my pup.
what book are you reading currently? 
barbarian days: a surfing life, by william finnegan. it's soooooo goooood.

what's the most adventurous thing you've done?
i'm drawing a blank.. but off the top of my head, one time my older brother and i climbed a 14er in colorado. we brought along some ski pants, then just slid down the front face of the thing to get back down since there was still snow. to say we went just a little fast, would be a huge understatement. then there were some things i did when i lived in europe for a little: like having a shepherd with a huge flock of sheep show me how to jump a certain fence and sneak into the ruins at delphi.

thank you so much, rebekah! xo


my favorite things

the holidays are officially here and i for one couldn’t be happier. sure, they are stressful but i’ll take this time of year over pretty much any other time of year. that being said gifting can be tricky, especially if you’re shopping for one of those people that seem to have everything.  i’m here for you… with a shameless plug for the kai range. 
well, that was awkward but while we’re speaking of gift giving i’ve pulled together my list of favorite things from our offerings. take a peek.

the romantic: kai bubble bath, a bottle of champagne and a whole bunch of kai candles. extra points for including the kai home room linen spray to delicately spritz on the sheets. 
photo by davis bell for fashion me green

the beach bound: our body glow leaves the best sheen on bare legs. no glitter, no glimmer, no shimmer. just glow.

the slopes bound: the kai travel set, which includes kai conditioner. take a cue from w’s beauty director, jane larkworthy, who wrote she leaves a bit of kai conditioner in her hair while skiing. keeps hair from getting dried out while on the slopes and leaves it super hydrated when rinsed out for a night on the town.
photo by: Elana Jadallah

the kai guy: upgrade your beau’s shower situation with the dude-friendly kai body wash.

the jet-setter: kai, purse sized, can be thrown into the smallest of bags for an easy touch up on the fragrance front.

the kai junkie: one of my very favorite kai combos comes in the form of kai polish for a good scrub a dub followed by our body butter to seal the deal.

the hostess: with the holiday party invites piling up, the kai home reed diffuser makes for an easy and elegant thank you.
photo by davis bell for fashion me green

don’t forget your guest room! i love to put serious effort in here, dressing the room with everything my guests could need from morning to night. candles lit for arrival. flowers by the bed. bubbles for the bath along with kai shampoo, conditioner, wash, deodorant, lotion or butter to name a few. a full fridge and “help yourself” attitude works wonders.

lastly, take care of yourself and your own needs. this is a season for celebration but it can leave you spread a bit thin when you’re traveling or having guests. it’s a lot of work and can be such a bittersweet time. so take a beat, take a breath, slow down and remember what’s truly important in life so you can enjoy the holidays no matter what’s thrown your way.

happy holidays!


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photo by: Elana Jadallah


shop small

it's that time of year again and unless you bake cookies or pick flowers for a mason jar, you're shopping. what better way to support local business than shopping small, shopping local? it's really fun, while being a bit of a scavenger hunt, and not that hard if you plan your day/days out ahead of time. back in our "oprah's favorite things" days (thank you, oprah), we were swamped. swamped! lovely swamped!!! that was late november of 2007 and the "oprah effect" had landed hard at kai h.q. shop small didn't exist at that time and needless to say, shopping was the last thing i had on my mind but there was simply no way around it. short on time and energy i took my husband's big car and headed to the very small shopping centers in malibu proper. walking would have been an option but with bags and boxes, i drove the two minutes. how nice is that?
back then my sleepy little town was even sleepier but i returned from my "small" shopping evening triumphant. not only was i thrilled with my time savings but in supporting my little speck of earth here.

here are a few facts about shop small saturday:

started in 2010, shop small saturday is a counterpart to black friday and cyber monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. by contrast, small business saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. last year, a record 95 million shoppers supported small businesses on this day! it's clearly being embraced as a holiday tradition.
here at kai, we are so thankful for each of our retailers, big and small, independent or otherwise, and encourage all who are reading this to shop kai locally this saturday. you can find a retailer near you here.

have a beautiful thanksgiving.