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taste of summer

nothing says memorial day better than looking forward to a slice of key lime pie! my niece, sky, made this fantastic recipe for me on mother's day - everyone at our little quarantine family gathering was over the moon with delight. this truly is the best key lime pie i have ever tasted, even including in the florida keys! i am especially thrilled to share this all-american dessert with all of you. enjoy!


image by skylani blue

image by skylani blue

key lime pie recipe

1 (9in.) graham cracker pie crust (keebler brand is my favorite if using pre-made)
3 cups of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup of organic sour cream
3/4 cup of key lime (or normal lime) juice
1 1/2 tablespoons grated lime zest

- preheat oven to 350 degrees f (175 degrees c).
- in a medium bowl, combine condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and lime zest. mix well until there are no clumps and pour into graham cracker crust.
- bake in the preheated oven for 5 to 8 minutes (until tiny pinhole bubbles burst on the surface of the pie) do not brown. chill pie thoroughly before serving.
- garnish with key lime slices and whipped cream as desired.


bringing home the tropics

with the summer season fast approaching and having spent more time than usual indoors these past few months, we are all seeking that tropical escape more than ever. our dear friend, kat gaskin, of the salty pineapple and the content planner has one of those truly beautiful, tropical beachy-vibe instagram feeds where her photos literally transport you to the hawaiian tropics. when kat kindly offered to share some tips about how to bring that tropical vibe into your home, we said "yes please"! hope you enjoy the below, and spreading beach vibes your way this memorial day!


if you can't go to the tropics, bring the tropics to you. that's always been my mantra.

as a toronto-based, beach-obsessed entrepreneur who runs her business remotely, escaping to the islands is a monthly routine for me. my flight to tokyo was booked with plans to spend a few weeks on my favourite hawaiian island, oahu. then, the world *PAUSED* and here we are together. more than ever, i've been spending these past few months transforming my 1-bedroom apartment into a tropical safe haven. plants, cozy shag rugs, rattan furniture and the scent of tropical white florals.

kai products feel like home to me. although i don't live in hawaii (yet), the islands speak to my soul. the sweet and subtle scent of gardenia reminds me of morning walks along the pacific ocean in wailea. the hint of jasmine brings me back to watching the sunset in haleiwa.

simply intoxicating.

the candles, reed diffuser and room-linen spray are my fave roommates. in fact, my first kai reed diffuser lasted 1.5 years! you really experience the undeniable quality of a pure, chemical-free room fragrance.

and the hand cream will SAVE your hands from all the hand-washing and sanitizers. plus, i enjoy that it's moisturizing without the greasiness, but absorbs quickly.

from my entryway to the bedroom to the bathroom, kai is there to remind me of the sunshine. i'm using this time as an opportunity to hit 'pause' myself and truly appreciate my home. it may not be a tropical beach, but it's the next best thing.

stay home + stay safe.

with love, kat.


kai conversations... with beek co-founders, kenna florie and birgit klett

as we gear up for mother's day next week and the celebration of all the moms and mother figures in our lives, we are delighted to share this beautiful kai conversation with two remarkable co-founders who are also moms, kenna florie and birgit klett. not only are we huge personal fans of their brand, beek, which offers the most gorgeous and instantly comfortable leather sandals on the planet that only get better with age, but also we love their back story which is based on being friends for over fifteen years and working side-by-side as colleagues at roxy. they bonded over their love of tuna sandwiches, chips, and their slightly unnatural addiction to iced tea. years later, they founded the amazing shoe brand, beek, which is all about beauty meeting comfort, and they also have an incredible give back pledge with feeding america national: "for every pair of beek shoes sold, they donate the equivalent of five meals for a child in need in their community". we hope you enjoy learning more about these amazing women who we are proud to call kai devotees.


how are you taking care of yourself and your loved ones during this time? are there certain things that are proving to be sources of motivation / inspiration? if so, please feel free to share. 
kf: with a lot of cuddling, pajama time, uno, yahtzee, and fresh baked cookies. :-) i'm trying my hardest to take deep breaths and just enjoy this time with them, which i am. my motivation and inspiration is coming from my belief that this WILL be over soon and i am never going to get this time back again so i need to savor it.
bk: i've come to cherish this new-found time to focus on things that are good for my heart and soul... so meditating EVERY day, long phone calls with my grown kids without being distracted, walks... and lots and lots of books. home workouts feel like, well, work, but so necessary.

how do you embody kai's "breath*life*flow" lifestyle? 
kf: BREATH. it's what we naturally do but when we are more conscious of it then we can take the time to step back and really look at the situation, try to understand it, and decide how to take it on. the older i get the more i've learned that breathing is what keeps me sane and balanced in life.
bk: and again, with the meditating! not only in a formal sense, but also throughout the day. this is a just a moment in time... and we are in control of how we process and react to it... and hopefully grow from the experience. this really helps with perspective.

what's the best advice you've ever received? 
kf: in business we had a very successful friend tell us that above and beyond anything else, and no matter what anyone says, no matter who they are, TRUST YOUR GUT. we know our business better than anyone else so don't be afraid to go left even when everyone else is telling you to go right.
bk: if you love what you do, it will never feel like work.

what's your beauty secret? or must have beauty product?
kf: face lotion with spf because i'm too lazy to do both. and kai hand cream because i wash my hands constantly (especially now!) and they need it so badly. and the scent makes me happy! everyone comments on how 'clean' i smell. :-)
bk: my mom started me on retin-a when i was 25 (she must have seen it on oprah!!!). i have used it every day since, and gave my daughter her first tube this year.

how would you describe your personal style? 
kf: classic, timeless, simple.
bk: casual, easy, california.

what do you love most about where you live? any secret spots you love to go to?
kf: newport beach is an amazing place to live. the ocean has always been a very grounding thing for my husband and i (and now our children) so having water around us (we live on an island) is magical. we jump off the docks, kayak around the bay, stand-up paddle, take our little duffy boat out and soak up the sun every chance we get. if you ever get a chance to go on a duffy (you can rent them through the duffy dealership) and cruise around the bay it is the best newport experience. pick up mai tais from woody's and sushi from the cannery. they deliver right to your boat!
bk: my garden is my happy place. i'm originally from the east cost and still think that it is magical how everything just grows here in california sunshine. i love being this close to the beach and that i can also do the beautiful coastal drive to sf so easily.

describe your perfect day.
kf: beach with the family, bbq in our backyard with a little corn hole game and a bottle of wine with my husband. night-time s'mores around our fire pit.
bk: rose bowl flea market in the morning and lunch with my daughter. some time in the garden with a book and cooking dinner with friends.

ultimate getaway?
kf: mexico has always been a special spot for myself and my family. we love punta mita and cabo.
bk: mexico also. it's just so easy and feels like a second home since we make our shoes there. as much as i love the beach, i want to explore oaxaca.

guilty pleasure? 
kf: books. but not the educational or self-help kind. :-) psycho thrillers and mysteries are my jam. it's my escape at night.
bk: top chef. i watch each episode twice.

kai obsession? 
kf: besides the hand cream, which i'm obsessed with, i also love the *rose body butter. it's so creamy and i feel so luxurious!
bk: i love the original kai scent, in anything, but especially the body butter.

morning person or night owl?
kf: night.
bk: morning.

currently craving?
kf: a dinner party with friends! :-)
bk: ditto!

thank you, kenna and birgit!