blogshop mondays / top five in kauai

Hello My Sea Story! I’m Erica from It’s An Occasion. It was rad meeting Joana at Blogshop back in September and I’m stoked to be guest blogging on her site.

My sister/business partner recently went to Kauai to get away from this wintery cold weather in New Jersey. She fell in love with everything about the island. She gave me her top 5 things to do if you make your way to Kauai. Enjoy!


every weekend i get excited with the next blogshop monday guest post to come – if you have missed them, see this weeks one & all the  previous ones – and watch out for a couple more to come.

but that’s not all folks, i am uber happy to tell you that james will start contributing to myseastory – i have posted so many of his diving pictures, it is only fair that he shares them himself, not only the pictures, but a little more about his diving experiences here in provo.

isn’t today the coolest date? have an awesome weekend!

blogshop mondays / sunshine souvenirs

Hi, my name is Shoko. I write a blog called sho & tell, and I’m very happy to be making an appearance on My Sea Story this week. Thanks so much for having me, Joana!

As I wrote this blog post Saturday night, snow was falling in New York City. A freak October snowstorm, needless to say, is a bit of a peculiar backdrop for writing a post about sun and surf, and it got me thinking – since not all of Joana’s readers are lucky enough to live in the tropics, what are some ways those of us who are in for a long, cold winter can add a little bit of summer to the days ahead?

Here, a few cheerful pops of sunshine to help make life happy when skies are gray.
Clockwise from top left: Hello Sunshine mug from OhLeander Shop, $25; Rise pillow from CB2, $24.95; Cece suede ballet flats from J. Crew, $128; Warm olive cashmere and silk scarf by Chan Luu, $195; “Endless Summer” by the Beach Boys, $24.99; Deborah Lippmann nail lacquer in “Yellow Brick Road,” $16; Yellow pleated skirt from Romwe, $44.99; “Here Comes the Sun” print from MursBlanc, $25.

blogshop mondays / repurpose the beach

Hello, I’m Erin from Salvaged Grace and can you believe I’ve never been to the Caribbean? Lucky for me I can live vicariously through Joana’s My Sea Story.

And fortunately for us all there are a few ways to bring the beach home. Here are some ideas for repurposing shells, boat oars, and other treasures found at the beach.

A Table with shells via Repurposed Furniture/Decor B Shell mirror via Country Living C Shell wreath via River Front Vintage D Shell display via Dwell Repurposed E Shell planter via Poetic Home  F Shell bottle stopper from Tampa Bay Salvage via Paper Street Antiques G Shell mobile via Simbury Skirt H Shell wall art via Renest

A Boat paddle headboard via The Bumble in the Bee B Boat paddle decoration via Wedding Bee C Boat paddle décor via Completely Coastal Zimbio D Boat paddle shelf via DIY Network Blog Cabin E Boat oar lights via Completely Coastal Zimbio F Ceiling oars via Beachsnaps

A Fishing glass floats boat coffee table via Zimbio B Boat Shelf via Harbour Breeze C Elvis Beach Bar  D Boat headboard via The Finde

A Glass floating buoy lights via KEHA3 B Buoy lamp via SkipJacksNauticalLiving

A Porthole Table via Completely Coastal B Porthole Table Rise via Cottage Elements  C Porthole cabinet by M&Mme by Valentine Loellman

A Repurposed pallet hammock via Unconsumption B Repurposed wine barrel hammock via Apartment Therapy

Many thanks to Joana for letting me visit today!

Header image via Pinterest

blogshop mondays / island girl

Hi there! Ranu from sunshine girl guest posting for Joana today! I’m thrilled J asked me to be a part of her guest posting series, I think her blog is pretty sweet (and so is the latest place she calls home—Turks and Caicos, also known as…paradise).

Speaking of paradise, I find that I’m always drawn to images with a beach or island setting. I have to admit that I’m a beach lover at heart, so the fact that J’s blog has to do with sea, sand and sun is a perfect fit for me. I wanted to share a gorgeous editorial shoot today that features Anja Rubik, one of my favorite models, in a beautiful beach setting. This series of photos has stuck with me since the day I discovered them, and I always use them as a source of inspiration. There’s amazing fashion, and Anja looks so beautiful, using flowers and ferns as accessories, and so natural too. A true island girl at heart.

I hope you’ll find the photos as inspiring as I do! And thanks J, for asking me to guest blog!