By: Mariah Adams
No matter where I seem to move or where my travels take me, I always find myself wanting to explore on my own. And though I’m sure my mom would like to forget this, I have been doing just that since a very young age.
When I was about three years old, my family and I moved to a small village in Germany for my dad’s work. In the town of Münster-Amelsbüren, I attended kindergarten and first grade. Everyday, my mom walked me to and from my kindergarten a couple blocks away. One day, I decided I wanted to find my own way home (or to Frau Rose’s bakery...or maybe it was the toy store that sold the Scala dolls?), much to my mother’s dismay. Of course, mind you, I did not live very far from my home, but I still managed to walk in circles in our small town. People around the town square recognized me and tried to corral me in the right direction even though I insisted on going my own way. Eventually I was intercepted by the couple that use to babysit me and they returned to my mother. I will always remember trying to adventure out on my own at that age.
Later in life, this need to go off on my own would follow me to Spain in the eighth grade, or Vancouver the summer after my junior year of college. In Spain, I would find an elusive toy store that sold Diddls, mouse dolls from Germany. In Vancouver, I discovered savory fish and chips in Stanley Park. I have found that I cannot sit still if I feel I need to explore an area, even where I live in San Diego. It may be cliché, but you never know what you may find around the corner.
Embrace your wanderlust and chase the unexpected.
Feeling Patriotic?! If so, this is your chance to win a pair of SOLO sunglasses! In honor of the World Cup and the Fourth of July, we are running a SOLO Patriot Contest on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Get involved for the chance to win a pair of red, white, or blue SOLOs.
As a company that is dedicated to helping others globally, we know that patriotism is universal. For the SOLO Patriot Campaign, we want to see how you express your patriotism, regardless of what country you represent. Join the campaign next week on social media! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The first way to win is easy- go to @SOLOeyewar on instagram, follow us, and regram the contest photo.
The second way to win takes a little more creativity. You will need to upload the most patriotic photo you have ever taken to Facebook and include #SOLOeyewear.
Entries will be accepted until midnight on July 5th. Stay Tuned!
We hope you’re getting excited about the Summer! We sure are at SOLO Headquarters! Over the last few months we have been preparing to release our new line of sunglasses, and we are excited to announce that they are here! Please meet the new frames in the SOLO family.
Any of the new frames in the family can be purchased on our website or in our retail locations. If you prefer to see them in person, you can drop by the “SOLO Summer Social” tomorrow, June 21st to purchase a pair in person! The event is going to run from 5-7 pm at the W Hotel Sky Beach Lounge in downtown San Diego. Entry is free- so stop by, listen to some live music, support our mission to give and come check out our new line!
I'm sitting outside, in my parents backyard in Los Angeles. As the temperature nears 80 degrees, I relax in the shade and listen to flamenco music. I contemplate getting up from my chair to get something cold from the fridge but I'm far too comfortable. I realize that if someone were to ask me that cliche question, about what my "happy place" was, it would be this; right here, right now.
I look past my parents lawn at the massive magnolia tree that grows on their hill and frames the blue sky with its large, green leaves- if they could only talk. How many times had they watched a younger me play underneath them? Fall asleep in their shade? I wonder if they would have cried out when I nailed wooden planks into the trunk as I built a tree fort, or if they would have smiled all those years ago when I stole a kiss from that girl who laughed afterward. I was certainly happy those leaves couldn't call out to my mother when I pretended I was studying under them but secretly had a book hidden inside my homework folder; although the more I think about it the more I suspect she knew all along.
It's impossible not to smile as I reminisce and relax. Maybe I will grab something from the fridge, or maybe I'll just fall asleep for a while...
Before I was around, my dad used to race bicycles professionally. I was super proud when I found out he placed 10th out of 5,000 contestants in a race he did a few weekends ago in NYC.
While on the subject- this Sunday is fathers day! These days it’s almost impossible to find a unique gift; one that excites and surprises, and your old man probably doesn’t need another BBQ apron. As you may know SOLO has just introduced a whole new line of sunglasses for summer. We think your dad would love all of them, however, there are a few that stick out from the rest.
Give him something that no-one else has! Every pair of glasses from our “artist series” is made individually, making them all one of a kind. And of course we still incorporated all the features you love, including recycled bamboo frames and spring loaded hinges. Check out "the wave."
Does your dad look like this?
Yes you say? Well that's super bitchin' - you should be proud because Hasselhoff is the man. And the rest of you needn't fret- because SOLO has you covered.
Give your dad a pair of our signature "Hoff's" and he will be towing boats out of dangerous waters with his teeth in no time at all.
Speaking of boats, if neither of these glasses are floatin' yours, we have our entire collection available on our website.
Have fun this Sunday enjoying your family and spending time with your Dad.
When I was in high school, I had an awesome opportunity to make some money for college by housing foreign exchange students. My parents had a back-house and over my senior year, we had 3 different exchange students live there. Among other things I have great memories of taking them to english class, showing them around Los Angeles teaching them to surf. What started out as a way to make extra money turned into a unique and personal experience- one in which I grew as a person, learned about different cultures, and made friends who I am still in touch with today.
This is a photo of Alan, one of my exchange students from Mexico City. He had a great time staying with us, and most important of all, became a Kings fan…
One time my friends and I took Alan camping in San Clemente. There were seven of us: My two friends Sean and Connor, Sean's girlfriend from Texas, and two of her friends. We spend a few days hanging out, surfing, and barbecuing food on the beach- not something out of the ordinary for any kid from Southern California, but certainly different for an exchange student from Mexico City.
No matter where you live, there are tons of websites that can connect you with a foreign exchange student. There are a million reasons to host, and hardly any not to. I would recommend it one hundred percent.