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.
In celebration of "World Environment Day" the SOLO team has decided to share a little bit about ourselves with you. What follows is a collection of photos and excerpts about some memorable times we have spend outside.
"Whenever I venture out into Northern California's beautiful mountains, I become completely mesmerized. With each step I take into the never ending trails, I feel a newfound sense of mental rest. When I'm on a secluded trail run, happiness takes over my mind. Everyday I am thankful for the beautiful oasis, the adventures it will always provide, and the ability to develop an everlasting wanderlust for nature. As quoted many times before, 'not all those who wander are lost'- J. R. R. Tolkien."
"My favorite outdoor memory is fishing in the bayou. I would drop about 6 fishing lines at a time around the edge of our yard and I'd spend all day watching them and waiting to catch fish. I loved to fish as a kid. I'd even dig for my own worms. Not so sure I could do that now!"
- Jenny Amaraneni
"This was taken after I hiked to the top of a volcano in Nicaragua. Afterwards, I "volcano boarded" down. It was such an exhilarating experience! This is one of my favorite memories- and not many people can say they have done anything like it before." - Emily Clarie
"One of my favorite outdoor memories is taking walks on the San Diego harbor drive. My dad used to take me and my sister to check out all the boats when were kids. I used to love walking on board all the historic ships. I loved seeing the crowds of tourists and hearing the planes land and take off at the airport. It reminds me of how lucky am I to has grown up in such a wonderful city"
A few buddies and I had spent close to two hours checking every surf spot from the Sunset Cliffs to Blacks Beach.
We were getting frustrated because there was enough swell in the water to taunt us, but nothing looked quite good enough for us to make a decision about where to surf.
Eventually we ended up back where we started. It was such a nice day, we decided that it would be a crime not to paddle out.
It turned out that we went out at the perfect time, because a lot of other people had gotten out, and it was just my friends and I. The tide changed and the waves got really fun! We scored it all to ourselves for a few hours.
SOLO is committed to protecting the environment to our full extent. In order to make sure stories like these continue for generations to come, we know it is everyones responsibility to do their part. Using sustainable materials is a way we run a environmentally sound business; our glasses are crafted with recycled, hand-made bamboo temples. You do your part so support our earth everyday when you wear our glasses! Leave a comment and share a story of yours!
Friends, it’s time you meet the new frames in the family!
Take a second to vote on your favorite new frame below. Share the campaign on Facebook for a chance to win a free pair of SOLO sunglasses!
This summer SOLO has more sunglass options than ever! Our newest collection is available for pre-order and we can assure you that they are hotter than sandy beaches in July.
Check out our sassiest frame, the Shady Lady. Throw these on and teleport to a seaside hammock under a few palm trees. No matter the time of year, every day is a dream vacation when wearing Shady Lady’s.
Next up, scope The Hoff. Whether you’re saving lives like Mitch or fighting crime like the Knight Rider, there’s no problem too hard to handle when rocking The Hoff.
Meet Green Flash! According to our friends at Wikipedia - D.K.J. O'Connell produced the first color photographs of a green flash at sunset in 1960. Watch out Mr. O'Connell, SOLO is about to set the world record for photos of the Green Flash at sunset.
Last but not least, Han SOLO. You better act fast! Vader and the ’troopers just got word... They're leaving the Dark Side just to get their hands on some Han SOLO’s.
We’re super excited about the new frames in the SOLO fam! Let us know what you think by commenting below… we’d love to hear from you! Remember, the best part about our shades is not the quality and style, it’s the fact that each pair purchased funds eye care for people in need. Join our #MissiontoGive.
Have you noticed more people riding their bikes lately?
That’s because May is National Bike Month. With June just around the corner, there are only a few days left to get in on it.
Here are a few ideas to get you stoked.
Have fun knowing you’re emitting zero emissions and staying healthy!
SOLO wants you to get outside and ride your bike!
With Spring Break just behind us, summer has never sounded so good! Sunny days, BBQs, spending lots of time outdoors, vacations... it's all right around the corner! This summer is going to be an exciting one and with so many things happening, we are here to help you start preparing:
Top 3 Places to Visit:
3. A beach near you – take a day to relax
2. Fiji – Beautiful scenery with pristine beaches
1. Brazil – The FIFA World Cup starting June 12th
Top 3 Tips while You're in the Sun:
3. Protect your skin - wear SPF and cover up
2. Hydrate - carry a reusable water bottle and stay hydrated
1. Protect your eyes - block the UV rays with your SOLOs
Stay tuned... We'll soon be releasing our SOLO Summer Collection and you're going to love the new styles!
On March 29th, Dana Holliday and Jenny Amaraneni, co-founders of SOLO Eyewear boarded a plane to San Antonio, Texas. They were headed on SOLO's first giving trip of 2014. Four hours later, they landed in Texas, hopped in a car and drove to the Mexico border with plans to assist at a volunteer eye care clinic in Vamos Tamaulipas. Jenny and Dana brought with them 300 pairs of eyeglasses to contribute to the clinic and help distribute to people in need.
The next few days were amazing. Jenny and Dana teamed up with a group of volunteers to set up the clinic and host it. The morning the clinic doors opened, a line of people stood outside waiting to be seen. They all needed to have their eyes checked and many were in need of eyeglasses. Because the environmental conditions were so harsh, the team distributed sunglasses to everyone who visited the clinic. Sunglasses not only provide protection from harmful UV rays but also can prevent dust and debris in the air from affecting your eyes. Everyone who came to the clinic loved trying on different pairs of sunglasses and picking a pair that they loved.
Jenny and Dana helped with vision screenings and distributing eyeglasses. Many of the people who received glasses were speechless. They would put on a pair of glasses, realize their ability to see clearly and would immediately open their arms for a hug. Their gratitude was immeasurable. Dozens of people of all ages received eye care that week and went home with the ability to see clearly and live more productive lives. Here are a few pictures of our favorite moments at the clinic.
The SOLO team was incredibly grateful for this wonderful giving experience. Because of fans like you, we are able to make an impact in the world. To view more pictures from our trip, please visit our Facebook page to see our Giving Trip Album. Thank you for supporting SOLO Eyewear and our Mission to Give.