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Guest Blogger: Katie Jo

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We are humbled on a daily basis by the women who wear Synergy Organic Clothing while doing incredible things. This post is the first in a series of guest blog spots written by inspirational women who kick butt while wearing Synergy!

Hi everyone! My name is Katie Jo and I'm a climbing instructor from Southern California. This past Saturday I reached a pretty big climbing milestone by successfully climbing a 5.13a sport route, a difficult achievement I never imagined would be possible when I first began climbing five years ago. The only things I could picture then, were my feet slipping, the rock crumbling, and myself, tumbling into open space. Though I grew up with a mountaineering father and always felt drawn to the mountains and crags, I was also terrified of heights! My first time sport climbing outside, I was so scared of falling that I cried at every bolt! 

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But along with the opportunities to be outdoors and the supportive community it provides, this same fear, is one of the big reasons why I have come to love climbing so much. It's a sport that never ceases to challenge, both mentally and physically. Climbing presents constant obstacles, teaching you to focus, trust in yourself, think of creative solutions, and be completely in the moment in order to overcome.  Along the way, the rock will crumble, your feet will slip, and you'll take plenty of falls, but I have come to realize that these are only opportunities to get back up, to work a little harder, to reach a little further.  And when you reach the anchors of your most difficult route, it's pretty incredible to realize that you are capable of things you never imagined!

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Climbing has made such a positive impact on my life and for this reason I love sharing it with others.  I'm very grateful to Synergy for their support and for giving me an opportunity to write about this amazing sport. If anybody out there has any questions about climbing, please reach out via IG (@katiejo.myers) or my blog (katiejo.wildc.net). I would love to hear from you!blog 4

In this shoot Katie is wearing our Native Summer Bra and Basic Capri Pants

California Green Business Program

Green+Business   We are so proud to be a part of the California Green Business Program. This certification means a lot to us because being an eco-company is at the core of everything that Synergy is. This certification looks at our business practices on a micro level and demonstrates that we are doing everything we can to tread gently on the earth. The Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program is a successful partnership of environmental agencies, utilities and nonprofit organizations that assist, recognize and promote businesses and government agencies that volunteer to operate in a more environmentally responsible way. To be certified "green," participants must be in compliance with all regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste. They offer motivated businesses and agencies an easy-to-use framework for improving environmental performance. You can read more about the program here.

Meet Shaela: the Free Bird Yogi

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You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust.
You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don't.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.
-Rumi
 
Meet Shaela, an inspiring, and oh-so-cool, LA based yoga instructor. We love this series shot on Venice Beach. It is humbling to have such awesome people doing their thing while wearing Synergy.

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Before we go, can we talk about how cute her dog is?!?!!? AHHH! THAT FACE!!!!!!


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You can shop the Free Bird Collection here.
Follow Shaela on Instagram for inspiration and fun!

Spring 2015 is almost here!

Synergy Fanatics get ready! Our Spring 2015 Collection will be available on our website soon! This spring brings back some old favorites alongside a massive offering of new styles to fall in love with. This spring we have expanded our tissue knit and printed fabric collections. There is SO much to look forward to, including: a brand NEW screenprint collection, an all new revamped yoga collection, new colorblocking, appliques, styles, and more! Here is a tiny sneak peek of the greatness to come.

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The Sweetest Print...

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We are all buzzing over this sweet new Honeycomb Print. This Fall Synergy is excited to be adding two new printed fabrics to our collection.

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The Honeycomb print comes in Cardamom and Aquamarine.

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The print is subtle enough for everyday wear, and eye-catching enough to add dimension to any outfit! The Honeycomb print is sure to add a bit of sweetness to any outfit!

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Behind the Scenes: SPRING 2015 SHOOT

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Psst... we've got a special sneak peek of Synergy-greatness to come, just for you!

We are thrilled to be shooting our Spring 2015 Collection on site in Red Rock Canyon Park in Southern California! We'll be posting more pics throughout the week; make sure you're following us on Instagram, so you don't miss a thing!

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How to Make your own Sauerkraut and Fermented Veggies


In this amazing video, our good friend Blythe Metz from Blythe Natural Living shows you how to make all natural fermented veggies + sauerkraut, all the while, rocking our Peacock Bella Dress.

Blythe is an Metaphysician, chef, entrepreneur, actress, artist and natural lifestyle expert. She began learning about the power of foods to heal the body in 2006, and hasn't been able to stop sharing the wealth. Life can be magical, especially when we consume the very best this earth has to offer and when we clear away the blocks we have in our energy patterns.

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Synergy Ambassador: MEET STEPHANIE BIRCH

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Meet one of our new Synergy Organic Clothing Ambassadors, Stephanie Birch @stephynow. Stephanie is a playful, photo-taking mom inspired by love, art, and people. In this photo series she is rocking our Hannah Capri Leggings

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Her passion lies in teaching yoga and being a student of the practice, on and off the mat. Stephanie's goal is to someday open a home studio where she can invite students to a daily sunrise yoga practice from her outdoor yoga deck. 

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Check out our ambassador page here.
Check out Stephanie's Tumblr here.
Check out her Facebook here.
Check out her Instagram here.

Synergy Style: BACK TO SCHOOL FASHION

Read about how Synergy can help you go back to school in style! #ecofashion #synergy

September is just around the corner. Head back to campus in style with some sweet styles from Synergy!

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The Wrap coat is the perfect pick for any scholar! This studious staple is made from our super soft organic french terry fabric, comes with a detachable belt, and POCKETS!

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The Dragonfly Long Tank is a versatile and stylish piece for the studious sally in all of us! This great top is perfect for layering, and transitioning between summer and fall.

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The Ruched Mini is the perfect skirt for flaunting your academic attitude! This skirt will keep you cool in summer and warm in fall when you layer it over leggings!

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Wrap it all up with one of our sumptuous Cashmere Pashminas! These super soft pashminas are light enough for warm weather, but when wrapped up - cozy enough for fall days.

So head back to school looking cool as ever. Synergy has you covered!

DIY: Fruit Window Display

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We like to keep things fresh at our Flagship Store in the heart of Downtown Santa Cruz. This sweet smelling display is inspired by late summer, and long, hot days spent sipping on a nice cool lemonade. This easy and all natural fruit display would make an awesome decoration for your next party!

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What you'll need:

• Fruit! We used lemons, limes, and blood oranges • Fishing line • Time! • A sewing needle • Parchment paper

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How to:

1. Slice your fruit up into about 1/4" thick wedges 2. You will either need to dehydrate the fruit or dry it in the oven at a very low temperature over a long period of time. If you are using an oven, turn it on to 180 degrees. 3. Lay the fruit out on parchment paper and toss 'em in the oven 4. The juicier the fruit, the longer they will need to bake. Flip and rotate the fruit every 1/2 hour or so. The limes we used only took a few hours, but the juicy lemons took all day. 5. Once your fruit is dried out you can string it together using the fishing line and a needle.

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These would look great strung in a line as a garland or strung individually from the ceiling! If you're in the Santa Cruz area, stop by 1229 Pacific Avenue and check it out.