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

The Sri Yantra Yoga Collection: Sacred Geometry

[caption id="attachment_1757" align="alignnone" width="600"]Sri Yantra Yoga Bra + Basic Capri Leggings Sri Yantra Yoga Bra + Basic Capri Leggings[/caption] The Sri Yantra is one of the new screenprinted designs in our Yoga Collection this season. The Sri Yantra is an important symbol in Hindu culture. This sacred diagram is made up of 9 interlocking triangles that form 43 smaller triangles. It is symbolic of the Goddess, the Womb, and creation. It is said that you can map your spiritual journey from material existence to ultimate enlightenment through the lines of the Sri Yantra. [caption id="attachment_1758" align="alignnone" width="600"]Sri Yantra Shakti Tank + Paneled Leggings Sri Yantra Shakti Tank + Paneled Leggings[/caption] The Sri Yantra Collection is especially close to the heart of Designer/Co-owner of Synergy, Kate Fisher. She is an avid yogi and a true believer in the power yoga can have on the world. Just as the geometry of the Sri Yantra connects all of those tiny triangles, this yoga collection connects you to the women who produce it in Nepal. These are women who are earning a living wage and helping to rebuild their country after a devastating earthquake. [caption id="attachment_1760" align="alignnone" width="600"]Sri Yantra Jane Tank in Coral Sri Yantra Jane Tank in Coral[/caption] In yoga, we bend and manipulate our bodies into asanas, following our own personal paths of intention. In this way our bodies mimic the sacred geometry of the Sri Yantra that is in all of us. Shop the collection here.

SSEKO X SYNERGY GIVEAWAY

giveaway-synergy-facebook2 We're excited to partner with our friends at Sseko Designs for our latest giveaway. Sseko is a footwear and accessories brand that uses fashion to educate and empower women in East Africa. Strut into summer in style with $150 from each brand. Enter for your chance to WIN here. SONY DSC

Meet Christina: Synergy x The Penny Rose

Seen here, the Christina Top is one of four designs in our capsule collaboration with The Penny Rose, a Santa Cruz-based style blog. With a sweet touch, it’s a spring/summer staple that comes in a variety of colors and is versatile enough to be worn to work or play. Tuck it in a pencil skirt and add heels for day time; leave it un-tucked and show off the romantic waterfall effect of the fabric for a nighttime look when paired with skinny jeans, a sleek moto jacket and booties. Find it at Synergy stores or online here. $53. synergy-12677 KP3_8296KP3_8336KP3_8268KP3_8188

Meet Vivienne: Synergy x The Penny Rose

It’s a basic T-shirt with a twist—literally. The Vivienne T-shirt, with its delicate sleeves and twisty neckline offers an alternative to the classic tee. If you like a little something different in your wardrobe, this is the top for you. Wear it with jeans, flats and a clutch for a Parisian flavor, or tuck it into wide leg linen pants for a day at the office. pennyrose5 We designed this piece in collaboration with The Penny Rose, a Santa Cruz-based style blog as part of our Spring 2015 collection. Find it in stores and online now  for $53. synergy-3528 copy 2 synergy-3563 copy synergy-3596 copy 2

Meet Janis: Synergy x The Penny Rose

When temperatures heat up this season, a maxi dress will keep you cool. Flattering on all figures and with a nod to our favorite bird—the peacock—the Janis dress is versatile enough for all occasions. Wear it to a springtime party, a summer wedding, a day at the beach, or a shopping excursion around town. janis1 The Janis dress, with its clever knot details is a part of the Synergy X The Penny Rose capsule collaboration for spring 2015. Find it in stores and online here, $119synergy-7135synergy-7014

Meet Katie: Synergy x The Penny Rose

Sweet and fresh, the Katie jumper is a versatile and youthful piece from our collaboration with The Penny Rose, a Santa Cruz-based style blog. As seen here, you can pair a chambray shirt under it for an unexpected look, or wear it solo on a warm summer day and revel in the maritime mood it evokes. Paired with ankle boots or or flats you can't go wrong with The Katie jumper. synergy-14249 As part of the Synergy X The Penny Rose capsule collaboration for Spring 2015, look for it in stores and online here now, $84. KATIE1 synergy-2583 synergy-2609

Oh, Monday...

nepal Don't let Monday get you down! After all, it is the beginning of a whole new week with all new opportunities!

Synergy x The Penny Rose

logo resizedSynergy has always been passionate about supporting our local community, so one year ago we teamed up with The Penny Rose, a Santa Cruz-based style blog, to create an exclusive capsule of co-designed items to be included in our Spring 2015 line. As longtime friends and mutual admirers of one another’s work it was the perfect match, blending eco-consciousness with innovative fashion.

In the early part of 2014, we met several times and together designed four items that you’ll see rolling out this season. Included in the group are two tops and two dresses. Each style has a timeless, distinct, versatile flavor. We hope you’ll enjoy our collaborative capsule as much as we did creating it.

Look for upcoming posts on our blog and on The Penny Rose blog featuring these four collaborative designs as well as a short film about the project in April on The Penny Rose and on our blog.

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!