island company® + goldfish kiss
partner for limited edition ‘quit your job’ tank
Travel lifestyle brand Island Company® has teamed up with one of its favorite bloggers, Rebekah Steen of the sundrenched GoldfishKiss.com for a limited edition women’s tank top. Goldfish Kiss has an enormous following due to its tropical, travel-inspired content: art, beach style, beauty tips, DIY tricks, upbeat quotes, sunny imagery, and fitness tips that come together in happy randomness. Rebekah’s laidback, sandy styling has been an inspiration to the team at Island Company®, who live—and design—by the same credo: escape, travel, live.
Island Company® is excited to partner with Goldfish Kiss for its first ever blogger collaboration. Creative Director Spencer Antle said of Rebekah, “She’s a true, authentic Islomaniac. Rebekah’s blog is everything we’re about, and when she and I met, we both realized we were very much the same, completely insane for the getaway and cared about very little else. This is the mark of a true beach creature. Suffice to say, we see the world through the same sunglasses…”
Rebekah, a self-proclaimed beach bum, artistic meathead, and fresh air & saltwater addict, and Spencer were fast friends after meeting at the Miami Swim Show. Spencer had mailed Rebekah a bunch of Island Company® gear, and she chopped up one of Island Company’s® signature Quit Your Job tanks, putting a Goldfish Kiss spin on it. From there, the idea for a collaboration was born, and the two got to planning the tank’s design. “I couldn’t be more flattered that Spencer admired my handiwork with a pair of scissors and one of his tees. I am rather thrilled, actually. The Island Company® vibe and everyone I’ve met in the crew are such genuine, down to earth, fellow wanderlusting beach addicts. I am a fan, and it’s one of those collaborations that is a natural no-brainer. And let’s face it. Spencer is the second most interesting man in the world, behind the Dos Equis guy. He’s pretty fun to work with,” joked Rebekah.
The women’s tank is available in graphite in sizes XS-L at Island Company Stores and online at www.islandcompany.com. Island Company’s® signature ‘Quit Your Job’ slogan adorns the back. The tank’s tag carries a personal message from Rebekah: “Don’t be a beach. Go to one. So, buy this tank, feel freaking fantastic, get it salty and sandy, and never give it away.”shop the quit your job tank >>
art, beach style, beauty tips,
diy tricks and fitness tips
that somehow come together
to be a quite happy & random site.
rebekah + spencer
She’s the fabled beach-babe blogger who takes nothing seriously but has a serious following, comprised of approximately every hot babe in the world...he’s the designer and Creative Director of Island Company, the top resort clothing brand in the tropics, your favorite island bad boy breaking every rule. What happens when the two meet? Cheeseburgers, Mai Tais, lots of shit-talking, and falling in creative pina colada love. Here’s Rebekah and Spencer hashing it out, because how often do we get two lifelong beach dorks together?
SA: I sent you a bunch of clothes and you chopped up my tank top—was that a slam at my design capabilities?! Wtf.
RS: It’s not you and your design, it’s me...ok, my shoulders specifically. They are rather broad. So I tend to cut up tees a lot to make room for them. Plus I’ve been cutting tees into new shapes since high school. Which was a loooong time ago.
SA: You started this blog in Hawaii, but you carried the blog into Seattle and now LA. Having lived in LA myself and knowing it isn’t always the “beachiest”, how do you maintain your beachiness?
RS: Easy answer. Roadtrips and saving. When I moved from Seattle to LA my mom and I drove the PCH down the coast the entire way and it opened up my eyes to how many amazing places are within driving distance to LA that I can go to. Also, I am pretty frugal so I save my money so I can travel back to Hawaii and other tropical places every three months or so.
SA: I made this comment that turned into an Instagram post of ours that said, “Seeing it on Instagram doesn’t mean you’ve been there.” How do you balance having a blog that captures and shares your wanderlust lifestyle with readers, but also inherently allows people to sit behind computer screens and feel they’ve escaped when they haven’t even left their front door?
RS: I saw that quote! Great quote man. Authenticity. Yup. That’s it. I don’t know if I answered this correctly. It feels weird to just post vacation pics for 3 months in a row, especially while I am sitting at a computer in my unorganized home office in LA in sweats and Uggs. So I make sure there is a balance in all the content that’s warm and sunny, but also has day to day life material, or a writing post that people in Iceland can even relate to.
SA: In your blog you preach, “Don’t be a beach. Go to one.” I take that to mean find your quiet place, your happy place...the place you feel most alive. I use “find your island” to mean the same thing. So, where’s your island?
RS: Ohh man, I love this question. My island is always changing. On super busy days when I am swamped it’s taking my dog for a walk early in the morning. Some days it’s a neighborhood coffee shop with my headphones and good tunes (Island music and Kona coffee preferred). In Seattle it was on my Standup paddling around the houseboats and seaplanes on Lake Union. Some days it’s a five minute perusal of travelzoo.com and playing “where would you go” right now if you could. Now that I think of it, my island is something that breaks up the monotony or routine of everyday life, I guess. Ok, for a more precise answer, it’s the water. I feel most alive in or near the water.
SA:You’re the bikini queen. Being that you’re the master bikini fashionista opinionator—without us biasing you—who are your top 3 favorites? No, you can’t plead the 5th.
RS:Dude, I can’t answer this question! But ok, here we go: Ola Feroz, L*Space and Acacia. There. I said it. Don’t hate me.
SA: On one of your posts you write, “I wish more people would be concerned with doing what makes them good vs. what makes them happy.” Now the “Quit Your Job” motto is rooted in finding happiness. I’ve essentially told people to quit what they’re good at and go find happiness. How do we reconcile this?
RS: Easy Reconciliation. In a sermon by Dr. Tony Compolo (I have it on tape. It’s old but so good) he was talking about parenting and the quote was something along the lines of “I want my kids to be happy, but more importantly I want them to be good.” And that’s resonated with me all my life. I think if you are doing good things and helping out people, it opens up doors for such a genuine fulfilled happiness. Sometimes you have to choose the good thing to do vs. what makes you happy. I mean trust me, moving away from Hawaii did not make me happy at all, but it was the good loving thing to do for my husband and I, and although lots of tears were shed, I got over it, changed my perspective, moved on, and the blessings have kept on rolling in. Amen.
SA: I shoot all the pictures at Island Company® and so of course as a fashion brand, all of our stuff is pretty much staged....models, clothes, etc. Your images are off the cuff and from the heart. What would be your advice to young, aspiring bloggers who want to have a visually intriguing angle to their work?
RS: Have long arms and learn the art of auto timer. No, but seriously I am so flattered by this one. Really, off the cuff photos? Thanks! The big thing is sticking with it, figuring out your own style, and know what you want to say and show in your photo. It seems like a lot of bloggers have professional photographers following them around every day. Which I don’t have for the majority of my posts. I have a tripod, or a beach bag with my camera balanced on top. Last week in Moorea I balanced my iPhone on a boat and walked out on the lagoon and got one of my favorite pics. I think not having all the bells and whistles can be an advantage, because it’s forced me to be creative, to find new angles and to learn to stretch my arms out in weird angles and look like a weirdo taking pics of myself. So my advice is to start taking pics, figure out your style and know everything doesn’t need to look like a professional editorial shoot.
SA: Shooting collection after collection, I find I have to continually find new inspiration to keep the photos fresh and alive. How do you keep things fresh post after post?
RS: I used to say just throw some sand on it. Sand makes everything look cool. Promise. But lately it’s all about location and perspective, and style. Go to new places, wear new combos of things, try shooting details from new angles. Works like a charm.
RS: Okay, my turn... You’ve got a pretty cool job being Island Company’s® Creative Director. What’s your job like day-to-day? Is this your dream job? Do I even have to ask?
SA: It’s more like hour-to-hour. I used to tell everybody that it’s not all pina coladas and backrubs on the beach, because that’s essentially what all my friends from high school think I’m doing. Every ten minutes is something different. One minute it’s product issues, the next hour it’s designing stores. There are a million things that happen in between. We’ve turned down a reality show 3 times because I’m pretty sure all the stuff that happens here is un-filmable. People wouldn’t believe it wasn’t scripted. However, I think the Super Goal has been achieved in that everybody seems super happy to show up at work. We have a lot of fun and we work our asses off but still manage to do the work of ten companies with one tenth of the staff. And I am very lucky, it is a dream job. But I do need more time on the beach.
RS: Ok why the heck did you want your first blogger collaboration to be with lil’ ol’ me? Thanks by the way.
SA: A) Cause you’re a rock star. B) Cause your blog is super honest and obviously completely from your heart. And C) Did I mention the part about you being a rock star? I learned about your blog for the first time when one of my really good friends who owns Le Tarte swimwear told me there was this awesome blog I had to check out. I fell in love with it instantly and so did all the girls at our studio. Everything you do seems purely authentic and I love that.
RS: You get to shoot your collections at some rather amazing locations. Name your favorite, and why. And when can I go on the next shoot?
SA: We just shot in Anguilla and St. Barths. That was a pretty cool shoot/vacay. Because we’re so busy, I try to make everything we do outside of the studio a work vacation. I think we’ll end up shooting a commercial in the Bahamas in the next six weeks. Yes, you can come. But you can’t write about “everything” that happens on the shoot...we tend to misbehave (laughs.)
RS: I know the first time I read the Island Company® Mantra, I was like...wow, that’s awesome. Do you have a quote that motivates you, or one that makes you go “Yahtzee!” every time you read it? It’s ok if it’s one you wrote...
SA: My new thing is hashtags. #havefun. #becool. It’s something I tell the girls I work with. Figure out whether your daily behavior is how you want to be living your life. When you get older you realize the only thing we should be trying to do is have fun.
RS: You are on a private island, sitting on the beach, with a cocktail in hand it is a_________, and you are wearing _______.
SA: It is a vanilla milkshake with a 151 floater. I am wearing tiger print bikini briefs, some gorilla snow shoes, and a Viking helmet. I would add the huge clock around my neck but I don’t want to be cliché (laughs.)
RS: I love hearing your thoughts on social media, mainly because we kind of feel the same way about it and people’s obsessions with it. Any feelings on the future of it...?
SA: I think social media as we know it is going to be dead in 5 years. The main reason is authenticity, or the lack thereof. Everything’s fabricated. I can’t tell you how many bloggers we’ve sent clothes to who have demanded payments of $200-400 for just mentioning us on their Instagram account, and they only have a couple thousand followers. Everything now is constructed and not lived nor true to the person or blog doing the endorsing. I’m seeing junior high and high school kids giving up Instagram and Facebook and only using Twitter. That’s curious, because Twitter is a word-based platform...I believe that were going to end up getting back to “story” at some point. I consider myself a writer more than I do a fashion designer so this is something that’s really important to me.
RS: If you could have anyone in the world wearing Island Company® gear, who would it be. If you could give one of our collab tanks to one person, who would it be. ONLY ONE!
SA: Our collab tank is for girls only, so I gotta do the girl crush thing. Let me think...hmm...Phoebe Cates from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Jennifer Beals in Flashdance. Brooke Shields in The Blue Lagoon. I know that’s more than one, and sadly all those girls were from movies long ago, but there aren’t many cool girls in pop culture these days. Luckily, we’ve got a bunch of badass guys who are fans of our gear. Bruce Willis, Keith Richards, Johnny Depp…we’re pretty blessed on the men’s side. Keith’s wife did write me a sweet note the other day. She’s a super rock star babe, so maybe we can send her one of the collab tanks.
RS: So, what shall we collaborate on next?
SA: Well we have that top-secret project we spoke about that we’re not gonna talk about here...(laughs)... but I think you need to tell me what piece of clothing is missing from your perfect beach collection. We have to be careful not to blab too much, we don’t need someone poaching all of our great ideas yet.shop the quit your job tank >>