Vitamin Sea

Happy Summer Lovelies.  How many of you will be spending these hot, lazy summer days at the beach? What emotion do you feel when you spend time by the ocean?

Growing up in South Africa, we were lucky to have the sea just a ten minute drive from where we lived. My love of the ocean developed through accompanying my dad on his early morning fishing trips. While dad fished I discovered the wonderful sea life that crowded the tidal pools. I could have spent hours looking at the myriad of magnificent sea creatures darting around and watch the majestic waves crash the rocks on the shore. The relentless waves both frightened and invigorated me. In the summer months when my cousins visited during school vacation my parents would take us all to the beach. We would spend an entire day at the beach running, playing and exploring. The magic of the ocean is that it doesn’t matter whether you are standing on the shore or far out at sea; you can still sense the wonder and the force of the ocean.

I am so fortunate that my husband shares and feels the same way about the ocean. When looking for a home after we got married, Andrew said to me, “I need to be close to the ocean. It fills my soul.” So, we found a home that is just a five minute walk from the sea. The ocean is truly a source of inspiration for us both.

A lot of times
We are angry at other people
For not doing what
We should have done for ourselves.

~Responsibility – Rupi Kaur

It deeply saddens me to see what our actions are doing to the ocean. The one action that both Andrew and I have taken to ensure the well being of our ocean is thinking about the impact of our plastic use on the ocean. We both have reduced the amount of plastic we use. We don’t use plastic bags when we shop, we also don’t use single use plastic ware or straws. During our morning walks to the beach, we always stop to pick up litter.

What one action do you take to ensure the future well being of our ocean? Would love to hear from you.

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

38 thoughts on “Vitamin Sea

  1. Vanessa says:

    What a beautiful post, it is making me feel even more excited for summer! Can’t wait to enjoy the warm weather at the beach, I live in California so the beach life is amazing here.
    Loved your images, they are so amazing and very well taken. Thank you for sharing your beautiful paradise.

    • Nikki says:

      The beaches in California are truly amazing and I love that the surf is similar to the beaches in SA. Thank you so much for stopping by. Wishing you a wonderful summer Vanessa ?

    • Nikki says:

      So true Radi. Nothing beats sitting by the ocean to give you a sense of calm and clarity. ?

  2. Jenny says:

    Such a lovely post and I love that yellow dress on you! It’s sad how much we’re polluting the ocean, but at the same time it’s great to know that so many people are also doing their part to help!

    ♥︎ Geeky Posh

    • Nikki says:

      Thank you Katherine. Yes, I make sure I carry my reusable straw and cutlery in my purse so I don’t have to use single use plastic ware.

  3. Jill says:

    All these outfits are so beautiful, but I especially love the yellow maxi dress! You look stunning! It is really sad how much humans trash the earth. I try to pick up trash when I am outside as well.

  4. Simone says:

    Littering is very sad and it makes me angry too. Not only the beach, also in the middle of nowhere. Some people just don’t think twice what they’re doing to our planet when throwing garbage into the sea or out of the car. What a fantastic idea to pick up the litter and keep up the beach as clean as possible!

    xx Simone

    Little Glittery Box

    • Nikki says:

      Yes, I agree Simone. People don’t realize the amount of damage they can cause by littering especially to wildlife.

  5. Shauna Cunningham says:

    All the littering makes me SO sad. Our beaches here in CA are getting destroyed from this too and it’s such a shame. But I’m always inspired by people who do their part. I know I try and do mine…as little as it seems to me…I know in the bigger picture it helps!


    • Nikki says:

      It is a shame to whats happening to our gorgeous coasts. So true every little bit does make a difference Shauna. And hopefully, your actions will inspire others and it will have a chain reaction.

  6. Pentené says:

    This post was truly beautiful, thoughtful and inspiring Nikki. Your love for the sea and ensuring that you do your part by caring for it is awesome to see. The fact that you and your husband dedicate time to pick up liter is tremendous. Your photos are all so beautiful too and in each style you look fabulous. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us to care more about the environment around us.


  7. Jill says:

    I’m always at peace when I’m near the water! Your photos are beautiful! I have tried to eliminate as much plastic as I can too. I’ve replaced plastic straws with metal, use refillable water bottles and reusable bags!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  8. Nancy says:

    I love the views of the beach! Having a picnic out there is amazing. It is unfortunate that people feel the need to dump their waste into the ocean. We need to do a better job of being more environmentally friendly, whether it means cutting back on usage or proper disposal.

    Nancy ♥

  9. Jess says:

    Love your gorgeous outfits and swimsuits. That is so thoughtful of you to pick up litter. I live near the Mystic River and there is so much trash that has made its way into the water. 🙁

  10. Kara says:

    All of these beach photos are beautiful! I love your jumpsuit in the first one. And that’s wonderful that you pick up any litter on the beach. Small things like that can make such a big difference.

    x Kara |

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