All posts by Katrina Raymundo

"Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known." — Chuck Palahniuk (Invisible Monsters)

The STITCH: Summer Essentials

The sun is coming out and school is almost over which can only mean one thing; SUMMER! If your closet is filled with old winter clothes don’t fret, Active has you covered. There are so many different pieces that cater to any Active Girl’s unique style.

This summer try out some bright colors. My favorite summer color this year is good ole’ green. It makes a statement and is easily paired with anything white, denim or black. I’ve already picked up some summer essentials and you can too! Visit your local Active and check out these awesome fashion pieces!

Till Then!

-KR

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Klique B- Ripped Short in White and Jade / Klique B- Cuffed Short in Dark Indigo

Double Zero- Rodeo Tank in Green / Nine Bird-Denim Crop Top in Denim

Timing- Textured Tank in Ivory / Timing-Watermelon Tank in Green

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The STITCH: Paid Dues 2012

Last Saturday I got to groove to new and legendary hip hop beats at the Paid Dues Festival at the NOS center in good ol’ San Bernardino.  The 88 degree weather didn’t stop me from watching Wu-Tang’s early 4 o’clock set. Even though I was uncomfortably sweaty, it was awesome to hear the rest of the Wu-Tang clan pay tribute to the late ODB as they played his hit “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”. Wu-Tang had everyone in the crowd jumping and throwing up the WU sign to hits like “Bring Da Ruckas” and “C.R.E.A.M”. I was hyped!

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I also had the pleasure of seeing Boom Camp Clik, Hieroglyphics, Living Legends, Odd Future, and Dipset perform. Living Legends had the best performance hands down. I threw up the “L” as they performed their hits “Never Falling Down” and “She Wants Me.”

I’ve heard stories about Odd Future shows and the craziness that happens, but I was not prepared for what I experienced. Colorful balloons decorated the stage as members of OF grilled hamburgers while performing. Mosh pits were created, people crowd surfed, and drinks were being thrown everywhere. It got a little too intense – I had to watch from the back!

As soon as OF finished their last song, I rushed to the front of the stage to watch Dipset perform. I was most excited about this performance but it ended up being the most disappointing. Although I was hyped that all four members (Cam’ron, Freekey Zekey, Jim Jones, and Juelz Santana) showed up, I could barely hear Cam’s voice.  I was so disappointed! But, they did play my favorites “Dipset Anthem” and “Bout It, Bout It.”. Plus, it was pretty rad seeing OF bouncing in the front with the rest of the fans!

In between sets I visited the Active Booth where Luke was chillin’. He was having a good time too!

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All in all it was an amazing night of hip hop! If you missed this year’s Paid Dues festival, here are some videos of the shows I saw! Can’t wait ’til next year!!

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Create Your Canvas: Event Photos and Video!

Last Friday, Active Chino invited talented artists to come down and customize TOMS Shoes for the “Create Your Canvas” event. It was an awesome time and the customers really dug their newly customized shoes! It’s absolutely amazing what one can do with some paint and a pair of TOMS.

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toms23Esmail, Marcus and Marcello showin’ some love!

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The Hunger Games!

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Check out the video below of the event!

Till then!

-KR

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The STITCH: Spring Break in Phoenix

For Spring Break I decided to pack my bags and take a road trip down to Phoenix, AZ to show some love and support for our boys on the Active AM team at Phx AM. After a long 6 hour drive, I was greeted by 95 degree weather and beautiful skies. AZ showed me a good time and I’ll definitely be back.

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First thing on the agenda: backyard mini ramp session.

Phx AM was the next day and, despite the hot weather, all of the riders killed it! YEEE Active!

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So many people!

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Theotis showin’ some love !

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The set up!

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It was a wild two days that I’ll never forget. Till next year Phx AM!

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The STITCH: Fashion Inspiration

Fashion is everywhere I go.  I am constantly inspired by the people, and trends, and styles I come across. I attend Cal State Fullerton (Go Titans!) and it’s amazing how many different styles I see walking the campus. The other day, before heading to class, I stopped and talked to two lovely ladies with style all their own. Check out what inspires these girls!

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Deanna Hampton

Inspiration: bums, grandparents, and Lucille Ball

Style: Comfy, Vintage, Thrifty

Fashion Must Haves: Boy T-shirts

“Active has cool different types of t-shirts that have awesome graphics.”

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Cassandra Ontiveros

Inspiration: Online websites and blogs

Style: Simple, Dark, Funky

Fashion Must Haves: High waisted Levi shorts, black sweaters, white tanks.

“Active has a great collection of Obey product and TOMS Shoes. They also have a good variety of men’s t-shirts that I love to cut into my own.”

These ladies definitely represent the “Active girl” and it just shows that Active has something for everyone. Stop into the Active store nearest you and check out all of the new Spring styles.

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Create Your Canvas: TOMS Shoes Event at Active Chino

Next Friday, April 6th, join us at Active Chino for a special night as we celebrate TOMS Shoes and the “One for One” movement; for every pair of TOMS shoes purchased, a pair will be donated to a child in need. Come out and groove to music while you get your TOMS customized by one of our talented artists! Featured artists are Mando Castello, Danielle Gonzales, Courtney Bowers and many others! See y’all there!

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Customized TOMS from the 2008 GIVE Event
Customized TOMS from the 2008 GIVE Event
Customized TOMS from the 2010 GIVE Event
Customized TOMS from the 2010 GIVE Event
Customized TOMS from the 2008 GIVE Event
Customized TOMS from the 2008 GIVE Event

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THE STITCH: NEW Active Graphic Tanks

Active just released some graphic tanks for the ladies!  These tanks are lightweight and perfect for spring, and they come in eight NEW awesome graphics.  I’ve already picked up a couple myself!  They’re going quick, so swing by Active and pick up a few!

Active Scribble Tank in White
Active Scribble Tank in White
Active Written Tank in Black and Yellow
Active Written Tank in Black and Yellow
Active Winds Tank in White
Active Winds Tank in White
Active California Tank in Yellow and White
Active California Tank in Yellow and White
Active Circle 89 Tank in Black
Active Circle 89 Tank in Black

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Till Then!
-KR

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THE STITCH: New Obey in Stores Now!

New women’s OBEY has landed at Active!  Tons of tee’s and tank’s in new prints are in stock, plus spring styles like crew neck pullovers, cute tops, and of course more of the Jealous Lover jacket!! Not only does OBEY’s clothing raise awareness to political and social issues, but it screams fashion as well! Be sure to cruise by any Active location and pick some up!

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obey1Shout out to Active Rancho’s new display of OBEY!

Active Orange!
Active Orange!

Till then!

-KR

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The STITCH: 2012 – The Year to Rock Out!

2012 is definitely going to be the year to rock out! There are so many music festivals coming up, but there are three in particular that I have my eye on.

March 3rd, Cypress Hill will be hosting the annual SmokeOut Festival in San Bernardino at the NOS Center. I’m totally excited!  This year SmokeOut will have performances by Sublime with Rome, Thievery Corporation and Curren$y! Plus, there’s no better venue than the NOS Center!

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The next music fest that I’m excited for is the Paid Dues Festival on April 7. WU-Tang and Odd Future will be headlining and bridging the gap between old school and new school.  Both groups are great performers, and it’s definitely going to get crazy!

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But, nothing will be as crazy as Coachella is going to be this year! The two-weekend festival in April had tickets selling out last July, before the bands were even announced!  The line up this year is AMAZING with bands like Refused and At the Drive In reuniting after years apart, Radiohead and The Black Keys, plus Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog are set to end the show. Coachella is comparable to a modern day Woodstock, and an awesome event that embraces music of all kinds.

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Mark your calendars, save up some cash, and do what you got to do because these festivals are not one to miss!

Till Then!

-KR

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HUF x DLX x HAROSHI Art Show

Last Saturday, in the beautiful city of Los Angeles, HUF played host and held down one of the most interesting art shows I’ve ever been to.  Artist, Haroshi, takes the phrase, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” to another level with mind-blowing sculptures that were created from used and broken skateboards.  A high-ollie contest over Haroshi’s fire hydrant started the night off, as tacos and beers kept it going.  Many pros were in attendance to show some love and support.  And to top it all off, Ray Barbee, Tommy Guerrero, and Money Mark ended the night with some sounds.  Hats off to Deluxe, HUF and Haroshi for a good night.

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Peter Ramondetta’s arm

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The STITCH: Active throws a party for the Ladies!

“Oh yes it’s LADIE’S night, and the feelings right!”

Last Saturday, Active Ride Shop threw an awesome party for the ladies.  All 21 stores hosted a special shopping night for our women’s customers, and at Chino we did it big this year!  It was a special night full of sugar, sparkling cider, discounts, and more! We danced the night away to a DJ, and handed out giveaways like hot-cakes. We even had talented artists come down and paint TOMS for the customers. And did I mention that all women’s clothing was 25% off?!  All in all, it was a successful night, full of fun and shopping!

Check our Flickr page for more photos from Ladies Night’s at all of our stores!

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Baked goodies from all the Chino ladies

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DANCE DANCE DANCE!

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Chino ladies!

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Chino boys came to represent!

Check activerideshop.com/womens for future ladies nights!

Till then!

-KR


The STITCH: NEW Active Women’s Graphic Tops!

Active is showing some love for the ladies with the new, and improved, women’s Active graphic tops!  The super soft material and awesome Active graphics make these tops comfortable, and fashionable.  They may look like any other top on the hanger but, as soon as you try one on, you can see and feel the difference.  The arms are fitted and the body is loose, giving you a casual, flawless look!

These are my top 4 picks…

Active Feather Scoop Top in Grey, Flying Monkey Denim in Teal, TOMS Classic Shoe in Black
Active Feather Scoop Top in Grey, Flying Monkey Denim in Teal, TOMS Classic Shoe in Black
Active Circle 89 Top in Red, Flying Monkey Denim in Black, TOMS Classic Shoe in Ash
Active Circle 89 Top in Red, Flying Monkey Denim in Black, TOMS Classic Shoe in Ash
Active Rose Scoop Top in Charcoal, Flying Monkey Denim in Blackberry, TOMS Classic Shoe in Black Glitter
Active Rose Scoop Top in Charcoal, Flying Monkey Denim in Blackberry, TOMS Classic Shoe in Black Glitter

Active Cobra Baseball Raglan in Black, Flying Monkey in Dark Indigo, TOMS Classic Shoe in Red
Active Cobra Baseball Raglan in Black, Flying Monkey in Dark Indigo, TOMS Classic Shoe in Red

These tops arrived in stores just in time for Ladies Night Out!  This Saturday, December 3, every Active location will be hosting a special holiday shopping event for the ladies.  From 7-9PM  shoppers will receive 25% off women’s clothing!  So, join us this weekend for a night of discounts, giveaways, treats, music, and more!

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The STITCH: This Just In – Flying Monkey Denim!

Introducing Flying Monkey Denim, the newest women’s brand at Active! This new denim has a skinny, low-rise fit, with some extra stretch. I can tell you first hand that this denim fits amazing, and is ridiculously comfortable. They come in a variety of colors that are perfect for the season, and they look great cuffed with a pair boots! Not to mention, Flying Monkey Denim is totally affordable – only $39.99 for the denim, and $44.99 for the color!

Be sure to stop by any Active Ride Shop location to pick up a pair or two of these magical fitting pants. You’ll thank me later!

Timing 70's Stripes Top in Black, Jack Conrad Jacket in Moss, Flying Monkey Everyday Skinny Jean in Dark Indigo
Timing 70's Stripes Top in Black, Jack Conrad Jacket in Moss, Flying Monkey Everyday Skinny Jean in Dark Indigo
Jack Jet Fighter Jacket in Black, Toska PYT Top in Taupe, Flying Monkey Gossip Girl Skinny Jean in Blackberry
Jack Jet Fighter Jacket in Black, Toska PYT Top in Taupe, Flying Monkey Gossip Girl Skinny Jean in Blackberry
Active Get Low L/S Top in Black/White, Timing Jackpot Cardi in Black, Flying Monkey Gossip Girl Skinny  Jean in Teal
Active Get Low L/S Top in Black/White, Timing Jackpot Cardi in Black, Flying Monkey Gossip Girl Skinny Jean in Teal

Till then!

-KR

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The STITCH: It’s about that time again – Snowboarding Season!

The leaves are changing, the weather is finally cooling down, and winter is approaching fast.  This all means one thing – SNOW!  This is my absolute favorite time of the year and I’m so stoked for this upcoming snow season.  Snowboarding is such an exhilarating and exciting sport.  There’s nothing better than the rush of adrenaline that pumps through my body as I zoom down the mountain.  The fresh air relaxes me and all of my worries and stress melt away at the sight of a snow-capped mountain.  Snowboarding gives me a chance to be at one with nature and to experience it to the fullest. To me, snowboarding is the epitome of freedom, and when I’m on the slopes I’m enjoying life!

This season, stop into select Active shops to stock up on all your snowboarding needs! We’ve always got the latest and greatest gear, and the best deals around!

See y’all on the mountain!

Active Snow locations: Active San Dimas, Active Brea, Active Rancho Cucamonga, Active Temecula, Active Orange.

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Till then!

-KR

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The STITCH: Women’s Fashion – Employee Favorites

“The Active Girl” is a confident woman who loves all things fashion!  She loves to explore new trends and adds to her unique style by constantly mixing pieces.  She finds inspiration anywhere; from magazines to shopping at Active.  Every single one of the ladies who work at Active embody what it means to be an “Active Girl.”

Meet four of the lovely women who help keep Active Chino Hills running smoothly.  These four girls have their own unmatched styles that make them effortlessly cool.  Each one has an eye for fashion, and all agree that the women’s clothes at Active fit perfectly with their styles.
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Lauren Cardenas

Age: 19

Years at Active: 1Year

Style: Boho, Urban Casual, Native

Must Haves: Baggy cardigans, combat boots, skinny jeans, and a good belt

“Active is always coming out with the latest styles, [their pieces] keep my wardrobe comfortable, cozy and cool.”

*Lauren is wearing the Caged Knit Poncho by TOKSA in rust

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Carolynn Cooke

Age: 17

Years at Active: 1 Year

Style: Eclectic, Comfortable, Natural

Must Haves: All about the shoes, baggy white tee’s, and Active socks

“Active influences my style on the daily because they come out with styles that I can easily dress up or keep simple”

*Carolynn is wearing the Jackpot Cardigan by Timing in mustard and the Vishnu T-shirt by RVCA in cream

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Lauren Sibus

Age: 21

Years at Active: 3 Years

Style: Polishesd, Casual, Preppy

Must Haves: “My brown Borne worn leather boots, my gold and silver Burberry watches, and skinny jeans”

“Active offers quality affordable clothing. I have clothes from here since when I first started, and they all still look like new! Rachel (below) and I also love to buy men’s clothing from Active and modify them to fit our personal styles.”

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Rachel Bancroft

Age: 20

Years at Active: 1 Year

Must Haves: Boots, black skinny jeans, and rings

Style: Creative, Bohemian, Vintage

“Active carries a lot of classic pieces that I can mix and match into my own personal style.”

All four ladies represent different styles that are inspired by the fashion around them. For your own inspiration fix be sure to stop by Active; all of our ladies would love to help you shop!

TIll then!

-KR

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