A few weeks ago I got the invitation of the year, and I am super excited to finally share the details with you! A new store was opening at the St. Johns Town Center here in Jacksonville, and they wanted to celebrate with a few local bloggers and influencers. I was fortunate enough to be one of those!
This new store, my friends, is Bunulu (pronounced boo-new-lu).
I was actually pleasantly surprised when I walked through the doors of Bunulu. When I heard about it, I expected it to be your typical surf shop, complete with swim suits and board shorts, flip-flops, sunglasses and beach souvenirs. It is that, but a boutique version of it, if that makes sense. The store is full of designer clothing (very reasonably priced), some of which is beachy and some is just cute clothing that you could where pretty much anywhere. In case you’re wondering, I am obsessed with this Beaches Babes & Barefeet tee and those floral dresses. (P.s. Your chance to win some goodies from the store is below … keep reading!)
They have beautiful, good quality swim suits, workout apparel, shoes and sandals, sunglasses and accessories, a great selection of men’s clothing, and much more! Jimmy loves their watch collection.
The blogger event was arranged to celebrate what Bunulu stands for, which is land, water and style. Land: a short yoga session on the beach. Water: paddle boarding in the ocean. Style: shopping and exploring the new store.
After browsing the store (and adding about 50 things to my wish list), we headed out and loaded onto a charter bus. Off to the beach we went! It was a crazy day in Jacksonville that October evening and the weather was freakishly chilly and windy, which caused choppy water and larger-than-expected waves. Which meant paddle boarding was a no-go. (P.s. I originally thought we were doing yoga on the paddle boards on the water. Boy was I in for a surprise!) Due to the weather conditions and an earlier sunset, we passed on yoga, paddle boarding was canceled, and full-on surfing was the name of the game. I have never surfed before, but I thought I’d at least be able to stand up on the board. WRONG! (It is nothing like wake boarding, FYI. That I can do.) We had a quick surfing lesson from the folks at Jax Surf and Paddle, then made our way to the white waters. After an exhausting, trying, but extremely fun hour, we headed back to the surf shop, loaded onto the bus, enjoyed a tasty boxed dinner from a local cafe, and passed out the moment we got home.
I filmed most of our experience and put together a short little video of our adventure, in case you want to see us in action! (Warning: you may get motion sick if you watch this on full screen. I think I need to invest in a stabilizer! Also, sorry for the graininess and bad videography/editing skills. GoPro + sunset/low light + zoom = crummy video quality.)
In addition to all of this awesomeness, Bunulu sent us home with a tote bag full of goodies, and because I love you so much, I’ve decided to give one of them away! Want to win it? CLICK THIS LINK and fill out the short form. I will select a winner at random on 11/30/15 and announce it here on the blog. (I will email the winner as well.)
*BONUS ENTRY* Leave a comment below telling me your favorite thing about Bunulu, this post, the video, or if you’ve visited a Bunulu store yet.
Be sure to check out Bunulu, now open at the St. Johns Town Center!
Thank you Bunulu for hosting this event and including us, and thanks Jax Surf & Paddle for the lessons! It was an evening that will never be forgotten.