Sun Printing

Whether tie-dye or Shibori (the old school Japanese tie-dying technique) there’s no denying that this trend is still hot.  From clothing to shoes to home decor, it evokes an easy, carefree feeling synonymous only with summer.  Spring collections are in line…

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Lattice Shibori Pillow

 

 J.Crew’s new Elise Pump

 

But have you heard of Sun Printing? For you crafty types, create your own designs with light-sensitive materials and the sun. The sun’s UV rays activate molecules in this eco-friendly fabric, giving it its beautiful indigo color.  Choose from a 4’x3′ Sun Printing Kit (used below to make the art), silk scarfpaper or greeting cards.  This is a great project to share with the kids, with a lesson about the strength of the sun

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Looking for something large-scale?  You can buy larger quantities from specialty fabric stores and make a dress or table cloth…read more via Garden Design Magazine.

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Must Have: Criss Cross Espadrille

Spring is in the air and I’m dreaming of my warm weather wares!  This weeks Must Have…

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…the Criss Cross Platform Sandal from Soludos! Versatile, yet glam in 100% leather.

Hmmm, need to get those toes ready!  Have you seen Essie’s Spring 2015 line?  Colors are flowerista, perennial chic, picked perfect, garden variety, blossom dandy and petal pushers – my personal fave.

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The Beach Necklace

A bathing suit is just not complete without a necklace, one that falls just so and ads that extra bit of glam to your ensemble.  With spring/summer collections dropping now, here are some great new styles to get you spring break ready…

 

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Melene Kent Guardian Angel

 

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Melene Kent Cyhroprase Daggar Necklace – Cyhroprase, “the stone of youth,” said to help one to grow, forgive, connect with nature and balance emotions.  Get 20% off site-wide at Melene Kent Jewels with code spflove, now thru the end of the month!

 

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Ariel Gordon Spike Pendant

 

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Heather Gardner Crystal Antler

 

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Jennifer Zeuner Arrow Necklace

 

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Ace Commune Indigo Tassel

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Chan Luu Neon Skull

 

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Chan Luu Cotton Fringe

 

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Heather Gardner Golden Sunset

 

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House of Harlow Tribal Pendant

The Crop Rash

Not ready for the real deal?  Take the first step with the cropped rashguard. If you got, flaunt it!

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Mara Hoffman Supernova

 

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Zoe Karssen Stars

 

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Suboo Palm as seen is SI Swimsuit

 

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Andrea Iyamah Tara

 

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Splendid Untamed

 

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Red Carter Sun Goddess

 

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2014 Holiday Wish List

It’s been one of my favorite pastimes since I was a kid: making a Christmas Wish List. Back in the day it usually included things like Lamborghinis and the boy who sat next to me in homeroom.  This year’s list is no less long or extravagant.  I’ve scouted high and low, from boutiques to the interwebs, to bring you holiday picks for all those beach-crazy, SPF-Lovers in your life – happy shopping!

FOR YOU, I MEAN HER: She’ll love the MACKIE Dress! These hand-embroidered, one-of-a-kind dresses come in two different styles (long and short) and in 12 different colors.

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For apres-surf or cozying up in front of the fire this season, she’ll melt for Surf Bazaar’s Harem Pants.

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She can stash her stash in this Samudra Pouch.

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Every girl needs a pair of large sunnies.  Sometimes more coverage is just what the doctor ordered and the Ray-Ban Jackie Ohh is the one.

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Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up Highlighter will keep her glowing all year long.

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These trippy Kaleidoscope Smoking Slippers from Soludos make good house slippers too!

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FOR THE LITTLER ONES:  Did we mention the MACKIE also comes in girls, toddler and infant sizes!

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AC, baby! This tee is from Rowdy Sprout, a perennial fave.

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For the beach baby, love these shiny Choudou Booties from Serena & Lily.

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What little one doesn’t love sparkle? This gold sequined Rafia Basket will take her from holiday trough summer.

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FOR HIM: He’ll love you forever for this dope cruiser, handcrafted in PDX.

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His fireside attire? The Harpoon Through the Heart Hoodie

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…and a Vince Dip-Dye Beanie.

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FOR HOME:  Add a beachy, laid-back vibe to anyone’s pad with these fun pillows. The dip dye throw pillow cover…

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…or this Mexican Cotton Embroidered Otami Pillow Cover.

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Jonathan Adler’s lucite Tic Tac Toe board is a playful, mod addition to any living room.

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FOR POOCH: This Bobby Sweater from Ware of the Dog almost makes me want to get a dog. Almost.

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FOR THE HOST: Laduree macarons are always a crowd pleaser, the box is so beautiful and gift enough.  But these treats are amazing, my favorite is vanilla (really!). Laduree macarons are gluten free to boot!

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And last but not least Jonathan Adler’s newest scents in the Pop Candles line: Champagne, Bourbon (“Feels like: William Faulkner, a Secret Society at Yale, buckskin breeches, a date with your ex.”) and Vodka (“Feels like: An igloo hotel, Elaine Stritch, a chic after party, a Brezhnev-era high-rise.”). Hilarious.

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Valdez Panama Hats

 

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While hats are a leisure necessity, they’re not the accessory that I get most excited about, until now.  While searching for a lid for my upcoming trip to St. Barths, I came across Valdez. Their designs are fresh and playful and take the traditional Panama style hat to the next level.  

Founder Gabriela Goldbaum aims to preserve the culture of the original Panama, an Ecuadorian tradition for centuries, while providing work for local artisans in Ecuador. Valdez uses only indigenous materials such as toquilla straw, tagua beads and felt from the Andes to create their handmade hats.  

Just a few of my faves, which one should I take with me??

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Valdez Eva Hat

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Valdez Orange Adan Panama Hat

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Valdez Fiesta Panama Hat

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Valdez Classic Panama Hat with Otavalo Band

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Valdez Worry Doll Panama Hat

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Valdez Double Band Hat

 

 

Soludos!

Nothing says summer like “Soludos.”  Translation: “Cheers to the Sun.”  This California company is bringing back the classic espadrille just in time for board-walking.  What I love about Soludos are their sun-bleached fabrics, design tweaks and prints.

These beachy slips-ons are part of a limited edition collaboration with Australian “print masters” We Are Handsome.  The Tropical is currently on sale – get ‘em before they are gone!

 

The We Are Handsome in Paradise, also on sale!

 

Soludos’ new take on the espadrille, the menswear inspired Smoking Slipper, is a slight deviation from the classic.

Soludos’ selection goes beyond shoes, to bagswraps, lace-up espadrilles and kids styles…check out their summer shop and Cheers to the Sun!

 

 

Last Call!

Our exclusive Cabana Life Coupon code expires on 5/31.  Use SPF14LOVE at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase!

And, last chance for the 2014 SPF Love Sunscreen Drive.  To donate sunscreen to a Lower Eastside Girls Club camper, bring a few bottles to any Letarte location, nationwide. Make it easy, order from Blue Lizard and send directly to: The Lower Eastside Girls Club, 101 Avenue D, New York, NY 10009 (Attn: Kate Sease).  Use coupon code SPFLOVE to receive 10% off your purchase.