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9 Essential Items for a Fabulous (But Super Sun Safe) Spring Break

It used to be that when some of us went on spring break, getting lots of sun was the point. Or part of the point, sort of; but we digress.

Now, taking into account all that science says about wrinkles and melanoma and such, this is our best advice: Let’s be sensible. But while we’re at it, let’s also still be fabulous!

Here is our list of essential UPF 50+ sun protective Coolibar items to take with you on your sun safe spring break:

Swimwear

Quarter Zip Swim Shirt. If you hadn’t considered a top like this for actual swimming, go right ahead. Fabric is resistant to chlorine (for the pool) and saltwater (for the ocean) and dries quickly (for any body of water). On land, it just looks awesome.

Skirted Swim Capri. Protects against UVA and UVB. Stays comfortable in and out of water. Catches lots of eyes. Yup…this is new-school spring break gear all right.

Swim Cover Up

Coastline Dress. The beauty of this dress – besides the fact that it’s, you know, beautiful – is that you can keep wearing it long after you’ve used it as a swim cover up. You don’t even need to be near the water.

Pants

ZnO Beach Pants. Another thing we’ve learned while planning for spring break: wearing your swimsuit for an entire week isn’t as easy as you think. Hence these beach pants – as comfy as your sweat pants but much, much prettier.

Jacket

Boardwalk Jacket. Why this jacket? Because you always look cool, casual and composed. Even on spring break – the official home of spontaneous hot-and-cold adventure.

Sun Hat

Fedora Sun Hat. We just love this hat. You do, too. So take it along.

T-Shirt

ZnO Long-Sleeve T-Shirt. It’s like a regular t-shirt, only it’s cut for your figure. And it’s softer. And more breathable. And it coordinates better. It’s like your best friend, if your best friend also protected you from the sun.

Sunglasses

Smith Serpico Slim. Seriously. How do you go on any spring break without at least one item named “Serpico Slim?” Plus these Smith Optics sunglasses block 100% of UV rays.

Dress

Antigua TunicNo, you don’t have to be on break in Antigua to pull this off. In fact, it fits in (and on) pretty much anywhere.

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Coolibar Prepares for AAD Annual Meeting in Denver

We’re packing our bags, and our booth! The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is holding its 72nd Annual Meeting March 21 – 25 in Denver, Colorado. We’ll be there. Will you?

We know we’ll be in good company. Coolibar is one of more than 400 exhibitors this year, and we’re looking forward to seeing you.

There are also dozens of events and scientific sessions on dermatology and related topics at the convention center and the Hyatt Regency Denver.

You can find Coolibar at Booth #716 in the exhibit hall at the Colorado Convention Center – stop in and say hi. While you’re there, we’ll be happy to show you our latest sun protective clothing products!

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Today is World Tennis Day – Get Out and Play

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Today, March 3rd, 2014, is World Tennis Day. It is an annual celebration of tennis around the world, and invites people of all ages to get involved in the sport of tennis. According to the International Tennis Federation, 74 countries are involved in World Tennis Day, and the vast majority are hosting events. The centerpieces for World Tennis Day are showdown exhibition matches featuring some of the world’s top tennis pros in New York, Hong Kong and London.

Monday night, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is hosting Tennis Night in America featuring the BNP Paribas Showdown, an exhibition match between world-class tennis pros Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. The event takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

World Tennis Day is also the kickoff for USTA Tennis Youth Play Events to encourage family and youth tennis participation. Throughout March, tennis clubs get extra support for hosting youth tennis events including up to $150 in marketing money for first-time events. Find activities planned in your area by visiting www.usta.com  or the USTA’s youth tennis event finder.

The Latest Trend: UPF 50+ Clothing

Whether you are a player on the court or a fan at the court, Coolibar can keep you sun safe with our fashion-forward UPF 50+ protective sun hats and clothing.

Here are a few Coolibar “must-haves” for protection on the courts.

Hats

The Super Sport Hat, with its 3 3/4″ brim and removable drape, is indispensible. The fabric is lightweight and breathable, and the longer brim gives you more protection than most sport caps. The extra length provides additional protection for your eyes and face on those high serve tosses and lob shots.

Shirts

You should keep a choice on hand – cotton  blend is great for cooler days and lighter matches, while polyester is more moisture wicking for humidity and more strenuous activity.

For women:

ZnO Tropical Weight Quarter Zip

Quarter Zip Long Sleeve Fitness Pullover

For men:

ZnO Tropical Weight Quarter Zip

– Quarter Zip Short Sleeve Fitness Pullover

 

For Kids

Coolibar also provides ideal sun protective tennis wear for kids. Note: these items are available for boys and girls.

All Sport Hat

ZnO Tropical Weight Long Sleeve Shirt

Off the court: keep a Packable Sunblock Jacket with you to keep covered as you cheer on your favorite player, whether at Madison Square Garden, or at your local youth tournament.

Tennis players and fans – stay fashion forward and sun safe and we’ll see you at the courts!

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Valentine’s Day and What it Means for You

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Of all the legends surrounding the origins of Valentine’s Day, we at Coolibar like this one the best:

There lived a priest named Saint Valentine who so believed in love that he performed forbidden marriages for soldiers under Roman emperor Claudius II. The emperor was not happy about this, and threw the priest in jail. The saintly priest fell in love with his jailer’s daughter, Julia, who was blind; through a miracle, he restored her sight. Just before being executed he wrote Julia a letter and signed it, “from your Valentine.”

It’s also said that after Saint Valentine’s February 14 burial in Rome, Julia herself planted an almond tree with pinkish nectarine-colored blossoms near his resting place.

While it’s never been proven that this story was the inspiration behind the water jacket above, we are inspired to offer a 14 percent discount on our regularly priced merchandise. Just add regularly priced Coolibar sun protective clothing items to your bag online, and enter the code VDAY 14. This discount is in addition to our limited time free shipping, no minimum offer. It’s a Valentine’s Day deal we hope you’ll love. Expires midnight February 14, 2014.

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Meet our 2013 School Sun Hat Contest Winners

Each year, Coolibar provides hats to five lucky classrooms across the US as part of our initiative to promote sun safety in schools. Our winners this year include a school nurse, a preschool teacher and lots of lucky students.

Let’s meet our 2013 winners…

 

 

Dawn from Monte Vista Elementary – Las Cruces, NM

Monte Vista Elementary – Las Cruces, New Mexico

Being a school nurse, Dawn knows the importance of sun safety. Monte Vista is located in an extremely hot part of New Mexico and the playground has very little shade. After winning the contest, Dawn was able to distribute hats to the entire kindergarten class to kick off the new school year, and her sun safety program. She teaches classes on sun safety and reminds her students to wear sunscreen and a hat. Dawn loved the hats so much, she purchased more through the Coolibar School Sun Hat Program. Monte Vista students will definitely be protected this year. Way to go!

Kerri from Bramlett Elementary – Oxford, MS

Bramlett Elementary – Oxford, Mississippi

Kerri is a preschool teacher at Bramlett Elementary and knows it’s important for students to practice sun safety at recess, so she entered the contest. Her personal concern about sun exposure has escalated over the years, as she lost her friend to melanoma at the age of 30. In addition, her sister-in-law in Australia shared that kids there aren’t allowed to play outside at recess unless they wear a hat. Kerri hopes this becomes a trend in the US. Her class now wears their hat every day!

Dylan from Ogden Elementary – Wilmington, NC

Ogden Elementary – Wilmington, North Carolina

Dylan entered hoping he’d win for his 4th grade class. He grew up learning about sun safety; his mom is a naturopathic physician specializing in children’s health. Dylan lives in a beach community and is always outdoors, so sun protective clothing and hats are a natural (chemical free) way to protect him from the sun (and it keeps his mom happy)! Dylan handed the hats out during the school’s end-of-year class party.

 

Kaili from La Esparanza CDC – Albuquerque, NM

Kaili entered the contest because her school recently moved to a new location where there are not enough shade structures for the kids while playing at recess. Less than 1 percent of the class brings a sun hat to school, so winning Coolibar hats was very exciting! Kaili handed out the hats to her preschool class, and also provided them a lesson on sun protection.

Allison & Ethan from Fort Belvoir Elementary – Fort Belvoir, VA

The policy at Allison and Ethan’s school doesn’t allow teachers to apply sun block to students. But everyone can wear sun hats, so the brother and sister duo entered for their class. Many students at Fort Belvoir Elementary have families in the Air Force, so while sun protection is on their minds, family budgets are tight. The students are outside at recess every day, not protected from the sun. Allison & Ethan hope the hats will raise awareness among the kids and they will share with their parents. They handed the hats out at field day, when it gets really hot.

Congratulations to all of our 2013 School Sun Hat Contest winners!

Want to win hats for YOUR class? Our 2014 School Sun Hat Contest form is now available!  Enter here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3L56M7Q

 

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Coolibar and PRI Celebrate 10 Years

Coolibar and Partnership Resources, Inc. (PRI) recently celebrated 10 years of doing business together! PRI forms partnerships with Twin Cities area businesses, arranging jobs for its more than 230 clients with developmental disabilities. These workers help Coolibar by sorting, steam cleaning and repackaging returned items. Between four and 10 PRI clients work at Coolibar daily.PRI group

The 10-year partnership was marked with a luncheon provided by PRI and held at the Coolibar St. Louis Park, MN headquarters. The event was featured this week in the local Sun Sailor newspaper, which you can read here.

Coolibar is proud of our 10 years with Partnership Resources, Inc!

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Coolibar Spring 2014 Photo Shoot: Behind the Scenes

Here’s a look behind the scenes during the Coolibar spring 2014 photo shoot – and a quick sneak peek at our new UPF 50+ sunwear.

Look for our spring catalog, with the newest sun protective shirts, hats, skirts, swimwear and much more, in your mailbox starting January 20.

(Note: your Coolibar spring catalog may arrive anytime within an eight-week time frame). Shop www.coolibar.com starting January 20th for new Coolibar sun protective products for men, women and kids!

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Go Ahead…Give and Be Happy

The holidays can be a stressful. It’s easy to forget the true meaning of the season, Giving. Research shows there are many benefits of giving, for both the recipient and the giver. Giving makes you feel happy, can be great for your health and also strengthen the community.

In her article, It’s Good to Give, journalist Diana Rico writes, “Giving doesn’t only strengthen social bonds and make you feel good—it can also measurably impact your health, both physical and mental.” Chemicals in our bodies, like dopamine and serotonin, are boosted by giving. Generosity also helps alleviate stress, which is associated with a number of health problems.

Donating a gift or volunteering your time is a great way to strengthen community. That’s why all of us at Coolibar decided to sponsor a family through Solid Ground for the holiday. Solid Ground is a local organization that prevents and ends homelessness for families with children through housing, resources and opportunity.

Each Coolibar department received a member of the family’s wish list and searched for the perfect, thoughtful gift. Seeing the excitement and gratitude from the family made us remember what the holidays are all about, and it felt really good to help make this family’s holiday a tiny bit more special.

So go ahead and Give this holiday and always. It’s good for all!

Wrapping presents for our adopted family

 

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Pick the Perfect Coolibar Garment

Sun Protective Clothing is your best protection while out in the sun because it won’t wash or wear off, it’s easy to slip on and it provides fail proof coverage. Our customer service team knows that good coverage starts with great style & fit to become your go to UPF 50+ wardrobe staple and we want to help you find your perfect match.

So, which item will work best? Consider these 3 things when selecting the perfect Coolibar garment: Fabric, Style and Size.

Fabric: At Coolibar, we have several different types of fabric to choose from to match your activity and personal preference. Like the feel of cotton? Go with our ZnO SUNTECT® fabric. Prefer lightweight moisture wicking properties for a workout in the sun? Try our 3D dri SUNTECT® fabric. Our aqua SUNTECT® is chlorine and saltwater resistant and is great for both water use and activewear. Read about our entire family of UPF 50+ SUNTECT® fabrics.

Style: Would you describe yourself as sporty, sophisticated or outdoorsy? We’ve got something to match your style that will keep you wearing your Coolibar time and time again. With handy details like hidden zip pockets, rash guard gripper elastic or button down shirts that can be worn alone or layered over a t-shirt, Coolibar’s got you covered.

Size: Clothing sizes can vary from brand to brand, so it makes good sense to check with the size charts available for the item you are interested in. Generally, Coolibar clothing is made to fit comfortably. So whatever size you normally order is the size you would order with Coolibar. The Coolibar size charts are available at our website.

Please call our Customer Service team if you have specific questions regarding fit, we are happy to help! We can be reached at 1-800-926-6509, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm CST.

Shop Coolibar Gift Sets

Shop Women’s Looks We Love

Shop Men’s Pair It & Wear It

UPF 50+ fabric, style & fit for every lifestyle

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: Employee Picks

What do you get the person on your list who has it all? Coolibar of course! A Coolibar UPF 50+ gifts says you’re smart, you care about the health & well being of your loved one and you want them to look good too. With so many fabrics and styles to choose from, it can be overwhelming. To help you find the perfect gift, we asked our employees to share their top Coolibar picks for this holiday season.

 

 

Deanna, Merchandising

Name: Deanna, Technical Design Specialist
Department: Merchandising
Coolibar Pick: Long Sleeve Cool Fitness Shirt
Deanna meticulously checks the fit and function on all Coolibar garments.
 “Our Cool Fitness Shirt is the perfect gift for my friend who lives out in California who is an outdoor fitness/adventure enthusiast. She loves the outdoors, but finds herself more exposed to the sun since moving to California. I cannot wait to hear her reaction to the new cooling technology added to the fitness shirts. Not only she will be protected from the sun, but she will be kept cool and comfortable too!”

 

Nick, Operations

Name: Nick, Distribution Lead
Department: Operations
Coolibar Pick: Infant Beach Romper
Our Distributions Lead Nick is the guy who makes sure your gifts are delivered on time, especially important at this time of year.
“The Infant Beach Romper would be the perfect gift for my 2 year old niece. It combines great sun protection for her fair skin and it would look adorable on her.”

 

Jan, Operations

Name: Jan, Returns Specialist
Department: Operations
Coolibar Pick: Boys Long-sleeve Rash Guard
If you need a different color, size or refund, you can trust Jan to make it happen quickly and flawlessly.
“I have 5 grandsons and they all love Coolibar swimwear. It’s fashionable, quick drying and stands up to the wear and tear of boys!”

 

Mollie, Customer Service

Name: Mollie, Customer Service Specialist
Department: Customer Service
Coolibar Pick: Short Sleeve Cool Fitness Shirt
Mollie spends her days talking with Coolibar customers and knows all the details of our products.
“I love the new Cool fitness shirt in Coral Ridge, I love the color and I love the fabric of this shirt. Even though it’s a fitness shirt I love that you can wear it as an everyday shirt!”

 

And if you’re still looking for suggestions, we’ve put together Gift Sets for women, men and children with savings on top.  Plus 20% OFF all regular priced items and FREE SHIPPING with code DEC13, now through Saturday, 12/14/13.

With the holidays just over two weeks away, Coolibar is the perfect gift that keeps on giving and there’s no better time to save. Happy Holidays!

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