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Is This A Magic Dress, Or…?

Coolibar Coastline - Beach to Street

We haven’t seen anything like what’s going on with our new Coastline Cover Up Dress.

We’ve talked to a LOT of people about this. And most have told us that when they saw the Coastline Cover Up Dress in our catalog or online, they didn’t even notice it at first.

They think it looks okay on the model. But when they put it on themselves – BOOM.

They love it. We don’t know anyone who owns the Coastline Cover Up Dress that doesn’t love it. Everyday girls love it. Bloggers love it, too.

We can only say it’s a magical dress. We suspect we might be the first clothing company, sun protective or not, ever to create a dress like this. But we don’t know for sure.

Tell us here.

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All Terrain® and Coolibar Team Up for Total Coverage

All Terrain Sun Protection Kit

Here’s an offer that’s only natural. Purchase $150 or more from Coolibar, and get a FREE All Terrain Family Sun Protection Kit! Just enter KIT14 at checkout.

This all-natural sun safety kit includes:

– 3-oz. “no slip, dry grip” All Terrain AquaSport Sunscreen SPF 30

– Convenient spray-on All Terrain AquaSport SunSpray SPF 30

– Minty fresh, oxybenzone-free.15-oz. All Terrain Lip Armor SPF 28

– A reusable hemp cosmetic bag

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you use a broad spectrum SPF 15+ sunscreen every day. For extended outdoor activity, you should use a water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30.

All Terrain makes UVA/UVB sunscreens that are extremely moisture resistant and great for sensitive skin with no eye sting. They are transparent (no white noses!) and water resistant to 80 minutes. They are also PABA-, oxybenzone- and paraben-free, a terrific alternative to chemical-based products.

It’s total coverage and unbeatable sun protection from All Terrain and Coolibar sun protective clothing! SHOP NOW!

NOTE: If you purchase $150 or more from Coolibar online, do NOT add the sun protection kit to your shopping bag. Simply enter KIT14 at checkout and it will be added for you as a FREE item! Limit one kit per $150+ 0rder. All Terrain Family Sun Protection Kit is also available for individual purchase at a $35 retail value.
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Ask Olga: Chat Live with the Coolibar Design Director June 3 on Facebook!

Olga Mashkova - Coolibar

If you’re wondering about the latest Coolibar apparel and how to wear it best, or if you already have thoughts about what you’d like to see next season, this event is just for you.

On June 3, Coolibar is hosting a live Facebook chat featuring Olga Mashkova, Coolibar’s Director of Women’s & Children’s Design.

Olga will be standing by to answer your on questions about Coolibar fashion and sun protective clothing. To participate, just click onto the Coolibar Facebook page. Everyone is welcome!

  • Who: Olga Mashkova, Design Director
  • What: Live Facebook Chat
  • When: Tuesday, June 3
  • Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm (CST)
  • Where: Facebook.com/Coolibar

A few examples of questions that Olga can answer for you:

  • Which Coolibar items are you most excited about this summer?
  • How should I coordinate your new swim base layers?
  • I have an idea for a print/style…
  • What’s the biggest trend for 2015?

RSVP yes before Tuesday, June 2, and be entered into a drawing for Olga’s top pick for summer 2014: the Ruche Swim Shirt, featuring a quarter-zip neckline, straight, clean cuffs and hems and the versatility to wear long as a tunic or elegantly cinched at the sides.

See you there!

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New Coolibar Clothing for Summer Shows Beauty on Lots of Levels

Coolibar summer 2014

The latest Coolibar summer catalog starts arriving in mailboxes this week.  Here’s a quick look at what’s new!

Coolibar - Aqua Paisley Reversible Swim Tops and BottomsReversible Swim Base Layers: For the first time, Coolibar unveils sun protective swim base layers that you can wear in the water or under your favorite Coolibar clothing. These fashionable swim bras and swim bottoms are smooth, not skimpy, and addCoolibar - Reversible Swim Base Layers another level of comfort as well as style. Swim bras provide mediumsupport and swim bottoms won’t slip or sag. Best of all, they’re reversible – make this summer all about coordinates!

Active Swim Tights, Active Swim Shorts and Active Rash Guards: Coolibar turns up the summer fun with Coolibar Active Rash Guardthese new items for active, healthy lifestyles. They feature our aqua SUNTECT® fabric so Coolibar Active Swim Tightsthey’re lightweight and quick-drying. But the look is the real delight: these pieces contour and streamline your shape, yet retain complete freedom of movement for your favorite activities in the sun. The shorts and tights have a concealed pocket in back, just one of many little extra touches you’ll love. Choose rash guards with long or short sleeves.

Infant Seaside and Infant Splashy Rompers: This summer is big for rompers, and these are two of our most exciting. The vivid new Infant Seaside and Splashy Rompers - Coolibar summer 2014designs feature fish, dolphins and lots of color for sunny days around the water, but these rompers also feature four-way stretch fabric for lasting comfort during getaways just about anywhere. Snap closure at the neckline and along the bottom make for easy changing on the go!

Sun Hats: Highlights include our new SmartStrawTM Packable Golf Hat, featuring material that’s just like Coolibar SmartStraw Packable Golf Hatclassic, casual straw except that it’s also completely packable without losing its shape. Other new Coolibar sun hats include the Stay Put Fishing Cap, and, for ultra sun protection, the Ultra Sun Hat.

These are just the highlights of our new items, colors and styles for summer 2014. Watch for your Coolibar 2014 summer catalog. Or shop online!

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Help Us Tell Hugh Jackman About Sun Protective Clothing!

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At this point we are sure that you’ve seen the news about Hugh Jackman’s second skin cancer scare. On Instagram May 8, Hugh pleaded with his fans: PLEASE! PLEASE! WEAR SUNSCREEN!

We think this is a great message. But we believe that Coolibar sun protective clothing would be a fabulous solution as well! In case he doesn’t know, sun protective clothing is:

 

  • Easy to wear. You don’t have to reapply every two hours!
  • Suitable for water sports. We have several fabrics that are quick-drying and provide four-way stretch for activity in and out of the water.
  • Cool and comfortable. Lightweight, moisture-wicking material keeps you cool even in the hot sun.
  • Great-looking! Need we say more?

We think Mr. Jackman would look pretty good in a Coolibar sun hat, maybe a polo, not to mention an entire wardrobe of Coolibar UPF 50+ clothing. Do you think so, too? Tell him about sun protective clothing on:

Instagram: @TheHughJackman

Twitter: @RealHughJackman

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HughJackman?fref=ts

 

 

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Diagnosed at 25, Building a New Life in the Sun

Renee Burch Coolibar Melanoma Survivor

By Renee Burch

Note: Each May, Coolibar highlights melanoma survivors to call awareness to the dangers of melanoma. Here, Renee tells her story.

I used to think skin cancer was something that happened after decades of excessive tanning (not to young, otherwise healthy 25-year-olds) or to those living in sun-laden states (not in places like the perpetually-rainy Northwest).

Unfortunately, in March of 2013 I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma on my left thigh. And I quickly learned that, like most other young adults, what I thought I knew about the dangers of the sun and skin cancer was way off.

About Melanoma

Unlike other types of cancer, a la pink ribbons and saving the ta-tas, most people know very little about skin cancer. And they seem to know the least about the most deadly type of skin cancer: melanoma. Even more concerning is the fact that melanoma is the second most common cancer in young adults – and the number of yearly diagnoses is increasing, particularly in young women.

Part of what makes melanoma so deadly (and different from other types of skin cancer) is that it can quickly spread, which is why yearly screenings for every person, young and old, are necessary for prevention and early diagnosis.Renee Burch - Coolibar

The Diagnosis

Let me tell you, it has not been easy – my life was turned upside down the day I found out I had malignant melanoma at the age of 25.

I remember being very confused. I was unsure what it really meant. I didn’t realize right away that having melanoma was going to be the basis for rebuilding my routines – from hiking, athletic events and boating, to walking the dog, looking forward to traveling and starting a family. And, it took me a while to figure out how I was going to continue to do all these things while being “safe” in the sun.

For a while I tried to justify why I got the disease and other people I knew who were my age did not. “Back in the day” I always kept a healthy tan (turns out, it wasn’t healthy after all!), but I didn’t burn often, so I figured I was lucky to tan easily, and didn’t worry much about skin damage.

I shelled out extra money for the tanning beds I was told were the best “because they didn’t have the bad UV,” or because artificial tanning was beneficial to increasing vitamin D absorption.

My parents vaguely warned me about the dangers of overexposure to the sun, but never had any type of skin cancer. So, I lived life under the veil of belief that skin cancer wouldn’t affect me. My uncle had Stage IV skin cancer more than 20 years ago. I figured if he had it, removed it and has never had a reoccurrence, that’s how it worked: get skin cancer, get it removed, and move on.

I spent many months feverishly researching online, reading books, talking to other survivors, and testing a myriad of sunscreens (a trial-and-error that often left me covered in a ghostly white sheen). I completely switched my skin products, certain foods and supplements — everything in my daily life was impacted by melanoma in one way or another.

Renee Burch - Coolibar Melanoma Survivor

I found it difficult to decipher how to lead a normal life versus how to lead a normal life with melanoma. I struggled with the fact that the damage I had previously done was irrevocable. Right now, I have a one in 10 risk of developing malignant melanoma again. If I don’t take care of myself I could be a one in five, or a one in three. But the best I’ll be is a one in 10 risk.

And, I could not possibly spend life holed up indoors, or wearing thick and bulky, dark-colored, long-sleeve clothing on sunny summer days.

After months of angst, I realized I had to stop worrying about tomorrow’s challenges, and take charge. I was only 25. I want to travel, I want to have kids one day, and it was unrealistic that this disease was going to stop me from getting outside and enjoying day-to-day activities. I was determined: melanoma would not control my life. I was going to control it.

A New Life in the Sun

Thankfully, after recently celebrating my one-year melanoma free anniversary (a really big accomplishment for me!), I find myself achieving peace of mind with my diagnosis. I am continuously learning how to navigate life in the sun, without hampering my previously active and outdoors lifestyle.

I have vowed never to purposely seek out a tan – whether in the summer sun or in a tanning salon bed – and I am an advocate to my family and friends about practicing “safe sun”. Perhaps most importantly, I seek shade whenever possible and limit my sun exposure, particularly during peak hours between 10 am and 4 pm (even in the winter or on overcast days).Renee Burch - wears Coolibar

Without UPF clothing, I know my path to a healthy balance would have been much more difficult. I have sun protective clothing for nearly every scenario. In fact, I have a special dresser drawer designated specifically to it! I have UPF 50+ baseball caps for hiking and biking, sun hats for summer boating and leisure, beach cover-ups, running leggings, swim skirts, and a variety of other pants and shirts for whatever activities life throws my way.

I am a die-hard loyalist to my favorite brands of sunscreen (and let me tell you, physical sunscreen that isn’t pasty white sure is hard to come by). I seek out the shade, but when life happens and sun exposure is unavoidable, I know I am “safe” because of my go-to sunscreens and sun protective gear.

I continue to advocate and show others by my example the ways in which it is possible to practice safe sun: apply SPF of at least 30 and reapply regularly, and fake a glow that is actually healthy. (Believe me, self-tanners have come a long way since the days of streaky orange hand prints!) I wear my scar with pride. It’s a 3-inch scar on my thigh. People see that and say: “Wow that looks serious, what happened?” I tell them: “It’s from melanoma, and that is serious, but this scar could be worse – it could be on a more delicate area of the body, like the face.” That comes as a shock to most people.

If you do nothing else, see your dermatologist once a year. With my diagnosis, I visit mine every three months. But if you notice any changes in your moles, even freckles, get them checked out immediately!

Melanoma is a lifelong battle. One that is not, nor ever will be, easy. But I am fortunate to have caught mine early, to have supportive family and friends, and to have access to an increasing range of sunscreens and sun protective clothing.

I also feel optimistic that one day skin cancer will be as well-known as other cancers. With the support of Coolibar and other skin cancer advocates, I imagine a world where melanoma 5Ks and fundraisers, mobile mole-checks and UPF clothing are commonplace.

 

Renee Burch is a native of Seattle, Washington, and serves as an example of youth overcoming fear. Renee has created clear messages about melanoma, including the misperceptions about its seriousness, the dangers of indoor tanning and the necessity to reach people while they’re young about ways to prevent it. Renee is a proponent of dressing “cute and sporty,” and considers Coolibar a tried-and-true sole resource. She owns swim leggings, sun hats, half-zip shirts, jackets and sun hats, and more.

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Last Minute Ideas for Mom!

We know this would never be you. But if someone you know is in a pinch for Mothers Day, consider the gift of sun protection (and so much more) from Coolibar sun protective clothing. Here a few last-minute Mothers Day gift ideas from head to toe:

 

Facesaver Sun Hat: Nothing says “I love you mom” like a sun hat. It keeps her looking young, and looking great too! Buy it Here

 

 

 

Coolibar Convertible Swim Shirt

Convertible Swim Shirt: Excellent for hard-to-shop-for moms: it’s a tankini or a full shirt depending on her mood. It’s also quick-drying, chlorine and saltwater resistant in case of the urge for a quick swim. Buy it Here

 

 

 

 

Coolibar Coastline Cover Up Dress

 

Coastline Cover Up Dress: Terrific for moms who are likely to go near the water. Or to the mall. Or out to dinner. It’s breezy and casual and fun, no matter where. Buy it Here

 

 

 

 

Coolibar Beach Cover Up

 

Beach Cover Up: The ultimate in casual. It packs up light and unpacks with ease, and always maintains a flowing style that’s easy to wear day or evening. Buy it Here

 

 

 

Coolibar Skirted Swim Shorts

 

Skirted Swim Shorts: Fashion meets function. She’ll love the modest yet modern style. Buy it Here

 

 

 

 Cotz Sunscreen - Coolibar

Cotz Natural Skin Tone Sunscreen: Chemical-free with no complicated oils or fragrances, plus powerful SPF 40 protection!     Buy it Here

 

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…And Hello, Summer!

Coolibar Free Shipping +2

The Coolibar 2014 summer catalog begins arriving in mailboxes today. So we’ve got a deal to help kick off a terrific sunny summer!

Buy two or more Coolibar items now, and your order SHIPS FOR FREE. That’s right – free standard shipping on any order of 2 or more items.

Use code SHIP2 during online checkout or on the phone with a customer service representative.

Watch for your Coolibar summer catalog, arriving in mailboxes now through the next several weeks!

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Tough Life: Our Summer 2014 Photo Shoot

Coolibar Summer Catalog 2014 Photo Shoot

We work hard here at Coolibar. So just in case you should think life here is all water, sun, models and Coolibar clothing…well, okay, it is sometimes.

Here are some candid photos of us – working very hard! – from our recent shoot in Islamorada, Florida. If you look closely you’ll catch a glimpse of some of our new UPF 50+ apparel for summer 2014!

Look for your Coolibar summer catalog in your mailbox starting March 31! Coolibar catalogs may arrive anytime during April, May or June. New summer items will also appear continually on our website at www.coolibar.com.

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Blue is “In” for Spring 2014, and That’s Not All

There’s a certain magic behind Coolibar products for Spring 2014. And, while UPF 50+ sun protection provides its own technical wonders, this magic has much more to do with color – bright, positive, life-in-the-sun kind of color – and patterns that accentuate both what we do and how you feel.

To start: the color blue is officially “in” for spring. So are ranges of mints and corals, along with striking prints that call to mind soft, light, watery brushstrokes that reflect the unique design personality of Coolibar.

You can see these choices in our spring 2014 catalog. But they originate from the runways of fashion meccas worldwide, and from renowned authorities on color such as the Pantone Color Institute®. Pantone includes some of the same shades in its semi-annual report of the latest in fashion. This report is generated in part through a survey of New York Fashion Week designers.

The Important Role of Water

Womens Water Jacket – Deep Navy

Womens Water Jacket – Cobalt
Of all the new Coolibar spring colors and patterns, blue takes precedence. Blue is “in” at Coolibar because it suggests tranquility, the calm of a pool and the gentle ocean tides. Water is part of the joy of life in the sun, and it’s a big part of Coolibar; it’s also, naturally, most of what we are as human beings. You’ll see blue represented in spring fashion shows worldwide, and you’ll see shades from deep navy and cobalt blues to azure turquoise throughout the Coolibar spring line.

Mint and coral – also prominent spring color worldwide – are variously bold (e.g. Coral Heather) and complementary (e.g. Mint Deco) and extend the overall water-based Coolibar identity. In fact, the new spring prints – bold ikats, striking tribals and more simplified geos – are all reflections on the motion of water.

Appeal That Doesn’t Go Out of Style

Topping off what’s “in” for spring is a nice dash of black and white. By themselves, each color has a timeless quality; along with the blues, corals and mints and other Coolibar colors, they complete ensembles that are truly stunning.

Shop Coolibar online to find out more about our spring 2014 selection. New products are arriving daily!

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