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.
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
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
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
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!
Coolibar is already thinking spring: warmer temperatures, more active lives and all that goes with them. This spring, we’re also thinking about staying cool when the weather heats up.
Which brings us to CooltectTM. What is it?
Unlike other names you may have seen as part of our SUNTECT® fabrics, such as ZnO, aqua plus, 3D dri or lite, Cooltect is not a fabric.
Instead, it’s an innovative cooling technology that Coolibar adds to the sun protective fabrics in selected items. You can usually tell if your Coolibar item has Cooltect by looking on the inside lining. You can probably feel it, too; Cooltect actually holds the garment slightly away from the skin, creating extra airflow.
But Cooltect doesn’t really start working until you do. Think about the instant cooling sensation when you start chewing a piece of mint gum. Just as the gum reacts to saliva, the technology within the fibers of the Coolibar garment reacts as your body begins to perspire. This activates a cooling sensation and helps lower the surface temperature of your skin.
This cool, comfortable sensation has already impressed some well-known Coolibar athletes; check out their reviews here and here.
Remember, Cooltect doesn’t replace any of the Coolibar features that provide UPF 50+ sun protection. You get fitness gear that protects AND keeps you cooler during warm weather activity.
We are knee deep in snow here in Minnesota, and like so many other places this year we eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring! Along with the warmer temperatures, we can’t wait to see all of you showing off the latest spring and summer fashions for 2014.
Around the world, eye-popping new trends have been making their way down the runway and into Coolibar’s spring collection.
Our design director Olga Mashkova has been planning and implementing this year’s great looks. The new 2014 UPF 50+ spring line will perk up your look – for men, women and kids – with fun pops of pattern and color. We are especially excited about new geometric and ikat prints, along with beautiful pallets of blue.
At Coolibar, we put fashion into action by integrating the most up to date looks with the skin protection required to keep you and your family safe in the sun. Check out the fresh new lineup for spring, available now at Coolibar!
The New Year is upon us. The annual practice of shedding the old and beginning anew unites us together all over the world. It’s a time to take stock of our lives and turn over a new leaf. Many people believe that our actions on this exciting night can influence the year ahead. In addition to fireworks and get-togethers, people around the globe celebrate the New Year with rituals to ensure the days ahead are filled with good fortune and the problems from the past year are put to rest.
In Denmark, people literally leap into the New Year by jumping off chairs to get rid of evil spirits and bring good luck. The Italians throw old things away (traditionally thrown right out the window) to get rid of problems and troubles. The English decorate with spruce trees and mistletoe twigs to symbolize renewal of life after the winter solstice and the Dutch burn their Christmas trees to purge the old and welcome the new.
In Mexico, if a travel-filled year is desired, it is good luck to walk around the block with an empty suitcase (or walk circles around a pile of empty suitcases in the middle of the room). Because round, circular foods are thought to bring good luck, people in Mexico and Spain eat 12 grapes at midnight, bringing good fortune for each of the upcoming months. Americans celebrate by watching the Ball Drop in Times Square (since 1907) and in southern parts of the United States people eat peas to ensure a life of plenty in the upcoming year.
How do you celebrate the New Year? We’d love to hear how you and your family take stock of your lives and turn over a new leaf!
First food, then fashion, now skin care. “Beth’s Beauty Bus” is a mobile skin care boutique with cosmetics, skin care, hair products and personal consultation from esthetician founder Beth Ross, who preaches the importance of sun protection (that’s why she carries our line). We love this concept and wanted to learn more. Beth graciously agreed to share her story.
Why did you start Beth’s Beauty Bus?
As a practicing Esthetician, I know the best route to great, glowing skin is to have a great home routine with the correct skincare products. By creating the first-ever retail mobile beauty bus, I can see more customers in different parts of LA versus a brick and mortar shop. Most of all what is truly satisfying is seeing how happy people are with the results.
How long have you been doing it?
Beth’s Beauty Bus got rolling in October 2013.
Are there certain groups or areas that request your presence?
My age group ranges from teens to baby boomers because every age has skincare issues. My physical bus stops: ALL of Los Angeles.
What are customers most interested in?
Without a doubt, it’s “Anti-Aging”. And every woman wants to get the “dew” touch look which is why hydration is so critical to the home regime
Are visitors aware of the importance of sun protection? Do they know about sun protective clothing?
Unfortunately, no. People are surprised when I tell them about Coolibar.
Do you have a busy time of year?
It is busy all year long due to our climate and everyone is trying to either get younger or stay younger!
Do you have any quick tips for skin care?
Remember every ripple makes a wave, it is the combination of doing a lot of simple habits that make the recipe for beautiful skin work. Here are a few basics;
1. Change your pillow case. This is a game changer. Shampoo, hair spray, oil and dirt from our hair travels to the pillow case. At night, while we change sleeping positions, our face rolls around and marinates with these products and environmental debris.
Here is the pillow case recipe: On Sunday, put a fresh pillow case on. Then Monday, reverse the pillow case out. Tuesday, do a fresh new pillow case. Wednesday is the reverse day. And so on throughout the week.
2. Dedicate one towel for hand washing and another one for the face. I would change both daily if possible.
3. Wash your hands BEFORE you wash your face. The correct amount of time to wash your hands is the length of the song “Happy Birthday to You”. Wash the tops of the hands, inside the fingers, nails and wrist area. Most people wash the inside portion of the hands.
4. Turn the faucet off with a paper towel. Remember you turned the faucet on with dirty hands.
Anything else you want to share with our readers?
Once a week, apply a mask. Everyone’s first response is; “I don’t have time”. I suggest applying the mask on Sunday while you do the laundry. We have a client who now keeps her jar of mask in the laundry room. She told me, “It’s next to the soap that way I do it”. Smart gal!
If you are in the LA area, look for Beth’s Beauty Bus. Check out the recent coverage on KTLA.
Flying soon? Whether you’re en route to Grandma’s or a family vacay in Hawaii, you’ll more than likely have to battle the airport during the holiday season, which happens to be the busiest time of the year. The long lines are inevitable, but a few shortcuts can help expedite the travel process. We’ve compiled a list of travel tips so you can relax and focus on the good stuff.
Travel light. It’s difficult to lug around a heavy suitcase, especially in holiday crowds.
Pack smart. Bring items that can do double duty. For example, the Coolibar Ruche Water Jacket can protect you while swimming and be a great throw on for touring around town.
Roll your clothing, don’t fold. Packing your clothing neat and efficiently will save room in your suitcase. Our friends at Momtrends offer up the “clothing sandwich” method.
Plan your travel day ahead of time to reduce stress and ensure you catch your flight.
Arrive at the airport at least 2 hours early. The holiday season is a busy time, which means long lines.
Watch the weather. Depending on where you live (or are going) weather will be a factor in what you bring.
Traveling with kids
Bring new toys and books, something that they have never seen before will hold their attention. Tablets are great to play games and watch favorite movies.
Don’t forget snacks! Use snacks they are familiar with, don’t rely on airport food.