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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Antigua Tunic. No, you don’t have to be on break in Antigua to pull this off. In fact, it fits in (and on) pretty much anywhere.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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!