Monday, September 22, 2014

Style: Sun Hats and Pantone® Colors of Fall 2014

“Fall” and “Colors” are two words that go together.  We’re not even talking about the changing leaves of Fall (though those are gorgeous too), we’re talking about Pantone’s picks for 2014 Fall Colors.   Earlier this year, we were introduced to Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s® Color of the Year.  Now Radiant Orchid is joined by 9 other inspiring hues.  

But these aren’t necessarily the expected earth tones of Autumn.  Says Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone Color Institute’s® executive director: “This is a season of untypical colors—more reflective of the imagination and ingenuity, which makes for an artful collection of colors and combinations not bound by the usual hues for fall” (source).

Imagination and ingenuity – what a fun approach to Fall!  Let’s explore the colors of Fall using our favorite accessory – the sun hat!

Starting it off on a warm earthy note is Cognac.  The (brand new!) Cypress fedora wears it well!

Moving on to feisty Aurora Red, it’s Alegra, another happy new addition to our sun hat lineup.

Ravishing Radiant Orchid has never looked better than on a perky Sammy D fedora.

Mauve Mist gives us a mellower purple as seen on charming Brixby.

Warming it all up is Misted Yellow featuring a gorgeous Gottex Audrey.

Aluminum gives us an easy neutral, though Southern Charm would argue that neutral definitely doesn’t mean dull!

Bright Cobalt has a Caribbean feel, and Sanibel, a fun newcomer, is certainly ready for an island holiday!

For a deep blue, look no further than Royal Blue.  For a luxurious visor, look no further than Boracay!

At home in the forest is Cypress.  Wouldn’t Sammy D, in this new green, be perfect for a forest jaunt?

Rounding out our party is Sangria, looking sparkly and ready for fun on Little Cayman (coming soon!).

What’s your favorite color of Fall?  How will you wear it?

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Beach of the Week: Bora Bora

Charming overwater bungalows in Bora Bora with Mt. Otemanu in the background.

Let’s take a wee break from Fall color, and discuss tropical color.  Instead of tawny browns and warm orange, we’ll think about sapphire blue, soothing cerulean, mesmerizing aquas and greens ranging from pale and dreamy to dense and leafy.  This palette, intense as a 1950’s Technicolor movie, yet serene as a placid sea, is found in Bora Bora.  

We’ve taken a virtual visit to Bora Bora before, when we went to Matira Beach.  Time for another trip, we say!  Mt. Otemanu is the highest point of Bora Bora, a volcanic peak covered in lush, green vegetation.  Viewing it from a white-sand beach while surrounded by the azure sea is a treat indeed.  There are many luxury resorts in the area, featuring charming overwater bungalows.  What a delightful, colorful destination.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sun Care: The Importance of Sun Protection in the Fall

Sunny fall days call for Sun Protection

As we move into full-on Fall mode, it’s easy to get apathetic about our sun product regimen.  The days are shorter, cooler, and they just feel a bit … less sunny.  But when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun, you should never let your guard down.  

Just like in Summer time, those UV rays can potentially cause sunburn, wrinkles, skin damage and lead to skin cancer.   In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing sunscreen every day you’ll be outside – year round. 

So how do you keep your sun protected in Autumn?  Some suggestions!

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen: it protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.  Look for high quality ingredients and an SPF of 30 or higher.  We love COOLA’s products for their great formulations and light, refreshing scents.  (We also love that they score really well in EWG’s Skin Deep database!)  Remember to apply sunscreen liberally, and re-apply every two hours (or after getting wet).

Wear a hat!  The simple addition of a sun hat offers so much protection.  Consider the brim: the larger it is, the more protection it will provide.  Look for a hat that is rated UPF 50+, meaning it provides the maximum amount of sun protection.  And definitely choose a hat you love!  With the enormous selection of sun hats available, it’s easy to maintain (and enhance!) your style while shielding your face from the suns’ rays.  And don’t think that a sun hat won’t mesh with your Fall wardrobe, just check out these ideas for sun hats that transition seamlessly to Fall.

Sunglasses: always chic, always ready to accessorize, and always a vital part of your sun care strategy.  Donning a great pair of sunnies is the quickest way to glam up your look.  They’re as important on a sunny Fall afternoon as they are on a hot Summer day.  Look for a pair that have a UV 400 rating, this means that the lenses have the highest level of protection, as they block the sun’s harmful rays including UVA and UVB.  

Carry a parasol.  Use of sun umbrellas is becoming more widespread, and it’s easy to see why.  They’re the ultimate portable shade: they provide ample coverage, can be angled as needed, and toted anywhere.  PersolĂ© sun umbrellas provide maximum sun protection with their 50+ UPF fabrics, 35 inch diameter opening and strong and lightweight frame.  They also deliver high fashion with gorgeous fabrics and glamorous details such as Swarovski accents.  Bonus: a PersolĂ© is waterproof… just in case you’re surprised by a Fall shower!

What does your Autumn sun protection routine look like?

Sun protection in the Fall is important!