Though we are snarkily called “Zonies,” many of us desert dwellers flock to Coronado Island every year, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, to escape our 100-plus temps. My family has been coming here for almost 20 years, and honestly, it doesn’t feel like summer unless we have paid this magical island a visit. This year, there is a new little boutique that’s opened on Orange Avenue– Coronado Vintage. And it’s a must-visit. Not only do the owner and I share a mutual love of Fixer + Upper, but the store is a treasure trove of Coronado history. You can buy everything from grab bags of vintage collars to beach jewelry, to old postage stamps to clips that say “Queen.” And this very awesome hat (above) that I feel like a boss in. While there’s not a website, there is a Facebook page!
It’s no surprise that Plunkett’s Office Products would carry the 4Ocean bracelet. The eastside Tucson store, run by two incredible sisters and UA grads, has always been ahead of the curve on innovative products. The store’s Wildcat merch alone sets a high standard for cool factor.
But this $20 bracelet, made from recycled materials, funds global trash cleanup efforts by 4Ocean, a company launched by two surfers. The purchase of one bracelet pays for the removal of one pound of trash from the oceans and coastlines. The company’s website, 4ocean.com, is impressive so far, with videos of its recent cleanups. Operating out of several countries, 4Ocean has plucked almost 5 million pounds of trash from our beaches and coastlines in less than two years.
For all the scary news about our struggling environment, here’s a company actually doing something about it. I’ve never been prouder to wear a bracelet!
I consider myself product-obsessed to be sure, so seeing a glistening silver tube by a brand I had never seen before on a recent trip, you can bet I tried it.
Goe Oil, by Jao Brand, is a semi-solid oil, made from 28 plant-derived oils and butters. It melts as you rub it in your hands, which I didn’t realize, and took too much and got it all over me. So, long story short, I left the boutique, but found myself enveloped with the most amazing scent all day long. I literally smelled like Hawaiian flowers and my skin felt amazing.
The creator of Jao Brand, Gale Mayron, developed her skin care line with her chemist father. “I formulated this with my father saying, ‘Dad I want a semi-solid oil I can travel with that will melt when I rub it together,’ she writes on her website, jaobrand.com. “My father always said this was one of the most difficult projects he’d ever worked on. Intricate formulation indeed. Nobody would be crazy enough to combine 28 different oils, waxes, and butters!”
I ordered it from Amazon when I got home and use it on the days when lotion just doesn’t cut it.
This post is a specific shout-out to my Texas girl, E.King! I hope you are reading this! But also, to all my Southern, sweet-tea loving friends–is this not THE. CUTEST. SHIRT. you have ever seen? I want to buy every single one of these long-sleeve plaid tops with every Southern saying that they make. I found this “Bless Your Heart” version for $40 at a booth during CMA Fest in Nashville, and fan-girled all over the shop owner – one Casey Burcalow of Gemini Gypsy. While Burcalow is working on her website, you can follow her “happy boho hippie wear” on Instagram – @geminigypsytx, and DM her an order. I certainly plan to, y’all!
We are wrapping up our trip in Music City and wow…..this place, during CMA Fest, is like Vegas in cowboy boots! From girls dressed in their cutest boho chic to a lot of……not that! May I also take this moment to address another point: Ladies, you are beautiful and deserve so much better than an out-of-shape, beer-swilling boyfriend who vapes!?! You deserve BETTER!
Despite my best attempts to wear boots and cute western attire, the best fashion item I have used on this trip has been a $2.99 emergency poncho from Walgreens! It’s rained every day!