Ask any fashion designer what inspires them most about Japanese culture and they will probably say the Kimono. Like many other timeless fashion trends, the Japanese kimono starts out with a very simple concept; in fact, its boxy shape is what makes it such a versatile place to start for young designers. Over the years since the Kimono was first introduced in North America, numerous designers have used it as an inspiration for dresses, blouses, scarves and robes.
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It’s time to shine with the Sun and communicating Mercury both in sunny Leo this month. Leo is the sign of self-confidence and self-expression. Under the influence of Leo we get in touch with our need to be our authentic selves and to be appreciated by others. You don’t’ need to be born under the sign of Leo to help yourself to a heaping helping of attention and recognition.
This month we will also be treated to a New Moon in Leo on August 6th reinforcing our desire to get in touch with the innocent but precocious side of ourselves. The energy of this Lunar Cycle conjures up images of a young Shirley Temple – adorable, talented, outspoken and not afraid to be seen. Now you may not sing and tap dance, but you were born with innate and unique talents that when you allow them to shine, they contribute to the light of all consciousness.
The Full Moon in Leo’s opposing sign Aquarius on August 20th balances the potentially aristocratic Leo energy with a healthy dose of appreciation for differences and the unique qualities of individuals. Ruled by the revolutionary planet Uranus, Aquarius is the sign of originality, humanitarianism, and social reform.
The first few weeks of August are the perfect time to take a good long look at your environment and think about how your home or office does or does not support your sense of self. What does it say about you? Use the Leo energy of self-expression to rearrange, re-design and re-create your environment to reflect your unique personality. After the Full Moon, take your cue from Aquarius and give away or donate those gently used clothes and home furnishings to a good cause. Your choices and possessions speak to the world about you. Make sure they are representing your most authentic self!
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We’ve all heard our super-tan friends bragging about how dark they get during the summer months, but they may not realize how “leathery” their skin will someday become. It may be nice to have some “color” on your cheeks or a tan-line after vacation, but consider how all this sun exposure may affect your skin. The sun’s rays can do more than cause wrinkles and age spots; overexposure to ultraviolet rays is also the number one cause of skin cancer.
Depending on where you live, there may still be snow on the ground, but not for long. Days are getting longer and temperatures are gradually ticking higher, which can only mean one thing: time to take some time out to bask in the sun. Spring is also the time to replenish your collection of “sunwear,” and I don’t just mean sunglasses. Sunny days are the perfect time to accessorize with silk scarves and sun hats.
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Winter is waning and spring is around the corner. With the longer days, we begin to enjoy our favorite outdoor activities; gardening, picnics, heading to the beach or the park. Our wide selection of sun hats will help protect you against the sun’s harmful UV rays. These hats are rated UPF 50+, blocking 97.5% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) shows how well a fabric protects your skin from ultraviolet solar radiation. If you’ve never tried wearing an SPF or sun protective hat, you might consider them to be more about function than form, but the best new sun hats are both comfortable and stylish.
Sun hats are more popular and better looking than ever. Whether you prefer to wear a classic straw or safari style hat, you can sport a fashionable look any time of the year. In fact, sun hats make the perfect gift for hikers, gardeners, nature lovers and children.
Here is just a sampling of our spring collection available now at Chopa.com:
Wallaroo Jasper Men’s Sun Hat – This men’s versatile lightweight hat is available in beige or brown check. Designed with the outdoorsman in mind, the 3” brim makes it ideal for hiking, golf, fishing or mowing the lawn. The adjustable chin strap keeps it secure, even on a windy day. This practical style allows the face and neck to remain in perpetual shade.
Wallaroo Reversible Resort Sun Hat – This women’s fully reversible hat provides twice the wardrobe options. One side features a solid color with a contrasting band and the reverse is a fully solid color. The Velcro adjustment on the back wraps around a ponytail or long hair, and makes the hat size adjustable. The brim can be turned up or down for maximum sun protection. This is available in taupe/black or chocolate/pink.
Children’s Sun Hats – Say “Hello” to playtime with our colorful, children’s surf hat. Available in solids or a pink floral pattern, they offer great sun protection at the pool, beach or playground. This hat can be worn in the water and the specially designed microfiber fabric will be dry in no time. The all-around 3″ brim offers protection for the face and neck. The petite Nantucket is sized for smaller heads. Brightly colored ribbons are sewn together to create the soft pastel stripes. For the creative children, we offer a paint-your-own hat. This art kit features a plain white hat and the coloring paints to make your own design. This is a great activity for a rainy day or a play date with friends. It encourages creativity and helps develop fine motor skills. All of our children’s hats are UPF 50+ rated.
California Hat Company Capri Sun Hat – This 5” wide brim sun hat provides maximum sun protection for your face and neck. Fashioned with cool shades of blue, green and brown, it will compliment any outfit. Accented with a bow tie, it is soft, lightweight and perfect for travel. UPF 50+ rated.
California Hat Company Monterrey and Pacifica - These hats offer a dressy or casual appeal with the wood and earth tone colored bead trim. The 4” brim offers superior protection from the sun to keep you cool. UPF 50+ rated.
Before you plan your next escape to a sunny destination, make sure the whole family is equipped with a practical and stylish sun hat. They make the perfect gift for someone who enjoys the great outdoors. Visit our website to see our entire collection of men’s, women’s and children’s sun hats that offer superior protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
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When one pictures a Japanese kimono or yukata, the image that comes to mind is usually a traditional robe worn by a Japanese woman; but this is no longer the case. While the kimono robe was always known as a hallmark of Japanese society, the trend has expanded to include men’s “Happi” coats and lightweight cotton yukatas. The shape and pattern of these simple Japanese robes hasn’t changed much over the years, but they are worn in more casual settings.
Summer may be long gone, but you must still use caution and take steps to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Even in the wintertime when you don’t feel the sun’s heat, ultraviolet rays can still take a toll on your skin. Sun hats are making a comeback, and they’re better looking than ever. Whether you prefer to wear a straw hat or safari style hat, you can sport this fashionable “outdoorsy” look any time of the year. In fact, sun hats make the perfect gift for hikers, gardeners, nature lovers and children.
When the Halloween candy displays start popping up at your local supermarket, you know that Halloween is just around the corner. Remember when Halloween was just for kids? Not anymore. Adults are looking for costumes too, and theirs are not always so easy to find.
While it seems like more Halloween superstores open up each year, the trend for adults is to find that singular, unique idea that is both imaginative and easy to pull together. Every year there seems to be one costume that is brand new on the scene. Some costume-shoppers get their ideas from popular movies, TV shows or political campaigns, but the best costumes are those that are both recognizable and fun to wear.
When most people picture kimono robes for women, they remember the elaborate silk creations they’ve seen on Japanese women, many of which would be displayed at museums and galleries. While these collectors’ editions still enjoy quite a following, the average woman cannot picture herself wearing one. The modern kimono robes of today are just as attractive as those traditional ones on display, but they are much less expensive and easier to care for. In fact, nearly all of the Japanese kimono robes for women have the same appearance and quality as those that were created so long ago.
Doesn’t it seem like the Japanese know how to do everything better? Whether it’s through meditation, Feng Shui design, healthy eating or Ikebana gardening, all aspects of life are well thought out and designed to enhance the quality of life. They even know how to relax better, with sumptuous silk kimono dresses. Ever since Westerners started to immerse themselves in Japanese culture, kimono dresses have played an influential role in American fashion.