Combat Flip Flops Cover and Concealment Sarong

by Jacquelyn Barnes
( July 3rd, 2015 )

Cover and Concealment Sarong edge

Cover and Concealment Sarong halter

Cover and Concealment Sarong at lake

There’s a bit of a heat wave in my town. It was 107 this past Sunday! Let’s just say, some trips to the lake have been in order, and I’ve been sure to bring my new Cover & Concealment Sarong from Combat Flip Flops. The name Cover and Concealment isn’t about modesty, as it may initially sound. It’s about how soldiers are taught to look for cover and concealment. Keep it with you in case you need shade, in case you want to cover your head or body.

The military name for this garment is no accident. Combat Flip Flops is a veteran-owned company. They believe that business is a more powerful tool for peace than bullets, and so they strive to create opportunities for “self-determined entrepreneurs affected by conflict” geared toward mindful consumers. Like you!

The Cover and Concealment Sarong is handmade by women in Kabul, Afghanistan. For every sarong purchased, the manufacturer donates funds to put an Afghan woman in secondary school for one week. The designs reveal “glimpses of Afghan heritage blended with beautiful fabrics and vibrant colors.” Each sarong takes three whole days to make.

You can wear it as a scarf, you can wear it as a one-shoulder dress, you can wear it as a halter dress (pictured), you can wrap it around or lay it on top of yourself to protect your skin from the elements, you can use it as a scarf with or without a head covering. I wore it often as a scarf with my little black dress and heeled boots and received many compliments. People said it looked expensive. The extremely high quality of the Cover and Concealment Sarong is easily discernible.

The Cover and Concealment Sarong is 72” x 42” (typical size for a sarong) of light and airy cotton with hand-embroidered nylon thread. So soft!

These days, if I am carrying a large enough purse, I’ll just keep it in there; in case I didn’t think I would need a jacket and it’s breezy; in case I didn’t wear enough sunscreen; in case I need to create some shade where there isn’t any; in case I want a blanket… I imagine you’re beginning to see why this might be a very valuable item to travel with.

It looks particularly chic when you wrap it around your shoulders and toss the loose end over the other shoulder. Try it sometime!

By the Cover and Concealment Sarong by Combat Flip Flops here!

Cover and Concealment Sarong shoulder wrap Cover and Concealment Sarong scarf wrap Cover and Concealment Sarong embroidery

Photo Credit: Ty Barnes

I received this product for review purposes, but all opinions expressed are my own.

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Dublin Street Style – June 2015

by Jacquelyn Barnes
( June 27th, 2015 )

A dear friend of mine took a little jaunt to Ireland to get to know her homeland. While she was there she did a little research for me (thanks, Lo!)—and bought me a lovely little top at the thrift store—they call them “charity shops” (double thanks!).

Dublin is a fairly trendy city, so prepare to put your best foot forward. But don’t freak about the footwear too much; there were a lot of people who were wearing business casual still wore tennis shoes for walking around, so even if you wear good walking shoes on your visit, it won’t be a dead giveaway that you’re a tourist. Even if you look a little touristy, the Irish won’t frown on it. They’ll want to know where you’re from. If you go to the right places, they may even try to sing a song about your city.

The weather in the summer in Dublin is warm and mild, drier than the rest of the year, but there is still a good chance you’ll encounter wind and rain, so be prepared with close-toed shoes and a decent rain jacket.

Thanks to these ladies for allowing us to post their photograph and share their sweet looks with you! Check out their Dublin street style.

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Photo Credit: Lauren Loudon

 

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What to Wear in Paris in the Summer

by Jacquelyn Barnes
( May 30th, 2015 )

So you’re going to Paris… Time to start thinking about what to wear in Paris. While Paris is a stylish place, it isn’t that hard to keep up with the French if you think minimalist, classic, basic, quality over quantity. A pair of skinny pants, ankle boots, plain white shirt, leather jacket, and high quality pair of sunglasses will have you blending right in. Below I’ve mixed up some ideas for you.

What to Wear in Paris

Gucci Aviator Sunglasses / Damero Retro Cross-Body Bag / Retro Road Trip Hat / Have to Tri These Earrings / A Work of Heart Top / Tank You Kindly Top / Caslon Knit Blazer / Seven For All Mankind Mid-Rise Skinny Jean / Karen Kane A-Line Dress / Leandra Knit Short / Clarks Spye Belle Bootie

 

Bags – Satchel-style purses are the thing, they are simple, intelligent-looking, classic.

Shirts – No need to splurge here as long as your accessories are high quality. Think H&M shirt, Gucci sunglasses. If you’re looking for a high quality basic tee, look at Krochet Kids’ Standard Tee; it’s high quality and ethical.

Jackets – A smart cardigan, classic trench, sleek blazer, or simple leather jacket will do here. I haven’t pictured one here, but you’ll want a rain jacket in the summer, July is actually one of the wettest seasons. Also, the weather is generally fairly cool (averaging around 65 degrees Fahrenheit) and balmy that time of year.

Pants – Think skinny. A good trouser will also do. I threw in the knit shorts, because they are fun and edgy but fit in with the other classic pieces. It doesn’t hurt to be a little fashion forward in Paris.

Shoes – Low-heeled ankle boots are big in Paris, and suitable for most activities in most seasons. A little sneaker will also fit right in, so long as it is cute and not too bulky.

Dress – Choose a dress you can wear alone with sneakers, or with a nice jacket, necklace, and heeled booties. As usual, the pieces pictured above could be worn in any combination, perfect for remixing and getting lots of outfits and not-too-much luggage.

Hair – Leave your hair a little rumpled and natural. This trend is perfect for the weary traveler, just take a few minutes to make your effortless-looking messy hair look a teeny bit intentional.

Makeup – Neutral face (like you aren’t wearing any at all—or just don’t wear any). Red lip. All you need in Paris is your wanderlust and your lipstick.

 

Go in style,

Jacquelyn

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