Monday, October 27, 2014

Stylish Sun Protection by #Coolibar #Review + Holiday #Giveaway (#HolidayGiftGuide)


When it comes to protecting ourselves, we all too often forget to look after our skin. I'll admit that I have neglected my skin's safety- a lot. I am guilty of laying out in the sun without an ounce of sunscreen on, and when I was a teen, I even visited tanning beds a few times. Now in my early thirties, I am much more aware of the damage UV rays from the sun can do to our skin, and I make much more of an effort to protect it. It wasn't until recently that I became even more concerned about making sure my family used sunscreen as they ought to, wore protective clothing outside, etc. Over the summer, I began noticing that every time I went out in direct sun, I wound up with a crazy itchy, and almost blistery heat rash in a certain area on my neck, within minutes of having just gone outdoors. I immediately remembered that something very similar happens to my grandmother when she is out in the sun, and to prevent the heat rash, she covers up- no matter how warm it may be outside. I used to think that covering up when outside was silly, but now I know- it's not. It's smart.

Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing

Even when needing to cover up while out frolicking or playing in the sun, no one wants to look like a sack of potatoes while doing it. Thankfully, Coolibar understands both the need to protect ourselves against UV rays, and our want to be stylish and comfortable while doing so. Coolibar's main mission is to develop sun protective clothing that allow people to enjoy life in the sun. Coolibar offers a wide range of products, including SPF clothing, sun hats, sunscreen, sun protection swimwear, umbrellas, sunglasses, and more. Coolibar is a private company, based in Minneapolis, MN.

Coolibar's carefully developed technical fabrics are thoroughly tested at independent labs to ensure each product meets or exceeds their UPF 50+ standard. This UPF 50+ rating is the highest rating available to clothing and blocks more than 98% of harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Knowing that I now need to take extra precautions to protect myself from UVA and UVB rays, I was so excited to learn that Coolibar had some gorgeous new clothing options for women this fall. I was able to select a couple of styles to try for myself, and couldn't wait to receive them!

The ZnO Antigua Tunic- Black Deco

Highly breathable ZnO SUNTECT® cotton/viscose from bamboo/spandex blend
Lightweight drape
Print blocking at cuff and garment hemlines
Hits mid-thigh
Slits at hem for ease of movement
3/4 sleeves
Back length 33" (size medium)
Easy care: machine wash, tumble dry
Imported
Rated UPF 50+
*$79.50

I was very excited to see a selection of tunics on Coolibar's website. Tunics are a wardrobe staple (at least they are for me) during the fall, winter and spring seasons. They are light and comfortable, and allow you to move with ease. They can be worn with or without tights, leggings, jeggings, jeans, etc. There's pretty much no wrong way to wear a tunic.

How I wore it: I paired the Coolibar ZnO Antigua Tunic with leggings, flats, and a blinging bracelet.

Tunic: Coolibar ZnO Antigua Tunic Black Deco
Leggings: Target
Flats: Kenneth Cole
Bracelet: Azuli Skye


I loved the look and the feel of this stylish, and comfy tunic by Coolibar.

The ZnO Antigua Tunic is one of my favorite pieces of clothing in m fall wardrobe. It is so easy to just slip it on, pull on a pair of leggings, slip a pair of flats on and go! This is just about as effortless as you can get, without sacrificing a great fit, or great style! The tunic is lightweight and comfortable- very easy to move around in. This is a wonderful pick to wear for a casual day out, on date night, or you can do what I did, and wear it to church. Not only can you keep this in your regular clothing rotation, you can use this wonderful sun protective tunic as a cover up! I can't wait to hit the beach, with this wonderful tunic in my bag! The length is appropriate, and one of my favorite features is the high collar, because it protects the neck and shoulders from the sun. This tunic covers that spot on my neck, which always winds up itchy from the sun. I can't tell you how many compliments I received when I wore this tunic for the first time. It's definitely a winner!

The ZnO Antigua Tuinc is also available in Mint Deco and Coral Deco (two great colors for anytime, or for spring/summer!).

ZnO Sun Wrap

Highly breathable ZnO SUNTECT® cotton/viscose from bamboo/spandex blend
Soft, lightweight, breathable
Stylish shawl collar
Packable design; great for travel
29" body length (size medium)
Easy care: machine wash, tumble dry
Imported
Rated UPF 50+
*$65.00

My second selection from Coolibar, was the ZnO Sun Wrap. This this simple, understated wrap is a must-have! Everyone knows that open, draping cardigans and wraps are all the rage this season. Coolibar offers a unique twist on your average open cardigan, with their amazing ZnO Sun Wrap, available in a multitude of bold and beautiful colors! I chose the ZnO Sun Wrap in Pansy, because I am always drawn to purple hues, and loved the pop of color from the pansy.

I couldn't wait to try the wrap on, because it looked so amazingly soft and cozy, but I didn't want to wear it just any old way. Sure, it's an extremely versatile piece, and you can wear it any way you like, but I definitely wanted to play around with styling this wrap.

Here's how I wore it- paired with cropped skinny jeans, a white tank, neutral belt, neutral flats, and statement necklace.

Wrap: Coolibar ZnO Sun Wrap in Pansy
Tank: Forever 21
Jeans: Forever 21
Belt: Collective Concepts
Shoes: Kenneth Cole
Necklace: Wild Butterfly Boutique

Dress it up or down- this is one piece you'll never want to leave home without!

I wanted to show you that you can easily take a wrap or an open cardigan, and dress it up by adding a few accessories or details to your outfit. This is a great casual look, or you can take it a step further and dress this wrap up for a day at the office, or a night on the town.

Here's a quick look at the back of the wrap, with it belted.

Don't forget that like the Antigua Tunic, the ZnO Sun Wrap is two-fold... it looks great, and protects your skin from the sun's harmful rays. What I love about the wrap is that you can literally wrap yourself up in it, for full coverage. It's light, breathable, yet keeps you warm and gives you that added layer of protection when you want or need it. It's great to wear around the house, to keep at the office, to use as a cover-up, to throw on when you're headed out to exercise, etc. I have been wearing this wrap quite a lot- so much in fact, that I should probably get one in another color. It's my favorite thing to pull on in the evenings when I want to be cozy, but am not quite ready for bed yet,

The ZnO Sun Wrap is one of my top gift picks this season. I don't know many women  who don't enjoy being outside, so why not gift the ZnO Sun Wrap this season? It looks and feels great, and offers sun protection... a two for one gift! The ZnO Sun Wrap is available in 11 colors!

Coolibar also offers awesome Sun Protection for the entire family! 
Check out some of my top picks!

Banded Fitness Tee


Beach Cover Up


Men's Sport Polo


Featherweight Bucket Hat


Girls Short Sleeve Surf Shirt


Boys Long Sleeve Rash Guard


Baby Beach Bucket Hat


Coolibar has an incredibly selection of high quality sun protective clothing and accessories for infants, children, and adults. At MBP, we have been highly impressed with Coolibar- from the quality of their products, to their commitment to providing families with sun protection they can count on. If you/your loved ones spend a lot of time outdoors, or you're planning a getaway to someplace warm this holiday season, please consider outfitting your family in Coolibar's clothing and accessories... you'll be so glad that you did!

Want It? Buy It!

Head on over to Coolibar to learn more about their wonderful Sun Protective Clothing and Accessories, or to browse/shop their entire product line. Keep up with Coolibar by signing up for their e-newsletter, connecting with Coolibar on Facebook or Twitter.



Want It? Win It!

One lucky MBP reader will win their very own ZnO Sun Wrap from Coolibar, in winner's choice of color! Giveaway is open to US residents, only- 18 and older. Just use the handy RC entry form below, to enter for your chance to win!


Special thanks to our friends at Coolibar for allowing me to share about their wonderful products, and for offering this wonderful giveaway for our readers. Coolibar is featured sponsor of the MBP 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. 

Good luck, and stay stylish!



67 comments:

  1. I can't decide between Wild Lily and Pool Party ~ both are so pretty.

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  2. I have Lupus so the sun is a big no-no. Sunscreen is a daily must and this would really be a huge help to protect me from the sun and it's so pretty too!

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  3. i want to win for my mom for hannukah

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  4. I want to win to protect my skin and avoid problems with my Lupus and I really like the hats they offer to protect your ears, face and neck!

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  5. I would choose the Taupe color.

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  6. I also love the Shapeable Poolside Sun Hat. It looks so glam while providing so much protection.

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  7. I really like the wild lily color. It's very pretty!

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  8. I also like their active swim jacket.

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  9. I would choose the Pajama Pink Color

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  10. If I won I would pick the Black color.

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  11. I'd pick the black Coolibar ZnO Sun Wrap.

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  12. I'd love to win this because I already have a few outfits in mind!

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  13. I'd love to win the sun wrap because I love the design and versatility of it. It's a great piece to have in the fall.

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  14. I would love to get the black ZnO Beach Pants from coolibar.

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  15. I really have to protect myself from the sun due to health reason so this would be great.

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  16. I want to win this because it's always so chilly where I work!

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  17. I also really like the seaside hoodie

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  18. I'd like to win so that I can wear something that helps protect me from the sun!

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  19. another item I like is the ZnO Seaside Hoodie in crisp aqua.

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  20. CONNIE SOWARDS commenting: I like the Sailor color.

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  21. CONNIE SOWARDS commenting: I'd like to win so I can have a stylish piece of clothing and at the same time protect my body from the sun's harmful rays.

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  22. The Seaside Hoodie is also super cute

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  23. I'd like to win because I need some stylish sun protection!

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  24. The Wide Brim cotton sun hat is really cute!

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  25. I need extra protection from the sun and this would be a fashionable way to get it!

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  26. The Ruche swim suit is also really cute!

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  27. I like the boardwalk jacket in blue ice or yacht blue as well!

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  28. I want to win because it is a beautiful and fashionable way to protect my skin from the sun!

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  29. I also like the skirted swim capri

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  30. I also love the ZnO Antigua Tunic in Coral Deco!

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  31. I would love to win so that I can have extra protection from the sun without extra sunscreen.

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  32. I like the active swim jacket as well.

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  33. I want to win because our sunny days are really hard on the skin.

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  34. I'd love to win because it can get so hot here in the summers and it would be nice to have something to cover up with.

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  35. I want to win so I can have a pretty top that protects me from the sun

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  36. ZnO Antigua Tunic - Ocean Glimmer

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  37. I would love to win as my skin is very sensitive to the sun and it would offer great protection.

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  38. I like Wild Lily -- that's my favorite color ;D

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  39. I'm not very good about wearing sunscreen in the Winter, this would be perfect.

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  40. I love that something so pretty can also protect me from the sun!

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  41. I would probably choose the simple black because it would go with anything!

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  42. I want to win because they are so pretty and practical.

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  43. I love that it gives sun protection in a pretty way!

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  44. I want to win because it really is stylish sun protection!

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  45. I would pick it in black thanks for the chance

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  46. I REALLY LIKE THE ZnO Long-sleeve T-Shirt

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  47. I'd like to win because I'm always in need of a cover up!

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