Has anyone else noticed that this teal has sort of become the de facto color of the summer? Of the year? It sort of sprung up late last year, got a grip and then just didn't let go straight on through the dog days of summer. I noticed it yesterday specifically when I was pawing over the new backpack in my life. I looked around the apartment and pulled a few things that jumped out at me that seemed to fit the bill.
1. New Balance National Parks 1300 (Made in the USA) - $159.99
These deserved to be on the top spot because, I coveted them so fiercely that I have yet to wear them. Each time an adventure has come up, a little trip across the sea for something interesting, I have passed them up for fear of ruining or at least dirtying their fine exterior. They are made in the USA, they look pretty dope and everyone in Japan loves New Balance. They were on everyone from grocery clerks to tough looking teenagers. How can you not like them?
I will say that the one thing I keep questioning is - what is the best color sock to wear with them? Do you just go all the way with a teal sock to "lock it on" as Julie would say? Or something else? A complimentary color perhaps? Like the navy blue bottom to the bag seen below.
2. Kletterwerks Flip - Turquoise - $229
We went on a little hike with our pal Andrea a couple months back and she brought her red version of this ruck sack and I was smitten. I wasn't aware that they had the turquoise version until recently, at which point I was double smitten. Plus, the heritage behind this brand is enough to semi-blow your mind. Then, to top it all off, the thing just looks and feels great. Zippers that feel substantial enough to be thrown around on the trail and stand up and a great cordura exterior. Also, the little accessories pouch on the lid seems a helpful replacement from the usual dig down through the contents of your bag for your pocket knife to spread peanut butter on those sandwiches.
3. Why It Does Not Have to be In Focus: Modern Photography Explained - $15.31
Haven't spent much time with this one yet. My friend Jordan loaned it to me before my trip to Japan and I didn't get a chance to read it. Then, I went there and shot a whole bunch of photos - returned - got them developed - saw that most of them weren't in focus - and asked to borrow this book again. Could be good, I'll let you know.*
4. Topo Designs - Mountain Shorts Lightweight - $89
John Watson of The Radavist is the man responsible for making me want these. This year when we hung out at the Tour of California he was sporting the camouflage version of these. They looked good, they looked cool and here we are. Again with the Made In the USA business. Their small stow bags are the only Topo Designs item that I've used — and they are awesome for keeping your stuff separated - which is important.
5. The Athletic PDX Airport Carpet Socks - $15
People keep emailing asking when they will be back in stock. They will! Soon! In the meantime head over to the airport and just kind of rub your feet around on the actual carpet.
6. The Athletic PDX Airport Carpet Casquette - $20
These are back in stock! Isn't that just how it always goes? One is out and the other is not. Who's in charge here? Also, these caps are pretty fantastic and made in Italy. Also casquette means cap in French. Not hat.
7. Pentel B100 - $varies
Hands down one of my favorite writing tools. I just bought so many of them when in Japan. Which seems to be the only place that stocks them currently. They are Japanese, so I guess that is ok. Make sure you're using a thicker paper when writing with them as they tend to bleed.
8. Steven Nereo - Bottle Dudes 10oz Canvas Tote - $28
The handles of this tote were a little light when it arrived in the mail, however, I was promptly informed by our mutual friend Jen A not to worry about it, the patina would come. And you know what, it did. Now those two little straps look so worn and used and perfectly ours that you would think we use this every day to haul orders to the post office. Which we do. Also, like all of Stevens illustrations - or photos - or hi-fives - the little bottle dudes are smiley awesome-ness.
9. Nike Dry Fit Tailwind Running Shirt - $55
I have been living in this shirt for longer runs this summer. No nipple chafe. Wait, what? Who said that? That is pretty gross. You can thank me later.
10. Thank You Card - designed by Sam Larson.
This was part of an order that I placed with SteelBison.com - it is artist Sam Larson's illustration based website. I got a t-shirt with a buffalo on it. It is pretty great. Thank you for including thank you cards, Sam. Especially ones that fit the color scheme of the summer. Plus, if you made it this far, though all these ramblings, and you still like the colors Celeste, or Teal Blue, or Cyan-ish, or Turquoise, well, then let us just say that we made it together.
* I know that there is also a Sharpie in there. It is just a teal colored Sharpie. Nothing more.