Posts Tagged ‘summer’

Swimming In Style

Posted: July 4, 2012 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style, VAULT -- archives
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No. I’m not going to teach you how to swim, but I will show you how to look stylish while doing it.  The swimsuit is the unofficial uniform of the summer so I’m here to help you sift through all the options.  There are so many styles it’s hard to know where to begin.  Are you a beachy surf print girl? Maybe a sleek one piece fits your style… or perhaps even a gold bikini peaks your interest?  Regardless, let’s dive in.

Clean cut lines and dramatic colors create a sophisticated modern look.  Try this bikini from ASOS.  High-rise bottoms are also a trend that’s getting more attention especially after this season’s runway shows.  Designers like Mara Hoffman and Diane Von Furstenburg recent collections features many high-waist pieces.

Bringing back memories from my 90’s childhood, the beach scene print bikini is back.  For me, this trend is dated but that could be because I live in a tourist infested beach town and see this pattern a little too much.  However, Diesel’s take on this print is a little more badass Hawaii Five-O so I’m down.

Itsy-bitsy string bikini is trending in vibrant patterns, tickled pinks, and gold lamés.  While some of you might be inspired enough to go for the gold, I think I’ll stick to bold prints.  One of my favorites from this season is CiaMaritima’s snakeskin print string bikini.

-Sara Freund

White Hot Summer

Posted: June 22, 2012 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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It’s summer.  And I don’t exactly remember what that stupid Labor Day rule says but I’m pretty sure I can wear white whenever I want.  However, there is just something about white jeans that scream summer.  Summer white is hard to do right, especially if you don’t want to look like you just walked off the tennis court.  Here’s a list to help you stay summertime chic.

1. Normally I hate white sunglasses.  Nothing makes you look like a redneck NASCAR fan faster than a pair of white shades.  But these ivory sunglasses by Chloe feel wonderfully vintage and perfect for summer.  A tad expensive, but a girl can dream right?

2. Crochet is also a huge trend right now.  However, there is a fine line between pretty and grandma so be careful.  Continuing with my vintage theme this white crochet tank from UO is a great way to hit two trends with one stone.

3. White jeans are another summer chic necessity.  However, I hate wearing jeans… especially in summer.  So if you’re scared of white overload (or just don’t like jeans in general) then opt for a classic cut pair of white shorts.

4. Shoes are my weakness.  And not just any shoes—Aldo.  These white baseball stitching stilettos (number seven on the list) are charming enough to wear for night or day.

5. As for your nails, Easter colors are widely popular this summer.  I find white nailpolish to be a little distracting but an ivory or cream color will look stylish.  This color called ‘Tennis Corset’ is the perfect light color for summer, with a little hint of gold for shimmer.

-Sara Freund

Summer Skin Problems

Posted: June 9, 2012 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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I have very sensitive skin, and I’m sure I’m not the only one out there already suffering from the summer heat.  Whether its allergies or the weather for some reason my skin always gets irritated when summer hits.

After researching cures and concoctions I came across several remedies everyone should adopt, and the M-61 Power Cleanse.

It is one of the many new fads in facial skin care.  At a steep price of $34 a bottle this glycolic cleanser claims to be the best.  It leaves your skin feeling soft, hydrated and absolutely clean.  The science that makes this product special is in the glycolic acid, which removes dead surface skin cells and cleanses pores removing bacteria.  Their website recommends using only if you have combination or oily skin but it is also a great for exfoliating.

However, I’m a brand loyalist and I don’t think I’ll be trying any other skin care products other than Clinique’s.  Especially when they are that expensive.  So, I found three at home products you can use to keep your skin fresh during the summer.

If the summer sun is making your skin more red than bronze, try an equal parts mixture of greek yogurt, honey and baking soda.  This quick remedy will replenish the skin’s natural softness with the combination of fatty acids, sugars and vitamins.

For those of you with dryness issues give your skin a drink.  Soak a wash cloth in ice cold whole milk and lay it across your face for ten minutes.  The lipids from the fat in the milk will plump up your skin with hydration.

Also, a lot of people don’t realize that your lips get sunburned too.  So to prevent your lips for chapping at the beach make sure you use some kind of chapstick.  My personal favorite is MAC’s lip conditioner.  Put this on and I swear five minutes later you’ll be angel soft.

-Sara Freund

Trends That Scream Summer

Posted: June 6, 2012 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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What are my favorite things about summer? Besides the beach… Long hot car rides with the windows rolled down,  sun dresses and snap backs,  sea salted wavy hair, and slowly melting strawberry dacquiris.  I could go on forever, but I’ll limit myself to just three perfect summer items on my wishlist.

Blossoming on the fragrance shelves are many flowery and fruity summer scents.  My favorite one for summer is Stella McCartney’s limited edition Stella Summer Rose.  A fruity fragrance with lemon and green apple complimented with subtle rose and peony undertones is fresh for summer.

Another dreamy summer item on my list is Georg Jensen’s Fushion ring.  Newly added to his online store shopper’s can customize the ring in just a few clicks.  The Danish inspired design is a pricey mix and match puzzle for your finger.

And last but not least the summer shorts of the moment seem to be everything except the ratty old Levi’s I love.  Preppy patterns, high rise pleated cotton, Aztec embroidery, lace and crochet.  I have my heart set on Free People’s Micro Fiber Lace Short but there are so many new trends to choose from it’s hard to decide.

-Sara Freund

Dressing Room Horrors

Posted: May 5, 2012 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Trying on swimsuits sucks. The bad lighting, the not-yet-ready-for-summer body, the pasty white skin; it’s enough to make a woman never want to step food into a dressing room ever again.

But just in case you weren’t already convinced that trying on swimsuits is the worst, a recent study in the May issue of the journal Sex Roles, proves it. The study is based off of 102 female undergraduates’ answers to a survey regarding imagining themselves in different clothing, in different settings. The four scenarios included: trying on a swimsuit in a dressing room, wearing a swimsuit while walking down a beach, trying on jeans and a sweater in a dressing room, and wearing jeans and a sweater while walking down a beach.

The women’s answers were pretty standard: imagining wearing a swimsuit made women feel worse about their bodies than imagining wearing jeans and a sweater. Wearing a swimsuit in a dressing room, however, made women feel even worse about themselves, proving that self-objectification is an internal process and more damaging than public scenarios.

Although self-objectification is a personality trait that makes some women more likely to objectify themselves than others, there are certain situations, like trying on swimsuits, which can increase the feelings of poor body image, no matter what. Aside from the terribly harsh and bright lighting and numerous mirrors, the most harmful aspect of trying on swimsuits (or clothing in general) in stores is the amount of scrutiny and evaluation it permits (i.e., making sure everything fits correctly).

While self-objectification is almost impossible to prevent, it’s easier to handle if you don’t constantly compare your body to others’ and avoid scrutinizing your appearance in the mirror whenever faced with your own reflection – pay attention to the qualities of your body you like the most. Focusing on activities that emphasize the function of the body rather than the appearance, such as yoga, also helps put self-objectification on the backburner.

—Amber Brenza

Anxious for spring and summer to arrive during this weekend’s heatwave?  Capture the feeling of spring and summer in your cocktails any time of the year! Here are two drinks that I think will have you running around in shorts and sandals!

Not your grandma’s fruit punch:

Makes four drinks:

4 cups water

2 TAZO passion tea bags

4 ounces (4 shots) Bacardi Torched Cherry Rum or similar fruit alcohol

4 cups club soda (Schwepps or Canada Dry)


In the microwave, heat the cups of water until hot and add the tea bags. Let the tea steep for about five minutes if you desire a strong tea flavor. For weaker tea, let the tea bags steep for two minutes or less.

Let the tea come to room temperature before pouring over ice. Divide your ice evenly into four glasses and measure the tea evenly into each glass. Add one shot of the cherry rum and top off the glass with roughly a cup of club soda. Depending on the size of your glasses, feel free to add more or less of any ingredient depending on your taste!


Ah, summer. After searching around Aquarium Drunkard, I found the perfect summer record: Paranoid Cocoon by Cotton Jones (sometimes referred to as Cotton Jones Basket Ride). Former Page France members Michael Nau and Whitney McGraw teamed up to make this seasonal offering. Summer just got a new soundtrack, everybody.