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June 2018

8 Incredible Summer Fashion Pieces

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Shopping local and U.S.-based companies feels so good, doesn’t it? It seems like the perfect way to spread some American love during this patriotic time of year. And as the summer heats up, it’s also a great time to shop fabulous fashion pieces for cooling down. We’ve managed to combine the two with this list of our picks for the best summer fashion created by incredible designers based out of the western United States. Take a look at what great companies have come from Utah, Arizona, Idaho, and more. These trend-setters are making beautiful and functional fashion while changing the world with powerful causes and responsible sourcing.

ASHLEY LEMIEUX

Polka Dot Jumper

If you caught our #WomanWednesday piece on Instagram this week, you already know we are obsessed with Ashley Lemieux. As the creator of two incredible fashion and lifestyle brands, The Shine Project and Ashley Lemieux, her example motivates us to enjoy the sunshine, smell the roses, and try fabulous new summer fashion. And also…don’t you just LIVE for a great jumper?! When done right, this vintage classic look can have a gorgeous rebirth. And Ashley’s brand has done it right. The tiny polka dot is so clean and fresh, while the cut will be flattering for many body types. Sizing is tricky on jumpers at times, so air on the side of caution if you’re questioning where you fit.

ROOLEE

Makenna High Rise Shorts

High waisted shorts are having a great moment; and the front tie on this pair is polished but quick and easy. These shorts are super comfy and easy breezy in a soft playful color and lightweight linen fabric. Plus, they have pockets–so how can you go wrong?

MIKAROSE

Texture Floral Skirt

Florals have also been super in right now as feminine style of late combines classic ladylike elements accented with hard or sharp pieces. We think this would look stunning with an unexpected leather jacket or some chunky metallic accessories and boots. It’s also super beautiful as is…so you’ll still look great with a more simple outfit adding a white top and sandals.

KODIAK LEATHER CO.

Buffalo Leather Duffel

If you’re like us, you’ve been itching for a weekend getaway. This little duffel is the perfect size for a quick overnight with your honey. The incredible leather this company produces is a real investment and, with proper care, will last for years to come. The style is simply classic.

DOWNEAST BASICS

Crafty Crush Top

This boho piece is soft and easy, with a feminine aesthetic that could be dressed up or down. Pair it with a pencil skirt in the day for the office, and then throw on some classic blue jean shorts to carry you through the evening for going to a picnic or one of Utah’s many firework shows.

DILLARD’S

Eliza Crepe Stripe Pants by Antonio Melani

We all agree pants are difficult in the summer. Those legs gotta breathe! But if you work in a professional setting where shorts just won’t work, these adorable wide leg beauties are the best option you’ll find. The light fabric will stay cool in summer heat while the subtle print is ideal for being business-appropriate and stylish.

INDY BRAND

Go Outside Classic Fit Tee

So cute and comfortable, we are obsessed with the calming green tone and retro word art on this perfect summer top. The fabric is high quality with a bit of stretch, so it fits lots of body types. Plus you’ll be so motivated to embrace the day with joy when you wear this inspirational message.

THE SHINE PROJECT

18K Gold Plated Mantra Necklace

The Shine Project has had college students make gorgeous jewelry by hand from the beginning. Through the program Ashley Lemieux started, The Shine Project works to support struggling college youth by offering them jobs and a marketable skill. The company also allocates a percentage of each purchase toward scholarships for more young adults with limitless potential but limited resources. The organization has given away more than 80 scholarships and offered many jobs to underprivileged adolescents in the U.S. through the years.

Fun with Dad: Activities to Make this Father’s Day Awesome

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Play Golf (or Mini Golf)

It’s hard to go wrong with this family favorite. If you’re in a family of golfers, eighteen holes in the morning make for a great start to your dad’s special day. In a family with small kids or if your dad isn’t the Phil Mickelson type,  a rousing round of putt-putt is always a good choice. Glendale Golf Course, Topgolf, and Fat Cats are all great options if you’re in Salt Lake valley.

Go Fishing

A Father’s Day classic, we love this pastime. It has all the great elements desired for spending quality time with your old man: fresh air, the great outdoors, peace and quiet, and he’ll get to teach you techniques or tricks from his “good old days.” If your dad is the strong, silent type…this is also a perfect time to get him to finally, just maybe open up. For a quick day trip in the Salt Lake City area, check out Holmes Creek Reservoir, Highland Glen Park, or Mabey Pond.

Baseball

The greatest benefit to taking your father to a baseball game is the afternoon will be low-key, easy, and fun. Purchase tickets to a Salt Lake Bees’ Game here. Or if you are a more hands on family, it’s also a blast to organize your own neighborhood game. Reserve a local park, gather people your dad loves spending time with in your community, and complete the evening with a potluck picnic. It requires a bit more planning and effort than attending a Minor League game, but it will be a memory you won’t soon forget.

Visit an Amusement Park

Sometimes the best gift is a good time. Save your pennies spent on presents your dad will most likely forget in a few months, and allocate those funds instead on doing something different and exciting. Get Air is an indoor trampoline park, Seven Peaks water park is great for the summer heat, and Lagoon is a Utah classic with rollercoasters and carnival games.

Grill or Cook His Favorite Meal

A lot of dads out there consider themselves the household “master of outdoor cooking.” He may be impressed however with all the things he’s taught you over the years. Get dad to take a seat and show him the skills of a new family “flame master.” You also can get some help from local pros if you’re not really that great of a chef…we won’t tell. Sugarhouse Barbecue, R & R Barbecue, and Pat’s BBQ in Salt Lake City all have incredible sides and delicious barbecue.

Utah’s Fabulous Vintage Decor Community

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We all love a bargain. And let’s face it, interior decor can get real pricey real quick. At the same time, we all want our homes to be comfortable, beautiful, and a unique reflection of our own personal style. Jennifer Reed from Orem, Utah was facing this very problem years ago when she started to have a love of vintage and antique pieces…a passion she has now grown into a family pastime, business, and community project. As the owner of vintage decor company “3 Dotters Vintage” and founder of the “Provo Vintage Market,” she certainly knows how to be thrifty and get a good deal, while finding quality, unique items. She gave us the scoop on the best flea spots in Utah.

Best Places to Shop Antiques in Utah

Acorns Antique & Vintage Show in Ogden, Utah

This fun country show takes place at the Weber Fairgrounds and is usually riddled with real-deal antiques from farms, barns, homes, and historical sites across Northern Utah. If Victorian or Farmhouse styles are your jam, this show is definitely for you.  This is also a great show for those with a knack for DIY or restoration. There are plenty of items to find that have already stood the test of time and with some creativity and elbow grease will continue to provide years of use.

Provo Vintage Market in Provo, Utah

Exclusively in the evening, this flea market founded by our friend Jennifer Reed of 3 Dotters Vintage focuses on serving the working population, students, and busy parents. Currently located at the Bright Building in Provo, Utah, the antique charm of the location speaks well to the handcrafted and quirky items inside. To know when the next show will be, check out their facebook page. Every season it’s a party with food, music, and Utah County’s best vintage and antique vendors.

The Market Beautiful in Salt Lake City, Utah

Formerly known as The Vintage Whites Market, 5 vendors, a stuffed garage, and a dream started what is now the largest antique/vintage show in Montana. The vendors now move across 5 different states, including Utah, and have incredible collections as they move across the Western United States. Learn more about the show’s organizers Jana and Vanessa on their blog.

Urban Flea Market in Salt Lake City, Utah

As one of the few flea markets that takes place in the state on a regular schedule, Urban Flea offers consistency in timing while bringing new and unique vendors every month. You can shop great secondhand pieces like vintage furniture and antiques; but you’ll also see local artists and craftsman selling anything from handmade wooden sculptures to fashion-forward jewelry. Check their website to see the schedule.

Photographs for this post were provided by Jennifer Reed @3DottersVintage

‘It Was Our Privilege’

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“‘It Was Our Privilege’ – Women: Home and Abroad” was originally published in Valor magazine February 2017. We publish the article here again to pay homage to the incredible women who took part in supporting the World War I efforts. We thank them for their sacrifice this Memorial Day, 2018, and remember them this entire year, a full century after the end of World War I. Special thanks to Tammy M. Proctor, who wrote this article, and Michelle Bridges, the editor of Valor.

In their 1920 memoir about World War I, Addie Hunton and Kathryn Johnson described their sense of service and responsibility. They wrote, “It was our privilege to go overseas…under the auspices of the YMCA…we can can conscientiously say that we had the greatest opportunity for service that we have ever know…” Hunton and Johnson, African-American women who served in France by operating a canteen, were only two among the thousands of American women who served in the Great War, both at home and abroad. Women worked in war relief, entertainment, heavy industry, medical services and offices. Most of these women who saw themselves as patriots and citizens who were “doing their part” to end the war.

Lending a Hand

 

When the United States declared war on April 6, 1917, women mobilized alongside men. Women volunteered for service that fit into their roles at home and also for those jobs that broke the mold. Girl Scouts sold Liberty Bonds to raise funds for the war and they planted Victory Gardens. Homemakers sought to learn new recipes so that they could conserve meat and wheat for the war effort. Women volunteered for organizations such as the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, and the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers); they built huts for refugees, rolled bandages, served coffee and doughnuts, met trains, and completed a million other tasks that the war required. Thousands of women replaced men in paid jobs in factories, transport and policing. If the First World War was a coming-of-age moment for the United States and its male citizens, it served a similar role for many American women.

One of the most visible ways women participated during the war was as auxiliaries in the American Expeditionary Force (AEF). More than 16,000 women donned uniforms in sex-segregated environments in non-combat roles. This was waged work, so it attracted young women interested in serving but without the means to fund voluntary war service. Uniformed women of the AEF were expected to remain “feminine” while driving, cooking, typing, and digging.

Females also travelled to France and Italy with American forces in order to serve in hospitals as doctors, nurses, orderlies, aides and drivers. Maud Finch, of Eureka, Utah, was one woman who worked as an ambulance driver in Europe during the war. Drivers remember getting quite a few stares from French people as they whizzed by in their motor cars. Other medical personnel included trained nurses and doctors, some from Utah. One interesting new job for women emerged during the war: reconstruction aides. The RAs specialized in massage, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. These women used handicrafts to help men heal, so they taught weaving, woodworking, carving, and sewing to help men relearn their motor skills.

Validating Success

 

The war also helped legitimize the women’s suffrage legislation making it through the ratification process in 1918, as men vocally supported the important part women had taken in the war. Women’s vote on equal terms with men helped validate their claim to citizenship in the nation. Finally, the war established a precedent–a test, if you will–of women’s capacity to serve overseas. Their success in World War I meant that a new generation of women would be called to work for the wartime nation in even larger numbers during the Second World War.

 

Tammy M. Proctor, PhD, is a Professor of History and Department Head at Utah State University. She teaches courses in modern world history, war, gender, and empire. Her publications include four single-authored books focusing on women in World War I and a century of Girl Scouting.