Saturday was a beauuuuutiful day here in New York City. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and it was the first time in a long time that it was A-OK to wander around outside sans cardigan, tights and/or socks. It was heaven, I assure you. I bubbled with joy at the feeling of the sunshine on my shoulders and the swish swash of my massive crinoline rustling against bare legs ((I decided that the weather warranted full on red-lipped, full skirted dress attire)).
The sun was very happy, too. So very happy that it went and burnt my freshly uncovered shoulders. Go figure.
C’est la vie,
shame on me.
Shoulda thought ahead
and put on sunscreen.
The light went off when I saw the above lace-y confection over at Mod Cloth last night. And I remembered the children’s umbrella that was shaped like a parasol with ladybugs on it that I adored using for a few years until it finally was taken down by a particularly windy rainstorm (*tear*). And I thought, yes! Yes! It would be nice to tote one of these around, especially if they could come in pocket size, to help supplement your sunscreen/sunblock, or to give you a hand in the fight against burning should you forget and/or not want to smell sunscreen-y. And it would be so very classy-lady, too.
They’re sometimes called sun umbrellas, too, and can come with a UV coating. Or, you can just find a particularly pretty umbrella that doesn’t look too umbrella-y.
This one is an umbrella, but I think it would be adorable and believable as a parasol. Nice because you could use it in in sun OR rain, and still look charming. From Amazon
Jedi Creations has some lovely options that have a classic paper parasol appeal, but many can be or are waterproofed. Because, while you might intend to only use them in the sun, sometimes you never know when you’ll come into contact with water, and it would be a pity for it to be completely destroyed.
This lovely bit of chic simplicity by Longwood Living is an umbrella with UV protection. So you can use it no matter the weather! It’s also made sustainably with bamboo, a patent pending clear canopy, is completely biodegradable, and will allegedly stand up to high winds and heavy downpours. Can’t say I’m not intrigued.
Isotoner makes these two lovely vintage inspired stick umbrellas that are pretty enough to use when the sun is shining.
And last, but certainly not least, is Elena Corchero‘s absolutely stunning Solar Vintage parasol (*ahem* I seriously want this):
Ms. Corchero uses solar cells, resisters, and LED lights integrated into antique and hand-embellished fabrics wired together into circuits using conductive thread for this grouping of accessories. The objects, in this case the parasol, gather sunlight via the solar cells while the user is outside and to convert it into energy to light the little LED lights in the evening.
Corchero’s work is also created with sustainability and environmental sensitivity in mind and is at the same time a piece of wearable technology that is both beautiful and feminine; a seemingly difficult task, as many articles of clothes/accessories in the genre are tend to be more male-centric or poorly designed and not all that aesthetically pleasing. Corchero hopes that by combining an environmentally supportive concept with technology and fashion “…consumers can visibly signal their support for environmental causes without extra effort and without compromising their potentially high standard of fashion. Because they are distinctive and invite conversation, the level of attention to these topics in the public sphere can be increased in a bottom-up fashion, and the adoption of greener practices might become more widespread.”
And, since this is all about parasols. You can find some more at:
+Rain or Shine
+Luna Bazaar (all kinds of paper parasols)
+DIY from Martha Stewart on making sweet little posy toppers for your paper parasols