Happy 4th of July, friends!
(image from Fashionising)
Rainbow Eucalyptus is one of Nature’s absolutely coolest trees showing off a true rainbow of colors. This tree is the only species of eucalyptus that grows in the northern hemisphere and is normally grown for its pulpwood, used to create white paper. But why does it look like it’s been painted? The secret behind the Rainbow Eucalyptus is actually pretty simple: the trees shed multiple patches of bark every year, but not at the same time. As the patches are gone, the green inner bark is exposed, and as it matures it turns bluish, then orange, purple and maroon. This creates the rainbow effect that makes these trees so incredible.
(image from here)
(images from Surfer Magazine)
When Erica first sent this to me I thought it was a joke. But funny guy Will Ferrell’s line of SPF 30 lotions is the real thing! Forbidden Fruit, Sun Stroke, and Sexy Hot Tan feature some pretty hilarious glamour shots of the comedian and not only will they provide you with proper sun protection, 100% of the proceeds will benefit Cancer for College. Sunscreen that comes with a laugh and a good deed?? Done.
Last week I was at LAX and had to stop a girl to ask where she had gotten her gorgeous & colorful bag. She was very excited to tell me it was from Papa New Guinea and was given to her as a gift by her friend when she had arrived there, which is customary. She said you could get them at the market’s for about $20. Upon further research, I discovered they are called Bilum bags. A Bilum bag is not only beautiful and unique, they also have cultural significance for the women of Papa New Guinea as part of their ongoing artistic expression and economic independence.
*fun fact. Until 1933 seashells were the currency in some regions of Papa New Guinea.