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As we zoom through summer we hit some pretty fun symbols. July’s birthstone is the Ruby (gorgeous!), the Water Lily (another lily?!) and the kind of crabby Cancer. It’s like they’re all saying “take a dip in the water and cool off from this blazing sun.”
Rubies are one of the four “precious gems”, along with sapphires, emeralds and diamonds. They’re a pink to deep red version of corundum (the same stuff sapphires are made of), but the deepest and darkest reds are the most sought after. Which is probably why only our most scrumptious reds are called “ruby.”
The trickiest symbol to represent in socks this month is the Cancer constellation. There were some sad faces when we realised we don’t have any socks with crabs on them. Or lobsters! Then Niq pointed out that tabi socks always sort of reminded her of crab claws. Of course, we had to test this. Scientifically.
(and there’s always the Water Crews too, to represent aquatic signs!)
Warm colours and cool water, that’s July!
The weekend around the Fourth of July is always a big movie weekend. It’s about this time of year that you see aliens, monsters and lots of one-liners on the silver screen. I don’t know if you’re lucky enough to live around a drive-in movie theatre, but if you are then you’ve probably spent at least one perfectly warm summer night taking in a show or two.
So, turn your car radio KOTK 850 (we ask that you only listen to our movie broadcasts on the drive-in property), find a parking space (it’s first come, first served, no holding spots!) and settle in for a night at the movies! And if you’re curious who any of the “actors” are, just click the links!
The first flick is always family-friendly and this overseas import will please kids of all ages. Shhh, let’s keep it down so we can hear the story . . .
What a beautiful city. Modern, clean.
Oh no. What is that monster in the distance?
It dwarfs the city!!
Aw, man, now it’s destroying the city. Uncool! Stop being such a monster, you monster!!
What could have created such a creature?!
Speaking of mad, is that a swarm of giant butterflies?
They’re attacking the beast!! The city is saved!
The butterflies rebuilt the city, how awesome of them!
Wow, I was really worried for a second. Who would have thought butterflies would win that kind of fight? But then, if you had enough butterflies working in unison, you could probably do anything, even if they weren’t giant.
*Yawn* dang, it is getting late. I thought we’d be able to stay long enough for the second movie, but not this time. Hopefully before summer is over we’ll get to see a midnight creature feature!
Summer officially began last week and although we know some of you prefer to totally eschew socks in the warm months, this summer we’ve got some skimpy little footies to line your shoes and some fabulous openwork styles to add a little more coverage even when you’re wearing less for the weather.
Tabbisocks rocked our, um, socks this summer with a delightful batch of no-show footies. Most of them have a soft, squishy pad under the ball of the foot, to add a little more cushion and care. We love this feature, because a lot of dress shoes and sandals don’t have much cushion! If you love these socks, get them while you can, because we’ve found Tabbisocks treats a lot of their styles seasonally and we might not have these into the colder months!
Footie socks are pretty sweet when the sun starts beating down. They’re a protective layer between you and your shoes, absorbing sweat and helping prevent blisters. A couple of sportier footie options (all of which will show more over your shoes than the Tabbisocks no-shows) are the Bamboo No Show 3-Packs, the Lightweight Running No-Show Toe Socks and the pedicure-perfect Bella Half Toe No Shows with Grip.
But what if you would like to still cover your legs a little, even while wearing shorts? Our Openwork category to the rescue! More than just fishnet and lace, openwork comes in a wonderful array of variations to suit your style and shows a bit more skin than regular lightweight styles.
What is (I think) pretty fun about our Openwork category is that it lets me link you directly to the scrumptious Foot Traffic “texture” styles. Named after fancy, famous cities, they’re Dreamer and customer favourites when it comes to layering! And I could not just pick a couple to show you, so here are all of them!
If you do keep on wearing socks in the summer months (and goodness knows, we do!), what is your game plan? Lightweight legcoverage or just enough fabric to keep your feet from becoming one with your shoes?
We love participating in PrideNW and for our seventh year we teamed up with the Rose City Rollers, joining them in the parade and being their booth neighbours! Last year was the first year we marched in the parade, so it was a fun sequel to share the parade time with other hardcore sock lovers!
As before, our doggie staff was represented by Mr. Ferous, who isn’t quite as little as he was last year.
Dreamers and friends waved socks, hooped hoops and spun staffs, all rocking our favourite legwear. The Extraordinary Harvest Rainbows made a heavy appearance; I think they may be one of the Dreamers’ favourites!
We were booth neighbours with Rose City Rollers (who we love!) and our lovely logo lady was part of RCR’s photo booth, they’ve got a Facebook album full of some great shots on both Saturday and Sunday of the festival.
All in all, another great Pride event! Thank you everyone who visited our booth, used a secret code, cheered us on in the parade and all of you who support us and our Sock Dreams every day! Check out our gallery from this year, Dreamer Sixten got some great photos!
I cannot even believe we’re at the halfway point of the year. Time passes quickly when your socks are fun! June’s flower and birthstone are a great team—roses and pearls! The constellation for most of the month is Gemini, a perfect pairing for socks!
June’s actually got three birthstones associated with it, Alexandrite, Moonstone and Pearls. Both Alexandrite and Moonstone possess shifting colours that are impossible to capture in sock form, so I’ve made little gradients for you.
Alexandrite shifts from reddish to greenish.
Moonstones are pearlescent, glowing rainbows of green and blue, with purple and yellow on the edges. I actually super can’t convey the deepness of their colours and beauty, not even in socks.
Pearls are a little easier, with their beautiful, soft shades of white. Our O Lovelies in Pearl are a gimme as far as that gemstone is concerned! For the rest of your strand of socks, we’ve got lots of solid white with subtle shimmer and satin texture to dress up your look.
Clockwise from top: Micromesh Lace Ruffle Tanga Short, Opaque Stockings with Ruffle and Bow, Microfiber Chenille Arm Warmers, Simply Adjustable Sock Garters, Furry Lurex Leg Warmers, Alpaca Beehive Knit Long Arm Warmers.
But have you seen black pearls? They’re probably my favourite and they’ve got hints of blue and purple in them.
The lovely companion flower to pearls is the rose and we’ve got socks with that distinctive bloom emblazoned,
And there are shades of red and pink called “rose” that range the spectrum.
Now Gemini, the twins, is almost too easy to symbolise with socks. So let’s pair these pairs with two packs. Each of these styles come in sets of two, for you to mix and match or have a spare.
Pretty pearls, romantic roses and double your money with Gemini. We’re halfway through the year with Summer Solstice to prove it on the 21st!