Trip Tip #1: Pack your Pareo

We're Kauai-bound, so it's time to put away the mittens and boots in favor of sandals and sarongs. In fact, sarongs, or pareos, are the subject of today's post. What is the difference between the two? According to Shaka Time Hawaii:

Pareo-a MUST

A sarong is a piece of fabric usually between 4-5 foot in length that is worn as a loose fitting skirt or dress. The name sarong comes from the Malay word “sarung” meaning sheath or covering. These fabrics are often dyed in rich colors and were traditionally made with batik fabric.

The Pareo on the other hand was developed in Tahiti and adapted to Western fabric when it was introduced by European explorers in the 1700. In Hawaii, the names are often interchangeable. The modern day fabrics are often colorful vibrant and detailed with floral or some other type of tropical print representing the island lifestyle. Fabrics can be sheer or heavier depending on style.

Any 4 or 5-yard swath of such fabric is indispensable, no matter the season. A pareo fits the MmPorium number one rule of travel wear, that of versatility. My pareo will undoubtedly be called to serve at minimum quadruple duty: skirt, dress, shawl and beach cover-up. I have been known to employ them alternatively as picnic blankets and turbans. For the fastidious among you, I suggest packing two. They are light-weight and cheerful, washable and wonderful. 

When venturing out, remember. Pack a pareo - your picnic mates will be glad you did.

Check out "Four Chic Ways to Tie a Sarong" from Harper's Bazaar, or put in some time on Pinterest or YouTube for another dozen or so alternatives. 

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Thanks for taking part in this fashion fact-finding survey series. Buckle Down's heroine, Mata Morrow, designs a specific and sensational line of travel wear. Travel wear that will get you on the road with flare and without stress. All input is considered and appreciated.

1. What is the one article of clothing in your closet you currently most value?

2. Describe a most-fondly recalled spring/summer garment from your past.

- When did you own it? 
- What was the garment?
- What was the fabric?
- How did it make you feel?
- Any additional information you'd like to share

3. What is the one ensemble you wish you had, but don't.

4. Where do you usually buy your clothing (top 3... list brands, brick & mortars or online venues)

5. What qualities make for a positive shopping experience. 

Each survey submitted gives you an opportunity to receive a downloadable copy of Buckled Down on your e-reader of choice. Email your responses to info@lulaflann.com

As always, thanks for your time and thoughts.

Love,

Lula

Lula Flann - Last Saturday Survey

Let me Hear it @ Last Saturday Survey

Buckle Down's heroine, Mata Morrow, designs a specific and sensational line of travel wear. Travel wear that will get you on the road with flare and without stress. This is not just fiction, folks. Your opinions will help shape this project.

SURVEY OPP

SURVEY OPP

Responses will assist MmPorium Studios to better understand both the functional and the emotional qualities of clothing design that are important to you. Estimated time to complete this questionnaire is 10 minutes. 

1. What is your (current) favorite fall/winter outfit?

2. What do you love about it (color? fit? texture? memory? Use as many words as desired to describe ANYTHING that makes you feel good about the clothing.)

3. What is your (current) favorite spring/summer outfit?

4. What do you love about it (color? fit? texture? memory? Use as many words as desired to describe ANYTHING that makes you feel good about the clothingWhat do you love about it.)

5. Describe a most-fondly recalled fall/winter garment from your past. 

- When did you own it?
- What was the garment?
- What was the fabric?
- How did it make you feel?
- Any additional information you'd like to share

Each survey submitted gives you an opportunity to receive a downloadable copy of Buckled Down on your e-reader of choice. Email your responses to info@lulaflann.com. All feedback is appreciated.

As always, thanks for your time and thoughts.

Love,

Lula

Last Saturday Survey - Lula Flann