It’s National Flip Flop Day!

Celebrate National Flip Flop Day with flip flop lights from Amazon.com (photo courtesy Amazon.com)

If you ask us, as soon as spring has sprung, and the air becomes warmer and the days get longer…well, that means that every day is suitable for Flip Flop Day! However, one smoothie chain has officially declared Friday, June 18 as the day to “free your feet” and revel in National Flip Flop Day.

This is the fourth annual “holiday” for the Tropical Smoothie Café. To mark the celebration, should you happen to throw on a pair of your favorite flip flops and walk into any Tropical Smoothie Café, they will reward you with a FREE 24 oz. Jetty Punch smoothie. Not bad!

We should mention that they also use this opportunity to raise money and awareness for their philanthropic cause, Camp Sunshine. This very special camp is designed as a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. We love that you can enjoy a free treat in your favorite flip flops and then give a little something to others!  

Better get going though… the free smoothies are limited to the first 500 flip-flop-wearing customers that stroll into each store. (And, by the way, if you need – or want – a new pair of flip flops for the summer, then National Flip Flop Day seems like the perfect excuse to do a little shopping and indulge your fetish for this casual footwear icon!) We’d love to see or hear about your favorite pair of flip flops so be sure to drop us a comment and share. Enjoy!

Trendsetting Beach Sandals…What’s Your Jelly IQ?

Marni for summer

Marni for summer

Gas prices may be skyrocketing but that’s not stopping the rubber from hitting the road this summer – jelly style. The style gods have spoken and for anyone on or near the sand and the waves, jelly sandals are a girl’s must-have shoe for the summer.  These totally rad rubber sandals are bendy, shiny and fun! And there’s a look – and price – for everyone.

For those of you with a passion for candy-apple red, you’ll love these open-toe flats from Marni.  Originating from Brazil, these rubber jelly sandals are certain to provide a pop of color on even the sunniest of days. The design is just the right accessory to provide a little extra bounce in your step while you’re doing some coastal shopping and start at $159.                                                                                                                                                  

BCBGirls at Macey’s

BCBGirls at Macey's

For those of you looking for that same pop of color for fewer bucks, look no further than these bright fuscia “Magnolia” jelly thongs from BCBGirls. We love this color, berry punch, but the sandal is also available in a transparent color and a perfect summer yellow. Originally, we found these at Macy’s starting from $39, but were pleasantly surprised to see them offered at Amazon.com for $20 on sale. That means you could very well get one of each color! Afterall, this bejeweled rubber thong is perfect for a picnic lunch on the beach or for a night out on the town, so go ahead and get a couple of pair and have  a very “jelly” summer.

Flip Flops Go Eco-friendly

miss rio ottoman flip flopsHave you ever wondered what happens to your favorite pair of flip flops when they just can’t be worn anymore? Well, usually they end up as a big pile of non-biodegradable trash. Now, thanks to the genius of one eco-friendly designer, old flip flops are new again as they are transformed into a comfy ottoman. Perfect for any home by the beach, this brightly-colored (and design-diverse) ottoman works equally well in a child’s room or the family/media room. You can even use this quirky piece of furniture on a porch or deck, but extensive exposure to the sun will eventually fade the colors.

Our favorite design suggestion? Put two side-by-side in front of a loveseat and use them as a modern coffee table that can easily be converted to extra seating when friends and family drop by for a visit. The ottoman, made in Brazil is aptly named, Miss Rio Ottoman, and is available from Design Within Reach (DWR) for $350. Don’t stress over choosing a color – you’ll automatically get every color in the rainbow. And no need to worry about putting your feet on this piece of furniture. Feel free to plop your flip-flop clad tootsies right on top and settle in for a relaxing evening after a long day at the beach!