Tawnja’s Treasures: Lake Fashion

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It’s difficult to fathom that the Fourth of July is only four weeks away! It represents the “mental” halfway point of our precious Minnesota summers. Doesn’t it seem that as we continue to add years to our age, our summers become even more coveted and rewarding? Summer 2008 marks this Leo’s birthday, coming closer to 45, and farther away from 40. I remember when 40 sounded older than sand. Today, 40 is the new 30, 50 the new 40—and, at 60, most people still haven’t retired.

The good news is that we are living longer lives, spending more time with our friends and families, and making the most out of our gorgeous Minnesota lakes and attractions. I suggest we spend this summer gazing at Mother Nature’s display of lily pads, birch trees, and all things Outdoors. I believe if we open our ears and eyes to what our creator has provided, the experience that is “Life” magically is revealed.

I spent the last two weekends with friends on Webb Lake and Balsam Lake—two different cabins, two pristine bodies of water, two groups of friends. I believe these magical Minnesota weekends have contributed to the coining of a brand-new category of fashion. My girlfriends and I decided “Lake Fashion” does not exist currently, and it should.

After extensive research at numerous Webb Lake and Balsam Lake nightspots—over the course of six days—our female posse concluded that sweatshirts with a loon motif, three sizes too big, and sweatpants, complete with holes in them, are the official Northwoods Women’s Cabin Garb for Summer 2008!

The men’s line of Summer 2008 Lake Fashion is a lovely combination of beer T-shirts; shorts so long and baggy, they actually could fall to the ground at any minute; and, of course, the ever-present white tube socks with the open-toed sandals statement.

Now, you’re probably thinking, “Tawnja, get over it. This is the middle of the woods!” I would agree that you no doubt are correct. I simply yearn for some Lake Fashion that doesn’t scream, “I just rolled out of the tent. Where’s the nearest buffet?” I don’t really expect that Lake Fashion ever will take off, but it’s fun to think about.

What would Elizabeth Taylor, Gwyneth Paltrow, or even Tom Cruise wear to the Northwoods? I’m guessing they would be styling in Prada Loon Sweatshirts and at least Nautica white tube socks—plus, their beer T-shirts would advertise Stella Artois.

One of the best Lake Fashions I can recommend is being tan. If you can’t tone it, tan it. Everyone looks more ravishing sun-kissed than lily white.

I recently watched a story on CNN about what an absolute death sentence visiting a tanning salon could be. So, that’s why God made self-tanners. I am a big fan of Fake Bake self-tanners. They are the number-one line of all natural tanners in the UK and most of Europe. Though they aren’t the most inexpensive products on the planet, they will save your life, and make you gorgeous. At least the three inches of skin between our white tube socks and our baggy shorts will be bronzed and lovely. Visit www.FakeBake.com for more info.

As I always say, God loves all his children—especially the tan, sexy ones!

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