Some of the best items in the world sprout from necessity. I think this is might be one of them. At least twice a week you can find me and my friend Kristi Head, the founder of LITE+CYCLE (and frequent Base Layer contributor), hiking the trails of Griffith Park. While walking dusty trails for miles in the sun, we got to talking one day about wishing there was a portable, all-natural, non-toxic, balm for your face, lips, cheeks, neck, nose that you could drop in your pocket and reapply on the go. Months later, here it is! A natural, hydrating, soothing, protective sun stick that you can take on the go and use for skiing, boating, hiking, biking, beaching, and all your summer adventures. It's really quite lovely, it's light on your skin and packed with natural essential oils like avocado, coconut, and jojoba. There are no toxins, synthetics, fragrances, sulfates, or parabens—you can even use it on kids. My lips and nose have already thanked me.

Get your LITE+CYCLE Sun Stick ($16) here!

NOISE | The Reed's 1970s Soundtrack Map to L.A.

Traveling doesn't always involve physical movement. Over the past two weeks I put together a 15-track 1970s L.A. playlist and guide. How else could we tackle such a sprawling city? From Tom Petty to Donna Summer this hour of music will transport you—or maybe at least entertain you. Check it out >> right here!

GEAR | Sandqvist Bags

I spent a good chunk of the week on The Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah shooting for a really cool Woolrich x Westerlind capsule collection coming to The Reed and elsewhere this winter. As a photo trick we used the salty desert landscape to mimic snow. It was hot and we were wearing down jackets, boots and flannel—but the beauty of the Utah wilderness—including roaming bison herds—was enough to cool us down. It was pretty hectic at times though, we'd change out of an outfit and put on another as soon as humanly possible chasing the windows of low light in the late evenings and early mornings. Organization was key. I packed everything I needed into a Sandqvist weekender and it performed wonderfully. It's deeper than many duffle weekenders I've seen so I could pack up to four layers of rolled clothes. When I travel by air, I usually use wheeled luggage, so I was hesitant at first to take this, but it was a breeze with the shoulder strap and fit perfectly into the overhead bins on the plane. It was a lot easier to move around a car than wheeled luggage too. If you're not familiar with the Swedish bag maker, check out all their stuff, great backpacks, laptop bags, totes, and accessories.

METHOD | Indigo Dye

Speaking of all things blue...
A few weeks ago we took a limited batch of our white Jungmaven New Mexico t-shirts (if you haven't seen The Reed's Escape to Santa Fe, check it out!) and dyed them with natural indigo dye. We used a kit made by Jacquard which will dye at least 15 shirts (I'd say more like 30 or more). Indigo has made a resurgence over the past few years but as you may know it's one of the oldest dyes used for coloring fabrics and still used today at the primary way that jeans get their color.

We mostly took found rocks and coral pieces and tied them to the shirts with rubber bands to create the radial spiral and shibori circle patterns—some came out great and some were more "experimental". The shirts come out of the dye bath in a deep saturated blue, but (depending on what method you use) will likely fade a little once washed.

The Indigo Dyed New Mexico T-shirts ($39) are available in a limited run and if you're looking for a good dye kit, we highly recommend the Jacquard kit ($14)—and it's a super fun thing to do on a summer weekend—dye your bed spread, couch cover, some old white t-shirts, a pair of white vans, table cloths, napkins, rags, socks—I could go on forever.

UNIFORM | Summer Blues

In a matter of a week summer will be technically officially on and we have some serious blue feelings on the matter. Blue as in, pool blue, indigo blue, navy blue, chambray blue...

Clockwise from top left: Capelo hand-woven cotton summer scarf ($59); Crap Eyewear Sunglasses ($56); Ursa Major Travel Face Wipes ($24 for a box of 20); GREI. Indigo Windowpane Bandana($65); Pools by Kelly Klein ($28 and up); Mollusk Baja Beach Short in Navy Ikat ($68); Karen Kimmel Leather Moon Coasters ($36); Armor Lux Striped Pocket Tee ($80).

UNIFORM | Madame Espadrille

Since starting this blog and The Reed, there is one tenet when it comes to products that I am steadfast about: quality. If it's well-made and thoughtfully produced it will be a better investment for you. There are of course some exceptions and one of those is espadrilles. Like a frequently worn pair of Vans, espadrilles aren't really built to last years. Like the season itself, the canvas and jute shoes are fleeting and so made to be enjoyed. This week Madame Espadrille launched out of Ibiza, Spain and we're really digging their fluro colors and summer party vibes—maybe these are that rare pair of espadrilles that we'll only pull out for special occasions. Prices start at $28 (€25) and ship from Spain.

UNIFORM | Capelo Hats

From the instant I laid eyes on a Capelo palm leaf hat I was hooked—the bridle straps, the leather detailing, and the craftsmanship are top notch. Capelo hats was founded by two friends who traveled together from Los Angeles to the rural mountains of Mexico in a school bus—two ladies seeking adventure! They found that, but they also discovered multi-generation hatmakers who make exquisite hats by hand and has fostered a lasting relationship with the artisans who partner with Capelo. We're proud to carry these hats at The Reed, where you can get both the Cholo Chica ($140, photo above) as well as the larger-brimmed Cholo Grande ($140, photo below). Bring on the sunshine.

GIFT GUIDE | Father's Day a la Hemingway

Photo of Mary and Ernest Hemingway on safari in 1953-4 via The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. 

"Never go on trips with anyone you do not love." —Ernest Hemingway We thought we'd look to Ernest Hemingway for inspiration on this year's Father's Day gift guide—what could more right than Papa?

Clockwise from top left: Brookes Boswell Restored 027 Vintage Felt Hat ($160); Leather and brass key chain ($35); Ursa Major shave cream ($24, Hemingway wasn't always sporting the full beard); Vintage Taylor compass ($55); Kletterwerks Sandstone Totepack ($89); N'East Paper Shark Jaw Notecard ($4.50); Waxed Canvas Dopp Kit ($70); Vintage Victory Brass Wine Opener ($59); Olive Waxed Duffle ($230).

From now until Father's Day (June 21), we're offering domestic shipping at The Reed with the code PAPA15.

p.s. Don't miss our new travel guide: The Native's Napa Valley!

SCENE | Houston, TX.

I'm headed to Houston for a super-quick last minute trip and wondered if any Houstonians out there had some recs for eats, drinks, sees. I've got a pretty good short list so far, but always appreciate some native intel. Thanks y'all!

UNIFORM | Industry Standard Jeans

By Aja Lake

After a futile search for great-fitting jeans with a reasonable price tag, Industry Standard founder Nicole Najafi set out to create the best pair of jeans for the best price. Designed in New York and made in L.A., Industry Standard jeans are produced in small batches and made from fabric sourced from a 110-year-old North Carolina denim mill. The brand's formula includes closely partnering with their factory to turn out modestly priced product while ensuring craftsmanship and transparency in production. The result: an ultra-flattering, go-anywhere staple—these jeans are seriously comfortable, folks. Check out Industry Standard jeans (starting at $95) for premium quality denim. These are the type of pieces that really make up a "uniform", classic, understated, versatile—perfect. 

GIFT GUIDE | Father's Day @ Huckberry

Since starting The Reed, I have grown to respect online retailers even more than I had already, and perhaps none more than Huckberry who continuously innovates without losing sight of its core manifesto. There's always good stuff over there and the atmosphere is never stale. They're also maybe the ultimate resource for looking for cool dad gifts. Here are a few of my pics from their Father's Day Shop!

Clockwise from top left: Render K Brass Pen ($60); Chemex Classic Coffee Maker ($38); Patent Print of the 1990 Porsche 911 ($35); Juniper Ridge Siskiyou Backpacker's Cologne ($53); Woodman's Pal 16.5-inch Knife with Sheath ($70); Filson's Original Briefcase ($265); Olloclip iPhone 4-in-1 Clip on Lens ($70); R Murphy Damariscotta Shucker ($33); Perf La Playa Blanket ($38).

GUIDE | The High Desert

A new travel guide just launched on The Reedthe Low Down on The High Desert featuring a whole bunch of our favorite spots in Joshua Tree, Pioneertown, Wonder Valley and Twentynine Palms and a hiking guide from Cold Splinters' Jeff Thrope. I said this in the intro, but the truest thing I can say about the High Desert is that it's loosely defined by its elevation and geography, and while those metrics can help us understand where the High Desert is, it can't explain what it feels like to be in this otherworldly "gorgeous wasteland" favored by artists, astronomers, cowboys, and conservationists. You may have caught a preview of the Jungmaven High Desert t-shirt on Instagram, but if not, this grass green hemp/cotton blend is up for sale now. The New England shirts are pretty much gone, so get these while they're hot hot hot!

Get more >> Lizzie on Instagram: @lgmettler | The Reed on Instagram: @the_reed_shop

GEAR | Brown Ink x The Reed National Park Stationery Set

The great people from the Minneapolis-based paper company Brown Ink created an exclusive National Park Stationery set ($19) for us at The Reed. It's a handsome set of six letterpress flat cards pressed with vintage blocks on an antique letterpress. The set aims to harness an era when American families would spend their summers touring the country, seeing the continent out of a station wagon window and landing at one of the trusty national parks where they'd set up camp.

UNIFORM | Rudas Leisurewear

By Aja Lake
Summertime is supposed to be all about idle time, right? Long days followed by hot nights followed by the smell of breakfast in the morning. Idle time is something the Brooklyn-based duo behind RUDAS take very seriously, it's the point of focus for their unisex line of robes, lawn jackets, and dressing gowns. Launched this Spring, the collection is American-made using luxury fabrics from Belgium, Japan, and North Carolina. Whether you're lounging at home or half a world away, each piece is expertly constructed to encourage slowing down and enveloping yourself in stylish comfort. You can find RUDAS online, in Amagansett, and all summer-long at The Pennyweight Pop Up in Nashville.

UNIFORM | Pilgrim Women's Debut Collection

I'm a sucker for independent surf labels—the Mollusks, Birdwells, and Almonds of the world—because I feel like they are the brands that are nailing today's surf lifestyle in an authentic way and are starting to fill in for the big surf apparel companies that have completely lost touch with any kind of real surf culture. Pilgrim Surf + Supply has always been a label I've admired from afar. They're based in New York (funnily enough, I've been to their Beams pop-up shop in Tokyo but neither of their US locations) with a shop in Brooklyn and Amagansett and continue to do churn out quality and cool. Today marks the launch of their first ever women's collection which is American-made and wonderfully simple and casual. I'm sold.