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Sweet Summertime Snaps by Beth Hoeckel

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Summer freedom reigns supreme in these travel photos from Baltimore's Beth Hoeckel

If you read new school arty blogs like Dazed Digital and Booooooom!, then you've probably seen -- and obviously loved -- Beth Hoeckel's mind-bending mixed-media collages. It's amazing work. But with summer here and our wanderlust in full effect, it's Beth's gorgeous travel photography that recently caught our eye. From her base in Baltimore, Beth hits the road often, shooting her adventures on......read more

Soft Focus Oil Paintings by Philip Barlow

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Hazy, washed out works depicting summertime in the city

We see a lot of the blurred, soft focus aesthetic in filmmaking and photography these days, but not so much in painting. Here, South African artist Philip Barlow, whose work we spotted at This Isn't Happiness, pulls it off to incredible effect. In the series, titled simply "The City," Barlow depicts hazy, washed out figures and landmarks in the city, nicely capturing the heat island effect......read more

Find a Clean Beach to Cool Down At

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The NRDC releases its annual report on beach pollution in America

With summer in full swing, many among us will be heading to a body of water, where cooling off is just a splash away. But do you know what the water quality is at your favorite vacation spot? Us neither. Luckily, the ever-resourceful folks at the NRDC have done the work for us. NRDC's 2012 report on water quality at beaches around the US is a useful guide, not only for vacationers looking for a......read more

Fay Yu's Photographic Dreamland

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Stressed out? Get unwound to this calming collection of images

A long time ago, a genius uttered these immortal words: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Like all great proverbs, this one has stood the test of time because it carries an essential truth. Sometimes you have to slow it down a notch and appreciate the world around you. Judging from her quiet, contemplative photos, Hong......read more

SHFT Summer Photo Series

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Ten of our favorite photographic moments from the summer of 2012

Well, that's a wrap. Summer is officially over (RIP). We'll look back on the hot season of 2012 and with fond memories of road trips, barbecues, fresh seasonal produce, camping in the woods, skinny-dipping, and outdoor concerts. To memorialize the passing summer, and to announce our new Instagram account (@SHFT), we asked SHFTers and friends to show off their favorite Instagram photos they shot......read more

A Year on the Road: Endless Simmer

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Will my search for the Endless Summer end in 2013?

It's around this time of year again when sleeves get longer and the sun begins to get that familiar autumn slant, signs that shorter days are swiftly approaching. Though this summer was particularly long and hot, it inevitably feels too short, the sweet days and nights playing on repeat in your mind like the perfect film you don't want to forget. I recall watching Bruce Brown's......read more

Classic Boardshort by Faherty

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The boardshort you've been searching for, made from eco-smart fabric $140.00

Whether you're shredding the waves or hanging on the beach, Faherty's Classic Boardshort is the ultimate attire for sunny days on the coast. Made primarily from recycled polyester from plastic bottles, the shorts are imbued with a touch of cotton for a soft, natural feel. Other sustainable materials include a recycled cotton/linen drawstring and recycled polyester button fly.   Neither......read more

Pitmaster Apron

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Get grilling with this selvedge denim apron from Cool Hunting and 3x1 $125.00

Here's a sweet summer product collaboration from Cool Hunting and the denim specialists at 3x1. The dapper, functional Pitmaster Apron is made from Cone Mills Barber Pole Selvedge 12oz. denim, and features five pockets for storing kitchen utensils and a neoprene drink pocket. Whether you’re grilling in the backyard or chopping and stirring in the kitchen, this apron has your "cookwear"......read more

Camera Cooler by Poler Stuff

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Dual function camera bag/cooler from Portland's Poler Stuff $65.00

In an outdoor gear market dominated by performance products, Poler Stuff brings some welcome mellowness and fun to the game. The Portland, OR company offers good-looking, well-priced gear to regular folk who like having fun on road trips and the outdoors. The dual purpose Camera Cooler is a good example of Poler's creative approach to product design. With its padded dividers in place, the unit......read more

Summer Sipper Kit by Mouth

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It's the thirsty season. Here's what you need to make easy and delicious summer drinks $65.00

Mouth, the online "indie" food retailer formerly known as New York Mouth, has expanded its offerings beyond the Big Apple to include selections from around the country. The edibles and drinkables are assembled in gift packs like the Summer Sipper, a must-have kit for making super easy summer drinks. Elevate your cocktail game with Seville Orange and Grapefruit syrups (both from Brooklyn's P&H......read more

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