Summertime Fine: Five Summer Essentials

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A little bit overdue but nonetheless just as crucial, here at the 5th Element Mag, we’re always geared up and ready to take on whatever beautiful southern California has to throw at us: and that’d be mad amounts of  vitamin D and sweltering heat to go along with it. Contrary to popular belief, dealing with the summertime sunshine doesn’t have to leave you unfashionably sweaty or swagless by no means possible. So we conjured up a short, albeit sweet, list of our favorite summer must-haves to help fight the heat without ever having to break a sweat. Hit the jump to peep what we got in store.

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Safari Hat

Bucket hats creeped their way back into fashion necessities by way of ScHoolboy Q – and by our managing editor, Mr. Reach-Hard – but by far, safari hats are the next thang coming in terms of keeping cool and staying fly. Very much similar in function to the bucket hat,  safari hats tend to have wider brims for more aptly applied coverage, pockets for fish hooks (or other trill accessories) and a stringed strap to drape the hat on the neck. More function, yet still equally stylish, safari hats are our optimal choice for jungle excursions, be it of the concrete or brush variety.

 

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Fanny Pack

Truth be told, lugging around a bag with all your shit is a drag – and this is coming from your average female. Combating that entire situation, are fanny packs; yes, that small, waist-hanging canvas bag commonly found on tourists, old folks and ravers does have its purpose in our repertoire, but not without some help from the fine folks at Herschel Supply Co. I mean, all you really need is your phone, wallet and keys (plus a few other necessities we’ll mention in a bit) when embarking on your everyday summer excursions, and a fanny pack manages to hold all that while leaving you hands-free.

 

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Portable Speakers

Life means nothing without music, or at the very least, a decent soundtrack. Enter NudeAudio’s Super-M speaker, a small, compact, grab-on-the-go speaker that can fit in your pocket (or fanny pack,) but provides the best, true 360-degree high-fidelity sound from wherever it’s placed – be it the back pocket of your jeans or somewhere lodged between a six-pack of beer on your beach towel. The waterproof and shockproof mini-speaker is optimal for summertime festivities and all its associated adventures because it ain’t a party without applicable tuneage.

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Reusable water bottle

Not just essential for summertime, Mizu water bottles come correct by being environmentally-friendly, cost efficient and health-conscious with its food grade stainless-steel body apt for easy sanitizing and corrosion-resistance. The cherry on top is the large variety in sizes, colors, designs and accessories (like M Series Sport Cap or bottle leash) to fit your individual lifestyle whether your preferred terrain is snow, surf or concrete. And if beer pong is more your sport, they still got you covered.

 

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Native Apollo Moc

Native’s newest in it’s line of unique, yet eye-catching footwear, the Apollo Moc is highlighted by its simple, yet sleek silhouette maximized with a modern, lightweight and breathable microfiber no-sew uppers. Paired with a springy, cushiony sole with gum bottoms added for extra grip, and perforations along the front of the shoe that provide an increase in air flow, the Apollo Mocs are one of our summer go-to shoes, namely for the simplicity and comfort that the season calls for.

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Nina Tabios

Nina Smoove aka Champagne Ninang. Certified hooligan. $F Bay Area born and bred.

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