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    Top 10 Beach Essentials for Summer 2019

    Written by Alex Balerna, Summer 2019 Intern 
    summer 2019

    The official start to summer was June 21st, meaning we need to start getting our beach essentials together as fast as possible for the rest of the summer! Typically when you go to the beach, you want to get all your stuff together the night before so you can leave right in the morning to get there before the crowds. I like to pick out a bathing suit and beach outfit the night before while also making sure I have everything I need: 

    1. Sunglasses
    2. A hat
    3. Sunscreen
    4. Water bottle
    5. Headphones
    6. A towel
    7. Beach chair
    8. An umbrella
    9. A book
    10. My custom ISlides

    I love our Summer Pattern collection- some of my favorites are the Flamingos, Sailboats, and the Spongebob Pineapple Sky slides. They have so many great and unique patterns for summer that it’s honestly hard to choose a top three. 

    So anyway, when I wake up the next morning, I’ll get ready and have everything together while also definitely grabbing snacks so we can leave for the beach! But the biggest question of the day is: What beach and where? For me personally, there are two best beaches. One of my favorite beaches is Mayflower Beach, in Cape Cod, specifically in Dennis, MA. I love Mayflower because it’s a really big, nice family beach and I always run into someone I know walking by since, for me personally, a lot of my friends love going to the Cape during the summer just like I do! There’s nothing better than laying down at Mayflower on your towel, with your sunglasses on, and just relaxing and listening to the beach waves crashing in the distance, that’s for sure. 

    My second favorite beach is Sachuest Beach, or as I call it Second Beach, which is down in Middletown, RI, next to Newport. The Newport/Middletown area is one of my favorite spots because it’s extremely nice and has really cute stores and restaurants to visit while there on vacation or even just a day trip. Second Beach is one of my go-to beaches that has plenty of parking, nice outdoor showers, and even a snack bar that’s right next to the parking lot and easily accessible whenever you get hungry on the beach. However, the water there tends to be pretty chilly, but on a super-hot day it is exactly what you need to cool down and relax. I personally prefer to bring a chair to this beach over a towel, especially if I go in the water a lot because it’s just overall more comfortable and prevents everything from getting really sandy. My ISlides are a great addition for the beach in general as well, because they are super easy to slide on and off and are comfortable to walk on (even in the sand!). 

    Overall, having everything you need for the beach is absolutely essential, so make sure to pack everything I listed (and maybe more) before you leave, because there’s no turning back once you’re on the road. Comment some things on your beach essentials list or maybe a few things I forgot that I should add to mine myself! I hope this blog helps you remember some things you might not think of for the beach, and definitely make sure to try out Mayflower and Second Beach sometime before the summer ends!

    National ISlide Day Press Release


    Boston, MA: Known for their innovative, high quality, customizable slide sandals, ISlide is setting the tone for the season, marking June 21st as National ISlide Day, kicking off the official start of Summer. To celebrate, ISlide is launching a brand new program taking customization to the next level: Pattern Matching. Customers can simply upload photos of their favorite patterned clothing, and the professional Design Staff at ISlide will match the graphics on a pair of slides to complete the summer outfit.

    “Patterned clothing is a staple for summer beach-wear, so this is such a natural fit for our custom slides. I immediately brought in some of my favorite patterned shirts to test out the program,” said Justin Kittredge, Founder and CEO of ISlide. “The designs look great and will be a perfect match all summer long.”

    ISlides are the sought-after athletic sandal sweeping the world on the feet of such athletes and celebrities as Lebron James, Conor McGregor, Dwyane Wade, Justin Bieber, and more. Maker of DJ Khaled's famous "Another One" and "Bless Up" sandals, ISlide fuses fashion with athletics and has partnered with the NBA, NASCAR, Def Jam Records, and a number of other teams, brands, and organizations for officially licensed custom designs.

    Local businesses are getting in on the fun as well. In nearby Needham, Dedham, and Hyde Park, establishments including The Village Manor,  Victory Grille and Tutto Italiano are celebrating National ISlide Day by raffling off a pair of their own custom ISlides to patrons over the course of the weekend. ISlide also unveiled their newest MLB Stars & Stripes designs and a USA collection on their website, in time for the Independence Day holiday.

    To learn more about ISlide, check out their blog or follow @ISlideUSA on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. You can customize your own ISlides now at ISlideUSA.com.  

    Company Info: ISlide is the industry leader in premium, custom sandals. Founded in 2013 by Justin Kittredge, a 19-year footwear industry veteran, ISlide has amassed over 50 licenses and more than a dozen partnerships. ISlide enables consumers to create their own design on high-quality athletic sandals enabling individual expression and self-representation with peers, family, and friends, embodying the message “Stand In What You Stand For.”

    Media Contact: Nicholas Knoerr, nickk@islideusa.com

    The Process 3

    The Process 3

    At ISlide we take pride in our work, and every customer is our most important partner. Over the past 6 years, we have continuously refined The Process of helping others Stand In What You Stand For. Whether our customer is DJ Khaled, Marcus Morris, the Brandeis Judges Men’s Basketball team, or John Doe, we strive to give every single order the VIP treatment. We worked with videographer Christopher Cardoza to help us properly tell the story of The ISlide Process- enjoy!


    To see just how far we've come, check out The Process and The Process: Part II videos here. 



    Customizing Valentines Day

    Customizing Valentines Day

    The normal customs of Valentine’s day are obvious to most. Writing cards to your class, candy, and a dinner date with a movie have been the go-to’s for many Americans on February 14th.The fun of Valentine’s day has been stripped from the new generation in Boston schools with the ban of Valentine’s day parties. Teachers are asking parents to send their kids into school with origami instead of continuing the tradition of candy hearts and cards on valentine’s day. There is no doubt that Valentine’s day parties have lived in our childhood memories for years, but our culture is surely shifting away from these traditions. Skipping the flowers and chocolates and getting creative with Valentine’s day has also been on the rise. Valentine’s day has taken on a new meaning for most; one that Is more personal and less glued to tradition.

                Lately, Valentine’s day has been about making new memories, but just like ISlide stays rooted in its humble beginnings, my favorite memory of Valentine’s day will always triumph over those of the new age Valentine’s Day. My memory of opening cards from each of my elementary school classmates will always hold sentimental value to me when February rolls around. Whether it be taking a break during the day for candy, or awaiting a love letter from your crush, elementary school valentine’s day parties will always hold the most nostalgic and pure meaning for me.

                Cultural shifts surrounding Valentine’s day have most likely thrown many gift givers for a loop, leaving them wondering what the best gift to give would be. This year, customize your Valentine’s day with a hot pair of ISlides that your significant other will fall head over heels for, and never forget to stand in what you stand for!


    Your Canvas: Pink Release

    Your Canvas: Pink Release

    During the month of November, ISlide will be releasing a new slide every week,  as part of their “Your Canvas.” campaign. Every Friday in November you can expect something new with the final reveal of ISlide’s biggest product development to date on Black Friday. 


    The first featured artist is comtemporary painter, Megan Carty. She's been honing her artistic skills for 26 years through abstract creations that have been featured in publications around the country. 

    "My painting practice is the key (to) finding my place in harmony and purpose while connecting and relating with others. Making abstract floral paintings allows me to illustrate how my brain feels in coping with depression and anxiety…there are wonderful bright colorful parts and there are withered brown tangled or barren parts. It is not all black and empty; rather, cluttered and messy and a little overwhelmed! But there is plenty of beauty in my "brain bouquet" and I'm grateful for that! I’d like my art to be a symbol of triumph and hope for anyone who can relate to these challenges and remember we are not alone!"

     Check out Megan's full collection in the link below