Over the past several months there have been numerous articles warning consumers about the increase in cotton prices around the world.  Who would have thought such a light, white and fluffy crop would be sticking its sharp thorns into consumer’s wallets at such a rapid rate!?!

A combination of several factors has caused the price of cotton to more than double during the past year.  First, there’s the increase in demand for cotton, which has lead to a shortage of crops.  Additionally, the increase in demand brought in more competition, and more competition + a shortage means higher prices for manufacturers, and in turn, the consumer.  And according to an article in Bizmology this month, the federal government revealed information that an even steeper shortfall in global cotton production is expected for the future.  Finally, dismal weather conditions in India, Australia and Pakistan left significant damage to their cotton crops, resulting in an even greater shortage. 

What does all this mean?  It means that a trickle-down effect will start to impact the price of consumer products over the next year, if it hasn’t already.  The New York Times reported that big companies like Levi’s and Hanesbrands have already started to increase the price of their cotton-based products late last year, due to the increase prices on their end.  Unfortunately, this cotton shortage may end up impacting everything from your favorite pair of jeans to those comfy scrubs you wear to work.  Hopefully things will start to look up over time, but until then, we wanted to keep you in-the-know!

Why is it that every time you wear that red scrub top everyone comments on how great you look?  Have you ever noticed how a certain outfit can make you feel energized, pretty, and more self confident?  Believe it or not, there may be a science behind why you look and feel great in certain colors.

To determine which colors are most becoming on you, you must first determine which “season” you belong within:  Winter, Summer, Spring, or Autumn.  To do this, you must start by examining the contrast between your skin, eye and hair color.  One trick to identify your natural skin tone is to look at the veins on the inside of your arm.  “Warm” skin has a yellow or golden tone while the veins appear green.  “Cool” skin has a red or pink tone and the veins appear blue. 

Once you figure out whether you are “warm” or “cool”, the next step is to determine if you are “clear” or “muted”.  A person with clear skin typically has a high contrast between their skin tone, hair and eyes.  Their skin may have somewhat of a translucent quality.  Muted skin will not have much contrast.  Although you may see ash tones, it will appear softer in color than a clear skin tone. 

Now that you’ve figured out whether your skin is cool or warm, clear or muted, let’s look at which Season you belong within.

Winter: Winter skin is cool and clear.  Winters look best in jewel tones, icy pastels, true white, true black, navy blue, deep reds, bright pinks, and cool grays.  Winters will shine in our UA Butter Soft Women’s Solid Mandarin Collar Snap Front Scrub Top in Tutti-frutti.  With its stylish mandarin collar and form fitting front tucks, it is sure to flatter many Winter body shapes.  Another great style for Winters is our UA28 Swirl Navy Mock Wrap Scrub Top.  It is sure to please with deep navy and true white swirls complemented with true red trim – the perfect Winter palette.  The side empire waist tie provides a comfortable, adjustable fit. 

        UAS21C ~ Tutti-Frutti                                    UA28SWN

UAS21C  UA Butter Soft Women's Solid Mandarin Collar Snap Front Scrub Top      UA28SWN UA Women's Swirl Navy Mock Wrap Scrub Top

Summer:  Those with summer skin tones appear cool and muted.  The best choices for Summers are: pastels, muted colors and neutral colors such as lavender, rose, pale yellow and ceil blue.  UA’s Ruffle Trim Empire Mock Wrap top in Cloud is a lovely choice for Summers.  The elasticized empire waist is flattering on everyone and the side ties allow for a perfect fit.  Our print pick for Summers is the UA194 Petal Perfect Dolphin Grey Scallop Neck top.  With its floral border print, scallop neckline, and bubble gum trim, you are sure to get lots of flattering remarks.

             WTS73C ~ Cloud                                         UA194PDG

WTS73C UA Butter-Soft Ruffle Trim Empire Mock Wrap Scrub Top     UA194PDG UA Women's Petal Perfect Dolphin Grey Scallop Neck Scrub Top

Spring:  Favorite colors for Springs are: soft pastels, peaches, khaki, coral, golden yellows, aquas, and peaches.  Springs will look sassy and smart in the UA Butter Soft V-Neck Tricolor scrub top in Party Peach.   The deep triangle side seam pockets provide lots of storage room and the back waist drawstring provides a customizable flattering fit.  We think you’ll feel so great in Party Peach that we also recommend our UA Women’s Plaid Party Peach Print Mock Wrap Scrub Top in a cotton/spandex blend.   You might even find yourself throwing on a pair of jeans with it on the weekends!

       AT59C ~ Party Peach                             U28PAP ~ Party Peach

AT59C UA Butter Soft Women's V-Neck Tricolor Scrub Top               U28PAP UA Women's Plaid Party Peach Print Mock Wrap Scrub Top

Autumn:  Autumns thrive in rich or muted earth tones including colors like: gold, olive, chestnut brown, burnt orange, and caramel.  Our classic UA Butter Soft Women’s Solid Mock Wrap Scrub Top With Side Tie in Olivetta is sure to compliment your Autumn palette.  Side slits allow for easy movement and a modest v-neckline ensures a flattering fit.  Another great choice for Autumns is the UA Women’s Prairie Daisy Sedona Empire Waist scrub top.  The color Sedona will illuminate your skin and hair while the print-accented neckline draws the eye downwards creating a slimming appearance. 

          UAS28C ~ Olivetta                                    PC55PDS

UAS28C UA Butter Soft Women's Solid Mock Wrap Scrub Top with Side Tie          PC55PDS UA Women's Prairie Daisy Sedona Empire Waist Scrub Top

Now that you’ve found your Season, there a just a few key points to remember.  Many people wear colors from other season palettes and look just great – sometimes a variant of the shade can make all the difference between hot or not!  If you do happen to love a color that simply doesn’t suit you, you don’t necessarily have to ban it entirely from your wardrobe.  Instead, use it sparingly as an accent or accessory color rather than choosing it as a scrub top.  The most important thing to remember is whatever color you choose, wear it with confidence and a smile!

~ Melody ~

For the Love of Chocolate

Valentine’s Day.  Often one of the most controversial Hallmark Holidays in your calendar because people have all sorts of feelings about it!  There are those who wear dark colors on Valentine’s Day and those who get decked out in pink, white and red.  There are those who sometimes feel sad and those who feel happy.  To those who feel sad, feel happy or just don’t care on Valentine’s Day, this is my anthem to you!  Valentine’s Day may be “Hallmarked” as the day for couple-y love, but why just stop there?  I see it as a day to show your friends how much you love them.  I also see it as a day to indulge in your favorite type of chocolate without feeling bad about it.  It’s Valentine’s Day; give yourself some TLC –Teriffic Chocolate Loving—too!  So put on a smile or keep it on because the day for all things you love is next Monday, and at UA we are celebrating friends, heart print scrubs (of course) and saving the best for last…Chocolate.

This morning we asked around to find out what everyone’s favorite chocolate is for Valentine’s Day.  (Disclaimer: This is by no means a hint to get us chocolates, but if you do, we won’t complain!)  Here’s what we came up with:

Our most favorite of favorites by an overwhelming majority…

Chocolate covered strawberries! Dark, milk and white—they’re  all good!

In second place…

Dark chocolate, with anything!

  • Truffles
  • Ferrer Rochers
  • Coffee flavored
  • Mint filling
  • Dark chocolate covered nuts

More favorites:

Okay, not edible, but we do love this top and I just had to throw it in the mix :).  It’s the UA Women’s XOXO Print Scrub Top (H400XOX) if you’re wondering!

H400XOX UA Women's XOXO Print Scrub Top

Back to chocolate…

  • See’s Candies
  • Kit kats
  • Cadbury Crème Eggs
  • World’s Fines Chocolate- roasted California almonds covered in rich milk chocolate
  • Hershey’s Cookies and Crème

Let us know what is your favorite chocolate for Valentine’s Day!

For the love of chocolate,

Hannah

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