Believe it or not, it’s nearly mid-August and I have not set foot in recreational water of any kind. I live 5 minutes from a clean, safe river and I have a kid. It’s almost embarrassing. Honestly though, I’m a pool person, preferably a pool with no one else enjoying said pool. Even when I have the opportunity to lounge poolside, that’s pretty much where I stay. I’ll dip my toes in, but unless it’s the temperature of a warm bath, I rarely go full-body swimming. Here’s why: I get hypnotized by the pool’s dizzying array of reflections, light and colors. Pools have always had a certain dangerous allure for me ever since I repeatedly failed to get past the Minnow stage at my YWCA as a child. Truth be told, I couldn’t do the Survival Float. Boy, if they could see me now — I’m a survivor!
I have no idea if I’ll make it to the pool this summer, but I’ve found myself enjoying all types of pool imagery and the range of colors that remind me of the many swimming pools I’ve been lucky enough to sit beside. I’m seeing a lot of deep true-blues and indigos emerging for fall, and well, the mint craze is still raging on as we all know. I, however, think there is not a blue or green as captivating this time of year as the shades that make up the iconic pool landscape, filled with the texture of concrete and the promise of a round of Marco Polo. I’ve made some admittedly very me image collages (they’re not your usual product round-up) to satisfy my need to grab a piece of the pool experience and bring it into in my home and wardrobe. Click through and take a dip with me. –Caitlin