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Beachy Keen 

Acknowledgements:

Models: Hope Breland, Erica Lee and Ricky Fremin for Aboutfaces Model & Talent Management

Makeup: Jennifer LeGreco

Hair: Kathy Rougelet for Cut Loose Hair Studio


Sources:

Aboutfaces Model & Talent Management 949 Julia St., 522-3030

Basics Underneath 802 Octavia St., 894-1000; 922 Royal St., 586-1140

Cut Loose Hair Studio 5537 Canal Blvd., 482-9938

Jennifer LaGreco By appointment, 473-5359 or 828-7080

LeMieux Gallery 322 Julia St., 522-5988; www.lemieuxgalieries.com

Magni Feet! 3645 Magazine St., 897-3338

Maple Street Tanning Inc. 7716 Maple St., 866-5458

Perlis 6070 Magazine St., 895-8661

Romney Photography By appointnment, 366-1808

St. Charles Vision 6900 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-5555; 3200 Severn Ave., Metairie, 887-2020; 624 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-6311; 2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-3000; 837 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 733-0406.

Sun Daze 5050 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-5412.

Winky's 2038 Magazine St., 568-1020.

click to enlarge Bright and graceful are a simple red knit halter bikini top by Endless Sun, $28; coupled with a matching thong, $19; both from Sun Daze (5050 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-5412). Top it off with an inexpensive beach had of straw with a red bow, $11.88, from Wal-Mart (locations all over town). Finish with a platform mule with a cushioned faux-wood heel, crimson straps and red-and-white gingham bow by Aquagirl, $22, from Winky's (2038 Magazine St., 568-1020).
  • Bright and graceful are a simple red knit halter bikini top by Endless Sun, $28; coupled with a matching thong, $19; both from Sun Daze (5050 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-5412). Top it off with an inexpensive beach had of straw with a red bow, $11.88, from Wal-Mart (locations all over town). Finish with a platform mule with a cushioned faux-wood heel, crimson straps and red-and-white gingham bow by Aquagirl, $22, from Winky's (2038 Magazine St., 568-1020).
click to enlarge Become one of nature's wild things in a camel-colored suede tankini by Sauvage, $45 each piece; accented with a beaded ankle bracelet, $15, all from Sun Daze (5050 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-5412). It's finished with spike heels on a graceful tan leather mule with a pointed toe by Kenneth Cole, $145, from Magni Feet! (3645 Magazine St., 897-3338).
  • Become one of nature's wild things in a camel-colored suede tankini by Sauvage, $45 each piece; accented with a beaded ankle bracelet, $15, all from Sun Daze (5050 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-5412). It's finished with spike heels on a graceful tan leather mule with a pointed toe by Kenneth Cole, $145, from Magni Feet! (3645 Magazine St., 897-3338).
click to enlarge Diagonal stripes of red and blue, plus a Paul Frank monkey logo, set the mood for fun and perhaps a little mischief when they adorn a bikini with boy-cut legs, $69, from Winky's (2038 Magazine St., 568-1020). Enliven and protect your eyes at the same time with tinted sunglasses by Bulgari, $370, from St. Charles Vision (6900 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-5555; 3200 Severn Ave., Metairie, 887-2020; 624 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-6311; 2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-3000; 837 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 733-0406).
  • Diagonal stripes of red and blue, plus a Paul Frank monkey logo, set the mood for fun and perhaps a little mischief when they adorn a bikini with boy-cut legs, $69, from Winky's (2038 Magazine St., 568-1020). Enliven and protect your eyes at the same time with tinted sunglasses by Bulgari, $370, from St. Charles Vision (6900 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-5555; 3200 Severn Ave., Metairie, 887-2020; 624 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-6311; 2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-3000; 837 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 733-0406).
click to enlarge Special thanks to artist Billy Solitario, whose paintings of beach scenes are displayed at LeMieux Galleries (322 Julia St., 522-5988; www.lemieuxgalieries.com), for allowing the use of his images as background. A native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, his ultra realistic paintings of dunes, clouds and other coastal scenes stem from his love for raw and undeveloped nature and its power to sculpt the landscape. "The more we shrink this world, the more we seek out nature," he says in a statement explaining his art. "Where once we would pile the kids into the Buick for a Saturday night in town, today we pile the kids in the SUV for the weekend in the 'Great Outdoors.' If one looks closely, the majesty of nature can be seen equally in the structure of a massive sand dune as it can in the elegant curve of a leaf.
  • Special thanks to artist Billy Solitario, whose paintings of beach scenes are displayed at LeMieux Galleries (322 Julia St., 522-5988; www.lemieuxgalieries.com), for allowing the use of his images as background. A native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, his ultra realistic paintings of dunes, clouds and other coastal scenes stem from his love for raw and undeveloped nature and its power to sculpt the landscape. "The more we shrink this world, the more we seek out nature," he says in a statement explaining his art. "Where once we would pile the kids into the Buick for a Saturday night in town, today we pile the kids in the SUV for the weekend in the 'Great Outdoors.' If one looks closely, the majesty of nature can be seen equally in the structure of a massive sand dune as it can in the elegant curve of a leaf.
click to enlarge You'll always look bright and cheery when basking poolside or on the beach in a yellow bikini with a red cherry design trimmed in red-and-white gingham by Girl Star, $36 top; $32 bottom, from Sun Daze (5050 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-5412). For a perfect match, slip on a feminine platform mule with a cushioned faux-wood heel, crimson straps and red-and-white gingham bow by Aquagirl, $22, from Winky's (2038 Magazine St., 568-1020).
  • You'll always look bright and cheery when basking poolside or on the beach in a yellow bikini with a red cherry design trimmed in red-and-white gingham by Girl Star, $36 top; $32 bottom, from Sun Daze (5050 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-5412). For a perfect match, slip on a feminine platform mule with a cushioned faux-wood heel, crimson straps and red-and-white gingham bow by Aquagirl, $22, from Winky's (2038 Magazine St., 568-1020).
click to enlarge A bold red-and-white print bikini with a midriff top, $20, accentuates the positive, while a blue and white floral sarong, $25, adds intrigue. Both from Maple Street Tanning Inc. (7716 Maple St., 866-5458). Velvety red thong straps add comfort to a stylish wood platform sandal by Juliza, $41, from Winky's (2038 Magazine St., 568-1020).
  • A bold red-and-white print bikini with a midriff top, $20, accentuates the positive, while a blue and white floral sarong, $25, adds intrigue. Both from Maple Street Tanning Inc. (7716 Maple St., 866-5458). Velvety red thong straps add comfort to a stylish wood platform sandal by Juliza, $41, from Winky's (2038 Magazine St., 568-1020).
click to enlarge Cool beiges and grays are spiced up with splashes of yellow florals in cargo swim trucks with a button fly by Tommy Bahama, $49. Classy smooth, brown leather open-toe slides by Donald Pliner, $165, keep feet safe from hot sand or cement. Both from Perlis (6070 Magazine St., 895-8661).
  • Cool beiges and grays are spiced up with splashes of yellow florals in cargo swim trucks with a button fly by Tommy Bahama, $49. Classy smooth, brown leather open-toe slides by Donald Pliner, $165, keep feet safe from hot sand or cement. Both from Perlis (6070 Magazine St., 895-8661).
click to enlarge The shades of summer include color tints, a variety of lens shapes and both simple and ornate frames, all from Bulgari, $300 to $370, from St. Charles Vision (6900 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-5555; 3200 Severn Ave., Metairie, 887-2020; 624 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-6311; 2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-3000; 837 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 733-0406).
  • The shades of summer include color tints, a variety of lens shapes and both simple and ornate frames, all from Bulgari, $300 to $370, from St. Charles Vision (6900 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-5555; 3200 Severn Ave., Metairie, 887-2020; 624 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-6311; 2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-3000; 837 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 733-0406).
click to enlarge Classic and fashion-forward at the same time is a black bikini with a sweetheart neckline by Endless Sun, $36, over low-rise fitted cover-up shorts by Becca, $40; all finished with black leather low-heel mules with a feminine cut-out design in the upper by Desiderata, $29.99; all from Sun Daze (5050 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-5412). Black-and-white gingham adds good looks to comfort in a men's swim trunk with side pockets by Polo Sport, $39.50, from Perlis (6070 Magazine St., 895-8661). Complete the outfit with Italian-made black leather sandals by Giroux, $135, from Magni Feet! (3645 Magazine St., 897-3338).
  • Classic and fashion-forward at the same time is a black bikini with a sweetheart neckline by Endless Sun, $36, over low-rise fitted cover-up shorts by Becca, $40; all finished with black leather low-heel mules with a feminine cut-out design in the upper by Desiderata, $29.99; all from Sun Daze (5050 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-5412). Black-and-white gingham adds good looks to comfort in a men's swim trunk with side pockets by Polo Sport, $39.50, from Perlis (6070 Magazine St., 895-8661). Complete the outfit with Italian-made black leather sandals by Giroux, $135, from Magni Feet! (3645 Magazine St., 897-3338).
click to enlarge Eschew the visage of an exotic tropical mirage with bikini that has a lovely yellow and green flowers on a turquoise background by Huit Plage, top $58.95; bottom, $38.95, from Basics Underneath (802 Octavia St., 894-1000; 922 Royal St., 586-1140). Blue makes a perfect background for tropical-print men's swim trunks by Sauvage, $35, from Sun Daze (5050 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-5412).
  • Eschew the visage of an exotic tropical mirage with bikini that has a lovely yellow and green flowers on a turquoise background by Huit Plage, top $58.95; bottom, $38.95, from Basics Underneath (802 Octavia St., 894-1000; 922 Royal St., 586-1140). Blue makes a perfect background for tropical-print men's swim trunks by Sauvage, $35, from Sun Daze (5050 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-5412).
click to enlarge Lime green leather uppers and wedge heel on an open-toe sandal by Elle, $80, give summer outfits a dynamic splash of color and feet a comfortable ride. From Magni Feet! (3645 Magazine St., 897-3338).
  • Lime green leather uppers and wedge heel on an open-toe sandal by Elle, $80, give summer outfits a dynamic splash of color and feet a comfortable ride. From Magni Feet! (3645 Magazine St., 897-3338).
click to enlarge Add a feminine touch to everything from pool attire to evening apparel with low-heel black leather mules with a cutout design by Desiderata, $29.99, from SunDaze (5050 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-5412).
  • Add a feminine touch to everything from pool attire to evening apparel with low-heel black leather mules with a cutout design by Desiderata, $29.99, from SunDaze (5050 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-5412).
click to enlarge Round lemon jade beads are alternated with rectangular polished topaz for a fresh and beautiful summer accessory. The 18-inch necklace is hand-knotted and has a sterling silver clasp, $150, from Mary Viola Walker (834 Julia St., 558-9688; www.mvwgallery.com).
  • Round lemon jade beads are alternated with rectangular polished topaz for a fresh and beautiful summer accessory. The 18-inch necklace is hand-knotted and has a sterling silver clasp, $150, from Mary Viola Walker (834 Julia St., 558-9688; www.mvwgallery.com).
click to enlarge Slip on a feminine platform mule with a cushioned faux-wood heel, crimson straps and red-and-white gingham bow by Aquagirl, $22, from Winky's (2038 Magazine St., 568-1020).
  • Slip on a feminine platform mule with a cushioned faux-wood heel, crimson straps and red-and-white gingham bow by Aquagirl, $22, from Winky's (2038 Magazine St., 568-1020).
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