Retail Therapy June 2012

Soft Sunset
After the sun worshipers, beachcombers and wave riders have fled the sandy shores, the beach becomes a serene location of precious beauty. And you should become its most captivating icon. A casual, well-matched collection of accessories will exhibit your easy, exquisite style and reflect your understated, one-with-nature inner peace. This is the time for the sun to flash and you to sizzle. Shown here are embellishments that stand alone or work with any of the season’s top trends: Carolina Herrera two-tone cream sunglasses ($325), Gucci’s Gwen platform sandal ($795), Etro’s ombre silk chiffon stole ($340), Stephen Dweck’s alluring multi-stone ring ($495).

Beach Bum
Summer is finally here. Fill the cooler, load the car and head to the coast. It’s time to sit back, relax and steal away with your favorite beach read. Whatever your appetite, the Kindle Fire ($199) will deliver books, music and movies. If you’re going naughty—say, a certain number of shades of grey—protect your privacy with Dior round Croisette striped blue crystal sunglasses ($325). The nautical inspired stripes and vogue shape make them the season’s most vital accessory. Pack your seaside essentials in Tory Burch’s Georgina perforated patent leather tote in bright yellow ($495), a much better shade than that old school polka dot bikini.

Day Glow
This is your chance to outshine even the brightest summer sun and still keep those soft spots covered. Espadrilles are making a big comeback this season as are all things reflecting nature’s beauty. Brian Atwood’s bronze metallic striped wedge ($659) will keep your silken pedicure protected. Complement any chic shore-bound ensemble with a Stephen Dweck white rose quartz necklace ($395) and top it off with Eric Javits‘ bow-detailed sun hat ($375). The simple mix of sea and style will make you a surfside superstar.