Seven Summer Essentials

From the pool to the party, this season’s fashion, beauty and home decor is all about streamlined, colorful and sensible accessories

For the boys …

Swim trunks from Saks Fifth Avenue. This store at Fashion Show has a great selection that won’t break the bank. As an entry point into exploring the possibility of shopping designer, check out its D&G and Polo offerings. Men’s trunks come in a variety of shapes and styles these days, as this item is more about preference than trend. For a thoroughly modern look, check out D&G’s Striped Swim Trunks with a sporty stripe and a cropped hem. With a 4-inch inseam these are a bit shorter than the average style making its rounds at the pool, and at $175 they are an investment piece that will have longevity. For a more conservative look, Polo Ralph Lauren offers its classic Cargo Swim Trunks with a rugged finish. It would be easy to mistake these for shorts, but they are made for swim and do double duty outside the pool. On the longer side, this pair has a 10-inch inseam and drawstring hems. $75.

Persol & Prada sunglasses. Guys’ glasses get funky this summer with some great new styles for those willing to take a bit of a chance. There are also some new spins on classic shapes to keep the boys up to date. Check out Persol’s take on the aviator and Burberry’s interpretation of the wayfarer (both pictured). Priced at $205 and $200, respectively, these shades are long-lasting pieces that will be in fashion for many years to come. For an extra $45, the Persol comes polarized. For something completely different, go for the Prada Linea Rossa (pictured, $275), which is a futuristic hybrid of the two styles with a heavy accented metallic details. All these and more are available at at ILORI Luxury Sunglass boutique in Crystals at CityCenter.

For the bod …

The best-kept Swiss secret. The cleanest-feeling, silkiest body lotion on the market is, without a doubt, Swissclinical. From its Pure line, the Moisturizing Body Milk is ideal for both men and women as it is fragrance free. It is made with all natural ingredients, including sodium hyaluronate, which enriches and tones the skin, increasing elasticity. The shea butter, cotton extract and vitamin E smooth and restructure the skin. Even better, Swissclinical gives 20 percent of its profits to the Swissclinical Foundation, which provides handicapped children and children in need with long-term medical care and support. As added bonus, the packaging is printed with vegetable inks and it is 100 percent recyclable. A full range of Swissclinical products is available in the Aria spa at CityCenter.

For the girls …Okee dokee tokidoki. Wearing light makeup by the pool is a must. And what better way to touch up than with a cute, artful beauty collection. Blending Italian design with Japanese culture, artist Simone Legno partners with Sephora to release tokidoki cosmetics. Aiming to be criminally cute, the packaging is as delicious as the product. Pop pigment shades for eyes, lips and face come together alongside professional tools and accessories, all inspired by Simone’s cast of characters, such as the milk-stealing Moofia and the sweet and prickly SANDy. Growing up in 1980s Italy, Simone first discovered the art and subculture of Japan’s youth in the Japanimation cartoons and comics that bombarded the pop-culture scene. With the concurrent punk scene he juxtaposed these diverse influences to design a world where innovative characters, subversive designs and outrageous storytelling co-exist. Favorites include the Bellissima Makeup Bags ($20-$42), Kabuki Luminosa Powder ($22) and Fantastico Lip Ink ($15). Available at Sephora in Town Square.

Target marks the spot. Look no further than Target for the best in women’s swimwear. In-the-know fashionistas have been scampering through the aisles of the big-box retailer for years in search of fashion finds, but summer is definitely the season to go red and white. Affordable separates from Converse One Star and Mossimo, highlighted by fun, fresh sunglasses, hats and necklaces, ensure a multitude of poolside looks, because who wants to wear the same thing twice? Standouts from Converse this season include bikinis and one-pieces in plaid and bright stripe options. Don’t forget to hit the accessories aisle on the way out. Target at Boca Park and Target at Silverado Ranch are the best bets for a full range of women’s fashion.

For the home …

Sweets for the sweet. Mimicking the vibrant colors of an ice cream parlor, Cuisinart’s Classic Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream and Sorbet Makers are fully automatic and they craft concoctions with a simple flip of the switch. Unlike the old-school variety, this machine uses no chemicals, salt or ice, and it features a double-insulated removable freezer bowl. Just think: Fresh ice cream at your finger tips! Paddle and recipes are included. $50, Sur La Table, Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

Shake and bake. Dress up an outdoor table or backyard cabana with flare courtesy of Z Gallerie and its plethora of poolside products. The Duo beverage dispenser ($70) is a functional way to keep libations cold and in never-ending supply. Its see-through design is perfect for colorful liquids such as sangria. The Cabana bar-tool set ($45), featuring alternating color blocks of black and white resin, consists of a two-measure jigger, bottle opener, corkscrew and citrus strainer. And for an old-fashioned look, the Apothecary beverage dispenser ($50, pictured) is a throwback to the glory days of cocktailing, holding about two gallons of liquid. Z Gallerie in the Fashion Show.

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