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Summer Accessory Trends!

By Jasmin, age 14, Indiana

Everyone knows that it's finally here - SUMMER VACATION! Something every single one of us has been waiting for with bated breath! But now it's arrived, and we're all ready for some serious tanning, boys, and of course, the beach! Oh, and we can't forget the very important summer beach accessory trends we need to focus on!

But first things first. We're going to delve into one of the essential summer accessories - sunglasses. Obviously, you have to sport the hottest shades while you're busy flirting with the boys at the pool. So, what better style to wear than our all-time favorite - oversized, white-rimmed ones! Or, if you're going for more of a risk, try some crazy square vintage ones! Or maybe, if you want to look a little nautical, try some blue & white striped wayfarers, like these adorable, yet totally inexpensive, ones from Target.

White shades (left) available for $15.29 at
Purple shades available for $10.00 at

Nautical shades available for $12.50 at

Now that we have your eyes covered, we're going to move on to an equally important item for summer vacay: flip-flops. Although you may think that all they're there for is to keep your feet off the hot pavement, you should know that they are much more than just a foot decoration. Flip-flops help tie in that beachy, 'I'm so happy it's summer, let's go swimming!' vibe that everyone loves. Plus, colors and patterns are definitely important, no matter whether you're at the beach, the pool, or just playing in the yard with your sprinkler. Flip-flops set the tone for your beachwear! So, if you're wearing a super-busy bikini and a pair of earrings, opt for more of a simpler, neutral flip-flop. Like maybe a plain black or white pair, ones that keep everyone's attention on your amazing swimsuit and not just your feet. But, if you're sporting a simple, yet cute, plain one-piece, you should definitely try a more daring style, like maybe a cork wedge with a gem on the thong.

Flip flops available for $9.99 at

(left) Flip flops available for $12.50 at
(right) Flip flops available for $7.50 at

Now we're going to explore a 'just for summer' trend that is as critical as flip-flops and sunglasses. Beach bags, totes, purses, whatever you want to call them ... bottom line: they're a central part of the perfect summer vacation. Where else are you going to put your iPod with the summer's latest hits? And what about your towel and extra clothes to put on later? You also don't want to skip out on packing your sunscreen - SPF 20 or higher. No burn for you! Plus, you mustn't forget your favorite summer read - The Clique! Beach totes are super easy to find. You could just pick up a cheap, mesh one at the local supermarket, or if you want to look stylish at the pool, you can buy a cute, patterned one that's still not too much, but probably not at Kroger's or Safeway. Definitely go for summery colors, like bright fuchsia or lime green. The brighter, the beachier!

(left) Graphic tote available for $1.50 at
(right) Striped tote available for $9.99 at

Tote available for $12.50 at

We've gotten most of the summer accessory vitals down, so next month we'll move on to everyone's favorite summer fashion topics - swimsuits and jewelry. So, stay tuned folks. One more month of waiting out your fabulous vacation won't hurt!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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