Going Buggy

STYLE FILE

July 03, 2005|By Crystal Sayles and Tanika White | By Crystal Sayles and Tanika White,SUN STAFF

Summer has brought the bugs back! No, not cicadas, but Coach's summer 2005 collection limited-edition ladybug straw boxy tote. This leather and straw designer bag, with leaf and ladybug details, will be the talk of the day on the beach this summer. So be prepared for beachcombers to "bug" you wanting to know, "Where did you get that bag?"

You can find this showstopper at Coach stores, select department stores and specialty stores. It can also be ordered from the Coach catalog or by calling 800-223-8647. Also available at www.coach.com. This trendy find is priced at $328.

Speaking of bugs, one popular jewelry trend this summer is animal and insect pins and brooches.

A twist on the brooch craze that was so popular last fall, this pinned-on critter is more playful than Grandma's gilded heirloom and -- attached to your bathing suit sarong -- is certain to spark a conversation on the beach.

The jewerly company called lia sophia has many styles of "Critter Pins" from lizards to frogs to turtles.

The gold lizard pin will stick out in a crowd! For only $22 you can wear this little guy on a blouse or blazer to the office, or add it to a tank top this summer as a fun accessory.

This fun, shiny silver and gold frog pin with cut-crystal cubic zirconia eyes. $19. Call 800-487-3323 or www.liasophia.com.

Treat your feet

Have your feet thanking you over and over again this Fourth of July, after you wear Crocs specially-formulated beach shoes. Less than six ounces, this new swim shoe is soft, comfortable, and air ventilation ports help resist bacteria and odor. Your friends will thank you for that one.

So that you won't squish and slip everywhere, these rubber shoes are slip-resistant and allow water and sand to pass easily through the vents. The company says the European-styled shoes contain a special "Proprietary Closed Cell Resin" that helps the shoe material warm and soften with your body heat -- to actually mold to your feet. So unlike in other leathery structured sandals, your feet will be able to breathe. And with orthotic heels and built-in arch support, you'll feel like you were walking on air -- not sand and seashells.

Crocs are available in a wide variety of colors for men, women and children. Finally a shoe that is functional and fashionable (Chris Rock, Ben Affleck and Drew Barrymore each have a pair) for only $29.99.

Available at www.crocs.com.

Towels to be seen on

It's always important to top off your beachwear with a fashionable towel collection. Leave your old bathroom towels in the hamper this year, and wrap yourself with one of Lisa Curran's Swim Collection's plush wraparounds. These new chic and funky beach towels are available in four colors.

The towels were inspired by vintage prints and flea market finds, but with a modern look. Curran says her celebrity clients -- Jessica Simpson, Cameron Diaz and Gisele, to name a few -- never step foot on the beach without them!

Lisa Curran Swim is available at Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, specialty boutiques and resort shops. Also available for $75 on her newly designed Web site, www.lisacurranswim.com.

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