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Summer beach trends

Swimwear
Relax under an umbrella this season in aquatic blues, lush cool greens and brightssuch as citron, flame, peacock and watermelon. These colours are part of the palette for 05/06, and are all designed to complement the season?s staples of khaki, deep chocolate and black. Seafolly available nationally. For enquiries call 1300 130 715 or www.seafolly.com


Look heavenly on the beach this summer with Heaven and Aqua Blu?s swimwear range. In this season are mixed up floral designs: Stripes with florals, florals with florals, Floral with plains. Anything with anything and let your imagination go wild!


Beach bags
(a) If you?re a beach babe, the Wicked Sista Tote Bag has room for everything. If flower power is your thing, grab the Wicked Sista Floral Tote Bag adorned with a design of pink and white frangipanis on a sky blue background. Wicked Sista tote bags are priced at $24.95. www.wickedsista.com (b) Throw your towel and your togs into this fabulous Diva Dolls Rainbow Rope Knit Bag and head to the beach. RRP $34.95 www.divadolls.com.au


Sun protection
If you haven?t heard the name my-ti you?ve probably seen them around. Cute and quirky, it?s a little fabric visor that shades the face and ties around the back of the head. With their simple 50s inspired shape and eye-catching prints, they?re a must for any girl who knows how to enjoy herself. The new summer collection reveals a 70s flavour with bold colours, paisleys and polka dots. For more details check out www.my-ti.com.au


Don?t you dare go outside the house this summer without some sun protection. (a) Dr. LeWinn?s Private Formula, has introduced the new Moisturising Sun Defence Natural Sunscreen. Unlike a lot of sunscreens, Dr. LeWinn?s product doesn?t contain chemical filters so doesn?t streak or leave a white film when applied. s RRP$39.95. Stockists 1800 033 122 or visit www.drlewinns.com
(b) The Cancer Council of Australia has launched its new sunscreen range with varieties to suit any lifestyle. Play a lot of sport and worry that your sun protection will sweat off? No worries: try out the Sport Sunscreen with special protection against sweat. Don?t like the greasiness from sunscreen? Try out the greasy free gel formulation. The new 2005 range all have SPF 30+ protection and royalties from sale go straight back into helping cancer research and education. RRP from $8.95. www.cancer.org.au/sunproducts


Kidswear
It?s not just the adults that can look hip this summer. After a visit to The Shop Next Door, kids will become the envy of all the others playing at the beach this summer with a gorgeous Catimini bikini or sun-dress in beautiful fresh colours and patterns. Or perhaps they?d like to look like mummy and daddy with a pair of mini Havaiana thongs! Visit their website www.theshopnextdoor.com.au or visit in person at Shops 2 & 3, 4-10 Bay St Double Bay NSW 2028, Ph: 02 9328 1144.