Summer must-haves
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Summer Must-Haves

Summer must-haves
Summer must-haves

Shake the sand out of your ears and cast off last year’s bum-around duds — here’s how to get glamorous for the pool and the beach this summer.

Eye candy

Just when you thought sunglasses had become just another dull designer branding vehicle, along comes Francis Klein. The closest to couture that sunglasses can get, this collection of vintage-inspired pieces has all the extraordinary detailing and craftsmanship of eyewear from the 1940s and ‘50s. The Klein family has been employing old-fashioned techniques for cutting, stoning and inscribing eyeglasses since they founded the brand in 1970. Frames, $450 to $850, incorporate hand painting, natural materials such as leaves, even fabric and jewel inlays, and are made to order at the studio in Paris. But now that L.A. Eyeworks’ Melrose location is stocking a selection of its own, you can get them at home too.

The Doreen, $642, at L.A. Eyeworks, 7407 Melrose Ave., L.A.; (323) 653-8255. (L.A. Eyeworks)
Just add water
Just add water

Kelly Klein’s 1992 book “Pools” has become such a cult classic, it sells for up to $450 at used-book stores. After so many friends clamored for copies, Klein is re-releasing the title next month. And it’s still as beautiful as ever. Inspired by a desire to design a pool for her own Long Island backyard, Klein compiled some of the most iconic images of swimming pools throughout history, from William Randolph Hearst’s Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle in San Simeon to the public pools at Coney Island, as captured by photographers such as Lartigue, Stieglitz, Mapplethorpe and Weber. And there’s that great introductory note by Esther Williams.

“Pools,” Rizzoli, $75 (Rizzoli)
Best reason for a pedicure
Best reason for a pedicure

In this glamorous summer season not just any rubber flip-flop will do. Forget Havaianas and Reef. The newest sandals on the scene are Libertas, from L.A.-based designer Savannah Auger. With serpentine metallic straps, the Vixen style brings to mind a silver-screen femme fatale. The surprise? Libertas shoes aren’t deadly at all; they’re actually comfortable.

Vixen sandal by Libertas, $180 at Dewey, 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; (310) 392-2974. ()
Fake it
Fake it

It was the birth of the bronzing craze when Guerlain’s Terracotta line debuted in 1984. Now, every makeup line on the planet has one — but something about Terracotta seems so deliciously retro. And the line keeps expanding with new products each season. For spring, there’s a Spray Bronzing Powder Mist with SPF 10 that’s a little difficult to control. (If you really want airbrushed color, seek the help of a professional.) The Sun Elixir has a sponge applicator that makes for a streaky effect in all but the most steadied hands. But the Sun Blush is a keeper. In Beige, Brun or Marron, it adds just the right amount of shimmer without looking like fake ‘n’ bake.

Terracotta Sun Blush, $38 at Neiman Marcus, Saks, Sephora and http://www.sephora.com()
Haute tote
Haute tote

Just in time for beach weather, Juicy Couture has opened its first L.A. area store in Malibu (naturally), the spiritual home of designers Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor. This season, they’ve made the ultimate canvas tote with a straw beach mat strapped to the front — both chic and practical, just what you’d expect from the women who gave us the sexy tracksuit.

Juicy Couture Riviera tote, $225 at Juicy Couture Malibu,3900 Cross Creek Road, Malibu;

(310) 317-9240. (Juicy Couture)
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