Leigh Ann StuartSummertime is here again and you know what that means … it’s too hot to be in New Orleans. That’s why it’s important to grab the right gear so when you take that all-too-necessary Caribbean Cruise, you can be stylish, bold, even comfortable (it’s possible!). Last resort? No, resort at last! Nothing says “summer” like shades and sandals. This season it’s all about gladiator sandals like these brown leather Dolce Vita sandals with a faux-crocodile finish. To protect your eyes from the sun in style, try these Dior Rain sunglasses with gold and teardrop-cut rhinestone detail. Mirabella, 115 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-3888.
Show off your curves on vacation in this black monokini bathing suit. Gold detail on the halter neckline will glimmer in the sun and hip side cut outs will keep heads turning! Bora Bora Swimwear, 2 Saint Ann Drive, Suite 1, Mandeville, (985) 951-8454. This silk Sugar Cane dress by Nanette Lepore has a charming shape that would flatter a woman of any age or shape. Also, the coral-colored polka dot pattern follows this summer’s bold color trend. Beauty 101, 2728 Magazine St., 895-2869. Embrace color this summer with lemon yellow accessories. This oversized clutch, shown with matching cork-wedge peep-toe heels, is a stylish statement for a lady with a bold personality. Feet First, 4119 Magazine St., 899-6800; 526 Royal St., 569-0005. Say bye-bye to tan lines with this sexy Rachel Pally swimsuit. The strapless “Maui” top and “Tahiti” bottom (shown here in the “Midnight Stripe” pattern) are a great excuse to dare to be bare! S.N.A.P., 617 Old Metairie Road, 849-9988. This cotton-blend Spa robe, also available in green, brown and white, allows the weary traveler to relax in style. The piece, which can be monogrammed, even comes in a handy satin-lined bag for packing ease. All the Best, 3216 W. Esplanade Ave. N., Metairie, 835-1499.