Stylish & Smart Summer Fashions

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by Rachel Harris, managedmoms.com

azfamily.com

Posted on May 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Updated Thursday, May 10 at 5:27 PM

Our summer temps have arrived and so have some fun summer styles!  To see what's in for our fun-in-the-sun days, I interviewed several experts.  I also found a couple of very unique lines, including a fun one for girls and one that protects your family with sun-safe wear.  And I will show you how to save on some styles, so read on for fab fashions for you and your family!

Cool Clothing Lines to Know About

*Lotty Dotty Interactive Tee Shirts -- This is an adorable idea.  For girls and women, Lotty Dotty sells t-shirts that come adorned with a doll on the front of the shirt.  And the dolls are wearing interchangeable outfits that can be switched out!  These tees are fun to wear and look great, too.  Plus Lotty Dotty uses sustainable materials such as recycled fabric, organic cotton and leftover scraps, so this company is eco-friendly, too.  Love it!  A child's Lotty Dotty French cut T-shirt made of 100% organic cotton and screen printed with a doll of her choice sells for $45.  Each doll comes with a Velcro bathing suit and a signature Tutu dress and right now the company is offering a seasonal special that includes one free mini outfit choice from the list provided on the website. Additional mini outfits range in price from $10 up.  For more information and to order Lotty Dotty shirts, visit www.lottydotty.com

* Sunsational Style by Gina Cannova Phalen -- Arizona mom Gina Cannova Phalen knows first-hand how dangerous our desert sun can be.  She was diagnosed with basal cell skin cancer at the early age of thirty.  As a mom to three boys, she felt the need to create a one-stop shopping website that would offer stylish sun-safe stuff for everyone in the family.  So she did and this year, she has even included sun safe attire for the family dog! 

Sun protected clothing of all kinds are offered on the website like the Tuga 2-piece colorful UV protected swim set that come with shorts for $49 or the Stingray UV Protected Raysuit that looks so cute on kids and sells for $44.95.  Styles are also sold for adults and even dogs are protected with the Playa Pup line of hats and shirts!  Speaking of hats, new to the website is the Nammu Swimming Hat that sells for $19.95 and the adorable Baby Banz sunglasses for babies that go for $19.50.  There is so much more.  To see the many styles and to order, visit www.sunsationalstyle.com.

*Chilly Jilly Wrap -- Perfect for our Arizona summers when we go from the scorching hot outdoors to the frozen air conditioned indoors, this pretty wrap fits nicely in the included silk bag.  Simply open the bag, remove the wrap and you get an instant wrap that can be worn several different ways to keep you warm and stylish.  I love this invention that can be worn as a wrap, a scarf, a bathing suit cover-up and more.  Plus it is wrinkle-resistant, great for airplane travel because this just-in-case jacket will warm you up, while fitting nicely in your purse.  This is one smart summer style that sells for $35 in a variety of colors. For more information and to purchase, visit www.chillyjilly.com.

What's In Fashion for Summer!

To research this part of the segment, I visited with local fashion expert/buyer, Heather Cisck, who owns The Purple Skirt in Ahwatukee.  She tells me that the styles are:

*Tribal/Aztec prints

*High/Low tops and dresses

*Mixed Metals and rose gold jewelry

*Tye Dye, Corals and bright colors are big

*Dresses and tops with a delicate ruffle that runs along the bust line

* To see examples of these trends, see the segment.  I also show an attractive outfit that goes from day to night in an instant in the segment as well!

The Purple Skirt and Boulevard 48 in Scottsdale sell all of the above.  Shop the Purple Skirt at 40th Street and Chandler Blvd. in the Trader Joe's shopping center in Ahwatukee and visit the website at www.shopthepurpleskirt.com.  There is a coupon at the site for first-time customers.

Deals & Steals

I found some great styles for my family at JC Penny, Payless Shoesource, Kohl's and at Justice for my girl.  See the segment to see the styles.  I have joined all of their email lists and my free memberships have paid off.  I also recently found an ad for JC Penny that states that the best sale prices of the day will be every 1st and 3rd Friday, every month until the goods are gone, JC Penney says.  So keep that in mind. 

To receive emailed coupons that come frequently, visit these websites and join their email list...

* http://www.payless.com/store/ to receive frequent coupons for shoes for the whole family at Payless Shoesource stores.

*www.jcpenney.com to sign up for a rewards points program that lets shoppers earn one point for every dollar spent with increased reward advantages if you are using a JC Penney rewards card.  All of the details are on the website. 

*www.kohls.com to sign up for sale alerts, coupons and more. 

*www.shopjustice.com to get 40% off coupons.

What are your favorite summer styles and do you know of any shopping deals?  Share here in the comments section and remember to visit my website at managedmoms.com for more fashion news, beauty tips, recipes, pet pics and more.  Happy Summer!

 

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