Tip Sheet

Adrienne Johnson MartinMay 31, 2009 

Summertime blues

We're thinking dresses, dresses, dresses all summer long, and this one caught our eyes. It's an inverted halter jersey maxi dress in weathered navy. We'd add a bra. $99.50 Martin + Osa. Check out the branch at the Crabtree Valley Mall or visit www.martinandosa.com.

Keep the piggies comfy

Summer comes with strappy sandals and high heels and, our personal vote for most cringe-worthy, toes hanging off the edge of your shoes. And so we present Tip Toes, ball-of-the-foot cushions that aim to help prevent calluses from forming and keep your toes from sliding forward. They come in black iris, buttercup, rose, rose hearts, silver rose, white lily, leopard, tiger and zebra. $6.95 a pair. www.footpetals.com or Dillard's at Triangle Town Center, Monkees, Main & Taylor, Soho Shoes, all in Raleigh.

Fashionable protection

Today is the last day of May, and thus the last day of Melanoma Awareness Month. Did you know it is the most common form of cancer for adults 25 to 29? It's not good for the rest of us, either. So try the Sidney Diva, a wide-brimmed hat that offers UPF 50+ sun protection. It has a hidden internal drawstring, so you can adjust for fit, too. $36. www.wallaroohats.com

Bedazzled feet

Again, back to the feet. You've polished your heels, soles and nails like jewels to get them ready for full exposure. (Please tell us you did.) Now you should actually bejewel them with these Apepazza "Fione" sandals. They're leather and the buckles are adjustable. You'll shine. nordstrom.com.

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