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When flip-flops flop

There’s a time and place for flip-flops — the beach, yes, but a nice restaurant, no.

Kate Torres, director of marketing for Piperlime.com, suggests some dos and don’ts for summer shoes:

• At the beach: This is the place for any and all flip-flops — rubber ones, metallic ones, even jeweled ones. But if you’re going elsewhere later in the day and don’t have time for a pit-stop at home, let the next destination help influence your choice.

No stilettos should be a no-brainer. "Major sinkage and renders beach volleyball an impossibility," says Torres.

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• For a barbecue: Wedges or flat sandals are polished and comfortable, a winning combination. They can be worn with shorts or a flowing sundress.

Skimmers are cute, too, Torres adds, and give off a more casual vibe.

The don’t here is gingham-print shoes since you risk competing with the table cloth.

• To a nice restaurant. Wear a dress, perhaps a wrap, with a high sandal, Torres suggests. For a fancier occasion, metallic shoes complement most cocktail dresses.

• For an afternoon wedding. Remember there is potential for lawn sinkage here — and you might spend a long time on your feet. Go with a wedge, which is at its dressiest in a metallic material.

Fashion icon

She still wears pigtails and a blue bikini bottom. But Little Miss Coppertone has a new look this summer.

Her hair is a more golden and her eyes bluer — and instead of her canine pal pulling at her bottoms, he’s chasing her on a Jet-Ski.

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And of course, she now wears a life-vest, an orange one with black belts.

The new Little Miss Coppertone ads put her clearly outdoors, which the company hopes will remind families to wear their sunscreen when they’re enjoying their summertime activities.

When she was first introduced in 1959, there was a Norman Rockwell-like quality to Little Miss Coppertone, with slightly muted colors and a wide-eyed innocence in the image by Joyce Ballantyne Brand. The late Brand used her own 3-year-old daughter as her inspiration.

Eye candy

Oversized frames are still all the rage in fashion sunglasses but — watch out — the flatter frames from the 1980s are gaining in popularity.

That’s the word from Melanie Martin, vice president of public relations at the Sunglasses Association of America.

Look for glasses that mimic Ray-Ban wayfarers or the cat-eye Vuarnet, she says. But you won’t find lenses coated in red or blue mirrors, as once was popular.

Other bits of eye candy: Fashion shields, a one-piece lens, and the always popular aviators.

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"Aviators are huge — young and old, men and women, fashion lines, high end, low end," Martin says.

She also notes that there continues to be a fusion between fashion sunglasses and those designed for sport. "People want to look good all the time, even when they’re doing sports."

It’s becoming commonplace to add rubber nose pads and temple tips to fashion frames.

Glasses that are designated sport sunglasses, however, also will have either polarized or photochromic lenses, which change according to the light condition. Neither affects UV protection, nor does coloring lenses, Martin says.

Kissin’ up

Benefit, the quirky San Francisco-based cosmetics company believes in multitasking. Its new lip gloss, called California Kissin’, not only makes your lips shine but also pledges to freshen your breath with and make your teeth appear whiter.

There’s a blue sheen to the gloss that supposedly plays a whitening optical illusion thanks to its pearlescent light-reflecting shimmer. It is subtle, though, so won’t look like you just ate a blueberry ice pop.

The kissable breath part comes from the gloss’s minty flavor.

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