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Meet two experts on how to look sexy this season. Plus, “it” poolside accessories and products and hot summer reads!

Drake Abshire

Abshire is wearing a swimsuit by Gucci, $390, available at Neiman Marcus.

Tamar Mendelssohn

Mendelssohn is wearing a bandeau top, $85, and hipster bottoms, $80, both by Marc by Marc Jacobs, available at Saks Fifth Avenue; cuff, $795, and ring, $250, by Robert Lee Morris, and suede shoes, $850, by Rupert Sanderson, all available at Tootsies.

Telford II leather boat shoe in royal, $325, Ralph Lauren, in the Galleria

Large white canvas top handle tote, $950, Gucci, in the Galleria

Waterproof Tambour Chronograph Voyagez II, $9,250, Louis Vuitton, in the Galleria

Nonstreak bronzer for men, $19, by Clinique at Neiman Marcus

Sunglasses, $310, Prada, in the Galleria

Houston author David Berg’s new memoir Run, Brother, Run (Scribner, 2013) tells the tale of his brother’s 1968 murder, at the hands of Woody Harrelson’s father. Available on

Beach mat in cotton toile, $550, Hermes, 1800 Post Oak Blvd.

Silk sarong, $465, Louis Vuitton, in the Galleria

Patchuli wedge, $145, by Melissa Shoes at Everything But Water, in the Galleria, and Melissa Pop, 1121-06 Uptown Park Blvd.

Wide brim hat, $295, by Kokin at Everything But Water, in the Galleria

Deeep conditioning mask for sun-damaged hair, $27, by Bumble & Bumble at Kharisma, 2800 Sage Rd.

Rice doctoral student Suzanne Rendell’s debut novel The Other Typist (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 2013) follows a prudish young secretary in 1920s New York City. Available on

Candice tote in gold cork, $345, Elaine Turner, 2439 University Blvd.

Unfurling flower cuff, $48, Anthropologie, 4045 Westheimer Rd.

Metallic aviators in purple, $240, by Burberry Spark at Burberry, in the Galleria

Drake Abshire
“I was ready for big-city life,” says Abshire, 25, who moved here from quiet Abbeville, La., last year. And H-Town was ready for him. He’s become a top Page Parkes model and Fit Athletic Club trainer, with his strapping good looks and common-sense approach to fitness. Want to shape up for swimsuit season? He says leave your gym shoes by the door to remind yourself to work out; limit your carbs to daytime, and make sure they’re complex like sweet potatoes; keep to an exercise routine, even if it’s just a few days a week; and, if you’re serious, skip the booze for a bit. “You can’t expect changes if you don’t make changes.”

Tamar Mendelssohn
If anybody knows how to rock the water, it’s blogger and longtime Tootsies sales associate Mendelssohn. Besides having a killer petite figure, the Houston native, just 28 years old, has been doling out style advice to H-Town fashionistas for nearly a decade. “I’m definitely on the contemporary, edgy side,” she says of her expertise. This season, the trends she’s calling out are graphic black-and-white patterns, soft pastel hues, flattering-to-almost-anyone “monotini” one-piece swimsuits with sexy cutouts, and bold print mixing, which she calls “power clashing.” And what’s the best accessory to bring to the pool, per Mendelssohn? “Confidence!”

Portraits shot on location at the Omni Houston Hotel
Styling by Todd Ramos
Hair & Makeup by Leanne George