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Scottsdale 16's Jenna Wood models a swimsuit from W Scottsdale The Store. Photo by Shavon Thompson

Wet and wild swimsuit trends with Scottsdale 16’s Jenna Wood

Summertime in the Valley means soaking up the sun, but before you take the plunge and buy a new swimsuit, hear what Scottsdale 16’s Jenna Wood says is trending this summer.

The Scottsdale 16, a part of Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations, is a group of young, beautiful women in Arizona who are booked for a variety of events across the Valley by Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations, including corporate parties, special events, and modeling for promotional or runway shows. Wood is no stranger to bikini trends and the proper pool party etiquette for the summer.

Scottsdale 16's Jenna Wood models a swimsuit from W Scottsdale The Store. Photo by Shavon Thompson

Scottsdale 16’s Rachel Bienz models a swimsuit from W Scottsdale The Store. Photo by Shavon Thompson

This summer, bikini trends are about standing out and nothing about Wood’s favorite styles are boring. For her, it is all about being more unique then the traditional triangle top. She really likes cut-out styles and strappy tops and bottoms. Bright colors have definitely worked their way into swimwear designs.

“I’ve noticed I have been buying a lot of exotic prints lately,” she said. “Anything from tribal to tropical, as long as it’s bright I love it!”

With all the unique prints and eye-popping colors out there, Wood’s go-to style is mixing and matching. Wood has a few bottoms that fit her body type and then pairs them with all types of tops, primarily bandeaus or anything bright. But most importantly, no matter what your preference is, Wood stresses that “women know how to dress to their body type. Not every style is the best look of everyone.

One of the major perks of living in Arizona is the plethora of pool parties around the Valley and what you wear to these events is just as important as a night on the town. A great bathing suit is a must, but accessories make just as big of a statement. Wood likes to stand out.

Scottsdale 16's Mel Rodriguez models a swimsuit from W Scottsdale The Store. Photo by Shavon Thompson

Scottsdale 16’s Grace Koval models a swimsuit from W Scottsdale The Store. Photo by Shavon Thompson

“I’m in love with my gold body chain right now,” she said. Wood matches it with small gold stud earrings, bracelets, strappy sandals or wedges and, of course, sunglasses for the perfect look.

A pool party is a great place to make a statement, but also opens the door for a lot of potential mishaps.

“Nothing is worse than a girl who shows up in a bikini she doesn’t intend to get wet,” Wood said. Wood advises to stay away from sequins, beads or anything more than $200 for a pool party look.

All the bikinis and accessories shown in these three looks can be found at the W Hotels The Store located in W Scottsdale. The store offers the latest looks from the most desired designers including Yumi Kim, Dolce Vita and Vitamin A.

Meet Scottsdale 16’s Jenna Wood! Read our interview here.


Trend: Boomers Buying Real Estate to Rent

Illinois residents John and Barbara Plutshack never thought they would be part of a growing trend, but they are. The Plutshacks, who just bought a home at Dolce Vita, a 55+ active adult community in Apache Junction, are part of an increasing number of Baby Boomer couples buying homes to live in a few weeks a year, but then renting the homes out to others for the rest of the year. Money from renting a home helps to pay off a mortgage, leaving a home paid for free and clear for people when they do decide to retire.

Seeing the trend, four years ago Dolce Vita began helping homeowners find renters. All background checks, paperwork to rent the home and property management is done by Dolce Vita staff members. Dolce Vita receives a 10-percent fee of the rent collected. The typical winter rental is $2,000 to $2,300 a month.

“We have more requests to rent homes than homes available,” said Lori Tuter, Dolce Vita’s sales and marketing director. “We typically require a four-month minimum from tenants, as most people want January to March. It’s the law of supply and demand.”

According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the National Association of Realtors trade group, about 25 percent of baby boomers own one or more types of real estate in addition to a primary residence, and boomers own 57 percent of all vacation and seasonal homes and 58 percent of rental property.

“It helps to defray cost of the lot lease, and it’s nice to have someone living in the home and watching over it,” said John Plutshack, who recently with his wife purchased a home in Dolce Vita. The Plutshacks plan to live in Arizona full time starting in 2015.

Dolce Vita is located at 3301 S. Goldfield Rd. in Apache Junction, Arizona. For more information, call 480-288-1818 or visit www.dolce-vita-az.com.