Lauren at beach

Say hello to summer fashion

Photos by Ryan Covey

Popping with bright salmon and beachy blues, this Apostrophe Fashion and Style shoot is located on Wrightsville Beach near Wilmington, N.C.

Ready for the sun

Lauren at the beachLauren Kimel sports a light-weight jacket, matching shades and shoes made just for the beach. Lauren is a 2012 graduate of Topsail High School of Wilmington, N.C. She has two part-time jobs in the service industry and volunteers at an assisted living facility. She loves meeting people and making new friends, helping others and taking care of animals. Lauren’s hobbies include reading, writing, shopping and going to the movies.

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Ready for summer

Trevor JeffersonTrevor Jefferson wears a button up shirt embellished with trendy tribal patterns and board shorts to stay cool when he hits the beach. He’s a senior at Laney High School and a member of the Unified Buddy Club. He takes two dance classes, which combine tap, jazz and hip-hop at Point Your Toes Dance Studio. He looks forward to his weekly class, Theater for All, which allows him to display his love of acting and performing. He’s also involved with Special Olympics and volunteers at the Community Arts Center in Wilmington.

 Bright, bold colors

Casey WiegandThe colorful sun dress and chunky jewelry worn by Casey Wiegand make a feminine statement, whether on the beach or headed to a summer party. Casey is a girly girl who loves fashion. She stays busy by volunteering on the management team of First in Families, the Food Bank and her church. She also attends Lindley College two days a week. When she’s not doing all that, she goes to dance, gymnastics and Special Olympics cheerleading.

All muscle

Frankie SpicerFrankie Spicer is ready for the water in his colorful swim trunks. Add a pair of shades and flat bill hat to block out the sun. Frankie has worked full-time at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for over 15 years and recently purchased his own 1,300-square-foot home with his sister. His favorite hobbies are visiting flea markets on his days off and collecting model cars. He loves to relax at the community pool, and his dream is to one day find his soul mate and grow old together.

Thank you to The Arc of North Carolina for organizing the summer fashion section!

Photography by

Ryan Covey
The Arc of North Carolina

Clothes provided by

Aussie Island Surf Shop
Aussie Island Surf Shop has served Wilmington, N.C., Wrightsville Beach and the surrounding areas since 1990. The surf shop prides itself on excellent customer service and strives to do anything to help its customers. They say that no matter who you are or what your experience level, you’ll feel at home and be treated like family in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The 3,000-square-foot store in Wilmington carries a variety of products from men’s and women’s clothing and shoes to surfboards, skateboards and snowboard gear. There’s also a great selection of high-quality watches, sunglasses and snow goggles during the winter months.

“The staff at Aussie Island Surf Shop were awesome. They gave us the run of the store and let us borrow anything our models liked for the fashion shoot. Several of the models liked their clothes so much they bought them, and I’m certain they will be long-time customers of Aussie Island! This great team also volunteers every year to support the annual Surfer’s Healing event at Wrightsville Beach for people with autism. These folks are very involved in the community and love giving back – the best surfer dudes around!” Lisa Poteat, The Arc of North Carolina deputy director, said.

Hair and make-up by

Erica Eisel
Erica is a stylist at Salon Beyond Basics in Wilmington, N.C. She is well known for her work as a stylist and has that special touch for formal hair and makeup for special events. Salon Beyond Basics Manager Susan Roethlinger-Riggs says Erica’s work is the quality of someone that has 15 years’ experience. For the last three years, Erica has joined the Queen and the Queens court hair and makeup team as part of the NC Azalea Festival.

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