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You've probably seen Yasmena bags on the red carpet or gracing the wrist of Sarah Jessica Parker on Sex in the City, but now the patented handbag that attaches to the wrist and ring finger is available at Dillard's (Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-1075; at prices ranging from $36 to $48.

Franco's Athletic Club in Lakeview (111 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 286-8801; is celebrating its fifth anniversary by offering new customers a pass for five different classes for free, including yoga, spinning, step and Body Pump.

N.O. Surf Shop (6116 Magazine St., 891-1616; is holding a fun-filled Grand Opening celebration from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 14, with a surf movie preview, live music, surf trivia giveaways, door prizes, board demonstrations and more. While you're there, check out the shop's new arrivals of Reef Fanning sandals that have a bottle opener on the sole, new lifeguard and straw cowboy hats, Volcom and Billabong board shorts and T-shirts, Sector 9 longboards as well as body boards and skim boards.

Lovers of vintage handbags, jewelry and compacts should check out the new store Personality (6017 Magazine St., 301-9300), opened recently by owners Razz Ranallo and Donna Riley. The shop also carries fashion accessories such as gloves and scarves as well as home accessories including lamps and vintage telephones. Mention you read this in Gambit Weekly and receive 10 percent off your purchase.

Women have a new place to shop for fashions with the opening a week ago of Sooo Swank (5926 Magazine St., 899-0988), which offers casual and semi-dressy clothing, fashion accessories and shoes.

See the custom-designed headpieces and veils available from Malis-Henderson at a trunk show, the first for the company in Louisiana, on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, at With This Ring Bridal (3230 Severn Ave., Metairie, 780-7090).

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