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Summer's Here: Please Pack Out Your Trash and Thank You for the Dresses, Miss Ashley

Thursday, 31 May 2012 13:59 Jennifer Devore
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Summer solstice is still weeks away; yet, if you're in California or any other temperate clime, you know summer's already here. Glory be, it also seems there's a bit o' style in the air!

Some girls are in lovely florals, some are in next to nothing; the dudes are in their board shorts, but some of them must have read my George Will post, because I'm seeing a nice uptick in the appearance of fedoras. Whatever the trend, Moi likey! Bright colours and a bit of panache seem to be making a comeback! Even Ms. Ashley Judd is helping the cause, keeping those racing crowds in chiffon and chapeaux.Three Indy 500 victories prove her gorgeous style keeps her husband, driver Dario Franchitti, happy and revved all the way to the checkered flag.

Lovely Ashley Photo: Michelle Pemberton, The Indianapolis Star

Das Deutsche Wedding. Ich liebe fur jede Tag! An Nordstrom!


May Grey has exited stage left and though June Gloom is still hanging about in the wings, Summer is freshening her lipstick, checking her highlights and primping backstage. We're ready and waiting, Mademoiselle Soleil!




Remember, folks ... please, oh, please clean up your beach, park, forest, campground leavings. Pack out what you pack in, as the National Park Service directs this National Oceans Month. Your trash, even the smallest bits end up directly in our streams, rivers, oceans and seas and eventually, right back to us. Ever hear of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? As my dear friend Jason Ruiz says, "That's nothing compared to the Great Pacific Cabbage Patch. Those dolls are out of control." Keep the jellies, sea gulls, sea turtles and Cabbage Patch Kids cigarette butt-free and our seafood and kelp (Because Moi eats tons of seaweed and kelp) Rx residue-free.


Watch your trash, people, or I'm coming for you. Photo: Gary Dev


Now, off you go! Wait. You need some gorgeously casual beach togs. Nordstrom is great for townie dresses; but Free People, sold online as well as at the grand silver dame (Nordys), is the go-to designer for salt water funk and elegance. Okay, now go! Toss on that FP Horizon Romper, grab your sunscreen (15+ broad spectrum UVA UVB), pack the martini shaker and get thee to a beach! May I suggest either my glorious beaches of San Diego and Orange County or, should you be back east, the one and only Hamptons? Montauk and South Hampton ... simply Heaven!


Free People knows: beach blogging for fashion, inspiration, style and more


How did Moi end up on a driving range? This isn't regulation golfy wear?

Happy Summering, Amis!

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