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French club

Want to learn a few French phrases? Just go shopping. Oui mon cheri (yes, my dear) reads one tee from J. Crew; another has une belle vie – a beautiful life – written across it.

Je t’aime (I love you), oui and, no translation needed here, “Pardon my French” are a few others out there. Look for Eiffel towers and other French-themed motifs, too.

Sun protection + style

A colorful hat is a smart way to top off a spring or summer ensemble. To help you do that, Wallaroo Hat Co. offers UPF 50+ crushable and packable hats in fun colors such as tangerine, lime and magenta.

The collection includes a wide variety of styles and fabrics in solid, bright colors, as well as tropical prints and neutrals. Drawstrings make the hats one-size fits most; many even are washable.

Check out all the styles – and store availability – at www.wallaroohats.com.

Pull up a pouf

It’s always handy to have an extra place to perch, and space-saving poufs or larger ottomans can do the trick. This time of year, you’ll even find some in weather-resistant fabrics for outdoors. Or, if it’s a simple seasonal change you’re after, look for perennial patterns such as nautical stripes, such as those seen on this Threshold pouf from Target, $69.99. It’s so well suited to a sun room or beach house.

Storage ottomans are another option because, really, are there ever enough places to stash your stuff?

Nice match

Captivated by the colors around you? Want to bring one home and paint it on a wall? Here’s a tip for smartphone users from interior designer/author Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, reported in McClatchy Newspapers: There is a free app for you to capture colors on the phone and take them to the paint store for custom color. It’s called ColorSnap, from Sherwin-Williams, and is available on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. Read more about it: http://bit.ly/1ltXV8M

And finally ...

“I have been broke, and I have been rich. But one thing has never changed: I have always been fabulous.”

Television personality Clinton Kelly, in “Freakin’ Fabulous on a Budget: How to dress, entertain and decorate in the style you so richly deserve” (Gallery Books, $26).