Macaroon hat so sweet and tasty

I adore hats. Always have. Of all sorts too, but especially bright, cheery hats.

There are so many great milliners on Instagram from all over the world. Here’s a sample. How delicious is this!

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Cheers everyone!


Favourite Hat at the Royal Wedding

Hello my friends. Hope this finds you happy and well.

I cannot believe how far behind I am. This is my personal blog and it takes a recurring backseat to the other blogs I run and manage for my businesses and clients. Oh well. What’s a girl to do? Smile!

Remember these two?

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. WPA Pool—Getty Images.
Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave from the West Door of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. WPA Pool—Getty Images.

Thinking back to the royal wedding the hat that lingers in thought remains the one worn by Lady Kitty Spencer. Lady Kitty’s hat was made by royal milliner Philip Treacy whose work was everywhere.

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That dress! Dolce & Gabanna. How divine.

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Lady Kitty Spencer is the daughter of Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, the younger brother of the late Princess of Wales, and therefore Diana’s niece.

My oh my those Spencers are a pretty bunch. Good breeding always shows, and the Spencers are very well bred indeed. Some say even better bred than the current English royal family so-called including The Queen herself.

Going to publish this and then blog a few royal wedding photos.

P.S. Never got around to posting wedding photos. Heaven knows there are enough about, and you have seen all you care to! Love ya. Bye.

Ten Commandments of Hats

Two men wearing fedoras. Source not cited.
Two men wearing fedoras. Source not cited.

Hats are fabulous and impact an individual’s look like few other accoutrements.

You often notice a hat before you notice a person. What else can you say that about?

Whether you wear an expensive bespoke hat or a ready made off the shelf, it will last you a lifetime if you treat it right. And why shouldn’t you?

Look at this wonderful thing I found at the Headwear Directory website.

Ten Hat Commandments

I. Never handle your hat or anyone else’s by the crown. It leaves fingerprints and breaks down the fabric. Always pick up a hat by the brim, and adjust it on your head by holding the front and back of the brim.

II. The safest place to keep your hat is on your head.

III. Anytime you take it off, set it upside down on its crown. Otherwise it’ll lose its shape and all your luck will spill out too.

IV. Never leave your hat in a hot car, closet, or anywhere else that gets hot. It’ll shrink.

V. If you get caught in the rain and your hat gets wet, let it dry out slowly. Same reason as above.

VI. Never put on anybody else’s hat, and don’t take it kindly if they put on yours.

VII. If you’re handling somebody their hat, give it to them upside down, back towards you. Otherwise, if they don’t look, they’re apt to put their hat on backwards. This is bad luck and you’d look bad too.

VIII. When you meet a woman, tip your hat to her.

IX. Take your hat off if you sit down at a table to eat. Leave it on if you’re at the counter.

X. Once a week wipe your hat with a sponge, and when it starts to get loaded with trail dust, have it blocked and cleaned by a professional.

Source: Headwear Directory

Does the Kentucky Derby have a dress code?

Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images.
Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images.

I wouldn’t think that the Kentucky Derby has a dress code. I never noticed one if they did. And I go back to the days when people used to shimmie up the flagpole naked in the infield. Granted that was a very long time ago. Notwithstanding that, there are so many outrageous outfits there is definitely not a dress code or a taste code for that matter!

So this headline from BustleDoes The Kentucky Derby Have A Dress Code?” caught my attention. When I clicked the link my eyes sparkled when I saw the line underneath it which read, “Here’s the History of All Those Hats“. I am a huge hat lover.

Bustle writer Hayli Good reports:

For years, the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky (which, besides the Derby, is best known as J.Law’s and Diane Sawyer’s hometown), has been associated with pastel dress clothes and interesting hats, ranging from classic styles to downright silly. And this style is seen on both men and women, though their hats and dress clothes tend to differ. But those aren’t the only costume attendees have to wear.

I spoke with Sara Brown Meehan, the director of lifestyle communications for Churchill Downs, who explained the technical dress code at the Derby and how the style changes per men and women. She says the pseudo-dress code actually goes back to when Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark founded the racetrack in 1874. According to Meehan, Clark’s inspiration for the Kentucky Derby came from the Epsom Derby in England. There, not only did he experience the obvious horse race, but he saw how the men and women dressed for the occasion. He wanted an event like that in the United States, too.

Meehan explains that Clark marketed the Derby as a place for everyone — celebrities and non — to come display the latest fashions, which, as in England, included hats. Back then, according to Meehan, it was actually indecent if women showed up to the Kentucky Derby not wearing a hat. And you don’t dare expose your indecency to the people of Kentucky.

Ultimately, Meehan says the Derby does not have a dress code, unless you are a premium member, which includes select seating, and a cost of an extra many thousands of dollars.

There’s lot more. Keep reading »

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Aren’t they gorgeous? Hmmm. About that chain.

Sky blue straw fedora with embroidered crane

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