Met Gala 2018

Rhiannon at The Met Gala 2018. James McCarthy / Getty Images.
Rhiannon at The Met Gala 2018 wearing Maison Margiela Artisinal. Image: James McCarthy / Getty Images.

I know I am late on this. It was several days ago. The Met Gala that is.

I have nothing unique or clever to say so will quote others who pretty much echo my sentiments. I didn’t expect to see much I really liked and I didn’t, though there were a few entertaining attempts. Except for Rhiannon, pictured above and below. That woman can rock anything. I mean anything. 

Before we see a head-to-toe shot of Rhiannon, here is what it is about in case you’ve not heard of The Met Gala or seen the movie “The Devil Wears Prada”.

HIGHSNOBIETY quoting Lia McGarrigle of In Style writes:

The Met Gala is the most prestigious fashion event of the year. Its exclusive guest list is filled with “IT” models, designers and industry big-hitters, all personally approved by Vogue Editor-in-Chef Anna Wintour.

Ms Wintour please retire.

The event was full of people I could care less about. I also found the theme just…. yuck.

Oh, yes. The theme. It was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” which yielded a host of fashion so-called which was anything but heavenly. The few beautiful dresses there we have seen done already elsewhere.

Surprisingly I am not alone in these sentiments. I found the comments to the article more amusing than the article itself which was predictably unctuous.

My favourite two are as follows.

jtrevino79 writes:

Every year it’s the same overexposed group of people that make TMZ news daily over their twitter comments. they’re that type of celebrity. The guest list doesn’t change. Year after year it’s still Rihanna, 3 Kardashians, Perry, Gomez, Lively, a bunch of rappers, and Jaden Smith doing something embarrassing that he mistakes as performance art. Remember when this event had the coolest names from their industry? Now, it’s just the east coast version of the Grammys for the ones that didn’t win. Beyonce skipped out just like she skipped out on NYC before everyone else realized the scene was starting to suck.

Brockton writes:

This is a shameful display of cultural appropriation and a complete mockery of a religious institution. None of these people would be caught dead mocking traditional garments found in Islam or Judaism like this. Disgusting.

Not sure about the latter. I think these people would be willing to mock anything even God Himself. Um, did we just do that? Well, kind of.

Here’s the full length Rhiannon. I love it for the hat of course. Who doesn’t want a jewel encrusted Bishop’s Mitre? I know I would. But I am probably not tall enough to carry it off.

Rhiannon at The Met Gala 2018 wearing Maison Margiela Artisinal. Full length view. Image: Variety/Rex/Shutterstock.
Rhiannon at The Met Gala 2018 wearing Maison Margiela Artisinal. Full length view. Image: Variety/Rex/Shutterstock.

Oh, you must see this. Jared as Jesus. From a post lovingly and appropriately entitled, “Jared Leto Runs to the Corner for a Pack of Smokes and Powerball Ticket“, by Tom + Lorenzo. Click image to see more. Do you think that’s his mom’s blouse?

Jared Leto channels his inner Jesus. Photo Credit: INSTARImages.
Jared Leto channels his inner Jesus. Photo Credit: INSTARImages. Click to see more at Tom + Lorenzo.

Updated 7:25 am.



A lesson in rejection and betrayal

Solar System. Google research result. Credit not given.

I feel a fool. An utter fool.

I have been betrayed by a person who has been a nearest and dearest friend, someone I have known for decades.

There is no point wondering how and why this person would do such a thing. Perhaps I am still too stunned to wonder, and it is just as inexplicable to the perpetrator as it is to me.

I am not angry. Just sad. I do not feel stupid. Just stupified.

How odd that this event brings to mind an encounter long ago and far away.

I had a meeting with a man arranged by a great old friend who sought out and delighted in finding unlikely people with unusual ideas. Always fun, sometimes exciting, but never dangerous.

This man happened to be a defrocked Catholic priest. Do they even do that any more — “defrock” priests?

This former priest had taken a little detour from religious avocations to astrology at which he had become highly knowledgeable and adept. He was going to do our astrological charts.

When I met him, he told me that through his study of the planets and deep meditations he had learned many fascinating ideas, some of which he related to me.

How I wish I had a better memory of that meeting. I remember only a fragment of what he said, but what I do is eerily poignant.

The essence of what he said is this.

As we reincarnate our souls travel from planet to planet. Each planet teaches us a particular life lesson. The life lesson we learn about on Earth is rejection and betrayal.

Rejection and betrayal. Think about it. Fascinating.

Well, I am too mired in feelings of rejection and betrayal at the moment to feel much fascination.

However, it certainly encourages me to never, ever make anyone feel in any way, shape or form even an inkling of the way I do at the moment, which I suppose is the point of the “exercise”. Perhaps.

My feelings of rejection and betrayal will pass in due course. Or at least the sting of them will begin to lessen over time. They typically do. For most of us.

In the meantime, boy do I wish I could remember what the other planets are out there to teach us. Hmmm?

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

Royal Wedding Countdown

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The girls knows how to wear a beret. Getty Images / Samir Hussein.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The girl knows how to wear a hat. Getty Images / Samir Hussein.

The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is just around the corner, May 19th.

It is difficult to think about anything other than the Derby when you live in Kentucky, particularly if you live in Louisville a little over two miles from Churchill Downs. The wedding however is two weeks from Derby Day, May 5th.

I am nuts about hats so for me a royal wedding means hats, hats and more hats by the most celebrated milliners in the world. Every British milliner I know is pretty much frazzled out.

It seems most people however are speculating about the Ms Markle’s wedding dress. Vera Wang is not making it. It has been confirmed by the super chic celebrated wedding dress designer herself. reports:

The royal wedding countdown is on . . . . and there’s one thing on everyone’s mind: What will the bride-to-be wear down the aisle?

“Other than [wearing] us, and she’s not wearing us – there are two ways for her to go: American or British. Given her new position, her new status, and her new role, she’ll very well go British,” Wang predicted in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar.

As for the overall style and silhouette of Markle’s gown, Wang predicts it won’t be nearly as traditional as Princess Diana or Princess Kate’s wedding dresses.

Princess Diana’s was a huge confection of a dress. The dress the Duchess of Cambridge was married in was too low key for me but that has turned out to be her style overall. Her sister Pippa received much more attention for how she was dressed (smile) — who happens to be expecting her first child by the way. Congratulations!

Whatever Ms Markle chooses to wear on her wedding day, one thing you can say about her is the girl knows how to wear a hat. So she has my seal of approval! In that area anyway.

There are loads of royal wedding countdown sites but here’s one that looks pretty festive: Let’s get the party started.

Bye for now.

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 »

Tom Brady’s vegan secret

Tom Brady, Quarterback of the New England Patriots and Vegan athlete, winner of 5 Super Bowls. Photo: Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Tom Brady, Quarterback of the New England Patriots and Vegan athlete, winner of 5 Super Bowls. Photo: Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Even if you are not a football fan, you’ve probably heard of Tom Brady. He is the current quarterback for the New England Patriots and one of only two players in NFL history to have won five Super Bowls, and the only to have done it while playing for the same team. At the age of 40 years old, he gets a lot of flack that he might be at the end of his game – mind you, the oldest NFL quarterback retired at 48 – but you would be hard-pressed to find the signs of age or diminished performance with Brady.

In fact, Brady’s athleticism and overall ability to stay in tip-top shape is the inspiration behind the TB12 Method, a whole training program developed based on his holistic approach to “achieving sustained peak performance.” As laid out on the TB12 website, the entire method includes recommendations for different types of strength and endurance training, gear, supplements, brain exercises, hydration regimens, and even nutrition. The idea is that using a combination of these things, athletes can work toward their best performance and excel in their desired field.

Now, this might seem like a pretty standard training program – but what is possibly a bit surprising to some is Brady’s choice to feature only plant-based snacks and meals. Yes, you read that right: one of the best athletes in the U.S. recommends eating plant-based to help reach optimal performance.

While it goes against popular conceptions of what “athletes eat” (i.e. steaks on steaks on steaks), a plant-based diet has actually been scientifically proven to speed up recovery time, improve blood flow to muscles, and increase overall energy. Keep reading at One Green Planet »

I think it is safe to say that Brady’s wife and Vegan, Gisele Bündchen might have something to do with it.