Royal Ascot: Day Three Hats

These fantastic hats from day three of Royal Ascot caught my attention.

Princess Eugenie

It’s Ladies’ Day. There are bound to be some exquisite hats today of all days, but Princess Eugenie hit it out of the park with this wonderful hat.


 

Royal Hats describes it this way:

“From London label Bundle McLaren, the hat Eugenie wore to Ladies’ Day today is an ’18’ navy sinamay saucer topped with coral and navy handmade silk flowers with silver centres and navy coq feathers”.

Well done Ms. McLaren!

Countess of Wessex

Another fabulous hat from Sophie Countess of Wessex by Jane Taylor. This one is a white cocktail hat trimmed with feathers on both sides of the slightly upturned brim. Jane Taylor is having a rocking Royal Ascot.


 

Zara Philips Tindall

My favourite British hat wearing royal, Zara Tindall, daughter of Princess Anne, wearing a pink straw percher with angular teardrop base, trimmed with straw ruffles, a pink silk rose and a curling feather quill and her husband Mike looking superb in top hat.


 

Blooming Fun Hat

And how about this for a blooming great hat on Ladies Day, in this instance not adorning a royal head.


 
The lady looks like she had her eyebrows administered by a Sharpie. I keep seeing her around too. Who is that girl?

Such fun.

Royal Ascot: Day Two Hats

My favorite hat on Day Two of Royal Ascot, and perhaps of the entire race meeting, is this wonderful hat worn by the Countess of Wessex. I will let the hat speak for itself.

Countess of Wessex

The Royal Hats blog describe this hat made by Jane Taylor as:

“. . . a wonderful oversized boater hat. In plum hued straw, the piece features a short, flat crown wrapped in what looks like a cream silk abaca hatband and a very wide brim, trimmed with large purple and pink silk cabbage roses and a cream silk twist.

There were other very lovely hats but nothing like this one. Brava!

Honourable Mention

I have not been inspired by any of HM The Queen’s hats at Royal Ascot this year but quite like the yellow one seen here. Camilla has worn two very beautiful although predictable hats. Both royal ladies look terrific in these colours.

Updated June 22, 2017 at 1:44 pm.

Royal Ascot: Day One Hats

Day One at Royal Ascot was full of white/cream coloured hats gracing royal heads.

Duchess of Cambridge

My favourite of the day is worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. It is remarkably similar to what she wore head to toe last year. The Telegraph noticed that too.

Designer: Unknown. Dress by Alexander McQueen.

Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall (fka Camilla Parker-Bowles) wore one of her larger than life hats.

This is a new hat. Designer: Philip Treacy.

Next up, some honourable mentions.

I always seem to love the hats worn by Zara Philips Tindall (daughter of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Philips) and the Countess of Wessex (Prince Edward’s wife).

Countess of Wessex

Here is Sophie Wessex arriving at the Royal meeting with her husband and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The hat is embellished with straw curls.

Sophie Wessex, Day One, Royal Ascot 2017.

This a new hat. Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Emilia Wickstead.

Zara Tindall

Here’s my girl. She never disappoints. Love the playfulness of this hat worn by Zara. Described by the designer as a “white sloped beret in visca straw trimmed with an upturned bow in three tones of blue.”

Designer: Sarah Cant.

Looking for more? Hop over to the Royal Hats blog.

More millinery fun to come.

Simple home remedy to stop the itch from mosquito bites

All you need for the Hot Spoon Method for instant relief from the itch of a mosquito bite is some hot water and a metal spoon.

All you need for the Hot Spoon Method for instant relief from the itch of a mosquito bite is some hot water and a metal spoon.

We had a very mild winter which means my area is teeming with mosquitoes. I am very light skinned and true to form mosquitoes are feasting on me at the usual high rate. As unpleasant as the bites are, it is the itching that drives me mad. The usual cortisone creams and calamine lotion were doing absolutely nothing to help.

I was losing my mind so searched the internet. In the comment section to yet another article recommending the same old useless (for me) solutions I hit paydirt. Hallelujah!

The Hot Spoon Method

You will need something to heat water in and a metal spoon plus a tissue for drying.

  1. Heat the water. You want it hot but not boiling hot. Be careful.
  2. Place the spoon in the hot water to heat the spoon up.
  3. Remove the spoon and quickly dry it with a tissue.
  4. Place the back of the spoon on the mosquito bite.
  5. Hold it until the itching disappears or about 5 seconds.

I used a mason jar filled with water and heated it in a microwave on high for 2 minutes and let it set a minute or two. Then I rested the spoon in the jar for a few seconds. I removed the spoon, wiped it dry and applied the hot spoon to the bite. In a second or two the itching stopped but I held the spoon in place while I counted to ten to make sure I fully “cooked” the mosquito bite.

I had more than 40 bites altogether (no exaggeration), some in clusters, on my arms, legs, toes, fingers, neck, chin line and at my hair line. So you can imagine my relief.

There’s a scientific explanation for why this works so quickly and beautifully. All I care and am so grateful for is that it works! It will work for you too. And you can do it right there at home and get relief as quickly as you can heat a bit of water and grab a metal spoon.

Black-eyed pea burgers recipe

Black-Eye Pea Burger by Del Sroufe via One Green Planet.

Black-Eye Pea Burger by Del Sroufe via One Green Planet.

FORKS OVER KNIVES — A neighbor tried this out and shared the results with me and it was staggeringly good. I don’t know if I can reproduce it by myself but I am going to give it a go. You should too and let us know how you like it. Oh, yeah. It’s vegan.

Black-Eyed Pea Burgers

by Del Soufe

INGREDIENTS

½ cup cornmeal
1 (15-ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 small yellow onion, minced
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 whole-grain sandwich buns, for serving (optional)
Lettuce leaves, for serving (optional)
1 large tomato, sliced, for serving (optional)
Mustard and ketchup, for serving (optional

INSTRUCTIONS

Place the cornmeal on a shallow plate and set aside. Have a nonstick baking sheet ready or line a standard baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the black-eyed peas in a medium bowl. Using a potato masher, smash the beans, leaving some of them intact for texture. Add the onion, celery, carrot, garlic, arrowroot, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, mix until well blended; the mixture will be very crumbly.

Divide the mixture into four equal portions. Press each portion into a patty about 4 inches across and dredge in the cornmeal to coat completely. Transfer the patties to the baking sheet and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Remove the patties from the refrigerator and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Turn each patty over and bake for 15 to 20 minutes more, until the burgers are lightly browned and hold together well when moved.

If desired, serve on a whole-grain bun and top with lettuce, tomato, mustard, and ketchup.

Lady Gaga partners with Starbucks to release new Vegan drinks for charity

For every Pink Drink, Ombré Pink Drink, Violet Drink, and Matcha Lemonade sold, Starbucks will donate $0.25 to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and the Channel Kindness project.

For every Pink Drink, Ombré Pink Drink, Violet Drink, and Matcha Lemonade sold, Starbucks will donate $0.25 to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and the Channel Kindness project.

ONE GREEN PLANET — What’s better than enjoying an iced beverage on a hot summer day? Knowing that part of the proceeds is going to charity! Lady Gaga has partnered with Starbucks to promote four vegan iced drinks in the name of a great cause. For each drink sold, the company will donate $0.25 to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and the Channel Kindness project. Founded by the pop icon, the Born This Way Foundation has a mission to create a more compassionate world that fosters mental wellness and self-care for youth. The sales will specifically benefit the Channel Kindness project, which empowers young activists to report and recognize acts of kindness that all too often go unrecognized.

For this special promotion, Starbucks will offer its now-iconic Pink Drink and Ombré Pink Drink (their Cool Lime Refresher mixed with coconut milk and a splash of Teavana Shaken Iced Passion Tango) along with two all-new flavors: Violet Drink and Matcha Lemonade. The Violet Drink (just looking at the color, we know it’s gonna be Instagrammable) is a blend of blackberries, hibiscus, and coconut milk and Matcha Lemonade combines matcha green tea and lemonade.

Pictured: Joel Meyerowitz’s groundbreaking street photography on exhibition in London

LONDON — A new exhibition of Joel Meyerowitz’s groundbreaking street photography traces his fascinating evolution from black and white (‘back there’) to colour (‘obvious’). Of the examples given here is my selection.

New York, 1968 In 1968, a solo exhibition of his photographs was mounted at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, including this one.

New York, 1968
In 1968, a solo exhibition of his photographs was mounted at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, including this one.

Photograph: all photographs © Joel Meyerowitz courtesy Beetles + Huxle.

Joel Meyerowitz spent his early days shooting in black and white on the streets of New York alongside Garry Winogrand and Tony Ray-Jones. Joel Meyerowitz: Towards Colour 1962-1978 is at Beetles+Huxley, London, until 24th June.