Talking Through Your Hat

“Flowers have a language of their own, and it is this bright particular language that we would teach our readers. How charmingly a young gentleman can speak to a young lady, and with what eloquent silence in this delightful language. How delicately she can respond, the beautiful little flowers telling her tale in perfumed words;…

Extreme Makeover

Can you recall the scene in “The Wizard of Oz”, where the Wicked Witch turned the Tin Man into a “human beehive”; or, can you conjure up Kevin Costner’s performance as the college friend around whose funeral the movie “The Big Chill” revolves? Of course you can’t, because, in both cases, those scenes were deleted…

History of the Easter Parade

The Easter Parade, while also a famous song, book and movie, is an actual parade that takes place in Manhattan every year. This New York tradition goes back to the middle 1800”s. The social elite from the city would attend church services along 5th Avenue and then afterwards, parade down the street jubilantly in their…

Cleaning Straw Hats

Quite often, I’ve purchased white or ivory vintage hats and they have had spots on them. In terms of cleaning them, I would use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo or Ivory Dishwashing Soap. These items worked O.K., but I’ve found an even better cleaner. Bickmore’s Nustraw Straw Hat Cleaner removes most oil and water based stains on…

The Creative Buzz

Being a creative person, I love the “buzz” that comes when doing new designs. There’s an energy that comes when you are on a design “roll” like nothing else. It really is like a high, similar to one that a girl might get when shopping in a favorite store. I can get a similar feeling…

“When Philip Met Isabella”

In past blogs I have talked about the untimely and tragic death of one of London’s most famous fashion icons, Isabella Blow. Isabella Blow was one of London’s most creative forces. She was known for her fabulously unique style as well as her fabulously unique personality. She was able to spot creative talent from a…

Hats and Health

Remember your mother saying “Don’t forget to wear your hat or you’ll get sick.”? I heard that all the time growing up. Well turns out, your mom was right. Hats do help keep us warmer and keep in body heat. I know for me, having my ears covered helps me avoid colds. I almost feel…