Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hats, Glorious Hats

Within the next few weeks, we will be seeing lots of hats. From Easter, to the Royal Wedding to the Kentucky Derby, ladies will have many opportunities to break out their fine millinery.

During Derby-time in Louisville, it seems like every other storefront you pass, there are hats in the window - even if it’s not a dress shop. Heck, florists, art galleries and candy stores get in on the act. It’s Derby; hats are EVERYWHERE.

So, for those out-of-towners who may score a last-minute ticket to Derby, don’t worry about finding a hat in your hometown. There is a HUGE selection here. I’ve heard many-a-story about last-minute buyers hitting the stores on Derby morning and finding a fabulous chapeau. Yes, Virginia, it can be done.

Kate Middleton attending Ascot. Oh, what a fashion plate she is - eight more days until the wedding. Woo hoo!


And, for those those ladies flying out the day after Derby, Hats for Hope always has a table set up at the airport for those who would like to donate their hats to the charitable organization. Hats for Hope raises funds for the American Cancer Society and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer by holding a annual hat auction and cocktail party. Some hats are new, some are donated (cleaned, of course) and all are fabulous. Many out-of-town guests who attend the Derby have no itention of ever wearing their hats again. So, they donate the hats to Hats for Hope, get a nice tax deduction and help a good cause. Win, win, win!

Dear readers, will you be donning a hat for Easter, Derby, a wedding or other special event in the near future? If so, do tell!

By the way, our power was restored yesterday afternoon. As I was driving home with the kids, I saw three utility trucks leaving our of neighborhood. It was like seeing the cavalry coming to our rescue! Thanks to everyone for your kind words! And, In case I don't have a chance to blog during the rest of Holy Week and into Easter Sunday, I wish you the happiest of Easters. Celebrate the Reason for the Season, enjoy time with your families and dig into those Easter baskets. My Lenten chocolate fast will be coming to end this Sunday and I plan to eat myself into a chocolate haze. Yum!!
Images from kentuckyderby.com, thebusinesspage.com, blogtown.portlandmercury and paigingjoyblog

18 comments:

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Happy Easter!

Three cheers for the cavalry!

I love love love hats....and these are sumptuous!

The wedding will be a great place for hat watching.

Hostess

Main Line Sportsman said...

Looking forward to seeing what hat you break out for the Derby!

Kerr said...

happy easter!

Sundresses and Smiles said...

I'm obssessed with that yellow flower hat!!

Creativechaos said...

This post made me giggle. I should buy more hats.

Amanda

LHD said...

I will be for Oaks! It technically is a fascinator but it counts right?!

Tote said...

The hats are beautiful!
Have a wonderful easter!

Susan

Chic Coles said...

those hats are so beautiful.I want the pink one with the pearl earrings, just stunning.

Jill said...

Your comment about Easter reminded me of sometimes getting Easter hats when I was a little girl. I had totally forgotten because it's been SO LONG since I've had an Easter had. Or a Derby hat for that matter (more like never). Add to my bucket list :)

Jo said...

Growing up my mother wore hats to church ~ I could often be found playing dress up with them. To this day I love hats and have a few in my collection for wedding and change of commands.

I'll be joining you on Sunday with my glass of wine ~ Lent certainly seemed a lot longer this year! :)

Jo

Glitterista said...

Oolala! I adore these hats! Fingers crossed I see a few on Easter Sunday. :)

Sunday Taylor said...

How gorgeous! Makes me want to wear a hat. I have a garden party coming up...

Lily Lemontree said...

I am glad to hear your power has been restored!
What beautiful images you have chosen! Of course I am a big lover of hats, too bad we have to find specific occasions to wear them as opposed to them being a part of our daily wardrobes. (I have a special post scheduled this week on the royal family and their hats).
Wishing you and your sweet family a blessed Easter my friend!
xoxo

pittsburghprepster said...

Just found your lovely blog! I just did a post using my own hats yesterday! Cannot wait to see what you decided to wear to the Derby! Have a blessed Easter!

North of 25A said...

What an amazing organization! I love that idea; I wish I was going to the Debry and donating an amazing hat. I wish we wore more hats...
Best,
Colleen

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axelbarons said...

I am totally surprised to see this one. As I have found the fantastic hats from this source. It's exotically looking one of massive featured source for me. Thanks for sharing.

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Mexycan Karencita said...

I live in NB, Canada ~ PLEASE do tell me where someone finds hats like you have posted on your blog?!? LOVE them!