Celebrity Hat Monday

Good morning hat enthusiasts!  It’s Monday again, which brings another installment of my celebrity hat sighting of the week.  Shown below is another example of how a hat highlights your assets without overwhelming your style.

Jessica Alba takes wearing a hat to the next level.  One of the great things about this look is that she uses the hat to complete her ensemble, instead of just wearing it to cover up a bad hair day.  This floppy, wide brim fedora is an easy complement to her beautiful hair and stunning features.  Alba shows us that a hat transforms a humble plaid shirt and jeans, making a fashion statement that few other accessories can.

Jessica Alba

Photo from Entertainment News

Vintage Hat Friday

Good afternoon everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.  It’s Vintage Hat Friday, and I’m writing to share another special hat from my collection.

Today’s featured hat is made of black felt with a generous application of mink (including a few tiny feet!) around the brim. Fortunately, this piece has its original label and hat box– it’s a Sally Victor design. Ms. Victor was a well-known American milliner (1905 – 1977) who produced many wonderful hats during her career, primarily from the 1930s through the early 1950s.

What makes this piece particularly unique is its unusual shaped brim and small crown size – just 20 inches. It was originally purchased at Engel-Fetzer, a department store on Euclid near Huron in Cleveland, Ohio, which closed years ago. It is definitely a show-stopper and I have no doubt that this hat made heads turn whenever and wherever it was worn!

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Celebrity Hat Monday

Good morning hat enthusiasts! This week brings a new siting of what celebrities are wearing in the way of hats. Don’t forget, it’s only two days before Christmas…I hope you’re ready! If not, consider a hat for the hard-to-buy-for person in your life.

Now this is a Christmas card! Prince Charles and wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, shared their Christmas card with all of us who are not on the A-list. This image was captured at Royal Ascot earlier in the year. Once again, “The Royals” show us that a hat makes a statement like no other accessory. Happy Christmas!


Vintage Hat Friday

Starting today (and every Friday from now on) I will be posting pictures and reviews that showcase vintage hats, either from my personal collection or from other sources.  As many of you know, I purchased almost one hundred vintage hats this past year, and I’m anxious to share the best of them with all of you.

The hat being featured today is a red velvet special occasion hat. Unfortunately there’s not a label in this hat, but I am quite certain that it was created in the mid-to-late 1940s, possibly early ‘50s, based on other designs that I have studied.  The piece is embellished with burnt ostrich feathers that were specially dyed for this hat.  I can envision pairing this hat to great effect with an impeccable coat or tailored suit.  It would be impossible to go unnoticed while wearing this stunning piece!

Red Velvet Hat with Burnt Ostrich Feathers

Red Velvet Hat with Burnt Ostrich Feathers

What a Great Hat! In Studio Perspectives

Good morning hat enthusiasts!  Today and every Wednesday, I will blog about what I am working on in the studio. Each week brings new challenges and unique creative opportunities. I am thankful for the encounters I have with each of you.

This past week I had the privilege of meeting with Rich, who phoned me for an appointment. Most of you know that I don’t “do” mens hats, but his story intrigued me. Rich is a Balboa dancer and wanted to accessorize his hat to match his tuxedo and cummerbund.  “Women have so many ways to express their style,” says Rich. “Men don’t. I want my hat to stand out on the dance floor in a special way.”

Posted below are the before and after pictures of the black fedora, along with the fabric that matches his tux. Rich will now make a serious fashion statement on the dance floor!

If you’d like to see a video of couples Balboa dancing, please scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the link.

Rich's Fedora Before

Rich’s Fedora Before
Rich's Fedora After

Rich’s Fedora After

If you’d like to see couples Balboa dancing, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPrwZx2uxQA

Celebrity Hat News

Good afternoon hat enthusiasts!  Welcome to the first installment of Monday Celebrity Hat News.  We live in an age where the ability to view and share photos is instantaneous.  The digital movement has made it possible to explore images that can help motivate the rest of us to accessorize with confidence.  Let’s take notice and have the courage to make our own statements…in a great hat of course!

Today’s installment of a celebrity moment caught out and about is one of practicality and style.  This photograph captures Gwen Stefani taking a stroll on a London street with her son.  She can typically be found making the most of her accessories, whether with a statement scarf or a pair of riding boots like we see here.  Her hat is a style statement, not just something keeping her head warm.  A slight tilt forward of the brim makes the look that much more attractive and distinctively Gwen.

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Photo via US Weekly


Eco-friendly Felted Flower Pin Workshop

The hustle and bustle of the holidays is upon us! While I love the spirit of the season, I always look forward to the “newness” of the New Year. For me, it’s the perfect time to reflect, refocus and begin new projects.

After the holidays, you may want to join me as I teach some workshops on how to make felt flower pins using recycled wool sweaters. The workshops are set up to help those of you who have not had the courage to take the next step in your creative process, but have always wanted to try . It’s all about having fun and learning something new. You’ll be able to complete one flower pin during the two-hour workshop.

Classes will be held at the What a Great Hat Studio in Fairlawn. There will be three separate workshops; Saturday, January 4, 2014, 1pm – 3 pm OR Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 10 am – noon or 1 pm – 3 pm. The workshop fee is $30 per person, which includes patterns and all materials. Please sign up soon because classes are filling up fast!

If you have any questions or wish to make reservations, contact Paula at 330-592-2295 or by email whatagreathat@gmail.com

Felted flower pins

What a Great Hat Gift Certificates Available

Would you like to give the gift of a hat to someone special but don’t know her size or favorite style? A What a Great Hat gift certificate is the perfect solution. Your gift recipient can choose from a hat already created or we can design a custom piece to match a favorite coat or outfit. To purchase yours, contact Paula through the form below or call 330-592-2295.