The Royal Wedding, what else?

All eyes (ok, maybe not all, but a lot) are going to be focused on the upcoming wedding of Megan Markle and Price Harry this Saturday. What designer will she be wearing? Will she wear a traditional veil?

I have heard from several friends and customers (some of which have purchased a hat for the wedding, even if they are viewing it in their homes) that they are having a proper tea and hat event to celebrate. Sounds like a great excuse to wear a hat or fascinator to me!

Ms. Markle looks great in hats. I wonder if she will embrace hat wearing as much as Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. What do you think? Are you planning on watching the royal wedding?

The British Royal family arrive at Sandringham to celebrate Christmas Day Featuring: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Where: Sandringham, United Kingdom When: 25 Dec 2017 Credit: Ward/WENN.com ORG XMIT: wenn33520376

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What a Great Hat on New Day Cleveland

It’s always fun to talk about hats! I was recently on New Day Cleveland to talk about Kentucky Derby Hats, which are such an integral part of the Derby experience.

There are a few ads at the beginning of the clip so please be patient! The entire clip is less than five minutes. Please click on the link below to see my segment.

Kentucky Derby Hats!

One correction…(I guess I was nervous!)…I was one of three hundred milliners from 68 countries in The Great Hat Exhibition, not one of 67 milliners. And the host, Natalie, threw me for a loop with the question about where I get my hats. I must have looked like a deer in the headlights! But she steered me back on course gracefully. Always fun to “be on set,” and work with the wonderful professionals onscreen and behind the cameras at Fox8 Cleveland.

Living My Dream

I was recently contacted about partnering with the Ohio Lottery and their InspiredOH campaign to share the story of What a Great Hat. I’m lucky to be an inspired Ohioan and to have the opportunity to talk about my business and creative process.

Please click here to watch my two-minute video and feel free to share your inspired stories on the InspiredOH website.

 

What a Great Hat to Participate in the Great Hat Exhibition in London March 22 – 28, 2018

 

I’m pleased to announce that my fascinator has been selected to be included in The Great Hat Exhibition in London at the end of March. It joins more than 300 hats and fascinators from 37 countries.

My piece was inspired by volcanoes, swirling hot lava and fire. It has a sinamay base and is topped with sinamay and feather “flames,” and swirls of crinoline.

If you’re in London March 22 – 28, stop in and see this fabulous exhibition and be sure to take pictures for me since I won’t be there in person.

The exhibition is a part of London Hat Week. The Great Hat Exhibition 2018 organizer is X Terrace Fashion Platform.  Tickets are available through the X Terrace website. 

Check Out My New Website!

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Hi Everyone,

I have been working diligently on a new website that gives me more flexibility and allows me to procrastinate without putting other people up against my last minute deadlines :o)

Here’s a link to the new site. The URL is the same – www.whatagreathat.com

I would sincerely like to hear any comments you may have, negative or positive. I will be adding items to the online store daily so rest assured that there’s much more to come on that front. But otherwise the site is more or less finished with the exception of some minor tweaks.

I value your input!

Cheers,

Paula

Photo Credit: Black Box Photography; Hats: What a Great Hat!; Makeup and Hair: Beauty Therapy; Flowers: The Budding Tree

 

 

What a Great Hat on New Day Cleveland

I had the pleasure of appearing on New Day Cleveland last Thursday to show and talk about some of my Kentucky Derby hats. I have been on the show a few times in the past and it’s always so much fun. While I can’t say that I wasn’t nervous at all, the staff is great at putting the guests at ease. If you didn’t have a chance to see the segment, you may view it here. If you are so inclined, I’d love for you to leave a comment or share it with anyone you think may have an interest in seeing it.

Natalie Herbick and Paula Singleton on New Day Cleveland Set

The Set on New Day Cleveland

The Set on New Day Cleveland

 

In-Studio Perspectives

Creating one-of-a-kind hats means so many things to me…it is rewarding, joyful, satisfying. I often make a hat and then sell it before I have a chance to even take a photo of it. When hats go to a happy customer quickly I am grateful; although I wish I had been able to spend more time with the hat. I most definitely bond with the things I create. I suppose that’s because a part of me is in each and every one of them.

I recently created this hat for a contest. It’s for the Facebook group, Mad Hatters Society. It’s an interesting group with very knowledgeable collectors, milliners, and “everyday” people who simply love hats. Click on the link to join this open group.

Part of the challenge was to photograph the hat being worn in public. I wanted “my girl” to be going places. It’s so funny to me that “Always Be Careful” was printed on the steps of the train car at our location, since the wearer of this hat doesn’t seem to be the cautious type. I am very grateful to Marianne Barta, who modeled my hat and is a talented photographer herself…she owns Black Box Photography. Photography for this session is by Levi Welling. So happy to have the hat and the moment preserved in such lovely photos.

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