Friday, April 13, 2012

Where I Buy My Favorite Hats

Whenever I travel, I usually end up with a hat from one of the countries or one of the ports of call that I visit.  I have two well-loved chapeaus, which bring back amazing memories whenever I wear them.

The first hat came from a department store in Finland and I think it was called Stockmann's or something like that.  (The Rick Steves' guidebook says the store is the Nordstrom's of Helsinki.)  And, not only is the hat so amazing that one beautiful, younger chick in London told me that I had a wonderful hat, but whenever I see the the hat in my closet, it reminds me of a cold, but inspiring Baltic cruise.

The second hat (similar to the hat in the photo) came from a little shop in the corner of Piazza San Marco in Venice. Not only is this hat beautiful, but it reminds me of Venice, and Venice reminds me that I didn't want to go to Venice because it sounded kitschy and touristy to me...sort of like a Pirates of the Caribbean ride for grown ups.  And, remembering that I didn't want to go to Venice but I acceded to my husband's insistence because he likes to add little pins to his map of the world and Venice needed to be ticked off his list...well, seeing that Venice hat reminds me that I need to try new things.  I need to try new things that I don't think I'll like because Venice was the highlight of our trip.  Venice turned out to be a truly romantic, deteriorating illusion of grandeur and decadence, the likes of which I've never seen.  (And, I mean that in a good way.)  But, it wasn't all Disney-ish illusion and facades, it was old world, solid and real...and crumbling...and sinking...and still standing when it had no right to be...if you know what I mean.  So, my black and white hat reminds me of Venice and how I need to keep trying new things.

Well, back to the title of this post, because I seem to have wandered off track a bit.  I buy most of my favorite toppers at  Her charming hats are a bit spendy, but they're made as well as anything I've ever bought in Europe and they last forever, so you'll probably end up handing down your favorites to your granddaughters or grandnieces.  Hats from Louise Green don't come with the same memories as hats purchased while you're on vacation, but hats from Louise Green are easier to buy and you don't have to worry about how you're going to get your purchase home without it getting smashed.

I also buy hats from other online stores like Village Hat Shop, Samuel's Hats, Macy's, Bloomingdale's and other places.  There are other stores, but I look around to find the best prices, and I can't remember the names of all the shops.  The only kind of hat I wouldn't buy would be one that's a non-refundable, final sale, because you can't tell what a hat is going to look like until you actually try it on.

And, if you haven't become a hat-addict yet, you might want to read more about the subject.

More Articles:

How to Wear a Hat - Women's Hat Etiquette at Restaurants & Parties

Different Types of Hats for Women - Fedora, Cloche, etc. & When to Wear

Monday, April 9, 2012

Best Ways to Monetize a Blog

Lineal Guru of the Path with the Fruit.  Tibet

Everyone who has a blog has always asked the same age-old question:

What is the Best Way to Monetize a Blog?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Do Frenchmen Like Older Women?

Ann Summers -
Why do Frenchmen like older women?  I've never experienced this firsthand, but one of my dearest friends said this to me a few years back and she had no reason to lie.  And, why do they have better lingerie in Europe?  Do European women know something we don't know?

Plus Size Lingerie for Valentine's Day

Well, I Thought I Was Better

Well, I thought I was on my way to health and happiness, but I woke up with my hands and face all swollen.  And, I don't mean can't-put-on-your-wedding-ring swollen.  More like can't-open-your-eyes-all-the-way swollen.  Hey, I was so good yesterday, I thought I would be out riding a bike or doing cartwheels today. 

BTW, why does Mongolia have better stamps than we do?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

I Need a New Hat

As you may well know, I wear hats about as often as QE II.  And, I'm psyching myself up for buying some kind of expensive (for me) hat.  Well, I ran across this pic of JC in a great cocktail hat...and I need something similar to this for evenings.

Unfortunately, I will have to find a way to get my husband out of his sweats, Nikes, and baseball cap.  Can you imagine Joan Crawford going to a restaurant with a man in a baseball cap?  Any ideas?  Maybe I'll just play the theme song from "Green Acres" ad nauseum until he gives in.