A few girlfriends and I threw a baby shower in Central Park this weekend for a lover of all things Alice in Wonderland. One of the highlights of the day, other than my cucumber sammies, was a little game called croquet!
If you are like me, the last time I played croquet I was 8 years old and in my Grandmother’s backyard. My recent discovery of the New York Croquet Club has sparked my interest in what a New Yorker would wear to play/ watch a competitive game of croquet. Most importantly, what would he or she wear on their head, as this is a hat themed blog:) From what I can tell, spectators are similar to those of a Polo match or a horse race. Having never been to an actual Polo match, I will have to rely on what Ralph Lauren tells me. Horse racing, I can do!
According to the NYCC website, croquet “novices” may not wear white. Although it seems straw hats can be worn even if they are not white. Since we are all novices, none of us got the white only memo, but I am pretty sure croquet champions worldwide would approve of polka dotted bloomers! Ok, this is a good starting point.
Not sure if you have been able to tell yet, but I am huge fan of small hats! I love how precise and well placed they look. Sitting in position just so…
As I am waxing on about miniatures, Mark is nagging me to put our most favorite piece on Etsy.
Mark: Just post it. You can always make another.
Me: I know. I know. I just don’t know if I will be able to part with it. And you know I prefer not to make the same hat twice.
As most of our “discussions” go, Mark wins. The most adorable miniature hat ever created (not like I am biased) is up on Etsy (http://etsy.me/JZiaXu). If you are a regular blog follower, this is the true “I’ll Have Another” hat! The way the ostrich feather flows and waves with the breeze, the perfect positioning of the charms, the height it adds as it sits so royally atop the head…Oh how I love this hat.
Now that I have expressed my love, please don’t feel like you will be breaking my heart if you decide to purchase. Please just promise me that you will offer this piece a good home, a comfortable place to rest at night, and most importantly, a fashionable and eclectic closet with which to befriend.
is what stellaHeron customers and horse racing enthusiasts will be chanting come June 9 at the Belmont Stakes. Bodemeister was overtaken in the last furlongs of both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes by the darling I’ll Have Another. Not since Big Brown in 2008 have we had a potential Triple Crown winner on the line at Belmont. A race I remember with sadness, as the sweltering heat of June in NY had us all fanning ourselves with our Daily Racing Forms as Big Brown crumbled on the track.
In 1978, Affirmed won the prestigious title of “Triple Crown” winner. One of eleven in all of racing history. As I am prepping my outfit for the 2012 Belmont Stakes races, my hat is the most important accessory for the choosing. Up until this afternoon, the little gem posted above was my most favorite piece I have made this season, thus the winner of my triple-crown-celebrating-outfit. However, I must say this piece has become the Bodemeister of my collection, being trumped just this afternoon by the sweetest little guy I have ever laid eyes on. Stay tuned for pics of the stellaHeron version of I’ll Have Another.
My hubby has been heading on down to Churchill Downs for the past 12 years for the annual Kentucky Derby (although married for almost 5 yrs, the little wifee has never been invited. Something to discuss perhaps!) For the first time in his derby attendance, he decided to wear a hat, made exclusively for him from his beautiful and talented wife! After partying with Jeff Ruby, Travis Tritt, and Cindy Lauper..he (and most importantly, the Derby hat) are home in one piece!
A custom hat made for my bestie for our weekend in NOLA at Jazz Fest. Straw hat…definitely a must. The high humidity and temps did not stop us from rocking out to The Boss and Feist in the same weekend. Thought the TSA might have trouble with a 4 inch safety pin on my prized accessory…