Fascinated by Kate’s fascinators!

Photo Credit: Jason Whatling/Splash News

Photo Credit: Jason Whatling/Splash News

It’s official – ever since that July morning in 1981 when I awakened at 4 am to watch the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles – I am a Royal follower. In fact, I have been catching British Royal moments ever since. And in just two days when Prince William and Princess Kate arrive in New York City I will be there too. I am compelled to see what Kate will be wearing; she understands her personal style so well. And I love that this Royal couple are such positive British ambassadors, because as modern as they are, they are also quintessentially, British. How do I know? No one wears a fascinator like Princess Kate!

So, even though this will be a first trip to New York for Prince William and Princess Kate, it will be a first for us Americans, too; to see the best of British fashion up close and personal. A win-win, I would say. And I am fascinated by Kate’s fascinators.

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Hats are hot at The Kentucky Derby

A woman wears a hat in the paddock prior to the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

A woman wears a hat in the paddock prior to the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

Tomorrow, Saturday May 3rd, marks the 140th anniversary of The Run For The RosesThe Kentucky Derby. I may not know the details, but I know one thing: women will be wearing hats, many colorful, some outrageous and all – unique. NBC’s Today Show featured Al Roker with guests and dynamic duo, NBC Sports team Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, donning festive hats themselves, and featuring a Kentucky Derby fashion show of hats by designer and owner of Christine A. Moore Millinery. Fascinators, hatinators, and ‘the-go-big-or-go-home’ styles all seem to have a place at The Kentucky Derby.

But, what is the story behind the hats? Forgive me; not just hats – Derby hats. Continue reading

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Kentucky Baby

Photo courtesy of: Robb Carr/Getty Images

Photo credit: Robb Carr/Getty Images

In the category of: In case you missed it, this fashionista-in-the-making wore her bonnet beautifully at Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. We are never too young to be stylish and fashion forward.

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Kentucky Woman

Rene Dailey, Wilmington NC at the 2013 Kentucky Derby  Photo Credit, David Goldman - AP Photos

Rene Dailey, from Wilmington NC,  at the 2013 Kentucky Derby                                                            Photo Credit: David Goldman – AP Photos

Kentucky woman she shines with her own kind of light – She’d look at you once and a day that’s all wrong looks all right – And I love her – God knows I love her – Kentucky Woman …”  song and lyrics by Neil Diamond

The Kentucky Derby is an American tradition and one of the few times that we collectively dress with pomp and circumstance. Splendid hats rule the day and we get to be like our British friends across the pond. This particular chapeau caught my eye!

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Spring bonnets

 

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Once I read a story about a butterfly in the subway, and today, I saw one. It got on at 42nd, and off at 59th, where, I assume it was going to Bloomingdale’s to buy a hat that will turn out to be a mistake – as almost all hats are.”   Kathleen Kelly, “You’ve Got Mail

Hats and Butterflies. Both are sure signs that spring is here. I have a thing for hats; I am always trying them on when I find myself in a department store or boutique, and I imagine myself wearing one. Suddenly, a powerful feeling comes over me that I need to have that particular hat; that my life will be more exciting when I wear that hat. However, too often I have bought hats that sit in my closet, never to be worn in the outside, real world.

The other day, I tried on a straw cowboy hat at Nordstrom. It was sitting there, lonely, just near the exit, waiting to be tried on. So I obliged …

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