Significance of the Name

My Blog’s name is a tribute to my Dad & my Husband. My Dad because he used to sing the song to me, "How 'd You Like to Swing on a Star?" It's about reaching for your dreams, you can stay where you are & be safe OR YOU CAN SWING ON STAR. Stars also refer to a difficult night just after my husband died. I was talking to him (I often do.) & said how I missed his "I Love You's". That night he gave me a dream... a gorgeous, bright blue night sky filled with thousands of stars, in the middle the stars formed an "I LOVE YOU"....such a gift on so many levels.

So "follow your own path, & don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest”

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Derby Day Hats...So Beautiful...And Some Fun for Us!

I am having so much fun getting to know Marsha of Splenderosa.
Her recent post about Derby Day and fashion choices inspired me to do a post on hats for Derby Day. They can be so creative and beautiful.
Remember Audrey in My Fair Lady at the races??

I love hats, but have to admit I don't wear them much anymore, but when I was younger I did. My Aunt wore them beautifully and my husband loved it when I wore one, even a baseball cap!!! 

Yesterday while I was antiquing in a small town outside Pittsburgh for a jewelry idea I am working on. I saw these women who were enjoying their purple hat day out together.
 They were so cute. 
You could tell so much about them from their hats. 
One was very bohemian, one just added some shoosh to a visor, others were just cute. 
Rarely do I see a purple hat person who exhibits such lovely flare as one lady who had a lovely red, flowy sweater cape and a beautiful soft, sheer purple hat. 
Her make-up was done to a T and I loved watching her exhibit her fashion style. 
Hats can be such a wonderful opportunity to exhibit a fashion statement.

Thought  we could have some Derby Day Fun too. 
Marsha allowed us to vote for our pick for the dress she was wearing to Derby Day.
 It was such fun.
 I realize that some of us may not make to Derby Day in person we can certainly imagine ourselves there. 
Wearing a lovely dress beautifully made up, lovely jewelry, beautiful shoes (hopefully somewhat comfortable) and a gorgeous hat, maybe with beautiful custom flowers of silk, organza or some elegant fabric and OF COURSE with a ice cold mint julep in hand.

Let's have some fun, if I can borrow from Marsha....if you were to go which hat would you love to be seen in? What would you wear? Leave your choice in a comment.
It will be fun to hear about your choices and why!!

PS. I'll tell you mine at the end of my post.

















While I love the mystery of the veil of #4, I have been so into 40's and 50's movies for awhile which may have prompted me to pick the vintage Marilyn's #5.  Maybe it's that I've never seen this pic before and she just looks so beautiful.
Love the flower on the end of the rim. Just a bit of uniqueness 

 Have a great day Y'all! 

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  1. #4 & #10 to actually wear this year. But, the Ungaro hat, #8 or #8 the yellow with all those fowers would have to be my real favorite. Now, let me see if any of them will go with my dress. Thanks for the head's up on my little contest. Big hug, Shari....

    1. Thanks Marsha, I loved #8 too....loved the flowers under the rim.

  2. I'll take #11 please. The touch of red with that flower did it for me. Coincidentally my girlfriend and I spent the day in a lovely shop trying on vintage hats. She bought 3.

    1. Stephanie, a day spent with a great friend trying on vintage hats sounds like so much fun! Did any of them have veils....I love vintage hats with veils!

      Yes that hat is stunning and I too love the feather. Have a great Day, Shari