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  • All About the Hat- Derby Days

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    To many, the Kentucky Derby is known as the "most exciting two minutes in sports." Respectfully, we believe that the Kentucky Derby is the "most exciting event in hat fashion." What better way to usher in the beauty of Spring than with extravagant and chic "larger than life" hats. The millinery, cocktail, sinamay, organza, fascinator; the bigger the better. We've put together a quick guide to the Kentucky Derby. From Derby fashion tips for men and women to creating the iconic concoction of the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep.

    It's All About the Hat

    Over the years, Kentucky Derby Hats have really turned up the glamour of hat fashion. Part Southern tradition, part spectacle, the Kentucky Derby hat has become a beautiful blend of wild fiery expression and chic elegant sophistication. Bright and vibrant colors are a must when choosing the perfect Derby hat. Remember, you are choosing an outfit that best suits your Kentucky Derby Hat not the other way around. Let's go over a few of the basics of the Kentucky Derby Hat.

    Sinamay Hat

    The Kentucky Derby crowd favorite is easily the Sinamay hat. Widely varying in size and styles, the fashion sinamay hat is typically decorated with ruffles, feathers, ribbons, and bows. In our opinion when paired with an outfit and styled correctly, the sinamay hat epitomizes the class and elegance of Kentucky Derby fashion.

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    Sinamay maintenance

    Sinamay straw is the material used on all sinamay hats. If you're dusting off your fashion sinamay from last year and notice some creases and dents there's no need to worry.

    1. Boil a pot of water in a tea pot

    2. Carefully steam the dents starting from the inside of the hat then on the outside.

    3. Gently straighten out dents with your hands while applying steam as necessary.

    4. When you've managed to get most of the dents straightened out, fill the crown with butcher paper (avoid newspaper as it may cause discoloration)

    5. Let the sinamay straw dry out and repeat as necessary.

     

    Fascinator Hats

    For those of you who do not feel comfortable wearing something so large on your head but don't want to lose an ounce of the extravagance, fascinators are perfect for you. In terms of variety, fascinators have the most. They come in all different sizes, colors, and designs. Typically they are designed with flower, feathers, lace, and satin. Fascinators are worn by head band or hair clips, so your hair style becomes an essential part of your overall look.

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    Most Common Mistake in Choosing your Derby Hat

    The most common mistake we've noticed when choosing that perfect Kentucky Derby hat is that people have a tendency to choose a hat that they believe most suits their face shape. From our experience the best Derby hat is one that you love and feel confident when wearing. Those two factors alone will make any choice a great one!

    Men's Derby Fashion

    The Kentucky Derby is one of the few times a year a man can dress up and stand out just as much as the ladies. Traditionally linen suits, bow ties, and a nice pair of oxfords would do the trick, but the look is not complete without the perfect hat.

    The Panama and Pork Pie

    One of the hottest trending items for spring and summer fashion is the Panama hat. Similar to your typical fedora hat, the Panama has a wider brim and is often made of a straw material. This hat is light, bright, and will turn up the vintage "throw back" look of almost any outfit. If you really want to turn it up, the straw pork pie is one of our favorites. This hat will definitely have you standing out while looking classy and authentic.

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    Day Drinking!

    What better reason to get dressed up and have a few drinks during the day than the Kentucky Derby. The crisp, cold, and clean Mint Julep has become the staple of the Kentucky Derby. Nearly 120,000 mint juleps are served during the Kentucky Derby Weekend. Here are some simple instructions on making this light and crisp drink.

     

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    The Kentucky Derby is a one time a year event filled with drinks, luxury, and high fashion. Sounds like a good time across the board, but don't be too bummed if you can't make it out to Kentucky. If you live close to California, check out the Biggest Derby Party West of Kentucky at Santa Anita Racetrack. This star studded event will be held on Saturday May 2, 2015 or at the very least we suggest "Derbying" it up in the comfort of your home. Cheers!

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  • Egg-cited for Easter

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    For many of us, Easter marks the annual celebration of the coming of spring. What better way to welcome this momentous season than with a sugar infused adventure and some beautiful big poofy hats. Let's have some fun!

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    Easter isn't all about just candy and bunnies.  But let's face it, it plays a big role. The Cadbury Bunny is coming in hot so lets get prepared for another fun and fashionable Easter Sunday.

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    One of the most time tested and true symbols of Easter is the Easter egg. Over the decades, the Easter Egg has gone through transformations beyond our wildest imaginations. Today the Easter Egg ranges from the classic dye and paint to elaborate and floral tie dye designs.

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    But who has time to learn, prepare, and design these over the top beautiful eggs. Here's a quick little tip and simple idea that will have the kids screaming and jumping out of their seats        pre-sugar rush.

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    1. Buy hollow plastic eggs, preferably blue and yellow.

    2. Buy black and silver markers.

    3. Yellow for tops and blue for bottoms

    4. Let your kids go wild.

    Let's have a little grown up fun now. In my opinion the true star of Easter Sunday is Easter Fashion, so dust off your Sunday shoes and let's take a look at some trending Easter Sunday hats.

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    You can't go wrong with a simple and classic hat. Save the over the top accessories for the Kentucky Derby. Simple classic pastel or neutral colors with floral ribbons and lace. Fascinators are a great way to top off your favorite Easter outfit with the perfect amount of class and style.

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    No Easter Sunday is complete without the Easter Bunny. There are a variety of different rabbit ears and rabbit hats perfect for any Easter celebration. Bunny ear headbands, rabbit ear beanies, and even rabbit hats with gloves.

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  • Complete Guide To St. Patrick's Day

    St Patrick's Day is almost here, let's party.

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    For one day out of the year we are all Irish, or at least we party like we are. To help you make the most of your adopted Irish holiday we have put together a guide to help you decide what to eat, what to drink and what to wear this St. Patrick's Day. This day only comes around once and year so make the most of this rowdy and fun holiday celebration.

    St. Patrick's Day Food

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    One of the best parts about St. Patrick's day is the incredible food. Corn beef and cabbage is one of the traditional food items of St. Patrick's day. Many are turned off at the idea of pickled meat, but let me assure you, corned beef and cabbage is the epitome of deliciousness. You can buy ready made corned beef from your local supermarket or buy a kit and cook it in a slow cooker. That way it will be ready just in time for all of those green cocktails and beers to kick in.

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    Other dishes include Irish stew, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and pot pie.

    St. Patrick's Day Sweets

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    Once dinner is over there are hundreds of great green sweets for you to make for your friends, your family and coworkers. Check out this list of the Top 35 St. Patrick's Day Sweets to find some great decadent additions to your St. Patrick's Day table. If baking isn't your thing, your local supermarket or bakery will have plenty of ready made sprinkle cookies, and other St. Patrick's Day treats. Shop early because these items usually sell out quickly.

    Novelty St. Patrick's Hats

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    Another great way to celebrate the holiday is with a fun St. Patrick's Day hat. There are so many great green hats out there. From glittery top hats, fun mohawk beanies, and even leprechaun bowler hats. Combine that with some funny novelty glasses, and maybe an eye catching green shirt and you have yourself the perfect St. Patrick's Day wardrobe. Click the items below to browse a few great St. Patrick's Day hats.

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    St. Patrick's Day Cocktails

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    Finally,  we get to the good stuff, the drinks. You can go to any bar all across the country and find yourself a delicious St. Patrick's day cocktail or celebratory shot. But if you end up staying home, you also want to drink some great cocktails that you can make at home. You will find a few option below but there are so many other great cocktails and shots we could do a whole other blog post about it.

    The Drinks

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    Light, refreshing, easy drinking, it makes the perfect starting point for your night's festivities.

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    Drinks like the Dirty Leprechaun are an easy, quick, and delicious shot option. It is simply Jagermeister, Baileys, and Midori.

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    A little Hypnotic and a touch of Midori and a sugary rim is a simple easy shot idea.

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    The most iconic St. Patrick's Day drink is the Irish Car Bomb. Mix Jameson and Baileys and drop it into about 6-8 ounces of Guinness for a fun delicious drink.

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    Celebrate the Right Way

    What you eat, what you wear, and what you drink is important, but not as important as safety. No matter how you celebrate your St. Patrick's Day do it responsibly and safely.

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  • Floppy Sun Hats: Beautiful Sun Protection

    Spring is almost here and fashion is heating up.

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    Don't Let Mother Nature Ruin Your Summer Fun

    Next month marks the time of year when the snow begins to melt, the birds begin to sing, and the sun will show his smiling face once again. This can only mean one thing...sun hats are back! Staying protected from the sun is very important, but looking good while doing so is just as important. Finding the perfect floppy straw sun hat can be tough, so we have put together this guide to help you this upcoming season.

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    So Many Styles

    There are so many great sun hats out there each with their own unique personality. Some have wired bendable brims, some made of straw, others made of special UV blocking material. Each designed with a certain individual in mind. The floppy sun hats below are only a small fraction of the beautiful sun hats you can find online. The best sun hats on the market today are made of UPF and UV material that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.

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    Protective Material Sun Hats

    These specialized sun hats are made of a laboratory tested UV blocking material that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, not only that they are made in styles that any woman would love. Skin cancer has been growing on the list of the most prevalent types of cancer. Keeping  yourself protected from the sun's harmful rays can add years to your life and keep you looking great into your golden years.

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    Celebrities Dictate Style

    Celebrities starting new trends is not a new thing. Over the years many huge trends have started with a star or starlet rocking the newest fashion craze. The sun hat is no different. The floppy sun hat has shown its staying power and has been a hot piece of summer fashion for years now.

    Floppy Women's Hats2015 Spring and Summer Season

    With the 2015 spring and summer approaching you need to be ready with the latest summer head wear. If you wait too long into the season you will not be able to find beautiful sun hats in stores, or online. Straw hats as well as panama style fedora hats are the latest trend and if you want to look great this upcoming season you should stock up before the starlets do.

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  • 10 Things You Might Not Know About Mardi Gras

    Mardi Gras is one of the wildest holidays of the entire year.

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    It is a day of fun, eating, and overall overindulgence. There are massive parades, masked masquerade balls, elaborate floats and a combination of masks, music and mayhem. Many people think that they know what Mardi Gras is all about but we offer of up things that you might not know about Mardi Gras.
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    1) Mardi Gras has been known by many names including, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, Laissez les bons hemp rouler, Martex de Carnaval, Fastan, J'Douvert, Karenava and many more names.

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    2) The day of the holiday always falls upon the last Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.

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    3) Louisiana was actually not the first state to hold a Mardi Gras parade. That distinction belongs to Mobile Alabama.

     

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    4) The first parade held in New Orleans was in 1837.

     

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    5) Most parades are coordinated by small clubs call "krewes" that come together to put together elaborate floats.

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    6) The tradition of the colorful beads actually started in the early 1900's

     

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    7) Some states require by law that any float riders are required to wear masks.

     

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    8) The man to first add Mardi Gras to the calendar was Pope Gregory XIII.

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    9) Purple, Gold, and Green are the offial colors of the holiday each with a symbolic meaning. Purple=Justice Gold=Power Green=Faith

     

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    10)The little toy coins found around the holiday are called "doubloons" and "King Cake" is eaten all throughout the carnival season. King cake has a little surprise hidden within usually a little figurine. Finding this in your cake is supposed to bring you good luck for the next year.

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