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  • When Retro Goes Modern

    When does retro style become modern style.

    mini-Retro.jpgWhen Does Retro Become Modern?

    Each decade has had its own unique culture. Whether it was the fashion styles, the music, social trends, or popular entertainment. A movement, that has steadily been growing is retro. Retro can mean many different things to many different people. When it comes to style, retro has slowly become the new modern. Whether it is the clothes we wear or the music we choose to listen to, retro is here, and it is here to stay. We are currently seeing the resurgence of the 70's and 80's. The once overlooked styles like the floppy women's sun hats of the 70's to the classic bucket hats of the 80's are making a comeback in a big way.

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    70's Floppy Sun Hat

    Nothing was more 70's than floppy straw sun hats for women. That image was plastered on pictures from that era. Whether they were worn at famous concerts like the infamous Woodstock or for long sunny days at the park. Women had taken to these hats, to the extent to which nobody had ever seen. The hat style slowly began to fizzle out around the dawn of the 1980's. Women had taken to new more compact hat style and that brought on the age of the visor. However, the floppy sun hat has quickly been making its way back into the mainstream. With skin protection and sun care becoming more important, seemingly everyday, women have looked to these hats for both style and sun protection. What does the future hold for the iconic floppy sun hat?

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    80's Visor

    As we progressed out of the 70's and the demise of the floppy sun hat was almost complete, there was an emergence of a new style. That hat style would turn out to be the compact sun visor. These visors offered most of the protection that the floppy sun hats provided yet were compact, customizable, and inexpensive. You would have a hard time finding a company not using this new style for marketing campaign, promotions, or as part of a uniform. The popularity of the visor was catalyzed even further by tennis players, golfers, and women featured in music videos on the emerging MTV Music Television channel. But the trend that took off like a rocket, would slowly fizzle out once more. Just like the 70's the 80's has seen a resurgence in recent culture and the visor is slowly becoming as popular as it once was. The loud vibrant colors of the 80's have made their way back into the mainstream once again, thanks in part to the visor. The most popular materials these days include straw, terry cloth, cotton, and clip on PVC plastic.

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    Super Retro

    The world of fashion has even seen a trend that I am going to call "Super Retro". This Super Retro style that was expedited by the "hipster" movement. Super Retro is moving to slowly bring back all of the popular styles of the 1920's-1950's. These classic styles like ivy caps, newsboy hats, top hats, and berets are becoming more prevalent in this "Super Retro" movement and in popular culture as well. The clothes are also reflecting this change in that classic vests, sweaters, even eyeglass styles have evolved and adapted to this new style. You could call this fashion style retro, but to the individuals that are a part of this movement it is not a just a style, but a way of life. The members of this movement have been shaping the styles of the last decade and it is showing no signs of stopping.

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    Retro Modern

    At what point does retro become modern? You have only to walk into your nearest IKEA store to see this retro style spilling in modern styling. Even the music of today has subtle hints of the 70's and 80's prevalent in their infectious beats. It is time to finally embrace that retro is no long retro anymore. The styles of yesterday have become the styles of today. If these styles have become the basis of popular fashion or they really retro anymore? Regardless of what you call it, this style is one of my favorite styles of the last century and I for one, am happy that they are back.

  • Forget the Chips and Soda, Bring Some Smiles to your Next Party

    You will be amazed at how much, fun, smiles, and laughter an awesome novelty hat can bring to your next party or special event.

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    People have been wearing fun costume hats for centuries now. From the early Mayan civilizations to the theme parties of today. Novelty costume hats are not just for Halloween anymore. Any of these would be perfect for festivals, holidays, theme parties and so much more. Just like a person, every hat has a unique personality. Accentuate your personality with a fun novelty hat. The best gift you can receive is a gift that you didn’t even know you wanted. Every crazy hat out there holds a special place in so many hearts. When you find out what is really out there, you will be overwhelmed with how many incredible hats exist.  Novelty hats are suitable for crazy costume parties and Halloween as well. You can accessorize your outfit with a silly, goofy look. The amount of fun you will have with these creative novelty hats is only limited by your imagination.

    Shamrock_Cartoon_1 St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and it is my personal favorite time of the year to get all decked out in green gear. Sure, these hats might be a little over the top, but it is all part of the St. Patrick's Day tradition. Celebrate with some green beer, corn beef and cabbage and a killer St. Patrick's Day hat.

    There are so many great hats to choose from including, Jester hats, food hats, Animal hats, Birthday hats, Pimp hats, and much more. One of the most popular novelty hats out there this season has been the animal hat. There are so many warm comfy animal hats out there it can be hard to choose. You’ll find bear, rabbit, panda, dog, raccoon, bunny, and so many other animals. If you are looking to help celebrate a holiday or a special event you should shop for a holiday and theme hat including most of the major holidays including, St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day, Mardi Gras, Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, 4th of July and many more. These hats are not just for children, they are available in both youth and adult sizes. Don’t settle for a mundane and boring holiday or special event. Kick it up several notches with a fun novelty hat that will not only make you the life of the party, but will bring smiles to the face of everybody that sees you.

     

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  • Mardi Gras aka "Fat Tuesday"

    Mardi Gras in French translates to "Fat Tuesday" in English.
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    Mardi Gras is one of the rowdiest events of the year. “Mardi Gras” in French is translated as “Fat Tuesday” in English. It is a raucous and hedonistic event that is held the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. This has traditionally been the “last hurrah” before the start of the Lenten season. The event has also been referred to “Shrove Tuesday” and indulgent meals are eaten to prepare you for Lenten fasting and restraint. This is the last day of the “carnival season” and no matter what you call it, the event includes gluttonous amounts of food and sin-like behavior. The city of New Orleans is always alive, but Mardi Gras bring the city to life like never before. There are many fun hats and masks associated with the holiday and getting dressed up is half the fun.

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    The Colors of Mardi Gras

    There are three important colors associated with Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras. The first color associated with this rambunctious holiday is purple. The color purple signifies justice. The second color associated with the holiday is green signifying faith. The third major color is gold signifying power. These colors are personified on masks, cakes, parade floats, beads, clothing, tapestry and much more. These colors have been associated with the holiday since its inception. Bright colors, images, fun filled streets and great food are all a huge part of the Mardi Gras holiday. We have been celebrating "Fat Tuesday" for over a hundred years and it is one of the most entertaining, history rich events in our country's long illustrious history.

     

     

     

     

    There are many facts that you might not know about Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras)

    1) If you were not aware, Mardi Gras and "Carnival" are the same celebration.

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    2) The second little known fact is that many people think that the holiday has pagan roots. However the holiday was born due to the Catholic Church’s discouragement of sex and the eating of meat during the Lenten season.

    3) New Orleans was actually not the first host of the Mardi Gras celebration. That honor goes to the city of Mobile which would be the present day Alabama.

    4) Mardi Gras celebrations survived early efforts at suppression and this year alone one million visitors are expected in New Orleans.

    5) Small social societies like the Mistick Krewe of Comus kept the celebrations going during the battles against suppression. The year 1837 saw the first Mardi Gras street parade.

     

    mardi-gras-songs-2010_13931357086) These small societies actually did not racially integrate until 1992 when an ordinance was passed disallowing racial discrimination.

    7) Mardi Gras celebrations have occasionally been cancelled over the years. This has actually occurred 12 times since 1857 and the last time this occurred was in the year 1945.

    8) The Super Bowl in New Orleans interrupted the parade schedule and the typical 12-day parade season was expanded. Official parades have been banned from the narrow tourist filled streets of the French Quarter since the 1970’s.

     

     

     

    kingcake9) If you have not heard of King Cake, it is only eaten during Mardi Gras. The cake is made of brioche dough and is braided and filled with cinnamon. The dough is glazed like a doughnut and the glaze is made of the iconic colors including purple, green, and gold. The thing that really sets this cake apart from other baked delights is the little plastic baby that is hidden in each cake. The person who finds the baby traditionally has to buy the cake next year or host the next year’s party.

     

    The best part of Mardi Gras is dressing up in great hats and masks and just let loose. You can find a great deal of "Fat Tuesday" hats and a big selection of Masquerade masks perfect for your theme party or celebration.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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