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  • When Retro Goes Modern

    When does retro style become modern style.

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    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.

  • Vacation, All I Ever Wanted...Had to Get Away

    Find your happy place.

     

    Who doesn't like summer? The warm weather, cool pools, baseball games, and lazy days. But my personal favorite thing about summer is summer vacation. The opportunity to take some time off of work or school and travel somewhere incredible. We each have our own dream destinations in mind. Some might be content with going to a local amusement park or having a fun day at the beach. That just doesn't cut it for me. I need to spread my wings and see the world. Each year I look for my new "Happy Place" the place where I can let go of all the stresses and challenges of life, and enjoy the best of what life and Mother Nature Has to offer. Before I pack my bags I need to decide exactly where my new "Happy Place" is going to be.

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    There are some states I have never seen. Ballparks still unexplored. No matter where I eventually end up going there are two things I will always take with me. One is my camera to take pictures of my adventure and the other is my trusty hat. The way that some women are with shoes, I am the same with hats. If the entire year was about 75 days long I would have a hat for every day of the year. I have found hats of all shapes and sizes from all makers, stores, and specialty boutiques from around the world. No summer vacation of mine is complete without a bucket hat, visor, and baseball cap for all of my summertime excursions. Many people wear hats to stay protected from the sun, but I just wear them for style and fun. The incredible UV protection they provide is simply an added bonus.

     

    Let the 2014 Happy Place brainstorm begin

    Summer hats1) San Diego

    Pros: Beautiful weather, plenty of delicious breweries, Sea World, Wild Animal Park,Padres Stadium, Gaslamp, affordable, great outdoor locations to explore.

    Cons: Being from California it is still a little too close to home for me, not the best for a single traveler.

    Perfect Hat: Ball cap, Sun visor, Bucket Hat

     

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    2) Brazil

    Pros: Beautiful landscape, lively culture, great nightlife, beautiful beaches

    Cons: Language barrier, $$$, passport

    Perfect Hat: Sinamay hat, mesh hat, fishing hat, visor

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    Pros: All exclusive packages, guided tours, constant view of the ocean, relaxing atmosphere

    Cons: At the end of the day you are still on a boat, restricted time and freedom, sea sickness

    Perfect Hat: Floppy sun hat, bucket hat

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    Pros: Safari adventure, see awesome animals in their own habitat, fun nightlife and culture, once of the most beautiful landscapes on this Earth.

    Cons: Can get pricey, the sun is very harsh (added head wear and UV protection may be required.)

    Perfect Hat: Safari Hat, Cowboy Hat, Outback Hat, Fishing Hat

     

     

    Choosing the perfect vacation spot takes time. Let me know if anybody has some other great spots, that I NEED to check out.

    Check back soon for a new entry about how to really save money when traveling, people sometimes let themselves spend way too much during their vacations. I will show you great ways to get more for less when you travel.

  • UV 50+ Sun Protection Hats

    SPF 15+ is not sufficient anymore.

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    With more about more data being released every single day, sun protection is one of the most important health issues facing us today. There is a 3-Step process for tackling this widespread epidemic. The first step being awareness, the second step is information and education and the last step is implementation. With the information found here and this 3-Step process, you can keep both you and your loved ones educated, safe, and happy for the rest of their lives. Some great sun protection tips can be found in this video below.


    Step 1: Awareness

    There are so many people out there who spend most of their waking moments outdoors. They claim to be informed about the importance of proper UV sun protection. But the harsh reality is that they have been fed a series of false information about proper sun care. The more people that know about the importance of the proper sun protection the better. Awareness breeds education and education facilitates change. So many of us think that we know everything about skin protection, but in reality there are many misconceptions out there. Here are some common misconceptions and myths about sun care.

     

    Sun Care Myths

    Myth: Tanning booths are safe as long as they do not contain UVB Rays.

    Reality: The reality is while many tanning beds say they do not feature UVB rays they do however utilize UVA rays which can penetrate even deeper and is the same if not more exposure than the sun

     

    Myth: You don't need sunscreen on a cloudy day, right?

    Reality: While you might not be able to see the suns harmful ray they are still present. They can even be magnified by the cloud vapor and can be even more dangerous than a sunny day.

     

    Myth: Do sunburns cause more damage than a suntan?

    Reality: Just because you do not burn does not mean that you are safe from the suns harmful rays. Everybody's skin is different and should be protected. Higher SPF sunscreen and the proper head wear can keep you protected all spring and summer.

     

    Myth: It takes years to be affected by harmful UV rays.

    Reality: Sun protection is just as important in year one than it is on year 65. Some signs might not show right away but trust us they will rear their ugly heads soon enough.

     

    Myth: As long as I stay out of direct sunlight I will be protected.

    Reality: Staying out of direct sunlight might help but you cannot overlook the proper protection. SPF sunscreen and the proper head wear will help you stay protected.

    Myth: You do not have to worry about skin protection if you have dark skin.

    Reality: This is the number one misconception. Dark skin is not a barrier to the suns harmful rays.

    By informing the public about the importance of skin protection we can spread awareness about the growing importance of UV protection. Tell you family, tell your friends, spread the news to your social following. If we do not act now, it will be too late.

     

     

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    Step 2: Information and Education

    We cannot blame the public for not being informed. They have been fed myths and misconceptions for so many years. Information and education starts with you. For every person that becomes educated they will share their new found knowledge with someone else. It has to start somewhere and it starts with you. There are great resources available to you about sun care like The Doctors. There are other great resources like Skincancer.org and government support from the CDC regarding sun protection for our youth. One of the better ways to stay protected from the sun is with a hat specially designed to give you optimum protection from the sun that can be found here.

     

     

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    Step 3: Implementation

    The last and most important step in this process is implementation. It is one thing to talk about proper skin care and sun but it is another to act on it. Changes in skin care start in the home. If you instill in you family the importance of the proper skin protection and outdoor head wear you can feel safe knowing that you protected your family to the best of your ability and you have made a huge impact on them living a long, happy and healthy life. Lead by example and take care of your own skin. If you instill the importance of skin protection at a young age, it will have the greatest impact on your children and your family's life. Proper UV protection does not have to mean that you have to sacrifice style and comfort. There are so many great new options to consider, whether it is a great hat, and higher SPF Sunscreen, basic sun care tips and techniques, or maintaining proper sun exposure limits. With this simple 3-Step plan you will have all the tool you will need. All of these factors work together to keep you and all of your friends and family safe, happy, and healthy for many years to come.

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  • Talk Derby to Me: 2014 Kentucky Derby

    It is that time again.

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    The 2014 Kentucky Derby is days away. The time to get all dressed up, adorned in fancy jewelry and over the top head wear has arrived. This is the 140th Kentucky Derby and the 140th is going to be just as raucous and rowdy as the 1st. Make sure you are dressed to the nines with some of the finest hats on the market.

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    Finding the right Hat

    Such an event only comes around every so often. Looking the part at the 2014 Kentucky Derby can go a long way in your enjoyment of the event. Transport yourself back in time a hundred years with the perfect outfit. There are several styles available to you including  great material called sinamay. Sinamay is durable material found in the Philippines that is light weight and looks great. Don't let the women have all of the fun, don't leave the house without a handsome as hell top hat or derby hat. Finding the perfect hat can be tough but there is a elegant hat out there for everyone.

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    So put on that fancy dress, don your elegant hats, and enjoy one of the greatest days of the year for horse racing fans. No matter what hat you finally decide on, have fun, be safe, and for the betting folk, we hope your horse wins the big one.

     

  • Break a Leg Not the Bank

    Costumes are not just for Halloween.

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    Putting on a play takes a lot of long and hard work. You have to rehearse for hours, memorize lines, design the stage, and pick a venue. The last thing that you are going to want to think about is where you are going to get your props. The costume help you desperately need is here. Novelty costume hats are an inexpensive way to make sure that all of your little actors look great during their performance. There are even have animal and fish hats perfect for on or off of the stage.

     

    I recently attended a modernized performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that my little cousin was the star of. There were so many different costume pieces, head wear and set design pieces. Many local and school plays have limited shoestring budgets. Finding affordable costume head wear and accessories can be a make it or break it moment in the life of a play. I have found that e4Hats.com is a great place to find high quality yet affordable costume hats, caps, and accessories. Take the stress out of putting on a show. Find exactly what you are looking for. You will find pirate hats, captain caps, animal hats, top hats, safari hats, clown hats, holiday hats, Dr. Seuss, St. Patrick's Day, crowns, Egyptian head wear, hats with wigs attached, novelty hats, silly over-the-top hats and so much more.

     

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    Another popular costume hat is the bowler and top hat. These two hats work would work wonderfully for a costume, theme party or even simple elegant every day wear. The fancy over the top nature and theatrics that the hats bring are the best way to express your unique personality to the world. There is no telling what creative hat you might need for your next play, theme party, or any other special event.  Your next costume is not complete without a captain’s hat, chef hat, Chinese style skull cap, a Where’s Waldo cap, crown, pirate, nurse, military, police and so much more. These hats are available in both youth and adult sizes These eye catching, and head turning costume hats are sure to make your next stage performance the best it can be. Break a leg, not the bank!

     

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