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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

     bucket hats and straw hats3) Caribbean Cruise

    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

    outback and cowboy hats4) Australia

    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.

  • 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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