Hats Off!

For the most part, I would never want to trade places with the ladies of yesteryear . . .


I mean, c’mon, washing clothes on a scrub board, chamber pots, outhouses, and having the entire family share a tub of bath water – all of that sounds pretty tough!

The fashion from years ago does intrigue me, though, particularly the custom of wearing hats. How fun it must have been to glam up an ordinary day with one of these creations!!!


Of course, women do wear hats now, but usually they’re more utilitarian – to keep warm in winter and to keep sun away in summer. You don’t often see a lady today with a hat that is a fashionable part of her ensemble. (Cowgirls are the exception! 😉 )

When I was a kid, we always got a new hat – a fancy little hat – for Easter. They didn’t cost a fortune because they were considered a necessary purchase. I can still remember some of them with their pretty fabric flowers and satin ribbon streamers. Sundays in the spring were often filled with a colorful array of lovely hats on girls of all ages, from toddlers to great-grandmas!

As we all know, styles come and go and then they come back again. I’m looking forward to the day when wearing stylish hats will be the norm once more! 🙂


Fashion Forward . . .

Whether you’re the quintessential slave to fashion or just a gal who loves to shop, this fall’s colors will not disappoint! While the trend most years is for subdued shades, this year’s hues will be rich and vibrant!

World-renowned authority on color, Pantone Inc., has published the 2008 fall color palette. Isn’t it gorgeous? There’s a virtual rainbow of choices for clothing and accessories.

~ Fall  2008 ~  Color Forecast

                                                         Pantone Inc. 

Speaking of accessories . . .

Few of us can afford to replace our entire wardrobe every season to follow the current trends, but we can change our accessories! Choosing shoes, scarves, handbags, and jewelry in the season’s hottest colors is a great way to keep in style without breaking the bank.

If you enjoy designing jewelry, you have a true advantage! You can choose beads and components in the latest fall shades to create on-trend accessories not only for yourself, but also for the most discriminating of fashionistas on your customer list.

Looking at the chart, I think my favorite is the Royal Lilac . . . no – maybe the Caribbean Sea. Hmm, then again, that Aurora Red is pretty nice. 😉

Well, have fun! And if you’re looking for unique and colorful beads for your fall designs, stop by and see us at Bead Happily Ever After.