That headline is really just trying to be punny.
The post about my hair seemed to get everyone into a tither. But I warn you: It’s tough to top that one.
Speaking of topping, because I’ve struggled with my hair, I turned to hats. And bandanas. Anything to remove hair out of the picture, and out of my face.
I’ve always had a fascination with hats. My earliest memory of hats is this awful picture from my fifth birthday.
Mom says she made these “hats” by following instructions out of a magazine. I’m suspect about what magazine she was consulting. I showed this photo to a friend a number of years ago and she asked, “Why are you wearing your underwear on your head?” (sigh) I didn’t know any different. It was a “hat,” I was having a party, and I thought it was normal. (My mom and I have laughed about it since and I promised her I wouldn’t write a book ala “Mommy Dearest,” in exchange for her to never attempt at making me a party hat again. I loved that tambourine, though.)
In high school I enrolled in a marketing class and one of our projects was to create a “store” in a mall and we had to create a marketing plan. My store was a hat store. Of course I did no market research that would have told me no one was buying hats in 1982. Unless you were Devo, of course.
My most expensive hat is this Helen Kaminski hat given to me as a thank-you gift after being a keynote speaker at a previous employer’s Worldwide Sales Meeting circa 1998. I’m so fond of this hat and still keep it in its box and bring it out for special occasions.
This next hat I actually made for one of the Gatsby Summer Afternoon events I attended in San Francisco Bay Area. I regularly attended this event sponsored by the San Francisco Art Deco Society. While making it I was trying to stretch it and didn’t realize it really is one ribbon all sewn together and it fell apart in my hands. I frantically sewed it all back together and you would never know by this picture it was previously in shreds. I’m so proud of this hat.
I don’t know about this next hat. I think I found myself without my hat at Bryce Canyon National Park and so I got this at the gift shop. I look like a dork. Totally doesn’t fit over all my hair.
And to shield the sun when birding, here are my adventure hats. Okay, just a regular hat I got at REI and a baseball cap.
This next hat is my go-to winter weather hat. Thank you Lands End for making the perfect polar fleece hat!
Here’s another favorite hat. I bought this at a little shop in Carmel, California. It’s velvet and I always get compliments on it.
When traveling I always take a stack of bandanas too. I learned early on, especially when visiting tropical humid climates, it’s better to not have to worry about the hair. They are a complete lifesaver.
We’re leaving for Panama very soon. Look forward to lots and lots of pictures with me in bandanas. It’s how I roll these days.
Love the Lands End and the Velvet hat – the bandanas not so much. I have a teeny head, and hats look dumb on me, which is really too bad, since I have awful hair.
I know what you mean. It’s kinda how I feel about wearing a skinny belt. They just look dumb on me. I can never get them to stay at that middle part where it should make me look skinnier.
Janice Boice said:
My favorite is the Gatsby and then, of course, the birthday party hat. Are you and Steve at the Pali Overlook in one of the pictures?
Which picture are you referring to?
WOW!!!! Hi there. You got the velvet hat at The Hat Shop Carmel. I believe i remember you guys. I always look through google images under Carmel Hats to see where our hats end up! Thank you so much for the business! Please come by and say hi next time your in town.
Hey! Glad you found me! I’ll have to swing by next time I’m in Carmel and get me another hat!