Head- to- toe Tips on How to Dress for a Summer Clearance sale

When I was a kid, my Great Aunt Ella introduced me to the wonders of big city sale shopping. She’d don hat and gloves, prepare her purse with chocolate treats to dole out at intervals, and take me on the streetcar to some of her favourite fashion haunts in Montreal. It was summer in theContinue reading “Head- to- toe Tips on How to Dress for a Summer Clearance sale”

Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Those Crazy- Popular Red Hatters

When Red Hat Queen Eleanor Rollinson asked me to perform my Retrospective Millinery Fashion Show at her district branch convention, I was thrilled and a little intimidated. In a room full of 200 red-hat, purple dress-wearing women, would my various millinery museum pieces be noticed? Even Evelyn had her concerns; she asked me to cutContinue reading “Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Those Crazy- Popular Red Hatters”

Not Too Late for a Garden Party Tea

Benares House in Mississauga Saturday provided the perfect location for a late season garden party and hat show. As always, we rely upon volunteers to model the hats, and this presentation was no different (as you can see by the Edwardian Bobby Dazzler in the back ground).  The oversized replica of the hat Johnny DeppContinue reading “Not Too Late for a Garden Party Tea”

Waiting for my Fantasy in Pink

 This beauty, a hot pink sinamay straw with red feathers, is on its way to me from millinery designer Maria Curcic’s studio in B.C.  Although it is fitted with clips, I have asked Maria to add an elastic chignon strap which works best for me with a fascinator. These straps hide under the hair andContinue reading “Waiting for my Fantasy in Pink”

Come to the City, go Home with Diamonds

“Come to the city, go home with diamonds” is the slogan my clever daughter came up with after our day at the Cityline studios in Toronto. We were there as audience members for Cityline‘s Holiday Open House show which airs tomorrow night in prime time. That’s my daughter on the left, rocking the sequins and cane.  She writesContinue reading “Come to the City, go Home with Diamonds”

Santa Delivers a Millinery Gift Lift

Let’s face it, a pretty hat can be a real spirit booster; in fact, it used to be common knowledge that the cure for a low mood was the purchase of a new hat. In my mother’s day, a woman never went out in public without a hat, and yes, there were many good reasonsContinue reading “Santa Delivers a Millinery Gift Lift”

Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland

Hats are my wonderland, so imagine my delight when my daughter gifted me with a replica of the Mad Hatter marvel worn by Johnny Depp in the 2010 Tim Burton movie, Alice in Wonderland. 2015 marks 150 years since the publication of the book and the enchanting story still manages to captivate.  The Mobile Millinery Museum houses a greatContinue reading “Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland”

Canada’s Pride: Maria Curcic, Millinery Designer Extaordinaire!

Two new Maria Curcic hats arrived yesterday. This Paris born-and-trained millinery designer is a master.  First out of the box was a work of art called To The Symphony  a stunning veiled headband style with a front-and-centre vintage rhinestone pin that is almost badge-like. The large Duchesse silk bow dominates a diamond dot veil with occasional pearlContinue reading “Canada’s Pride: Maria Curcic, Millinery Designer Extaordinaire!”

Kicking off Hat Season with a Lacey Maria Curcic Stunner

Here at the Mobile Millinery Museum hats are always in season, but our busy time starts in May. In fact, last weekend we presented six shows in four days. Hats say spring, of course, and with Mothers’ Day and Victoria Day falling in this month the hat celebrations and teas keep us busy daily. Hats also say weddings, andContinue reading “Kicking off Hat Season with a Lacey Maria Curcic Stunner”

Hats to Pack for Cuba

OK, it’s off to Holguin once again for a week in the sun at the Sol Rio de Luna Y Mares resort near Guardalavaca. Depending upon where you travel in this world, you either pack hats to take, or save room for those hats you will buy when you’re away. At least, I hope  you do. Today, I’mContinue reading “Hats to Pack for Cuba”