So my conversation with myself went something like this...... Do I need another hat? Absolutely not! Would I enjoy having yet another hat? Of course! Where am I going to put another hat? Well, I'm going to get rid of quite a few as I downsize. So that will make plenty of room! Won't that sort of thought process defeat the whole purpose of the downsizing?! Not really! The hats that stay are going to be the ones that are useful for every day.... or are just so pretty I can't bear to part with them. At this point the logical section of my mind heaves a heavy sigh... or was it a groan? It knows when its going to lose.
To make a long story short, it was onward to Etsy and Ebay. Where I looked for both beauty and functionality. This hat was going to be my 60th birthday present to myself so it had to meet all the criteria. A nice brim to shade my face (skin cancer is NOT fun!), made of straw or the like so that it "breathes" (I live in Florida. Hats can be like little saunas from hell), be in a lighter color so it reflects the sunlight instead of absorbing it, be a large enough size to fit my pumpkin head ("Thanks Dad. I inherited that from you!") and the bonus points would be if it had flowers!!!
Happily I found just the kind of hat I was looking for. Yay! The tag says Grevi Firenze, Made in Italy. The inside circumference is 23 inches. I got so excited when I saw that measurement! That means it will actually FIT. No squeezing, tugging or pulling to get the band down on my head!
The color of the straw is a faded blue.... just a perfect vintage look. And the flowers! Their shades are still rich yet subtle. Did I mention that blue is my favorite color? How could I not treat myself to this hat?
She arrived this afternoon and I've been blissfully wearing her around the house. Happy early birthday to me! chuckle
|Selfies are NOT my forte! haha |
Hmmm, shows off the color of my eyes quite well.
|This hat was so worth the "argument"!|
Perhaps it deserves to head over to the Style Crones Hat Attack