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Sunday, April 24, 2016


Oh how I miss my childhood and young teen and adult years when I would go shopping with my two sisters and sweet mom at the House of Paris hat shop! Every year for my entire life I had a very beautiful Easter hat and as an adult I have cherished this tradition but have bought myself a Kentucky Derby hat! Since the Derby is on my bucket list, I wear my hat even though I am sitting in my own living room watching this event with my Sweets. Here is my 2016 Derby hat:
A pink vintage inspired Garden Party hat. I love having tea parties too so this will be fun to wear more than once. Please visit  Beverly and the pinkies to say hello and share some anything goes pink week!
My 2013 Blue Derby hat. I like to shop at Berkley Hats in Berkley, California. Their hats are reasonable, unless you want a Queen Elizabeth hat or a big name hat designer. This precious hat was a special one because I had won $1,000 on the radio. I purchased hats for two of my three daughters, Rebekah and Hannah  with part of that money too. Noelle had recently purchased a hat for a girlfriends bridal shower which had a Kentucky Derby theme. So she did not want another hat.I would love to be so talented that I could design a line of hats.
Here is Noelle's hat, which won her first prize in the Best Derby Hat at Diana's bridal shower. This was the hat from the Alice in Wonderland  Mad Hatter Hat. You can see a bit of blue here too. So now you can stop by Jeanne's and wish her a Happy Blue Monday as well as visit others. I try to visit all the participates in all the meme's I participate in. I just think it is a nice courtesy.
These pinterest images show a sweet cat celebrating Derby Day and a Pretty pup sharing their favorite Kentucky Derby hats. Stop by Sandee's and visit her and everyone who celebrates Aw...Monday!

Funny that the man I married was quite a dancer when I met him yet he is telling me he is not going to dance all night at our son's wedding April 30th. I suppose we could talk or smooch! Love this Love is... and hope you all have a wonderful week!


Jeanne said...

Hi Anne, I love your hats and the sentiment of your days of shopping with your loved ones. I miss that too. The pink pup in the Derby Hat and your blue one are my faves.

My Link is up so come back and link. I took so much time getting these photos together I posted a bit late. It still is a bit of a job for me to do the link.

I like the reflection photo too. Thank you for choosing.
Love and hugs,

Sarah said...

Your Derby hat is gorgeous. I would love to have one just like it!
Great hat photos!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Smiled when you said that you watch Derby day at home with your hat on. That's dedication. The hats are very elegant.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Anne

Gorgeous - I adore hats too, but I don't get the opportunity to wear hats like yours - however I have several nice straw sunhats!

The blue one is a beauty!


Sandee said...

Awww on all the hats.

Awww on the hat on the kitty.

Awww on the hat on the doggy.

Have a terrific Awww Monday honey. Big hugs. ♥♥♥

Edna B said...

Oh wow, I love your hats!! Growing up, we wore hats. My favorite were the "Picture" hats. The ones with the really wide floppy brims. I wonder why so many people stopped wearing hats? I think they are beautiful.

As for the dancing, smooching can be just as much fun with the right partner. Have fun!! Have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Linda said...

Such a great post, and I love all the hats!!! :)

Beverly said...

I love your hat traditions. I cannot wear a hat. I have a big head and unless I want a mans hat , they just never look right. Oh well your hats are great. After a visit to Ky. several years ago with some of the grands, we bought hats at the airport on the way home and decorated them when we got home. They still have those hats. Love your "Love is"

Ann said...

Well I get to wear hats a lot in my Red Hat group. I have some that are BIG and some smaller. I love the Steampunk inspired hat for Alice in Wonderland.
I'm getting ready to make a purple stovepipe hat to honor Prince and Purple Rain.

Ann said...

I am adding Nick to my prayer list. Looking forward to wedding photos.

LV said...

I wore hats some back in my young days. Not too fond of them now. However, still have a few ladies that wear them to church. You are definitely a delightful lady.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Wonderful hats, beautiful.

shortybear said...

wonderful post dear

Kathe W. said...

my hat is off to ya!

Carin Diaz said...

The animals do not seem to mind their hats. :)

Unknown said...

The cat looks absolutely chillin' there :D

Kathe W. said...

wow! That is a lot of hats!

GranthamLynn said...

What a fun post. Thanks for sharing.

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Anne. This is such a pretty and fun post! First you know I love all of those pink hats - and we love, love, love the Kentucky Derby.♥♥♥

This post is being featured on my Pink Saturday post this week as "the one that caught my eye". Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

How fun! Love all the hats!

Sara Chapman said...

I adore the hats in the photo at Pink Saturday. Fabulous!!