Hats, hats, hats...they're everywhere I turn, and I love it! As a lover of all things feminine and gorgeous how could I not?
Let's start with the Royal Wedding shall we? I know most of the world tuned in to watch Prince William and his lovely Kate exchange their wedding vows, but not I! No, this was my chance to get my fill of eye candy....and I was not disappointed. I saw everything from the bizarre to the sublime.
Next it was off to the races, the Kentucky Derby that is. If there ever was a group of ladies that knew how to show up the Brits, it's these women. Stunning to just plain out there was the order of the day.
I was scheduled for a busy day, but after one quick glance of these 'creations', I cleared my calendar, pour myself an ice tea (well perhaps it was a whiskey) and sat back to watch these thoroughbreds (and I am not talking about the horses) parade by all day. Oh how lovely, in deed.
Tucked somewhere in between was opening day of boating season here in the Pacific Northwest. And with that came a whole new set of hats that I simply adore. These workhorses can be folded, thrown in the wash, and tossed in a bag, and emerge charming.
And this past weekend, in most parts of the country, women were celebrating the start of summer by donning their wide brim hats on the warm beaches of the Carolinas or in sunny Napa.
You might be wondering why I love hats so much. Well besides the fact that they complete the outfit, they also provide much needed shade for your face and the delicate skin on your ears, neck, and scalp. If you don't think you look good in hats, think about this....age spots, wrinkles, and worse, the threat of melanoma and scars from the treatment of suspicious spots.
You can never have too many hats. I recommend you keep a hat handy where ever you go in the sun. I always keep a hat in my car and there's one by my kitchen door on the weekends. Plus I have the right hat for every weekend activity: hard working hats for messy stuff like gardening and hiking, fancy ones for wine country events and in between ones for farmers market shopping and lolling about on vacation.
When looking for a hat, look for a brim that's at least 2 inches wide all the way around to make sure you have enough shade. Also make sure that the materials is made of tightly bound fabric to prevent too many rays from passing through. The best hats come with built in ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) right in the cloth!
Of course, you should always start with a lotion that contains an SPF and apply stronger protection when you know you will be out in the sun. Be sure to check out my line of skin care lotion for the ultimate in skin care protection this summer.
So what do you say? Shall we give the Brits and those Southern Belles a run for their money?
Until next time,