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1/23/09

Vintage Hat Friday! Feathers & Cherries VS. Delirious Diva!

Don't worry modern house kit peeps- Vintage Hat Friday ends in February.
In regards to our own house kit construction, we are on hold as we await the cladding.
Oh, you may recall my little Cladding Rant... (Note to new followers- this is not part of the "house kit" - this was a vendor I was trying to offer a separate solution for anyone that wanted metal cladding at an affordable price. You can choose any siding for your passive house kit- reclaimed cedar, eco-board, etc.)

Well, that missing top of the north face (where the clerestory windows are) is not due to arrive for... two and a half weeks.
*Sigh*

Any-hoo, on to Vintage Hat Friday! Where we celebrate reuse and recycling in the workplace! You can look cool and corporate in old clothes, yes you can!

Amy: “Cherries and Feathers”
Hold the Cherries


{Obscure reference, can you name that musical?}

I love this hat! When I first saw it, it felt very “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” I think it’s the only thing I’ve ever bought at Halcyon that was NOT from the rummage sale. I would go into the shop and moon over it…try it on…then sigh heavily and put it back.

“No..” I would think…”I mustn’t!”

And then, one day… I did.

I couldn’t take it any longer, and I broke down and bought it (though I did get the lovely shop owner to throw a hatbox in the bargain to protect the hat’s fantastic-ness). This number is the queen of my closet, sitting imperiously on the top shelf above all my other accoutrements in its white and gold hatbox. It’s from the old Miller and Rhoads store in Richmond, and it’s in nearly impeccable condition. A miracle considering the whole brim is meticulously draped in pinfeathers.

The shirt I bought in high school before attending my first Opera with James. It was on sale at Jessica Mclintock, and I loved all the pleated lace details at the sleeve and back. The black chandelier earrings were a gift from my parents, the shoes a fabulous guilty pleasure from (gasp!) Payless. The skirt you’ve seen many times before if you’ve been watching VHF, as it’s my go-to black pencil skirt. The gloves were I think the first vintage item I ever bought, back in early, early high school. I bought them because they were leather gloves; I later figured out they were older than I was by a longshot.

Oh, and it was my birthday this week, so VOTE FOR ME!

Copeland: The Delirious Diva
I'm sick (nothing contagious, I would never do that to people at work).... but that won't stop me from our Vintage Hat Throwdown. I'm hoping my delirium will come across in the photos as Mysterious French Sophisticated Diva. Eh, maybe not. : )

Yesterday, Amy was happily chirping about the office yesterday that "I had better bring it on as she had a FABULOUS hat."
Young pup, you don't issue challenges to us grizzled wolves unless you're prepared for a battle. ; )
So... I pulled out a velvety "feathered" closely cropped vintage hat with a bow, and one of my oldest thrift finds: a *hand sewn* *hand beaded* 1940s dress I purchased, used, when I was fourteen.

In the first few years I wore it, I paired the dress with ripped fishnets and combat boots, and topped the look with a net hood I wore to keep my hair tucked back. I wore that dress to many nightclubs and mosh pits.

After college, returning to Vir-gin-ya, I found I could brush my hair, twirl it up into a twist, add pearls and pumps, and suddenly I had Ole Richmond Cocktail Party, without having to drop dollars on a dress!

Today, I paired it with nude fishnets I bought from Bygone's in Carytown AGES AGO... I think they're from the 1960s, I purchased a few colors still in their packages- nude, purple, hot pink...

The vintage quarter-sleeve coat I picked up years ago, I believe in Fan Thrift, for about fifty cents- and also pairs well with ballgowns on more ceremonious occasions.

Anyway, it may have been Amy's Birthday this week, but I'm *SICK* so VOTE FOR MEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

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16 Comments:

At 1/23/09, 11:43 AM , Anonymous Maggie said...

Amy's entire look is absolutely stunning. And I looove that hat! She gets my vote!

 
At 1/23/09, 11:56 AM , Anonymous Minty said...

I'm a sucker for Breakfast at Tiffany's so my vote goes to Amy!

 
At 1/23/09, 12:18 PM , Blogger Copeland said...

From Peggy:
"Yikes!! I think Copeland has on my jacket my Mother made for me to wear to a formal when I was in high school!! I wondered where it went!

For nostalgia's sake (miss my jacket) I have to vote for Copeland. For the memory of Audrey Hepburn, I have to cast a vote, too, for Amy."

 
At 1/23/09, 12:32 PM , Anonymous pam turner (taylor) said...

Yikes, you two are fierce opponents - both look fabulous. And Amy, that hat is awesome. As far as hats go, I think Amy's is a win. And Copeland, I want to see the OLD getup, with the boots. (I probably DID see it years ago!)

 
At 1/23/09, 12:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote for Amy

 
At 1/23/09, 1:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amy knows how to show off the whole look. However both Amy and Copland look fabulous. I have say its a tie this time.

 
At 1/23/09, 2:27 PM , Anonymous vabchboy said...

A vote for Amy.

 
At 1/23/09, 3:54 PM , Blogger fireenchantress said...

Talk about classy! Amy gets my vote this week ^.^

 
At 1/23/09, 4:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amy...ssssssssmmmmoooookin'

 
At 1/23/09, 5:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amy hat is fab, but Copeland's look is much more put together this week. Dress, stockings, coat & hat? Clear winner.

 
At 1/23/09, 5:27 PM , Blogger Copeland said...

(I suspect the above comment was from AMY feeling SORRY for me. ; ) )

Just got Amy's husband's vote:

"That hat is so fantastic, I just HAVE to vote for Amy!

James"

 
At 1/23/09, 6:17 PM , Blogger Kyanite Acres Farm said...

Amy gets my vote....

 
At 1/23/09, 6:29 PM , Blogger Candice said...

I hope I'm not too late.

Loves the Amy!!! You look fantastic.

 
At 1/23/09, 6:52 PM , Blogger Copeland said...

Honeychile' it's NEVER too late for style.
; )

 
At 1/23/09, 8:29 PM , Blogger Copeland said...

DRAT!

"Well I screwed up and forfeited my right to vote by forgetting what day it was! That actually might be good for you and bad for Amy though, because this was the week I thought Amy was the runaway winner. Poor Amy, I would have finally given her my vote, and forgot to exercise my right to be heard! -G. "

 
At 1/25/09, 7:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very close competition this week, but I like the classic black and white Amy's sporting - she could wear this any place and any time!

 

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