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I Heart Hats February 2014

That’s right. It’s that time of year again! We’ll have french hot chocolate for your enjoyment and the ever popular “orphaned hats” pram with lonely lovely hats waiting for you to take them home. There might even be cookies.

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We hope to see you there!
Meaghan and Sara.

Gents, We Have Your Corner.

Gents, We Have Your Corner.

While neither of us has managed to blog in a while there has been a good reason for it. Between a marvelously busy holiday season, working with a fantastic company to rebuild our website, revamping the men’s section and selection, and building a new work room there has hardly been time for a day off.

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Gents' Corner

Don’t forget that our “I Heart Hats” trunk sale is coming up. This year it will be Thursday February 13. There will be french hot chocolate, 20% to 80% off everything in store and the orphan hats pram containing lonely lovely hats just waiting for you to take them home. We hope to see you there!

Cheers,
Sara and Meaghan.

I don’t often make an all black hat but…

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I will and have often said I won’t make an all black hat but in the case of using this wonderful black silk organdy I made an exception.

The soft architectural nature of this fabric lets most wonderful things happen.

Sometimes simplicity is best.

Cheers

Meaghan

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As of Nov 27th 2013 the hat is in the shop and under $100 CAD

 

Henri Henri a Montreal!

IMG239 As some of you know I recently took a trip to one of my favorite cities, Montreal. My boyfriend Chris found this place for me while he was out on his own. (I might have been noshing on chocolat chaud) I went myself the next day and was delighted. What a lovely space that hasn’t changed in so long! in fact, not since it opened in the thirties. If you want the traditional experience of buying a men’s hat then you must go.

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Friendly staff and very good prices on very good hats.

IMG243They even have canes. Love it!

Sara came home with a legit boater that she is dying to wear.

Henri Henri

Chapelier depuis 1932

189 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montreal, QC H2X 2Z3
(514) 288-0109

http://www.henrihenri.ca

Cheers

Meaghan

Dale Chihuly Exhibit in Montreal

A recent trip to one of my favorite Canadian cities had me waiting in line at the Dale Chihuly exhibit at Musee des Beaux Arts.  Several years ago I watched a fascinating documentary about the American glass artist and his studio method.  His exuberance for trying new things and pushing towards the seemingly impossible was inspiring. The glass works shown in the following photos is just a small sampling of this tremendous talent.

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This is at the entrance to the old building which is across the street from the new entrance. This is a large museum. This glass explosion is about 12′ across.

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These two are mounted as a ceiling. They are resting on thick glass and lit from above. some of the pieces were almost a meter across. The documentary I watched showed how is pool has the floor like this. Beautiful.

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These 2 chandeliers are both lit from above and seemed to made of hundreds of components. They were about 3.5 to meters long.

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Then we entered this underwater forest al on black glass to reflect back. That large white disk is about 1 meter across and those red spikes are about 2 meters tall. Remember this is all blown by hand glass.

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These boats of huge glass balls on a lake of black glass were enchanting.

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Finally this last boat of glass rods. There were several more rooms but I didn’t know that you could take pictures and tweet etc.. during the exhibit so I only had my phone which isn’t the best camera. I highly reccomend seeing this exhibit wherever it is travelling to next and checking out the documentaries where he makes these object. It fascinating.

Meaghan

Hallow’een!

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Sara dressed as a confused bunny for this year.

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The tail view and the close-up on her ears made from her hair and a lot of hairspray.

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I went as a raccoon. I took off my black gloves to work and I was a

raccoon because I have a lot of black and grey clothes.

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My boyfriend didn’t notice my black mask of makeup in the morning and customers

seemed confused as somehow all hallow’een fun is just for kids. Well it’s not.

I don’t have children and I love dressing up!

“Pardon My Swagger”

I know it’s been a while since either of us have posted or had a good rant, but to be honest, we’ve just been too busy. Between juggling custom orders, new leather messenger bags, fall and winter production at the shop and a seemingly endless costuming contract for the Simcoe County Museum as well as the infamous Art Ce Soir organization we’ve hardly had a moment to stop and think.

Still before the summer ends and Meaghan and I take a much needed vacation, I thought I’d tell you how I feel about plain old dingy tank tops, wife beaters/racer backs in general and the aforementioned clothing garments on men. I suppose I could sum it all up with one word, ick, but where is the fun in that?

I understand that plain old tank tops have a use and I have nothing against their being worn for work, exercise, as an undergarment or layer. But when it comes to being worn as your “going out” shirt or every day casual wear, just don’t. Now I don’t mean all tank tops when it comes to the wardrobes of women, go for something a little more and a tank top can be a dressed up thing. Mind you adjustable spaghetti straps and a shelf bra do not constitute more. Also if you find yourself over the age 25 and/or a C cup or greater do yourself a favour and put a bra on, you’ll thank you when your fourty-five because that shelf bra isn’t going to cut it. Ever.

Now as for men, wife beaters have their use. Work, exercise, layering or as an undergarment are all acceptable things. When it comes to any other tank top and for any other use, no. There is nothing that turns me off more than on a hot day when an arm is draped around my shoulders and the unlucky one of the two ends up in the sweaty armpit hair of said arm. Those boxy things that look like t-shirts with out sleeves are just as bad. And come on now guys, if your tank top or any shirt for that matter says “pardon my swagger” you haven’t got any, I promise. No one is fooled by your “cheeky” shirt. If you’re convinced otherwise, I challenge you to show me a mens fashion magazine where one is being sold as a good option.

Remember, just because we live in a society without major social classes does not mean we have to be classless society. Your armpits, along with your dingy undies, ass cracks, ass cheeks and vaginas are not fashion statements.

Cheers,
Sara

I Heart Hats Sale Summer Edition

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The Summer Sale is in 2 WEEKS!  Yep 2 weeks. Yikes!

We hope to see you there!

Directions and other information can be found at http://www.littlehatshop.com

Cheers

Meaghan

Barrie Spring Art Tour – The Art and Soul of Barrie

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The Barrie Spring Art Tour kicks off this Friday, April 26 with an opening reception running from 7 p.m.  til 9 p.m. at the Creative Space in our lovely downtown located at 12 Dunlop St. E. Come and meet the artists, enjoy music and a light snack.

The Art Tour itself is happening on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is a self guided tour and you can download a brochure at the Barrie Spring Art Tour web site, or swing by our shop to pick one up and you can make us your first stop. There are 50 artists being showcased in 15 different Barrie locations and the weather is saying warm spring temperatures. Don’t forget to stop for lunch at one of downtown Barrie’s many wonderful restaurants or cafes.

Hope we see you there,
Meaghan and Sara

Hat Class Success

The cream tea aftermath

The cream tea aftermath

Our fascinator class, hosted at English & Miller went marvelously. All of our expected students showed up and had a great time. They pillaged the supplies just as we hoped they would and asked when the next class would be.

At the end of the day everyone came away with at least one lovely fascinator and in some cases two. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to get a group photo but we have got photographs of everyone.

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Work In Progress

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We will be doing this class again in the warmer months with a whole new selection of colours to choose from. As for the second class it is in the works I promise, we’ve just been busy with all new hat designs for spring and summer.

Cheers,
Meaghan and Sara.

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