Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I Want to Wear a Fascinator

** Full disclosure** Today's post is not even remotely mom/parent/kid related. That is, unless, you as a mom, parent or kid are willing to take up the cause of the Fascinator. Or, perhaps you're a mom who longs to wear a fascinator, like I do. Read on...

Okay, so I must admit that I wasn't one of those people who got up early to watch Kate and Wills walk down the aisle. With all due respect to the monarchy, sleep was more important to me so I bailed on the early morning wake-up call.

That said, I couldn't help but watch the festivities that were played and replayed throughout the day, and that continue to entice online in perpetuity. And as much as I'm not a Monarchist by any stretch of the imagination, there are a few things that I am forced to admit:

1) Kate looked beautiful, and the pomp and circumstance of the ceremony were intriguing as all get-out.

2) The hats almost stole the show. Okay in some instances, they did steal the show. They were...well...fascinating. I guess that's why the Brits call them "fascinators."

3) I want to wear a fascinator.

I know, it's ridiculous. Some of the fascinators are ridiculous. That's the beauty of it.

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These huge things on British womens' heads...well...what can one say? One can't take their eyes off them, can they? I, like many, were entranced not by the designer duds, celebrities and otherwise, no, I was too busy staring at what appeared to be bird-like creatures that had taken over the noggins of royalty. Celebrities and other nobility were not spared either.

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Anyway, back to the post at hand. I usually end my blog posts with questions that will provide some insight and advice related to the topic at hand. To that end, here are my questions (they are somewhat different from the usualparent/child/mom-related ones so bear with me):
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How does a commoner like myself wear a fascinator? Can fascinators be worn to events that do not include royalty? Where does one find a fascinator? Have you ever worn a fascinator? Would you wear a fascinator? Why or why not? I am serious. 

Looking forward to your feedback!


RoryBore said...[Reply]

One of my favourite things about the wedding was seeing all the wonderful hats. There is actually a fascinator designer for all the British elite....can't remember his name. But he does most of the Royalty - they said he did about 30 hats for the Royal Wedding!

Would it be weird if I just wore one around the house on cleaning day? and some fancy work gloves? LOL

HSaboMilner said...[Reply]


the designer is phillip treacy. :)

Samantha said...[Reply]

@RoryBore It would be kind of strange, but isn't that what "June Cleaver," Beaver Cleaver's mother did? She wore a taffeta skirt and pearls while vacuuming! I always thought she rocked the housewife style really well ;)

Samantha said...[Reply]

@HSaboMilner Thanks! Will have to Google him and his fascinator creations!

Melanie said...[Reply]

I don't get the Brits and their crazy hats!

championm2000 said...[Reply]

I have learned something new today...I had no idea those funky hats were called "fascinators."


Cam - Bibs and Baubles said...[Reply]

my friend went to a viewing party. she made her own fascinator. it was a bird... sitting on a nest. it was fabulous. she was featured on many programs wearing that hat. i think even the today show! HA! fascinating...

Samantha said...[Reply]

@championm2000 And one may need to "fasten" the fascinators to one's head with fasteners. Equally fascinating ;)

Samantha said...[Reply]

@Cam - Bibs and Baubles Wow! Now THAT is fascinating!! Do you have pics?? Please share :)

Zoey said...[Reply]

You would look amazing in a fascinator. I am tempted to wear one to an upcoming high tea event I am attending. Do I dare? And where do I find one in Toronto??

Samantha said...[Reply]

Zoey, you MUST wear a fascinator to the high tea event that you will be attending. You must. And report back on it as well. We will have to do some research about where to find you a fascinator in T.O. We'll find one and you will have to take pictures....

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