Shade Parade

Hey there. Hattingdon® loves her some shades. She’s been collecting them on her many travels. Let’s take a look!

Hattingdon's Shades of Canada.
Shades of Canada.
Hattingdon's Shades of England.
Shades of Britain,
Hattingdon® Shades of France
Shades of France.
Hattingdon's Shades of Ireland.
Shades of Ireland.
Hattingdon's USA Shades.
Shades of USA.

How about a blast from the past — Hattingdon’s sunglasses from the 2018 Winter Olympics. Remember? We named the design Kikkan.

Hattingdon in her Olympic shades from 2018.
Shades of the Olympics.

Hugs and kisses, and millinery blisses.

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Cinco de Mayo and Fiesta

Fiesta, Mexican Inspired Hat, created ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon®.
Fiesta, Mexican Inspired Hat, created ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon®.

Hello all you gorgeous Hattingdonians! It’s fiesta time. And here’s why. It’s the Fifth of May — Cinco de Mayo. Of course, you all know what this is. As you can see, Hattingdon has donned her Fiesta hat. ¡Vámonos de fiesta!

About Cinco de Mayo

Did you know . . . ?

• Cinco de Mayo, (Spanish: “Fifth of May”), also called Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, holiday celebrated in parts of Mexico and the United States.

• When in 1861 Mexico declared a temporary moratorium on the repayment of foreign debts, English, Spanish, and French troops invaded the country. By April 1862 the English and Spanish had withdrawn, but the French, with the support of wealthy landowners, remained in an attempt to establish a monarchy under Maximilian of Austria and to curb U.S. power in North America.

• The date commemorates an outnumbered — 2,000 to 6,000 — Mexican army’s 1862 victory over the French forces of Napoleon III. at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.

• A Texan led those outnumbered troops in Puebla. Ignacio Zaragoza SeguÍn, a 33-year-old officer from the Goliad area, was Mexico’s minister of war and navy and was assigned to lead the Army of the East and the defense of Puebla.

• The U.S. has celebrated Cinco de Mayo since the end of the Franco-Mexico and U.S. civil wars.

• In the beginning, Latinos in California and the other parts of the U.S. celebrated Cinco de Mayo with parades in which people dressed in Civil War uniforms and gave speeches on the Battle of Puebla.

• The date is embraced more generally in the same way as other ethnic celebrations such as St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras and Octoberfest.

• Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day. Mexico’s equivalent of the Fourth of July is 16 de Septiembre (September 16). In many parts of Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a work day.


See you again soon. Love ya!

Hattingdon Horses

Gram-Me Awards May 2018

Time again for more Gram-Me Awards. Here are the top five performing Hattingdon® hat designs on Instagram (@hattingdon) for May 2018 plus one!

There were so many wonderful hats in May. Most unusually we had ties for 2nd and 4th place. We separated them by taking into consideration overall audience reach and participation such as the number of comments etc.

Because of the popularity of one particular hat introduced at the very end of the month for the Royal Wedding — which was just pipped at the post for the Top Five — we are awarding it an Honourable Mention.

You know the one. We named it in honour of the bride.

Honourable Mention

Meghan

Meghan hat design created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.
Meghan hat design created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.


TOP FIVE 

5.

Blue Belle

Belle hat design in blue created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.
Belle hat design in blue created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.


4.

Jackie / English Flag Shades

Jackie hat design with flag of England shades created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.
Jackie hat design with flag of England shades created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.


3.

Tudor Rose Ballcap

Tudor rose ballcap created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.
Tudor rose ballcap created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.


2.

Whitney Safari Hat

Whitney Hattingdon®.
Whitney safari hat and butterfly created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell for  Hattingdon®.


Drum roll please . . . !

1.

Jenny Rose Slice

Jenny Rose 2018 created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.
Jenny Rose Slice 2018 created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.


So fun! And more fun ahead with Royal Ascot which is always a hatpallooza!

What do you think of the winners? One of our very favourites got squeezed out. Sigh.

Hugs and kisses until next we meet!

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P.S. Hattingdon is on a long, much deserved holiday. She’ll be back blogging here about that and more soon. In the meantime she seems to be on DND! xoxoxo

National Doughnut Day

Hey out there my darling band of merry followers. I am out and about going hither and yon and all that sort of stuff. I didn’t think I would miss blogging but I do. I will be catching you all up about my travels soon.

In the meantime, I thought I would pop in from my holidays to say happy National Doughnut Day. National Doughnut Day is celebrated the first Friday of June. This year it happens to fall on June 1st.

Believe it or not, I have a doughnut hat. Ha ha!

Raspberry pink doughnut hat created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell for Hattingdon®.
Dee Dee raspberry pink doughnut hat created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell for Hattingdon®.


Isn’t it divine? I giggle every time I catch my reflection somewhere. I am in New York. I wonder what the natives will think when they get a load of this hat.

It’s pretty and pink and I love it. I would have preferred an orange carrot cake one but don’t tell you know who. She’s very, very touchy about such things. Snort!

Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

xoxoxo

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Pssst! Forgot. It’s June which means we need to the the Gram-Me Awards for May. See you again here real soon.

 

National Limerick Day

Squeeeeee! It’s not too late is it to celebrate National Limerick Day? In our hemisphere it isn’t anyway, so here goes. Ha, ha….!

THERE ONCE WAS A HORSE CALLED HATTINGDON

There once was a horse called Hattingdon.
Who loved wearing hats and having fun.
She wears them all day
To flirt and at play,
Then sleeps in them when day is done.


Jamie Irish inspired top hat created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon®.
Jamie Irish inspired top hat created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon®.


I’m wearing my Irish inspired top hat cause the limerick is historically associated with Ireland, but . . .

Edward Lear

Observed annually on May 12, National Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of English artist, illustrator, author and poet Edward Lear (May 12, 1812 – Jan. 29, 1888).

Lear is known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry, prose and limericks.

National Limerick Day also celebrates the limerick poem. Limerick poems were popularized by Edward Lear’s book “Book of Nonsense” in 1846.

Here’s one of Mr. Lear’s limericks:

THERE WAS A YOUNG LADY
By Edward Lear

There was a Young Lady whose chin
Resembled the point of a pin;
So she had it made sharp, and purchased a harp,
And played several tunes with her chin.


Irish Limericks

How old are Limericks and where did Irish Limericks originate? Why are there so many Irish Limericks? What is the connection with Ireland?

The rhyme that we refer to as a limerick originated as far back as the 14th century and were extremely popular in both England and Ireland. Irish Limericks are poems and a form of poetry which rhymes. Irish Limericks are simple and short and easy for even kids and children to write or compose.

THERE WAS AN OLD PERSON OF BRAY

There was an old person of Bray,
Who sang through the whole of the day
To his ducks and his pigs, whom he fed upon figs,
That valuable person of Bray.


Learn more and read more Irish limericks here »

Do you have a favourite limerick? Please leave it in comments.

Be sure to use #NationalLimerickDay when posting on social media.

Love ya to Limerick and back again. Always and forever. Yours,

xoxoxo

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Updated 8:18 pm

Ten Turbans

Hay. Or Hey! Here are ten turbans that will turn your head — one way or the other. And turbans seem to be on everybody’s heads these days. They are soooooo popular.

These ten titillating turbans are all based on my unique Anita turban design created exclusively for me by ©Vivian Grant Farrell for Hattingdon Horses®.

Ten Turbans

We will start with the original Anita multi turban and work our way through to the exciting TXFX turbans. You know what TXFX is…. textured special effects!

Are you ready?

Anita turban design created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.
Number One. Original Anita multi turban.


Anita turban design created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.
Number Two. Anita turban in basic black.


Anita turban design created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.
Number Three. Anita Turban in the brightest blue. Smashing!


Anita turban design created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.
Number Four. Inspired by the colours of the Cherie classic hat design featuring its darling button.


Anita turban design created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.
Number Five. Our first TXFX turban in light blue denim. Sweet!


Anita turban design created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.
Number Six. Another TXFX design dedicated to Amy Singleton of Florida who provided the mid century floral.


Anita turban design created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.
Number Seven. Mrs Farrell’s favourite I believe. A gorgeous bold teal turban embellished with gold effect leafing on its cross bands. Luscious!


Anita turban design created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.
Number Eight. You remember this one right Hattingdon fans? The first TXFX turban in glittery gold. Gorgeous!


Anita turban design created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.
Number Nine. Well, what can you say that hasn’t been said about this gold foil crackle effect turban? So much awesomeness.


Anita turban design created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon Horses®.
Number Ten. How about this shimmery silver TXFX confection? Isn’t it brilliant? Love love love.


Which are you favourites? All of them right?

We are featuring each of these on Instagram tagged #turbantuesday beginning with the bright blue turban which we just posted. Watch for them at instragram.com/hattingdon. If you are not on Instagram you can still see them online at the link just provided.

Love you bunches forever and ever and back again. Come back soon!

xoxoxo

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P.S. Now things have quieted down a bit I can leave for my European holiday which I will be writing about here real soon. ♥ ♥ ♥