It's Sunday and boy did I start off the day with a bang!! Thank God, my partner in crime, Kelsey, is an early riser and accompanied me on our morning errands.
We woke up pretty early, thanks to Punkin! lol. But, we are truly blessed with her because she does not mess in the house and lets us know like clockwork when she has to go outside.
Once she woke us up, we decided to just get the show on the road for the day and get moving.
First, after putting in yet, another load of laundry (where does it come from?!!), I gave Punkin her breakfast and then Kelsey, Punkin and I headed to Stop & Shop by 8:15AM and I did my weekly food shopping.
Two of my girls relaxing (c)travelincousins.com
I couldn't leave without getting my daily dose of hot chocolate and Kelsey's passion iced tea at the Starbucks inside Stop & Shop.
From there we headed home; re-organized the cabinets and fridge, put away the groceries and I put the clothes in the dryer.
Are you jealous yet of the all the excitement???
Then I whipped together a banana bread, got it in the oven and folded the laundry. AHHH.
We finally rewarded ourselves at 10AM with some lounging in the den doing our respective work on our laptops.
This is one of the busiest days I will have in a while with household work.
But, I wanted it to be completed so tomorrow, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the three of us would be able to just enjoy our day out at the mall with our friends.
The plan is to have lunch and we moms will then follow the girls around and sit and wait while they have fun in their favorite stores -- Lush, Sephora and whatever strikes their fancy! I'm sure Baked by Melissa will be a pit stop at some point.
So, let's move on to the day at hand... National Hat Day!!! You may be wondering what this has to do with travel. Well, let's take a look, since hats have been a major part of culture and history throughout the world.
Hats Hats Hats... Hats have been used throughout history to convey meaning for both men and women- whether as a status symbol a political statement, ceremonial reasons, religious reasons, safety, protection against the elements and as a fashion accessory.
What is amazing is that without even knowing it, we have come to attribute certain hats with certain countries, cultures professions and famous people throughout history both consciously and subconsciously.
Such is the power of a good hat that certain styles have become intrinsically linked with just one famous individual or an historical era and inevitably becomes the first item you reach for when trying to portray that character at a costume party!
DIFFERENT STYLES OF HATS EVOKE ASSOCIATIONS WITH DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, CULTURES , ERAS AND INDIVIDUALS (credit: pipesmagazine.com)
NAPOLEON BONAPARTE'S BICORNE (credit: getty images)
For example, in the past, hats were an indicator of social status and still today, in the military, hats may denote nationality, branch of service, rank and/or regiment.
Going way back... "An ancient painting found on the wall of a tomb in Thebes in ancient Egypt shows a man wearing a straw hat..." according to wonderopolis.org/wonder/who-invented-the-hat
"Other early hats include the Pileus, which was a simple skull cap, the Phrygian cap, which became identified later as the 'liberty cap' given to slaves in Greece and Rome when they were made free men, and the Pestasos which comes from ancient Greece and is the first known hat with a brim," from yet another source, www.hatsuk.com/hatsuk/hatsukhtml/bible/history.htm
ANCIENT GREEK PESTASOS DEPICTED ON HERMES (credit; pinterest)
And just look at the changing styes of women's hat fashions in the 20h Century alone!
Winter 2015 - Macaron Day Crawl (c)travelincousins.com
Summer 2013 (c)travelincousins.com)
Gianna on streets of Paris - Spring 2013 - (c)travelincousins..com
Kelsey at night in Paris, Spring 2013 (c)travelincousins.com
That's it folks - Hat's off to you!!! Have a wonderful Sunday!! -E xoxo -
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Movies, Horses, Food, and HATS!
Hey there! Happy Sunday to ya!
I'm writing to you as we head on out to the stables to go see Dream. The rest of the day will be filled with NFL football playoffs, shopping, going to see the highly acclaimed classic 'Singing in the Rain' starring the amazingly talented Gene Kelly. The films legendary status is frequently regarded as the best movie musical ever made - and to think that I've only ever seen clips of the film. We'll finish off the night with our big Sunday night dinner.
Going to see 'Singing in the Rain' was a rather last minute decision, as we just found out that there was a special showing last night when we were at yet another movie 'Hidden Figures'.
Good movie btw - go see it if you get the chance!
The rest of yesterday was filled with going out for a big 'ol lunch - we opted to try the new restaurant inside of Whole Foods and we were quite hungry thus ordering a lot of food, but as the items kept arriving at our table, we forgot how much we actually ordered. It was kinda funny!
Whole Foods at the Tustin District (c)travelincousins.com
Cucumber and Avocado Roll Appetizers (c)travelincousins.com
More food (c)travelincousins.com
Jackfruit (crab) Cakes (c)travelincousins.com
And finally - Cauliflower Nachos (c)travelincousins.com
We had also bopped on over the the bookstore, where tricky Dave had (secretly) picked up a lovely little surprise for me. He gave it to me today as a little monthiversary gift. He's sooo sweet! (Go ahead you can swoon)
There's even a castle in the book that I've had the pleasure of staying at, which also happens to be the most luxurious castle in all of Ireland - the lavish 13th century Ashford Castle. It was fabulous!
Traveling to Europe is definitely a favorite for me... As you must realize by now, and on this note shall we chat a bit about HATS!
With today being National Hat Day how can I but help thinking about all of the lovely folk costumes throughout the world and throughout time.. Let's take a looksie:
Dominic as the Ambassador of Italy in the International Peace Choir (c)travelincousins.com
Breton Woman in Brittany France
The most famous (but not the most beautiful) not only in Brittany, but throughout France is the coiffe of Bigouden, it is a 30-40 cm high cylinder of starched lace, perched on top of the head, like a tower. It has become an icon of folkloric Brittany. Each village and region has singularities in the coiffe, which tell the others about where the woman is from. And the names of the headdresses come from the names of those regions: Carhaix, Quimper, Saint-Malo. CREDIT: local-moda.blogsopt.com
We were so fortunate to visit the lovely Brittany region just last summer.
Now lets go across the globe and check out some of the hats worn in South America. More specifically:
I myself am a big fan of hats and the fact that each cultures headwear comes with a story, I find that to be oh so interesting. And from the pictures that I've taken and posted I hope that I've shared that with you.
Here's a great book on the topic that I might just pick up: Hats and Headdresses through History by FIona McDonald
Lastly here are a couple of shots of little ol me wearing fun hats around the world selection of HATS