How I Wear My: Hat

How I Wear My: Hat
Happy Friday, friends!
How I’ve missed you all so!

My husband and I returned home very late Halloween night from nearly two weeks on vacation on the island of Kauai. I did zero blogging (my last post was written before I left), interacted very little on social media and in emails, and everything I read was either a menu or a guide book. It was paradise! And quite wonderful to get off the grid for a bit.

A beautiful and fragrant Plumeria flower

While I was away, I turned 45. Distracted by warm, velvety sand, aqua blue waves, and heady Mai Tais while the trade winds blew my tangled, beachy hair around, I didn’t really care. I was – and am – just happy to be alive and healthy.

Once home, I got caught up with all the heart-breaking Sandy stories. Jill of Everything Just So, my friend and “How I Wear My” partner for the last thirteen months, lives in New York. Even though it was technically my turn to host the HIWM participants this month, she graciously agreed to host again while I was away. Little did we know at that time that Sandy was coming. Jill still put together a wonderful post for today’s “How I Wear My: Hat” even during this trying, uncertain and very sad time for her and her entire region. Thank you, Jill. I’m so glad you and your family are safe.

Now for the hat portion of today’s post. I packed an ecru-colored floppy hat was easy to fold up and throw in the suitcase and beach bag and it covered my face sufficiently from the Hawaiian sun.

My mother-in-law bought it for me at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota not long before she passed away in 2010. We visited the hotel’s gift shop where they had many hats and wigs for sale, presumably for visiting patients. When I tried it on, she insisted on buying it for me and I am so glad she did.

There is nothing remarkable about the hat itself. It’s not a designer hat or anything, not expensive and rather simple. In fact, there is nothing very interesting about it. But it holds fond memories for me and I’ll never part with it. Wearing it was like having her there with me at the beach, soaking in the sun and smelling the salt in the tropical breezes. Oh, how I wish that could really be.

Please take a moment and check out Jill and the other participants in their hats on Jill’s blog.

We would love for you to join us for the last roundup of the year for “How I Wear My: Plaid.”  It will help you get in the holiday mood and plaid is just plain fun! Send a picture to either of us by December 3, 2012.




  1. November 2, 2012 / 3:55 am

    I just sighed when I saw your pictures…I would love to be sitting on a beach right this minute!! Glad you had a great time!

  2. November 2, 2012 / 4:08 am

    Glad you had a relaxing time Adrienne. I like your hat. It’s similar to the one I throw in my suitcase when visiting sunnier climes. Invaluable for keeping the sun off my pasty face!

  3. November 2, 2012 / 4:36 am

    Welcome back! Looks like your beach time was heavenly. A friendly, familiar sun hat is a keeper, imho.

  4. November 2, 2012 / 4:54 am

    A warm welcome back to you and happy belated birthday too. That’s such a pretty hat and how sweet of your mother-in-law. xx

  5. November 2, 2012 / 5:00 am

    Welcome back and Happy belated birthday!!! Things we treasure most in life are often the simple ones – for they are usually the ones that hold so many memories and captured our heart.

    Your MIL is with you always, and I’m certain she smiled as you wore your hat and took in the relaxing time off the grid. Blessings my friend, Hugs, C. (HHL)

  6. November 2, 2012 / 5:03 am

    Welcome home and Happy Birthday (even if I’m late with that one)! The pictures are wonderful and it doesn’t matter how much your hat costs or who made it, the important thing really is the personal story. xo

  7. November 2, 2012 / 5:40 am

    Such a sweet and poignant memory attached to your hat. Glad you had such a wonderful time.

  8. November 2, 2012 / 6:28 am

    Happy belated birthday to you! What a way to celebrate! Isn’t Kauai beautiful?
    Wonderful story of your priceless hat.
    Happy weekend!

  9. November 2, 2012 / 6:31 am

    I don’t wear many hats, but I do have a terrific wide brim floppy hat I wear for sun protection – made by my oldest, The Costume Technician, especially for me. I love wearing it on the beach.

    Happy belated birthday! Looks like you celebrated in style. I think everyone can benefit from long digital breaks every now and then.

  10. November 2, 2012 / 7:19 am

    That’s a great hat Adrienne and what a lovely place to be wearing it.
    Must have been a very special time celebrating your birthday in paradise!
    Social media / Blog breaks are very healthy.

  11. November 2, 2012 / 12:18 pm

    Welcome home! Your vacation looks and sounds gorgeous. Looks like you had some privacy too on the beach??

    What a great place to be while you turned 45! You look amazing.

  12. November 2, 2012 / 12:26 pm

    Welcome back! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip, and thank you for sharing your hat story, what a memory to have, and now she was on your trip too. Happy birthday!! What’s your secret staying so young? 🙂

  13. November 2, 2012 / 1:01 pm

    we just went to hawaii last month as well. isn’t it lovely to “unplug” from everything? so glad you enjoyed your time there…beautiful images!

  14. November 2, 2012 / 3:28 pm

    Adrienne….glad you had a lovely time in Hawaii. How nice that you are able to travel fairly often.
    Your description of the ‘velvety sand’ makes me long to walk on a velvety sand beach and soak in the sun.
    I’ve never been a beach person; but with all the stress of this past year……I’m craving it.
    I hope that Jill and her family are safe and warm.

  15. November 2, 2012 / 3:29 pm

    Happy Birthday my dear! What a way to spend your day. It sounds like heaven. I love the memories your hat holds for you. I have some similar accessories that are rather inexpensive but have good memories attached to them, which makes them priceless. You look so gorgeous in your hat! XO, Jill

  16. November 2, 2012 / 3:32 pm

    Happy, happy birthday! Love hats and have many…just too self concious to wer out….weird huh? Vacation sounds fabulous but happy you’re back.

  17. November 4, 2012 / 4:23 am

    Happy birthday Adrienne.
    What a fabulous place to spend your birthday.
    I cannot join you both in the hat. Spanish women never wear hats, so I wound´t know where to begin. Perphaps next time.

  18. November 4, 2012 / 4:53 am

    Welcome back!

    I loved our little chat while you were away :O) I’m glad you had a great birthday! And seriously…you set the bar for 45 so don’t even take a second to look back ;o)

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