Jennifer Nichole Wells’ choice for day 2 of the Halloween Challenge is Ghost. Ok, obviously these are not real ghosts but owing to my abysmal indoor photography skills they sure look like they might be. Actually these were part of a display of famous movie wedding dresses, at the Biltmore Estate. There were even a couple of headless ghosts among them. In my defense, the lighting was very tricky! While the rooms were not well-lit, the figures were picked out with spotlights which really threw my camera for a loop. For more on Jennifer’s Halloween Challenge go to https://jennifernicholewells.com/2016/09/26/jnws-halloween-challenge-2/
Don’t get me started on hats! Whatever happened to that essential fashion accessory that always finished off any ensemble so perfectly? Even when our girls were growing up we used to love going to the local department stores to try on all the fancy hats. Sometimes they looked really good, other times we just had a laugh. Of course people still wear hats but they are rarely worn as a fashion statement. (I don’t count baseball caps as fashion accessories, especially for women.)
Some of the hats that you see today are worn strictly for ceremonial occasions or as part of an ethnic costume; dancers performing with the Ballet Folklorico in Elgin, a participant in the Polish Parade on Columbus Drive in Chicago and a Knight of Columbus forming part of the honor guard at a religious ceremony held in Grant Park, Chicago, for example.
Some hats are worn more for protection. Whether you’re swooshing down the slopes of the year-round ski slopes at Fox River Grove or riding a favorite in the 1 o’clock at Arlington Park you need the right kind of headwear.
When you’re a kid, and more importantly a princess, you can get away with anything. At this age everything looks cute.
Looking back at some of our old family photos I came across one taken at my grand-aunt’s wedding in 1911. For the purpose of illustrating the theme Hats I’ve extracted some individual portraits from the group. Now these ladies really knew something about hats!
For more on Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge on Where’s My Backpack? go to http://wheresmybackpack.com/2015/05/15/travel-theme-hats/
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week on Cee’s Photography at http://ceenphotography.com/2014/03/18/cees-fun-foto-challenge-the-color-purple/ is The Color Purple.
My favorite color! And, although I have scores of purple pics in the photo files, I thought I’d get some new images while I was visiting the Chicago Flower and Garden Show down at Navy Pier this week. There seemed to be no shortage of purple objects as I looked around the displays and stalls.
Not surprisingly, considering Mariano’s was presenting the show, there were plenty of delicious goodies on display and in this case purple was definitely the icing on the cake.
From table settings to fashion statements, purple was evidently at the forefront.
All kinds of Spring bling was on display including everything needed to make a garden party sparkle.
Oh yes! There were flowers too!
Frizztext’s A-Z Challenge this week on Flickr Comments at http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/tagged-h-2/ is the letter H.
The hawk, that was quite a frequent visitor to our garden a year or so ago, making himself comfortable on a stack of garden chairs.
A horse enjoying the sunshine in the Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley, Schaumburg.
Hollyhocks in our garden. I like the old-fashioned flowers best.
Holy Halloween hamburgers! Some Halloween fun at the local McDonalds helped us get into the spirit of the thing.
Two of Mum’s favorite hats. I keep them for special occasions and little granddaughter likes dressing up in them too.
The Weekly Photo Challenge from the folks on The Daily Post at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/hue-photo-challenge/ is The Hue of You.
Ever since I was a child my favorite color has been purple and that fact is reflected in so many aspects of my life as you will see if you follow this link http://sfkfsfcfef.wordpress.com/2012/02/18/a-passion-for-purple/
From flowers to frocks, the color purple in all its shades and hues has drawn my eye like no other and has influenced the choices that I’ve made to no little extent.