free hat friday

lovely hats

in the past year of my life, i have become fast friends with a new type of accessory. the hat. whereas before, our relationship was slightly awkward and borderline untrustworthy, i have now developed a sort of complimentary kinship with hats. it should come as no surprise that Goorin Bros. was my favorite find from the last few days spent in windy chicago. the shop, located on milwaukee ave, lured me in with it’s old world magnetism, charming antique displays, and an impressive collection of some of the most beautifully-crafted hats i have ever seen.

lovely chicago, shopping on milwaukee avenue in wicker park, goorin bros.

{you will not want to leave}

why “free” hat friday? Goorin Bros. is holding a contest today and here are their requirements:

“FREE HAT FRIDAY
Our Heritage Line now includes rich new colors. If you were to pick the next new color for these Goorin Bros. classics, what would it be and why? Share your design thoughts with us to get entered for a chance to win one of these Heritage knockouts.”

with that, here is my answer.
recently, i discovered that there are purple bell peppers in the world. being one who loves to go on cooking adventures and try new foods, i was very excited to find that i could add this lovely color to many of my pepper-featured meals. in other words, i have found my inspiration organically.
first, here is the wonderful heritage line . . .

{click image for source}

{click image for source}

my selection would begin with the Laura Wilder.
i picture this fantastic hat in a deep plum- somewhere in between the rich purple of Goorin’s “Sweet Lorraine” {lovingly pictured below} and the vibrant purple/black of my newly discovered “sweet bell beauty pepper”{also pictured below}

{sweet lorraine wool cloche, please click for original source at www.goorin.com}

{sweet lorraine wool cloche, please click for source at http://www.goorin.com}

{purple beauty bell peppers from ozark locally grown}

{purple beauty bell peppers from ozark locally grown}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

i have seen these purples before and they never cease to capture my eye. i adore the simple, yet elegant band that Laura Wilder boasts. however, i picture a more boisterous color combination than the one in the photo above. definitely a smoky grey. . . but also with ragtag white stripes {running horizontally in order to compliment the brim}. the best example i could find is here: {uploaded below}

 

{at first, this scrap did not scream "elegance" to me - upon further thought, if the band was tailored properly with clean lines, i believe it would actually add a great deal of elegance to the Laura Wilder}

{at first, this scrap did not scream “elegance” to me – upon further thought, if the band was skillfully tailored with clean lines, i believe it would actually add a great deal of elegance to the Laura Wilder}

and as for the pièce de résistance . . .

pearls.

details separate the good from the great. Goorin Bros. is a great company for it’s magnificent product and well-designed details. the little pendant placed purposefully on each hat {in this case, on my hat} would absolutely, definitely, without-question be made from a creamy inlaid pearl. a pearly castle of sorts. there is something cultured and mature {yet sweet and sexy} about these gems. it only took a glance at my own collection to realize that the Laura Wilder could be finished off no. other. way.

pretty pearls

until next time, Goorin Bros,

i will visit one of your shops as soon as i am able.
please consider me in your Heritage Line contest!

{rosaliemelin}

featured photo: courtesy of the real chicago online

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