Hats off to the Hat…My Hat Post

I am currently loving the cooler weather.  It means firstly that I can wear more layers and cover my pasty legs but secondly, it means I can wear my favourite burgundy charity shop bought hat.  I love this hat a lot.  I bought it from the Oxfam shop on King’s Road in London.  Unfortunately, I don’t think the hat loves me as there have been occasions when the hat has decided to leave me due to an unfortunate gust of wind.  The boy has had many a good laugh watching me running around after the hat has come off my head and started floating around on the street.  (He just used to stand and laugh and NEVER offered to help.  Glad to see chivalry still exists…NOT!)

Yippee…it is a hat sort of day!!

I decided to base my outfit around my hat so chose all black for the top and trousers and my current favourite tweed jacket.  It is from HK brand Marco Visconti and I love that it does not have bulky shoulder pads.  I do find that a lot of jackets in shops look quite bulky on me and makes me look like some American footballer.  Not a good look.  With a lot of the vintage pieces that I wear, I have to take out the shoulder pads, I guess I have enough “padding” on my shoulders!  This jacket is great too because it is quite fitted around the waist and the black piping detail also adds to the slimming effect.  Anything that gives me definition in the waist area is good in my books!

So my lovely hat had a bit of a make-over today.  A few weeks ago, I went with my make-up artist friend (and fellow blogger) Carla to Sham Shui Po as she needed materials to make some Christmas gifts for loved ones.  For those not from HK, Sham Shui Po is a DIYer’s heaven.  Streets full of outlets, wholesalers and shops full of material, ribbons, beads and all things you need to make beautiful DIY projects.  For the uninitiated, it is a little bit intimidating and on my first trip there, I was mesmerized by all the different beads and ribbons available.  It was hypnotic.  On this trip, Carla took me to one of her favourite shops which was full of drawers containing buckles, beads and buttons.   I noticed that there was a section with large safety pins and I thought it might be good to try to make a brooch out of the pin.  When I looked in the relevant drawer, I found some gold coloured large safety pins with a piece of bamboo on one side.  To be honest, it was perfect as it was and I bought a pack of two for around 30HKD (approximately 4USD).  So I had two instant brooches!  So today, I used one of these pins to decorate my hat and make it look a little different (the lazy person’s guide to DIY of a hat!)

My lovely hat after its “make-over”

Sorry, I could not resist fiddling around with photoshop…the colour of the hat is pretty cool though?

I visited a really cool HK store in the afternoon called Amelie Street.  This shop is a favourite for edgy fashionistas and is full of quirky clothes and accessories.  You can see a lot of pieces on local celebrities.  Anyway, I wanted to go as the store stocks a lot of a local designer called R.I. by Carrie who is known for her fantastic printed leggings.  Now if I had colt like slender legs, I would totally be buying these printed beauties but I unfortunately have rather fat stubby legs.  I was delighted to find out though that the brand also had dresses, tops and skirts.  I was particularly taken by a skirt with a “mullet” hem and in a great almost tweed-like pattern in variants of blue.  I cannot find a picture of it online so I found a dress with a similar pattern to show how fantastic her work is.

Example of the fabulous R.I. by Carrie’s print collection

R.I. by Carrie’s fabulous leggings (oh I wish I could wear them!)

Anyway, before I get too distracted by the amazing prints.  The point of this story is that the shop assistant admired my hat and said that the pin made my charity shop find look expensive.  She asked if the pin was from Fendi, I was pleased that it looked expensive but had to confess and say “No, it is from Sham Shui Po.”  When I returned home, I hit the computer and bless Google, I found out that what she was referring to was a Gucci Bamboo Pin.  I found a similar one on Etsy for over 2,000HKD.  So thank you Sham Shui Po!!!

Vintage Gucci Pin…the REAL DEAL…

A close up of my Sham Shui Po purchase…not bad right?

So yes, I am ridiculously pleased with my purchase and shows that sometimes you do not need to spend a lot of money to achieve a good look.  In a place where designer brands are still king, it is nice to know that you can find some great treasures which do not have to cost the earth.

All this talk of possessions both designer and cheaper possessions really highlights how in HK (and myself included) people can become so preoccupied by the acquisition of objects, of status symbols…and so I think I should end on this quote by Mildred Lisette Norman (AKA the Peace Pilgrim).

“Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness, possesses you. And in this materialistic age, a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.”

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