Friday, April 14, 2006

Derby Hat!

For the last 3 years for Derby, we have been going to a colleagues amazing kick-ass Derby party, but this year they are going out of town to like the Bahamas or the Cayman’s or some shit. Anyway, we I decided to have our own Derby shindig.

Although I have lived here my entire life, not once have I ever been to the Derby, or even Churchill Downs for that matter. Never really had the time, money, or people to go with, someone else was always have a party that would be just as fun. I guess maybe I feel slighted.

So anyway, this year's party, chances are most of you that read this are friends, and are invited to our little party.
-ONE CATCH, you must wear a Derby Hat! It can be something you bought or made yourself, but you have to participate DAMMIT!

I'll be sending out more formal invites early next week, and if you want to make sure you're invited leave me a comment or send me an email with your address.

That being said, I was out shopping (shock shock right?) yesterday on my lunch break, and decided to go into this season hat store, that comes out just for Derby time. I figured I'd poke around, and try not to let myself feel like I am below poverty level. (That issue is a whole other post waiting to happen, even with my sudden sharp increase in income, I still feel very less-than).

Anyway, I parked the ole Vue, and madewaddled my already growing pregnant butt into the store. I was just in shock. Look at all the hats, I would look like such a tool, holy crap that hat is $400.00! Just as soon as I turned to high-tail it out of there, I heard a voice say, "Miss, is there anything I can help you with?" Well, being from retail and sales, I truly detest the "lookers", because when you explain to your boss that they really were just looking, they don't give a shit, if you were a decent sales person, you could have sold them (again a whole other post).

So, I told her about our party, and that I didn't know what kind of hat I was looking for, but I did know I couldn't spend a car payment on a hat.

She started buzzing around the room and grabbing all different kinds of hats for me to try on. Ha some of them were so laughable!

I did find a nice taupe small sturdy brim hat with coffee accenting, and a big magnolia blossom. As soon, as I put it on, I was sold. It was just like freaking Pretty Woman. I felt so classy.

Only one obstacle stood in my way of the hat....ADAM!

But oh no, this clever hat store was not going to let one pesky, frugal husband stand in their way. They have this lovely little program where you can take the hat home for 24 hours on "approval". AKA take the hat home, bond with the hat, so there is no way you could ever dream of returning it, promise your husband all kinds of favors(!) if he let's you keep the hat. Sneaky hat shop.

While this was coincidentally the cheapest most inexpensive hat the in the store, let me tell ya, these hat's aint cheap.

Adam was none to pleased when I told him the price tag, but being the awesome husband that he is, (that and after nearly 24 hours of me buzzing in his ear about wanting, nay, needing the hat) he called this afternoon to say it was alright.

Hooray! I have my very first Derby hat, and it is so fab. The best part is, I can replace the ribbon and embelishments to wear it again.

I'll try to get a pic of it later!


  1. This is such a great story! How fun! I can't wait to see you in the hat. I bet you look FAB!
    Good luck with the party, you guys will have a great time.

  2. Oh, Ceece - Can I come to your Derby Party? I'll wear an incredible hat and I'll even bring Mint Julips!!!