Friday, March 30, 2012


What's a hat? A hat is head covering. It can be worn from protection against sun, cold, wind or other elements, for ceremonial or religious purchases or as a fashion accessory. 

First pictorial depictions of hats go back to ancient Greece and Rome. Milliner is a hat maker and the term comes from Milan where best quality hats were made in 18th century. Did you know that is how Coco Chanel started her career? As a hat maker. Since the early 21st century flamboyant hats have made a comeback, so tall headpieces that could be described as wearable sculptures are totally in now!

Portrait of Bob by froganddog

A traditional hat consist of 4 main parts:
1. Crown - the part that covers the top of the head.
2. Peak / visor / bill - a stiff projection at the front, to shade or shield the eyes from sun and rain.
3. Brim - optional projection of stiff material from the bottom of the hat horizontally and around the circumference of the hat.
4. Puggaree / sweatband / hatband - a ribbon or band that runs around the bottom of the torso of the hat. 

Flower Felted Hat by Danfe

There are lots and lots of different types of hats. Everybody probably heard of an ascot cap, baseball cap, beanie, beret, fascinator, fedora, hard hat, top hat or a Santa hat. But here are some that only few can name:

Balmoral bonnet - traditional Scottish bonnet or cap worn with Highland dress.

Bearskin - tall, furry, full dress hat worn by the guards. You've probably seen in front of the Buckingham Palace. 

Bicorne - broad brim felt hat with the brim folded up and pinned up. Like the one on Napoleon.

Audrey Hepburn by FeelingArtsyStudio

Capotain - worn in 16th and 17th century in Europe. Like the one on Pilgrims.

Cordobes - associated with Flamenco but you probably have seen it on Zorro

Deerstalker - warm close fitting tweed cap for hunting. Like the one on Sherlock Holmes. 

Kolpik - brown fur hat worn by Hassidic Jews

Montera - a crocheted hat worn by bullfighters

Wedding Day Mini Top Hat by BelleMillinery

Rastacap - a tall, round, usually crocheted and brightly colored cap. Think Bob Marley.

Toque - a tall, pleated, brimless, cylindrical hat traditionally worn by chefs.

Ushanka - Russian fur hat with fold down ear flaps

Zuccetto - skullcap worn by clerics.

And many many more. Each and every different kind of a hat has it's own name.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


This month I only have one new item to show off. It's just been a really busy month for me. I guess one is better than nothing and hopefully I'll have more to show next time:). The new item is a brand new set of spats:

Teal and Houndstooth Spats

These spats are part of the Glamcessories collection. A collection that's full of unique eco friendly items. These spats used to be a jacket and a skirt. The only new items used are the ribbon in the back, elastic on the bottom and thread.

I think they came up pretty cute with the 3 buttons on the side. This is the first time I've decorated my spats this way. What do you think?

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Green Diva is all about trying to make the world a cleaner, better place, by making small changes in her everyday life. I don't tie myself to trees and I won't preach about anything I don't myself do or have at least tried doing. You may think, I'm just one person, what I do doesn't matter or affect the world as a whole. False. It does and if every single one of us changed their mind set, we can make a huge difference. And I'm not talking about living with no running water, electricity and farming your own life stock. We can do it by maintaining our current life styles, just tweaking it a little...

Eco Mermaid Gown by PureMagnoliaCouture
So. Start simple. Start with the smallest changes. Start with some of your everyday use paper products. And switch to using only 100% recycled paper. Buying products made from recycled paper reduces the need for virgin wood pulp, which means more trees are left standing. Here are 3 products that you start "going green" with:

1. TOILET PAPER -  100% recycled bathroom tissues - No, it hasn't been used by anybody else before!!!! and it works just as well as premium brands do. I've tried several brands and I don't really think they're much different from each other, but I feel like 2-ply tissues works better and are more efficient than single ply ones. Yes, you do scarify some of the softness but once you have made the transition you will actually feel sort of guilty using "the good stuff" while at your friends' house or on a trip. 

If every household in the US replaced just one 12-pack of 300-sheet virgin fiber bathroom tissue with 100% recycled product we could save:
1,900,000 trees
690 million gallons of water (a year's supply for over 5,400 families of four) and
4.8 million cubic feet of landfill space (equal to over 7,200 full garbage trucks)

2. PAPER TOWELS - I try to use as little paper towels as possible and to use cloth that I can wash and reuse instead, however there are times that I can't quite give up paper towels altogether eg. kitty hairballs... But when I do use paper towels, I only use the ones made out of 100% recycled paper. I actually use the unbleached paper towels because I think they match my counter better but if you have to have the white ones, just make sure that they are whitened without chemicals containing chlorine. 
These are a little harder to get used to than toilet paper. They are less absorbent than premium brands but you do get used to them and they do get the job done. Once again, try different brands until you find the one that you like. 

Did you know?
If every household in the US replaced just one 6-pack of 140-sheet virgin paper towels with 100% recycled product we could save:
over 2,200,000 trees
over 780 million gallons of water (a year's supply for over 6,000 families of four) and
5.7 million cubic feet of landfill space (equal to over 8,400 full garbage trucks)

3. FACIAL TISSUES - I only use these when I'm sick but some people use them a lot more. Just like the toilet paper and paper towels, I only use the ones made from 100% recycled paper. They are a little less soft and they don't come scented (who cares anyway when you have a runny nose and can't smell it?!) but the transition is easy. 

Tissue box by SelenarteDecoupage

Did you know?
If every household in the US replaced just one box of 175-count virgin fiber facial tissue with 100% recycled product we could save:
385,000 trees
140 million gallons of water (a year's supply for over 1,100 families of four) and
990,000 cubic feet of landfill space (equal to over 1,500 full garbage trucks)

What do you think? You're ready to give it a try? Study the numbers above for a second. Wouldn't this be worth it?
If you're already hooked, I'll have more easy changes for you to try next month....

All of the "Did you know?" facts were borrowed from Seventh Generation website. I buy their products thru Amazon's subscribe & save. No trip to the grocery store. The stuff just shows up at the front door every so often:)