Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Where does all the fuss about fancy hats come from?
We hear it all started with England’s Queen Anne and the opening of the Royal Ascot to the general public in 1711. Ladies and gentlemen were required to wear hats in the presence of the Queen, and so it began.  Thank you, Queen Anne!

Who has the most influence in terms of setting hat trends?
Admittedly, the Royal Family’s style and charisma injects a lot of excitement into the world of hats. But the thousands of women of the Red Hat Society lead the way in Red Hat fashion.   Young women attracted to our style, crave their own fun, creative hats to wear and not just borrow their mom's for a special occasion. These young women of the Society don hats in shades of PINK until they are old enough to wear the trademark RED.

What makes a good hat?
Finishing touches are important. Fun, flirty or themed decorations are fabulous.  At Red Hat Society Funventions, the Florida USA gals have been known to add flamingos to their hats and the gals from Texas USA proudly wore red and pink Stetsons (complete with rhinestones, of course)!  What's really important is that the hat fits you properly and enhances your character. Had she met us, Queen Anne, might have been astounded at our flare but she would most likely have agreed that right hat should make you stand tall and proud.

What’s the best way to ensure your hat matches your outfit, or is the right size?
Try on a potential new hat with the outfit that you plan to wear.  It's not just color matching that's important, but also the texture of the fabric. A soft, swirly dress may want a softer hat, while a more tailored outfit would go better with a more structured hat. Size really depends on the person. Often a woman thinks that she needs to be tall in order to wear a big hat, but that's not necessarily true. Use a full length mirror to judge.  The key is balance.

How does hair length affect what hat you should wear?
If you have long hair, tie it back. Young women with lovely hair can pull off the loose-hair look, but in general, tied back is best. Short hair is no problem; think about all the hats worn during the 1920s, when most women wore their hair short.

What’s the most important thing women should remember when they’re shopping for a hat?
Don't be afraid to wear one. Even if you think you don’t have a “hat face,” the right hat will not only work for you, but will make you look and feel great.

If you are ready to try a HAT, make it RED or PINKJoin the fun, there’s only one; Red Hat Society

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

DIY card and envelope, the RHS way!

There is something so special about receiving handmade card and envelope that warm the heart!

Thank you to Platinum Princess of Panache , Queen of Southern Roots Socialites, in Fullerton, Ca for sharing her beautiful, crafty RHS handmade card and envelope.

Red Hat Society Scrapbook
Paper RHS stickers
Paper Trimmer for cutting
Craft Scoring Board
Foam Mounting Tape
Glue Stick

Before you begin decide which sheet of paper will be used for your card and which will be used for your envelope.

For the card: 

Cut a 12x12” sheet of paper 5½” across to create the card. 

Score down the middle and fold card in half to create the base of the card.

For the Envelope:

Place the folded card in the center of the 12x12” sheet to be used for the envelope making sure that all sides are even.

Score on the 3” and 9” side of the scoring board.  Turn paper 90 degrees and repeat.  This will give you the square shape in the center of the paper.  This is the shape of the card and envelope.

Cut off the four square corners.

Fold the corners of the edges inward so that they create a triangle.  Try to fold them to meet a close as possible.  Cut the triangle edges.

 Fold in the two sides of paper along the score so that they create the sides of the envelope.  Glue around the edges of the bottom of the paper and fold up to form the envelope.

Designing the Card:
Begin the design of the card by gluing a smaller layer in the center of the card.  Use a solid layer if the base of your card has a design on it.  Or begin with a printed layer if your card has a solid base.  Add a second layer (smaller than the first), with the opposite paper, printed or solid.  Use the Foam Mounting tape to add embellishments to have a 3D effect.
BEAUTIFUL and so thoughtful!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A beautiful letter!

Dear Ladies of the Red Hat Society:

My name is Lisa and I recently participated in the Disneyland Tinker bell Half Marathon.  I wanted to send you a note of appreciation for your support of the runners.  And while I can’t speak for all the runners, I wanted you to know that this runner looks forward to seeing you all every year.

The first year of the Tinkerbell Half Marathon, I was a spectator just like you.  A friend of mine was running it and I showed up to give her encouragement and cheer her on.  That’s the first time I saw you girls camped out by the Disneyland Hotel.  The enthusiasm you showed was so contagious! That year I decided I would work on being able to run 13.1 miles so that I could run the half marathon myself the following year.  Little did I know how popular this half marathon was and I missed out on registering for the 2013 race. I learned quickly and was able to register and get into the 2014 half.  I wondered if I would see the “Red [and Pink] Hat girls” again.  As I ran through Downtown Disney, I started to look for you all.  To my excitement there you all were!  Right in front of the Disneyland Hotel like before! I got so excited and I started to cheer seeing you all there!  I got high fives all the way down the street and was so exhausted by the time I was done; you girls wore me out!

This year was even better.  I could hear you girls cheering even before I got to you!  And I was so very happy to see you all there in even greater numbers than last year.  There were so many of you!  I again got high fives all the way down and the encouragement was such a boost!  My husband met me at mile 6 this year and he had gotten pictures of you all camped out cheering us on.

Whenever I run there’s always this little voice in the back of my head telling me that I can’t do it or I should stop.  When I see people like you cheering for me, a stranger, it helps me beat that little voice down and listen to all of you telling me that I can do it and I can keep going, that I can make it.  Encouragement along the route, to me, means more than encouragement at the start or finish line.  There is so much encouragement at those points but the middle part of the run can be long and lonely if no one is there.  And I’m glad that you girls are there in the middle part.

Again, I can’t speak for all the runners but this runner thinks that you girls are amazing and are one of the highlights of the run.  Thank you for being there and cheering us on.  You may not hear it from all of us out there but I wanted you to know how much I appreciated you all being there.  When I talk to people about how the run was I tell them about seeing Tinkerbell, running through Disneyland, and the Red Hat Society.

Hope to see you next year! Thanks again! 

Thank you Lisa for appreciating us!  We love what we do!

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