Thursday, March 27, 2014

There’s Magic in the Regalia

Last week, our fabulous mascot Ruby RedHat took to Facebook to share about a fun encounter with a little girl at a grocery store who was amazed by her regalia. She asked if any of the other gals had similar experiences to share, and some Hatters responded with really fun stories. Here are some of the responses:

Yes, it has happened in a restaurant. I invited the little girl to our table and let her sit in my chair and wear my hat. She was smiling from ear to ear.- Judy
I was told by a little girl that I looked like a fairy princess. Made my day, month, and year!- Kerry
I’ve said from the beginning: “There is magic in our red hats.” I am just a Plain Jane (I’m not looking for compliments), but when I put my red hat on, a different person emerges-one that I like- and I honestly become a showstopper. I love it! My favorite memory is when I went to a dress shop after our RHS dinner and two women were absolutely in awe of me. They told me how beautiful I was and asked if I was a movie star. That sure makes a girl’s day!!!!!- Karen
It happens quite often. It is amazing to see the wonder in their eyes. I often carry a little pink hat or feather with me and give it to them with permission from their mothers.- Marilyn
Yes, it’s undeniable that our regalia attracts attention everywhere we go. Do you have a feel-good moment you would like to share? We would love to hear about it! Send it to

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Stand Proud: We’re Not Invisible, We’re Invincible Contest

It’s time to show the world who we are, what we do and how we play!  The best way to do that is to highlight our  Queens and Members. 

In this year of “Stand Proud: We’re Not Invisible, We’re Invincible” we’d like to do a MEGA FUN Contest! 

You, or you and your Sisters, are encouraged to visually answer the following question through a video or a photo:

Who is the Red Hat Society?

The Red Hat Society will be showcasing the best of the best videos and/or photos at the 2014 GoldenGate Gala International Convention this August.  The final winners will be announced in December 2014. 

Fittingly, we will award winners who accurately and fully convey each element of our PassionStatement:


How do you enter?  We ask that you share your videos and/or photos with RHS on our Facebook Page. That’s it! 

Let’s show the world just what the Red Hat Society is all about!   

Here's a glimpse at some of the fabulous photos women have already shared.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Guest Post- HATalk e-Magazine

Check out these scrumptious silk strawberries made by British milliner and textile artist Bridget Bailey of Bailey Tomlin.

In the brand new issue of HATalk e-magazine, Bridget shares step-by-step instructions so that you can make these at home. Just imagine how cute a bunch of ripe, red strawberries would look on your favourite summer hat!

To download the March Issue of HATalk e-magazine and over 100 other downloadable hat making resources, subscribe to HATalk e-magazine today - Red Hatters get over $40 off the normal price at just $19.95 a year.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Royal Rubies Make History in Atlanta

RHS Ambassador Floretta, of the Royal Rubies (Georgia, United States), was the January Queen of the Month, and she has been a fireball in Atlanta. Last month, her Chapter was honored with an invitation to participate in Atlanta’s first-ever Black History Parade. Here’s what Queen Flo had to say about the event:
We looked so good! When the Vice-President of The Black Movie Network saw me and The Royal Rubies Red Hatters he said, “You look like a Queen! You need to ride on a float! He told us they cost about $1,500.00 to rent, but he found us one to ride for free. Lo and behold, it was a BEAUTIFUL RED AND WHITE FLOAT! Yes! We represented The Red Hat Society well.

Not only did the Royal Rubies enjoy the special treatment, Queen Flo was given the opportunity to speak at the event about the Red Hat Society.
Atlanta is rocking and rolling, she added.
Way to go, Queen Flo! Thank you for sharing your passion for the Sisterhood everywhere you go! 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Dye It Yourself

Are you looking for a new Chapter activity or fun way to acquire more red, purple or lavender clothing? Why not throw a Dye Party? This is a great DIY approach to adding to your regalia, and it would be a hoot to see what your Sisters bring to transform. We’ve got a few tips here to help you get started.
Dyeing Tips:
  1. If it's valuable or important to you, do not dye it. If it's something such as a thrift store dress, though, go ahead and try.
  2. Fabrics that dye well:
    • Lace: has different threads, and some will dye lighter or darker. Makes a pretty effect.
    • Cotton: Dye in hottest water.
    • Nylon: Most of the times, it dyes well. It's hard to get dark colors to take though. Sometimes dyeing nylon causes a crinkling of the fabric.
    • Satin: Do not dye. It loses its bounce.
    • Polyester doesn't absorb dye. (Sometimes a garment may be of one fabric, but the thread may be polyester. You could wind up with white stitching on a purple garment. Be prepared.
  3. Make sure used clothing is clean and rinsed thoroughly before dyeing. Even new clothing should be washed before dyeing.
  4. To mix fabric dye, follow directions on the dye bottle or package.
    • Use vinegar to set dark colors.
    • Use two bottles or boxes of dye for dark colors (purple or red).
    • Liquid dye is easier on fragile fabrics, such as lace.
    • If worried about garment shrinkage, you can dye it in warm water. Mix dye in hot water, according to directions. Let cool. Add wet garment. Stir until it is the color you want.
    • Hang the garment and let it drip dry.
    • The washing machine is an easy way to dye. After use, run the empty machine with detergent and bleach to remove dye.
If you try this activity, share photos of your finished products at We can't wait to show your creations off to the Sisterhood! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sue's Corner- Peer Mentoring

I can’t remember where I read this, but I’ve seen a quote that goes something like this: “Aging is a team sport. I can’t win this game without you.”

Who said it? I can’t remember. But it got me thinking....And it wasn’t long before my thoughts turned to (what else?) the Red Hat Society. Years ago, the then-head of the Gerontology Center at California State University, Fullerton (right here in town) told me that what we, in the RHS were doing, was something she referred to as “peer mentoring.”

Dr. Pauline Abbott’s career-long study of older people has taught her that the generation known as Baby Boomers is refusing to emulate their parents’ way of getting older. They insist that they are going to do it their own way - even though they aren’t exactly sure what that is going to mean. Pauline, of an age with most of us in the Fabulous Founders Chapter, cheered us on in our trail-blazing. In fact, not long after I met her she became an active Member of our Chapter, an instance of an observer becoming an enthusiastic participant.

So what is peer mentoring? Pauline told us that the best way to describe it is to picture all of us Hatters gathering together, putting our heads (topped by red hats) together, and saying “So guys, how do we do this?” Of course the RHS “group” soon consisted of many thousands of other women, many of whom seemed to be anxious to provide input of their own. Initially we seemed to agree mostly on how we did not want to do it. We didn’t necessarily agree with the catch phrase “fifty is the new forty;” we weren’t into major denial of any kind. And we decidedly were not about providing entertainment or amusement for the public. (This endeavor was just for us.) We just were not interested in being viewed as typical older women. As we like to say, we are not dead and we are not done. We refuse to view ourselves as “old ladies,” but rather as vibrant, interested (and interesting) women who happened to be reaching “a certain age.” And we are slowly but surely ensuring that those around us adopt the updated view of us that we have of ourselves.

As time has gone on, we have, just by watching each other, begun to form a fairly clear picture of what kind of woman joins the Red Hat Society. If we had to describe a typical Hatter, we would say she is fun, interested in expanding her circle of friends, open to new experiences, enthusiastic about developing her talents, and probably has a wicked sense of humor. She refuses to take herself too seriously and makes her best effort to enjoy life at every stage. Of course she has a serious side as well, and each individual must face unique challenges and trials. And that’s another big reason we need each other. With all of our adopted sisters, we need not ever go through anything alone.

Although we have an enormous amount in common, each of us still has her own row to hoe, so to speak. Each of us needs the others, to serve as examples, encouragers and supporters. We all need each other, our Chapterettes and, by natural extension, the Red Hat Society as a whole. As the quotation says, “Aging is a team sport...”

I don’t know about you, but I sure can’t do it alone (nor do I want to)! Can you?

In friendship,

Sue Ellen, Exalted Queen Mother

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Thing That Make My Heart Sing by Queen Lu

The Hatquarters of the Red Hat Society receives stories, pictures and messages from Hatters every day. We try to share these submissions on social media or one of our publications, including the weekly Friday Broadcast and the quarterly e-magazine, Red Hatter Matters. Today's post comes RHS Ambassador/Queen Lu of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Michigan, United States). 

“This is an original poem written by me to express my feelings about our wonderful Red Hat Society,” she said.  

It put a smile on all of our faces here at Hatquarters, and we hope it does that same for you! 

Things That Make My Heart Sing

Reds Hats with netting and big fluffy feathers, wonderful fabrics with lots of small gathers.
Beautiful sparkles from head to toe, and satiny flowers blinged up so they glow!
Fancy purple dresses all layered with frills, sequined red shoes and some with high heels.
Sisters are gathering in their best Red Hat finery!  Old friends are hugging and new friends meeting finally!
Sharing our lives on the QMB and spreading the word on Facebook daily.
Yes we Stand Proud and we shout it out loud, join us now and take the Red Hat Vow!
Women excited with anticipation, another fun day is just in the making.
Conventions, gatherings and fun celebrations – birthdays and shopping with light libations. 
There’s room for everyone who likes to play, because we are doing it the Red Hat way!
When the room’s reserved, when the car’s packed, when we all are ready. 
These are the things that make my heart sing – that wonderful Red Hat Sisterhood thing!

Join Us In San Francisco!
This August, nearly 1,500 Hatters will make their way to the “City by the Bay,” for the Red Hat Society’s Golden Gate Gala International Convention. This four- day event will take place at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis and will be filled with dancing, shopping, sight-seeing and tons of Red and Pink Hat fun! Don’t miss this incredible gathering. Visit: to learn about all of the activities taking place at the Golden Gate Gala!