Pulling Happiness out of a Hat
Building a new life can be serious business so I give myself little rewards along the way. Of course, the best rewards are reaching my goals but since they are on-going (mindfulness, authenticity, etc.) I never “graduate”.
Shopping is a treat for me especially withmy penchant for hats. My love of hats started in Portland after I moved here alone and afraid. I would force myself to walk around neighborhoods even in the rain so that I did not become morose. In the residential blocks, I would see families gathering for dinner. I sometimes felt like the little match girl as I glimpsed normal family activities. I yearned for those days with my husband and sons. As I walked by restaurants, I would see couples enjoying each other’s company over food and wine. I was reminded of dining with my husband all over the world in those same scenarios. I had once had a life. With my husband’s death and my sons’ departures, life as I knew it was over.
When I felt sad or lonesome, I would bolster myself with the opening scene from the Mary Tyler Moore show where she tosses her hat in the air while the music played “you’re going to make it after all!”. I have yet to toss my hat in the air but I have repeated the lyrics to myself often.
In rainy Portland I am always on the watch for a new hat. Thanks to Bonnet in NW Portland, I love the experience of buying them! The staff is helpful, knowledgeable and accommodating. They advise me on colors and styles that suit my personality, face, and lifestyle. My recent visit was so fun! Here’s what I bought.
I visited Bonnet to find something new for a New Year’s Eve party. As the party was in the afternoon, I wanted something simple and elegant. I envisioned a flapper-style headband or a fascinator. I spent part of an hour playing dress up with their glamorous headbands and cocktail hats before choosing the “Frida” headband. Although I bought it for a party, I would wear it for dinner with friends.
I devoted the rest of my visit to choosing a stunning fedora. I settled upon the Bacall in chocolate. I loved the hat so much that I wore it out of the shop and the rest of the day. It kept me warm and kept the rain off. Wearing my new hat makes me happy. Yes, I am going to make it after all!
Hats Waiting for Me
I have a wish list for Bonnet and will return soon to choose one of the hats waiting for me. I never buy everything at once as I like the experience of finding the perfect hat, wearing and loving it before adding another to my collection. This is not a Costco experience where I am stocking up for the winter!
The runners up are pictured below. I love the Ingrid in bordeaux and the Edith in navy but may find something else I love just as much. Thanks to Downton Abbey, hats are enjoying a resurgence. Plus, these hats keep me warm, repel the rain and turn a bad hair day into a chic one!
Before you visit Bonnet in NW Portland, drop into St. Honore French Bakery just a few doors away for wonderful French pastries and coffee. It’s the best start to a fun shopping day. After choosing your new hat, take a short stroll to Le Vieux where you will enjoy a delightful meal in their lovely sun room. Le Vieux is the perfect ending to a morning of shopping in the Pearl.
Life is good in Portland.
Yes, I am going to make it after all!