Hat Attack #4

November 1st, 2013


 Photo By Daniel N

This vintage hat with high crown and swooping brim, embellished with pheasant and marabou feathers, caught my eye from its perch high on a shelf in the hat room.  It was of course purchased at an estate sale years ago.  It was last worn at a dear friend’s birthday party, feathers flying on the dance floor.

Today, November 1st, is Nelson’s  birthday.  To have been well-loved and to have loved with all of my heart allows me to live my life to the fullest in this place in time.  I cherish my memories, moving forward, as he wanted me to do.  The love that I felt and feel for him will always remain with me.  My cells were profoundly rearranged and forever changed.  I feel his presence in the energy field that surrounds me, like the feathers that gracefully encircle my hat.

Please display your hat, headwrap, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you adore and give The SC a NOVEMBER HAT ATTACK. I’m excited to see the beautiful creations that you share throughout the next week. Participation will be open through November 7th.

39 Responses to “Hat Attack #4”

  1. Melanie

    What a magnificent swoop of flirtatious feather! I adore this hat and this profile photo couldn’t be better. Daniel, you artist! You feel that love light around you – and we can see it. Thanks for hosting this party, Judith.


    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh anothe hat Attack I cannot join, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Looking gloriousssssssssssss.
    Are you joining Share-inStyle???

  3. Emalina

    Oooh what a stunner of a hat, and worn with such panache dear Judith! I adore the swooping feathers, very Lady Of The Manor! Sadly I have no hat to show this time but take my (metaphorical) hat off to all your lovely participants.

  4. Val Sparkle

    What a gorgeous and classic hat! This is what pimps would aspire to, if only they realized that less is more. The shape, the accents, the lines – everything is just perfect!

    Your attitude is inspiring in the way that you honor Nelson and life at the same time. Have a beautiful day!

  5. Gabriala Brown

    Judith, your beautiful words… when you speak of Nelson’s love, I relish it so much. I have never felt love like that from a man before and don’t even aspire to it at this point in time, but I so enjoy reading about your gift of love from him. Just so beautiful. xo

  6. thorne garnet

    I made this hat for a show, well, I made 2!

  7. Shelley

    This is such a great photo of you – the tilt of your head and the curve of the feather are perfect! Nelson would be so proud of how you have shaped a creative, inspiring life on your own. His love is still with you, and always will be.

    I will be joining the Hat Attack this weekend!

  8. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

    Your words about Nelson go right to my heart. Love doesn’t die. And you look so fabulous in your feathered hat, head high! I *may* have a hat this month, and after seeing all the glorious hat shops in NYC, I could become a convert : >

  9. Ann

    You got me right in the heart with this one. The loving words about your dear husband and your SPECTACULAR hat are both art and true love combined!

    blue hue wonderland

  10. Pam@over50feeling40

    This is one fabulous hat, Judith!! And you are right…love does not die! Your writing about Nelson has always touched me deeply!

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  12. Bella Q

    Nelson had such a great spark, the flash and the following dimming can be felt as an ache, even etched onto the beating heart of strangers. I “found” you via Nelson, I suppose. In those early posts- you two were collaborators, I could feel his warmth and presence. I could see from the corners of my eye, his sphere. He still lives here, in your cells, your home, your memories. His presence is still cherished, and the loss still rippling across a pond of networks, his handsome face, his heroic stance, and that blaze that first drew you to him, now shared and gratefully accepted by eyes, hearts and minds of others. Happy Birthday, Nelson, dear soul. Wishing you a blessed peace as your undimmed memories hurl around this planet for yet another year. xo. Bella

  13. Adrienne

    I think that might be my favorite hat of yours so far. Flirty is the perfect word for it.

    Sending a hug to you across the miles.

  14. Jennifer

    Such a beautiful way to describe your love! Your hats are always fabulous, but this one has such attitude and grace about it. I love the memories wrapped up in it. Have a lovely weekend. xo Jennifer

  15. Suzanne

    What your wrote about your love was so beautiful and poetic. Warmed my heart.


  16. Judith Boyd

    Bella, your tribute to Nelson brought tears to my eyes on this memorable day. I’m going to keep this comment close to my heart always.

  17. Paula

    May your love live on! (So that would have made Nelson a Scorpio? I am one also; a good sign, no?~)

    Love all these hats here and yours is very familiar–my mother had one almost identical. I don’t remember the color, but I do remember the pheasant feathers.


  18. Tamera

    Your words about Nelson touch my heart. He must’ve been an amazing man–
    you look fabulous and just like you stepped out of a 40’ds movie in that hat–it’s just gorgeous!

  19. Hollie

    Hooray! This is my first link up!! I aaaadoooooore your hat!

  20. Dawn @ AltetEgoFashionista

    I adore your feathered hat and also the tribute you gave to your dear Nelson…how sweet your love was/is. Love is the greatest gift of all…I love that it permeated your soul and is with you forever! Thank you for this wonderful meme!

  21. Amber of Butane Anvil

    Judith, thank you for inviting us to gather here, and much deeply-felt appreciation for your ongoing celebration of Nelson and your love. I am in awe of your magnificently feathered and sculpted hat as it highlights your incredibly beautiful presence.

  22. Susan Partlan

    What a beautiful birthday tribute to your beloved Nelson. The hat is perfection on you and for this memorable day. Thinking of you and sending warm hugs your way. xoxo

  23. Frances/Materfamilias

    Such anniversaries can be so tough — it’s inspiring to see you use your husband’s to remember the way you have been loved, cherished.
    And how well you wear your hat!!

  24. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas

    Oh Judith, you are exquisite in your feathered hat! Thank you for hosting these gatherings. Thinking of both you and Nelson with love.

  25. Jean

    It feels right that a Hat Attack celebration falls on Nelson’s birthday. He’s forever an integral part of Style Crone and, as it grows, his energy is palpable. The profound love you shared still grows and reaches out to inspire and nourish your readers. Your hat is a proud salute to him. I’m guessing he’d love the attitude and flirtatiousness it suggests. XXOO

  26. Vix

    When you live in the hearts of others, you never die. Nelson remains as alive and as vibrant as ever with you sharing his memory with us. So glad to be part of Hat Attack and to know you. You look astoundingly elegant in your feathered titfer. xxx

  27. Chicatanyage

    Love the feather in your hat

  28. Curtise

    Judith, the hat is a beauty, and the photo is particularly stunning. I adore the sweep of the feather.
    You are so right – the people we hold dear and love with all our hearts, a love which is deeply and entirely reciprocated, can never be completely gone. Nelson would be so, so proud of you. xxxx

  29. SizzleandZoom

    This is an especially beautiful edition of Hat Attack. Your hat with the amazing feather is a wonderful estate sale find.

  30. Sylvia @ 40PlusStyle

    Such a beauty of a hat again. Do you ever run out of new original hats? It’s so good to read that you can celebrate Nelson’s birthday with lots of love and good memories…..

  31. Do you ‘save’ your good clothes or do you wear them often?

    […] hat is especially for The Style Crone’s hat attack. When I got dressed I remembered that I really wanted to enter this time as I adore her celebration […]

  32. Greetje Kamminga

    This hat is a stunning piece. And I am so glad that you can look back on your life with Nelson in such a grateful way. Did you see the video of Fabulous Fashionatas that Sylvia of 40+Style featured? The way one of those women described how she got on after her beloved husband died, reminded me of you. Great video. Touching.

  33. Greetje Kamminga

    And I am going to link from my blog to Hat Attack tomorrow morning in my new post.

  34. Sheila

    A very happy birthday to Nelson! I recall him as such a dashing gentleman, and his presence and spirit definitely encircle you. Lovely hat, Judith! Thank you so much for hosting Hat Attack!

  35. Spashionista (Alicia)

    Judith, you are a jewel with the heart of a queen and I just love you. You deserve nothing but love for the rest of your days and beyond. Nelson must have been a truly wonderful man and it makes me tear up to read your lovely remembrance of him.
    Your hat is truly chic, and I must confess that seeing you in all of your stylish headgear has finally corrupted me. I have acquired five hats over the last ten days. I may need to speak to you about hat pins and the like very soon LOL!


  36. Margy

    Oh, so gorgeous, Judith! I love that swoop of feather. Happy birthday to Nelson, who lives in all of our hearts!

  37. Trina Grandinetti

    Judith, I’ve said this time and time again, but thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such an inspiration to us (me). The pure joy you radiate must be making Nelson so proud of you. It’s such a great reminder to know that when we say “I do” we are not marrying for our own happiness but to make the other person the most happy individual on earth. I can see you fulfilled this role.
    Now to the hat, well, what is there to say but Lovely, Lovely, and Lovely. I thought of you as I carefully purchased my new hats. You made it so much easier to do so.

  38. The Goodwill Fangirl

    It’s no secret that I’m jealous of lucky hat wearers, being possessed of an over-sized noggin myself and rarely able to wear most hats. This post is a real treat. Everyone looks so fabo, and you’ve all renewed my determination to find another hat that fits so I can participate! I’m also thinkin’ fascinator might be the way to go.

    As always, you inspire me, Judith.

  39. Silvergirl

    This hat is absolutely fabulous
    You wear it very well!!

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