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Mar 10, 2013

Adorin' Lauren + flea market vintage hat SCORE!



Readers, many of you may know that sewing blogger Lauren Taylor (aka Lladybird) of Nashville is here in New York City this weekend and I am one of the lucky many who got to meet her.  Actually, today was our fourth date.  We'll find out what happens next at tonight's rose ceremony (hope you get the reference).

DAY 1:  On Thursday, I had dinner with Lauren at Market Cafe (a great little restaurant just one block west of the Garment District that's a favorite of mine), where we both ordered the tilapia tacos!  Carolyn, Oonabaloona, Sonja, and Meg (of Mood) were there too. 

Lauren, Oona, and Sonja: an eerily photogenic threesome

Taking the edge off...

DAY 2: On Friday afternoon, after buying that gray zipper for my jacket project at Sil Thread, I met up with Lauren, Carolyn, Oonabaloona, and Sonja once more.  Friends, I cannot shop for fabric in a group, but these gals seem to love company.  Is this a woman thing?





DAY 3: On Saturday I got to hang out with Lauren at a brunch my neighbor Devra threw, followed by a frenetic fabric and pattern swap on Devra's living room floor.  Wanett, Christine, Sonja, and -- yup, Ooonaballoona were there too.  This was followed by a HUGE meet-up in the Garment District. Already experiencing estrogen overload (I could swear my breasts were growing), I had to pass and go directly home.  I'm sure someone will be posting photos soon though.





Oona in a rare moment of quiet repose.



DAY 4: Today (Sunday) we hit the Chelsea flea market.  And look who we bumped into!





At the flea market I found the most wonderful Forties felt hat for just $20 -- which, as you know, is my entire "mad money" budget.  First, however, let me show you the hat I didn't purchase, only because I didn't want two blue felt hats and this one was a little too "New Look" for me.  But doesn't it look adorable on Devra?



So here's the hat I did buy.  It has its original store tag and looks completely unused.  I should share that while the box says Lord & Taylor, the hat is actually labeled Kresge.  I still love it.















Honestly, what's better than a Forties hat?

Readers, Lauren is in New York till Tuesday but I don't think I'll see again her before her departure, sadly. I had so much fun hanging out with her and her posse.  But where are all the men?

I hope Lauren comes for a visit to your neck of the woods, but be forewarned: she has a LOT of shopping stamina.  Wear comfortable shoes.

Happy Sunday, everybody!

Next time, paper plates.

27 comments:

  1. I'll bet Kenneth had fun with all of you!
    He's a hoot!

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  2. What was The King showing you? A magic trick?

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    1. His latest pair of vintage sunglasses, I believe. Very fabulous.

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    2. He was showing us a knife, or some such tool, that he was going to revamp into a seam ripper!! Thus the kind of awed looks on mine and Lauren's faces, lol. Though, his sunglasses were AMAZING!

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  3. peter, even i had estrogen overload, and i was only there two days :-)

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  4. What do you suppose it says about me that I recognize Kenneth King, but would be clueless at most pop stars? ;-)

    I'm glad you had a good time. Very cool hat ...

    Beth

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  5. Oh dear. I am also a hunter/shopper so try to avoid shopping with only the dearest of friends (code for: ones I feel comfortable bossing to hurry them up!) Shopping should be a case of finding the prey, killing it, dragging it back to the lair and doing the dance. (OR: find fabric, buy, take home, blog about it) All this gathering c-rap is for the birds! Bu I am impressed with the stamina you ?DID show :)

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  6. I'm still coming down from yesterday's estrogen high. Where are the men, anyway?

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    1. Also! I forgot to mention that I love your hat.

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  7. LOVE that 40's hat!! What an amazing score! So wish I still lived in NYC if just for the fabulous meet ups and shopping :)

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    1. I have to say, both of those hats screamed "Debi" to me when I saw them!

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  8. Peter:

    Your new hat reminds me of the post-makeover hat Bette Davis wore on shipboard in Now, Voyager. All you need is a wisp of veiling and a big pearl-headed hatpin:

    http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm51/zhumaldin/NowVoyager1942BetteDavis.jpg?t=1207516370

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  9. WHAT A WEEKEND!!!

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  10. I seriously need to move to NY. You guys have too much fun!

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  11. All right, now I miss the east coast even more! But that hat! I have several in that shape but none are blue - I'm very jealous. And for $20? Get outta town!

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  12. Ok, I get the estrogen overload; I end up buying fabric I don't love when with lots of women. You just have to get more men hooked on sewing.
    The jacket KK was wearing looks like the one Meg posted.

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  13. Love your hat! Sorry I missed you on Saturday. I met the ladies at Mood on Saturday afternoon but didn't stay. OMG Lauren has fabric shopping stamina like there is no tomorrow. I was supposed to meet you guys this morning at the flea market but alas duty calls. Hope to see you soon!

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  14. Hahahaha, I am SO shopped out! But it was so fun seeing you again! :)

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  15. Hey, you guys are like the sewing in crowd!

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  16. Aw, I am bummed you didn't come to the meetup! It was a lot of fun, but very... busy. Mood was so packed! But it was really neat to see everyone off the Internet and in the flesh. :)

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  17. Why, oh WHY didn't I come to New York a day earlier?!

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  18. been lamenting a paper plate since 11:45 saturday morning...

    the hat is all kinds of fab. and the king! it's like all the stars aligned...

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  19. So Jealous of all the sewing blogger meet ups :)

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  20. You look like Terry Pratchett in that hat!

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  21. That hat is fantastic! I love it!

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  22. OKAY, I was very upset that I had to miss seeing you AND going to the flea market. It didn't fit into our schedule :( But I would really really really love to go to the flea market next time I come to town.
    Also, very sad that I missed meeting Kenneth King. Bah.

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  23. Yay!! It was so awesome meeting you, Peter - and I'm still surprised that you were able to put up with 4 straight days of Lauren without wanting to destroy everything in sight :) You have the patience of a saint!

    And yes, I do have shopping stamina... but you would, too, if the stuff in your city costs 3x what it does where you are visiting (and that's just Mood! The cheap fabric shops... oh god. I don't even know how they stay in business, with prices that low). At least I won't have to buy fabric for a few months ha!

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