We don't think SuperRomance star Abby Gaines is trying to cover anything up on this trip to The Pink Heart Society...but then, her latest book is about surprises... You be the judge!
There is nothing so stand-out, so elegant and, in this casual era, so gutsy, as wearing a hat. I’m not including ball caps in this comment, as to my mind, those don’t count as hats. I’m talking about dressy hats, the kind Julia Roberts looks fabulous in.
I’ve loved hats since my teenage days – when I graduated college, my best friend and I planned to open a hat store. We found premises, ordered sample stock from England (home of fabulous hats) and were all ready to sign on the dotted line...when we chickened out. We both had parents who were supportive of our scheme, but the two sets of parents disagreed over a couple of major factors about how we should run the business, and since they had much greater knowledge than we did, and we were each loyal to our own parents, it was hard for us to decide who was right. The fact we didn’t have any money to provide a financial cushion was a big factor, too. These days, knowing a whole lot more than I did back then, I’m quite relieved we didn’t end up in our hat shop.
But my love affair with hats continued, and so did my BFF’s. The hats we’d ordered from England arrived, so we sold a few to friends and divided the rest up between us. Soon after that, I interviewed with IBM for its graduate trainee program...and I wore a hat to my interview! I still think that’s what got me the job, since beyond being able to speak French and Japanese I knew nothing much about anything. I then proceeded to wear hats (and lace gloves!) to work with alarming regularity. No doubt many people found this bizarre, but I did snag the attention of the wonderful man I ended up marrying. No doubt about it, those hats found me my true love!
These days, I must admit, I tend to buy and own hats more than I wear them. Traveling always gives me a great excuse to buy millinery (lovely word!) – luckily, my hubby has a sentimental attachment to the concept of me and hats, so he doesn’t quibble too much when I insist on a new purchase. My favorite winter hat was bought in Whistler, Canada, and is both casual and dressy. My latest acquisition was made in Sydney, Australia –a wide-brimmed hat made of water hyacinth (or something similar) – it can look very dressy, or nearly casual, and the great thing I screw it into a tiny ball to go in my suitcase, then I just spray water over it to restore its elegant shape.
So, to my mind, hats aren’t just the prerogative of the stars of my favorite classic movies—they’re all about contemporary glamour, too. I haven’t yet featured a hat-wearing heroine in one of my books, but maybe that’s something I should think about. Any other hat lovers out there? Or any favorite movies where hats made a real contribution to the feel of the movie?
I’ll give away a copy of my new book, Her Surprise Hero, to one commenter.
Her Surprise Hero(Harlequin Superromance, Jan 2010)
With scandal hot on her heels, acting attorney-general Cynthia Merritt has to get as far out of Atlanta—as fast as she can. Except now she’s sentenced to obscurity in Stonewall Hollow for as long as it takes to get her game back. And everyone in the small town acts like Ethan Granger’s the law, not her! Sure, Ethan’s outreach program for troubled teens is admirable. But she’s not about to sentence the rancher’s own son to Ethan’s care. She won’t bend the rules, not even for this sexy single dad.