First blog post from London, United Kingdom
So I moved to London, United Kingdom in January, 2019. and it took me a while to make a research and decide what to write as my first blog post from here.
After all, I am, to my own damage, a perfectionist, so it all had to sit in its place correctly. I’m still not sure if it’s perfect so please you be the judge of it, please.
After my arrival to London, the big culture, art and fashion Mecca, you cannot blame me, I was spending every free day, and even free hour on going out and exploring the city. For some time I felt as I was living in a dream and that I was the luckiest girl in the world, freely going around and doing what she wanted. I acted as a tourist for the first month, obviously not being aware at all that I’m here to stay and that there is going to be enough time to see it all, have it all and feel it all.
One of the things I just adore here is that there are so many different things to do, and I’m not talking only about the museums, galleries, shows, markets, shops, parks and monuments, but also live events, big fairs, creative workshops and a kaleidoscope of actual things where you can participate and create or do or learn that special craft or skill yourself.
What a fortune!
Can you imagine learn to play ukulele or make your own little bowl out of clay and paint it or learn to cook tasty vegan recipes…
I couldn’t resist one of the millinery workshops organised in my neighbourhood, Kingston upon Thames Market House with a gorgeous instructor Bee Smith where I made my very own, first ever, hat.
How about that!!
It was such a great experience and I had so much fun that I decided to write about it and make some photos with my hand made black vail and bow dusty pink button hat.
I always loved hats. When I was young I wore hats and caps all the time, and I was called ‘the girl with a hat’. I never explored the history of hats but I know I am still drawn to them as before.
Coming to England where hats are still such a big statement and in many cases an etiquette, just look at the Ascot races or any personal celebrations like Weddings, Christenings, Christmas or Easter days not to mention Royal Investitures, was the best opportunity to get into it a little deeper.
Hats first served as protection from different weather elements, from injuries in battles, falling rocks or masonry. But slowly they became wealth and status symbol.
And not only that. In 16th century, to stimulate the wool trade an Act of Parliament was instituted decreeing that all males over six years of age (except for the nobility) had to wear a wool cap on Sundays and holidays with a penalty of a fine if they refused. (as I found in Britain Magazine)
The shape of hats, materials they were made of and their purpose changed during centuries. Today, however, wearing hats are only a must for people at certain jobs as part of the uniform.
In times like today, wearing a hat, any kind of a hat is a freedom of choice, way of expressing yourself, your individuality and creativity when dressing up.
How lucky we are!
I know I am!