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Cheltenham Festival - Fascinators & Hats to Impress

Friday, 24 February 2017  |  prettycool

The Cheltenham Festival including the Cheltenham Gold Cup is only a few weeks away.  If the dates are not in your diary yet they are Tuesday 14th March to Friday 17th March with the Gold Cup being on the Friday.  

 

As always a great event in the racing calendar and although there is no a dress code as such it is an ideal opportunity to push the boat out and dress to impress.  Many hats and fascinators are worn at this meeting.  Our fascinators and hats category is bursting at the seams with different colours, designs and budgets to suit all.  As always the Cheltenham Races falls within the cooler months unlike other race meetings but we do have more simple fascinators and hats that would perhaps stand up to the weather and are e suitable for this race meeting.  Enjoy your day!

 

Ascot, The Grand National, Epsom - Fascinators or Hats?

Wednesday, 30 March 2016  |  prettycool

 

As we are approaching the famous Grand National at Aintree and then of course the Epsom Derby and not forgetting the very famous Royal Ascot,  the big decision is about to be made.  Do I wear a Hat or a Fascinator?  Of course there are other decisions to be made, your outfit of course, but we all know its all about the hat or fascinator.  It can make or break your look.  

The Grand National at Aintree - Ladies Day - 8 April 2016

At Aintree and the Grand National its all about fashion as you can see from last years Ladies Day.  Ladies Day will be on 8 April 2016 and unlike Ascot there are no rules as such just a reason to splash out and really go for it!  The colours tipped to be big this year are cobalt blue or indigo blue (popular again this year) along with coral, taupe, orange and yellow and as always nude.  The fascinators can be as wacky or elegant as you like.  If the weather turns out to be a little unkind you could pick a fascinator with or a hat with a hairband which should stay securely in place.  Alternately you could use extra grips or clips to hold it in place.  

Whatever you decide to wear it is sure to be a brilliant day and hey you may even make it into the National  Newspapers.

Royal Ascot - Ladies Day - 16 June 2016

Royal Ascot on the other hand does have a few extra rules, for example if you are going to be entering the Royal Enclosure at Ascot you will need to wear some sort of hat or headpiece and the head piece needs to have a base of 4" or more.  All of the other enclosures you are able to wear a fascinator or hat of any description.   Ladies Day is always an excuse to look amazing no matter what your budget.  

Epsom Derby - Ladies Day -  3 June 2016

Epsom Ladies Day may find you competing for the title of 'Best Dressed Lady'.    If you are going on Investec Ladies' Day in the Queen's Stand ladies are asked to wear a hat or fascinator as they are for the hospitality areas, if you are going to be spending the day in the Grandstand Enclosure you are not required to wear a hat or fascinator but why would you not want to, you can't win the 'Best Dressed Lady' without one.    It may be a good idea to have a couple of fascinators just in case the weather isn't as you planned it and you may have to change your outfit at the last minute, an insurance fascinator.  You're sure to wear it another year anyway, especially if you choose a classic colour and design.

Whatever race meeting you are lucky to go to this year, have an amazing day and if you choose to buy a fascinator or hat from Prettycool.co.uk we would love to see some photographs and even put them onto our blog just to show everyone how amazing they look.

 

Looking Ahead to Wedding Season: Are You Accessorised?

Friday, 19 February 2016  |  prettycool

February is the month of love, and all of those romantic Valentine's proposals sending young brides to be into a spin as to what they will wear on their big day. At PrettyCool, we understand that spring is a challenging time, since the weather is so changeable, and outdoor events can still be seriously chilly.

If you are getting married this spring, or you're heading off to a wedding in a cooler climate, knowing what to wear is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Equally if you were lucky enough to receive a beautiful diamond ring this Valentine’s day, it’s time to find the right jewellery and accessories for your engagement party.

The beauty of a Snow Queen bride

CZ necklaceWe’d all like to think that spring is full of sunshine and fresh blooms, but occasionally, cold weather clings on into April. If you’re getting married early in the year, your white or ivory dress will make a striking statement regardless of whether it’s sunny or snowy.

The jewellery you choose gives you the opportunity to seal the air of a winter wonderland. We love the idea of outfits reflecting nature and the new life to come. A sparkling pendant such as our CZ crystal necklace will catch the eye of any wedding guest over spring. It’s lovingly created from crystal and cubic zirconia, and features an intricate design that hangs perfectly on the décolletage, resembling a string of unique droplets of ice.

With many brides opting for a hair up style on their big day, a tiara tops your crowning glory. To continue the winter theme, this woodland-styled crystal delicate hand wired tiara gives the impression of frost covered foliage resting gently on the hair.

Dressing to impress at spring weddings

Being invited to a spring wedding always raises a dilemma.

It's probably going to be cold outside, and it may well be cold inside, especially if it's a church wedding. You won't want to attend in a duffle coat and thermals, but clever accessorising can help keep the cold out.

A wool suit always looks the part at a winter or spring wedding, and accessories will lift the outfit, making it classy and trendy as well as feeling warm.

The place to start is with your headwear. Fascinators continue to be the most popular option for weddings because they’re varied, inexpensive and easy to wear. Fascinators really do suit everyone, and the sheer range of colours makes them ideal for brightening up a wedding outfit.

Striking jewel colours such as ruby, emerald and sapphire always look spectacular against spring scenery. We love the cobalt blue sinamay hairband hat fascinator, which evokes the blue skies and crisp mornings of March and April.

If you've never worn a fascinator before, don't worry about how to place it on your head. Many are either set on a band so it’s on the perfect angle as soon as you wear it. Others have a clip attached to the base, so you can easily slide the fascinator into the hair.

So now your headgear is sorted, you need something to keep that cool spring breeze at bay. Team your outfit with a large, sweeping scarf that can keep your neck and shoulders warm. If it's not as cold as you expected, you can wear your scarf with elegance over one shoulder.

Grey and silver shades are trending for wedding dress colours this year, so if you want to complement the bridal outfit without treading on any toes, the grey faux fur rose scarf is ideal. Again, it’s a fashionable hue, offers the warmth you need for a spring wedding, and is completely cruelty-free.

Glittering jewellery at the engagement party of the year

If you were lucky enough to get a sparkly new ring on Valentine’s day, it’s time to throw the party of a lifetime. Now’s your chance to show your engagement ring to family and friends and let the world know you're going to be a bride.

An engagement party is an occasion where you're certainly going to be the focus of attention, so you can take the chance to really dress up to the nines. Whatever you decide to wear, you'll need to accessorise.

Magic hair combMake an impression with the addition of a small fascinator or hairpiece such as this funky black and purple elasticated magic hair comb. The magic comes in the shape of a glass bead design that can be worn in numerous ways; behind the ear, above a ponytail or on a jaunty angle over a fringe. It's your night, so be daring.

Whether you're the blushing bride, joyous guest or excited fiancée, enjoy the occasion this spring. Wear what makes you feel great, know that you look deliciously debonair and smile with confidence every time the camera points in your direction; you're beautiful.

 

Caring For Your Fascinator or Hat

Thursday, 18 June 2015  |  prettycool

Fascinator and hat season is upon us, with Ladies Day at Ascot in full flow today and the wedding season peaking.

If you have bought a fascinator or hat this year and have had it a while before the occasion it might just need a little lift. If it is made with sinamay which is the straw mesh type material this is easily moulded back into shape by applying a little steam and the sinamay can then be manipulated or straightened if you should wish to.

Like many people you may being wearing a fascinator or hat from a previous occasion and the above would also apply to this. Some of the feathers may be looking a little drab, if so and if there are plenty on there why not just snip them off at the base, you would never notice and you could even reinvent it by buying some odd feathers and adding another colour to coordinate with a different outfit. A classic Hat or fascinator will never go out of fashion so why not make use of it.

We still have plenty of fascinators and hats for sale at Pretty Cool and as always can give advice on styles via email caroline@prettycool.co.uk or by telephone 01438 545 181.

Whatever occasion you're attending, we all hope you have an amazing day and would love to have some photographs of our stunning customers to add to our Facebook page.

 

Fascinating Info!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013  |  prettycool

Once thought to be a thing of the past, ornate head wear for ladies is turning many heads these days. In 2011, the Duchess of Cambridge revealed a stunning red headpiece when she arrived in Canada. Her fascinator was perfect for the Canada Day Celebrations as it contained a beautiful red maple leaf.

At the recent royal wedding, fascinators were very popular. In fact, many guests showed up with them and perhaps the most talked about was the headpiece worn by Princess Beatrice. This highly unusual hat was in the shape of a pretzel and received worldwide recognition. Eventually, it sold at an online auction for over 81,000.

 

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