Happy Spring!

Spring is officially here, and it’s time to start thinking about sun bonnets! With Easter coming early this year, you’ll need something fabulous to top your Sunday ensemble. Stop in soon to see this year’s collection of straw cloches and sunhats – here are a few hot off the block…

Daphne in palace blue, $165

Miss Fisher in mulberry, $165

Mirabelle in gazelle, $195

Edie in french lavender with flower trim, $165

Mirabelle in navy visca straw, $145

Rain or Shine

We’ve been so fortunate to have such lovely weather out here lately, but let’s not forget that it is only March, and surely we’ll have our share of rain showers in preparation for this spring’s flowers. When you do happen to get caught in a drizzle, pop open one of these cheerful umbrellas to cut through the gray.

Umbrellas, $34 to $38

My Best Friend is Going Through Chemo

The fear and generosity that underlie this sentence, often spoken through tears, is heartfelt. This person is looking for a hat that will soothe, shield, flatter, embolden, and fortify her bestie. One that will serve as a reminder of how much she is loved. Often the first hat the friend reaches for is full of personality, a structured fedora with a big brim, or a floppy straw sunhat.  This is not the right hat for her friend right now, but I know which one is, because these words are ones I’m hearing more often here at my little shop, and I am here to help.

The hat your friend needs is soft, a natural fiber that breathes and does not itch, cut low in the back to keep her nape warm, and often with a little brim that offers some privacy in case she’s lost her brows and lashes along with her hair.

This hat is either one of her favorite colors, or one that is neutral and goes with her wardrobe. It is not grey, because right now your friend’s skin may be a little ashen, and she will look more like herself if she has some color near her face – even if that color is black.

This hat is so soft that she can wear it inside all the time, and even sleep it in because her head is cold. Here are the options that I have in my store.  I suggest you go in with a friend and get a small variety so that your best girl has options.

I hope this helps. There is nothing better than a best friend.

*Here are some other things that might help:

Nutrition packed meals to bring her

A dog walking service gift certificate

An audio book subscription

A massage from a practitioner specializing in cancer patients

A subscription to a local organic juice delivery service

Cotton jammies

A cashmere throw

Reassure her of your continued support

If she needs someone to attend with her, go to doctor’s appointments

If you attend, be an extra pair of ears and a note taker during medical appointments

Be a listener, sometimes patients just want to be heard

If requested, handle phone calls or send out e-mail updates to those who are interested

If requested, manage family and friends who have enlisted their help around the house