Friday

National Hat Day, An Occasion to Celebrate A Golf Fashion Accessory




It's one of those days... again. A "national" day most of us never knew existed, celebrating something most of us would never have thought to celebrate.

Today is National Hat Day, and I must admit it took me by surprise this morning even though I've spent more than a decade in a town known as Hat City.  Yes, Danbury, CT was the hat making capital of the world for the first half of the 20th century, when hats...for both men and women... were de rigueur, As fashions changed, the industry declined, and these days hatting is just a memory in Danbury, Nonetheless, it remains a proud part of the city's identity.

Once I was reminded of today's special significance, talk of it got me thinking of golf hats. The ubiquitous billed ball cap pretty much dominates the fairways these days, however "golf hats" actually have a rich history, and there are contemporary golfers... both professional and amateur... who manage to buck the billed cap trend and make distinctive style statements with their on-course headgear.

Consider the case of Vicky Hurst. The popular LPGA player began wearing a flat newsboy cap as a tribute to Payne Stewart and is now widely known for the distinctive style. There there's Michelle McGann; the seven-time LPGA Tour winner often wears wide brim straw hats and has become so indelibly associated with the style that fans sometimes complain when she switches to a billed cap... which she does on rainy/windy days.  The oversize straw sun visor is a style many associate with glamorous, Australian golfer/model/MBA Candidate Anna Rawson. It's an ultra-feminine style and definitely wouldn't work for everyone but the beautiful Aussie certainly wears it well.

The guys, of course, have some their own golf hat heroes: Kirk Triplett has multiple wins on both the PGA and Champions Tours and is universally known as the "Man in The Bucket Hat", while Greg Norman's signature straw hat is as much a part of his image as the shark embroidered on its band. Jesper Parnevik had his heyday in the early 2000's and spent 38 weeks in the top 10, but is probably better know for his sartorial eccentricities which include an odd upturned-bill baseball cap and the occasional porkpie.

I'm quite sure the baseball-style billed golf cap will continue to rule for the foreseeable future, but hopefully there'll always be a few golfers willing to take stylistic risks and commit to a unique personal style...and an unconventional lid.

Monday

Golf Fashion Inspired by Rose Quartz & Serenity, 2016 Color(s) Of The Year,

2016 Color(s) of the Year - A Perfect Pairing for Golf Fashion


A change is in the air... one that'll be seen in golf shops and on golf courses as the new year gets underway.

A couple of days ago, PANTONE, the world renown authority on color, announced the 2016 Color of the Year. Their choice took many by surprise... on a couple of levels.  After several seasons of decidedly assertive tones, PANTONE has chosen not one, but two rather sedate shades as the year's chosen color... or should I say colors.  They're "Rose Quartz", a pale shade of pink and "Serenity", a baby-ish blue. Each is pretty on their own, but the two together bring to mind something like... a nursery for designer twins.

The winning colors are based on PANTONE's yearly poll of designers and manufacturers, and in principle, we can expect to see them with some frequency in upcoming collections of apparel, accessories and home decor. The response to these two sugary shades from the fashion and home decor press, has been somewhat skeptical. Though it's been suggested the colors are calming. I suppose that's a good thing.

Looking at Rose Quartz and Serenity in terms of ladies golf apparel and accessories, i believe that for segments of the golf population, they'll present a welcome return to the feminine women's golf fashion of the past.

Golf Fashion Inspired by  the 2016 Color(s) of the Year
Golf Fashion Inspired by the 2016 Color(s) of the Year by thegolfgirl 
Information on all of the above items can be found -> HERE




Friday

Golf Collectors - Preserving the Treasures & Traditions of the Game

"Golf House"  Danbury, CT - December 2012   photo: © Golf Girl Media























As the final days of 2015 fly by, I suppose it's natural to reflect on the passage of time.

That's what we've been doing of late, and it's inspired us to look a bit more closely at history.  And, the fact that we live in a historic home... in a town that was settled in 1685... means we don't have to look too far to find it.

Truth be told, we've done quite a bit of research on the history of our Victorian house... and the venerable Danbury, CT neighborhood that surrounds it... and we've discovered a fortuitous connection to our favorite obsession: golf.

Built by Scottish immigrants John and David Mclean in the1880s, for almost four decades the stately Queen Anne structure we've lived in for over 15 years was home to another Scotsman, George Ferrier, who arrived in the US to promote golf equipment, made his way to Danbury, and in the early 20's became the golf pro at the town's new and burgeoning Ridgewood Country Club.  The dapper Scott married John McClean's daughter, Christine, in 1925 in a wedding that took place right here in the home her Father had built.  The newlyweds moved into the house and spent the rest of their lives here. George officially retired from Ridgewood in 1958 but remained active in golf in Danbury and became involved nationally with the PGA Seniors and as part of the Ryder Cup Committee.

What I've come to believe as I've explored historical archives, read old articles and spoken at length to a couple of Danbury's golf-obsessed octogenarians, is that despite the often well-deserved depictions of an elitist and exclusionary past and there are many things about the history of golf... and the people involved with it... that are interesting, inspiring and... well... awesome, to use the overwrought verbiage of today.

In the coming year, I hope to add to my nascent collection of golf memorabilia.  For inspiration, I'm happily curating virtual collections of the some of cute golf collectibles I come across. These charming golf pin markers are my current favorites:

Cast iron crow,  iron and metal heart shapes, metal putting green pins, and a logo illustration featuring Merion Golf Club's distinctive basket pins ...which will welcome players and guests to the 2013 US Open.

Thursday

Golf Fashion : On Course & On-Trend With A Must-Have Accessory



I fell in love with scarves in the waning years of the 20th century when I lived, for a time, in Paris.

Newly married, implausibly young and with neither school nor work to occupy my days, I did a vast amount of urban wandering.  I learned the streets and subways... down to the tiniest ruelle and most minor metro station... and developed an intimate acquaintance with some of the world's greatest museums and most iconic monuments.

Then there were the shops; les boutiques.  Because along with its world class cultural attractions and elegant beaux arts architecture, Paris offers a vast array of retail outlets. From the grandes magasins... massive and elegant department stores where one can find almost anything ... to the myriad of idiosyncratic little shops that provide singular items and unique oddities.

Ironically, I feel like I learned almost as much about French culture from my regular rounds of leche vitrine... window shopping... as I did from my many hours in the museums. As it happened, our Paris apartment was conveniently located just a stones throw from Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré, which made for regular walks along what is arguably the most prestigious shopping street in the world... and at No.24 was Hermés, the rarefied French luxury firm whose Birkin bags and Kelly totes sell for tens of thousands of dollars. Though the bags and the bracelets were beautiful what captivated me were the scarves. Their sumptuous colors and intricate designs were featured in opulent window displays that, to my mind, were as seductive as anything I'd seen in that very seductive city. My obsession with scarves... particularly the carre de soie that Hermes is so well known for, but also other kinds.... was launched.

On the streets of the French capital I observed an impressive variety of scarf tying techniques... few of which I was able to replicate with my own, as yet, modest collection of echarpes and foulards.  Nonetheless, I continued to build my collection whenever the opportunity presented itself, with a precious silk square or a more casual cache-col.  By the time I returned to the US in the early 2000s, I had several dozen... and my styling skills were improving.  When I took up golf, later in the decade, my scarf collection allowed my to add a personal touch to my outfits while providing strategic sun protection in summer and warmth as temperatures descended. 

Recently the scarf has come into its own. They're coveted by fashionistas everywhere, and thanks to a plethora of scarf-tying tutorials and apps, even those who've never worn one can create a multitude of stylish scarf looks. If you want to add a scarves to your golf outfits and need some inspiration check out my Golf Scarf Styling Pinterest Board. 


What I'm looking for these days are vintage, golf-themed scarves.  I've found quite a few online. Some like the gorgeous Hermes Swing scarf are not quite within my budget but others are amazingly affordable.  I've acquired several recently and will share their stories in an upcoming post. ~ PMH


Tuesday

Golf Ball Painting: An Artistic Autumnal Activity For All Ages

Unlike golf, golf ball painting is super easy and ultra-affordable 
Here in New England, the month of October is known for crisp, clear days and dramatic displays of fall foliage.

The many hues of Autumn make the final weeks of our waning golf season uniquely wonderful.

However there's a bit of a downside to the seasonal display... particularly for golfers who have difficulty keeping their balls on the fairway.  Such players quickly learn that those gorgeous golden leaves have a voracious appetite for golf balls. Fallen foliage will devour your small dimpled sphere without leaving a trace, which can be... frustrating, to say the least.

I know that frustration first-hand, but was nonetheless charmed when I came upon this whimsical DIY idea: it's an activity that makes the meeting of golf balls and autumnal colors into an awesome fall art project for kids... of all ages. Inspired golfers and aspiring artists are sure to love this one.

At its best, the end result will.be an abstract creation that might even be mistaken for a Jackson Pollack.

For full instructions on this delightful DIY, head over to Happy Hooligans.... and bring your golf balls.


Monday

Golf Champion Jordan Spieth: Seven Signs He's Husband Material

A couple of months ago, when Jordan Spieth won his historic second major at Chamber's Bay, I wrote about the frothy response from female fans. The tweets and comments were hilarious, particularly when read in the aggregate, as they perfectly reflected the spirit of aspirational humor they were written in.

His well mannered graciousness and obvious dedication to family and friends... combined with rapidly rising wealth... make, Jordan Spieth a classic "catch".  Several of his social media suitors even used the somewhat antiquated, but oddly endearing term "husband material" to describe the ascending champion.

Now that the talented 22-year-old has won the Tour Championship AND clinched the Fedex Cup, I'm guessing he's gone from "husband material" to "total husband material" in the eyes of his adoring fans. And when you look at the classic criteria for "husband material" I think you've got to agree.

Women's lifestyle blog AllWomensTalk published a useful guide: Seven Signs He's Husband Material and sure enough, each one seems to apply perfectly to Mr. Spieth... in both his golf and his day-to-day life... and that, I'd venture to say, is pretty impressive.

Now please don't go chastising me for promoting precocious marriage... or marriage in general, for that matter... this is simply a lighthearted look at how one particular type of fan might be inspired by the phenomenon that is Jordan Spieth.


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Friday

From Summer's Severity To Autumn Awesomeness, Fabulous Fall Golf

Pound Ridge Golf Club, Pound Ridge, NY.  A Stellar Spot for Autumn Golf...just north of NYC



Autumn is officially underway.  And while it's more noticeable in some areas than others, just about everywhere you go there are changes taking place that signal the approach of winter. 

Winter. If you're a golfer... and you don't live in the so-called sunbelt... you're probably dreading it, but that's all the more reason to enjoy the sublime season that precedes it: Autumn. 


John Updike, who wrote so lyrically about life and love in mid century America, described Autumn golf as "a kind of afterlife, with the summer's severe reckonings left far behind", and this, perhaps better than anything else I've read, captures the uniquely liberating nature of the recreational, post-season round.  


Over the next couple of weeks I'll be sharing tips and tales from my own Autumn rounds, and highlighting some of the courses and resorts I've been to where Autumnal golf is exceptionally sublime. 


And fall golf fashion! We'll be talking about that too. It happens to be particularly wonderful this year.

In the meantime, let my favorite Five Fabulous Things About Autumn Golf inspire you, because the first official weekend of Autumn is about to begin.


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