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Guest Blogger - HATalk E-magazine RHS Blog Post

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 5, 2017

The January issue of HATalk e-magazine is out now and we've got some articles that I think you'll really love this month...

 

For instance, we featured some amazing hats by Maor Zabar, an Israeli milliner, which are true works of art as well as fashion items. Maor made our cover hat (photo by Jude Moscovich), which was inspired by the carnivorous pitcher plant, and tells us all about how he did it inside.

 

We've also got a great tutorial for you. Catherine Kelly, a hat designer from Australia, demonstrated how to make these beautiful ribbon flowers and all that you need to try making them at home is some grosgrain ribbon, scissors, a needle and some thread!

 

 

HATalk subscribers can download the full instructions right here

 

Did you know that you can get a huge discount off our normal subscription price just because you're in the Red Hat Society? To get this special RHS deal, go to www.hatalk.com and click on 'Subscribe.' Choose 'Sign up Now' and fill in your details. Now, before you submit your payment details, click on the blue box at the top of the page that says 'Have a coupon?' and enter the coupon code rhs2016. The price instantly drops from $60 a year to just $20 a year!

 

 

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You are invited to join your Red (and Pink) Hat Sisters for an experience of a lifetime, where joy, laughter and the electricity of fun and friendship reign supreme in the city that never sleeps!  Let this serve as your official invitation to the Red Hat Society's 2017 Hats in the City International Convention in New York, New York.

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RHS - NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 29, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

 

One of the best things about the beginning of a new year is that we all have a chance to start a new beginning.  Here are some things that we can all have a lot LESS of and so much MORE of...enjoy!



LESS                               MORE

Talking                             Listening

Planning                          Doing

Soda                               Tea

Junk Food                       Salads

Complaining                   Encouraging

Worrying                         Hoping

Doubting                         Believing

Lazing Around                Working Out

Frowning                        Smiling

Insecurity                       Trust

Weakness                      Confidence

Ignorance                       Understanding

Fighting                          Loving

Ungratefulness               Gratitude

Working                          Playing

Sitting                             Dancing

Black                              Red, Purple, Pink and Lavender

 

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SUE'S CORNER

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Dear Red and Pink Hatters,

Happy (almost) New Year – a chance for new beginnings, at least symbolically.  Many of us make New Year’s resolutions, usually involving some sort of personal changes in our lives.  Resolutions usually consist of either of trying to form new, positive habits (starting an exercise program) or committing to breaking a bad habit (smoking).  Whether you choose to try one or both of these types of behavior modifications you are making a vow to make a change in your life.  But even when you really want to do this you will find it hard.  It’s so much easier to continue to live life on automatic pilot.  Change involves breaking old patterns and few of us can accomplish this without major discomfort.  I’ve heard it said that “the only person who likes change is a baby with a wet diaper,” and that kind of says it all, don’t you agree?

As we grow older, we seem to like the general idea of change, in the world in general, less and less.  We’ve all watched our elders resist change and probably thought that we would never be like them.  But we understand how they felt now, as we, ourselves, get closer to the age they were then.  When my husband and I bought our first house my husband’s grandfather asked the price.  When we told him he raised his eyebrows in amazement and exclaimed “Why there’s not a house in this world that’s worth $34,000!”  (Can you imagine what he’d say these days?)   

In my opinion we have every right to bemoan at least some of the changes that life forces on us because they come upon us so fast and just keep coming!  The easy area to point to, of course, is technology.  Just when we learned to use email we were challenged to text; then, just as we started texting we were challenged to tweet.  Now there Instant Messaging, Instagram, etc...  The faster I run, the “behinder” I get!   And so, it goes – in oh, so many areas!  I honestly believe that there are too many changes, coming into far too rapid succession, for the comfort of anyone over the age of around 35.  But grumbling about it won’t make them stop; it will only irritate those who have to listen to it.

So I’m going to attempt a personal attitude adjustment: I’m going to change my reaction to change - to make a bigger effort to roll with the punches, so to speak.  I’m going to keep in mind that change is, by no means, always a bad thing.  I may be discomfited at times, but the fact is that the world has always been in the process of changing - and it always will be.  The world is moving ahead and I want to move with it.

So... bring it on, 2017!  

In friendship,

Sue Ellen, Exalted Queen Mother

 

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You are invited to join your Red (and Pink) Hat Sisters for an experience of a lifetime, where joy, laughter and the electricity of fun and friendship reign supreme in the city that never sleeps!  Let this serve as your official invitation to the Red Hat Society's 2017 Hats in the City International Convention in New York, New York.

 

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THE RED HAT SOCIETY LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE PROVIDING MEMBERS WITH ROBUST & PRIVATE SOCIAL NETWORKING EXPERIENCE

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 20, 2016

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Print & Broadcast Media

December 15, 2016

Fullerton, CA December 15, 2016 -- The Red Hat Society®, one of the world’s premier women’s organizations, has launched a new website platform offering private social networking capabilities providing an even richer online Member experience.  The “Facebook-esque” platform offers Members the ability to speak directly with one another through advanced messaging capabilities, chat in a Members’ forum area, submit and view events happening in their local area, plan trips to meet Sisters around the world and so much more!  Playing online will only enhance the play offline by fostering meaningful relationships with other Members through a technology designed to enhance their connections to one another and the Society as a whole.  Queens (the leaders of local Chapters of the RHS) now have their own Chapter Group viewable only to their “Chapterettes” providing a private event calendar, chat area, document sharing, and event registration tools, in addition to bulk email and messaging capabilities.

With this new website launch, the Society takes its royal place alongside some of the world’s most powerful social networking sites.  What makes The Red Hat Society’s online tool so unique is that the users are boomer women with an affinity to the RHS lifestyle of fun and friendship.

The Red Hat Society® began with the gift of a red hat and has grown into a universal symbol for women around the globe.  The Red Hat Society® encourages women of any age to join (those under 50 wear pink hats until they “reduate,” while those over 50 wear red hats), emphasizing the value of cross-generational friendships and mentoring.  The social message behind the first red hat has resonated with millions of women around the globe, regardless of race, creed, occupation, age, or socio-economic status. 

By word of mouth, the purest form of viral marketing, The Red Hat Society® grew at a rapid pace thus garnering the Popular Culture and American Culture Association’s 2008 Award for its “Contribution to Popular Culture and American Culture.”  The Society has been the focus of major publications, ten books (one of which reached the New York Times Best Seller list), television and other media, in addition to having The Red Hat Society brand appear on a myriad of products.  Pop Culture status was truly achieved when The Red Hat Society® was the focus of an episode of the longest running animated series, THE SIMPSONS, in which Marge Simpson joins a local Red Hat Society® chapter. 

CEO, Debra Granich states, “This new website tool was the natural ‘next step’ in our commitment to connecting like-minded women to new friends and enriching their lives through the power of fun and friendship.  This advance in technology means women can join the Society and within minutes, be connected to other Hatters by geography or similar interests.  We are committed to staying at the forefront of technology.” 

For more information on the Red Hat Society®, contact Emily Yost, Marketing Director at 714-888-8132 or Emily@redhatsociety.com.

 

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You are invited to join your Red (and Pink) Hat Sisters for an experience of a lifetime, where joy, laughter and the electricity of fun and friendship reign supreme in the city that never sleeps!  Let this serve as your official invitation to the Red Hat Society's 2017 Hats in the City International Convention in New York, New York.

 

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THE RED HAT REVOLUTION

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 15, 2016

One of the premier women's social organizations in the world, the Red Hat Society® based in Fullerton, CA, began with the gift of a red hat and has grown into a universal symbol for women around the globe as they victoriously celebrate turning 50 and entering into the next phase of their lives. The social message behind the first red hat has resonated with millions of women around the globe regardless of race, creed, occupation, age or socio-economic status. Today, it is commonplace to see Red Hat Society® members out frolicking and embracing life to the fullest in their now famous symbol, the "Red Hat."

 

HOW IT STARTED

In the fall of 1997, on a trip to Tucson, AZ, Sue Ellen Cooper impulsively paid $7.50 for an old red fedora in a thrift shop. When a good friend was nearing a "fifty-ish" birthday, Sue Ellen cast about for an idea for an original gift. Inspired by a well-known poem, Warning, which begins "When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple, with a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me. " she wanted to encourage her friend to grow older in a playful manner. She gave her friend a red hat of her own suggesting that she keep it as a reminder to grow older playfully - on her terms.

The symbolism behind the red hat had a profound impact on women Sue Ellen encountered. Those women responded by donning their own red hats and entering a new women's movement embracing a renewed outlook on life filled with fun and friendship, fulfilling lifelong dreams.

The Red Hat Society® was born. No longer would maturing women be invisible to society. They simply are not done yet!

 

THE GROWTH EXPLOSION

The Red Hat Society® membership exploded through word of mouth, the purest form of viral marketing, growing from 2 chapters in 1999 to over 40,000 chapters worldwide within five years. Women everywhere resonated with the positive ideas of fun and friendship promoted by the Red Hat Society®, and they were not about to be left out!

The Society quickly became the focus of major publications, ten books (one of which reaching the New York Times Best Sellers list,) television and other media, in addition to having the Red Hat Society® brand appear on a myriad of products. From Macy's to WalMart, the Red Hat Society's world famous brand was everywhere.

The Society was the focal point of the musical HATS! that was launched in 2006 and continues to be performed today. They were recognized with an award by the Pop Culture Association and American Culture Association in 2008. Pop Culture status was truly achieved when the Red Hat Society® was the focus of an episode on the longest running animated series, The Simpsons, in which Marge Simpson joins a local Red Hat Society® chapter.

 

MOVING FORWARD

With chapters around the globe, the Red Hat Society® stresses the things that all women have in common in relation to their life experiences. They reach out, with red-gloved hands, to invite all women to join with them on their march to (tongue-in-cheek) take over the world!

They have become their own women's movement – not strident, not angry – with a strong emphasis on the positive aspects of life, stressing the importance of friendship and sisterhood, the value of play, and a determination to find the good in life everywhere possible. They promote respect for all and the value of good will and good humor. Although their original focus was on women of 50 or older, the Red Hat Society® encourages women of any age to join (those under 50 wear pink hats until they "reduate"), emphasizing the value of cross-generational friendships and mentoring. They believe that their philosophy is ageless, and has universal appeal. They are always delighted to see mothers, their daughters and granddaughters creating their own "Red Hat Legacy" as they play together.

Today, you will find the Red Hat Society® and its members organically infused in all areas of life. From novels to a sea of Red Hatters parading in events around the world, the Red Hat has forever changed the world's view of women.

Click here to download a copy of The “Red Hat Revolution”

 

Not a member of the Red Hat Society? There's only one, join the fun!


You are invited to join your Red (and Pink) Hat Sisters for an experience of a lifetime, where joy, laughter and the electricity of fun and friendship reign supreme in the city that never sleeps!  Let this serve as your official invitation to the Red Hat Society's 2017 Hats in the City International Convention in New York, New York.

 

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Guest Blogger - HATalk E-magazine RHS Blog Post

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 8, 2016

Guest blogger Becky Weaver, Editor of HATalk e-magazine, shares an easy and inexpensive boa project which would make a great Christmas present - especially if you make it in red and purple!

What you will need

Various Types of Yarn - To make a really interesting boa, you will need several types and thicknesses of yarn, fancy thread or fine cord. Colors can be completely random or themed, depending on personal choice. The boa will feel more luxurious if some of the yarns are thick and soft. It will look more glamorous if there are fine threads and sparkling elements incorporated. You will also need a medium weight yarn, preferably with a polyester or other man-made fiber content for strength, as the lacing yarn which holds the boa together.

 

Card Stock Paper or Poster Board - Cut a piece of rigid card into a simple U-shape (as shown below). This U-shaped device can made in virtually any size, with arms of any thickness. The width of the yarn loops will be half the distance between the outside arms of the U.

Note: To demonstrate this method, we have shown just one of the boa yarns being used - a heavyweight yarn with flecks; with the lacing yarn - an orange-brown double knitting (worsted weight) acrylic yarn. Pictures are in the thumbnails below.

1. Start by forming a loop with a slipknot near the end of the lacing yarn. Place the end of the boa yarn through the loop, but don’t pull the loop tight. Hold the loop and bottom of the card U (in the first photo, the hand has moved slightly away from this position so that you can see what is happening). Take the boa yarn in the other hand and wind it once round each arm of the U, passing between them to form a ‘Figure 8.’

2. Now turn the lacing yarn loop so that it lies on top of the wound boa yarn, in the centre of the U. Push the lacing yarn which lies behind through the loop to form another loop. Pull gently on this new loop and you will close the first loop, tightening it on the boa yarns going through it. Wind the boa yarn around the arms of the U as before and push the lacing yarn up through the new new loop. Pull tight once again.

3. Repeat the process described until the arms of the U are full. Carefully slide off the wound yarn and place it on the card U at the bottom, just where you placed the first loop in the lacing yarn. You can now continue for as long as you wish, winding the boa yarn and holding everything together with the lacing yarn loops.

4. When you have created sufficient length, cut the lacing yarn, put the end through the last loop and pull tight. It is advisable to either sew down over the lacing yarn loops in the centre of the boa with a sewing machine, or to backstitch over them by hand. This will make the boa much more secure. When you have finished sewing, simply give your boa a shake to fluff it up and it’s ready to use!

5. As you can see, we have made the boa in two different widths. The one on the left is suitable for use as a hatband. It was made on a narrower U-shaped card which measured approximately 5 inches from side to side (across the arms of the U). The wider boa on the right could be used as a scarf and was made on a U which measured approximately 7 inches from side to side.

This project was originally featured in HATalk Issue 9. To see more great hats and download over a hundred DIY projects, subscribe to HATalk e-magazine today! Red Hat Society Members get $40 off the normal subscription price by entering coupon code rhs2016 at the checkout page of www.hatalk.com.

Becky Weaver - HATalk Editor

 

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You are invited to join your Red (and Pink) Hat Sisters for an experience of a lifetime, where joy, laughter and the electricity of fun and friendship reign supreme in the city that never sleeps!  Let this serve as your official invitation to the Red Hat Society's 2017 Hats in the City International Convention in New York, New York.

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De-Stress Yourself – Red Hat Society Style

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Are you feeling it? The stress of the holiday preparations, the post-election news, the loss of dear friends … it seems as 2016 draws to a close, the stress just keeps building.  STOP!!! REGROUP!!! 2017 is going to be a year full of peace, love and joy. That’s our byline and we’re sticking to it.

Here are 100 ways I’m going to GET OFF the roller coaster and sail smoothly into 2017.    

  • Get up 15 minutes earlier
  • Prepare for the morning the night before
  • Avoid tight fitting clothes
  • Avoid relying on chemical aids
  • Set appointments ahead
  • Don't rely on my memory -- write it down
  • Practice preventive maintenance
  • Make duplicate keys
  • Say "no" more often
  • Set priorities
  • Avoid negative people
  • Use time wisely
  • Simplify meal times
  • Always make copies of important papers
  • Anticipate my needs
  • Repair anything that doesn't work properly
  • Ask for help with jobs I dislike
  • Break large task into bit size portions
  • Look at problems as challenges
  • Look at challenges differently
  • Unclutter my life
  • Smile
  • Be prepared for rain
  • Tickle a baby
  • Pet a friendly dog/cat
  • Don't know/have all the answers
  • Look for a silver lining
  • Say something nice to someone
  • Teach a kid to fly a kite
  • Walk in the rain
  • Schedule play time into everyday
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Be aware of the decisions I make
  • Believe in yourself
  • Stop saying negative things to yourself
  • Visualize yourself winning
  • Develop your since of humor
  • Stop thinking tomorrow will be a better today
  • Have goals for yourself
  • Dance a jig
  • Say "hello" to a stranger
  • Ask a friend for a hug
  • Look up at the stars
  • Practice breathing slowly
  • Learn to whistle
  • Read a poem
  • Listen to a symphony
  • Watch a ballet
  • Read a story curled up in bed
  • Do a brand new thing
  • Stop a bad habit
  • Buy yourself a flower
  • Take time to smell the flowers
  • Find support from others
  • Ask someone to by your "vent-partner"
  • Do it today
  • Work at being cheerful and optimistic
  • Put safety first
  • Do everything in moderation
  • Pay attention to your appearance
  • Strive for excellence not perfection
  • Stretch your limits a little each day
  • Look at a work of art
  • Hum a jingle
  • Maintain your weight
  • Plant a tree
  • Feed the birds
  • Practice grace under pressure
  • Stand up and stretch
  • Always have a plan "B"
  • Learn a new doodle
  • Memorize a joke
  • Be responsible for your feelings
  • Learn to meet your own needs
  • Become a better listener
  • Know your limitations and let others know them, too
  • Tell someone to have a good day in pig Latin (or jibberish)
  • Throw a paper airplane
  • Exercise everyday
  • Learn the words to new song
  • Get to work early
  • Clean out a closet
  • Play patty cake with a toddler
  • Go on a picnic
  • Take a different route to work (or the grocery store)
  • Put air freshener in your car
  • Watch a movie and eat popcorn
  • Writ a note to a far-away friend
  • Go to a ball game and scream
  • Cook a meal and eat it by candlelight
  • Recognize the importance of unconditional love
  • Remember that stress is an attitude
  • Keep a journal
  • Practice a monster smile
  • Remember you always have options
  • Have a support network of people, places and things
  • Quit trying to fix other people
  • Get enough sleep
  • Freely praise other people
  • Talk less and listen more

Bonus: Relax, Take each day at a time...you have the rest of your life to live!

Inspirations from Honolulu.hawaii.edu  Compliments of Sunny Mathews

Not a member of the Red Hat Society? There's only one, join the fun!

You are invited to join your Red (and Pink) Hat Sisters for an experience of a lifetime, where joy, laughter and the electricity of fun and friendship reign supreme in the city that never sleeps!  Let this serve as your official invitation to the Red Hat Society's 2017 Hats in the City International Convention in New York, New York.

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