devon horse show ladies’ day hat contest & tea 2012

Today I was a lady who lunched.  I went to the Ladies’ Day Tea at Devon Horse Show.  I arrived too late for the actual hat parade and contest, but the flora and fauna were out in fine feathers….some literally feathers, yes.

Enjoy the photos…I loved a lot of the hats, saw a lot of familiar faces, met some new ladies. 







I will admit that some of the fascinators were more than fascinating and a couple made me check the wall when I came home to see if that Pheasant was still hanging there.  I guess my issue with the birds of it all is that to me, a Pheasant is a fall bird, not a spring one. To me, those hats, were just taxidermy run amok.  But to each their own, perhaps my beautiful and more traditional black summer straw hat wasn’t to their liking, either.

There was also a tossed salad on a hat….and a very red cocktail dress before 5 p.m. There was a little bit of everything, and a dash of this and that.   Fun people watching.

We each got a nifty gift bag with a bunch of fun stuff, including cute earrings from Lisi Lerch.  The jazz ensemble is a group I actually heard in Sanatoga at a restaurant called Cutillos.

Saw society photogs doing their thing – Susan Scovill (and Susan’s photos from the preview of this event, held this past March, can be found HERE), Maggie Henry Corcoran, and Hugh E Dillon of PhillyChitChat who was there taking photos for Philadelphia Magazine. There were also a million other cameras there, some shooting for the Devon Horse Show and I am not sure where else. Bill Henley was there from NBC10.

It was like being in a room of exotic birds as there were hats and dresses of every hue and shade.  I ended up having a terrific time.  To be honest, I wasn’t so sure in the beginning because I used to attend a lot of things like this, but  I only go to occasional events now.  And when you are out of practice, it can be a tough room, especially with all that estrogen running around in a confined space.  But once the room settled in I saw many friends and had a delightful morning and early afternoon.

Photos will be loaded here, on mainlineclicks on Flickr and some on the Simple Shots Photography Facebook Page.

So yes, I came, I socialized, I lunched…and had a LOT of fun!

(And if you decide you like this blog, there is still time to nominate it for a Country Living Blue Ribbon Blogger Award!)

16 thoughts on “devon horse show ladies’ day hat contest & tea 2012

  1. OUCH. It was one of my hats. I made them all. Sorry for referring to you affectionately. I’ll leave you to your snark. But yes! I love the word bevy!

      • My mistake then. Glad to know your pheasant is still on your wall. It hurts to have your creations referred to “unseasonal” and “unattractive” but you’re right- Just one opinion, thankfully. I would never insult your black straw hat but I guess that’s because I have absolutely no opinion about it whatsoever. You’re not snarky, you’re not a darling, you’re a beautiful and wonderful human being just like me. xoxo Beth Beverly

      • Oh LOL. I am so glad you have no opinion about my hat…I will sleep much better knowing that! And yes, I am a wonderful, I am so glad you noticed. You all are very pretty women, and I am sorry, I just can’t see rocking it with the taxidermy for a chapeau. But then again, I did not care for Lady Gaga’s meat attire, either.

  2. If they were remotely attractive then I would ponder a possible purchase. Alas they are not & they are quite laughable at best while making a mockery of those true milliners whom bring their craft to another level. So while you wish to draw attention even with the nipple shot it may not be what you seek. Not a mainline lady you will ever be…..

    Never repurpose a hat either fyi..

  3. You are fabulous at supporting the popular image of publicists being shallow witches. If you deal in public image and perception you may want to dial back on your bile – clearly you do not know who you are besmirching in your screed. I was invited to this event this year and thankfully I did not attend as it is clearly populated by self-important, deluded cows clingy to dusty notions of “society.”

    • SpareMeFauxcialites – this is a blog. If you actually read what I wrote, I liked the event a lot – it was very pretty. Any commentary was on the cast of characters, which is not so unusual, everyone does it, I watched some women do it yesterday in earshot of women they were being rather cruel about. I was not a publicist for this event, I was a paying guest. I went to support lovely women who work on the horse show. What I found after sort of ditching the social scene for a decade was very amusing to me, and they have no control over that, nor does it reflect on them as it is simply what is out there today. Sorry if your feathers are ruffled, but having an opinion is completely allowed by law and society. I am not shallow, but then again, I do not have to defend my opinions to anyone. Having survived breast cancer, people like you can’t really bother me as in the scheme of life you are rather unimportant in your ire. You are however, entitled to your opinion which is why I am allowing your comment to be posted.

      Thanks for reading and you have a great day!

      Dear readers, this charming missive is bought to you by the below – I doubt that is who they registered as, because people like this never leave their real information:

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  5. The Hat Contest panel of judges, which included a professional milliner, chose Beth Beverly’s fabulous topper as one of only 6 prize winners out of a field of over 200 contestants! Yes, it’s evident that everyone is entitled to an opinion.

  6. Wow, you “ladies” are something else! So insecure you had to post the same comment in 2 posts? Take a little pill, have a ill drinky, you’ll feel better….

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  8. I am just laughing at the back and forth…Chestercountyramblings, I love your blog:-) And I just wanted to comment that the black and white of the woman in the chair is absolutely stunning, the woman herself and the photograph:-)

    • Hi Marcy! Thank you very much for the kind compliment. There are more photos on Simple Shots Photography: Magic of Ordinary Days on Facebook. I really appreciate your stopping by!

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