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!)


The fab femmes of Main Line Media News - Maggie Henry Corcoran and Caroline Mangan O"Halloran

O.k. not that it has been a snowy winter or anything. Because it hasn’t and we all know this weather trend could mean a hot, hot summer and water restrictions.  But spring means horse show season is upon us and laste evening I was a guest at a little spring kick off event for The Devon Horse show at Ardmore Farmers Market.

As Susan Scovill reports:

On Thursday, March 21, 2012 the Ladies’ Day Committee of The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, guests and supporters gathered at the Ardmore Farmer’s Market in Ardmore for a pre-Devon Horse Show cocktail party. Ladies wearing their best hats exchanged news about the upcoming show, and of course, the Ladies’ Day Hat Competition and Champagne Tea set for Wednesday, May 30. The Devon Horse Show will run from May 24 through June 3, 2012.

Hats off to Spring was really fun!  But then again, my friend Jen McGowen never does

Hostess with the mostest Jen McGowen and Barbara Bowers Ward

anything that isn’t fun or fabulous!

Devon Horse Show is a tradition.  Visit them on the web by CLICKING HERE.

My friend Barb and myself had our photo taken by Susan Scovill.  We were garbed a little more traditionally, so we felt like we were photographed with the Spice Girls LOL. Looks like I am going to need another hat for the Ladies Day Hat Competition and Champagne Tea.  I know I am not that much of a hat person to wander about with birds on my head, but it’s a good excuse for a fun afternoon so I will have to see what kind of acceptable chapeau I can come up with.