Today was a luncheon with my Red Hat friends. There are 20 women in our chapter, and we've been meeting every month for the past 6+ years. It's a really nice group, and I enjoy the get-togethers, but I have to say - I really hate the dressing-in-red-and-purple-with-red-hats part of it. As my friend Sharon and I have said, we feel like Senior Hookers. Very embarrassing walking down the street. Another thing I really don't like is the "hat hair" we inevitably end up with after the hat comes off - flat and squashed.
I remember one time when we went to a garden/nursery called Surreybrooke for lunch and a tour. It was in summer, and the temperature was in the high 80's, with humidity to match. Sharon was wearing a hat that she had spray painted with red paint, and she was afraid to remove her hat for fear her blond hair would be streaked with red. So even though we were all sweltering and sweating and had taken our own hats off, Sharon kept hers on. When she got home and took off her hat, she was right - her hair was red!
This photo was taken last October, and everyone was supposed to dress in costume. Sharon dressed as Maxine, with a cigarette holder and Margarita glass, and I wore my red silky pajamas and a red and purple night cap. And we went this way to a restaurant in broad daylight!