Hats: A Mad Good Time!

By Abby and Elle

We love hats, but Abby’s the lucky one because hats (seriously, like all hats, even army helmets) look like they were made just for her. Elle, on the other hand, has a surprisingly small head, so unless she’s wearing a hat designed for a toddler, it immediately falls down over her eyes. We’re not kidding.

So in an attempt to find the perfect (adult) hat for Elle — and to see what this hat business is all about — we, along with some old friends and new friends, ventured out to Studio St. Marie in Rocky River, which is owned by Lee St. Marie. We share what we saw and what we learned below!

PS: Elle bought the grey cloche.

PPS: Leave us a comment and let us know which hat is your favorite!

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Soy Suits

By Abby and Elle

Last week we wrote about clothing made from hemp, and we promised to follow up with clothing made from soybeans. And, wow, is soy an amazing plant; it just might have more uses than hemp.

You can eat soy in a variety of forms, from edamame and soy sausage to tofu noodles (which, by the way, are super low in calories — yum!). But tofu clothing, really? Well, not tofu exactly; rather, soybean fibers, a natural by-product of food production.

Here’s what’s so great about soy clothing: Depending on how it’s woven, it can feel like cotton or cashmere. Clothing made from soy better protects you from UV rays, is more absorbent and dries faster than cotton. Soy clothing never shrinks or wrinkles, and never needs dry cleaning — a plus for the environment and your health.

Though there aren’t many shops that carry soy clothing, we uncovered some funky styles, below, from FairiesDance.com. Also, a quick search on Etsy turned up some winning styles — too many to show!

Soy Tank

Soy Tank from FairiesDance.com


Soy jumper from FairiesDance.com

Peek-a-Boo Top

Soy peek-a-boo top from FairiesDance.com

Stay tuned for a post on fall hats. We’re paying a visit to Studio St. Marie in Rocky River to try on new hats and vintage hats that have been restyled, which is almost as good as being crafted from soy.