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What is a Fascinator or Fascinator Hat?

By La Coco Rouge 

Now that Kate Middleton has taken the world by storm with her fabulous styled hats, I am asked less often “what is a fascinator?”

Fascinators and fascinator hats are setting a new trend for fashion on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.  Europeans have always had a special love for these dainty and bold headpieces and it looks as though the US is falling in line.

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There used to be a discernible difference between the term “cocktail hat” and “fascinator” but like all true melting pots the terms are merging to become one.  I rarely hear the term cocktail hat anymore and wonder if the term may be falling into disuse due to its upstart and trendy “new” cousin.

Today a fascinator and fascinator hat is attached to the hair via combs, pins, clips, headband or elastic.  If it requires fastening to stay on the head – chances are good it’s a fascinator.  If it has a brim or sidewalls it’s a hat.

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Most fascinators and fascinator hats, not all, will start with a base of some kind and then other materials are added such as feathers, flowers, pearls, sequins, ribbons, brooches, etc.

It used to be that these were worn for formal occasions but today you can see them sold in stores as daily accessory wear.

These hairpiece accessories can be used to complement a fancy hairstyle or to dress up a simple and casual look.  Note that the more elaborate the headpiece the more attention will be focused on it so style light on the rest of the outfit and use accent pieces sparingly.

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The flapper generation spawned a delicious flurry of headpieces and hair wear.  Their short hair styles and simply cut dress fashions encouraged elaborate hair accessories.

Visit the team member shops of WedEclectic to find your own beauty for your upcoming wedding…or just for fun!

Art Deco Done Richly

Art Deco (1920’s) style is a favorite of many Wed Eclectic team members.  Here are a few rich visuals to get you in the loving mood too! Art Deco Bezel Set Old European Cut Diamond Engagement  Ring 2.01 Carats Circa 1930's

1920's Flapper inspired Wedding Gown

Art Deco Antique Bracelet 1920s, High Art Deco JewelryAntique Vintage 20s Ivory-Creme Silk Scalloped Floral Net Lace Flapper Wedding Dress, Silk Rosettes, Old Hollywood Art Deco, WOW

GLAMOUR AMORE Deco gown REDUCEDCirca 1920's Pendant Earrings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Photo Editing

You can have great photos, even if you don’t have the budget to pay your photographer to edit them all for you!  Many photographers offer a limited number of edited JPEGs in your photo package.  But, if you have other good shots and even a very basic editing program, you can take mediocre pictures to memories worth keeping!  (Most computers come with a basic photo-editing program, but if yours doesn’t have one, you can do most of the following with just the editing programs that photo-ordering sites provide.)

First, let’s take a look at our original shot:
Original image
Before we do anything else, let’s get our dimensions where we want them.  I opted to crop this image to an 8×10″; make sure that you crop it to whatever dimensions will best suit your needs.  (Standard photo albums hold 4×6″ photos.)  *Hint: off-centering your subject(s) a little can make a more interesting picture.*  So, here is the cropped picture:
Now, on this picture, the shadows are so deep you can’t really see the faces.  I went to the “brighten” tool and just lightened it until the faces were more visible.  Be careful with this tool (especially if your dress is white!), because if you overdo it, you tend to lose some definition in the brighter areas of the picture.  Here is the shot brightened up:
As, you probably noticed, just brightening it made the dark parts of the picture (in the background, etc.) look a little too bright, so I also want to adjust the contrast.  You can make the contrast higher–more bright in the light places and darker in the shadows–or lower–making the brights duller and the shadows lighter.  Depending on your picture, either of these options can be helpful, so play around with it some, to get the image where you want it!  I heightened the contrast here:
This shot looks pretty good, but just as a fun final alternative, I also decided to play with the saturation (color intensity) tool on the following shots.  On the first, I took the saturation down, until the shot looked almost black and white.  The second, I took the saturation up, which just makes the colors pop a little more.  Figure out your preferences and edit accordingly!
These are all pretty easy and quick fixes, but you can easily see how making just those small adjustments makes a BIG difference in the final photo!  Don’t be afraid to try different things until you get just what you want!
This post courtesy of –Amanda of ArtisanMaskers
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>Gold and Silver Hour – A Collection

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‘Gold & Silver Hour’ by MoonshineBaby

Pretty shiny things for the magpie in us all! Spend that special day feeling treasured in resplendent in gifts of silver & gold! For more unique wedding ideas, visit the Offbeat Etsy Weddings Team blog: http://offbeatetsyweddings.blogspot.com/

Wings of Time – Ste…

$230.00
giant Hood silver L…

$68.00
Shoes,Bridal,Fall W…

$225.00
Statement Bridal Be…

$185.00
grey corset overbus…

$375.00
Oh Honey. Silkscree…

$30.00
Black and white orc…

$8.00
Confucius – Orienta…

$28.00
Steampunk brooch bo…

$33.00
Bridal Birdcage Vei…

$49.00
Gold Dust Falls CUS…

$525.00
Custom Flower Girl …

$30.00
Handmade Grey Hair …

$18.00
The Dillon Boutonni…

$12.00
Hip Steampunk Mens …

$110.00
Black and Gold Feat…

$68.00

>Hollywood Style Accessories

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Hollywood is the place of dreams and glitz.  Accessories adorned with feathers seem to add that little something extra that Hollywood pulls of too well.  Here is a little sampling of Hollywood styled accessories.
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