Hat Season

Late fall and early winter is hat season for me. I love to wear hats because they give me a unique and eclectic style. I like to layer them with different scarves – I find matching sets boring and uninteresting. This tweed cap I’ve had 4ever and I’ve added floral embellishments to make it more feminine. It was my first DIY hat project.


My collection has a bit of everything from cloches to caps and pom-poms.


An alternative to hats is earmuffs. They keep your ears warm and sometimes that’s all you need depending on the temperature. These are from Kate Spade and are so fun. They also help you ignore people on the subway or in an elevator 😉 if you need to.


My newest hat was a feel good purchase. At a recent appointment at Princess Margaret Cancer Center their shop was having a hat sale. I picked up this beauty for $17 knowing some of the money is going towards helping women with image issues associated with cancer treatment. Win-Win.


Queens Plate 2016

Cheers to all the fashionistas and their fabulous hats who attended the Queen’s Plate today at Woodbine Racetrack. Everyone looked so stylish in their summer dresses and fascinators. I got some great ideas for next next year’s event. At the Hats and Horseshoes Party, my friends and I sipped refreshing wine slushies from Girls Night Out Wines and tasted the Food Truck offerings.


It was exciting watching a full day of racing ending with the glamour event. For the race fans who may be reading…Sir Dudley Digges won the $1 million purse. Congratulations!

Here’s a close up at the 4 fascinators we wore today. They turned out so great and my friends were really excited to wear them.

I couldn’t resist making a miniature fascinator for the doll.


Event Planning

This year modacarta has been invited to the Queen’s Plate horse race. The Queen’s Plate is part of the Canadian Triple Crown and is the oldest horse in North America to run consecutively.

An event like this is all about the hats. I decided to challenge myself and make a fascinator. A fascinator is a little hat that gets clipped to the hair and is highly decorative. It’s popular at the Kentucky Derby and Melbourne Cup. At Royal Ascot the dress code was changed in 2012 making it mandatory for female racegoers to wear hats – not fascinators. My full DIY journey was on Instagram and still viewable on my profile @modacarta.


I started doing some research online and found some great ideas as well as some patterns to use for the form. The original pattern I downloaded was too big for my head so I trimmed it down until it fit perfectly.


Corrugate worked best for the base. Some blogs suggested plastic yogurt containers but it was hard to work with and the decorative paper didn’t adhere well.

fas_decorThe best part was decorating the hat. I’m not a milliner and I don’t have a sewing machine so fabric was out. I purchased flowers, feathers, pearls, paillettes and toile because I wasn’t sure how much I would need. It was around this time that my friends asked me to make fascinators for them for the race. YIKES! Time to get working.

My friends send me their outfit colours so I could start designing. I sent them flat representations for them to approve. That stage went really smoothly and I was able to design something unique for all three of them.

Next post – see the finished hats on the lovely horse-racing ladies!

Falling for Accessories

The weather is changing in Toronto – heading towards fall. There is still a lot of warmth in the afternoon but the mornings and evening are cool. Time to fall for some great fall accessories.


pashminaA huge trend right now is the blanket scarf. I love the idea and versatility but I’m petite so it tends to drown me. That’s why I opt for a pashmina. It’s also very versatile and provides great warmth for those chilly morning commutes. I like to loop it around my neck in what’s called a french loop.

scarfAnother great find is this wrap with hood combination from Hudson’s Bay.

It has great navajo inspo and if I don’t need the hood I can just tuck it in. This print in burgandy, grey and navy is on trend with the accessory colours this season.


hatsThis is my favourite hat. I have had for a few years and I have added the embellishments to it over time. The tweed is made up of tan, burgandy and brown so again it’s on trend and goes with so many outfits. It’s styled like a cap but has a short brim and a tight fit to make it more feminine. I added a silk scarf tied in a bow to mimic another huge trend – the pussy bow blouse.

Special to modacarta

I am now turning the blog over to my good friend Dace [Broc] Obrascovs from LA who will talk about gloves. We obviously need them in Canada starting in fall but they can provide benefits even in warmer climates. Take it away Dace…

special_glovesI have worn driving gloves for 24 years in LA and have NO age spots on my hands; only thing I am vain about. There’s a benefit for you!
I have around a dozen pairs from Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Holt Renfrew. I also have several pairs from Rome. The Italians make the best gloves with exquisite detailing and high quality leather. The fit is always perfect! When I can’t find them at my usual retailers I order online from Bruno and Fratelli Orsini. I have never worn cashmere lined gloves in LA because the weather is too warm. I always wear unlined or silk lined. For cold weather climates you can get by in unlined or silk lined until winter hits.


Until winter hits you can wear silk scarves to protect your neck from the wind and also for visual interest. Here’s a refresher on scarf tying.

Photo Credits

Fall Accessories – Model and Photographer Lori Tonizzo

Dace provided the photo of herself

Falling Doll – Lori Tonizzo *no dolls were injured during the shooting of this film

Tie One On – see film for credits