I was thrilled to be asked to contribute to STORY magazine at the end of last year. I had actually made it a goal of 2013 to shoot for STORY and when Julie contacted in the last days of 2012 I couldn’t believe it. When I found out the story was about Fielden and her hats I was even more stoked. Fielden makes beautiful couture hats – visiting her studio was an amazing experience. I’ll admit that I’ve never thought of myself as a hat person, but trying on hats with Fielden and talking about the different styles… well, her enthusiasm is contagious. (Add to that my love for Downton Abbey and a general yearning for a simpler time; I think I may become a convert!) If you thought that hats in Kentucky were only about the Derby, you would be mistaken. Though Fielden is creating a collection Derby hats (that are amazing!), most of her hats are the type that you would wear more often. No special occasion needed – unless you, like me, would consider brunch (or happy hour) a special occasion, then this is right up your alley.
*special thanks to Meaghan for modeling! Part of the inspiration for this shoot came from a fun shoot that Meaghan and I did together last year.