I love straw hats. I have owned a number of them and I love wearing them in the summer. After seeing Lover's Sacred Hearts collection, I wanted one that was more boater-like, with a black ribbon. I found this one for $2 -- it's not quite the same shape and I have to work on getting the brim more flat (heavy books? Some steam? Can you shape straw?) because it's a bit warped. It had a pink ribbon on it but I replaced it.
These hats always make me think of Marguerite Duras' The Lover -- which I suspect is a book that is beloved of Susien Chong as well.
They also make me think of a time when people hung straw hats decorated with fake flowers on the wall, usually in kitchens with duck motifs. Oh dear.
Just like everyone else, I've been hunting for a sailor-collared shirt for a while (I actually made one out of a lightweight wool in the fall but I never finished it!). I really love this blouse -- it looks much better worn than on the hanger. It's an XL but the fabric is so silk-like in its drape that I'll be able to wear it in a slouchy way. You can't see it here because this picture is so washed out, but it has a pale gold trim all the way around; I think I'm going to replace the buttons, though. I also found a linen Laura Ashley drop-waist sailor dress and another dress with a sailor collar but I was out of money (sigh) and had to leave them behind. Apparently it was '80s day at the thrift shop!
(Okay, so it's pretty much always '80s day at the thrift shop.)