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Take a leisurely scroll down the page to learn more about hat making, workshops or the many people, places and things that give me inspiration. In short, this blog filled to the brim with the musings and adventures of a modern-day millinerd. So pour yourself a nice cup of tea and indulge with me.

A Saucy Belle! Once Upon A Time Season 3 Finale Features my Deco Cloche!

  It was a wonderful surprise to see one of my hats being featured as part of such a wonderful costume and scene on Sunday’s season three finale of ABC’s Once Upon A Time. Belle’s whole outfit was postively romantic and in line with her classic, aesthetic. I’ve been coveting her wardrobe ever since she got out of her hospital gown and into all those cute frocks and skirts and blouses, in Season One.       I made this romantic, ‘Deco Cloche’, using a very high quality millinery fur felt (shown here in Winter White) which I hand form over an antique 1920’s wooden hat form, and I trimmed it with a soft, draping hat band and bow, which sits on the longer side of the asymmetrical brim.  This is a tight-to-the-head fitting cloche, also called a helmut cloche, and it’s asymmetrical quality makes it a very becoming and …Read more

Blue Tops Out in Saucy Rad Hatter

I thought I would feature this lovely little cocktail sized topper  actress Keegan Connor Tracy (Bates Motel, Once Upon A Time) wore on the red carpet at Vancouver’s Fashion Week, in March.     She looked stunning, pairing it with a beautiful custom corset from Lace Embrace atelier, handmade from antique Japanese kimono silk, in a lush apple green.         Some of you already know how fond I am of the Top Hat silhouette – I created 2 seasons’ worth of magic Portal hats for ABC’s Once Upon A Time! You can read about that amazing experience in various other blog entries. 😉 Just take a scroll back.       This delightful and versatile hat is from my Saucy Milliner LBH Collection – a series of elaborate, one-of dress hats I create as and when inspiration strikes. Usually I dip into my precious stash of unique …Read more

Derby Daze: Saucy Milliner hats Available in Louisville!!

Firstly, apologizes for the delinquency in regular blog posts! Yikes! I have so many half baked entries that need finishing, and I promise to do so once the flurry of preparing hats for Derby settles, a bit! I need to tell you all about my adventures in NYC and my week of hatting in Nashville and everything in between! When I was a young Saucy Pup, growing up in Cape Breton, my beloved grampa Dunlap would often take me down to the track to watch the sulky racers train the horses and he would tell me stories about when he used to race his own horses, before I was born. I couldn’t get enough of his tales and re-enactments of the more dramatic races, and stories of mischief the jockeys would get up to. I remember him making quite the occasion out of watching the big thoroughbred races with me …Read more

‘The Province’ features The Saucy Milliner as a Fall Fashion Must Have!

Thank you to Crystal Carson and The Province for featuring my new Northern River fedora as one of Fall fashion’s must-haves! My new Autumn Winter collection is inspired by color palettes from some of my favorite Tom Thompson paintings.  This beaver finish (long nap fur felt) fedora in a deep, gun metal grey, is adorned with real porcupine quills for an extra bit of a Canadiana feel and is called ‘Northern River’, after his 1915 painting of the same name – a piece, which for me, evokes a cold, remote but serene feel. I love the deep, dark  hues that play in the shadows. ‘Northern River’ can be made in a 22″ or 22.5″ head size and is available in several colors including black, navy, red, wine, hunter green and chocolate brown.  Each hat is custom made to order by myself, in my Vancouver atelier. $345 The rest of the …Read more