New Kentucky Derby Hat in stock

Big, bold, bright, modern… all the things a true SHOW PONY wants when seeking a Kentucky Derby 2018 hat.

Not only does this canary yellow headpiece match the wallpaper (how cool!?) but, despite her formidable size, she’s actually really lightweight and comfortable to wear.

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We’ve launched a few similar styles in other colours too but, as they’re all handcrafted by us, you’ll generally find they all have their own personalities.

We reckon if this Derby hat was a person, she’d be a beach-loving, cocktail drinking, bright young thing.

The kind of girl we like.

PSST! Don’t forget that as we are New Zealand-based millinery designers, if you’re looking to purchase a Kentucky Derby hat you’ll need to do it ahead of time. Timing is getting tight but we’re still sending hats… check out our suggested Derby hat shipping deadlines here.

The SHOW PONIES

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ROYAL ASCOT 2018 HATS: Shipping Deadlines

IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO PURCHASE A HAT FROM US FOR ROYAL ASCOT 2018, READ ON.

If delivery to the UK is required, we suggest ordering your headpiece by ABSOLUTELY NO LATER than Thursday 7 June (the earlier, the better!) – which should hopefully mean you receive it by Monday 18 June* – literally just one day before the first day of Royal Ascot.

EEK! That’s super tight timing! (You could always just buy your Royal Ascot hat today & avoid all that stress…).

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At the time of publishing, the majority of our Royal Ascot hats are ready to be dispatched to the post office within two working days. That time may extend the closer we get to the event date due to an increase in orders so keep an eye out in our online boutique where we will update hat processing times accordingly.

If you see something you like online but would like it in another colour, please get in touch with us and see if it’s possible to make, and make within the timeframe.

Once your hat has been dispatched, it takes roughly 5-7 working days to get to the United Kingdom, though this is not guaranteed by our postal service provider.

We use New Zealand Post’s international courier service to ship all our hats and they stress that 5-7 working day timeframe is a best estimate only and NOT a guarantee of delivery.

So by working back from that and assuming you have selected a headpiece that has a 2 working day dispatch period, the absolute latest we suggest placing your order with us is Thursday 7 June 2017. From there, cross your fingers that there are no delays in the postal service! (It’s very rare, but it can and does happen).

* We cannot stress enough how important it is to purchase your headpiece well in advance of an event and that this cut-off date is the absolute final day we would ever suggest you purchase your hat by for Royal Ascot 20918. We are not responsible for hats that are delayed or lost in the postal service. It is up to you as the purchaser to take any issue up with the shipping provider.

Love!
The SHOW PONIES
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How to: Wear a headpiece / fascinator / hat

If you’re not quite sure how to wear your headpiece or fascinator, we’ve answered some of the most common questions below.

 

Which side of my head should a headpiece or fascinator be worn?

Ultimately, it’s the wearer’s choice however tradition dictates that headpieces should be worn on the right hand side of your head.

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Our friend Gina – she put the headpiece on the right, she hid the elastic AND it cut across her forehead. The girl nailed it. 

 

Why should headpieces be worn on the right hand side of the head?

This is an old tradition, stemming from the days of courtship when a couple might be out on the streets going for a long, romantic stroll. The men would stand on the left of their ladies, protecting them from passing carriages and the like, so the women would wear their headpieces on the right so that they wouldn’t block those pretty little faces from their beaus.

Certainly if you want to look knowledgeable in the world of millinery (or if you’re entering fashions on the field) you’d want to ensure your headpiece sits on the right hand side of your head, but as men have ‘evolved’ and ceased to protect us women from perceived dangers of roads, fashion too has evolved and so if you want to wear your hat on the left hand side of your head (or in front, or behind), then we say you should go for it.

In fact, a lot of our headpieces look better or are designed to sit in different positions, so there you go.

 

How far on the side of my head should the headpiece or fascinator sit?

So, we’ve mentioned that headpieces should sit on the right hand side of your head… but whereabouts on that side, you ask?

While a lot of this comes down to face shape & fit, ideally your headpiece would cut across the right hand side of your forehead just a tad.

If you have a headpiece with a round base, the base should ideally sit at an angle on the side of your head.

Of course, sometimes headpieces are designed – or just look so much better – being front-on, right at the back or even (sometimes…) flat on top.

Generally speaking though, aim for the right, aim to cover a bit of your forehead and don’t forget where any quills should be aiming either…

 

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Lovely Sarah showing how even a halo can sit to the right.

Speaking of those, where should my quills point?

If your headpiece has quills, you probably want to have them pointing from floor to ceiling (or at a slight angle) as opposed to lying flat and pointing from ear to ear.


I’ve got
a parting – do I hide or rock it?

Ideally, place your headpiece so it covers your parting (if you have one).  It’s not a rule, but trust us when we say you’ll thank us for it.

Not only might it hide any ‘in-desperate-need-of-a-colour’ roots, it also doesn’t put a dampener on any killer volume your hairdresser or blow drier worked tirelessly to produce.

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SHOW PONY Liv had a parting. So she swiped LEFT & chose to hide it. Meanwhile SHOW PONY Carrie had no choice but to face things front-on.


My hair elastic keeps slipping, what should I do?

Sometimes people just don’t ‘fit’ hair elastics. More often than not, this comes down to head or hat shape and, while it’s potentially tempting to just anchor that hair elastic around your chin, your headpiece is a hat, not a helmet and you’ll be committing a cardinal fashion sin if you go there.

Generally speaking, one of us SHOW PONIES definitely doesn’t ‘fit’ hair elastics, so unless we’ve anchored the headpiece down with a bun or pony tail, we go free range and just attach the hat via the inner comb & it stays all day (and night..!).

While anchoring hair elastics with a bun or ponytail will definitely help, so too will using bobby pins. Slip that into the hair elastic then go hard putting them through your hair.

While we’re chatting hair elastics, for aesthetic reasons you might like to ‘hide’ your hair elastic with your hair (certainly if you’re entering fashions in the field) but they’re so subtle anyway it’s no biggie if they’re visible.

 

How about the comb? What do I do with it?

You’ll find backcombing a small section of hair (and then even giving it a good go with some hair spray) will make it easier to ‘dig’ the comb in & should give the headpiece further stick-ability.

When we insert combs into our headpieces, we generally insert them so they either point ‘down’ one side of your head or (and especially if they’re on a headband-style hat), go back-to-front (i.e. prongs pointing towards your face, not towards the back of  your head).

Again, that could change depending on where you position your hat but that’s a general rule.

Happy days!

The SHOW PONIES xxx

 

 

 

 

Kentucky Derby Hats by SHOW PONY Millinery

KENTUCKY DERBY & OAKS 2018: Shipping Times

IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO PURCHASE A HAT FROM US FOR THE 2018 KENTUCKY DERBY OR KENTUCKY OAKS, READ ON!

If delivery to the USA is required, we suggest ordering your headpiece by ABSOLUTELY NO LATER than Monday 23 April (the earlier, the better!) – which should hopefully mean you receive it by Thursday 3 May* – literally just one day prior to the Kentucky Oaks and two days before the Kentucky Derby.

EEK! That’s super tight timing! (You could always just buy your Kentucky Derby hat today & avoid all stress…)

2017 Kentucky Oaks hat by SHOW PONY Millinery

At the time of publishing, the majority of our Kentucky Derby hats are ready to be dispatched to the post office within two working days. That time may extend the closer we get to the event date due to an increase in orders so keep an eye out in our online boutique where we will update hat processing times accordingly as that will also extend the time in which you can expect to receive your Kentucky Derby hat.

Once your hat has been dispatched, it takes roughly 5-7 working days to get to the United States, though this timeframe is not guaranteed by our postal service provider.

We use New Zealand Post’s international courier service to ship all our hats and they stress that 5-7 working day timeframe is a best estimate only and NOT a guarantee of delivery.

So by working back from that and assuming you have selected a headpiece that has a 2 working day dispatch period (check though – others are longer!), the absolute latest we suggest placing your order with us is Monday 23 April 2018. From there, cross your fingers that there are no delays in the postal service! (It’s very rare, but it can and does happen and we take no responsibility for that).

* We cannot stress enough how important it is to purchase your headpiece well in advance of an event and that this cut-off date is the absolute final day we would ever suggest you purchase your hat by for the 2018 Kentucky Derby or Oaks. Even then, we can’t guarantee it will arrive in time – you really are leaving it up until the last minute and we all know that delays in shipping can & do happen.

We’ll do what we can from our end, and we work super long hours during this period doing our best to make miracles happen but we aren’t responsible for hats that are delayed or lost in the postal service, especially when they’ve been ordered at the last minute. It is up to you as the purchaser to take any issue up with the shipping provider.

Love!
The SHOW PONIES
xxx

We love: Halos

If there’s one style of headpiece we’re loving at the moment, it’s HALOS.

Super lightweight, easy-to-wear & a step away from a traditional racing or wedding hat, halos are all in fashion here at SHOW PONY H/Q.

Head of Styling at Mediaworks & Fashions in the Field judge, Sarah Stuart, in a SHOW PONY Millinery Halo

Head of Styling at Mediaworks NZ & Fashions in the Field judge, Sarah Stuart, in a SHOW PONY Millinery Halo

We’ve seen them teamed up with dresses, jump suits & cute skirt+top combos to help create an effortless, easy look that’s most definitely a trend that’s still on the rise.

Liv attempting her best 'pose' in a SHOW PONY Millinery halo & Cooper Street jumpsuit

Lots of milliners are jumping on the halo bandwagon, each adding their own finishing ‘touch’ to this ethereal style so make sure to shop around and find the one that suits you.

We absolutely love this silver on silver floral halo and only have one left in our store!We don’t often get a chance to release ours in our online store just as we tend to fill up creating custom styles for clients, but keep an eye out for them or book in your own custom halo.

The SHOW PONIES
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Event: Spring Fling at Belleza Boutique

Purchase a Cooper Street dress at the Spring Fling & go in the draw to win the cost back as store credit at Belleza BoutiqueHey Christchurch – if you want to get in first on our new range of New Zealand Cup Hats, this is the event for you.

Tonight our friends at Belleza Boutique are holding their ‘Spring Fling’ event… and you’re invited! 

Free to attend, this popular in-store evening involves all of the good stuff – discounts, complimentary drinks & nibbles PLUS… a first look at new season headpieces by us – just in time for New Zealand Cup and Show Week.

What’s more, if you buy a Cooper Street dress on the night, you’ll go in the draw to win the value of your dress back as an in-store credit.

How good is that!?

EVENT DETAILS:

Spring Fling
Belleza Boutique
688a Christchurch Akaroa Highway, Tai Tapu 
TONIGHT (Monday 25 September 2017)
5.00pm-8.30pm
FREE

See you there!

The SHOW PONIES
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WIN: SHOW PONY Headpieces

As most of you know, we’ve had quite the relationship with Mr Stinky cancer (sic) within our family.

Visit facebook.com/TheRacesNZ to enter

So when we were asked if we could donate two headpieces (pictured, right) for a Daffodil Raceday Series giveaway in New Zealand, we jumped at the chance.

Daffodil Racedays are an initiative that helps bring the racing community together to support the Cancer Society NZ.

The inaugural raceday was held in Hawke’s Bay in 2014  and since then, a series of related events have raised more than $100,000 for what is a very good cause.

This year, seven Daffodil Racedays will be held at racecourses across the country from September.

The competition, whereby you can enter to win one of two Daffodil-themed SHOW PONY Millinery headpieces valued at $169.95 & $159.95 each, is free to enter & open until Monday 25 September.

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The SHOW PONIES

Time to celebrate!

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That’s right – here at SHOW PONY Millinery H/Q we’re celebrating the fact that one half of us is officially four years cancer-free!

Four years ago, life was a bit of a different story for us. 

Carrie was one of the super unlucky ones and, after a year of misdiagnosis, was eventually found to have aggressive, invasive bladder cancer.

Not something normally found in a fit & healthy, non-smoking, 34 year old woman!

Life was turned upside down for the wife, mother of three and her wider family & friends as she endured months of harsh chemotherapy and two major operations in a bid to rid herself of Mr Stinky cancer (sic).

Now, instead of carrying that evil little friend around, she’s got a new friend – a urostomy bag – which she rocks each & every day.

So it is that each year, we celebrate the fact we have our mother / wife / sister / daughter / friend and milliner (!) with us.

Whether it’s a surprise party, a few too many bottles of French Champagne or even just a kiss & a cuddle, we’re so proud of our battler & what she’s endured.

That’s why we set up SHOW PONY Millinery – we wanted to create a brand that celebrates life, one that’s about the good times had in the company of others, something that brings out your inner unicorn and, more personally for us, is a positive life milestone.

So, here’s to you Carrie. And to all the people you’ve inspired and continue to on a daily basis, plus those who you’ll no doubt inspire in the days, months & years ahead. You’re one heck of a woman and we love you not just to the moon, but to the galaxies & back.

  • Carrie kept a blog as she went through the bigger stages of her battle against bladder cancer – you can read it here.

The SHOW PONIES
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Spring Racing 2017: The hottest colours

Spring racing is all but here and so it’s time to get cracking on deciding what to wear to the races this season.

If you’re in need of a starting point, don’t despair!  The spring racing style gods have spoken, releasing their hottest colours of Spring Racing 2017 which today, we’re sharing with you.

This season’s top spring racing colours are, in no particular order:

Jennifer Hawkins at the 2017 Myer Spring Racing Fashion Collection launch

Jennifer Hawkins at the 2017 Myer Spring Racing Collection Launch

  • Cobalt Blue
  • Frost White – think super crisp
  • Emerald green
  • Red in any shade you like, whether that’s a rich raspberry or a siren red – you wear it, you’ll rock it
  • Soft marshmellow pinks – pastel or blush are your go-to tones this season
  • Zesty citrus

Also, don’t forget that when it comes to Derby Day, the style stakes dictate the dress code is (all but) strictly black & white so rest easy all you monochrome lovers, you’ll still get your time under the spring racing sun.

We should also point out that these are just trending colours, not essentials.

Dressing for the races should always come down to wearing what you love, feel comfortable in and is in a colour that suits you – whether that’s because it’s a perfect match for your skin tone or brings out some of the best parts of your personality (i.e. the unicorn within).

If your dream outfit happens to fall outside the trending colours of the seasons, don’t worry. No one’s going to judge you for it!

Trackside style is all about self-expression and setting your own trends, just channel your inner Jean Shrimpton & rock it at the races!

The SHOW PONIES
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Our Melbourne Cup hats and headpieces were on show in Christchurch

The Melbourne Cup meets SHOW PONY

The 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup made a visit to New Zealand and SHOW PONY Millinery was lucky enough to meet it!

We’re big Melbourne Cup fan girls here at SHOW PONY H/Q so when the team at Christchurch NZ asked us to be official millinery label as part of a special 2017 Melbourne Cup racewear show, we jumped at the chance.

Below are a few snaps of the hats, headpieces & crowns the models wore on the runway with outfits from the likes of Superette, Bec & Bridge, Mode Collective, Jakke & more.

"Wildfire" - Rose gold vegan leather crown

A striking black & white Melbourne Cup Hat

A gorgeous red Melbourne Cup hat

Each piece is currently in stock & ready to ship.

Keep checking back for more shots of the show!

The SHOW PONIES
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