I look in the mirror one last time before heading out the door, and oh! I can see something is missing. My hair is doing the wild thing that it loves to do, my minimalist makeup is on point, my outfit is classy and becoming, simple and sweet. You know, just perfect for the grocery store. But the inner-Bohemian in me can see that I can do so much better.
And I know exactly what’s missing.
I grab my M2 Hat by Missy Moody, and suddenly I step into a whole new genre of me. With its small, hand-sewn rim sitting just above my eyes, lending my gaze an expression of confidence; it’s soft, grey, upcycled fabric letting me know I’m authentically original in my truly one of a kind accessory.
These are the kind of hats that make you, in a subtle, vibrant way.
Each M2 Hat begins with the artist, Missy Moody, discovering vintage fabrics, one by one, and re-purposing them with her select, innovative designs. M2 Hats are specifically crafted with upcycled fabric, the wearer, and the impression they make, all in mind. Each a piece of art, but even more than that, they are an extension of the persona of the wearer. With meticulous attention to detail, and the tenacity to believe that all her hats should embody the boldness and -clarity of her customers, Missy Moody imbues every original M2 Hat with exceptional quality and care.
Hand-picked upcycled fabric, hand-designed, hand-crafted, it says You.
So do I ride out this parade of thoughts as I grab my hat before heading out the door?
Well, yeah, I do. That’s what owning a piece of wearable art does to me, I guess.
My prized newsboy M2 Hat, hands-down my go-to accessory of choice, came with this gorgeous one of a kind floral decal, removable depending on my mood. Most of this Florida winter, you could find simple me pulling it on un-adorned every time I headed out the door.
But I have to admit, I coveted the times I felt put together and sassy enough to attach the daring, wool, hand-crafted flower, adding just the right touch of personality.
In this house, thanks to my little collection of original M2 Hats, I’m not the only one who has caught on to this little fashion secret. My daughter AnneMarie, the blooming beauty, has commandeered this soft, upcycled denim M2 Hat for her very own.
Can anyone argue that she just owns it?
Look at those baby-blues highlighted by the dreaming, subtle lace on the brim, just the perfect touch to make the hat an M2 original composition. My girl knows how to appreciate the little things, like how the perfectly styled fit of a hat can bring your features out just-so. When I see AnneMarie posing with confidence in her M2 Hat, I know I’ve done a good job teaching her to appreciate craftsmanship and originality.
Here’s the M2 Hat that floats between us: its brown pinstripe classy enough for Mama,
Its gutsy, hand-crafted flower young enough for fun.
The thing about these intriguing pieces is they capture the imagination. Although I personally lean toward the more conservative, subtle statement, my littlest one, Naomi, gravitates toward the dramatic. Okay, she may need a few more years to grow into her M2 Hat of choice, that doesn’t stop little Naomi from donning this gorgeously rich upcycled sweetness. At six years of age, she already knows that just the right accessory broadens the prospects of the usual.
Every little dreamer has her inspiration.
As for me, it is the grocery store still, and no other excellent adventure that awaits. But I know I go there feeling just a little more chic, a little more unmistakable in my M2.
I know when the hipster in the produce section, the yuppie in the wine aisle, the free spirit in the frozen, follow me with their eyes, they’re all asking the same thing,
“Where did she get that hat?”
And I love it.