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Ashley Hasty, Ph.D  Fashion Historian & Educator | Permanent reader. Wondering what to read next? Subscribe below 👇 | 📍St. Louis

Hands down the best game day giveaway I’ve ever received. Both fashionable and functional! As a fashion historian, I feel responsible for sharing a brief history of these hats with you. Enjoy, you never know when this info will help you on trivia night. 😉 With the help of Russian fur trappers and the worldwide fur trade that expanded to America in the mid 1500s, fur hat popularity began to spread. The Ushanka, commonly known as the “earflap hat” or “trapper hat” originated in the 17th century. In the 19th century strings were added to the ear flaps and in the early 20th century the hat became popular among rebel youth. It wasn’t until the 1940s that the hat became standard issue for police and military in Russia. With the fall of the the Soviet Union, the US began to import these hats which brings me today...they’ve reach peak popularity as @cardinals Game Day Giveaways!

Let’s go, BIG MO! 🏈 🐯 #showme #mizzoumade

After reading @bquinnterest’s Broad Strokes, I’ve noticed more and more of the work by the artists mentioned in her book. Recently I’ve seen Ruth Asawa EVERYWHERE, including today at the @pulitzerarts where I was absolutely blown away by their exhibit titled Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work. I love these delicate wire sculptures and especially the shadows they produce. The exhibit is open through Feb. 16, 2019.

Hey @chicagogrammers - what drinks did you make with the @enjoysomrus we got in our goodie bags from the Chicagogrammers’ 2nd Birthday Bash at @1407onmichigan last month? Still have that mini bottle sitting in your kitchen? Then might I suggest this Chai Tea Margarita I adopted from a recipe on their website? It is the perfect drink as we transition from summer to fall.

- 1.7 oz SōmruS(the entire mini bottle)
- 1.5 oz Aged Tequila (I used @cabowabotequila)
- 3/4 oz Triple Sec

Shake ingredients in a shaker with ice. In a margarita glass, add crushed ice and pour contents of shaker on top. Sprinkle with Chai Tea and garnish with rosemary. Enjoy on a warm afternoon as it transitions to a cool evening.

Going through some of the pics Eric took on our recent vacation to #PalmSprings and I see he caught me in the middle of dying from heat and taking in the incredible scenery. Also, by coincidence, I recently watched the Joshua episode of House of Lies and nearly fell off the sofa with excitement over having just been there.

I love the juxtaposition between the sunflowers and the title of this book by @marykubica: When the Lights Go Out. I’ve been on such a strong streak with my book selections lately - here’s another good one for you 🔗:

Another successful art fair this weekend! We found three pieces at @mosaicsartfest for our future home:
- a sculpture by Weld Made Art Works (it can either be displayed horizontally on our dining room table or vertically in an entryway)
- a vase by @meow.lady (which will hold my weekly farmers market bouquets)
- an air plant holder by @biggarandshaw (who, mark my words, we will commission to build us a bed when we finally purchase our place in Chicago)

Wilson doesn’t get enough love from me on Insta - but he’s living his best life this Sunday morning. I think I’ll take a cue from him and take a little siesta this afternoon.

What is it about hot air balloons that make them so whimsical and romantic? The bright colors? Geometric shapes? Symmetry? The fact that they’re French? Whatever it is, I adore them. And the @greatforestparkballoonrace was just about the coolest thing I’ve done since moving to St. Louis. #GFPBR

Let me tell you the story of @tanqueraygin Malacca. A number of years ago my husband and I took a long weekend vacation to Louisville, KY and we had a nice dinner at @21chotels. Eric ordered a Gin and Tonic and suggested I give it a try. Now, it is important to note that although I love gin drinks I’ve never been a fan of Gin and Tonics. So when I took this sip I was skeptical, to say the least. But damn am I glad I took that sip. Mind blown. It was the best Gin and Tonic…nay….the best cocktail I’d ever had. I made such a scene…calling over our waitress and then the bartender to ask what made this such an amazing cocktail. We told all of our friends about this amazing gin discovery we just made. My dad bought a few bottles for my occasional trips home for the holidays. Then suddenly…it was GONE. Nowhere to be found. I checked every liquor store near me, my parents checked all the liquor stores near them. No one had it. Turns out it was a limited release. They had no plans to make it again. We searched online and bottles were selling for hundreds of dollars on eBay. I. Was. Devastated. Fast forward about 5ish years to present day. I’m kinda in a cranky mood (probably hangry) and my family is running one last errand to @totalwine. I wander off on my own so that nobody has to be near me and (as I’ve done for countless loyal years) I wander to the gin section to check, just in case, for Tanqueray Malacca. This time, the first time in many years I find it. I see it sitting there on the shelf as if it is just any other gin. I stare at it for a good minute before I’m sure my eyes aren’t playing tricks on me. I carefully pick it up and hold it in my hands…savoring the feel of the bottle. I can hardly believe it. Honest to God my eyes began to tear up as I walked it over to Eric. My eyes must have said it all because he knew immediately what I’d found. We purchased 4 bottles and then went back for 4 more the next day. Yes, we purchased 8 bottles of this gin because it is that freaking good. After much demand from mixologists @tanquerayusa decided to release the Malacca again in the United States, albeit a limited release. So go buy your bottle TODAY!

This isn’t any old house, this is Martha Gellhorn’s childhood home (Hemingway’s third case you aren’t familiar.) And this isn’t any old book, this is Love and Ruin by @paula_mclain (also the author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun...two of my favorite books!) Read more about this great novel 🔗: #hastybooklist

I have a serious case of the Mondays...having a hard time transitioning from this ☝️ to the hustle and bustle of regular life. Thanks for a great week, @welkresorts! I’ll see you again this November in Cabo. •

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