Doesn’t everybody have a little bit of country in their heart, a tad of twang in their tone or a bit of two-step in their stride? Or is it that cowboy hats are just plain sexy? This year they are definitely in jeopardy of being replaced by the inferior straw fedora, but we all know that that is just a passing fad and the classic cowboy hat will live on…

I was hot. Not in the hoot, holler, whistle sort of way, but in the menopausal-flash sort of way. Hoping the sexy would rub off on me (please…I am begging), I needed a hat…pronto. It was in a quaint boutique in the heart of downtown Palm Springs that had my answer to, well, all of the above; a perfectly snug, come-hither lid that made me feel sheltered, as well as steamy, in the beckoning sense. I swear that there is an alter-ego associated with this sort of headgear…a blazing one….that I like to call Annie-Rey Whiley, but that’s an entirely different story.

Back to my reality here;  Scala makes a damn good hat that has carried me through Honduras, Belize, Puerto Vallarta and even a last-minute Halloween Costume party to boot. It has traveled in numerous suitcases, carry-on messenger bags and even on my lap when flying Southwest & there was absolutely no room left in the overhead bins. The rim is reinforced with bendable metal which means that when you shove it in a backpack and then underneath the front seat of a tour bus in the the Grand Cayman, you can mold it right back into the perfect shape. 

Durable, hot and practical? Don’t you want one?

Buy the cowboy hat here…

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