FRENCH FRIDAY #44: Chapeau

LA TASSE DE CAFE | FASHIONABLE FRENCH VOCABULARY sponsored by KatyBelle Boutique
2 girls drinking coffee, spring fashion, black and white photography

Chapeau
French Pronounciation:  |sha-ˈpō|

Definition :  hat, hat's off!


This weekend, if you're wondering why women (or men) will be walking around wearing crazy ornate chapeaux like this or this, it's because, yep you guessed it, it's Kentucky Derby time!
I'm wondering if, in honor of the races, I should switch out my tasse de café for a tasse de mint julep...
If you haven't already guessed it, chapeau is French for hat.
(chapeaux is plural for chapeau)

Besides simply being the word for hat, the word chapeau can be used in place of "Hats off to you!" if you want to give someone kudos for something. 

Let's see if Simone and Amy Lynn will be getting into some derby festivities...

Amy Lynn: OMG, I'm so totally excited about the Kentucky Derby! Simone, do you have a hat picked out? I'm wearing this fabulous one. Like it?

(shows off monstrous hat)

Simone: Um, can we say "EEW!"? That is hideous! I'm not going anywhere with you as long as you're wearing that disgusting chapeau!

Amy Lynn: Come on, Simone! It's fun! Last year I won a contest for "most ridiculous derby hat"!

Simone: I can see why! Chapeau, I guess!... Fine, I'll come with you, but I'm wearing this more subdued one.

(models her chilled out hat)

Amy Lynn: Well, you won't be winning any awards for that one!

Simone: Whatever! My chapeau and I are cool with that.

What's your opinion of derby hats? All I'm gonna say is that I will definitely be wearing a chapeau this weekend, but it will be of the straw variety because... I'll be in New Orleans at Jazz Fest!! Yeah you right!

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Jenée Sais Quoi here: 
This week Mademoiselle Love & I met up for a tasse de café in our new outfits from KatyBelle Boutique in New Orleans. Katy definitely knows what ladies like: cute clothes at good prices so that you don't have to limit yourself to just one thing! Her online boutique is tastefully merchandised so most of the work is done for you. These outfits would be perfect for a weekend Derby party or anytime you want to look great.

See more of how we styled these dresses with scarves, red heels and jewelry.
riess necklace, john hardy bracelet, katybelle dress, spring fashion, corporate dress
Color Me Beautiful Colorblock dress with Reiss Mesh Necklace and John Hardy dragon bracelet

riess necklace, john hardy bracelet, katybelle dress, spring fashion, corporate dress
Color Me Beautiful Colorblock dress

riess necklace, john hardy bracelet, katybelle dress, spring fashion, corporate dress, white dress, head scarf
Color Me Beautiful Colorblock left & Cream Mod Bejeweled Dress right 
riess necklace, john hardy bracelet, katybelle dress, spring fashion, corporate dress, white dress, head scarf

White dress with Red Accents

blue sting ray bag, white dress, spring fashion, head scarf, kustawii earings, mignon faget cuff bracelet
Cream Mod Bejeweled Dress with Graphic head scarf, Kustawi earrings and Mignon Faget cuff

Color Me Beautiful Colorblock left & Cream Mod Bejeweled Dress right 


blue sting ray bag, white dress, spring fashion, head scarf, kustawii earings
Cream Mod Bejeweled Dress with accessorized in primary colors: Blue Sting Ray clutch and graphic head scarf

Photography by Peter Koloff

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KATYBELLE.COM



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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.
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Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun  French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more Fashionable French lessons.