Thankfully, my sister did both of our hat blanks! (I owe you, sis!) I ended up making my hat at the very, very last second, and I *le gasp* constructed the entire thing with hot glue. It's not as composed as I would have liked, but honestly, not too bad for an hours' worth of work, I think.
Lights! Yay! When I first came up with the idea, I had kind of assumed that at a ball, the lights would be at least a little bit dim - as it was, the ballroom was blazingly bright, and made the lights not show up quite as well as I was hoping.
I found some large silver star sequins, and punched a hole juuuuuuust big enough push the light through. I added a dab of glue to keep them on nice and snug.
I have not been able to find very many pictures of me that I don't hate for one reason or another - if I can't find any, I'll set up a controlled photoshoot so I can get some decent pics! (I have a terrible habit of pulling strange faces in pictures - yikes!)