Hat Attack #25

July 31st, 2015


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Welcome to Hat Attack #25, which means that I’ve been sharing my love for headwear on the first of every month on Style Crone for over two years.  Over that period of time I haven’t touched on the category of casual hats. The headwear that I wear most frequently as I go about my days!  I never leave the house without headwear, and today I’m featuring a structured straw cap by Diane Harty Millinery HERE of Frisco, Colorado.  She can do headwear across the millinery continuum, as featured HERE on Hat Attack in July of 2014.  Diane has the talent to take it from fascinator/headpiece to casual and beyond!

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This pale blue cap with creased detail on the crown and black visor and trim has been one of my summertime favorites.  I was happy to see Diane Harty at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver this July, and I have been wearing this purchased piece of art about town ever since.  I love its sporty, casual vibe!

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Photos By Daniel

A special thank you to all who have participated in Hat Attack over the past two years.  I appreciate your love of headwear and always look forward to your millinery delights and your creativity!

Now it’s your turn to throw a little headwear love my way!

Please display your hat, headwrap, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you adore, give The SC an AUGUST HAT ATTACK  and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post. Can’t wait to see the beautiful contributions that you share throughout the next week. Participation will be open through Friday, August 7th.

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Aspen

July 27th, 2015

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This summer Mr J and The SC spent a few days during the week in Aspen, Colorado HERE.  Known for its beauty and historic character, it was the perfect place to relax and do nothing but enjoy the sights and take part in what a small city in the mountains known for its celebrity sightings during ski season has to offer in the summer.

The above photo was taken on the rooftop of the Aspen Art Museum HERE.  The area behind me looks like a body of water, but it’s actually part of the rooftop wall.

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Just outside of Aspen lies Maroon Bells HERE, two peaks in the Elk Mountain range of the Colorado Rockies.  I wanted to include a photo that revealed its true majesty, so I downloaded an image from the website in the text above.  My home state of Colorado is filled with beautiful vistas just hours away, and this is one of them.

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I discovered Heidi Hat HERE, a delightful shop where a mother/daughter team make hats and yoga wear and sell them in their shop in Aspen, in other retail locations and online.  Hats and yoga wear in one unique boutique?  What could be better?

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The Dior store was across the street from:

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The Thrift Shop of Aspen HERE.  I can tell you where I was hanging out!  I thrifted two wonderful pieces for a total of $30, whereas the Dior Store functioned as art gallery.

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Fringe was everywhere!  As were galleries, restaurants, shops and interesting people

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Flowers were present in every location in the 3.5 square miles of the city which has a population of 6658.  The garbage cans (to the center left) have special closures to prevent bears from getting to the contents.

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Colorado’s state flower, the columbine, was flourishing frequently in flower beds and pots.

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The Hotel Jerome HERE was built in the 1880’s and is one of the city’s major landmarks.

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The lobby of the hotel is quite impressive, and a visit to Aspen always includes a peek at its grandeur.

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We were photobombed by our waiter after dinner on our last evening in Aspen.  Mr J and I are wearing vintage hats from Fabulous Fanny’s HERE, which were discovered during our recent visit to New York.  Thus came the end to a peaceful summer stay in a city not far from home which provided breathtaking views and a change of pace from the lives that we love in inner city Denver.

The Upside Of Stress

July 20th, 2015

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About a month ago I was scanning the bookshelves at my favorite bookstore, The Tattered Cover HERE, just a few blocks from my home.  I was looking for a new book by Gretchen Rubin which was about changing life habits.  I’m always seeking new ways to improve the quality of my life and Style Crone has always been about transition, transformation, aging and the life affirming benefits of creativity and style.

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In the process of my search, my gaze landed on The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal, and as I read though the quotes by authors (including Gretchen Rubin) who wrote in praise of the book on the back cover, I sensed that it was just what I was looking for.  Recently available for purchase, it includes new and cutting edge research on the benefits of stress, and “why stress is good for you and how to get good at it.”

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I finished the book a few weeks ago and have been practicing the simple recommendations to change my belief and mindset about stress.  It has completely changed my perceptions regarding stress and its effects on my body and brain.  New information thrills me, especially when small shifts can revolutionize a life pattern.

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In the past I worried about the toxic effects of stress and how it impacted my health. I was fearful about the release of the hormone cortisol HERE and its negative influence on my immune system.  I was concerned about the shortening of my telomeres HERE, and how that affected my longevity.  Everything that I believed about stress was negative.

However, according to Dr. McGonigal, Stanford psychologist and award-winning teacher, the only thing that is negative about stress is believing that it is harmful. Changing one’s mindset (the power of beliefs to shape reality) and embracing stress may be the key to well-being.  Her TED talk HERE reveals this brilliant woman’s theories about the potential and benefits of rethinking stress.

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I have been faithfully following the practices that she recommends to change my belief system.  I simply allow myself to acknowledge my stress when I experience it, welcome it by recognizing that it’s a response to something I care about, and use the energy that stress and anxiety give me to do something immediately that reflects my goals and values (paraphrased from Dr. McGonigal’s book).

Obviously this is a simplification of the information that is included in the review of the research that is included in the book and what this approach can do to change how we deal with stress, but so far I have been impressed with the results.  I’m intrigued by this adjustment in thinking and how it can produce positive change in my life.

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Photos By Daniel

Speaking of change, the above photos are the result of a one month outgrowth of white hair beneath the red.  So far I’m excited about this transition and enjoying the process.  More to come!

Multi-colored floral harem pants – boutique in Paris, black top – yard sale, vintage blue hat with rhinestones and feather trim – hat shop in the 80’s, jewelry – estate sales, black platform sandals – retail sale.

Back To My Roots

July 13th, 2015

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I’m back to regular programming and my rose garden is in full bloom.  I love to travel, but returning to my sanctuary always feels comforting.  It’s time to settle in and give my home and garden some much-needed attention.

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Time to smell the roses and take time to enjoy the simple pleasures that surround and ground me.

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In an effort to simplify my life and more fully embrace the aging process, I’ve made the decision to allow my natural hair color to grow out over the next several months. I feel excited, ambivalent, confident, unsure, determined, hesitant, and most of all, curious.  Like any transition, it will be a journey of discovery.  I have many role models in the blogging world and in real life who have inspired me.

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Photos By Daniel

It’s not all black and white.  Or red and white.  I’ve been a redhead for 22 years. Before my 50th birthday, I chose a new hair stylist.  Assessing my then blonde locks, he made the comment that I looked a bit “washed out.”   I went with his recommendation to “go red,” which happened over my lunch hour.  When I returned to work my colleagues didn’t recognize me.  And I’ve loved the color ever since.

However, the texture of my hair has changed and the color doesn’t hold like it did years ago.  I’ve been thinking about it for several years, but now I’m ready.  I support the choices of others to dye or not to dye.  Hair color is something we can control, unlike many things in life that can change on a dime without warning.

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Photo By Linda

Just for fun, I went with my friend Linda to a wig shop, where I tried on “headwear” in white, which is the color that my roots display beneath the red.  It’s a big change, but it’s not life or death.  And if I don’t like it, hair color isn’t permanent if I don’t want it to be!

Vintage navy pillbox with trim and sparkle, bangles/bracelets and vintage navy/pink earrings – estate sales, Uniqlo tunic on sale in NYC, cropped skinny jeans – Buffalo Exchange, blue pumps and pendant – gifted.

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This will be my final NYC post, featuring visual images of treasured moments. It’s taken me over a month to explore my adventures and savor the memories. The above photo was taken by Mr J on our first day in the city, enjoying an early morning walk in Central Park.

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We spent hours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art HERE, at the extraordinary exhibit, China Through The Looking Glass HERE.

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I wore a second vintage kimono for the day, along with my vintage blue straw cloth hat.

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The luxurious gown by Chinese designer Guo Pei HERE was one of the many examples of haute couture throughout the exhibit. The headwear is by milliner Stephen Jones HERE.

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I was thrilled to have tea with the gorgeous, generous and talented blogger Lyn of Accidental Icon HERE.  Since the day she began, I have admired her blog, her style, and her writing   She is even more beautiful and intriguing in person and we were so engrossed in conversation that photos didn’t enter my mind. I’m including an image from her blog, which displays her love for Japanese designers and large vintage earrings.

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I took the train with Mr J to visit his warm and welcoming family from the Bronx, where he spent his childhood.  Grand Central Station was our launching point.
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Debra Rapoport never fails to amaze, with her creative ensembles, kindness and artistic flair.

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I had the pleasure of meeting the talented and accomplished photographer and beautiful person, Eva Weiss HERE, who I was introduced to by my friends Jean and Valerie of the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas HERE.

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What are the chances of running into the stunning Patti of Not Dead Yet Style HERE, on her birthday in a consignment store in the East Village?  It was a magical moment that demonstrates the power of connection.

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No trip to NYC is complete without a visit to a flea market HERE!

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Thank you Mr J, for another grand adventure. I loved the sights and events, but it’s the magnificent people of NYC that always make every visit special. Until the next time!

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