75 And Feeling Alive

March 15th, 2018

Today is my 75th birthday.  The Ides of March.  I’ve been thinking about the birthday posts that I’ve done in the past over the years.  I have never gone back to read previous posts since I began Style Crone on July 13th, 2010. I’ve always moved forward, never looking back.

Today I did the unimaginable and did just that. I pulled up my very first post. The photo that I published was taken on my 67th birthday, though it was actually July when I launched Style Crone.  At some point I would love to take the time to revisit all of my birthday posts since that first tentative leap into the unknown.  But not today.  I have too much celebrating to do!

I’ve always thought that birthdays were important to acknowledge and to honor.  It’s the only day of the year that’s devoted to one’s self. As opposed to my 70th birthday, when I threw a huge party in my home with dancing and live entertainment, this year will be low-key and mindful. My quest will be internal and my thoughts will be my dance floor.

I chose to wear two graphic tees for today’s post. The white tee with black lettering was a gift from Chico’s, with the words “75 Years Bold.” The black tee with white lettering was created by Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style HERE and designer Fanny Karst HERE. “Old Is The New Black” is the perfect motto for the day!

My vintage tuxedo with tails can take me anywhere, dressed up or down. The vintage fedora in the first two photos belonged to Nelson and the top hat with veil was discovered at East Village Hats HERE in NYC.  And how could I possibly go without vintage gloves when wearing a tuxedo jacket?

Photos By Daniel

The photo above is an analogy for how I feel today, as I once again launch into the unknown.  I sense that a new era is unfolding, although I’m not quite sure of my direction. But then that has always been true. Somehow it will become perfectly clear. Combining the words of the graphic tees, is not old the new bold?

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Cherie’s Shoe and Tell Fashion Link Up HERE at Style Nudge.


I admire Francis McDormand and was thrilled that she received the best actress award at the 2018 Oscars for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.  The fact that she closed her acceptance speech with a call for inclusion only strengthened my respect and high regard for her. I can only hope that this concept of inclusion spreads across all industries, communities, and organizations across the planet, treasuring diversity as the norm.

I composed my ensemble for this post in honor of the wonder of films and the cinema. My vintage silver lame gown trimmed with ostrich feathers and accessorized with rhinestones made an appearance at the Sie Film Center HERE,home of the Denver Film Society.

The Sie Film Center presents a weekly changing calendar of first-run exclusives and arthouse revivals—over 600 per year, all shown in their original language and format. I’m grateful that this Denver institution is located only a few blocks from my home.

The interior of the film center is warm and inviting, providing lighting that changed the visual mood.  I took advantage of the opportunity to pose in repose in the photo below.  It was impossible to resist the invitation of the white leather divan located in the lobby of the film center.  Ostrich feathers call for a new approach!  Like the call for inclusion!

Photos By Daniel

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Cherie’s Shoe and Tell Fashion Link Up HERE at Style Nudge.


Hat Attack #56

March 1st, 2018

The Hat Attack for March is a dark brown fur felt confection trimmed with feathers by milliner Jennifer Hoertz HERE.  I discovered this beauty at The Hat Shop NYC HERE about 18 years ago.  I love how the feathers cascade from the hat and frame the face.  It plays nicely with my faux fur-trimmed vintage cape.

I’ve become discouraged with maintaining the Hat Attack link-up. Participation has decreased and I haven’t put the energy into keeping it alive. Hat Attack is on life support!  I have several ideas to pursue to move forward, but I have considered publishing a monthly Hat Attack without a link-up.  Over the next two months I will focus on energizing the link-up and make a decision from there.

Any feedback or comments would be greatly appreciated.  My original goal was to share my love for headwear and provide a space for the celebration and wearing of hats.  I am grateful for all the hat lovers who have participated over the years. New projects have diverted my attention, but not my original passion. Life is change and learning when to refocus or “let go.”

Photos By Daniel

Now it’s your turn to throw a little headwear my way. Give The SC a MARCH HAT ATTACK and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post. The link-up will be open through March 31st.

Anyone can participate in the celebration of headwear!  Click on the blue link-up button and there are a number of ways to share your photo from your blog, Instagram or your computer photo files.  All forms of headwear are appreciated:  hat, headwrap, headscarf, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you enjoy.  Multiple photos are encouraged!

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A Dandy On South Broadway

February 20th, 2018

This vintage black and white English tweed suit belonged to my dear friend Tom who I shared an antique booth with in the 1990’s.  Every weekend we would enjoy the wonderful world of estate sales.  He was looking for sheet music and I was focusing on vintage and hats. It was an interesting combination for the booth, but it is also a very rich and special piece of my history.

Tom no longer wore the suit, and asked me if I was interested in claiming it and giving it a new life.  I was and I did.  I had it altered to fit me by a tailor who had the ability to create magic, and I began wearing the suit about town and to work.  Obviously expressing myself creatively was more important to me than a promotion!

The suit had been hanging in my collection for years, and when my gaze recently fell upon its splendor, I began creating an ensemble,  It hung in the door frame of the hat room, and I was inspired every time I crossed its path.  Over time I brought out the vintage black and white Ferragamo wingtips, vintage black and white leather gloves, my father’s vintage red patterned tie, one of my white shirts, and the white hat with black and white feather discovered at Lilliput Hats HERE in Toronto.  The vintage black beaded earrings were the finishing touch.

As for the black lacquered cane, it was used in my hat shop in the 80’s to retrieve hats from high level racks.  I continue to use it today in the hat room for the same purpose. For today’s post it serves as a playful accessory.

As with any outfit, there’s always an associated background.  South Broadway in Denver is known for its antique shops (nearly 100 packed into 18 blocks), restaurants and bars, music venues and boutiques. I felt comfortable as a female dandy strolling down the streets of South Broadway and I found an article which spoke to me on The Cut, “An Ode to That Rare Creature the Female Dandy.” HERE  The female dandies of the past talked about their love of dressing for themselves, which resonated with me. I have more possibilities for creating similar looks waiting in the wings. Isn’t it all about fun and self-expression?

Photos By Daniel

Linking up with Patti’s Visible Monday HERE, Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Cherie’s Shoe and Tell Fashion Link Up HERE at Style Nudge.




It was the middle of January when I received an email from a Japanese leather bag and accessories company by the name of INDEN EST.1582. HERE They were inquiring about a possible collaboration with their brand, and as I visited their website, I realized that to have been contacted by this high quality company was truly an honor. I said “yes” without hesitation.

INDEN is a highly popular brand widely known in Japan. Inden’s products are manufactured with a unique, 400-year-old technique of applying lacquer over deerskin. Their patterns are made of washi papers and all the complex designs are made by hand. The products are hand crafted, perfected and then checked  by Japanese artisans.

From the company’s website I discovered that four hundred years ago (14 generations) INDEN created durable, functional designs for popular Samurai to use as decorations for war armor.  Throughout time, Japanese civilians began to look up to Samurai for fashion and style inspiration. Thus INDEN began creating designs which fit for both warriors and Japanese trendsetters alike.

As I read about the history of the INDEN bag and its connection to the Samurai, my thoughts traveled to a post that I wrote in March of 2011.  I seldom reread posts from the past, as I’m always on to the next one, but the concept of the Samurai triggered my memory and I searched for the word in my blog archives. Sure enough I found it HERE

My post described a tribute to my husband Nelson, who transitioned in April, 2011.  One month before his death his friend and student wrote the following words: “From the book The Art of Peace – The true meaning of the word samurai is one who serves and adheres to the power of love.  What a beautiful description of who you are – a man with incredible strength who’s fueled by the power of love.  You’ve taught me that by just simply watching you!”

Somehow this magical collaboration allowed me to connect to an intimate and moving moment from the past, which I was able to savor almost seven years later.  The power of synchronicity at its very best!

Moving on through the INDEN story, I learned that following the progression of Japanese brands, the company recognized a position in the women’s fashion market for accessories which fit kimonos.  Japanese women began wearing beautiful designs, acknowledging INDEN’s reputation as one of luxurious and stylish products.

Today the timeless story of INDEN lives on.  Centered in New York, the American fashion world has adopted this Japanese brand and molded it into what is now INDEN EST.1582.  It upholds the traditional values of this 400 year old story, bringing unique sophistication and modernization to each exquisite and long-lasting Japanese product. It offers a wide variety of products from high-quality bags and wallets with refined designs to card cases suited for a business environment, to small mirrors and accessory cases. The product lineup centers around women’s items but it also includes a wide variety of men’s items.  For purchases check out INDEN’s online store HERE

Photos by Daniel

The exquisite black and ivory chevron shoulder bag with black and gold chain is featured in the above photos. Wearing the bag made me feel regal and elevated as I carried a small piece of Japanese history on my shoulder or cross body. The bag’s elegance and versatility became the stunning centerpiece of my ensemble. Thank you INDEN EST.1582 for the opportunity to experience your art!

This is a sponsored post.  The information regarding INDEN EST.1582 and it’s product was taken from the INDEN website HERE

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