ALEMBIKA – The Beautiful Brand Distributed by Roni Rabl

The hive look: tunic, pants and cardigan - here Last September during New York Fashion Week I met Yael Edelist  and Alin Wagner-Lahmy of Roni Rabl.  I visited their trade show, Studio Atelier NYC, which is a gathering of over 50 well-established brands from the fashion retail world. I discovered a community of designers and buyers who work together in an intimate space filled with an abundance of artful, unique clothing and accessories. During my most recent trip to NYC I reconnected before my travels, and visited them in their studio.  I was welcomed with open arms by Yael and Alin, and I participated
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The Dior Exhibit – From Paris to the World

I recently attended the Dior Exhibition which has been showing at the Denver Art Museum since November, 2018.  In typical Style Crone mode, I waited until the last minute to attend the exhibit.  It is now coming to an end, and I took advantage of its splendor twice in one week.  I'm wearing my gifted vintage Dior hat for the occasion! I can't put into words how breathtaking the exhibit was.  I could have stayed for hours, but since that wasn't possible, photos will have to suffice.   I would have a description for every photo if I were a
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Hat Attack #68 – Artist Mieko Mintz

Today's March Hat Attack is a black wool fabric hat with architectural features that I purchased at Mieko Mintz in NYC years ago, during the time that Mieko had a storefront in SoHo.  It is the piece of headwear that I appreciate during the coldest days of winter in Denver. This past February has been bitter cold, and my Mieko Mintz headwear has kept me warm.  Along with my first puffer jacket, that I discovered recently in NYC when strolling through the garment district.  It was deeply discounted and it has become my latest love, keeping me warm and toasty during
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Walking For Designer C.R. Lee at New York Fashion Week

Last week I had the honor, privilege, and pleasure to walk the runway for the extraordinary Denver designer C. R. Lee at the Prince George Ballroom in NYC during New York Fashion Week.  It was a transcendent experience to work with such an incredible creator and her talented and innovative team.  Everyone that was involved with this dream-team was kind, accomplished, creative, and supportive.  I am continuing to integrate this experience and I have many exquisite memories.   Instaram links to: Clothing by designer @c.r.leee, Earrings by @shamioshum, Hair by @edgillespieg3, Makeup by @kbaker, Nails by @mainstream_nails, Photo by @kevinmockphoto. SOPHISTAPUNK
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The ATWORK PROJECT

Recently I was contacted by Brian Doben, an accomplished photographer who has an ongoing personal photo series called ATWORK PROJECT.  This project is a series of portraits capturing people who are doing what they love and bringing their passion to their work. Last week Brian visited my home, which is my place of work.  It's where I launched Style Crone, where I blog and compose ensembles, and where my passion continues to thrive. Brian Doben’s ongoing “At Work” series documents everyone from tattoo artists and sumo wrestlers to Chemists and prosthetic Limb designers wherever they are. His process has brought him all
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Hat Attack #67: Milli Star

February's Hat Attack is this alluring veiled headpiece by Milli Star , a hat brand created by milliner Laura Del  Villaggio, which is located in Austin, Texas.  I have an affinity for veils, and I love how this piece creates instant glamour, and can be paired with so many pieces from my collection that allow its mystery to be enhanced. This ostrich feather vest, which was discovered at an estate sale, had been waiting for an outing.  The veiled headpiece was up to the challenge, and along with the estate sale rhinestone adorned long black gloves and vintage rhinestone jewelry, this
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Do You Have Online Haters?

I have been conflicted as to whether or not to post about the topic of "online haters."  I hesitate to give energy to negativity.  I came to the decision that I wanted to write about this topic because it has been a measure of growth for me to observe my reaction to this form of disparagement. I have seldom experienced unwelcome comments, but after my post on Beauty Underground Magazine, I received two emails which used derogatory terms in response to my photos and self-expression.  It surprised me, but it didn't get below the surface of my self-worth. It's difficult
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The 5280 Magazine Feature

The Style Crone has been featured in the January issue of Denver's 5280 Magazine. The online version of the piece HERE is available for all to read. The print version is available in newsstands across Colorado.  It's a full-page spread, and I'm very excited to be honored in such an impressive publication. Fashion Editor Georgia Alexia Benjou interviewed me several months ago.  She created instant rapport and trust, and made our time together relaxed and fun.  I was very happy with the article, and feel that she captured our conversation beautifully.  She included information about the widows' project that I'm in
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Beauty Underground Magazine

Several years ago, just as my hair had almost grow out from the color red to my natural white, my hair stylist retired. This event sent me in search of a new person to understand my hair, my need to have it fit for hats, and for a new beginning. I had no idea what was in store. What occurred was life changing.  I compiled a list of hair stylists with the help of a friend who knew the industry in Denver.  I was planning to interview five people who had been recommended as possibilities.  The first artist on the list
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Hat Attack #66 – East Village Hats NYC

Welcome to the Hat Attack dedicated to January, 2019.  Happy New Year beautiful followers.  I wish you the very best in the New Year, including health, happiness, and abundance in all forms.  I embrace 2019 with high hopes and anticipation, along with a year filled with magnificent headwear in all of its diversity and beauty. The featured milliner for January is Julia Emily Knox of East Village Hats NYC. "Julia is an English Milliner, trained in New York, who heads up a small team of milliners at East Village Hats, where they hand craft the hats on the premises, using
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Happy Holidays In Tulle By IGOR

Happy Holidays to my beautiful followers. However you celebrate or don't, I send warm wishes for all the best that life has to offer. During this difficult time in many places across the planet, my heartfelt hope is that there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. The tulle dress that I'm wearing in this post was discovered in September when I had the pleasure of attending the show Curate International Collection, which showcases curated designers from across the world.  "Curate is a group of like-minded designers and representatives that have joined forces to offer a creative
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The Hat And Statement Necklace By Carol Markel

I am a collector of the art by my friend Carol Markel, who is an artist, milliner, and creator of the blog Femme et Fleur. I adore Carol’s love of color, texture and design and this hat is a statement piece that never fails to inspire me to live life to the fullest. Carol is also a cherished friend, and I always visit her and her artist husband Richard whenever I travel to NYC. Not only is she talented, but she is kind, clever, and generous. My sanctuary in enriched by Carol's headwear, manikin heads, and statement beads.  Who knows what
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River North Denver And The Vintage Cheetah Print Hat

The most exciting photo backgrounds in Denver can be found in the River North Art District. Located just north of downtown Denver, RiNo includes a remarkable concentration of creative businesses, including architects, art galleries, designers, furniture makers, illustrators, painters, media artists, photographers, sculptors and an array of studio spaces. RiNo is "Where Art Is Made" in Denver and you can always find something new and exciting to check out around the neighborhood. The holidays are approaching with breakneck speed, as I find myself involved with a flurry of parties, events, and gatherings of dear friends.  I'm also working diligently on my
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Hat Attack #65 – Lilia Fisher Millinery

December's Hat Attack is this vibrant red feather headpiece by Lilia Fisher Millinery. Lilia Fisher is an exclusive Russian millinery and accessories brand, which was founded in November, 2012. Every season Lilia Fisher creates two lines: the Haute-Couture collection presented at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia and Ready-to-Wear hats with eye-catching details. I met the gorgeous Lilia Fisher on Instagram HERE I was fascinated by her creative designs and her wide range of styles.  She has both casual and extravagant covered and there's something available for every occasion!  I already have plans to wear this feather confection to a Winter Solstice Party.  My
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Yoga And The Collaboration Between Ari Seth Cohen And Fanny Karst

Newsflash!  Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style and designer Fanny Karst have released another iconic collaboration.  Their statement tee reads "Not Dead YetI"  In celebration of this inspirational message, I took to the yoga studio to express my appreciation. My yoga posts always include a bit of whimsy. Why not wear the newly created graphic tee with tulle, a pink head wrap, pink skinny jeans, pink vintage hoops, and black flats embellished with rhinestones. I'm adding and subtracting adornments pose by pose. A believer in accessories, hat boxes were made for more than protecting headwear.  They can be used as
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Wearing Denim With Vintage

It was a warm fall day in Denver. Balmy enough to wear short sleeves after the autumnal sun broke free from the morning clouds and graced the city once more before the snow fell days later. Out came my vintage two piece satin dress with jacket, which I purchased at Santa Fe Antiques this summer.  Give me a great antique market and I can get lost amidst the vendors for hours. Wearing vintage with jeans comes easy for me.  It brings a dressy ensemble to casual and funky, and switches up formal to fun. I found these Rag & Bone
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Memories Of Italy

It's been over a year since Mr. J and I traveled to Italy, which was one of those trips of a lifetime.  However, every time that I travel it becomes my favorite adventure, even if it's somewhere in Colorado. It's all about mindset and the willingness to be open to the unknown.  But for today, I'm reflecting on Rome. I loved everything about Italy.  The culture. The people. The food.  The architecture. The museums. The history.  And the fashion.  Every city and location in this breathtaking country was impressively beautiful.  Nevertheless, my favorite destination was Rome. This dress was discovered
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Hat Attack #64: Cha Cha’s House Of Ill Repute

I've featured Cha Cha's hats on Hat Attack in the past, and for November I'm thrilled to showcase her work again.  Over time I've become friends with this talented milliner, and I wouldn't think of a trip to NYC without visiting her and her captivating studio.  I feel welcome and at home in her creative space filled with headwear, inspiring and contagious energy, and an environment where I can play to my heart's content. Today's millinery confection is a powder blue sixties-style cap a la' Courrege/Twiggy with matching pom-pom. Get out those go-go boots and spread the word of millinery
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The Widows’ Project

I have never gone back to the beginning to read my blog.  I alway moved forward to the next outfit and the next post.  I've decided to begin putting together a workshop to present to widows about grief and transformation, creativity and passionate aging.  It will be based on my story through my blog. Today I started to review the posts which began on July 13, 2010, which was about nine months before Nelson died.  I use the word "died," because it makes it seem more real.  And here I am again, writing exactly how I feel when I feel
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Balefire Goods: An Artisan Jewelry Gallery

The artisan jewelry gallery Balefire Goods hosted a pop-up shop for Marigold Shadows, a clothing designer based in Los Angeles. Their designs are statement pieces, both funky and bold with interesting lines and shapes.  It was a pleasure to feature these magnificent pieces in honor of Marigold Shadow's Denver debut. I'm wearing the Augustini striped twirl top with the Augustini flare pants.  This versatile swirl top can be worn with its skirt flowing with movement, or belted for an entirely different feel.  There's nothing like having several outfits in one! Balefire Goods, the host of this fun-filled pop-op, is an
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