Hat Attack #26

September 1st, 2015

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September’s Hat Attack was designed and created by the mother-daughter duo Heidi and Kelly Wade at Heidi Hat HERE in Aspen, Colorado.  All hats (along with their line of yoga wear) are manufactured in Colorado.  I discovered this charming boutique when visiting Aspen in July HERE.

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This black fabric cloche is adorned with a whimsical Pucci fabric flower.  How could I possible resist its playful appeal?

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Photos By Daniel

I love movement in my accessories, and this hat has the ability to make me smile as I fine-tune its placement and adjust the angle of its fabric flower.  Headwear provides the power to transcend!  Don’t you agree?

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

Please display your hat, headwrap, headscarf, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you adore, give The SC a SEPTEMBER 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 Monday, SEPTEMBER 7th.

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Memorable Meetups

August 24th, 2015

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Photo By Daniel

The connections and friendships that develop over time with the wonderful people who I’ve met through blogging and with Instagram have been incredible gifts that would not have been received without the extraordinary power of the internet. To meet some of these like-minded beauties in real life has created memorable experiences that I would never have thought possible.  Many times we share similar interests, but no matter where on the planet they live, the time spent together is always magical and spirited.

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In May I was graced with a visit by Sarah Jane Adams of the Instagram site saramaijewels HERE and of the website Saramai HERE .  On her site she sells the gorgeous jewelry that she designs, which evolved from her passion and many years of experience with handling and selling antique pieces. Check out her interview on Sylvia’s 40+Style HERE to learn more about this amazing woman who is “a little bit vintage, a little bit street.”

Sarah is from Australia and was accompanied by her husband David, the gentleman who takes her magnificent photos.  They flew in from NYC, stopping in Denver to then drive to Las Vegas for a jewelry show.  They had many stories to tell about their recent adventures in NYC and Philadelphia and of their many years spent traveling the world. I was all ears!

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Photos By David

We share a love for yoga, so Sarah and I indulged in an early morning class at my studio before she and David left on their road trip. Sarah is authentic and real in every way and even more beautiful in person.  Her gorgeous white hair tops off every creative outfit that she composes.  When the light hits her hair at the perfect angle, it appears as a halo framing her face.  It was a meetup to be treasured and remembered always.

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Photo By The SC

In July I was honored by a visit from Jean of Dross Into Gold HERE and her Instagram site  HERE.  Jean was in Denver to catch the Jazz And Wine Festival in Keystone HERE, where her husband, jazz musician Joey Sommerville HERE, was scheduled to perform.  Unfortunately, his flight was cancelled following an earlier performance in Ohio, and he didn’t make it in time for the Colorado show.

Our plans changed because of this shift, and we focused on our common love of exploring estate sales and thrift shops.  Instead of traveling to the mountains and taking photos at the concert, we talked about everything under the sun, explored Denver neighborhoods, and went with the flow of the day.  Photography took a back seat to enjoying the moments that we shared and finding treasures along the way.

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Photo By Jean

Jean caught me in “estate sale mode,” with a pile of purchase possibilities draped across my arms. It was a whirlwind weekend of fun and fabulous finds.  Jean is gorgeous, kind, fun and engaging; she’s the first blogger that I met after launching Style Crone and I continue to be amazed by her style, skills and artistry.

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Photo By Daniel

Jean is a talented upcycle artist, discovering fabrics and pieces in thrift shops and then creating new designs from previously loved garments.  She generously gifted me with this handcrafted hat and the “better than infinity scarf,”  both of which I’m wearing in the first photo on this post and the image above.  I love the textures, mix of colors and creativity of her designs.  She has an “eye” for the unique and beautiful and I enjoyed every moment of her visit.

Along with Jean”s creations, I’m wearing black cropped cotton tuxedo pants from a consignment store and heeled open-toe pumps and jewelry from estate sales.

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The gorgeous Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb HERE has inspired many of us on Instagram with her challenge to wear what had appeared on a list of “24 things you should stop wearing after 30 HERE.”  Catherine added a few more items to the list and the challenge continues through August HERE, with the hashtag #iwillwearwhatilike.

It’s been fun to participate!  One of the items on the list was anything bedazzled, and my inventory is deep in this area, as evidenced by the photo above.  I seldom go sleeveless these day, but I was up for the challenge to bare arms (also included on the list) during the sweltering days of August.

Never one to pay attention to limiting lists or the pressure to conform based on age, I’m enjoying the life enhancing opportunity to play with others who enjoy “wearing what we love.”  I dress for myself and I make my own list. Thank you Catherine, for initiating this brilliant (no pun intended) challenge.

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Daniel and The SC traveled to the River North area of Denver to Nocturne, a modern jazz and supper club HERE, which is the ideal setting to wear anything that sparkles.

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We were fortunate to be in the audience on Torch Singer Tuesday for the appearance of Wellington Bullings and the Scott Martin Trio HERE.

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The Art Deco-inspired interior of Nocturne is magnificent and the dazzling bar provided the perfect backdrop to my shimmering attire.

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The exterior of the club displays a mural which is representative of the jazz scene inside.

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The buildings in the alley adjacent to Nocturne are covered with street art and murals, and serve as a breathtaking outdoor gallery space.  This area of the city is bursting with creativity and stimulating energy, and motivates me to be more of who I am, which includes ignoring lists that restrict and suppress self-expression at any age.

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Photos By Daniel

Mural by Mariano Padilla HERE

Seguin beret – estate sale, bedazzled dress, black pants and black heeled sandals – consignment stores,  jewelry – gifted, estate sales, flea markets.

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Captivating Crone Series

The elegant and regal Alice Abrams, designer, goldsmith HERE, and longtime supporter of young talent in the jewelry industry HERE, came across my path several weeks ago.  Alice gave me a card which she presents to new acquaintances which states:

Thank you for your thoughtful comment! You have lifted the spirit of an octogenarian!  In life as in the dance, grace glides on blistered feet.

Thank you Alice, for granting me permission to include you in my “Captivating Crone Series.”

The Garden

August 10th, 2015

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This is the first summer since Nelson’s death over four years ago that I’ve focused on my garden.  I got a late start, which turned out to be an advantage, as many lost their floral displays in hail storms earlier in the summer.  For this tour through the garden, I brought out my boots after another rainy day in Denver.

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I fell in love with grasses this summer, and love how they cascade from the large pot that has been empty for two years, after its discovery at an estate sale.

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When I walk into my garden, I want to feel as though I’m surrounded by magic, which is also my goal for the feeling that I desire within my home.  Both are an ongoing work in progress.

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This chandelier is the latest addition to the scene, which was purchased at a junk store for $30.  A touch of the bedazzled is as much fun in the garden as it is as an accessory to an outfit.

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Because of the unprecedented amount of rain in Denver this year, some of my plants have thrived beyond expectations.

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The “Goddess of the Rose Garden” oversees her Queendom on a misty morning.

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As with my outfits, almost everything in my garden was purchased at an estate sale, except for the plants and trees.  This antique iron bed frame creates a “flower bed” next to a path leading to a more secluded area.

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Just as style is healing, so is the sanctuary that surrounds my home, providing me pleasure and enjoyment during the warm months of the year.  Similar to life, it’s a work in progress and always transforming.

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Photos Of The SC By Daniel, iPhone Garden Photos By The SC

I’m having fun watching my hair transition to white.  I like the two colors evolving in the back, where the layers create special effects.  Next week I’m sure it will be different, but I would like this look to stay around for awhile!

Gold metallic crocheted dress, gold jewelry and multicolored sequin knit cap – estate sales; black top – yard sale, tall black Fluevog boots – retail.

Thank you to Margaret of Sixty & Me HERE for the article, “6 Stunning Examples Of Fashion For Older Women” HERE and Sylvia of 40+Style HERE for the blog post, “How To Wear Leopard Print Over 40.” HERE.

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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