Scintillating Santa Fe

July 26th, 2016

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It’s been over a month since Mr. J and I traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a brief hiatus from our usual routine.  It’s one of my favorite destinations, with its slower pace, gorgeous views, high concentration of artists and eclectic restaurants.  And fabulous array of vintage, thrift and consignment shops!

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One of the first adventures on our agenda was a visit to Museum Hill and the International Museum of Folk Art HERE.  The Apache Warrior sculpture outside the museum created a majestic presence as it emerged on the skyline.

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The Flamenco Exhibit traced the history of dance from Spain to Santa Fe through costumes and interactive displays.

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No adventure is complete without an exploration of headwear.  Montecristi Custom Hat Works HERE create their hats on site and we were thrilled to observe hat making in process.

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It was an exciting surprise to run into Orren, who was featured in Ari Seth Cohen’s book Advanced Style Older And Wiser HERE.  He is a Santa Fe resident and we first met at Ari’s book signing in NYC in April of this year.  He is wonderful!  So much fun and very stylish!  Interestingly enough, we met again two days later. It was before noon, and he was wearing black sequin pants and I was decked in rhinestones.  It’s a small “Advanced Style” world!

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We spent an afternoon inhaling art along Canyon Road HERE, where over a hundred galleries, boutiques and restaurants populate the area of one-half mile.  I chose to wear a vintage skirt that I’ve had in my collections for years, vintage leopard print cowboy boots, a linen shirt and the Minetta Designs hat HERE  that I discovered in Santa Fe the day before.

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A visit to the Blue Rain Gallery HERE adjacent to downtown Santa Fe, introduced us to the talented artist Erin Currier HERE and her Series The Orchard Keepers.

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A visit to the famous Japanese inspired spa Ten Thousand Waves HERE for dinner at its restaurant izanami was the perfect way to end a magical few days in picturesque Santa Fe.  I’m all for making this trip a yearly ritual.

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Photos By Mr. J

After all, the Sake is delicious!

Silk turban by Heather Stoten of The Hat Workshop HERE

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.

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Last week Jean of Dross Into Gold HERE flew into Denver for her annual visit.  Her husband Joey Sommerville HERE was scheduled to perform at the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival HERE and she arrived a few days early so that we could play.  Play to us means hitting the thrift shops, estate sales and consignment stores.  We discovered treasures at every destination!

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Jean’s visit coincided with Daniel’s return as Style Crone photographer, so there was much to celebrate.  Our photo shoot took place in Keystone following Joey’s show-stopping performance.  Keystone, Colorado HERE is a resort town with breathtaking mountain views.

In the photo above, Daniel captured the spontaneity of our attempt to strike a precarious pose!  It’s so good to have him back and feeling good.

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Blogger meet-ups are the best!  Every blogger that I have met has possessed beauty, brains and compassion.  Jean is no exception.  She is also talented and creative, as evidenced by her skillfully crafted upcycled jacket. Her signature sterling silver bangles frequently accessorize her stunning ensembles, and we share similar interests and passions.

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Thank you Daniel, for the direction. Who wouldn’t want to be framed by Jean’s intricately designed kimono!  We didn’t plan for our outfits to be color coordinated, but the fact that they did only added to the enchantment of the afternoon.

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Joey’s performance was dazzling.  He plays a variety of trumpets, but this red instrument is my favorite.  Backed up by a three-piece ensemble, he played and sang a mixture of smooth jazz and the blues. The crowd was entranced, and dancing was impossible to resist.

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The artists Jean and Joey exude a radiant and magical energy.

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Photos By Daniel

Fortunately Joey performs in the Denver area again in 2017, so until next time! There’s another adventure around the corner.

Vintage straw hat adorned with fruit – gifted,  vintage jewelry and vintage black sheer underskirt – estate sales, belt and silk patterned skirt – consignment shops, black tunic and orange platform sandals – summer retail sales years ago.

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.

 

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Daniel is making a speedy recovery following his life saving surgery and near death experience.  He’s resting up for our next photo shoot, so for this post, Finn Wells is filling in.  Finn is also going to help us with videos, so I look forward to exploring a new medium.

The fear of losing Daniel was heightened by the death of a much younger and apparently healthy friend who died in his sleep this past weekend.  A talented, creative and generous artist slipped away in the midst of the night. This all against the backdrop of unspeakable gun violence and death across the United States.

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I have been reminded once again of the fragility of life and the urgency of living life to its fullest.  The importance of choosing how I most want to spend my time, and who I want to spend it with.  For in the course of the universe, the space between life and death, our time on the physical plane is but a “second” in the scheme of things. The act of creativity exists between the in and out breath.  The inhale and the exhale.

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To be close to death heightens all of the senses in the here and now.  The sensation of the soft cool breeze on my warm skin as I leave yoga class.  The profound feeling that flows through me as I gaze into the eyes of my grandson, as he responds in kind with deep innocence, yet ancient knowing.  The sense of wonder that I feel when I discover a beautifully crafted piece of headwear.  The meditative quality of self-expression.  The excitement and trepidation of trying something new.  The awareness that the moment is all we have.  It will never pass through life again.

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Writing about death, as I have expressed before, does not feel morbid to me.  Though taboo in our culture, it is as real as the hat on my head and the shoes on my feet. Because I am healthy today does not mean that life could turn on a dime tomorrow.

It motivates me to question my choices and be more aware of each moment and experience.  To savor, feel wonder and lean forward toward love and kindness.  To do something everyday to heal myself and reach out to take action with others to participate in changing the dysfunctional system that contributes to the pain and destruction that is unfolding on a frequent basis before our eyes.  Though not delusional nor grandiose, I hold hope for change.

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Photos by Finn Wells

As I linger over this post and ponder the meaning of life once again, I have more questions than answers.  It all comes down to oneness, connection, focus, passion and exploring the awareness of my true nature.

As always, as artist and hatmaker Debra Rapoport, a regular on Advanced Style HERE so wisely states, “Creativity Heals.”

Vintage black straw hat, vintage black maxi skirt, and vintage black open-toed pumps – estate sales, silk fuchsia tunic with large black polka dots and statement bow – consignment store shopping with Valerie of the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas – HERE.

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.

 

 

 

 

 

Hat Attack #36

June 30th, 2016

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This one is for Daniel, who is in the midst of a lifesaving unplanned surgery today.  All my thoughts and best wishes are with him as I write this post.  It’s the third anniversary of Hat Attack and every photo for this monthly series was taken by Daniel. I’m constantly grateful for our ongoing collaboration, and look forward to his speedy return.

Daniel requests that the show must go on, so Mr. J, my trusty iPhone and my wrinkled white linen tunic traveled with me to the periphery of the Denver Botanic Gardens to honor him and our monthly ritual dedicated to the love of hats.

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July’s Hat Attack was discovered last week in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  I will be blogging about my adventures next week.  Wherever I travel, seeking headwear is an important part of the exploration of my destination.

This chapeau was created in Santa Fe by Minetta Designs HERE.  I love the neutral color of the straw, the unusual shape, and the folds and creases of the crown and brim. Every angle of this hat has its charm!  It feels somewhat like wearing a flower on my head.  Who doesn’t want to feel  “in bloom,” even during turbulent times.

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I’m making some changes to Hat Attack, which is an ongoing celebration of headwear. I’ve decided to leave the link-up open every day of the month, so participation can take place at anytime, every day of the year.  Why limit the enjoyment of hats to only one week of the month!

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Photos By Mr. J

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.

Anyone can participate!  All you need is a URL, which can be acquired from Instagram, Facebook or your website.  If you have difficulty with adding your photo to the link-up, send me an email at judith@stylecrone.com and I will help you problem solve.  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 appreciated!

Give The SC a JULY HAT ATTACK and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post. Participation will be open through JULY 31st.  I’m expecting Daniel to be back for August’s link-up, with his outrageous sense of humor, artistic eye, and exquisite attention to detail.

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This past October my hair stylist retired.  She had been cutting and coloring my hair for many years.  She had been supportive of my decision to grow my hair out from red to silver and I was close to the very end of this process when she left.  I was saddened by the loss, but celebrated the new life that she had before her. I came to accept this change and began to explore options for her replacement.

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Making a long magical story short (beginning with my nail whisperer), I discovered Charlie Price HERE, artist extraordinaire.  He felt like the perfect match and since the day that I met him, he has been cutting my hair and expanding my horizons. He started with taking off what remained of the red, and he also recommended that I submit photos to the Donna Baldwin Agency HERE, the premier modeling firm in Denver.  He referred me to the photographer Melanie Watson HERE for head shots, and with his encouragement, I decided to give it a try.

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This past week I was interviewed by the agency and was offered a contract, which I signed.  Knock me over with a feather!  So off I go on another adventure, which fits with my belief that crones should be represented everywhere!  Starting something new is always energizing and exhilarating!  I have no idea what the future holds nor do I have expectations, but I have learned to be open to new opportunities that cross my path.

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Photos By Daniel

In the spirit of “feeling free at 73” AND “old and bold,” with this post I’m entering the contest which is a collaboration between the amazing and groundbreaking blog Man Repeller HERE by Leandra Medine, Bloglovin HERE and H&M HERE #bloglovinhmawards16 HERE.  I have no delusions of winning, but that’s not the point.  Again, I believe that crones should be everywhere!

The amazing vintage couture skirt is by Michaele Vollbracht HERE and I was enthralled with its beauty when visiting my friend Robyn, the proprietress of Wardrobe Works Denver HERE, an elegant consignment store that I have frequented over the years. She kindly and generously offered that I wear the skirt for this post.  The pleasure of wearing it for a few hours will be with me always.  I don’t have to own every garment that I love, and there’s something grand and sustainable in letting go.

Black basic tank – H&M, vintage skirt by Michaele Vollbracht, black heels and bold beaded necklace – Wardrobe Works Denver, black vintage Schiaparelli headpiece, orange glass drop earrings and wide black patent leather belt – estate sales, and black shrug – Florida consignment shop.

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

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