Hat Attack #34

April 30th, 2016

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May’s Hat Attack is a headpiece created by Heather Stoten of The Hat Workshop HERE in Boulder, Colorado.  I’ve blogged about Heather’s fine millinery couture before on Style Crone, and a recent trip to her studio revealed this beautiful rose confection which immediately landed on my head.

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I’ve also written about how I don’t have to possess every stunning piece of headwear that I meet in my travels!

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Wearing it briefly and documenting the experience with a photo can be enough.  And featuring its beauty on Hat Attack is frosting, which I can taste again.  And again. By pulling up these photos and inhaling its pink splendor whenever I choose.  It’s like having a virtual hat room which I can curate without ownership.  This is a practice I would like to develop with more depth.

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Photos By Daniel

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 MAY 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 Saturday, May 7th.

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Saturdays With Mr. J

April 25th, 2016

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Every Saturday Mr J and I go out for breakfast, and for months we have made a ritual of shooting  photos for Instagram as part of our weekend.  During the week I search out backgrounds as I drive through the city, and If I don’t have a location in mind by Saturday, there is spontaneity.  Something always pops up that catches my eye.

The pale blue hat in the photo above was created by the talented Juliane Gorman of Felt Happiness HERE.

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This weekend morning interlude sparks my creativity in a new way, and is a practice in playful interaction with Mr. J behind the lens.  It also draws my focus to the landscape of the beautiful city that I call home.

The hat above was created by a NYC street vendor and was purchased years ago.

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All photos were taken in neighborhoods surrounding the area where I live and then shared on Instagram, a fascinating platform where I have met many creatives. I have been introduced to new milliners and hat lovers from many countries across the world.

The above hat is by Amy Downs HERE and was purchased at The Hat Shop NYC HERE years ago.

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This alley shot allowed for the lime green and fuchsia felt hat by Guy to be featured against the white wall.

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This white vintage chapeau has graced the hat room since the 80’s.  It has been worn infrequently, but it was the perfect topper for my vintage white spring coat.  As always, there’s a hat for every occasion!

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I’m on my way to NYC as I write this post.  I will be attending the book launch for Ari Seth Cohen’s Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, which can be purchased HERE.  It’s going to be fun!

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

The Silent Stalkers

April 18th, 2016

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In the past on Style Crone I’ve written about the importance of health and how it’s my number one priority.  I structure and weave my time around physical, emotional and mental self-care. However, no matter how much energy I put into creating a healthy lifestyle for myself, some things are beyond my control.

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I received the diagnosis of osteoporosis many years ago, and have tried several options to improve my bone density.  However, my most recent numbers were disturbing and I know that I must do something more proactive to prevent fractures in the future. I’m researching and consulting with experts about the best plan of action at this point. The last thing I want to do is deal with chronic pain secondary to a fracture.

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A few months ago, during my annual eye exam, I mentioned to my provider that my eyesight had declined since last year.  I have the beginning of cataracts, but she became concerned about the loss of sight in my right eye as compared to my last exam.

I was diagnosed with epiretinal membranes in both eyes, which is a thin sheet of fibrous tissue that can form on the macula (the sharp focusing area at the back of the eye).  Apparently this is due to aging, could not have been prevented, and there is no treatment necessary at this time.  Surgery is available if my eyesight deteriorates significantly, but for now, there’s no plan of action except follow-up every six months.

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Both conditions are not externally apparent, but I know they exist.  They remind me that most people deal with some form of health problem that comes forward as aging progresses.  It took time to adjust to the concern about my eyesight.  Today it sits in the background and doesn’t cause anxiety or fear.  All of this could change, of course, at the drop of a hat.  I’m well aware of how quickly life turns on a dime.

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But for now, the silent stalkers of my health are quiet and lurk at a distance, with little effect on my life.  However, do I really have to stop wearing heels for my safety? Am I in denial about the changes and choices that may seem obvious? Perhaps downsizing the three inchers will be enough for now!  Or as a collector, do I preserve them as beloved pieces of art?

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Photos By Daniel

I know that I’m not alone. Do you have silent stalkers that are causing concern?

Blue knit dress with scarf and jewelry – gifted, black straw hat – Diane Harty Millinery HERE, black booties – retail sale.

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

Ode To Yoga

April 11th, 2016

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Yoga is a component of the scaffolding of my life.  It’s as nourishing as the food that I eat.  As restorative as sleep.  As healing as the soothing presence of an empathetic friend.

Yoga removes internal barriers and opens creative channels in my brain.  It’s the place where ideas for blog posts and outfits are born.  It provides an opening for allowing the art of “letting go” of that which I cannot control, as I focus on the breath and the mindful awareness of a space in time.

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Over the years I’ve learned that however I’m feeling when I enter the studio, I know more clearly what “is” when I leave.  It intensifies that which is already there, and I am more of who I am at the moment.

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If I feel exalted, I am more so.  If I feel intensely sad, the tears flow.  I experience the life enhancing merging of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of myself.  Yoga grounds me as I stretch and grow, and increases my ability to be flexible in times of expansion or struggle.  It is a constant analogy for life.

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This past week brought many gifts in relationship to Style Crone.  I was a clothing host (a term coined by Melanie of Bag and a Beret HERE) for one of the runway shows during Denver Fashion Week hosted by 303 Magazine HERE.  My creative hair stylist Charlie Price HERE directed the show and asked me to participate.  He has generously opened a new and interesting world which allows for the development of new skills in an environment that includes fascinating people and fresh challenges.  A perfect place to practice yoga off the mat, releasing perfectionism and fear.

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On the same day as the fashion show, Style Crone was mentioned in The Wall Street Journal, along with Patti of Not Dead Yet Style HERE and Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb HERE.  The article by fashion and style columnist Christina Binkley, titled “Why Do Women Spend Less on Fashion After 45” HERE, presents interesting research and opinions of influential women over 45 in relationship to this issue.

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To my amazement, I was thrilled to be featured in Elle Mexico‘s piece on “40+ Bloggers You Should Know.” HERE.  I was in fabulous company, alongside Lyn of Accidental Icon HERE, Melanie of Bag and a Beret HERE, Susan of une femme d’un certain age HERE, and Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb HERE.

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Photos By Daniel taken at Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver HERE

It was a week to celebrate and to experience gratitude for all that Style Crone brings to my life.  To be thankful for my dear friend and photographer Daniel, for my wonderful readers and commenters, and for the glorious bloggers who I’ve met over the past five and one half years. As I move forward, I will continue to embrace the benefits and gifts of the powerful practice of yoga.

Headscarf, satin belt, slippers adorned with flowers and earrings – estate sales; silk print skirt with gold metallic threads and beads – consignment shop; jewelry – gifted and thrifted; black top – yard sale; leggings – retail.

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

Hat Attack #33

March 31st, 2016

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April’s Hat Attack was discovered in a vintage shop in Jerome, Arizona during my trip to Sedona in January. I was captivated by its intricate floral display in shades of blue and lavender, trimmed with a purple velvet ribbon.  It represents the beginning of spring, with its whimsical bouquet.

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Though snow remains in Denver’s City Park, a few flowering trees are beginning to reveal their first hint of spring’s brilliant show.  April’s chapeau is an announcement of this year’s season of renewal and new beginnings!

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Photos By Daniel

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

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 an APRIL 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 Thursday, April 7th.

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