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

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.

In The Garden

June 14th, 2016

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I was going to post yesterday, but my heart was heavy with grief as the reality of the Orlando atrocity hovered with horror.  These photos were taken before the shootings, and they didn’t mirror how I felt. My deep sorrow for the victims and their families was at the forefront and I wanted to honor the pain of their trauma.  Today I see the wisdom of moving forward and exploring how I can, in some small way, become involved in a movement to contribute to the prevention of this senseless violence.  Actions speak louder than words and the place to begin is within.

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Style Crone is back to regular programming!  Daniel and I haven’t collaborated in a photo shoot since before my NYC trip.  We’d forgotten how much fun we have together, cavorting around Denver, laughing at the drop of a hat.

For this post we stayed close to home, in my garden, which has exploded with abandon, a bit overgrown and wild, into summer mode.  It’s one of my favorite times of the year!

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Today I’m feeling grateful for my life and the good fortune of having a garden retreat. The outdoor sanctuary filled with perennials that bursts into bloom every year.

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I’m grateful for the people in my life, including the bloggers that I have met through Style Crone.  The readers and commenters who enrich my life with every post.  Thank you!

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Travel and new experiences are fun and exciting.  But it’s my home that I return to that provides the stability and the comfort that allows the “frosting” of life to enhance my journey.

Photos By Daniel

Vintage hat with ribbon trim and vintage pearl earrings – estate sales, vintage tulle top – Meek Vintage HERE, black circle skirt with gold embellishment – 50 Dresses by Tess Vigil HERE, nude pumps with silver strap – retail sale.

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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Over a month ago my friend Brooks Luby, Denver fashion designer of Brooks LTD HERE, asked me to participate in a photo shoot, representing her focus on mother-of-the-bride and special occasion pieces.  I was all in!  I’m always ready for a new experience of interest which allows me to stretch and grow.

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The shoot took place in her beautiful studio in the heart of Denver’s LoDo district.  For this post I chose my favorite editorial photos by photographer Hardy Klahold HERE, wearing pieces created by Brooks.  The above white shirt with open shoulders and lace detail is now hanging in my closet!

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I loved the process!  It felt a bit like acting, which I haven’t done since high school. Trying on new personas with a director, the stylist Mary Spicer HERE, was playful and intriguing, and it usually took several “takes.”  To be “101” at something is an exhilarating ride!

When I try something new, I liken it to launching a new yoga pose.  I feel awkward and off-balance, but also determined and alive.  As Eleanor Roosevelt once stated, “Do one thing every day that scares you.”  I try to adhere to these words of wisdom.

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The “petal throw” took the collaboration of the entire team present.  Everything and everyone had to be coordinated!  The petal throwers, the photographer, the director and me.  When we nailed it, there was a standing ovation for ourselves!

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This is how I felt about the “clothing host” experience, which is a phrase created by the brilliant Melanie of Bag and Beret HERE.

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The Team

From the left:  Casandra Gallardo HERE – makeup, moi, Brooks Luby HERE – designer, Ericka Ramey – hair, Mary Spicer HERE – stylist, and in front, Hardy Klahold HERE – photographer.  Thank you all for a fabulous time!

Thank you so much to Ari Seth Cohen for featuring Style Crone on Advanced Style 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 is open through tomorrow, June 7th.  Hope to see you there!

Hat Attack #35

June 1st, 2016

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June’s Hat Attack was created by artist, milliner and blogger Carol Markel of Femme et Fleur HERE.  This colorful fedora accompanied me back to Denver after my most recent visit to NYC.  I’ve worn Carol’s hats before on Style Crone, but this chapeau deserved it’s very own feature on Hat Attack.

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The magnificent colors and shapes that adorn this hat were irresistible to me, and I happened to find a vintage neon pink jacket in my closet that could accessorize its strength.  This hat is the main event!

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Photos By Daniel

Thank you to Deborah Boland for featuring Style Crone as a Fabulous After 40 Styleblazer HERE.  I was thrilled to be interviewed and to be referred to as “The Queen of Hats.”  Deborah has a passion for fashion and for supporting other bloggers with her Styleblazer Series.

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

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 JUNE 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 Tuesday, June 7th.

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