Miami – Part 1

January 28th, 2015

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The SC and Mr. J spent a week in Miami for a change of pace from the cold Colorado winter.  Today’s post begins part one, with “my shadow and me” enjoying the sand beneath my feet and the soft wind blowing off the ocean with a scent that was soothingly sweet.

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Speaking of sweet, I met up with Patti of Not Dead Yet Style HERE for lunch and animated conversation.  We met for the first time over two years ago, and we took up from where we left off with instant rapport.  Not only is she beautiful, but bright, witty and kind.  As retired mental health professionals, we have much in common. However, there was much more than that to talk about, including blogging, style and recycling, aging and the intricacies and transitions of life.  Thanks Patti!  It was much too short and I look forward to the next time.

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Another meet-up took place during our time in Florida.  Mr. J met his cousin Rifka for the first time, along with her gallant husband David.  This photo best illustrates their instant connection.  Rifka also exudes beautiful, bright, witty and kind!  It was a beautiful day.

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Art and hats have always been an intriguing combination for me.  But then I consider hats as art.  In this case the hat that I discovered in Nice pairs with a stunning piece by Roberto Matta.  Miami’s art, culture and people were vibrant and exhilarating!

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Accessories as art appeared in the form of brightly colored bags in a shop window on our way to dinner one evening.  Boutique windows can be miniature museums, with their brilliant displays of wearable art.

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Always on the look out for inspiration, I spotted this gorgeous woman with glorious white hair and a dazzling smile at breakfast one morning.  She proudly asserted that she was 76.  What a stunner!

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Another “Advanced Style” moment presented itself when I noticed this amazing couple.  I loved their yellow accents, their glasses and their smiles.  And what about those hats!

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During the time we were in Miami I was taken by surprise by my inclusion in Buzzfeed’s piece on “15 Senior Style Instagrammers To Follow HERE”  I feel honored to be in such amazing company and thrilled that older people are becoming more visible.  I read recently that old is the new black.  That’s a concept that I can support and celebrate!

Part two of our Miami journey will be out later, as I move back into my sanctuary and my treasured life here in Denver.  I look forward to visiting the blogs that I love and reconnecting with friends, online and face-to-face.

Photos By Danielle Levitt

January 19th, 2015

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Last week I received photos which were taken by Danielle Levitt HERE in NYC over two years ago, for a possible magazine piece.  The images evoked the feelings of excitement which accompanied a day spent with Debra Rapoport, artist, hat designer and woman of many talents.

The photo shoot took place in a mansion which was elegantly furnished and used for events and photography.  We spent the morning with hair and make-up artists, and were then photographed together and separately after assistants pulled from racks of eclectic pieces to represent the vision of the stylist. The vintage hat that I wore was from my collection.

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Spending a day with Debra is like visiting a magical kingdom.  Her warmth, creativity and openness to adventure are contagious and she can light up any room with her beautiful inner and outer presence.  Debra recently participated in a TED talk in Amsterdam HERE with Ari Seth Cohen, founder of the Advanced Style Blog HERE and Advanced Style Movement.  Check out the video for instant inspiration.

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Wearing a gigantic orange metal earring was a first for me (in the first photo) and the “blue claw as hand” (in the third photo) was also a unique phenomenon.  Debra looks amazing as always, with her face elegantly framed in headwear.  For the photo of the two of us together, we were taken to a diner adjacent to the mansion, and seated next to plates of fried chicken and cake.

The photos were never published in the magazine, but that wasn’t important to me.  It was the peak experience of the new that carried the day and has a place in my heart that I can recall at a moment’s notice.  A reminder to be open, take risks, expand and stretch.  Exactly my intentions for 2015.

Linking up with Sacramento’s Share-in-Style HERE at Mis Papelicos!

Gowns: The Series #3

January 12th, 2015

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I’ve been ill this past week, after many years of life without even a short-lived virus to slow me down.  I have been humbled once again by how quickly life turns on a dime. Not life threatening, but energy draining and immobilizing, it was another reminder of the importance of health and well-being.

But the show must go on, and fortunately this post was waiting in the wings for completion prior to my malaise.  Continuing with the gown series, The SC and Daniel headed to the RiNo neighborhood in Denver HERE, knowing that we would find a few spots along the way for a touch of juxtaposition.  Making it up with no plan, we stopped whenever we came upon a location of interest. This chain link fence against the clear blue sky of a crisp January afternoon became our first opportunity.

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Magically a mural appeared on the wall of a building not far from the fence.  Multi-colored and bold, it felt perfect as background for the vintage rust colored silk velvet gown with billowy open sleeves adorned with covered buttons.  Estate sale vintage brown suede gloves added warmth as they harmonized with vintage brown suede pumps.

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The rust silk velvet turban was custom-made for the gown by Jean Bjorn HERE, a talented milliner who lived in Denver over 20 years ago.  I wore this ensemble to holiday parties during that era,  spending hours dancing in its silk velvet splendor.

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Today I’m giving this gown new life, and loving its drape, texture, lines and intricate details.

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I accessorized with estate sale vintage earrings with movement and a gifted deco pendant.

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Photos By Daniel

Across the street from the mural was a brick building with an art installation displayed prominently on its wall, which appeared to be a painter’s palette made of skis. The sun felt luscious, landing on the bricks and my gown with its appreciated warmth. In less than one block we found everything we needed as our photo playground, with the only goal of having fun.  I consider it an afternoon well spent!

I’m linking up with Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.  She’s looking gorgeous in her Karina dress and brilliant smile.

Behind The Lens

January 5th, 2015

Style Crone would not exist if not for the photographers that have given of themselves since the day of launching on July 13th, 2010.  I would like to honor and pay tribute to each of these collaborators that have enriched my life for years.

Blogging is a solitary activity in many ways, and to work with someone who I adore expands my enjoyment and allows me to continue to chronicle my life through style and the written word.  It is with deep gratitude that I begin 2015 by thanking those behind The SC lens.  I will start with the most recent  and go back to the beginning.

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Daniel has been a dear friend since 1982 when my business partner and I walked into Center Stage (appropriately named) to meet Daniel.  He managed this storefront for dance and theatrical supplies, as well as participating in the production company associated with the retail aspect of the business. There amidst the toe shoes and tights stood this man who agreed immediately, without hesitation, to lease a portion of his space to Les Chapeaux, the hat shop which started a new chapter of my life.

We have been friends now for 32 years, and we still have that mischievous, playful relationship that originated in 1982.  Daniel’s theatrical instinct, combined with my love of style as art, has been a positive collaboration for the two of us.  Neither of us takes ourself so serious that we don’t indulge in generous amounts of spontaneous laughter.  We both love to be creative and we feed off of each other’s energy, making it up as we go.  Neither of us have any idea what we’re doing, but it sure is fun.

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Daniel’s Favorite Photo

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Photo By Daniel

I met Diana in the early 80’s, when we first crossed paths working in the community mental health center system in Denver.  Diana had just begun her first job as an art therapist for the chronically mentally ill.  It was she who approached me at a New Year’s Eve party in 2011 and we discussed the idea of blog photography.

For two years she stopped by my home weekly and we played with photos and backgrounds.  She was a significant support during my process of grief and transformation.  She is the reason that Style Crone continued after Nelson’s death, giving me structured motivation to  compose an ensemble in the center of pain and uncertainty.

Diana is a self-described life-long “snap-shooter”. When she & her family left Cuba in 1961, their collection of 8×10 black & white family photos were among the few treasures they were allowed to carry into exile.  As an adult artist she collected similar family photos from her refugee friends and turned them into colorful canvasses. The ability to capture the fleeting quality of time continues to draw her to photography.

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Diana’s Favorite Photo

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Mr. J is my significant other who generously photographs The SC when we travel or when we spontaneously decide that a photo would be fun, in addition to whatever we’re into at the moment.  I am very fortunate to have him unexpectedly appear in my life.  I treasure the gift of his presence as we embrace life fully in our 70’s, supporting one another and creating new memories.

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Mr. J’s Favorite Photo

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Camille is my daughter and my daily inspiration.  She has photographed The SC during tines when needed, since the very beginning.  Moving back to Denver from her home in NYC prior to her father’s death, she continues to enhance my life in countless ways.  Her dazzling smile is much like Nelson’s, and her gentle kindness and support make life sweet.

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Camille’s Favorite Photo

As I prepare this post, I notice that Camille and I are wearing the same pair of gifted vintage jet earrings in the two photos above.  Ahhhh serendipity.

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I would not have launched Style Crone four and one half years ago if it weren’t for the encouragement and support of my beloved husband Nelson, who died on April 20, 2011.  He was the inspiration for the outfits that I created during the last nine months of his life.  It was as if he knew that Style Crone would provide a lifeline as I faced life without him, as I grieved and then began to take steps into the vast unknown.  For over 30 years his vibrant spirit and unconditional love graced my life, and the blog that we initiated together continues in his honor.

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The last photo that Nelson took five days before his death would not exist if it were not for Style Crone. I realize as I write this post that I haven’t worn any of the pieces in this composition since this photo was taken in April of 2011.

Not only am I grateful for my loved ones behind the lens, I am also thankful for the readers of SC, who make this ongoing journey possible.  I enter 2015 with hope, curiosity, and excitement about the hats and life experiences that will make themselves known over the next year!

Hat Attack continues through Wednesday, January 7th.  There’s still time to throw a little headwear my way.

I’m linking up with Sacramento’s Share-in-Style HERE at Mis Papelicos.  It’s a party not to be missed!

 

Hat Attack #18

January 1st, 2015

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Happy New Year To All!

To all who receive my posts by email, I accidentally published an unfinished post while editing this morning.  It will be out on Monday in its completed edition.  Oops!!!

The SC and Daniel traveled to my friend Diana’s home, and as you would expect, she has lace curtains, blooming flowers and a lovely sun-soaked space.  I love how the lace curtains create interesting patterns on my ensemble in this photo.  January’s Hat Attack needed an infusion of light!

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I discovered this Abigail Aldgridge hat HERE years ago at The Hat Shop HERE during a NYC visit.  It’s a theatrical piece of headwear, with its asymmetrical helmet shape abundantly layered with a large piece of felt folded across its front and adorned with black beads and long tassel.

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Photos By Daniel

This piece of art is perfect for special occasions, including dinner out on a bitterly cold January evening.  Who thinks about the weather when I have a tassel floating across my face to distract me!

Linking up to Rebecca’s Eccentric Glamour HERE at The Clothesline.  This is her first party, and I’m more than happy to join in the fun.

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 a JANUARY 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 Wednesday, January 7th.

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