Hat Attack






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Two weeks ago I had the privilege and honor of visiting Louise Green Millinery HERE during my trip to Los Angeles to attend the book signing for Ari Seth Cohen’s Older And Wiser HERE.  The book signing took place at the Louise Green Millinery Studio, and was hosted by Louise and her husband Lawrence (I will be blogging about the event next week). I was embraced with open arms and felt very welcomed by their generosity and kindness.

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During the book signing I meticulously scanned the hats on display. I was stopped in my tracks by this lush sage green profile fedora with its breathtaking luminous green bow. Its overall personality, perfect workmanship and what appeared to be lovingly handcrafted details drew me in and wouldn’t let go.  That’s what I call hat love at first sight!

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Photos By Daniel

The chapeau named “Max” now has its special spot in the hat room, and it will soon have its Denver debut.

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Louise and Lawrence work together like an inspiring and impressive “well oiled machine!” Louise designs the hats and Lawrence does the business side for Louise Green Millinery.  It was a joy to behold their mutual respect, admiration and love for one another. As a hat lover and a former hat shop owner, and as a human being, I was captivated by their creation and the magical energy that resides in this space that holds so much beauty and obvious attention to detail.

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A glorious sea of headwear covers the walls and hatracks in the display area of the studio.

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Who could possible resist sitting in front of this vintage vanity while trying on a hat!

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The stunning Louise at work, wearing a floral “whimsy” of her own design, which adorns her silver hair.

The Story of Louise Green Millinery by Louise Green

“In my youth I was a crafter before I even knew there was such a word.  Patchwork, beading, knitting, rug making, hand sewing.  I also loved thrifting.  I studied fine art at a college in England and moved to LA from London in 1983 with two young kids.  I had no usable skills.

I started thrifting for men’s tuxedo jackets and decorating them for women.  Big shoulders were in at the time.  I added a feminine touch to them and sold them in a consignment store.  One day I came upon a box of vintage hats, bought them, took off the trim and re-trimmed them in my own style.  They sold out!

I did that for awhile and decided to look for millinery classes, as I always loved hats. I found classes with the African-American church community.  They accepted me into their circle,  jokingly telling me that I was making white women’s hats.  I was using all vintage materials in dark rich colors in a 20’s style, while their’s were bright and rhinestoned and showy for church. I loved these women. They were fun and funny and would sing to my newborn Jazzy when she woke up from a nap.

I took the hats in bags or boxes around town while very pregnant to the finest stores in LA.  I think they felt sorry for me and my belly because they always bought everything that I made.  A rep from the California Market Center (The Mart at the time) asked me to design a line and she would sell them for me.  Before that, all hats were one of a kind.

That was 30 years ago.  The business kept growing organically.  Lawrence came in with me after a couple of years to deal with the business side.  As they say, the rest is history!”  ~ Louise Green

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The millinery workroom was beautifully organized for maximum efficiency.  I loved the shelves of hat blocks, which are pieces of art in their own right.

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And then there were the ribbons!

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The above photos of Louise and Lawrence’s daughter Jazzy modeling whimsies at four years of age delightfully greet visitors at the stair landing, prior to entering the millinery studio. Jazzy is now 26!  These photos speak to the devotion and commitment to the art form of millinery that is palpable at Louise Green Millinery.

Thank you Louise and Lawrence, and your wonderful staff, for one of the millinery thrills of my life.  It was grand and unforgettable!

Thank you Deborah Boland of Fabulous After 40 for the inclusion in your post “What Over 40 Styleblazers Wore.”  HERE

Now it’s your turn to throw a little headwear my way. Give The SC an OCTOBER HAT ATTACK and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post. The link-up will be open through October 31st.

Anyone can participate in the celebration of headwear!  All you need is a URL, which can be acquired from Instagram, Facebook or your website.  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 encouraged!

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Hat Attack #38

September 1st, 2016

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September’s Hat Attack celebrates my first formal collaboration with a milliner.  Months ago Cha Cha HERE contacted me by email, asking if I would be interested in working together.  In the past, nothing of this nature had peaked my interest, but when I visited her website I was very impressed and to my surprise, and without hesitation, I said “yes.”

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During my most recent trip to New York I visited her studio, and it was then that I realized that my instincts had been right.  Cha Cha was warm, fun, interesting and engaging.  Her staff was welcoming and her workroom was abundant with activity that drew me in. Her studio was filled with racks of gorgeous headwear, and it was clear that she was talented and skilled.  It was at that time that I fell in love with this ruby velour top hat with its captivating red and black pheasant feather.  And so my thrilling collaboration with Cha Cha began.  Another unexpected gift from the world of blogging.

Nothing is more exhilarating to me than supporting and engaging with the headwear community.  My love for the art of millinery and hat making is written all over this post.  Thank you Cha Cha, for initiating a new chapter in the series that is Hat Attack.

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Photos By Daniel

Description of the Melora by Cha Cha

“The Melora is a distressed, ruby velour top hat with tonal lambskin leather piping on the brim. The leather piping on the brim is one of my signature details. It holds the brim shape well and makes the hat a “Cha Cha”. The Ruby leather trim is piped with black patent leather. Distressed black tulle and a black/red wrap around pheasant tail complete the look.

This season we looked to some of my favorite hat wearing music icons for inspiration. Melora is the lead singer of a long time favorite band called Rasputina HERE. She plays cello and writes quirky songs about Victorian oddities.” ~Cha Cha

Video – Finn Wells, Creative Director – Daniel

Cha Cha’s Melora has inspired me to add video to my monthly Hat Attack, and today I’m posting my first attempt at this new medium.  I’m totally “101” at this, but there’s a thrill in starting something new.  Thank you to Finn and Daniel for the expertise and fun!

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Visiting Cha Cha in her studio in NYC in April

Cha Cha’s Biography

“Cha Cha began studying the craft of millinery in 1994 under the
tutelage of the highly regarded milliner, Anne Allbrizzio. After completing
the millinery program at FIT she began designing for private clients.
Soon she started collaborating with the East Village designer Mark Montano.

In August of 2001 she opened her millinery design studio,
Cha Cha’s House of Ill Repute. Since then she has steadily built a unique
clientele ranging from NYC to Tokyo to Shanghai. All hats are made in NYC.
They are hand blocked on Cha Cha’s collection of vintage and specially
designed blocks using the finest quality straws and felts. She scours local
& regional flea markets for vintage millinery, antique trimmings and feathers
to inspire her designs. Her signature style includes hand dying blended
with free form blocking techniques which give the hats a unique vintage
look while remaining modern and wearable.

Cha Cha’s hats have attracted the attention of the entertainment industry.
She counts several celebrities as devoted clients including Alicia Keyes and
Justin Timberlake. Her hats have also been purchased by Queen Latifah,
Pink, & Christina Aquilera among others.”

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 Calvin blocking a straw hat in Cha Cha’s millinery workroom in April.

“Why I love Millinery” – By Cha Cha

“I became a Milliner because I absolutely love the process: blocking, finishing, etc. I originally went to school for fashion design but was a terrible pattern maker, sewer, etc.

When I landed in NYC after graduation I took a millinery class at FIT and fell in love with the techniques, much more like sculpting or pottery, very hands on. Also more room for errors which can lead to interesting accidents and new ideas. I felt very at home here and was inspired creatively which had never happened in design school. I love wearing hats frankly because I’m naturally shy and wearing a hat attracts attention these days. Walk into a party in a hat and you may not talk to the coolest or most popular person there, but you likely will end up talking to the most interesting one. They will seek you out.

I like the community around hat wearing and the way they make you feel and the confidence they confer to the wearer, almost by accident.

One of my favorite quotes about wearing hats is by Lily Dache. I like the idea of literally putting on a new hat and adding that to your personality stew.  It’s also an easy way to stand out and look great without too much worry about the rest of your outfit.

“A woman’s hat is close to her heart, though she wears it on her head. It is her way of saying to the world: See this is what I am like-or this is what I would like to be.” ~Lily Dache

The Melora is available on Cha Cha’s website HERE.  Cha Cha is offering a 15%  off discount through the link on my post using the discount code “stylecrone” on her website from Sept 1 -7.

The Melora is courtesy of Cha Cha. All the writing (except for quotations) and opinions are my own.  Style Crone does not receive commission from purchases.

Now it’s your turn to throw a little headwear my way. Give The SC a SEPTEMBER HAT ATTACK and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post. The link-up will be open through September 30th.

Anyone can participate in the celebration of headwear!  All you need is a URL, which can be acquired from Instagram, Facebook or your website.  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 encouraged!

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Hat Attack #37

July 31st, 2016

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August’s Hat Attack was discovered at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival at the beginning of July.  The milliner Diane Harty HERE from Frisco, Colorado is usually present as a vendor with her beautiful headwear made from fine sewn straw braid.  I attend the festival just to see her new creations.

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This year I was captivated with a black headpiece adorned with fuchsia feathers.  It reflects the color of the roses in my back garden!

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I love movement in my accessories!  Spontaneously throwing about a black silk scarf seemed like the only thing to do to accentuate the feathers.  This chapeau makes me feel like dancing, which is a sure sign that it was meant to join my collection.

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Photos By Daniel

Now it’s your turn to throw a little headwear my way. Give The SC an AUGUST HAT ATTACK and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post. The link-up will be open through August 31st.

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 encouraged!

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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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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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Hat Attack #32

March 1st, 2016

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The March Hat Attack was discovered at Papillion Vintage in Jerome, Arizona.  It’s blue velvet fabric covers blocked buckram, and the bow in the back makes for a great exit.

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Blue is one of my favorite colors, and I decided to go monochromatic.  There’s no such thing as an overdose of cobalt blue!

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Photos By Daniel

Linking up with Patti’s Visible Monday HERE, Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE, and Cherie’s Shoe and Tell HERE.


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 MARCH 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, March 7th.

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Hat Attack #31

February 1st, 2016

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February’s Hat Attack features a vintage Norma Kamali baby leopard print toque with matching gauntlets.  These pieces were “seized” from my hat shop in the 1980’s and they traveled with me on my recent trip to Sedona.

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I decided that they needed to be focused upon more fully after I fell in love with them once again.  They hadn’t been on an outing for years and are now having a revival!

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I love hats that are “shape changers” and can present as different personalities on a whim.  This Norma Kamali beauty transforms from toque to beret at the drop of a chapeau!

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Photos By Daniel

Linking up with Patti’s Visible Monday HERE, Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE, and Cherie’s Shoe and Tell HERE.

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 FEBRUARY 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 Sunday, February 7th.

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Hat Attack #30

January 1st, 2016

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January’s Hat Attack is a vintage fur felt chapeau with felt bow and trim by French designer Marcelle Agrellet, which was discovered at Fabulous Fannys HERE several years ago in NYC when shopping with Jean and Valerie of the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas HERE.

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Photos By Daniel

The days have grown bitter cold, and sometimes grey without the brilliant light of the Colorado sun.  The perfect time to wear my warmest hats and coats, and the multiple layers that offer protection from winter’s stark presence.  The beauty of every season can be more fully valued beneath a brim.

I’m greeting 2016 “Hat On” and wishing you all a year filled with magic and wonder.

Happy New Year

Linking up with Patti’s Visible Monday HERE, Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE, and Cherie’s Shoe and Tell HERE.

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Hat Attack #29

December 1st, 2015

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December’s Hat Attack spends its days on the mantel, above the fireplace in my home.  Why keep beauty hidden in a box when it can be on display?  It was purchased at The Hat Shop NYC HERE in the late 90’s, and I love its wispy feathers and compelling mix of greens.

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Headpiece, fascinator, holiday ornament.  The term or category used to describe this piece is insignificant. The importance lies in its allure and how it makes me feel when I glance daily at its playful splendor.  Why save that rich experience for special occasions?  Especially when the starkness of winter has the tendency to cloud my view.

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Photos By Daniel

Thank you to WhoWhatWear HERE, Still Weird Zine HERE and Style Nudge HERE for the features.

Linking up with Catherine at #iwillwearwhatilike HERE, Patti’s Visible Monday HERE, and Cherie’s Shoe And Tell HERE.

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 DECEMBER 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, December 7th.

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Hat Attack #28

November 1st, 2015

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November’s Hat Attack features a vintage floppy brimmed leopard print fur felt hat by Adolpho, which I purchased for next to nothing at the thrift shop Second Debut HERE during my recent visit to Minneapolis. Though I have many animal print hats in residence in the hat room, this beauty is completely different from anything in my current collection.

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I love peering from beneath its sweeping brim, blocking or viewing a perspective on a whim.  How could I resist its compelling splendor?

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Photos By Daniel

I plan to wear it to lunch with a friend this week so that it can make its Denver debut. Not every hat enjoys an outing so soon after its discovery!

Linking up with Patti’s Visible Monday HERE and Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE.

 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 NOVEMBER 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, November 7th.

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Hat Attack #27

October 1st, 2015

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October’s Hat Attack is brought to you by the Guild Collective HERE , which is “a curated collection of the fine work of stylists, local artists, photographer, retailers and designers from around Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.”  I stumbled upon this unique shop during my recent trip to visit my mother.

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The Guild has a large selection of vintage hats, and I tried on each and every one. This 1960’s black fur felt chapeau with high crown, brim and faux leather trim caught my attention, and I couldn’t leave without it.

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Photos By Daniel

It now has its place in the hat room, which has recently been transitioned from summer to fall.  I’ve always been of the opinion that a woman can never have too many black hats!

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 OCTOBER 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, October 7th.

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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?

Linking up with Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday HERE at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish and Catherine for #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb.

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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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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Hat Attack #24

June 30th, 2015

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July’s Hat Attack was designed by Carol Markel, milliner, artist and blogger at Femme et Fleur HERE. I chose this beauty from Carol’s “Hat Shop In A Box,” which was featured on my post of last week.  Carol names her creations, and this chapeau goes by “Circle In The Square.”  I love its geometric shapes and vibrant colors trimmed with a touch of sparkle.

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I was honored to be photographed by the generous and talented Denton Taylor HERE just before leaving Manhattan for LaGuardia Airport and my flight back to Denver. Denton has several blogs, including Silver-Haired Beauties HERE, a homage to beautiful women with natural hair.

Denton’s photos are showcased regularly on Sylvia’s 40+Style HERE. Thank you Sylvia, for the feature on your blog several weeks ago HERE.

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Photos by Denton Taylor

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After purchasing “Circle In The Square,” I didn’t take it off for days.  It had a special energy that I felt drawn to.  Then Carol shared the history of this beauty, and I understood why.

Carol wore “Circle In The Square” and a dress of her own design to the Museum of Modern Art to participate in the museum’s new program for people over 65, “Prime Time.”  Four models, including Carol, posed in the museum’s Sculpture Garden, while people of all ages sketched them.

The above photo was by Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style HERE, with a painting by Andre Derain as background.  The photo was posted on MoMA’s Instagram account and received 4000 likes.  As Carol states, “Circle in the Square has been seen by lots of eyes.  Maybe that’s why it has so much energy.”

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 JULY 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, July 7th.

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Hat Attack #23

June 1st, 2015

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June’s Hat Attack is one of my all time favorites, which was discovered in Miami at C Madeline’s HERE, a vintage shop of epic proportions.  Their vintage hat collection is outstanding and this sculpture attests to its excellence.

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This teal feather covered toque has a special perch in the hat room.  Its feathers have been stripped with the tips left intact, and when not out the door for a special occasion, it thrills me every time my gaze lands on its splendor.

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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, 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 Sunday, June  7th.

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Hat Attack #22

May 1st, 2015

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I’ve been spending time over the past few weeks at Heather Stoten’s millinery studio, The Hat Workshop HERE.  She’s making my hat for Camille’s wedding, which has been a collaborative and creative process that brings me great pleasure.  May’s Hat Attack is a cream paribuntal straw hat with hand rolled cream and black silk leaves.  I spotted this beauty on a rack in the studio and decided to feature it today.

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It’s another hat that I adore, but will leave behind in Heather’s studio.  Wearing it for Hat Attack is “enough.”  Documenting its beauty with a photo fulfills my heart’s desire and provides the practice of letting go.

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The top of the chapeau displays Heather’s artistry, skill and talent.

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Photos by Daniel

Playing in Heather’s studio, surrounded by hat blocks and hat boxes from London, is the very definition of living life to the fullest!  Thank you Heather, for the opportunity to work with you and have access to your “house of hats.”

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 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 Thursday, May  7th.

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Hat Attack #21

March 31st, 2015

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The April Hat Attack features a spring/summer hat made from a straw crown and white organdy hand pleated brim by Heather Stoten Millinery HERE.  Her studio, The Hat Workshop, is located in Boulder, Colorado, not far from home.  I am ecstatic at having found her!

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Heather is originally from London, England and her background HERE is impressive. She has sold her hats at Harrods Department Store and has worked with Philip Treacy HERE, one of my favorite hat designers.  To have her a short drive away is worth more to me than a Cartier “Tutti Frutti” necklace!

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As I mentioned in a previous Hat Attack post HERE, I don’t have to own every hat that I love.  Wearing this hat from Heather’s studio and enjoying its beauty from every perspective is enough. Sharing it on Hat Attack is frosting on the delicious cake of life.

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Photos By Daniel

I hope to post more about my adventures in the Heather Stoten Studio, filled with hat blocks from England, racks of glorious headwear and most of all, “hat chat.”

Linking up with Jessica’s Turning Heads Tuesday HERE at Elegantly Dressed And Stylish.

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 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 Tuesday, April 7th.

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Hat Attack #20

March 1st, 2015

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Hat Attack for March features this multicolored velvet turban by Lisogorsky. I discovered this beauty over a year ago when hat shopping in NYC with the fabulous Jean and Valerie of The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas HERE.  They always know the very best hat haunts!

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I wore this turban once before on Style Crone HERE for my dear friend Diana’s croning ceremony, where I referred to this piece of art as an elevated crone crown.  Some hats are without question Hat Attack worthy and in need of a close-up!

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Here it is in all of its glory, with its folds of draped multicolored velvet over felt.

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Photos By Daniel

From the back, the turban is accessorized by my gifted vintage silk velvet top with rhinestone clasps which played in harmony with estate sale vintage rhinestone earrings.  The design on the wall is once again provided by Mod Livin’ HERE.  The fact that the color of the design was similar to one of the colors adorning the velvet turban is synchronicity at its best.

I’m linking up with Cherie’s Shoe And Tell HERE at Style Nudge and Sacramento’s Share-in-Style HERE at  Mis Papelicos.

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 MARCH 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, March 7th.

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Hat Attack #19

February 1st, 2015

 

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The hat for February’s Hat Attack is a vintage peacock feathered Jack McConnell beauty that was gifted to The SC years ago by a dear friend.

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When not on my head it rests on a hat stand on top of a secretary that sits in the dining room, which contains a few of my favorite hats on shelving behind a glass door.

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I display my hats as art in almost every room in my home, surrounding myself with splendor.

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I can’t resist a hat with feathered wings, which when worn, gives me the sense that I can fly into new and uncharted territory.  Perhaps wearing this hat for just a few minutes every morning would instill  courage as I approach my day.  A daily crowning, as described by Tamera of the blog Tamera Beardsley HERE.

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A close-up reveals the hat’s intricate layering of peacock feathers, and has me wondering about the artistic process that went into its creation.

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Photos By Daniel

This ornate piece of headwear is worn on only very special occasions, one of which is Hat Attack for the month of February.

I’m linking up with Rebecca’s Eccentric Glamour HERE at The Clothesline!  This is Rebecca’s second party, and she shines in this post.  Also joining the party at Sacramento’s Share-in-Style HERE at Mis Papelicos.

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 FEBRUARY 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, February 7th.

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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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Hat Attack #17

December 1st, 2014

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December’s Hat Attack brings out an estate sale red 1960’s Saks Fifth Avenue hat with brim, which has had a place in the hat room for years.

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Peering from beneath its brim provides a sanctuary and offers possibilities.

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I can choose to block out what I don’t want to see, or open myself up to the full view ahead.

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Photos By Daniel

Or look downward with the choice of contemplation, as I entertain inner thoughts and perspectives.  The advantages of wearing hats are many, and I am appreciative every day of the year. Headwear is an important piece of body armor that adds protection, yet at the same time offers celebration and self-expression.

Thank you to my blogger friend, milliner and artist Carol Markel of Femme et Fleur HERE, for her post about The SC’s trip to three cities in Europe, accompanied by Denise, the hat.  The gorgeous Denise was designed and created by Carol, and was a special addition to my adventures in Barcelona, Paris and Nice.

I’m joining the festive party at Jill’s Everything Just So HERE, where bloggers are joining in celebrating “How I wear my sweater.”

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 DECEMBER 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 Sunday, December 7th.

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Hat Attack #16

November 1st, 2014

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As promised in my post about Paris HERE, I’m wearing the headpiece that I discovered at Marie Mercie’ HERE.  It was the first hat of many that I tried on upon entering the millinery salon, and it made a lasting impression.  Sometimes the first hat that I spot is the one that finds a place in the hat room!

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I loved how the leopard print bow perches on my forehead and I just happened to have a vintage clutch and vintage earrings that were screaming to get in on the fun.

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I found it mandatory to show this beauty from all directions!

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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, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you adore, give The SC a NOVEMBER 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, November 7th.

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Hat Attack #15

October 1st, 2014

IMG_9119The SC discovered this black velvet headpiece with feather and red velvet bow at The Vintage Studio HERE in Minneapolis during my recent trip to Minnesota.  I was immediately attracted to its  ability to  capture my attention, perched on a rack filled with dozens of beauties.  It flew to my head at the drop of a hat.

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I didn’t resist its magnetic  appeal, and it accompanied me home.  I’m looking forward to wearing it at the earliest opportunity.  Out to dinner.  A party.  Or another evening event that calls for a feather to elevates my spirit.

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Photos By Daniel

Please display your hat, headwrap, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you adore, give The SC an OCTOBER 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, October 7th.

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Hat Attack #14

September 1st, 2014

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Recently The SC received a gift from dear friends Lonnie and Terry.   When I laid eyes upon this whimsical piece, I thought immediately that it was nothing less than a charm bracelet for the head.

Lonnie is a brilliant artist and creative HERE and HERE.  Equally talented, Terry is a huge fan of estate sales.  Along with another friend, we had a booth in an antique market years ago.  I’m grateful to have friends who know how much I would enjoy this handmade adornment for the head.

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Each “charm” has been stitched unto its base of felt with playful thoughtfulness.

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Photos by Daniel

Now I’m asking you to charm me with your headwear!

I’m taking my whimsical headwear over to Sacramento’s Share-in-Style at Mis Papelicos HERE.  She never fails to dazzle with her creative ensembles.

Please display your hat, headwrap, 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 Sunday, September 7th.

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Hat Attack #13

August 1st, 2014

 

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Whenever I travel I have my eye out for hats.  It’s second nature and part of my DNA at this point.  So when in San Francisco, I called milliner DeAnna Gibbons HERE, with the intention of visiting her studio.  She generously suggested that I visit Hats On Post HERE, a delightful hat shop tucked away on the sixth floor of a building close to Union Square HERE, blocks from our location.

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I was not disappointed.  I discovered the above headpiece by Celine Robert Hat Design France HERE, who is “famed for her chic bandeau and turban style hats.”  In the process of researching Celine Robert, I found the site LOVE HATS HERE, which provides access to headwear by many talented milliners and the ability to virtually try on a chapeau.  One thing leads to another for seekers of all things millinery!

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Photos by Daniel

Yes, it now has a perch in the hat room!  Its complex and intricately twisted black straw form is sprinkled randomly with raspberry colored beads, and I’m in hat heaven. But as I have resolved, I will be downsizing one hat whenever one is added.  I have a rack in my basement studio for just that purpose.

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Thank you DeAnna Gibbons, for your referral to Peggy Purcell at Hats On Post, in the photo above wearing a whimsical wide-brimmed fantasy.  Thank you Peggy, for a fabulous San Francisco hat experience and for the “hat chat” that was engaging and hat affirming.

I’m linking up with Sacramento’s Share-In-Style: Flowers HERE at Mis Papelicos.  I think my hat will have to represent a flower!  I wouldn’t want to miss the festive party.

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 Thursday, August 7th.

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Hat Attack #12

July 1st, 2014

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Hat Attack is celebrating its first anniversary and in honor of this milestone, The SC is wearing a hat created by Diane Harty HERE from Frisco HERE which is a short drive from Vail and is referred to as  the “Main Street Of The Rockies.”  I stopped into Diane’s studio with Mr. J on our trip down the mountain several weeks ago.

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July’s headpiece is the “Halo,” made of straw and stripped rooster feathers.  It is a major “face-framer” and makes me feel alive with its dramatic movement.    

“I am a one person studio, specializing in hats constructed on an antique straw machine.  Most of my hats are created from strands of braid 5 to 12 mm wide.   This requires a specialized, antique chain-stitch sewing machine.  My pieces range from the basic sun or cap style hat to abstract or representational  sculptural cocktail hats. I approach each hat as a sculpture as I do not use any blocks or forms to create the shape as I stitch.  This gives each hat a uniqueness and vitality.”  ~ Diane Harty

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Photos by Daniel

I’ve entered a new phase in my hat consciousness.  The hat room is bursting at the seams and I no longer need or want to possess every hat that I adore.  I’ve become aware that wearing a hat that I love for one or two times satisfies my longing for its beauty, and that part of my mission is to spread the word and promote milliners or hat makers that I admire.  I would like to be a drop in the ocean of contribution, increasing the health of the millinery industry, with the goal of expanding “hat love” in any way that comes to mind.  I would like to give back to the artistic world of headwear, which has brought me years of pleasure.  And at the same time practice the art of “letting go.”

In the spirit of this mission, July’s hat is not in my possession, but for sale directly from Diane Harty, along with other beauties that are created in this magical studio located high in the Colorado Rockies.  Diane’s contact information is available on her website HERE.  Style Crone does not benefit financially from this post. However, Style Crone benefits greatly by the wearing of this magnificent and energetic piece of art, if only for a delicious few moments in time.

The generous and gorgeous Bella of The Citizen Rosebud HERE has activated the coupon code HATATTACK, giving you 15% off any purchase of $10 or more from her Etsy Shop HERE.  Check out the fresh-picked vintage treasures that she has to offer!

The SC is linking up with Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.  Patti is lovely, as she mixes old with new.

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 JULY 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, July 7th.

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Hat Attack #11

June 1st, 2014

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The SC is drawn to hats that allow themselves to be molded into many different permutations or personalities.

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The flexible shape changers of the millinery world!

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This black lacquered straw hat with patent leather band from my hat shop in the 80’s takes me as far as my creativity allows.  The possibilities are endless!

This hat was designed by Kokin HERE, who has a flair for the dramatic.  Meeting Kokin many years ago in his showroom in NY during a hat shop buying trip was an experience that I will remember always!

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This week my yoga teacher made the request of her students to “express your gaze as tender and unwavering.”  The above shape allows The SC to practice off the mat, wondering if such feelings can be transmitted across the internet.

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As soon as this chapeau hit the hat shop, I knew that it would be mine.  However, I have been known to rent its lacquered beauty for special occasions.  It needs more outings than The SC could ever provide.

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These photos include a few of the shapes that were created in a short period of time.  Give me an afternoon to play and this post could go on for days.

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Photos By Daniel

Kokin names his designs, and in this case, “The Funnel Of Love” lives up to its chosen title.  It’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style, and this versatile piece of headwear is joining Patti’s delightful party.  This is a link-up not to be missed!  Which is also true of Secondhand First HERE at the The Citizen Rosebud, where Bella is featuring a 90’s review.

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 JUNE HAT ATTACK and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post.  Can’t wait to see the beautiful creations that you share throughout the next week. Participation will be open through Saturday, June 7th.

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Hat Attack #10

May 1st, 2014

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Another Christian Dior chapeau spoke to me this week.  This vintage silk floral bouquet was discovered by my dear friend Thom, who was managing an estate sale for a friend.  He called me about it, knowing that I would fall in love with its multicolored beauty.

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Of course he was right.  Friendships that support who we are are priceless! I feel like I have a flower garden on my head, which is a state of mind that I highly recommend!

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Photos by Daniel

April showers bring May flowers.

Now it’s your turn!

Please display your hat, headwrap, 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 creations that you share throughout the next week. Participation will be open through May 7th.

I’ve received emails from folks who want to participate, but don’t have a blog.  You don’t need a blog to join in, which I learned from the fabulous Bella of The Citizen Rosebud HERE.  All you need is a photo of you in your headwear- and a url of the image to link up. You can use Facebook (just make sure it’s public) or your cache of Instagram pics (use an online view like Webstagram, Statigram, etc) or a picture from your Flickr, or Tumblr page.

Linking up with Bella’s Secondhand First HERE at The Citizen Rosebud!  Everything I’m wearing was lovingly pre-owned and therefore recycled.  Thank you Bella, for hosting this creative party!

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Hat Attack #9

April 1st, 2014

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Cocktail hat.  Headpiece.  Fascinator.  Terms dear to my heart!  Today my vintage headpiece is composed of feathers and silk veiling.  Years ago it was discovered in a vintage shop in Cambridge, which is sadly no longer open.  I entered the store with a friend, and there it was perched on the wall, calling to me.  I found it irresistible.

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It’s been with me ever since.  The pink and chartreuse color combination greets me daily from the hat room.

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The top of the headpiece reveals the artistry of the milliner.

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Sometimes I wear the feathers, which resemble a blooming flower, on the side of my head and often, as in this photo, I wear the feathers “straight on.”

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In fact, this hat could be worn in as many ways as one’s creativity desires.

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Photos by Daniel N

My photographer is hysterically funny.  I love a hat that stays on my head when I’m overtaken by laughter.

Linking with Bella’s Secondhand First HERE at The Citizen Rosebud.

Now it’s your turn!

Please display your hat, headwrap, 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 creations that you share throughout the next week. Participation will be open through April 7th.

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Hat Attack #8

March 1st, 2014

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 Royal Blue, I’m not done with you yet!  I feel more alive when under your spell.

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Royal blue vintage felt hat with fringed brim and feather purchased at Fabulous Fanny’s HERE during the hat shopping spree with  the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas HERE.  Pieces accessorizing the hat are vintage estate sale treasures discovered over the years.  The scarf was tossed about with no plan!

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Photos by Daniel N

As always, lighting is everything.  Blue becomes electric when exposed to filtered light through sheers!

Now it’s your turn!

Please display your hat, headwrap, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you adore, give The SC a March HAT ATTACK and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post.  Can’t wait to see the beautiful creations that you share throughout the next week. Participation will be open through March 7th.

Linking up with Mis Papelicos and her Share In Style HERE and Bella’s Secondhand First party HERE at The Citizen Rosebud.

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Hat Attack #4

November 1st, 2013

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 Photo By Daniel N

This vintage hat with high crown and swooping brim, embellished with pheasant and marabou feathers, caught my eye from its perch high on a shelf in the hat room.  It was of course purchased at an estate sale years ago.  It was last worn at a dear friend’s birthday party, feathers flying on the dance floor.

Today, November 1st, is Nelson’s  birthday.  To have been well-loved and to have loved with all of my heart allows me to live my life to the fullest in this place in time.  I cherish my memories, moving forward, as he wanted me to do.  The love that I felt and feel for him will always remain with me.  My cells were profoundly rearranged and forever changed.  I feel his presence in the energy field that surrounds me, like the feathers that gracefully encircle my hat.

Please display your hat, headwrap, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you adore and give The SC a NOVEMBER HAT ATTACK. I’m excited to see the beautiful creations that you share throughout the next week. Participation will be open through November 7th.

Hat Attack #3

October 1st, 2013

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 Photo by Daniel N

Welcome to Hat Attack #3.  The SC chose to be embraced by neutrals, wearing a 60’s Christian Dior beige velour hat with a swooping brim and high crown trimmed in leather, accompanied by its very own hat box.  I purchased this chapeau at an estate sale a few weeks ago.  My dear friend was running the sale, which was the estate of an aunt of his friend.   I helped with the sale, which was a first for me.  “The other side” provided a new perspective of the subculture I have loved and been a part of for years.

And yes, the earrings are leopard print!

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This is my first Style Crone video, which was a collaboration with my generous friend Daniel N.  I was inspired by the fabulous Melanie of Bag and a Beret HERE, who has been featuring some intriguing videos on her blog.  So I thought I would give a new medium a try.  If not now, when?

Please display your hat, headwrap, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you adore and give The SC an OCTOBER HAT ATTACK.  I’m excited to see the beautiful creations that you share throughout the next week. Participation will be open through October 7th.

Hat Attack #2

September 1st, 2013

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 Photo By Daniel N

This vintage large brimmed three dimensional sauceresqe hat was gifted by a friend, who also has a vintage collection, on my most recent birthday.  Its label is Adolfo HERE for Montaldo’s HERE, a women’s specialty shop in Denver that closed years ago.  It’s navy and off-white straw and structured shape signal the end of summer days and the twice yearly seasonal transition that takes place in the hat room.

Enough about my hat.  I want to see yours!

Please display your hat, headwrap, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you adore and give The SC a September hat attack.  I can’t wait to see the beautiful creations that you so generously share.  Participation will be open through September 7th.

Ariane at Style Sud-Est is hosting Show Me Your Style – Blog Hop #3 HERE, so I’m taking my hat over to join her fabulous gathering.

Hat Attack #1

August 1st, 2013

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 Photo by Daniel N

Welcome to the first edition of Hat Attack, a monthly series taking place on the first day of every month.  Please display your hat, headwrap, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you love and give The SC a hat attack.  I can’t wait to see the beautiful creations that you have to share.

In celebration of the first edition, The SC is wearing a red straw wide-brimmed chapeau trimmed with poppies by Frank Olive HERE from his Private Collection.  We loved to go to his show room in New York twice a year to choose the hats to sell for the season and we had the honor of a visit by him in our shop in the mid 80’s. He was a true millinery celebrity!

This hat began its journey in Les Chapeaux, the hat shop which I owned with my friend and business partner Mary Lou. Its first owner was Mary Lou’s mother who was named Doris, but we affectionately referred to her as Dorie-Doo.  All three of these hat lovers are no longer with us, so I dedicate this post to them in honor of the influence that they had on my life and my affinity for my favorite accessory, the hat.

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