Hat Attack #20

March 1st, 2015


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!


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!


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


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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The Red Chair

February 23rd, 2015


Newsflash!  Daniel has recently become the freelance photographer for Mod Livin’ HERE , “the Rocky Mountain region’s premier outlet for contemporary and modern furniture designs and mid-century furniture and accessories.” This gig evolved from his photography for Style Crone, and he’s enjoying the change of pace, finding furniture as interesting as hats.  And outfits.  And poses.   Although furniture is less interactive and doesn’t participate in playful bantering.


In celebration of his new endeavor and the recognition of his talent, we traveled to Mod Livin’ for photographs.  The red chair, or The Diamond Chair by Harry Bertoia HERE, caught our attention, and I settled into its contemporary and luxurious comfort.

“If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes right through them.”
-Harry Bertoia


The red chair deserved red lipstick as an accessory to reflect its vibrant energy.


Mixing leopard and cheetah prints captured the mood of this mid-century modern afternoon.


Crone hands and wrist embellished with estate sale finds, resting next to the vintage leopard print belt.


Photos By Daniel

Daniel’s photo of the red chair can be viewed on 1stdibs HERE and is for sale.  Style Crone was not compensated for this post.  My reward was the excitement of Daniel’s new and well deserved success and expansion!

Black 70’s jumpsuit, leopard print belt, and jewelry – estate sales, vintage cheetah print tall pillbox hat – consignment store, black boots – retail sale over a decade ago.

I’m taking the red chair over to Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style. Today Patti’s wearing a stunning coat of many colors!  I’m also linking up with Cherie’s Shoe And Tell HERE at Style Nudge!  I’m also taking my cheetah print and boots over to Sheila’s Shoe Shine HERE at Ephemera and Anne’s 52 pick-me-up: Dots HERE at Spy Girl.


Daniel and The SC embarked on a stealth adventure in search of the perfect background for the hat with the mysterious and theatrical full face veil.  Sometimes asking for permission isn’t as much fun as pulling out the camera spontaneously at a moment of opportunity.  We found several locations in a historic hotel located in downtown Denver.


I’ve been attracted to full face veils since the moment that I discovered my first hat adorned with the possibility of looking at the world behind silk netting woven into compelling and delicate patterns.  Contrary to what seems intuitive, facial features appear emphasized and the world feels enhanced through its empty spaces.

IMG_2398This hat from the 40’s has been with me since the 70’s, when it was discovered at an estate sale.  It’s my favorite of its genre in my collection.  The veil, or netting, can be lifted for dinner or other purposes if necessary, but I prefer it in its natural state, tied under my chin and around my face, intact and worthy of its history.


Photos By Daniel

Reclining on an elegant sofa in a hotel hallway was the designated finale to a photo shoot that was as undercover as a full face veil, somewhat hidden away but obvious and curiously inviting.

Black satin jacket and ruched skirt – consignment shops, vintage hat with veil and rhinestones and vintage rhinestone trimmed gloves – estate sales, black suede boots – retail sale years ago, jewelry – gifted and estate sales.


To celebrate fashion’s senior moment, photographer, writer and documentarian Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style HERE and designer Fanny Karst have collaborated on a limited edition “Old Is The New Black” and “Old Is The New Gold” T-shirts.  The gorgeous Debra Rapoport, artist, Advanced Style icon and paper towel milliner HERE, models a T-shirt in the photo above.

Per Ari Seth Cohen, “Aging never goes out of style, but the fashion world is definitely having a senior moment. This season’s It Girls are all over the age of 60! We are thrilled to see so may brilliant, powerful, and gorgeous older women in campaigns and on the runway. To celebrate, designer Fanny Karst and I collaborated on a limited edition “Old Is The New Black” T-shirt.”

T-shirts are 100% Cotton Made in The U.S.A and can be ordered for a limited time here


I’m taking my full face veil over to Sacramento’s Share-in-Style HERE at Mis Papelicos.  It’s a party not to be missed!  I’m also linking up with Cherie’s Shoe and Tell HERE at Style Nudge and Sheila’s Shoe Shine HERE at Ephemera.

Miami: Part 2 And Sixty & Me

February 9th, 2015


Wherever I land in life, I always seek out hats, whether it be hat shops, milliners or hat makers, vintage shops or street vendors, thrift shops or consignment stores.  I want to be where the hats are!  Sometimes just trying on a hat is enough, as in the case of the photo above taken at Hats and Hats HERE in Miami.


I love the color, the shape and the many sides and faces of this large brimmed straw blue and black beauty, but it didn’t return home with me.  I will always remember it because of this image; I didn’t need to possess it physically.


I was in hat heaven at the spectacular vintage store C. Madeleine’s HERE.  I could have spent days perusing the inventory in this shop, but I limited my focus to headwear.  This hat by Fernando Garcia was a thrill to wear, but it’s not currently perched in the hat room.  However, that does not mean that I didn’t bring hats home with me!  More about that in a future post!


Headwraps are always an adventure in headwear, and this turquoise silk scarf accompanied me to the Bayside Marketplace HERE for an afternoon of sight-seeing, live Cuban music and delicious food.


Above Photos By Mr. J

Denise, the hat by artist, milliner, blogger and friend Carol Markel of Femme et Fleur HERE has been my constant traveling companion over the past year.  She went out with us to dinner on a chilly Miami evening, and in the “out of focus” photo above, her radiant colors are featured, along with velvet dark red fingerless gloves.


Miami’s South Beach Art Deco District “claims the largest concentration of 1920 and 1930’s architecture in the world HERE.”  I was happy to spend several awestruck hours walking through this historic area.  It was one of the many highlights of the Miami experience!


Mr J and The SC had a fabulous time enjoying the warmth of Miami, both the climate and its people.  I returned to Denver with glorious memories, and a few hats to remind me of the time we spent away from the cold of midwinter in the Rockies.


A few months ago I was interviewed by the beautiful and creative Margaret Manning, founder of the site Sixty and Me HERE.  The video, “Style for Older Women: Break the Rules and Express Your Personality,” was published recently HERE.  Margaret started her site, “To help other women my age to live happy, healthy and financially secure lives.”  Now a community of 50,000 strong, she provides content to enhance our lives in all areas as we age.  Check out Sixty and Me for instant inspiration!

I’m linking up with Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.  Patti’s wearing another gorgeous Karina creation!

Hat Attack #19

February 1st, 2015




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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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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