Adornments

June 16th, 2014

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The SC and Daniel traveled the short distance from home to Cheeseman Park HERE for an afternoon of photos.  We started with the Cheeseman Park Pavilion HERE as background to an ensemble which was neutral based, but adorned.  Decorated.   Covered with ornamentation.  Accessorized.  Embellished.

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I began today’s composition around the 1930′s evening bag which instantly caught my interest at an estate sale. Inside the bag was a tag which described the bag as “gold brocade , silver and gold work, double-sided jade and emerald beads.”  The perfect illustration of adornment.

Inside the bag is a small and elegant satin pillow which I assume serves the purpose of maintaining its shape when not filled with useful content.  It sits upon my mantel in the living room so that I can reflect upon its beauty daily, thereby adorning, enchanting and enhancing my life.

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‘In all ages, far back into pre-history, we find human beings have painted and adorned themselves.’  ~H.G. Wells, The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind

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I feel the concept of adornment deeply.  My daily ritual.  My art.  My self-expression.

I’ve learned not to judge it, but rather to enjoy how it feels.  Not to question the presence of its impulse, but to go with its process.  Adornment is second nature to my humanity.

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Sequins are the perfect example of adornment.  They shine.  They glitter.  They serve to celebrate.  A small, shiny disk sewn as one of many onto clothing for decoration, they brighten the day and lighten the night.  I have been sequin-inspired by Tamera of the blog Tamera Beardsley HERE, who is the master of these magical disks.  

Swinging through the hat room and my closets, I was greeted by the sequin treasures of an estate sale vintage headpiece and sleeveless top.  The sequin and beaded neckpiece has a permanent place on my bedroom dresser, and is another example of how accessories serve as home decor.

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The Denver Botanic Gardens HERE are adjacent to Cheeseman Park, and the fence dividing the two provides background to the estate sale vintage gold brocade jacket with stand-up collar.  The white cropped pants were a retail sale find during my trip to Florida in 2012.

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The estate sale gold heeled sandals adorn crone feet and accessorize the focus of today’s ensemble.

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Photos By Daniel

I love any opportunity to pull on the luxurious estate sale vintage long off-white leather gloves with pearl button closures.  They are as soft as any gloves that comprise my beloved glove collection, which lives happily with the residents in the hat room.  I could rename the room “The Gathering of Adornments” if I were so inclined.

I’m linking up with the other visibles at Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.  Patti has adorned herself with a lion patterned blouse today!

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The rain in Denver continues, and a series of technical difficulties caused challenges for The SC and Daniel during today’s photo shoot.  Just as with aging, adjusting saves the day.  Today’s frustrations were not an issue of life or death, and led to improvisation and an unexpected flow.

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Without a flash for the camera on a day without sun, we decided to use the lighting from the window in the shoe room/office for a few shots that we would not otherwise have considered.

My ensemble today was centered around the Chatino handwoven bag that was gifted by Mr. J during our trip to Santa Fe.  It was discovered at La Boheme, a shop on Canyon road and was created on a backstrap loom in Oaxaca, Mexico.  This piece of wearable art is always on display for me to admire, hanging from a chair next to my desk, evoking memories whenever I enter the room.

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The patterned jacket was discovered at a West Village boutique years ago in NYC.  The shop’s proprietor drew me in with her eccentricity and her unique choice of pieces which were reasonably priced.  The name of the boutique escapes me, but the feelings of wonder that I experienced when I entered her space remain with me today.

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The vintage velvet beret with detailed trim was an estate sale find, and is framed by the hanging plant in the back porch.  I love to combine pieces from different eras and origins.  What better form of self entertainment on a cold and rainy day?

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Going out to eat after our photo shoot, The SC had the opportunity to return to layers, which included an estate sale patterned scarf which picked up the purple in the fringed Mexican bag.  The fragrance of rain lingered heavily in the chilled evening air, as my Fluevog boots took me to a restaurant a block from home.

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Photos By Daniel

All pieces included in my ensembles, except for the boots and jacket, were gifted or acquired at estate or yard sales.  My life is rich and full!

I’m taking my Mexican bag over to Sacramento’s Share-in-Style at Mis Papelicos HERE. The purple grapes which adorn this piece of art fit in with her theme of fruit.  And I wouldn’t miss Bella’s Secondhand First at The Citizen Rosebud HERE and the opportunity to share my recycled pieces!  I’m also linking up with Sheila’s Shoeshine at Ephemera HERE.  She’s wearing the most beautiful cobalt blue Fluevogs!

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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After The Storm

May 26th, 2014

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Tornado warnings.  Hail storms.  Torrents of rain.  It was difficult to catch an outdoor photo this week, but The SC and Daniel managed to enter an interlude of calm after one of many storms and to mirror the greens of nature with this thoroughly vintage ensemble.

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Thank you for your thoughtful, insightful and supportive comments in response to my post of last week.  I was touched by your thoughts on aging and have been thinking about our individual differences and the awareness that we are all in this together, regardless of our choices.

Obviously I am not “au natural.”  I color my hair.  I enjoy the accessory of nail polish. I wear make-up, and in fact, its application is a mindful ritual that I find calming.

However, at some point I may choose to join the ranks of those who embrace their white or grey hair, and enjoy the freedom and power of that decision.  I have many role models in my life in 3-D and blogland, who I admire and adore, who are gorgeous in grey and a continual source of inspiration.

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For today I’m enjoying my red hair and its contrast with green and the swirl of my estate sale vintage multicolored “skirt/pants,” for lack of a better description.  It’s voluminous fabric flows with each step, floating above the rain and leaf covered sidewalk.

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For today I’m reveling in laughter and my vintage green jacket trimmed with ruffles, which I purchased at my friend’s downsizing sale.  I suspect that means I’m upsizing, despite my attempts to unburden myself from some of the numerous pieces in my collections.

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For today I’m accessorizing with a vintage tricolored satin toque that was purchased at a consignment shop, a vintage powder blue necklace as bracelet acquired at an antique market, and estate sale vintage green beaded dangle earrings.

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For today the ruffle trim on my vintage suede green peep toe sandals plays nicely with the ruffles on The SC’s jacket and nude fishnet hose.

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Photos by Daniel

For today the vintage blue/purple suede wedges with gold trim harmonize with the colors of the pattern on my skirt/pants.  For today and the moment is all that we ever truly have!  So why not change my shoes in mid-photo shoot and accept the choices that I make for now.

Thank you to the gorgeous Sylvia of 40+Style HERE for including The SC in her post on “How to wear tunics or short dresses with pants.”  Sylvia’s blog is full of ideas for the adventuresome!

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I have been blogging for almost four years, and over this period of time I have watched myself travel from the age of  67 to 71.  I seldom look back at my posts from the past, but when I do, I notice the changes that happen with growing older.  I post what I perceive to be flattering photos, based on my how I’m feeling at the time and my comfort level.  I don’t photoshop my skin; I do use iPhoto edit to crop, brighten and reduce the shadows of an image when necessary.

I have decided not to intervene in the aging process with cosmetic surgery or fillers. It’s a personal choice, and I don’t judge those who decide differently.  Feelings of judgement cause stress, which is hard on the skin and hair.

What’s up with all of this self disclosure?

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During our last photoshoot, Daniel spontaneously took a few close-ups, which had me thinking about why I feel uncomfortable publishing an image that tells the story of the march of time across my face.  The lines and skin changes caused by aging that appear in different places when I smile or don’t smile.

If I am to mirror the tree that appears beautiful no matter its length of life, am I contributing to the denial of my age by feeling comfortable only with photos that portray my skin from a distance?  Close-ups make me feel vulnerable, exposed, unmasked, transparent.

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If I am to consciously love myself as a crone, why not let the camera tell the truth? The bark of an older tree appears different from the surface of a sapling.  A sapling I am not!

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My inner ageist dislikes the skin changes that appear with aging.  My inner activist loves them.  After all, I’m alive, and that is a privilege.  All I have to do is count the number of loved ones who have disappeared from the orbit that is my life.  The number is increasing and I don’t expect that to change, but rather escalate.

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The issue is complex and just telling myself that the changes of aging are beautiful does not make it happen.  My brain makes sure of that!  The beliefs about myself don’t magically go away without internal work.  Every day!  Many times I fall short of the expectations I have of myself in this process, as I become aware of the collaborations by numerous inner and outer saboteurs.

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I am committed to the strategies of mastery over self-love and self-worth as much as I’m determined to make this summer the year of the garden.  Why hold back in either area, as they both contribute to my quality of life and the amount of energy, compassion, and love that I have to give.  Consider this image of my back yard to be the “before photo,” as I throw caution to the wind.

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My crone feet are embraced and adorned with vintage black suede peep toe heeled slingbacks that are about the same age as The SC.  Everything that I’m wearing in this post is vintage and was purchased at estate sales over the years.

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Photos By Daniel

This study in black with rhinestones would not be complete without the intermittent rhinestones on the seams of my hose, repeated by similar embellishment on the outer aspects of my long black gloves.  The smallest detail can make an outfit sing or change the trajectory of a life.

I’m taking my black ensemble with a bit of sparkle over to Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.  The blogging crowd is of great support, as we play together across the planet.  Thank you Patti, for making this party happen!

On another very important note, Vote For Vix for Vintage Personality 2014 HERE!  The Vintage Vixen is one of the most spectacular bloggers in every way possible and very much deserves this award.

I’m taking my totally vintage ensemble over to the gorgeous Bella’s Secondhand First link-up party at The Citizen Rosebud HERE and I’m joining Sacramento’s Share-in-Style gathering at Mis Papelicos HERE even though I’m not in red.  I wouldn’t want to miss out on the fun!  And I wouldn’t miss Sheila’s Shoe Shine #2 at Ephemera HERE. My vintage pumps are enjoying her high-spirited party!

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