I’ve Been Hacked

March 28th, 2016

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Last week I learned that Style Crone had been hacked.  I wouldn’t have known but for a caring email from the fabulous blogger Alyson of That’s Not My Age HERE, who noticed that when attempting to access my blog, she was diverted to an offensive site.

I’m not sure how long this had been going on, and was horrified that it was happening.  It felt invasive and out of control, and I immediately called the site which hosts my blog.

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After many days and hours of talking with the helpful and concerned staff at the hosting site, everything seems to be resolved.  I apologize to those of you who read Style Crone, if you had a negative experience during this period of virtual assault.  I have installed increased security measures and am hopeful that I am protected from further violations.

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This is the first time that anything like this has happened throughout my five and one half years of blogging.  I was informed by my hosting site that hackers have become automated and search for vulnerabilities throughout  the internet, and attack at will.  I now realize that I need to more fully protect myself from online perpetrators. Has this happened to you?

I’m well aware that there are nefarious people in the world, but I refuse to live my life in fear, coming from a space of hypervigilance with the expectation that danger exists around every corner.  I will be protective of the site that brings me so much pleasure, but I will continue to blog and am even more determined to live my life to the fullest in every area that I choose to explore.

Thank you Alyson, for taking the time to let me know that Style Crone had been compromised.  It’s wonderful and reassuring to know that the blogging community that I’m proud to be a part of is a major support and swings into protective action when one of us is in harm’s way.

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Photos By Daniel

The above photos were taken in Boulder, Colorado, on a chilly spring day, next to the Dushanbe Teahouse HERE and the surrounding blossoming trees, which were on vibrant display.  Sometimes Daniel and I like to expand our horizons and travel to locations outside of Denver.  Exploring new territory is but one way to confront an intrusive event.

Vintage black and white Diane von Furstenberg dress – estate sale, Amy Downs black felt hat with black and white striped trim – The Hat Shop NYC HERE years ago, black Issey Miyake top and black patent leather belt – gh2 consignment Minneapolis HERE, black heeled booties – retail sale, jewelry – estate sales and gifted.

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

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Every birthday offers a transition into a new era! Similar to passing through the New Year every January 1st, I feel an awakening that offers hope and renewal.  I don’t make resolutions or set in place a plan for the next 12 months, but I have been known to throw a huge party or travel to a location that is meaningful to me.

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It’s the only day of the year that belongs just to me, and I love to celebrate with family and loved ones, creating memories that will be with me for a lifetime.

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This year was relatively quiet and subdued, but not without fringe, rhinestones and a vintage pillbox embellished with a veil.  I’m grateful for my health and the relationships that add so much to my life every day.  For that is what enables me to have the energy and focus to live my life with passion.

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I’m looking forward to developing the projects that I envision, and bringing new energy to my blog and the beloved sanctuary that I call home.  And traveling to new and unexplored territory, both physically and emotionally.

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This is the year to practice “Age Pride,” as discussed in Ashton Applewhite’s new book, A Manifesto Against Ageism.  That in itself is something to celebrate and to toast, with a glass of Prosecco and a flash of fringe flying about my vintage silk fabric covered pumps!

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Photos By Daniel

Open weave dress and overlay trimmed with fringe – consignment shop years ago, vintage pillbox with veil, vintage pumps, vintage slip, vintage rhinestone covered clutch, and vintage jewels – estate sales.

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

73

March 15th, 2016

 

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Photo By Melanie Watson HERE,  Hair by Charlie Price HERE, Makeup by Becky Laschanzky

73.  Feeling Free.  To Be.

I am deeply grateful to be alive and celebrating another birthday.

Thank you to all of my followers and those who comment on Style Crone!

Wearing vintage Norma Kamali leopard print cotton jacket.

I am honored and thrilled to be included in the CNN website’s piece on Ari Seth Cohen and his new book, Advanced Style: Older And Wiser HERE.  The book will be out on April 26th, and is now available for preorder HERE.

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

 

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Last week my beloved daughter Camille gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Cameron Nelson.  Her husband Sean and I were present, and active participants in the extraordinary process of the arrival of new life into the world.  I watched Camille with a sense of wonder, as she navigated the precarious waters of labor and welcomed her new son into her arms with her eyes wide and adoring.  Her first words were, “He’s perfect.”  And that he is.

The moment of birth radiates with electric energy.  Observing the first breath of life is as intimate as being present for the drawing of the last. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room and rejoicing all around.  A magical event that is repeated over and over throughout the world, offering hope for a new generation.

I remember the day that Camille was born on a sunny day in January, over 30 years ago.  I now feel honored to witness her passage into motherhood and how wholeheartedly she is embracing her new role with enormous warmth and an openness to learning all that she can to nurture her child.  My daughter inspires me. I respect and admire her. I see a calm and gentle spirit with fierce determination and a woman who has an enormous ability to create the life that she wants with the child that she welcomes with her entire soul.  A legacy of love.

This is a gift for me.  I have an increased desire to be more of myself and to take care of myself.  I want to watch Cameron grow and be a part of his many transitions.  To have a relationship that enhances his life and contributes to how he sees this huge beautiful diverse world that we all share.  And so it begins.

 

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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