DATE NIGHT

Over two years ago I began collaborating with the talented and accomplished Denver icon, designer Brooks Luby of Brooks Ltd HERE and have blogged about our adventures in the past on Style Crone.  It has been an honor and privilege to model for her photo shoots, a piece featuring her mother-of-the bride couture in Novelty Bride Magazine and her pop-up shops. This past weekend I modeled for the presentation of her designs at Massif Fashion Week HERE. Over this period of time we have become friends and have spent endless hours talking about fashion, aging with passion and the unfolding escapades of our lives.

Brooks’s most recent designs are the luxurious and versatile hammered velvet tunics in the photos displayed in this post.  They have been created in two luscious colors and four designs/styles.  They are versatile and can be worn for many occasions, both dressy and casual.  Accessories and a change of background pieces allow these magical tunics to shine for almost any event.

LUNCH WITH A FRIEND

The velvet tunics are inspired from Brooks’s Town and Country Resort Collection.  They can be worn in the city dressed up with slender pants, long skirts or leggings and look great with leather.  They can go countryside or mountain top with jeans and boots.  The tunics are the perfect top to accessorize with a statement necklace or two. The sumptuous velvet is an easy fit, soft to the touch and drapes beautifully over body curves.

OFF TO YOGA

The tunics are easy to care for and can be machine washed and laid flat to dry.  One size has proven to fit most. They also come in mesh, which are not shown in this post. The mesh tunics feel and drape like chiffon but are very durable.


AT THE BOX OFFICE
Photos By Daniel

Both the velvet and mesh tunics are available for purchase on Brooks’s shoppe page HERE (scroll down page for styles and availability). Now excuse me while I throw on my tunic and rush off to my yoga class! From there I’m catching coffee with a friend without needing to change a thing!

Photo by Kiersty Bell Mallory

With Brooks Luby at her studio in our tunics.

This post is not sponsored, but rather a tribute to a friend.

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Cherie’s Shoe and Tell Fashion Link Up HERE at Style Nudge.

November’s Hat Attack was created by the gorgeous milliner, artist and blogger Carol Markel of Femme et Fleur HERE.  I have to admit that this piece of headwear is one of my all time favorites, although how could I possibly create a hierarchy within my hat collection when I have so much love for them all.  They facilitate the expression of different aspects of my personality. Perhaps I’m guilty of humanizing my hats.

I adore Carol’s love of color, texture and design and this hat is a statement piece that never fails to inspire me to live life to the fullest.  Carol is also a cherished friend, and I always visit her and her artist husband Richard whenever I travel to NYC. Not only is she talented, but she is kind, clever and generous.  I have a collection of her art, which also includes manikin heads and statement beads.  Who knows what I will discover the next time that I enter her magical trove of treasures!

Without blogging, I wouldn’t have met Carol.  I wouldn’t be wearing this piece of wearable art.  And I wouldn’t be moving through life with the unadulterated joy that this headpiece brings to me when I lovingly place it on my head.  There’s something sacred about the sense of wonder that I feel when I wear this piece of collaged sculpture.  Do you ever have this feeling when you wear a beloved piece of headwear?

Photos By Daniel

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

Anyone can participate in the celebration of headwear!  Click on the blue link-up button and there are a number of ways to share your photo from your blog, Instagram or your computer photo files.  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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Falling For Fall In The Gardens

October 26th, 2017

Daniel is out-of-town on a much-needed vacation, so my friend Wren is taking Style Crone photos in his absence.  We traveled to the periphery of the Denver Botanic Gardens HERE, where the autumn leaves are at their colorful peak.

I consider myself in the autumn of life, and verging on winter. My hair has turned to silver, just as the leaves of the trees have transitioned to the most radiant and brilliant hues of orange, red, yellow and brown. We don’t judge the trees and they do not lose their value as they shed their foliage of gold. There is no ageism in nature. Is not spring as beautiful as fall?

As I rebuild my blogging routine and deal with unsettling tech problems, the color orange has become my best friend. I discovered this bedazzled fringed orange leather bag in a vintage shop in Florence, Italy.  It followed me home to Denver, and it didn’t take me long to find this orange vintage pillbox with rhinestone adornment in the hat room.  And the orange vintage gloves were easily retrieved from their residence amidst my glove collection.

In researching the benefits of wearing the color orange, on the site Empowered By Color HERE I found that, “Orange aids in the assimilation of new ideas and frees the spirit of its limitations, giving us the freedom to be ourselves. At the same time it encourages self-respect and respect of others.” I don’t know if this has been explored scientifically, but it sounds good to me and I’ll take it and run.

I can only describe what the color orange does for me.  It makes me feel exhilarated and that cannot be overrated. Or is it just the coffee?

Fall, like spring, feels like new beginnings and I’m planning several projects as I move forward.  I’ve learned in yoga that if I’m not shaking I’m not changing or growing. I’m taking that concept off the mat and into my life, as I enter a new phase of possibilities.  I’m riding the wave of the energy that launched my blog which was birthed through the ashes of death.

Photos By Wren Duggan

Black “free form” dress – a little shop in Rome, tall black heeled boots – Fluevog, rhinestone earrings and necklace – estate sales.

Italy, You Cast A Spell On Me

October 19th, 2017

VENICE

It’s been almost a month since I returned home from Italy, and I’m just now posting about my travel experiences.  It took time to catch up with my life in Denver, integrate all that I learned and stabilize once again.  It’s past time to seasonally change the hat room, which is always an intense project.  I have been in the unfortunate space of “blogger’s block,”  struggling to find my voice and my ability to write. Hopefully today will be the day that my blogging routine will be back on track.

I’m including two images of the four cities that we visited.  The second photo of each location is not necessarily the “best” image, but rather the most impactful in terms of my emotional response in the moment.

Our Italian adventure began in Venice and the above photo was taken in an ancient part of the city, with winding narrow streets that always ended in a square filled with gatherings of people and children at play.  It was easy to get lost in the labyrinth, enjoying the scenery along the way.

There are no cars, motorcycles or bicycles in this gorgeous city of canals.  It was a respite from the noise of most cities, as everyone traveled by water.  The concept was appealing and magical, and we took full advantage of walking and traveling by boat or water taxi.

The food throughout our trip was beyond my expectations. Food was treated lovingly and served with immense personal pride. Pasta was king and the fish was superb.  And don’t let me get started on the wine!

FLORENCE

The beauty of Florence was breathtaking and the historical sites filled me with a sense of wonder.  Considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, its history was apparent around every corner.  Wandering the streets and discovering architecture, art, restaurants and shops was my favorite activity.

One night in Florence we happened upon the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower.  I’ll never forget the splendor that magically appeared: I took a seat to absorb the view. This photo was taken during that moment of awe.

ROME

And then there was Rome!  Cobblestones, ruins, the electricity of the people, the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum, the Vatican, the art, the many fountains and sculptures.  My heart beats faster now as I recall memories and feel inadequate to put into words our experiences.

We happened upon a shop owned by a Danish-born fashion designer who has lived in Rome for 25 years.  Her sewing machine sits at the back of her shop and she designs and creates every piece of wearable art that she sells.  In the photo above I’m wearing a fabric cloche by the shop’s proprietress ,Tina Sondergaard HERE  that just happened to harmonize with my outfit of the day. She single-handedly convinced us that visiting Scandinavia should be in our future. It was connections similar to this that happened everywhere we went.

During our first evening in Rome, after a delicious Italian dinner in a small family owned restaurant, we wandered around a corner and discovered the Trevi Fountain. One of the most famous fountains in the world, it captured my heart.  It was the moment that I fell in love with Rome.

POSITANO

Positano, a cliffside village on southern Italy’s Amalfi Coast, offered endless views and steep, narrow streets.  The town is perched on an enclave on the face of a hill and winds down towards the waters of the Mediterranean.

Positano was the perfect place to end our Italian adventure.  Though the town was filled with people from all over the world, it was charming and the ceramic shops were filled with exquisite pieces. A slower pace was appreciated after the intensity of Rome.

I used to think that my home, built in 1907, was old. I now have a different perspective after experiencing structures that were built centuries ago.  Travel is the best form of education. To be a guest in another culture is a gift of immense proportions.

Mr. J is a wonderfully kind and mellow traveling companion. Together we navigated the challenges and transitions of travel with grace and humor, along with open minds and hearts. Our time in Italy has motivated me to continue to focus on health so that we can create more travel adventures during this time of life, which makes me feel more alive, engaged and energized.  For this I am grateful.

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting milliner Anna Mikhailov HERE, who is from Saint-Petersburg, Russia and was visiting Denver for a few days. In the photo above we are wearing her signature headpieces. I met Anna on Instagram, which to my surprise has provided a platform for me to meet hundreds of milliners from across the world.

I found Anna to be warm, bright, interesting, generous and beautiful. We spent our time together chatting about headwear, as you might expect.  Below I have included a small sample of Anna’s work, which demonstrates her talent, skill and artistry.

Through her art beauty makes it to the first place… Bliss of enjoying the Beauty is sheer, you only can feel it, catch a slight whisper of a silky touch. But once you get to see the beauty of Anna Mikhaylova artworks – it’ll never float away. You start to LIVE with it, breathe, feel… BEAUTY FROM THE FIRST HANDS by Anna Mikhaylova — shocking call to acknowledge the BEAUTY as our only possible reality….From Anna’s website.

The structured veil.

Perfect for the holidays.

During my trip to Italy and when in Rome, I discovered the fabulous millinery world created by Patrizia Fabri HERE Though Patrizia doesn’t speak English and I don’t speak Italian, we were able to communicate through the language of headwear. Like kindness, the love of hats is universal.  I felt sincerely welcomed and had a marvelous time trying on hats in her studio.

The photos below depict a sampling of the gorgeous headwear that is designed by Patrizia and created in her workroom.  Again, it was through Instagram that I became aware of Patrizia and her dynamic and powerful work.

Going vertical.

Transparency.

Without exception, every milliner who I have met over the years has been warm, kind, engaging, intelligent and intriguing.  It seems as though this form of magical artistry attracts passionate and wonderful people.  I’m thrilled to have found a way to see the world though headwear.  My role as hat journalist expands and grows as time unfolds, and for that I am grateful.

 

 

 

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