The Silent Stalkers

April 18th, 2016

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In the past on Style Crone I’ve written about the importance of health and how it’s my number one priority.  I structure and weave my time around physical, emotional and mental self-care. However, no matter how much energy I put into creating a healthy lifestyle for myself, some things are beyond my control.

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I received the diagnosis of osteoporosis many years ago, and have tried several options to improve my bone density.  However, my most recent numbers were disturbing and I know that I must do something more proactive to prevent fractures in the future. I’m researching and consulting with experts about the best plan of action at this point. The last thing I want to do is deal with chronic pain secondary to a fracture.

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A few months ago, during my annual eye exam, I mentioned to my provider that my eyesight had declined since last year.  I have the beginning of cataracts, but she became concerned about the loss of sight in my right eye as compared to my last exam.

I was diagnosed with epiretinal membranes in both eyes, which is a thin sheet of fibrous tissue that can form on the macula (the sharp focusing area at the back of the eye).  Apparently this is due to aging, could not have been prevented, and there is no treatment necessary at this time.  Surgery is available if my eyesight deteriorates significantly, but for now, there’s no plan of action except follow-up every six months.

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Both conditions are not externally apparent, but I know they exist.  They remind me that most people deal with some form of health problem that comes forward as aging progresses.  It took time to adjust to the concern about my eyesight.  Today it sits in the background and doesn’t cause anxiety or fear.  All of this could change, of course, at the drop of a hat.  I’m well aware of how quickly life turns on a dime.

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But for now, the silent stalkers of my health are quiet and lurk at a distance, with little effect on my life.  However, do I really have to stop wearing heels for my safety? Am I in denial about the changes and choices that may seem obvious? Perhaps downsizing the three inchers will be enough for now!  Or as a collector, do I preserve them as beloved pieces of art?

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Photos By Daniel

I know that I’m not alone. Do you have silent stalkers that are causing concern?

Blue knit dress with scarf and jewelry – gifted, black straw hat – Diane Harty Millinery HERE, black booties – retail sale.

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.

Ode To Yoga

April 11th, 2016

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Yoga is a component of the scaffolding of my life.  It’s as nourishing as the food that I eat.  As restorative as sleep.  As healing as the soothing presence of an empathetic friend.

Yoga removes internal barriers and opens creative channels in my brain.  It’s the place where ideas for blog posts and outfits are born.  It provides an opening for allowing the art of “letting go” of that which I cannot control, as I focus on the breath and the mindful awareness of a space in time.

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Over the years I’ve learned that however I’m feeling when I enter the studio, I know more clearly what “is” when I leave.  It intensifies that which is already there, and I am more of who I am at the moment.

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If I feel exalted, I am more so.  If I feel intensely sad, the tears flow.  I experience the life enhancing merging of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of myself.  Yoga grounds me as I stretch and grow, and increases my ability to be flexible in times of expansion or struggle.  It is a constant analogy for life.

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This past week brought many gifts in relationship to Style Crone.  I was a clothing host (a term coined by Melanie of Bag and a Beret HERE) for one of the runway shows during Denver Fashion Week hosted by 303 Magazine HERE.  My creative hair stylist Charlie Price HERE directed the show and asked me to participate.  He has generously opened a new and interesting world which allows for the development of new skills in an environment that includes fascinating people and fresh challenges.  A perfect place to practice yoga off the mat, releasing perfectionism and fear.

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On the same day as the fashion show, Style Crone was mentioned in The Wall Street Journal, along with Patti of Not Dead Yet Style HERE and Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb HERE.  The article by fashion and style columnist Christina Binkley, titled “Why Do Women Spend Less on Fashion After 45” HERE, presents interesting research and opinions of influential women over 45 in relationship to this issue.

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To my amazement, I was thrilled to be featured in Elle Mexico‘s piece on “40+ Bloggers You Should Know.” HERE.  I was in fabulous company, alongside Lyn of Accidental Icon HERE, Melanie of Bag and a Beret HERE, Susan of une femme d’un certain age HERE, and Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb HERE.

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Photos By Daniel taken at Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver HERE

It was a week to celebrate and to experience gratitude for all that Style Crone brings to my life.  To be thankful for my dear friend and photographer Daniel, for my wonderful readers and commenters, and for the glorious bloggers who I’ve met over the past five and one half years. As I move forward, I will continue to embrace the benefits and gifts of the powerful practice of yoga.

Headscarf, satin belt, slippers adorned with flowers and earrings – estate sales; silk print skirt with gold metallic threads and beads – consignment shop; jewelry – gifted and thrifted; black top – yard sale; leggings – retail.

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.

Hat Attack #33

March 31st, 2016

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April’s Hat Attack was discovered in a vintage shop in Jerome, Arizona during my trip to Sedona in January. I was captivated by its intricate floral display in shades of blue and lavender, trimmed with a purple velvet ribbon.  It represents the beginning of spring, with its whimsical bouquet.

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Though snow remains in Denver’s City Park, a few flowering trees are beginning to reveal their first hint of spring’s brilliant show.  April’s chapeau is an announcement of this year’s season of renewal and new beginnings!

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Photos By Daniel

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.

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 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 Thursday, April 7th.

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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.

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