This week The SC found herself under the influence once again.  The “pattern mixers” within the blogging community have inspired me with their talents and creative powers.


I consider myself in the class of Pattern Mixing 101.  But somehow my eye has been changed by years of observing photos of those who teach the Master Classes.  These artists have encouraged me to experiment, if only minimally, and begin to play in a way that I wouldn’t have thought of before I began blogging.


As I was putting together an outfit around this vintage estate sale wool coat dress with subtle pattern, my gaze fell upon this multicolored scarf, and then, in the hat room, I drifted in the direction of leopard print.  Somehow it all felt harmonious and fun, and ready to pair with a brick and concrete wall and the winter vine stretching across its surface, creating its own decorative design.


There are many bloggers who mix patterns and have me under the influence.  The following creatives are just a few of the pattern mixers that I admire.  There are so many more deserving of mention!

Thank you to Bella of The Citizen Rosebud HERE and Anne of Spy Girl HERE.


Thank you to Vix of The Vintage Vixen HERE and Curtise of The Secondhand Years HERE.


Thank you to Ariane of Style Sud-Est HERE and Sacramento of Mis Papelicos HERE.


Thank you to Carol of Femme et Fleur HERE and Sue at A Colorful Canvas HERE.


Thank you to Melanie of Bag And Beret HERE and Shelley of Forest City Fashionista HERE.

Also wearing: leopard print felt hat with brown grosgrain ribbon trim by Erin Saboe of Denver, vintage green gloves, vintage earrings and bracelets – estate sales and multicolored scarf – scarf and jewelry show at a friend’s home.


Photos by Annie

Bella’s Shoe Shine HERE takes place on the second Tuesday of every month, and I’m joining her party with my consignment store vintage Pucci suede wedge heeled boots.

I’m taking my very humble pattern mixing over to Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.  Can’t wait to see what the other visibles are up to today.

Thank you to Margaret Manning of Sixty and Me HERE for the inclusion in your piece on women over 60.

Hat Attack #8

March 1st, 2014


 Royal Blue, I’m not done with you yet!  I feel more alive when under your spell.


Royal blue vintage felt hat with fringed brim and feather purchased at Fabulous Fanny’s HERE during the hat shopping spree with  the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas HERE.  Pieces accessorizing the hat are vintage estate sale treasures discovered over the years.  The scarf was tossed about with no plan!


Photos by Daniel N

As always, lighting is everything.  Blue becomes electric when exposed to filtered light through sheers!

Now it’s your turn!

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 creations that you share throughout the next week. Participation will be open through March 7th.

Linking up with Mis Papelicos and her Share In Style HERE and Bella’s Secondhand First party HERE at The Citizen Rosebud.

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Under The Influence In Royal Blue

February 24th, 2014


This week my hairdryer stopped working after years of service, so a trip to Target was on the agenda.  It wasn’t long after I began roaming the aisles of the superstore that I spotted this blue and black striped maxi skirt.  At the moment of discovery two bloggers popped into my thoughts.  Jean of Dross Into Gold HERE, who has featured a gorgeous black and white striped maxi and Jan of Fort Smith Stylista HERE who describes her Target shopping experiences in exquisite and delightful detail.


How could I resist?  The influence of other bloggers in my orbit manifested itself in a purchase that inspired an outfit with royal blue as the feature.  Another example of how blogging has expanded my world and opened the door to possibilities that I might not otherwise have explored.  Not just in the area of style!


The Coronado Island bracelet makes its Denver debut, adding color to the graphic blue and black.


The back of the skirt, with its horizontal stripes, contrasts with the newly fallen snow on the veranda.


Photos by Kelsey

Accompanying the blue/black maxi skirt and bracelet are: vintage structured blue cap – Fabulous Fanny’s NYC HERE, blue armlets – created and gifted by Jean of Dross Into Gold HERE, vintage black velvet bolero jacket and blue crystal necklace – estate sales, crystal pendant – gifted, black turtleneck – consignment store, black Michael Kors heeled boots – retail sale years ago, and sterling silver earrings – friend Carolyn’s Gypsies Collection HERE.

Off to join Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style to fall under the influence once again.  This is a blogger party that promises inspiration and so much more!

HAT ATTACK #8 will be featured on this coming Saturday, March 1st.

Whoever wants to can join in!  Just compose a post that includes any hat, headwrap, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you love on Saturday, March 1st.  Participation will be open for one week, or until Friday, March 7th.  Follow the directions HERE provided on Style Crone to post your photo and hope to see you there!

Coronado Island

February 17th, 2014


The SC traveled with a friend to Coronado Island HERE, across the Big Bay from San Diego, California, for a weekend reprieve from the Colorado cold.


There’s nothing like relaxing on the spacious grounds of the magnificent Hotel del Coronado to remind me that every moment is precious, that life can turn on a dime in a good way and that a leopard print turban can be enjoyed in any location.  Wearing a black background and adorning with color is my strategy for traveling with carry-on only.


The beach, the Pacific Ocean and palm trees were a wonder to behold and a welcomed change from the snow-covered terrain in Denver.


A visit to D Forsythe HERE (a unique shop which I learned about on Advanced Style HERE) showcased a wonderland of jewelry from around the world that was a paradise for the senses.  This beaded bracelet from Turkey immediately caught my eye with its multicolored beauty.  It landed upon my wrist without a second thought, catching a ride back to Denver, waiting for its Colorado debut.


The flamingos on the island captured my attention, with their elegant poses and graceful demeanor.  I was accompanied by the draped red Donna Karan tunic which was discovered at a consignment shop in NYC on my most recent visit.

IMG_7738 A drive to La Jolla, a beach community in north San Diego, offered breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and an opportunity for an outing for the estate sale vintage silk multicolored Pucci blouse.


My gifted Eva Varro tunic just happened to pair nicely with the art in a gallery that appeared upon our path.  The black fabric headwear is by Brigitte NYC.


And the coral vegetation on the street played parallel with my plastic vintage earrings!


Photos by J

The pink bow hat by Erin Saboe appreciates coastal views! Last seen in Harlem HERE, it enjoyed an outing on the West Coast with an equal amount of enthusiasm.  The pink/red silk scarf was purchased during my recent trip to NYC at the Bryant Park Holiday Street Market.

Thank you to Ari Seth Cohen, who recently featured “Winter Style Tips From The Style Crone” on Advanced Style HERE.  I was thrilled by and grateful for the honor!


Last week was Diana’s 60th birthday, and has become the tradition HERE in my orbit of friends, a croning ceremony took place as part of her celebration.  In honor of this glorious transition, The SC chose to wear the Zisogorsky elevated crone crown, which was purchased in NYC while hat shopping with the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas HERE.


The multicolored draped velvet chapeau immediately sparked a ‘hat attack.’  I know when I’ve been smitten by the beauty of headwear, and in this case I couldn’t possibly leave the shop without this hat in my possession.  Every angle has its charm and distinctive appeal.


I just happened to have a gifted vintage wine-colored silk velvet top with rhinestone closures to play with the colors of the hat.  The black background of the estates sale vintage pencil skirt, Fluevog boots and consignment store sleeveless turtleneck gave the hat its proper place as the focus point of this ensemble.


Photos by Kelsey


Diana pensively cut her birthday cake, adorned with feather fascinator.  Because every crone needs a break sometimes, Diana is taking a well deserved winter vacation.  She will be deeply missed!


I’m sure she will be trying out her new walking stick, decorated with meaningful trinkets from friends and family.

I’m taking the crone crown over to Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style. This celebration is not to be missed, no matter one’s age or choice of self-expression.



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