In The Garden

June 14th, 2016


I was going to post yesterday, but my heart was heavy with grief as the reality of the Orlando atrocity hovered with horror.  These photos were taken before the shootings, and they didn’t mirror how I felt. My deep sorrow for the victims and their families was at the forefront and I wanted to honor the pain of their trauma.  Today I see the wisdom of moving forward and exploring how I can, in some small way, become involved in a movement to contribute to the prevention of this senseless violence.  Actions speak louder than words and the place to begin is within.


Style Crone is back to regular programming!  Daniel and I haven’t collaborated in a photo shoot since before my NYC trip.  We’d forgotten how much fun we have together, cavorting around Denver, laughing at the drop of a hat.

For this post we stayed close to home, in my garden, which has exploded with abandon, a bit overgrown and wild, into summer mode.  It’s one of my favorite times of the year!


Today I’m feeling grateful for my life and the good fortune of having a garden retreat. The outdoor sanctuary filled with perennials that bursts into bloom every year.


I’m grateful for the people in my life, including the bloggers that I have met through Style Crone.  The readers and commenters who enrich my life with every post.  Thank you!


Travel and new experiences are fun and exciting.  But it’s my home that I return to that provides the stability and the comfort that allows the “frosting” of life to enhance my journey.

Photos By Daniel

Vintage hat with ribbon trim and vintage pearl earrings – estate sales, vintage tulle top – Meek Vintage HERE, black circle skirt with gold embellishment – 50 Dresses by Tess Vigil HERE, nude pumps with silver strap – retail sale.

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


Over a month ago my friend Brooks Luby, Denver fashion designer of Brooks LTD HERE, asked me to participate in a photo shoot, representing her focus on mother-of-the-bride and special occasion pieces.  I was all in!  I’m always ready for a new experience of interest which allows me to stretch and grow.


The shoot took place in her beautiful studio in the heart of Denver’s LoDo district.  For this post I chose my favorite editorial photos by photographer Hardy Klahold HERE, wearing pieces created by Brooks.  The above white shirt with open shoulders and lace detail is now hanging in my closet!


I loved the process!  It felt a bit like acting, which I haven’t done since high school. Trying on new personas with a director, the stylist Mary Spicer HERE, was playful and intriguing, and it usually took several “takes.”  To be “101” at something is an exhilarating ride!

When I try something new, I liken it to launching a new yoga pose.  I feel awkward and off-balance, but also determined and alive.  As Eleanor Roosevelt once stated, “Do one thing every day that scares you.”  I try to adhere to these words of wisdom.


The “petal throw” took the collaboration of the entire team present.  Everything and everyone had to be coordinated!  The petal throwers, the photographer, the director and me.  When we nailed it, there was a standing ovation for ourselves!


This is how I felt about the “clothing host” experience, which is a phrase created by the brilliant Melanie of Bag and Beret HERE.


The Team

From the left:  Casandra Gallardo HERE – makeup, moi, Brooks Luby HERE – designer, Ericka Ramey – hair, Mary Spicer HERE – stylist, and in front, Hardy Klahold HERE – photographer.  Thank you all for a fabulous time!

Thank you so much to Ari Seth Cohen for featuring Style Crone on Advanced Style HERE.

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

HAT ATTACK is open through tomorrow, June 7th.  Hope to see you there!

Hat Attack #35

June 1st, 2016


June’s Hat Attack was created by artist, milliner and blogger Carol Markel of Femme et Fleur HERE.  This colorful fedora accompanied me back to Denver after my most recent visit to NYC.  I’ve worn Carol’s hats before on Style Crone, but this chapeau deserved it’s very own feature on Hat Attack.


The magnificent colors and shapes that adorn this hat were irresistible to me, and I happened to find a vintage neon pink jacket in my closet that could accessorize its strength.  This hat is the main event!


Photos By Daniel

Thank you to Deborah Boland for featuring Style Crone as a Fabulous After 40 Styleblazer HERE.  I was thrilled to be interviewed and to be referred to as “The Queen of Hats.”  Deborah has a passion for fashion and for supporting other bloggers with her Styleblazer Series.

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

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 JUNE 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 Tuesday, June 7th.

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Photo By Ari Seth Cohen

My magical NYC adventure comes to a close in today’s post.  Thank you to the brilliant Ari Seth Cohen for the feature on Advanced Style HERE.  I was thrilled for the honor.

My vintage long green satin jacket from Meek Vintage Denver HERE is perfect for twirling, topped off with my gifted  vintage Schiaparelli turban.  The Chanel bag was a recent yard sale find!


Photo By Mr. J

No trip to NYC is complete without a visit to artist, milliner and blogger Carol Markel’s fabulous “Hat Shop In A Box.”  Carol and her husband, artist Richard Cramer, always greet us with welcoming warmth.  Visit Carol’s colorful blog Femme et Fleur HERE! And if you think I left with a few irresistible  pieces of Carol’s art, you would be right. I will share more about that later on Style Crone.


Meeting up hat-to-hat on Park Avenue with the stunning Valerie of the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas HERE and flying off for some consignment store shopping was another highpoint of my trip.  Jean, the other half of this dynamic duo, was unable to join us. Over the years, Jean and Valerie have introduced me to places and experiences that I would never have discovered on my own.  This trip was no exception.


Photo By Denton Taylor

Mr. J and I spent time on the Upper West Side with photographer Denton Taylor HERE and his wife Teresa, looking for photo backgrounds and visiting along the way.  As long time NYC residents, they  enchanted us with their knowledge of the city and their hospitality.


Photo By Denton Taylor

Mr. J and I had so much fun during our stay, and our smiles speak a thousand words! I couldn’t have a better traveling partner and I’m grateful for the memories that we are creating and building together in our 70’s.


Photo By Denton Taylor

In the above photo, I’m back-to-back with Teresa, in her bright yellow jacket with a warm smile and beautiful silver hair.


Photo By Denton Taylor

Stylish jewelry designer Diana Gabriel HERE joined us for a twirl in her magnificent cape.


I had the pleasure of visiting Debra Rapoport’s studio HERE and enjoying a look at her latest creative projects. In the photo above she wears a hat of her own design.  Her pieces are made from recycled materials and I am in awe of her talent and skill as an artist and as a hat maker.  Debra is the living manifestation of her motto, “better with age, better with style!”


Debra and her partner, singer and songwriter Stan Satlin,  HERE, are always the best time! Debra wears another hat of her own creation, which I admired for its color combination, structure and design.

Thank you to everyone who made our time in New York a fantastic adventure.  Until the next time!

Linking up with Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.


On my last day in NYC I had the great honor of attending the press preview for MANUS X MACHINA: Fashion in an Age of Technology at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I was invited to this event by my dear friends Jean And Valerie of the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas.  Read their beautifully written and knowledgeable review of the exhibit HERE.

In the photo above, which was taken by Jill Krementz of the New York Social Diary HERE, (left to right) Jean wears a straw hat designed by Ignatius from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Craft Show,  Valerie wears a pale green straw boater from Printemps in Paris, and I’m wearing a gifted vintage red velvet and satin turban by Schiaparelli.


The exhibition overview HERE states that “the exhibit will explore how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. The show is divided into rooms which display more than 170 ensembles from the early 20th century to the present, incorporating embroidery, feather work, artificial flowers, pleating, lacework and leather work.”

The show opens with a Chanel bridal gown.  The train in the photo above, which is covered with Swarovski crystals, marks the beginning of this ravishing exhibit.


The front of the gown is dramatic, yet understated.  To the left, Carl Bolton, Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute, speaks with the press.

The following photos are a few of the ensembles that I photographed during the preview.  It was difficult to narrow down my choices, because there was beauty everywhere.  It was impossible to capture every piece that “spoke to me” in this breathtaking show.  The exhibit descriptions are below each photo.


Boue Soeurs, 1928

Hand-sewn ivory silk tulle, machine-embroidered with couched silver cord in a foliate and vermicelli pattern; inserts of silver-blue silk and metal lame with machine-picot edging; hand-appliqued with hand-embroidered white silk tulle with artificial flowers in pink, purple, green, yellow, and blue silk ribbon and floss.


Saint Laurent, 1999

Bridal wreath, bracelet, and anklet: handmade pink and gold silk flowers and leaves; train: machine-sewn pink silk bazar.


Christian Dior, 1952 (left)

Machine-sewn, hand-finished white silk organza, hand-embroidered with artificial flowers in green, pink, yellow, and white silk floss, hand-painted cotton, silk twist.

Christian Dior, 1953 (right)

Machine-sewn, hand-finished white silk organza and net, hand-embroidered with artificial flowers, clover, and grass in green, pink, and purple silk floss.


Cristobal Balenciaga, 1965

Machine-sewn, hand-finished pink silk net and pink silk Rachelle knit trimmed with hand-glued pink ostrich feathers.


Chanel (Karl Lagerfeld) – 2005

This wedding ensemble was made by hand from start to finish.  The artificial flowers, embroidery, and feather work together required seven hundred hours of handwork.


Alexander McQueen, 2012

Machine-sewn white silk organza, hand-sewn to nude silk mesh; hand-embroidered with silver beads, clear crystals, and silver plastic feather-shaped paillettes; hand-applique of silver silk and metallic hand=shredded petals, hand embroidered with silver beads, clear crystals, and silver plastic feather-shaped paillettes.


Gareth Pugh, 2015

Machine-sewn black silk-wool gazar with overlay of black mesh, hand-embroidered with black plastic drinking straws.


Maiko Takeda, 2013

Hand-cut transparent green, blue, and purple-ombre acetate fringe, hand-woven with machine-cut clear acrylic squares, hand-assembled with silver metal jump rings.


Proenza Schouler (Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough), 2015 (left)

Machine-sewn black silk chiffon, hand-embroidered with silver plastic paillettes.

Iris van Herpen, 2013 (right)

Machine-sewn black cotton twill, hand-painted with gray and purple polyurethane resin and iron filings, hand-sculpted with magnets.


Thierry Mugler, 1990

Machine-sewn black silk velvet, hand-embroidered with optical fluorescent stripes.


Issey Miyake, 1990

Machine-garment-pleated, machine-sewn yellow and red-purple polyester-linen plain weave.


Issey Miyake, 1993

Machine-sewn polyester plain weave, machine-garment-pleated in paper.


During the press preview we were sitting two rows behind designer Mary McFadden, and I was in awe of the back of her coat, beret and scarf.


I was captivated by this woman’s Comme des Garcons jacket with 3-D roses and coordinating cell phone.


Jean and Valerie’s friend David Noh, writer for the Gay City News, strikes a pose after the preview.


It was inspiring to see another red hat in the crowd!


The press preview was a thrilling experience for me.  Jean and Valerie always generously introduce me to a New York adventure that fills me with wonder.  The colorful and talented artist Sue Kritzman HERE said it best on Instagram!  “The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas HERE make New York City a better place.”  I couldn’t agree more!


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