The Collaboration With Brooks LTD

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
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Hat Attack #52 – Carol Markel Millinery

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
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Falling For Fall In The Gardens

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
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Italy, You Cast A Spell On Me

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
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Magical Milliners: Anna Mikhailova and Patrizia Fabri

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
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Hat Attack #51 – Eleonora Bruno Hats

October's Hat Attack features ELY.B - Eleonara Bruno Hats HERE and Instagram HERE. I initially met Eleonora when she began following me on Instagram over a year ago.  When I knew that I would be in Florence, I contacted her and we arranged a meetup.  The time that we spent together was one of the highlights of my trip to Italy. Eleanora's headwear is magnificent. She is a feather specialist and wearing her headpieces makes me feel powerful and infused with magic.  This is what headwear can do for you if the milliner or hatmaker is talented, skilled and creative. Luca
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Hat Attack #50

September's Hat Attack is a natural straw wide brim with black straw trim by Marzi HERE., which I discovered at an estate sale about a year ago.  Marzi hats are made in Italy, which is perfect for September 1st, as I will be traveling to Venice on this very day.  Who knows what hat adventures lie ahead! As a hat journalist I will share the beauty! This large brimmed hat allows a very small window into the world, peering forth beneath its protective straw cover. There are times when I like the choice of a limited view.  Just another example
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Monochromatic In The Park

I'm down to the wire and packing for a trip, and in the process my gaze landed on this cream-colored vintage suit with peplum which I haven't worn since my daughter Camille's graduation from college in the spring of 2004. The hat was created for the suit by the talented milliner Jeanne Bjorn HERE. Jeanne lived in Denver for a period of time, and I took millinery classes from her. I considered becoming a milliner, but decided instead to become a hat journalist, seeker and collector. I don't have to own every hat that I love.  Photographing headwear and trying
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The Meetup With Jean Of Dross Into Gold

This past week I spent several days with the gorgeous blogger and instagrammer Jean of Dross Into Gold HERE, who was visiting Denver with her husband Joey Sommerville HERE.  Joey, a talented blues/jazz musician who plays the trumpet and keyboards and is an inspiring vocalist, was performing with his band over the weekend at the Genuine Jazz and Wine Festival in Copper Mountain HERE. It was the perfect opportunity to spend time reconnecting with Jean, which over the years has become a summer ritual. Jean was the first blogger that I met over six years ago, and we have been friends ever
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Give Me A Dance Floor

One of the great joys of life for me is dancing. To feel the music through every cell and express myself with its vibration has for many years been irresistible.  As long as the music moves me and I feel like moving, I'm on the dance floor. I don't need a partner and I don't need permission.  It's a form of freedom and self-love. There was a dance floor at the Pioneer Conference (see post of last week HERE) and a great band with a singer who sang Amy Winehouse to perfection. That's all that it took for me to
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The Pioneer Network In Chicago

Two weeks ago I traveled with Mr. J to the Pioneer Network HERE Conference which was held in Chicago, Illinois. The Pioneer Network is an organization which is devoted to creating a culture of Aging that's life-affirming, satisfying, humane and meaningful. Mr. J presented at the conference and I went along to enjoy the events and the city of Chicago. Mr. J's new book collaboration was recently released  and a book signing event in honor of this accomplishment was a highlight of the conference.  Musings + Art was written by Mr. J and Illustrated by the talented artist Sandy Ransom HERE.  I
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Hat Attack #49 – Celina Kane of Hat Make

During my recent trip to Minneapolis I had the pleasure of meeting the talented milliner Celina Kane of Hat Make HERE.  I had great fun in her studio trying on hats and partaking in "Hat Chat."  I fell in love with this canary yellow parisisal percher with pearl, sequin and Swarovski hand embroidery.  Magically it played well with my vintage yellow silk dress embellished with white beads.  Celina named this hat "Limoncello." About me by Celina Kane Educated at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, I triple-majored in Art History, Political Science & French Studies. While studying in Paris
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Denver Designer Brooks LTD

Two years ago I began collaborating with the talented and accomplished Denver designer Brooks Luby of Brooks Ltd HERE. Over the years it has been an honor to model for her photo shoots, a piece featuring her mother-of-the bride couture in Novelty Bride Magazine and her recent pop-up shop. Over this period of time we have become friends and have spent hours talking about fashion, aging with passion and the unfolding adventures of our lives.  I have found that developing new friendships at the age of 74 to be a life enhancing pleasure. Brooks Ltd was founded in 1976, the dream
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Mom At 97

Earlier this week I returned from a trip to Minnesota to visit my 97-year-old mother Norma. Residing in an assisted living facility, she continues to be an inspiration to me.  She loves to play bridge, and every evening  a group of residents gather to play cards. For this activity, my mother wouldn’t miss an opportunity to adorn her hands with rings from a collection which she has maintained over a lifetime.  Every year when I visit it has become a ritual to snap a shot of her hands with a few of her rings. This year I asked Mom about
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Hat Attack #48 – The Feather Headpiece

July's Hat Attack features a whimsical feather delicacy that captured my attention in England fourteen years ago while attending my friends' wedding.  The fuchsia and black feathers cascade from a black velvet headband, covering my face and hair like a veil. I wore this headpiece out dancing after I returned from England.  My hair was red at the time, and I received many compliments about my pink, black and red hair.  Now that my hair is silver, there is more definition between my hat and my natural hair. The only way to find out if this is true is to
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Wearable Art In The Gardens

I adore wearable art.  I have many pieces in my vintage collection, most of which were discovered at estate sales over the years.  This white silk Chinese embroidered garment with silver threads attracted my attention this week.  I never know where my gaze will land! Though the temperature was in the 90's, this piece was the perfect choice.  Silk is breathable and has impressive moisture wicking properties, keeping me comfortable despite the weather. Daniel and I traveled the short distance to the Denver Botanic Gardens HERE in search of a kimono worthy background.  The gardens did not disappoint. Strolling through the
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The One Dollar Valentino

I was driving down a street in Minneapolis about 15 years ago during a visit to see friends and family. Out of the corner of my eye appeared  a beautifully patterned gown gracefully floating in the breeze from its perch on a tree by the side of the road.  I quickly realized that a yard sale was taking place and I brought my car to a screeching halt. I opened my car window and the man running the sale came to greet me. I inquired about the dress on the tree, and he quickly brought it to me for inspection.
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The Playground Of Color

Blogging has had a role in my evolution in many ways. Wearing color more frequently is one of the changes that I've noticed over the past several years.  I have been influenced by other bloggers and instagrammers and consider myself a novice.  I would love to list their names, but there are so many, and surely I would leave someone out in the process. I will always be a fan of wearing black, but exploring and experimenting with color  has become a form of self entertainment.  I find it to be playful and exhilarating, and the possibilities are endless. This
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Hat Attack #47 – The Vintage Tulle Chapeau

June's Hat Attack is a tulle "crown" which was discovered at an estate sale about a year ago.  I was drawn to its lightweight taupe layers and soft sculptured silhouette.  It makes me feel like I'm floating when I walk. I'm wearing it with a vintage black satin jacket in today's photos, but as I write this, several pieces in my vintage inventory have come to mind, which would give it a different flavor.  Sometimes it takes time to get to know a chapeau!  This tulle beauty is like a fine delicacy waiting for an exceptionally special occasion. Photos By
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The Hat Crush

Sometimes I get a crush on a hat, and wear it several times in succession. That's what happened with this black and white polka dot fabric hat by Toronto milliner David Dunkley HERE.  Like any brief and intense infatuation, I became obsessed with its beauty.  It grabs my attention whenever I walk by the hat room, and it playfully visits my thoughts intermittently throughout the day. When this headwear phenomenon occurs, I become focused on outfit possibilities that harmonize with the hat that holds my attention. This polka dot hat offers versatility, because it can be worn with black and white or
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