May's Hat Attack is the spearmint ostrich feather explosion by Alexandra Harper Millinery London HERE. I love how the feathers cascade from the headband and softly caress my face. Feathers and the flowers at Union Station Denver HERE somehow bloom together. With this post I'm excited to reveal Style Crone's new look. After blogging for almost eight years, an update was long overdue. This is a step forward and represents a commitment to continue. Thank you to all followers and those of you who comment on Style Crone. I am deeply grateful! BIOGRAPHY: Alexandra Harper London-based milliner Alexandra Harper designs and
My 97-year-old mother Norma transitioned two weeks ago, just short of her 98th birthday. The photo above was published on Style Crone during a visit a few years ago. She will be greatly missed by many for her resilience, intelligence and inspirational approach to life. She was fiercely independent since my father died 22 years ago, and could never resist a good game of bridge. She approached aging with a positive mindset and was an inspiration for everyone that she knew. She had friends of all ages, and was especially fond of her 17 grandchildren. Mom in 1938 at the
April's Hat Attack is a wide-brimmed purple fur felt chapeau trimmed with feathers, which was originally gifted to my hat shop partner's mother Doris during the days of our hat shop in the 1980's. She wore it frequently, and after she died, my hat shop partner Mary Lou was seen wearing this beauty out and about in Denver. When Mary Lou died about nine years ago, this purple beauty was passed on to me. Since then, this hat has been perched in my hat room, on one of the higher hanging racks on the south wall, as though it were
Spring has arrived at the Denver Botanic Gardens HERE, as evidenced by the extensive field of daffodils which greets passers-by on the periphery near the entrance. The Gardens have been providing backgrounds for my photos intermittently over the almost eight years that I've been blogging. I was thinking about these daffodils when I chose this yellow felt structured beret, created by milliner Mademoiselle Slassi HERE,as a punctuation mark to my green, black and white plaid jacket trimmed with orange and white buttons. It's transition time in the hat room, which takes several weeks to complete. During this seasonal change, I
This monochromatic composition has been waiting in the wings for the snow that I knew was inevitable. The month of March is typically the Front Range of Colorado's snowiest month of the year. Sure enough! A white carpet greeted me on the morning before the first day of spring. It was the perfect day to walk the short block to City Park dressed in white and cream. There's something about snow in the spring that lifts my spirits. It feels clean and refreshing, as though the earth is setting the stage for new beginnings. I can feel it in the air.
Today is my 75th birthday. The Ides of March. I've been thinking about the birthday posts that I've done in the past over the years. I have never gone back to read previous posts since I began Style Crone on July 13th, 2010. I've always moved forward, never looking back. Today I did the unimaginable and did just that. I pulled up my very first post. The photo that I published was taken on my 67th birthday, though it was actually July when I launched Style Crone. At some point I would love to take the time to revisit all
I admire Francis McDormand and was thrilled that she received the best actress award at the 2018 Oscars for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The fact that she closed her acceptance speech with a call for inclusion only strengthened my respect and high regard for her. I can only hope that this concept of inclusion spreads across all industries, communities, and organizations across the planet, treasuring diversity as the norm. I composed my ensemble for this post in honor of the wonder of films and the cinema. My vintage silver lame gown trimmed with ostrich feathers and accessorized
The Hat Attack for March is a dark brown fur felt confection trimmed with feathers by milliner Jennifer Hoertz HERE. I discovered this beauty at The Hat Shop NYC HERE about 18 years ago. I love how the feathers cascade from the hat and frame the face. It plays nicely with my faux fur-trimmed vintage cape. I've become discouraged with maintaining the Hat Attack link-up. Participation has decreased and I haven't put the energy into keeping it alive. Hat Attack is on life support! I have several ideas to pursue to move forward, but I have considered publishing a monthly Hat
This vintage black and white English tweed suit belonged to my dear friend Tom who I shared an antique booth with in the 1990's. Every weekend we would enjoy the wonderful world of estate sales. He was looking for sheet music and I was focusing on vintage and hats. It was an interesting combination for the booth, but it is also a very rich and special piece of my history. Tom no longer wore the suit, and asked me if I was interested in claiming it and giving it a new life. I was and I did. I had it
It was the middle of January when I received an email from a Japanese leather bag and accessories company by the name of INDEN EST.1582. HERE They were inquiring about a possible collaboration with their brand, and as I visited their website, I realized that to have been contacted by this high quality company was truly an honor. I said "yes" without hesitation. INDEN is a highly popular brand widely known in Japan. Inden’s products are manufactured with a unique, 400-year-old technique of applying lacquer over deerskin. Their patterns are made of washi papers and all the complex designs are made by hand.
It was a cold and sunny day in the River North area of Denver. Snow had fallen the day before we traveled to this changing neighborhood of artists, restaurants and new development. Additions to the vibrant street art appear daily, and it's always a visual surprise from one week to the next. I chose a combination of rust and wine as my colors for the day. I threw on my favorite multicolored felted scarf, which incorporated and added to my sartorial display. As I approach my 75th birthday I feel a sense of confusion and hesitation. Where do I want
February's Hat Attack is a silk turban by Sukhinina Vera from Moscow, Russia HERE. I met Sukhinina on Instagram and last week I received her glorious creation just in time for this month's feature. I love its mix of patterns and colors and the silhouette it portrays from every angle. Sometimes I wear a turban positioned as a crown for height and the variation of shape. The versatility of headwear is limitless and I was in a playful mood. I was inspired by the luxurious cascade of silk and its intricate folds. This gorgeous turban will have its first outing this
The definition of resilience is an ability to recover from or adjust to misfortune or change. I view resilience as one of the key qualities to embrace as I age. Every week brings change, some small and some overwhelming. "I can't do anything about it, so I'm moving forward," is a phrase that runs through my thoughts frequently as the weeks, months and years unfold.. The muff, which hasn't had resilience as an accessory choice over the years, is a thick, tubular case for the hands, covered with fur or other material, used by women for warmth and as a handbag. It was
As mentioned in my last post, I am a fan of the Seventh Generation Principle, which is based on an ancient Iroquois philosophy that the decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world seven generations into the future HERE. I try to match my behavior with my values, which only part of why I love explore businesses which are local and participate in recycling. Denver's Common Threads Consignment Shop HERE checks off all of my boxes. They carry beautiful clothing and accessories that have been previously owned, displayed thoughtfully in a charming space, with a warm and helpful staff that
I discovered this rhinestone jacket at a thrift shop many years ago. The label reads STAVROPOULOS (New York, Athens) HERE and it is extremely well made. I paid $25 for this beauty and it will remain a permanent piece in my collection, providing me much pleasure whenever I want to "shine." It's the perfect New Year's Eve outfit, and it accompanied me into 2018 at two parties that I attended with Mr. J. When worn during the day, as seen in these photos, its sparkles dance off the jacket in the sunlight. It's like wearing a disco ball! It can be
January's Hat Attack is a vintage black draped fabric turban embellished with a sparkling rhinestone pin. I discovered this New Year's crown in a Minneapolis vintage store this past year. I can't think of a better way to celebrate 2018 than with my love for vintage and turbans. There is nothing that makes me feel like dancing more than headwear and having fun with Daniel to a rhythm and blues beat. I'm hoping to up my "Hat Attack" game in the new year. Let's see what this fresh energy brings forward as I mediate on new intentions. I wish all
Sometimes the holidays make me sad. It's the time of year for great expectations and festive gatherings. There is subtle pressure to be joyful and happy. Or so it seems. Memories of holidays past tend to flood my thoughts and I can feel as though I'm walking through honey. Just when I need my energy to surge, it fails me. Though it's important to accept and honor my thoughts and feelings, I view them as temporary. Thus I find myself longing for an opening of the unbound heart. Enter the vintage silver gown and the discipline of blogging. How could
I have a love for accessories! They transform an ensemble from basic to extraordinary and are a potent tool for self expression. There are so many possibilities for transformation. With one stroke, the right pair of gloves, a careful conglomeration of jewelry or of course a hat can give an older, familiar background a new configuration. Playing with accessories brings pleasure, creativity and variety to my life every day. My post this week demonstrates how changing a glove and scarf combination creates a new and different look. The vintage green hat, vintage YSL velvet jacket and vintage black jumpsuit remain
There's nothing that screams "holiday" more than velvet. And in my world, rhinestones during the day or evening are always a strategy for embellishment! For this post I dressed in everything vintage. Just for the fun of it! The gifted Schiaparelli silk velvet and satin turban has been a hit with me for years. I found the wine colored velvet gown and the fingerless long velvet gloves at estate sales, of course. And I've been collecting rhinestones since the 1970's. A little sparkle is always good for the soul. These photos were taken before my trip to Minnesota last week.
December's Hat Attack is an "ode" to vintage millinery finery. This Coralie brimmed beauty with rhinestone pin has been perched in the hat room for years. When I realized that it was the perfect accessory for the red vintage coat that I purchased from a friend several years ago, I knew that it was time to declare my love for vintage hats. I love hats from every era if they call to me. Today I'm announcing from the empty stage at Denver's Union Station that the way to top off an outfit for the holidays is to "put a hat on