The One Dollar Valentino

June 19th, 2017

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.  I could feel that it was silk and I adored its unique pattern.  I asked him how much and he replied, “one dollar.”  I handed it over and off I went to visit my 98-year-old grandmother, who was living in long-term care at the time.

When I returned to my friend’s home where I was staying, I brought the dress in to inspect and to my surprise, I realized by its label, that I had purchased a Valentino gown, with scarf, for one dollar.  Without hesitation, I tried it on, and it fit, but needed a few alterations.

The dress hung patiently amidst my collections until a month ago when I brought it to my seamstress for her to work her magic. Upon its arrival home and as I browsed the hat room, I was thrilled to see that the feather hat from Fabulous Fanny’s that I discovered in NYC a few years ago harmonized with the dress and its spirit.  Vintage estate sale heeled sandals and jewelry finished off the ensemble!  Sometimes it takes years to complete an outfit, and in this case it took fifteen.  Everything in due time.

Photos By Daniel

The moral to the story is that you never know when you might find something of value.  It may be hanging from a tree or just before your eyes. Be open to miracles and magic. Both happen every day. Just open the door and let the abundance in.

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

The Playground Of Color

June 12th, 2017

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 estate sale multicolored maxi dress provides the opportunity to accessorize to my heart’s content.  There are so many hats to be considered!  Today the vintage yellow straw turban from Buffalo Exchange became the favorite after scanning the hat room. Speaking of color, my orange peep toe pumps and various shades of red lipstick have been getting a work out over the past month.

I didn’t know how growing out my hair from red to white would affect my color choices.  To tell the truth, it hasn’t affected my decisions at all.  I continue to wear what I love just as I did in the past.  And I’m having more fun doing it!

Photos By Daniel

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

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 Daniel

Now it’s your turn to throw a little headwear my way. Give The SC a JUNE HAT ATTACK and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post. The link-up will be open through June 30th.

Anyone can participate in the celebration of headwear!  Click on the blue link-up button and there are a number of ways to share your photo from your blog, Instagram or your computer photo files.  All forms of headwear are appreciated:  hat, headwrap, headscarf, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you enjoy.  Multiple photos are encouraged!

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The Hat Crush

May 22nd, 2017

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 a wide range of colors.  Last weekend I wore it with bright orange!

The “Elizabeth” is made of fine linen and can be rolled up for travel.  It’s also a great sun hat and can be made of several fabrics. I love how it frames the face!

Magically, the linen collar and cuffs of this vintage black knit maxi dress mirrored the color of white of the hat.  The large vintage pearl and black earrings, black and white patent leather pumps, vintage polka dot scarf and red lipstick were chosen to accessorize the chapeau.

Photos By Daniel

Hat crushes come and go, but I always remember which hats have captured my heart, and they have a special perch in the hat room.  Have you ever experienced a hat crush?

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

The fabulous Shelley of The Forest City Fashionista HERE from London, Ontario, recently flew into Denver for a visit.  As I’ve mentioned before on Style Crone, blogger meetups are the most wonderful part of blogging. Friendships with like-minded people are life enhancing and immensely fun.

On the first day of Shelley’s visit we met up with Daniel in Confluence Park HERE for a photo shoot.  Isn’t that what style bloggers do? When bloggers get together, a riot of spontaneous fun and creativity ensues!

The weather was perfect and the park provided numerous posing possibilities. Here we are, checking out the scene from a slanted concrete wall. Exploring the park with Daniel as our director/photographer made for an adventurous and hilarious afternoon.

Shelly’s gorgeous thrifted jumpsuit was accessorized by thrifted yellow earrings and Fly London shoes. Her signature style shines through beautifully in this photo.

My vintage tunic handmade in Afghanistan was accompanied by my estate sale green turban, rhinestone jewelry and black heels on black background.

Shelley adjusts to the Rocky Mountain altitude by taking a short break with posing perfection on Bemar Venet’s steel sculpture 222.5 Arc X 5.  

Every surface in the park was open for experimentation. This is the first time on Style Crone that I have attempted to climb a brick wall.

Photos By Daniel

We ended the shoot with the colorful and flexible art installation The Red Forest  by Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos HERE with an uneven brick wall in the background.

The photo shoot with Daniel was only the beginning of Shelley’s visit.  She had many admirers as we cut a wide swath through Denver.  Her edgy hair cut and her love of animals endeared her to many.  We took in the Shock Wave exhibit HERE at the Denver Art Museum, a Kinky Friedman HERE concert at the Oriental Theatre, a wild afternoon at Buffalo Exchange, thrift shopping, the Horseshoe Flea Market HERE, the River North area of Denver with its amazing street art, visiting with Diana (former Style Crone photographer), and an afternoon at Red Rocks Amphitheatre HERE and in the small mountain town of Evergreen.

Thanks for the visit Shelley!  Blogger meetups are the very best!

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

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