Lilacs In Bloom

April 24th, 2017

I love the time of year when the lilacs bloom. The lilac bush in my front garden is in its prime, and every time that I walk by on the way to or from my front door, the air is filled with its intoxicating scent.  I have come to associate the arrival of spring with this fragrance and I fall under its spell.

City Park has a lilac garden filled with color and magic. Daniel and I traveled across the street from my home to take in its magnificent beauty.  It’s a floral show that I’ve been witnessing for years and it appears more brilliant than usual this spring.

The natural light of the approaching sunset changed the color of my vintage blue suit, dependent on the sun or the shade.  I discovered this suit in my favorite vintage store in the early 1980’s, and it was featured, as it is today, with the “crone cone crown” on Style Crone in May of 2012 HERE.  There have been so many changes since that time, including my hair color, but my love for this suit and turban remains unchanged. My undying affection is not dependent on the sun or shade.

Photos By Daniel

Welcome to spring and all of its radiant splendor!

Vintage light blue suit – vintage store, vintage multicolored blue straw cloth turban and vintage jewelry – estate sales, silver heels – retail.

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

Thank you so much for the heartfelt comments on my last post, some of which brought me to tears. I would not be blogging if it were not for my beautiful readers.  I have known some of you through death and grieving, and blogging provided a support system that I would not have had were it not for Style Crone.  I cherish my blogging relationships, both new readers and those of you that I have known for years, which are an integral part of my life. I thank you from the bottom of my Style Crone heart.

Speaking of gratitude, Daniel discovered this feather covered vintage beauty of a chapeau at an estate sale, and called me immediately, guarding it with his life until I arrived breathless with anticipation.  He knew I would fall in love, which of course I did.  Not only is he my photographer!  He can spot a Style Crone hat anywhere!

Daniel and I traveled to Cheesman Park HERE for today’s adventure.  It has been the location of choice for several posts over the years.  As the seasons change, the setting looks totally different.  Spring is upon us in Denver, reflected in the budding trees and the increased activity in the park.

Almost everything that I’m wearing for this photo shoot was discovered through the wonderful world of estate sales.  The vintage black Lilli Ann suit.  The vintage white gloves.  The vintage pearl necklace and earrings.  The vintage suede black bag with gold trim. The black suede heeled boots were a consignment store find.  Shopping second-hand has provided me with years of never-ending entertainment and extraordinary additions to my collections.

It’s once again time to transition the hat room from fall/winter to spring/summer.  A monumental task! I may be wearing felt a little longer this year, because I’m already behind.  But then, I don’t really mind that much.  It’s not life threatening and all things happen in due time.

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.

I’ve been blogging for almost seven years and as I look back over the weeks, months and years, I am amazed that I have been able to come up with something to write about every week, almost without fail.  However, I do have to admit that there are times when I have experienced blogger fatigue.

For me, it surfaces with procrastination, a lack of focus, and a sense of scarcity of energy and interest in composing a post.  Blogging is an integral part of my life, and having emerged from cancer caregiving, death and grief, I feel an intense desire to continue and move through these periods of burnout.  I have always been able to stumble forward with a renewed sense of passion and appreciation for Style Crone.

I’ve experienced blogger fatigue during the past few weeks, as I approach the sixth anniversary of Nelson’s death.  Perhaps it’s related to a deeper level of emerging grief, which I have come to believe is a life long process.  My current life is rich and full with incredible relationships and exciting adventures, but I find that it’s important to recognize and respect the history of the evolution of my blog, and accept the intermittent sadness that unfolds, especially during anniversary dates.

During these times of fatigue, my collections save me from descending into despair and immobilization.  This week the tulle skirt adorned with large silver discs saved the day.  Its playful presence inspired me, as I explored my closets searching for worthy pieces to accompany its lighthearted mood.

It took me several days, as ideas marinated and occupied my thoughts, replacing a mode of low motivation and heaviness.  The tulle skirt magically ignited my creativity, just as an array of hats and accessories have done in the past.  How could I possibly withdraw from the creation that has provided so much healing, growth and adventure throughout some of the most difficult times of my life.

Photos By Daniel

For today, the key to blogger longevity appears to be a focus on one week at a time and to not get overwhelmed with the weeks and months to come.  To trust the process of unending creativity and continual inspiration, which is everywhere.  To have fun with Daniel with each and every photo shoot, even though I may have low energy and the awareness of a myriad of activities begging for my attention. To accept the episodes of blogger fatigue as part of the process of any long-term commitment, knowing that there is another adventure related to Style Crone on the other side of my temporary resistance.

Tulle skirt, silver jewelry, patent leather belt and vintage gloves – estate sales, red top hat with pheasant feather by Cha Cha HERE, leather jacket – consignment store, patent leather boots – 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.

April’s Hat Attack is a collaboration with the talented milliner Amina Marie of Amina Marie Millinery HERE.  This stunning headpiece is a custom-made free form parasisal straw flower.  It is the perfect crowning glory for my vintage cream suit with navy trim and is so much fun to wear.

I met Amina on Instagram, and was fascinated with her magnificent designs. I’m thrilled and honored to wear Amina’s creation for this month’s Hat Attack.

About Me by Amina Marie Hood

Amina Marie Hood is a milliner and designer based out of Kansas City, Missouri. She creates authentic hats for clients and events around the world. Her designs have been featured in various magazines, museum exhibits and runway shows worldwide.

Amina attended Art school in San Francisco, but her love of millinery began after designing a custom hat for a friend attending Burning Man.  She studied millinery with the brilliant milliner Jeanne Bjorn.

Hood was a finalist in the International James Lock & Co. millinery competition that took place in London, 2015. Most recently, her work has been selected for the prestigious London Hat Week 2016 Exhibition.


Why I love millinery by Amina Marie Hood

I really feel like there is a perfect hat for everyone. There is something about the thrill of helping someone find that magic moment when she sees herself in a way that she hasn’t before that is really heart-warming. Maybe there is a feeling of stepping back in time to the days when hats were always worn for all occasions. I don’t know and can’t fully explain it, but it is there. Many times I feel like the wearer just seems to find a piece of herself that was missing and she just beams from the inside out. To me there is nothing more beautiful than empowerment of oneself through fashion. Hats make such a statement and the wearer seems to tap into some level of confidence that wasn’t fully expressed before. It is really satisfying for me to be able to help women discover these feelings through working with them to create or find that perfect hat.….Amina Marie

 Above Photos By Daniel

Amina Marie Hood of Amina Marie Millinery

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 my way. Give The SC an APRIL HAT ATTACK and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post. The link-up will be open through April 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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Back In The Swing Of Life

March 27th, 2017

Since I’ve had my flight into health,  I feel energized and ready to get back into the swing of things.  Daniel and I headed to the River North HERE area of Denver to explore the street art and other possibilities for backgrounds.  New street art and sculptures are continually popping up and the colors are magnificent.

I discovered this gold beaded gown at an estate sale last summer during the time that gorgeous blogger friend Jean of Dross Into Gold HERE was visiting.  When I did a quick “try on” of the dress, she mentioned that it would “shine” with a jean jacket.  Her brilliant idea has been brought to life with this post.

This jean jacket has been in my closet for many years after I purchased it at a Denver boutique closing sale. The sequin cap, rhinestone jewelry and gold trimmed shoulder bag are all estate sale finds. The black heels were discovered at a Denver consignment store years ago.

The ever evolving street art brings me back to this area again, and again, and again. In the midst of the self-expression of artists my creativity is heightened. It makes me feel inspired and more alive and it fit perfectly for today.

To be ill is to be forced into stillness.  There is sense of moving into the internal and distancing from the intense focus on creative projects, treasured connections and the rituals of my yoga practice.  Fierce independence suddenly transitions to needing help from others.  It is humbling and provides a contrast that reminds me that every day that I experience the precious gift of health is a day to be celebrated.

I wore this ensemble out to dinner with Daniel after our photo shoot, so it’s already had its first outing.  Since I have a weakness for gowns, I know it won’t be its last!

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.

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