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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Shelley Of The Forest City Fashionista Visits Denver

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
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The City Of Toronto And A Blogger Meetup

Two weeks ago I accompanied Mr. J to Toronto.  He was presenting at a conference on aging, and I went along to enjoy his keynote address and to visit a city that I hadn't experienced before. I also had the pleasure of meeting up with two incredible bloggers that are not only gorgeous and stylish, but fun, creative, bright, witty, warm and interesting.  I had met Shelley of Forest City Fashionista HERE several times in the past, but it was my first time meeting the stunning Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo HERE. Gathering with like-minded people is the best part of blogging,
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Hat Attack #46 – Toronto Milliners

"Black straw widow pillbox with veil and large pink flower"....Karyn Gingras I was in Toronto for the past five days and returned home last night.  During my visit I found four fabulous milliners/millinery salons/shops/workrooms.  I was very impressed by the talent and skill of the milliners that I discovered and am featuring them on May's Hat Attack. The millinery world is filled with wonderful, bright and fascinating people.  I consider them all international artists and treasures.  Toronto's milliners are no exception.  I was welcomed with open arms and magic was in the air.  I was captivated by their exquisite work,
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Lilacs In Bloom

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
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Gratitude And Feathers In The Park

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,
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The Tulle Skirt And Blogger Fatigue

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
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Hat Attack #45 – Amina Marie Millinery

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
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Back In The Swing Of Life

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
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Novelty Bride Magazine With Brooks LTD

Thank you so much for your birthday wishes and your support around my illness.  As always, it's my readers and commenters who make blogging rich and worthwhile.  I'm feeling much better and ready to move into the next year with a renewed sense of appreciation for my health and my relationships. Over the past year I have had the pleasure of working with the talented Denver icon and designer Brooks Luby of Brooks LTD HERE.  I have been honored to wear and be photographed in many of her beautiful and unique creations.  Over and above the projects that we have worked
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I have always loved celebrating my birthday and the birthdays of loved ones.  It's the only day of the year that's dedicated to the life of the person of honor.  As I age, it has become even more important, as I feel fortunate to be living life to the fullest.  It's a privilege to be alive, as so many of my loved ones are no longer here. However, this year presented a surprise that I didn't expect.  I became ill seven days ago and yesterday was diagnosed with bronchitis. I don't remember being as sick as I have been over
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The Silver Boots And Habit Change

What do silver boots have to do with changing habits, you may ask.  And my answer is, absolutely nothing.  In my flow of consciousness, the two came together organically in one post.  The silver boots were purchased last spring at half price at my shoe repair shop.  It was one of those moments that produced a "gasp" when I saw them, and they have been waiting since then for the perfect outfit to enable their debut. I have no plans to change my habit of looking for and finding treasures in unexpected places, but I do want to transform patterns
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Hat Attack #44 – Heather Stoten Millinery

Today's March Hat Attack is an ode to Heather Stoten Millinery HERE. Heather has lived in Boulder, Colorado, for several years now, and I discovered her before my daughter Camille's wedding. She created the hat for my mother-of-the bride ensemble, and I have loved going to her studio, playing with her hats and chatting with her about headwear. Heather loves turbans and she created this beauty for me last spring, made from Silk Organza and Silk Dupioni draped over a light foundation.  I particularly love how the difference in fabric, weight and transparency look when blended together. Heather and her family
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Yoga, Tao Porchon-Lynch And The Opening Of The Heart

I mentioned recently on Style Crone that I was reading the book Dancing Light by 98 year old Tao Porchon-Lynch.  I have finished the story of Tao's incredible life and portions of the book play in my mind as I move forward. She is another reminder that aging is a mindset and that we don't have to limit ourselves at any age. Tao grew up in India and has been defined as a yoga master, actress, model, producer, dancer and activist. During her life she marched with Gandhi, put her life in danger as she participated in the French Resistance during World
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Mexico I Love You

Several weeks ago Mr. J and I traveled to Mexico for some warm weather and fun.  It was wonderful to escape the cold of our Colorado winter and to take in the colorful views and experience the warmth of the Mexican people. I didn't take photos of the sights, but I did keep up with Instagram along the way. Other than that it was a time to soak up the culture and be in the moment. The wind on a rooftop revealed the Caribbean Sea in the background and took my scarf on a ride. Photos by Mr J A
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Layers of Blue

This photo shoot was precipitated by a Monday morning jury duty experience. The Denver City and County Building and the surrounding area looked to be a location with endless possibilities for background opportunities. Everywhere I go these days includes a visual survey of my environment. The next day Daniel and I found ourselves back in the center of Denver, with its landmarks and historical buildings. I adorned myself in layers of blue, originating from Denver estate sales, a Mexican street vendor, a Paris hat boutique, a Minneapolis consignment shop and Target.  I have always loved diversity. The blue fabric toque
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