Photo by Nelson Vintage Claire McCardell by Townley dress-gifted, hat-Diane Harty, shoes-Boston Consignment store, clutch bag and jewelry-estate sales. Nelson's friend of 38 years got married today. This is a friend that Nelson knew before he met The Style Crone. It was a wonderful celebration! Let's hear it for love and happiness (as only Al Green can express) and long term friendships! And new friendships too! And then on to another celebration for a couple from Kinetic Fitness Studio who are about to have a baby. This is the studio where Nelson works out and teaches a rowing class. The
Photo by Neva. Pink hat and sweater, earrings, bracelets-estate sale finds over the years. Nelson had his chemo pump removed today and laughter returns to the forefront. Everything is looking up! Time to drink in the warmth of the sun, the beautiful Colorado skies, and the abundance of life until the chill returns.
Photo by The Style Crone. We were very anxious before this chemo because of Nelson's elevated tumor markers. Again, taking photos of the Style Crone's shoes was the perfect antidote. The lab results indicate one marker up and one marker down. Which probably means a chemo drug change for the next infusion. Emotional turmoil surrounds the change. What new side effects will manifest? What is the meaning of all of this? Where's the antidote for this disease? It's a roller coaster and a marathon!
Photo by Nelson. Norma Kamali 80's long cotton leopard print shirt-gifted, hat-long term hat room resident, shoes and earrings-consignment stores, belt-estate sale, pants-Beyond Yoga. And again, Nelson is revealing a portion of his shoe and his jeans in the mirror as he takes my photo! The mystery man in action. Reporting from the front line! The SC doesn't usually like military or sports analogies, but somehow I can't come up with a better description for today's position. Sitting here beside Nelson as he receives his chemo, I look around at our fellow travelers. The most recently diagnosed have a look
Photo by Nelson. Vintage cocktail hat-Fashion Alley at Pier Antiques Show NYC, dress/jacket-Wardrobe Works consignment shop, rhinestone earrings-flea market. The summer was filled with memories and one of my favorite evenings was our date at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret. Lannie Garrett is a spectacular singer and performer, and she is special to us because we went to see her show on the night that we met. That was in 1977! The evening deserved a hat with a full face veil; The Style Crone loves to wear hats with veils at any possible opportunity.
Photo by Daniel N. The Style Crone is enjoying the final days of summer and attempting to provide outings for the hats that haven't made it out the door. This hat by the San Diego Hat Company made it "under the wire" and is perfect for errands and spontaneous visits with friends.
Photos by The Style Crone. Nelson's wrap job for the T-shirt that he designed was exquisite. He chose two scarves from the SC's inventory of hundreds and he mixed patterns, which I believe to be highly complex. The addition of the "bloom" was brilliant and I love the color combinations. What a way to wake up on a Friday morning!
Photo by Nelson. Nonchemo Friday morning presented another romantic moment. When I got up to get ready for yoga, Nelson was at the gym. Perched on the kitchen counter was a gift wrapped in scarves with one of my 60's flower pins attached. I opened the display before me to find a T-shirt with the message, "sc dictates....bloom where you are planted - jmkdesignstudio.com/stylecrone." I burst into tears with the awareness of Nelson's expression of love! The Style Crone is a lucky woman! Of course the tee accompanied us on date night, along with a 60's white/orange/purple silk beret which
Photo by Nelson. Went to tea at the home of a friend and experienced a Runes reading, which has had a significant impact on my thoughts today. I have many new and interesting concepts to meditate upon. I wore this long 70's sheer green Neusteters (a famous Denver department store no longer in existence I'm sad to say ) dress that I purchased at an estate sale last week for $1.75. Other outfit elements are from previous estate sales except the yoga wear beneath the dress. When I go to estate sales I put together clothing combos in my mind as
Photo by Nelson. Splashing into fall with color!
Last week at chemo when we learned that Nelson's tumor markers were going up instead of down I felt sad, fearful, and heartbroken. We received this news at about 10am and these feelings persisted throughout the time of his infusion; we returned home at 3pm. Upon checking my email I learned that Susan Froyd, Westword's Arts and Culture Editor, had posted a blog about The Style Crone on "Show and Tell" in the Arts section on Westword's website. This warm and interesting woman, who has the ability to create instant rapport, had interviewed me at the Modernism Show a few
Photo by The Style Crone. The Style Crone considers nail polish an accessory and every season is worthy of a new color. I read somewhere that older women should only use neutral colors on their fingernails. It's so much fun to break the rule if that is indeed a rule. I think we should do what brings us pleasure and the process of choosing a new color is highly entertaining. I do my research on the blog sites Refinery 29 and All Lacquered Up. The winner for Fall 2010 is a purple/grey combo by the name "paradoxal." Love the name.
Photo by Camille. Orange has been my constant companion this summer! The SC found this delicious 60's straw hat with scarf trim at the Denver Modernism Show and couldn't resist. I immediately favored her over all other choices in the hat room for Sunday brunch with my family. Only a few days of summer remaining and some of the spring/summer hats have missed outings, so there is much competition before the season change. "Wear me, wear me" is the persistent refrain.
Photo by The Style Crone. The SC needed a higher dose of shoe xanax for chemo yesterday. I took 18 photos of my shoes to come up with the correct representation of these teal and black sneaker/pumps. These shoes are very versatile and have the ability to go from day to evening, from a walk in City Park to evening cocktails without a hitch.
Photo by Nelson. I think this photo is a little blurry, but it mirrors our day. Nelson's tumor markers are going up, and that has never happened before during the time that he's been receiving chemo. The plan is to wait for two weeks when he has his next treatment, and evaluate at that time. Hopefully the numbers will move downward again. Needless to say, "concern" is the word of the day. My "chemo outfit" includes a teal 60's silk jacket that I found at an estate sale two weeks ago for a grand total of four dollars; the 60's
Photos by Camille. The Style Crone found this scarf at an estate sale last week. Actually, someone else found this scarf from the 20's and I was immediately in love with its beauty. For the first time, in many years of estate sales, I bought an item from another person during the sale and then paid the original price as I checked out. I REALLY wanted this silk chiffon "pale pink with flowers" piece of history to drip from my shoulders and it was destined to leave with me. I wore it to my friend's party the following evening with
Photo by The Style Crone. Recently on a Sunday Mr. Garden Intervention and The SC played in the garden and improved on a few dioramas. I found this distressed stained glass window at a yard sale for $12 and we found the perfect spot for it behind the Buddha of the Patio. The glass behind the Buddha appears to form a halo behind its head wear. I became aware that I see a subtle halo behind most head wear, or is that just in my head?
Photo by Camille. Date Night most Friday evenings since 1978 has been a ritual for Nelson and The Style Crone. It's a time to dress up and "hit the streets." I've never been a fan of "casual Friday." We used to go out dancing, but that's fallen by the wayside unless you know of a place that plays great R&B early on a Friday night. It was important for us to connect and have fun after a busy week of working and parenting and always something to look forward to. Romance is the spice of life and we continue to
Photo by Mimi. I found this long black Versace dress at a yard sale last summer for THREE dollars. You never know what treasure lies just around the corner! I love wearing this dress with my silver metallic head wrap by Maeve Carr, which was part of my hat shop's inventory in the mid 80's. Somehow this head wrap ended up in The Style Crone's hat room amidst several other companions that didn't make it to a hat shop customer's head!
Photo by The Style Crone. How do we love our aging skin? Is not fall as beautiful as spring?