Surrounded by flowers a block from my home.

Down the block under a canopy of trees.

Amidst mottled shadows by the white fence on the corner of my block.

Across the street and a few steps from my home.

Photos by Diana.

The cone hat with multicolored blue swirling straw fabric folds.

The vintage cone hat, vintage blue pin and earrings, and vintage cream colored fabric gloves – estate sales, vintage powder blue suit – vintage shop, cream colored leather peep toe pumps – purchased retail 1996.

The cone hat is a sculpture of multicolored blue splendor and had been calling for an outing for some time.  The hat room has taken up residence in the dining room for now, as the upstairs renovation continues.  This allows for closer scrutiny of long treasured hats that have provided pleasure when displayed, but are seldom seen by anyone but moi.  I recall wearing this ensemble out for an anniversary dinner with N in the late 80’s, with another pair of neutral shoes.  Warm memories surround the swirling blue energy of the cone hat, which reaches for the sky on a sunny day, as I walk through my diverse neighborhood on a journey of a only a few steps from my home.  Nothing like taking a favored chapeau out for a stroll, with a few photos to document the escape from construction concerns.

The SC resurrected the rose delivery service HERE as a birthday gift for a friend who’s a designer extraordinaire at Newberry Brothers Greenhouse and Florist HERE.  The outfit which had traveled through my neighborhood was my choice for the occasion.  My day had been stressful due to several restoration issues, but creating an outfit allowed the right side of my brain to play for part of the day. The smile on my friend’s face filled the room as I presented him a long stemmed red rose with gloved hand in the crone cone crown.  The gift was really as much for me as for him!

The cone hat is twirling over to Patti’s Visible Monday HERE and Monday Mingle HERE.


  1. I want your hat collection. Seriously how many do you have. All the ones I’ve seen so far are stunning. That suit is divine. Powder blue is so lovely on you.

  2. Stunning!!! That hat is a work of art, and the fit and cut of that jacket are divine. (And you’re right on trend with the peplum.)

  3. Love the idea of taking your hat for a walk! do you think they have hat walkers? cool.
    And such a gracious way to let the dust settle on renovation – donning an outfit for the day and strolling in the neighborhood. Cheers to you!

  4. The outfit is so exquisite and you do it more than justice with your radiant smile. I think your fans are in awe of how you put your clothes together with such style and panache.
    I would love to see more of your wonderous hat collection and would love to see a video of you. The pictures are wonderful but I would enjoy hearing the voice of my favorite Style Crone of all time!

  5. That hat is a masterpiece and thoroughly deserved an outing away from the renovations. Your fabulous suit reminds me of a peplum waisted one I loved back in the Eighties, it was loaned out to friends and flatmates for interviews and never failed but to bring the wearer success.
    I’d love to have seen your friend’s smile being presented with a rose from a beautiful lady. x

  6. An amazing, timeless look. Maybe the rose service should be resurrected to allow for more hat outings! I can only imagine what you’d have in store!

  7. Beautiful set, I love the color and shape. It’s a lovely outfit, a spectacular vintage, is a marvel of costume. And the hat? Spectacular, beautiful. A great proposal.

  8. What a beautiful hat and the jacket fits you like a dream. As I read, I was surprised to hear you describe the color of the jacket as blue…to my eye, it is the softest shade of grey and my absolute most favorite color.

  9. Judith, you look straight out of a movie in that outfit (some amazing black and white film set in the 40’s and your co-stars would be Rosalind Russell and Myrna Loy). That hat is too “Squee-worthy” for words.

  10. It is so stylish hat is the crown of the beautiful clothes it also seems to be fine craftsmanship. I’m not sure but is it buttons with fabric? it’s so pretty. And excuse my english I’m not sure it is correct, but I’m SURE you look gorgeous

  11. That hat is icing on the most perfect pose! This outfit needed wearing girl! You are rocking it! I love that this hat has brought you smiles! You look beautiful!

  12. Your crone cone crown is a stellar swirly corona – just the thing to ride that positive thermal updraft. When I see this beautiful baby blue suit I immediately think of movie stars in black and white films. Gorgeous.

  13. I was SURE I had left a comment here, but it seems to have disappeared… Oh well.
    What I wanted to say was wow, what a stunningly elegant outfit! I love how the colours are calm and quiet, to let the fabulously structured hat and the tailoring and fit of the suit do all the talking. Anyone would adore a rose presented to them by such a gorgeous woman! xxxx

  14. I wish I could tell you how many hats that I have in my collection! That would mean that I would be organized. Thank you for your comment.

  15. Wow Judith!

    I love your suit! the color is stunning and with that vintage cone it is simply fabulous

    Have a nice weekend

    Ariane xxxx

  16. Yay for peplum! You look like a movie star in your gray suit. If Hitchcock were still alive he’d recruit you for a movie. Your hat reminds me of ice cream.

    I’m sorry to hear the remodeling is causing some stress. That’s so typical.

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