Photos by Kathleen

It has become clear to The SC that the focus of 2012 will be health.  Health in all areas – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual.  If I’m not healthy how can I possibly see the world by hat shop and milliner?  I’ve decided that if I maintain this focus, everything else will fall into place.  So here I am, back at acupuncture, a healing modality that has contributed to my sense of harmony and balance for years.  Even in the most difficult of times.  The ensemble for this event, upon a black background, is a gifted vintage red wool jacket with houndstooth trim (reversible), Ella houndstooth fabric pillbox, and vintage long black gloves and jewelry.  What could be better for health than an outfit that lifts my spirits and takes me out into the ever changing world.

And that doesn’t mean that I won’t have a glass of wine!

Thanks to the beautiful and talented Sheila of Ephemera for including Style Crone in her Major Awards for 2011.



  1. Your goal of health seems to be about the smartest thing I can imagine. You are right, putting the focus there will make everything else fall into place.
    I’ve used accupuncture before and also found it very, very helpful.

    You are my inspiration to make time for yoga in the new year.

  2. Your focus makes complete sense to me. Thank you for the reminder. I really like your ensemble as well (maybe a closeup of the jewelry soon?).

  3. Health is our 2012 focus as well, emphasis on physical in our case, but also spiritual in the sense of sorting out people and experiences we want more of or less of.

    I have never tried acupuncture, it sounds intriguing.

    Your outfit lifts my spirits too :).

  4. Health, yes, it’s really the foundation. It’s my focus right now as well, and finding balance is part of that. Your red and black ensemble is very dynamic, very powerful!

  5. You look smart! A beautiful striking lady. Acupuncture. Like Susan I have never tried it and like Jean I agree about close-ups of jewelry. I love close-ups of jewelry.

  6. Of course. You are right. Without health, the many wonderful things we plan/long/hope to do and be are put on hold while we scatter around looking for fixes. Best not to break in the first place if that’s possible. Love the needles. Yoga next. Find a GREAT TRAINER (like your amazing daughter!) and breathe well.

  7. I have just discovered your blog, and I love your outfits…I am not a hat person, at least partly because I have quite a large head and so “one size fits all” hats absolutely do not fit my head! But your outfits are great and I sympathize with your efforts to move on after losing your husband….I lost my mom almost a year ago, & I know that’s not the same thing, but there’s still the loss to deal with & a “new normal” to get used to.

  8. I love the fact that this is reversible! Sounds like a good resolution–how often to the acupuncturist? And is there a milliner in KC you will visit?

  9. You look so vivacious in this outfit. I am always amazed at how beautifully each
    outfit you wear fits you. Do you have to do a lot of tailoring when you purchase
    your vintage finds? Please keep us in the loop as you focus on new ways to enhance
    your health and vitality. I learn so much from your blog.

  10. I love red and I love houndstooth so that is truly a wonderful jacket! It looks fabulous with the hat as well. It’s so easy to forget about one’s health and so I applaud your direction for 2012 and it’s a great reminder for myself too!

  11. You’re very welcome, Judith, and thank you so much for the link/shout-out. 🙂

    You look smashing in that houndstooth – utterly classic and classy.

    Health is an excellent theme for the new year for you, and for all of us! You’re so inspiring!

  12. Hi gorgeous Judith
    Yes health is everything!
    About acupuncture,have you heard about a natural face lift done with acupuncture?
    I go to my masotherapist often, these days for my shoulder but before the shoulder problem i went for lymph drainage, probably not the right term in english, in french it is drainage lymphatique,it gets rid of the toxins.

    Love your jacket Judith and your smile

    Ariane xxxx

  13. An excellent goal for the coming year, and I believe that a glass of wine now and then is definitely part of looking after oneself! Beautiful jacket, you look gorgeous, as usual…

  14. What a fabulous plan for the year, I’m so glad you haven’t ruled wine out. Looking after your mental and physical well-being has to include treats.
    That jacket is so lovely on you. x

  15. You look lovely as ever in this outfit.
    I am planning on trying acupuncture in the next week or so. It will be a first for me. I will also have my chi mapped. I look forward to it.

  16. Hi, I’m an acupuncturist and happened to find this page and I’m so glad that you use acupuncture for your health. Good luck! (and I’m happy that many people who commented also mentioned that they use acupuncture!)

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