Last week was Diana’s 60th birthday, and has become the tradition HERE in my orbit of friends, a croning ceremony took place as part of her celebration.  In honor of this glorious transition, The SC chose to wear the Lisogorsky elevated crone crown, which was purchased in NYC while hat shopping with the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas HERE.


The multicolored draped velvet chapeau immediately sparked a ‘hat attack.’  I know when I’ve been smitten by the beauty of headwear, and in this case I couldn’t possibly leave the shop without this hat in my possession.  Every angle has its charm and distinctive appeal.


I just happened to have a gifted vintage wine-colored silk velvet top with rhinestone closures to play with the colors of the hat.  The black background of the estates sale vintage pencil skirt, Fluevog boots and consignment store sleeveless turtleneck gave the hat its proper place as the focus point of this ensemble.


Photos by Kelsey


Diana pensively cut her birthday cake, adorned with feather fascinator.  Because every crone needs a break sometimes, Diana is taking a well deserved winter vacation.  She will be deeply missed!


I’m sure she will be trying out her new walking stick, decorated with meaningful trinkets from friends and family.

I’m taking the crone crown over to Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style. This celebration is not to be missed, no matter one’s age or choice of self-expression.




  1. Your velvet blouse and turban are just sublime! You and Diana both look incredible! I love your Croning Ceremonies, I can’t wait to have one myself! xxx

  2. Happy birthday to Diana, I hope she is having fun celebrating her Croneship while on holiday!
    Your hat is a stunning piece of millinery, the texture and folds and colours are beautiful, and of course work perfectly with the velvet blouse. Elegant and wonderful as always, Judith! xxx

  3. LOL! I could see right off the bat that that was a very difficult hat when we were in Gallery Vercon, but I had NO NO NO trepidation at all at your buying it. In fact, I KNEW you would have something in your wardrobe that would suit it perfectly, even not knowing what’s in your wardrobe. And voila! Here it is! Fab, Fab, Fab! – Valerie

  4. Fantastic look! I love velvet and love your top – it goes perfectly with your hat! Hope you had a splendid time 🙂 hugs, Beata xxx

  5. Please wish Diana a very happy belated birthday from me, and I hope she gets some much deserved fun, and rest, on her vacation. My God, that is one helluva hat, and few people would be able to work it like you can. I love the gorgeous silk velvet blouse (Puffed Sleeves!!).

    I think I need to plan a Croning Ceremony for my 60th, and of course, you must be included 🙂

  6. How wonderful to have such a community! Diana looks beautiful in her embellished jacket and I love her hair. I’m sure you miss her artistry but I’m happy to see you in all your glory nevertheless. 🙂 I totally understand why that hat had to come home with you.

    Much love to you and Camille, and anyone else you’d like to share it with. As we know, the more you give it away, the more you have. XXOO

  7. What a fabulous idea a Croning Ceremony is! You and Diana are resplendent in your beautiful finery. I adore that crown with the velvet blouse, they look as if they were designed for eachother and make you look positively regal!

    Thanks so much for your kind words on my news dear Judith!

  8. You look wonderful! That velvet blouse is just divine!
    This is the first I’ve heard of a croning ceremony – but it looks to be a very stylish and dressy affair – happy birthday to Diana.
    And thanks for your email – wonderful to hear your news xx

  9. The hat and the blouse remind one of Queen Alexandra: splendidly, regally beautiful.

    And what a marvelous feast for the eyes is that cake!

  10. Absolutely gorgeous outfit – so luxe in that velvet jacket and the Vog boots, and the crone crown atop it all! What a wonderful party outfit!

    I also like the candles in the colors, presumably signifying the decades, and the trinkets on the walking stick. Very special.

  11. Hi Judith!

    A happy birthday to Diana!
    Your chapeau! is divine Judith- The colors, fabric are exquisite, one my favorite so far
    And isn’t wonderful that you have that top, perfect!



  12. I, for one, am happy to see lovely Crones like you … it’s a word that needs taking back from our cultural biases. *Crone* is not synonymous with *hag.* No one seeing you in this beautiful ensemble could think that, and you are a living tutorial on why our maturity means power and glamour at it’s permanent zenith. I’m so happy to see longevity celebrations that are about much more than just another year or decade survived. No over-the-hill black balloons allowed. Every morning I am reminded of all those who haven’t had the privilege of making it this far.
    Know you’ll miss Diana for a little … and know you’ll celebrate her return. What a lovely event you made for her. Divine looking cake!

  13. That walking stick will be a protective force, what a great gift. Here’s to a fulfilling new year for Diana.
    That is truly a hat worthy of a coronation. Your top and hat look like they were made for each other, and then you spice it up with your skirt and boots. Beautiful!

  14. Beautiful hat wrap. And you just “happened” to have such a lovely top lying around to match it. Woman… Your closets must be bigger and more of it than mine. And I have a lot as you know haha.

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