Monday, 27 February 2012

Scr-e-e-e-amingly Red

I was inspired by Citizen Rosebud and all her capes lately to wear this vintage red wool cape. The days are getting longer and warmer and I won't be able to wear it much more this season. My friend took this pic OUTSIDE. (Thank you!) I'm putting this in Patti's Visible Monday. Purple and red, ouch!


Details of the outfit:

  • red vintage wool cape with faux fur trim from F as in Frank vintage shop on Main Street
  • thrifted D&G side-zip slacks - the stitching was melting away so I had to resew all the seams. The fabric is like a lightweight ski-pant alien poly. Ooo, love it.
  • long purple gloves from a neat boutique, I forget the name, but found the same gloves at Winners a week later for half the price! Rrrr.
  • another teacup case I made, details in photo below. I love the spoon in the lid but I don't use it much.  I bought that Spode cup before my mum sent me my other most beautiful cup from a great, great, great grandmother (it's in an earlier post with my babushka teacup carrier). Of course coffee tastes better in a teacup that you bring from home in a groovy case. O made the hardware for me.




And another outdoor pic because it's such a novelty! We thought that was another person in the background - it's my reflection. We laughed.


And another pic to show my pants! It's a weird pose. These pants look great with some incredibly high-heeled, black pointy shoes, but my feet said "Non! Non!" today. In this pic, the stripe on the pants looks spider-webby.


I seem to have a few thrifted D&G pieces in my closet and it got me thinking, if there was a Lemonade Guide for Used Clothing, D&G would not be highly recommended; it seems to lose its value very quickly - I have found many pieces at low, low prices. What do you think? See you again soon.

57 comments:

  1. Red and leopard is a classic pairing, but with purple?!! Divine!!! I love the energy of these shots as well; your smile is lovely. You look like you were having fun. Can I come with you?

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    1. Thanks, Jean, I'm on my way over to your place right now! There is sooo much more energy when I'm with someone to take photos, it's a luxury and it was fun.

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    1. I was just at your place and - wow!!

      Note to friends who drop by Bag and a Beret:
      I urge you to check out Jean's dress (which she designed and made)! The first time she wore it, Ted Turner got a real appetite. (ha!)

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    2. Actually, he just had the chicken. I'm not sure what his date had!

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    4. LOL!

      (I just removed your comment which appeared twice, but I didn't know it would show here!)

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  3. hi there! stopping by from visible monday. you are so quirky and i love it! the bright red, the purple, the leopard print - it's so much to look at yet it all works together! fantastic post :)
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    kym
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    1. Thanks, Kym. Happy to have you as a visitor!

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  4. I just love that teacup case you carry. What a cute idea to bring to a coffee shop so you don't have to use a paper cup. Very artsy and green of you!
    What do you use to cut the foam with? Are you selling these?

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    1. I think the case is made of wood and the lock even has a key, so it's sturdy (and heavy). I added velvet for the lining. It's a work of passion so I'm not selling them, at least not right now. But thanks for liking it and dropping by!

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  5. Hello Melanie! I love your look - what a fine red cape and the purple gloves are marvelous with it. My feet also say "non!" to me frequently : > Thanks so much for linking up with Visible Monday.

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    1. Hi! I never thought I would listen to my feet, but their voice is getting louder and louder... Ha!

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  6. When I saw the red cape at Not Dead Yet Style, I had to come see it - I love the purple gloves.

    I also spent some time browsing your YVR blog of street fashion. I'll be in Van next month - maybe you will see me and my dashing husband. :) I'm in Victoria.

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    1. Oh, Sheila, that would be great! Send me details before you come so I can "bump into you" for a street snap. Thanks for that positive feedback.

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  7. That is such a fabulous cape! And your teacup case is so creative.

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    1. Hi Narda, glad to see you here. I saw you at Patti's Visible Monday too.

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  8. Brilliant cape, and red goes so well with purple.
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    1. Thank you - yes, you understand that red and purple are good friends.

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  9. This cape is amazing! I love the purple cloves :) ♥♥♥

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    1. I'm glad you stopped by! Thank you for the comment.

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  10. Red and purple? C'est great! I wonder if I recognize that building you are standing in front of. Is it the Bay?

    Isn't it annoying when your feet say "non" and the outfit says, "mais, oui!" Why do the feet always win??

    Cheers, Rosemary from England www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.com

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    1. Hi! Good guess on location, I'm only one block down from The Bay - I'm on Granville between Dunsmuir and Pender, across from Holt Renfrew at Pacific Centre. Sadly, the feet do win with more frequency...

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  11. I love you red cape and your tartan pants!

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  12. Yes, I know all about the feet having their own opinions...
    Love these photos, Melanie, the cape is fabulous - red AND leopard print, a match made in heaven, with even more glamour in the form of your purple gloves!
    You are rocking those trousers too. xxxxx

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    1. That's such a lovely compliment! Thank you. I'm digging your '80s dress over there too - bat wings. mmm.

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  13. ok this cape is amaaaaaziiing... I wish I could wear it... :) big hug Melanie

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    1. Thank you, but it would be a shame for you to wear such a cape. You look fantastic without so much heavy coverage.

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  14. Your red and leopard print cape reminded me of Pippa Middleton's style! You look lovelier though:-). The checkered pants are so stylish, I have a similar pair but with smaller pattern..
    And what a cool teacup bag! You are so talented! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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    1. Oh, you! That is the sweetest thing you wrote. Glad you stopped by with so many great things going on in your life.

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  15. Yowser! You are fabulous! That cape makes me so happy and those trousers are insanely cool!

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    1. Vix, thank you! I'm in training to keep up with your groove factor.

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  16. Oh love, love the tea cup case!!! Elevating coffee to a memorable experience! KUDOS!!!

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    1. My coffee out is part of my inspiration ritual. And my caffeine fix! Thanks for dropping in.

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  17. That cape is ADORABLE! =)

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    1. High praise indeed - I just got back from your blog. Love, love it.

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  18. love your pants!

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    1. Thanks for that comment. Love your blog!

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  19. the poncho jacket is really great <3
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    1. I'm glad you like it. It would look much better in Milan!

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  20. Such a scrumpdilly-iscious cape--I'm a cape lover as well, there's something about wearing one that makes you feel like a heroine in a novel (Wuthering Heights, French Lieutenant's Woman, etc.), or channelling one's inner Sherlock Holmes. Posh purple gloves, funky pants--I would be putting you on my blog if I saw you! The little handmade teacup case is a great idea.

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    1. Oh, absolutely. The French Lieutenant's Woman? Love that movie, and I love to channel the scene where she's standing on a rocky outcrop gazing out to sea oblivious to the waves violently crashing all around her. Thanks for the visuals!

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  21. love the colour of the cape.xx

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    1. Glad you dropped. Thanks for your comment!

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  22. Oh my God I love this cape. And so perfect with those gloves.

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    1. Thanks, Lydia! I don't often wear the gloves, but when I do, I like to go all the way.

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  23. Red and purple - perfecto! And with animal print - divine! I am a cape lover and have an inventory from maxi to capelet. There are never too many capes in the world. I am of the opinion that they contribute to global peace.

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    1. Hello there! So nice to see(?) you again. Yes, I have seen a sampling of your magnificent capes! I agree that they contribute to world peace. Who could not love a cape? Even crusaders are caped. I hope you are having a marvellous trip, or if you're back, that you're ready to jump back into the fray.

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  24. The cape is just gorgeous! I need a close-up of the pants; is the white some sort of over-stitching. Love the idea of the tea cup carrier. Mine are so precious they never leave the house.

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    1. I fell in love with that cape immediately and at the time was wondering if I could possibly wear it. Now I don't want to take it off! The stripe in the pants is part of the weave of the fabric. And I completely understand about a mother's love toward her teacups!

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  25. Madame Melanie! I roared outloud when I saw you in that incredible cape! Then to see you were inspired by me? Ah, the flattery! The honor! Thank you. You look terrif- and I have a few great Spode pieces- I agree- coffee/tea/anything tastes better in those cups!

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    1. So happy you like my cape! I couldn't rock the socks like you did, so I had to settle for purple gloves.

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