Sunday, 17 March 2013

I feel groggy...

...because that's the label of my coat.


My coat is a lovely shag carpet of delight by Groggy, very good for telling wind direction and as camouflage wear when stalking small cartoon prey. When I bought it the man behind me at the checkout said it looked like a Sesame Street massacre. Bwa-ha-ha.

Then today, an afterthought was expressed on-the-moment, which seldom happens. On my morning inspiration walk, strolling through a group of upscale, edgy, twenty-something men and women, I was suddenly bombarded by compliments on my style. Approbation from young people is very uplifting, so I smiled broadly and thanked them. Then, ten steps past, still hearing them in my wake, I stopped, spun around, and struck a pose. "How's that?" I asked. They laughed, I laughed. I thanked them again for their great energy, and continued on my way. It was a Moment.


The photo above shows my tool box for cosmetic and financial emergencies, my ghost-on-a swing pendant, and the magic loupe that O made me. You've seen the playsuit before, here.

Oh spring, oh spring... how I long for thee. Today was a wonderful harbinger of warmer days to come, sunny, bright, but still nippy, and downtown was crowded with festive St. Patrick's Day parade-goers.

Details
  • shag carpet green Groggy coat, thrifted, $20!
  • playsuit, thrifted
  • ghost-on-a-swing pendant, from friend Monique of little lamp sculptures
  • ankle boots, retail long ago
  • magic loupe, O made it for me
  • tool box, swiped from O
  • red beret, thrifted
Thanks for your feedback on helping to date the outfit in my last post. 
I hope you are having (had) a grand weekend full of pleasant surprises. I'm skipping over to Patti's at Not Dead Yet Style for some Visible Monday joy. I hope to see you there looking fabulous as usual.


47 comments:

  1. Melanie, I'm at a loss as to what to say. You are always incredible, always entertaining, always more...je ne sais quoi!!!! I bow to your splendor, wish we could hang out because I know you'd light up my day and make me laugh. I'm jealous of the young-uns who got to witness your saunter. Your shagginess here is splendiferous, and I saw the little box and thought, "OHHH MY GAWD!!" Utter perfection.

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  2. "Sesame Street Massacre," BWAHAHAHA! My first thought upon opening this post was "OMG a Muppet coat...COOOOL!!" This outfit is a work of art. No wonder the hipsters are in awe of you.

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  3. I once had a homeless man in New York look up from his cardboard box/home and tell me that he thought my coat was pretty so I know how you feel. Validation from the people that matter.
    PS you do look awesome!

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  4. This coat is FANTASTIC. Eek, so amazing! And I so dig the playsuit underneath. Love those great energy moments, particularly on the street; who could help but take notice of how very fabulous you are?! And the red beret is just the perfect topper.. :D

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  5. "Sesame Street Massacre" Isn't that an old blues tune?

    In awe. The colors! The textures! Delightful!

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  6. It is nice when young people can appreciate uniqueness. Or maybe they also thought you were a Muppet. I think you look like a field of poppies and gerbera daisies, wrapped in a blanket of early spring moss, and topped with a rose petal - you are a party of flora!

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  7. Love the bright print on the playsuit and the fingerless gloves-the shaggy jacket is fun-I'm really drawn to outfits with lots of mixed textures.
    Becky :)

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  8. oh my that is one AMAZING coat!!!! Its so well "cactus sheik"!!!! If i saw you walking down the street I would have run up to you and said how incredible you looked.
    Goodbye grey days.......summer is on its way.
    love V

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  9. Fabulous coat, I can see the Sesame Street connection (was Grouch the green one?), but in a good way! I love the bright colours of your playsuit x

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  10. That's a great St Pat's day coat - I love a big shaggy coat. Nice to hear of your moment receiving accolades from the young hipsters in the street, thoroughly deserved!

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  11. Gorgeous coat, rocking catsuit, fabularse you! See you strike a pose in the street would be the best thing ever. xxxx

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  12. You *thrifted* that coat?! Jealous, as it's so fabulous. I don't blame you for striking poses in it!!

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  13. You don't look groggy, you look shaggily, florally magnificent! That coat is amazing, and I am not in the least surprised that you attracted the attention of some uber-cool young things. The striking-a-pose story made me chuckle - that's how to take a compliment! A Great Moment to see you on your way with a spring in your step.
    Every girl should have a tool box, and a ghost on a swing.
    As always, you are an inspiration, my friend! xxxxx

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  14. I love the way you dress - it's fresh and lively and with esprit - and it is unique.
    Often it's the young people who adore courage in fashion - so they can see a sort of role-model for the time they will become old (not imaginable :-) - when I wore my really big fur-cap it were the Punks in the underground that said: "Wow - great cap!"

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  15. Great color and texture, you are inspirational!

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  16. Well, if your coat gets dirty, instead of dry-cleaning, you can always just vacuum it! It takes a certain woman (confident, thin, dynamic) to wear such a garment. I don't qualify on the thin part, so will leave any similar coats where I find them. Besides, who could copy you???!

    Much love from England,
    Rosemary from www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

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  17. That coat is freaking fabulous! It was meant for you to own and love and "vogue" in. Thanks for sharing it with Vis Monday, and sorry about the troubles with Disqus - I am going to have a stern e-chat with them : >

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  18. You are funny!
    Sesame street masacre!
    Yep that is a mean coat, perfect for you!
    I agree with you about comments from the younger crowd, very uolifting, i get it all the time since the pink hair decision, i'm so apparently cool! So are you!

    Ariane xxxx

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  19. In all honesty, I've never seen a coat like that before! You look insanely awesome.

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  20. Whoa someone skinned a Muppet and made an AWESOME coat from it!!

    I'll bet you stopped traffic in your all your shaggy psychodelic glory!! love the catsuit, too!!

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  21. I'm finally catching up with you, (and The Travelling Yellow Skirt Freak Show!)

    That coat is like an awesome Fozzie Bear. It looks so cosy. Love it!

    Annie

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  22. Lordy larwd! That coat is MAD and I am MAD for it! I love that you got some compliments from some young folks, you do have fabulous style and deserve every compliment you get! The playsuit underneath screams SPRING!
    XXOO

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  23. It's definitely a coat well appropriate for spring. Looks warm and cosy but also has the hint of green lawn covered with the last bits of snow, your floral jumpsuit is the perfect background and a promise that warmer days will come.
    They will I'm sure. You look fantastic, I'm not surprised people, young or old, admiring you.

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  24. Love your coat and fantastic composition, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  25. That coat is certainly visible! And I don't think anyone else can pull it off as you do! That sounds like a great moment indeed. I have recently found that in my office I am known as the 'girl who dresses a bit out there', I wish there were some more people who are appreciative of difference around here!

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  26. {Insert gigantic happy face here}

    Awesome coat! I can totally see you walking your walk with swag! And styled brilliantly I might add.

    It was fun in Vancouver yesterday! Perfect for a day of people watching, street food, and some shopping.

    Sue xo

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  27. Yea-ay: Sesame street unzipped! That is one fabulous coat sported by one fabulous woman. I've been trying to work out what else it reminds me of and have just realised that my grandma has a 70s shag pile rug that is its square cornered twin... I think I need to take inspiration from you and try throwing it round my shoulders. I SO wish I could see you strolling past.

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  28. WOWOWOWOWOW! Amazing stuff Melanie, your Moment was greatly deserved. Like you I am holding on for spring and for sunshine...

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  29. you always look amazing so I'm not surprised you got compliments. The Sesame Street Massacre coat is just fantastic. I love the jumpsuit and the tool box too. Strike A Pose xxx

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  30. That is such a fun coat - I can't imagine anyone not smiling when they see it! I used to have a light blue Groggy fun fur coat and always got told that it looked like I had skinned a muppet. It is always cool when your style is appreciated by the young'uns!

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  31. So happy to lay eyes on your genius once again. Intergenerational energy is a powerful thing, and you tapped into that with your pose and style. This outfit brings out appreciation by those of all ages. I am in awe of your Groggy cool!

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  32. The coat is so much fun! I love that you take the stuff that is wild and crazy, that I pick up in thrift stores and think about the previous owner and their wild life, and you turn those clothes into a new story and a new work of art.

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  33. The stars and the moon must have cooperated in some special alignment in order to make sure that YOU got this amazing coat. No one else could have given it such life and such style! No wonder those kids bowed down to your awesomeness!

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  34. Yeah, I had the same floral flash as Val! The kids really should freaking well appreciate your glory! Best descriptive phrase of the year: "when stalking small cartoon prey."

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  35. Oh my dear, you are magnificent status post your swoop down over Sesame Street. Don't you LOVE compliments from the younger crowd! I nearly fainted when a teen at my daughter's school said "you look cute." Normally the word cute doesn't do a lot for me, but coming from a teenager and having it sound sincere -- well, I'll take it!

    xoxo
    Lynn Dylan

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  36. i love your style. sorry i'm not in my twenties though.!! yes a compliment from the youth is a great addition to a day. love lucyx

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  37. UH is the sound of my heart stopping due to inability to launch myself through the monitor, preventing me from rolling around in that great green frizzly metal-cornered ostrich textured red-topped jumpsuited goodness. You are fabulous.

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  38. Dr. Seussian I presume. Well yes, I'm from a different era and never did watch Sesame Street. But surely the coat is a Dr. Seuss green? And you, of course, look magnificent embraced by it. And whatever could go better with it than a bright red floral playsuit with accompanying beret? A metal case, you guessed it! The places you'll go...

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  39. This coat is really stunning. It looks very comfortable and good for some chilly spring days.

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  40. Fab coat, Melanie, and amazing use of colour! Too bad the dork behind you had to be so rude - did you smile and ask which character? But how supremely flattering that a bunch of youngins complimented your style. Xo

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  41. wouuu, that coat is a wonderful piece, so chic and colorful than it deserves all that compliments!!, and you deserve them too, my dear lady, because you look simply gorgeous and inspiring!!, the red beret and fabulous color combo are just cool!!
    And I'm laughing a lot about that Sessame Street massacre man!! ;DDD
    besos & risas

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  42. Totally feeling the Groggy coat! I love vintage 90s style!! You can pull it off for sure!

    xo MakiMaki

    MakiMaki Vintage

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  43. Your photos always draw a smile in my face... are so full of personality and fun... always enjoy see you melanie, big hug

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  44. I just found your blog and I am so glad I did! What a fabulous outfit, that coat is a delight and that jumpsuit; my goodness! Amazing!

    Lally

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  45. The first time I read this post I had quite a MOMENT too, which clearly you supplied so generously to those praiseworthy kids! I had to have a lie down and process what I'd just seen. Yes, I'm groggy after seeing this fecktarsetic everything and I think I would move to the other side of the world in summer just so I could wear the Sesame Street Massacre year-round. Or at least lurk in shadowy doorways in the hope you'd walk past wearing it. Have an arse-squeeze on the house!! xoxoxoxoxo

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  46. "Groggy" is a LABEL! Well, it's a smashing one. I guess it could pass for a Muppet love child if found lying on the floor, but on you, you look like you're wearing lovely, messy, vivacious fringe.

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  47. Ooh, it WAS a moment! How marvellous! The coat is ALMOST as fabularse as Muppet Massacre... almost. Wind direction :)

    And holy YES, that jumpsuit and that coat together is a marriage made in Sesame Street heaven.

    Sarah xxx

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