Friday, 3 May 2013

Blurred image in black and white


What would give me away? A few stray threads? A hole in my tights? A stain on my hat?

Am I the crazy lady down the street or the woman from Paris here to approve plans for the new hotel I'm building in Whistler? If I walk with rolled shoulders, hesitant steps, and furtive glances, I'm on my way to a costume party, but with shoulders back, a graceful gait, head held high, and a ready demure smile, I am the mysterious woman with a story to tell. Who is that?

People who know me know that I am expressing my Paris self with one foot in the present and one in a romantic past, the dreamer, the impish idealist. People who don't can take their pick: crazy lady, sophisticate, perhaps an artist or all three. The tool box handbag might be just what it is - O's tool box with my things jammed inside. Or is it the latest "it" bag from Milan? One thing is certain: if there's a stain on my hat, it's a tool box; if I am impeccable, the bag may be $$$$ and the pearls might be real.


As I pass, I blur in people's vision, which is the best way to preserve a stereotype. Careful scrutiny would show the cracks in the image - dry hands without a manicure, a lack of makeup except lipstick, and inexpensive hair. But I am just myself and I am content. To my knowledge there were no stains showing but I did have a small hole in the toe of my tights. Any stray threads were also all on the inside, simple tickles in the seams. But who's to know that? I wonder what/where/who tomorrow may bring.

Details
  • high-waisted skirt with matching bolero jacket, thrifted from movie wardrobe sale, upcycled from a dress, I finished the bolero last night
  • tool box handbag, from O
  • wide-brim hat, San Diego Hat Co., thrifted, $7
  • tuxedo blouse, thrifted
  • pearls, thrifted
  • mid-heel pointy shoes and tights, retail

The weekend is here. Cheers! I had an immensely satisfying thrifting expedition with Sandra the other day, her first time out. I can't wait to show you the sweet spoils of our hunt. PLUS, today on the way to my coffee shop, I noticed that a pair of shoes I've had my eye on for months and months were marked down from $124 to $37. Bwa-ha-ha-ha!!...I knew nobody else in Vancouver would want them. So ba-bye sophisticated Paris woman - hello Thrifty Glutton! 

Hope you're all well. I'm doing the rounds, slowly but surely. Mwah.


28 comments:

  1. "But I am just myself and I am content." This is a lovely thing indeed.
    I love how you described things that might be considered less than perfect...a hidden fraying here or there.... The garment, it's history, and the person, somehow feels much more interesting.

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  2. Love. From every angle, no matter how many dangly threads. You are a little Parisian cray-cray doll. Perfect. ;-)

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  3. Fabulous parisina with a tool box, ahhhhhh
    So unique.
    XXXXXXXXXXX

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  4. Fabulous! You leave it to us to interpret, like a true artist. I see fashion wit and wonder. xoxoox

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  5. I am seeing an International Woman of Mystery. Beautiful, elegant, expensive, High Fashion/High Maintenance, slightly aloof and scary but oh-so-enviably-stylish.
    And then with the last photo, quirky joyful dancing Melanie returns, and I breath a sigh of relief!
    What an amazing outfit, love the refashion of the dress into a skirt and bolero, it's inspired. Great hat too.
    I often think I am at my best from a blurry distance. Up close, the wrinkles and stains and falling down hem and loose buttons and unbrushed hair are only too evident. But from a distance - I'm fabulous, darling!
    Looking forward to seeing what thrifting gold you found with Sandra. xxxx

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  6. Belle femme, the skirt and bolero are beautiful - you're so talented, and you must be so patient also!

    I love this essay, and I will read it again more slowly so I can savor it. It takes my mind beyond the mundane of thinking that I need to do the dusting today so that I can look at dusting in a different way, a movement of grace and particles of life sparkling in the air. I can't imagine you dusting or cleaning the house, but I bet you make a dance of it if you do!

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  7. melanie, crazy lady, you look amazing . i love this outfit and i love the stories, crazy, is so good. lucy

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  8. Loved this bit...

    "Any stray threads were also all on the inside, simple tickles in the seams."

    Your writing like your outfits are very fantastical.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  9. I adore how you converted the dress into a high-waisted skirt and bolero - fabulous!

    Snazzy in black and white, my dear.

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  10. you look fantastically awesome in your high waist skirt and tasty hat!

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  11. I think I should adopt "But I am just myself and I am content" as my new mantra. Such a simple, but profound idea that would remove so much stress from people's lives. This outfit is really striking, and I see you as the confident, elegant Parisienne on her way to her next adventure.

    I had a good thrifting weekend too, nothing really crazy or fancy, but some pretty skirts to wear to work. Can't wait to see what you found.

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  12. I do believe you are the French nanny we advertised for in the evening post. Marie Paupins peut- être? Is that medicine for the enfants in your tool box? Lovely. The children will be home from reform school any minute now...

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  13. Chic! Can't wait to see the thrift haul and congrats on that shoe sale!!!
    Becky :)

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  14. You're a monochrome marvel, very Parisienne! Love that hat.

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  15. Your post and your blog are fantastic!!
    kisses from Spain

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  16. I'm always impressed how you can show your inner self, or part of it, in your outfits and pics. When I feel French I only take a striped shirt. You are able to vary between all sides of Paris. Chapeau!
    And good luck with the shoes!

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  17. This is super chic, a little hint of Parisian style, maybe the muse of a tortured early 1900s painter. Bit of My Fair Lady there too . All wonderful. Love the futuristic element of the silver suitcase xxxx
    you are work of art dear!

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  18. Love this post - the outfit, the photos, the words, all of it - wonderful.

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  19. You look ready for a mint julep and the Kentucky Derby.

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  20. You look ready for a mint julep and the Kentucky Derby.

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  21. Fabulous as always.....Miss Melanie.
    When I read the thoughts on what you think your outfits relay I am always intrigued.....I love what you write. I wish I could put into words the same feelings I have.
    Thank you for being such an inspiring and creative lady.
    Here's to hidden holes and blurred images.
    Love V

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  22. Pairisian, artist--I think you are just FABULOUS!! you look like you should be strolling at the Kentucky Derby with the hoi-polloi!!

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  23. I would say you are an artist going to a vernissage!
    Love that black and white ensemble!
    Very pretty!

    Ariane xxx

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  24. "...I am just myself and I am content." Melanie, that's what I love best about you. And the fact that you're magic, of course.

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  25. Dry hands, a small hole in the toe of my tights... What the HAY!!! Do you have a secret camera in my room?
    :-D

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