Saturday, 28 December 2013

Capelet-under-cape capers

This is for Anne's 52-Pick-me-up: Holiday Ornaments and Mixed Metals at Spy Girl.


A demure school girl, I clutch my little lunchbox packed with airline drinkie bottles and leftover canapes (and nippies) squished in plastic wrap. Today on my way to class, Pole Dancing for Clergy 101, I had the above photo taken for my License To Wear (LTW) Class IV Pointed Collar Permit, having graduated from the compulsory one-month national intensive training course. Still in the learner category, I must avoid high winds and sudden spinning action for a year. 

Wearing:
  • thrifted vintage midi wool knit cape with Class IV pointed collar
  • awesome black lurex capelet, gift from the magnificent Curtise
  • thrifted blue lurex dress
  • retail bronze/black glitter tights
  • retail black glitter booties with vintage kimono laces (gift)
  • thrifted indigo beret
  • tool box handbag from O
  • magic loupe from O
  • thrifted long-sleeved black under-T

Did I pick you up? I picked me up! Good prompt, Anne; good timing too. I was feeling particularly shiny today with daydreams of popping nippies and cracking open baby champers under a dance hall glitter ball. Do you have an LTW or ever been caught without one?! 

35 comments:

  1. Ah Melanie this is a dazzler! I adore sparkly and this is an excitement to the eyes. I think this is my favorite outfit of yours. The cape is spectacular. What a surprise with the reveal of what's underneath.

    blue hue wonderland

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  2. You had me at glitter, but that cape...oh my! You are an enigma shrouded in a mystery.

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  3. sparkle, sparkle with a side of sparkle

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  4. Melanie, I believe my LTW was revoked yesterday. (See CMYK post: http://spygirl-amb.blogspot.com/2013/12/cmyk-day.html).

    So many shiny items! And the cape! I'm flabbergasted!
    The lurex tights remind me of a vintage Mary Quant pair that I had in the early 80s. Man, those things itched like the devil. Like poison ivy.

    Thanks so much for linking up. A joy to inspire you and have you at the party.

    Note: your Nippies link goes to a fur coat post on FCF. I imagine nippies are something edible? Like nibblies? Afraid to Google it -- I don't want to see boobs this early in the day.

    ps. Firefox crashed on me and I thought this epistle was doomed. It restored magically! Oh joy!

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  5. Isn't it annoying that you need permits and authorisation for nearly everything nowadays? Even to obtain a License To Wear (LTW) Class IV Pointed Collar Permit. When it is obvious that you qualify.
    This outfit works very well. I was quite surprised when I saw the whole outfit on photo number 3. (Nice smile by the way.)
    Greetje

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  6. What? No spinning? That is harsh punishment indeed. Bring your lurex and meet me behind the school playground for some unauthorized sparkly twirling! I won't tell.

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  7. Pole Dancing for Clergy 101?! OMG, sign me UP, baby!!!!
    Ah, glitter here, glitter there, glitter everywhere! Lurid lurex RULES!!! You are a vision, and then you top it off with a spunky cape of GLORY! Perfect.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  8. I have been looking for an excercise programme somewhere and feel Pole dancing for the Clergy is one I feel I can commit to - your cape is a blooming masterpiece and hides a lurex and sparkle treat, awesome indeed! x x x

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  9. Love your sparkle and smile.

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  10. Yes. You did pick me up! You never know what's underneath, do you?

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  11. Why I could just hang you on my tree with all your sparkle. Pole Dancing for clergy I think I saw a gang of these nuns who took your class roller blading through the Castro in San Francisco. Just saying' Have a wonderful New Years Melanie. Looking forward to more of your creative out of the universe fashion next year
    XXOO

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  12. Your shining layering makes my heart beat faster. you are such a treasure to have as a friend, dera Melanie.
    Much love and admiration.
    Slowly back to normal in the new home
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  13. Pole dancing for the clergy 101- You should give a demonstration one of those days! You come up with the most whimsical words. lots of room for imagination!
    Your outfit is shinny and sparkly to perfection, you only know how to brake the rules! Plus we got a smile, love this!

    Have a excellent New Year Melanie, do you celebrate New Year ( sorry i can't find the question mark on the new keyboard for my Ipad - I don't know why they make it so difficutl to find the friggin question mark!

    Love and hugs

    Arianexo

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  14. You are always a pick-me-up (you should really have a cocktail named after you, or Miz Bagg)! I believe that collar is a Class V pointed collar, not Class IV, but then I had my license revoked a few years back for denting a pedestrian with the point of my collar.

    Thanks for the link to the Nippies - spread the Nippie love! Happy New Year, my crazy-in-the-best way, excrutiatingly creative friend.

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  15. The format of this post is genius. First we have teaser detail pics (those laces are breathtaking) then... the full reveal! Then next, oop! All covered up.

    You are a high refraction index genius.

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  16. wouua, you're a glitter star, rocking all that shiny pieces and your fabulous cape!
    gorgeous!
    besos

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  17. You nailed it on the mixed metallic prompt! Lurvs it ~

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  18. You nailed it on the mixed metallic prompt! Lurvs it ~

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  19. Welsh Tweed! How I lurve it (and the lurex spectacular you've got going on underneath is pretty wonderful). Popping nippies? What on earth? My mind boggled so much I missed the pole dancing. xxxx

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  20. Welsh Tweed! How I lurve it (and the lurex spectacular you've got going on underneath is pretty wonderful). Popping nippies? What on earth? My mind boggled so much I missed the pole dancing. xxxx

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  21. WOW, the points on the collar are spectacular! No wonder a license is required to wear it - your description is fantastic. Your sombre tone reminds me of 1984, which I am reading at present. I don't think I have seen so much lurex and sparkles in one outfit before.

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  22. ooo lordy lord but you are SPLENDID!!!!

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  23. I lost my license to drink-caping as we call it in Oz,mI think you guys refer to it as CUI. The conditions of the probation is rounded collars only. I am so envious of those magnificent points. *sigh* one day ... This is the most fabulous outfit ever!

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  24. I lost my license to drink-caping as we call it in Oz,mI think you guys refer to it as CUI. The conditions of the probation is rounded collars only. I am so envious of those magnificent points. *sigh* one day ... This is the most fabulous outfit ever!

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  25. Hey! Those booties are even better than ruby slippers - sparkle, sparkle, shine! You're so ready for the impending new year...even if your classes aren't over yet! Just be sure to take a break and par-tay!

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  26. You picked me up! You are so wonderfully sparkly! That is a fantastic cape!

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  27. One of my fave outfits of yours- which is saying a lot because you have lots of great outfits! LOVE the big pointy cape, the many sparkle and the way you make those trendy shoes look way cooler than they deserve. You truly are a stellar styler!

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  28. So much sparkle, I need shades! And then your oh-so-demure Welsh tweed cape, what a beauty. Pole dancing for Clergy indeed - I imagined they all knew how to do that already. Especially the nuns. Can't wait until you progress out of the learner category - I am looking forward to the spinning, high winds optional...
    I think anyone who has been featured in, or indeed read, VOGOFF, has an LTW. Perhaps the next issue should have one as a free gift on the cover? Better than a lipstick! xxxx

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  29. Who's my little disco ball of joy?? YOU ARE!!!

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  30. I love the mix of fabrics and how you look so glamourous in them!

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  31. I need a glittery caped Melanie ornament for my Diva tree!!

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  32. ...or a Melanie Action Figure that you can dress in the wildest combinations imaginable...uh-oh I have an idea.

    Definitely one of your most fabulous ensembles/ story lines - a top 10 for sure. Everything is nirvana, man.

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  33. woooow i love this glittering and sparkling fabulousness and gosh that cape is a dream!!!
    you are really one of a kind!

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  34. i love love love your style:):):)
    ♥birgit

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