Friday, 13 June 2014

Search words: Egypt, zigzags, oil rig, Pao


This is how I walked downtown today, like an Egyptian hieroglyph. "No drama here, everyone. Thaaat's right. Move along. Resume your usual activities. Move along," yelled the strange man who had joined me out of nowhere to direct traffic with these scripted lines I had scribbled quickly as I ran out the door. Walking like this is serious business and I was glad of the help. When I returned home I spent several hours by the pool nibbling nippies (last eaten here) and imbibing martinis to regain my strength for a fancy dress ball on my favourite oil rig in the Bering Sea later this evening.

Naturally, amazing things happen when you wear amazing clothing like this fine gown courtesy of gob-stoppingly talented Pao of Project Minima, and her mother who used to wear it and who sadly passed away not long ago. The magic of Pao's mum still definitely inhabits this dress, made by Paul Stanley of New York - I have never had so many compliments on a dress before. EVER!

The dress is a vanilla-coloured knit with brown zigzags and a huge chocolate velvet bow belt which fluttered wonderfully in the light sea breeze. I'm also wearing my thrifted D&G shoes, blue paisley socks, and wonder-butt Italian pantyhose. I first wore this dress here, Kiss of the drunken spider woman.
The dress in motion, above, so much better than static. The first and last photos, set in my garbage room atelier, are from a video clip so they are slightly grainy. That's my new haircut too - I had to say good-bye to my Warholian locks which were starting to curl at the nape of my neck. My grey hair blends well with the platinum but soon I'll need more decolouring as well. Life is an unending rhythm of sloughing and shedding and changing colour, with drooping. [Edit: I put on my cartoon face later in July]

I think I'll link this one up to Patti at Visible Monday, unless I post again before then. Who knows? Walking on the wild side, we tend to live one. day. at. a. time. Achoo. I'm finally able to get back into making the rounds so I'll see you soon!

25 comments:

  1. You look fantastic and that really is an amazing dress she passed on to you xoxo

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  2. Stunning dress! It was made for you. I agree platinum is great for mixing with the grays, I'm doing the same myself. You look fab in this dress.

    blue hue wonderland

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  3. ohhh you look sleek and dangerous! I would expect you to roar, meow and purr all in the same evening.
    xoxo

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  4. That is one freakin awesome* dress. Its force-of-naturism matches your own.

    *as the kids used to say, oh about 20-30 years ago.

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  5. that dress leaves me speechless, it's incredible

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  6. What an incredible dress! You look freakin' awesome (erm, Val, *I* still say that...).

    You look like a lamp base, and I mean that in a fabulous way.

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  7. That really and truly is a magnificent dress. You are a vision. Mmmmmmm nippies!

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  8. Arggh, all the zigzags are making me motion sick! Stop moving I say, sit still! You are a kaleidoscopic vision in your garbage atelier. Probably best to lie low, you might slay the rest of the population with your fabulousness.
    Visible Monday indeed!!!

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  9. Wow - all the cops in the donut shop say ay-oh-way-oh. Fabulous dress, Melanie, and great pics. xox

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  10. A vanilla and chocolate confection that is oh so delightful! That dress has Melanie written all over it (I bet it does - look at all the M's) and Pao picked the right person to give it a second life. I'm sure her mother is smiling!

    Which oil rig is your favorite? I like the one closest to Adak - they have the best crab nippies. The "cheese" on top is really puree of squid, fermented with walrus spittle and barnacle juice. Quite tasty!

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  11. That is an amazing dress and you rock it! What a lovely gift.
    I like your fun hair - it's punky and cool.

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  12. Lovely motion and friction going on in here. It must feel fantastic on! The fact that it's chocolate and cream makes it even more delightfully delicious!

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  13. Mom would be so proud. There you are all across the universe showing off her fashion sense.

    And now let's hit it:

    Everybody's doin' a brand new dance, now. Come on baby, do the Loco-motion. I know you'll get to like it if you give it a chance now. So come on, come on, do the Loco-motion with me. You gotta swing your hips, now. Come on, baby. Jump up, jump back. Well, now, I think you've got the knack.

    yeah.

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  14. That dress is fabulous, what a wonderfully thoughtful gift from Pao! You and her Mum must have been identical in size, that maxi was made for you! xxx

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  15. Vanilla + chocolate = scrumptious.
    What a beautiful gift; it radiates 'look-at-me-ness' - and we we do (look) and you look amazing, as Pao's mother must have done too.
    How was the ball in the Bering Sea? (That would be a ball bearing then?)

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  16. That really is the most amazing dress, Melanie, how lovely of Pao to share her mum's wonderful style with you. Loving your hair, and the whole supermodel vibe! xxx

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  17. I can understand you got so many compliments. My word... What a dress... What a figure... What a sight. You turns heads all the time I am sure. But this time it must have been a va-va-va-voom turn.
    Like your hair too.
    Greetje

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  18. By the way... "wonder-butt Italian pantyhose"?
    Must try that.
    Greetje

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  19. "Walk like...an Eeeegyptian"! That is one fantastic fantasy of a dress, and I'm sure Pao's Mom would love to see you zig zag your way across town in it. You look 8 feet tall and are obviously a force to be reckoned with.

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  20. That dress is so perfect for your tall glass of water figure. Love the hair too.

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  21. This dress is magnificent. It looks fantastic on you.
    I love your edginess and your philosophy of living outside the lines. I look forward to your next post.
    Found you on Visible Mondays. Cherie at stylenudge.com

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  22. You look so grand in that long, lean beautiful dress that I consider it a privilege to know you.
    What a lovely creature you are!

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  23. Pao's Mom's dress is breathtaking on you! You give it a new and thrilling life. And your new hair cut fits perfectly with its stylish grace.

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