Saturday, 25 April 2015

Going yin-yang in the alley

Of course I look serious - look where I am: stench alley! Would you look all comfy-cozy, ooo, why-don't-you-come-for-tea, if you were in stench alley? I think not. On top of that, I had to keep one eye on my stuff (five bars of nutritious soap made from goat dairy and grains, and new socks), one eye on traffic (although my shirt was a good substitute cone), and my third eye of loving-goodness-toward-the-universe focused serenely above this quagmire of shite (in all fairness, the alley was relatively clean).
Clearly, my style palate has been cleansed by my previous bout of minimalism. I embraced this assemblage of vitamin D whose yang-y bursts of colour found syncopated harmony in the alley's yin-y concrete squalor. This precision silhouette stance shows you the, uh, silhouette.
I fired the photographer, the traffic coning specialist*, the stylist, the garbage wrangler, and the location scout. I kept the gaffer - I'm really good at gaffes. *that's a real movie biz job, union wages
What on earth am I wearing?
  • flagrantly floral thrifted Versace pants
  • platform runners on super discount from Topshop (they don't offer so many huge discounts at my local store anymore; yup, they suck you in and then leave you high and dry, high and dry, my friends)
  • ruffled twisted citrus thrifted satiny blouse
  • magic loupe
  • thrifted shaggy green coat
  • my serious shady-day cycling sunglasses no longer used for cycling
The sun was like thin gruel off and on today, weak, beige, runny, lacking in nutrients, "Please, sir, can I have some more?" He said, "Eat your soap." Freak.


33 comments:

  1. You look good enough to eat! Coconut coated pistachio and tropical fruit slice! Forget the gaffer - go for the grip or the best boy!

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  2. Ooh I'm first to comment! I'm never first and usually overwhelmed by all the other comments that I give up with my paltry two cents worth!

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  3. You look great. Every girls have floral pants -I must have it now. Shoes too. We are like an army of woman's world. Well, it is wright. Kisses

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  4. Thoose pants and the coat are so great !
    Xxx

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  5. If you can't sing, you need to make a Milli Vanilli. W decide that this will be the convolute to the disc.

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  6. COLOUR! I can't help but think that pattern and texture and bright colour mixed in a glorious confection is your natural state. And grey minimalism just wouldn't be appropriate for Stench Alley, would it?
    Even as a confirmed non-wearer of trousers (unless they look like a skirt), I am coveting those floral pants, and the orange ruffles are a delight.
    We've got plenty of sun, I'll send you some. xxx

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  7. Seriously bad ass in your florals and fluff hanging around the alley and I like it. xxx

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  8. Floral trousers and fluffy jacket? Fabulous.
    Yup...keep the gaffer. If you need an animal wrangler next time, I'll come with the cat.
    xxxx

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  9. Let them eat soap, she said. Love this ruffly, furry, maximalist look. xox

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  10. That is one of the most fabulous ensembles I've seen you wear. (I think it's the way the coat and the jeans match!) :)

    http://theemeraldruby.com

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  11. that alley looks steamed cleaned! No trash, dead rats or unidentified items. You shine like a beacon.

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  12. Straight up EDITORIAL photo-shoot is what this is!!!! That coat ughhh love it! Very into those yellow sunnies.

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  13. Straight up EDITORIAL photo-shoot is what this is!!!! That coat ughhh love it! Very into those yellow sunnies.

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  14. I'm loving your fun and cool blog! I want that shaggy green coat! Great look and great pics.

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  15. You don't need any of those ungrateful, overpaid staff - you are a Schtar, and your own best stylist/photographer/traffic cone. My fave is the photo of you walking - it feels like you should be leading a parade of something (dancing rats perhaps?). Thanks for the smile and the chuckle on a Sunday morning.

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  16. You are electric! A tongue on a 9-volt walking around, bzzzt!!! The perfect glasses and generating your own nourishing sunshine to boot. Best alley-illumination I have ever seen. This makes me happy. xoxo

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  17. Is it Stench alley because it smells of wee? You're very brave!
    Oooh, HAPPY orange- you delightful traffic cone you (loved the comparison) - Versace thrifted? Wow. I was in a very posh thrift shop yesterday and I couldn't believe how expensive everything was- they had a Kate Spade sweater for £50!!!x

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  18. Someone seems to have gotten a bit of her blogging mojo back : ) You're out and about taking shots in alleys wearing Versace pants. That is some serious blogging shit there my friend.

    You are my hero.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  19. Absolutely fabulous photos, Melanie! And per usual you had me laughing - that last paragraph !

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  20. That top pic is like, totally like, soooo cool. No seriously. It's pretty bad ass.

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  21. You definitely brighten up the alley. Are you the shady dame of .... (I cannot remember the town. It was in a song in the movie Victor and Victoria by Julie Andrews. I love that movie.)

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  22. I'm a fan of alley shots, and you are the star of this venue. Every photo is a masterpiece, so obviously the staff is unnecessary! Magnificent in every way, as usual!

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  23. Traffic cone orange is a great colour on you, with equally bright lipstick :-) The Versace pants are fantastic, so perfect with the fluffy coat!

    I guess you didn't collect items for the Polyvore in this alley? Or maybe you did, and that's why it's so empty!

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  24. I was intrigued by the early reference to soap - and then BANG, that punch line! You are all textures and shades of brilliant.

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  25. All topped up on my Vit D for today and several days to come, thanks to you, you ray of sunshine, Mel!

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  26. You look FAB! That alley is so much better off for having you stomping through it. The trousers are particularly wonderful and zingy XX

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  27. flagrantly floral!!, love it!!, that's a great definition for a glorious piece of joy in the form of pants!
    and that shiny orange shirt!! love it too!
    Really, love your green and orange and colorful presence, dear lady!!
    besos

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  28. You look incredible and what a great choice to be artistic in…stench alley. Such is the stuff of life and you have the perfect outfit to experience it in.

    Accidental icon
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  29. It's always good to keep one's third eye on the lookout! :-)

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  30. I'm sure Dickens would be happy to see this reference and I'm glad you had stand up to the sun (that bully!) by creating your vitamin D and even more for generously sharing it with us.

    I absolutely love this outfit. The combo of those amazing Versaci pants and that gorgeous thrifted coat is pure perfection.

    I love your poses, the serious look in your eyes...and this wonderful text!!!!

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  31. Okay, I did not know what is "stench". Now I know! Live, read blogs and learn. I'm glad you cleansed your palette! You look like a genius! That's of course because you are! I tell my husband about my blogging friends all the time, and when I tell about you, I call you Melanie from the Moon. When I showed him this outfit of yours, saying "Now you see that she really is from the Moon", he said you'd fit right in in his office! Much love xxx

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  32. I always say that if at least one person doesn't give me a double take or look at me with a screwed up face, then I've f*cked up and it's time to go back to the drawing board because I failed. Heh.

    I have to say, if I saw you wearing this out on the street, I'd look, then look again, and then look one more time. This is magnificent. You're wearing some really bright (arguably whimsical) colors, but there's nothing all that dainty about this, IMO. You look strong, like a warrior. I love how you carry yourself in this outfit.

    - Anna

    www.melodicthriftychic.com

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  33. Great look! And I NEED that green coat. I'm a sucker for all things (faux-)furry and fluffy.

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