Thursday, 7 April 2016

Yellow Skirt Freak Show Update!! And shopping therapy

Shopping as therapy? Best medicine around for a silly week of highs, lows, and loop-de-loops. Hm, what do we have here? Mega-jumbo pills, jumbo pills... Weeny pills? Pfft - not unless they have enough carats in them to fill my sick appetite.

First dose: vintage faux suede animal print fringed jacket with zip-outable faux fur lining. Grrrr! BAAA! Chomp chomp chomp - animal print eats lamb. Oh, did I say I only paid $20? Bwahaha!! Belch. That mega-jumbo pill went down real nice. Especially with a couple mixed metaphor chasers. Mmm. Sweeet.


But no! Oh no! The mega-jumbo effect is wavering! Quick, more meds!

In the nick of time, heavens almighty - it's a new thrifted faux brocade gothy jacket with silky purple lining, lace-up back, and tails. For the low, low price of $32. Why, that's a whole wheelbarrow of feel-good therapy! If I don't put a stop to this mega-dose madness there's a good chance I'll be cured. Noooo!


Barefoot photos are best. Especially on a super-soft blankie. Lipstick and big hair, yup, that'll do. Plus, going shoeless on my snowy blanket means I don't have to disinfect my dark soul soles first.

Speaking of CURES, it's time for a Travelling Yellow Skirt Freak Show message.
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The Forest whispered to Her -
Sssssh. Ssssh.
Come, come, bring your magic and
that friggin' Freakish Yellow Skirt.
Hahaha-ha!!!

Ghislana of
has cast a SPELL
silence, poems, musings
DANCING
Join her
Go! GO NOW!!!

Thank you, Ghislana, for joining this travelling show! Her photos and addition to the skirt are magic. And, if you haven't seen it yet, previous FYS stylist Beate has posted all the artworks that have been added to the skirt as of March 2016. You can see them here. Thank you, Beate! 
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Now that you're refreshed, let me drag you back to the pit of Healing through Debauchery. It's the title of my latest book.

Leaping lizards! I'm definitely hopped up just thinking about that removable faux fur zippered lining. Ooooh, yeeeeah. Nyom nyom nyom.


As for the flouncy jacket, I'm not particularly gothy style-wise, but when that psychedelic angle hit me, s-w-i-p-e, MINE! Trippy! Minuet and rock 'n' rock. Dual impossible! Like how the same vitamin can come in coin-sized chewables and guinea-pig sized missiles. Choke on that, you grammarists! Who made that stupid mixed metaphor rule? I smash it joyously.

Speaking of minuets and rock 'n' roll, such sad news that Patty Duke passed away, right?


I bought that ruffled blouse at a thrift shop a few years ago and the green corduroy bell bottoms this year. The jacket sleeves have long slits and often the ruffled blouse sticks out to create a marvelous dunk-in-my-coffee, wipe-the-table-unintentionally, unpaid-cafe-helper effect.


Yes, both of the jackets are physically ample. But they fit. Just fine. These mega-jumbo pills perfectly play out the adage that one must buy quality pieces, like these, that fit well.

You may notice that a few fringes are missing, no doubt lost valiantly in battle, but that's why I love this piece even more. Quality comes in countless levels of perfection.


Well, I'll say, this therapy is working just fine. Pills and lambs and drinks and wheelbarrows and dish rags and guinea pigs and missiles. AND Ghislana in the Freakish Yellow Skirt here. Did I miss anything? I'm sure I did, so I'll have to go buy something else again next week right away.

Tah-tah. Back to normal(ish) life. Aaaah.

Thank you for your comments about my Model Life. Hahaha!! So much fun. Claire, Katrin, Vanessa, all of them are superstars! But I'm happiest in the alley.



59 comments:

  1. LOVE. That red shirt, that goth jacket. Them together making crazy!! It's very Byronic. Divine.

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    1. Oh, shall we go out for some absinthe? And read dark poetry? No, you can perform the poetry in your show. And sing it too. Thanks, Maryanne, for adding to the splendour.

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  2. Fringe missing? Sounds like a job by/for Officer Vizzini (he investigates his own cases). "I see no conflict here, ma'am." That fringey jacket is spectabulous! We should have a fringe-off with my pink suede tentacle jacket!

    I am slobbering all over my keyboard over that gothic jacket - it is so amazing. I had one of those Mrs. Fawlty shirts and I swear it was taking over my body - so many ruffles!

    You are the schtar of schtars! Going to check the yellow skirt, stat!

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    1. Officer Vizzini. Hahaha? Didn't they make a movie about him? Cat Day Afternoon? A fringe-off would be fun.
      I thought of you when I saw the jacket, no kidding. You look great in this colour.
      So glad to see you, Sheila.

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  3. purple jacket, I'm in love with the purple jacket

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    1. Oh yes, PURPLE! And to think I NEVER used to wear purple. What was I thinking? Happy to see you.

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  4. Best kind of thereapy EVER! The only thing missing is maybe a few crazy gal pals (like myself, haha). That gothic jacket I just may have raced you to and I can be pretty dang quick when I need to be, its fabulous! And one of my top ways of pairing purple-with chartreuse, but then you used that brillian Mel brain and added to pop of red ruffles or is it fuscia? Well, its great!

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    1. Now that would have been the best-ever thing - have a bunch of girlfriends along to yack with and swap duds with and then eat and drink with, most of all to laugh with. We'd have brawled over this coat for sure. We would have had to call Officer Vizzini. Heh.
      Oh yes, I love chartreuse with purple too, but these ruffles were too good top pass up. I'd love one in chartreuse too.
      Great to see you, Trina!

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  5. Oooh, you look like Doctor Who in that frilly shirt!!! You should be the next Doctor after Peter Capaldi- truly, you would be a brilliant Timelord!!!!
    xxx

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    1. YES! YES! A Timelord! I do believe you have identified my next calling, Kezzie. Thank you so much. No more sleepless nights wondering, wondering. Hahaha.

      Thanks, Kezzie, for your brilliant idea.

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  6. And I loved the yellow skirt in the Forest!!!

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    1. I know, she really capture some magic there, right?

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  7. Hope all is going well, Melanie. After a big high, I usually get a big low...I should try some thrift-store therapy next time. Both of those outfits are super-rad - I esp like the purple/green/red one! And I agree w/Kezzie - you should be the next Doctor!

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    1. When I originally wrote this post I included a couple lines from the Thompson Twins, "Doctor, doctor, can't you see I'm burning, burning..." Heh. I just wasn't picturing the right doctor.
      Thrifting is good for a temporary fix, but only if you don't spend a lot and can follow it up with chocolate and good coffee or a favourite pastry. Heh.
      Thanks, Carol, for your comment.

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    2. Now that Thompson Twin thought is cooly weird and time-lord-ish!
      I vote for Melanie.
      Have a great weekend - it's gonna snow here...yikes!

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  8. Sometimes I really don't know what you're talking about. Good thing your posts are illustrated! I just lurve (British spelling of loooove) that frilly bar-towel blouse and the gothy jacket and the trousers. The colors are divine, and your hair is divoon. Yes, Patty Duke and her identical cousin are both dead, along with half the population born in 1946, it seems. I guess you really can't do lots of sex and drugs and rock-n-roll and live forever.

    You as the new Doctor! I'd actually watch it then!

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    1. Hahaha! That's the key - keep them guessing.
      I don't know, seeing Keith Richards, maybe you can do lots of sex, drugs and all the rest and live forever. The key is EXCESS.
      I'm sure my family would be so proud if I were to become a doctor. Heh.
      Thanks, Val. Hugs to you!

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  9. Oh Mel, you are such a gorgeous model wearing these trousers and jackets...;-). And I'm so happy to be here, too, with - for a small time - "my" yellow skirt in the forest... Thank you - Ghislana

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    1. Oh, I am so happy to have you with me in this post, Ghislana. You look like magic in the forest, and I'm so glad your son participated too in taking those inspiring photos.
      Thanks so much for joining the Travelling Yellow Skirt Freak Show!!! xo

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  10. Wooohoo you look great in both Outfits. Shopping is always better than great-round-pink-pills :)
    Doctor Mel! yes I watch it, too. Supermagical. Or the wizard of Oz?! Minuett and Rocknroll, perfect assoziation.
    I need more englisch words, I don't know, for your stunning posts.
    Have a great weekend

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    1. Dressing to feel great always made me feel better about myself in general and thrifting is the cheapest prescription.
      Hahaha, yes, Doctor Mel, what would the world be coming to?! How much fun that would be!
      Thank you for your comment, Tina. It's not the words; it's your thoughts that count.

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  11. Catching up on my blog reading and you are always at the top of my list of to reads. You never fail to entertain me, bless your cotton sox and thank you. I adore both jackets and how you just put an amazing outfit together with you new to you piece of clothing. Shopping is like laughter, the best medicine, especially if you do both at once!!

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    1. Yes, yes, yes, you know as well as I the healing powers of thrift shopping, especially with a friend. You have your doctorate in the field and are an expert in laughter.
      I'm behind on my blog reading, AGAIN. But I appreciate your dropping by here, Sue. Thank you so much.

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  12. Quite bonkers, quite wonderful! Love your style.

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    1. Bonkers is the only way to survive in this wacky world. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  13. mel the glam rock queen!!!!!
    sometimes i wonder who owns such marvelous pieces first time? do you see such on the streets of your city? or has the 2.hand shop a direct line to vegas/hollywood???
    once there was a pop up store in berlin that sold norwegian vintage - it was like wonderland! not overly fancy stuff - but QUALITY! sweaters, furs, evening dresses to swoon..... norway is a rich country. with style.
    thanks for linking!
    much love! xxxxxxx

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    1. I almost never see the high-end expensively but cool designs on the street. NEVER. I often wonder how those stores stay in business. I suppose I run with a different crowd. Heh. I heard a rumour that some shops import from Texas area. I know that several just put out what they receive in donations - I've seen my own pieces on the racks again. And I heard that all the really good vintage goes to the UK!!!

      Norwegian vintage - WOW! That would be such a treat! Oh yes, the quality would be amazing. Wearing those pieces you would feel like a queen.

      Thanks for your comment, Beate! And your FYS photos.

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  14. Should the vintage faux suede animal print fringed jacket with zip-outable faux fur lining meet the travelling yellow skirt - there will be consequences. Oh yes.

    I shall try debauchery therapy in respect of my modern mystery illness. I'm busy making man-robe bustles by flinging the length behind me (once wearing), tying the belt half way down the length and poofing the fabric up around the hips. Someone needs to invent clothing hairspray.

    You look terrific - esp in that last photo where you are wielding the remote like a Bond villain.

    Sincerely

    Elaine Monkeypaints

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    1. I would like to see those consequences. I would also LOVE to MC a fashion show!

      Clothing hairspray? Hahaha!!! I'd buy it. Your man robes sounds awesome! Sorry about your mystery illness. Get out there with some serious debauching.

      And I love how you see a Bond villain in the last photo. I was feeling particularly villainous that day.

      Thanks for your comment, dear Elaine.

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  15. I'm happy to see the Freakish Yellow Skirt on the road and making new friends again! I've been watching the HBO series "Vinyl", about the music industry in the 1970's, and both of these outfits would fit right in with the show. I like the idea of some of the fringe being lost in a skirmish. Purple, Fuschia (or is it red?) and green is a fabulously psychedelic combo.

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    1. Yes, I think the jacket has seen its share of bars. It doesn't smell foul, thank goodness, but I think it has led a very interesting life that will maybe rub off on me. So far, so good.

      The skirt always seems to be in such good hands. I'm so glad we put her out there again and am still immensely thankful for your huuuuge role in her journey.

      Thanks for your comment, Shelley, as always!

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  16. That purple jacket is amazing! It's perfect on you.
    Patty Duke died the day after I watched Valley of the Dolls. It weirded me out.
    Thank you for always being so inspiring!

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    1. Okay, that's weird about your timing with the movie and her death. Talking about pills and vitamins in this post, it occurred to me that I could make a reference to Valley of the Dolls, but didn't. That was a good movie but I always think of Manson when I see it. Gaaa!
      Thank you for your comment, Bobbi!

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  17. Oh gosh... this post stretched my knowledge of the English language. But that is a good thing. I am still trying to sneak "persnickity" into conversations haha.
    Had to laugh over "a marvelous dunk-in-my-coffee, wipe-the-table-unintentionally, unpaid-cafe-helper effect". I love the purple and red. The shapes, the colour. OK the green is pushing it a bit for me. You would completely disappear in my living room as that has all these colours. Have you ever seen my living room? (if not, type in colourful living room on my bog in the search box top right).
    Love you, you mad woman. And shopping is a very good therapy for me too. Now I am off to see the yellow skirt styled in yet another way.
    Greetje

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    1. I LOVE your living room, Greetje. I remember your photos well. And you clearly know the benefits of shopping, especially with friends and big laughs. I loved spending time with you in Vancouver!
      I know that I twist words and sometimes make them up. In my next post I'll include a glossary at the end.

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    2. I saw the glossary in your next post haha. It killed me laughing.

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    3. I put it especially for you, dearest Greetje! I knew you would get a laugh.

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  18. How fabulous you are, dear Melanie, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Such an artist after my own heart
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. You are the queen of style art, Sacramento! I follow your lead always.
      Hugs. xo

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  19. Always interested and always smile!

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    1. I'm not sure if you are a person or a store ad...so I'm not sure how to respond to this.

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  20. YOU are the medicine for the blues or the blahs. Although if we can't have you all the time, that purple jacket might be alternative therapy. Creative, gorgeous, out of this world - you Canadians! What's next? A hunky prime minister? Can you come to Toronto in June??? xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Oh man, I would LOVE to visit Toronto in June. You guys will have an absolute BLAST! My work is too heavy at that time, alas. But I count of seeing the evidence, EVIDENCE of your debauchery.
      Yeah, we Canucks have an inferiority complex living next door to such big neighbours. That's why we're so weird.

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  21. Yeah, damn! What HAPPENED this week? All the drama I would love to avoid for the rest of my life came raining down. And what alternative to debauchery. None, sadly. Or happily, because debauchery feels good! While you're doing it.

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    1. Yes, it's the day after the debauchery that's the kicker. Read my next book, The Day after Debauchery, for remedies, basically, double debauchery, and so on... Heh. Sorry you've had a crap week. I hope this week is looking up - it can't help but do so, right?
      Hugs, Connie. Thanks for visiting.

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  22. Unf, that jacket is deliciously awesome.

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    1. Yunh, I lurve it!! Thanks for dropping by, Megan!

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  23. "Quality comes in countless levels of perfection."
    You are my Happy Pill. More! More! I'm addicted.

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    1. Oh yeah, I love that line I wrote. Heh. It seems to apply to more than just clothes. The tatters can be so wonderful.
      Would that be a guinea-pig-sized missile Happy Pill perchance? Heh.
      Thanks, Anne. Mwah.

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  24. Fabulous finds - my favourite is the gothy jacket - it's purple!! Yes!! You look lovely in both outfits and I think the red ruffles work so well with the gothy, purple wonder. You look like a female dandy!

    Have a great week

    Veronica
    vronni60s.blogspot.com

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    1. You know, I never, NEVER used to wear purple and now I see it everywhere. My friend says it's an age thing. Is that TRUE?!! I love that you see me as a female dandy. I like the word fop as well.
      Thanks, Veronica, for this lovely comment.

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  25. Thrift shopping in your neck of the woods reveals a whole different calibre of finds compared to here. Awesome hauls Melanie, styled to look mega awesome. Am currently taking some of your prescribed meds in a splurge in the northern city of Harrogate, but have yet to hit a seam of riches like yours.
    Anna
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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    1. I hope those meds work out for you, Anna. Heh. You know how it goes, you hit the jackpot one day and you go dry for weeks after that. Good luck in your mining! You always manage to find incredible pieces and then style them to the max.
      Thanks for dropping by and your comment.

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  26. You look like a flower in that second photo. A very groovy flower.

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  27. Heh. The petunia in the onion patch? Thanks for visiting here, Hollie.

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  28. wouuu, love to see all your ruffled, fringed, striped and colorful fabulousness, particularly that purple jacket!, purple brocade with fab sleeves is always a good idea!, and your ruffled shirt, and your green pants! (I'm enthusiastic!!, hurrah for shopping therapy!)
    besos

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    1. Ah, señora Allnut, I know that you can appreciate the healing powers of shopping therapy as much as I do. Plus, you sew! That's also a good pill. Hugs!

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  29. both of these flares are marvellous. I absolutely love both green and the stripes ones! You look fantastic...and that barefoot photo is my fav!

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    1. Haha, I love going barefoot. It's my lazy photo so I don't have to go into the stairwell or outside. Heh. I adore flares and I'm glad you like them. Thanks, Ivana.

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