Saturday, 23 July 2016

Yellow Skirt Freak Show Update!! And bumping up your glam factor

If you find me doing DIY lipo, licking a champagne bottle, and eating buttons off my pyjamas thinking they're pills, I've been worshipping again at the altar of lifestyle gurus Patsy and Edina of Ab Fab. (read about them here)

I went to see their new movie, "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie," two nights ago, which was very timely considering how lately I've been contemplating measures to glam up my life.

This is what I wore to the movie. I also had on my vintage gigantor red and mustard paisley palazzo pants.

Still from the movie review video. Barbara shot this part. Thanks, Barbara!

But more about the movie later...

Project Glamourization. Last week I read a magazine article about a woman who had a very long, impressive name and an expensive villa in Florence, disguised to look rustic. Hey, I thought, that could be me if I changed my name to (drum roll, please):

Melanie von Harumph de Schnackenloafer del Petunia

In the article, they wrote the full family name every single time. Well, I think that's a bit much - I'd definitely let them shorten my name to, say, HRH Mel after the first ten mentions at full length. Oooh, I feel more successful already.

Below, the seersuckiest seersucker you ever did see. Vintage. Home-sewn. With pockets. I wore this last week. Glam? Yes, I think so!


And my sky-high Steve Madden sandals go perfectly.

But I suspect it's not just the name. One needs to glamourize one's life in general. For example, why inhale air, which is so utterly boring, when you can sniff it? Also, now I drink my water from a cute little shot glass. I down several shots in the morning like a big-time bad-ass.

Shot glasses make hydration glamourous. 
Write that down!

But I'm afraid nothing I do can live up to the standards set by Patsy and Edina.

However, before I tell you more about Ab Fab, I have some breaking news!! Well, not so breaking now because I've been slacking on the blogger front, but -

Nearly breaking news!!!
The Freakish Yellow Skirt is back in ACTION, high-impact action, with Trina of Tea Time with Trina!

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Stompin' Dancin' Flower Pickin'
QUEEN and Bohemian
and Cow-woman - okay that sounds bad - Cowgirl to boot
a little Utah hooplah for the Freakish Yellow Skirt
Madly Joyfully Twirling and Ducking 
In and  OUT & Up and On with

TRINA

   G o !   G O   N O W !!!   


I'm thrilled that Trina has joined the Yellow Skirt show. I was fortunate to meet her last summer and know that she must have packed a humongous helping of positive energy in FYS. Thank you, Trina, for joining and adding your magic to this curious garment.

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Now I'll tell you about Ab Fab...

Vancouver Barbara and I attended the Absolutely Fabulous movie together. We ended up in the bar at the Sylvia Hotel afterwards - how surprising!

I made a little movie review video with Barbara. I hope you like it.

MOVIE REVIEW 
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE
Special Guest: Vancouver Barbara (who also helped with filming)


I ran into lots of cool women at the theatre. In particular I was happy to see Frances of Materfamilias Writes seated near me. Her take on the movie is HERE. It turns out we are neighbours! Hurrah!

Frances was wearing a spectacular outfit featuring the silkiest oyster grey skirt with two daring slits right up the front which showed off her fantastic gams. Definitely NOT a wardrobe malfunction! She proved that you don't have to dress outrageously to be fabulous. She wore her new blue specs too. They look fantastic. (I also put this photo on my street style blog, here.)


Also there was Denice, whom I met at that swanky event when Shelley was in town, accompanied by two of her very stylish friends, Roxana and April (I hope I got their names right). And Colleen of the blog Clothes Line Finds, and Lynn and Diana, both of whom I know from My Sister's Closet. Colleen and Lynn are in the final scene in the video.

Below: Lynn, Colleen, and Barbara before the show. They look incredible! It's hard to see here but Lynn's sandals are paved with rhinestones. Barbara made that outfit - spectacular! And Colleen scored the glittery shawl from My Sister's Closet.


Finally, a BIG THANK YOU to Lynne Spreen, Any Shiny Thing - Life After 50 for mentioning Bag and a Beret in her post "Grief about Turning 50," here, as a source of style ideas over 50.

And, someone else has linked to this blog but I don't know who you are or where you come from but Thank you!! (unless you are sending people to ridicule me - you never know, right?) 

And to finish off this rambling post, one more shot of my seersucker. Mmm. I used to detest seersucker; now it is precious to me. Heh. That's a good view of my shoes.


Did you make it to the end? This is what happens when I miss posting for a week. Everything piles up. I hope you are all well. I have been on a blogger break and getting lots of farking done. Feels so good.

Stay cool, whether it's summer or winter. But I don't have to tell you that, do I?

Are you Ab Fab fans? I thought I would hate that movie because there were so many celebrity cameos in it, which I've found usually means the script sucks. How happy I was to be WRONG!!! Jennifer Saunders is a brilliant comedic writer. Lots of laughs. It turns out there was a character with a huuuge long name, which just proves my theory!

Oh, and because of Suzanne's comment I'm wondering what your long glamour names would be.

I'll link this up with stuff but, really, I can't think about that now. I'll add it later.

Yours Sincerely,
Ms. von Harumph de Schnackenloafer del Petunia


Edit: Okay, I'm back, ready to do some linking.
1) Patti at Visible Monday: Not Dead Yet Style
2) Catherine at #iwillwearwhatilike: Not Dressed as Lamb
Anne has a great linkup at SpyGirl - The Fashion Rosebud Linkup"Write about a powerful memory from your youth, one that shaped your core, one in which fashion was involved." I love this prompt - maybe I can think of something later...


57 comments:

  1. I'm SO enjoying the videos. It's great to see you "in action" Mel. You are as full of creative, animated energy as I thought you might be. You have a cut naughtiness.
    I also loved your (and Barbara's) thumbs up on the film and greatly appreciated the hearing the viewpoints of the film critic u-tube bit. I wonder if I'll "get" the film but then I'm so depressed about Trump and the Republican Convention here in the US that any laugh would be welcomed!

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    1. I didn't think I'd like this movie and I was ecstatic that I did. I laughed from beginning to end - even if a scene wasn't funny - because I needed it. If you don't know the series, check out what Frances wrote on her blog. But it's better if you know. There are episodes on YouTube. The characters Patsy and Edina are outrageous. Make sure you dress up if you go. Heh.

      Thanks for your comments always.

      My heart goes out to you about the convention. I don't understand the world. Big hug.

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  2. Thanks for the reviews, and all the eye candy, HRH Mel. I think those long names are so posh, let's all get one. xox

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Yes, we shall all get big names - our lives will suddenly be even better!

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  3. Oh, now I'm really regretting having missed the opportunity to accompany you two! Such fun. (Even though I'm pretty much clueless on the Ab-Fab thing.) Two thumbs way way up, HRH Mel and Vancouver Barbara!

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    1. Louisa, we missed you at the show but you have a better one now on the big open road. Thanks for your comment during your frantic packing.

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  4. I really enjoyed looking at everyone's unique style! Barbara impressed me.

    The video review was fun too!

    Now I must think of my own long name. I'm in desperate need of some glamourization.

    Suzanne Delapugsly Von Peanutnbuttafashun Of Toomuchshitinmycloset.

    bisous
    Suzanne AKA DVPOT

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    1. Madame Delapugsly Von Peanutbuttafashun Of Toomuchshitinmycloset, if we wrote a book we'd have no room left for a story. Hahaha.

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  5. Dear Ms.Melanie von Harumph de Schnackenloafer del Petunia, I love the video :). I love your seezucker, your heels and your blog and all these stunning ladys :). It makes me feel good and it's such a fun.
    <3 Tina von Tinaspinkfridaymitknubbelknie aus Mannheim :))

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    1. I'm so glad you loved the video even though there's not much to it except me and my friends. Heh. Thanks for your love bomb here.

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  6. Mofo seersucker! That is so badass, as are you, as is your new humungous name, as are those shoes, as is that movie-going outfit. There is nothing NOT badass.

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    1. My ass is so bad it has to write lines! And wash out its mouth with soap. Uh... Maybe not that one.
      Trying to keep up to you m'dear.

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  7. I love seersucker and I love your seersucker dress - and what a perfect match for the dress those sandals are!

    I'm so glad you enjoyed the movie; I haven't seen it yet but I love the TV series and Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley.

    You don't need anything to glam up your life, Mel, you are glam enough already. Some are born glamorous and you are one of them!

    Have a fab week

    Veronica
    vronni60s.blogspot.com

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    1. If you liked the series, I suspect you'll like the movie. Edina and Patsy are goddesses. I like to think I had glamour thrust upon me. Heh. Thanks, Veronica!

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  8. Love it. I made a waistcoat thingy a bit like yours to wear as Edina. We are STYLE TWINS I tell ya. Can't wait to see it on 10 August when it opens here and we're doing a drag performance to Paloma Faith. Funnily enough all the other queens in the act were born around the time Ab Fab came onto TV. Sobering!

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    1. Style twins? Hurrah! Yes, the age factor is dealt with in the movie too, to highly comic effect, of course, darling. I hope you have a GREAT time at the movie and the drag show. I know you will! Mwah.

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  9. Countess Thorne von Garnet Val'dosta. Sounds pretty good.
    Seersucker is my favorite words to say. Say it like Sylvester the Cat.

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    1. I like it. Countess Thorne von Garnet Val'dosta, I crown thee Fabulous. Hahaha, I shall say it like Sylvester the Cat. Great idea.

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  10. Those shoes! Mad!
    You glam up so well.
    My name? Lady Penelope von Doityourselferus de Takeabow!
    Glad you enjoyed the movie. Will keep a (glamoured up) eye out for it over here.
    Xo Jazzy Jack

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    1. Lady Penelope von Doityourselferus de Takeabow, thank you for this lovely comment on your custom stationary. I shall cherish it always.

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  11. Oh! Project Glamourisation.
    Will there be a franchise?
    Will there be a masterclass lead by Melanie von Harumph de Schnackenloafer del Petunia?
    Will we ever find out how high a thumb will go?
    Sign me up!

    I don’t think I’ll ever be Glam - but I do aspire to be fab and treat my boxset as a life guide. What Would Patsy Do? is one of life’s more exciting questions. Also, I need her hair-do.

    Your screening outfit is totally fashion-guru - and your squad is phenomenal.

    I’m totally stealing the shot glass idea - I’ve perfected the art of telling people “it isn’t sparkling water - it’s vodka” as I down a tumbler-full - so I can be all “chin-chin it’s gin” with the shot glass. Subversive non-alcoholic drinking has never been so fabulous.

    Seersuckiest seersucker is also fab - would you describe that as a Madras check/plaid? The colours are beautiful and it looks rather elegant. Also a dress with pockets love xx. Also, also the swoony shoes love xx

    Lady Bracknelling-Monkeypaints von Witherington Stares

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    1. Dear Lady Bracknelling-Monkeypaints von Witherington Stares (heh),

      You have given me renewed hope for acquiring funds for construction of my new villa at the North Pole, with a Harumphering franchise. I would be delighted if you would be my first franchisee.

      Why, yes, now you mention it, I do believe it is Madras cloth.

      I in fact DO drink water from a shot glass. It is subversively fabulous as you say. Chin-chin, hahaha.

      Thank you for your lovely missive. I shall cherish it.

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  12. What a wonderful Edina-esque ensemble. How perfect. I just got back from seeing the film. Nobody dressed up around here. In fact, the line at the box office looked like a yoga convention. Except for me in my home-made prairie dress. It scares me how much I remind myself of Bubble. Meanwhile, your royal seersuckeriness, I am in love with your dress. It is divine. I am completely serious. When you are tired of it, though I can't imagine how that could possibly ever happen, but if it ever does, I will gladly pay you in real Canadian coins for it.

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    1. Hurrah for your home-made prairie dress!! Superbly done! Bubble is my style dominatrix. Why isn't anyone else dressing up? If you tell them it's St. Patrick's Day, they'll happily slosh beer down their fronts and paint their faces green...

      If the day comes that Seersucker and I part ways, I shall definitely send her to you.

      I love it when you visit!

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  13. Well, if I'd known you'd ended up at The Sylvia!. . . I wish I'd got a shot of your whole outfit -- it was magnificent, and those palazzo pants really deserved a cameo in your AbFab video. Thanks for the mention and the photo op, and I look forward to hanging out in the 'hood soon. . . .

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    1. We didn't know we were going there until the very last minute. I looked for you on the bridge but we were too late after we finished filming and missed you. We could have picked you up!!! Gaaa. Great to have you in the hood. And thanks for the shout-out as well.

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  14. I love seersucker,always have. I love Ab Fab and Ron and I are going to see the movie. I love that you had so much fun and met likeminded friends. I cannot play the video at the moment as it is too early in the morning (6.15) and I would wake up Ron. I honestly thought I got out of bed at 6 but it appeared I got up at 5. Must have done something to the alarm clock. Anyway, I will drag my sleepy head to the make-up table now and away I go for another weeks work. Blah.
    You look very glamourous in your seersucker dress with the cool shoes.
    I bet you turned heads when you came to the movie theatre like that. Very much the part.
    Greetje

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    1. What was so fun was there were a few women at the theatre I knew, all dressed up, whom I didn't expect to see. The review is a bit shallow, hahaha, but it was fun filming it and doing editing.
      I hope you and Ron have a great time. I hope Ron dresses too. There are quite a few stylish men in the movie as well. You'll see...

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    2. Those days when Ron was a smart dresser (he honestly was) are over I am afraid. Now he has a big belly which I hate and clothes just don't look that good on him. It is the one and only flaw but one that really makes me sad. Oh well. I have to live with it.

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  15. Totally fanning the seersucker and delighted with your bug eyes - I have a pair too - they make me feel radder than mad.

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    1. Are the bug-eyed glasses awesome? Radder than mad - great phrase! Hahaha. Thanks, Louise.

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  16. I've actually never seen Ab Fab. I think it used to come on either PBS or Comedy Central when I was growing up. I was too young to appreciate it. I guess I should check it out now that I'm a might older, yeah?

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    1. Some of the episodes are on YouTube. I don't think I've seen them all - gasp! If I could write like Jennifer Saunders, I would be a happy woman.

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  17. I haven't made it to the movie yet but it is on my 'to do' list, thanks for the wicked review, I am sure I will give it a double thumbs up and as high as they can go report too. OMG seersucker!! That brings back memories of frocks made by my mother when I was small, and as the youngest of three girls I got the same frock in three colours as theirs were passed down to me. Once again, you have made me smile you awesome Lady you!!!
    PS: yay for the traveling skirt, she is living the dream!!

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    1. I hope you love the movie as much as I did. Mind you, I was determined to love it.

      My mum was a seersucker specialist as well. It was the era. You got triple whammy seersucker! I'm so glad you smile here, as I do at your place.

      Yes, that Yellow Skirt, she is AWESOME. Trina styled her so perfectly!

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  18. Thanks for including me in your fabulous evening! You dress up just like they do in NYC! Bill would have loved you. Great writing.

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    1. Colleen, I was so happy to see you there with Lynn and Diana, and all dressed for the occasion. Thanks for being in the video!

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  19. I loved the outfit you were wearing for the movie - and I loved the movie review, now I will have to go and see it!

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    1. I hope you like it Natalia. The facial expressions of the two main actors are priceless! Thanks for dropping by. I really appreciate it.

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  20. So excited about getting the skirt eventually! And I love the long dress you are wearing with the platforms. I will watch your movie after work. xo Sabina

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    1. Yes, the skirt will make its way to you some day. Hahaha. Thank you for your comment!

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  21. A spectacular post. You have inspired me to see the Ab Fab film. I was a fan, and I'm sure that I will be again, based on your review and video. What a festive event. And I love the seersucker!

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    1. Well, the video didn't really say much except that Barbara and I had fun, which of course is a major reason for going out at all. If you were a fan of the series, I suspect you'll love the movie. Thanks, Judith. Hugs.

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  22. Loved, loved, loved the AbFab series. So am looking forward to going to the movie. The outfit you wore to see it could not have been more perfect. I agree with other posters. You've got the glam thing down pat! And the seersucker maxi with those killer platform sandals. Brilliant. Those shoes look like they were made for that dress!

    Signing off as Eternally Theresa Felina Swingbottom of Wisecrackington

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    1. Dear Eternal Theresa Felina Swingbottom of Wisecrackington, hahaha!!,
      Thank you for your comment. If we can't wham bam glam, what's the point, right? I fell in love immediately with this dress and paid full price rather than wait for it to hit the discount rack - THAT's how much I loved it. My shoes were happy to go out for a ride too.
      Happy to see you!

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  23. Oh, a new episode in the life of the yellow skirt. I love it. (And you're looking fantastic again...). Have a nice summer - Ghislana

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    1. Yes, the Freakish Yellow Skirt, this time by Trina. Everyone brings such a unique and wonderful energy to this project. I'm so glad you were part of it. I hope you have a fantastic summer as well. Thank you.

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  24. I wish I could have joined you for the movie - you're a swell bunch of dames, and your outfit was perfectly ABFAB. Patsy and Edina would definitely approve. I enjoyed the video review.

    Superb Seersucker Stylin' Mel!

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    1. Damn, Shelley, you've gotta get someone to fix that teleporter so you can join next time! Or I've gotta get mine fixed... You are always missed here! xoxo

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  25. A real value for money post Melanie. Loved your review of the AB FAB movie and I can't wait to see it too. Trina has really thrown down the gauntlet with her multi styling acheivement of the wonderful yellow travelling skirt - will have to get my thinking cap on now! Your Steve Madden sandals are divine and yes, of course, I was salivating over them somewhat, sorry. Seersucker was the fabric of my childhood when my mother used to make matching dresses in different colours for my sisters and I. Yours is much more elegant though. Have a great week x
    Anna
    Anna x

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    1. Oh, yes, Trina has formidable styling powers but I know you are also up for the challenge. My shoes love a good shine from admirers. Hahaha, blech. It seems everyone's mother used to make us seersucker outfits. I'm sad that those days are pretty much gone. I hope you have a great week as well, the next week because I'm so slow replying to everyone. Stay cool!!

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  26. OMG Seersucker!!! That's a blast from the past when nearly every second fabric was the wrinkly stuff. But I do love this seersucker dress you're wearing - and the footwear! Fabulous! The movie opens down here in Oz next week and as I loved the tv series (the first ones particularly, the second not so fabulous) it'll be a must see. LOVE your movie review clip. Sweeties, xx

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    1. I was not so discerning about the series - I just sat and stared and laughed. I do hope you love the movie as much as I did. Let it flow! The clip was more fun making perhaps than it is viewing but I'm glad you liked it. Thank you, sweetie darling!! Mwah mwah. I adore seersucker, in large part for its sentimental value.

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  27. loving all those fabulousness and glamourization, mwahaha, and your outfit to go to the cinema looks perfectly appropriate and hippietastic!. Love to see that many fab ladies were rocking too!
    And your seersucker dress is stealing my heart, and it has pockets!! massive delight!!!
    besos & fabulousness

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    1. Oh yeeah baby, pockets!! For chocolates!! These colours make me think of you, another benefit. I was so happy that many women were dressed for the movie. It felt like a salute to laughter and fun and aging disgracefully in style. Hurrah!

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  28. I have broadband!!! I can now look at blogs properly and type a comment using two hands!!! I live again!!!

    This is so timely. We got Netflix, and one of the shows we just watched is the first series of Ab Fab! I love Ab Fab, but I haven't been to see the movie. I wish I could have gone to see it in Vancouver with all you lovely and glammed ladies! There must have been lots of clinking bangles and swishing of hair and champagne bottles rolling down the floor of the cinema. Ah, well, I hope to see the film on Netflix. In the meantime, I must buy a shot glass so I make sure to drink enough water.

    Hugs and air kisses,
    Valastasia Taoramina del Taco von Harbinger-et-Llwydiarth

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  29. Oh how I wish I lived near you and we could have all gone to the movie together! Seersucker... Must be an age thing because I'm warming to it as well. Also about the "A" word... On my 1010ParkPlace blog this week, I'm suggesting we use the word "patina" as an alternative to age spots and wrinkles. xoxox, Brenda

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