Sunday, 18 September 2016

Crimson rose petal coat and the big red bag dress

Vintage velvet coat and big red dress, Mel Kobayashi, Bag and a Beret
Big red dress, combat boots, Mel Kobayashi, Bag and a Beret
Big red dress, combat boots, Mel Kobayashi, Bag and a Beret
Vintage velvet coat, big red dress, combat boots, Mel Kobayashi, Bag and a Beret
Vintage velvet coat, big red dress, combat boots, Mel Kobayashi, Bag and a Beret

I can't stop wearing red. Bright SCREEAMING red. A young, well-dressed man downtown said to me today, "That's a really red outfit." I said, "Why, yes, it is." Man: You really stand out. Me: I suppose I do. Man: That looks great! Me: Thank you. And then he resumed talking to his imaginary friend.

This dress is size 4, designed to be baggy, which I ADORE. I love the really long sleeves and how the neckline plunges to the waist. As sneer guard, I wore a black camisole with a lacy red slip on top of it. And those are my combat boots, designed to combat boredom and anchor big dresses. They tromp most satisfactorily.

The vintage, crimson rose petal opera coat is from my fairy vintage mother, Su. Mwah!! And Sam, manager of My Sister's Closet, directed me to this dress, which at the time was a crumpled red ball of fabric but she knew I'd love the colour. Oh so right! (The dress was wrinkled because it had just come in and not been steamed yet.)

That's all I have for you this week. Better than nuthin' I hope. Of course I'll link up to Patti at Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday and Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb for #iwillwearwhatilike. I hope my business cards come this week so I can finally be real.
PS - My Sister's Closet is throwing a fundraiser comedy night in Vancouver on Sep. 20 at VanCity Theatre, featuring Mike MacDonald and Melanie Rose. Proceeds go to Battered Women's Shelter Services. Details are here

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Edit: A huge smooch to Shelley of Forest City Fashionista for including me in her list:

"8 of the Coolest Outfits Worn by 40+ Bloggers this Month" 

She wrote it to balance out the lists on Bloglovin' where only young mainstream women count. It's an honour to be included among these creative, independent-minded women. 


30 comments:

  1. You are AWESOME! Red is my favorite color, too...You keep getting better and better!

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  2. Wow! You are such a SCHTAR! Good thing I didn't see that coat when I was visiting out that way. It could have gotten ugly.

    That jumping photo is the best. A big virtual hug.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  3. Wohoo Melanie! You rock red! Stunning Outfit! The young man was right ;)

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  4. Exuberant! Exhilarating! Exciting! You are all the "EEEEE"s! I love this wonderful red RED outfit. What a fab dress, and such a fab YOU!

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  5. Oh yes , stunning in red and combat boots.That opera coat is really something, so glad it came to you.

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  6. Stunning in red! And I love a loosey-goosey dress like this one. Wish I could be there for the benefit, so please buy something fabulous and spare a tiny thought for me. Looking like the star you are. xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  7. OHhhh! This is one of my favorite color combos! That dress must feel exquisite to wear.

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  8. You are friggin fantastic!!!
    xo

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  9. Yuuuuusss to all the red!!! You look fabulous. Utterly glam and chic! I do like red.x

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  10. You are a fantastical fantasy flower in your crimson layers! Sooo, if you get tired of the dress, keep me in mind, k?

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  11. I think this particular photo shoot is amazing. Bright. Happy. Stunning, really. I would love to own this outfit. Am thinking I must take train up to Vancouver and give My Sister's Closet a visit! 2017 maybe?????

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  12. Fab outfit! I love wearing red myself. Standing out rocks!! xx

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  13. The first shot of you jumping for crimson joy is really spectacular! There is something absolutely luscious about the way these shades of red compliment each other and YOU my dear.
    Now that we're all on red alert I hope you won't stop!!

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  14. The first shot of you jumping for crimson joy is really spectacular! There is something absolutely luscious about the way these shades of red compliment each other and YOU my dear.
    Now that we're all on red alert I hope you won't stop!!

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  15. Such energy and beauty exploding off the screen! I've said it before, I'll say it again, I'm such a fan of yours Melanie. I LOVE LOVE these fabulous wearable art pieces. Teamed with the combat boots (you could never be boring!) you look sensational. And red! I love red too. xx

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  16. Gosh that looks beautiful. Tone on tone layering is something else :)

    Yes to oversize - but there's a fine line between this masterclass and the I'm-wearing-a-duvet-cover thing - you nailed it. Your combat boots made me chuckle as I've just unearthed all my Doc Martens and will have my velvets on the rail by the end of the week. Also HATS.

    That opera coat is just sublime.

    Ready for a new season-ly

    Elaine Monkeypaints xx

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  17. Red Hot Energy. Canada must have named you a National Treasure, or you're on a Vancouver Bird Watching List, something like that. What a joy to get to catch a glimpse of you in your natural habitat. Joy to the World RED.

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  18. This red on you is glorious! Love what you do, thank you.

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  19. I am a big, big red lover. Don't know why I wear it so little. Not available?? Don't know. So I really like your dress. Didn't see at first that you were wearing anything underneath it. After you pointed that out, I scrolled back.. ("Oh yes.. now I see it !").
    But I really LOVE this dress with the opera coat on top of it. So special, so good. Never in a million years whould I have combined these two. You are stellar (is that the right expression?)
    And the boots make the whole thing in balance and modern.
    A great piece of styling my friend.
    Greetje

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  20. These are such powerful and joyful photos, Mel - you look amazing! I think it's pretty much impossible to feel timid or low when wearing bright red, it's good for the soul.
    PS. Thank you for your lovely comment, I'm touched. xx

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  21. You're looking awesome in red: it makes your skin shine like the best porcelain china. Love it x
    Anna
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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  22. I love the dress, but oh - that coat! You look really good in red. The young man (or his imaginary friend, whichever of them was talking to you) was dead right! I miss Vancouver. :D

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  23. That coat is absolutely gorgeous! I love the red dress too and how you've paired the two together. Ab fab, darling!!!

    Veronica
    vronni60s.blogspot.com

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  24. OMG...you look like a diva...I'm truly inspired.
    www.deesayz.com

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  25. Look at you drop dead gorgeous in RED!!! Traffic stopping that is how gorge you look, no wonder a young man commented.

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  26. RED HOT!! You look amazing. That young man was totally chatting you up. As for me? Swooooon.

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  27. ohhh Red, a girl can't have too many red dresses, or red clothes in general, as I'm concerned!
    I love your Fabulously Red Outfit!
    besos

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