Sunday, 27 November 2016

Slack-jawed in a shaggy coat, and other important things

Wearing this inhuman outfit, I went to the park for photos. There were lots of cats there. And I seem to be walking on water. Handy, because it never stops frickin' raining!! 


It's a magic cat with orange/yellow eyes. I'll call him Pyewacket, after actress Kim Novak's Siamese familiar spirit in the '58 movie Bell, Book and Candle, clip here. Ms. Novak plays a cool Manhattan witch who, sadly, becomes a normal, boring person after falling in love with a spineless man played by James Stewart. Sigh.

I looove this outfit. The jacket and vintage humongoid palazzo pants seem to match, and then I wore ruffles and that shaggy vest, newly sprung from its space bag. And the elastic corset belt of course makes any outfit better. 
Fierce, right? Or maybe I simply ate too much chocolate. 

Below, a different outfit featuring the classic stupefaction pose - you know, where you open your mouth a bit. Who knew that looking slack-jawed would be a thing? Of course this look is not unfamiliar to me; I just rarely do it for a camera. 

And I'm wearing white Manic Panic hair gel and white brows created with MAC chromacake. The lipstick, called Poe by Kat Von D, is almost black, but much of it had come off by the time I got home for photos. I belled the bottoms of these pants too. 


I learned this mouth pose from ingenue bloggers. It is the cousin of the half-mouth-droop, taught to me by Sue of A Colourful Canvas. And let's not forget the just-pulled-my-finger-outta-my-mouth pose. You can see my big fail here, last photo.

Lately I've seen bloggers rubbing or smooshing their moist lips suggestively with an index finger. Usually they have tousled, just-woke-up long hair too. Well, I think it's unfair that young bloggers get to hog all the "in" poses. It's time we short-haired (or otherwise), middle-aged bloggers moved in on these hot, hot, hot poses. 

Note the belled bottoms. The colour on the left is more accurate.

Until such happy day, though, at least I can do the one where you use your index and middle finger to strum your lips and make bub-bub-bub-bub sounds. Sophisticated, I know. Maybe I can make it a thing. Which brings me to the next pose...

It was Black Friday last week. In honour I present: the double-raspberry.


Below is the photo I put on IG. Zip it! Zip it good!


Black Friday - it sounds like a spell. It is a spell. You see a sign in a shop window that says 100% OFF STOREWIDE. You think, WOW, that's a great deal, I'll risk it. You go in. Bam, there's a wall of people windmilling their arms to grab, grab, grab. Hardly unexpected.

But where are the deals? Of course there's fine print: on selected items only.  If you're lucky there's a single cast-off on a rack in the very back for 80% off. Fortunately, I usually prefer these rejects, but it wasn't worth sticking around to find out. I sucked up the crowd buzz and left. 


A better view of those pants. Most of my shaggy apparel is out of storage now. In a pinch, I could hide a whole farmyard of animals in those pantlegs.

That's the end of this week's stroll through what I wore. It was US Thanksgiving, and I hope those of you who celebrate had a good one. It's the time to recount our blessings - there are so many. 

Have a good week everyone. Here's a link to Santana, Black Magic Woman, live in 1971. 

Yes, I think I'll also join Patti at Visible Monday, Not Dead Yet Style, and Catherine, #iwillwearwhatilike, at Not Dressed as Lamb.


53 comments:

  1. Dear Melanie, great post. I love the first picture. It look like wonderland ♥️. Very cool wide leg trousers.
    I ignore blackfriday completely. Yes it came to germany however that be.
    I wish you a good week, Tina

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    1. Thanks, Tina. It's been a hard week here so I finding that garden was a real pick-me-up. I hope you have a great week.

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  2. love this outfit too! and the one with the green brocade pants - and the raspberry of cause!!!
    totally gorgeous photo art! awesome!
    yay - posing. if one want creepy followers for pumping up the stats than posing like the girl from the centerfold is required. and words like latex, leather, high heels and pantyhose in the headline.....know some boring german housewife fashion bloggers who do this regularly to attract followers and advertisers.....
    nothing what you need - you are one of the most glamorous persons that i know!! i wish we live in the same hood so some of your sparks fall on me.
    much love and huge hugs! xxxxx

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    1. I'm happy you like the photo art. It's tricky - I love it but it doesn't mean other people do. We would have tons of fun if we lived in the same neighbourhood. Those wouldn't be sparks - it would be lightning!

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  3. That opening image took my breath away. What imagination, style and elegance! Love your shaggy coats too, and you wear them brilliantly!
    I can't imagine anyone wanting to go shopping on BF. But they are and they do! I just push buttons on my laptop, that's all. :)

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    1. Oh Natalia, I'm thrilled you like the opening image. I don't need validation because I love it enough myself, but I confess the compliment feels good coming from a fellow artist. I wanted to suck up some that manic energy on BF, just a touch. After I got it, I went for a relaxing coffee. Hugs.

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  4. Oh god, your posts are better than even the Jon Oliver show, and that is funny enough to faint from. Love with all my heart your shaggy coats and huuuuge trousers. And Kat makes some ferocious lipstick, I must grab this one. xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Jon Oliver? I LOVE that man!! I think you might like this lipstick, Patti. It's such a very dark, dark purple that it's almost black. I wore it here over my red, but straight or mixed it's really fun.

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  5. Love the belled bottomes!!! Luuuuvvvve them. Have always been a fan and your brocade (?) version is a killer. And yes, those poses just crack me up. I hear you sister! Let's move in...Have a great week Melanie. Sabina

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    1. Hahaha, you and me, honey - squished lips all the way. Heh. The poor pout post, so outdated, yes. I went through a phase an belled many of my bottoms (!). I hope I don't have a change of heart, or if I do, that I want stovepipe pants.

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  6. Your Photoshop skills know no bounds : ) That cat is so sleek. Looks like it has been dipped in hair gel and then slicked back.

    That last photo really shows off those massive pants to their full glory. I love the idea of a whole barnyard of animals hidden under there. That'd make a great cartoon.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. hmmmm...Mel...didn't you do a sketch with animals under a skirt? Show us again...

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    2. Yes, that cat looks very waxy, doesn't he? Not exactly cuddly. I did do a cartoon once of animals under the Freakish Yellow Skirt. Haha!! It's one of the early posts. Actually, I think it's on the original post somewhere. A dog, a cat and a bird...? I wouldn't want a cow in there. But I could fit a bunch of new kitchen appliances in there. Heh.

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  7. Loving the Fun Fashion for the Holidays. And Yes, Black Friday is something that I totally try to avoid, I'd rather pay full price! *Winks* Happy Holidays from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. The Arizona Desert?! Ooooh, that sounds wonderfully welcome right about now, going on 1,000 days and nights of cold rain here. I see a lawn chair, some fruity drinks with umbrellas and mini outdoor air conditioner if such things exist. I'm so precious it hurts! Thanks for dropping by Dawn.

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  8. Beam me up Scottie and drop me bam, right into your closet please! I fancy that your closet may indeed be like the Tardis, brimming with every colour, every texture, every pattern, every material imaginable (and probably many yet to be discovered). Just when I think you've outdone yourself with some outrageous get-up, you deal this hand of wonders. I'm all gushed out now Melanie, but still very genuine none the less x
    Anna
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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    1. Hello, Anna! Sorry, dearest, you won't fit in my closet. I don't fit in my closet. My clothes don't fit in my closet. My SKELETONS don't fit in my closet. It's always a challenge finding things. Hugs to you over there in paradise, if I may be so bold.

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    2. And hugs right back to you too x
      Anna

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  9. Mel

    You look utterly fabulous in all your outfits and the double raspberry is hilarious! I love the humungous pants, the beautiful green trousers and the lovely tops. You don't look fierce at all - rather sleek and cuddly - it's the fur waistcoat and coat; I always want to stroke fur on people and have to restrain myself...How many fur items do you have? I counted three different ones in this post alone!

    Black Friday does indeed sound like a spell - I gave it a miss, too.

    Veronica
    xxxx

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    1. I'd have tried a triple raspberry but that would have been grossly X-rated. Hahaha. Sorry if I offend. I am like you, I see a luxurious texture and I want to touch it. I have a couple other things that are shaggy but you've seen most of them already. What am I going to do when winter REALLY gets going?!! Hugs.

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  10. So many glorious combinations , hard to choose a favourite but the wide, very wide palazzo pants , floral shirt and fuzzy jacket win out. Keep up the poses , so much better with character than any young thing. Double raspberry always right.

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    1. I try hard to keep things interesting for myself and for you when you visit. I just got my paint software replaced so I'm having fun with that for now. Thanks for your comment, Jill.

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  11. WTF is up with Black Friday in Canada? Jeez, gimme a break. I love your outfits, the white Manic Panicked hair (and brows!). So much fun, fierceness and funk - I can barely stand it.

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    1. I know! WTF? Tina was saying even in Germany! It's an epidemic. And then Cyber Monday? It must be tough being a retailer. I mean, how many sales can you handle? I liked the crowds for about, oh, half an hour. I felt like I was back in Tokyo, which is I feeling I like. Bustle. Excitement.

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  12. I love the zip it top. And the double raspberry. I had forgotten about the half mouth droop demonstration. Hopefully, so did the rest of CG...

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    1. Oh Mistress of the Half Mouth Droop forgot about it? Hahaha! See? Every time we get together I do a post on some great new mouth pose. Trippy, right?

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  13. Oh, dear, is the poopoo pout a thing of the past? Or is it just for youngsters who can't afford their own botox? You have way more class than that, and the poses that tell the world, I am woman, hear my jacket roar!

    The half mouth droop looks good on you, but on me it's the half jowl droop. I guess if I hold a cat in front of my face it won't matter. Thanks for sharing all the colour and fun links and your fabulous self!

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    1. I think the finger-pulled-outta-the-mouth is close to the poopoo pout. Except the mouth is open. I would totally look better with the FPOTM if I had botox, definitely.
      And no, no, no - that's the full droop look there. It's a restrained version; I wasn't prepared to unleash my full droop on you yet. I would much rather hold a cat in front of my face though. XOXO Val!

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  14. better check those pants legs, there maybe some of those park cats under there. The slack mouth pose just make me look stupid.

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    1. If those cats were in my pants I'd freak out - they look like they're made of wax or cats with hair gel, as Suzanne notes. Heh. GROSS! That's not my full-on droop. Rest assured, we could do some great photos together with the real deal droop. Hahaha!!

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  15. The line between blogging and porn just seems to get thinner and thinner with these poses and lip manoeuvres that you have to perform just to be an 'it girl' or a 'fringe it girl' or a 'want to look like I'm not in 'it girl' it girl even though I'm so 'it' it hurts it girl' or whatever it is we want to be. Or are. Those are the most magnificent pant legs I ever did see! Love the raspberry top. Love everything actually! It's all my favourite kind of clothed porn. Xx

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    1. You said it!! What's up with that? I'm more like Cousin It from the Addams Family, the shaggy blurping family creature, than an it girl. I'm pretty sure Cousin It is naked but I think he wears a hat...? But that's allowed. Yeah, the pants win for sure.

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  16. Oh my gosh. Mel, will you please become my stylist? I just love every little thing that you do. Those bell bottoms!! Better than the sixties. I'm feeling a bit of a Janis Joplin vibe. And that bell book and candle movie pissed me off, too. I say, we should embrace our witchiness. In fact, I am casting a spell on all the Trump voters right now.

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    1. Come over, Connie, and we'll play dress up. Oh, how I love Joplin. And James Stewart in that movie? Pffft. Her shop got all pink?!! WTF? There's a path along the waterfront here and almost every time I walked along it at dusk a street light above me would burn out. I loooved that!! I always thought of that movie and felt comforted. I'm hoping counting will do the trick!

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  17. paisley and bell bottoms!! that's fabulousness!!! I love your Pyewacket reference, mwahaha, that's one of my favorite films (and you've resumed the plot perfectly!, such a disappointing end! I always prefer a genuine bare feet witch in her magnificent style!)
    Lovely colors, lovely prints, great layering and lots of bell bottoms and furry coats: you're gorgeous!, and i love all the funky poses!, mwahahaha, you rock!!!
    besos

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    1. Haha, thanks for your positive words. Always a comment to look forward to! Yes, that movie, I suppose the ending was a reflection of the time the movie was made - they needed a nice woman to win the man. BORING. He should have become a witch. Much better. Hugs.

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  18. Darling, this is how I know and love you: standing out in the crowd, mixing and matching prints. You are right the jacket and the pants seem to go together. For me the burgundy shaggy coat would be good. And is that top with the polka dots by Bob Mackie? Could be.
    Your sticking out tongue pictures made me laugh.
    Keep up the good work.
    Greetje

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    1. The top looks like it could be a Bob Mackie but it's a vintage top made in Hong Kong with something British added on there. It's a knit of some kind, zips at the neck. The collar is padded a bit like a space suit. I love it but it's getting delicate. Like me. Hahaha!! You would look fantastic in the burgundy coat. It swishes divinely. Hugs, Greetje.

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  19. there's an article circulating down here in the states entitled "A Yale history professor’s powerful, 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency" and #7 is STAND OUT: "Someone has to. It is easy, in words and deeds, to follow along. It can feel strange to do or say something different. But without that unease, there is no freedom. And the moment you set an example, the spell of the status quo is broken, and others will follow." I think you got that one covered. I'm taking notes. (Laylage from IG)

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    1. Thank you so much for this quote!! I mean it!! This is EXACTLY what I feel and tried to express a couple of posts ago but not so well or directly as this. I hope everyone has a chance to read these words. Basically, Use It or Lose It. Right? Exercise our freedom to express ourselves or we may wake up one day without the choice. Hugs! Again, thanks.

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  20. You've inspired me to up my posing (poseur?) game. Paisley is part of my DNA...love those pants! And everything else.

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    1. Yes, being a poseur is great fun. Don't forget the three cardinal poses: headache, stomach ache, and back ache. Above I demonstrate the stomach ache. Can't wait to see yours! Heh.

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  21. The wide legged pants are FABULOUS! Please put aside with the dress with 'THE SLEEVES', the red coat and tartan, for when you want to throw them down under! The shaggy coat too, love it (the same shaggy coat on IG with the red belt Yeti??) Thanks for another great post, Melanie. xx

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    1. Hi, Elizabeth! Thanks. Yes, that's the same shaggy coat. I often post the same outfit here and on IG but try to put different shots on each. Your requests are duly noted. Heh.

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  22. I'm mesmerized by that first photograph. Great editing! I'm clueless when it comes to photo editing, so I just avoid it, but I might try to paint over some photos some day if I figure out a proper way to do it. The scenery on that first photo makes me think of Asian princesses for some reason...and the cat is precious. I'm sorry I forgot its name already, but at least I remember the orange eyes- I only remember that name sounds hard to pronounce, perhaps that tampered my memory:)

    Anyway, those palazzo pants are to die for!!!! I thought they came together with the jacket but after watching carefully I see that the pattern isn't exactly the same, which makes it even more cool- if you ask me.

    I love both of your bell bottoms too! I'm very keen on bell bottoms and flares and it is great to see you rock yours.

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    1. Painting on photos sounds like a fantastic option and you would be so good at it too. I got my photo editing software back and I'm so pleased with how this came out - it's not often that I can match what I produce with what I imagined. Thanks for your great comment!

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  23. It's 4:15am here in Malaysia so I'm more than a little sleepy, but you actually made me chuckle out loud at this: "Fierce, right? Or maybe I simply ate too much chocolate."
    I don't know if you actually did eat loads of choccies but that pose is DEFINITELY fierce.

    There's another thing I want to say: I absolutely adore your writing, and you always keep me entertained, from start of the post all the way till the end.

    PS: I WANT THE ZIPPED RASPBERRY TOP SO BAD.

    XO, Liyana
    | Affordorable

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    1. There's nothing better than adding a few laughs to life. I looove chocolate, well, lots of snacks. I like the mini-sized ones so I don't feel too guilty - and sick. Thank you so much for dropping by and your comment. You make my day. Oh, that zipper top, my friend had to talk me into buying it at the thrift shop. I almost left it behind! Gaaa!!!

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  24. Thank you, thank you for ditching the beige. You frightened me to death.
    Obviously, not literally - but I would come back from beyond the grave to say that.
    Yes.

    Sincerely

    Elaine Monkeypaints

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  25. When my husband and I were married in 1975 both of our mothers wore W I D E palazzo leg pants and tops in delicious bright paisley prints. Your pants evoked those memories and feelings of paisley envy.
    Your zipper shirt made laugh out loud, and your descriptions of various facial expressions bloggers prefer made me try them all in the mirror.
    You just bring such delight Melanie. That little funky park world you created is where waxed kitty's go to melt down to normal.

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  26. When my husband and I were married in 1975 both of our mothers wore W I D E palazzo leg pants and tops in delicious bright paisley prints. Your pants evoked those memories and feelings of paisley envy.
    Your zipper shirt made laugh out loud, and your descriptions of various facial expressions bloggers prefer made me try them all in the mirror.
    You just bring such delight Melanie. That little funky park world you created is where waxed kitty's go to melt down to normal.

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  27. Ack! I thought I commented on this post already (I get confused when I comment on your IG...)! I do love your Snuffleupagus(sp?) coats and pants that you could shelter a small village in are the best.

    Yeah, what was up with Kim Novak losing her moxy when she hooked up with the boring Jimmy Stewart character in Bell, Book and Candle. Pyewacket is the best kitty name. Another message sent to women to soften up, calm down, and give up what makes you special so you can get a man. Pffffft.

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  28. I learn so much from you! Now I have more poses to practice. Love the palazzo pants fabric! The first photo is nirvana and quite frankly, the vision will take me through Tuesday! xoxo

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