Tuesday, 28 March 2017

What to wear for gardening, and AARP!

Oh yeeeeah, baybee, we're raking it in now! We're talkin' the green stuff, all righty. Heh-heh-heh. And I don't mean vegetation - because it's pretty much just mulch. Sigh. Now that I mention it, I'm not really raking at all. Props. They're the best. I'll call this photo "The Rake's Progress - In a Good Way" (The Rake's Progress is the title of paintings by Hogarth and an opera, both with a wretched ending for the rake).


My Vegas Pantsuit, although it's really a jumpsuit, vintage crepe wool (fully lined) and sleeveless, with palazzo pant legs. The slits up the sides are edged with rhinestones diamonds and topped by a sparkly silver embellishment. DIVINE. When I first laid eyes on this beauty, I immediately sensed that the previous owner wore it to Vegas in the day, and WON. I'm still placing my bets hoping the vibes will carry over.

The flutter sleeves are another vintage piece, a top with a stretchy low-cut, nude-coloured body and lovely angel wings, designed to be worn under other pieces, like this Vegas jumpsuit.

And another outfit. This is the most HUUUUGE construction trailer and stairs ever, it's downright Brobdingnagian. (Love that word! Brobdingnag is the name of the island in Gulliver's Travels, where Gulliver is very small.)


That's some good-assery there. (Why must my ass always be bad? - even if it is.) My T-shirt is a DIY that says "I am my own brand." I would revise the statement to "I am NOT a brand" but it's too late now and I like the T-shirt. It's hard to see anything clearly when the photo is this small. Good.

And the pièce de résistance for this post - the video I put together when Suzanne and Sue and I met up recently. Suzanne came up with the story, Sue did all the camerawork, and I did the editing. We filmed this at Talize Delta, that humongous thrift store that we make a special point of hitting together when Suzanne comes to town.

I'll link something up with Patti at Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, here too. I'm feeling more perky this week so I'll need a sassy little drink and Cheesies. See you there!! And I've also linked up to Catherine, #iwillwearwhatilike, at Not Dressed as Lamb.

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THRIFT SHOP FIGHT CLUB

SUZANNE VS MEL
Who will take home the bowling trophy?!

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I have experienced the aisle block, hanger crush, grab 'n' dash, and rack attack many times while thrifting, but I usually don't take my opponent down - I wouldn't want to hurt anyone. But I give a mean side-eye. Heh.

The uncensored hardcore version of this video is playing in the rec room of an anonymous middle-aged woman in the suburbs in Altoona, Pennsylvania. You have to know the secret password to get in and must bring a bottle of Paul Masson wine and Cheesies.

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Aaaand, I was in a piece in AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) in their section called Disrupt Aging. Hahaha. The snappy writing makes me so happy. The full story is HERE with new photos. Thank you AARP!


Others in there are Dorrie Jacobson of Senior Style Bible, Anita Irlen of Look for the Woman, Lyn Slater of Accidental Icon, Alyson Walsh of That's Not My Age, Sara Jane Adams from her Instagram, Elisa and Lily of Stylelikeu, Judith Boyd of Style Crone, Debra Rapoport of her self-named blog. I'm a fan of all these women. It's a huge honor to be among them.

I had another meetup a couple of days ago. I'll have to put that in my next post! And there is a video to go with it. Heh.

I hope you are all feeling DAZZLING no matter what you're wearing. SPRING SPRING SPRING!!! (at least in this hemisphere). Vancouver is still in rehearsal but I'm sure it will eventually get here. Hugs to all!!!


30 comments:

  1. Fabulous outfit to do your gardening in! I thought it was a Cheong Sam at first...

    Congratulations on your AARP presence.

    Hope you have a great week

    xxx

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    1. Yes, if I DID gardening, I like Vix's idea to dress for it. This garden is the next best thing. Thank you for your congrats on AARP. It was a surprising honour to be asked. Enjoy your trip!!

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  2. Bwahahahah!! I love that video - it just makes me so goshdarned happy. Badass, goodass, bigass, smallasss, it's all ass in the end.

    The jumpsuit/Vegas pant suit/angel wing confection is amazing. Congrats on the AAAAAAARP piece (hey, what organization do retired pirates belong to? YAAAAARRRRRRP!).

    Hee! I can't wait to see our movie!!

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    1. YAAAAARRRP! Hahaha!! This was definitely a fun video to make. We were free to ask the staff for assistance if we needed it and we asked permission to do the floor part, heh. You've seen our movie already. Both were really fun to shoot and edit.

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  3. Oh my, I am so impressed you're in AARP! Is it CARP in Canada? I can't wait to tell Kris, he reads it. You know we both turn 65 any minute. Fabulous, fabulous. You've reach the pinnacle I tell ya.

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    1. Please don't tell me everything is downhill from the pinnacle. Hahaha!! Yes, it IS CARP in Canada, whining bottom-feeders, it's a thing. I think the article is only in their online Disrupt Aging section. Soon you'll get discounts on everything!! Right on. Thanks, Pao.

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  4. You're in great company.

    Watched the video yesterday on the youtube. My BFF and I have different tastes or that would be us.

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    1. The company I was in left me a bit speechless, right? Luckily, Suzanne, Sue and I have tastes different enough that we don't really fight over anything, but we may pass stuff from change room to change room and usually there is no disagreement about who it looks better on.

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  5. Oh that video - so good-assed! And Cheesies. All the best things in life are right here. I think you could also wear your tee without the "R" and be your own BAND. Thanks for linking, xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. My good ass is laughing. Thanks, Patti. I love that idea of removing the R. I can paint over the existing one. Also, I fear that in light of what's going on in the world, my "I Surrender to the Chaos" tank dress is ruined! Surrender? No way.

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  6. I feel like I might end up near you in the North this year lololol!!! Let me know if you're ever coming anywhere close to Asheville, NC!!! For realzzz!!

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    1. I would DEFINITELY let you know but I'm on the West Coast. Too bad, right? I think we could have a great time!

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  7. Oh you did another meeting with Sheila? Looking forward to that. I loved the video. I already read about Suzanne putting her foot on your chest and a concerned woman reporting it hahaha. Keep these videos coming, they are hilarious.
    As for the outfits... the jumpsuit is stunning, indeed you can go to any posh party in it. The sleeves of the top underneath it are sooooo on trend (sorry darling, I know you cannot help it, but you are fashionable without trying).
    Of course the good ass outfit has my never dying love. So up my alley. Love it.
    All the proportions are right and the colours, and the textures, everything.
    Congrats with you being featured at ARP. You are in good company and you are leading the piece. WOW.
    Greetje

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    1. Yes, I heard about that women while we were filming. And another person offered to help me stand up. I was "acting" that I was coming out of the knock-out. That jumpsuit is a treasure! The pity is I haven't worn it more often. On trend?!!! Gaaa! Actually, that doesn't bother me. I stand on my own. You would look good in the good ass outfit. Heh.

      I was thrilled when I heard I would be on the opening page and was stunned by the other women in the piece. Thanks for your congrats, Greetje.

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  8. I need some garden work done. When are you available?

    Actually you can just use those sleeves to sweep away lasts years leaves that fell that I still haven't picked up. That rake will come in handy with the winter's worth of dog poop. Not exactly diamond studded jumpsuit work but I'm used to things very posh.

    I LOVE that photo of you by the trailer! You look like a star that was on her way to her trailer before some paparazzi snapped her as she was sneaking off for some naked bowling. Don't think too long or hard about that naked bowling thing. You'll have nightmares.

    Congrats again on all your amazing press. Soon you will have enough money to get someone else to rake the poop.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I'm ace at plastic flowers and shrubbery. I guarantee a maintenance-free garden, except for that poop part.

      I've always eyed the trailer and this is the first time I went in for photos. There may have been people inside. I googled Naked Bowling. Two kinds were listed, one with REAL naked bowling and one with camping involved. Actually, they both sounded like an adventure.

      I don't really need to rake poop right now, as I have a toilet, Suzanne. Hahaha. But if I DID start pooping in the yard (if I had one of those too), I would DEFINITELY want to hire someone else to rake it up. Hahaha.

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  9. Congratulations on #disrupt aging.

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  10. I'm so happy to see you (and Judith and Debra) in the AARP article!! Congratulations on the shoutout. The jumpsuit is a beautiful piece, made modern and funky with the layering of the floaty sleeved top. I love how you can change your look from photo to photo - glam gardener seques into badass/goodass rocker chillin' by her trailer.

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    1. One day I'm feeling Vegas high-roller and the next, yes, like you said. This trailer is awesome and so close to my home, plus, it was out of the rain. I wish I could put my art studio in there! Thanks for the congrats. I'm always surprised by this kind of thing.

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  11. Yes, that's the best look for gardening! Ha!
    I've played in the opera The Rakes Progress- I just always remember Baba the Turk with her beard!!x

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    1. That's SO COOL that you played in the real opera. Hahaha. I love the term "rake" and all its meanings. The day I took those photos I took off my coat to show the outfit and it was FREEZING cold. I think it was a shaking rake! xo

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  12. Loved the video. I never knew that thrift shopping was a contact sport:) Have you seen the old Australian tv series "Rake?" "Brilliant barrister with self destructive tendencies" as it's described. Starring Richard Roxburgh as lawyer Cleaver Greene. We loved it. That Cleaver Greene... he's sooo bad.

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    1. I've thankfully only had minor brushes with these moves. I think thrifting may tend to be slightly more grabby than retail shopping because every item is one-of-a-kind. Sale days can get crazy, but retail has that fever too. I just checked Netflix Canada and I'm in luck - that series is still on. Thanks for the tip! I'm always on the lookout for new material. And thanks for visiting!

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  13. Rhinestone trimmed palazzo pants! I'm in love! And the flutter sleeves are perfect! I've never laid eyes on a more glamorous gardening outfit.

    Love, love, love the video. I always look forward to your meetups with Suzanne and Sue, as it always involves hilarity.

    It was an honor to be included with you and the other amazing women in the AARP piece. Thank you for the mention!

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    1. I have to say, Judith, I think you would love these palazzo pants. I also used a shovel and a huuuge broom as props, which didn't make the cut. Heh. I'm glad you enjoyed the video. It's so much fun playing out each scenario. Re. AARP, I'm so startled to be included in your company. Really, the honour is mine! xo

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  14. Grerat kudos with the AARP nomination - you surely hang out with all the cool dudes don't you? Brilliant!

    Love both the meet up videos, hilarious x

    Anna

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    1. Well, someone else puts me in their company, otherwise I would never feel worthy to be there. But thank you. Making videos is the best. Then editing them into life with music and camera angles, etc, is truly satisfying. Thanks, Anna. xo

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  15. I could have just said Great, but was trying to type quickly!

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