Monday, 21 August 2017

What to wear in a stairwell

Think outside the box? 
I think not!

Wearing: Calvin Klein linen dress with very long ties - Sandra of @standard.deviations pointed it out to me years ago at Value Village - and knee-high Converse runners with cheaty rear zips and lunch-bag hand bag, both from My Sister's Closet. Plus magic loupe and ring from O, of course.

Donna Quixote battles a wall in knee-high sneakers. 
No sword, but she has a fabulous trailer lunch-box hand bag.

Most of my photos are in the box. I am in the box. My brain is in the box. 

My imagination is wherever the feck I want it to be. 
Always. 

For example, below it looks like I'm in the box, but in fact I'm driving a classic convertible Bugatti through Monaco. Oh, and there's my yacht on the horizon. Is that Claude in the skiff coming to pick me up? I think it is! I shall wave in my traffic cone dress. I hope O got back from his atelier in time. (Do you see what I see now?)


Those are my red sandals and dress from Talize thrift store, belted this time (unbelted here), and my happy doggy scarf, and sunglasses. Of course, I'm also wearing my magic loupe and ring from O, which you can buy HERE.


Next, when using one's wristwatch teleportation device to travel to Paris for dinner, one must bring a lunch-bag hand bag for unexpected delays. 

My travel wear consists of an NLST "Harem Flightsuit" (here) - how perfect! - my radiation-proof mega honkin' sunglasses, my pseudo-gladiator sandals, in case the teleporter transports me to that gladiator era by mistake, magic loupe and ring for magic, and my lunch-bag hand bag again.


What?! They kicked me off the teleporter! 
I pay extra for First Class molecular handling!! 

Massive delay. And the only things in my lunch bag were inedible, unless you count my lipstick - but only in super-duper emergencies.

Thank goodness I'm in the box so I can set things aright!


Boxes get such a bad rap. 

Kitties love them, and so do I. They play in boxes, hide in boxes, and even poop in boxes - although I don't do that. What geometric shape do you think inside of, outside of? It's a ridiculous question of course.

I'm linking up with Patti's Visible Monday, Not Dead Yet Style, and Catherine's #iwillwearwhatilike at Not Dressed at Lamb. I know I'll see you there! Hugs.

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AND OTHER BREAKING NEWS:


Sylvia of 40+ Style has featured me on her blog today, HERE

"Having fun with makeup and hair – A beauty interview with Melanie"

The interview is part of her Beauty series. I had fun answering her questions - it's not a topic I think about much. And there are a few never-before-seen photos of me. Thank you, Sylvia. I owe so much of my confidence to you! Check out the other articles in her series. So good.



 Greetje, of No Fear of Fashion, another favourite blogger, has translated from Dutch to English the piece about me in the Marie Claire Netherlands May print magazine. I've added it to my previous post, HERE, to accompany the original article. Huge hugs to you for doing that!



 My friend Judy has launched a blog - Fancified. She is a madly talented upcycler and crown-maker. Case in point below: a repurposed jacket "hot off the waffle iron." 


You'll have to go to her blog to see all the AMAZING detail. I've featured her before on my street style blog, Culture Serf, HERE. I encourage you to have a look. I know you'll be inspired by her creativity.

That's all!! For now. 

Dang! I keep forgetting to do my flat lays!


38 comments:

  1. OMG, Mel, that orange dress with the happy doggy scarf? You are Grace Kelly waiting to mesmerize Cary Grant. An inspiration to all of us, as always, to try the road less traveled. xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. I like Cary Grant, but I can't imagine whispering his name in his ear, "Oh, Cary, oh, Cary." Especially with O looking over my shoulder. Hahaha. xox

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  2. "Hot off the waffle iron" is my new favorite phrase!

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  3. I just read Sylvia's interview with you. Phyllis Diller and Tilda Swinton--ha, ha, ha, so funny . . . You're the tops.

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  4. Where did you find that jumpsuit?? You didn't pay $500 for it, I know it! I adore the Converse zip-up runners, and would snatch them from your feet and run away laughing. You're just so fabulous (do you get tired of me saying that?), Mel. I have no words! NO! WORDS!

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    1. Me pay $500 for anything? Nevah! As you rightly know. I got it at a consignment shop for more than I usually spend but I have farking ideas in mind. Yeah, the runners were a real find. I have to keep up with your footwear collection. (Impossible!)

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  5. I want to know where you got that AMAZEBALLS jumpsuit too!! What a score - SHEESH, I'm green with envy. Love the knee-hi Converse too.

    Enjoyed your parade of makeup looks in Sylvia's interview with you. It makes me wish I was bolder in my makeup colour choices. Judy's outfits are so intriguing - the detail in the purple jacket is amazing!

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    1. The jumpsuit was at a local consignment shop. I spent too much but want to fark it and knew it'd be worth it. No farking yet, though. These shoes remind me of you. Judith is wildly creative.

      And you definitely hold your own in the makeup/hair department. Most of those more colourful looks at Sylvia's were for experimenting or a video shoot downtown - although I think I could get used to almost anything these days. xox

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  6. That canary yellow outfit! Oh my gawd, it's frickin' divine on you. I love it.
    Judy looks awesome, off to investigate further. xxx

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    1. I think this dress thing was originally a man's garment that fit him, but I don't like to think about that. Heh. xox

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  7. when I was a little kid I read a story about a family that got trapped in the Grand Canyon and had to eat crayons and drink radiator water until they were rescued. I thought that was so exciting. And since that day I have always thought about what I would eat if I got stuck somewhere and didn't have any food. Lipstick is an excellent idea. Yum. Meanwhile am continually lusting after your lace up sneaks. You are breathtakingly gorgeous. Do you have the most massive closet ever??

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    1. I read that we eat about 7 pounds of lipstick in our lifetime. Yum, yes. Heh. I'm glad the family was rescued. Hahaha! I put so many clothes in space bags and then into my storage locker, aka alien pod incubator. I need a good purge. Thanks, Connie. xox

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  8. Ah, you are never, could never be in a box. Your imagination simply will not keep you there. Love your orange yachting outfit and your super cool olive jumpsuit, zipper, loupe and all. Love the kick the box shot, in the first frame. Those high top sneakers are my kind of wild!
    And that bag is such fun too,
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    Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/blog/

    http://www.theellediaries.com/blog/

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    1. I always thought it's weird that people have to be told to think outside a box in order to be creative, like they acknowledge that that's where they live in the first place. Thanks for your comment, Elle. xox

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  9. Hahahaha...what to wear in a stairwell.
    I had to click though to see what I should be doing if I was in one.
    Luckily it looks like wearing what the f**K you like is the dress code.
    I like!
    XXX
    Samantha
    Fake Fabulous | Fake it until you make it! Style Tips & Fun with Fashion, over 40

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    1. You got that right, Samantha! Hahaha. xox

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  10. love your 'what to wear in a stairwell' title, your rocking box and your fabulousness!
    I'm loving that pair of knee high converse (lots of attitude involved!) and that yellow/orange dress (it is like a ray of sunshine, yes, I love it!). Obviously you rock in that jumpsuit, gorgeous and fabulous!
    And it's lovely to read the piece of Marie Claire, even your own version was really amazing!
    besos

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    1. I can see you in these Converse. And calling this a rocking box. Hahaha! Big hugs. xox

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  11. Lurve! Especially the Chucks! ♥

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  12. I like the Princess Grace look - and the gaze... :)

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. I loved how this photo came out. I was thinking about that driving down the coast scene when I took this. xox

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  13. I love that you live in a box. It makes me feel better as I tend to live in a bubble to protect myself from the harshness of real life. Love all of today's outfits and forgot to say thanks for the squinch - am practising it daily now.

    Anna x

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    1. I think a bubble is much better than a box, there are no hard edges. And a bubble floats. Good luck with the squinch. Hahaha. xox

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  14. Your mind is precious. It is so creative. You know I am a huge fan of your creativity, don't you? Whenever Sylvia and I or Anja and I talk about you, we always say to each other : " My God, that woman is creative".
    I love your imagination travelling from concrete staircase to Monaco. With your mind, you are always on vacation. And I love the jumpsuit. It looks good on you and as Sheila implies: expensive.
    Greetje

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    1. The trick is to take that vacation from my mind into real life. Hahaha. That would require all kinds of creativity. The jumpsuit was consignment so not very expensive at all. More than usual, I admit, but I have grand farking plans, some day, maybe. xox

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  15. Here's to stare-ing well. and kick boxing too. There's so much to do and you do it all, Mz Mel, with mega-aplomb. Ze ensembles, ze poses, ze special mentions. Alors and sacre bleu!

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  16. You are the BEST Melanie, honestly the very best! I never know what to expect from you, which is the beauty of you obviously! and you always deliver something fabulous and highly creative. Thank you for being you! Also, I just wanted to let you know I updated my previous blog post mentioning our brunch with some of your photos of us all, and credited you for the pictures, I hope that's OK, also included a link to O's etsy store too :)

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    1. Oh, Carolyn, you are always a source of inspiration. Thank you for this comment! Of course, that's absolutely fine about the photos, we were all there together. And huge thanks for the link to O's Etsy store. I love that we both wear his loupe. I believe in its energy. That's a great post! xox

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  17. yellow is a difficult color, but you look incredible in that dress

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    1. I think I can wear it because it veers more towards the reds than the greens. Thanks! xox

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  18. I do believe that all of the magical and creative ideas that you have in the box will surely come true! See you in Paris for dinner! xo

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    1. Oh yes, to dine with you in Paris! That would require elbow-length gloves and I'd need a fabulous hat. How much fun we would have, non? Hugs, Judith. xo

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  19. U r amazing!!!!! Love the yellow/orange dress and will totally check out all these amazing features of u!!!!!

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