Monday, 1 January 2018

New Year's Eve bash!

Laughter! Music! Dancing! Drinks and canapes! A swirl of glitterati! 

There was a huge New Year's Eve bash last night. A glamorous one. Somewhere. Not here

That didn't stop me from having my own mini gala in the concrete atelier. And I swanned around home for a little while speaking with drawn-out fake British/French/Russian/Spanish/Marlon-Brando accents, with a few Japanese words thrown in, wearing my Morticia Addams-on-Skittles dress.


In the above photo I think I look like the hood ornament of a big classic car, striking a pose front and centre above the grill, obstructing the driver's view, hair blowing wildly as I speed down a highway on the outskirts of Vegas perhaps. 

Yeah, it's a look I'd like to duplicate more often with or without the gown. To boldly go. If I were living in California in the 1920s, I think I would have enjoyed wing-walking.


Above I am doing Julia Roberts-as-Pretty-Woman opening the jewellery box from Richard Gere before flying off to the opera, scene is here. That movie HORRIFIED me!! The message was wrong, Wrong, WRONG!!! So I am doubly vexed when I find myself referencing it, like I am now.

I don't need expensive gems or clothes to make me happy. My magic loupe, custom-made by O, is priceless. He sells them in his Etsy store, here. And cool rings too. Those ones have a price but they are still priceless.

The dress is thrifted, purchased at Talize a couple of years ago on an expedition with Suzanne and Sue. When I posted on it before, here, I was concerned about the puddling hem, but, pffft, with these new platform shoes (posted here) there is less drag. Plus, this gown is machine-washable. Looking back, I don't know what the fuss was about. And my carpet is clean if you're not wearing reading glasses.


That's my index finger there, not my third finger, a "come thither" not a "feck off" gesture - although, now I look at it, my facial expression could be interpreted either way. Gaaa!!! Mixed signals like this could lead to disaster.

What this shot should be saying is, "Hey, 2018, c'mon, c'mon! I'm ready." In fact, for this photo, in my head I was asking the server to bring me another martini.


The vintage baby-pink ruched gloves were a gift from an estate. I made the purse from a wood matryoshka. O custom-made the hardware. I designed it as a teacup carrier, but it works just as well as a hand bag and it's perfect for this gown.

At the concrete-box party, they ran out of martinis, so when I got home I headed straight for the strong stuff. You got it: coffee with caffeine. Oo-wee, now we're living! With butter-pecan-flavoured creamer!!!


The dress features an off-the-shoulder design, but on me, for some reason, it kept slipping into off-off-the shoulder territory. I should have used my suspenders. There was no real danger of a wardrobe malfunction because I was wearing an undergarment contraption, although that kept slipping too.


And that last shot shows you the tulip skirt at the bottom, the Morticia Addams pose. It's really quite a divine dress. I have a sequin mini dress that I had intended to wear to the party, but decided to save it for another special occasion.

So 2018. Hmm. Not sure what to make of it yet. So far, so good. I hope you all have a stellar new year ahead. It can't be worse than 2017, right? RIGHT!?!!! 

Cheers. Hugs all around. Thank you for reading.

I'll link this up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style, Visible Monday. And with Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, #iwillwearwhatilike.



41 comments:

  1. It can't be worse than 2017!! I'll drink to that, and most anything you write. Like having a clean floor unless I'm wearing my glasses, and the come-hither look that resembles the fluck-off look. Love this slinky dress, it is indeed divine. Happy, happy new year, xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Happy, happy new year to you too, Patti. I am counting on 2018 being better. Cheers to that, and floors with reading glasses off!

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  2. Best entertainment columnist ever! You spend NYE just like I do but I’m forget to document any of it. O’ wait, maybe I didn’t document since I was in my glamorous sweat outfit (comfy as ever😂). Here’s to looking at 2018 as a great year, right?

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    1. Yes, but I didn't show you what I changed into after the swanky gown. Hahaha! Here's to a great new year, Trina!

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  3. Stunning! Happy New Year!!! Love the dress (gorgeous fit!) & gloves!!!!

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  4. Not many women could pull that dress off, but you sweet friend certainly can. My New Year's Eve glamor outfit was flannel PJs, LOL.
    Happy New Year!
    Connie :)

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    1. Hahaha!! Sounds like a great new year's outfit! You should have seen what I wore for the rest of the night. Or not!
      Happy New Year!

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  5. Color and interest---you have that covered with everything in between!!!
    You always know how to give a finger whether it's a come here thought or something else!!!
    Happy 2018!!!
    XOOX
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. My fingers have minds of their own sometimes. Heh. Happy New Year! xoxo

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    1. And a most Happy New Year to you too, Tina!! Cheers! Let's make it a good one.

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  7. You look divine in this dress. It fits your gorgeous body like a glove. Very sexy. For gloves I would have preferred black ones. I have a fingerless pair with black beads you could have borrowed. That cute bag is indeed perfect with the dress.
    Happy, happy New Year dear Melanie.
    Greetje

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    1. This is a great dress. I'm pretty sure Suzanne picked it out for me at the thrift shop. I have long black gloves and went to put them on but realized I had lent them to a friend for a truly amazing gala. So I used these pale pink ones instead. I like them after all.
      Happy New Year, Greetje. All the best things for you this year! xox

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  8. Oh, I am in LOVE with this dress on you, Melanie! It is heaven in a swatch of polyester! You are too cool in this. I agree with Greetje on the black gloves, purely from the aesthetic of an accent, although I am fond of the pink ones as I have a pair just like that that were my mom's from the 60s.

    Happy New Year to you and O! Woo hoo! It can't be worse than 2017, can it? It can only get better!

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    1. I forgot I had these gloves until I went to look for my black ones and remembered I had lent them to a friend for a huuuuge gala. In fact, I think I prefer these, but either would have worked.
      You are so right, it can only get better. Huge Happy New Year wishes to you and L!! xox

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  9. Fantabulous! We too partied like we are 83 - hand sewing and TV. I am in recovery mode after a tough year and any set back could be disastrous!!!

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    1. Hahaha. Sounds like a great way to pass an evening. So 2018 can't be any worse then. Let's hope for a spectacular recovery!! Happy New Year! xox

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  10. Happy New Year! That dress looks amazing on you.
    Proud to say I've never seen Pretty Woman. No wizards or space ships? Not interested. Also, Julia and Richard bug me.
    Stay warm!

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    1. The first time I saw that movie I was appalled. Then it wore off and now I'm absolutely appalled again. This is the message we're sending? Wizards and space ships, yes! Hahaha! Happy New Year!! xox

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  11. That dress is somehow colorful, but not. Maybe it's because it does have quite a bit of black in it. Love it, and it looks great on you, you do the off shoulder thing very nicely. Happy New Year!

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    1. I know what you mean. It's loud not loud. Heh. But I have to do something about those falling-down semi-sleeves. Happy New Year!! Let's make it a good one. xox

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  12. How I love to see you swooning around and pointing fingers in that dress! THE dress! I'm so happy you bought it. I couldn't imagine anyone else wearing it with such panache like you. Seriously. You need to wear this to your next audition. You'd get the part for sure!

    The stairwell is the new kitchen. Remember? All parties used to end up in the kitchen. Now they all wind up in the stairwell. You are such a trail blazer.

    Happy New Year! To the funniest gal I know.

    Suzanne

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    1. You picked this out for me, didn't you? I remember you bravely standing in front of me as a man walked by the dressing rooms because it was slightly see-through. That's a TRUE friend! Hahaha. If I wore this to the next audition people would think it's a setup for the Me Too movement. Heh.

      All end up in the stairwell? I could invite maybe one guest. Heh.

      Happy New Year to the funniest gal I know, back! xox

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    1. Oh thank you! She was from Vancouver too. She may not have approved of all the colour though. Heh. Happy New Year! xox

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  14. Love everything about this

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  15. You've mastered the "Come Hither, Go Thither" look! I remember when you got that dress, and I adored it then, still do. I would have happily joined you in the stairwell for a petit soiree if I had a teleporter.

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    1. Yes, how fun if you had joined me. I would have requested that you bring some cheese nippies though. Hahaha!! Happy New Year, Shelley. xox

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  16. Fabulous striped gown , you can outdo anyone on the runway, even in your concrete atelier.
    Sass, verve, style, authentic Wow-iness. I Know , i just made that word up.
    Fabulous shoes and bag, too.
    Good golly you are great at this!
    xoxo, Elle
    https://theellediaries.com

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    1. I love your new word. Hahaha! We both know how to have fun dressing up. It would be great to go out on the town together. Happy New Year, Elle! xox

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  17. Happy New Year Mel. Dressing up for New Year's has never been better. Foxy Lady! Greetings from bayou land. Judy and Handsome

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    1. Oh, greetings to you in the bayou. Wouldn't I love to celebrate new year's under some Spanish moss. Sigh. Happy New Year to you and Handsome. So glad to have met you both in 2017. More fun in 2018! xox

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  18. There's something exceptional about looking so fabulous in your building stairwell on New Year's Eve. Thank you for all the effort to share this perfect dress with all of us. You look beautiful, and there's a lightness of being here that gives you an extra wonderful glow. Glowing is a hopeful sort of look which is just what we all need going into 2018. Happy New Year Melanie. Love, Jude

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    1. Oh Jude, hugs across the miles to you for all your wonderful comments. I was bored, so of course I had to gown-up and share my bored-turned-playtime. I agree, we all need hope. Let's make 2018 a year of light and hope. xox

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  19. happy new year to you, dear lady! so cool that you wore this fabulous dress, with gloves and all!, and I love that cute matrioska-bag, a job of art!
    Keeping the good vibes for this new year!
    besos

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  20. The winner of the best dress evah. Yes. As for the black-pink gloves debate. Black gloves would be so expectable, so Barbie. Now, pink peach rouched gloves, that's an element worthy of a Mel-o-Vision Best Dressed Event. AmIRight? You should get a trophy, statue, award. Yes.

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