Sunday, 11 February 2018

Avenging rock star

Same 'ole, same 'ole. My mod Emma Peel Avenger jumpsuit, in red wool, vintage, by Gordi of Montreal, featuring a groovalicious hip-slung belt and rear zip. I had to resew the seams, which can only be expected from a garment designed for action and intrigue, such as exploring high-tech volcano hide-outs used by bad guys and partying in Monte Carlo to schmooze intel from other secret agents. Sigh.

With it, I'm wearing my License to Wear (on account of that deadly collar) maxi vintage cape of Welsh wool, my diamond-encrusted meteorite pendant, and my brown leather ankle boots. AND rings that O made me, also available in his Etsy store HERE.

I've worn all of these things before on Bag'n'B. Nothing new to look at here, folks. Just move it along. (I posted the cape HERE and on IG HERE, I think there was somewhere else too but I can't find it; my labels are too stellar.) 


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Well, except, I do like this red wall. And on the opposite dark brown wall there was this very narrow patch of bright sunlight. I don't know what I'm stepping on. I don't want to know. As a high-action woman, I do what must be done.


I put white on my eyebrows because. And blue mascara which you can't even see. Pfft.


I've purchased almost no clothing over the last couple of months. The clothes I have provide a Rubik's Cube of styling possibilities. One little twist and a whole new and equally-satisfying (I keep telling myself that) combination is revealed. Sometimes I match up the panes, which you're supposed to do, but the results are more gasp-y when I don't. 
Fact: The Rubik's Cube has 43 quintillion possible combinations, just under the square of the Earth's population. No wonder my closet feels so full.
Plus, I haven't been seeing much I like on the racks lately. I don't know if it's because most of it is cheap, falling-apart crappy clothing and the cool pieces are running out(!), or if it's because my eye has become dulled after that unfortunate seasonal closet-switch-over incident a while ago, where friend Suzanne Carillo had me dancing around a big trash barrel singing, "I'm an effing rock star! Who's your momma now?" See her hilarious post HERE. And my comment HERE


Speaking of effing rock stars... I filmed this video clip below in a downtown alley yesterday. 

If you think I just put on a coat and sunglasses, you'd be wrong. 
What I put on is a quintuple platinum LP (and 8-track cassette) 
and a sold-out global tour. Hurray! 
The power of the clothes. 

Who can say no to that? Not me. Nunh. I'm also wearing a vintage cheongsam-type dress, double-thick warm fabric, and Zara pants from My Sister's Closet. AND MY MAGIC LOUPE, which O has restocked in his store again, HERE.


The music: First song, excerpt from The Big Decision by Audionautix licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://audionautix.com/.  Second song: Burnt by Jingle Punks.


When I dress like a rock star, I walk like one too, in varying degrees. All my outfits affect how I carry myself. One morning, when I was feeling the vibe, a woman walking past slowed and gasped, quote: "You look like a rock star!" That's what I'm talking about. I replied like Elvis, "Why, thank you very much," and continued on my way.

Dreams are free. 
My imagination is vast - 
and so is my closet. 
(Um, my closet is not that vast, not vast enough by far, definitely not as vast as my imagination, it's decidedly UNVAST. I hate it when architecture girdles my imagination, Forty-three quintillion? Puh.)


Shortly after my crew (tripod, remote control, wheelie cart, and me) called it a wrap, I bumped into Sue of A Colourful Canvas and her partner G, and crashed their lunch. And eerily, the last time I wore this dress was when I met up with Sue. Neener neener.

And we all bumped into Jane Masutani, whom we met at the big summer blogger meetup a couple of years ago, and her partner. It was one of those days. A good one.

I'm going to link up to Patti's Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style and Catherine's #iwillwearwhatilike at Not Dressed as Lamb. See you there!!!

Hugs and happy dances for visiting! 


27 comments:

  1. Hey. I know you. In fact I fan-girled you on Robson yesterday.

    We're happy you joined us for lunch!

    That cape is everything! I'd love if you could link back to when you've worn it before...

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    1. So great to run into you guys. I fan-girled you right back!

      I just added a couple of links to the cape above, but I think I'm missing some - my labeling skills are more hit than miss.

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  2. Hello Mel,
    Thanks to my late mother’s wonderful genes, I am easily delighted. However it takes a shite- ton to move me to the worship state. Your style deiivers. Love the red jumpsuit and totally fabulous cape.
    Red wall, black wall —- you are superb!
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

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    1. Hi Elle, Such kind words!! If you ever come to Vancouver I think we'd have a great time. I know all the shops, high and low. We can do mutual worship. Hahaha!

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    2. I am much too old not to say just what I mean. Life is short. A trip to Vancouver sounds very intriguing. Wish I traveled more easily. But you my darling can get to New York! ??
      I really enjoy following you, and yes if we shoped together it would be one great big party!
      ❤️❤️❤️
      Elle
      https://theellediaries.com/

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  3. Yay! Welsh wool and a catsuit, you know I love them both!

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    1. You're a pro in these style genres, Vix.

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  4. You do everything like a rock star (well, save for all the drugs and groupies). Ooh that cape, love it - who on earth would have given that away?? Stay insanely fabulous, xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. My drug of choice is chocolate, as you may know. My groupies are kitties in cartoon form.

      I wonder too who would have given such a thing away! Although I ask myself why I haven't worn this more often. Time to remedy that. xo

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  5. Oh yes, Emma Peel! Love that jumpsuit!

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    1. It's cool, right? I feel very sleuthy when I wear this and have a strong urge to drink martinis.

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  6. ooo, that cape. I don't believe I've seen it before. Stupendous with the fire engine red catsuit. I say, catsuits are like wearing dresses. You just put it on and you're practically done with dressing. No need to think about tops or bottoms, etc.

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    1. I adore catsuits for that very reason, Pao. Put on one thing and you're ready to go. And the belt on this one is pre-looped. The cape is divinely swooshy. xo

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  7. Rock schtar!! Oh, you are struttin' and poppin' and showing 'Couver how it is done, girlfriend! Loving this outfit - FABULOUS. How awesome that you ran into Sue and Jane! Vancouver is such a small town! I'll be over briefly (VERY) this coming weekend for the Bruins/'Nucks game - 'tis only a brief in and out Sat/Sun, so look for me in "normal" clothes (jeans). I know, shocker!

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    1. Yes, it was like a mini blogger meetup.

      "Normal" clothes? I wouldn't recognize you! No, I would. You've still got that 'tude that makes you shine in a crowd. I look forward to your longer visit to town next month!

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  8. Love that giant KAPOW of red in the first photo! It's such a powerful colour, no wonder you feel like a star when you are wearing that one-piece. Your build suits those one piece jumpsuits perfectly. I love a good welsh tapestry piece, especially with "poke out your eye" lapels. I wish I could run into other bloggers when I'm out and about here.

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    1. Running into other bloggers here is rare. That was a weird but welcome day, I assure you. Yeah, nothing beats a poke-out-their-eyes cape! I love the jumpsuit, I love the cape, it was a chocolate/peanut butter moment. xox

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  9. That is a truly stupendous cape and it looks wonderful on you!

    Fancy meeting up with three bloggers on one day - it's because you're a star!
    xxx

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    1. Hahaha, Veronica. We all felt like stars I think. It was sunny with blue skies. Can't beat it. And spontaneous. Really good. Thanks for stopping by! xox

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  10. A spy look worthy of a James Bond movie! Love this outfit. Had to add it to my Vintage Inspiration Pinterest board.

    I too am so underwhelmed with the offerings in stores lately. At least anything in my price range anyway. Last time I shopped I was wishing there was a fainting couch available to fling myself onto as the boring choices had literally sucked all the shopping energy out of me.

    That's why I like vintage. So much better quality and creative options for the price.

    And your rock star walk video is a treasure!

    Theresa

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    1. Hahaha, about the fainting couch. Yeah, I know what you mean. It pains me because I like to thrift shop as well and the really cool vintage pieces are getting more scarce, run out of town by the fast fashions. Grrr. But we are resilient, are we not? Happy hunting to you! Thanks for your comment! xo

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  11. Your cape is beautiful Melanie. It seems worthy of any scenario your imagination can conjure.
    I am the proud owner of a thrifted cape that was made in Scotland. It is plaid and done in muted tones of grey,lavender,blush and beige. I mended it and had it cleaned. I have treasured it for over 6 years but haven't worn it. What the hell is holding me back??
    Capes have a certain stigma... They require the wearer to adopt an attitude. I don't feel like Sherlock Holmes. Any thoughts? Love, Jude

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    1. I know what you mean about putting on a cape. What made this one work for me in the end was to envision in terms of the Beatles-go-to-India, to veer it more towards mod than fusty or Holmesy. I hope that image helps! Especially after you put in the effort to mend it!! xox

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  12. woww, RockStar fabulousness!, I'm loving your 'Emma Peel Avenger' catsuit (wasn't she a Fabulous character?) and all that action and intrigue which have to be involved when wearing it!! and that cape!! and the pendant!! everything makes me feel enthusiastic!
    A girl can't have a too much vast wardrobe, as fas as I'm concerned. I dream on a Tardis Wardrobe, even if space-time continuity is hard to break. But I keep on dreaming!
    besos

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    1. You said it - she was a fabulous character! This outfit really makes me want to ride the Concorde (sadly now gone) for breakfast in Paris. Sigh. I'd stop off at your place for lunch before we jetski to the evil headquarters. How about it? Hugs, xox.

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  13. You are such a funny woman. Thank your for this kost entertaining post. I can see you singing and dancing around the big barrel haha.. “who’s your mamma now”😂.
    As for finding new combinations with the things from your closet, you are the best. It all looks new. And I cannot remember I saw that cape before.
    Greetje

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    1. I think I only posted once on the cape - I just had it on my mind a lot more. And it's true how it's hard for people to remember blog outfits, especially when I can't even remember my own. Suzanne provided a lot of humour to get me through that mini wardrobe freak-out. Hahaha! xox

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