Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Where angels go, trouble follows

I was feeling particularly Scottish, punk, rebel boarding-school girl, so this is what I wore.

This outfit also makes me think of the 1968 movie Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows, in which Stella Stevens, a young nun with gumption, and Rosalind Russel, Mother Superior, drive a busload of giggling high-school girls from St. Francis Academy to an inter-faith rally in faraway California. It was 1968, remember? This movie, which I saw on TV later, was the first time I thought nuns could be groovy.


So I've got on the "code" kilt, well below the knee, vintage (both the knees and the kilt), from Marks & Spencer. Plus, I bought it at a church, the West Vancouver United Church Flea Market. Probably the kilt/church combo made me think of that movie. The ultra-high-top runners (with rear zip, whew!) are from My Sister's Closet and the faux fur jacket is from Community Thrift.

I always liked Stella Stevens. She was in another zany TV movie called Call Her Mom, 1972. She played the housemother for a bunch of fun-loving boys at a frat house. Oh yes, highly plausible. I was very young when I saw it, but the movie inspired me to start writing my first screenplay. Hahaha. I wish I still had it! I drew Stella's face on the cover.


Another reason I loved Where Angels Go was the theme song. And I found it on YouTube!! It's a bit Gidget, but hey. It's by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. But I can picture myself bopping around home in my bib-front, two-tone purple bell bottoms and red striped top at the time.


A little sass below.


And below, what I wore today, and I wasn't even cold! My legs kept throwing off the camera's white balance. That's an expression of bliss, imagining that I have some brownies and a couple of C-notes in my lunchbag handbag. What more could a gal want?


I just noticed today that Montecristo Magazine has posted me on their Instagram account HERE. Hurray!! I'm happy how well that piece, Defying Ageist Fashion Rules: Styleactivism, has gone. You can read my post about it here. I would love to do more articles/photos like this.

Canada definitely needs more women over 50 in ALL MEDIA. Everyone needs more representation of women over 50!


I used a binoculars prop to gaze into my future. All I saw was my tripod, really badly out of focus. Heh. But I was still feeling like a beacon of positive energy having survived a dizzyingly (great word) busy couple of months.

Below is a detailed picture of the inner workings of my brain. I am very fond of this piece. It's just over 4 feet square.


That's all from here. Stay groovy!!

Of course I'll link up to Patti's Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style and Catherine's #iwillwearwhatilike at Not Dressed as Lamb.


30 comments:

  1. Our sun is tiptoeing its way back over to your side. I love how following international bloggers keeps you in touch with nature.
    So now a drum roll please and a giant staggerback for those boots!!
    And your pairing with the tartan AND corset AND fur is beyond wonderful. I swoon....
    xo Jazzy Jack

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    1. I feel the same way about bloggers and weather - I marvel at the size of our globe and the miracle of time zones and opposing seasons. Very cool. Thanks for this comment. xo

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  2. I love when you feel that 'Scottish, punk, rebel boarding-school girl' vibe and dress up some tartan and fabulous boots!. Love that coat too! (love everything indeed!)
    I totally agree that we need more representation of women over 50 in all media!! in every country of the world! And you Rock!
    besos

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    1. Right? Right. I need to see you in the media more too. You are an inspiration for all. xo

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  3. Your artwork is amazing - I'll bet it's awesome in it's full-sized glory.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment about that piece. It's very active and sucks you right it. I always find new things in there and wonder. xo

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  4. Your inner brain is so lovely!! I love tartan looks and I also love a nun look...

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    1. My brain wears beige better than any other part of my body. Heh. Who can't resist a nun look, especially from the '60s?

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  5. Whotta brain it is too! Wish I could have worn such a fab uniform! I was a Catholic schoolgirl before the plaid skirts. We wore pleated tunics in boring navy blue. And nuns are scary. Just sayin’.

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    1. Pleated tunics - that intrigues me. The label says St. Michael at/à Marks & Spencer, made in Canada. Apparently they had this brand from '27 to 2000 (I just checked). I can't help but think they were imagining Catholic boarding schools. Who knows. Why were those nuns so scary?

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  6. Your art is amazing - it just makes me happy looking at it. I love that it's so large.

    You, you are just so stellar, Mel. I would send Insta all the hearts, but then it would mean giving another insidious corporation my soul. See you TOMORROW!!!

    S.

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    1. I've always loved making large art and I supposed I was drawn to O because he makes small art. I'm late responding so I already know we had a fantastic time! xo

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  7. Oh I need that pic, inside your brain!! It's got everything. And now I have a tune in my head too - groovy memories. You're a huge SCHTAR. xox

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    1. I keep finding things in that painting thing - I'm glad I'm not an analyst. This song is the soundtrack of my day sometimes. xox

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  8. The Inner Workings of Your Brain make me very happy. I hope they make you happy too. Plus, I just loved your plaid-ness outfit and how it connected to your present-day life as an expert thrifter to your younger life watching movies and listening to groovy music. In a way, this whole post is a glimpse into the inner workings of your brain. My own brain is bepopping right along, snapping fingers and tapping toes. Cool, man.

    Hugs,
    Sherry

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    1. I love your bebopping brain too, Sherry. You reflect it well in your photos. It all leaks out somehow. xo

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  9. I love punk! So of course I love your look! I am feeling punky to on my blog today! Uk punky that is, think London 80s! I would love to see you on my Fancy Friday linkup party!

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    1. Sorry I've missed the linkup! But '80s London punk, yeaaah. And then Seattle grunge. I don't even know what the latest thing is. Thanks for your comment!

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  10. I remember that movie. You've interpreted it so well - plaid skirt, angelic fluffer jacket, pixie cut, attitude, even the stripey pants. That film had a big effect on me. I couldn't wait to be a teenager and wear cute shift dresses and ride around on buses with my friends having adventures. But when I finally reached teenager hood everyone wore scruffy jeans and hung around in our friends' basement wreck rooms smoking pot. Not what I had in mind but I adjusted. Gosh, I love your brain. Have you ever seen "The World of Henry Orient."? I think you might like it.....

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    1. Hahaha. I can totally see the scene. I wanted those bus adventures too. And boarding school adventures. Sigh. But the wreck rooms were a good substitute - makes me think of that movie Almost Famous. At least connecting scenes of my life with movies or good music, makes it much more exciting. Heh. I have to see that movie - thanks for the recommendation. xo

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  11. The Medley of Plaids – Divine, especially with the hot mustard waist-cincher! The boots are always a welcome sight. I hope you become a regular with Montecristo. And I LOVE the workings of your brain – metaphorically and as a painting. GORGEOUS PAINTING!!! I see it has a 2018 copyright – did you just make it? So wonderful.

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    1. That painting was started a few years ago. Recently I pulled out my work and this was one. I hung it on our wall and started working at it again. I think it's still going on, so I put 2018. Yeah, that magazine is my Canadian favourite of them all. Thanks, Barbara. xo

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  12. I can so imagine that this is your brain. Colourful, unique, creative, chaos. Yep you got it right. Must be bliss to be creative and to be able to paint and draw.
    Greetje

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    1. Ah, it must be bliss to be a successful career woman! Hahaha. The grass is always greener... But thanks, Greetje. xox

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  13. I suspect that your brain looked like that for a day or two at most. Those synapses are exploding some great new color configurations all the time.
    Those sneaker boots are wonderful and I have the shorter red version. Mine are more of the "galoshes" vibe as we discussed one time when I sent you their picture. Are yours canvas?
    I hadn't thought of doing a plaid look but I like yours SO much!! That fuzzy pale blue jacket feels quite Easter bunnyish right now. It's sweet!! Love, Jude

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    1. Hi Jude! Yeah, these are canvas. They are a touch large but when they lace all the way up your leg, it doesn't really matter, they're not coming off! Plaid really benefited from punk rock and Vivienne Westwood, heh. I'd like to see your version of this. xox

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  14. The inside of your brain is sooo colourful and intricate! I watched the Trouble With Angels and the sequel(s) so many times when I was a kid. Your outfit definitely channels the rebellious spirit of Steven's character. Your knee-hi converse are my favourite shoes of yours.

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    1. Yes, those two movies. Haley Mills was in one. And Rosalind Russel always frightened me, she was so strong. But now I think, we could all use a little Russel in our lives. Too bad we didn't go to the same school! xox

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