Monday, 26 November 2018

Furry things, dingle bits, and Turnipheads

I down went to the scary storage locker where my alien pods are hibernating, pods referring of course to my clothes in their vacuum-sealed space bags. There was definitely a rustling sound, maybe even muffled giggles, as I tugged open the padlock. 

The key to survival in there is to be quick and efficient and carry a big vacuum hose. It helps that I have an Excel spreadsheet now that catalogs my clothes by description and bag number. 

One reason I went down is to pull out this ice-blue faux fur because I knew it would go magnificently with a new addition to my closet - a luxury bag from Jamin Puech Paris. It was a gift, a mini collaboration, but rest assured my opinions are my own: I LOVE IT!!

The next photo is what happens when I get excited by a new bag - I wave it about so much you can't really see it! Please kindly skip to the photo after this one for a calmer view.

This bag, Chair, is from their Tingshas line. Dingle bits, velvety softness, high-factor swingability, and satisfying planetary orbs that click open and shut. It is a truly unique piece of handbag art, which is why I was so happy to accept this collaboration. Even the packaging was exquisite.

And look, the cuffs of my thrifted Scotch & Soda blouse match the dingle bits perfectly. Spooky, right? Hahaha. And I didn't even plan it. I'm also wearing my fake stripper track pants that zip all the way down the sides and my brown cowboy-style booties.

No one comes between me and my Jamin Puech. 

Seriously, this is a fine bag and I know I'll use it often. It was very difficult choosing which bag I want - all their designs are absolutely stunning, and I don't say that lightly. Go have a look and you'll see what I mean. Thanks, Jamin Puech

And below is the Chair with another outfit. I like this pairing equally well, especially with the silk velvet scarf in the mix.

Now moving along. Tra-la-la, tra-la-la, lounging on the concrete steps in outdoor wear, as one does, leafing through my journal.

What am I wearing? All things from my closet, thrifted or gifted:
  • black-and-white graphic print vintage coat with red lining from my friend Su
  • heavyweight vintage jacquard pants 
  • men's pointy brown shoes 
  • silk velvet scarf
  • "Soho" glasses, gift from Vint and York in NYC in the summer
  • Jamin Puech Paris handbag
Just so you know, below is the kind of sketch that litters my journals. I have hundreds of them over many years, mostly featuring Turniphead (that's me), wearing the same thing I was wearing that day, and Kitty, often Royal Kitty, wearing whatever strikes my fancy. If you spot me in a downtown cafe, chances are I'll either be sketching or colouring one of these with pencil crayons.

I also wore this black-and-white pattern-mix outfit a week ago to a Uniqlo store in Burnaby, which is a 30-minute transit ride from downtown Vancouver. Uniqlo is an international fashion retailer headquartered in Japan and I went there not necessarily to shop but to hunt for a photo of me from a global print and commercial campaign I did with them earlier in the summer. And look! 

My friend Elizabeth (IG and website) accompanied me and took the photo. I was featured in the stretchy pants section. Awesome! Hahaha. 

I hadn't mentioned the campaign to anyone because I didn't know what happened to it. Then, cincinnata_demetria, whom I know from IG, wrote that she had seen me in the Amsterdam Uniqlo. What a surprise! When I asked, she kindly sent me a photo that I posted on my IG, HERE

That same night, people O and I know in Japan also called, surprised to have seen me in their local Uniqlo as well.

Of course I was excited and contacted Greetje of No Fear of Fashion, who lives not too far from the Amsterdam store, and she generously went down and took a bunch more photos. Huge thanks to Greetje! And to her husband Ron, who drove the getaway car. She has a funny story about that on her blog, HERE. One of the photos she sent me is below. 

That's me in the commercial above the photo too. I'm an architect. Greetje didn't even notice until she got home that I was in there and she'd captured my scene by chance. I'm not keen on the camera angle in the ad and told Greetje, DO NOT USE!!, but I'm over it now, it's life. This was an awesome shoot. 

That's about it from here. I'll finish with this photo - showing the wall who's boss. ???!!!

I'm wearing a short lurex dress with sport-style neck and cuffs. Those are Zohara tights, which they sent me over a year ago. They have a great collection. 

Nothing else to say really. I'll end with this little journal sketch.

It's a giant cat or a little tree. You decide. A windy autumn day. 

I'll link up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style for her Visible Monday, and Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb for her #iwillwearwhatilike

Thank you for visiting!!! I hope you all have a stellar week. Until next time...


  1. Yay! We're all just one step away from international superstardom by knowing you. I love your beautiful new handbag - great choice! I reckon if Greetje hangs around in Uniqlo for long enough she could be giving her autograph as "close friend to the international superstar".

  2. mwhaha, I love everything in this post!, you look fabulous showing us your cute handbag (such a wonderful piece of art!) with lots of enthusiasm!. I love your black&white outfit and great attitude 'lounging on the concrete steps' and reading!! ;DDD I think that an orange lining makes everything better!. And you rock in your lurex dress and fab coat!
    Love to see you in advertisements, in massive pictures everywhere!. Rockstar!!!

  3. I already read about it on Greetje s blog! It s fantastic that you are seen here in Amsterdam! Great job!

  4. That handbag is a work of art.

    Too funny that Greetje captured the ad too. I didn't even notice that when I looked at the same photo on her blog.

    You should publish a book with your sketches. They are brilliant.


  5. Like S. said, your sketches deserve their own book! I'm lucky to have one displayed in my living room : >
    Your new handbag is exquisite - the colors and shapes and all the dangles. You wear it so well. And more big congrats and hugs for your Uniqlo campaign - worldwide!! xox

  6. Wow! It's all too awesome to take in, Ms. Melanie of the World. Mel-o-World, that's the way I like it, uhuh. Besides that, what a cool purse, sashaying like it does with all its bells and whistles and going with everything/anything. Like the example ensembles you've provided for it. Tres groovey. And nothing says it better than colored pencil sketches with Turniphead and her kitty consort. yeah.

  7. Worldwide super-star! My mom called me to tell me "That friend of yours is on TV!" when she saw the new Nordie's ad (the one where you "host"). I love that you're totally FAMOUS now - although I have to say, as gawjus as you are, these ad campaigns do not capture your impishness.

    Love the outfits (Muppet sweater! funky bag that needs to be waved about! black on white action!), and your sketches are always a joy. You should definitely publish a book of them. Stellar idea, Suzanne.

  8. Oh wow - I might become obsessed by your look Melanie! I keep going back to re-look at your photos. Course I didn't know you before you became a super-star ;O) Fab post! Love Greetje xx Maria

  9. It seems a bit odd that you would be learning about the increasing extent of your world fame by way of ad campaign sightings by friends. Seems like you should be informed about the use of your image. Guessing you sign over that authority in your initial contract. I'm guessing it's a nice surprise to find out about each new appearance you've made.
    I love Turnip head and her feline buddy. They're charming and sweet and they seem to have little idea how the brink of fame and fortune feel.
    The video of the leather artisans creating your French handbag is amazing. You own a treasure! Also, You are a treasure! Love, Jude

  10. I really love your photographs underneath "No one comes between me and my Jamin Puech". They have indeed very luxurious bags. Too boho for me, but you wear it so well.
    Great that you have a photo of you in Uniqlo beside two posters featuring you. And I am glad you got over the camera angle. When you look at the photo "No one comes between etc etc" you hardly see a wrinkle.
    My dear, you really look good.
    PS Suzanne's idea is very good: publish you lovely drawings/sketches.

  11. First of all, I am so impressed with your spreadsheet and bag number method. I might steal your idea and do the same with my pods! That bag is divine, and you're so right: it's absolutely perfect with the ice-blue faux fur! I'm also loving your black and white pattern mix outfit. I couldn't resist going into the Uniqlo shop here in Antwerp today, a shop I'd never been into before. I spent most of my lunch break looking into its every nook and cranny, but apparently Antwerp hasn't caught on to Mel-o-mania, as you weren't there. I was given strange looks as I kept going up and down the stairs in search of you, but alas. I actually felt like shouting where the hell is Mel? So sorry, as I would have posted a picture ... xxx

  12. Yes, you are kicking it with that little dress and fabulous striped tights,
    The chair bag is gorgeous with the tassels and swing factor! Glad you braved the storage unit and retrieved this fabulous blue furry gem !
    I love all of the signs featuring You!

  13. If I had a storage locker (or a storage room) I would steal your idea of the vacuum sealed bags and spreadsheet. As it is, most of my clothing is on view 80% of the time so I can see what I have (the better to be overwhelmed by it).

    I've missed your blue muppet coat! Accompanied by that delightful bag, you are a collage of cool colours and textures. Dingly dangly bits are awesome.

    That was was nice of Greetje to get the photos of your ad. Congratulations on another campaign. You look both chic and professional in the black and white outfit in the ad. Of course, not as fantabulously cool as in the other black and white outfit of mixed prints though.

  14. You're Fabulous!
    That is all.


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