Saturday, 15 December 2018

Where have your clothes taken you?

I can't believe it - I'm in Europe! Or is it Asia? I can't even remember. Everything is such a whirlwind.


Texas?!

No, no, no. It's France, maybe Italy, both of which are in Europe.

Val of @muse.fondue and @constancesnow on Instagram mused that this is an Italian beatnik look, Daddy O, and that I should be riding my scooter backwards behind a ciggie-smoking boyfriend, then taking a dip in Trevi Fountain. I think I should drive the scooter backwards myself. I'd definitely end up in Trevi Fountain.

Others saw hints of Agent 99, @suzannecarillo, and Jean Seberg, @fcfashionista. Sigh. What would I do without my friends?!



And check it out: I'm so good at posing now that I look almost identical in those two previous photos. It's uncanny.

Now, just so you don't get the wrong impression - I'd never go scootering all over Europe (Asia and the US) with just this one outfit. And my life is not all fun. As you'll see in the next snapshots, there were games involved as well. Who needs yoga!?


Healthy Body - Healthy Mind


I'm not sure if I'm playing rugby or soccer.  Does it matter? The point is to chase a ball, kick, tackle, and run for your life. And throw in some happy dances when you do good, preferably facing the camera. It's almost like social media.

I like the huddles most though (maybe that's in football, details) because while we're all bent over in that loving circle of friendship, I whip out my porta tea set and lace tablecloth for a hot cuppa on the field - so welcome during this cold weather, isn't it? Sometimes I bring cookies too, or Pop Tarts (TM).



I have to thank the brilliant photographers at unsplash.com for sharing these great background shots. Top to bottom: tao-xanh kim, sapan patel, jeremy bishop, marian trizuliak, and quino al.

And Margaret Manning of Sixty and Me fame has opened two articles based on previous interviews I had with her. They are HERE and HERE.

Finally, there I am for realsie below, in the stairwell dressed in used clothing - but damned fine used clothing. "Secondhand" always sounds better than used, but it is what it is.

This turtleneck and these sailor pants are from Talize Thrift in Delta, BC. Talize has a mind-boggling array of unique clothing appropriate for any style adventure. And shopping thrift is one small way I can help ease the burden on our distressed planet.



I've been wearing my hair down a bit more recently. Why not? And doing winged eyes. There are so many unexplored possibilities.


Happy travels, friends! Words of the week are hope and optimism - yeah! Or maybe you'd like to join my football team, the Mel Destroyers, for a huddle and a cuppa?

When it's time, I'll be linking up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style, Visible Monday, and Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, #iwillwearwhatilike. A big thanks to Catherine for including me in her post "Celebrating 9 Fabulous Women Who Wear What They Like."



28 comments:

  1. The pixie cut and winged eyes---I also love the French inspo stripes and sailor inspo pants.

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    1. Winged eyes, I'm into those now. You do a really wicked winged eye which I love so much! Wish I had my scooter again.

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  2. Look at you travelling all over the place on your mint vespa! So chic so chic!

    What I want to know is how you managed to stay mud free when scrummaging in the muck with all those burly men. Teflon Mel.

    Secondhand truly is the best.

    Hope and optimism. Something we all need right now.

    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

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    1. The burly men were extremely polite. Every time they even touched me they called a time out for a formal apology. So civilized!

      Yup, I'm on board your secondhand message, Suzanne. The world can be a better place, we can make it that way.

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  3. So mod! I love it!

    Bettye
    https://fashionschlub.com

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    1. Hi Bettye! I can't resist a great mod style!

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    1. I've never been to Liverpool - would love to go!! xo

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  5. Love your hair and make-up. Indeed variety is what we all need. You look splendid in this outfit. Great stuff over at Thalize. I go for Italian. Definitely. And you say secondhand sounds much better than used. Well... vintage sounds much better than secondhand. And faux sounds much better than fake.
    Greetje

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    1. I agree that vintage sounds even better, but some of my stuff doesn't qualify yet because it isn't 20 years old. And I agree about the faux and fake distinction too. I'm looking for variety these days. I'm restless. Italian, yeah, I'll take it. Hahaha. Thanks, Greetje!! xo

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  6. Yay to second hand. And travelling on a Vespa! Love your hair down. And I wish I could wear trousers as well as you do. I'm coveting that red pair! xxx

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    1. I never used to wear pants very often. For some reason they are becoming more of a staple in my closet - the trick is to find ones that interest me, like these red ones. Well, you don't need trousers to look fab!! as you demonstrate on your blog.

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  7. You know I'm a fan of changing up one's look - you are tres cool and ooh la la chic in this simple, but awesome vintagey outfit. Very Seberg.

    Wishing you a very happy holidays, Mel. Please send a Talize to the island!

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    1. Happy holidays, Sheila! I think that chain is expanding so I wouldn't be surprised if you get one there before long. You are a goddess of change, such an inspiration!

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  8. yeah, baby, yeah. Your mojo is in full gear! Andy Warhol needs you at The Factory.

    Love the winged eyes, must try. xox

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    1. I'm on my way!! With my video camera!! See you there!!!

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  9. Back in the 60's we referred to this kind of swift, unpredictable and groovy travel as astral projection...the concept of the travel agency was still in its infancy...
    I like this stripey top and sailor pants a lot. Seems quite comfy and versatile for travel of all nature. How did you end up so neatly tucked back into your home stairwell? Actually your real life adventures lately have taken you into so many new places it's nice to see you find your way back to the ok stompin grounds :-)
    Happy Holidays Melanie!
    Love, Jude

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    1. Astral projection, groovy! Hahaha. It cuts down on flight costs, that's for sure. And why have a real scooter when you can have an astral scooter? My stompin' grounds keep me centred, as much as I can be.
      Happy Holidays to you too, Jude!! xox

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  10. I totally support the idea of an 'Italian beatnik' - Jean Seaberg look to go ride a scooter through Europe. And some rugby or sports too! Your travels look amazing!
    Actually, I do love your striped top and red pants and your makeup!
    besos

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    1. I save so much by traveling through photos. Hahaha. Wish I could come and visit you for realsie, though. You're so good at this sailory look too. Happy Holidays to you! xox

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  11. Definately a nod to Carnaby Street circa 1960s in this Mel or maybe the backstreets of Naples, travel without the long flights or security checks .
    I do rather like your hair this way and the winged eyeliner . I have watched and enjoyed your entertaining chats with Margaret at Sixty and Me.

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    1. Oh, Jill, I'm so glad you liked my chats with Margaret. She is such a pro, very engaging, and I am so honoured to be her guest. She's the first one to do a video interview with me and I am thankful for the encouragement to take the plunge! I hope you have a great holiday, Jill. xox

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  12. Wow you look amazing! I love your style. These photos are so clever - the rugby one had me laughing out loud xx Maria

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    1. Yes, those men look very tough, but they are actually sweetie-pies who always apologized on the field whenever they brushed by me. Who knew? Thank you so much for visiting and this comment!

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  13. The trouble with being on IG and having a blog is that I forget which post I've commented on - apparently it was your IG and not this post. You wear those stripes and sailor trousers with such insoucience! I wish I could do a winged eye like that but it ends up in a big smear. I had no idea you were so into extreme sports!!

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  14. Yes to psychedelic legs, fabulous in your face, or should be—- bags, and joyful dressing!
    You do have natural drama.. I am glad the folks around you were emphatic.
    Thanks for making the font larger,
    I can’t see well and glasses don’t help much ! Long story.,
    Red sailor pants.. a forever love,
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

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  15. Oops , so I commented on the wrong post..
    Sorry this comment with be content appropriate.
    Love the sailor pants and patchwork skirt,
    Quiet drama, and some not so quiet drama.

    Yes to pop tarts and tea on the field, a fine metaphor for life !
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle


    https://theellediaries.com/

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