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Saturday 3 October 2015

Silk wrap, satin, and sequins. And Hat Attack!

I can't tell you how long I spent on this first piece of artwork below. Well, I can, but I won't. The vintage satin and sequin Chinese padded vest needed to be immortalized. As did those stretch caramel leather booties. And the hair, well, see paragraph below.

Remember when I said in the previous post, if you don't know what SEO is (search engine optimization) you might as well scrap your blog and stick your head in the toilet? Clearly, I'm as bad as it gets - the hair don't lie.
Connie summed it up with such erudition in her comment: "schblah-glunge-schwoop." 

But therein lies my genius. I am expecting correspondence from Liquid Plumber drain cleaner any day now with a glamorous sponsorship offer that will have all tip-top fashonistas clamouring for similar deals. Who better to sell that shite than someone with a swirly? Especially middle-aged with a swirly. And imagine the fun I'd have making videos to pitch their products.

Next I'll have automotive and electrical parts companies beating down my electronic door. And I shall be living on Cloud 9 where everything is at my beck and call. Hurrah. Flush

Mel Kobayashi in patchwork silk wrap, Bag and a Beret

Onto the fashion:
Above is a couture look that says, wow, looks like that lady got tangled up in a wraparound skirt. Astute! It is indeed a maxi wraparound skirt, but one that's too precious, I felt, to be trapped within the rubric of the granola-cruncher set - not that that's a bad thing. Some of my favourite mammals eat granola.

No, this silk piece cried out for romantic fluttering closer to my heart, an intense infusion of incense, Shinto shrines, Lawrence of Arabia and Marrakesh night markets, paper lanterns, Paris runways, bordellos and bourbon. A whirlwind in my closet! In a word - a silk body wrap.

To add to the romance, under the wrap I am wearing my farked tank dress backwards. The script I painted on it, "I Surrender to the Chaos," seemed much more fitting positioned under my ass than my boobs, the latter of which never put up a fight to begin with making surrender a rather moot point. Plus, with this wrap the words were only legible from the back, at least when I left home, and both shirt sleeves were fully covered as well. All the best couture is slidey, don't you find? 

Bag and a Beret, Mel wears flesh-eating booties

I am also wearing black jeggings, and on my feet thrifted lace-up booties and colourful Harlequin socks with black athletic socks underneath to prevent scraping of my ankles. Yes, cute shoes, but even without a tongue they give me quite a nasty lashing.

I may have only paid five dollars for this swath of processed caterpillar spit, but it looked and felt like a million bucks when I sashayed through Nordstrom, yesh. Cloud 9. Royal flush

Bag and a Beret, Mel wait for the train to adventure

And a parting photo of the sequin satin vest. I would have enjoyed acting in silent movies; maybe in a previous (still ongoing?) life I did. In this photo I see a young (heh), small-town woman clutching her bags, waiting for the train to carry her off to the big city where I suspect she would take up smoking, drinking gin, and scandalously rolling down her stockings. 

Which favourite automotive part would you like as a sponsor?
On Sunday I'll hook this up with Patti, hostess of one of the longest-running link-up parties ever - Visible Monday - at Not Dead Yet Style. Have you seen her new place? Schpetacular!
Hi Judith and everyone! See you at the meetup at Style Crone.
Unexpectedly feeling like a cowboy in this hat, a plain blue cotton cloche worn 
high with the brim turned up. Chanel sunglasses.
Jacquard "Mad Hatter" jacket that feels
like furniture. Mmm.
Get the cards ready. It's going to be an all-nighter.
Who's bringing the pie?
Thanks, Judith!


  1. Ha! "Where I suspect she would take up smoking, drinking gin, and scandalously rolling down her stockings" I love that.

    Your silk patchwork kimono is bloody lovely!

    Enjoy your weekend ♥

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  3. That garment is amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing!!!! You look such a vision of loveliness in it!!! I used to have a skirt in that sort of vibe!!x

  4. whatever that patchwork thing is, you're working it. How about a photo of it in it's natural state?

  5. I hate to tell you this - I mean I really hate it - but Liquid Plumber is spelled Liquid Plumr. They might as well spell it Likwid Plumr if they're going to dumb it down. Sheesh! I'd like to be sponsored by Turtle Wax - the skin on my neck is getting more turtlish by the day.

    You, dahling, are a vision of crayola cray-cray colors and take-no-prisoners footwear! The patchwork wraparound thingy looks fantastic as a kimono, but would be versatile enough to wear as a ball gown, too. You are Vancouver's own rainbow!

  6. I think all you have to do for a Hat Attack Extravaganza is put those big bold turquoise rimmed sunglasses on your head, or better yet, do a cartwheel in those fabulous lace up shoes and rainbow socks. Love, love, love your creative posts!

  7. My automotive part sponsorship? The crankshaft, of course!

  8. tooo much fabulousness for my simple mind!!!!!
    totally speechless i´m down on my knees.....

  9. I'm speechless at your fashion creativity. Each photo is wildly and wonderfully original. I'm fashion challenged , so this is like a new planet to me! But it's fun to see you having creative, daring fun!

  10. wouuu, lovely colorful wrap fabulousness! with harlequin socks!, you're rocking!!
    besos without any sponsor!

  11. oh man, what your fabulous mind did with that skirt. I am going right into my closet to try to copy this - yes, copy it! Love the hair and the glasses, and wish I could swing though Nordie's with you today. Do they have a bar? xo

  12. I have no idea how you managed to get the skirt to look like that. Or how you can wear welder's glasses and not fall over something. Your creativity knows no bounds.

    I do find the best couture is slippery, or uncomfortable. Or both.

    Truly I think you are going after the wrong market as sponsors. What about rubber glove manufacturers? I much prefer bloggers that are authentic and choose sponsors in line with their content. Since pinecones are free you need to go after bug spray and rubber gloves. Millions are to be had in rubber gloves I hear.

    That black and white photo is iconic. I want to see this photo printed on fabric and made into a dress. Wouldn't that be mind blowing fantastic??? You...wearing you! Warhol but better.


  13. Yes, how did you get the skirt to look like that?! It's gorgeous! I'm sure I've seen that on your blog before, as a skirt, yes?
    And I totally think you could proactively make a few promotional videos for plumbing and automotive parts, just to whet their appetite you know. Make someone sit up and pay attention. The plumbing and automotive world awaits the fabulosity! Nay, NEEDS it!!

  14. Awesome! You are so fab. I wish we were in the same city. Country even!
    Here's some local silliness that has refused sponsorship because they want the right to f bomb and be rude if they feel like it!

  15. With you as the Schtar, silent films could make a comeback. Your delightfully wonky facial expressions and infectious (in a good way) energy would earn you a devoted following in no time. I can't decide which of these outfits I love most - the padded satin vest is dreamy, but the swirl of the patchwork silk is genius styling.

    Right now I think the only company that would sponsor me would be one that makes sleep-aids, or paper towels (my rats love them, nest in them and go through them like they grow on trees....oh, wait).

  16. Ha ha!! I love being quoted. Especially when I'm being so eloquent. I love your kimono-wrap-around-skirt-caftan-maxi-dress-muu-muu-couture look. It is like a trip around the world with only the jeggings to remind us that we are back in North America. And the vision of you as a wayward starlet is perfect. I'm pretty certain that you're passed out in some opium parlour off of Sunset Blvd about now. I'm with Val. Turtle Wax. That's hysterical. Embrace the chaos.

  17. To day everything in fashion is normal.I'm not in shock. :))))))

  18. I REALLY want to see that video of you spruiking liquid plumber drain cleaner as hair product. Love thise books - and the sunglasses and well....EVERYTHING!

  19. That "wraparound-couturelook" look really expensive and couture! I love it. Can you walk just five meters without people secretly take pictures you or ask to take a photo of you?

  20. You are just too much wonderfulness to encompass!

  21. that little brocade vest with fur sleeves is the bees knees baby!

  22. Ahhhh, the beauty that you create! I'm always in awe of every post. Today is special, with the riot of color and your spectacular hair.

    Love the black and white photo, and the hat that you formed from a cloche. Does your brilliance never cease? Thank you for sharing your beauty with Hat Attack!

  23. I love the Chinese padded vest. The harlequin silk wrap is a bit too far out of my comfort zone haha. Not out of yours I am sure. And I love the blue blouse and jeans and the boots with the Chinese padded vest. A very beautiful combination. Also love the way it makes you feel (last part "woman in the 40ies") haha.
    Furthermore: you are crazy and I say that in the funniest possible way. LOL
    Love you madly

  24. Oh, you mad hatter and crazy, quirky, cool Artiste!!! I love everything about this post and about the outfits in it.

    That picture from the low standpoint with the blue sky above you is a beautiful one!!!


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