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Saturday 18 February 2017

Palazzo pants for any occasion, not kidding

I took music with me to the alley this time. Tricky business. 

With headphones on, I strain to hear my camera's self-timer countdown and my head spins on the lookout for vehicles, although this particular location is relatively quiet. The biggest distractions are people who wander in on smoke breaks and make me feel like a dork (thank goodness I'm a pro dork and can handle it) and dumpster-divers, etc. (best not to go into details).

Mel Kobayashi of Bag and a Beret listening to tunes in a Vancouver alley. Check the huge vintage palazzo pants.

Definitely I'm NOT listening to Symphonie Fantastique 5th Movement by Berlioz, which you may recall was used as creepy theme music for Julia Robert's evil husband in the movie Sleeping with the Enemy. Memory jog here. No, these tunes were definitely more upbeat, a "mix tape." Oh those words from a bygone era, yeah, bygone like my youthful trampoline skin!! - sigh. But I'm at least waaay more mature and friggin' wise. 

Mel Kobayashi of Bag and a Beret acting like a dork with her headphones in a Vancouver alley. Mix tapes are all that.

These mega-leg vintage paisley palazzo pants are great with heels but a bit long for my Converse runners, so I hoisted them a few inches at the bottom with mitten clips. This gave the pantlegs a fantastic balloony effect, while also keeping them out of the muck - double yes.

On top are: upcycled white T-shirt with two chest-level ventilation holes for, uh, chest ventilation, worn over an ivory cotton T-shirt, a so-soft faux-fur and leather bomber jacket, and a big canvas/leather satchel. And my Yuzhe Studios coat is tied at my waist for temperature control emergencies.

For me, music is another cheap form of transportation. See the two exhibits below. Exhibit 1: In the alley.

Mel Kobayashi of Bag and a Beret looking like a tree stump, maybe, wearing huge palazzo pants. A Vancouver alley.

Exhibit 2: In the forest with Dog.

Mel Kobayashi of Bag and a Beret roaming the wilds with her dog friend and wearing humongous palazzo pants.

Either I was really in the forest with Dog and photo-edited myself into all of these other alley shots or I was in the alley and photo-edited myself into the forest. Take your pick. Better yet, have ten martinis (or G&Ts) and tell me what you think.

Perspective is everything. Below I am in a 10 meter-deep empty water tank undergoing some weird cult initiation rite. I think the goddess is supposed to suck me up. Too much fun!!

Mel Kobayashi of Bag and a Beret in weird cult initiation ceremony in a huge water tank, wearing enormous palazzo pants.

And then a cool shot because, yeah, like, l'm wearing headphones, right? That makes this auto-cool. I should have put on my shades for double-auto-cool.

Mel Kobayashi of Bag and a Beret in the alley with huuuuge palazzo pants. Double cool. Heh.

I'll link up with, guess who? Patti, Visible Monday, Not Dead Yet Style, and Catherine, #iwillwearwhatilike, Not Dressed as Lamb.

Perhaps you've had a fine week? I do hope so! I'm finally waking up. The snow is gone in Vancouver, for now. Bah-bye!! Sending you wishes for all good things.


  1. Whadyya mean...for now? Spring must surely be on the horizon, yes?

    I think I know where you took these photos...and kudos to you for getting your groove on in a dank alley.

    The fuzzy bomber is a keeper!

  2. Yay! You don't have snow! Please make sure that spring happens before I arrive in 3 weeks.

    I truly do need some Melanie how-to-pose-for-your-blog lessons. You look all kinds of hip and nonchalant here. How do you get into your own little bloggy world like that? Tell me your secrets! I need acting lessons.

    Both you and your puppy are looking rather...umm...stiff, ha ha!

    You need to be in an ad for those headphones. You look all of 17 in that photo.


  3. It's April, right? There's so much pollen and flowers, I don't know when it is.

  4. Oh you are so mature and friggin wise!!! You are the very best Mel.

  5. I love your musings Melanie... and those paisley Palazzos are a delight....I could tuck them into my wellies today, couldn't I? :oP
    Samantha Fake Fabulous | Style and fashion, over 40

  6. Arggghhh, Sleeping With the Enemy scared the bejesus out of me at the time. Those tins! Those towel!
    Excellent use of the mitten clips and hooray for no snow. xxx

  7. Big pants rule. And these are the ruliest! Trampoline skin. Yeah. Those were the days. Boing boing. Such a lovely flowy perfectly paisley outfit complete with some ode to spring moves. Tra la. The Goddess Melanie.

  8. pure awesomeness, as usual. Can i borrow some?

  9. You look as if your having megatons of fun. I giggle thinking about the people walking into the alley and seeing you swing like this. I don't think they know what to do hahaha.
    As for style... this is out of my league.

  10. You do look like a 16 year old kid living in a mature woman's body in these photos, but then, isn't that the case for all of us, that there is a younger version of ourselves still hanging out in our heads? Soooo much cool here I needed to put a coat on to look at the photos (I am soooo hilarryous).

  11. Oh man, I miss my trampoline skin and yes I would trade just a scrap of my "wisdom" to have it back. You are glorious as always, love how you jumped into the forest and back out like the genie you are. xox


  12. Well hello you!
    Did you make that mix tape and then make copies of it and mail/give to your pals because it was the best mix tape ever!? I did. And I still have my copies :)
    It was nearly 70F yesterday WHAT!?

  13. You're cool no matter where you are or what you're listening to. (Well, John Denver is only cool if you're listening to him ironically.) You are so cool and retro that you're listening to a MIX TAPE! Oh my god! How 1980s is that?

    I love your slouchy insouciant look here, and I'm totally coveting your satchel as well as your pro dork confidence.

  14. Ah those were the days when trampoline skin and pelvic floor were all in place without a second thought eh?
    Loving your mega paisley pants and the double dose of tee shirts and coats - you're ready for any eventuality aren't you?

  15. Ah, boppin' along to the mix-tape, in your own little world, go away, people, go away, snow, ladidah, I'm a fashion model (I'm too sexy for this alley). Love seeing this little slice of your life. Counting the weeks until we're in the Van-hood.

  16. Oh my god. Sighing with lust over here, for your always innate sense of perfect chic. You look like you could be on the cover of Vogue, for real :)

  17. hurrah for mitten clips which avoided that those beautiful pants get any dirt!, and hurrah for music too!, I love your magnificent funkiness!
    Obviously, if I have ten martinis I'm not going to be able to type (or even walk), so I have to pick the alley as a Real Life Background, but I'm very appealed by the possibility of strange rites involving an old (badass) goddess!
    besos & music

  18. Your photos are pure ecstasy, which means your "mix tape" must be outrageously divine. Like you in every image. Love the "big" pants!

  19. I hope you'll consider working some of that mix tape into a little video presentation. I'm getting that there's a Vancouver gathering of your followers in a few weeks. Perhaps a "score" to accompany a video of your blogger group escapades?? It could be a team effort!

    You have such an intriguing view of the world Melanie. I love getting swept away in it. Your capacity for self entertainment has opened your mind in some really profoundly engaging ways. If I'm ever lucky enough to meet you, I'm going to have to hire someone to come along for the sole purpose of closing my gaping jaw!

  20. Fabulous Palazzo pants and I love paisley - it's my favourite pattern of all time. You lost me at mitten clips - what the heck are they when they're at home?

    I'm so glad the snow has left you - it's so miserable when there's snow about...


  21. Just now catching up on your posts, Melanie, I'm wondering if you got any snow yesterday around the same time we did in Seattle. If so, I'm sure your temperature emergency coat came in handy.

    I'm with Suzanne about wanting to learn how to pose as you do, especially outside in an alley where people can actually see you. I could also use a few lessons in photo editing. Unless you really *were* out in a forest with your dog.

    Here's hoping Spring comes soon and we can all get back to wearing our palazzo pants without the need for temperature control emergency coats. (Although, I really like yours.)

    - Sherry

  22. Hahaha really cool way to wear palazzo pants. Floral palazzo pant with black jacket and handbag on one side, I guess I am gonna try it once to enjoy.

  23. Hey, this is awesome way to wear palazzo pants, I love this style and want to use same as one time....


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