Monday, 16 October 2017

Life like brandy, cheese, and furry blue meatballs

A furry blue meatball with feet, on the warming plate, that's what I look like. This is another photo from the night I went to hear photo/conceptual artist Ian Wallace speak at Rennie Collection in Chinatown, where Vancouver Barbara took these next three photos. 


The next photo is one of my favourites ever. I've stepped into a Hopper painting or a scene from a classic movie. VO: "She was a shaggy dame in Shanghai Alley with a mixed up box of Cracker Jacks as Prada, looking for a two-bit schmuck with more cents than brains." (VO means voice-over)


This next one was taken in line waiting to get into the talk. My sushi sweatshirt! from you know where - My Sister's Closet - and high-waisted pants, retail, super duper discount. My sponsored posts for Look Fabulous Forever are done but I'm wearing their makeup in these shots, Sweet Pea lipstick and their eye shadows.


And what have we here? Oh, that would be me at my latest workshop!: Diva Tales of Fashion Corruption. Oh yeeeeah, such a good time. It was produced by the Style Cabal, comprised of Barbara, Deb, and Judy, from the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts, where I did a talk last May, and myself.

Below I'm introducing some of my favourite inspiring style bloggers. Of course, that's Judith, Style Crone, on the monitor. Note the props everywhere. Heh.

These photos are courtesy of Vivian, whom you met on my blog HERE. Huge thanks!


The Style Cabal gals joined me for a rousing Broadway number during the show. What a riot, the crowd went wild, but no one threw their panties at the stage...!? (Thank you.) [Edit: We all wore amazing crowns, which Judy made, example HERE.] And I showcased a selection of my farked clothing. People who attended also discussed and strutted their own farking and fabulous outfits.

Below, evidence that everyone was feeling me up! That's what happens when you speak to a room of sewers. We all want to touch the fabric.


I spent a couple of hours whipping clothes off and on but the time flew by. Nothing like baring your underwear in a room full of strangers to calm the nerves. Almost like those naked dreams coming true, not necessarily in the Cinderella way.


I also showcased this T-shirt that friend Suzanne Carillo made me - "Dressed to Piss You Off," which she sells HERE. So good. 

Note the chaos. And note the Freakish Yellow Skirt!! This kind of jumble freaks me out, but when you are doing quick changes it can't be helped. I carefully returned many of these things to their numbered, annotated space bags when I got home. 


This next photo was taken by artist/poet/fibre artist Y, whom I met at the Guild talk. The photo on the monitor was taken by Vancouver Barbara when we were shopping at Dressew. Of course I had to have that wig. And a new concept was born - tag as earring.


In a discussion with Y, she brought up the topic of wrinkles in the universe. The guy who "invented" them won a Nobel Prize. Doh, of course the universe has wrinkles, it's pretty frickin' old. 

But the real prize should go to the person who invents a lotion for that. Or attempts a facelift of the cosmos with our obsession to be smooth. Then again, assuming there's time travel in space, the universe can simply rewind itself any time. 

Where's my rewind button?! Would I use it if I had it? Would you?


I'm feeling slightly Mr. Clean here, in reference to a bulky, white bald man, who dresses in white and flits around our homes making our kitchens and bathrooms sparkly fresh with his products. He used to be a cartoon and then the ad geniuses turned him into a real human. Just leave it alone!, I say.

Anyway, this outfit feels so chemically white I could melt cheese on it. There's my white moto jacket. My pants were falling down for real so after these photos and before I went on my inspiration walk, I put on my unisuspender. Wardrobe malfunction narrowly averted.


Of course I'm wearing my T-shirt "I am my own brand," which should read, "I am NOT a brand." It's very Magritte of course. My online presence is brandish because it's merely a visual representation of who I am. Which makes me brandy, a good stiff drink. (That's the Cherry Red LFF lipstick.)

Must fly. Much to do. If you want me to do a talk to your group, have your people call my people. This is a thing I do now. I quite like being a ham, with melted cheese. Yes, cheesy.

Best stop now. And you'll be glad that I followed the rule of making very SOE-friendly blog titles. I know I'll get tons more traffic with the words "furry blue meatball" in there.

I'll link up to Patti at Visible Monday, Not Dead Yet Style, and Catherine at "I will wear what I like!" at Not Dressed as Lamb.


32 comments:

  1. Oh my, such farking goodness! I love the Shanghai photo - that pink lighting is awesome. The furry blue coat - Muppety! And your workshop? Fab-YOU-lous! The yellow wig is a wonderful addition to your collection.

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    1. When I first saw that Shanghai Alley shot, I was speechless - I loved it so much. Yeah, the wig is awesome. Never thought I'd wear that colour.

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  2. Yes, looking good all the way through. I love you in Shanghai Alley too. Very Hopper-ish. And thanks for letting us relive, in a small way, Friday's presentation. Much laughter and enjoyment was had by all.
    Love your new "suit". It's so white-hot you won't feel a thing! Get that cheese melting, girl. It's a scorcher and you look so good in it. Thanks for providing the counterpoint to all the colour!

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    1. Your photo is spectacular, well, all of them. So Hopper. And thanks for making this presentation come true. It happened because of you and Deb and Judith, especially you! xox

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  3. Oh yeah that moody pic on Shanghai Alley is giving me the good kind of goose bumps. Congrats and brava on doing your workshops and putting your FABOO-ness out there to share. xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Nothing like a snappy dame in an empty street to make the mind wander. Thanks, Patti. xox

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  4. Hahahaha! Yes...your SEO work is top notch! You will soon be the #1 Google ranked page for furry meatballs on a plate. Yum!

    It is great that you have some personal pap that follows you around to get some "Mel in motion" photos.

    It looks like a really fun time. I do hope you consider getting someone to video parts of it just so we can all get a taste of those furry meatballs on a plate.

    Thanks for mentioning my tee.

    That white outfit is wild. Very rock n roll but "don't get me dirty!".

    Suzanne

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    1. I knew you would be proud of my SEO. Hahaha.
      The thing about paps is you never know where they'll be hiding.
      The show was so much fun. Lots of snapping and videoing was going on, but I didn't get my own. Dare I say next time? AGAIN? Your T was a big hit. As it is with me too.
      Hahaha - that's exactly what's missing from the white outfit, the dirt!

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  5. Holy moly yellow hair and tag as earring!

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    1. All clothes should have decorative tags on them now so we don't have to hashtag on social media, right? Heh.

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  6. I bow down to your performance arts skills and thank you for getting me up singing and cavorting in a fabulous Judy Fancified crown. Diva Tales is ready to go out and give joy and creativity.
    Deb

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    1. Yes!! - the crowns really made us into a REAL chorus line. I just added a link to them in the text. You were born to be a showgirl. Thanks for everything, Deb.

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  7. Mel, you are such a hoot!

    I think Vivian is a mermaid in disguise....

    You are looking wonderful in all the outfits as you always do. That sounds like a a really fun evening by the way!

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    1. You are so right! - Vivian IS a mermaid in disguise.
      Thanks, Veronica. It was a blast. Encouragement from bloggers is such a key piece of being able to do this. xox

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  8. Thank you for being you, Mel! A treasure. That was such a fabulous day and I’m so happy I could share it with all those wonderful women. Go forth and inspire!

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    1. I was so happy to see you there, Louisa. Thank you for coming! And sharing your own story. What a great crowd. xox

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  9. Your skin looks SO EFFING Gorgeous in these photos - did you have a chemical peel or something???? Looks like your talk went over like gangbusters and everyone had a good time (including you). You make a mighty fine blue furry meatball.

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    1. This is why Hollywood actors always make sure to befriend the lighting people. These are the result of cropping, distance and lighting, during and after. No blurring, except by my own camera, which I dislike. The talk was a riot. I wish you could have been here. xox Blue meatballs, sounds like a movie, for kids or Adults.

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  10. Aaah, I remember that white moto jacket; if I remember I had big plans to copy you shamelessly. BACK TO THE PLANS, mwahaha. Also, Mr Clean was called Mr Sheen here in Australia. I still find myself humming oh Mr Sheen oh Mr Sheen sometimes as I'm cleaning. Oh dear, maybe I should be cleaning instead of dreaming about white moto jackets... yeah no.

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    1. Ditch the shame and copy away. Hahaha! It's really a great piece that I enjoy wearing when I pull it out. Too funny that you had a Mr Sheen there. Did they turn him into a human too? Dreaming wins over cleaning any day. xox

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  11. ohh, you rock, and I love your muppet jacket and all the prints and colors! and love to see you showing your creations and talking on them!
    That White moto jacket looks fabulous!, it would be in a 60's futuristic film! coolness!
    besos

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    1. I can see the futuristic setting now, never occurred to me. Yeah!
      This was a really fun day - the women all wore their best stuff - AMAZING audience. Hugs to you, xox.

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  12. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    - Anna

    www.melodicthriftychic.com

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  13. Here I was in the train from Paris to Amsterdam, having all the time in the world to write a lengthy comment, when it didn't publish. AAAggghh.
    Well, cause it is you... again.
    Your "shaggy dame in Shanghai" reminds me of "a shady dame of Seville" It is a song in the movie Victor and Victoria (Julie Andrews...my favourite movie... If you don't know it, see this trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQHX1Qczp6E).
    The picture of you showing of your sushi shirt.. what a brilliant shirt.. and what a lovely face. You did that make-up pretty awesome.
    Now over to you in the bright yellow wig. I totally did not recognize you. Until I realized it had to be you. You look sooo young!!
    It must be so nice to attend one of your workshops. I know I would if I lived near you. Several times even.
    And that white outfit??? I Adore It. And no, this is not blogger flattering. This is true admiration.
    I also have come to the conclusion, you are just beautiful. Inside but also outside.
    Greetje

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    1. Oh, Greetje, a big hug. Dang, I hate when my comments disappear too. It happens. Thanks for giving it a second try. I have to watch that movie again, Victor Victoria.

      The wig was a great find, Barbara pointed it out. I never thought that colour would work on me and I ended up buying it. I would so love you to come to a workshop. You could have been in our chorus line!!

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  14. Dear Melanie, I'm just breaking through "blogger block" and reengaging. So wonderful to see your beautifully written post, with your usual irresistible sense of humor. You look grand in every photo and your workshop looks like so much fun. Thank you so much for the mention! Thrilled and honored! xoxo

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    1. You were a big hit, Judith. I am so fortunate to have met all these amazing women. I'm glad you're past your block now. It's such a challenge sometimes. Thanks for your comment here. xox

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  15. omg this is too much fun, TOO MUCH FUN, I say. When does the film version come out?! Oh, it must be live, you have to be there, ok. So can you travel like the yellow skirt, then? A WORLD TOUR: MEL-LIVE. yes!!! And everyone has to bring clothes to share.

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    1. The film would be a cross between a Mel Brooks and Mr. Bean I think. Wish you could have been here.
      Are you kidding?!! I'd love to do a MEL LIVE World Tour! Hahahaha!!! That would definitely be a dream come true. xox

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  16. I just love that last shot of you. You look contented and beautiful.
    Love, Jude

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