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Thursday 19 July 2018

Not quite minimalist, but trying hard in Mel Nation

Having fun in the summer sun, although that day I had to wear this houndstooth Pepe Jeans London jacket to keep off the morning chill. I got it at Talize thrift store in Delta, BC, during a blogger meetup in early June. See my post HERE. I liked this outfit so much, I defied gravity. It was uncanny.
Oh behave!! WHAP! Hm, I seem to be enjoying that action a bit too much. 

Who, me? I am the model of robotic poetry.

I was wearing this and that. The floaty blouse and runners, which I farked, are originally from My Sister's Closet eco thrift boutique, proceeds to Battered Women's Shelter Services in Vancouver.

The parasol has become a summer staple. I have two, both from Lily-Lark, to suit every mood. No more skulking in shadows, except my own. That would make me a self-skulker. 

The jumpsuit below is vintage '70s I'm guessing, and I sold it. What was I thinking?! I opened an Etsy shop called Mel Nation and this was the first listing - my only listing. Mel Nation is ultra, ultra exclusiff; it has nothing to do with me being lazy or decision avoidance, no, nothing whatsoever.

If you want to see my empty storefront, it's here. So exciting. When I replenish my entire inventory, I shall invite you to become citizens of Mel Nation as well. No borders, just fruity drinks with umbrellas by the poolside and a secret handshake, which I'm currently choreographing.

With the brown belt above, with no belt below. This piece is on its way to Oslo. If you hear maniacal laughter coming from the sky above, wave, as it's the jumpsuit flying overhead. 

With this massive sell-off, life here is so calm, so KonMarie, in reference to Marie Kondo's bestselling book, "The life-changing magic of tidying up." Sigh. Ohmmmm.
I made these sketches in 2015 - on the same day. Clearly, they are as relevant now as they were three years ago in Mel Nation, which, come to think of it, sounds almost like damnation. How weird is that? They were originally posted on July 1, 2015, "Let your clothes choose your profession, and Hat Attack." 

Below, obviously these are white wolves at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Vancouver.

You can see the brolly bag below. Slung over my shoulder it reminds me of Asian weaponry. Whap! 

And red.

With Turniphead. Because.

I know I'm late, but in case you missed it, Sherry of Petite Over 40 made an awesome video of our June meetup. I laugh every time I see it. Her post is Blogger Meet-Up Proves Vancouver's Got Talent. Suzanne's meetup posts are Strike a Pose Blogger Style - Blogger Meet Up 2018 and Breakfast at Tiffany's Prom Do Over.

VIDEO by Sherry, Petite Over 40

That's all from here. I'm going to link up to Patti at Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday, and Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb for #iwillwearwhatilike.

I hope you are all well. Big hugs to all. Thank you so much for dropping by!!


  1. I'm happy you post a little round-up here because I think I missed a few of these outfits on your IG.

    I need Turniphead at my house recycling for me. I like to call my closet "controlled chaos" because I know where everything is. Ha ha! Like that makes a difference.


  2. Bloggers having fun – gosh, anyone having fun these days is a good thing. Nay, a GREAT thing. It elevates us all. Congrats on your Etsy store and to the lucky first purchaser for finding you. May there be many more.

  3. I did a double-squee! I used to own that skirt (here: and I also used to have those shoes (here: You have such good taste!

    Well done on the Etsy shop - I will definitely browse it - and congrats on selling your jumpsuit right away! Woo! Glad you are having a fun summer!

  4. Lady in Red with a Turnip head makes my heart skip a tiny beat. Thanks Mel for the whole caboodle. Judy

  5. So excited about your Etsy store!!!!! That is a bold lateral move into minimalism---I'm following closely to see what follows!!!

  6. As always and forever you rock the casbah in these outfits. I've had a hankering for a parasol of my own lately thanks to your posts, and now that I know I can self-skulk, I REALLY want one. Also, is my passport good for Mel Nation? Do I need a visa? Will I get to meet Turniphead in all her cartoon reality? I so want to. She seems like a tidy friend.

    Thank you for the shoutout to my post and video. I was thinking it would have been great to have you ladies with me at the Museum of Pop Culture this weekend where I cozied up to Marvel Comic's Black Panther and made googly eyes at Groot. (I am Groot.) What a video we could make from footage there!

    Hugs and Miss You Mucho,

  7. Can I get on the waitlist for a passport/Visa to Mel Nation? Is it possible to become a permanent resident, or do we just get temporary visas?

    I think I heard that jumpsuit whoosh by on its way to Oslo this week. Wishing it a safe journey.

    If you even decide to part with the giant red culottes dress thingy, talk to me, will ya? XX

  8. You work miracles with parasols. Fabulous eclectic outfits and you in motion is always inspiring.
    I am here in New York, listening for maniacal laughter! Jumpsuit with corset belt— amazing!

  9. I'm not surprised your etsy outfit sold, you make it look soooo elegant.
    Turnip head recycling is hilarious! You have totally captured the feeling of the various stages.
    Oh and you wear her so well. The paper feeling of the parasol works so well with it.
    All the best with your lovely minimal calm empty store!
    xo Jazzy Jack

  10. I think your drip feed idea of selling will have your clients on their toes, or maybe in the starting blocks as they race to snatch up the next awesome piece - great move!

    Anna x

  11. I'm so relieved to see that you're still the Mel I know and love. I was thinking you got all entrepreneurial with your Etsy shop, not that you shouldn't mind you, but I was feeling like such a slackerd!! As always, you inspire. Love you. I checked your weather the other day, and it looked downright wonderful. Hope you're enjoying it. xoxoxoxo

  12. I really the way you are doing it for us. Can you please guide us 40 plus legging styles. I am really curious about them.

  13. UB-SESSED with the floral blouse, skirt, converse and orange umbrella.


  14. Ooooo!!! That red dress with the jaunty plaid shirt tied round the waist is the cutest on turnip head!! I love all the exciting and unusual prints showcased here! I'd wear them all!! Love, Jude

  15. The red dress is fantastic!!!! Love it. And the video is so good. Wish I could have been there. Now I have to sign off as I am playing Wordfeud with my mother and she just made the word fuck... she will be ninety this month. No shame.😂


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