Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Deep Floral Haze

Fabulous Sarah at Misfits Vintage declared this FLORAL WEEK, rather "arbitrarily" and only lasting as long as she felt like it - that's my kind of Floral Week. Doesn't she look fabulous in that floral-splashed coat that Vix gave her?


Today was dark and dreary so I decided that perhaps a little floral therapy would be good medicine. I stumbled to my closet - think of me here as Pig-Pen in Charlie Brown both in my state of mind and dress - and tugged out this maxi dress, praying for floral healing powers. Then, SHAZAM, POOF!


Suddenly I awoke and the world embraced me, it drew me to her bosom and whispered, "My pet, we are one again." Aglow, I skipped downtown with beatific joy until a smiling gentle soul greeted me with, "Snap out of it, biotch!" Bwa-ha-ha. No, that didn't happen at all. But the florals did pick up my mood. I'd say those sneaky flowers reduced my grumbling by, oh, 50 percent, which is pretty darned good.

Details of the ensemble:
  • vintage homemade maxi dress, thrifted
  • ankle boots, retail
  • white maxi slip, thrifted
  • black coat, retail
  • red wool beret, thrifted
  • oversized aubergine silk blouse, hand-me-over



I always look like that photo above when I'm cold, my collar turned up as high as possible, as if that's going to make the cold go away.

So happy florals! I found a few other florals growing in my closet while I was rooting around. I never know what I'll turn up. I hope you're all having a great week. I love that song Deep Purple. Bring it on!


30 comments:

Sacramento Amate said...

What a brilliant idea to turn autumn into a floral one.
You both look ravishing.
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edie pop said...

Your floral week celebration is impeccable!That dress could turn even the grayest of the days into a sparkling carnival of joy and euphoria!
The red beret adds a smart touch to an outfit that is already flawless!
Dear Melanie you rock!!
Love

Misfits Vintage said...

You are absolutely exquisite in your incredible maxi, dear marvelartist. A 50% reduction in grumbling is quite a feat for any frock! So glad you are joining in FLORAL WEEK - more more more!! Sarah xxx

Patti said...

A floral maxi dress is just the thing for a dreary day, Melanie. Well done, you look fabulous and phooey to any passerby who disagrees : > Bloom away.

Forest City Fashionista said...

An excellent counterpoint to cold and dreary! Alas, I have no florals, but I do have a disturbingly nasty cold right now, so I will not inflict photos of my snotty, hacking self on anyone.

Megan said...

Hoorah for happy making prints! You're stupendous as always.

thorne garnet said...

yeah, to wearing bright flowers in the fall.

pao said...

That decor is no match for flower power lady!

Sheila said...

Flower power!

I love your industrial background for your photos. I wish I could find a bright spot for mine.

Vix said...

Yay for a vivid floral maxi to bring cheer to a grim Autumn day. Reducing grumpiness by 50% a huge achievement and you mentioning Deep Purple's just made me a very happy bunny! xxx

A Well Styled Life said...

I must admit I haven't wore florals in probably 35 years. Not sure why, but they certainly look terrific on you and Sarah! Your jaunty beret is perfect!!

pastcaring said...

If florals can reduce grumpiness by a significant amount, I think I should wear them head to toe. Every day...
I certainly couldn't be grumpy if I bumped into you in that fabulous frock, with your coat collar turned up like a Cold War spy.
Melanie does Deep Purple! You are FULL of surprises, I like that in a person! xxxx

menopauselsupermodel said...

I am sporting a happy smile looking at your fabulous floralness!!!
Love your outfit!! i have so few florals in my wardrobe-I need more I think!!

Connie said...

OK. That does it. I'm saving my pennies for a big floral something-or-other. I need all the help I can get. You look GORGEOUS!
Connie*

Helga! said...

Ah,yes, a good splash of floral brightens my mood and that of those around me!Flowers just make people happy,period!I expect it's the Spring reference;gawd knows I'm all aglow when the Spring bulbs start springing up...(boom BOOM!)
Fab frock,I do love a homemade vintage frock! They always give me a warm feeling!I love to think about the history of a frock,and it just has so much more when it was homemade.This one is such pretty fabric!
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Milex said...

interesting

Terri said...

Glad to hear the florals reduced the grump factor. It just boggles my mind that Sarah and Helga are in the throes of spring...as winter begins to set in in our hemisphere.

Fifth N Sixth Closet said...

I love how you both styled your floral outfits, you both look wonderful..I agree with you that there's something nice about wearing floral on a dreary day...

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

Helluva powerful-sneaky dress, awesome! Your side-eye and upturned collar pile mystery upon mystery. Everything about Sarah is spectacular as well. Enjoy FLORALS WEEK!

Style Sud-Est said...

Hi Mélanie!
I have floral as well i will do my bit tomorrow
Lets unite!
Looking great Mélanie
Ariane xxxx

Lyosha said...

you gave a huge shock when I saw Sarah image! like.. stop! I was aiming to check out Melanie)))
you both look stunning! I love you in berets always

Lyosha
Inside and Outside Blog

Style Sud-Est said...

Hi Mélanie!
I have floral as well i will do my bit tomorrow
Lets unite!
Looking great Mélanie
Ariane xxxx

Lynne DeVenny said...

OMG, I am wearing a floral dress today. I am gonna get in on the action.

Your florals are beautiful, but rather more talkative than mine :P

DearHelenHartman said...

You look fab and funky as always and floral too. You are truly blessed as when the world draws me to her bosom I always end up with my nose in the world's armpit. This is how I became a biter.

Megan Mae said...

The florals are so great. I used to not be a floral lover, but the happiness they give off keeps changing my mind. They're a very convincing print.

Style Sud-Est said...

Mélanie you are featured on my blog, i did the floral week thing!

Have a good weekend gorgeous

Ariane xxx

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

Florals, huh? Well, since you did it, I guess I can try. I haven't done florals since the 80's, with my off the shoulder, black floral Victoria's Secret dress. Some things should stay in the past. But I'm game. After all, if Comme Des Garcons can do florals, I guess I can too. But give me a minute. I need to figure this out.

You look amazing, so effortless and artsy, that I'm ready to be a part of the bouquet. You make it look so inviting. Hopefully I won't wilt too early.

Melanie said...

LOL, BWA-HA-HA!!! Come over for some drinks.

Miss Simmonds Says said...

you look great in everything so florals are no exception, I adore florals. You're like a column of 60s flower power and freedom in that tunnel of grey.

Mrs. D said...

this is such a fun idea. :D

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