Sunday, 13 January 2013

But would Shackleton approve?

I popped my nose out of my ice cave for a moment and it froze. I knew I would need to wear my polar-bear camouflage coat today (aka pastel-nicotine faux fur coat) with my skirt hiked above where it should be in shameless fashion.


The uni-suspender I had made for a previous skirt (here) came in handy to prevent slacking down of this one too. In its normal waist position this skirt looks hideous, truly. It's always been a bit too roomy. I like the asymmetry of one side higher than the other. Polar adventurer, yes, but somewhat cavegirl too.
Plus, One must show off  One's New Socks  to maximum advantage. Aren't they FABulous?


These socks feature a stunning geisha motif, sadly hidden by the ankle boots which were necessary for my Antarctic trek. The kanji is about bringing good fortune. Hot, hot pink leggings also provided an extra layer of warmth under the socks. I bought a couple more pairs of socks in bright designs since they were 30% off. Would Ernest Shackleton, polar adventurer, approve?

Details
  • psychedelic graphic turtleneck, thrifted
  • uni-suspender, made it
  • skirt, sample sale
  • leggings, sample sale
  • graphic socks, NEW ALERT! (no lucking thrifting babies like these)
  • polar coat, thrifted
  • magic loupe, O made it for me.
  • ankle boots, retail, new 10 years ago
You've seen all of these pieces before except the NEW SOCKS. Oh, did I tell you I got NEW SOCKS?
I'm off to Patti's Visible Monday. I mustn't stop moving or I shall freeze in place. I'll see all you lovelies over there of course. Have a visible week!

My persnickety toe is cured! For now...
Let's keep up that positive energy force field for indomitable Sarah and her valiant love shack!!!


63 comments:

  1. I'm glad to hear you're toe is better!

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  2. Do you have NEW SOCKS? OMG, they are fabulous. Love the uni-spender too. Thanks for sharing all the gorgeous-ness with Visible Monday, and try to avoid the freeze : >

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  3. I don't know about Shackleton, but I approve mightily. LURVVE those socks!!! Stay warm and know the signs of frostbite! ;-)

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  4. I love how you put things together. I want to steal that coat.

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  5. Yes, your NEW SOCKS are quite fab! You really should have had a picture without the boots. You should see the geisha shirt Sabine is wearing here
    http://achtstundensindkeintag.blogspot.com/2013/01/mal-was-anderes-something-different.html

    And I love that top!

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  6. omg, did someone say NEW SOCKS??? What better way to celebrate a happier toe. Suspending that skirt does wonders for drawing the eye to contemplate its divinely airy colour, perfect cloaked in your nicotine bear suit. Your heat is palpable from here, my dear! Embers and coals!!!

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  7. Frosty cool socks! What a hot looking coat that I am sure is very warm too. Love your outfit!

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  8. Lol, really cool socks!!!!
    Says LUCK on it too :D

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  9. Love the skirt up higher--looks like an empire waisted dress. Very flattering. And the socks are just dreamy.

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  10. I think Shackleton would realise where he went wrong! Not maybe from a keeping warm angle, but definitely from a looking good one! Nice outfit!

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  11. Brilliant as usual love the geisha socks
    I love the way you pose. You look like a professionnal model, no joke! I love your expression and the position of your leg is perfect
    Yes lets hope that Sarah is ok!

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  12. Oh my, you got new socks?? For reals?? Yes, they are fabulous!! Let's see them again, except with your shaggy platforms!
    I love that coat of yours. I could use it indoors right about now.

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  13. Such a fab outfit! Shackleton would be nodding his approval as he checked you out.

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  14. It's freezing here too, must stay warm! You look cozy and I am digging the funkiness of that skirt. Huge sock fan girl here I have a huge collection, these are ace! Stay warm that jacket is purrrrrfect!
    Xxoo

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  15. Not only would Shackleton approve, he'd probably hire you to dress the expedition!!! You are a fecking GENIUS! Godammit. You totally rock, as do your new socks!
    XXX

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  16. Swooning for those gorgeous boots. Also hooray new socks! New socks always bring me great joy.

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  17. Very cute, so you. That coat is gorgeous.

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  18. Yes, when it's all gone a bit arctic outside, you need to hike up your skirt, dig out your pretend polar bear coat, pop on a brace (fashion singular and ACTUAL singular, for once!) and bright leggings, and buy NEW socks! How else should supermodel fashion editors cope with freezing weather?
    You look fabulous. Ernest would surely have applauded your efforts! xxxxxxx

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  19. New socks you say????? If you are going to buy new socks I think they have to be the best ones ever!!!!!! Love them!!!!
    Mr fluffy polar bear arctic coat will protect your nose I am sure, while making an expedition to buy more NEW SOCKS!!!!!!
    In Ernest it's all about the socks!!!! Tee hee
    Love V

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  20. Great attempt to keep you warm, Polar bears have a trick or two to teach us and imitate their white fur is one of these!!The mono suspender provides a brilliant solution to create another masterpiece outfit!!
    Love xxxxx

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  21. What a fabulous, warm and stylish outfit. Looks wonderfully sexy 60s on you, and those socks are just divine! Clever idea the mono suspender, you might want to patent that before it becomes the next big thing...

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  22. NEW SOCKS!? DID YOU GET NEW SOCKS? :)

    I love skirts and sit high on the waist. Really the only way to find them now is to shop vintage or make your own. Or hike one up higher on your body!

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  23. I love this. I have a similar coat but shorter. That skirt is so cute and I am in love with your socks and boots.

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  24. Those socks are amazing!! love the outfit!

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  25. I love your ingenuity, Melanie. And also, is it weird to say that I love your hair--the colour/style? It's very chic. I think I needs me some good luck socks...especially since I've been freezing! Have you been doing more of your fabulous art lately? I love it!

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  26. You dress exquisite every day (at least in the pictures), but of all your way of dressing, I think you ARE pop art-look!

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  27. Oh, now I can see the geisha socks do not need summer. They look gorgeous with the red leggins. A geihsa even in cold winter would never loose her mysterious smile, so the socks will help you keep smiling as well.

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  28. Hope your new and groovy socks did the trick in that arctic weather. Oh, and don't forget your hat!

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  29. The new socks are perfection is so many ways! My eye went from hair to toe with appreciation. Who knew that a uni-suspender could produce fascinating results, and that your skirt would be so much more interesting worn 'hiked up.' You Melanie, are brilliant!

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  30. Wow!! That skirt is amazing. I love what you've done to it. You always look so damn youthful and svelte. Have you seen qui etes vous Polly Maggoo? Love the hot pink tights and boots. Always love that nicotine coat!! Xxx

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  31. you inspire me like no other!

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  32. NEW SOCKS! YAAAAAAAYYYYY! I'll drink to that! YAAAAAAAYYY! NEW SOCKS!

    I mean it. New socks are one of the best things in life when it's cold outside and you are forced, I mean, eager to go on polar adventures. I'm pretty sure Shackle-what's-is-name would approve, and perhaps ogle your super-sexy outfit a bit longer than even polite ogling allows.

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  33. Did someone say NEW SOCKS??!! Gorgeous Geisha legwear! There are so many fun aspects to this outfit with your one shoulder suspender and fuzzy-wuzzy coat, and of course, THE SOCKS!! It was 10 degrees here on the weekend and now it's freezing again, so I will be doubling up on the leg layers too.

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  34. I love the bigger photos and the always stunning and arty ensemble, my deares friend.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  35. really fabulous socks, love them with that leggings, bright and brilliant color combo!, and love your one-suspender style, so cool and asymmetric!
    wish you a warm week, dear lady!
    besos

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  36. Laptop in shop forces me to use my phone. Ummm...is your hair blue on top? If so, it is sooooo cool. As is your ensemble. Like you, I adore asymmetry, as in the one suspender hiking up the skirt unevenly, sort of. xxoo

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  37. One of so many times when hiking one's skirt up is appropriate, don't you think? All adorable, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your socks. You'd make it way too hot for Shackleton, dear little white kitty! Details all perfect, including the too-cool-for-school single suspender. Art.

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  38. Your cool is hot hot hot.

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  39. Love the socks and tights and all that! I did a post on tights i think you'll dig, come see if you have time... stay warm!

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  40. Oh yes yes yes I LOVE this skirt all jaunty and independent! The socks are utterly splendid - are they new? Thanks for the good wishes - the fires continue. We are so hot and you are so cold and wouldn't it be lovely to have a little in between? But life is sometimes much more fun with extremes - like your SKIRT!

    Sarah xxx

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  41. Genial look!!!!
    Me encanta el abrigo.
    Saludos
    http://judithbysucre.blogspot.com.es

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  42. So clever of you to get new hosiery because that outfit will knock anyone's socks off!

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  43. Shackleton would not only approve, you'd have to keep a tight grip on those socks and the uni-suspender to stop him appropriating them. Oh, and I'm with Emalina, I think you need to copyright or patent the uni-suspender - as it's bound to hit the catwalks soon. Just remember, we saw it here first...

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  44. Seriously, Melanie... I just want to stare at your outfits for an hour! Every detail is so artfully layered. There is always so much to look at, yet they never wear you -YOU rock the outfit!!! ~Sarah of Sarah Hulbert Style
    https://sarahhulbertstyle.com/2013/01/16/outfit-inspiration-color-of-sunshine/

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  45. Hi! I haven't commented in a while, but I HAVE been looking at your posts and you've looked amazing as always. I love this outfit. Sometimes I stop leaving comments for a while because the whole "you look great! I love your shoes! That dress is awesome!" thing starts to feel monotonous even when it's all completely genuine. But you do look great, and I love your boots, and that dress is awesome.

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  46. Hello dear, Your blog really awesome! Love it! <3
    Btw, wanna follow each other via GFC? Let me know ;)

    sausanhanifah.blogspot.com

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  47. Your new socks are purty...and I adore the one suspender skirt hike up look.

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  48. I also went on a Great Expedition - yesterday, after working from home all day, warm and snuggled, I walked across the city to a (great, previously Undiscovered) restaurant to meet a friend. Great wines were Discovered, but what I was lacking was awesome socks and a suspender! I love your outfit, I approve even if Shackleton wouldn't...

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  49. I want that polar trip photos! The coat is wonderful, socks I can't see them but I imagine and booties... LUXURY! Always great!
    www.clubmujeresreales.blogspot.com

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  50. Oh, Melanie . . . Love the socks and I will be delighted to see them again with shoes that show them off a little bit more :) How very nice it would be, to be small enough to purchase from sample sales.
    Melanie . . . you are a gem. I love your zest for enjoying life, and thank you for the very sweet compliments that you left on my blog.
    I am smiling and you are the reason.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  51. You are a joy! And your legs are fab and those socks are rather splendid!xxx

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  52. I needed color this morning. Knew where I'd find it!! Your socks ROCK!!! Love the look!

    xoxo
    Lynn

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  53. I love your skirt-pender look and the new socks are fab. I do my blog reading in my lunch hour at work and for some reason I haven't been able to see your pics for a while (they are blocked and have an advisory warning!!!) but they seem to be back now ... whew! I love checking out your amazing looks. As for VOGOFF ... my PC had a complete hissy fit - I have to check that out at home!
    M x

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  54. Great outfit, I really like the uni-spender look, might have to borrow that.
    Yup, your new sock ROCK...x

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  55. Me ha gustado tu look con la falda de largo ok, medias ideales para mostrar, abrigo amigo para el frío y todo ideal, besos,ana.

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  56. Well, ain't you the cutest thing? Love dem socks. Would you do me a favour and look at my latest blog post? I know I haven't been active for nearly 2 months, so I need some of my pals to drop by and re-activate the comments. (As well as kicking me in butt.)

    Much love,
    Rosemary from www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

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  57. Hi Melanie . . . you are a sweet inspiration for fun and positive energy.
    I should draw you as one of my fun little journal girls.
    Oh, why didn't I think of that before . . . how does that sound to you?
    Have a magnificent, fun filled day.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)
    P.S. one of my very favorites is your December 3rd post.

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  58. Oh my, the skirt! The socks! The uni-suspender fit for a very stylish Pebbles Flintstone ... I need to see alla da socks k? Would you like me to send you a sweaty t-shirt to help you remember the scent of summer? No, I didn't think so ... I'll just send you some lovely sweaty hugs instead xoxoxoxo

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  59. Bugger Shackleton, I definitely approve! I'm keeping this in my inspiration folder. It's so cold here I can barely think! xxx

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  60. Hi. I really love your blog. Maybe wanna follow each other?? Let me know :) XOXO

    http://bblluusshh.blogspot.com

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  61. I enjoyed your outfit but Especially enjoyed your post...absolutely sparkling with humor. A very fun read; you are beautiful. Lynaea @ EverydayBloom.com

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