Camping fashion?

No, seriously, this has nothing to do with camping, tents, or anything like that. In truth, a couple of these are suitable for a robot look for me, the other 2, well a chorus line dancer like Clara Johnson probably wore something just like these, especially given some of the strange outfits (or lack of outfits) that she was expected to wear.

Seems that last night, the Met Gala happened, with a ‘Camp clothing’ theme, though I have no idea where my invite went missing? No, I havent got the capacity, or time to show you all the crazy outfits, and I think 4 is being pretty wild, but anyway, yes, I would love to wear any of these, given the chance, in my size!

Lets not waste time, lets get down to the 2 robot ones. Seriously, the first one looks just like a robot being charged by electricity. The other is a ‘tamer’ silver dress, but still wouldnt shame a robot, all the same.

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In truth, the first of these looks just like something that chorus line girls (almost) wore all too often in the musicals, and the second looks like something out of a crazed Berkeley, or De Mille moment

30's showgirlred dress

Oh darlings, I’d love to wear any of those, and please don’t ask me to choose! First silver one if I really must, but any, or all…swoon!

Oh to be famous, and to get to invited to events like this, and wear outfits like these, but anyway…

OK, video time. Live Bowie, says it all!

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But baby, its cold out there!

If anyone should happen to be thinking, I wonder what Harlean would really love for Christmas, I’m happy to give you an idea, assuming such a thing exists. Oh fine, a fully interfacing robot suit would be sheer heaven, but might be a shade expensive, even if it existed, so I might have to pass on that. But if anyone has one going spare…?

Its fair to say I’ve been lucky this summer, in that most of the time the weather has been warm (or hot), and reasonably dry, most of the time. This is because, the 3 things my back really hates, are cold weather (anything much below 50 issues start, and get much worse below 40), high winds, and rain, as they make the fracture in my back feel far more painful.

So, what I was thinking, if such a thing exists, is that wouldnt it be handy if I had a thermal (heated as well would be nice) full bodysuit that I could use during the winter. Oh fine, I probably need 2 or 3 to get me through a working week, but even 1 would be a help. Does such a thing even exist? I know, you can get vest things, and leggings, but I really need to be able to keep the cold out everywhere! I know, if it came in silver, would be heaven, but in truth, any color would do, my back wouldnt care!

Does something like this exist, or is there anything even vaguely close to this that exists? If so, please let me know. Equally, if someone fancies designing one, also, let me know! Because yes, the warmer my back is, at all times, the better! In practice, I cant (and I’m sure most buying presents for me) afford anything at too crazy a price, but if it clears a lot of my back pain, it may still be worth it?

But yes, if someone wants to supply, or buy for me, so much the better!

OK, video time. Fine, I have no idea why I havent used this before? It has a 20’s feel to it, including the most gorgeous flapper dress (would love the adult, size 16 UK version of this), and one of the most wonderful singers of this era too. And yes, just perfect for this blog!

 

I am a silver machine?

Oh fine, I wish! Irony is, we are apparently doing a dress up day at work on Halloween, and if I thought I could find (suspect I know where it is, actually), and more critically could still get into one of my robot suits, then yes, I’d be tempted to wear one for the day. Not that I could wear a Cyberman helmet (later addition) to the outfit in a call centre, but besides that… I might yet see if I can afford to try and find a nice witch outfit for the day, though sadly I suspect I will have to rely on First Buses to get me to work, not a broomstick, and no, I dont think I would be wearing the Witch outfit on the bus, anyway!

Well, I could just try and find a metallic silver cape, and hood, and do the robot thing, because… I have an Ebay account, but very rarely use it. I know you can get quite a lot on ‘buy it now’ nowadays, just like a shop, but rarely buy anything nowadays, due to a minor issue called lack of funds.

This therefore leads to the fact that every few months or so, I get an email from Ebay, offering me £10 off to use on ‘buy it now’ stuff on the website, and I got one last week, for fashion items. Well, I saw a number of dresses I liked, some of which were in a sensible size (when a UK 12, is an XL size, I despair), one of which was this rather nice, metallic silver maxi length dress, which would then only cost me about £13, with the voucher, fine, I was tempted. Snag was, voucher had to be used by Monday, and though I tried to load money on the pre paid card on Friday morning, it didnt get processed in time for use that day. Which meant it wasnt going to get loaded before Monday, which is a working day for me. Oh, and the bidding closed on Sunday! 😦

Thankfully, no one bid for it, the seller put it back on the market again, and I grabbed it yesterday evening, which meant I got to bed about midnight by the time I’d sorted that out, and done everything else. But yes, its heading my way. Fine, you want to see it, I hope?

metallic silver dress

I know, shows a bit too much flesh in the chest area for a robot, so I either need to find a metallic silver top, or cape, or something, ideally. Oh, and a silver hood would be nice, lets face it, but not sure I can afford all that!

But yes, fine, the inner robot won out, lol! Not quite sure when I wear it, but I’m sure I will sometime soon! Halloween, maybe, but probably not without accessories, which I cant afford, lol!

And yes, you’re right, probably wont buy on Ebay until I get my next voucher in a few months!

Right, video time. I have no idea who the lady is in this video, but consider this, if still alive, she’s probably a pensioner by now! Well, I’m 60, and was 14 when this was made, and I’m assuming she was at least 18, so…? But yes, if anyone actually wants to turn me into a silver machine, please let me know!

To let me step out?

OK, firstly, to annoy all my US followers (or a few of them at least), let me just follow up on the last blog, by mentioning Europe’s narrow (ha ha) win over the US in the Ryder Cup by 17.5 to 10.5 points! 😛 Got it wrong, but thrilled to do so!

Right, to the meaningful stuff. Yesterday was just one of those days when everything that could go wrong during the day, did go wrong. Weather, work, public transport, and some idiot that nearly accidentally knocked me over…Yeah, you name it, it happened! So as you can guess, my back reacted accordingly, and at one point yesterday, on a pain scale of 1 to 10, my back was about 25! Thankfully, rest, and numerous painkillers (more than normal for a non working day today), and its probably down to about a 6 or 7. As to work tomorrow, I’ll see how it is in the morning.

In truth, the thing that created the issue, was the weather. The others just added to it, but…it was cold, and frosty yesterday morning when I went out. Might be expected at end of September in Svalbard, but not the UK, lol. As you can imagine, fractured spines, and very cold weather arent good friends!

So fine, I guess tonights blog from here, is most suited for scientists, and fashion designers, I suppose? What I ideally need is a full body suit (given I also have arthritis, and knee issues), that supports the whole body, especially the spine, while at the same time, not being so stiff that I can walk in reasonable comfort. Would be lovely if it could be worn as under clothes item, as catching a bus, in Yorkshire, wearing something that looks weird, and fetish, probably wouldnt work, lol. It also needs to be something that self cleans, or that I can have a few of, as I will need something like this throughout the winter.

I mean, if someone wants to come up with something a bit more kinky, for wearing at home at least, feel free to design, and suggest away. 😉 If so, metallic silver look might be fun!

Oh, and if some ‘mad scientist’ wants to design something that actually interfaces with my busted spine, oh please do! Yes, full interface, and more, just bring it on, I’d love it!

Yes, practically, I do have a budget, so designing 6 suits, at about £100K a piece, isnt going to work, unless I’m the guinea pig testing them for free! But equally, for a pain free life, I’ll listen to offers, and costs.

So yeah, if you, or someone you know might fancy this as a challenge, pass my details on, or theirs to me, just saying…

But yes, if life gets much more crazy, I need something, or I’ll have to start looking at disability benefits, and I’d rather have something fun to wear, than that. Of course, disabled benefits, and something fun to wear, hmm?

Right, video time. No, not Joe Jackson, someone more my era, Betty Grable! No, not when she was young, but still stepping out with a fine pair of pins!

PS, I have a friend in Hollywood, by the name of April, who’s the spitting image of young Betty. So if she wants to know how she’ll look in about 30 years time, lol…?

A fine Edwardian lady?

No, not for real, and for now at least, for one day only, honestly. And fine, unless you’re within reasonable distance of Blackpool, England, you’re not going to see any of it, I’m sure. But yes, a week on Saturday, I will be the perfect embodiment (well, perfect is stretching it, I guess?) of an Edwardian lady. I know, stop laughing, as the best I can possibly do is imagine what life was like as an Edwardian lady, and play my part accordingly. Oh, for all those now putting Blackpool, on June 9th in their diary, and wondering why, this is why!

Blackpool pier day

Yes, you know you want to be there, dont you? I know, for most of my readers (given that my stats suggest most are in US), its not going to happen. But if you read this, and are in reasonable distance, feel free to come and support. If you do, and you see a mature Edwardian looking lady, dressed in purple, come up and introduce yourself to me!

I know, according to history, and well, Wikipedia, an Edwardian lady should be tightly corseted under her outfit. Well, maybe…? Put it this way, I’m planning on taking a corset with me, and if someone offers to tie me up ‘tightly’ in it, then I wont say no! Snag is, the corset is elderly, not as elderly as me, but over 10 years old, and hasnt been worn for a long while, as I have always found tying knots difficult (especially behind my back), and as the arthritis in my fingers has got worse, it became impossible more than a few years ago, so I have no idea how strong its feeling, or even if it will fit me now! But if anyone in West Yorkshire, or the Blackpool area (person, or company) has a corset I can borrow for the day, natural waist around 34 – 36 inches (no, I dont do centimeters lol!), please contact me through here, or by email at stephmajor8@hotmail.com . Should anyone do so, please put corset somewhere in the email title, so that I spot it amongst all the spam, lol! It is for a good cause, and it will be returned, just saying… I could provide a Paypal address, but in truth, I dont think I could purchase one now in time to get it here in a week!

I must admit, my previous research on the Edwardian era is pretty much zero, having never played any parts set in that era in my time. All I do know is that its a very different time to now, it was only during that time that people flew in a plane for the first time, and that first flight lasted 11 seconds! Yes, a few balloon flights before then, but to travel any great distance, you went by sea. I do remember ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ from TV, many decades ago, and I’m pretty certain I’m playing more of an ‘Upstairs’ lady on the day. It was a period before WW1, when the world seemed so at peace, little realizing that a decade or so later, all hell would break out, quite figuratively. Though of course, for most women at that time, they didnt go to war, beyond a brave few. Oh, and before the vote of course, though the Suffragette movement was just beginning to take off by then.

But yes, a week on Saturday, I’m going to do my best to play the part of a ‘fine’ Edwardian lady, before I return to modernity again for the evening. I wonder what the woman of a century ago would make of modern life? Or indeed, what I would make of Edwardian life, even as a fine lady?

Fine, video time. Its fair to say that the Edwardian times have definitely gone. Strangely enough, music videos of that era are slightly lacking! So, a little live Bucks Fizz instead. I have used the original video before, but not for 6 years, but as I found this…

 

Going back to my youth?

It does seem to me that most decades have had some great fashion moments, but equally, some shocking ones too. There would however be a reasonable case for saying that the 70’s only had the shocking ones. There probably were some nice fashion styles in that era, I just cant remember any!

Oh fine, I’m not proud to say I remember the whole Bay City Rollers tartan look thing, and I certainly remember the, err, spectacular looks of glam rock, for both women, and men! Some were worse than others, but most werent good! No, punk rock was never terribly my scene, so fine, lets ignore that, shall we?

But fine, the tight, revealing outfits, and the platform boots, so beloved of that era, oh fine, I remember those! Thankfully, or otherwise, as I was at school during the height of the glam rock era, I missed out on most of that. Not entirely, but thankfully, cover bands werent filmed back then, unlike today in these You Tube days! So, no, you cant see me strutting my stuff lol! 😛

But fine, put Middle Of The Road in a You Tube search, and just maybe…? Oh fine, the Abba look wasnt a lot better! Mind, I suspect many people found the flapper look shocking in the 1920’s, even many younger people lol!

OK, all the same, when I look back on that era, even now, it was fun to live through though!

Right, talking of shocking 70’s looks, brings us to tonight’s video! Yes, this is 70’s kitsch at its worst, in all truth. But if you take it as a look back on fashion history, and put a few fingers over your eyes, its quite funny to watch. And yes, people really did wear clothing like this back then!

Thats the price?

I must admit, that when it comes to clothes, and fashion, and the cost of it, I fall into the practical Yorkshire woman type role, of saying “How Much?” in clothes shops, when I look at the prices. This fact is probably not helped that in recent times, the vast majority of my purchases have either been in charity shops, or budget shops like Primark, Ethel Austin, or when in the US, Old Navy, and Target, rather than the more luxury brands, or to put it more correctly, the more normally priced clothing shops!

Yes, unfortunately it got the better of me in LA last October, when I saw a shop selling vintage style (or genuine vintage) clothing, but then I looked at the price tickets! No, some of them were probably fair, but compared to what I used to, and also, because I was trying not to run up costs, I passed on them.

This amusing fact has again came to light, because I won £30 worth of shopping vouchers, for stores in the Arcadia Group, and I started looking at stuff online, and in the shops (There is a unit selling clothing for a number of these companies very close to my new workplace), and going “How much?” when I see the prices, even if I’m not really paying it!

I saw a dress, for example, that by these sort of stores, is probably reasonably priced at £15, but given what I’m used to paying for things, I was shocked at the price. I know, its what you’re used to, and everything, so no, didnt get it yet. I also saw a top that looked like a modern styling of what a flapper would happily have worn, but it was £12, and I did the same thing. Yes, in the end, I regretted doing that, said ‘what the hell’, and went back to get it on Friday, and they were sold out! I know, my fault, but…I can at least say that I wanted to check I could wear it to work (spaghetti type straps, not allowed in a number of workplaces), but I could, but still I didnt rush to buy it, so yes, my fault, in a sense!

I know, silly thing to do, especially when they dont actually cost me anything, but thats the way I’ve lived, I guess? Ah well, I still have the vouchers, they dont expire for a long time yet, so…

But fine, me, and clothing prices, always going to be a fun issue, I guess?

The video mentions the price of something, but its not clothing lol. Mind, I’m equally as awful at love, so…