Looks like I’ve been upgraded!

Oh believe me, I wish that was for real! Mind, if anyone out there reading this is saying, it can be easily done, or even trickily done, then yes please, I’d love it to happen! Feel free to shout, if you can!

So, tell a short story, last weekend, I decided I hadnt done any selfies in quite a while, so thought I’d give it a go. I did do a few at Christmas, but they werent great, so that means the last decent ones were in Hollywood, last October. This time though, I decided to have a bit of fun, and play up the whole robot look, while doing it.

Fine, I got a silver dress out, that I havent worn in a very long time, if ever, given its length, as its the perfect silver metallic look. Fine, for a robot, it needs sleeves, and in truth, it needs to be longer, at my age, given its definitely mini length, well above the knees! So fine, discretion, especially given the state of my knees, I put on a pair of silver leggings as well. The end result, this

Digital Camera
Digital Camera

As I say, too much flesh showing, but given I dont have a long pair of silver gloves, not a lot I could do. But fine, there was one bit of flesh that I could cover up for sure, my face. So tracking down my Cyberman helmet, and attempting to take pictures with limited visibility, I took these

Digital Camera
Digital Camera

Or for those who prefer a close up

Digital Camera
Digital Camera

Sadly, when I took the helmet off, I discovered I was still human underneath it, ah well…

Yes, it would be a lot easier if someone else was taking the photos, especially while wearing the helmet, as you really cant see a lot, wearing that, so if anyone wants to take a few for me like that (I have no funds to pay for lots of expensive photos) for whatever reason, then again, shout.

Or ideally, if someone wants to genuinely turn me into a robot, oh please do!

Right, the video. A tribute to the most famous robot ever, just maybe? Yes, fine, maybe I should have gone with the original, Debbie isnt as strong a singer as she used to be, sadly. Hardly surprising, at her age, but anyway, who am I to talk?

Cheer up, sleepy Jean!

Fine, technically its a cheat, but Harlean did become Jean, so…live with it! πŸ˜› Besides which, its a great song, and video!

So what has cheered up little Jean, you might be asking? Well, apart from the fact that she’s finally got a job offer, and yes, its that one where I said the wage was too good to be true, so I will find out about that, at least! I still cant believe that an ordinary call centre job is offering Β£13.50 ($19.50) an hour, but I cant complain, if true. Oh fine, lets face it, I would be the one person who would love it, if it did involve literal interfacing with the computer system, wouldnt I? πŸ˜‰ Or if we’ll really be working from an alien spaceship, hundreds of miles above the Earth, then great! No, sadly, I doubt very much either will happen, but a girl can dream! No dress code, so maybe we do get offered silver body suits to wear at work? Again, I wish! Though officially, I’ll be working in Halifax!

In other good news, yes, the passport matter has now finally been sorted out in full, after one last call on Friday. Someone had missed one important document, and the passport I’d sent in, but someone else in the office confirmed they had them, would authorise it there, and then, so should have it by the middle of the week. Thats it, I’m Harlean Carpenter now, for life, unless I marry (ha ha), I guess? Even then, I might not be keen on changing that wonderful name.

Oh, and my little bedroom here, is now somebody else’s office. No, dont panic, I havent been evicted yet, and as long as this job is real, and I’m not sleeping on an alien space craft in the future, I’ve changed rooms, now got one room as my little apartment. Kitchen, and bathroom are still the house facilities, but otherwise…Yes, it will take some sorting out, as I’ve lost a lot of storage space, but at least now I can afford the new chest of drawers, and maybe a second small wardrobe, now I’ve got a job!

Fine, I probably should have got a lottery ticket yesterday, but my outdoor clothes are buried in a bag somewhere, in my room, so didnt happen! Oh, and lastly, seems like I’m doing a vintage clothing shoot, in 3 weekends time. Not sure if it will be here, or Hull, at present. He’s happy to come to me, but its a train line I havent travelled in years, and I suspect he has more space than me, too. Should be great, wherever its done.

OK, the blog title isnt only a play on Jean’s name change, though I’m more than delighted to be using her old name. It also works for the video too. I know, shock horror, and all that!

The most beautiful girl in the world?

No, not me. Seriously, I wish lol.

But as these 3 pictures from my recent photo shoot show, when someone does my hair, and my make up for me, and I put myself in the hands of a master photographer, I can look pretty good all the same!

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See what I mean? πŸ˜‰

There are many more, about a dozen in fact, so if you want to see more, send me an email address, and I’ll send them off to you. But as far as on here goes, thats all you get!

Wonderful, arent they? I’ll wait for the romance proposals to pour in lol!

The video, an oldie, from my teens, the clue is in the blog title

Oh, and as those of you on the Garden, or the MC Forum might have noticed, I’ve changed my photo on there, and indeed, my ‘name’ on the Garden too. Yes, I look far more like Jean, so I might as well play that way too. There is no way I could look like Louise Brooks, if I tried! Changing my name on the Forum is harder, so I will stay as Merry Brooks in name, if not in picture on there.

So, my new look

Blue eyed babe

Just look into my big blue eyes, and… πŸ˜‰

The last couple of days, plus baseball!

So fine, lets fill you in on the last couple of days, they’ve been something, to say the least.

Started off with the interview yesterday, which had a pair of firsts, the first time I’ve worn a dress to work (top and slacks/top and skirt, like always!) due to the interview. Definitely the first time I’ve worn high heels at work, but they only lasted about an hour (around, and during the interview), as I changed back into my more comfortable shoes straight after, and due to events (early call to interview), I only put them on just before it started.

Yes, it went well, or seemed so to me. The result, I wont know until the later stages of next week, but we will see…fingers crossed.

Then. after work, just after 3.00 (short shift), I headed off to see the results of the photo shoot. I was told the pictures were good, and they were right, they were good, or even better! I only wish I could show you some, but until the email versions of a few arrive, you’ll just have to believe me. But as soon as I get them…you’ll see them. Hey, I want you to see them, they’re that good!

Today, I had my MOT, and I passed. No, not a real MOT, a medical check over, and beyond the known arthritic joints (right shoulder, back, knees), all was fine. So yes, I’ll carry on travelling for a while yet! πŸ™‚

The video, well, you might be saying this of me, after the photo shoot

Oh, and lastly, as promised, the baseball.

Lets just say that Jean Harlow was asked how she felt about the Kansas City Royals performance so far in the play offs, and this was her reaction

Happy to see you

Go Royals!

She’s a model, and she’s looking good

(For those of you shrewd enough, and knowledgeable enough to read both blogs, they are the same tonight, just saying…)

Yes, absolutely no prizes for working out what the video delight is tonight, but you get a little (superior in my opinion) bonus on top of the English version of the song.

No, I havent officially taken up employment as a model, but today left me feeling like one, or perhaps more aptly, a famous film star, no prizes for working out who! πŸ˜‰

I did a photo shoot before with Cocoture, when they were working out at Rawdon, and it was an amazing experience, for someone who had never done anything like that before. Yes, you’re right, thats where the whole Jean Harlow thing took flight, when people got to see the pictures from the shoot, and commented on the resemblance.

I’ve known for a little while, that they were planning to start up a studio in Leeds, so I held off on doing the ‘Seriously Jean Harlow’ photo shoot until then, simply because its so much easier for me to get there, and back. Anyway, today was the big day!

As a good model probably should, the day started with coffee. Yes, I mean the one at home this morning, btw. Unlike Jean, I suspect, I had to get my own! Anyway, about 10.15 or so, I set out for Leeds, complete with dress collection, and a pair of high heel shoes.

Fun started when I got close to the studio, I knew the address, but couldnt see any obvious signs. Anyway, I asked at the hair salon, and helpfully got guided upstairs by a wonderfully helpful lady. I dont know her name, but Karen probably will, when she reads this.

First things first, get the model looking her best, and Bethany did just that. Stylish make up, abundant curls all enhancing the look. To be honest, I know how Jean must have felt when having her’s done at the studio! Then Dave, and Karen had their time, first outfit, first change, and the ‘film star’ in me, took control. Dave has a good style, and combined with my confidence, and nous, as to what poses he might be looking for, the filming flowed. We passed through several dress changes, a number of accessories, and I had a marvellous time.

I’m not sure if I reached a point where ‘Jean’ took control, but I felt so much like a model/movie star being posed, that she might have done. Of course, we could be one and the same, but…?

Oh, and yes, guys, a short dress was worn, you should get to see my legs!

Then a fun thing happened, we filmed in another building. The ‘Leeds Club’ next door is a wonderful Victorian building, and we went off (with permission) to get a few shots there, in the gentlemans toilets. Not your basic humdrum place, this looked like somewhere straight out of the Victorian era, an incredible place for a vintage shoot. Yes, hilarity ensued, when a poor man walked in the entry door, to find 2 women inside, as part of a photo shoot! All went fine, we took one more shot, thanked him for his patience, and then back to the studio.

A few more shots, an appointment made for next Tuesday afternoon (after work) to view the photos, really looking forward to seeing them. I cant praise Karen, Dave, and Bethany enough for their work today, I certainly felt like Jean, at a photo shoot, I must say.

So finally, if you’re in the Leeds area, and want a really good shoot done, vintage, or otherwise, then I highly recommend Cocoture to you. Hopefully Karen can provide me with a phone number, or add one in the comments, as I suspect the only phone number I can find, is the Rawdon one.

Tonorrow, back to the day job in the call centre. Until Hollywood calls lol…

The video, Kraftwerk, The Model. Firstly, the English version

Then, in my opinion at least, the far superior German version, a very different sound too.

Who is that girl?

Might be a question I’m asking myself at some point tomorrow, during the photo shoot. Is it me, being Jean Harlow, or is it Jean Harlow, being me, being Jean Harlow, or…are we one and the same? As I havent yet had my past life regression done, I cant answer the latter, but I doubt it, much though it would be amazing if true!

A while back, I had a photo shoot done, with Karen and Dave, and though at the time I was just looking for a vintage style look, one answer came out a lot, after I finally was able to post the photos, and that was that I looked just like Jean Harlow. A couple of examples, to make your own call…

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But yes, once I could accept being compared to such a glamorous woman, I could see their point!

The difference this time around, is that we arent messing about, we’re aiming for the Harlow look, right from the start. So yes, the dresses might be a bit more stunning lol! The ones I’m taking along, include one that is above the knees, and a couple of midi length ones, so if you’re lucky, you might in time get to see pictures of my legs! Not sure that’s a good thing, but anyway…?

As far as I know, the only things they are planning to do to me, are my hair, and my make up, so I’m assuming that the Harlow mindset is down to me. Hopefully I can pull it off, in style! Of course, they may have some device (or hypnotist), that will make me think I actually am Jean, temporarily or otherwise, but I doubt it! To be honest, how much difference you’d notice lol…?

Anyway, I, or Jean, will let you know how it went in tomorrow nights edition, I’m sure, really looking forward to it!

The video, not A Flock of Seagulls finest moment, by any stretch, but it seemed apt, given I wont be certain if its me, or Jean doing the photo shoot tomorrow. To be honest, if I just let the inner Harlow flow, they will probably look better. To be honest, Dave, the photographer is so good, I will almost certainly be unable to be anyone else!

Developing the whole Harlow style

Well, it looks like the next few months could see the whole Harlow image thing develop in an interesting way for me.

You may, or may not, depending on how long you’ve been reading all this, you might remember that a while back, I had a photo session done, just outside of Leeds, and in a sense, thats where the whole Harlow thing took off from for me. I mean, at that time, I wasnt even thinking about that, but by the time I got to about the tenth comment that I looked like Harlow, that I started to investigate it all more deeply. And before very long, I could see they were right!

So fine, gave me a nice image to go with, so I’ve done so ever since. And yes, I have to say it, its a lot of fun. No, I havent taken up smoking, and I certainly only drink in moderation, and as for sex…no, I cant match her on that either lol! But the look, and the confident attitude…oh yes!

Anyway, I’ve continued to support the studio on social media, and recently I won a free shoot, which will be done very soon. The big difference this time around of course, we are planning to play up the whole ‘Jean Harlow’ thing in advance! So the outfits might be a bit more glamorous this time around, I suspect! Talk is, that the vast majority, if not all, will be done in black and white, to really give it a 30’s tone. And yes, I’m really looking forward to doing that.

Then on top of that, I read something about past life regression. Now, put together a hypnotherapist looking for volunteers to try this, combined with all the comments about me being a Harlow lookalike, and curiosity gets the better of me. Now, I know that somewhere there must be the reincarnation of Harlow (assuming you believe in past lives, of course), but the chances of it being me, hmm…? Of course, her mother looked very much like her (for understandable reasons) so I could be her, I guess? If I am Jean (junior, in the sense her mother was Jean, she was actually named Harlean, of course), then someone might need smelling salts, or something!

The interesting factor in all this of course, is that under hypnosis, you do ‘play’ with the mind somewhat. And I know a few people (including myself, I guess) who wouldnt mind me being made to believe that I was either her reincarnated, or just made to think I was Jean! Lets face it, I dont think my mind would resist such suggestions!

Lastly, in January, I’m getting permanent make up done, by a person I know from a previous job, and no prizes for working out where the suggested look comes from. Hey, I’m even getting a beauty spot done! So by then, it might be an advantage if I think like/think I am Jean Harlow!

Should all make for an interesting trip to Hollywood, though I suspect there might be more interest if I looked like a modern star, not a 30’s glamour queen, but anyway…Would make me the perfect guide for tours of the Golden Age of Hollywood there, assuming there are any?

Alright, I’ll keep the Harlow video to a brief one, there are plenty of links to longer ones, if you want them! πŸ˜‰

Should have gone to Specsavers?

Firstly, for the sake of my many North American readers, let me explain away the title. Over here in the UK, we have a long running series of adverts, by a company of that name, who sell glasses, and eye tests, for those short sighted biddies like myself, who need to wear glasses, in my case now, for about 45 years! Yes, I have been short sighted that long! Basically they spoof situations, where if someone could have seen properly, they wouldnt have tried to resuscitate a fur hat, shear the dog, instead of the sheep, and various other things.

Thankfully, I do go to one of their rivals, so have never done anything as silly as that…yet! But, there is always time, lol πŸ˜›

Anyway, this goes back to when I first posted up the photo shoot pictures in various places, including here, somewhere about the turn of the year, shouldnt be hard to find them, I guess? When I did that, someone suggested I looked like Jean Harlow in the pictures, and to say I was flattered, would be putting it mildly, as she was the original (pre Monroe) gorgeous, platinum blonde. And yes, I did suggest they needed to get their sight tested lol!

So, given my curiosity in such matters, I took a closer look at Ms Harlow’s life, and the biggest shock I got was that she died at the age of 26. No, no drugs, or anything else back then, kidney failure in fact. Something which is dealt with far better nowadays, but back in the 1930’s, was a pretty fatal issue, and so it proved for her. All sorts of stories run, her family being Christian Scientist suggest she avoided operations, doctors and the like, and maybe she did, but back then, even if she hadn’t, she may well not have survived.

Reading about her, it hardly sounds like her romantic life was a success, 3 marriages, and divorces, in that very short life. So, in terms of romantic attachments, I guess we have that success rate in common, though as far as I know, she never dabbled with other women! Oh, and she was almost born in Kansas, born in Kansas City, Missouri, but you cant get much closer, without being born in the state lol!

But, I dont know if its the placebo effect, of hearing that suggestion, or just craziness on my part, but the more I look at those pictures of me, and certain shots of her, I start to see a vague resemblance, given I was 30 years older than her, when they were taken, frightening, or what? No, I still suspect said persons need to get their eyesight examined, but a month on from the suggestion, I’m beginning to see their point.

Who, me,Jean Harlow reborn, dont be crazy, darlings, but…she did deserve a longer life, so…! Maybe I should stay blonde, go 30’s style, instead of 20’s, and do the whole Harlow thing, who knows? I could do a lot worse, and her hairstyle is more practical for me though lol! πŸ˜› Might need someone to buy me one of those curling wands though!

Rest in peace, Harlean Harlow Carpenter (her real name), and dont worry about being compared to me, you were far more beautiful, but died far too young. I’m just flattered by the comparison, shall we say?

For those who need a few images for consideration, there are some here

Isnt she lovely?

Given the problems of storing photos to post at the Garden, and the Forum, and the fact I get a few visitors from elsewhere anyway, this is a good way of doing this. So Miss ‘Merry Brooks’ is happy to show off a few pictures of herself, and await the marriage proposals! Yes, I’m joking about the latter, in case anyone gets any crazy ideas!

So what you ask, is the big fuss about? Well hopefully you might remember why. Back in the summer, I had a photo shoot done at Rawdon, near Leeds, with 3 wonderful people named Karen, Dave and Hayley, shortly before my September holiday in fact. It was an amazing day, and when I saw the photos, I really couldnt believe how good I could look, quite attractive in fact, if I say so myself!

I got the album soon after I got back from Richmond, and happily showed it off to friends, and at work. Loved it, felt great. But…one of the reasons I got it done, was to use 1 picture as an author profile picture, for my ebook stuff. Initially I wasnt greedy, given I wasnt paying for the whole CD of the shoot, and just asked for 3 pictures. As some might know, they took a while to get here, Boxing Day in fact. But, I got the whole shoot sent to me, a wonderful consolation. Today, being a day off, I finally got chance to sort them out, and save some, and post a few. So yes, anyone coming here from Facebook, you should have seen these amongst the collection there, already! Those who get here by other means, well, here’s a treat for you!

Firstly, the picture of the stunning looking author,

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A really nice shot of me, I must say

Next, a pair of more styled shots

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Seriously, if interested, I could get plenty of dates with looks like that, I should think! Might need Hayley to do my make up first, I havent bothered much in recent times, but…

For anyone in the Yorkshire area, looking for a really good, and well handled photo shoot, this trio come very highly recommended. Their website is http://www.cocoture.co.uk and you can make contact through there, or for those coming through Facebook, like Cocoture, you wont regret it. Would I do another with them, you bet I would, and probably will, in good time. Just say Stevie Lou sent you… πŸ˜‰

The video, well, maybe this is stretching claims for me a bit, but looking at these, not much!

Come to look, and admire

I’ve seen a few acts live in my time, though with the one exception, all when I was much younger. I am glad I saw OMD again this year though, that was quite special, even if my body didnt think so on the night. All that standing, at my age, with my knees,…aargh!

But there is one act I always wanted to see live, and never got the chance to do so. No, not my close namesake, and a few will know who I mean, but in this case, I mean Simon and Garfunkel.

Generally I had a fair reason for not seeing them live, the first, and major split was when I was still a small child, and far too young to go to pop concerts. They have had one or two reunions (see the video for an example), but apart from one, very expensive possibility in London some time ago, I’ve never had the opportunity, even if I could have done.

I suppose because my first major influence by music came at such a young age (6, or 7), I grew up on their music, and that of the flower power era, as my first chance at becoming a fan. By the time I was old enough to go to concerts, they were gone from the scene. But yes, I still hanker back to that music, even now. Its funny, you would think that this many years on, that they might have lost the edge, but clearly they havent

Probably my favourite song of theirs, but it would be a close run thing. But given that in less than 7 weeks, I’ll be looking for America, so…

Other things, I’ve seen the pictures, they are quite amazing, and in a few weeks time, when they arrive, I’ll post a couple here. I will also post one on the author profiles, so if you go hunting the books down then, you might find it. Though seriously, I wouldnt mind one or two going to the book site, and buying now, all the same. Lets just say the new story isnt flying up the internet sales listings at present!

Reminder, they are at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/merrybrooks

Right, I’ll try and post something more thought provoking over the next couple of days, but no promises made, depends on time, and things.