Like Marcel the Shell’s sister Marissa, I’m traveling.
While packing for the trip, I thought I might need to wear something besides a black t-shirt, so I grabbed my disco-y Black Halo top. During the 36 hours I spent in Los Angeles — we made a pit stop there to visit MrB’s grandsons — I realized that the top was one I’d worn in L.A. on four previous occasions: twice in 2008 and twice in 2010. I had to put it on for a photo five-peat, even though I didn’t bring the black jeans I wore with it all the other times.
What Wendy Wore
Top: Black Halo (pre-2008)
Jeans: Acne (2009?)
Shoes: Prada (2010)
Watch: Hermes (2000-ish)
Purse: Sonia Rykiel (2009)
Facial expression: Deer-in-the-headlights
Necklace: My own Hatshepsut design, previously worn with this top in 2008.
I don’t know why I look so dazed in this picture. Maybe it’s because I’d just seen Men in Black III in 3D and those glasses hurt my eyes. Yeah, that’s it! Anyway, I should really try to wear this top in New York one of these days. It makes me feel all Studio 54. Liza Minnelli was one of the celebrities who used to hang out at Studio 54. When I had very short hair, people often told me I looked like Liza. I don’t get that comment as much now, but every few years someone says it, so I wasn’t totally surprised when a man at the table next to us on an L.A. restaurant patio asked, “Do you know who Liza Minnelli is?” I had been peeking at him all night. He was a large man with a white beard who was wearing biker-esque clothes and a black leather top hat, kind of like a rough-trade Santa Claus. He was sharing his bread with his dog, who was bigger than a small pony. I said, “Yes, of course.” He said, “Has anyone ever told you …” and I said, “Oh, people have told me that I look like Liza, though not in a long time.” He said, “No, you don’t look like Liza. You’re what Liza has been trying to look like all her life.” I thanked him and he went back to his bread basket and large dog. The peculiar compliments are often the most gratifying ones, don’t you agree?
What an awesome compliment. Quite a charmer there!
It was made more special by his appearance. I mean, the whole thing seemed supernatural!
déjà pseu says
Wow, that’s a pretty cool compliment! Great top.
How wonderful – to fly to LA by balloon! I know that Branson just opened a new line to Vancouver by boring aeroplane. I’m relieved that you held on to the string and knew how to land or you’d have ended up in Hong Kong, although that is a fantastic city as well. I love your top. Is it made of lurex? Finally – that is the most excellent compliment from that top-hatted dog man!! How cool. My robot word was JUMPROPE. Perfect for my mood.
Getting to Paris by balloon is going to be the real challenge.
Marshell… uh, I mean, Marcel!!! love.
I think it’s so funny the guy asked you if you knew who Liza was. Hmmm, he must have thought you were like 19 or something because everybody over 20 knows Liza, right?
It makes me sad if someone doesn’t know who Liza with a Z is!
Susan Partlan says
You get the best compliments! I love your disco top. I saw Cabin in the Woods with my daughter Sunday and now I really wish we’d seen Men in Black III in 3D instead.
It was cute — not as good as the first one.
I love the unexpected comment twist!
Made my night!
sulky kitten says
Were you straddling your chair and serenading Mr B with “Life is a Cabaret..” at the time? Liza should be so lucky Wendy!! Love your disco top.
I was singing “Mein Herr” but other than that you guessed right!
I like the sparkly top. 3D glasses make me crabby, since they’re so uncomfortable.
Yeah, I had the imprint on my nose for hours after!
what an awesome comment
what she has been trying to look like all her life!!!
i bet you had a pep in your step the rest of the night
I totally did!
VueSociety (@vuesociety) says
great ensemble. love how you put the years on it xO