Bad taste

April 12, 2013

Do you know John Waters? If you know his films you will know he’s totally nuts (but in a good way). His most famous films are Hairspray, Cry Baby and his most infamous film is probably Pink Flamingos, starring the fabulous Divine. I’ve been after his films for a few years now and I’ve seen quite a few. Trust me, some of them are not for the faint hearted. But I love them, regardless.

This brings me to the purpose of this post: I’ve been reading the book “Shock Value – A Tasteful Book about Bad Taste”. Perfect title, right? I read this every morning on my commute to work and it really makes me chuckle (in public!). The book is autobiographical and outrageously funny. He describes what he and his friends used to do for fun, which included parading around in drag, shocking ‘regular people’, making crazy low budget films, shoplifting… And lots of drugs.

Anyhoo,he was raised a catholic and some of my favourite tirades in the book focus on how his catholic upbringing influenced him in wanting to rebel and be different – he would always try to do the exact opposite the nuns in his school told him to. I can very much relate to that as I was raised in a fairly strict catholic all girls school, complete with uniform in a country where wearing a uniform to school is not the norm (unlike England). Not that I would cause much trouble, but my interests and tastes have always been a bit out of left field, sometimes just for the sake of not buying into what I didn’t agree with or believed in. Maybe that’s why even today I have trouble conforming to what’s appropriate or the norm (boring!).

“Being Catholic always makes you more theatrical”, he says on page 65. I agree and to prove it, here’s something I wore to the office.

Thanks again to Frankie for taking the photos with my phone on the parking lot at work.

Details: Fur collar – ASOS (on sale), Bag – Victoria Couture for Hello Kitty, Jacket – Miu Miu, Skirt – ASOS (all three via Ebay), Shoes – Zara, many years ago. I don’t remember what I wore under the jacket anymore. Boo!

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  • Reply Andrea Deal April 12, 2013 at 14:28

    LOVE John Waters. I’m going to get that book. It sounds great. John (my husband) had the privilege of seeing John Waters speak in Toronto a couple of years ago. I’m so envious he got to go. We are huge fans of his work and of him as a person 🙂
    Cute outfit!

    • Reply Mrs. D April 13, 2013 at 05:55

      You’ll love the book and so will John!
      Huggles xx

  • Reply Señora Allnut April 12, 2013 at 14:51

    first, love that cute skirt and your lovely style, smile and attitude!, second, John Waters is so funny and surreal and crazy!, great inspiration!, and third, I received also that kind of education!, so I’m a huge fan of non conventional thinking!
    beijinhos & bom fim de semana

    • Reply Mrs. D April 13, 2013 at 05:56

      Thank you!
      It seems like it’s a common trait isn’t it?
      Besitos guapa!

  • Reply Connie* April 12, 2013 at 16:11

    I’ve been a John Waters fan for a long time. POLYESTER is my favorite. When I lived in New York I lived down the street from his office! A tiny door on a crummy drug infested street (my lovely neighborhood). I used to go out of my way to walk past his door and I saw him many times. He was always beautifully dressed. Nice shiny hair. And he was very friendly. Always said Hi and smiled. I can’t say I know him but I love him!

    • Reply Mrs. D April 13, 2013 at 05:57

      Connie, you always have the best stories.
      He does seem like a nice guy, I’m glad I wasn’t wrong in that idea.
      Hope you’re ok xx

  • Reply Gaby April 12, 2013 at 16:42

    Hi!!, i´ve just found your blog, and i think is very interesting and inspiring, Love your vintage style 🙂
    And I also took a look at your illustration, they are really nice!!
    Hope you can visit my blog.
    -Love, Gaby

    • Reply Mrs. D April 13, 2013 at 05:58

      Thank you for stopping by and for your nice comments. I will certainly pay a visit to your page 🙂

  • Reply PinkCheetahVintage April 12, 2013 at 17:22

    John Waters is pretty much awesome! Love how shiny those tights are!
    Becky 🙂

    • Reply Mrs. D April 13, 2013 at 05:59

      He is indeed!
      It was sunny for a change, which always makes for a more pleasant lunch break!

  • Reply OH LA LA LI April 12, 2013 at 22:04

    CRY BABY 🙂
    There you go, Catholic school did good to you, made you more creative!
    Miu miu jacket? From that place you get great discounts? I should visit you soon…! I really like the jacket (and the skirt too)

    • Reply Mrs. D April 13, 2013 at 06:00

      The Miu Miu jacket I got it from Ebay! But you can visit me anyway and we’ll go to TK Maxx hehe
      Beijinhos Amora!

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