Grey Gardens Fashion Show

June 22nd, 2008

When last we spoke, I was sitting in my parent’s home trying to make myself disappear so I wouldn’t have to help my sister re-decorate every single room in the house in which we grew up.  Unfortunately, April would not leave me alone until I got up and helped her move furniture and rearrange photos and hang pictures and dust shelves and move around knick knacks.  
April wanted to start in the foyer… which is directly adjacent to the coat closet… which is full of my mother’s old coats… and a few other things…  
And well… 
Um… 
Once we saw the old coats….  
Um well we just sort of got them out…  
And well… 
Then this happened…

This is me modeling my mother’s old fake fur coat.  


This is April modeling my mom’s old rabbit coat from the 1980′s when my mom was deeply into her J-Lo fashion phase.


We don’t know much about this coat, except that it is very orange.


And it makes you totally rock out.


Totally!


We decided that the chocolate brown coat looked a little too “now”.  


So I found one of my mom’s old evening gowns.


Which is clearly not now.  


And we moved outside…
For better lighting.


April, the fashion editor on the set that day, suggested we try for a Grey Garden’s look. 

And since I do everything April tells me to do, even though I am the older sister…


I went all Grey Gardens…


Then April had to go all Grey Gardens.
The Country Doctor wondered if April was undergoing chemotherapy.  
He does not know about Grey Gardens Chic.
We moved to the grass, as it was more Grey Gardeny.
We kept our head scarves firmly in place.


This is April working it.  


This is April maybe working it a little too hard…


My turn!  My turn!


Oh please no.



No!


I think this is the worst, most awful, most awkward photo I have ever seen of myself!  I look like a gypsy cadaver creeping up to get a pail of murky, bitter water out of that there well and use it to kill off someone’s chickens.  

Then we put our Grey Garden Garb away and finished the foyer. 
 
I brought that orange dress home with me.
I just couldn’t leave it behind.
I can’t wait to find another excuse to put it on.  
Like maybe next time I walk out to the mail box… or need to go get a gallon of milk…. or maybe parent/teacher conferences… 

Comments

  • Anonymous:

    You two are totally funny! I feel the need to rent Gray Gardens right now. Nancy in AK

  • MrsMama:

    The gypsy cadaver incident made me laugh a little too long and loud – my husband just wandered out into the kitchen at 1:38 AM to see why I was cracking up!It’s so nice to see 2 sisters having such a fun time together.

  • Stephanie:

    It looks like you had so much fun with April..We had basement clean out day a few years ago when my father-in-law remarried..It was too funny seeing clothes from the 50′s-70′s modeled by my FIL…We had a great time..

  • ttelroc:

    What a great time you two must have had – I think I can see pure joy in those photos.

  • Suzanne:

    WOW…..that orange “gown” is tres fabulous. Really, it’s terrific. Your mom must have really been styling back then. It is good to see you and your sister being silly. I think we’re all way too serious. I challenge you to wear the orange dress to one of the Country Doctor’s formal affairs…..and AMA conference dinner perhaps?- Suzanne, the Farmer’s Wife

  • Housewife Superstar:

    Oh Rechelle, you are too funny. I agree with mrsmama, I too was laughing so much my hubby had to come see what all the fuss was about. Your comment about killing the chickens was hilarious.

  • Anonymous:

    That orange dress is totally fierce!

  • Gettysburg Mom:

    I think it’s perfect for when you walk out to check your water meter…

  • MUD:

    Even for this out of touch “Old Guy” some of that stuff looked dated. Or was it that it looks like the stuff worn by the girls I dated? Your posts are funny. Keep up the good work and remember to laugh every chance you get. MUD

  • Margaret in SC:

    I love that orange gown…I vote for the parent-teacher conference.

  • Alisa:

    Maybe you could rent the orange gown out? Not to me though, I’m way too short to pull it off. It is a very good look for you however.As always, you crack me up.

  • Leslie:

    Personally, I loved the orange gown. I don’t blame you for taking it home with you.Now, if my sister and I were ever in a similar situation we would be out of luck. Our mom is 6 inches shorter than we are and weighs considerably less too (we aren’t big…she is just tiny).

  • Anonymous:

    Love your blog and your photos! LOL!

  • Tammy:

    Great blog and photos! Check out the adorable baby birds on my blog: http://thebutterflymind.com/ramblings_0017_blackbirds.htmhttp://www.thebutterflymind.com

  • The Farm House Kids:

    You are a hoot! I loved it … especially the orange dress!Tanya

  • Mrs. C:

    Orangies poranges, who says!Oh, I am splitting a gut here over Grey Gardens of Goodland. Bring on Edie and the racoons!

  • Mrs. C:

    Orangies poranges, who says!Oh, I am splitting a gut here over Grey Gardens of Goodland. Bring on Edie and the racoons!

  • Natalie:

    Quite a thunderstorm brewing in the background of those outdoor pictures!In those pictures y’all remind me of that show Absolutely Fabulous.What happened to the mirror or picture that was in the frame on the foyer wall?

  • Anonymous:

    You two crack me up! I live 1700 miles away from my three crazy sisters in Kansas and would love to have some silly times with them again. Keep having a ball and don’t forget to share it with all of us!Blessings,Bertie

  • Kalin:

    Love the ideas for the orange dress.Is there any sort of school dance you could chaperone while wearing it?

  • Leah:

    i wish i had a sister

  • Sally:

    Well, maybe the orange gown will bring you luck when checking the water meter!!You girls are too funny. I think this is your best post ever. :)

  • Rechelle:

    Natalie, It used to be a very cool frame holding some vintage linens that belonged to my great grandmother. (None of the linens were orange or polyester or anything like that.) But they were starting to decay so mom had them taken out. April and I think she just oughtta put a mirror in now.

  • Jenni:

    Toooo Funny!I liked the orange gown, too.

  • Jenni:

    Toooo Funny!I liked the orange gown, too.

  • pam:

    I’m wierd, but I like the frame empty. Way cool dress!

  • pam:

    I’m wierd, but I like the frame empty. Way cool dress!

  • Donna Boucher:

    Obscure.Hilarious.

  • Jenni:

    I sense the use of Photoshop.

  • Rocks In My Dryer:

    I totally want to hang out with you.

  • Minnie:

    I cannot stop laughing.You should rent out the orange dress, you’d make a mint.

  • Minnie:

    I cannot stop laughing.You should rent out the orange dress, you’d make a mint.

  • Anonymous:

    Oh how I wish I had a sister! I feel like I missed out on so much without one!Kristina

  • Michelle:

    Oh my…that is too funny!! I used to have a Rabbit coat! Eighth grade…

  • Renovation Therapy:

    THIS is my most favorite post of yours…EVER. I think the orange dress rawks.

  • Marilyn:

    I have to agree, this was the most highly disturbing and completely amusing post you’ve ever had. What is Grandma growing out there? :)

  • Marilyn:

    I have to agree, this was the most highly disturbing and completely amusing post you’ve ever had. What is Grandma growing out there? :)

  • Nancy:

    I hope my two girls can have this much fun in 20 years when they come home to visit me!

  • lawdy:

    Honestly, single-handedly, the longest and deepest belly laugh I’ve had in the last year. Thank you. Still smiling. yer friend from ideeho.

  • lawdy:

    Honestly, single-handedly, the longest and deepest belly laugh I’ve had in the last year. Thank you. Still smiling. yer friend from ideeho.

  • Renovation Therapy:
  • Renovation Therapy:
  • Jaclyn Bailey:

    I can totally see me and my sister doing a fashion show like this someday with the contents of my mothers closet…. She has dresses and things in there from before she was even born! (she did alot of acting in school)

  • LIBERTY POST EDITOR:

    Hello from Canada! I’m hosting Grey Gardens Week at my blog! I’d love to post a photo!

  • Andrea:

    Oh come on, don’t you know I’m reading this at the office, trying to fool my boss into thinking I’m working here? What, with cracking up over the gypsy cadaver… you are blowing my cover, girl!