WIWT: Mel Stringer Bedroom Girl

When I made these hair pompoms the other day, I for some reason immediately felt transformed into a Mel Stringer girl, and I decided to take outfit photos a la Mel’s Bedroom Series.

Mel2Mel1There are OFTEN times when I’ll be like, “You’re never buying anything pink or child-like again. You’re almost 40 years old, and you look ridiculous.”

mel3mel6And then I’ll see this totally amazing dress with vintage toys all over it that I HAVE TO HAVE. AND WEAR. WITH PRIDE. FOREVER.

mel5mel9I have been told by a few naysayers that I should grow up, but who determined what grown-ups are allowed to wear or not? What is a grown-up supposed to look like? Who decided that bunnies and puppies and pastel rainbows were solely the territory of children? I don’t have to go to an office, and I can do what I want, so I should just do what I want and wear what I want! For as long as I can…!Β  I will allow YOU to do the same! πŸ™‚

mel7Obvs, if I decide to go back to the office at some point, my wardrobe may have to revert back to what it once was, but for now, it’s rainbow pompoms, candy jewelry, and crocheting the night away.

Dress: Mr. Gugu & Miss Go from Truffle Shuffle, Necklace c/o Art School Drop Out, Bracelet c/o EllegraDavis, Socks: Sock Dreams, Giant glasses: vintage, Hair pompoms: me, made of handspun yarn.

45 Comments on “WIWT: Mel Stringer Bedroom Girl”

  • MsKat


    That’s right, WEAR WHATCHA LIKE!!! Who made these “rules” anyway???

    • I know! Like, I’m bummed that the pretty colors and pastels for yarn are always the BABY yarn!

      • MsKat


        Ah but baby weight yarn makes wonderful drapey scarves, shawls, hats, and sweaters! πŸ˜‰

        • I was referring to more of the marketing of it πŸ˜›

  • Jennifer


    <3 the dress. Freakin' cute–I need one. πŸ™‚ BTW, I go to work wearing clothes like that, haha. Some people like it, some people poke fun saying it's too cute/pink. Those people are no fun.

    Great job on the hair pompoms! πŸ™‚

    • Aw, you have a fun place of work then!!! My old boss definitely wanted a more formal, business-y, Manhattan office look! Not that I ever came close to that…. but… I know it was what she would have wanted!

  • Cara


    Ahhh I am almost dead with jealousy over that dress. I have been going through such a phase where I want to recollect all of the toys I grew up with in the 80s and 90s.

    PFFFFT if you start dressing “age appropriate” I will never read your blog again and probably glare a lot. I love your style so much, it’s uniquely you and always makes me smile! Age ain’t nothin’ but a number. You don’t work in a stuffy corporate office environment so why would you NOT dress the way you want???

    I’m so happy that my work is really easy going even though I’m technically a professional. I tone it down a bit during the week but on Friday’s it’s causal dress and I wear whatever I want. I can never go back to being a corporate drone!

    • Sometimes I feel like I have no choice. Like if I dressed any other way, I would feel ugly and miserable. But I am also fond of the idea of evolution and change, and I think that is okay, too. We’ll just have to see what happens!

  • jennifer


    i think you have to wear and be who you are regardless of age how else can we explain all the amazing things made for all ages in this world! plus adults designed those toys your wearing and someones art and passion. While following your own!

  • Brooke Olenar


    I say wear what you want and don’t care what others think.It reminds me of the other day I made a ascot scarf to wear and this guy made a comment,that I was dressed up with it on.I didn’t care what he thought but I was like if that is dressed up I’d hate to see what his dressed down is.haha

  • Alisa


    Please don’t EVER change!!!! For every naysayer out there there are hundreds of us who Love You just the way you are, Cute As A Button At Every Age!

  • Gail


    I am 56 and a red hatter, the rules these days are be wild and crazy dress in purple and wear a red hat, so you do the same and wear what you want because who says what you wear at what age.

    • Yasmine


      There is a lady at my knitting/crochet circle, who also is a good friend, who is a red hatter, she has a lovely cross stitch sampler proclaiming so. I’ve never seen her wear anything but purple!

  • natazia


    Love everything about this twinkie. And I most importantly love you. any n all that you do is always amazing because you stay true to who you are. Who cares how old you’re close to being you sure don’t look near that age n even if ya did wearing what others wanted or expected grown ups to wear wouldn’t be as fun.there’s enough boring plain people out there so why not stand out and be cute while doin so? And plus you are your own boss of a successful biz, they just hating girrrl. Whether you know it or not you are a true inspiration to myself n many others by just bein yourself n doin what ya do.

    P.s. Those pom poms are the cutest!

    <3 natazia

  • Aubree


    Wear what you want girl! You look awesome, you are totally my style/art/business icon. And by no means do you look 40! You look 20, so I say rock it. One of my favorite quotes is “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” Who knows what an adult is “supposed” to look like anyway :). My hair used to be bright purple dip dyed, then I stupidly decided to get rid of it to get a “real” job. That hasn’t worked out for me yet so I might just do my hair crazy again, I miss it. Keep rocking your style!!


  • ella


    Ace dress!!! Apart from the fact you do indeed look not even out of your 20s who cares about ages! You have a fabulous style and long may it remain!

  • Danielle


    Whatevs, in the words of a high school yearbook inscription, DON’T CHANGE 4 NO 1.
    That dress is pretty darn amazing. As are you, my friend. So see, it all makes sense!

    • ONe of the tshirt company ideas I wanted to pursue a few years ago was shirts all with yearbook art and doodles and sayings on them. STAY COOL!

  • Cherie


    Cutest dress and you look perfect in it!
    Time and age is really just something humans invented. Does being ‘grown up’ mean not enjoying things you love anymore? If something makes you happy, why wouldnt you hold on it! We are kids 4 eva

  • cLare


    you cant be nearly 40!? thats insane! that dress is amazing though! πŸ™‚

  • Heidi


    I’m dealing with the same. I’m 35 in December and I’m not sure at what point my neon hair and facial piercings become ridiculous. But it’s hard because my outside matches who I am. And why would I give that up just because people think I’m too old for this shit. Also, if they fit me, I’d be allllllll over the pink girly clothes you wear!

  • Panda


    you’re so right!

  • Sami


    Screw age, you always look fantastic and I totally look up to you! πŸ˜€

  • Angel


    So cute. The dress looks great on you.
    I’ve also gone through times where I feel like I should be buying more ‘mature’ clothing… especially when I’m with my parents but then I see these awesome cute clothes online and I’m like… YES I NEED THAT. Keep doin’ whatcha doin’. :]

  • maria


    Almost 40 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I died, I am new here and really You look like 25 in that pink dress πŸ˜€

  • Dez


    The whole point of being an “adult” is that YOU get to decide what you wear & do without having to care what anyone else’s preferences are. Plus, you rock your style really well so keep being yourself and ignore the drama llamas. πŸ™‚

  • Jms


    I LOVE that you are almost forty and wearing WHATEVER YOU WANT!!! You completely rock it. Btw, is that Polly pocket on the dress? Hehe makes me happy <3


    I thought you were younger than me, and I’m 25!


  • tin


    growing up is SO overrated! and u look awesome in that dress, it’s so you! πŸ˜€

  • MJ


    you? you don’t look a day over 18!

  • Kathryn


    Twinkie, you are AMAZING! If you are happy with the way you look and how you dress then forget the naysayers and continue on as you are. You make the world a more colourful, happy, better accessorized place!

  • mpoki


    cmon you are a successful entrepreneur with tons of fans, and your work is beautiful. you have the luxury to be who you are, and you are loved for it. for every idiot naysayer there are a thousand that love you. girls get hated on for being pretty, thin, successful, popular, talented, etc. etc. 100% of the time it is people with nothing going on in their lives and are jealous as hell.

  • Crafty


    Hi! I absolutely 100% love your style!! I actually admire the fact that you can face judgy closedminded people the way you do and not let them rule your life…
    I wish I could be more like you πŸ™‚ Take care !!

  • Gabby


    Twinkie, I love your blog more and more everyday!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE THAT DRESS, AND YOU ARE THE MOST ADORABLE PERSON I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!!! Please Twinkie, don’t ever stop dressing the way you do. πŸ™‚

    PS: Got my Sanrio Scarf and I love it so much!!!!! It is so well made!

  • Phaze


    This dress is adorable and I LOVE those glasses!

    I’ve recently started my own lifestyle blog, please check it out on…

    Thanks x

  • Kate


    You look great and I love this dress. I completely agree x

  • young'un


    Thank you sooooooo much! I love your style, mine is completely different but sometimes not so grown up either, for a forty year OLD!! XOXO!

  • Kady


    Adorable. You’re like a candy kid.

  • liz


    Ayyyyymen to this entire post! I always visit your blog when I need a fun, colorful pick-me-up! I’d rather see someone rocking colors than an entire closetful of black or earth tones any day! πŸ™‚

  • Kim Dodwell


    The world would be a better place if we could all live in rainbow pom poms, candy jewellery and crochet! Keep it up Twinkie – you rock!

  • Kj Sakura


    Naysayers!! Telling you to grow up?!?!? You are so inspiring and live such a fun and creative life! You inspire me to do the same daily! You completely reflect your own brand/business and are simultaneously your own model, spokesperson and boss! Screw grown-up judgemental a-holes!!! They are jealous! <3 you!!!

    P.S. you don't look a day past 27 and that is also inspiring!! πŸ˜€

    • TwinkieChan


      Aw thank you, KJ! I do have moments when I look back and wonder, “Why did I put on that outfit, and why did anyone let me leave the house!?” hehhe. I guess that’s normal, though! πŸ™‚ xoxo

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