Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Cards, Clothes, Curry & Capers


How cool is this card from Lakota?


The one Liz and Adrian sent (handmade by Liz) is pretty fab, too.


This is the inside of the other Liz's card as she'd bought me a surprise ticket for the Clothes show for my birthday. Looking at the state of us at the end of the row (taken at one of Jon's gigs back in the early 1990s) I can confidently say that we've improved with age.

Thai vegetarian starter platter
On Saturday night we caught the bus over to Birmingham for Thai food sharing a hip flask of sloe gin to keep out the chill. The venue, The Bartons Arms, is a grand Victorian building once frequented by Laurel & Hardy and Charlie Chaplin and had it's windows shot out during the August riots.


Liz


Al eagerly awaits his food.

Liz's salmon steak main course.

After we'd wined and dined we headed back home to The Wheatsheaf for live music and real ale.


I can't remember the name of the band but they did some fantastic rock covers.


Liz (in her fabulous new vintage coat) and Adrian


I think I was a bit tiddly by then.



Here's Liz at the Clothes Show yesterday. Lots of people told us that it was nice to see two women who dared to look different.


Looking at the turnout I can see what they mean, depressingly dull and uninspiring clothing choices. Come on, ladies, just because it's cold outside shouldn't mean you can't make a bit more of an effort.


All my purchases were of the vintage variety with a bit of Barry M thrown in for good measure. I'll show you what I bought soon, heavily discounted by some lovely sellers because they liked how I was dressed. 


The fashion show was great although we hadn't a clue who the celebrity special guests were.


Being the unprofessional blogger that I am I hardly took any pictures on the day as I was too busy having fun. 


This is me in the pub last night, I've no idea what Jon did to the camera to create this effect but I rather like the emphasis on the Spring Green nails & turquoise jewellery.

Thanks for all the wonderful messages yesterday, you all rock my world.
xxx

80 comments:

jules said...

I love that vague card, that's so you! I laughed when I saw that! :)

And I love your outfit and the effect on the last photo. Gorgeous! (I need summat like that for my new sparkly outfit ha!)

Jules
http://andsuddenlyisee.blogspot.com

Rose&Bird said...

What a great card, Lakota's so clever!
Looks like you had a lovely birthday. I must get to the clothes show one day.

You look especially fantastic in the last photo x

Rose&Bird said...

Really liking Liz's necklace as well x

makinggooduse said...

Wow - that card from Lakota is brilliant, she ought to go into production with personalised cards like those. Love the outfit you wore to the Clothes Show too - as always, you look fabulous.

Scarlett said...

Those cards are awesome! The clothes show looks good fun - i've put it on my 'to do' list to check it out one year. I love the black and white pic of you with the green nails - its beautiful. Scarlett x

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

This is my fourth try at leaving a comment. Bloggers misbehaving I take it. Happy Birthday or rather happy belated. Liz is seriously attractive.
Wishing you good health and all things fancy;-)

Miss Rayne said...

Looks like you had a great time, the green eyeshadow is fabulous

Love, Love, Love said...

Glad you had a great time and love the last photo of you! :)

Dolly Cool Clare said...

Happy belated birthday for yesterday - sorry I missed that post! My blogroll seems to whizz by at the moment :) Glad you had a fun day at the Clothes show and enjoyed your birthday beers :)

Ivy Black said...

Wonderful! You brightened the Clothes Show up a treat, love. Glad you had a good time.xxx

Computergirl said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday. Glad you had a good day at the show. I did like it but, like you, found the designer area lacking this year. LOVED the vintage area. Picked up a few bargains (haggled!)- and although I wanted to take more away with mt, I restrained myself. I liked the catwalks- just wasnt sure about that one performance bit. I wore a ditzy print tea dress- not quite as spectacular as your dress, but I tried! Look forward to seeing your purchases xx

Vintage Coconut said...

The food looks delish!
Everything looks so fun.
You all look fabulous.
But my fave EVER is that last photo of you. You look Gorgeous, Sneaky & Sassy all in one.

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

What a lovely pressie! Bet it was fab! I am loving that picture with the coloured nails - really gorgeous!

Miss Magpie said...

I can't wait to see your purchases :-)
and yes compaired to the rest of the crowd you look amazing.

Aquí said...

Oh I love the cards you got and your birthday dinner looks great! Can't go wrong with curry! I'm so happy to be back here, Its been waaay too long!

LandGirl1980 said...

A very happy belated birthday to yooooou! Lakota's card ROCKS!

simplyvintage said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday - what brilliant cards! looks like you've had a great time too. No wonder you got discounts at the clothes show, your outfit is amazing. xxx

sacramento said...

Best card everrrrrrrrrrrrrr, and you all look glorious!!!
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

Wonderful pix. Glad you had a great vintage birthday.

lady liquor vintage. said...

Aww, it looks like a wonderful day! Happy birthday for yesterday!

xoxo.

Kelly said...

Vix, that last picture of you is stunning, love it.
Glad you had a wonderful day, the cards you got are great - so strange to see you blonde!
And agree on the dull clothes, it's the clothes show?! Surely the title gives it away? Glad to see you dressed too impress.
xxx

WeShop said...

The Vague card is fab! Looks like you've had an amazing birthday few days - hope it's going to continue well into next weekend!xx

Vintage Green said...

Happy belated birthday.......looks like you had a great time. I am loving you and Liz....."Hot off the press"!! and Lizs necklace...
FUN!!!!!!!!!

The Brunette said...

I went to the Clothes show years ago. You look fab and I love your outfit too xx

Please may I? said...

Belated happy birthday Vix! So glad you had a good one.

Sending lots of love.

X x

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Glad it came out well - although I am MORTIFIED at the rogue apostrophe on there, how will I ever be a punctuation pedant again?!

Looking forward to seeing all your clothes show goodies xx

weasel said...

Looks like you had a great time!
Fantastic cards

Franca said...

Glad you had a fab birthday, I love that card!

Susan Tiner said...

It looks like a fun event!

I totally love that last photograph. You should frame that one.

Clairejustine said...

Great cards and photo especially loving the last photo.I always enjoy reading your posts :)

pastcaring said...

Wonderful cards, great food, brilliant mates, a bit of rock, vintage clothing, that sounds like the perfect birthday to me!
I agree the last pic of you is stunning. Happy Birthday!!! xxxxx

thoughts running through my head.... said...

the Barton Arms is a blast from the past for me!! Hope you had a great birthday!

Misfits Vintage said...

Ooh those cards are FANTASTIC! You look SUPER EXTRA BONUS BIRTHDAY GORGEOUS! Your makeup is extra spectacular and I love that blue/purple maxi! So glad you had such a wonderful birthday - LOOOVE! Sarah xxx

Misfits Vintage said...

Ooh those cards are FANTASTIC! You look SUPER EXTRA BONUS BIRTHDAY GORGEOUS! Your makeup is extra spectacular and I love that blue/purple maxi! So glad you had such a wonderful birthday - LOOOVE! Sarah xxx

Lisa said...

What a great group! Looks like you guys had a fabulous time. I love the blue dress you wore!

Penny Dreadful said...

So glad you had a nice day lovely. That card from Lakota is brilliant, how clever. I wanted to send you something but time got away from me as it always seems to do nowadays, I shall make sure to bring you back a treat from Oz. Also, that necklace Liz is wearing is fab! xx

Veshoevius said...

Looks like you had a fab day! I love the Vague card - hilarious!

Leticia said...

Vix, i´m so sorry i missed your bday! seems that you never have a bad day. of course, this one had to be GREAT! wishing you the best for this new year, doll. Btw, you deserve to be on ANY magazine cover. you´re a unique inspiration. And your style is ANYTHING but VAGUE, hahah ;) kisses, darling. peace

http://lovelyboheme.blogspot.com/

Tomye said...

Happy mistakes and gorgeous eyes. I love the b/w with color accents even if you don't know how you did it! -T

Helga! said...

You frigging ROCK,darling!!! Squee!
Love those cards,that one from Lakota is blindingly fabulous!
Ooo,such yummy delgihts,so pleased you've been having a brillo time!
Gawd,you and Liz most certainly look divine at that show-no wonder you got attention and discounts!I just don't see why the public could even make an effort for such an event,at least?!Gah!No one could have outshone you two,anyway,no matter how they tried!Can't wait to see what you scored!
That last pick is HEAVENLY! Great job,Jon!
Love YOU to BITS!
Helga xxxXXXxxx

Sabina said...

What beautiful pics especially that last one in b/w with just a though of color.

I love to dress up for no reason too though I will admit I'll go for practically over freezing. I just can't take cold.

http://mystylecanvas.blogspot.com

Sue, Joe and Michael Webber said...

You, tiddly? No way!! ;-D ♥

delia hornbook said...

Wow that card from Lakota is great and what a great idea just imagain if you had your very own little vintage magazine you would be amazing with the contents. So glad to see you had a lovely birthday and that last photo of you is gorgeous ;-)) dee xx

Ronnie (RR) said...

What brilliant cards, and love that last B&W photo of you, well done Jon for that effect. Looks like you had a great time at the show

Ronnie (RR) said...

Those cards are brilliant, I love the last photo of you the B&W one, well done Jon. Looks like you had a great time at the show too

Perdita said...

What a shame people didn't dress up for the Clothes Show of all things! I won tickets last year, it was in summer (at the O2 London) and I remember lots of maxis and frocks. Maybe it's a winter thing. :(

At least you looked fab and frocked up!

Kitty said...

I freakin' love love love that card from Lakota, am annoyed I didn't think of it myself!! Sounds like you had a great birthday, couldn't happen to a nicer person. xx.

Sophie said...

Looks like your birthday was as fantastic as you were! Happy beleted birthday! I went to The Clothes Show on Monday, fab wasn't it? Just a shame I didnt have any cash!
Sophie
x

MyStyle said...

Hi my dear!! Sounds like you had such a fabulous time and you both looked amazing for the Clothes Show too, well done indeed! Love your cards too! xx

Alexandra said...

Fantastic cards! Glad you had a great time xxx

Vintage Sweetheart said...

It pays to be unique, yay for discount. Can't wait to see your gorgeous buys. Your friend Liz's necklace is so freaking cute, I want!!!

xxx

Alex M said...

It is totally amazing to me that you manage to eat and drink so heartily and still look so fabulous. You are wearing all those years quite well! A happy-happy to you!

Heather said...

LOL great card!! hehehe and your maxi dress is Lovely!! looks wonderful and cool picture Jon took love the pop of color ~Have a great weekend coming up....I met a woman today from India who was talking me into getting my nose pierced lol I have been wanting to do it for like forever and I see how pretty yours looks...she thinks here I could find a dermatologist who would do it and even numb it for me!! hmmmm I might start looking into that for sure :)~Love Heather

Psycho Sue- Sew Misunderstood said...

what a wonderful post! i totally get what you are saying about the DULL clothes. BARF!

hippiebohoreloaded. said...

looks like you had an amazing time. the vintage coat of liz is just wonderful.

Charis said...

Happy belated birthday Vix! Love that last photo of you, you look gorgeous! Sooo jealous that you went to the Clothes Show!

Kezzie said...

Oh Vix, sorry, I didn't get near a computer yesterday so I'm sorry I didn't wish you a happy birthday! Hope you had fun! You look lovely at the Clothes show! I'd love to go to it sometime so please do post when it's happening again!
x

SabinePsynopsis said...

What a wonderful day and lovely, lovely birthday cards - I especially love the first one :)
You're looking absolutely radiant!
Have you ever thought of starting your own - colourful, not conventional - clothes show, Vix. Like a huge 2nd hand swapping party, with LOADS of bloggers, naturally! xoxo

Style Eyes said...

What an amazing birthday card. Glad you had a good time at the clothes show and showed them all what stylish is! Looks like a fun day.

The Vintage Knitter said...

Excellent cards, especially the one from Lakota.

I thought that as its The Clothes Show more people would have been glammed up like your lovely self.

P.S. I love the acrobat necklace that Liz is wearing.

Trees said...

You wore an incredible frock to the clothes show!! I LOVE IT!!

Women do often look all the same - I am lucky to live in a fairly creative city with lots of interesting city, but walking down the street sometimes I feel like screaming because everyone looks the same!!

I love that effect in that last photo too!! Every time I do something extra fancy with my camera I have no idea how I did it;)

Little Blue Mouse said...

The last photo is brilliant!

I love Liz's necklace.

wardrobeexperience said...

belated happy birthday, girl!!! wish you all the best, tons of vintage dresses, shoes, bags, loads of tasty indian food, holidays in goa, great music, liters of delicious red wine, amazing festivals in the sun and lovelovelove...

big hug from germany
wardrobe experience

Maya said...

That last photo is so cool!
Had to laugh at the 'spat with Gok' bit on your card, so hilarious!
Love both of your outfits for the clothes show- it's all in the name isn't it? hehe :-) I didn't know they did vintage stuff there, quite intrigued!

Style Sud-Est said...

What a perfect birthday celebration you had! I am happy for you, your purple dress is amazing Vix - About what Jon did to the last pic, i have an application on my IPOD called color splash - you choose a picture and put the color where you want, pretty cool, that is a nice shot of you, very, very pretty

I have put a pic of Leo, he is still terrified!

Lots of friendship - Ariane xxxxx

Ofelia said...

You have such creative friends!
I love both of your dresses and I do understand why you did stand out in a sea of dark colors and similar styles.
It looks like you had a blast!!!
Have a lovely and fun weekend,

Emma said...

I am so glad you had a Fabulous Birthday! I am really Loving the effects on that last pic!

pinktutu72 said...

Awesome cards :) I love that last pic what a beautiful smile!
Karlene

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Happy, happy birthday darling woman, I hope celebrations will run well into the weekend! These pics look like you are having waaaaaaaaaay too much fun to keep it to just one day:))). Nom, nom, nom, oh I seem to have gobbled up that entire vegetarian platter and having a great band to dance to makes a big night even better! I love, love, love the cards and Vague cover by Lakota is hilarious - that woman is a genius:)). I'm not surprised you got plenty of attention and discounts at the Clothes Show, you're the only one with a 100km radius with taste baby!!! So happy you had a wonderful birthday sweetie xoxoxoxox

couturecoco said...

Beyond brilliant! I LOVE that last photo too. And that person with the pattern jumper at the Clothes Show, should have been denied entry!

Alison Cross said...

You both look wonderful at Clothes Show - and everyone has had a blast at the Thai restaurant.

So glad that you had a wonderful day - what BRILLIANT cards you were sent!

Ali x

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Happy Birthday, beautiful Vix! You in that dress should get loads of free frocks, you're such a fox!

one denim bird said...

OMG! I so want to get my hands on a COPY of that magazine VAGUE!!!

(I know its a card but I live in hope that SOMEONE will create a mag for the over 40 vague thrift loving, recyling, living life and loving it kinda woman!!!)

You most certainly had a fab night out with friends and you and Liz ROCKED the Clothes Show!!

Yum, yum yum! x

La Dama said...

Ahaha love the Vague birthday card!
You ladies stood out beautifully amor.
So glad you got to go, I never been to one of those shows. Oooo your Barry M goody bag.
I'm not surprised you got discounts for your lovely minx self.
adorar the last foto of you, I always admire your cute cheekbones.
Besotes

The Style Crone said...

The black and white photo with Spring Green nails and turquoise jewelry is spectacular. Continue to celebrate as long as humanly possible!

Alice said...

Lakota’s card is so fab, really thoughtful and you know what if that was a real magazine I wouldn’t hesitate to snap a copy up.
I went to the clothes show a few years ago, it’s such a great day out, you by far were the best dressed on the day! xxx

Daniel said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUV ♥♥

IMAN said...

Happy belated Birthday my darling Cher. You and Liz look wonderful. If she ever wants to get rid of that dress please shoot me an email.

lasophia said...

What a bunch of fun. You should publish a winter dressing guide.

Krista said...

Look at all that I've missed! These cards are killer I especially like seeing you on the cover of any magazine! A fashion show, how cool is that, yeah LIZ!!!!! The food looks fantastic and I love Liz's trappezze necklace along with that smile! Al too is it the booze or you that has everyone smiling so big?!

I love your tidily look my dear, those beautiful eyes! The dress you wore to the shoe is gorgeous and I'm sure you stood out in a sea of conformity and comfort. How can one not dress up for a fashion ever, duh!

This last B&W photo with your colored jewels takes my breathe away. You are stunning! Hope your Birthday was a killer celebration.
Iloveyou~
Krista