Monday, 31 December 2012

Right Here, Right Now



It's the biggest party night of the year and here's me with no make-up, flat shoes and bare fingernails. I'm too excited to worry, this is my travelling outfit for tonight, I'm all set for India.


I'm an unconventional bugger so there'll be no traditional 2012 blog retrospective from me. I'm not a fan of looking back or planning too far ahead, I'm a strictly living for the moment kind of girl.


That's not to say that 2012 hasn't been fantastic. I've celebrated 20 years of unwedded bliss, worn, acquired & sold lots of vintage clothes, met some wonderful women who I can now call dear friends, spent two months exploring India, lost entire weekends at festivals, drunk myself stupid, saw some amazing live music and lived every day as if it was my last.

(Of course there were a couple of crap bits but who cares about them?)

Especially for Freckleface: This is my luggage. My bag weighs in at 12kg and includes 8 tubes of sun cream and 20 paperback books.

Hopefully 2013 won't be much different although it'll be an uncharacteristically sober start. Have drink for me, will you?
(Not to worry, there'll be three weeks of bad behaviour to make up for it.)


The house-sitter's got the keys, my roots are done, I've shaved my legs and the bags are packed, locked and ready to go. Once we've checked in and have an early morning beer in hand we'll study the Rough Guide and decide where in Goa we'll head to first. We're two of a kind, Jon loathes forward planning, too.

My trusty denim waistcoat (Bought for £1 over twenty years ago) worn with a contemporary metal-trimmed jersey maxi (£2, Christian outreach charity shop) and a vintage cobweb shawl (20p, jumble sale).

Thanks for your virtual & real-life friendships. I'm linking to Patti's Visible Monday and joining her virtual party in the absence of a real one! 

 Wishing you all that's fabulous for 2013.
Love you!

104 comments:

  1. Have a wonderful trip, Vix! Of course you will, how could you not, in your beloved India with your lovely man and no plans or schedule, othr than what you feel like on any given day?
    You are the queen of minimalist packing, but then you'll be in a bikini half the time!
    I'll raise a glass to you tonight, sending you tons of love, and here's to more meeting up in 2013! xxxxxx

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  2. Happy New Year Vix!
    Wishing you a very safe and exciting trip around Goa, look forard to hearing all about it when you get back :) x

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  3. I was first! I am NEVER first! Woo hoo! xxxx

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  4. Happy New Year! I've enjoyed another year of reading your fab blog. Have a fantastic holiday x

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  5. Omg, I am so excited for you. What an amazing adventure it will be. Have a wonderful and safe trip!

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  6. Have an amazing time, I'm getting more jealous each day! xx

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  7. Have an a amazing trip, Vix! Looking forward to seeing and hearing of your adventures upon your return. And thanks for congrats and kind comment - I have already had one blogger I hardly know from the UK send me off two maternity dresses and a book! Just goes to show what a fabulous lot thrifty bloggers are!
    Happy New Year, and happy trails to you and Jon! Xoxox

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  8. have a nice stay in india, dear vix and all the best for 2013 :)

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  9. Have an amazing trip.
    I look forward to hearing about your adventures but I won't be wishing you back too soon as I don't want to rush you.
    Bon Voyage.
    Jane X

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  10. I'm wishing you safe travels...and as always I'm traveling vicariously with you. Can't wait to see your photos.

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  11. Wishing you the most amazing time Vix and a very Happy 2013 xx

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  12. Have a totally fabulous trip and enjoy lots of great adventures together - Happy New Year!!!! xxx ps please don't go tripping over that swooshy long hem now that you're in flatties - don't want any calamities do we;)

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  13. Thanks for the message Vix, Have an amazing time exploring, happy new year to you and Jon xx

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  14. You look gorgeous! I can't believe how fast this year's gone by. Have a fab time. Bon voyage!

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  15. Happy New Year, darling! Have a wonderful time!

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  16. Have a wonderful, wonderful trip. x

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  17. Yay, have an awesome trip away from this horrible weather! :)

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  18. Have a fabulous trip and, as always, show some street dogs some love for me (although not too much or you'll be swarmed!)
    I'm reading a novel written in 1939 that's set in Bombay. There's are some choice bits that apply to today as well. I'll share them when you get back.
    It was some wonderful meeting you this year, too. And I hope we'll meet again the next time I'm in the UK. You look gorgeous even without the make-up, heels and nails. Happy trails to you and Jon. xx

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  19. Aw, have a lovely time and remember to be careful. I know what you mean about not doing retrospectives but I don't think there's any harm in looking back on all the good stuff (and amazing clothes and patchwork etc!)

    See you soon and have a good flight xxx

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  20. I know you will have the most amazing time, enjoy being away from this interminable rain. Gonna miss your posts but will look forward to hearing (and seeing )all about it on your return.
    My top tip is - Don't go into the aircraft toilets barefoot. (you'd be surprised how many do!)

    xxx

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  21. I think you'll be comfortable on the plane in that outfit. I can't wait for the India photos!

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  22. Have a fabulous trip, and Happy New Year! xxx

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  23. Wishing you and Jon the most magical trip to Goa, you look fabulous as you are - vibrant and so very radiant! Love that you are wearing your favourite waistcoat too.

    Here's to a fabulous 2013! You are the most incredible woman I know - thank you for always inspiring me xxx

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  24. Have a lovely time Vix!!!! Lots of photos please!X

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  25. Happy New Year and have a great trip!

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  26. Bon Voyage.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  27. Vix...Happy New Year & a safe trip! XXX

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  28. You'll be the most glamorous traveller on the plane! Wishing you and Jon a Happy New Year and a wonderful and safe trip. Miss you already x

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  29. Thank you so much for showing the bag, your packing is so impressive (I used to have that exact same handbag, but lost it somehow). Have the most wonderful time as I know you will. xxx

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  30. "There is no other place I want to be"
    lolzzzz
    Have fuuuuuun!

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  31. Have a fabulous trip - see you in 3 weeks :) xx

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  32. Love you too, have a wonderful time.

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  33. Yup...a damn fine year all round I think! I'm so glad to have met you finally and looking forward to another get together.
    Have a fantastic time and I promise i'll keep my news to meself until you get back!
    I am already on the Kraken and I'll raise a glass to you now.
    Bloody loves ya!
    Em
    XXXX

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  34. Happy new year wonderful Vix and have a fabulous holiday!! xx

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  35. Also - just saw your comment. Thank you for all your recommendations, I have a few of those unwatched on my shelf so will start there :) x

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  36. Sounds a bloody good way to start the new year!
    Have a good 'un and see you when you come back!
    Z xx

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  37. How exciting! Happy New Years! You look lovely with no makeup, you don't need it ;)

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  38. Happy New Year! I wish you the most amazing trip!

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  39. Aaah vix have a fab 2013! Looks Like you had a fab year. And I'm well Jel of how you look sans makeup!!!!
    HNY! XO

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  40. Farewell Vix! And here's to many happy and vintage fulfilled moments to come in 2013!

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  41. Raising a new year dram as I type!
    Have a wonderful time!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  42. I hope the two of you have the most wonderful time - come back safe! One of the best things about the last year for me is the connection I've made with you, and with my other blogging goddess friends. Here's to sharing more laughs and adventures in 2013.

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  43. vix may i just say how absolutely beautiful you are w/o make-up. i think you are just stunning!

    have lots of fun days and some peaceful ones too.

    all my best for 2013. xoxo janet

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  44. We'll miss you, Vix! Have an awesome trip.
    xxx

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  45. Happy 2013. Keep living your life to the fullest.

    Travel safe.

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  46. Oh no, I think I have a Vix Addiction. 3 weeks with no Vix! ah well, I can always go back to the beginning of Vintage Vixen, now can't I? We all know you'll have a great time. Do have a great trip over. Hope you don't set off the metal detectors with your metal embellished dress! ha. See ya next year.

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  47. Live hard! I'll miss you. Be safe and come back with lots of incredible stories, photos, and stuff. Happy new year!

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  48. I love your attitude to travel ... arrive at your destination and then decide what to do:). You look spectacular with or without makeup - bloody hell you raunchy wench!! have an awesomely fecktacular time with your love and don't even spare a thought for the boring shite back home :) Woohoooooooooo! Actually, Number Two Son flew to Auckland this morning, to spend the rest of the school holidays with my fecking enormous, insane family - his first international flight on his own - I PRAY he gets the travel bug at the tender age of 15:) xoxoxo

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  49. Have a fantastic trip! You inspire so many people.

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  50. Safe and memorable travels, Vix! And I will toast you tonight and send happy New Year thoughts your way. Thanks so much for linking your fabulousness up with Visible Monday.

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  51. 20 paperbacks? You mentalist!! Love you loads and hope to see you more in the new year zxxxxxx

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  52. Happy New Year dear Vix. I hope you & John have a fantastic adventure in Goa. I have loved following your blog this year, you are an inspiration. Love you! Xx

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  53. Huzzah!!All packed up and ready to rock;I feel quite wistful!
    Yay for no planning, it's quite tedious to have to do so, I try and avoid it at all costs! You two lovelies are gonna have a grand time, and we'll all be GAGGING for you when you get back!!!
    Love you long time!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  54. Woohoo for Curtise being first!! *lol*
    Have a fabulous trip Vix. We will all terribly miss your posts. I may have to go to a Indian Buffet while your gone just to make myself feel better about your absense.

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  55. Gorgeous with or without makeup! I' drinking champagne (our one splurge is the really good stuff as it's all the hub will stomach) and will have one for you and toast your amazingness! XXX

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  56. Happy new year & enjoy your trip! Your travel outfit looks gorgeous, and you look so relaxed.

    Thanks to you I really hope to visit India one day!

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  57. Oh yay yay yay!!!!! Have the most wonderful trip!!! We will miss you so much.
    Happy happy new year.
    Love v

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  58. What a fantastic way to start in a new year. Love your duffle bag btw. Have a fantastic time in the sun, enjoy your books and take loads of photos for us back here in the cold UK

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  59. Fab photos - you look wonderful without makeup, damn you!

    Have marvellous time in Goa! And excellent 2013! Here's to more jumbling :)

    Ali x

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  60. Happy New Year to you Vix.

    I have so enjoyed reading your blog admiring your style and attitude. Its been great to get to know you. Looking forward to learning more and seeing some awesome sunny Indian pictures on your return.

    Here's to you and your man. Have a blast.

    P x

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  61. You are stylish all hours of the day - even when you travel. Amazing!

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  62. Have an amazing adventure Vix. May 2013 be an amazing year for you x

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  63. happy new year....hope you have an amazing trip check out new blog post: www.prettyquirkyblog.co.uk

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  64. Happy New Year, sounds like a fantastic way to start 2013. Have a great trip. Looking forward to seeing lots more outfits and posts in 2013.

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  65. Happy 2013!
    And I hope you have a wonderfull trip and the best time in India.
    The year is starting good for you. :) Enjoy yourself and bring back a lot of great story's.
    xxxx

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  66. You look fabulous au naturale. Have a wonderful trip xx

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  67. Happy New Year, lovely doll! your 2012 sounded amazing, let´s double it on 2013, ok? ;) hope you had a great time last night! much love, babe! let´s keep partying!

    http://lovelyboheme.blogspot.com/

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  68. Btw, have a magical new adventure, babe! enjoyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

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  69. Happy New Year Vix, have a fab time in India :) x

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  70. wish you a wonderful start in 2013 and a fabulous holiday in india! india is a good place to start into a new year ...
    see you soon :)

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  71. Have a wonderful trip. Great start to a new year.

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  72. I hope you have an amazing time in Goa Vix! Love the outfit and Happy New Year to you! xxx

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  73. Happy 2013 Vix! You are one of the gifts of the blog world and I love checking in with you and your gorgeous ensembles, and hearing about your adventures. I know you will bring back fabulous stories from India! Have a wonderful trip and Love You back!

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  74. Happy 2013 to you and Jon
    Stay the same and more!
    Have a great vacation

    Ariane xxx

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  75. You're stunning without make-up, great travelling outfit and have a good trip!!!!!!!

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  76. Sounds like a wonderful trip! Enjoy!

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  77. Happy Travels and New Year Vix!! You won't see this until you return, but I wish you all the best in 2013 :D

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  78. I miss you already:(. I know you will have fun, have some for all of us!
    Iloveyou!
    Xxoo

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  79. Since you are pretty much a day ahead you not see this till later but I wish you fabulous adventures & all the best for the moment!

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  80. Since you are pretty much a day ahead you not see this till later but I wish you fabulous adventures & all the best for the moment!

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  81. you're so fabulous and love so much that you're enjoying a great travel!, wish you adventures, colorful vintage finds and some fabulous party times all over your new year and beyond!
    besos & feliz año

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  82. I am also a living for the moment kind of girl.
    Wishing you only the best in this 2013, my dear Vix.
    You make the world a better place.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  83. Hope I'm not too late to wish you a Happy New Year and hope you and Jon have a fabulous time in Goa Vix, I've loved meeting you this year. Last year I mean! I can't believe you've got 20 paperbacks with you! xx

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  84. your life sounds absolutely fabulous!!have a great time in india this time also!
    happy new year!

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  85. I know I've missed you now, but I also know you'll have a wonderful time. Can't wait to hear about your adventures! xxx

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  86. I LOVE your outlook on life (especially the who cares about the crap bits part), and you always look 100% cracking in your posts! Have an amazing time in India :)
    Betti x

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  87. Happy New Year to you both! Have a wonderful trip!

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  88. Ahh, yes the fantastic denim waistcoat, I love it! Wishing you a fantastic holiday dear Vix! xx Happy 2013! :)

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  89. safe, fun travels and happy 2013! I can't wait to hear about this particular indian adventure. I hope i travel somewhere exotic this year also! xox

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  90. Happy New year! 2013 is going to be great!

    Hope you're having fun in India xx

    New Year's Resolutions of the Stars!

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  91. What a wonderful way to start the new year! Have a fabulous trip; I can't wait to read about it when you return.
    xo, Anita

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  92. Thinking of you!!! Can't wait to hear about your adventures. I definitely drank enough for the two of us (and more) New Year's Eve. XXOO

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  93. Always beautiful inside and out. Have a wonderful trip both of you, have loads of fun and stay safe. Big hugs, dee xxx

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  94. Happy New Year Vix :D

    Hope you're having an amazing time in Goa :D And you look great in your travelling clothes - so chic ... Yet comfy :D Perfect for the long flight!

    Have fun - Stay safe!

    Sal x

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  95. I just discovered your blog and just love your style! I'm a huge believer in charity shops, too, how could one not love them?
    -Kati

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  96. Hope you have a fun and exciting trip! Be safe, have a blast, and ca'n't wait to hear the adventures of your travels!

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  97. Enjoy yourself Vix, Sounds like a great plan. Spontaneity, and style. I agree, living each day as if it's your last has always been my motto as well. Safe travelling. xx/Madison

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  98. Hope you have a great trip, Vix! And great traveling outfit. And I love that you packed all the important stuff.

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  99. Happy new year Vix..
    Have a great trip..India will not fail to smitten you :)

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  100. Happy New Year Vix! Hope you and Jon have the most wonderful time in India xxx

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  101. I peeked in to see if you've returned. I wait. I miss.

    Have fun!

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  102. Great to see you,Vix. I so missed you.have a faboo time!
    xxx
    Reva

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  103. I'm late to the party, but can imagine what a great time you are having!

    I am madly in love with your cobweb shawl.

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