Friday, 22 February 2013

Hold On To Your Hat (now with added sound!)




I was so hot in town this morning I was tempted to Google "menopause" when I got home. I swear this hat has its own ecosystem. 


According to The Guardian "Cossack hats are "too showy" to wear post-Christmas. Personally, I'd rather look showy than lose my ears to frostbite.


I found this 1960s vinyl & tapestry shopper in a chazza this morning, declined the carrier bag offered and stuffed the bag I was carrying inside as it looked far better than my original choice.


Birthday girl, Tamera sent me a parcel of joy yesterday. In it was this cool Harris Tweed Baker Bay cap it's namesake's already laid claim to, two groovy 1960s patterns, a stunning printed velvet maxi (currently undergoing a makeover), a lurex ruffle-trim sweater and a fantastic handmade card.

(Check out her blog tomorrow as she's hosting a virtual party and all of Blogland's invited.)


We've got to find outfits suitable for a red carpet glamour themed opening night for Wolverhampton Grand Theatre's production of High Society next week, yet more wardrobe chaos.

Vinyl and tapestry bag (£3.95, Acorns Hospice), Devore and fake fur maxi coat (my friend, Janne), Silver and lilac maxi (The much-missed Terri), 1970s velvet blouson (seen HERE), Cossack hat (The fabulous Christina), Lamani coin pendant & silver bangles (India), Antique silver & turquoise brooch (75p, League of Friends, 2005)

Have a fantastic weekend, I'm off to the pub as soon as I've caught up with my blog reading.
Have a good one and see you soon.

***UPDATED!***

Yesterday I was interviewed by the fabulous Joanna Devoe for her You Tube channel. You can see me in action (and hear my appalling Black Country accent ) HERE.

84 comments:

  1. Pfft screwscrew stupid rules...You look fab and are comfortable, that is all that matters xxx

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  2. Fab as Always! Love that Eco system of a hat!
    Wish you a great weekend!

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  3. Perfect Siberian outfit for the Siberian weather! The hat is adorable! xx

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  4. Indeed with the stupid rules. I don't think of a Cossack hat as being something to wear at Christmas. I think it's funny that stores always want to give you a bag for a bag. Yeah, to a much needed weekend

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  5. Gorgeous - dont bother with rules . Wear what you like if you look that fab in it! X

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  6. Pffft to that rule. We have horrible cold weather in Jan and Feb too. It's not just limited to December!

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  7. I could have done with that hat when I went out today, it's freezing today! It's also snowing xxx

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  8. Oh dear that hat is to die for - love the outfit, just beautiful!

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  9. What does the Guardian know ? you look great as per !

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  10. Pah! What do they know?! I reckon it's cold enough for a Cossack hat. Love the coat and maxi, you look so slim in it! The cap looks great on Jon and I'm looking forward to seeing the velvet dress x

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  11. Love the bag. It's gorgeous. I found an unused St Michael tapestry purse in a charity shop last week. It was only a £1 so I couldn't resist!
    Can't wait to see your red carpet outfit.
    Enjoy the pub and have a drink for me! xx

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  12. My eyes went straight to that awesome maxi coat!! I've been shopping like a crazy lady for longer and more drapey things.

    I can imagine that fabulously fuzzy hat keeping all your body heat inside. But how perfect for cold days. I love it! You look quite regal, well as always.
    Have a fabulous weekend!

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  13. I love that I found one of these hats in Scotland, it is so warm and cozy plus I feel like a Russian supermodel when I wear it! I am loving this outfit and the jacket especially how flattering it looks on your tiny beautiful frame! The new tapestry bag is a beauty and so are all the goodies from Tamera. The card is really cute, why is that you on the cover :) I can't wait to see what you and Jon wear on Tuesday, all I know is that no one else there will look as fab as you two.
    LOVEYOUBOTHBUNCHES!!!!!!!! Tell the gang I said WHAT UP!!!!!
    XXXXOOOOXOXOXOXOOXOOXOXO

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  14. Love the sleek line & that coat & every single one of those rings!

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  15. You look so gorgeous and romantic in that amazing outfit! I love every single element, the hat, the coat, the dress, the bag! Screw the idea of sartorial rules, they're only to be followed by the neurotics of the female population. You look incredible in that hat. And I feel for you Vix with the hat induced hot flushes: I have one that does just the same to me...

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  16. I have always wanted a hat like that :)

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  17. When I was a very little girl, I saw a picture of a model in a hat like that. She was touching something that looked like one of those rounded steel garbage cans. My brother told me it was electrocuting her and at four, I believed him! I was scared of those cans for a while!

    He grew up to be an ugly red-headed nerdy boy and I got my revenge by nick-naming him "Shaggy" and it stuck with all of our relatives.

    Each time I see a hat like that, I still have a slight reaction linked to that trick. But on you, it does look electric!

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  18. I grew up in a very cold climate. My mom always told us that heat escapes through the head...a fact which scared the living day lights out of me when I was little. A beautiful hat like yours would have made me feel much more secure. You look Gorge!!

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  19. Your blog is like a worldwide streetfashion blog itself. Escuse my english but I hope you understand what I mean.

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  20. Screw The Guardian...That's one cool hat! :D

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  21. I love the idea of a hat with its own ecosystem!

    Have a beautiful weekend :).

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  22. Love that Russian looking hat! I have a super small version, but that one is phenomenal. If I wore that here in hot ass Florida my brain would be fried like an egg from the heat or I'd have a heat stroke. The video with the kickass magical witch lady was awesome. I'll be checking out her blog a little more 'cause I always like a lady who kicks ass and gets shit done!
    Becky :)

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  23. You are fabulous! Just adore the hat and entire outfit. xxxoo /Madison

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  24. Ah! Love it! Just watched you're interview with Joanne, your accent is just how I imagined! Gavin is all biz, Jon used to be in The charlatans! When I first met hime he was wearing a Charlatans tshirt, big fan! have a great weekend x

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  25. I have a very similar hat. It was a gift back in the '80s! I wear it from November to April. Gets a lot of use in January when it's -30C.

    Only problem was our Elkhounds used to growl at it! I think they thought it was a relative.

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  26. What a wonderful interview, Vix - so nice to get you know you more and hear what you sound like! And I absolutely love your outfit here. The coat is seriously wonderful, and the hat and impossibly inexpensive tapestry handbag rock too. xoxo

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  27. Brilliant interview. Lovely to meet you 'moving'!
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  28. Fooey to that! I have been wearing mine!!! Yours is AAAAAMAZING!!!! You look very very pretty and I cannot wait to hear your accent!!!!

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  29. How lovely to be interviewed and to let all those who haven't had the pleasure of meeting/talking to you in real life hear your dulcet tones! Nothing wrong with that accent, Vix, it's you and it's fab!

    The Cossack hat is a beauty, even if you did overheat in it! The coat and maxi are the perfect accompaniments, and ooh, lucky you, finding that tapestry bag, I'm still on the hunt to replace mine.
    Another wonderful package of gifts from Tamera, Jon looks mighty pleased with his Baker boy cap, and I can't wait to see your velvet maxi makeover.
    Enjoy the pub, about to crack open the wine myself!
    Love to my favourite Black Country girl! xxxxxxx

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  30. I really loved the interview, it was so exciting to hear your voice! I love the hat and this wonderful outfit, the coat is stunning and liliac is your colour! It matches well your silky black hair and your suntanned smiling face!
    Have a wonderful weekend!!!
    Lots of love xxxxxx

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  31. Could I possibly love you more! After the live interview.......you are so charming and sweet! If you ever visit America, I am inviting you to stay at my house. You really are an inspiration in that you live your life to the fullest! XXX

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  32. fuck the guardian and this stupid advices!!! you look absolutely fabulous and amazing with this hat and the maxi coat!!!!
    love and kiss,mary
    http://www.maryloucinnamon.com/

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  33. I loved watching your interview you were fabulous and I only adore and admire you more.

    Wining love and even more fabulousness. X

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  34. People are always giving out bossy pronouncements on clothes aren't they? Glad you ignored it - you look great.
    Lovely presents - look forward to seeing what you do with the velvet maxi.

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  35. You felt hot because you looked HAWT in your cossack hat. Screw the rules--wear it all the time when you look that good!!

    Jon looks quite handsome in the cap!!

    I can't wait to see what you do to vixify the velvet skirt--it had your name all over it!!

    Off to watch your interview!!

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  36. God you bring back memories my Mother had one of those hats kind of more orangey coloured though.

    Loved watching you in action on the interview, and your accent is ace and not at all appalling. I know what you mean though I hear myself sometimes and cringe I sound so common! lol

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  37. Hey Vix,

    Just saw your interview it was amazing! I love you even more now. You come across so lovely warm and friendly. What horrid accent? You sounded amazing. From a West country girl and her accent! lol.

    Love the hat too wonder if they do leg warmers there is a right draft on the floor here!

    Have a fab weekend.


    P x

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  38. Awesome interview. What a treat to hear you and see you moving!

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  39. How lovely to hear your voice again! She knew a great interview subject when she saw one. You are straight out of Dr. Zhivago in that fabulous hat!

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  40. that hat is so fab vix.

    i adored the interview. i love your "appalling black country accent"!!!

    you are amazing! xo

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  42. I bet everyone was jealous of your stunning hat hun, looks amazing and sounds incredibly warm too. Just what was called for as its soooo ruddy cold agin at the mo!

    X x

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  43. Hiya Vix, I watched the interview and it was great (maybe not as great at the video of you and John dancing in the lounge, but thats personal choice haha). I felt a little paranoid in my fur hat (taking the littlie to nursery) but since it is half the size of yours I feel almost bland haha.
    V
    xxx

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  44. I think your hat is fabulous! Really suits you and this awful weather we are having again! Have a good night in the pub, I'm now off to watch your interview

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  45. Love that hat!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  46. I think your hat is fabulous! Really suits you and this awful weather we are having again! Have a good night in the pub, I'm now off to watch your interview

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  47. Your interview was awesome, so brilliant to here you speak, and you have the best accent ever!!! PS: Your hat is the BEST!!

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  48. I could have done with that hat yesterday, it was so cold in London I thought I was going to get frostbite just going from my car to the boy's flat! You look fab as always, I love the tapestry bag what a great find x

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  49. That hat is magnificent! The coat is DIVINE! The maxi is glorious and the new old bag is splendid! I'm off to watch the vid now - and I LOOOOVE your accent!!

    Love you more than Ozzy!

    Sarah xxx

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  50. I couldn't love your hat any more than I already do! It's just too wonderful! Your whole outfit is great. xx

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  51. Hi there!! I just adore your hat and coat, just a perfectly styled outfit! Just also listening to your interview with kickass witch, you sound lovely, what a fabulous accent and love your stories of Boy George, your previous corporate life and how you and Jon were many years ago-and now!! xxx

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  52. How fabulous are you, huh?

    Have you ever tried wearing Jon's clothes in an attempt to find an interesting layered combination? I often find myself attracted to checks and patterns found exclusively in men's garments, but sweaters aside, I'm at a loss as to how to incorporate them into my wardrobe.

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  53. Oh and just watched the video. Your accent is not appalling in the least. And it was indeed a good watch.

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  54. What's wrong with being showy? I love Cossak hats! The one I got from June is amazing. Tamera is such a legend, obviously Jo had to nick that hat instantly, it was made for him. You look awesome... fake fur, lilac and silver lurex and velvet.... a dream team. Your maxi and my hair are pretty much the same colour right now, so unsuprisingly I love it. Love the flash of green nails. Wonderfuk! Off to listen to your interview!

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  55. Arr great hat, loved watching your interview :)

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  56. To showy?? Does not compute, I understand not.

    A big woolly hat is ALWAYS a good choice in the cold, no one wants to get chilled. And a stylish one is all the better!

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  57. adorable outfit ... this is totally you! i even thought about wearing my hats a lot during the next days because i don't like havings things on my head i summer ... yes i will hold on to my hats as long as i can, too. ;)

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  58. What does some toffee nosed tart from The Guardian know? I bet she gets high end clothes given to her by the bucketful and certainly won't have the ability to pull an amazing, stylish, original outfit together on a budget. Love the hat and did you ever need it yesterday! Just watched your interview, so lovely to hear your fab Black Country accent and get to feel that I know you a little more now. Enjoy the pub.

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  59. so amazing to watch this interview with you, as Joanna said you really do kick ass! your lifestyle is really inspirational as is your dress sense & personality. always enjoy looking at your blog x

    http://whothefuckismickjagger.blogspot.com

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  60. You wear it well, Vix! (I think that's a Rod Stewart song.) Always.

    Really adored your interview with the charming Joanna! So great to hear you speak! Now when I read your blog, I'll hear your lovely voice in my head (instead of my own).

    Your passion for life comes through in both the blog and the video. Love the idea of keeping a photo with you that reminds you of what's important in your life. That's gettin' real for sure. You are MAGIC!

    xxx

    P.S. So you got to see Boy George back in the day? How cool is THAT!

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  61. Vix, I have watched that video all the way through and you are just adorable! I smiled all the way through it. I never thought about your voice, I always felt I heard it in your writing, but hearing it audibly and seeing the way you smile and laugh is just wonderful.

    I think her idea about having you as a stylist for films is a great one! Just imagine.

    Your hat is beautiful. That cracked me up. Wearing a cossack hat after Christmas is showy. Classic. Remind me, which days are for orange skirts and which days for green trousers?

    Menopause. I want mine to come and go so I can live a merry life of freedom from hormone headaches and guessing when to book holidays. xxxx

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  62. I loved the interview! :) Not the accent I was expecting but it was great to put a voice to a face lol

    That hat is fab!! :)

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  63. Oh my god i loved the interview, so lovely to hear your voice and you are so inspiring! You hat is also too blooming fabulous too! Beautiful Love ya Vix, Scarlett x

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  64. GAH!!!! Hat love!!!! I loved the interview and ADORE your accent you gorgeous creature!!! There have been so many occasions when I've picked something up from the chazzas and worn it right there and then because it looks way better than what I'm carrying/wearing. Isn't it FUN???? It's like a revolving door of costume changes while you get your business done in town:). I can't wait to see what everyone's wearing to Tamera's party - what a beautiful parcel she sent you:) Isn't she a darling?!!! xoxoxox

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  65. I freakin' love that hat!! I had a cossack hat when I lived in Korea, but I left it behind when I left as I knew it would never get cold enough for me to wear it here in Wellington. You look awesome!

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  66. SQUEE fecking SQUEE!!!!!
    I love love LOOOOOOOVE this divoon outfit! The vinyl shopper is to DIE for! I love it when I score a fabularse new bag big enough to carry everything I had already been carrying! I say SCRUMPTIOUS to that hat, it's so much furrier than mine and I am jealous! You are PERFECTION, darling, and a fine example of staying warm with style!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  67. Who listens to the Guardian for fashion advice anyway?? You look fab and I love the czarina hat and the brocade coat.
    Adored your interview and so nice to see you in motion - your accent is lovely!

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  68. That is one truly fabulous hat!!!!!
    So in love with the tapestry handbag, I quite often buy a bag in a op-shop and do a swap.
    Jon looks very dapper in his tweed cape.
    Oh oh I watched the interview and it is just so wonderful to hear your voice, I was just smiling the whole time.
    This is a quick hi before the big move tomorrow.
    Sending love and happiness to you and Jon.
    Love V
    EEEKKKKK I have just seen the 50's dress and leopard jacket on you, FABULOUS!!!!! Beautiful Vix beautiful!!!!

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  69. Showstopper! You can really wear that Cossack hat and it should be worn whenever you want to! Love it with your fake fur maxi coat!

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  70. I do hate this fashion rules!
    Some ladies at my work still insist that I should wear white in December or January even though we live in hot sunny Florida.
    I love the interview and I also love your Black Country accent!

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  71. Well I've just had one f the best cups of coffee of my life, and it had nothing to do with the taste of it. Rather it was because I had the pleasure of enjoying it while I watched you being interviewed. So fantastic to see and hear you. Really.

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  72. Oh my heck that hat is divine on your head. *Seriously* Total SHOW STOPPER.
    I enjoyed your interveiw. It's funny for some reason when I imagine my bloggie friends I forget they have accents and expect them to sound like me. *hehe* I LOVE your accent I could listen to you all day long. And your even cooler than I ever imagined. And that is pretty darn cool!

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  73. Like everyone else, I love you even more now Vix, I realised halfway through watching your interview that I was sitting with a big dopey grin on my face. And I love your accent too, I've only known three people from the Midlands but they were all great people who became good friends, so your accent makes me think of them. Joanna makes a good point too, about your blog being a bit of a love story of you and Jon, I never thought of that before but it's true. I smiled when you said you often get Jon to make things from your ideas as he's the more practical one, I do that to Pat a lot too. And you look fab! xx

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  74. That hat! THAT HAT! I am in love! It looks great!

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  75. loved your interview. It was so good to listen too and I loved hearing your voice and your accent. Seems funny because, of course, I don't read your words in your accent, so, although it's obvious you would have an accent, hadn't really thought about it - but now can't imagine you any other way. Never realised John was in the Charletons either - I love them - we were big big fans - definitely been to a few gigs - do they still play/gig ?

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  76. Loved the interview you are a beautiful women inside and out and such a wonderful inspiration to many. Hugs, dee xxx

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  77. I just love that maxi coat!

    It was lovely hearing your voice on the interview; I imagined you'd have a broader accent but it was really soft.

    Can't wait to see what you wear for High Society.

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  78. Oh my, you look fabulous with that hat!

    xo
    Shubhi's Revels!

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  79. Your coat and your bag are so great..... Love them....... xxx

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  80. I personally have completely fell in love with Cossack Hat and British Sheepskin. I really want to Buy Cheap Cossack hat, and i really cant wait to get my hands on cute Cossack Hat.

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