Monday, 2 December 2013

A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours


We had a lovely day yesterday, blasting out some hardcore dance tunes from Jon's Bad Boy Boombox and dancing non-stop for most of the day followed by curry and a catch up with some of our vintage family but, what with Jon's knackered knees and my ruined hip, we're counting down the days until we can strip off and lay on the sands of a Goan beach for a month.


Back in the old days of corporate whoredom I was contractually required to organise weekend events in addition to my usual 90 hours a week.  I don't know how I used to do it, these days I'm exhausted after just one event. No wonder I look half dead in most old photos.

My 1960s spotty maxi & Chelsea Tailor lurex blouse (99p & 50p, Cancer UK), Saluki fake fur (£3, car boot sale)
 It's not all hard slog though. On Friday Jo and Annie came to visit and we had a fabulous day, scouring the chazzas for bargains and trying on almost everything in the now-legendary Second To None.


 My Liberty House midi was too big, Annie's Carnegie maxi too small but Jo's St Michael skirt was just right.


As surely as night follows day, a restorative pitcher of cocktails and huge bowls of chips in Wetherspoons is what you get after a day of serious shopping.


My Second To None purchases? Van Allen 1960s cheesecloth smock (£3.50), 1970s C&A flutter sleeve psychedelic blouse (£6) and a fabulous length of vintage fabric (£2.25)


Gifts galore! From Annie - Indian chandelier earrings and stick-on fair trade paisley motifs.
From Jo - the purple velvet Indian crop top, the groovy 1970s metallic shirt and these incredible psychedelic pants...


....worn with a vintage suede waistcoat (from Liz, last Xmas), old skool Bukta leotard & Mary Quant scarf (both from jumble sales) and 1960s Welsh Tapestry Baker Boy cap (British Heart Foundation)

I'm linking to Judith's Hat Attack, Spy Girl's Blue Hues and Patti's Visible Monday



We've an exhibition preview, two vintage fairs (HERE and HERE), my birthday and our space within a shop opening next week and then we can finally start thinking about India. Be ready for packing posts, past travel photos and bikinis at dawn!

See you soon.


60 comments:

topchelseagirl said...

Those pants are amazing!! And Jon is a Handsome Devil in that 2nd photo too.

pastcaring said...

Tell me about feeling knackered, love - I'm feeling it with ya! But you and Jon are troopers, and as stylish as ever.
Nooooo, don't show me you and Annie and Jo having a ball in Second to None and Wetherspoons - 'snot fair, I wanted to go! Love your buys, the little tie-front top is gorgeous. And such fab prezzies too, those groovy pants are amazing, you look delighted to be wearing them!
Busy busy busy, life is certainly hectic, isn't it? Keep thinking of the beach, and you'll be right!
Love you! xxxxxx

Rosalind said...

Sun...beach... two soul-soothing words. Magnificent trousers and I'm coveting the welsh wool hat too. Let the countdown begin to bikinis at dawn.

Helen Le Caplain said...

I'm shattered just keeping u with your weekend vintage shenanigans!

You deserve a sun-drenched rest very soon - hopefully see you in the new year!

xxx

Carina Rosenholm said...

Love the pants !
Oh how great to have a whole month in the sun ....
xxx

Connie said...

There is nothing like the thought of the BEACH in India to keep you dancing!!! If I thought that were on my agenda I'm be marathon dancing! I could comment on each and every one of your purchases but I would be gushing all over the place since you have the most AWESOME taste and you always find the BEST stuff and you look PROFOUNDLY gorgeous doing it all and Jon is as CUTE as CUTE can be and here I am gushing. I toldjya so! Birthday coming up? YAY!!!!!

The Black Opal said...

What fun it is to dance all day!!! You guys are my inspiration on all levels! And what wonderful gifts you've received. I can't wait for packing posts ans pictures of India.

Much love to you both,
Masha

Krista Gassib said...

This is just the pop of color and energy I need to start my gray Monday back in the office. Your stall always looks filled to the brim with all the best finds! You and Jon both look a million in all your thrifted treasures! Those boots were born for Jon's feet!

I love seeing you and Annie and Joy looking pumped to shop and chat! I never tire from blogger meet up's wish I had some out here to look forward to. All your gifts are bright and beautiful, those pants are mad and I love your hat too. Find time for a nice long soak in that beautiful tub India will be here soon.
LOVE YOU!
XXOOOO

Patti said...

You danced all day - how fabulous is that! Love those psych. pants and all the goodies you scooped up. You three are completely gorgeous at the pub! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

The fair looked really busy on fb, so I hope you did well.
Your upcoming schedule sounds very busy! Thank God you can have a well earned rest at the end of it all on a sunny beach. Do you have a customized advent calender to count off the days til your holibobs? xxx

Paula lalaboo said...

Dancing all day sounds a fab way to spend time!

Love your outfit though it always seems surprising seeing you in trousers. I think maybe because these ones are more fitting and usually you wear more wide legged ones?? Still look fab though either way.

Phew sounds like you have loads on the go. You will need your India bolt hole after all that.

P x

Tamera Wolfe said...

You got some wonderful goodies!! I love the purple Indian top!!

Those pants are freaking FABULOUS!!! Awesome trippy print and perfect with the waistcoat and hat!!

I'm hating the cold here too!!

Tamera Wolfe said...

You got some wonderful goodies!! I love the purple Indian top!!

Those pants are freaking FABULOUS!!! Awesome trippy print and perfect with the waistcoat and hat!!

I'm hating the cold here too!!

Fiona said...

Busy but exciting times ahead and a holiday in Goa to look forward to...that'll keep you going. I'm dying to visit Second To None and this taster has whetted my appetite even more, I adore Jo's skirt and your groovy blouse. I'm feeling knackered too, but according to the astrology bird on Steve Wright it's something to do with the new moon.
Who'd have guessed?
xxxxxxx

Ariane Lasalle said...

I love your outfit girl! so different! Those pants are to kill for! the cap is adorable, the whole look is beyond words!

So happy for you that you will fly off to India and rest for a month!

Take care

Arianexo

Helga! said...

Holy fecking shitbox, you funky monkey, you've been having a right old time! I'm not surprised you're knackered! Doesn't take much to put me to bed these days, I guess we just need our beauty sleep a little more than we used to!
How bloody splendid to have a day with Jo and Annie! All of you looking awesome, glad you got a few scores! Second to None never disappoints!
This outfit is quite the departure, but bloody hell, you're owning it! With that bod, frankly, you could wear ANYTHING!!!
India on the horizon!!! WHOOT! So thrilled for you, you've really earnt it! I'm just gagging for a break!
Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

Sharon S said...

Hi there! sounds like you and Jon are working really hard!! Love your outfits and hope you have a great week! xxx

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

I'm with Helga, with your body you can wear anything and look fab.

That last look really has me thinking the show "Laugh In". Not sure if you had it in England or not.

You have been busy, but it also looks like a fun busy.

I cannot wait to see what you do to that vintage fabric. It is going to look gorgeous on you with your skin tone.

bisous
Suzanne

Rebecca said...

Those psychedelic pants are so YOU! Myself, I could wear those green dangly earrings quite readily....

Weatherspoons looks like a fine place to relax & refuel!

And India. Can it possibly be that time again?!?

beate grigutsch said...

love your love for colors!

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

I always look forward to hearing about your Indian travels and stories.

Sandra said...

them pants are funky fabulous! love em! a month on a beach sounds perfect, you both must be giddy with excitement - I always love blogger meetup pics, cocktails and chips sound perfect, but I'd probably need a nap too, it's ridiculous my napping needs!I love all your finds and I especially love your suede waistcoat! x x x

Catherine said...

yes! I love those pants, and the vest and hat combined is marvelous! I really should hit up my chazza this weekend. its pay day and ive got nothing to do! yay!

joyatri said...

Thank you for being the hostess with the mostest yet again! It was a fab day with you and Annie. I was so focused on my purchases at Second to None, I didn't get a chance to admire yours enough. Can't wait to see what you do with that vintage fabric.
As I've said a million times, fair-goers often don't realize how much work goes into setting up a booth. The fact that you and Jon had the energy to dance all day must have had them thinking it was a piece of cake!
Let the India countdown begin.
xx

Twiggy said...

Love the pants and the purple velvet top is lush
Twiggy

Cosmic said...

Lovin' those psychodelic pants,looks fab on you!

X

judith said...

Bonita fotografías!!
Saludos

Winter Moon said...

I just love all your purchases and gifts. Green is definitely your colour.

Having your own shop space will be pretty amazing! I hope that goes well for you both.

Looking forward to all your holiday plans. I'm wondering whether you have a suitcase to use, or whether Jon has made it into a boom box.

Have a lovely week x

Angels have Red Hair said...

Love, love, love that cheesecloth smock ... I'm overcome with envy ... it's not pretty ... my envy that is ... the smock is gorgeous.
xx

freckleface said...

I've been looking forward to this post to see you all together and find out what you got up to. Looks like you had a great time as usual with great company. Chips, that's an innovation. Like it. June came up trumps again. I love that C&A blouse you bought.

Don't you look the business in that cuter than cute outfit with the baker boy hat! I always love that suede waistcoat that Liz gave you, and with these new trousers I could just picture you in Carnaby street circa 1967. Gorgeous. Shame about the LIberty House midi, it's a great print.

Hope you have a nice restful week. xxxxx

Loulou said...

I love that top photo of you two, including what you're both wearing in it. Sounds like you had a really fun weekend. Good for you. :)

Linda Wolf said...

Isn't it amazing how when you look back at these jobs with insane hours? You wonder how you ever did it. I always love hearing your stories of how your business is growing and you are having a wonderful time at it!

What a glorious weekend for sure love your finds and you gifts, you lucky duck, you! ;)

Love how you styled your pants outfit. SOOO cute!

Goa on the horizon! I'm so happy for you both!

xxx

Alex M said...

"Corporate Whoredom" I love it!

The orthopedic issues of life is the only part of this whole age thing that is throwing us for a loop too. If only a warm beach and relaxing waves were on the horizon....

Sue said...

Excellent that your India holiday is not far away now. You will be able to chill out and enjoy yourselves.

Trees said...

What a post! I'm so sad that midi dress was too big for you - what pretty colours. I can't wait to see photos of your shop space. Also India *sigh* I'm jealous, I could really do with a holiday.

Vintage Bird Girl said...

I love packing posts....looking forward to seeing your trip outfits. Those pants from Jo are fab....love the pattern and colours. Xx

christine said...

Wow..... i like your flower power style!

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

The Smiths - I knew it! And how about Jeferson airplane, Mamas and tha papas etc?

Linda said...

The new shop looks brilliant, good luck with your space!xx

Zara Davinia said...

Oh wow, you're going to have such a stupendous time in Goa :-) Fantastic! You deserve to put your feet up!! Loving those funky pants and your welsh tapestry hat is so cute, both suit you so well! Looking forward to your holiday pix ! Good luck with the 2 fairs, hope you have a good time (sure you will!). I'm helping my aunt out at a lace fair on Saturday and it'll be like working in gods waiting room lol x

Mrs. D said...

Looks like you gals had a lovely time. After you come back from Goa I must come down and see you too.
Lovely presents and lovely finds! You have the most amazing eye!!!

Kelly G said...

Half dead?! Hardly Vix, you look gorgeous and your smile is beautiful.
Love those trousers!
x

Young at Heart said...

delightful......you have brightened up a dull London day....my friend has just nipped over to Patnem for her annual winter week away with our friend who lives there, before the kids christmas stuff kicks in....jealous moi?? Life's a beach.........!!x

Olga Rani said...

As always you look gorgeous. Love the spotty maxi and those pants are magnificent. Looking forward to your pre-travelling and travelling photos.

Sarah said...

Fab outfit Vix! I just love the trousers. It sounds as if you've got a busy week ahead, I bet you can't wait to go away and just relax for a while x

silkpathdiary said...

That shop sounds like my idea of heaven! I love the flutter sleeve blouse and your paisley pants are fantastic! Great news about your shop space - was wondering when you'd get your own little shop xx

Delia Ryder said...

I feel knackered just reading this and all that you have been up to. It takes me 2 days to recover after doing a fair to a bit longer when its my own I organise. Everything looks fab I can't wait to see how you have designed your shop space please take lots of photo's. dee xx

Forest City Fashionista said...

You two have been putting in sooo many hours of acquiring, cleaning, packing, and selling your vintage wares, you deserve a rest on a sunny beach in Goa. Can't believe it's that time already - weren't you just there?? (I'm sure it doesn't seem like that to you). It's good for the soul to have a carrot at the end of the stick, so to speak - mine is my trip to New York every year.

I am getting very good at spotting a Welsh tapestry at 20 paces! I recently found a matching cape and skirt at a local thrift store. How I'd love to do a snoop through Second to None....some day

The Style Crone said...

Dear Vix. Your writing has me laughing out loud this morning. What would I do without you? Loving you outfits and the Welsh Tapestry Baker Boy cap is perfection. Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack.

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

You guys look like the cool couple we all wanted to be when we grew up And so you are! Looking lovely, the both of you, and I'll hold Goa as a wish for you that comes true sooner than later. And that you win an expense paid trip there so you don't have to pay for it yourselves.
Your rusty vest outfit is among my favorites of you yours. So pretty on you. Seasonless chic!
Know what you mean about ex corporate ... me too! Your own business can make for a different set of pressure, but at least it's not coming from the top and from below at the same time!
All finds look amazing ... you all look like you had a FINE time!
I'm so far behind catching up with you all. So sorry, and I continue to persevere!
Have a wonderful week!

vintage honeybee said...

I can't wait for an India post. Have you done any in the past. I would love to read them. I love seeing far away places.

Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

two squirrels said...

You guys are such a stylish couple.......I would be at your wonderful pop up shops in a flash buying all your vintage treasures.
Yay a holiday on the horizon........exciting.
Happy happy birthday to the most gorgeous and beautiful lady.....Miss Vix.
Love v

DeniseAngela said...

Such a cool newsboy cap and looking forward to your Goen trip posts!

Candycane said...

Like those earrings you were gifted Vix!
Ru doing a vintage fair in Uttoxeter by any chance??
Sal x

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

Good heavens take me to India with you!! If I lose about 150lbs I might be able to fit into a suitcase when it's time!

daiseedeb said...

Oh tha fabric find! Oooh lala!!! Love it!
xo
d

Kelly Jackson said...

Shopping, blogging buds, beer and fries: sounds like the perfect day for me. That shop looks like the ultimate treasure trove. And Jo, I want that skirt to match my blazer! :) It's crazy to sometimes look back at the endless hours we used to work. But then, when you end up doing something you love, all the time put in is a pleasure, isn't it? And you have Goa at the end of it all. Nice. Xoxo

Annie said...

What a brilliant day we had. Second to None was even better than I imagined. I'm still gloating over my haul :)
Those pants look amazing. I knew they would!
Really looking forward to your packing posts.

speak soon xxx

wardrobeexperience said...

those pictures look like you had so much fun - and a lot of going on!
... and there is more coming up. exciting!
i already started wanderin when you will go to india again.

The Goodwill Fangirl said...

That restorative pitcher of cocktails sounds like just the thing. You take the best photos - it's almost like being there with you guys!