Monday, 9 December 2013

Playing Catch Up



I had to Google Princess Jasmine after a little girl stood and stared at me for ages on Saturday,  apparently that's who she thought I was.


I bloody wish! I need some serious Wii Fit sessions before January to get my abs looking that good.


With slap-up dinners this good (from my beloved Nessa's) being delivered to the door I'm fighting a losing battle!


Since I last blogged I've turned 47, been spoilt with amazing birthday presents (including the psychedelic San Francisco-made maxi and the insane pottery cat), been overwhelmed by kind messages on Facebook/Twitter, attended two art exhibitions (this one was incredible), eaten out twice, feasted on an Indian banquet at home, been to a 50th birthday party, worked at two vintage fairs, loaded and unloaded the van seven times, relabelled and ironed a large proportion of Kinky Melon's stock, met a blogger, had a Skype chat with Krista, slagged off the X Factor via text with Curtise, caught up with my vintage family for the final time this year and taken receipt of a brilliant blog giveaway.


I've played Pass The Thong with gorgeous Ellen (organiser of Saturday's huge Wolverhampton Fair)


Who rocked it in her own inimitable way...


She passed it on to crazy vintage glass dealing bird, Jackie...


 Who pimped it up Xmas style and passed it to slinky Sharon, Sunday's fair organiser.


The Suitcase Boomboxes went down a storm.


I finally gave my 91 Allison Street maxi an outing.

Grecian-style maxi (£9.99, Acorns Hospice, 2011) worn with bastard massive TopShop earrings (via the charity shop) and a pair of 1960s block heeled silver sandals (robbed off my pitch 'cos my feet were killing me)

and resurrected an old favourite for the final event of the year.


Jon went safari jacket mad...wearing his blue one on Saturday...


... and a belted linen one on Sunday. (The R Soles boots haven't been off his feet since he bought them). 

Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton before the crowds descended
There's three parcels awaiting collection at the Post Office, our Blighty Bazaar shop space to set up, an appointment with the orthopaedic surgeon, an Indian tourist visa to apply for and a belated birthday night out to squeeze in before the end of the week. 


There's just under two hours before Ripper Street starts so I'm off to catch up with all I've missed in Blogland and Jon's cracking on with some more Boomboxes - these two babies are all we have left. 

See you soon!

71 comments:

judith said...

Muy bonito el vestido verde!!
Besos
http://judithbysucre.blogspot.com.es

Tilda said...

I'm glad Jon's suitcase boomboxes are doing so well!! Its such a fantastic idea :) You look amazing in that white dress!

Sacramento Amate said...

A princess indeed.
I adore you in the white dress.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Rose&Bird said...

Rocking the Disney vibe! Sounds like a fab week, happy belated birthday! Enjoy Ripper Street - not my cup of tea, but aren't the BBC stupid for cancelling it?!

Winter Moon said...

You do seriously look like Princess jasmine. I love it!

What a busy week you've had, so glad the boom boxes were a big hit.

Enjoy the rest of your week and much-needed break from vintage fairs.

xx

Carina Rosenholm said...

Jesus woman - you are abusy bee !
Looking so beatiful in white !
Xxx

Carina Rosenholm said...

Jesus woman - you are abusy bee !
Looking so beatiful in white !
Xxx

FASHION TALES said...

Happy belated dear Vix, You are looking radiant as ever! That food looks quite delicious! xx/Madison

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

No need to wish you a Happy Birthday as it is clear you have had a fabulous time but I will anyway - Happy Birthday.
Looking good as always.

Kezzie said...

Ha ha you ARE Princess Jasmine!!!! Happy birthday my dear! Hope you had a marvellous time! So glad the boomboxes went well. Let me at that INdian- I LOVE veggie Indian food!1x

Sandra said...

I'm chuffed you had an awesome birthday! and you did look like Princess Jasmine, you must have delighted the little girl! but my goodness you have been busy! I think I would have fell face first in all of that yum food, delicious stuff! and I love the thong action, it's having a ball! I love you in all your frocks, you gorgeous woman x x x

Connie said...

Of course! Princess Jasmine! I totally see it. Indian food! Oh I love love love Indian food! I'm on my phone to the Bombay Take-Out (Or as you say take-away) right now! My cleanse has already fallen by the wayside...or should I say WEIGH side? Gosh you and Jon are such a gorgeous couple. You are as always an inspiration to me.

Fiona said...

47 or not you look stunningly beautiful in that white grecian gown, I'm surprised Jon didn't drag you off behind the clothes rail to ravish you. Oh, he did? Your bangin' bod looks in fine fettle to me unlike my podge - the dreaded middle-aged spread has arrived and I gotta do something about it.
Princess who...? I didn't know who she was either, is it obvious we don't have kids? Enjoy the telly!
xx

Helga! said...

Jaysus, you are a foxy minx, and YES, you are rather Princess Jasmine!!! I am surprised it hasn't been noticed before! Phwoar! You're way hotter, though, 'cos you're REAL!
Gawd I love that green maxi and the white one......they literally make me drool!
SO thrilled the boomboxes have been a great success! They're just so quirky and FABULARSE!!! Nice to go out on a high for the year, but bloody hell, you've been/are a busy lass! Once you hit that beach in India you are gonna COLLAPSE!
Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

Citizen Rosebud said...

Wishing you a happy birthday, sweet goddess Vix!

Miss Piggy Bank said...

I thought the fayre was great yesterday and forgot to mention how dapper Jon looked. I'm really pleased with the earrings :-) I'd love to meet up on a blogger day out. By the way that could be a nice sideline as Princess Jasmine for princess parties xx

pao said...

Happy, happy birthday, Vix. As always so busy, it makes me dizzy. But always looking fabulous, both of you guys. What a great idea, those boom box cases. India is on the horizon, sooner than later, it sounds like.

pastcaring said...

Princess Jasmine, of course - why did none of us spot the resemblance before?! Love that green beauty of a maxi, and of course the patchwork and Grecian maxis too, so beautiful. Them, and you.
You HAVE been a busy bee, Jon too. Lots of work, but tons of fun too, that's how it should be. Jon is a bloody safari jacket-wearing genius, those boom boxes are fab, not surprised they are selling so well.
Loving the thong action, as always your pitch looks wonderful, and when you finally hit that beach in India, you will truly, thoroughly, completely deserve your break!
So glad you had a fab birthday weekend. Love you SO much more than Wee Willy Wanky, Busker Boy Luke and Sam Belt-a-Ballad! xxxxxxx

Patti said...

oh gosh, you are a babe in that white dress! (and all the others). So happy to see the boom boxes are a hit. Do I see pink long gloves hanging near the hats? Love those. xox

Angels have Red Hair said...

When a child pays you a compliment you know you're looking good ... because they are so no filter honest. By the way you DO look like Princess Jasmine ... and she's probably had plastic/pencil surgery on her abs ;0)
xx

CameronPoe2409 said...

Wow! You have been busy! Belated birthday wishes Princess Jasmine!xx

Ivy Black said...

Dead ringer for Princess Jasmine who as I recall was pretty ballsy and one of my favourite Disney gals. You look fecking stunning in those dresses. You've packed it in. Jon's boomboxes are awesome, no wonder they went down a storm.

I'm glad you had such a grand birthday. Loves ya heaps.
xxxxxxx

Zara Davinia said...

Oh good grief, your figure is amazing!! If you don't feel up to going 'Princess Jasmine' on the world, the rest of us stand no chance ha ha ;-)
So thrilled your fairs went so well and how well did the boomboxes do, bloomin' marvellous!! Hope Jon makes more after India, I was hoping to get one after the Festive Season!
Belated I know, but wishing you a very, very happy birthday & hope your time in India is everything you could wish for!! xx

Lucy Nation said...

It's so cute that little girl thought you were Princess Jasmine. Your Indian feast looks delicious. There's nothing wrong with a good splurge from time to time xxx

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

Ah well...sleep is overrated : )

You really do look like a Grecian Goddess in that white dress and incredible earrings! LOVE!

Hope for you that they add another 8 hours to each day. They you might have a chance to catch up on your life.

bisous
Suzanne

Style Eyes said...

Yes I can definitely see a resemblance! I definitely couldn't resist such amazing food.Love those boom boxes.

Louise McDonagh said...

Happy belated birthday my dearest, you look even better each year. Xx

Paula lalaboo said...

Happy Belated birthday. Sounds like you have had a lot of fun over the weekend.

The boom boxes are cool no wonder they flew off the shelves!

Enjoy the rest of your week sounds like its a busy one.

P x

Nat said...

Belated many happy returns Vix... sounds like you've been having fun :-) Looking absolutely gorgeous as always... Princess Jasmine is a good likeness in fact!

Krista Gassib said...

Oh beautiful busy ass birthday girl you are always such a sight and when it's you and Jon double fantastic! I'm so happy and not surprised that people are snapping up those bad ass boom boxes. India here you come!!!! Best birthday present ever! You look so pretty in that dress too! Your vintage family looks like a gang of fun free spirited folks and for that I wish I could join in the fun!
LOVEYOU!!!!!
XXXXOOOOO

Willow said...

Here you are all gorgeous at 47 !! Happy belated wonderful birthday to you . I hope Mr. handsome Jon helped make the birthday ( or night ) special for you too ;)

Looks like you have been having a wonderful time , as usual .


If I were a little girl I would swear you were Princess Jasmine ...how adorable is that.

Helen Le Caplain said...

Princess Jasmine?! That's so cute she thought that!!

Glad you had a fab birthday - take it easy over the next few days... and I promise I'll email you with dates! xxx

www.mancunianvintage.com

fashmr paul said...

I just lurve the way you dress - colour is wonderful and you use it so well !!
paul

Willow said...

I made an audible "aww" at the Princess Jasmine story. That green dress is a beauty.
You had me giggling a lot over your game 'Pass the Thong'/Sisterhood of the travelling Thong, particularly at the photo of Ellen wearing it on her head.
Your stall, the fair, the boom-box suitcases, John and you all look fantastic.
Happy belated birthday. x

Lucy In The Sky said...

What a busy time you've been having! I hope you had a marvelous birthday. Fantastic that the Boom-Boxes are doing well, they are a brilliant idea and you indeed look as gorgeous as Princess Jasmine xx

Melanie said...

I'm surprised all these photos of you are not blurry, you have been so fantastically busy. Happy birthday!! I love how you were mistaken for Princess Jasmine. Understandable. You are stunning in every outfit and you don't skip a beat between changes.
It looks like Jon is on his way to mogul-dom with his boom boxes! Awesome.

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

R Soles? Jon's boots are R Soles?? Hahaaaaaaaa!!! And for a second I thought someone had nicked your shoes worn with the Grecian heavenly gown ... I love that you can change your outfit if it gets uncomfortable, while you're working ;). I do hope you can have a proper birthday like. You've worked so hard this year and having to cope with your hip woes and looking out for your Dad. I look forward to seeing you relaxing in India ... a welcome break for you both. xoxoxoxoxoxo

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

Just when I think you've got on the best dress ever, you show up in another one!!! Good gawd. You look better than Princess Jasmine AND you get to eat real food!!! Yum. Even without hearing them, the boomboxes are absolutely the most amazing things. They look GORGEOUS. My decor nerve endings are tingling.

Love you madly. XXOO

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!! XO

Christy S said...

Happy Birthday! Next year for your 48th, claim the entire month for your birthday. I did it this year and had the time of my life. Got to open 30 silly presents from my friends and post goofy pictures on Facebook.

Sue said...

I love you in that white frock, so gorgeous. Glad Jons boom boxes were a hit. A mate of one of my sons has been making them using Beer Crates, they look and sound amazing.

Alex M said...

You don't need to be no Disney Princess, you're a queen on your own!

The best thing about people turning 50, are all the swell parties. It's a big one...

Charles Flaum said...

It's so cute! Battery Led Picture Light

tanaya said...

Belated Happy Birthday Vix, your weeks sounds great x

Young at Heart said...

Blimey....am exhausted just reading about your life...am off for a post breakfast lie down now!!!x

Camelia Crinoline said...

No wonder the boomboxes were a hit. They are awesome. That grecian dress is fabulous. Belated birthday wishes! I hope you had a wonderful day. Your birthday feast looks delicious.

Perdita said...

You do look rather like Princess Jasmine!! :)

LOVE those boom boxes. So perfect!

Kelly G said...

Suitcase boomboxes? Amazing!!
And that curry looks so good, hope all was polished off and enjoyed. :)
xx

Vintage Bird Girl said...

That food looks amazing. Can you believe I've never really tried Indian takeaway??!! Crazy. That patchwork maxi is amazing, & I LOVE the green frock. And check out those arms in that white maxi. You are gorgeous! Xx

Sarah said...

I'm glad the boom boxes are doing so well, it's such a great idea! You had a great birthday by the sounds of it and your outfits are gorgeous as always x

Cosmic said...

Princess Jasmine that's about right, spot on was your wee girl pal!

That S. Asian meal looks scrummy-delicious; belated b wishes to you!

X

Forest City Fashionista said...

You are a whirlwind of activity these days! I'm glad you've had some birthday fun. I can easily see the Princess Jasmine resemblance, but it's a grownup, elegant version. You have killer abs doll, so don't go comparing yourself to a Disney princess.

Jon's a star in his safari jackets and R Soles boots - how fab that his boom-boxes have been flying off the shelf. I see a boom-box empire in his future.

The Style Crone said...

Happy Birthday Vix. How can I describe how much beauty and outrageous fun you have added to my life, even though we have never met other than in the virtual world. Your passion for life, your warmth and your ability to wear the most gorgeous maxis on the planet are just a few of the reasons you are an irresistible read.

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

You look super HOT in that white low V maxi.... and Princess Jasmine? Yes. Yes I see it!

freckleface said...

I've never heard of Princess Jasmine, but I can see it instantly. How lovely to look like a princess (but thank goodness you don't act like one). You and Krista are fairy tale twins. You're a princess and she's a mermaid. Making young girls happy across two continents. What a service.

R Soles!!! HAAA! What a great name. You and Jon go from strength to strength, those boomboxes are the VERY TING MAN! Mash it op!

Your old favourite, the white grecian dress always make you look like a goddess, but that green maxi is something else too. Now you can relax, you sure do deserve it. xxxxxxxxx

Van said...

The suitcase boom boxes are awesome! Clever idea. And the Princess Jasmine comment, cuuute ;D I was her for Christmas as a little girl, loved it. Everyone was asking if I was really for Arabia. Aaand you're looking gorgeous in the green and white dresses!

señora Allnut said...

wouuau, so many things and so many events, glad you're enjoying them!, and I'm too late to wish you a Happy Birthday but anyway I wish you a lot of Fabulous Days all year along!
and you look like a pretty exotic goddess, in green or in white, and Love your Massive Bijouterie, so gorgeous!! But my favorite is that colorful maxi with a purple top! I'm enthusiastic!
besos & felicidad

vintage honeybee said...

Your a vision in that white number and I'm so glad John is doing so well on his boom boxes.

XoXo

Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

Tamera Wolfe said...

Sounds like you've had a busy, productive and tasty birthday week!!! And you certainly looked fabulous!!

Glad to hear Jon's suitcase boom boxes are going over so well!! more money for GOA!!!

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

Princess Jasmine perhaps, but in the white dress you are far more Megara from Hercules. She's a naughty girl unlike the other Disney princesses. I could go on Mastermind with my Disney Princess knowledge. xxx

Miss Magpie said...

I think you are allowed to collapse in a heap now! x x

Ariane Lasalle said...

Happy Birthday again lovely VIx ! you deserve all you are gettting - We communicate only via blogs but what i see and read you are one of the most vibrant cool blogger on this planet!

Jon is genius ans sooooo stylish, you are a fabulous winning team!

Hugs

Arianexo

silkpathdiary said...

Belated Happy Birthday Dear Vix! Sounds like you had a lot of fun and it's not over yet! That Grecian maxi is my fav of all your maxis. Hope the ongoing celebrations are great! xx

Vintage Jane said...

Belated Happy Birthday dear Vix ... a few more days and I'll be 47 too! You do indeed look like a Princess Jasmine.
So glad everything is going well for you both - Jon's boomboxes are amazing.
M x

topchelseagirl said...

Happy Belated Birthday!! I'm not surprised the boombox suitcases are selling so well. That green maxi is gorgeous - and is almost identical to a navy one my Mum had and loved in the 70s.

Catherine said...

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY VIX! Sounds like your off to a cracking start!

Little Blue Mouse said...

It's great that Jon's boom boxes are doing so well.

I love you in the white dress!

Loulou said...

Happy Birthday to you, dear woman! Sounds like you were treated right, which only makes sense for someone as fine as you. And what a beaut that white dress is. Wow!

wardrobeexperience said...

congrats on selling the boom boxes so fast!
i really, really love this idea ...
... but keep your fingers away from my vintage suitcases. i don't need big round holes in then. ;)

The Goodwill Fangirl said...

Happy belated birthday, Vix! You are always rather mind-blowingly beautiful, but I think you wearing that Grecian style white maxi pretty much took care of the rest of mine :o WOW.

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

We are talking earrings! Whether you embody a Greek goddess, a flamenco dancer or a hippie queen, you do it with self-confidence, self-evident and just brilliant!