Thursday, 26 August 2010

The Prints & The Pauper


Cheesecloth blouse (Courtesy of the fabulous Jem), Vintage flares (£1 from a Car boot sale), Tooled leather belt (50p from Help The Aged), 1970's Macrame Pendant (A gift from the wonderful Helga), Silver bangles and rings (India and inherited)

Want to see another glorious 1970's print? My vintage cheesecloth blouse was one of the fabulous treats in the parcel my immensely generous and gorgeous friend Jem sent me last week.

Anyone living in the UK for the last seven days will appreciate the somewhat apt design.

With a succession of summer festivals and mid-week nights out the old finances have taken a bit of a battering and we haven't been on a proper food shop for ages. 



I've had to be creative with this evening's meal, it's a vegetable quiche made from hand-made olive oil pastry and filled with home-grown herbs, peppers and onions, an ancient tin of sweetcorn, a couple of eggs and some scraps of unidentifiable cheese found lurking in the depths of the fridge. I've braved the rain to forrage through the vegetable patch and found some broad beans and peas to accompany it. It doesn't look too bad does it?

The groovy vintage oven mitt was 10p from a jumble sale


It's far too wet to venture outside for photographs so we're inside today. The Belfast sink unit was a bargainacious £150 from eBay a couple of years ago. The black ceramic knobs, wooden drainer and brass mixer tap were all car boot sale finds. The wine rack and vegetable storage were also booty bargains. The house was built in 1750 and I've no idea how old the ceramic tiling on the floor is but we know it's been there since at least 1948.

51 comments:

  1. Ah, your supper looks more than toothsome, dear! The print isso lovely on your blouse and I just adore those ancient tiles, too;-)
    Nice trousers;-)

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  2. You look so fabulous in jeans. That quiche looks delicious, you're welcome to cook for me anytime! x

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  3. I never look this glamorous in my kitchen! Love those tiles. Another lovely print with the rainclouds. Isn't this weather awful?
    I'm growing broad beans too! So the one good thing is I don't have to water them these days.

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  4. Great shirt, what a fab print. And I am so jealous that you live in such an old house!

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  5. Hi there-wow, love that shirt, your whole outfit is truly fab!! The quiche looks delicious, I'm licking my lips, haha!! xx

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  6. Totally apt! How rainy is it!
    Also congrats on your Cision status - I was so shocked I got number 1 slot in Styling Blogs!!

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  7. Oh my god, Vix, you are so my girl!
    I've just made a 'is it nearly payday?' veggie cobbler for tea and the family loved it. In fact the Old Man says I make better food when I have to ratch around to make ends meet. And our kitchen is similarly made from boot finds, bargains and other peoples throw outs. By the way only you could look that foxy standing in your kitchen!!
    xx

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  8. How is it you know I've been thinking of making a quiche myself! I don't know but I just have had a hankering these past few days. Can I come over, I'll bring dessert!

    I am totally digging your 70s vibe and I am in love with your kitchen. Here's what I love: 1) it's been around since 1750, 2) that gorgeous country sink and 3) those fabulous floor tiles.

    I think this is one of my fave posts that you've done! That faucet looks like one from Ikea that I considered for the bathroom (ended up with a vintage looking Moen).

    ~Bonnie xxx

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  9. You look like a very retro-licious Kitchen Goddess and I'm loving the outfit. I really like the shirt and the pattern, it reminds me of Biba style designs.

    PS: I wish I was coming over to yours for tea tonite!

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  10. I love the faces on your blouse, wonderful! That dinner looks fab, I couldn't find anything either so gave the kids spaghetti letters, the shame of it!
    Kandi xx

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  11. Dear Vix, you look fantastic! I love your bargains!

    I knew your house was that age as soon as I saw the windows. It looks gorgeous. I love old places. Mine is all Ebay and junks shops too.

    I'm very impressed with the quiche, it looks delicious. Amazing what you can do when you're up against it but at least you spent your money having fun xx

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  12. Mmmm, that looks delicious! Please feel free to send me food parcels when I'm at uni ;)

    Lou x - craftyandquirky.blogspot.com

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  13. Love the post title! The quiche looks yum and it is amazing what you can do you leftovers. Please could we see some more pictures of your lovely kitchen? xxx

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  14. O GOD I love that kitchen!!! And the minx in it!
    Adorable shirt!Goes great with that pendant!
    Nice job on the quiche-it's so satisfying to be able to cobble together a meal out of whats lying around!!!
    LOVE Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  15. We had a "raid the fridge" tea tonight, Andy is a fab cook so it was roasted butternut squash, italian peas with home grown tomatoes and some prawns found in the freezer. Yummy.

    Love that shirt on you, and you make jeans look hot you utter fox you!

    xxx

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  16. Vix your quiche looks lovely and I`m so envious of your Belfast sink. I would love one but hubby says no...sob sob.
    Dx

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  17. The Quiche looks great. And love your bell bottoms ;)

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  18. Holy crap that shirt is to die for!!!!
    I love how you get into the actual prints on stuff !!!
    Thanks so much for boosting me up again.
    I really have low self-esteem since a kid, but who doesn't. It kinda makkes me angry to get sappy about it ;)
    I love you so much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. Look at you, sexy lady! Loving you in jeans. Loving your kitchen and your cookery creation too - a girl of many talents! x

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  20. I am so fascinated to see your kitchen, I noticed straight away you were photographed inside and immediately scrolled down. I love having a nosey at people’s houses, your kitchen looks stunning!
    The blouse is o so appropriate right now, what a wonderful print.

    And I am very jealous of your vegetable patch! It sounds like you have lots growing. We are growing in the garden this year, but mainly in the greenhouse, I noticed a few tomatoes finally coming through earlier tonight. We have leeks, peppers and pumpkins outside though. Hopefully next year we can grow a lot more :) xxx

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  21. I just wrote how I do my toe nails but it dissappeared. try try again :)

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  22. Great looking quiche - hope it tasted as nice as it looks!

    We used to have a sink like that at our house, but it now lives in the garden with flowers in it :D

    Sal xXx

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  23. i do do tee,hee ( do do ) them myself.
    I use a steady prop and do 2 coats of white.
    not side to side, but toe to tip and use tooth picks to clean up boo boos. then hit em with a topcoat of clear or basecoat, which ever is handier, and then hit em again after they dry.
    the longer your nails are, the better it works.
    The next day, I may or may not hit them again with the white to cover any oopsies. It's really easy and lasts forever. I even file them with the polish still on ;) They do get pokey after a while.
    xxxxx

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  24. I love your kitchen,and even your oven gloves are vintage-I love it!!

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  25. is there anything u cant do??? u look like a goddess and pretty sure cook like one too!! ps, i love ur vegetable stand

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  26. It looks delicious! It's awesome that even your oven mitts are vintage. Craving some quiche myself now.

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  27. Fab blouse and I love the belfast sink. I've got one in the 'utility room' off the kitchen (crappy cupboard with the wahsing machine in) but it's cracked so doubt it could ever be used. xx

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  28. Mmmmm yum that quiche looks delicious! ONce again you look lovely. the print on the top is great. Thank you for your kind words too. It would be so hard and I can't even imagine what it would feel like.
    xxx

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  29. Ooh, it's cool to see some more of your house - always so much to appreciate!

    Gotta say, I love those jeans. They look amazing on you!

    Thanks for the comment - tis indeed a Barry M - I believe the shade is 'Pale Blue' - love it, it's definitely my favourite colour nail varnish at the moment :)

    www.heart-shaped-bruise.blogspot.com

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  30. This is a fabulous print, Vix. I've inherited a few 70s cheesecloth blouses/shirts from my mum and treasure them. They just look GOOD!

    Need to cook the broad beans kind friends gave us - You are giving me ideas. xxx

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  31. This is the first time that I 'seen' you wearing jeans! The print of the blouse is fab <3<3
    Mmmmm you made me go hungry again! Haha looks super yummy
    x x x x

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  32. I loooove 70's cheesecloth (I was there first time round, but shhh don't tell anyone ;o

    You look fab as always, that quiche looks so yummy, I often think the best meals are the ones we need to be creative with, i.e those where there's not much in the cupboard. Am also loving your kitchen, you lucky girl, mines about 10years overdue an overhall!! xxx

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  33. It looks delicious!! As do you you sexy fox you! I love that you look so hot even when you're cooking! Nigella eat your plummy heart out!!

    Love the sink unit! and the look of your kitchen and the look out too! xo

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  34. That necklace is so killer! love it! and mmm that looks so YUM!

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  35. its been a while my dear! you look fab as always, and not only the print of the shirt i like, the fit is great too!
    xx

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  36. Dear Vix,
    My hubby loves your house, he's a bit of a "secret" Vintage Vixen fan me thinks.
    I do believe he catches up with your blog at least once a week.
    The other day he said to me "your friend comes back home today doesn't she" meaning you ;)
    Needless to say I share my hubbies opinion as regards to your lovely abode, it's a corker of house & the interior radiates creativity.
    It's the kind of house I'd like to buy should I ever be lucky enough to get some pennies from heaven.
    You look so totally amazing in that blouse...just WOW!
    As for your quiche, I think it looks spectacularly yummy but I wouldn't be able to eat it as I am one of those fusspot vegans.
    My store cupboard saviour is soya mince & if I may blow my own trumpet, I make a mean vegan Spag Bol ;)
    …xXx

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  37. I'm coming to England to steal your clothes and your kitchen. And then you can make me dinner. Seriously, your life is making me happy.

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  38. Just a word : yes, yes, yes !!!!!!
    Vix, you're the best !
    (And this blouse....Oh ! This blouse !!!!)

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  39. The cheesecloth blouses and the groovy oven mitts are both so amazing! Great finds...and such great prices too.

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  40. looking good as always, you are. That mink brooch on your post yesterday is lovely, I've seen them go for a bit on UK ebay.
    thanks for the offer on the UK postage thing, I'll keep it in mind, much appreciated.xx.

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  41. Look at you, so chic in your adorable little kitchen! Love it! And I love the title of this post! XX!

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  42. I love this outfit and that quiche looks very good! Hope you have a great day....its actually stopped raining here, i'm going to walk Fee quickly before it starts again xxx

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  43. Would it be rude to invite myself round for dinner? You've made me super hungry with the photos and descriptions of that scrumptious quiche.

    I think it's a close call as to which I love best - that amazing blouse or the brilliant vegetable storage drawers. Possibly the storage. I am a weirdo, I know.

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  44. Love how casual yet cool and chic you look here! And that quiche looks amazing, I fear I might drool a little :-)
    xxx

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  45. I love that print and your supper looks pretty awesome!

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  46. ok i am laughing like an idiot here while there is a strange man in my house cleaning the carpets because my old lady cat is pissing everywhere. the old cheese in the frig just split me open. i needed that. i love your jeans. oh girl - you are too much fun!

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  47. Simply chic literally!

    Veg quiche. I've never made a quiche. I shoudld try making one!

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  48. Seriously coveting those bell bottoms Vix!
    x

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  49. You always look so fab VV.

    I would love to go shopping with you as you always find such great items.

    You have such a great sense of style and good imagination x

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  50. Broad beans and pizza. Yumptious. Also jeans. Fabulous. Looks like I chose a good week to go to Croatia! Fab cheesecloth and funky print. One day I am going to have a WAIST and wear jeans and look good. I can try.....

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  51. Love getting a peek at the inside of your weonderful house! The print on that shirt is perfect for the recent weather, you look great!

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