Friday, 27 August 2010

Vix vs The High Street

Waiting for a friend in the town centre a couple of weeks ago I spotted this dress reduced to £5 in a small boutique window. After going in to inspect it I had a mini argument with myself:

Head: Do I really need another maxi dress? 
Heart: Of course you do, you wear one nearly every day of your life.
Head: It's modern, everyone and their mother's going to have one
Heart: It's stylish, have you seen anyone else wearing it?
Head: It's going to be acrylic and feel cheap and nasty...........
Heart: No, it's actually 65% cotton
Head: Black makes me look like a goth.
Heart:You don't know what you'll look like till you've tried it on
Head: Actually it does look surprisingly nice.............



Result! A £5 frock that got lots of compliments when I wore it to town today. Have I seen anyone else in the same dress? No. Note to self, stop being such a snob.




We've got a cheapo night in this evening, home-made spicy beanburgers and Cuba Libres made from the last of Jon's birthday rum. There's a few films we've recorded from the TV so we'll watch one later. 

Black maxi dress (Local boutique £5), Vintage 1960's leopard waistcoat (Inherited from my mum), Fob watch pendant (Salvation Army 99p) Bangles (India) Rings (India and Tel Aviv)


Have fun whatever you're up to.

49 comments:

  1. The dress is gorgeous on you but that leopard waistcoat is so amazing, i love it x

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  2. Lovely dress - and for a fiver too! Sometimes I love those little boutiques such cheap bits and bobs and I find no one else has the same! It also depends how you wear it - I don't know many who would wear a maxi dress with a leopard print waistcoat!

    Lou x - craftyandquirky.blogspot.com

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  3. !!!!!
    I'm speechless!
    You look a million dollars!

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  4. Its beautiful and you look fab in it! And you are not allowed to argue with yourself if the garment is £5 or less, that's my rule anyhow! Have a fab night in, sound lovely. I have made cottage pie tonight, beats tinned spaghetti:)
    Kandi x

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  5. Hi there-your dress is lovely, a good buy indeed, but its your leopard waistcoat that I adore, totally gorgeous my dear! have a great weekend! xx

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  6. don't stop being a picky snob. please don't. i love this dress on you! oh the layers of negotiation we go thru. i love this mini argument. so real. i love the whole look!

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  7. If you had told me that the dress is one of your vintage finds I would have believed you - it's a great dress and it suits you wonderfully! - but most of all it's a lesson that it comes down to individual styling, and the combination with the leopard waistcoat makes it SPECIAL! xxx

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  8. that is one brilliant bargain well done!!

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  9. Well, I certainly think you did the right thing buying the frock, I wish I could come accross something that nice for £5. My favourite bit of your outfit however has to be the waistcoat, it's fab. x

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  10. Love the dress but the leopard vest is gorgeous..the bollywood babes should take tips from u on how to style vests..they completely ruined it for me:-(

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  11. Dress is amazing! Glad the head gave in to the heart... it really is nice. And no, you don't look like a goth at all, haha.

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  12. The dress looks lovely on you - I'm glad your heart won out in this instance!

    My favourite part of your outfit though is that gorgeous necklace - can't believe it was such a bargain. Have seen lots of similar ones recently, for a whole lot more than that!

    www.heart-shaped-bruise.blogspot.com

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  13. What a bargain and it looks really nice on you x

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  14. Vix your dress is lovely, it really suits you and a bargain for £5.
    Dx

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  15. Love the dress and how you have paired it with a waist coat :)

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  16. The dress is beautiful and looks a bit unusual, I can see why you spotted it. Love the combination with the leopard.

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  17. It looks stunning and really chic. Your hair looks really nice btw! :-)

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  18. lovely dress!

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    /Malin

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  19. You look stunning in that dress! £5 is still a bargain & you have proved you can find things on the high street that other people aren't wearing! x

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  20. you look fab! love the head/heart dialogue - I'm wearing a pair of cords I scored in our Hospice shop today - great fit and colour, but my inner voice said "no" as they were PerUna - which I generally don't like - but they look great so why should I care!

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  21. I love your dress with your waistcoat. Hope you are having a good night in xxx

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  22. head and heart... i hear them talking to me a lot too!! my heart's voice seems to be much louder most of the time...

    this high street dress looks amazingly vintage and really beautiful! good buy!

    no, i try not to forget my bloggosphere-friends. thank you so much for you lovely comment. it means a lot!

    www.wardrobexperience.blogspot.com

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  23. What a great outfit Vix, I love all of it! Great head vs heart dialogue. I'm afraid I get those kinds of conversations a lot!

    Have a lovely weekend and hope the weather is nice, Bonnie

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  24. The leopard vest is a great topper for a most stylish maxi! Good thing your "heart" won in this conversation!

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  25. Haha I have agruments all the time in my head when I am about to buy something!
    I love this look <3<3 And your necklace is gorgeous!

    x x x x

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  26. You look smashing, Vix!!!!
    I am a mall snob. I won't even go into high-end shops. I may need to re-think my view ;)
    I love you sooooo much!
    As someone told me the other day, I pass this on to you as well:
    A woman of your caliber and beauty are a rare find :)

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  27. So sexy! Love the leopard vest esp. :)

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  28. Oh my...I'm coveting the dress! Love the rows and rows of ruffles, yet the shape stays long and lean.

    Nothing wrong with a little gothiness, mind. I wouldn't hesitate to wear it with some medievalish silver jewelry, and either a black or white little cardigan to keep things elegant. I do like the gold locket and chic leopard styling too, of course. You look ready for an editorial, one of the rare editorials featuring things I actually want to wear.

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  29. Not only is that a great deal, but you look great! Not gothesque at all! Just plain chic and classy and dramatic lovely!

    Beautiful you!

    Oh, and your night sounds like lots of fun! I'm going to a friend's house for a girl's night. Unheard of in my world...and dependent on whether or not the little button goes to sleep shortly...go to sleep button!

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  30. Schwing!!! Well done,sweetheart,that is a great buy!!Sometimes a modern piece can work,as long as it is the right price!I do love a sale!
    That leopard vest is the business!!That's very similar fabric to what G's b'day outfit will be made of!!
    A winning outfit,as usual,you legend of style!I love you!!
    LOVE Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  31. thsi maxi dress is absolutely gorgeous...

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  32. je ne suis pas fan du leopart mais de de ta robe oui !

    bon w end ;O)

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  33. I love it with the leopard vest! Gorgeous, Vix! I'm glad you bought it! Okay, what is the high street? It's where the cheaper shops are? The nicer ones? Enlighten this poor ignorant American! XX!

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  34. lolz to the head heart argument. the maxi dress doesnt look cheap or "common". if anything, it's feisty.
    missed ya vix

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  35. Well your mum must have the 'bomb' in her time, what a waistcoat!
    Love the head/heart convo...totally relate! But this maxi looks stunning on you, i'm glad you caved xxx
    ps. Flaming Lips...my hubs probably would have been one of those grown men weeping!

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  36. Oooh you lucky thing, I love that dress & black is one of my fave colours. You're so right you know, you just can't have too many maxi dresses especially in summer.xxx

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  37. I am so glad you listened to your heart because this dress is truly stunning and suits you and your style xx

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  38. Love the look, dress is amazing and for £5 is fantastic. Money comes and goes but fashion lives for ever.

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  39. Dear Vix, Another great bargain! It looks fab on you. I love the way you've styled it with the waistcoat and the locket. Have a lovely weekend. I'm having a chilled out one too. Until Sunday night... xx

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  40. Love that necklace! You look fab. :)
    Xx

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  41. OMG thats looks so expensive, certainly not five pounds...what a bargain!

    You are a savvy shopper x

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  43. Very stylish - this outfit looks great on you - Hope your having a great bank holiday weekend?

    Sal xXx

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  44. This is my absolute 100% perfect outfit. A bit of leopard print over a super chic black dress- yes please! Oh Vix, I love this sooooooooooooooooo much! xx

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  45. It is a lovely dress, and I love how you've teamed it with the leopard print waistcost! The high street really isn't so bad :-)

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  46. I love that dress and that leopard waistcoat just sets it off perfectly! x

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  47. Love your head vs heart argument! You should definately take on Gok with a vintage vs high street battle!

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  48. It is really really weird how I always get to you so late when you are one of my Top Go To blogs!! As soon as I see a new post from you I zip over here but if I'm in work mode, I look at the pics and then come back later to read and comment... somehow I've fallen behind :(

    Ahhh... this was the "black moment".... the dress is fabulous BUT... the vest and the attitude with which you wear it is what truly makes it so fierce!

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