Thursday, 2 September 2010

Indian Summer


My moaning's paid off and we woke to glorious sunshine and warm temperatures this morning. Inspired by our Indian Summer I cracked open the battered leather suitcase I keep packed with my India travel gear and dug out my favourite vintage pink paisley maxi skirt by way of a celebration.



This skirt has been to India with me at least five times. It was 75p from the Cat's Protection League over three years ago and being polyester washes and dries within an hour, the perfect travel attire when trailing around dusty towns or strolling along a moonlit seashore. The scarf is vintage Liberty, living in a distinctly uncool town most people don't have a clue about high-end labels and this cost 75p from a charity shop in town a couple of weeks ago. The earrings were from the Auroville Ashram, just outside Pondicherry in India.


It's the first Thursday in weeks that it hasn't either rained or we've been away at a festival so needless to say we were at the regular Car Boot Sale bright and early. Here's some of my latest booty:

More to add to our collection.

Perfect for my retro dressing table when the spare bedroom's ready


This pair cost £2. Such a shame I don't smoke or wear powder.


This pretty pendant is huge, just how I like my jewellery


...and this one's ever bigger!

I also got a 1953 Film Show Annual with the most fabulous photographs of the film stars of the day in glorious technicolour. 


The gorgeous Elizabeth Taylor in Ivanhoe


Voluptuous Virginia Mayo in She's Back On Broadway


Blonde Bombshell Glynis Johns


Hopefully this little number will be seen pounding the streets of India again before the end of the year.

42 comments:

  1. Loving the finds and your outfit is perfect for this weather.

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  2. Oooh, do you collect Avon stuff? Would you like some soaps? I've been given a load of unused Avon stuff and would love some things to go to a good home xx

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  3. That is indeed a fab skirt - not surprised it's one of your faves. And 75p for a vintage Liberty scarf?? If I didn't love you so much I'd hate you, hahaha.

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  4. I love the whole vest/maxi skirt/scarf outfit..u look chic. and how cute are ur pendants - sp perfect for layering

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  5. Love the waistcoat and Liberty scarf. I brought the sun back from Croatia with me to cheer my fellow Brits!

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  6. Great buys and what a wonderful paisley skirt. I assumed you had bought your tickets to India long ago... Hope you can go! xxx

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  7. Yay for you for not smoking!

    x x x

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  8. love those compacts! they are just the reason I do use powder! Am craving the sun I left behind in Croatia! Bx

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  9. Super outfit..love the skirt and waistcoat xx

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  10. Wow - what fabulous bargains. This weather is great isn't it? Shame it couldn't have been like this for camping, but hopefully it'll last to Sunday.

    My email is louiseanneadele@aol.co.uk drop me a line and we can make arrangements for Sunday. :) x

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  11. Yayy! Try to visit Calcutta this time. You'll love the city.

    PS: I heart your bangles. Perfect finishing touch. <3

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  12. Another brilliant post Vix, yours get better every day!

    Those pictures are great, I wish I found them at boot sales! x

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  13. jealous about your 1953 film show annual.. such great finds. do you keep a catalogue of sorts to keep track of your acquisitions?

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  14. The weather has been just glorious today, hasn't it? Everyone's mood lifted by a million per cent! Love the scarf and the car boot finds. xx
    http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

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  15. Love the purple scarf with the vest. I especially love the boxes of the vintage perfume. Such pretty patterns.

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  16. Isn't it great how we can control the weather?! You look gorgeous, so exotic! Love those Avon perfumes! XX!

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  17. You look ready for India right away !!! love the skirt a lott!! :)

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  18. awesome finds!!! and i almost forgot how amazingly stunning elizabeth taylor is....wheww*!
    xx

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  19. I love the look! I went thrift shopping today Vix and actually came across a picture of one of those big eyed kids. Naturally I thought of you and your collection! What a surprise to see Glynis Johns looking so exotic. I remember her from Mary Poppins and Papa's Delicate Condition.

    ~Bonnie

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  20. O,my darling,what fab scores you have!!! I love the pendants ,the book and the compact the best!!! We have rain here!I don't mind-I'm pleased you've got an Indian summer so you can wear that gorgeous skirt!!
    LOVE Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  21. Beautiful skirt, realize how much I love paisley seeing it. The pendants, compact and ashtray are really cute finds. I found an Goodyear tire ashtray some months ago and could not resist it, and no one I know smoke any more!

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  22. I love the flowing paisley skirt and the Liberty scarf was a super buy; the colours look great together. I like your vintage Avon buys too - they remind me of my mum's dressing table in the 70s. BTW - Liz Taylor looks absolutely stunning in that photo.

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  23. Excellent finds, Vix. Love the vintage Avon, the packaging is great. I especially like the book, Glynis Johns looks well foxy!
    x

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  24. I love those pendants!! Jumbo jewellery, excellent. I've got a post coming up on my accessories soon.

    I love that waistcoat on you Vix, so flattering. And those earrings are groovy and an ultra bargain.

    xx

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  25. Gorgeous outfit, such beautiful prints! And those earrings are lovely :)

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  26. I love the Vintage Avon perfumes, the packaging looks so immaculate and pure retro. I have a few old Avon cosmetics with their original packaging, I’m not sure how long ago they date back to, but they are splendid to look at, how packaging has changed!

    And the Stratton compact, I have expressed my love and longing for one before.

    You know as mean as it sounds I love it when charity folk don’t actually realise the true value of an item and ridiculously under price it, what an amazing scarf, such a find, I love the colours. xx

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  27. That skirt is a gem!! Looking stunning, as always!

    The clogs are a Euro 38 (Lucky for me, I wont have to guard them! he he), so they'd probably be a little tight on you - but i can definitely see you workin' them!

    If they are too big for me, I'll be sure to let you know! Otherwise, I promise to do them justice during spring/summer :)

    xx Claire

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  28. Oooh, that's a lovely outfit! And you are so lucky, it's been rubbish this week in this part of the country!

    Are you going to India again before the end of the year?! Will you be in Bangalore? Because I will!

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  29. I adore your finds Vix !
    And you're lovely as always !

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  30. This is such a gorgeous outfit, i love your skirt and those pendants are wonderful. Hope you are enjoying the sunshine today xxx

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  31. such adorable finds! the pendants are so adorable! and i would like to visit india ne daz as well...
    such terrific outfit too!

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  32. Lovely lovely lovely!! Love all the colours and love that vest!
    ...you find such amazing things... you should be a photoshoot stylist Vix, 'sourcing' interesting things for magazine layouts. You have such an amazing eye!

    ...we are now all going to focus our positive vibrations on you being back in India soon...

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  33. that scarf is really very pretty. I love the colors, they are vibrant but muted enough to go with anything.

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  34. really? when r u going to india? im trying to go in nov..would be great if i met u there...love the scarf and the skirt

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  35. Love your outfit and I love those earrings xx

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  36. That skirt definately deserved an outing in the British sunshine!

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  37. *gasp* What fab finds! Love the scarf so much! I'm lucky to live in a similar kind of town - picked up heaps of gems for a song in the past:). I would have that book on display - your home must look gorgeous with all your eccentric op-shop treasures. xo

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  38. So jealous of your kitschy prints! want want want, need need need xo

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  39. Dear Vix, another great outfit, the colours are lovely. What great finds at the boot sale! I love to see what you've found xx

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  40. PS. SO pleased the sun is back. We've been breakfast/lunch in the sun for the last three days xx

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  41. This may be one of my favorite outfits on you to date :) I always love seeing yoour goodies. You find the most awesome pendants. My single life is ending tomorrow and the house is tumbled ;)
    Oh well :)
    We had a very cool day today, but I wore PJ's all day and cleared out closets (still)
    I have way too much. I feel sinful, but as soon as I get rid of something, I end up looking for it right after. My shoes are out of controll. Yhe clogs are still here for you. will try to send them the first of next month - (payday). I need new tires and am going to my parents mid-month to help them with a yard sale. I will try to snap a bunch of photos and if I make some cash, yippee as well ;)
    I am really hoping to bond with my dad.
    You came up as spam today. Weird ?
    Have a great Sunday :)

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  42. I always liked Avon's Bird of Paradise packaging. When I was a teen, I bought a big shapely turquoise bottle of the stuff when they did a reoffering. The scent was horrible on me -- way too spicy -- but at least the bottle and its exotic gilded floral cardboard package were pretty! Was fond of the Topaze packaging concept too, buttery yellows and faux topaz-colored gems.

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