Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Friends Old and New



What would we do without our friends? My dear friend Helga's sent me a fabulous parcel packed with vintage treats all the way from New Zealand. One of the many gorgeous things in it was this marvellous 1970's maxi skirt featuring a print familiar to many a 1970's child.


I thought I'd pop it on today as another good friend of mine, Fiona, is dropping in to visit on a rare trip to the Midlands. Fiona and I went to grammar school together and although we left 25 years ago we still keep in touch. Her boyfriend, Roy, and I shared a house back in the mid-1980's. When I tell you that I paid £11 a week rent you could probably imagine the state of it.
 

Someone I recently become friendly with is a chap who helps out in a family-run second-hand shop in town. It's a curious mix of vintage and contemporary, high street and designer pieces at very keen prices. Miu Miu, Gucci and Prada aren't labels the locals are au fait with but they do a roaring trade in second-hand Primark.


He often saves me interesting things and yesterday he gave me this key pendant because he liked my English Lady coat.


Today's outfit: Vintage Saluki fun fur jacket (£2) and suede lace-up knee boots (£1) both car boot sale buys, Charity-shopped 1980's jersey bodysuit (£1), Vintage leather gloves (Inherited), Maxi skirt and pendant (Free)


Another friend, the elderly lady who organises the monthly Thursday afternoon jumble sale called to invite me to a sale preview tomorrow morning. That means I get to rifle through the goodies before the Black Country grannies get let in. Wish me luck!

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  1. You've managed it: you got an "in" at the jumble, no more having to grapple with the grannies lol!

    Gorgeous outfit, love the skirt ... :0)

    Shirl x

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  2. The thought of all these parcels whizzing round the globe really makes me smile. So much for all those people who are convinced the internet is full of angry nutters.

    The maxi skirt is just terrific and the pendant is v. beautiful too!

    Here's hoping you have good luck at the jumble preview tomorrow. Let us know how you get on...

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  3. Another furry gem of a jacket. Lucky you scoring that key pendant. I love those antique style key shapes.
    As a girl I had a green gingham school uniform in the seventies with frilly sleeves - the only school uniform I ever liked!

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  4. Hi my dear-wow, thats great you can have 'vip' treatment of the goods before they go on sale, hope you find some great pieces! Love your outfit too, the skirt and jacket are just fabulous! xx

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  5. You move in such circles! :)
    I love making friends, and I'm sure you being lovely makes them want to be nice back. It's totally a two way street.

    Of course I love the pendant!!

    xx

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  6. Love your pendant! Have fun at the sale preview, hope you find lots of gorgeous things xxx

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  7. She must really have a soft spot for you, Vix, to invite you to a sale preview - how lucky! These parcels from New Zealand contain wonderful surprises. Friends are THE BEST! xxx

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  8. I love the key pendant..if you ever put it on ebay, please, let me know:-) Love ur oufit, it looks so luxurious!!

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  9. You got a sale preview at the jumble sale, that is impressive!!

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  10. Oh! Good Luck!!! And love your key pendant! :)

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  11. A jumble sale preview sounds super exciting, you'll be able to have a good rummage in peace! Sounds like heaven to me :D

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  12. your outfits are the best; so creative! i love the fur coat! =)

    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

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  13. Hoorah for Helga and NZ vintage. I have no doubt that you'll get more out of a jumble sale preview than most people do out of fashion weeks!

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  14. Oooohh! Now that's VIP treatment! A chance to peruse at your leisure without 10 elbows constantly jutting at your ribs. (the 'black country grannies' sound very sinister!) Can't wait to see any jumble treasures you uncover
    x

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  15. You are a lucky, lucky lady...
    Today I try not to be jealous, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  16. I'm stoked that the skirt looks so good on you!!Yay!I knew you'd style that puppy up well!!
    That parcel got there amazingly quickly!!
    That's so sweet that that dude kept that pretty key pendant for you!
    Enjoy the preview!! What a thrill!Shop HARD!
    LOVE Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  17. Ohh well done for getting a jumble preview before the older ladies come at your with their elbows. I love that pendant, how thoughtful of your friend to think of you x

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  18. I second Alex, it is lovely to see people making friends via this blogging business. And it makes me smile to know you are still friends with your old school friends. I have one friend who has been with me for 20 years, and I sincerely hope we will be gossiping old grannies together.

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  19. I'm head over heels for your glamorous and fabulous key necklace. LOVE IT! And that fur coat is just fantastic. :)

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  20. In love with your fur jackets :) You're inspiring me to wear mine.
    You have very good friends with good tastes ;)
    Have a lovely evening!

    Jungle World Citizen

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  21. It sounds to me as if you are well in with the jumble sale powers that be... no wonder you come away with such fabulous stuff. ;-) That skirt is wicked, I love it... and £11 rent? xxx

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  22. Love love love that jacket! And love that you get into the jumble sale first, sooo jealous right now! :)

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  23. yeah, love the mixture of the furry fake fur jacket and the cute hippie skirt...

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  24. You have such amazing and kind friends. I absolutely LOVE the pendant! Xxx

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  25. Oh, Vix, not the Black Country Grannies again! They sound like a gang don't they? Can you buy things at the preview or can they put an item on hold for you? Good luck and you look great, that skirt is truly a 70s find. Well done Helga!

    ~Bonnie

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  26. What a great outfit! Love the coat. And how fun is that that you get to go to the sale early? I'm excited to see what you get! (seriously, I am!) I love all sorts of shopping, even the vicarious sort!

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  27. Where would we be without our friends?
    You look so amazing and I love the mix of the fur with the patchwork-look maxi :)

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  28. Dear Vix,
    Lovely outfit, the maxi skirt ROCKS, well done to Helga for finding that beauty!
    I almost bought another vintage 60s Astraka faux-fur coat this morning from my vintage dealer friend but she wanted a tenner for it...granted it was in immaculate condition & had a really nice cut & quirky buttons but £10...n'ah too much for the likes of me ;)
    I did bag a couple of frocks for a fiver though, yay...that's more like it :)
    I bet the old dears will be giving you daggers as they peep through the jumble sale windows waiting for the doors to swing open...hope you find some lovely stuff for much cheapness!
    Lot's of love,
    Jem
    ...xXx

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  29. Aren't friends priceless? I also love that key necklace. xxx

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  30. Wishing you luck :) With your slim body, you can wear that coat w/o looking "chubby"! Lucky you.

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  31. I absolutely LOVE the pendant and the fur jacket!! Looking great :)

    Vampires stuck in cheese,
    Berlin

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  32. That's one nice coat!:D


    ***** Marie *****
    allthingsmarie.com

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  33. Wow- I wish someone would invite me to a jumble sale 'preview'! Love that jacket! :) x

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  34. You're perfect ! and so adorable in this outfit !

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  35. Hi Vix, you are looking great as usual...That skirt is so much fun, love the print!

    See you soon honey.
    xoxoxo

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  36. Amazing outfit, and for that price!! Incredible!

    xx
    Fashezine

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  37. Ooh, lucky you, that pendant is gorge!! Have fun at the jumble preview, sounds a-mazing! Look forward to seeing what you buy :-) xx

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  38. That key pendant is AMAZING, I think I might try and make my own now! And I definitely need to make friends with more people who can do me such nice favours!

    You inspired my new blog (you're name checked in the first post!) I'd love it if you took a look : ) http://dannithegirl.blogspot.com/
    Danni x

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  39. Vix you have the most amazing friends! Ah, to get goodies! I love the print on the skirt, it's stunning xxx

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  40. Dear Vix, how lovely of Helga to send you that skirt, it's perfect on you.

    I love the fur and the pendant. Your whole outfit cost £4! That is amazing!

    Can't wait to see what you bring back from the jumble sale. So funny that you're getting first dibs before the grannies! xx

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  41. The key pendant is so lovely and mysterious. I love the idea of old keys, the older the better, though I don’t see that many.
    Sounds like you have some truly wonderful friends xx

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  42. I love your blog! pictures are adorable!

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  43. That pendant is really nice, totally unique. x

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