Monday, 29 November 2010

The Big Chill



The UK's in the grip of the coldest November for years and it's un-freaking-believably vile, some parts of our area went down to -17 last night. We've only had a dusting of snow so far but if the BBC is to be believed it's set to reach us Midlanders tomorrow. Nothing but nothing's going to stop me getting to the airport on Friday even if it means hiring a team of huskies and a sledge to drag us up the M6.


This is the only kind of Big Chill I like:


The blissed out arts festival held in the Herefordshire countryside every August. Twenty-four hour drinking, dancing, hedonism and frivolity is far more my style.

Vintage Richard Draper of Glastonbury coat (£9.99), Shift dress (Made by me out of a 1950's jumble sale curtain), Tods' python boots (car boot sale £7), Vintage hat (jumble sale 20p)


Never mind, I got to open some early birthday presents at the weekend. It's my birthday a week today and as I've only got a 15kg baggage allowance I haven't enough room to take them with me.

My lovely friend Cheryl bought me this gorgeous bird print dress and a yellow leather bag she had custom made in Tunisia.

Turquoise Lancome eyeshadow and some deliciously blingy TopShop jewellery. I'm so spoilt.

I bought this vintage sheepskin coat from Banardos a couple of weeks ago. My home town is known for having the highest number of overweight adults in the UK, not good news for the NHS but great for little old me who has hardly any competition for smaller sizes in the local charity shops.


Four days and counting. I really have to go and pack my bag.

61 comments:

  1. Ah! Lucky you! Your holiday's so near, I'm sure you'll be able to get to airport whatever the weather does. Ireland is in such a bad way with the snow, we CANNOT deal with it,ever.Loving that coat and that dress is craft awesomeness - what a fantastic green!
    xxx Comtesse xxx

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  2. I would love to have lots, and lots of snow...Such is the world. We never get snow. Today is raining and people do not go out. Just stay indoors...
    Happy Birthday, and I do hope you do not need to get the huskies hehehehe.
    Un abrazo my dear friend.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  3. love the coat! very jealous too!

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  4. That coat is gorge!! I'm surprised you've only had a dusting of snow, we've already had over an inch here and more on the way :-( Happy Birthday for next week, it's the day before mine :-) xx

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  5. Ooh what a gorgeous coat! The one I picked up for £8 a few months ago has hardly been off me, its so unbelievably cold! :)

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  6. today your outfit is really cool!!!!

    http://ilfilodiperlevintage.blogspot.com/

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  7. You look gorge in that coat, and that dress is an amazing colour.

    Lucky lucky lucky you!! It's freezing here, I've been wearing gloves all day.
    Happy Birthday for next week, sure you'll have a good one being blissed out in the sun.
    xxx

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  8. Your house must be like the Tardis. Even though your clothes are tiny sizes they must still take up a lot of space. However will you manage with a 15kg bag?

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  9. Have a lovely time

    I love that dress and your coat

    xx

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  10. O I`m real envious of you flying off to laze on the beach. Love the outfit but walking in those boots in the snow we have in Co Durham would have me on my bum! I`ve got the trusty 7 year old TopShop boots out flat and so snug.
    Dx

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  11. is that you laying down in the last picture? oh my goodness you have an amazing figure! i mean, i know you did already but cor blimey! no wonder the boys said you were hot when you went swimming! hehe :)

    i adore the vintage fur hat! i'd love to wear such things, but i don't think fur would suit me, though i did but a lovely faux fur collar from asos, so hopefully iy looks okay when i recieve it!

    i hope you getting to the airport isn't too much of a mission! will you still be posting whilst you are away?

    xxx

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  12. Well,you may be freezing your tits off,but you look fabulous whilst doing so!! Ooo,that coat & hat are divine,and the curtain shift is fantastci!!Love the deep green!
    Sigh,no Vix for a few weeks,but how very marvellous it will be for you to have some sun & frivolity!!It'll be a splendid birthday in the sun,darling heart!Yay for early pressies!
    LOVE!!Helga XXXXXXXXXXX

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  13. The vintage hat and coat look perfectly warm and cosy for such a cold November day. I love the green of the shift dress, and can’t believe it started out as a 1950’s curtain, what a great transformation.

    Your holiday is so soon, I didn’t realise! You definitely picked the perfect time to escape this freezing weather xx

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  14. Its bloody freezing! You look rather snuggly in that gorgeous coat: the boots are amazing too!

    Are you going away for the winter or for a few weeks?

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  15. Ohhhh! Sooooooooooo jealous! My flat is an icebox and it's probably nowhere near as cold as the midlands - considering taking off myself to marginally warmer Spain.
    Make me more jealous - tell me that the jacket is real sheepskin for under a tenner!!

    Happy happy birthday for next week! Do you plan to post or stay well away from the computer and shut off while in Goa? - latter would be perfectly sensible if you ask me but I shall miss your wonderful posts!

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  16. Great coat and am adding myself to list of jealous peeps at your annual jaunt!

    xx

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  17. Hi my dear-the coat is an awesome and snug bargain and looks totally fabulous, love your birthday goodies too and how lucky for you to be flying out just as snow comes for us, lol!! xx

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  18. Wishing you a happy birthday for next week! I hate the cold; we had more snow overnight in Cambs and as my husband had to leave at 5.30am this am to go to Cornwall (he plans on going surfing whilst he is down there, yes, he is that mad), I had to de-ice my own car to get to work = not good! I am not built for it with my nice tidy nails and hair and high heels. I refuse to dress down because of the weather, I just layer well! x

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  19. I read about the UK weather. You are dressed to face it, aren't ya?! :) Good Luck with packing. I am already missing you and you haven't even gone yet! :)

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  20. Love the coat and the hat - so cosy and warm. Happy Birthday for next week - I'm sooo jealous that you are escaping all this white stuff - it looks lovely but having to travel in it is pretty scary. xxx

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  21. hehe/....ur funny..love that bindi on ur forehead and the coat from your overweight town..hehe

    hope ur doing well ...mwah

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  22. I'm so envious - you're off to (much) warmer climes!! What a contrast it'll be for you soon - swapping sheepskin for bikinis!!

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  23. love the last pic!! do like ur coat - it fits u really well..How long are you going to be in Goa? will u be blogging from there?

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  24. That coat is fantastic..oh and the dress..lovely shiny green..I adore your sexy long leggys..I love the pic of Jon and you so pretty you look very exotic..you have a bad ass body mama.oh that Russian hat.. I am jealous,..I have a white mini one..that I was thinking of wearing in the snow..still waiting on snow for fotos..Happy Birthday amor..I hope you have the greatest time..I will miss you.

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  25. Fab sheepskin - and nice spread on the coffee table (in the post below). I want to come round to your house!

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  26. Could you pick a better time, Vix? It's so horrrrribly cold and the only thing that's keeping me warm is a long grey leather coat with fox fur collar - which actually looks very much like yours. xxx

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  27. That coat is my dream winter coat Vix...stunning. Only you can make cold weather glam!

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  28. I want that coat!!! Or a similar one. Lol. It's so glamorous and chic. It's so YOU. Omg I can't believe your trip is coming up so soon. Lucky girl! xo

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  29. I could never look as glamorous as you wrapped up in my winter gear! Love the birdy dress too! X

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  30. Weve got about 4/5 inches here - since Saturday!

    You look great in your coat!!

    Have an amazing holiday!

    Sal xXx

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  31. even my vintage leopard print coat that makes me look like a teddy bear hasn't kept me warm today. I'd forgotten you were off to India so soon so I'll wait until you get back to post the dresses etc. Hopefully it'll help ward off any post-India blues xxx

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  32. The dress Cheryl gave you is absolutely lovely, especially the contrasting cuffs. I WISH it would snow in London - it is so depressing when it is just cold and grey. That last picture has me RAGING with jealousy x

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  33. Oh vix, take me away!
    Isn't it freezing? We only mananged a -8 the other night, but that's more than enough for me. Can't imagine what it's like for you
    That's an incredible sheepskin coat, i haven't seen many in grey.
    xx
    ps. those ABS!
    note to self- must start swimming...

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  34. I can't believe it's freezing cold there, and stinking hot over here. I'm going to miss you when you go away :( But will look forward to all your stories and photos from your trip. xxx

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  35. You lucky thing getting to escape all this nasty weather! I do like the snow but hate having to get around in it.
    That coat is stunning, I bet it is super warm! x

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  36. Vix you look stunning in that coat.. lovely xx

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  37. Wow you look fab in that coat and hat, perfect for this awful freakin' weather! Happy Birthday for next week hope you celebrate in style over there in Goa.I will keep my fingers crossed for you with the flights, hope it all goes off without a hitch, or any screaming, will miss ya!
    Kandi x

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  38. Oh Vix, I'll miss you when you're gone :(

    I can't begrudge you some time in the sun though - it's buggering freezing here at the moment and I imagine anyone in their right mind would want to be somewhere warmer.

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  39. Vix, you look so fabulous in that coat. I would die for something as snug and as warm-looking as that! Bet you cannot wait to reach warmer shores! x

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  40. That coat is fabulous. I tried on a very similar one a few days ago but it was just too long ( I am a shorty!) it was so lovely and warm and was only £4 I was more than a bit gutted! x

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  41. Have a great time out there, wish I could go too. But I can't complain, hubby taking me to foreign parts for a long weekend.Alison x

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  42. Your coat and hat are gorgeous.
    How amazing do you look on the beach?

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  43. That's a gorgeous coat. I need to get me one of them there hairy hats though, they look so toasty... not as toasty as that warm beach in India mind :( I adore that bag, that is so beautiful.

    xxx

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  44. Your cold snap has been on the news here a few times, its crazy. I'm not sure if you got my last email btw?

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  45. Dear Vixy,
    I totally agree with Helga "you may be freezing your tits off but you look fabulous whilst doing so!"
    Growing up in Sweden I'm kind of used to freezing winter weather like this & a part of me actually likes it (just call me a masochist).
    As long as you don't have to stay outside for too long & you loose all feeling in your fingers & toes.
    I love a sunny winters day, when the air is invigoratingly crisp, the sky is crystal blue & the ground is covered in thick snow…. winter wonderland!
    We haven't had any snow in the big smoke yet and I have to admit that I’d love some cause I adore making snow angels & snow lanterns.
    I hope that you won’t have any weather related problems in getting to the airport; I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.
    Have a fabby B’day week!
    Lot’s of love,
    Jem
    …xXx
    P.s. I popped a little something in the post for you today, should hopefully reach you before you head of to sunnier climes :)

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  46. Dear Vix, you look fabulously glamorous in that coat and hat. I am desperate for it to snow as I can't bear all the waiting.

    You look so happy at the Big Chill, I have to say I prefer a festival to snow but it might make me feel more Christmassy.

    It was wonderful to talk to you today. Can't wait to see you xx

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  47. PS. That beach looks AMAZING! What a lovely place to spend your Birthday xx

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  48. Oh, a vacation to look forward to would make almost any temperature tolerable. But this sounds seriously cold. I love the grey of the coat with the green of the dress.

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  49. Love that coat! Winter is downright ghastly when it slams into you like this, isn't it? Did it have to be so frosty this year?

    I've just bought a new coat too, though I got it online so I don't know yet if it's going to be warm enough! Alas. xxx

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  50. damn those python boots are hot! never seen anything like that before...

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  51. I know you don't like the cold - but without it, you wouldn't have a chance to wear that fab coat and hat! You are lucky you're so tiny and can get all the great deals that nobody else can fit into. That should be incentive enough for me to diet my way back to my own previous semi-tiny self...

    Have a wonderful birthday and vacation!

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  52. Sooo excited for your trip! It is going to be fab! And you look absolutely James Bond girl-glam in that fur! XX!

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  53. What a beautiful coat! suits you so much. Hope you have a great time Goa; it's almost a shame that you won't be able to wear that gorgeous coat there- I'm sure you won't be grieving too much about that though :p

    x

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  54. Kudos, that is a coat and a half! Very jealous. Husband has banned buying of new coats (including new-old coats) until I offload some (currently I have: belted mac, cropped faux fur, long faux fur, 'puffa' (for work meh), 70s-socialist-duffel, swing cape, shearling gilet, smart black with furry collar...and that's not including light jackets). I HATE the cold, ironically that's why I have such a choice to wear all winter.

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  55. Love your coat Vix! I am so fed up of this cold weather already. Fantastic photo of you and Jon on the beach xxx

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  56. Vix you still look so glamourus in the snow/cold. I just look like I've bundle on ALL of my clothes, hehe!
    The coat is great and the flash of green from the dress underneath cheers gives it some vibrancy.
    I'm sure you will be fine on Friday. But I will keep everything crossed for you for added luck. Will miss your posts but look forward to hearing all about the holiday. x

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  57. Eeeeeek!!! How exciting!! I love these sneak peeks of you on the beach in Goa! Perhaps you can schedule one post a week for while your away, just with a single photo from past trips to tease us!

    Happy birthday for next week lovely lady!

    xx

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  58. ...i lovee that coat...and happy birthday for next weeek...x x x

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