Thursday, 30 December 2010

Best Bar None

Vintage dralon tub chair (Car boot sale), Edwardian Indian rug (eBay)

Ever since I was a kid I've longed for a wooden globe drinks cabinet. Along with Jean Varon frocks and pineapple ice buckets to me they are the very epitome of 1960's cocktail party chic. 


I spotted a vintage beauty in our local branch of Banardos' charity shop a while ago but, as I'm often accused of bringing home tat, I thought I'd run it by Jon first before splashing out. Surprisingly he was all for it and offered to pop into town and buy it but returned home empty-handed claiming that it had already been sold.


What do you know? The sneaky little monkey had actually bought it and squirreled it away in Gilbert (our VW camper) since September.


Best Christmas present ever? I'll let our friends decide at tomorrow nights' New Years' Eve party once it's stocked with tasty alcoholic delights.

Vintage Dollyrockers maxi (eBay), Cobalt suede boots (TopShop), Jewellery (India)

What on earth am I going to wear?


55 comments:

  1. Dearest Vix, I love that colour on you and the purple shoes!

    I have always wanted a globe drinks cabinet and a pineapple ice bucket. There's a shop near me called Past Caring that you would love. They get them in quite a lot. I don't really have anywhere to put the bar but I will buy a pineapple next time I see one.

    How brilliant John bought it for you! Have a fabulous NYE xx

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  2. Oh how awesome, I love it when people do sneaky things like that for presents! These sell for about $500 here btw and are very hard to find. I'm sure you'll treasure it...AND find something to wear at the party...eventually!

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  3. What a lovely thing to do. He's a gem! xxx

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  4. That was so sweet of him, and well done on hiding it for so long!! I have always wanted a globe bar - to go with the 3 story library, and revolving fireplace in my dream house! x

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  5. That's an amazing present! I am green with envy.

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  6. very jelous of your globe drinks cabinet!! :))
    happy new year darling!

    http://ilfilodiperlevintage.blogspot.com/

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  7. Ah what a great pressie! I know what you mean, they seem quite luxurious, quite fancy one myself! :)

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  8. Funny that, Peter often accuses me of the same thing :( I love your globe bar, I keep pesetering for a 1950s style 'del boy' type bar, but he's having none of it lol. I hope your party tomorrow night is fabulous! I'm sure it will be. xx

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  9. I am sure you will think of something ...hehehe.
    I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo glad to have you onboard of my life my dear friend!!!
    Happy 2011
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  10. Welcome home, Vix! So nice to see you again. Looks like you had a brilliant time in India. Love the globe drinks cabinet - Jon's such a star - I have quite a collection of vintage globes, keep meaning to blog about them.

    Happy New Year!

    Best wishes,

    TNMA

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  11. Hi Vix-what a gorgeous present, he did well to keep that a secret, lol! What to wear, I think one of your gorgeous Jean Varon dresses would look just the part for a New Years Eve party, I especially love the black one you found a little while ago- have a wonderful time my dear!! xxx

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  12. Well you KNOW I love bars! I love this one, good on him for keeping it secret!

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  13. Aaaah, what a sweetie-poppet fella.

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  14. That was so sweet of him, well done on him for keeping it hidden from you all that time! x

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  15. So nice to have you back! Looking splendid in shades of purple and cobalt too. I love the idea of that globe as a cocktail holder. Clever Jon!

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  16. Oh the clever fella - what a fab surprise! It'll be party central! xxx Comtesse xxx

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  17. I am speechless with the utter fabulousness of that globe/bar. That is seriously one of the coolest things I have ever seen in my entire life. Which makes you one of the coolest people in the entire world (but I already knew that). ;)

    PS. I also checked out your Goa post below! xoxo

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  18. What a great Christmas suprise! My vintage cocktail cabinet was my graduation present and I love it. It hasn't seen much use yet though so I should probably put that right on my birthday. Just think of all the vintage glasses etc you can buy for it now. That's my excuse when I buy numerous sets of vintage shot glasses and the like x

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  19. Wow! And well done Jon for hiding it for four months - no mean feat! :)

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  20. What a great surprise!
    You're sure to come up with something fantastic to wear tomorrow.

    Happy new year.

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  21. What a darling. You'd better serve him the first drink, if he doesn't get there first.. hehe. Have a great party.

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  22. What a gorgeous present!! and I am dying to see what u will wear tomorrow!!

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  23. What a sweetheart your Jon is! Very very cool...

    p.s. You & Helga are featured (sorta) in my latest post. I am looking to the two of you for inspiration in the New Year. ;-)

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  24. Aw, he's a gem!!! They're an amazing detail.
    Also you are glowing with that goa tan miss vix. Gorgeous!
    xxx

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  25. Super-duper wonderful present! Can't wait for you to show us what you are going to wear tomorrow. Hope you'll find the time... xxx

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  26. What a great present and I would have liked to have seen your face when you unwrapped it! xxx

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  27. Welcome back :) That is so lovely- I hope you have a wonderful NYE. Goa looks lovely xx

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  28. Yay! You're back! I hope you had an amazing time away.

    Now, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those drink globes! They're so kitsch but somehow have a bit of a whiff of old school class. Good one on Jon stashing it away for you - what a hero. And what better time to debut it than at New Year. Have a brilliant night!

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  29. Awesome! I would actually like a bar cart, but Mr D really wants a globe cabinet. And I'm with Christina, a pineapple ice bucket is on my list as well. I have a hard time deciding whether to go for 50s/60s tack, or 30s glamour, I am constantly being torn in two directions.

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  30. I just love that globe. Your outfit looks superb. Have a brilliant New Year's Eve party.

    S xxx

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  31. wonderful present! and you look gorgeous as well!

    happy new year!

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  32. Aaaarrrgh!! The darling!!! Kisses, Jon, that's a freakin' fabulous surprise!! I LOVE it!!!
    Yay! How can you not have a great time with drinkies out of that beauty?!
    Love you darling, we simply MUST catch up....when the madness of parties is over!!!
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Helga

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  33. I love your tan mamas..you are lucky..that Jon knows how to surprise a lady..now your a sexier Jamed bond girl..serving deadly drinks..
    hugs mama

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  34. Jon sounds like such a sweetie - what a gorgeously fab pressie. It's bound to be a hit tonight!! I can't wait to what the hostess with the most-est wears!!! xoxo

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  35. Oh bless Jon, that is such a gorgeous thing to do. I love that bar, love it. It will be the cherry on the cake of any party.

    Have a very happy new year Vix xxx

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  36. What a treasure Jon is - I love perfect pressies! You look gorgeous as always - I can't wait to see pics of your party!

    Happy New Year!

    Sarah
    xxx

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  37. Oh my fabulous present! I don't think I have ever seen one of these in real life, just in films and television, but I quite adore the idea of owning one- how glamorous.

    I would love to be transported to a 1960s cocktail party, this is a real treasure and the thought behind it too is pretty special xxx

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  38. You ought to invite your blogfriends over sometime. We would all love a drink from your Cabinet - and I adore Purple shoes. Have a nice new year;-)

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  39. You're back! I love the globe bar, how thoughtful of him! I hope you have the most wonderful New Year, Vix, pictures, please! XX!

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  40. Fantastic! What a lovely suprise for you! I got Amy 150 vintage Mags as a suprise Chrimbo pressie - I used a link from one of your posts for a bid snipping tool - it was fab, I have never used a bid snipe before but will defo be using it in 2011!

    Have a wonderful New Year you lovely woman! xx

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  41. Joy to the WORLD indeed! I love sneaky gift stories like this, but I hope you didn't suffer too many days of unknowing sadness after you heard it had been sold! Enjoy your tasty alcoholic delights, and have a cozy New Year's ring-in with your friends. I imagine your wonderful Indian door table laden with treats, and I look forward to seeing what you choose to wear.

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  42. Hi my dear-thanks so much for your lovely comment, you are so kind and thoughtful and your lovely outfits are a constant inspiration as are you. Have a wonderful evening and have a Happy New Year, wishing you much success and happiness in 2011 xxx

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  43. hi vix! love your plush purple darling shoes! the globe is vintalicious! whatever you pick to wear i am sure you will rock it! have a fab time dahlink! hugs.

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  44. Happy New Year Vix, hope you are having a great night xxx

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  45. What a guy! (Being a teetotaler myself, I think I may have passed up a couple of these globes w/o realizing what they were!) I'll be more informed in the future!

    Enjoy tonight's celebration! Happy New Year! The best to you in 2011!

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  46. Wow, it's beautiful! What a cheeky little thing, I love it when people do things like that! You look gorgeous in purple...can't wait to see some pics from NYE!

    Happy new year!!!!!!
    Xoxox Claire

    PS Thankyou for your kind words when I was being a negative-nancy the other day. You're too lovely Vix! I am feeling much happier now, and excited for a fresh year! x

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  47. i smiled all the way through reading this post, how wonderfully sweet of jon! the cabinet is beautiful.

    my mum did that to me too this year, hiding away a present (a pair of denim and velvet jeans. size six, but they fit me like a dream!) after saying it was out of stock, though she only bought it a couple of days before christmas. i did have a little idea that's what she had done, hehe. i was rather good at acting surprised on christmas day though. bless my mum. xx

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  48. Dearest Vixy,
    you are blessed to have such a fabulous fella.
    I'm not sure if Mark would have been able to keep it a secret from me for that long, I think he'd be too excited, so well done to Jon for amanaging to squirrel it away ;)
    I can't believe the prices that those plastic pinapple ice buckets are fetching on eBay nowadays...BONKERS!
    I spotted one in a charity shop a few years ago but decided to leave it behind despite the fact that it was only a measly quid...don't you just hate when that happens.
    Och, well...next time I will know better.
    ...xXx

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  49. I love it when partners do things like that! Over the years I've been given a green, velvet 60s egg chair; a 60s Raleign Shopper bike and - this Christmas - a Tretchikoff Zulu Girl print. All of which have been hidden around the house or garden shed for months and I've never noticed! Just found your blog and really enjoying it. Happy New Year! Emma x

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  50. So glad you got such a fab present. He's a great guy.

    Love you.

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  51. Oh Jon you superstar. What a glorious present and such a perfect addition to your amazing house. I'm so impressed he managed to smuggle it away for so long!

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  52. I love it! I have seen a few of these on antique TV shows and thought they were such a cool idea. It looks as if it was made to be in your warm vintage home. It lovely when a man goes that extra length to make his woman happy! xxx

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  53. Oh what a nice surprise! I`v always wanted a globe drinks cabinet as well - it`s something that will never go out of style. Your dress is amazing, my favorite colors and such a beautiful design. You have so many interesting things on your blog, I just love everything (reading through your archives at the moment).

    >'.'<

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