Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Leopard Love


I've always loved leopard print but this season it's become so commonplace I've had to relegate my beloved vintage Astraka coat to the back of the wardrobe in fear of looking like a fashion victim.

My darling 1960's leopard coat (£3 from a church Bring and Buy.)

Rather than abandon the luscious leopard altogether I've introduced a bit of big cat into my outfits in other ways.


These tights were from Claire's Accessories. I'd gone in for some hairgrips and spotted these crazy beasts on sale for less than £2. Just the thing for introducing a bit of drama into an otherwise drab outfit.


All these animal print brass bangles belonged to my Mum in the 1980's. The cocktail ring was 25p from a town centre charity shop.

1950's cropped wool jacket by Marston's of San Diego (eBay £4.90), 1960's crimplene shift dress (Charity stall £1.50), Faith concealed platform patent heels (Local market £5), Vintage silk scarf (Salvation Army 50p), Velvet opera gloves (Inherited)

Thanks for the lovely comments regarding my hair yesterday. I'm not normally one for fancy products but I treated a couple of my friends to this for Xmas as I loved the packaging. They were so impressed I used my Boots' Advantage Points to get my own.

So simple to use even I can manage it.

65 comments:

  1. Loving those tights. Stunning combo as always, Vix.

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  2. your tights are really fabolous!!! i like your outfit soooooo much!!! :)))

    http://ilfilodiperlevintage.blogspot.com/

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  3. I love leopard too!:D It's fun and sexy!:D

    You are so lucky to still have your mom's bangles!

    Happy New Year!:D

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

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  4. oh you preciosa..that cute 60's suit is so Jackie O..you have a figure to die for amor..oh you should of worn that leopard coat.. I adore gold bangles and better if their retro..leopard tights rock mama..love the shampoo bottle mona (doll)..those bottle contain shampoo..please tell me they do."your the queen of fucking everthing."
    *hugs*

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  5. Ooh I love a bit of leopard.
    I'm wearing my coat daily - trying to avoid the fashion victim look though. :)

    Gorgeous cocktail ring and an absolute steal.

    xx

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  6. Vix - those leopard tights are awesomeness itself - a very stylish and unique interpretation of animal print. Your mum's bangles look great all together with that very chic suit.xxx Comtesse xxx

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  7. Love those tights and the accessories are fab!

    S xxx

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  8. Hi Vix, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too honey! I hope you have an amazing 2011.
    How was your trip? I also hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing time, you look great.

    Xoxoxox

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  9. I love the tights! I had the gift set with that spray in for Christmas. Must have a go! xxx

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  10. What truly amazing leopard tights!!Fabulicious with that amaaaazing jacket over frock combo!Adoring,mistress,I am adoring you!And as for those SHOES!Aye arumba!!!
    Yummy bracelets too.........drool......you make me very happy!
    Love Helga! xxxXXXxxx

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  11. Oh blimey you're so right about the leopard print, I've been thinking about putting the beast away till things calms down a bit but it's the warmest coat I have and this is the coldest winter for decades, so I'm having to brazen it out with the youngsters!

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  12. you know that i'm obsessed over leopard print! amazing!

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  13. Those tights are a huge hit. We'll all be down Claire's tomorrow, I'm a-thinking.

    PS My OH is woman. I don't harp on about it but .....

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  14. I really love leopard print but it is so 'in' at the moment that I don't wear it as much! Those tights are something else though - fantastic!!

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  15. Oh my Mum is after a coat like that (and so am I!) if you see any on your travels in a size 10 or 12, would you pick us one up and we will send £££?

    LOVE those tights, freaking fabulous!

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  16. Glad you liked the t-shirts - loved the pun ha ha! I think your tights are amazing, and it reminds me I have a grey leo pair I have been saving for about 3 years because I love them so much I dont want to ladder them - must get them worn! I am now off the investigate this miraculous sounding hair stuff x

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  17. Dear Vix, you look very chic and the tights totally make that outfit. I need to be more adventurous with tights as there's nothing I really need.

    Love the cocktail ring!

    I still haven't been to the bloody PO. I'm aiming for tomorrow! Love, C xx

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  18. Love the crazy tights! I know you said you don't really do 50s, but the jacket is fabulous x

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  19. You should dig that coat out from your wardrobe you will not look like a fashion victim it is gorgeous. As a fan of leopard print I love this post and those tights look fab on you xoxo

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  20. The color of these tights are so unusual!! love it and the whole outfit really perks up with the addition of the tights..

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  21. LOVE the leopard! super cute :)

    natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

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  22. There's something about leopard print that makes me smile - my Grandma who is 85 loves it and is thrilled its back in again - she's been having great fun rummaging through her extensive cupboards :)

    However I think those tights are more me than her - I need to get some.

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  23. Hi my dear-a very chic and stylish look, you really do suit black and the leopardprint tights a re a great pop of colour too! xx

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  24. Fab as always. I especially love the beautiful velvet gloves and the divine 1960s styling of the jacket over the shift - you are truly the mistress of misxing it up!

    And I never care what's in fashion or not - I ALWAYS wear my vintage leopard!

    Sarah xxx

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  25. Yay yay leopard tights! And what a superchic bargain showing your gorgeous legs to perfection, Vix. I secretly dream of a top-to-toe leopard outfit. One day! xxx

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  26. What a fab way to break up black! As usually I am gobsmacked at what you paid for everything. Love the suit and the bangles and I LOVE your leopard coat (still looking for the right leopard coat myself - you think it would be easy given the masses about) and I hope it doesn't stay hidden for too long - sure you look amazing in it!

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  27. Oh ROOOWWWR Vix, you should wear mini skirts more often. Your legs are INCREDIBLE. And the tights are awesome. Love the entire outfit x

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  28. Fabulous tights! I love all sorts of animal prints - I've got some boots and a belt right now. Love it!

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  29. What a fabulous print!!! The jacket is lovely as well. You have killer legs Vix, killer legs!!
    xxx

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  30. I love leopard print too! I've carried on wearing my vintage leopard coat even though it's falling apart. Yours is lush x

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  31. oh Vix, you are my saviour! A few weeks ago I saw a faux fur jacket in a charity shop in Bakewell for a few ££s.... unfortunately it was huge on me and I vowed to track one down in a smaller size. I lost the bit of paper that I wrote the make down on and have been searching and thinking about it ever since.... until now! Astraka! Just popped it in to ebay and found it just like that! So THANK YOU!
    Lovely lovely outfit by the way, I love leopard and all animal prints xx

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  32. Big leopardprint fan too and though there are loads of cheap ones about atm (New Look anyone?) yours is just gorgeous and such a bargain too it seems! Beats any of the high street ones in the sales! Urging you to reconsider it... doing a great job with the tights though- I think they'd be a bit too loud for me but look amazing on you! x

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  33. Also forgot to mention that I've only just noticed that you're back from Goa, how rude of me! Hope you had an amazing trip x

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  34. FAB tights!! Love the colour - there a bit special!! I love a bit of leopard myself - have been wearing my scarf today :D

    Sal xXx

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  35. I do not know how you do it, but I always end up laughing when I read your post.
    I didn´t say anything about your hair, I was too busy looking at your coat hehehehe.
    Mil besos.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  36. Wow - your legs look amazing in those tights! I love the idea of that hair product I am always desperate to get some body in my hair!
    Hugs Kandi x

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  37. hello darling! i came across your lovely blog via one of my friends....
    i am in-love with the leopard print coat, great find! also, is the umberto giannini available in the u.s.?

    xo

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  38. Rod got me a pair of leopard leggings this year!
    and Claires! they practically give stuff away!
    I really dig the blue!
    xXx
    Reva

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  39. Loving the tights, Vix!
    I love all my leopard tights just wish that they didn't rip so quickly

    x x x

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  40. Those tights rule! They really stand out against the all black ensemble you've put together. You really know how to dress!

    I love those chunky bracelets! xxx

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  41. I've really got to get out more! Those tights are just incredible!

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  42. Oh my Grandma had almost the exact same coat as that! I'm really not a fan of leopardprint (on myself I hasten to add - it's fab on other people) but I do wish I'd kept it :(

    Eek, how exciting that you were watching Antiques Roadtrip today!! Didn't the place look rather nice? That was my lovely pal Lisa doing the talking - she has seniority when it comes to house related matters so she does the tv stuff. Rather her than me! I'd be way too shy!

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  43. so true about the leopardprint being everywhere. we discussed that too... but those stockings are one of a kind! also adds much flavor to the ensemble!

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  44. Those tights are great. What a fantastic colour.

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  45. You're probably the only one I know who can rock those tights in such a glamorous way :)


    P.S. I love Umberto Gianini products. Esp when they are 2 for £7!

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  46. I have bangle bracelet envy.

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  47. I've fallen for leopard too! And there's a pair of D&G leopard tights that I just can't get out of my head and hope to get in my closet soon! :)


    Fashezine

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  48. There are indeed a lot of people out and about in leopard print coats at the moment. Such a shame you had to relegate your gorgeous one for the season but can understand why.

    Look the tights for spicing up the outfit.

    x

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  49. Woosh, the bracelets are setting a bold image. Love the tights, fun color and pattern.

    I like how this outfit is sophisticated and fun!

    Donuting,
    Berlin

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  50. I hate it when fashion uses vintage "inspiration" and you can't wear certain pieces for a while! I have a gorge massive 70s owl pendant which I bought from shelter about 5 yrs ago and a couple of yrs ago I couldn't believe it when similar necklaces popped up on the high st.

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  51. Ah but what a great alternative!
    I've closeted my old furry leopard print jackets too. Unfair when our favourite quirky items are in vogue.
    And backcomb in a bottle, i'm guessing it works as i detect more a bit more shuzz ;)
    i may try that out with a teddy boy quiff
    xxx

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  52. Oh goodness fabulous tights, you wear them so well! I have always had a bit of a soft spot for Claire’s Accessories, sometimes it’s like an Aladdin’s cave full of colour and kitsch!
    I adore the 25p cocktail ring- how perfectly bold and beautiful xx

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  53. Yeeoowwww, Vix, those tights are sexy and cool!
    I've loved catching up with all your posts. It looks like you had a fun New Year's Eve, happy to see the little hors d’oeuvre tree make an appearance again and the fun pic of your other half in an apron.

    Thanks for sharing your Goa pics. India suits you Vix you took some gorgeous photos and you looked amazing. Loved the story about visiting the shrine, what a romantic couple you are! It must have been nice to escape the snow.

    Happy New Year! xoxo, Bonnie

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  54. Those tights make your fabulous legs look even more fabulous! Love the pop of colour they bring to the outfit!

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  55. Ooh great tights! Curious about the hair stuff now - yesterday I got some volumising mousse so may test your one after... :)

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  56. I love those bracelets! Chunky + metal + 80s = yes please. And you can never go wrong with leopard.

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  57. Mate yoy get some great buys over there I so wish I could go to UK Id be charity shopping and flea marketiong all over the country.Imagine my costs for return flight tho I would have to wear most of it I think lol

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  58. I love your leopard coat. What a buy!

    Only you could carry those tights off and look good in them.

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  59. Ohhh.... grrrrr....or should I say... purrrr fect!!

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