Friday, 4 March 2011

Take A Bow

 
I couldn't resist wearing my latest acquistition this morning. It's so cold here but an hour-long Hydrotherapy class and a swift tour of the town's charity shops soon warmed me up.



The volunteers at the Salvation Army were told that the sacks of donations were mine so didn't put it all aside for me. Isn't it strange how attractive your old cast-offs look once displayed on the bric-a-brac shelf or resplendant on hangers? You'll be pleased to know that I wasn't tempted to buy it all back.

I did have these beauties saved for me:


A vintage English-made Morland's lambskin jacket for £2.50. Isn't the curly collar gorgeous? The pockets are leather-lined.



I love this 1970's midi length suede coat by Suede and Leathercraft Limited. It's never been worn and the pockets are still stitched down. I bet it cost more forty years ago than the £2.50 the shop asked for it today.



So, am I wearing something I've made or revamped?

Yes!


 Not only my giant hand-made made hair bow but also the refashioned sock doughnut keeping my hair in place. More details HERE.


Vintage '60's red leather tunic dress (Courtesy of my friendly neighbourhood antique dealer), Red opaques (Dorothy Perkins £1 dump bin), Vintage '60's St Michael Bri-Nylon pussybow blouse (Jumble sale 20p), Shoes (Topshop sale, 2006)

Reminiscent of an early '90's rave we've had a secret tip-off from an insider of an unadvertised jumble sale in a posh location tomorrow, so it's a quiet night in to ensure clear heads and hopefully rich pickings in the morning.

65 comments:

  1. Ooh I got a newer version of these wedges in store last year and I just love them! Desite being super high they're somehow still comfy... Loving your hair, great bow! :)

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  2. I love the bow, and you look gorgeous in that dress!
    The long leather suede coat is a find! I used to swan about in my gramps giant suede jacket, it was so heavy and had such a lovely smell to it.

    xxx

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  3. That is one of my favourite outfits ever! You look divine! Love both coats, in fact, my mum had a coat very similar to the 2nd one. I can't believe you got both for £5!

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  4. An underground jumble...handbags at dawn! Looking forward to seeing what you manage to turn up there.

    I knew that dress would look fab! And DP tights always get my approval. Shame I've never seen that shade though - my local stores seem to be very into black patterned ones at the mo, not my beloved colours.

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  5. Red on red and all around radiant! Nice new additions!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. Haha, you should have been given a special jumble sale phone number! You look amazing in that mini, you should really get your legs out more often xx

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  7. Loved your last sentence, which made me giggle, because when we have a big night out (or in!), I always try and make it a Friday rather than a Saturday, so I'm in good shape for the car boot sale on Sunday!!

    How our younger selves would have sneered, eh?!

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  8. I like the lambskin jacket a lot.

    Have a great weekend. Love you loads.

    SB

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  9. YOu look so spring like, yet it's bloody freezing, good on ya girl, hopefully if you keep dressing spring like it'll heat up, I'll leave it to you though, I'm a chicken!

    ooooh secret jumble sales, you are the queen I still can't even find one round here, I think I might just get in the car and drive round tomorrow to see if I can discover any!!

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  10. Haha, Now I have 'Sorted For Es and Whizz' going round in my head, illegal rave jumble sales sound ace!

    I love that leather dress! Just too darling!!

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  11. Bravo for the bow, it's a real cutie, love the red leather mini tunic dress, tres Emma Peel.
    XXX

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  12. The red looks fabulous on you. And I love the pussybow blouse teamed with the tunic.

    The tip off sounds incredibly intriguing, can't wait to see your finds already xxx

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  13. It was you that first got me obsessed with the idea of pussybow blouses, now I just need to find more! Love the hair bow x

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  14. Very grown up looking - that outfit remind me of a pic of my Mum in something similar.

    Have fun @ the jumble - wishing you loads of good pickings xx

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  15. I love this outfit.. the dress looks gorgeous with the blouse underneath.. looks very cute but sassy at the same time!!
    bow is gorgeous to.. how exciting an underground jumble sale!!. hope you get tons
    charl
    x

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  16. Amazing coats. Seriously £2.50?? How does the charity shop even pay its rent?

    I told my sister about your sock donut the other day and she was most intrigued, we're making them next time she's over.
    x

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  17. The dress looks wonderful!! How exciting does the secret jumble sale sound, happy hunting! x

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  18. Very demure look, the colors are most becoming. Love the bow.

    Cor, secret jumble sale-can't wait to see what you come out with!

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  19. It's not the jumble in Kenilworth is it Vix? If it is I'll see you there x p.s. gorgeous dress x

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  20. Your bow is brilliant, and the lambskin jacket is fab, love that collar! xx

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  21. I bet everyone you met felt warmer just looking at you.

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  22. Lil red riding hood:-) I cant believe you paid only $2.5 for the suede full-length coat - its a steal!!

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  23. Love the dress, very pretty :)
    xx

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  24. The red devil look! I do love this outfit, its a classic especially with the blouse. More bargains too..at £2.50 that coat is an absolute steal! Hope those pickings are rich! xxx

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  25. Looking good as always lady in red!! LOVE the shoes. Shocked aren't you?! ;)

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  26. wow, the 1970's midi length suede coat is such an incredible bargain! love the dress you wear, really well done :) and the shoes aare so cute, too!

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  27. Lovely hair bow and coats!

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  28. Love it all!
    Do I spy some of the fabric from my giveaway in that bow?
    Secret jumble sales? You'll be getting shifty looking blokes coming up to you with funny handshakes next!

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  29. Looove this outfit and the bow!

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  30. wow you made that normal looking red leather dress look amazing!
    and i love the bow your so creative!

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  31. I have just arrived from Málaga. I will cath up with you whole project over the weekend.
    Besossssssssssssss my dear friend.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  32. That is a lovely pussybow blouse, it looks so light, airy and feminine!
    This outfit is absolutely gorgeous, I bet you turned a lot of heads! xxx

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  33. SOOOO tired of blah hair - what a great solution to give hair a lift. You look Fab!

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  34. You are so disciplined! Seeing your things in the shop must've been funny! Would have been too much if they set your stuff aside- glad they were informed! I think I would find it all a bit surreal but there would be a sense of detachment in seeing the clothes waiting to be loved by someone else.

    I think I like the curly collared coat the best- both are incredible!

    Your outfit is just perfect! All the red is so vibrant =) It is utterly freezing here too but I like to see motivation through colour lol I've been trying to build up my resilience to the cold but I always retreat to my duffle!

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  35. Vix you look amazing what a fab frock and fab colour too. Your huge bow is so cute too.
    Dx

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  36. Hi my dear-the red dress is rocking, it looks just lovely and the hairbow is amazing!! Best of luck with the jumble sale tomorrow, I know you will get even more splendid goodies-well done on the coats you found today, they're awesome buys indeed! Have a great weekend too xx

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  37. Rockin' that red and white!! Love the red tights/red shoes colour block!Truly loving that pussy bow blouse!!! And as for the leather number,my GAWD!
    Awesome hair bow;I love how easy bows are to make,and goodness knows there's a million to be made out of all the fabric scraps girls like us have!!!Huzzah!
    Love you,scrumptiousness!!!
    Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  38. I adore what you're wearing today, especially those gorgeous shoes - I do so need a pair of red wedge sandals. You are inspiring me to experiment with coloured tights too.
    I love a hand made bow, I never see the point in paying silly money for bows when you can knock them up yourself easily enough. xx

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  39. Most excellent finds! Leather and suede abounds- great outfit!


    Eeek

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  40. Dont you look darling?
    I like your hair like to the side and big bow fabric is so cute..red dress and killer shoes so 60's, you look right out of a magazine..you dont look cold to me look red hot Mama. I your legs look longer with rede tights,bought burgundy tights the other day
    luv ya

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  41. Knew that dress would look fab on you. Looking fab Vix.

    Good luck at your jumble tomorrow.

    X x

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  42. love how you've paired the red leather dress with red tights and sandals, it's awesome!, and the bow in the blouse is the perfect 60's touch.
    And love your 'guide to great hair', so much fun!!
    besos

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  43. What a fantastic outfit, I love the dress and the shoes especially.
    I had to laugh at the secret jumble sale; you should get lots of bargains if no one knows it's on!

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  44. Dearest Vix, I knew that red dress would be amazing on you!

    I wanted to do your sock trick last weekend but I couldn't find a needle and thread. Shocking isn't it?

    Great coats. Can't wait to see what you turn up with tomorrow. Much love, C xx

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  45. The red dress is fantastic and the curly collar is nice too.

    I've been playing with the sock trick today, but I don't quite have as much hair as you do.

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  46. Wow! I love the red get-up!!! And I have a major crush on your hair bow. You have inspired me to make use of a suede 60's zip-up frock that I've NEVER worked out how to wear!!

    Your hair looks gorgeous up like that :)
    Xoxox Claire

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  48. (sorry made a spelling mistake in last comment it should have read) Looking forward to seeing you in your new bargains, loving the hand~made month, hope you keep it up :)

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  49. Hello V dont you look cute.Cant wait to see your finds You are most likely there while I write this.

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  50. That looks brilliant! The shoes and tights look great together.

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  51. It doesn't matter when I log on, I'm always about 200 comments behind everyone else lol!

    The leather and suede haul looks excellent and I can't wait to see how you dress up the coats, Vix.

    You won't read this until you're back from the posh jumble sale - I cannot WAIT to see your purchases from THAT!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Vix.

    PS - am sitting here in my charity shop Tommy Hilfiger Sport jumper and am awaiting my ebay nautical sriped top to be delivered this week. Still thinking about getting something sequinned ;-)

    AX

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  52. Wishing you happy pickings....love the hair bow...sweet! x

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  53. Vix. You are killing me here. If ever I needed a wardrobe item spotted on a blogger to cement my love for both blogger and blog.. this would be it! A red leather mini dress. I actually want it so bad it hurts. You are soo gorgeous. Awesomely Inspiring.
    Thank you for bringing cheer to this grey saturday!

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  54. Drooling over the leather and suede jacket and the red dress looks fab! Love the white pussybow blouse too.

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  55. WOW WOW WOW Vix! You look absolutely fabulous in that cute red dress and tights!
    xxx

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  56. Secret tip offs?! The world of secondhand clothing is far more exciting in the Midlands!! x

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  57. OK I know I am TWO DAYS LATE on this - but this is seriosuly my FAVOURITEST EVER look on you Vix! You just look absolutely amazing from head to toe - the leather frock is just incredible and the shoes, tights, blouse and YOUR HAIR all look just PERFECT! Honestly, I am making this pic my wallpaper and adding to my inspiration folder - you look just incredible!

    Sarah xxx

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  58. :) how fun! you are creative with everything! and the red ensemble is tooo cute (what if your head bow was red too?;)

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  59. Hurrah for the leather mini. I'm so happy that you wore it. It's adorable! You look like a school girl with the hair and the dress. All you need now is a lunch box.

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  60. Wow you look hot to trot you look amazing in that red dress and your legs look so long and elegant, im really cross that i have missed your posts, im loving that bow to, And your suede coat is lush ;-)) dee x

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  61. that dress looks so great on you, and i love the giant hair bow! :)

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  62. A vision in red. I love the paisley print bow! x

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