Saturday, 30 April 2011

A Bit Of A Do


With a public holiday and Mateus Rose on special offer at Asda we thought we may as well throw a little party.


Although we didn't watch the Royal wedding our concession to the big day was a jumble sale bought Union flag as a table cloth and my Alexander McQueen leather bra as a centrepiece.


Retro nibbles included Ritz crackers spread with cream cheese and garnished with hard-boiled eggs, radishes, pimento stuffed olives, cucumber and cornichons, Double Gloucester and pineapple on sticks, pickled silverskin onions, baby beets and spicy sweetcorn kernels. 


For the carnivores we offered cubes of spam, prawns, cocktail sausages and Ritz crackers with cream cheese, anchovies and cucumber.


Any excuse to dust off the retro buffet ware.


My beautiful Czech friend, Pavlina and ten-week old Max made a splendid effort to dress in red, white and blue and I held a baby for the first time in my life.


Gorgeous Liz wearing a vintage royal blue rhinestone-trimmed cocktail dress.


Liz's husband Adrian knocked-up Jamaican curried goat with rice and peas and a special curried okra alternative for me along with rum-soaked griddled pineapple for dessert...yum!

The boys can't resist raiding my cupboards for dressing-up clothes. I bought these two 1960's real hair wigs from the car boot sale on Thursday, it's weird to see them both with hair.



 I wore an early 1960's draped-back chartreuse crepe cocktail dress with a jewel-encrusted neckline (£7 Etsy) with vintage silver platforms (Cancer Research £4.50)



 How sozzled do I look? I'd been drinking for 9 hours by this point but still managed to do the washing up and table dance till 2am.

Have I ever told you how appalling my singing voice is? Here's me early this morning...be warned, it's not for the faint hearted and that's not the ghost of Sid James in the background, it's Jon's dirty laugh.




..and if that didn't scare you, here's Jon and I reliving our Mad-chester raving days.

78 comments:

  1. I can't watch the video, it's telling me it's private, boo! Yes you do look quite sozzled, how funny! Love the Etsy dress, there's some great stuff on that site if you're in the mood for a bit of searching, I've bought some of my fave dresses from there.xx.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Looks like you had a grand old time. I adore the dress it's stunning. Goes so well with your tan!

    I've got the same problem as Kitty and can't see or hear your delightful singing.

    Great to have you back by the way, hope your holiday was fab.

    X x

    ReplyDelete
  3. @ Kitty & Trayci - I've fixed it now. I can't sing and I'm pretty rubbish at technical things, too. x

    ReplyDelete
  4. BEST VIDEO SINCE HELGA'S TAP DANCING ON THE DECK VID!!!

    Bloody hell that all looks so fun. I ADORE your frock - the colour!!! Your hair is amazing!

    Fuck me I wish I lived around the corner instead of across the planet!

    ADORE AMOR!!! Sarah xxx

    ReplyDelete
  5. Haha awesome barefoot drunken dancing! Think the song drowned out most of your singing - if its as bad as mine thats likely a good thing! Love love your dress tho, at least you looked fabby! :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Everything looks beautifully decorated.I see you shaking that hot booty of yours. that frock color and cut is fabulous on you amor.

    ReplyDelete
  7. haha, fab dancing and I love your dress! Bright colours really suit you x

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hello - you're back! And so are we, Mr TNMA insisted we leave London to escape the Royal Wedding hoopla. Love that dress, I'm getting into colour myself, and your party looks fab. Like the McQueen bra - I laughed today when I read The Guardian, I'd completely forgotten what McQueen stitched inside that suit for Prince Charles!

    ReplyDelete
  9. ¿Estás celebrando la boda del siglo?
    Me alegro por tus futuros reyes (Katy/Guillermo)tan guapos.
    A tí te sienta de maravilla ese tono pistacho con el que posas hoy.
    ¡Guapísima!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Vix you crack me up, McQueen leather bra as a centerpiece, genius. You and Christina are definitely leading the way in a 70's food revival and I must admit MG makes a mean prawn cocktail. Looks like you had a fab time and I love your dress, chartreuse is one of my favoutite colours and I love the drink too. the video clip is hilarious although can't here your singing voice too clearly, from what you said, probably a good thing!
    Have a fabulous bank holiday weekend.
    XXX

    ReplyDelete
  11. The colour of your dress completely sets off your tan. Lovely :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh I loved your bra centre piece, and loved your video (never knew you could upload you tube on here, I'm such a pc-dope)great dancing, especially loved your wonderful gypsy chandelier.
    Hope you havent a sore head today x

    ReplyDelete
  13. haha!! love the dress and the music-that is one of my feel good songs for sure.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Aww that vid is fab,i love the colour of your frock,totally suits you
    x

    ReplyDelete
  15. Fecking hell...Vix a-go-go! Lovey to see you in action and that dress is stunning.
    Yep, that's one dirrrty laugh!
    xxx

    ReplyDelete
  16. Absolutely wonderful!!
    I also like the clicky on/off table lamp strobe effect lol.
    Ace!!!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Ha ha great video! surprised you didn't try swinging from that fab chandelier. retro food looks awesomely presented

    ReplyDelete
  18. That dress in absolutely fantastic, I've never seen anything like it!
    I love your bra centre piece, that's so funny.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Great dress, you look fabulous. i love love loved the video Sounds like a suuuuuuperb party x

    ReplyDelete
  20. Oooh, the video is fab! You look really happy (who wouldn't be after a great day like that with loads of friends!). Can't believe that's the 1st time you've held a baby. I haven't got a single maternal bone in my body but do like borrowing other people's babies for a wee cuddle (until they're sick on my shoulder!). xx

    ReplyDelete
  21. hehehe loving the video, you are totally rocking that dress and if i looked that good after 9 hours on the sauce then i'd be made up! lol. Scarlett x

    ReplyDelete
  22. How FUN!
    You are stunning in that fab dress!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Haha love both your videos. You dance like me when I'm drunk! Im all arms in the and kicking my legs about haha!
    You look stunning in that dress. Cracking set of pins!
    Sophie
    x

    ReplyDelete
  24. Ha ha ha ha ha bless you your videos are smashing ;-)) And i can tell you now if i had been drinking for 9 hours i would be wreak on the floor ;-)) You look simply stunning that dress is gorgeous and so are you a stunning colour. I love you house it looks amazing i love your cocktail tree to ;-)) Have a lovely weekend, dee xx

    ReplyDelete
  25. Fabulous dress - goes so well with your lovely tan. 9 hours? You've got some stamina, girl!
    Max is gorgeous - is there photographic evidence of your baby-holding?!

    I did end up watching the wedding - forgot Mr R&B is a total royalist (he's from Berkshire, I think it's the law there!) so it was on!

    ReplyDelete
  26. wwouu, so fun!!, love to watch your party, fabulous snacks and pretty & handsome friends!, yeah, everything seems to be delightful, and you rock!!
    love your chartreuse dress, so chic!
    besos

    ReplyDelete
  27. Amazing dress!!! So bright O_O

    Hahaha it's tiering just watching those videos! Jon with the draft excluder made me laugh. I think you should show us your boot sale finds in this way every time, it's hilarious!

    You two are great!

    LOL at the cubes of spam.. very appetising haha! I love the Ritz/cream cheese/boiled egg combos you did.. I may have to try that!

    xxx

    ReplyDelete
  28. The mycherryblossomtree comment is mine! I'm logged into my Youtube account and forgot! xxx

    ReplyDelete
  29. OOOOMMMMMGGGG!!!!! guys, you're crazy. i totally love your Mad-chester clip (still love this music).

    and your dress is perfect for royal partying and raveing at the same time.
    :)

    http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  30. Looks like you had a fabulous time! Your dress is beautiful! I had a lot of fun looking at all the dresses on the big day, surely the best part for us ladies?!
    Your nibbles look soooooo good! yum yum x

    ReplyDelete
  31. Hi my dear!!! Wow, your dress is totally fabulous, love the colour, cut, price and awesome gorgeousness of it-what a price too!! Sounds like a fantastic party and you look so radiant and wonderful in the videos too!! Have a great weekend xxx

    ReplyDelete
  32. Vix I am so glad you are back home and safe from your trip to India. I am so far behind on blogging, and want to apologise for not being able to get in touch sooner. Please know I am still very much enchanted by you and your lifestyle and will always find the time to visit your blog, even just for a glance of your fabulous finds and timeless dress up.

    You are such an inspiration, in so many ways you inspire me.

    I hope I can get back to my blog soon, I really do miss sharing my passions and loves online, I just feel a little caught up in life at the moment. From having all the time in the world to barely a spare hour in the evening, for the time being it’s not possible for me to keep up with it. Which I am finding hard to accept, as I feel like I have almost abandoned everybody on here.

    Fabulous party dress and those videos are drunken classics, you and Jon sure know how to have a good time.

    Hope to be in touch soon xxx

    p.s A couple of weekends ago I found my dream typewriter, the one I’ve been dreaming and imagining using for years. It’s a blue Litton Imperial and despite it’s hefty £7 price tag at the car boot sale, we managed to haggle it down to £5 in the end. I proudly have it sat on my desk and can safely say it was worth every penny.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Don't know which i like best, your dress or the canapee tree.

    ReplyDelete
  34. The stone roses...Fools Gold init?? ahhhh the memories!!! I think not so clear as back then was a bit hazy for me far to much youthful exhuberance and to be quite frank noxious substances!!! Not long till festival season!!!

    ReplyDelete
  35. I love your videos :) and your dress is gorgeous, you look fantastic! xxx

    ReplyDelete
  36. OMG Vix the videos are amazing!! you looked like you were having an amazing time!

    Is your dress an Etsy one off? I am new to etsy and just don't know where to start, I've been looking for a dress similar to that to wear to a friends wedding, can you recommend any good etsy sellers?

    Much love beautiful

    amie xxxx

    ReplyDelete
  37. Love the dress, chartreuse is an underated colour. It can be so flattering, especially with a tan.

    ReplyDelete
  38. I love that dress. It's color is so unique but it still gives such a chic vibe. You loo amazing. That is one heck of a centerpiece!
    My Heart Blogged

    ReplyDelete
  39. Great vids, good to see the pins getting another airing! Tres chi in chartreuse daaaaahling!
    Curtise

    ReplyDelete
  40. That dress is simply amazing if nothing else!!! Love the color and how it looks on you! :)

    ♡ from © tanvii.com
    Apothica Giveaway

    ReplyDelete
  41. LOl had a great old giggle you entertaing woman.I also was eyeing of that chandelier just like the one on my to buy list.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Jaysus, I'm straight,I really am,but your amazing ASS was giving me the HORN!!!
    G and I thoroughly enjoyed those 2 vids!!We love your chandelier and soooo wish we were there grooving along with you both!!!
    I adore that frock,amor,it's too DIE for and you are drop dead sexy/gorgeous/divine!!!
    LOVE YOU!!!!
    Helga xxxXXXxxx

    ReplyDelete
  43. My my! Look at your all lime and lemony. :)
    Love all the pictures. Interesting and insightful.
    Have a fabulous Sunday.

    xo

    ReplyDelete
  44. Fek me Vix you are a FOX dammit!!!!!! A FOX I say! And the Stone Roses - aaaahhhhh!! OMG what a fab way to celebrate life, swinging chandelier and all. I'm watching your vids with the biggest cheesy grin on my face at you literally kicking up your heels way in the air! Your dress is super perfection plus and what an amaaaaaazing colour with your gorgeous tan. I'm amazed at your retro feast (and BRA!!) and recognise the red lazy susan. The party, the clothes, it all makes me think of Princess Maggie in her hey-day - I bet she would have loved your parties. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

    ReplyDelete
  45. What a lot of fun you are, my dear Vix.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    ReplyDelete
  46. haha love the video and the dancing...brilliant. It looks like you had a good time.

    I love your dress the colour looks fab on you and you have such a lovely tan xx

    ReplyDelete
  47. Gorgeous as ever lovely! Looks like you had a great time, and don't you have stylish friends?? x

    ReplyDelete
  48. Hello! You look fab in chartreuse! Loving the video of you dancing, I think you have the moves! what a feast to boot! xxx

    ReplyDelete
  49. Your parties always look so well planned to the last detail and most of all such a good fun. The colour of your dress is fantasticly vivid. Looks fab on you.

    ReplyDelete
  50. Vix that dress is amazing, the colour and back detail are gorgeous and i love the leather bra as a table decoration you minx!
    Max is so cute! Did you enjoy your cuddle? x

    ReplyDelete
  51. The dress is divine! You and Jon are made for each other. I love how you guys kept putting knick knacks in front of the camera.

    ReplyDelete
  52. I want to come and party with you Vix, it looks like you were having so much fun. And dressed up while still being totally laid back, just my kind of thing. Plus you've given me snack ideas for my party on the 14th (are you able to come? I think I did email, I assume you can't but it is always worth asking!). So good to have you back, we just got back from Germany on Friday night - wanted to avoid all that wedding nonsense xxx

    ReplyDelete
  53. Yes - the hors d'oeuvre tree!!!!! Fabulous frock luv. x

    ReplyDelete
  54. Wow you look wonderful in that dress, the colour really suits you and shows off your tan beautifully. Loved the videos, it's great to see you in action! xxx

    ReplyDelete
  55. Dearest Vix, hahaha! I love it!! How brilliant are you two? The videos are fabulous. Love the final legs bit on the second one. I saw my card with the Giles drawing on flash by as well. What was the first thing Jon held up? A poodle? You look like you're having a great time and not too sozzled at all. Loving the dance moves. Looks like a night round here!

    You look stunning. Love the dress and shoes. The colour is beautiful with your tan. £13.50 for the whole outfit?! Amazing! At my lunch yesterday which was full of fashion friends I had by far the cheapest outfit on - Antik Batik dress £30 on Ebay and Office wedges £25 in the sale.

    The retro buffet looks fabulous! We should do one together. And the McQueen bra as the centrepiece is genius.

    You're amazing. I love you! xx

    ReplyDelete
  56. Vix, the videos are the best.
    You guys are having a grand-old-time/
    The chandelier is gorgeous and the food looks so good!!

    ReplyDelete
  57. OoOo the food looks so yummy!
    Great dancing VIX, that dress looks hot on ya!

    ReplyDelete
  58. Love the lime green dress on you, especially in action!! You certainly dance like no one's watching, or recording for that matter!!

    ReplyDelete
  59. How amazing is this?!
    I sprained my leg trying to run home from university to catch the royal wedding live. I'm a sucker for public displays of love and all things old.

    ReplyDelete
  60. I enjoyed this post so much. Put a huge smile on my face and brightened up my day.

    ReplyDelete
  61. Loved that footage of you both dancing, especially where you both hold up things in front of the camera - classic! Your retro party food looks lush and I'm pleased to see guest appearences from Lazy Susan and Party Food Tree! Noticed your Little Forks too - I picked up a box of these in the week.
    xxx

    ReplyDelete
  62. Ha ha, you and your guests are the most glamorous royal subjects ever and do I detect quite a few belly dance lessons in your moves, Vix? Loooooovin' them! (the only way to top this would be to dance in the leather McQueen bra - next time?)
    xxx

    ReplyDelete
  63. Wow! I don't have volume here but I'm LOVING your raving! And your meat tree - hee, hee!

    ReplyDelete
  64. Fabulous Vix! That dress looks gorgeous, it's a great colour on you. Haha love the retro buffet, especially the little tree with cocktail sausages on- genius! Similarly, I decided to get on the booze early and whip up a birthday cake for my friend; didn't look half as good as your buffet!!! x

    ReplyDelete
  65. The videos are amazing! They cheered me up no end after a long day at work :) The colour of your dress looks gorgeous on you too xx

    ReplyDelete
  66. the table looks great and the finger foods look yummy.Love your dress and the chandelier.your videos are so cute and fun,shake it shake it.xx

    ReplyDelete
  67. love the color of ur dress and ur dance moves:-)

    ReplyDelete
  68. Omg! VIX I love you!!!
    Y'know I remember standing on a stage/beach/barn/field MANY a Saturday night with muh baby doll dress and OTK flipping out to 'set me free'. And regarding the second vid, reuben's party piece is swinging light fittings and any cushion or 'thing' handy...and oh the whistling too...I forgot about that one...
    So the big question is-When's the next part? I'm invited, right? ;)
    xxx

    ReplyDelete
  69. love the neon dress and the silver shoes!! and ur back!! how was ur vacation?

    ReplyDelete
  70. I can't get to the video either, but I love your dress.

    I did watch the Wedding and enjoyed it quite a lot.

    ReplyDelete
  71. I was a student during the Madchester years and spend many a happy hour dancing to the Stone Roses absolutely off my tree! You brought it all back. Good times! Em xx

    ReplyDelete
  72. Haha you crazy pair - I love the video's so fun .. especially the first one!!! :D

    Great dress! And great moves Mrs!

    Sal xXx

    ReplyDelete
  73. I'll have what you two are having, only half! Thanks for the giggle, Vix, you've brightened up my morning - and I love your dress x

    ReplyDelete
  74. Worra tune!!! Thank you for making me giggle and making me want to jump in and have a boogie as well! x

    ReplyDelete
  75. Just back-reading the blog because I've been so slack - Vix this video was so funny! You two look like such a laugh, I'd love to bump into you at a festival! xx

    ReplyDelete

Don't be shy, if you enjoyed your visit leave a comment, I can come and visit your blog if you do.
Love from Vix
xxx