Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Goan Goodies & Antipodean Amazement


The postman was laughing to himself when he knocked the door this morning and before I'd even looked I knew my parcels had to be from the Land Down-under. Despite me being the other side of the world my darlings Helga and Sarah hadn't forgotten me on their op-shopping adventures in Sydney.


Here's just a peek at the amazing assortment of vintage frocks and maxi skirts, psychedelia, pearls, velvet, lace, bangles, rings, hair adornments, tights and poodles.


The weather's been chilly and overcast here for most of today and the sun's only just broken through the clouds, so obviously I had to test-run this fabulous vintage ethnic print maxi dress the beautiful Sarah found for me.


It fits like it was made to measure.


Here's some stuff I bought in Goa,


a movie still featuring my idol, legendary Bollywood vamp, Helen (she of my blog header).


I always stock up on Ayurvedic soap, kajal and toothpaste when I'm in India and as you know, I can't resist a bit of handmade Lamani gypsy jewellery (made from old coins and scrap metal).


After sixteen trips to India I rarely do much shopping, just replacing worn out leather chappals, sarongs and harem pants.

Vintage maxi (courtesy of Sarah Misfit), leather chappals, brass choker made by a hill tribe in Orissa, bindi (all from India), vintage bangles, wooden rings and cuffs (inherited)
Mega excitement - tomorrow is the monthly jumble sale preview followed by my beloved Thursday morning car boot sale. Wish me luck.

52 comments:

  1. Your Bollywood legend 'Helen' looks so much like you...gorgeous

    That dress is stunning on you xx

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  2. The dress looks totally fabulous on you! What a lucky gal you are to receive a parcel full of such fabness, I love your movie still too, rar! x

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  3. That's an amazing maxi dress and travelling to India must have been amazing. What's it like over there? I would love to go sometime. And thanks, my friend has good taste in cards! Love the Indian jewellery too. xxx

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  4. That dress is fabulous, I love it. Looks amazing on you, what superb friends you have. I'd love to go to India, my Mr may be off there again soon, although sadly just for work.

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  5. What amazing goodies in the post and what fabulous friends! You look beautiful in the dress :o) Scarlett x

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  6. Oh wow Vix, what a frock! And isn't that jewellery gorgeous too? I'm having a real longing for coin jewellery at the moment but the perfect piece hasn't been found yet.

    I found something for you while you were away as well, but it's not as good as that glorious parcel from Helga and Sarah! Honestly, I'm having no luck with finding interesting stuff at the moment.

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  7. Hi there!! Wow, the maxi is fantastic on you, the colours and fit are you to a tee!! Fabulous goodies from the lovely Sarah and love the coin jewellery too!! Very best of luck with the jumble and booty tomorrow, I know you will come back with some amazing treasures!! BTW, I found a gorgeous Jean Varon maxi dress on ebay whilst you were gone-I've shown it on my blog, I hope you get a chance to look at it!! xxx

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  8. Beautiful gifts Vix. That dress looks gorgeous on you! Have a great time tomorrow xxx

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  9. Stunning dress Vix, can't wait to see the other pieces on and the Lamani gypsy jewellery is gorgeous recycling at its most beautiful!
    XXX

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  10. Fabulous Helga and Sarah, fabulous you.A woman of the soul and a beauty of the body, ahhhhhhhh India suits you so well.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  11. I love the dress and choker, and I spy some crazy tights in those parcels! The Helen picture is a great find. Can I ask how Indian toothpaste differs from what you find here? Good luck at the jumble and boot sales, although I know you don't need it x

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  12. Stunning as always ;-) i love that little dress that came in the post its orange and pinks flowers i would love to see that one in all its glory please ;-))But wow what great friends you have ;-) Good luck for the carboot you always come up trumps but fingers are crossed ;-)) dee x

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  13. Love the print - reminds me of vintage scarves! love the gypsy jewelry. cant wait to see how you style it! I love indian kajals too - dark, deep black!

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  14. Wow, the dress looks perfect!
    And naturally I'm totally in love with the jewellery. :) Some gorgeous pieces, and the choker is probably the best.

    xx

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  15. the dress is amazing! and it fits you like a glove.

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  16. You brought back a beautiful Bollywood legend? Good for you, Vix! and these Australian dresses that keep coming for you... they are just wonderful! xoxo

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  17. Lovely, Vix. I do like to see what the girls send you.
    Have fun at the jumbly.
    xxx

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  18. Fab as ever - love the Lamaini gypsy trinkets and the wonderful things you've been sent. xx

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  19. That toothpaste looks rather interesting!! I quite fancy the coin jewellery too,it rocks!
    I adore you in that frock!!Heavenly,Ms Foxy Fabulousness!!!
    And isn't Helen just the bomb?! Such a lovely pic,but I expect she couldn't photograph bady at all!!!
    EEEEEEEEEEK!!!
    I love you,freaky twin!!!!
    xxxXXXxxx Helga!

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  20. This dress is so you ,love your Indian jewel.the purple stands out so much with your eyes.
    you lucky spoilt girl.
    how sweet are Sarita and Helgita?
    I use Kajal eyeliner too.Indian make up is so much prettier bright colors.
    gorgeous jewelry.

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  21. You look so tanned and chilled. I love the maxi dress, it goes great with the tan, and that coin jewellery is fab. I love stuff like that for the summer. I know you probably wish you were back in sunny Goa, but I'm glad you're back... I get blog withdrawal! xx

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  22. I think that has to be my favourite of your maxi dresses - it does look like it was made for you - you look stunning in it! Amazing given that someone on the other side of the world selected it for you!

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  23. You look absolutely stunning in that maxi! The colors just suit you perfectly and give your skin a nice glow!

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  24. Hey, I can imagine India's beautiful. And yeah it's lovely when the sun's out in Cumbria. We were very lucky on our holiday to get lots of sunshine, it didn't rain once! I'll have to renew my passport and book a trip once I have the time, hopefully after university. xxx

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  25. ¡¡Eres camaleónica!!!
    ¡¡¡Bravo!!!

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  27. That dress fits your body perfectly! I love the green and purple colours together, it's very you!

    What a lovely surprise to get all those goodies! I see you have now got some of those amazing black and white striped tights like Helga's! I love it when she wears them.. now we must see you rocking them!

    I'm looking forward to seeing what you find tomorrow! Love your boot sale bargains. xxx

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  28. You look SMASHING!!! Love the dress!!! All the goodies you brought made me smile. You should totally move to Goa! :o)

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

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  29. yeah, it really fits you and it has a so pretty print, so bright and colored!, and love to see your marvelous goodies coming from the other side of the world, from so fabulous ladies!!
    so nice to see all that stuff!!
    besos

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  30. WOW! I sent a parcel to Sydney,a parcel to NZ and your parcels to the UK all together and they all arrived on the same day. Nice work Aussie Post!

    Oh I am SO glad that frock is so perfect - you look amazing in it! And I can't wait to see you in the rest of the goodies.

    I am also a bit intrigued by the toothpaste - what flavour is it?

    Good luck with your jumbo sale preview - I wish I could come with you!

    Amor, Sarah xxx

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  31. That dress does fit like a dream on you. It's such a gorgeous print.

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  32. Can't wait to see what you find tomorrow! The dress fits you beautifully.xx.

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  33. The dress looks great on you!
    Good luck with the jumble sale and car boot tomorrow.

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  34. Dearest Vix, the dress is beautiful and I love the colours. Sarah's fabulous.

    Aren't those girls brilliant. You even got a poodle!!

    Good luck tomorrow. I shall call you in the afternoon. Love you xx

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  35. You look like a gypsy princess on her way to an annual processions into exotic lands!

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  36. 16 trips, now I am jealous!! lol :)
    You look amazing in your dress, and it does look like it was made to fit you. The soap looks lovely, has it a nice smell,am sure it does.Good luck tomorrow, have fun x

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  37. really suuuuch a beautiful maxi frock! I always thought the person in the header is you, how funny :) You really have that India attitude!

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  38. Such a beautiful dress and wishing you good luck in your bargain hunting endeavours today! xxx

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  39. The colours in that dress really suit you and yes, it looks made to measure! How lovely to have friends on the other side of the world who post you things - even a poodle lol!

    I'm still the owner of a Kajal tub that I bought back when Woolies used to sell vinyl singles and make up!

    Ali x

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  40. Good luck with Today's car boot sale, sweetie. How thoughtful and kind of Helga to send you such a pretty dress - the colours are so warm and golden. XX

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  41. What breathtaking jewellery! I love it all, but particularly the choker & cuffs. So beautiful! That dress really does fit like made to measure as well - totally perfect for you! Great dress picking award for the day goes to Sarah!

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  42. You've put me on a Helen quest Vix. I think I'm in love with her! Where on earth can I buy her movies on DVD? Eeeep! My god a parcel from the two goddesses must have been such a treat - no wonder the postie was having a giggle at the address:))). I bet they all fight down at the sorting room over who gets to deliver your parcels. I lurrrrrve the dress - you look like a flower in your lovely green and purple spring garden - I'm sure that dress was made for you!! I've always loved Indian packaging - doesn't matter what's inside, the packets and boxes are so gorgeous! You look so tanned, relaxed and utterly beautiful Vix. Good luck and fingers crossed for today's treasure hunt xoxoxoxxo

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  43. Gorgeous dress, you look just fab! Kind of delighted to find out more about blog header beauty too! xxxxx

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    Btw, I have my 1st giveaway in my blog, hope you are interested to join XD

    http://mrsvintagehk.blogspot.com/

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  45. Stunning maxi dress, and you look beautiful in a bindi! So glad you found such a delightful, vibrant picture of your Helen.

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  46. Teh dress surely does fit you like it was made for you. The gypsy jewellery is fab.

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  47. Sooooo jealous. Still desperate to get to Goa, although best friend has talked me into Thailand for this year. xx

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  48. Oh vix, you look divine in that dress. What a babe! How exciting to get a package off those thoughtful ladies, bet they had you on their minds the whole time. Your comment about my busking made my day, but I have to tell you, I play violin not sing! Golly, if I sang on the side of the street for money, I think someone would throw something at me to shut me up, haha!

    Xoxox Claire

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  49. I can't get over that dress Vix. It is so beautiful. Very Anna Sui. And absolutely perfect on you
    xxx

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  50. You look like an Egyptian queen! Sarah and Helga sure know how to pick 'em for you hon! WOW! You look freakin' amazing!

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  51. omg, i cant believe u did a post on helen..I LOVEEEEE HERRRRRRRRRRRR...isnt she the bestest ever!!

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