Monday, 30 May 2011

Cat In A Hat

 
What a washout. Our Bank Holiday festival fun's been halted after water from today's torrential downpour got into the electrics and caused the sound system to blown up. Unless it's repaired in the next couple of hours it looks like I'm all dressed up with nowhere to go. Luckily we can hear proceedings from our garden so we can dash off the minute we hear a bhangra beat.


Vintage leopard coat (£3, Church sale), 1980's velvet shorts (60p, car boot sale with lace added by me), Wide brimmed felt hat (50p, car boot sale), 1960's lace blouse (40p, jumble sale), Suedette boots (£5, local boutique)
Despite leopard print becoming a bit commonplace of late my trusty Astraka coat continues to make a reappearance come the festival season. It's warm and cosy and I've even treated it with water-proofing tent spray to help keep me dry.


I bought these 1980's high-waisted velvet shorts from a car boot sale last week and pimped them up with some old lace. Jon reckons I've made them look like knickers but if underwear as outerwear is good enough for my style icon, Desiree, then it's good enough for me.


Here's the secret to Saturday night's curls, my Adee & Paul hot sticks which were a quid from a car boot sale last summer. I leave them to heat up whilst I'm having a bath and then wind them into my hair stopping at just below jaw level, removing them when they've cooled down (usually around 15 minutes). The same effect as sleeping in rags minus the passion-killing bedtime look.

Butler & Wilson cat brooch (courtesy of the gorgeous Sharon), Floral bangle (courtesy of the beautiful Sarah Misfit) and heart-shaped turquoise ring (my darling Helga), Blueberry Ice polish by Barry M.

Despite the rubbish weather I've still managed to have a brilliant weekend and there's sewing circle, a charity shop adventure and a pub lunch scheduled for the rest of the week. My eyebrows have completely healed too, hooray! 


73 comments:

  1. Fancy looking that uber glam and then the festival being cancelled... what a pain. I love leopard print, the jacket is cool, as is the hat. I hope they fix your sound system in time. xx

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  2. I LOVE that Leopard coat! I got a leopard fur coat for Christmas 5 years ago and it remains a favorite of mine! I Love your jewelry too! You look Great!

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  3. Rainproof the coat. Genius. Don't rainproof the cat though...

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  4. This is one of my favourite looks so far - hope you still get to show it off (to the world in general that is, at least we've all seen you). I really really really love your coat, it's very similar to my much missed one which I basically wore to death. *sniff*

    Great hat too, I'm looking forward to wearing mine on hols (I'm only allowed to take one - something about children needing clothes too)

    Catch up when I get back - have a great week xx

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  5. I hope the weather picks up - its been raining here non stop since about 5 this morning - April showers are definitely a month late!

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  6. Hi my dear!! Hope you manage to get back to the festival, you look totally gorgeous and the shorts look fab, I love the diy lace on them!! The brooch looks cute on your jacket, as does all your other lovely jewellery! Have a great week ahead, good luck with your finds at the charity shops!! xxx

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  7. Im with Lakota on thinking this is the best look yet, only cause im a complete leopard print nut. I love that you used tent spray - what a great idea (and one which i will be pinching!). Scarlett x

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  8. I adore your boots you look fab as per usual x

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  9. That's a shame about your festival - hope the weather clears for you soon! It's been gorgeous down here in kent! As ever you look totally fab - love the leopard rar! xxx

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  10. ahhh sassy, you look great. I love leopard, it adds instant spice to any outfit. Your hat is lovely too. I think it's funny you mentioned rags, my mom used to put us in rags before pictures and parties and they hurt because she would pull our hair so tight, but i must say, the curls were invincible when you used rags!!

    Besos,
    Denise

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  11. Oh Vix, I love the shorts! Although Jon's taste usually seems brilliant, I think he's wrong here. Unless he was suggesting that going out in your knickers was a good thing?

    Fingers crossed this rain sods off. I have no practical shoes to wear in the wet weather and no money or inclination to go and buy any.

    ps - I'd love to read Wolf Hall if you don't mind passing it on. Your parcel went in the post on Saturday.

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  12. I can't believe that coat cost £3!!! it's fantatsic! x

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  13. Great hat and coat! Shame about the festival - we've had similar problems when planning to see a friend's band play at a festival. Hope it gets sorted in time.

    I used to use strips of tinfoil instead of rags - Crystal Tips had nothing on me!

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  14. I really like your festival chic outfit and hope that the activities have resumed. Its been miserable here in Blackpool, I feel sorry for people who have paid to come here for a sunny weekend away only to get soaked and cold! xx

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  15. Love this combination of lace, velvet and leopard!

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  16. Wah!! That rain was bloody heavy,and obviously sneaky!!!
    You looked freakin' marvellous and ready for instand action,at least!LOVE that coat!Soooo sexy!!!
    The shorts look wonderful with the lace!Desiree is soo bloody inspirational,so unexpected!
    LOVE YOU!!!!
    Sooooo great to chat!
    Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  17. That coat is fab, and Jon is wrong about your shorts.

    Caroline
    xxx

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  18. Hope the rain stopped in time for a little bit of festival fun. You look way too fab to have nowhere to go, love!
    Loving the leopard and hat, of course, but I really want to get more than a tantalising glimpse of that lace blouse... Love a blouse, tho getting one to fit me without gaping is problematic, so I have well-fitting-blouse envy, I'm afraid!
    Looking forward to hearing about the adventures your week has in store. xxx

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  19. The weather is very cool for the south of Spain, too.which is fine by us. Sorry about the rain.
    You look like goddess, my friend.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  20. The coat is tops - how brilliant your sprayed it too!!xx

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  21. typical bank holiday weather huh?, the sun has just come out here (about 7.30pm) love that cat brooch

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  22. I'm running out of ways to say "you look great"!

    I've been after a hat like that for a while, but so far they're all come up too small for me. I'm living vicariously, here.

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  23. Loving the nose ring Vix, just noticed it! Looks fab. As does the leopard print coat - I'm a fan of a leopard faux fur, they're eternally chic in my opinion! x

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  24. Loving that coat - you rock it! xxxxxxxx

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  25. Hey Vix we have the curler sticks like that here. I have 3 sets!! lol WHY?? I dunno I kept coming across them left and right for good prices. The brand I use is called (Conair Hot Stix)

    That COAT IS AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS! (Had I come across that I think I would label it as one of my best finds!) *meeow*

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  26. I love a bit of leopard print. It can jazz up any outfit! I was going to mention how gorgeous your hair looked in the post below. I think my mum has some of those rag rollers, may have to steal them one time this week.
    You look lovely all dressed up Vix!
    Sophie
    x

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  27. You look wonderful! Hope they managed to fix the sound system...i can't believe how much it has rained today, it has just stopped now. Have a great night xxx

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  28. Vix you look gorgeous as ever! Those shorts are too good to be true! I love them!

    Thankyou for your lovely comment on my blog! Don't worry, Age and I are also living 'in sin' haha for now at least!

    Lots of love xxxxx

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  29. I am a huge fan of leopard print, the coat looks fab!

    Funny you mentioning rags - I always went to bed with them in as a kid, part of my mothers 'you have to suffer to be beautiful' mantra!

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  30. Yay - leopardprint! Love it, beautiful pics, just look at those legs! xx

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  31. Could you be any more glamorous? Sigh. I love that coat. Your hair looks AMAZING! It always looks effortlessly sexy. :)

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  32. I really really dig this outfit- as always , you look adorable!

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  33. Love the coat and bare legs, only in England, hey!

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  34. I lovelovelove your coat so much! I am such a freak for a fuax fur animal print! You look beautiful and I adore your pimping of those fab shorts.

    Love, Sarah xxx

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  35. Love the jacket with the hat and the lace velvet short!
    You skin looks radiant with those peach and pink tones.
    You are having a busy week ahead, I hope that the weather gets better.
    We just had a glorious 80 something degrees with a nice breeze. Please don't hate!
    Con mucho amor,

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  36. What a rotten day yesterday was! Rubbish weather.
    Let's hope the rest of the week is much better.

    Love the outfit. You look like the cat that got the cream.

    X x

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  37. Love the outfit
    That coat is amazing!!!
    Hoping the weather gets better for all of us
    xx

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  38. Ahhh I love leopard skin coats, mine was just from New Look but it will be one of my favourites for as long as it lasts.

    Our festival here was a washout too - didn't stop us either though, just diluted my Guinness punch a bit

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  39. Hope the music came on for you Vix, what a shame if it ruined their system. I was out last night seeing Verdi's Macbeth - not as danceable as your bhangra but certainly very dramatic! xx

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  40. oooh I do love me some leopard print!! You look fabulous as ever!

    Yeah it was a bit of a wash out here too although as I planned sewing all weekend it worked out just dandy for me :o)

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  41. I love that hat missus! And that is such a great idea to waterproof your furs. You will definitely be the most glamourous dress festival goer this year in that Leopard :-)

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  42. Yeap, this outfit shouts: I'M READY TO GO OUT AND HAVE SOME FUN!! Hope they've sorted the problems... Love the whole look, Vix. Leopard print might be ubiquitous these days, but your coat is still special. xxx

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  43. aren't hot sticks fabulous?! you are the BEST in leopard mmmmmeow!

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  44. If they had seen this look they would have held the festival anyway, how could they not, you look a force of nature! Your style is inspiring. Of course as a stubby little chubby, it's just wishful thinking but so fun seeing what you come up with!

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  45. What a fabulous coat! Love it ... and you look totally ready to bring the house down! :)

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

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  46. that hat is amazing!! pleeeease take me with you to one of your car boots sales one day :)

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  47. Hot cat in a hat!!!!!!!
    ...and I love this!;
    "we can dash off the minute we hear a bhangra beat.
    "!!

    Love all the elements of this outfit! And the coat is to die for! Although Leopard is 'in like flynn' right now... no one wears it like you!

    It seems to be raining all over the world! Sydney has experienced torrential downpour, gales and tornadoes!!

    [ps. Yes! It was Midsomer Murders!]

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  48. I just noticed you had curly hair, god I'm daft! It lloks so cool, I used to have similar hot sticks but they didnt work on my hair, nothing does but rags apparently! You're right about the passion killing tho haha :)

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  49. I am loving a bit of leopard print at the moment - I am after a paor of peep toe shoes off e bay to go with a high waisted skirt and a retro tee :D You look amaze balls as always xx

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  50. whouuu, the leopard coat really rocks and it's a wonderful piece!, love that kind of comfy and warm clothes!
    and you're super glamourous!, velvet shorts!!, I'm amazed by your fabulousness!
    besos

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  51. The leopard coat is so amazing.

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  52. Dearest Vix, you look amazing! I love everything. Who cares if they look like knickers, which they don't, you can carry it off. Love you! xx

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  53. I am seriously coveting that leopard print jacket!!! Your hair looks lovely- I can never curl my own hair *sigh*

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  54. Leopard print always makes the day!

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  55. The the hat, coat, boots and legs. Not necessarily in that order.

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  56. Your eyes certainly look like bright cat eyes amor.
    So in love with your fabulosa leopard coat. What a genius you are on sewing lace on your gorgeous shorts, you got some sexy legs.hope everything gets sorted.
    Miss u.

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  57. I love this outfit ! The leopard and the lace are beautiful together !
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  58. Love the lace you've added to those shorts! Makes them looks so pretty!

    What a gorgeous leopard print coat!

    Thanks for sharing the secret to your curled tresses! I'm going to look for some of those! They seem quite easy to use! xxx

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  59. Hey Vix!

    Looking fab as ever! Love love LOVE that hat!

    I mentioned you in my blog today! :D

    http://creditcrunchchic.blogspot.com/2011/06/carrie-moment.html

    Much love Amie xxxx

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  60. Fabulous coat! You look incredibly glamorous. And I am a big fan of what you've done with those shorts. Besides, I hear underwear-as-outerwear is back in a big way.

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  61. Just catching up on my blogs. Its not good not having the internet as I miss my daily reads!
    Vix I love the leopard print coat and how fab are those rollers it reminds me of when I was much younger and desperate for a perm, but not being allowed, so had some heated curlers instead.
    Dx

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  62. Love the faux-leopard coat. Looks great on you!

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  63. Loving the leopard print jacket!It looks so warm. I've bought two leopard print items from work. Will have to post up pics soon. Your eyebrows are looking good.

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  64. I'm majorly impressed with your pimping! They have a real 60s vibe.
    xxx

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  65. your outfits are absolutely fabulous! So inspiring. Love love love!

    Xx

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  66. Yay for knickers!! Well, I realise the shorts are shorts but adding a bit of lace is gonna heat up the room a bit isn't it;))? I missed this post my lovely, thank you so much - style icon? My god you are my style icon!! I was at another vintage fair today and thought about you. Probably coz I was still thinking that you'd had the nasty dream about me and knitting needles! I can assure you that me and sharp objects are not good friends:)). Glad to hear your brows have healed, they look so beautiful and you look ready for festival season. You are looking so amazing here Vix, the mix of leopard-print with shiny floral top has my heart skipping a beat or two with envy!! xoxoxoxoxox

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  67. you look so glam. absolutely in love with this look, always attracted to anything leopard print!

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  68. Love everything about this look - a definite favourite. V rock chick. xx

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