Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Head Candy


This time next week we'll hopefully be packed and ready to head off to Glastonbury.
In readiness I made a new headband, my essential accessory for disguising filthy, unwashed festival hair.



It seems like every shop on the high street sells floral headbands, they're pretty but a bit too subtle for my taste. I make my own by cutting the waistband off a knackered pair of tights and hand-sewing on the petals and leaves from artificial flowers (bought by the bagful at any car boot sale).


Hair worthy of Worthy Farm for less than 50p, no danger of anyone losing me now.


No camp's complete without bunting and last year's is looking a bit battered so I've ransacked my vintage fabric stash and made more. It's currently prettifying our smoking area. This is where you'll always find Jon at parties.

Maxi dress worn with a vintage scarab pendant (£1.50, car boot sale)

A big thank you to my new blog buddy, Lucy, for sending me this gorgeous vintage nylon maxi dress she found in a charity shop at the weekend. It's perfect.

Don't forget to check out my guest post over at the wonderful Rachel's blog today

86 comments:

  1. I absolutely love the pendant. really an amazing piece and I can't belive the bargain price!

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  2. Such a beautiful outfit, especially that gorgeous dress, I really love those sleeves.

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  3. You look so beautiful. Like a magical festival fairy! Loving the hairpiece.

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  4. Oh yes, a magical festival fairy! I was thinking Greek Goddess but that's much more like it. You look gorgeous.

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  5. Ha. Filthy, unwashed hair. You are such a pagan goddess!

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  6. Excellent outfit and am looking forward to the excuse to wear flowers in my hair at the 60s wedding I'm attending soon. Good find from Lucy x

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  7. Wow,it looks so different 'on'! My OH said it gave him the creeps, he could imagine the ghost of a troubled soul floating by in it. I instantly thought 'festival' when I saw it, and with your expert styling you've managed to create the ultimate festival look. It's great fun seeing something modelled just how you imagined, only better! Fab bunting too...

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  8. Your bunting is adorable! I love the flower headband - I know what you mean about the ones in the shops being too small - I'm not that outgoing but I think on long, thick hair they could look a bit 'lost,' and that's not the point of wearing flowers in your hair, is it?!

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  9. Lucy was on the button with this fab maxi! It is gorgeous on you, and I love the flowers with it! xxxxxxx

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  10. just discovered your blog via moon to moon. you are amazing! i love your look, and you have the best maxi dress collection! looking forward to more posts.

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  11. Excellent tip on making a floral headband from old tights, never would have thought of that! :)

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  12. A fab bit of head candy for a great bit of eye candy! I love the floaty dress, looks like you are gonna get major stoned and dance around rings of magic mushrooms! lol!

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  13. Straight out of Woodstock! If you're going to wear flowers in your hair, you might as well do it properly and actually see them! I never would have thought of a tights waistband to stitch them to - what a great idea.

    Your smoking corner looks - well, smoking! Ready to hold your own Glasto x

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  14. You look fabulous! Such a good idea to make your own headband- you're right, they're all a bit generic and dull on the high street, unless you're willing to stump up extortionate amounts of course!
    You really remind me of the Medieval Baebes in this outfit, which I definitely mean as a HUGE compliment as I heart them lots. Went to see them in Rotherham cathedral last Christmas and they were all dressed like this, singing their arias. Gorgeous!

    xxx Maddie

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  15. I love your headband, and the fab idea of making it from the waistband of a pair of tights! I have a ruck-load of old flowers and a pile of tights that are about four inches shorter than the length of my legs, so will be cutting those babies up and sewing myself a fairy headband. Thank you for your gorgeous comment on my blog. You are a lovely, supportive and gorgeous woman yourself, and I'm very happy to have "met" you. Big hugs, Em x

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  16. OOH! Great use for old tights. I love to recycle old tights (bizarre trait)!! I go to the £1 buy-anything-random-ironmongers for my fake flowers.

    I also adore your smoking area, how civilised. Being a non-smoker I don't like my house smoky, but it's most uncouth not to have nice facilities for the fag-ash-lils-and-lens amongst us. Most of whom have the best gossip at any given party!

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  17. That headband is gorgeous! I'm going to Glastonbury this year for the first time, it's so exciting! Might have to make a headband of my own :) x

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  18. Hi my dear-your headband looks so stylish and pretty and I adore the maxi dress too, not long now lucky girl! xx

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  19. You look like a bohemian goddess! xx

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  20. Loving the head band ... and that pendent is gorgeous!!!

    ♥ from © tanvii.com

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  21. What a gorgeous dress, its all very ethereal. I love your bunting too. I need to make more bunting, ours didn't survive last years camping. Xx

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  22. oh, this dress looks so romantic and dreamy... love it's soft print.

    http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.com

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  23. Love the headband, it goes perfectly with the maxi. Jon and Mr D would end up smoking together I am sure, that is where he always gravitates to as well. Sometimes I even pretend to be a smoker, just to make sure I'm not missing out on any good gossip xx

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  24. As soon as you mentioned the spotability-in-a-crowd angle of your headband I started wondering if you'll have a day-glo version for night-time... Love the way you've made such a brill job of making your own. Great maxi from Lucy - fab how things seem to be flying round the country between bloggers! Top smoking area too - loving that black'n'white chair; I've got a white one.

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  25. Fabulous headband - a real eye-catcher - and I love your new bunting too.

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  26. Vix, you look most ethereal and blissed-out, like a vintage angel! Lovely dress from Lucy, very you, and the flowers are gorgeous - rather reminiscent of Helga's flowery hat, I feel!
    Love the bunting too - you have been busy with the beautifying.

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  27. ahh, you are so ready for Glastonbury! I hope that you have the most wonderful time and the rain holds off! What a fab idea for a headband, made for a fraction of high street prices and looking a million times better! x

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  28. You look perfect for Glasto! I love the floral headband, no chance of you getting lost eh?
    Fab bunting too!
    Sophie
    x

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  29. ACK!! (that's me choking over how fabulous every detail is!!!)
    Yay,Lucy,great frock!!! Sooooo pretty! The headband is divine,the bunting rocks! (I'm in the middle of making some too!Great minds...)That pendant is totally SQUEE!
    LOVE YOU!!!!
    xxxXXXxxxHelga!

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  30. You look like a pre-raphaelite maiden - what a lovely dress and garland! Festival dressing at Glastonbury is about to get a lot more glam!

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  31. Loving your festival fabulousness. Great make on the flower band - so cute. Mwah Scarlett x

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  32. Ooooh, loving the dress! And I love your idea for the floral headband! I have quite a few of these wreath style flowery things, but I love this bushy one! Great idea!

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  33. Fantastic outfit! and i love your bunting too! xxx

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  34. You look magical in this outfit. I love your dress. And the crown of flowers is a lovely touch. :)

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  35. Dear Vix, I've missed you! I decided to try and live without constantly looking at the computer for a long weekend... it wasn't easy!

    Using tights is inspired, I would never have thought of that. Love the headband and the pendant and the dress is fabulous! Gorgeous sleeves!

    Your smoking area and bunting are great!

    Love you loads xx

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  36. If I'm not in the kitchen at parties then I'm usually passive smoking. Considering I've never touched a cig in my life, I really don't know why I like hanging around smoke so much.

    Anyway, back on topic. I love the floatiness of this frock - perfect with the floral headband. Great pick by Lucy!

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  37. Ooh - the waistband from a pair of tights! You are so CLEVER! I have been using ribbon - which is ok for a while but it does slip and you have to keep adjusting it - your idea is MARVELLOUS!

    You look AMAZING in that gorgeous etheral frock and headpiece - I am SO ENVIOUS! I want to come to Glasto with you! I can't wait to see your pics and hear your tales, amor!

    Love, Sarah xxx

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  38. aww pretty!

    That is so clever to put it on tights nice and stretchy! and smooth on your forehead..

    I can't believe Glastonbury is only next week! Not that I'm going but it really means festivals are now a'happening.. aka summer :-)
    I don't know if I really want to go to Glastonbury, it seems so massive and difficult to get to the stage, I'd love to hear about your experiences =)

    oh to be homely and think of bringing bunting for a tent!

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  39. love the sleeves...what a thoughtful gift! btw....the ocean picture from my last post was taken in Portugal!

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  40. Love it Vix, you look like a New Age Maid Marion. You and I, I see, also have the same taste in vintage jewellery!

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  41. Vix, you look like a hippie goddess!
    The dress is exquisite and it fits you beautifully.

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  42. I love you in that flower crown! I hope you have a great time in Glastonbury!!! Hearts, Janna Lynn

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  43. What a gorgeous dress, you look like an angel with attitude. I'm going to have to make myself a flower headband!! Woo, the countdown is ON! Can't wait to see some festival pics...Xoxox

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  44. Cant say much more than whats been said but you look like a flower fairy as my grandies would say xx I shall also be making the headbands to for all us girls here

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  45. Your flower band is GORGEOUS! I want one to wear at the beach! lol
    I also love the bunting and that dress looks wonderful on you Vix!

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  46. You wear those headbands so well, perhaps you should have been born in medieval times! Love the black and white coolie chair too.xx.

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  47. You are so clever at making things.

    Your hair looks lovely x

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  48. Your bunting looks great, and I love your headband, brilliant idea of using an old stocking :) I was revamping my festi/solstice hat yesterday too. Have a wonderful time at Glastonbury,shame my campouts on the same days, maybe next year they wont clash xx

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  49. P.s forgot to mention that dredlock place in Goa, very unfortunate naming lol!

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  50. What a great dress. Someone knows your style very well. Much prefer your head dress to the ones available now!

    Adore the bunting it looks supper.

    X x

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  51. The dress looks gorgeous on you, and I love the prints on the bunting... I've been meaning to make some for a few years.

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  52. Ah that smoking arena makes me want to take up smoking again!!
    Your post at the other blog is legendary!
    Have fun festivalling.
    Brings back memories!!

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  53. Vix, you look like a modern day Titania, and the bunting is lovely, you will have the prettiest camp at Glastonbury.
    XXX

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  54. You're going to have the best accessories at Glastonbury - gorgeous!

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  55. Vix I'm so excited to see your festival pics. I know I'll be totally Green with envy though. Stunning.
    Love the headband, much funkier than high street ones.

    xxx

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  56. You are brilliant Vix! Old tights waistband!!
    ...and you look so beautiful... like a modern day Ophelia... without the tragic bullshit and fragility and um, er, craziness!! eek. perhaps not a good similarity! but I hope you understand what I mean! You look glorious as a summer's day...

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  57. Um. You are adorable. the pics are absolutely gorgeous! Have an amazing time at Glasto. So sad to not be going this year – but I am seeing Pulp n Hyde Park in July – woo! x
    p.s. That headband is gorgeous. you should post a little tutorial

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  58. I think I am going to name you the Fabulous Festival Fairy based on this outfit. The maxi is gorgeous, and I love your floral headband. It's much nicer than all the chain store versions.

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  59. Flippin' love it! Very Rossetti.
    You know all's well when Vix is preparing for the festie season!
    xxx

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  60. Love your style, I have so many things that would look amazing on you. You would love Byron Bay if your ever in Australia, you would go nuts for all the amazing hippie stuff (vintage of course) you get here- it became popular from all the leftovers from the Aquarius festival in 73 setting up round the area. Have fun at Glastonbury!

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  61. You're a proper flower child - looking beautiful!

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  62. Such a creative lady you are! WHat a lovely dress your friend Lucy gave you. You're one lucky girl Vix. x

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  63. you look like a fairy princess...fit for any fun!! x

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  64. Love your headpiece. The bunting looks magnificent too. You are so talented, pal.

    Love you!

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  65. Wonderful headband and maxi dress-you look Glasto-ready already! And so glam too. Love the whole look
    Much love Amie xxxxx

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  66. aww you look lovely i love the head piece, what a great idea a pair of tights and flowers ;-)) It looks gorgeous. And your bunting it so lovely and retro to, enjoy the rest of your week, dee x

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  67. I love that everything you do, you do to the max! You not only go floral, no you make you OWN flower headband! :) It's perfect, just like you dear Vix!

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  68. You look so lovely, Vix. Between the flowers and the floaty beautiful dress you could be an elf princess or a Greek goddess of spring - such a lovely look xxx

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  69. what a fab dress, you look like a fairy Goddess amor.
    I love your hair crown, been thinking to make one of my own.what a genius idea. that pendant is a beauty for a steal of a price.

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  70. Fascinated by the headband. If only I wear brave enough to wear one without looking a bit unbalanced. Looks fab on you and the dress is lovely.

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  71. Love the bunting. One of my must makes one day. The flowers, the opaques - lookin' funky

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  72. Hey Lushness.
    Just awarded you a "stylish blogger" award.
    xxxxx Gabi xxxxxx

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  73. You are more than welcome to steal any photo you want from my posts for your sidebar or whatnot. xoxo

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  74. You're gonna look gorgeous at Glasto :) How lovely is that smoking area?! That is the best bunting I've ever seen! xxx

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  75. You look festival perfect vix. Have a wonderful wonderful time. Think about me sitting at home moping over it BBC3...sniff
    xxx
    ps. Thanks for the DIY headband tip. I'm gonna get on that!

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  76. What - it's Glastonbury time again already?!? Seems like yesterday you went off. Loving your beautiful hair decoration. Which wellies are you taking along?
    xxx

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  77. Imagining myself wearing a floral headband while schlepping around my house with filthy hair and a stained t-shirt. It might help!

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  78. I think you always look 100% fabulous...between you, Helga, and a few other UK dames...I just am in awe of your style and pizazz! xoxoxo

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  79. You look so ethereal, and lovely in this. The dress is beautiful, and the hairpiece adds a dash of whimsy.

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  80. I had been away for a million years. I now realise what I have missed. You look fabulous. Both in this post and the previous. As for the older ones, I haven't seen them yet...I cannot wait!

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  81. YOU! How do you do it?! So good. This dress is off the hook. ;-)

    strawberry freckleface

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  82. This is by far your best and most dream like look ever Vix.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  83. Beautiful!...love that pretty headband too...
    Susan x

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  84. Gorgeous as ever, i love the headband x

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