Friday, 1 July 2011

Friday's Frock & A Few More Finds


It's Friday again so therefore the day to don a fabulous frock. Remember this Horrockses Fashions two piece I found at a jumble sale earlier this year? I'm not really a fan of Fifties fashions, the boning, nipped-in waistlines and the girly styling make me feel trussed up and miserable (a bit like a repressed 1950's housewife) but the daisy print is so cute it's almost won me over. 


That's not the reason for my sour face though, I was eating sherbert Flying Saucers when we took these photos.

Want to see a few more of yesterday's finds? 



This tea tray was presented free with Brooke Bond Company Ltd., on the occasion of the Queen's Ascension to the throne in February, 1952. I'm no royalist but couldn't resist for 20p.



A load of old bags including a tooled leather duffel (£1), tan leather cartridge bag (£1) and a patchwork leather shoulder bag (75p)


 A 1980s leather bucket bag (50p), white leather handbag (30p) and a Welsh Tapestry handbag (£1)


A sealed pot of Philosophy ginger scrub (£1)



Original 1970's Trueform "Ibiza" wedges (40p). Sadly I'd need to chop my feet in half to stand a hope in hell of them fitting my massive hooves.


What's so special about this boring brown umbrella? I bought it from the same seller as the vintage travel iron and again was charged £1 as "it was old". He told me it was American and from the Sixties.


The American bit was right but the decade is way out. It's actually the one of the very first telescopic umbrellas, made by Growy of New York in the early 1930's. 


The solid chrome handle gives it away. Stunning isn't it? Maybe it's just me.

Vintage 1950's Horrockses bolero and dress (20p, Jumble sale), Suedette platform boots (£5, local boutique), Hair flower (Handmade by me)
We're off to the pub in a bit followed by a curry. Have a brilliant weekend whatever you get up to.

79 comments:

  1. Lovely!

    You've got a cute blog, maybe you'd like to follow each other?

    FASHIONWHIT.blogspot.com

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  2. You look fab in that dress Vix. Flying saucers, tha is a blast from the past.

    Love all the bags, what bargains.

    X x

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  3. That Horrockses dress is AMAZING! But then I love that 50s style. You're a lucky girl having so many decades at your fingertips. The 30s umbrumbla (as my sis used to call them) is quite a find too.

    Mmm, flying saucers. Want some Fizz Wiz to go with that? There's loads on my kitchen floor still...

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  4. Love the outfit, really fun and cheery. I do like that orange duffel bag, orange things are jumping out at me all the time. If the Welsh bag is Melin Tregwynt, they don't come cheap new. I like the umbrella a lot, always on the lookout for vintage brollies, the quality far outweighs modern designs. Have a great weekend. X

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  5. Love that dress its lovely and the wedges.

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  6. But you suit it so much, with that tiny waist and long locks. I love it toughened up with the boots. Gorgeous!
    xxx
    ps. it's just hit me- 'Dead tories'?? gosh, i really am out of the loop!

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  7. Oh Vix, that dress. Swooooning.

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  8. Sealed Gingerbread Man Scrub for a quid?! You lucky devil!

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  9. wow, I love that two-piece dress, and those bags are gorgeous, too! And so are those wedges!

    I so wish we had a vintage shop or bargains near me. All we get is Primark cast-offs, not good.

    Julia @ Retro Jules

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  10. if u wanna i can write a post to u in my blog and that would be like a prize^^

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  11. Dearest Vix,
    That Horrockses ensemble is AWESOME!
    20p sheesh...so expensive ;)
    Wearing this ensemble you remind me of mischievous 80s pop starlet & quirky dress supremo Cyndi Lauper, which I think you’ll agree is not a bad thing at all.
    What an amazing bag haul & that brolly is fabulous…it looks immaculate, so well done you for spotting that.
    Have a great evening my love, as I live on the complete flipside of a rock’n’roll lifestyle I’m off to groTesco to stock up on non-alcoholic cider, spiced tea & Bombay mix myself ;)
    Lot’s of love,
    Jennie
    xXx

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  12. Lovely print on that dress. Love the orangy shoulder bag. Enjoy your night out. xx

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  13. That's a pretty dress. I like your taste in vintage clothing. You have a good eye.

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  14. I absolutely love the dress and the sandals, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    You are the absolute queen.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx

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  15. I just lurve those wedges; isn't it galling though when you find a pair of gorgeous vintage shoes and the blighters don't fit? I'm still haunted by the memory of a pair of 70s tan leather block heeled boots I had to leave behind in a charity shop a couple of years ago; they were far too small for me too. Sob!

    xxx

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  16. Fab print on that frock, not too girly the way you wear it. Great brolly

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  17. Hi my dear-what a stunning 50s dress, your face is so cute in the second picture!! What finds again, the bag haul is hust fabulous and love the Growybrolly too! Have a lovely evening and a good weekend xxx

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  18. oh you are very beautiful)
    I really like your blog and I started to follow you! *
    it would be nice if you would have watched me too <33

    http://nastyafrost.blogspot.com/

    kiss *

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  19. An umbrella sturdy enough to have lasted that long is a prize. And attractive too!

    I've been craving curry more keenly since I started reading your blog, y'know.

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  20. I love it that you were eating sherbet flying saucers - And I think you're rocking the Fifties nicely in that frock - Very sweet on you - And the brolly sounds like quite a find! x

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  21. It's so odd seeing you in that 50s style dress! I'm so impressed with your knowledge and being able to confidently date things the way you do, you're an oracle!

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  22. That's a lovely two-piece. I really like 50s style, but originals rarely fit me, they're just too small. I love the Welsh tweed bag, will be looking out for those now. a brolly from the 30s - what a find!

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  23. Such cool finds! Hope you have a fab one too! xx

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  24. You snapped up amazing bags, Vix - and to the usual superb price.
    I know what you mean with the 50s housewife cut, but this daisy print gives a wonderful surreal touch... Tripping housewife, that's not too bad :)
    xxx

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  25. really not a fan of the 50s fashion, too but I really love the bags you found!

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  26. I love Philosophy and the gingerbread stuff is my absolute fav. That would have been about £15 new. I LOVE those Truform wedges. I just bought some Fly ones very similar. xxx

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  27. What a marvellous find in that umbrella! I guess they obvious made them a hell of a lot more hard welling then they are today. I seem to end up getting through about three or four umbrellas a year!

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  28. Love your dress Vix! I haven't had flying saucers for ages! Have a great evening xxx

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  29. I know you are a 60s-70s hippy chick at heart, but you do look gorgeous in that 50s ensemble, Vix, the boots just give it a little bit of Vixiness!

    What an amazing haul of bags, all at rock bottopm prices. You do so well. And I totally get why you love the umbrella, it's fabulous.

    Hope the curry and beers go down well - enjoy!

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  30. You look fabulous in that fifties two piece. I'm a big fan of that style anyway. Love the tray (big fan of trays too). You have a brilliant w/end too.

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  31. Amazing bargains and that dress is soo cute! And the umbrella is an amazing find! xx

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  32. Love your dress it's so great and all your bags,great finds :)

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  33. Love the dress! Looks GORGEOUS!

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  34. I like the belt bowed up high as in the second photo. What will you do with the fantastic print. Nice find on the umbrella and that ginger scrub sounds fabulous.

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  35. Hi, now a new follower. So glad i found you're blog. You're such an inspiration! I love all fashion but especially 60's/70's vintage but I am only just starting my collection out.
    Rachel
    yummymummysgalore.blogspot.com

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  36. Those wedges are so pretty! And you don't look like a repressed housewife at all, you look gorgeous and summery!

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  37. Wow what a find! 30s brolly still working and only £1, fantastic. Your dress looks lovely too, enjoy your night and dont spill the curry!

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  38. Hey Vix!

    Obsessing over that brolly! It's gorgeous!

    Thankyou for the lovely comment you left me. Glad you liked the peek inside my bathroom! I'd love to see a few more shots of your fabulous home!

    Much love xxxxxxxx

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  39. I can't imagine you doing the full-on 50's housewife thing - just doesn't seem like your style. I do love this dress on you though. The boots give it a tough edge, and make it more "Vix".

    Love all your goodies! Particularly that little tapestry handbag.

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  40. I really need to see what I can buy from you I am a aussie 12 so please keep peepers open for me pretty please mwa mwa xxx yep i am sucking up lol

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  41. I love that dress, it's perfect, but then I love anything 1950s.

    Just as soon as I find my address book (that could take some time) I've got some pretty hair bows for you... strangely enough I'll not be needing them lol. I don't have enough hair to clip them to anymore.

    Have a great weekend lovely lady.

    xx

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  42. I love that outfit on you and you know I am a total sucker for the 50s!

    The umbrella is bloody amazing - what wonderful condition! And the Welsh tapestry handbag is just beautiful!

    Were you really sucking ona sherbert... or were you thinking about Phil Collins?

    Loveandothermarvels, Sarah xxx

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  43. Cute dress, I love the big flowers on it.

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  44. Love that dress.so cute.and that flower is so pretty.

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  45. I think you can rock ANY era,baby!!! You look sweet,fresh and summery in that pretty number.....I think the 50's are just too sweet for you, my rock n roll hippy chick!!!Love that ray,and the shoes! I picked up a bag free that is quite similar to the one on the left in your bag picture!
    Sherbet!Yummo!!
    LOVE YOU!!!
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXHelga!

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  46. That dress is gorgeous with that shade of nail polish! Beautiful!

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  47. This dress was made for your body! You look so cute and sweet and the boots give it a nice edge. You put things together so well!

    Thanks for inspiring me to play more with my own clothes!

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  48. My Gosh what a lovely collection of handbags!! And the umbrella is amazing and that dress is perfect on you!

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  49. The orange bag and the tapestry purse are fabulous finds.
    The umbrella looks so well constructed and its very exciting to find out that is older than what the seller thought it was.
    Have a lovely and spicy weekend,

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  50. That is the most ridiculously good haul ever. I need to go shopping with you! If you ever fancy a trip over here just let me know. You're my guru! xx

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  51. That umbrella was so well spotted, and I can't believe it's in such great condition, it must never have been used - or maybe it's a case of "they don't make them like they used to"... can't imagine an umbrella made now lasting much more than a few years.
    I've got small feet if you want to send those shoes to me :)

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  52. You look like a young girl in that dress! :) So pretty!

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

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  53. That umbrella is an amazing find! The purses are fun and the dress looks great on you.

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  54. I bet you must be very good at standing there, keeping a straight face, when a seller is asking for £1 "because it's old" and you know you've come across more of a find than he thinks! That umbrella is lovely. Ditto the Coronation tray - that must be a total collectors' item.
    And thanks for the pic of the Trueform wedges. Takes me back! x

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  55. You suit the 50s, On you it's a bit punk housewife and I like that.

    More magnificent finds, if I didn't like you so much I'd be supremely jealous.

    Hope you are having a great weekend x

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  56. Hehe, can I copy what Rachel said? You do really suit 50's stuff but definitely in a Vix sort of way, rather than a prim and proper sort of way.

    Ooh I have a handbag almost identical to that Welsh one. I got mine at a car boot from a very nice chap. Don't think I've actually used it yet though - it just sits on my bag shelf looking beautiful.

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  57. aawww i adore the dress but you know me with 50's fashion ;-)) It does look cute on you though i have to say. And i can't believe you payed so little for those gorgeous kelly bags the charity shops charge a small fortune now. I love the tapestry one that is a little stunner. Hope you enjoyed you curry and are having a lovely weekend, dee xx

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  58. oh i LOVE that dress on you, even though it's not really your fav era i think it looks great ;)

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  59. You look great in the 50's housewife dress1
    You always find the most amazing things.......
    My favs are the painted tray and the clogs!
    You are a rock-star!
    xXx
    Reva

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  60. Gorgeous dress. I am very partial to Horrockses frocks. They always have lovely prints. I can't believe you only paid 20p for it.

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  61. i want this dress. high waist-ed 50s dresses are the best for my build. hey but it looks great on you. it doesn't makes you look like a housewife ... it rocks.

    those finds are great as well. i didn't went flea and thrift shopping on saturday because i spent the whole friday night drinking beer with my most favourite co-worker. hang over on saturday morning. shit.

    http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.com

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  62. Well I love you in that dress but then I'm a 50's gal! It's strange how different styles make you feel, I've never felt like a repressed 50s housewife ha ha!

    Love the brolly, awesome!

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  63. Oh sob, that Horrockses is beautiful! Such a cheery print. The 30s umbrella really is something special xx

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  64. Ooooh at that tooled duffel bag!!

    This is a very different print and style, for me to see on you hon but yes it is cute and looks fresh and summery. sigh...

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  65. Goodness me, I've missed such novel things!

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  66. Love the way you style the frock with the boots - I love that style!

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  67. Damn! I had a Growy umbrella in my hand this morning with the exact same handle. I left it as I didn't know anything about it, nor was the print very nice. Oh well, you win some, you lose some. I also bought virtually the same bag from a vintage shop last week. Paid a little bit more than a £1 though! Not had much luck with the vintage times recently :( Love your Horrockses dress - that does make me jealous! Emma x

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  68. The Welsh tapestry handbag is very you indeed Vix and will look fabulous clashing with one of your wonderful tweed capes. That umbrella is such a splendid find, and great facts too, it sure does prove that people don’t have a clue what they are selling xxx

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  69. The hooves comment cracked me up!

    I think you look great in this look, with your fabulous figure you can pull anything off. I admit I'm not a fan of 50's either but the print's won me over too.

    Great finds as ever. You're going to love that ginger scrub. I'm mad on ginger. Love you xx

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  70. I love the flower print, beautiful look Vix. That cartridge bag is also a favourite.

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  71. I think the dress looks great on you, the print is adorable! :)

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  72. I love those tooled leather duffels - my mum had one but sadly gave it away in a feng shui attack. Leather bags are always a good find, as they look better the more bashed they are. I used to love 50s fashion when I was about 19 or 20 as I could get away with it, but now I'm curvier it feels a bit too literal...! xx

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  73. I do love finding a gorgeous dress that has pockets. It makes my day, I do like a good pocket!! x

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  74. I love your cheecky expressions amor, you look good in anything you wear.that dress is so up my alley. I love when I find beauty products.those ibiza wedges are so cool, could totally see you rockin to them.

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  75. I have such a girl crush on your blog.......this frock with the boots is so....what's the word.....freaking amazing! Love it!

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  76. You look soo pretty! Let me know if you ever want to sell that dress! So gorge!
    HOW amazing is that umbrella- that's like a museum piece! You have such an eye for pieces!

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  77. You look so darling in that daisy print dress and I love the hair flower, it finishes the outfit off nicely.

    The tea tray is very pretty! I'd have definitely picked that up!

    The Welsh tapestry handbag is drool worthy.. what a fabulous find! xxx

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