Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Fringe Benefits


Colorful Creations dress worn with vintage suede fringed waistcoat (£9, local junk & curio shop)
This gorgeous 1960s mini dress arrived in the post today from darling Sarah Misfit and I just had to get changed and try it out straightaway. When I first started blogging never did I imagine that I'd meet the most wonderful women the world over who'd think of me when they visited their local charity, op and thrift shops.

The fabulous Kitty asked us to share our weaknesses. In addition to catsuits, maxi dresses, unsuitable shoes, eyeliner and psychedelia (amongst other things) I am ridiculously fond of jewellery, the bigger and more unusual the better.



Here's today's selection. The pendant was my Great-Grandfather's Vesta (match) case which I've slung on to a bath plug chain. The silver bangles on the left were all bought in India.


Frederick Albert Chapman, my maternal Great-Grandfather.

I once attracted the attention of a local man with black hair, incisors filed into fangs and red teardrop tattooed on his face. He asked if I was a fellow vampire as my silver jewellery was a tell tale sign.



You know what I said yesterday about probably not finding anything on eBay for months now? How wrong I was, I've just won something else which looks rather cool. Can't wait to get my hands on it. I even went for coffee with one of our postmen today so well do they know me.

Off to eat veggie sausages, fried eggs and homemade chips washed down with chilled Californian Chardonnay.


Have a lovely evening.

*****UPDATED***********
Remember the Sisterhood of the travelling blouse?
It's now reached sunny Spain and my lovely friend, Señora Allnut.
See how fabulous she looks here

69 comments:

  1. My mum has a similar vintage match case, it's a silver engraved giant heart. I've been dying to wear it as a pendant but I din't think she trusts me. Gorgeous dress, you look ready for a party.

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  2. love your colorful dress and the vest (as usual!!)and how you wear all your silver accessories with so much style, and love the story of your pendant!
    I thought I was a huge fan of chunky silver rings, but I must to recognize I'm a simple amateur, dear, you're awesome!!
    besos

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  3. Love your fringe waist coat & dress.......today's jewels are fabulous!

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  4. You are so sexy Vix! I love this dress on you Sarah....good job! Your jewelry is so chunky and you wear it well. I love the pendant from your grandpa, that is so sweet and hung on a bath plug chain...you amaze me. Enjoy your yummy dinner and wine, wish I was there!
    ~
    Krista

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  5. Sarah Misfit was spot-on... the dress is perfect for you, Vix! I adore your big jewellery, but 'fellow vampire'?!? xxx

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  6. The dress looks brilliant on you and I love your rings.

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  7. I LOVE the patterns on that dress! You look so bright and funky, Vix, it's stunning xxx

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  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this outfit. Jewelry is right up my alley, and I just painted my fingers the same color last night. Lovin your style Vix!

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  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE what you've done with the match case and the bath chain!

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  10. The Vespa case is simply inspired...love it! :)

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  11. I'm totally distracted by the gorgeous waistcoat. Its hippytastic. You look gorgeous!!! Xx

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  12. I love your vesta case necklace, what a lovely idea and so fabulous thats its family related.

    I did chuckle over coffee with the postman, just because my postie is a miserable git so the thought of having coffee would be hideous! lol.

    Scarlett x

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  13. Ah Vix you are the queen of bargain hunting! Looking gorgeous as usual!
    Sophie
    x

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  14. Lovely dress. I never thought l would need such lovely peeps blogging either :) xx

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  15. Feck,I love that first pic especially-the pose,the colours,the fabulous hair & outfit!!! LOVE!
    Your jewellery has me always in fits of covetuousness (sp?!).SUCH a magnificant collection! That match case-why is called a "vesta" case?-is just stunning!
    As are YOU!!
    Love you!!!
    Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  16. Fab frock, I do love a good dose of chunky jewellery too! Have a fab evening hun. xx

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  17. I just had to chuckle when you said you went for coffee with yoru postman. *heheeh*
    You look super hot in your outfit!That match case is gorgeous, and the fact it was your Great Grandfathers is simply amazing.
    P.S. I need to do some serious workouts! I WANT LEGS LIKE YOURS!

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  18. Great dress, Sarah knows you well! Loving the jewellery too - it's lovely to have a reminder of GGF. I knew you'd find more things on ebay! Hope you had a good evening, I'm off to bed now - up at 4am for work!

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  19. Wow excellent outfit and hair, I'm just wondering how long it takes to get all that jewellery on and off when you do your swimming?! :)

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  20. I love that someone asked you if you were a fellow vampire! That's too funny - now that's someone I'd like to have lunch with...so intrigued! That is such an adorable outfit and you have the legs for it doll!

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  21. I am MADLY in love with your fringe vest. It is so fabulous I might just pass out. Well, because of the fabulousness and also because it's freaking 103 degrees in this room. Sigh.

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  22. Your hair looks great in these shots. Envious of your fab meal. I had a poke of chippy chips, 2 pickled onions and a half bottle of white! xx

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  23. Oooh I do like your new header how glam!!! I will be sure to eye silver jewellery wearers with suspicion from now on ;-)

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  24. Haha, I would never have guess you like jewellery ;) You might not be a vampire but well all know you are a witch. Lovely dress, Sarah did well xx

    (ps I am starting to get chummy with our posties too, we see each other so often!)

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  25. Love your dress, but am totally hearting ALL your jewellery! Your evenign menu sounds delish too. Big ole hugs, Em xx

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  26. I love the dress and the waistcoat.. and I must be a vampire too :O.. I knew I had an unhealthy obsession with them . giggle xx

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  27. I got a lot of packages to my house at uni, but I never went for coffee with the postie..

    I think I may have flashed him a little once, though. It took ages to get between the front door and my room, and he'd always wake me up, and once I forgot to hold on to all the corners of the towel I was wearing over my see-through nightie. I don't KNOW if anything got loose, but, he did seem a bit odd that time.

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  28. You look fabulous, as always. Sarah has chosen a wonderful dress for you - showing off those wonderous pins again Vix!
    I love the Vesta case complete with the initials, what a great piece of family history and it's still in use. Presuming (in response to Helga's query) that it is called that after Swan Vesta matches?
    Ooh, more Ebay finds! Looking forward to the big reveal - you tease!

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  29. YOu my dear are the Queen of Charity/vintage wear. I love it! it's such a great dress on you, I feel like you should be dancing away in this wonderful look. The special vesta match case is very lovely.

    haha, it's quite important to be friendly with the postman... how clever of you.

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  30. the match case is really love. Had never before heard of the connection between silver and vampires...

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  31. Love the outfit, love the beehive. So chic..

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  32. That silver case is amazing and I LOVE that outfit on you Sarah did well.That fringed jacket is super cool too I have a short black fringed one but its a bot bog for me but still will wear it.xx

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  33. That dress is the BOMB! You look smoking hot ... and love that pendant. Cannot believe someone saved it for so long!

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

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  34. I absolutely love the print on that dress and the fringed vest is really great! Love the way you styled this, especially with the rings.

    Sincerely,
    Sabrina

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  35. Cute dress but I love the vest even more! thanks for sharing the jewellery, that vampire sounds a worry!

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  36. I love it on you! Isn't Sarah fabulous? We are lucky to have met each other.

    I love the match pendant, you have so many great family things you've kept.

    Can't wait to see the Ebay purchase and I love it that you had coffee with your postmen. I think I need to give mine a Christmas box for years of lugging my parcels around in his trolley. Love you xx

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  37. I adore all of your gorgeous jewelry and finding out about the history behind them!
    A vampire? Really? Now that's funny and weird at the same time.

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  38. You are brilliant.

    Your meal sounds lovely I love veggie sausages! x

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  39. The local vampire man sounds cool :) You are looking fab as always. I'd love to be as brave as you and wear lots and lots of jewellery but I just seem to be quite minimalistic gal when it comes to that.

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  40. I love that dress, am loving as how well the chain/pendant of your great grandfather goes with it too!

    Julia @ Retro Jules

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  41. Oh yay it arrived abd it's PERFECT on you! You look just absolutely GORGEOUS amor - and I adore the vest and all of your marvellous jewellery, as always!

    It's manicure night here tonight and I really HAVE to do mine in the matching Barry M that ou sent me - thanks love!

    Loveandvesausages, Sarah xxx

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  42. Love this outfit, I am equally a fan of lots of jewellery and preferably silver. The True Blood vamps can't wear silver though, he must have been old school!

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  43. Rocking the Cher look again! Your hair looks great like that. I'm like a magpie for silver, I really want to find some cheap silver bangles xx

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  44. Oh and Vix can you email me the name of that place that you send vintage glasses to and get your prescription lens put in? Much obliged! Danni x

    (danni_king@msn.com)

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  45. That mini-frock & fringed waistcoat were obviously meant for each other! Gorgeous. The match case makes a beautiful pendant as well - I love your jewelery collection!

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  46. Jewellery is key to our memories, I love it! And this pendant is very, very special xx

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  47. Hmm, Helen notices you did not reveal your answer to the vampire question. I adore your jewelry, especially the Vesta - I have my own great grandfathers that he carried in the Civil War and never thought of actually putting it on a chain. Inspired. Fangs... um, Thanks for the idea.

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  48. You don't look anything remote Vampirish to me but since he was one, I guess it is to be taken as a complimnet. You look amazing per usual.

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  49. You do look fabulous in mini skirts! Paired with the fringed sued waistcoat, this is a uniqe and dynamic look!

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  50. I could not believe these photos! That dress is the find of the century and the way your paired it with the fringed vest and jewelry...you are rocking the 60s Vix. It's great that you have some vintage pieces still within the family.

    Never heard that vampires wear a lot of silver. I prefer silver to gold myself. Does that mean?????

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  51. 1960' mini vestido (dress) so gorgeus, especially love the fringe vest. your hair is fabulos amor. would love to see in a fringe like Helgita.great granpapa's pendant is my fave piece of jewelry,I love jewelry from past loved ones , so nostalgic.

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  52. Love that groovy harlequin dress! You always know what to add to perfectly compliment a dress because that fringed waistcoat looks amazing with it!

    Love the hair poof too! Mwah! xxx

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  53. My postman NEEDS coffee LOL! He isn't the most efficient in the world!

    I love that layered silver- anything shiny or embellished is a favourite of mine!

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  54. Vix, only you could rock that dress! Although I am especially diggin the vest, as I have weakness for fringes of all sorts.

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    love it!

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    Would love to have you as a follower.

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  56. Love you vest! So chic!

    Xoxo
    Stella

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  57. Love the jewels vix and that wonderful waistcoat! Also loved seeing where the blouse had travelled too!

    Much love Amie xxxxx

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  58. oooh love that match case.....such history....I myself had a tan suede, fringed, waistcoat that was my most prized posesion when I was 13.....teamed with a chocolate, fringed shoulder bag which I left on the train when returning from a day in Brighton, with my best friend, full of Mary Quant make -up...how long before I stopped crying? Any day now........!!

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  59. Ah all that wonderful jewelry !
    And a kick-ass vest as well!
    You rock my world,Vix!
    xXx
    Reva

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  60. What a cool dress and love the jewelry! xo -Taj

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  61. How funny that you went for coffee with the postie. My postie has just been switched to another route and I miss him :( The new one always comes later and he's not so polite.

    God, I love that dress! What an amazing find. Sarah has almost as good an eye for a bargain as you do.

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  62. oh wow! This outfit is just amazing! I love the print! You rock the vintage look so damn well! The fringe vest is awesome! I would love to stumble upon a piece like this! Fantastic jewelry too! I would die to raid your closet!

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  63. I love your hair in these pictures! So Amy Winehouse:( RIP. Great Blog! You're beautiful!

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  64. Oh my god! I ADORE and LOVE this outfit. So colourful and funky. Loving the fringe waist coat. xxx

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  65. Wow. I love the psychedelic tones and symmetrical print, it's very you indeed. Such lovely photographs, your hair looks so long and lovely. Perfect Vix xxx

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