Wednesday, 14 September 2011

An Impromptu Trip Out



It's been a challenging couple of days to say the least. As we were up bright and early Jon suggested we pop to the Wednesday car boot sale for a spot of retail therapy as a pleasant diversion from plumbers and hospital visits.

1970s German-made suede culottes (£10, Vintage Village @ Clothes Show 2009), Bri-nylon pussybow blouse (£1.24, eBay), Suede shoeboots (£10, TopShop sale last year), 1960s nurse's belt (50p) and patchwork tote (20p, both car boot sales)

 It was just about warm enough for bare arms at 8am this morning, although the wind was a bit brisk.


This 1957 Home magazine was £1, it's full of useful tips as you can see, ideas for pelmets and an invaluable lesson in lining and fitting a cutlery drawer.



Not overly keen on the curtains but I do love the dressing table stool.




How gorgeous is this playsuit?


Last time we were camping Jon forgot his ashtray and had to use one of my discarded gin & tonic cans. This Foreign Made enamelled piano pocket-sized ashtray is far more classy, don't you think? A snip at 50p.



It's well-used, the poor swan's face has worn off but I absolutely love this Stratton compact. It was £1.



This box of 1950's cocktail coasters were 50p. Perfect for my globe bar.



This boxed Lip View by Stratton was £2.



This pretty 1950s satin nightdress case was 50p. I use these for keeping my tights together in my chaotic underwear drawer.



This Denys Fisher 1970 patent-pending puzzle is ridiculously hard. It was 20p.


We were back for 10am, batteries recharged and ready to face more of the same madness. 
It's my special cauliflower cheese and a quiet night in for us, maybe another boot sale in the morning, appointments and dry weather permitting.

80 comments:

  1. Love those culottes. I had a baffleball when I was a kid, I could do it but the noise was really irritating.

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  2. Hope you're ok. I think 'baffleball' is going to be my new favourite word. 'I'm completely baffleballed at the moment'. Superb finds as always! x

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  3. love your suede culottes, so pretty color and shape, and also love how you've paired it with the pussybow blouse, so nice and chic!
    And it's always amazing watching what you've find in another jumble sale: you're so talented!!
    besos

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  4. Hi, I have missed a few of your posts i haven't been around in blogland for over a week i just don't seem to have the time anymore ;-( I am so sorry to hear that life is hetic for you at present with hospital appointments and i hope life settles down and health issues improve. I have to say you look lovely as always love the top. You have found some lovely items i really do love the black satin nightcase that is beautiful and those cocktail coasters are such fun ;-)) Enjoy your lovely finds. Take lots of care, dee xxx

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  5. Love your outfit and that blouse is adorable.

    I love cauli cheese xx

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  6. wow what a lovely dress.... thanks 4 comments on my blog ... :-)
    http://fashionstyle-pk.blogspot.com/

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  7. I like the sound of special cauliflower cheese! Gorgeous outfit as usual. Just read the last few posts I missed - enjoyed reading those too. Hope your boiler/hospital dreariness soon passes.

    Nicki xx

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  8. omg, this piano ashtray is so cute! love it!

    hey, this bright and colourful look is pretty summery. looks like summer will never end...

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  9. I do hope everything sorts itself out well soon for you.

    I love that matching bedroom, imagine the sewing to get the look perfectly!

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  10. gorgeous outfit! i love the pussy bow tie blouse especially.

    & the cocktail coasters are amazing!

    xoxo.

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  11. oh lordy so much 50s loveliness, I don't even know where to start!

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  12. Scares me, I mean! So scared I can't type!

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  13. wow yeah that bedroom set is...interesting! Loving the baffle ball tho, wanna test it! :)

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  14. Hi my dear-so pleased to see you're still snaffling such wonderful finds at the booty, the Stratton pieces are just gorgeous!! I love your pussy bow blouse and culottes, a lovely combination! xxxx

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  15. Where do you find all this amazing car boot sales, Vix. When we are over it is only Saturdays and Sundays.
    You are lovely as ever.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  16. You look completely gorgeous, working the bri-nylon like no one else can!
    Great goodies, hope the impromptu trip out perked you up.
    Hope things settle down a bit, naughty boilers and hopsitals are not a good combination.
    Thanks for dropping by and commenting - you're a star!!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  17. I'm glad you were able to fit some bargain hunting in to get away from the pressure. A certain Elvis fan will be green when she sees your Stratton goodies.
    I'm delighted to see that even when life is a bit chaotic, the style and eye for detail never slips.
    Good forecast for tomorrow - get that Hawaiian dress out!

    Lucy x

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  18. Aah, what a wonderful magazine. One could wrap all the furniture in one fabric and make a little playsuit out of the rest! xo

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  19. I swoooon for your bri-mylon pussybow blouse!Divine!!!
    Now,that piano ashtray is fecking fantastic!! How flash will Jon be when he whips that out?! ha!
    Love the nightdress case,and that game looks bizarre!Haven't heard of that before!
    Yay for some pleasant diversion and some lovely scores! Ooo,and cauliflower cheese!YUM! I haven't had that in years,I think I might just have to make one over the weekend!!
    Love you,my darling!!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  20. Sorry to hear things are bit hectic for you at the mo :( Your looking amazing though! And i love your hair plaited like that!Lovely!!
    Rachel :) x

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  21. love the culottes they are gorgeous and look fab wiht the lime blouse..
    nothing sets you up better than a good mooch at the carboot does it..
    sorry that things are abit hectic for you at the minute.. you still look fabulous dahlink !!!

    charl
    x

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  22. Hell yes this little elvis fan is green with envy over the compact - wonderful and the fact its well loved is even better! I adore all your finds, i really need to visit a bootsale like the ones you go to, you find so much amazing vintage!

    The sun was out today and your outfit is just perfect. Hoping things settle down and get better soon. Scarlett x

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  23. Hell yes this little elvis fan is green with envy over the compact - wonderful and the fact its well loved is even better! I adore all your finds, i really need to visit a bootsale like the ones you go to, you find so much amazing vintage!

    The sun was out today and your outfit is just perfect. Hoping things settle down and get better soon. Scarlett x

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  24. This has to be one of my favourite of your outfits so far, hope you are okay xx

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  25. Hope things are ok - everything sounds quite stressful. Love the swan compact - would love that picture for the living room. xx

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  26. Great bargains, well done for making finds - the book is a cracker. The playsuit looks great in the picture - hope you can find a pattern for it.

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  27. The magazine graphics have me drooling - or maybe that's recalling that puzzle ball. I really do think I've seen one. Hoping you're life is looking as bright as your fashion sense soon.

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  28. Vix that little piano brings back memories to me of being at my Nanas.
    Enjoy your cauliflower cheese.
    Dx

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  29. Love that matchey-matchey bedroom picture - hideous! Hope things are going ok - is this to do with your Dad? Sounds like you're doing a lot of running around. x

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  30. 50's mags are the best! I think they are just so fun to look at! That belt makes me swoon. :) You always look so fabulous. Hearts, Janna Lynn

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  31. Lovely Vix, I hope it is nothing too horrible that is warranting hospital visits. I hope you and Jon are both ok. Great finds, as always, you can't go wrong with a spot of Stratton. Xx

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  32. I hope everything is okay (Having to do with the hospital visits.)
    I have a phobia of hospitals. The last time I was there was to visit my Grandma after her Knee replacement. I felt dizzy and shaky the whole time. (It really is a ridiculous phobia... but I have felt this way since I was a kid.)

    Your finds are all absolutely lovley. My faves would be:
    - The 1957 magazine
    - Piano ashtray (I have never seen a thing like it!)
    .... Okay I just scrolled through it all and I am going to stop with the list because I actually love everything you bought Vix. The compact the puzzle game.. ahhh its all fabulous!

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  33. You are looking very elegant today Vix! I do like the culottes. -T

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  34. That Pussy-bow blouse is such a gorgeous colour and I love the lacy type material too!

    You found some very classy beauties today! I've seen those swan Stratton compacts go on eBay for around a tenner or more depending on condition in the past!

    Loving Jon's swanky new pocket ash tray! xxx

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  35. Lovely finds.. I'd love to have a flick through that old mag!
    Looking great as ever.
    x

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  36. Suede culottes... of course! You look just amazing, amor and I love your fishbone braid too! The mag is fantastic - the playsuit is the cutest thing ever.

    Biglove, Sarah xxx

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  37. I love the statement belt and your polka dot off the shoulder top in the previous post is ADORABLE! =)

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  38. Love it all you wonderful woman.

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  39. I really like the blouse Vix. Great haul as usually. Sounds like your having a very busy time too.

    X x

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  40. Sounds like you're having a bit of a hard time-is your Dad? Hope everything will be ok.xx.

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  41. Sorry to hear that you're having a rough time.

    The expression on that woman's face on the baffle ball box is just awesome - she just looks so confused!

    I love that playsuit pattern as well - awesome!

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  42. I hope things are ok darling! At least it looks like the boot sale was a good one. You picked up so many nice things! I'm very much loving the pussybow & culottes as well.

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  43. That compact is beautiful, and I love the ashtray.
    Look gorgeous in your culottes Vix, and I love your hair in the braid.

    xx

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  44. Sorry that some things in you life are not so good, clearly your fabulous styling hasn't been effected, neither has your eye for snapping up gorgeous bargains xxx

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  45. Well Green is really just a fantastic color on you...Love your hair done in a braid very nice!! and I think that is such a great idea nothing better to balance things out by looking at some pretty things great way to reset ourselves when things get a little chaotic I do the same thing as well It is amazing what even 1 hour can do. In California I would go get lost in the thrift store for a little bit. ~Praying everything sorts it self out and that there be healing for who ever may need it!! & a Peaceful weekend for you ahead~ Love Heather :)

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  46. Love the way you have done your hair,& the little ashtray if divine, even more fab finds, so glad you managed a bit of retail therapy :))

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  47. This look is Fantastic! I LOVE the color combination. I am also Loving that little piano ashtray. You always find the Greatest things!

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  48. I also hope things get better for you soon.

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  49. love the fish braid on you..luks really nice...and like the top!!!

    and the piano ash tray is such a cutie!!

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  50. Looking just as stylish as ever! So sorry to hear your having a bit of a tough time, hope everything turns out ok.
    Sophie
    x

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  51. The plumbing sounds fixable but I'm sorry the hospital visits are causing so much anxiety. I'm glad you treated yourself to a grand day out and scored some treasures for you and Jon. I love the piano ashtray, Lip View and compact and the mag is adorable! You look fabbo I'm seriously adoring that amazing bag and your top!!! xoxoxoxoxo

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  52. Sounds like you are having a stressful time, I hope it all calms down soon. Caulflower cheese always helps, that makes me feel peckish just thinking about it.

    Love the pyjama case, aren't the roses pretty xx

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  53. So many pretties! That baffle ball looks interesting and difficult. I love the little piano ashtray.

    E :)

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  54. Hello lovely, sounds like you're going through a hectic time - hang in there! And keep up that retail therapy, the doc told me it does wonders, hehehe :) You look fab, as always! I can't believe some of your finds. I wish we had daily car boot sales! In Australia they only ever happen on weekends and besides the weekly markets, they only seem to happen once a year!

    Xoxox Claire

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  55. By the way, I love the expression on the Baffle Ball ladies face! Hang in there and don't forget to take time out for yourself Xoxox

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  56. I hope life get's back to its rhythm sooooon!

    Your blouse is fantastic!!! :)

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

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  57. I'm not sure how I got so behind on your posts! Wow...you've been busy.

    (I'm still not sure about the "hospital" reference...don't know if you told who/what earlier....so I'm hoping whoEVER is being treated successfullly....)

    I especially liked the skirt from your prior post. The combo of the re-worn blouse with it was charming, in my opinion.

    Totally fascinated by your philosophy and chic-ness. All the time - you are amazing!

    If you lived closer, I'd be all over you for that piano ash tray! It would be a perfect addition to my small piano collection.

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  58. Vixcita,
    Hope your well amor, love your pussy bow blouse and velvet red shorts. what delightful colors on your bag.
    butterfly belt is divine, my mom used to have one , i would always borrow it.
    I seriously love all your finds amor. the coasters and stratton compact and lipstick holder are my fave. and Jons piano ashtray is the cutest. red fabric is perfect for the lovely playsuit. You can frame the My Home magazine cover too.

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  59. The vibe of your blog is soooooo 60´s, i totally love it. loving those images and colors, doll. always a pleasure to step by. peace

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  60. I love the bright green and red together, very striking.

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  61. Hi Vix - love the culotte - in french it is called une jupe culotte- the anglo would never say a culotte because a culotte (panty) is a piece of underwear for us! They came up with Skort - short for short and skirt - I love your top and the belt you look great as usual and you have pretty decent legs yourfelf!

    Ariane xxxxx

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  62. I so look forward to reading your blog!!! and today you havent let me down again, always facinating!!! Val.

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  63. Hi Vicky, I've been catching up on my blog reading. I hope all is good with you? I've missed you. Em xx

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  64. oh i love your hair on this fotos, and this red shorts are gorgous!!!and the belt absolutely fabulous!!! oh and thank you for sharing this pics of home magazine, i love love love such magazines to see this great patterns and find new inspirations!!!
    love and kiss,mary

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  65. Lovely outfit, such a bold colour combination. Love your hair like that too!

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  66. Oh dear, poor you- another person needing a plumber (my immersion heater was broken for 2 weeks- fixed yesterday).

    BTW, you have a drinks globe? One of those cool ones that opens up? Am totally jealous!

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  67. Culottes=stunning. Love them with that darling little seashell belt clasp.

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  68. Pray that all is well for you...is the baffleball therapy or frustration?

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  69. Hope all is well, plumbers and hospitals sounds like a trying combo! Just wrote to you there. Vix, this gorgeous pistachio and red is simply fab on you! One of my alltime fave outfits methinks! xxxxx

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  70. you are a legend! i love your attitude and your style.

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  71. I love how spirited you are, no matter what. Excellent loot, Vix! And I hope everything is ok xxx

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  72. loving that chocolate maxi dress!!

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  73. Stratton by far is a firm favourite of mine, the compact is gorgeous xxx

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  74. [I already know what the hospital visits were about... good to know all is well or getting well now]

    Vix I LOVE this look! ... to me it's a look I haven't seen on you before. It's so "Miss Primrose drops acid at a souk"... !!!!!!!

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