Friday, 16 September 2011

Vintage Buys & Frocking Brilliant Surprises





I love you guys. I was overwhelmed with the kind messages of support. Sorry to be cryptic in my last post, it's my Dad who's been admitted to hospital and both Jon and I are fine. 

Scarlett's blouse worn with a 1950s crushed velvet hat (20p, jumble sale), crimplene maxi skirt (courtesy of Sarah), tooled leather bag (£1, car boot sale) and 1970s rope & bead pendant (Inherited from my Mum)

In addition to emails and thoughtful comments I've received two surprise parcels in the post this week.



Have you visited the fabulous Scarlett? If not, why not? She's hilarious with a legendary eye for a bargain. She sent me this gorgeous cape-sleeved shirred blouse, a stunning wooden & brass bangle (on the other arm, which Jon neglected to photograph).


Vintage maxi dress worn with 1950s goatskin clutch bag (20p, car boot sale)

She also sent me this fabulous maxi dress which fits like a dream and I'll be wearing with my purple cape when it gets a bit colder.


Vintage frock worn with faux snake heels (20p, jumble sale found by my friend Cheryl) and a tooled leather Kelly bag (£2.99, British Heart Foundation)

My dear Sarah Misfit sent me this splendid handmade frock, aren't the colours spectacular? Just the job for brightening up a gloomy day. I tried unsuccessfully to take pictures last night (hence the arty shot at the top of the post) but it's approaching that time of year which makes blog photos nigh on impossible after tea time.


We managed to visit another car boot sale yesterday. The weather's looking decidedly dodgy for the weekend so I had to get my fix in early. This 1970's newspaper print cheesecloth shirt was £1.


This St Michael navy & white skinny tee was 25p


These 1970s tortoiseshell Foster Grant sunglasses were from my favourite 20p man


The 1960s Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass powder bowl is crammed with old powder puffs at the moment, but I'll use it for storing brooches. There was a lady holding it before I spotted it, she asked how much it was and threw it down in disgust when the stallholder told her the price muttering "I can't afford to pay that, I'm a pensioner". How much? Fifty whole freaking pence.


This beaded skull cap was £1. The elderly lady seller bought it on an Egyptian cruise and won first prize in the captain's fancy dress.



We've no plans for the weekend as yet, probably a night in with a takeaway and a bottle of something alcoholic later.

Hope you have a brilliant evening whatever you get up to.

85 comments:

  1. Hope you're Papa is not in critical condition in hospital, sweetie. The brown dress is lovely. Have a nice weekend.xx

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  2. Hope things improve with your Dad, at least in terms of dealing with him. Love those big sunnies, must get myself some more! Our weather is really warming up now, 28 degrees today, I'm dreading summer already!!

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  3. Sorry to hear about your dad....I will send good karma from accross the ocean for your dads recovery.

    Love that Maxi skirt & blouse....perfect for fall weather. The powder puff is a fabulous continer....& a fab price!

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  4. I'm very sorry to hear about your father. I hope he is okay.

    You look lovely in these photos. It seems like you have the coolest friends in the world! ;)

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  5. Sending get well wishes to your dad.

    That newspaper print blouse is amazing.

    xx

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  6. Hope your dad is on the up soon, Vix!
    I love that newspaper print shirt - amazing find! :)

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  7. I'm so sorry to hear your dad has been admitted to hospital, Vicky, and am sending love and support to you and Jon, and of course, your dad. xx

    You look stunning in your arty shot, I love it, and your gifts from lovely people are just gorgeous. I love to see all your car boot/jumble finds. I love the blue of the Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass powder bowl, that colour never fails to leave me feeling chipper! Em xxx

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  8. Vix, I hope your dad gets well soon. You look totally GORGEOUS in that top photo. I love the brown frock, and your skullcap has reminded me that I never did photograph all of my holiday bargains. Have a great weekend. Xx

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  9. I've been out of the loop with blogger for a bit- just catching up. Hope your dad is right as rain and out in no time. Thinking of you xx

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  10. Hope your Dad's more stable soon - and if possible that life calms down a bit on the rushing around front.

    Love the green skull cap - exquisite, and what a great story with it.

    Thought the first pic was a result of you tinkering around with some clever app to make it go all retro!

    Have a lovely weekend xx

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  11. Sending many good thoughts to you and your Dad x

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  12. Hope there's some good news about your Dad soon xx.

    BTW that newsprint shirt reminded me of primary school. My friend Elliott had a newsprint shirt and he used to get so cross when we all wanted to read him!

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  13. Really sorry to hear about your dad. Sending positive thoughts your way.

    You look gorgeous as always. xx

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  14. I did wonder if it was your dad, I hope he's comfortable and being well cared for.
    There's so much to comment on here - where to start?
    The blouse and dress from the fantastic Scarlett look made for you.
    The handmade dress is just your style, and the bargain finds are excellent.
    My mum wears Blue Grass,she would have snatched that tub from your grasp at 50p!

    I always wanted a newspaper-print dress as a child, a blouse would suffice now, very chic.

    Enjoy your weekend, sounds like total relaxation is needed.

    Lucy x

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  15. Wowee - that newspaper print blouse is fantastic. What a find!

    Caz x
    www.mystylisms.blogspot.com

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  16. Well wishes to your dad. Great finds and gifts as usual, I wish I had a local 20p man - humpf! ;)

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  17. Lovely things, lovely outfits, and lovely friends - what more could a girl ask for?

    Love the blouse and dress from Scarlett, and the colours on the dress from Sarah are amazing.

    Great carbooting goodies, of course - the beaded skull cap definitely has your name on it!
    Enjoy a relaxing night, you deserve it, and hope your dad is doing better. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  18. Hope your Dad will be ok. Have a nice weekend lovely :)

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  19. Loads of healing thoughts to your Dad honey xx
    Love all of your outfits shown here, the shirred blouse is just lovely. I have a special fondness for that crochet blanket under the sunnies, divine.
    Kandi xx

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  20. Hope your Dad improves, sorry to hear he's in hospital.

    As ever fabulous finds, you truly are the queen of the bargain hunting!

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  21. Amor - you look spectacular in all of your fabulous outfits! I'm so glad that frock fits you so well - the fabric is really beautiful isn't it?

    As always, your bargains are splendiferous and that lovely fluttery sleeved blouse is so lovely.

    Sarah xxx

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  22. sending you a warm hug...hope your dad is OK xoxoxo

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  23. Sending love and well wishes to your Dad, and of course to you and Jon xo

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  24. I didn´t know about your dad. is he ok now???
    You are as esplendid and beautiful as ever.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  25. Lovely Vix, I am especially loving the beaded scull cap. Hope things with your Dad improve soon.
    XXX

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  26. Aha! Am on and am not many hundreds of people down the comments list - only 30!

    I think you're looking smokin' as usual and am now off to read the posts that I've missed re your dad.

    That beaded cap is amazing!

    Thinking of your wee dad - have yourselves a great weekend, lovely!

    Ali x

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  27. love the brown and flowery maxis.
    hope your Dad is ok,
    love
    xx

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  28. See if you can get help and advice with the Altzheimers for your Dad, Vix - the advocate that the hospital social team appointed for my Aunty was massively supportive when she ended up in hospital after falling. And they were brilliant with my Mum (who had been her carer for years).

    Keep going hun - thinking about you - you will come out the other side.

    Take good care of yourself - hope everything gets sorted out very soon xx

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  29. Hope your dad is better soon x

    Love that 1st photo its lovely xx

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  30. looking so cute in brown skirt ......
    http://fashionstyle-pk.blogspot.com/

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  31. Hope your dad gets well soon, lovely.
    Gorgeous gifts and frockery to see us into the weekend!
    Have agood one and take care.
    xxxx

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  32. Hope your paps is okay hun xx

    I am loving the psychadelic dress, gorgeous on you. I love the first pic, you look so pretty and girly! xx

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  33. I'm so sorry to hear about your father! I send to you my love and support!
    On a happier note that green beaded cap is gorgeous and I cannot wait to see how you wear it!

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  34. Vix, Sorry to read that your Dad is in hospital; I hope he's feeling better soon. Sending you a virtual hug and positive vibes. xxx

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  35. Looking beautiful Vix and great finds as always! Ha it really gets on my nerves when people complain/try and haggle for items at 50p or less at boot sales- the poor sellers get up at the crack of dawn for god's sake, give them some credit! Not sure how long your masthead pic has been there as I usually read my blogs through my Google Reader but I must say it's absolutely stunning xxx

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  36. You're looking amazing - as always - in your outfits. Love the beaded skull cap and mega Foster Grant sunnies you found at the boot sale. Do hope things improve with your Dad.

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  37. Hi, Vix, thinking of you at a difficult time with your Dad - been there. Sending good thoughts to you both. Lynn

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  38. Best wishes and thoughts for your Dad Vix!

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  39. That blouse from Scarlett is beautiful, it looks perfect on you and is very much your style!

    The Elizabeth Arden powder bowl is so classy and elegant looking sat with your Max Factor kitty! I can't believe that old dear was too stingy to fork out 50p for it! Her loss, your gain!

    It's also a night in with a takeaway for us tomorrow.. Sleepy Hollow will be the film of choice!

    Have a lovely relaxing weekend Vix, and I hope your dad is doing OK and gets better soon! xxx

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  40. Fabulous selection of outfit posts and goodies here Vix, I especially love the beaded hat it looks amazing. I can see why the other lady won first prize on that cruise. Thank you for the lovely comment too, I'm a very lucky girl. xxx

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  41. I hope you dad is comfortable. xx

    I love every thing in this post.You are fabulous. Who needs London fashion week? Blogland is where it's all at. xx

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  42. The Magic Mailbox and your Fantastic Friends!! Such wonderful new treasures....love the blouse super cute and the brown maxi and then the handmade dress oh the fabric on that is Fabulous!! Love Love Love the sunglasses and that green skullcap I have seen some here at some of the very authentic Arabian stores I actually saw one made out of what looked like gold coins ~very pretty I should have got it I mean every one is staring at me already right hehehehe!! might as well work it lol!! Well the book that you were curious about was a very raunchy romance novel like way over top it even made me blush :O and it had some very cheeky words & pictures in big print on the front cover so it was pretty easy to spot and not quite okay for the elementary crowd they have a few years before they can check that one out Lol!! ~ Well if the weather goes kooky there I do hope that you have a fantastic and fun weekend inside ~Love Heather

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  43. Yes, i thought it was going to rain yesterday... hopefully sunshine come out.

    I love that newspaper printed cheesecloth shirt.
    *my prayers are with you darling, xx.

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  44. That beaded cap is so gorgeous!!! I hope Dad is getting better. x

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  45. Hope your dad is ok!
    You look fab! How cool are the new items! That brown dress is amaaaaaaaaaaaazing!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! If you find another one similar and decide it's too similar to that one, then let me know, I'll buy it!!!
    Hope you are ok x

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  46. the bags are so awsome!!!


    xoxo from rome
    K.
    http://kcomekarolina.com/

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  47. I LOVE both the maxi dresses - especially the colourful one.

    Plus love that story about the green head dress, very cute xoxo

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  48. O,fark ME I love that black frock,and the blouse and the wonderful colourful frock Sarah sent!!EEEEK! I'm so hungover I could cry,typing isn't easy....love all your scores too.....DRIBBLE DROOL SWOOOOOOON!!!
    Love you to BITS
    Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  49. Such wonderful presents, Vix! I'm very much in love with the bell sleeved brown maxi dress.
    I hope your dad gets well soon! xoxo

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  50. wish your Dad get better soon!!
    and it's always delightful watching all your awesome finds!, lovely newspaper patterned shirt, wonderful dresses, great stuff! and you look so elegant in your maxi skirt and pretty velvet hat!
    besos

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  51. I hope your Dad recovers soon! You and your family will be in my thoughts.
    This is an Amazing fashion look book you have here in this post! You look Gorgeous as usual in all of these outfits! I ma seriously Loving the newspaper print top! So Cute!

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  52. I like your post, with beautiful pictures and beautiful blog,
    you are very pretty,
    if you like poetry, I invite you to my blog.
    you have a happy weekend.

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  53. Hoping all is well with your Dad. Love the artsy print, btw. Great show of fab fashions this time out - can't even pick a fav though those sunglasses are amazing.

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  54. So sorry to hear that your Dad has been is in the hospital. Hope all is well and that you have a spectacular weekend. The headwear is great.

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  55. Well wishes to your father, I hope he will be fine soon!
    Love those maxis btw!

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  56. thinking of you and wish your dad well and comfortable .
    Love the outfits my fave is the brown dress
    xx fee

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  57. wow, those gifted dresses are so gorgeous and they fit perfectly!. i also love you car boot sale finds ...

    i hope your dad is getting better...

    xoxo
    http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.com

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  58. Great buys again. Fancy saying 50p is too much! wow.

    Hope your dad is on the mend. Sending loads of love and best wishes.

    X x

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  59. Ber-loody hell Vix you have scored some amazing treasures here - I'm squirming with delight at your gifts from those fabbo chickie-babes, including the snake shoes which peek out from under the STUNNING frock from Vix. My eyes nearly fell out of my head at the sight of the newspaper shirt!!!!!!!!!! The sunnies are gorgeous and I'm super-envious of your amazing beaded skull cap - IT'S GREEN!!!! I hope things improve with your dear dad - get some well-deserved relaxation this weekend. xoxoxoxoxoxo

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  60. Wow surprise parcels must be freakin awesome. The colours in that frock are amazing! I love the beaded skull cap. My thoughts are with you and your Dad.

    E xx

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  61. Love those sunglasses. I broke my favourite pair a few weeks back and am on the hunt for a replacement - those would be perfect!

    Hope your dad's doing okay.

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  62. very nice!

    http://pinklemonsorbet.blogspot.com/

    Meena ♥

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  63. saying a wee prayer for you and your family xox
    the story about the old lady getting haughty about the 50p cracked me up :)
    xox

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  64. oh, I love the newsprint shirt so much!! I'd have it in a box frame to look at rather than wear though, fab find!

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  65. Love it!! You look great!! Now I'm following you

    http://preziosa.blogspot.com/

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  66. Fab parcels indeed! I'm so rubbish yours is well overdue.

    Also sorry ref your Dad, hope all is ok and nothing too worrying.
    xx

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  67. adore you.
    i'm your knew follower !

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  68. Love that colourful maxi dress - you look great! :)

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  69. Hi my dear-I do hope you dad is not too ill, wishing him strength and good health. You look amazing as usual, the blouse Scarlett sent you is really lovely, as is the brown maxi dress and the floral number from Sarah is divine on you!! Have a fab weekend too xxxx

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  70. oh pretty egyptian goddess like vix i don´t know how you do but you always come along with the most fabulous frocks;) this brown maxi dress is really a beautiful piece i love the sleeves and collar!!! really a nice gift!! also the flower power dress!!! wish your daddy all the best and you all the love and energy you need!!!

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  71. Vix - oh my god I cant believe how well the dress and blouse fit, they totally look like they were made for you!! So pleased you like them :o)

    I also love the dress Sarah sent you, the colours are amazing, a real show stopper.

    Your finds are incredible, i love the powder pot, I cant believe people at the bootys that dont want to pay 50p, i see it all the time, but hey better for us so we can swoop in and bag the items.

    Big Love Scarlett x

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  72. Wow it was your lucky day with all those amazing parcels! You look great in every single outfit! Glad it was nothing too serious and I hope your dad is on the mend.
    Sophie
    x

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  73. Oh Vix I sure do hope you are okay, I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to get around to catching up with you. It really has been one of those weeks.
    Best wishes to your Dad.

    I have always dreamed of owning a newspaper print garment of some kind, I really do enjoy the stories behind your finds, the beaded skull cap really has a wonderful tale attached to it xxx

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  74. What a great collection! All the images are hyping me up for the Vintage Fashion Expo tomorrow in San Francisco :)


    Instylation


    :D

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  75. Oh, I hope you father is doing okay. Hospitals and doctors become more and more a part of an older person's life, at least in my experience.

    Yoga is the way eh? I must start it up and then I can keep doing it when I'm 100.

    The leather bags had me mentally saying 'ooh' and I really like the unusual browns in the dresses! =) Such lovely shapes.

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  76. I hope your Dad feels better soon! You have the kindest readers to care about your so much!

    Love the brown dress on you! :D

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

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  77. Aww, hope your dad is doing ok! That capey top is fantastic. Plus that dress would look amazing with a purple cape thrown over it!
    xxxx

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  78. Vix, love everything in your recent posts. I hope you dad is doing well in the hospital. Hugs and sending good vibrations from across the pond.

    xo, Bonnie

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  79. So sorry to hear that your Dad is in hospital Vix.

    I love colourful outfit, definitely a great way to cheer up a dull day. I wanted to carboot this weekend but the rain has put me off.

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  80. gorgeous finds, I really love those sunglasses!
    I hope your dad gets better soon!
    Jules

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  81. HI Vix, hope your dad is well soon!

    I am loving as usual all your treasures!

    Love - Ariane lots of good french vibs from this side of the globe

    Ariane xxxxx

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  82. Amorcito querida,
    I'm so sorry about your daddy, email his name so I can light a candle for him and send some prayers for him.
    I been too busy with bullshit, that I hadnt seen your posts.
    lots of hugs

    Scarlettt is the sweetest and funniest.
    brown maxi dress was made for you., awesome velvet crush hat. I want the adore the kelly tool bag,very Mexican. beutiful 60s Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass powder bowl. cant believe that granny thinking that was too much, well I'm getting like a granny now at the boot sales. I see your black Max Factor kitty.secon dress fits you like it was made for you.
    besitos

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  83. Ohh wow!!! I desperately want that green beaded cap. It's so beautiful; very reminiscent of Cleopatra. And what a fantastic price! =)

    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

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  84. I can't decide if I like the classic brown or madly coloured frock best... they are both just so fantastic! Glamour personified as ever.

    I do hope your dad feels better soon.

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  85. I'm catching up after a weekend away, hope your dad is okay chicken xx

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