Friday, 21 October 2011

Favourite Bling On A Friday


A badly behaved cat meant we got to yesterday's car boot sale somewhat later than usual, but no matter, one of my favourite sellers had this vintage vision waiting. She tries to keep the "weird gear" aside but she's learnt not to worry if she occasionally misses something, no one looks at the kind of stuff I buy so it's quite safe on her stall until I get there.



Not a single stone missing and only the finest Swarovski crystals, naturally.




This dress had been hanging up for three hours with a price tag of 50p and not a single soul from the hundreds of early morning bargain hunters took an interest. I love being a weirdo.

1970s crimplene midi dress worn with Office velvet platforms, a heap of trashy jewellery and a made-by-me fake fur collar.

I don't have many midi dresses in my wardrobe, they can feel a bit mediocre compared to minxy mini or mental maxi but with it's bling I reckon this is a keeper and therefore my favourite thing this Friday.





More of yesterday's car boot sale buys:


Clockwise from top left: 1930s plaster bust (£1), 1970s Clan Laird maxi-length kilt (50p), 1973 Butterick pattern with iron-on transfers (25p),  Fringed shawl (50p), 1960s West German clip earrings (20p), Ceramic swan (10p), 1960s St Michael lace slip (£1), 1960s Richard Shops Bri-nylon blouse (50p), 1970s dead stock tee shirt (50p) Simplicity 1971 pattern (25p)

I'm overwhelmed with the response from my last post, the comments you were kind enough to leave blew me away. Thank goodness there's so many of us who aren't prepared to listen to "the experts" and conform to "the norm". Thank you for your overwhelming support, honesty and fabulousness.
Let's continue to stand out from the crowd and stick our fingers up at being conventional.



Have a fantastic weekend and see you very soon.

87 comments:

  1. Bring on the Friday bling, my lovely. The red dress fits you well. I love how it hugs the figure. And what pretty details she has, too. A wonderful weekend to you, sweetie;-)

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  2. Beautiful. I love velvet at the moment. xxx have a good weekend :)

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  3. Gorgeous dress, you are so lucky you are the only "weirdo" in your area. It fits you like a glove too. Great boots!!

    Em x

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  4. obviously it was waiting for you ,it fits you perfectly and looks fabulous
    have a good
    xx fee

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  5. Frigging HELL I love that frock!Sexarama!So slinky,and those crystals are too divine,darling!Adoring the styling,the collar and boots go a treat!
    EEEK! More boot goodies!I don't know where to look first,I keep gasping!I think I'm most excited about the swan and the fab clip on earrings!!But you excite me MOST of all!!! Yay!
    Just saw Justin Hawkins on Top Gear-scwing!
    LOVE YOU!!! Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  6. What a beautifully made dress, 50p? Even a bar if chocolate costs 65p!
    Red looks striking in you, I feel empowered and confident in red, I think you'll have a memorable day wearing that.
    Badly behaved cat - made me laugh. Even your pets refuse to conform.
    Have a lovely Friday.

    Lucy x

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  7. Offset by the soft greys, that is a beautiful and very slinky combination, Vix - I agree with you wholly, who is to say what conventional should be - Who gives others the right to dictate how we should live our lives (provided we don't break too many laws!)?

    You go, Vix - Have a wonderful weekend xxx

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  8. You look so elegant! Red dress with fake fur collar, inspiring!

    -Sara
    autumn, coffee and inspiration

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  9. You can wear grey like nobody's business! That frock is GORGEOUS and the crystals are a bit disco-tastic! I love it with the boots and faux fur collar too and how lovely of that seller to save the weird stuff for you! You look as beautiful as always, amor.

    Love,

    Sarah xxx

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  10. Love the outfit you found it suits you love the boots too.

    The last outfit you wore on the previous post was gorgeous too. Love the black and purple together with your dark hair. It reminds me of my mispent youth! lol.

    There is always someone telling you what to do or wear. I stopped watching old Gok Wan ages ago I found it too depressing.


    MBB x

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  11. The dress is completely fabulous on you!!

    Jem xXx

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  12. What in the heck! For the price that was on the dress I am suprised there was not a full on brawl for the darn thing! There would have been had all us bloggie woman been there! *HAHAH*
    The dress looks amazing on you & the collar and boots you paired with it looks totally fabulous!

    Nice finds as always Vix!

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  13. I always used to be mini or maxi, but midi is winning me over- it's quite a practical length (short enough to walk in, long enough to bend over in) - so it does need a bit of bling to pep it up.

    I can't believe that dress was there at 50p and no one too it, daahn saahf it would have been snapped up!

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  14. You look fab I love that outfit

    Why was your cat badly behaved what did they do?

    xx

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  15. You look fabulous in that dress Vix. And as you know I all the way with you in:
    Let's continue to stand out from the crowd and stick our fingers up at being conventional.

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  16. You look great! I would probably not have picked out that dress (even though I'm wierd) but you clearly have a great eye for a good catch! It's fantastic!

    x

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  17. I am constantly amazed at the prices you pay! That dress is fab and 50p?!!!!

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  18. I love a great 50p steal! What an absolute bargain....fab sparkles too!

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  19. love the red dress and the Swarovski crystals are amazing .. very blingy and gorgeous and for 50p some people are so strange not wanting to buy such lovliness arent they!!

    love love that tartan skirt its ahhamazing !!..

    have a good weekend..

    charl
    x

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  20. I LOVE your dress Vix - can't believe no one else looked at that gem!

    Plus, I'm loving that kilt (naturally!) and those earrings!

    Oh and I love your homemade fur thing!! :)

    Jules
    http://wordshakermag.wordpress.com
    http://andsuddenlyisee.blogspot.com

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  21. Totally gorgeous - it looks like it was made for you! I love how you styled it too. That length is very me, I've always loved midi length, but the shape has to be right, like yours and the bit of sparkle makes it.xx

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  22. ahahahaha lets stick our fingers up indeed!! you have me giggling....This dress is fabulous oh my gosh I love it!! the crystals are so pretty. I am always amazed at how these wonderful dresses you find fit you so well!! It must be fate I tell ya! And your boots I am so loving all your shoes :) You are giving me lots of ideas for how to wear things. I really need to try and accessorize more~ Beautiful Enjoy your weekend Love Heather

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  23. There is nothing weird about that dress, it's beautiful.
    Love the boots with it.

    Have a great weekend gorgeous lady. xxx

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  24. oh that dress looks just perfect with the fur and the velvet platforms! :)
    and i have totally fallen for the swan ! :)

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  25. Beautiful dress, and nothing missing! It is amazing that it has lasted with the crystals - I suppose it has been kept for best and worn only once! Lucky for you!

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  26. Fabulous dress! You must live in the only area in the world where no-one wants vintage. Loving this look.xx.

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  27. Stunning dress. I actually like a midi - v. elegant. Loving those yellow earrings, I have a similar pair in white.

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  28. That dress is lovely. The colour and the beading look fab. The boot sales around here haven't resulted in such gorgeousness but the charity shops come up trumps for me instead so I'm not complaining!

    Thanks for your lovely comment, it's mad how paths almost cross isn't it? I was in Japan from early in 93 to the end of 97. I had the best time and, looking back, can't believe what I got up to! Em xx

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  29. What a fab dress, and I love how you have accesorised it too.

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  30. Absolutely love the grey boots and the fur collar/wrap. As usual, you look fantastic. You have the most amazing look !

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  31. Well I'm as weird as you as I'd have snapped that dress up! My fave item from your haul is the stripy tee - I'm so predictable

    & have just caught up on your Gok rant. Bloody well said. What is it with this 'norm' dress/style code. Mix it up go mad wear what you want!

    Last night outside Green Park tube I saw this amazing women, she must have been in her early 60s. She was wearing such trendy clothes and looked fabulous. I only wish I;d taken a photo and got her details so I could have done a proper post on her. I'm kicking myself this morning.

    xx

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  32. That dress was a lovely buy and it looks terrific on you; I love the way the way your boots and collar matches each other. Nice touch.

    Cool boot sale buys too, especially the kilt, earrings and lace slip.

    Have a great weekend too, Vix.
    xxx

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  33. That dress looks great on you, and I love the fur collar.

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  34. I just cannot believe that people were walking past that beautiful frock for 50p! Are they mad? You look amazing, as always. Xx

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  35. love so much your dress!

    Visit my blog and if u want we can follow each other1
    have a wonderful Friday!

    www.thecurlylady.blogspot.com

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  36. What a great bunch of finds! I loooove that dress with those boots and the little fur! Hooooowwww awesome! Love ya, pretty lady! Hearts, Janna Lynn

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  37. The red dress fits you beautifully - and everytime you show those boots I love them even more!

    out of your bootsale displays, my trashy, tacky magpie eye just went straight to those gorgeous plastic earrings, oh and the plaster head! x

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  38. such a gorgeous dress! ... and i love those 60s up lace boots from last post - and of course the words of it.

    actually i wanted to check out a new vintage store in my city on saturday - but today i didn't went to work because i'm sick. hopefully i'm feeling better tomorrow. ...

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  39. wow foxy woman! I cant believe people turn their nose up at your lovely things.I tells ya if some of us Aussies were there you wouldnt be left with anything so count your blessings we live wayyyyy down here lol

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  40. What a haul - you look absolutely sensational.

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  41. Just found you through Mimi and Tilly favourite friday thing. Great dress on you. Great blog and one I will be visiting often from now on. Lolo xx

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  42. Gorgeous dress and love the little blue lacy slip (how will you be wearing that one?!). Have a great weekend.
    I know all about naughty cats - I was greeted with two disembowelled mice this morning! M x

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  43. ha ha naughty Stephen.

    Cats are so funny and super intelligent. Thomas has a habit of doing things like this although sometimes he is stubborn and won't come in before we go out.

    Also he has a habit of deciding not to eat his food until we put treats in the bowl with the food or ham or roast chicken!!!

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  44. That dress is gorgeous and made for you! Great find.

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  45. I admire your ingenuity and find inspiration in your clever choices. There is so much to like in this outfit I don't know where to start!

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  46. That colour is so gorgeous on you! Love the accessories too xxx

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  47. oh Vix thank you for your thoughtful comments...what lessons I'm learning not least about myself!! Love your hoard...that bust is the dead spit of my friend in France's adopted son Dilan!! xx

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  48. amazing dress for a bargain price :D

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  49. Wow, stylish or what! Great outfit and stuff all those who just go with the crowd. Wear what you want, when you want. Got myself some leather boots today from the Charity Shop. Don't know when I'll wear them, but I liked them so I bought them. I just need your stylish know how and I'll be away!
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  50. A nice little sparkley number for the forthcoming party season.

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  51. Vixcita,
    I amar you in this shiny red frock, 50 pence cant believe it. gracias a dios for your fab taste.
    your beautiful features stand out more. love your grey suede boots and that grey fake fur collar, and made by even better.
    Your favorite creature on Fridays.
    besotes

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  52. aawww Vix, you look beautiful that dress is gorgeous and such a nice shade on you. The other people are the nutters for not seeing how gorgeous it is and the other things you buy. I have to say its great being different and unique and standing out from the crowd ;-)))im loving the white blouse to. Have a fabulous weekend, dee xxx

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  53. The people that left that fab frock hanging there are the weird ones if you ask me! You look great as ever.

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  54. You look AMAZING in red lady!!! This outfit is a "looker" for sure..:)

    Happy Weekend!


    Statements In Fashion: A Funky Little Fashion Blog

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  55. Oh oh oh, this is gorgeous! How lucky people consider a beautiful dress like this 'weird' (personally my associations are rather 'Alaia'). Just got a dress with the same length - a length I normally shy away from, but it feels kind of nice. So 'dressed' :) xxx

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  56. This dress is gorgeous Vix and i love your outfit in your previous post! Have a great weekend xxx

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  57. Gorgeous dress, Vix. What's wrong with people? I'd have bought it!
    Have a fab weekend. xxxx

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  58. I love this dress on you and of course no one else picked it up, you gotta have skills to look this good! It really is a stunner and your waist is so tiny! I love your fur collar, any chance you'd show us how to make one? I always love seeing all your loot, that white blouse is so pretty!

    Your post yesterday was so well received because we all agree with you! We have the coolest tribe huh!!!!

    Love you!!!!
    Krista

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  59. Velvet platforms! Well, how did I miss those all my life? They are wonderful. You look elegant in the outfit (in my favorite color). -T

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  60. I don't even know where to start with this Vix,

    In.Love.

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  61. Hurrah for weirdos! Especially when they look as stunning as you, lovely Vix!
    The dress is fabulous. I'm liking the midi length, it's good to mix it up a bit and surprise people, and the colour and sparkle make it anything BUT mediocre. (As if you could ever be mediocre!)
    Love your collar, love your finds (shawl, earrings and maxi kilt most of all) and especially love you, oh wise woman who rants the truth! Have a great weekend. xxxxxxxxxx

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  62. Who wants to blend in to the crowd? How BORING! You look stunning in that red dress. I loooove sparklies so the crystals are fab! And Swarovski too! OH LA LA! You're boots look comfy as well as sexy too and you can't beat that.
    Karlene

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  63. Vix, that dress was made for you! Lovely colour and gorgeous shape, and all for fiddy pence! LOVE it! xxxxx love amie xxxxxxxxxx

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  64. That dress is lovely, that crystal detailing just adds loads more to what already is a gorgeous dress!

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  65. That dress is gorgeous and a very awesome find! I cannot believe it sat there for three hours or so and nobody snatched it up. I'm baffled by that!!

    Well, lucky for you though, eh? Hehe.

    You look fantastic!

    PS. I missed your last post, but just want to say how much I agree with you. One of my closest friends (ex-boyfriend's mom, actually, haha) is 52 and she dresses like she wants: short leather skirts, sexy lace tops, etc.) and she looks fantastic! She does get slack for dressing the way she does, which I think is mostly due to jealousy from other women her age, than actual concern...

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  66. I like! very interesting!
    I have a GREAT GIVEAWAY ,and a new post outfit on my blog! I invite you to come and see for MIRIAMSTELLA'S BLOG ! i wait for you!
    kisses
    Miriastella

    http://isfashionmypassion.blogspot.com

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  67. That is a fab dress and you look great in it. Love those boots too. Thanks for sharing.

    Jumbleberries xx

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  68. That dress is gorgeous.love the color.The bling makes it even more beautiful.Love the fur color and all your bangles.You look beautiful.xx

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  69. A beautiful dress that really suits you; cannot believe that no-one bought it before you, especially for 50p! x

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  70. Having weird taste is awesome when you can pick up gems for a minuscule price! The little gems made my heart skip a beat!

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  71. Hi my dear-the dress is most certainly a keeper, it looks gorgeous and I adore your fur collar with it! Have a lovely weekend too xxx

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  72. What a great dress, suits you perfectly. I love the fur collar, can you remind us how you made it?

    X x

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  73. Wow...only 50p for that beautifull dress...... That is really a good deal. :)
    Lovely finds again. :)
    xx

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  74. Wow! A beautiful RED dress with classy Swarovski bling! You wouldn't find anything like that amongst the shit on the shelves in clothing stores nowadays! I can't believe it was sat there for 3 hours and at 50p! Crazy!

    I'm loving that pink swan planter! Very shabby chic, I swear my nan used to have one very similar to it! It would look great on a dressing table full of jewellery and necklaces draped over it!

    Another shawl to add to your growing collection, that one is a beauty!!

    I received my surprise parcel from you today!!! I really wasn't expecting that and I bloody adore everything that I found inside it! I will do a blog on it very soon! :D Thank youuuuuuuuuuu!!! xxx

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  75. That's a pretty dress Vix !!!
    We are in love with you boots and fur collar !! Did you do it yourself ???
    you look amazing :)

    Have a great weekend !

    Caith
    www.londonwishes.com

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  76. It might be a midi, but it's lovely. If I'd been at that boot sale and spotted it I'd have snapped it up at 50p! You could always shorten it if you wanted to. A nice collection of finds, especially like the shawl and the first pattern.

    Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog yesterday - Janis is one of my icons, so to be compared to her is a huge compliment x

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  77. adore your little fur collar with the ties. looks so good with those killer boots! I'm seriously going to come take them from you!

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  78. The dress looks gorgeous on you - and the blouse is making me a little envious too!x

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  79. A fabulous frock, a troublesome cat & some beautiful bling xxx

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  80. What a fabulous dress!!! Love the color on you, so much!!!

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

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  81. you look really beautiful and soo gorgeous!!! loove your dress and the fur collar you made oh soo adorable!!! you really have a good style...kissess!!!


    http://voguelyvan.blogspot.com

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  82. Ah the joys of having an eye for beauty when all around you are blind to it - awesome dress and I love you in red. I love that Victoriana style bri nylon blouse! Keep sticking up those fingers at convention Vix!

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  83. I'm a huge fan of the midi length when worn with boots, as you've shown so favulously here xx

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  84. I'd love a seller at the booty to save me vintage gear - dream! The prob with my local booty is that they all think they are antique experts so anything slightly vintage they put a stupid price on - i just walk past their stalls now.

    Love the bling and all your beautiful booty finds as always :o) Scarlett x

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  85. I so love a dress with sparkle.......so fabulous.....how the heck could it hang there unnoticed? Love your treasures today!

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