Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Flying High Again


Was Christmas all you hoped for? Ours was such a whirlwind of socialising and merrymaking it's almost a relief to have a few nights off before the New Year's Eve festivities. If I see another ounce of cheese, pickled onion, Indian curry or glass of wine before the weekend I might just implode.


I had some amazing presents of the hand-made, second-hand or edible/alcoholic variety. Liz made me this fab bag from vintage fabric complete with a hidden base for concealing booze, perfect for the festival season. The silver cuff and antique coin bangle were both gifts.


That divine minx, Desiree, sent me a fabulous birthday parcel containing this 1970 Katie shirt dress and the metallic silver nail polish I'm wearing ........



........as well as a groovy fake fur hood, one of her signature floral head dresses and a perfectly fitting, vintage bikini to die for. Our weather is so bizarrely mild at the moment I wouldn't be at all surprised if I ended up wearing it all together.


Even Jacob's confused, he came out of hibernation on Xmas Eve for a snack.


It would almost be a crime to own such an amazing new bikini and not to wear it immediately so we were queueing outside the Indian High Commission in Birmingham just after 8am for a tourist visa. I'm determined to book a trip somewhere exotic before the day's out.


We're hoping to revisit this paradise beach we last visited on Xmas day, 2008. No sunbeds, no tourists, no beach bars, no Western pop music, no water sports or anything except the odd fisherman and a curious cow or three. It's in India but not Goa, I'll reveal all once we've found a flight.


Floral shirt dress worn with black velvet hot pants (70p, car boot sale), Alexis ankle boots (£20, Top shop sale, 2009),  vintage amber beads (Birthday present)
See you soon. 

66 comments:

  1. Good luck with that booking!! The bikini is very you and it looks like you did well this Christmas! I've overdosed on trifle so I'm very glad that I have some time before I need to think about swimwear! x

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  2. Good luck with your flight booking - that bikini needs to be on a beach soon :)

    I've been quite good over Christmas - plus any excess is being walked off because at last I can!!

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  3. Is that Kerela? :) You look lovely in that jacket with snaps of yellow here and there!!!

    Glad you had a good Holiday weekend!!!

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

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  4. We had a great one, thank you. Love that bikini. Good luck with booking your tickets - can't wait to hear all about it! x

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  5. Had a lovely quiet one thanks, glad you've got sun on the horizon, Can't wait to see that bikini in action - layering: thats the thing in this weird weather

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  6. Love the bikini. I am glad xmas is over to be honest xx

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  7. Glad you had a lovely time - what wonderful presents.
    Jane X
    The Small Fabric

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  8. What a fabulous bag, and that bikini is to die for. Oh for a golden sandy beach. We'll miss you when you're gone though. Xx

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  9. Obviously loving the hotpants! They look amazing with that top :D i love the look of that furry hat too, use it in an outfit post soon!
    xxxxx

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  10. Such stunning gifts for you to receive. That beach looks divine. Looking forward to hearing what you have planned.

    X x

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  11. Ooh lovely beach - I'm craving some sunshine at the moment! Hope you make a booking and get to wear the bikini soon. You've had some lovely presents there. The menfolk are still eating turkey and I had cheese and pickled onions at lunch, but I'm looking forward to going back to regular food asap!

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  12. EEEEEK....OMG...that bikini and faux fur OMD Desiree nailed it!!!!! LOVE IT and can't wait to see you ROCK it on the beach, you hot sexy thang. So happy to hear Christmas was wonderful and that purse that Liz made with the secret booze container is beyond BADASS!

    India here you guys come! I am on pins and needles waiting to hear where and when!!!
    I hope we can talk this week!

    Vix your smile is the best, it kinda melts my heart!
    I love you lots~
    Krista

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  13. Loving that huge silver cuff and your turtle (or is he a tortoise?)!! I always wanted a turtle...but we have a pretty big zoo as it is. :)

    Happy travels!

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  14. love your style, happy holidays!!

    fashionableroad.blogspot.com

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  15. That fabulous bikini certainly demands to be worn as soon as possible. Hope you are all booked for your trip.
    Love Desiree's gifts, Liz's bag is amazing, I adore your coin bracelet, and I must say you look particularly cheeky in that last pic! What was Jon saying/doing to make you laugh?! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  16. That beach looks gorgeous - I could do with a view like that right now - it's rainy and snowy here.

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  17. Good luck with looking for your holiday! I so need to get away from my parents!


    Oh and I do love your outfit as always. That bag is pure love.

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  18. Love love love that bag! You lucky minx!

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  19. Bikini is AMAZING!! I love it!! Plus you have a pet turtle or tortoise (I'm not sure what the difference is) that's pretty cool. Also love the bag your friend made - I love handmade pressies:)

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  20. I know what you mean about imploding, jejejjejee.
    We tried not to over eat and drin, but, how didi it all hapened???
    Gorgeous as ever, my dearest friend
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  21. What a beautiful bikini. Sounds like you and Mr Vix deserve a good Indian getaway - hope you manage to find suitable flights! x

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  22. Glad you had a good christmas, Vix! I am also permanently feeling stuffed at the mo-christmas food!!

    That beach looks amazing, I'm not surprised you want to revisit it!

    Much love Amie xxxxxx

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  23. Vix, your blog is so good to read - and your photos are awesome. I love the floral shirt dress! I hope you get to be on that lovely beach sometime soon and I will be looking forward to reading all about it. Wishing you all the best for 2012.

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  24. What great gifts. I too received highly appreciated hand-made/second hand/vintage presents. I love the thought that goes into the making or the choosing.
    Envious to hear of your plans for beach and sun - it sounds utterly heavenly.

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  25. AJUAAA!!! Your going to get your sunny wish!
    that teeny bikini is going to look so hot on your bitchin bod.
    Deseerita did so good.
    oh the booze bag is super cool. I need me a tequila one.:)
    Hope you find a flight soon amor.
    Besotes

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  26. That beach looks and sounds like absolute bliss. I love that floral dress!!! So amazing, as usual.

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  27. Never was anyone more ready for a holiday - well done for taking the first steps, bet you can hardly wait.

    Looking super-hot as per usual, love the gifts too, clever Liz.

    Christmas is NOT my thing, and this rain certainly isn't doing much for my spirits.

    So glad there's a bit of life and fun on blogger!

    The bikini definitely needs to go to India.

    Lucy x

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  28. good luck for booking your holiday, my dear! love your coat

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  29. There's my beloved freaky twin!!!
    Yay!
    Ooo,looking so scrummy in newly accquired fabulousness!!That bag Liz made is frigging fantasmo!!!Great ingenuity!AND styley!!
    Ooo,I so long for you to get your trip to India!I will miss the shit out of you,but it is SO necessary for you for a re-charge.That bikini will be totally sexarama,and I will expect at least one bikini babe pic on that there beach!
    Love you SO much!!The silly season has taken over and I hardly know what day it is!!!Let's try and Skype soon!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  30. I am crazy about the bag with the hidden bottle compartment. Why do not All bags come with this option? The shirt dress is adorable.

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  31. I am squealing with delight from way, way, waaaaaaaaaaaaay over here in Bris Vegas where your bikini would be perfect on your amazing bod in this lovely hot weather we're having. So glad you like the goodies, all especially handpicked for you at absolutely super-bargain prices. I'll let you in on a secret, the bikini was $1.50. Impossible!! Liz's bag is a stroke of genius!!! What a woman!! I love how you're keeping your destination a secret and I'm soooooooo excited for you and Jon at finally being able to plan a much-deserved getaway:))))). Love ya lots hon, Desiree xoxoxoxoxo

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  32. The bag is fabulous!! And you look super cute!! Sitting on the beach sounds wonderful! Have a very Happy New Year! Love Heather

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  33. Ah look at that smile! I'm sure you're looking forward to your impending trip enormously! YOur friends must know you so well, looks like they've chosen the perfect gifts.xx.

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  34. I love that the bag has a secret base thats hilarious! I hope your booking goes well and you get to have your dream holiday.

    xx

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  35. That bikini is exquite, you must share a pic of that beauty on you holiday.

    Oh and I am smitten with Jacob. Love. X

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  36. Hi Vix, i love what your friend Liz gave you, too funny and cool a bag in which you can hide booze!
    Pretty quiet here- Wonder what we will do the 31 and Jan 1 -

    For your sake hope you will book that flight and have those well deserve beachy holidays!

    Looking great Vix -

    Ariane xxxx

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  37. Vix, my dear goergeous blogger!
    I´m in love with those rings of yours! I want to add them to my collection! love coat and that hot bag, too! hope you get to wear that bikini, soon. I´m sure a wonderful adventure is waiting for you out there! happy holidays, doll! peace

    http://lovelyboheme.blogspot.com/

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  38. Ooh that frock is MARVELLOUS! I am also wearing vintage Katies brand today. They were much groovier back then - now they are mediocre boring suburban blahh.

    I love that fab bag - what a brilliant idea! So hope you get to book your holiday though we all miss you like MAD when you're away. Your new bracelets are spectacular and THAT BIKINI IS KILLER!!!!

    Love! Skype!? Sarah xxx

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  39. Such exciting news about the holiday fingers crossed you get to where you want to go ;-)) So glad to hear you had a lovely christmas, your gifts are beautiful that bag is a beauty. Have a lovely new years eve, dee xx

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  40. i adore your bad and love the jacket
    great look
    xx
    DOLLMEUP

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  41. I need one of those bags!! Really great outfit.

    Jen x

    http://domesticseamstress.blogspot.com/2011/12/that-post-christmas-feeling.html

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  42. Wish I was on that beach! Hope you get your trip booked...

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  43. this shirt dress is absolutely loveable! i love everything about it!

    http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.com

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  44. Ha ha love the booze compartment what an idea!!! Merry Xmas Vix xx

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  45. Good luck with the booking, very much looking forward to finding out where that beautiful beach is. You are going to look a total minx in that fab bikini - me jealous? Hell yeah! Big Love, have an amazing new years eve :o) Scarlett x

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  46. Glad you have been able to sort everything out for your dad and that you can now have a nice break! I adore that bikini!

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  47. Great news about India, I hope you've managed to book your flights.
    That bikini is fab, truly meant to be yours xxx

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  48. Great outfit - well put together :) Great tights I wore some similar the other day! Love the bag that conceals booze haha :)

    Have you been to the sales?

    CC xXx

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  49. That is one very cool bikini and so needs to be taken on holiday!!! I hope all goes well with the booking and you will be soon a flying high to some sunshine!!!!!!
    Love V

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  50. Ha, imploding is probably harder than exploding these times of the year. What a lovely, considerate gifts - wonder if I could somehow fit into a secret base to fly with you to beautiful beaches. xxx

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  51. Lovely blog.
    http://xtheperfectmess.blogspot.com

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  52. That bag is gorgeous and the fact it's handmade just makes it all the more special. I bet you're excited for a holiday coming up soon, and I'm glad you had a lovely Christmas. Jacob is adorable! xxx

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  53. Can hardly wait to see pics of you on location in that bikini. I love the vintage bangle and I had to laugh at the fuzzy hat, as I wore one just like it in middle school, circa late 60s!

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  54. Your gifts are awesome!!! You are well loved to have such meaningful, thoughtful gifts! Lovin' that antique cuff!

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  55. Wow your gifts are stylish wonderful....adore that bikini.....that beach looks fabulous.....reminds me of how I use to travel.. without all the fuss! I can't wait to see more photos & I hope you are able to get away in the new year.

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  56. .....lovee your bag & cuff....i really do adore your stylee....hope you had a lovely break x

    http://farahs-bubble.blogspot.com/

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  57. That shirt dress is amazing! I love the print. Hope you get your trip sorted, can't wait to hear more.

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  58. Fab look!

    http://styleservings.blogspot.com/

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  59. oooh I love that bikini. I'm hoping to have a figure like you when I get my milk bottle body on a beach in Feb. Can't wait to see the jolly holiday snaps & the amazing outfits xxx

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  60. Hi Vix, Beleated Merry Christmas and Happy new year.

    I love your top the the contrast given by the tights. Looking forward for more style in 2012. :)

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  61. I Love that handbag! Your friend Liz is very talented.

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  62. You will rock that bikini on some fantisimo beach in Kerala!

    Absolutely lovin the shirt dress!

    Gorgeous,

    Dee

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  63. What a gorgeous shirt dress! Love the look of that beach too - the best beaches are the ones that are deserted!

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  64. that bag is so ridiculously awesome. What a fabulous idea!

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