Friday, 9 December 2011

Winter Blues (& reds, pinks and greens)



Whilst winter lovers wax lyrical about clear frosty mornings and crisp dark nights spare a thought for us arthritis sufferers. Old wives tale, my arse, my non-prosthetic hip is murder at the moment and if having to wear lower heeled shoes to limp into town isn't bad enough then being asked if I need a hand with my shopping by a sprightly pensioner is ten times worse. 


I suppose I could do the sensible thing and swallow a fistful of anti-inflammatories but they aren't a great idea with booze and I'll be damned if I'm going to Liz and Adrian's for dinner tonight and not drinking the Chilli Martini I've already got infusing in the fridge.



This 1960s ditsy play suit was one of my Clothes Show buys. Originally priced at £22 the stall holder told me I could have it for £5 as my outfit had made her week. 


My Favourite Thing on Friday is a charity shop find. The fake fur hood was £2.95 from Acorns Hospice. I heard the volunteer shout to the manager, "You know that glamorous lady who comes in here? She's bought that mad fur thing, told you she would" as I left the shop.


Can you believe I've had more loveliness through the post? Scarlett sent me this fab 1970s blouse, stainless steel pendant, funky belt buckle and a vintage tea towel I lusted after on her blog a while ago.


Louise sent me these divine Indian moonstone earrings set in silver.


I was one of the winners of Ceri's Ethical outfit competition and chose a goody bag as my prize. There's soem fabulous indigo suede gloves, a ceramic Regency style brooch, a ceramic pendant, glass beads, lace butterfly brooch and a calico shopper.

1960s handmade cotton play suit worn with vintage suede boots, red opaques and a heap of second-hand junk jewellery

A dinner party, a night out on the town, a visit to the Italian farmer's market in town and a jumble sale, this weekend's a busy one.

Have a great time whatever you get up to.

See you soon.

68 comments:

  1. that top is delightful! And I love that hat, too! :)

    Jules

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  2. Alas it is true about the arthritis, my back is starting to ache with the cold and damp. (Oh its acute back pain said the doc 3 years ago- yeah right).
    Love the furry hood I had one when I was child it was so snuggly

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  3. Bet you made a pensioners day - I did when one overtook me walking in town one day. Said it made such a change to be the fastest!!

    Have a good night - hope the booze eases the pain - that what I'm hoping for later too. All this limping has set off sciatica - hoping a friends mulled wine will see it right later ;)

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  4. Don't you just love it when someone says that you'd buy a certain thing and then you did? It's almost as good as being called glamourous!!

    Sorry about your arthritis. I do know of a natural remedy if you're interested. You can post a comment on my blog or email me from the address there about it.

    Cheers!
    Rosemary from Forever on the Catwalk of Life. com

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  5. Oooh sorry to hear about the arthritis playing up. Lashings of chilli martini should do the trick. Sounds bloody delish if you ask me. Love the playsuit and furry hood. xx

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  6. Hi my dear-the playsuit was made for you, it looks fabulous! Hope the arthritic pain doesn't play up too much for you, take care and have a great weekend xx

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  7. didn't know about your arthritis til one of your recent posts mentioned it - ouch. hope the glow from the martinis sort it out for tonight...

    what a great reputation to have in the chazza shops!

    throat & ear infection here - have had to have a pot noodle as it can't cope with anything else apart from hot tea! x

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  8. Such a gorgeous playsuit, it looks amazing on you!


    xoxo.

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  9. Yey, I'm glad they arrived ok.

    I've never been diagnosed with arthritis, but my grandma suffers with it appalingly and as soon as this weather kicks in my knee joints and hips are murder. Right now I have extremely painful hands too, but I think that could be RSI. I'm the queen of self diagnosis. A bit of chilli martini will see you right. Xx

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  10. Sorry to hear about your aches. I think everyone (esp. women) have at least a little of this problem starting in their 30's. But - if there's one person who can't be kept down, it's you! I'm with you. Enjoy that tasty martini!
    love Jill

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  11. Love your playsuit, and you wear it so well. The fake fur hood is brilliant too, bet it keeps you lovely and warm in this chilly wind.

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  12. vix! I sent ya an email!

    Enjoy your birthday weekend, any excuse for alcohol!!! :p

    Jules x

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  13. I find alcohol is the best painkiller!

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  14. I am one of those winter lovers so I'll shut up about that. I'm sorry your hip is bothering you!

    I love your red tights with that outfit.

    Have a good and hopefully pain free weekend.

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  15. It may be winter outside, but in your heart it's spring! That outfit makes me very hungry for spring. It's delightful. Well done for avoiding the tablets, some people gulp them down like sweets.
    I think the company of good friends and delicious food and wine are a far better tonic.
    Enjoy your busy weekend, but don't be afraid to moan and have a rest. I for one would love a full on rant post from someone as positive as you.

    Great parcels from the wonderful world of blogland, each one unique and suited to your impeccable taste. Cheers all round.

    Lucy x

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  16. I'm using a vintage faux ivory-topped walking stick - it looks wicked :) Also putting 2 desertspoons of Linwoods Milled Organic Flaxseed (Holland and Barrett) in my morning porridge/baked beans helps with inflammation due to Omega 3s apparently. I can't take ibuprofen so getting pished sounds good to me! (Can't do that either - so HELLO choklit!!)

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  17. Sorry to hear about the pains :o( That playsuit is amazing! What a fab deal that she gave it to you so cheap :o) Love the CS comment - very true of course. Glad you like the parcel chickadee. Mwah Scarlett x

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  18. Vix you look amazing as always but are making me feel chilly....
    Dx

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  19. Vix, I'm so sorry that you are in pain I get some discomfort in my knees when our temperatures drop as well.
    Lots of marvelous things for you to wear and look fabulous!
    Have a great and fun weekend,

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  20. Adore your fur hat :-)
    Such a shame about your arthritis... hopefully it won't spoil your busy weekend plans! Sounds like you have a blast planned... enjoy!

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  21. I hate how winter makes everything ache more,
    I shuffle around like someone quadruple my age.

    You look, once again, epically amazing.

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  22. Vix, you look amazing as always. Hope you had a lovely evening.

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  23. wow wow wow...sorry no other words xx

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  24. Love your playsuit Vix its gorgeous! Have a great night xxx

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  25. 'That glamorous lady' what a lovely label! And you are too! x

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  26. Oh Vix im sorry to hear about the arthritis playing up my knees, back, hip and hands are murder at the moment its this damp cold weather and no tablets seem to be touching mine just like you i get on and enjoy ;-)) But when ever you say hip pain my heart goes out to you because i understand as you know. You look gorgeous that jumpsuit is so much fun. I did smile at the glamorous lady comment because she got it so right ;-)) Have a lovely evening and weekend, dee xxx

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  27. ""I heard the volunteer shout to the manager, "You know that glamorous lady who comes in here? She's bought that mad fur thing, told you she would" as I left the shop."""" I laughed out loud at that! You're famous girl! :D

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  28. But you still look very cute!!! And here I was thinking our 20 degrees temps this week were near glacial...oh dear! chilli martini sounds interesting, share the recipe?

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  29. Lovely outfit! And I love that hood too! I must look for my sheepskin hood hat- where's it gone!!!???

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  30. What an amazing play suit! The bright colours are just what's needed for this dull damp weather. I feel got you with your hip as my wrist is killing! But bless the lady who offered help!

    Enjoy your busy weekend.
    X x

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  31. yeah winter is a beast really, it might have pretty fur but it's bite is bad..
    I really hope it gets better!
    Don't forget some thermals and long johns!
    Love the colour combination, I have to echo- this really is delightful! The mad fur thing!

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  32. Sorry too hear your hip is playing up Vix, hope it's better soon, and hope the chilli martini helps. ;)
    Love the tights with the print.
    xx

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  33. I love this outfit.and the red tights look kick ass with it and the boots.You hot mamma.xx

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  34. Go you glamourous lady with that mad fur thing!! LOL

    You are totally rockin that hot pant play suit thingy too, especially with the red hot stockings and go go boots!

    Love it!

    Chilli infused martinis! mmmmm

    x

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  35. I hope your hip feels better soon! That playsuit looks gorgeous - you certainly deserve the title of "the glamorous lady"!

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  36. Holy feck ... I scrolled down slowly half-expecting a frock and got a eyeful of a FABULOUS playsuit instead ... oh jaysus wept you look incredible and red tights with those boots!!!! I'm so happy you won the ethical comp, you absolutely NAILED it with the outfit you chose and what a lovely comment to overhear from the chazza ladies!!! Goddamn joint pain!!! Get the wheat pack on it to give you some relief before you get your glamourous arse out on the town tonight. xoxo

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  37. PLAYTIME!!! Ooo,I'd love to romping around with you with a bellyful of chilli martini!!!
    Bloody Winter would feck around with your poor joints,but I reckon some alcoholic lubrication will be just the ticket!
    Love you in this playsuit,and you look so cheeky with that amazing fur bonnety thing!I frigging love what the chazza shop volunteer said,bugger about being predictable,but so sweet they know your number!!!
    And oooo look at those lovely goodies!Am particularly eyeing up those lovely earrings Loiuse sent!Fabulous!
    FABULOUS!Yes!!!
    Love YOU!
    Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  38. Vixcita,
    I want to slap your ass in these playsuit!
    love you in red sizzling tights.
    You look so fine in your new furry hat, ahahaha they know you well amor. chili martins? I heard of them ,but never tried. share recipe. was a little warmer today. aww more gifts you are truly loved by all of us.Scarlettita sent you such lovely goodies.
    Besotes

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  39. Oh I'm still waiting on my gift card win. I was undecisive about getting the gift card or goodie bag. I see she sent you load of good stuff. love the necklace and gloves.
    besos

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  40. The colours of this romper suit are amazing - look fab with red tights as well :)

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  41. Oh the playsuit is so much fun with the red tights.
    Yip ever girl must have one furry bonnet!!! Or ears.....
    Happiness to you over the weekend. v

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  42. again you are wearing my favourite suede boots!!! they took all the hotness of the world i think;) and the furhat is fabulous too, you look like an iceprincess in that picture, green nails and eyeshadow are so gorgous too!
    wish you a fantastic weekend darling!

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  43. Ooh that playsuit is FABULOUS! The colours and the playsuitiness of it is amazing - and you wear it to PERFECTION of course! Also I love that hat (and I have one just like it!). Hope your hip is better and that you have a frickin MARVELLOUS weekend.

    Love! Sarah xxx

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  44. You look fantastic in the playsuit, and how fantastic that you got it cheaper because you were looking so stunning at the time!

    I loved the comment in the charity shop.

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  45. Such a wonderful mix of colour, I adore the ditsy print, it will look fab in summertime. I hope the pain goes away soon xxx

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  46. That playsuit is stunning and you were given an automatic discount because of your awesome fashion sense!

    "Glamourous Lady" how lovely! I wonder how often they put things out betting on you purchasing it?

    xx

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  47. Love the comment at the charity shop, so much better than you know that mad lady who comes in here - she bought that glam hat! Take care of yourself - fish oil helps stiff joints, if you can stand to take it.

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  48. You look AMAZING! I love the colours in your playsuit.
    Sorry to hear about your hip, i hope its feeling better soon xxx

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  49. Hope the chilli martinis sorted out your aching hip last night!
    You look like playfulness personified in that gorgeous playsuit, a bargain at a fiver and how brilliant to get a big discount by dint of being fabulous!
    Love your big fur bonnet (that sounds well dodgy!) - it reminds me of a hat I had when I was a kid, lovely and warm.
    Great gifts and wins.
    Have a fab weekend, love. xxxxxxxx

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  50. Hope the alcohol had an anaesthetising effect on your poor hip - I guess telling you to wrap up warmer instead of wearing a teeny weeny (albeit gorgeous) playsuit would be wasted time? So there's a monetary benefit to a good outfit too - what a fantastic discount you got.

    x

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  51. Oh sounds like fun fun fun this weekend! and ugh sorry about the aches :( the cold does bring them on doesn't it!! Love the bright red tights & jumpsuit ~ Have fun this weekend...squeeze in a good warm soak in some salts & that should help those aches~ xoxo Heather

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  52. Vix, you are definitely my kinda gal. I'd have made the same decision re: medicine vs. booze with friends, lol.

    And what a fab floral romper. And also what better compliment is there than "that glamorous lady"?

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  53. Loving those suit and red tights in boots, so vibrant and cute. :)

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  54. Amazing outfit! Your eye shadow is Fabulous!

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  55. Italian farmer's market?? sounds deliciously interesting......am feeling very ho ho ho not this year so have demanded GBF take me out for Sunday lunch and lashings of red to improve my demeanour...hope you warm up!!xx

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  56. Love the fur hood story & belated happy birthday! I had a Vague card this year they are such fun!

    Hope your hip feels better soon - eat garlic!!

    xx

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  57. YAAAAASSSS!!! Florals, play suits, neon, and suede boots. A few of my favorite things in one rockin outfit. I love how you're willing to suffer through pain for your martini. Once you drink it, I'm sure that your hip will be the last thing on your mind. If it makes you feel better a group of 65 year olds out danced me in Hip Hop class. I was done after 20 minutes, but they continued going for 60.

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  58. Fabulous playsuit, a great buy! Chilli Martini sounds like the most amazing winter drink!xxx

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  59. love how you styled your summer wear for winter season!

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  60. Honestly Vix, you are as far away looking like a pensioner as the South from the North pole wearing this flowery jumpsuit!
    & Love that you are having a heart for neglected clothes. X

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  61. Absolutely adore this outfit, Vix. Probably one of my favourites on here! Gorgeous :) Emma

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  62. You are infamous you glamorous lady! Glad to know I'm not the only one with winter health problems. Mine are respiratory though. Great score on that hat!

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  63. Hi Vix, the jumper is great and like the thights so colorful, i like a lot- aches and pains hey! i got those the shoulder is still painful going to the family doctor again to get a ref to see an orthopedist..

    Lots of friendship Ariane

    Hope the hip feels better soon

    xxxxx

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  64. Sorry to hear the hip has been bothering you honey with the colder weather. Take it easy sweetie. This jumper is over the top bright and cheery I love it on you and paired with the fake furry hat you are a flower child snow bunny and I hope those chili martini's are keeping you warm and sassy! Lots of lovely presses for sure Vix. Hope your weekend was fun. Catch up soon!
    Loveyoutons~
    Krista

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  65. Love the playsuit - it's beautiful xXx

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  66. Hi Vix, I'm sorry to hear about your arthritis playing up. That must be really difficult to live with, especially when heels and glamour are your passion. Flat shoes for crying out loud? I hope the pain calms down soon. :(

    You look completely amazing in this playsuit. I had a fur hood when I was little and loved it. Em x

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  67. I really, really like your style....xx

    hushhushcloset.blogspot.com

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