Friday, 10 February 2012

A Friday Frock & Some Charity Shop Finds



I'm not addicted or anything but it has been over a month since I last set foot in a charity shop so today, despite the sub-zero temperatures and snow flurries, I pulled on my thermals and headed into town for a chazza fix.


Here's what I found:


1970s maxi by Dorothy Perkins. It's actually a slinky nightie but I'll be wearing it as a dress. (YMCA £3.49)


1960s Victorian-inspired silk lined velvet jacket with Leg Of Mutton sleeves for unleashing my inner Stevie Nicks (PDSA £2.99)


Indian-made mirror work and embroidery cross body festival bag (Salvation Army, 60p)


Because a girl can never have too many fringed gypsy shawls (Salvation Army, £1)


Hippy-tastic cheesecloth blouse by Free People, dying to be worn with my denim bell bottoms and vintage platforms (YMCA £2.99)


My favourite buy has to be this 1970s polka dot chiffon gypsy maxi by Berketex (St Giles Hospice, £10)


As soon as it was donated the shop manager thought of me and put it aside until I returned from my travels, needless to say that when I set eyes on it I loved it. It might be snowing out there but I couldn't wait to try it on.

Floral head dress handmade by the awesome Desiree and The Stylist

Bring on the festival season.


Sod the snow and the hideous temperatures, we're off to the pub for lashings of real ale.
Have a fantastic weekend whatever you get up to.

79 comments:

  1. O Lord you are delicious in this polka dot maxie!!!!! I also love the pink headdress Desiree and the Stylist made you just the perfect touch to this fabulous find. I love that they save stuff for you at the shops, it's because you are so sweet and kind! You still have your gorgeous tan and that makes me smile when I see you standing in the snow. Loving all your finds, but this dress is my fav! Love those bangles babe!! This weekend is crazy but I am saving a day for you next weekend I miss my Vix and need to catch up.
    LOVEYOUBUNCHES!!!
    Krista

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  2. That polka dot dress is fabulous!

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  3. What fabulous finds! I never find anything vintage in our local chazza shops but live in hope. Loving your maxi, bag and cheesecloth blouse. I'll be down the pub also tonight for a pint or three, need to find my thermal vest first. Phwoar!

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  4. I am loving that green nightie/dress! And that polka dot dress and 60s jacket?! Ah-Maz-Ing. Yeah, I was like you when I first saw that polka-dot dress. Swoon!

    Have a fab weekend! :) x

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  5. That maxi dress is fantastic! The charity shops round here just have chavez stuff. Must get my backside further afield! Xxx

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  6. Oh I am dotty about your dress (sorry could not resist). You look great in it, looks like you will have to have a party now just to show it off ;)I love that indian bag too, such great finds.

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  7. Ooooh Vix, I adore that dress--it is posh, polka-dotted perfection! If you ever get tired of it....
    That victoria style jacket is a great find as well. I wish I could find such lovely, inexpensive things over here! Can't wait for a trip over there so I can satisfy my charity shop craving.

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  8. There can never be enough polka dots in this world

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  9. Amazing spot dress. I used to be at the same school as the Berkers' daughter! Small world!
    Gosh, would probably give any of those pieces a home, ('cept the green nightie)!
    And a Stylist/Desiree special-lucky girl. She is such a gem, The Stylist, isn't she? What a joy!
    Have a great W/E.
    Z xx

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  10. That polka dot maxi is gorgeous and I am a big fan of the leg-o-mutton sleeve! Have a good weekend x

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  11. Looks like I need to head to the West Midlands for some charity shopping ! Amazing finds and soooo cheap!!

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  12. Right - that's it, I am coming to Walsall asap! I love it all and you look fab as always! Have a lovely evening at the pub - I will 'see' you Sunday evening, I'm off on a hen weekend tomorrow!

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  13. that shawl is so dreamy and beautiful.

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  14. That dress is pretty damn special, and would go nicely with your lovely new gypsy shawl!

    If you ever get bored with the twinkly mirror covered bag then I might know someone who would take it off your hands ;)

    Cxx

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  15. Gorgeous frock! I'd be all oer that velevet jacket with leg o' mutton sleeves like a rash. Stunning. Em xx

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  16. Oh wow that maxi dress is divine! Good job they did save it for you as I don't think anyone could wear it as well you Vix!
    Sophie
    x

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  17. Great buys I love the dress you are wearing,

    Also I have tagged you in my blog please take a look xx

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  18. That polka dot maxi is stunning what a lovely find and what a lovely chairty shop worker ;-) Loving the velvet jacket to that is stunning and so is the black lace shawl. Have a lovely weekend, dee xx

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  19. Dear GOD! Whyyyyy when I look in vintage/charity/anything older shops, do I never find anything as amazing as that dress. Heart. Broken. (LOVE IT!)

    Sophh Elizabeth
    Sophhelizabeth.blogspot.com

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  20. Loving that polka dress! Fabulous finds and bargains as always. Think I need to make friends with my local shop ladies so they put goodies away for me! ;)

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  21. wooo hooo another amazing look Vix! thankyou for the lovely comment you left regards my green trousers! back they have gone, vile cheap and nasty things!
    Much love xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  22. Vix, you look fabulous! I love the green nightie and am looking forward to seeing it in a future post. Hope you are keeping warm ;-)

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  23. All in one day? *Sob*. Amazing finds Vix, the green is totally you. xx

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  24. So great you have a Charity Shop Personal Shopper - LOL! - and what a result! I love that spotted dress and it looks so pretty to wear and perfectly styled up with your pink hair flowers. Have a great weekend and enjoy your beer! xxx

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  25. I think Stevie Nicks brought me to you, Vix - And you continue to channel her beauty and her creativity!

    I can only dream of finding those shawls and that velvet!

    You are ever-lovely.

    Have a fab weekend - Lovely to have you back! xxx

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  26. Gorgeous finds Vix! That dress is so pretty and looks lovely paired with that pink flower headband! The Victorian style velvet jacket was a bloody bargain! xxx

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  27. Ooh! That Maxi dress is just gorgeous! I bet the shops missed you whilst you were away! Aren't the lovely to save you stuff! ♥

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  28. I just love the shawl and the Stevie jacket. The first charity shop trip after a break feels fantastic doesn't it?!:)

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  29. Agree on the dress, totally my favourite score you got!! I like your word "Chazza" and may just slip that into a conversation when next out doing our Chazza's!!!

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  30. The polka dot dress is absolutely beautiful! & I love the floral headband.

    XO, Catherine.

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  31. Oh Vix you look so pretty! I adore your hat! The dress is an amazing find!

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  32. That's a stunning dress, Vix, I'm not at all surprised you love it.
    All your finds are typically wonderful - the velvet jacket, the green nightie and the gorgeous shawl are all hitting the spot for me!
    Enjoy your ale tonight, love! xxxxx

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  33. That dress looks amazing! Love polka dots!

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  34. You look ready to go festivaling in that bonito polka dot frock.
    You always have lady luck on your side!
    I especially love the fringe shawl and Victorian velvet jacket your Stevie Nicks ready.
    I been to the charity shops all month haven't found anything.
    I wore my flower headband today too.
    luv ya

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  35. Fantastic finds! I just love those polka dots on you.

    Loulou Downtown

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  36. WOW! That dress is just Fantastic! You look Gorgeous!

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  37. Gosh did you ever score some great things. You look totally fabulous in those polka dots! I love the green nightie that I totally thought was a dress to begin with. The fringesd shawl is a beauty.
    The festival bag is super funky!
    That velvet jacket is a insanely cool find I adore the buttons.
    woooooooo it is all just too much really. =D

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  38. Wow! That's a mighty great haul. I love the poka dot maxi too, it's lovely that the lady at the store put it aside for you:)

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  39. The polka dots are fabulous! Can't wait to see the jacket on you. isn't it amazing how a month away can give you fresh eyes for finding amazing things.

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  40. Wow that polka dot dress! I'm loving the Indian bag too! And always you have the best jewelry.

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  41. You look so fabulous & make me think of Spring with that beautiful dress! How lovely that that they put it aside for you. Gotta say loving that festival bag too. Wishing you a fabulous weekend!

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  42. Polka Dot LOVE!!!! It's gorgeous. I think you were rewarded for having a charity shop break. So many goodies. I haven't stepped foot in one in over 3 weeks. xxx

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  43. Super finds, Vix; I especially love the polka dot dress :)

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  44. Wow, this is a great start to your charity finds for 2012, I can't think which is my favourite - the stevie nicks style jacket or the polka dot maxi. xx

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  45. Gorgeous gorgeous and gorgeous, you always have the best finds!

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  46. Ooooh, snap on the polka dot maxi!! Looks a very similar fabric to mine too. I'm jealous of the real ale, we can't get it here, but no jealousy of the snow...although it was cooler today, only 30 degrees.xx.

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  47. Oh wow Vix! Nice polka dot dress, i have seen one like yours at the Salvation Army, but way too big for me.
    I love the green dressand victorian jacket so gorgeous!

    You are brave to go outside, brrrrrrr!
    I stay in for my pics

    Love

    Ariane xxxxx

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  48. Hi my dear-the maxi dress was a stunning find, as are your other finds, love the 60s Victorian style jacket too!! Yes sod the freezing weather, I hate it, can't wait for summer!! Have a great weekend xxxx

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  49. You do seem to have the most exciting charity shops near you! Great dress. My favorite charity shops seem to be filled only with fleeces and jeans at the moment. Either that or cast off Primark.

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  50. Hey Vix! I've tagged you over on my blog to do the latest nosey tag going around. I hope you don't mind! xxx

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  51. Wow this is one of my fave dresses on here, its amazingly gorgeous! :)

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  52. You look stunning in this dress!

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  53. oh vix this dress is polka dot love, it is sooo fabulous, length, cut and colour are just perfect!
    love and kiss,mary

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  54. love the polka dot dress.That jacket is gorgeous.looks so soft too.Just love the shawl.I haven't been shopping much latley.Maybe some ebaying but thats it.

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  55. So jealous! What a nice haul to get after a month away. Velvet and leg of mutton are my two favorite characteristics in a jacket. I just went out to my local charity shop and came back with nada.

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  56. Gorgeous dress Vix! Have a great weekend xx

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  57. love this big dotted dress so much. it looks awesome on you!!!

    http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.com

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  58. O,EEEEK! Nothing like breaking a drought!!! A whole month without opshoppin is just cruel!
    By jaysus,I am CRAZEEE for that spotty frock!!!Heavenly perfection!
    A deliious selection of goodies that were waiting just for YOU!
    You are so glorious,and the only thing that could have improved this last week is if YOU were there too!
    Love you more than polka dots and weekends!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  59. I am mad for the polka dot dress. It was meant for a summer garden party with the jet set.

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  60. Excellent work on finding all those gems, and extra points for getting out in the freezing snow to show us that frock! I'm having the opposite problem over here, it's been 36 degrees or so the past few times I've tried to take photos and I nearly drown in sweat while out posing in the garden!

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  61. Oh my gosh!! I love that polka dot maxi!!! You're so lucky there are lovely people that work at those charity stores. It's so sweet when they put aside stuff for you. Xxx

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  62. I love your style! Just found your blog now. Loving it. X

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  63. How lovely that the ladies in your local charity shops set things aside for you; they're your very own personal shoppers! And what a treasure the dotted dress is, perfectly paired with the pink headdress. You are a vision of spring!

    I would wear the green nightgown as a dress also; and what a stunning shade of green that is!

    The Indian bag and the Free People top are both treasures, and I have no words for how I feel about black lace shawls. have you ever worn two together, tied as one? I would love to see how that looks, and I bet it would add some warmth, also.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Vix!

    xo, A.

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  64. Wow you found some great stuff!! I brought home a few of those cross body bags when we went to Jordan they had lots of them at the market. And I just love the free people blouse. I love their stuff it has that kind of ethinc bohemian feel to it doesn't it. The polka dot dress is so sweet looks beautiful ~Enjoy your weekend and your new treasures!! could you please email me your address, I would like to send some mail your way :) heatheradrianwatts@gmail.com ~Love Heather

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  65. how lucky are you to have the ladies put stuff aside for you. The green and polka dot maxis are fabulous!

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  66. I haven't been charity shopping for ages but I am definitely feeling inspired to do so by your finds. I love the cheese cloth blouse.

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  67. You are delightful in this fab dress - and you're absolutely right in wearing the Dotty P nightie for day, it's too good to hide away! xxxxx

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  68. That dress is divine on you! I am especially eyeing your Stevie Nicks Victorian top- I love a good mutton sleeve!

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  69. The Berkatex is utterly classic, you lucky lady.

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  70. I adore the Victoriana jacket - gorgeous! x

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  71. The Stylist and I had an absolute swoon-fest over your dotty frock and glorious haul!! The sleeves and different sized dots take this gorgeous number to super-frock status - love the blast of pink:)) We're amazed you are standing in freezing weather with bare arms - thank you, thank you for being so glorious! Oh and the 60s jacket: wetting myself over that one. xoxox

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  72. HOLY FUCK!!! The velvet jacket! The spotty maxi! The floral headpiece! EVERYTHING IS SO FABULOUS!!! Love, Sarah xxx

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  73. You look like an absolute goddess in that chiffon maxi & headdress.

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  74. Man that dress is nice. I would have pounced on it - your charity shop people are so lovely to you! Love the velvet jacket too, the buttons are fab xx

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  75. What a gorgeous finds! My favorites are that velvet jacket and the beautiful polka dottted dress))

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  76. You look so pretty in the dress with the dots!

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