Friday, 18 May 2012

The Wolverhampton Wanderers


Yesterday Liz and I caught the bus 5 miles down the road to the city of Wolverhampton. Birthplace to such rock legends as Slade, The Mighty Lemon Drops, Cornershop and Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Wolverhampton (or Wolves to us locals) gets it's name from King Wulfhere who established an abbey here in 659. The timbered building I'm posing in front of was built in the sixteenth century.


Despite massive development in the Sixties and Seventies there's still loads of quaint cobbled streets and well-preserved period architecture. Wolverhampton art gallery holds the second-largest collection of Pop Art in the UK and, more importantly, the main shopping area boasts twelve charity shops.

Princess Alley
I've spent many a night in Wolverhampton, there's some brilliant live music venues, Victorian real ale pubs and an unpretentious alternative scene. 



The earliest part of St Peter's Collegiate Church, located at the highest point of the city centre, dates back to 1205.


Obviously no day out is complete without a visit to the local Wetherspoons. 
Liz and I ate huge Superfood Salads (butter nut squash, spinach, edamame soya beans, broccoli, fine green beans, pomegranate seed and red chard with balsamic vinaigrette) washed down with a generous helping of Pinot Grigio, hence the demented owl face.


After an entire day trawling the charity shops only a couple of things caught my fancy, including this vintage blouse featuring one of the most gloriously insane prints. How can anyone not love the style of the 1970s?

English-made Tricelon blouse (£3.75, Marie Curie), 1960s cotton tie, worn as a headband, (50p, Beacon Centre for the Blind), crimplene flares (handmade by me), 1960s vinyl & tapestry bag (£2.95, YMCA), tooled leather belt (50p, car boot sale)

Thank you so much for your comments, emails and well wishes yesterday. You made my day that much better.

I'm heading back to Wolverhampton for a jumble sale later.
Have a brilliant weekend.

66 comments:

  1. Bloody hell - I LOOOVE that mad print! It looks like Pacman from a distance - and Suicidalman up close!

    Wolves looks so gorgeous - cobblestones and beautiful old buildings and a huge pop art gallery - and 12 charity stores? Sounds like heaven to me! So glad you had such a wonderful day, amor! Liz's maxi and earrings are also GORGEOUS.

    Love you more than mad 1970s suicidal Pacman prints! Sarah xxx

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  2. A boy I was ib school with had a Ned's Atomic Dustbin tattoo - what an idiot!
    Love that print, and your wide grin. I'll be trying that salad soon, it does sound gorgeous.

    Have a lovely evening, only tanned lady in Britain!

    Lucy x

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  3. Wolverhampton looks so cool and sounds amazing!!!! Looks like you gals had a dope time. I love both outfits and that print is outrageous,; I love it!

    Have a great weekend Vix!

    Xx Jacqueline

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  4. the print on that blouse is priceless! thank you for the tour of this town. the architecture is amazing. and your lunch is making me hungry and it's still early morning here. i love the outfit you wore and liz looks just gorgeous too!

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  5. Great print. I've spent many hours in the Art Gallery. They put on some great exhibitions. Very child-friendly. Not to mention the cafe.

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  6. I'd love to go and see all the Pop Art - that would have to be some of my favourite kind of art - it's so fun and loud. Thanks for the tour of Wolverhampton - I've never been to the midlands!

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  7. I will be honest lovely, its not up there on my list of places to visit, but you snagged me with the Pop Art collection lol (and shops obviously). Lovely photo's of both of you girls. I am glad you had a nice day.
    V
    xxx

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  8. That print is just mental, I love it. I'm glad you had such a great day out it's a good way to remember.

    You are so damn healthy the last time i was in Weatherspoons it was scampi and chips and Pinot Grigio!

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  9. Love the tour round Wolves. :)
    Never been but if I can pick up the bargains you do I'm there.
    xx

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  10. Bloody Hell! You can make even Wolves look good. I used to work at Wolves university for years and I have to say that it isn't my favourite place. I do love the art gallery though (although you failed to show the drunk outside in just one shoe with batteries floating in his 2 litre bottle of Taurus) and loved the film costume exhibition they had there a few years ago. The dress that Cate Blanchett wore in Elizabeth was truly beautiful. xx

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  11. That print is so unique, I love it!!!
    I sent you an email btw!!! Nae in a good mood! :(
    xo

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  12. Wolverhampton sounds lovely old buildings, charity shops galore and art.
    So much history, glad you had a smashing time with amiga Liz always wears the best maxi dresses.
    Your salad sounds so deliciosa.
    Your surely rocking that awesome peculiar print top.
    Amar you more in green pants, that necklace is gorgeous.
    You purple eyeshadow prostita.
    Besotes

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  13. I'm glad you had a good day yesterday - as you said, being with friends, charity shopping, and wine'n'Wetherspoons is a fitting tribute to your lovely mum.
    You and Liz add some colour and glamour to Wolverhampton, don't you both look lovely?
    Your blouse is fabulous - who could resist the print of a little bald guy locked in the foetal position?! I love him! And I love you too! xxxxx

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  14. Visiting that place should be wonderful: art, music and 12 Charity shops!!! How lucky you are to live in England, is one of my favorite Countries since I visited it for the first time with my parents when I was little! I think that my obsession for fashion comes from there!!
    I really like the dress you are wearing with the turquoise tights and your friend's skirt!
    Also your super new bargain is fabulous, I love that Sarah called it 'Suicidalman',it reminds me a lot of the character in the Radiohead's cryptic video 'Just'!
    kisses xxx

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  15. God I haven't been up to Wolves in ages and that was to see the Pop Art.
    I love that print..it's insane. Why aren't more modern prints this mad?
    Have a great weekend.
    xxxxx

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  16. i absolutely agree with you! how can anyone not love the style of the 70´s!!! the green pants with this unique and fabulous blouse are freakin awesome!
    wish you a great weekend too darling!
    kiss,mary

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  17. You find the best stuff ever!!!
    I'm glad you had a great tiemd-the town looks so cool, a photographer's dream,i'm sure!
    Hugs forever
    reva

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  18. Fantastic photos!! I must put your top outfit on my wish list. ;)

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  19. love those warehouses in Princess Alley, and your shirt with the funny man staring at his navel.

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  20. Omg I LOVE pop art, and yet I've never been to the art gallery there! I think a trip is in order! Xx

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  21. Sounds like a great day - I would never have known Wolverhampton was such a cultural place and 12 charity shops - sounds perfect! Shame you didn't find much, but that blouse is mad enough to make up for it. Love Liz's maxi x

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  22. wahhh i love your outfit Vix and the fact that I always feel like I get a little history lesson when I pop over to your blog! Wolverhampton looks amazing and I hope you had a nice time with Liz in 'Spoons-that salad is great isn't it, I've had that in my local before.

    Hope you had a lovely day remembering your mummy. She looks amaze in the photo on your previous post. What a stylish and beautiful lady, clearly you've inherited that too!

    It's a bit of a month for sadness my end too as it's the anniversary of my grandad's death as well as my uncle who sadly passed away last year. But I always try to remember them and often give them a little hello as I look up to the sky of a morning. The people we love are never really gone; I always like to think of them as just on a holiday, somewhere lovely. I know my grandma who I miss massively is always looking down on me and I feel her spirit a lot.

    Sending you lots of love as always xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    PS sorry the boots were a non starter but I have something else to pop in the post for you :D

    PPS love that blouse! From a distance it looks like horses heads!! xxxxx

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  23. WOLVERHAMPTON my hometown hehe!! Thanks for posting this, i love our charity shops :) You looked fab too x

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  24. We've seen many bands at the Civic Hall, its one of our favourite venues. Have a brilliant weekend too and good luck battling against those Black Country Grannies later! xxx

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  25. Great snaps of Wolverhampton, I've never been there so nice to see it, especially from a local's point of view. What a mad (but in a good way) print on your blouse and love the style of it too. Glad you had a good day with Liz.

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  26. Sounds like the perfect way to spend the day with Liz by your side and the charity shops in their dozen. A lot of love for those vibrant green flares and glorious blouse xxx

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  27. Ah,you gorgeous wenches,all that history and chaza shopping just 5 miles away?!EEEEK!How fabulous!
    SO glad you had an awesome day out,just a shame you didn't score more.But who cares when you're paying hommage to your glorious Mama?!
    The blouse print is mighty peculiar.Yep.Only in the 70's!!!
    Love you!!! Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  28. What a great shirt - looks like some kind of logo for a less PC version of The Samaritans but I love it!

    x

    win a retro sweet hamper in my giveaway

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  29. I love your local interests posts. Your photos make Wolverhampton look so quaint and interesting. I love your outfit in the first pic. You have such a great shape xxx

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  30. THat is the most bizarre print ever! And Wetherspoons has gone upmarket, I'd love that salad. Wolverhampton looks rather lovely xxxx
    ps: you look great!

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  31. whou, twelve charity shops, cobbled streets, music and pubs, it sounds like heaven for me!!
    Glad you enjoy everything and purchase that printed blouse, such a funny print!
    besos

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  32. Glad you had a lovely day with Liz. You both look gorgeous, and look as though you're having a great time. I'm sure your Mum would have been delighted.
    I've been in that Wetherspoons a few times before going to The Slade Rooms. The Superfood Salad is delicious but I always spoil the healthy effects by having a plate of chips with it!
    xx

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  34. Hi Vix!

    What is that print? It is a nice blouse, love the 70s
    I love it when you show a bit of England
    So much history

    Have a good weekend

    Ariane xxxx

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  35. Your purple eyeshadow is devine!! Love all the history you are surrounded by, it must be fabulous to see in real life. Your friends dress is gorgeous by the way!!
    My dad passed away just over 5 years ago and I think of him daily. Our loved ones may leave us in body but they will always be with us in spirit and never to far from our minds. ♥ Have a lovely weekend.

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  36. You look so cute in your shopping outfit. The jacket, dress, boots & tights all go with eachother PERFECTLY.

    I really like Liz's dress too, those green flowers are divine.

    That blouse truly is INSANE! hahah

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  37. That print is coo-coo. The town seems like something from a fairy tale for us. Have a great weekend.

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  38. Sometimes I just forget how old stuff in the UK is! If something in nz is from the 18th century its pretty much ancient;)

    I love mad prints!! I love that top with those trousers, awesome.

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  39. What s pretty little town! I love the brick and stone and history of places like that.

    You are stunning! The purple eyeshadow is brilliant and your outfit inspired. Liz is stunning, as well! Girl time is awesome.

    Happy weekend!

    xoxo, A.

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  40. You look radiant in those pictures.
    What a pretty town. I didn't realise it had such treasures.

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  41. that shirt is brilliant and hilarious in equal measures.... my only experience of Wolverhampton is watching them play Sheffield Wednesday at home in the rain....of course.... the day after my birthday.......his treat to me.... just before I learnt the truth about Rebecca-from-the-office.....!!x

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  42. Wow, that print is crazy - I love it! I love it even more because it's paired with those awesome flares you made. Have fun at the jumble!

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  43. Is the print of an old man sitting with his knees to his head?! I can't quite work it out!!! Your green trousers are lovely! Hope you had a lovely time(By the way, WHEN did Wetherspoons start doing those? Mmmmm, getting myself thither!)

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  44. That print is amazing! It does also mean that random people wil be staring at your top ;o) Scarlett x

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  45. A true honoring of your Mum! Beautiful background and the history of the area and the architecture amazes me. You and Liz are gorgeous and love the print that you discovered. The 70's was a sweet spot in time!

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  46. Oh Vix, I love photos in such a historic area. Wouldn't mind being surrounded by twelve charity shops as well. Absolutely adoring that brilliant print on you with the green trousers. Happy weekend love! xo

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  47. What a nice day spent with Liz. How can you not like a place the locals call Wolves? You know how I love seeing all these ancient spots! That top is so hiptastic and reminds me of the White album:) is it me or have you been extra beautiful lately?!! I miss you sweetie, I will try you tomorrow at our usual time to see if i catch you, oh how we need to catch

    That salad sounds tasty girl! You both have the prettiest,I have a lil buzz smile! Fingers crossed for tomorrow.
    Love you!
    krista

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  48. I'm dying to come visit your stomping grounds!!! Your photos are amazing and I loved my tour of the town. The two of you look so colorful and lovely.

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  49. Gosh Vix only 2 years? Well I think the day you and your friend spent in honour of your mum was just perfect. I'm sure she enjoyed it as much as you. She's lovely and so are you. thanks for sharing this. xo

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  50. I've just read your post from yesterday re: your mum, and the lovely photo of her. What a wonderful way to remember her - I'm sure she's marvelling as much as we are about how great that crazy print is and clucking with pride over the fab outfit you've put together with it.

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  51. my god, that's the most amazing print ever!! what a perfect day

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  52. Looks like a good place for day's wanderings, especially with 12 charity shops! The print on that blouse is just crazy, but in a good way.

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  53. You are the epitome of Cool Chic! Amazing looks on you and your friend!

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  54. What wonderful print on your new top! It always does a number on my American brain to grasp how long some of these buildings have been standing. And I want to thank you for the links you left recently on Rags. The videos are more eye-opening that the words I've come up with.

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  55. I must have missed yesterdays post, :( Yer looking luvverly petal! I have to admit to having read this post in a Brummie accent! :D

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  56. You and Liz both look absolutely STUNNING. (And those lime green pants! Ugh! I LOVE them!)

    I'm glad you're having a terrific time! :)

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  57. That salad sounds delicious. I love the blouse. Insane prints are my favourite. It looks great with your green flares.

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  58. Oh Vix I love when you show these amazing places with such history.
    12 op-shops is treasure hunting heaven.
    I love the lime green pants.
    I hope you have the most splendid week.
    Love v

    PS sending a squirrel hug, the anniversary of a loved one becoming an angel is always hard. Thinking of you with love.

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  59. Great post!!
    So many colorsas usual!!

    Take care :)

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  60. Never visited Wolverhampton but great photos.

    I love your outfit too x

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  61. Quite right my dear, if you don't love the 70s you're just WRONG, I say!! Hope you found some great treasures.xx.

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  62. I love every print and outfit in this post, so so nice!

    Jessie
    coppergarden.blogspot.com
    xxx

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  63. I haven't been to wolverhampton in years and years.I miss the shops.It's another place in England I would love to live but Hubby just won't budge moving me to england.:( you look gorgeous.xx

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  64. I've never been to Wolverhampton, should consider paying a visit- I love Pop Art!
    I love how the first 2 photos of you and your friend could well be period photos, I guess it's the outfits and the editing. Gorgeous!

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  65. Interesting history & in awe that there is 12 charity shops to find treasures!

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