Tuesday, 17 July 2012

A Misery-Free Zone




 Okay, so it's raining so heavily that I'm confined to a house so untidy that I'm reduced to posing on the stairs. Look at those cobwebs behind me, no wonder no man's ever made an honest woman out of me.


I may be in front of my legendary Wall of Misery but with all the fabulous parcels I've received from bloggers lately, miserable I'm not.

Barry M Cyan Blue nail paint (day 4), silver dragon ring from Krista

These yellow and natural wood bangles arrived from the wonderful Mrs Allnut on Friday and they're adding a splash of Spanish sunshine to my wrists.



She also sent me this cute retro soap in a tin and a gorgeous 1980s sheer embroidered blouse.

Earrings from Tamera

Who could be unhappy when they're wearing H-U-G-E peacocks in their ears?



This printed midi dress by Bernshaw belonged to Ronnie's mum back in the 1970s and she kindly sent it my way. 



What else was inside this exquisitely wrapped parcel?


 Two 1960s dress-making patterns, retro buttons and bias binding; A beautiful hand-made by Ronnie hair comb with garnet, rose & clear quartz, peridot, citrine & iolite to represent the Spring Equinox; a 1960s St Michael slip;  Laxmi postcard and a braid of pink hair (to match Krista when she comes to visit);  a 1970s Richard Shops denim waistcoat; a navy leather envelope clutch; a geometric print retro St Michael neck scarf and some Cindy pop sox.

Bernshaw midi worn with 1970s green suede platform boots (£4.99, PDSA), brass choker (everyone's favourite evil prosti, La Dama)
I must be the most spoilt woman in Blogland and I love it!

Linking to Lakota's Ta-Dah Tuesday as parcels from fabulous women are always worth showing off.

74 comments:

  1. Ha! I love the wall of misery and I love the cobwebs! You look so gorgeous in that lovely midi - the colours are heavenly - and I adore the fab peacock earrings! Those dressmaking patterns are fantastic - I want the green frock. You have the most beautiful smile ever, amor! Love you more than parcels! Sarah xxx

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  2. Lucky indeed! Lovely items you've got there :)
    The dress you are wearing is absolutely lovely.
    As for eh cobwebs, well, I can think of a lot many interesting activities to waste time on than cleaning them. Plus, I've always heard it's good luck to have them.

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  3. PS: Can I visit you on a Saturday? I've already booked all my days off from work, boohoohoo!!

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  4. What a lot you've got! Terrific dress, you look fabulous in it. x
    Glad somebody else has cobwebs too!

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  5. Great dress, great pictures! I also love the 70s pictures hanging on the wall!

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  6. Ooh that Bernshaw frock is a beauty, and you are right, it is impossible not to be happy while wearing enormous peacock earrings!
    You made me laugh with your cobwebs - think I have the matching set, must be why I've never married either!
    Wonderful pressies from blog friends, as always - love all those bangles, always like a vintage slip, and you must have a huge stash of vintage patterns by now. And of course I have seen with my own eyes how perfect that Richards Shops denim waistcoat is on you!
    Btw, my "real life" friends have been asking all about you, you are a bit of a celebrity! I don't need to make that distinction now I've met you, do I?!
    Let's hope for a brighter day today, I am sure it didn't do my camera much good being out in the rain yestday...
    Loveandcobwebs! xxxxxxxxxx

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  7. Aren't you a lucky woman? The dress is wonderful on you! Love the print. And the peacock earrings are fabulous!

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  8. That dress is the best ever, Vix. And despite the rain outside you look radiant.
    Do not worry I am coming soon with bottled sunshine to spread all ove the UK.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  9. You really are spoilt - looks wonderful!

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  10. Love that jewel hair comb.....so exquisite!

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  11. I love your wall of misery lol. I have a big crying girl picture which came from my Grandma's spare bedroom, everyone else who were helping clear her house looked at my like I was nuts when I declared she was was coming with me haha. Your postman must think you have a serious Ebay addiction lol, fab parcels.
    V
    xxx

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  12. The wall of misery is uplifting! I love it.

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  13. I got more cobwebs than you-ooo! :D Nice frock luv!

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  14. Love the sundress - shows off your tan.
    Can't see any cobwebs and what the eye can't see......

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  15. I love the wall of misery, its awesome!

    Bugger the rain - you still look fabulous and that's all that matters!

    Plus you are spoiled with mail!!

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  16. I adore that midi dress Vix!
    Looks like you got some fab goodies! :)

    xo

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  17. You cannot get rid of the cobwebs, spiders have to have somewhere to live!! I hate housework, thankless job that can always wait until tomorrow, which never comes! The wall of misery is awesome, and so are all your fantastic parcels.

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  18. I'm just off to work and this post has made me feel far less gloomy! Love the new frock, perfect to brighten up the dullest of days! x

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  19. You can't feel miserable when you're looking that fab! What a gorgeous dress and earrings. And your hair looks great in that plait.

    I love the wooden bangles, they remind me of the one I bought when I came over.

    The pink hair piece will be perfect for Krista's visit. Can you ask her to bring some sunshine with her!

    Annie xxx

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  20. Your wall of misery is awesome, I need a wall like that in my house (when I eventually move out!). I woke up to sunshine today and was very excited at the prospect of a summers day but alas the dark clouds have now returned.

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  21. Gorgeous outfit for a rainy day. You got some lovely goodies in your parcels.
    Dx

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  22. You certainly receive some wonderful parcels - you lucky duck. Glad I'm not the only one whose house is sporting cobwebs, I seem to have vast swathes of the blighters all over the place. Personally, I'm blaming the wet weather!!

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  23. Looking fab as usual Vix. I can sit and look at dust for weeks on end, it is a great skill!

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  24. If only we could even out this rain/no rain thing! We need it here...

    And I think you ARE one of the "most spoilt woman in Blogland"! I hope the gifts keep rolling in for you, you Gorgeous Lady!

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  25. Well aren't you a lucky lady?!

    Great presents Vix, no wonder you're a happy lady! xx

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  26. At least the cobweb's makers didn't leap out at you like when I moved all the shoes from under my bed! Ughh.

    I do hope you're planning on giving your postman a hefty tip come Christmas - the poor guy is going to put his back out! Great gifts xx

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  27. That wall behind you is gorgeous, Vix (as are you, as always). Love the quirky collection of prints and frames, it's such a refreshing change from the usual muted colours people favour on their stairways. x

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  28. Green in a frock need I say more....love.
    The soap in is just the sweetest thing

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  29. You look amazing in your long side braid and that dress is perfection, the upper part is fabulous!
    You remind me a bit of Rapunzel, cought in her tower, posing on the stairs, a real princess!
    I love every single picture on your wall, I'd love to start a similar collection, but the big eyed art pieces are quite rare here and pricy!
    The illustration on the soap box is adorable, great colors, I must try to draw it!
    Very beautiful presents, I'd love to have the red dress on the patterns and Cindy sox are lovely!
    Lots of love
    xxxxxxx

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  30. You're misery wall is growing on me - their eyes use to scare the life out of me but they now just seem deep and mystical! We went two months without hoovering after the hoover belt broke and them then sending us the wrong one time after time so i'm all for dust and cobwebs. As long as there are no spiders on said cobwebs!

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  31. Eh cobwebs-- it's just texture!!
    Love all of your goodies!! I'm thinking one of those dress patterns would do the fabric i sent justice!
    wow-those earrings were made for that dress!!
    I love the wall of misery!! It's freaky in a cool way!
    Tamera

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  32. I have a couple of misery pics, one is displayed in my bedroom.....I always think of you now when I see these pictures up for sale....your posts never fail to make me smile x

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  33. What a great parcel!

    Love your misery wall - its hilarious! Unlike the rain ... it'd better stop soon or you'll be off to India again! xxx

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  34. so glad you're enjoying that things!, I'm happy!
    And you look gorgeous no matter the weather, your dress and earrings are fabulous!
    besos & sun

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  35. Oh Vix you made me smile as soon as I saw you in my mums dress, it looks great on you, and I do love your hair in a plait. (As for the cobwebs well you should see my house...I don't like what makes them but I know the flies are being kept under control). I love that soap box, so sweet.I am so happy you liked the parcel. Shame about the rain, its not been too bad here. I hope the sun comes out tomorrow for you.Lovely bangles too. Much love x

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  36. Misery must slide off you like water off a duck- you look deleriously gorgeous in that frock and your bangles. Sr Allnut rocks color like no other so I'm not surprised the sunshine yellow bangles are from her. You are spoiled because you spoil! What a hub you are, our queen bee in a marvelous hive of stylish bloggers! xo. -Bella Q

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  37. Vix I'm starting to get all kinds of crazy excited about our trip to the UK. Sleepless nights soon to follow. I love this dress on you especially you posing in the staircase next to the wall of misery. You Brits are a tough lot we are getting some rain today too let the whining begin!
    All your presents are so cool another denim waistcoat I love that and the bit of pink.....you better rock that. Maybe we can chat on Friday. Are you around my dear?
    BIGKISSESandILOVEYOU!!!
    Krista

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  38. Nice pressies! That's so funny, I actually have a dress made in the shape of the pink one on the 60's dress pattern which I wore yesterday during school time! Damn the rain, though it did bypass me!

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  39. Your dress looks stunning. Your wall of misery creeps the hell out of me and makes me smile all at the same time. You have the most gorgeous smile, Vix, I can imagine I would spend a lot of time snorting laughing if we ever got together for a day of chazza shopping. Em ♥

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  40. Ha ha, I LOVE the cobwebs!! Thank you for sharing and being so unpretentious. I'm so glad I'm not the only domestic slattern around here. The rain really doesn't help does it? Just makes you want to do absolutely nothing but curl up and read (usually blogs)! You are very lucky to receive such lovely parcels from your adoring readers. It must make the whole blogging experience so rewarding. You've certainly put the time and effort in to supporting so many new bloggers over the years that you deserve it. Have a fab week xxx

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  41. It's rare to see you indoors! Looking good still though. Ah cobwebs who cares, there are more important things in life, the only time our house gets a real spring clean is when we have people staying, which at the moment is quite rare, so let's just leave it at that ha ha!

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  42. You look so pretty in that dress!! :D
    xxx

    Clara

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  43. Oh Vix that dress would make the rain go away, it's so gorgeous on you. The peacock earrings are perfect with it.
    I love your wall of misery and cob webs are just Eco friendly fly traps. Tee hee.
    Parcels of happiness to a lady who brings us so much happiness.
    Love v

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  44. Great goodies! I Love your wall of misery, it makes me happy! the cobwebs add a certain je ne sais quoi ;)

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  45. Ta Dah is right! Love the way you pulled your parceled goodness together. Do you ever just wear a raggedy t-shirt and yoga pants? Don't tell me, I wouldn't want to know, it would spoil my image of your vintage glam life. Great pics, as always.

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  46. Beautiful gifts all! Your dress is the counter to the rain outside and there's nothing wrong with posing on the steps. You are gorgeous no matter where you stand.

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  47. You ARE the most spoiled woman in the blogosphere - but because you are the antidote to misery you DESERVE IT ALL!

    xoxo

    P.S. The creepy kids still freak me out.

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  48. The dress and earrings are fab and your long plait makes me want to grow my hair long again. I love the wall of misery - we've got the picture of the little girl with the candle on our stairs too.

    Also, what is going on with that picture on the soap tin? Are they washing a Charlie Chaplin doll? They seem to be on the lookout in case of discovery as well... Odd

    Nikki x

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  49. As a PE teacher friend once said to me ... if you're not out in the rain in a soggy tracksuit, don't feel miserable about it! So true! :)

    You need to make those 60s dresses- they look amazing, just waiting to be brought into life!

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  50. Oooh, can't wait to see when you've made those dresses. I'm so glad we're from the same school of domesticity, there's nowhere in my house fit for an outfit shot either. Xx

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  51. That dress is stunning, and what lovely gifts!

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  52. Och, you deserve to be the most spoilt woman in blogland - after all, you're the most fabulous! xx

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  53. Oooh you truly are spoilt what a lovely parcel. Linda xxx

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  54. love the denim vest... and the gorgeous dress you're wearing here.

    http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.de

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  55. You look great posing next to your wall of misery!
    Loving the sewing patterns.

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  56. Amor,
    What cobwebs all I see is your gorgeous self amor!
    You truly deserve all the gifts in the world and more.
    Love your wall of misery and you look delicious in green chi chi peek dress.
    another jean waistcoat! it is good to own a back stunt jean waist coat.
    besotes

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  57. I love that dress on you - and it looks so good with the peacock earrings. You have the best gifts ever! Always so unique and interesting) The weather has been an ass over in Ireland as well - and i am dreading cleaning the house too to be honest... ;)

    >'.'<

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  58. oh, thanks for asking how the foot is ... since yesterday i try to walk without crutches. i'm still hobbling and i'm so afraid of hurting the foot again... it will still need some time till i can go back to normal. i packed all my high heel sandals away ... won't be able to wear them this summer. anyway, it's getting better!

    big hug :)

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  59. You ARE the most spoiled woman in blogland - those peacock earrings are spectacular! I think my cobwebs are bigger than yours...

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  60. Loving those statement earrings!

    jadepurplebrown.com

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  61. Senora Allnut has outdone herself with marvelous gifts lately! Perhaps you could begin to collect the rain and start sending it to blogger friends in the US...where things are far too parched.

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  62. Simply gorgeous. The midi is fun for a change, and I love the long plait.

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  63. Love the braid in your hair you look beautiful as always....and yes you have the most amazing friends and a mailbox to die for hehehe your a lucky girl!! ~Love Heather

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  64. You are well worthy of being the most spoilt woman in Blogland,my darling!!!! EEEEEEEK!
    Such pretties!!!
    I'm as much a Domestic Slut (that IS what Desiree calls it??!!) as you,as evidenced by MY not being made an honest woman of either!HURRAH!
    Loving your makeup today,looking extra foxy,you are!
    GOT to chat SOON!!! I am busting!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  65. Love your wall of misery with cobwebs!
    Yes you are spoiled! Good for you, life is short enjoy!
    Leaving tomorrow for Vegas!

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  66. Those are fabulous earrings. So pretty on you and go perfectly with your dress.
    I love cobwebs. They're like lace for the walls!

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  67. Such a lovely maxi dress! I love all the pictures on your wall too. I have a belief that life is too short for spending time cleaning, there is always something I would far rather be doing.

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  68. I'm so glad you're not an honest woman(!?). You look like the tropics despite the rain. I love those huge peacocks with your ferning dress and the wood on your arms. You have the best smile!

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  69. hurrah! You're a little dose of happy in my miserable day at work! I love the wall of misery - I have the fishing kid and his friend too. I used to have the little powder puff girl as well. you look lovely and I don't remember when I last hoovered but there is an embroidered notice in my house that reads "An immacutlate house is the sign of a wasted life"
    XXXXXXX

    ps: you look lovely!

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  70. Lovely dress and such lovely earrings x

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  71. The dress is simply gorgeous, and the peacocks are divine. How nice to have such generous blogging pals! xo

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  72. Cute earrings, they remind me of my resin swan earrings xxx

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  73. I found your blog a few days ago and currently working my way through the archives, I love these peacock earrings and as for the cobwebs they make me feel at home. x

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