Thursday, 5 July 2012

On The Road Again


We're off to another festival in the morning and I still haven't packed. Planning a wardrobe for a weekend away in the UK takes more of an effort than packing a bag for a month in India.


A severe weather warning's been issued for torrential rain and flooding in Staffordshire (precisely where we're headed) tomorrow. Taking a maxi dress is probably a tad optimistic but I shall squeeze one in, just on the off-chance that the BBC's got it all wrong.


What do I choose?


.....and what on earth shall I pack it in?


No panic, it'll all come together in the end.


My definite pile includes a trusty 1970s fake fur jacket (£2, car boot sale), these hand-made hot pants (see HERE), my trademark Indian gypsy jewellery and a tooled leather shoulder bag (see HERE).


They'll be flowers for my hair, tons of funky jewellery and some huge sunglasses, too.


Fat chance of giving these original wooden platform wedges another airing, it's wellies all the way this weekend!


A wiser woman would have spent yesterday packing her bags rather than making this paisley smock dress from Tamera's 1973 Simplicity pattern and the retro fabric I found in Cancer Research last week for 50p. Oh well, I never did claim to be very practical.


Have a fantastic weekend whatever you get up to and if you haven't heard from me by Monday night send a canoe in the direction of Weston Park.

PS If you get a chance try & watch The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel , we saw it last night and loved it!

91 comments:

  1. everytime I read , and see your pictures of post I have to slap myself ! Have fun at the festival!

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  2. That dress you made is lovely!! I love that faux fur jacket. Enjoy the festival!!
    XO

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  3. I cannot believe you made that! Looks great!

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  4. Gosh I don`t know how you ever decide with all those gorgeous outfits Vix.
    Love the handmade frock. I must have a go at making something like this.
    Have fun at the festival and good luck with the weather.
    Dx

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  5. Your photos look super pretty indoors too! Love the dress you made-dont often get to see you in short dresses!

    Have fun at the festival!
    Love,
    Shubhi's Revels!

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  6. Im so impressed at your dressmaking skills that is fabulous. Your shoes are to die for, I love them lots. Have a fab weekend whatever the weather x

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  7. You gangsta hard core festival biatch!
    That littl blue dress creation is the cutest, love looking at your wardrobe loads of clothes.
    The rain does nothing to me no more, before I used to stay home and say to Buddy ~ Nahh its raining~.
    Have fun at the festival amor!

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  8. Oh you are a past master (mistress?) at packing, Vix, and you've been to enough festivals in bloody British summertime to know just what you need to be comfortable, super-stylish and totally glamorous! So I have NO worries that you will make excellent decisions and have a fabulous time!

    Love your little smock dress, you are sewing up a storm at the moment. And I've enjoyed spotting my favourite things in your wardrobe, I see a fair few prints I recognise on that rail!
    Have fun this weekend - you can swim, you'll be OK! xxxxxxx

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  9. Hello, beautiful lady!
    I can not believe how great it's your wardrobe! I die for these colorful prints! And your platform sandals are my style, divine. You look very nice that blue mini dress. Bon voyage! Enjoy it.
    Also ... I have almost completed your box! I need to include another little thing I'll get this weekend, and go! I will send by Correo Argentino, I hope you get everything ok.
    The blog that I like to spend, it's your blog. The funniest and most original fashion blog :)
    (Thanks, Google translator, haha!)
    XOXO!
    Roxy.-

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  10. Have a lovely time! I hope the weather isn't too bad for you xx

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  11. Have a lovely time! I just packed for the weekend at Mike's and that was tough enough and I'm inside. I'm sure you'll manage to look stunning no matter what this stupid weather is doing! Can't believe you whipped up that pretty dress so quickly!

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  12. Have a brilliant, if wet, time!
    Love the smock dress and those wedges are bloody fab.
    Thanks for your supportive messages, I do appreciate them.
    Big hugs
    Z xx

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  13. I love it that you can look this picturesque and beautiful heading into a weekend of possible torrential rain and flooding, the optimism in you could save the world!!! There is so much in that closet that has me wanting more but I can hardy focus on that when here you amaze me again with another beautiful creation. The dress is sweet and I love how you funk it up with those to die for shoes!!!

    Please only drown yourself in cider! Thank goodness for those wellies, you got them just in time. Have a blast regardless. Sorry we didn't connect yesterday it was very late when I called Lucy.
    BIGLOVE!!!
    Krista

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  14. Ahhhhhhhhhh how I would love to get into your wardrobe, ahhhhhhhhhhhh.
    Just take a raincoat. It will be fun anyway.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  15. Such a cute dress.

    Have a fab time x

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  16. Another great sewing creation! Enjoy the festival xx

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  17. Just heard from SIL that torrential rain is due tomorrow too, (just for a change) but no doubt you are more than equipped to deal with it. After a few pints of cider you won't even notice the mud. V.impressed with your sewing skills and love the smock which co-ordinates perfectly with beaded necklace. Had a trawl around the local chazza's today but alas came home empty handed.
    Have a fab weekend Vix. xxx

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  18. Dress is gorge! Hope the rain stays away for the festival x

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  19. Layers of things that will dry easily and wellies are probably the essentials for the weekend - here's hoping the forecast is wrong - have a great time :)

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  20. What a fab frock Vix, perfect colour to show off a tan too. Our British summer is crazy you cant leave the house without three different outfits!! Nice to have a nosy in your wardrobe xx

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  21. Love the sneaky look in your wardrobe. What a great dress you have made.
    Have fun at the festival. We are off to Wimbledon this weekend.

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  22. Let's hope the weather turns out much better than the forecast. Hope you have a fabulous weekend whether the heavens open or not. Fab-U-lous smock dress BTW, and I love the beaded pendant you're wearing with it.

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  23. Oh Vix! I do hope one of your festivals is bright and sunny. This year's horrible, but at least the weather never dampens your spirit or your sense of style. Xx

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  24. Bikinis, plastic mac and wellies should do it, possibly water wings....?

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  25. Oh your wardrobe is SOOOOOOO exciting!!! I love it. Have a lovely time! Canoes are poised!

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  26. The heck with the rain! Have a blast!

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  27. Wonderful frock, Vix...you are a sewing minx! I love those shoes so much.
    Have a fabulous time, come rain or shine.
    xxxxxx

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  28. Your wardrobe is so whimsical!

    I really love that little frock - its very sweet and the necklace works perfectly with it.

    I do hope there isn't too much rain - or if there is a lot that its warm so the rain doesn't matter too much.

    Such lovely summery shoes - they look very comfortable too.

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  29. I think you're a huge fibber. It must only take you a minute to pack for festivals, you're so experienced.

    Have a great time

    Caroline
    Xxx

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  30. But you are practical! That dress looks perfect for a wet and (if it's anything like here) muggy weekend - lightweight and quick dry. Good shout on the hot pants too - with legs like yours you'll rock them. I'm also hoping the Beeb are wrong - I'm at an outdoor food fest tomorrow evening and fancy a dry one! Fat chance...x

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  31. loved, Loved, LOVED the ....Marigold Hotel (and thought of you when we saw it several weeks ago, by the way)!

    The mini dress is sweet. And I'm sure you'll figure out an amazing wardrobe to pack into those WONderful suitcases!

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  32. Those wedges are to die for!

    And that's a great little dress!
    I can't believe the amount of sewing you have been turning out.

    Saw "the Marigold".....loved it,
    and I too thought of you and Jon.

    Have my fingers crossed for good weather for you.

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  33. I've loved that fabric when I watched it, but now I'm loving your pretty dress, so fresh and summery (and it has pockets!!)
    And wish you enjoy your weekend with your own sunny attitude!
    besos

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  34. So you are having a NON summer like we had. Such a bugger when you have a festival to go to and want summer weather. I am convinced you will have fun no matter what tho and what ever you take will be outstanding. Have a grand time.

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  35. I love that dress. Who wants to be wise when you can create beauties like that instead. I love the little peeks we get into your wardrobe and your fabulous retro luggage. The turquoise and pink makeup is fab too.

    Wishing you a happy and (relatively) dry weekend

    xxx

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  36. well Vix if anyone can handle bad weather it is you!! and I am sure you have something fabulous to weather it out in ~Have a Blast this weekend Love Heather

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  37. Peering into other people's closets is always interesting and once again I loved taking a peek at all the colours and funky patterns in yours! I love the wooden platforms, they're amazing indeed!

    I feel your pain about the weather- it almost feels like tropical weather sometimes, really grey, thunderstorms and really muggy! I'm hating it this year. I demand my money back, this is not the Summer I ordered!

    Good luck at the festival- I hope it's not too wet (yah right). At least wet or not, I hope you have a load of fun!

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  38. It's 1940s weekend at Attingham Park, so no doubt we will go to that. I have more 40s stuff than is strictly necessary, so it is good if it sees the light of day.

    Happy festival-going!

    Cheers,
    Rosemary www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.com

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  39. Hope you have a fab time stay safe (and stylish, as always!) X

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  40. Hope you have a fantastic time and the sun shines even just for a little while so you can give your dress an outing :-) Happy weekend!

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  41. hope the weather behaves for you! We have a 70s dress up for my aunty and uncle's 40th birthday. Can't wait!

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  42. You Brits need another name for the season you call 'Summer.' It bears no relation to summers elsewhere :)
    Your closet is a kaleidoscope of color and pattern! There's a purple and orange print dress that I would love to get a better look at.
    Again, totally impressed with your dressmaking skills. Lovely little dress.

    Have a great time at Camper Jam (hope doesn't turn into Damp-er Jam).

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  43. You look extra, extra gorgeous today.

    Have fun at the music fest.

    x

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  44. You have such a ravishing wardrobe!

    xoxo Mama wolf.

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  45. The smock turned out beautifully. I really like the wooden platforms. And good luck putting together the wardrobe for all possible weather.

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  46. Bless you, hope its not too wet! I am sure you will have great time no matter what the weather throws at you.
    Plus look fabulous too.

    X x

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  47. I hope you have a great time on your trip. I know all too well how rainy weather goes ; )
    You look Truly Gorgeous in that first picture!

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  48. I'm dying to know what that graphic green fabric is hanging in your closet. LOVE IT!! And you Native design necklace is perfect on you.
    Hope you have a wonderful time in the liquid sunshine. ;)

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  49. Wasn't it an excellent film?? Loved it so much! :D

    Your closet brings me such joy. The colors, oh, the colors! :D I can't stop looking! Swooning over 70's faux fur, tooled leather bag, and FIERCE hot pants! Yummy!!! I just adore your style so much. <3

    Paisley smock is lovely! You look beautiful. Perfection, really..there, I've said it. :D I hope you're having tons of fun at the festival!!! XOXOXO

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  50. Hi lovely, ahhh you look so sweet today love the dress you have made that will be a perfect lengh for wading around in the mud. Im praying for sunshine for you. Have a fab time, dee xxx

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  51. Hi I have missed so many of your wonderful blogs as I have been away from the pc. I hope you have a great time at the VW show, my friends are off there so I hope the sun comes out for you all. I just bought that video for my mums birthday so we will have to wait until then to watch it, glad it sounds good. Love those glimmering shorts, can't wait to see your photos :) Have fun

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  52. Oh I love these posts that show your wardrobe, I get so excited looking at all your treasure.
    The wee dress is fabulous and super cute on you!!!
    Ok I am asking the weather fairies to be kind to you and Jon for the festival. You will wear the maxi.
    Love v
    Have so much fun Vix!!!!!!!

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  53. Doh! Missed you. Never mind, I know you'll have a blast. I had to laugh at Joyatri's comment - we need another name for Summer. We certainly do this year!

    Anyway, I love your dress and hot pants. You are really inspiring me to sew, if I can just pluck up the confidence. In fact, I may have a look for some material this weekend. And the wedges are utterly wonderful, even if you can only wear them indoors.

    Annie xxx

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  54. Such an organised wardrobe! Mine needs reorganising, desperately!

    We had the loudest, most rumbliest thunder in the early morning - it was awesome! I left the bedroom window open last night so it was nice and relaxing hearing the rain fall, although quite torrential!

    Have a fab time at the festival and I hope you get one good day of sunshine! I'm off to Glastonbury for a week on Monday! Yippee!! xxx

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  55. OOh have fun Vix, and I've got my fingers crossed for you weather wise. It's awful - my sister is staying this weekend and plans for a bbq have gone out the window! :(
    xx

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  56. I love that blue dress that you made; shame we haven't had the weather for it to have a proper outing!

    Have a great weekend and hope it won't be too soggy! xxx

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  57. I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts, you are an inspiration for others. I love how you put together your outfits. Keep up your good work x

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  58. The new dress is adorable!!The paisley pale blue fabric is perfect!!
    Your wardrobe could be my dream house..I'd love to live in there and I'm so happy to see that I own the same vintage fake fur jacket (I ordered it from the UK so they are twins!) and I miss it very much because here is so hot...I love the wedges!!
    xxxx

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  59. Have a fab weekend and here's hoping you don't get rained out - but even if you do, you'll be oh so stylishly equipped, as always. Loving those wedgies, btw. xo

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  60. The dress is ADORABLE!!! You'll be the chicest gal at the festival--wet or dry!!!
    We are expecting temps over 100 degrees with horrific humidity here in Maryland this weekend-Super!!!

    Have a wonderful time!!
    Tamera

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  61. ooh good luck out there....you are brave!!x

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  62. I'm sure that you will have fun no matter the weather. Whipping up a dress before you leave seems practical to me, although I wouldn't even give it a try. But I would love to have a pair of those platform wedges!

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  63. Really hope the weather improves for you! I know you'll have a great time whatever the weather, though! You'll be looking amazing anyway x

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  64. I saw the movie last night too! It was so good! I'm totally swooning even more now over India- all the colors and fabrics! It was a nice story too. Love your platforms!!

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  65. Vix, that blue dress. I WANT IT! It's gorgeous. And I am very much wanting to watch The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, have been waiting for it to come out on DVD xx

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  66. Your new handmade dress looks so fresh and fun. Am totally jealous of those cases, but the red one has won my heart hands down. Hope the weather is cooperating for the festival.

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  67. Everything about you is almost surreal. You're breathtakingly beautiful, your hair is stunning, your outfits (like this blue dress) are always magical. Your luggage: so jealous. And your life is like a movie. :)

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  68. PS. I saw that movie too and loved it! Makes me want to visit India even more badly than before!

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  69. I hope they get the forecast wrong, have a great time!

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  70. Have a fab weekend. I sincerely hope the Beeb HAVE got the weather wrong.

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  71. Wellies, bathing-suit and waterproof fake fur jacket - and you're all set. Enjoy! xoxo

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  72. Hi Vix, The dress you made is soooo cuuute!! I want to come and play in your wardrobe-that picture made my heart beat a little bit faster-so much colour and pattern-I love it!! Have a fab festival. Eileen xx

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  73. I just found your blog, and it took me a week to read it from Day 1. Love your amazing clothes and share your obsession with thrift shop shopping (in the U.S.). Also love the glimpses of the U.K. We visited there in 2010 and fell in love! Thanks for entertaining and inspiring me.

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  74. Beautiful wardrobe & love the fabric of the dress you made! Hope you get a little sun for your festival!

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  75. oh wow that is an impressive wardrobe so that is what we will find on the other side of the rainbow;) i would love to send you some heat and sun to wear your fabulous wedges darling!
    kiss,mary

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  76. Happy festival and hope you come safe and sound
    Sorry to say but extremely hot,humid and sunny here but perfect for Izzy's wedding today

    Love your platforms and that lovely dress you made!

    Surley you will be la belle of the festival!

    Take care

    Ariane xxxxx

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  77. I hope that no matter what the weather you're having an amazing time, infact I'm sure you are! Been thinking of you today when it rained but I know you'll have been well equipped for the weather x

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  78. Have fun, will keep my fingers crossed for you. Was pretty soggy at legoland today but a good time was still had by all. Love your dress and pendant x

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  79. Oh my, images and images of amazing finds. I really love this, so glad that I found this blog! You have a new follower.
    Have fun xxx

    The Style Diagnostic

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  80. I hope the weather doesn't turn out too bad for you! I love the pile of things in your must pack pile - those hot pants are amazing, and I'm incredibly jealous of that tooled leather bag.

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  81. It's so awesome that you get all of these new vintage pieces by making them for yourself =)
    Packing for festivals is tough business! You have to pack for about 5 different types of weathers.
    Joyus wardrobe, I really am impressed you make sense of it all- I'd be dazzled *_____*~ but I suppose when it's all your own stuff it has it's way!

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  82. Oh I do miss visiting your blog more often! Hope you have had a fabulous weekend!!

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  83. Hi Vix
    What an amazing little gallery you have, so happening and arty. I love your dress, is it cotton material. It really suits your physique.

    You have beautiful selection of suitcases.

    Love it,
    Jatinda
    www.personalautographs.blogspot.co.uk

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  84. Vix, your posts are just simply gorgeous.
    x

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  85. i didn't even realise I wasn't following you, how dare I :-)

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  86. Agree to 100%. What to pack for a weekend is a punishment. So hard when you try to stick to a sensible bag.

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  87. lovely shots... i love to stroll through your wardrobe... so exciting.

    have fun on the festival!!!!

    http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.de

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  88. Love the dress you made what a wondeful pattern - hope you have a good weekend despite the rain xx

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  89. Gawd look at all that fab colour in your wardrobe! Would love to dive in there and have a rummage. I wouldn't be able to choose either faced with all that glorious choice!

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