Thursday, 16 August 2012

Sight For Sore Eyes


I woke up this morning with what could possibly have been the most hideously inflamed eye known to man. What's a Thursday morning car boot sale lovin' girl to do, stay in and feel sorry for herself? Hell, no. Out came some massive sunnies and on went the shortest thing in my wardrobe. As I learnt from having spots in my twenties & thirties, flash some thigh and no-one gives a toss about your face.


It worked, too. Jon got called a "jammy bastard" by a topless, toothless skinhead in tracksuit bottoms selling bootleg porno films. 


What did I find? The field was quite empty this morning, yesterday's pseudo-monsoon conditions put most sellers off. These are the bits we're keeping:

Clockwise from top left: Tribal silver & turquoise bird-shaped pendant (50p), 1970s British-made shirred midi dress (£1.50), Tooled leather Moroccan duffel bag (£2), 1960s Black watch Tartan Suitcase (50p), 1960s navy gloves (10p), 1950s Venice souvenir scarf (50p), detail from 1970s  hippy-esque granddad shirt (£1), large, acid-bright, hand-knit camping blanket (£1) 

As well as being a second-hand shopping, festival-going, bumming around India, type of party animal I also like to save the planet in my spare time.


These offcuts from a couple of 1970s maxi dresses were about to be binned by one of my favourite local charity shops until I stepped in with a token donation to save them from a hellish eternity in landfill.


Ta-Dah! A lurex festival-worthy mini skirt and an angel-sleeved hippy-tastic top, created on the hop last night without using a dressmaking pattern, just pear cider for inspiration. Not too shoddy even if I do say so myself.

1960s floral playsuit (£5, Vintage village @ Clothes Show, 2011), 1960s suede jerkin (£3, car boot sale), Suede lace-up boots (£1, car boot sale), 1970s turquoise over sized sunglasses (20p, car boot sale)
Enjoy what's left of your day.
See you soon.

66 comments:

  1. You are a sight for sore eyes, poor thing but your right who would have known I am too busy admiring how hot you are!!! What's a jammy bastard :) and that guy sounds super attractive~ NOT! I love this little bright romper, it's funny because I wore something similar yesterday. You have been scoring on the tooled leather treasure. I hope I find some when I'm there.
    It has been so friggin hot here, the inside of our house was still 84 at 11 pm...morning time feels so good but only till about 10 and then we have to lock up the house and keep the sun out. I can't wait to be in the UK hanging with you it's all that gets me though the day.
    Loveyousomuch! Can't wait to chat proper!
    XXOOXXOO
    Krista

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  2. That skirt and top are brilliant, I wish I could sew better, I stretch to plain elasticated trousers for Oscar and that's about it. I also wish I had legs like yours lol.
    V
    xxx

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  3. hehehehee, I know what you mean, my skirt was blowing up in the wind and I don't think anyone was looking at the hideous spot on my lip! You look stunning though, is that a play suit? And you're so good at making clothes, well done for saving that fantastic material - mmmm gold and mint lurex - I love it! AGAIn - you have found all the best stuff at the bootsale - you genius you! XXXXXXX

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  4. Darling! i should check yout blog more often, you know it´s like wonderland for me. loving this outfit, and those boots.... those are made for killing! hahaha. gorgeous! i just love that moroccan bad and that Tribal silver & turquoise bird-shaped pendant. i could add those to my "wardrobe" collection ;) hope you´re well, love! always a pleasure to hear from you!

    http://lovelyboheme.blogspot.com/

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  5. Wow, you are indeed a sight for sore eyes! Ugh, I hate having anything on my face. I'm also prone to spots I'm afraid and it does make you feel lousy. You would never tell from looking at you though. I love the acid blanket you found and once again your sewing skills win the day. I can just imagine you in your own super hero comic strip 'super sewer Vix, saving the planet once remnant at a time!! xxxx

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  6. Oh! I have puffy eyes today, too! I got into some poison ivy & work up with a rash and very swollen eyes!

    I think I have that turquoise pendant, too! Now if I could just remember where I put it!

    Pass me some pear cider, would ya? Those are some sweet creations :)

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  7. Oh I love your boots and am rather jealous (as ever) of your car boot finds, esp the Venice scarf! Hope the eye is better soon! xx

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  8. Hehe, I love the skinhead story! Jon is indeed a lucky man, you look fab!

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  9. Love what you did with the offcuts, you clever thing!

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  10. I love it! A little misdirection never hurts! You look fabulous as usual and I hope your eyes are doing better by now. xo, Bonnie

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  11. O no hope your eye gets better soon Vix. Love the description of the porno seller he sounds like a delight lol!
    Dx

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  12. You must have turned a fair few heads this morning looking so vibrantly fabulous. (I think I overuse the word 'fabulous' in visiting you on your blog - but there isn't a more appropriate word). And no one would suspect there's a sore and puffy eye under those sunnies - hope it is subsiding.

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  13. Ooh, how is the eye this evening? Feeling better, I hope.
    I love your description of the guy calling Jon a jammy bastard, and I love Krista asking what that means even more! You will have to teach her some British slang before she comes so she can commune with the locals (who will probably say the same to Chris once they clap eyes on Krista!)
    Looking hot and leggy and fabulous in your playsuit, Vix, and you scored some great bargains too. Love the pendant and rhe frock. And I am impressed with your improvised dressmaking skills, well done! Who needs a pattern when you have pear cider, right? xxxxxxxx

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  14. You are so adorable. That vest is fabulous.

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  15. You do have fabulous legs.
    I love the midi dress you bought.

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  16. Yuck to the eye thing-i hate getting them!! hope you are feeling better!!
    What is a "jammy bastard"??? is that a good thing???

    You looked fab while boot-saling and you got some nice stuff.
    But let's talk about the new outfits!! LOVE them!! i love how you arranged the daisy ptint on the blouse. Can't wait to see you in them!!

    {{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}}}
    Tamera

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  17. Sorry that last comment about the fabulous legs and the midi dress was from me - my husband's email was signed in. Although I am sure he would say the same (myabe not about the dress!).
    Jane X

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  18. Okay, I NEED: the silver bird, the duffle bag, and your boots, if they're an 8 1/2 US. That's all. I'm trying not to be greedy. Let me know if you need my address!!!!!

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  19. Oh yeah, a "jammy bastard"? Is that a compliment (because Jon was with such a hot chick) or an insult?

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  20. Ouch! Hope your eye is feeling better now. It is crapola when spots attack!

    I love the fact that pear cider gives you inspiration. i find that with wine and spirits too. Too much inspiration some might say! lol.

    Love the outfit and indeed Jon is a jammy bastard Too have such a top bird as yourself in his life. And such a compliment from such a smashing sounding dude!


    P x

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  21. The shorts theory only works if (like you!) you have great pins... I think I'd scare away the crowds if I got my thighs out!! Well done on the saved fabric revamp - its always good to save things from landfill :) x

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  22. I will add my "what's a jammy bastard?" to the queue...I take it it's a compliment to you? So sorry about your eye; hope it's better soon. Yep, flash some cleavage or some thigh and you can completely distract them from whatever you don't want them to see. Love the silver bird, and the duffel bag - a pretty good haul considering "the field was quite empty"!

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  23. Haha! Great diversionary tactics. My throat is swollen right now. You can't see owt and it gives me a nice husky tone so I guess it's not all bad, eh? And you do, of course, look cracking in the teeny tiny legs-out-fit xx

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  24. ::::whistles:::: Looking good!

    I hope your peeper is on the mend soon. I love the pattern on that jumper. I am not the sewing type. The last time I sewed on a machine was in 8th grade and I managed to sew myself to my home economics project. Hee hee! I have a brand new sewing machine that was a gift. Maybe I will attempt to sew this winter :)

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  25. A jammy bastard indeed you gorgeous girl! Top tactics.... I won't be flashing my rugby players thighs any time soon though.
    Hope the eye gets better soon.
    xxxxx

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  26. YOU are always a sight for sore eyes, in mini or maxi! Nothing can keep a good woman down and I think your strategy for dealing with an inflamed eye was a good one. Your 'finds' and your creations are inspiring as always.

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  27. Wow, you did a beautiful thing rescuing those material offcuts! They are beautiful! Daisies!!!!!!!!!!
    Poor you re the eye- that's horrid, but you look stunning, so not surprised no one noticed!

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  28. Jammy bastard! Praise indeed!
    Hope your eye is feeling a lot better soon.
    Z xx

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  29. I'm sure Jon feels like a jammy bastard all the time with you by his side. Even with a gammy eye you manage to look sensational. Gorgeous playsuit (what a fantastic print!) and terrific bargains as usual. Thanks so much for your kind words on my last post btw.
    Hope eye is on the mend. x

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  30. Dearest Vix,
    with perfect pins like that it should be illegal to cover them up! You look fabulous in that get up & even though I adore you in maxi skirts and floor-sweeping frocks I think your best outfits are definitely the ones that show off your perfectly toned & bronzed limbs. Yup, I agree with Mr. baldy porno man...Jon is a JAMMY dude indeed. I love your scores, especially the fabulous Moroccan duffel bag and the tribal bird pendant. Well done on the free hand sewing too, that's how I usually roll. Hear hear to saving the planet and keeping fabulous cloth from being buried in a stinky landfill :)
    Lot's of love,
    Jennie...xXX

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  31. Huge sunglasses are the perfect cover-up for a gammy eye (hope it gets better soon), I've been looking out for some, but no luck at the moment. Great outfit - Jon IS a lucky guy! I love to use offcuts too, probably why I can never get rid of fabric! Love the floral dress you found as well x

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  32. Your outfit is gorgeous. I love that tartan bag, naturally!
    great haul, too! :)
    xo

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  33. what is a jammy bastard? omg, i'm dying to know!

    and i agree with you in regards to throwing them off. i do it all the time.

    and you better lock those boots up b/c one day i'm breaking in and nabbing them. xo juanita:)

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  34. I love so much your outfit *.*

    kiss kiss from Switzerland :*

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  35. Hope your eye is ok. Love the outfit you look great as usual x

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  36. Hope the eye heals soon... else you may have to rock the pirate look, complete with eye patch this coming weekend ;-)

    Lovely finds and fab new clothes... clever you!

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  37. oh my, THOSE BOOTS! I want them, they are perfect!
    Your playsuit is bloody fantastic too, you're absolutely gorgeous!

    You found some awesome bargains there xx

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  38. Jammy Bastard roughly equals lucky dog.

    Love the leather bag.

    Get the eye looked at if it isn't sorted by the morning. Eye infections are no joke.

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  39. Hope your eye is better, nothing more irritating than a bung eye. I love what you did with your fabric, and with no patterns!! Talent must be your middle name Vix!!

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  40. Fark YES,Jon's a jammy bastard!!!
    You frigging hot thing,you!Sight for sore eyes indeed!Ugh,a nasty spot of eye mank is most annoying,but you are soooo right about a bit of thigh, or booboid distracting peeps from the terror that is one's inflamed eye bits (or spots!)!!!And what an adorable playsuit!!Scrummy with that jerkin.Would have got many lads jerkin', I daresay!
    So the field was fairly empty..but you still scored well!Hurrah!
    Those off cuts have been transformed most delightfully!I LOVE using offcuts!I think I'm about to make a million jabots with some of mine,ha!
    Love Helga! xxxXXXxxx

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  41. That pendant is stunning, I can't wait for bank holiday weekend to go carbooting (it's the best one of the year here). Love that you're able to just whip up two pieces of clothing from almost nothing! x

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  42. Like the mix between the clothes, is sooooo seventyes!!!!
    hugs dear ^^
    AnieB

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  43. love that thunderbird necklace xx viviane

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  44. Oh no sorry about the eye...hope it clears up soon for you ~Like what you found and I really want to know how you put that shirt together I just started to wing it without a pattern but I would love to be able to whip something like that up ...your gonna have to show me one of these days how you do that....do I need to have cider before I try HA!! ~Feel Better Love Heather

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  45. Oh Vix I love that duffle bag, it reminds me of the one in the The Owl and The PussyCat film. Such a wonderful find, well done. You can't see your poor eye behind those fab glasses, hope its much better today x

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  46. You're such a - mini-skirted - trooper, Vix. Hope the eye gets better soon! xoxo

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  47. Hehehe nice one,you look great love your boots and playsuit.Hope your eyes are much better today,have a great weekend :)

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  48. I love your comment about flashing thigh as a face distraction. I'm afraid in my case it would be double reason to look away! Unless I'm in the studio where anything goes... Your rescue skirt and top are brilliant. Who in their right mind would throw away lime lurex?!!

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  49. Topless toothless skinhead>?!! Sounds like a scary look!! Good on you for making something of those remnants, I never bin bits like that either, I give them to friends who sew.xx.

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  50. hey, shorty short shorts .... this outfit is so awesome that no one would have noticed your bad eye (last week i had inflamed eye too: the more shitty the eye looked, the fancier got the dresses i wore)...
    my bf loved the part of your post about the topless and toothless skin. now my american boy wants to know, what means 'jammy'?

    http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.de

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  51. you seem to get the best out of every day Vix. No matter what set backs there are, such as inflamed eyes and monsoon weather, you're out there looking glam as ever and picking up fabulous bargains and compliments from dodgy DVD sellers. Wish I could sew as well as you, I eapecially love that daisy top, I'm a sucker for anything with daisies on it, and that brightly coloured camping blanket is gorgeous. xx

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  52. Oh dear, I do hope your eye gets better soon! You always manage to look fabulous anyway, I love the playsuit! The clothes you made out of the fabrics are lovely too, I want that lurex skirt! XO.

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  53. That suede waistcoat is gorgeous, Vix xx

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  54. "jammy bastard", yeah to odd British slang. I'll add that to clobber,slap, chazza and car boot sale. Love the thunderbird pendent and that leather bag. I've been looking for a tooled leather handbag for years around here, boo hoo.

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  55. You look gorgeous, I love your boots! I'm on the hunt for a pair like that. What is it with pervy men eh? today a man sang 'lady in red' to me as I was charity shopping and proceeded to follow me down the road!

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  56. Sorry, I'm always at least a day behind -- if not more -- on the commenting.
    Ha! I save every scrap of fabric, too. Aren't you clever, making that adorable skirt and top without patterns. I could use scraps like that to alter a long sleeve t-shirt to make a version of my puffy sleeved top as you suggested.
    Thank you for your comment, re: my legs. Blogger coincidence yet again. I've had a spotty face this week (not supposed to happen at this age, but still does) so, I guess subconsciously I knew to pull out the micro-mini.
    I hope the eye improves, and that you keep showing off your gorgeous legs even when it's all better.

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  57. Love the skirt and top you made - especially the top. Hope your eye is better now. Good luck with the jumble in the morning, look forward to seeing what you find.

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  58. Vixcita,
    You are sight of gorgeosness amor.
    smoking hot biatch!
    I wish I was at that boot sale to perv at you.
    love how you transformed your fabric into gold.
    love those velvet gloves.
    besotes

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  59. Liking the long lines of the vest. Hope the eye is doing better by now. I'm admiring what you did with the flowered cloth...and the Moroccan duffle.

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  60. Haha! "flash some thigh and no-one gives a toss about your face"
    So true and so completely funny :-)
    You look gorgeous as usual and I especially love those boots! They're smokin!
    xox
    www.VintageAdvantage.blogspot.com

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  61. That skinheaded tracky daked toothless pornstar (?) was right Jon sure is one jammy bastard - have a look at you - you saucy hot thighed boot sale'n biaaaatch!! No one would see your poor wee eye in that hot little number!! Hope its healin fantastically x

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  62. I'm sorry to hear about your eye problem - I have so many problems with my eyes so I can understand. But good on you for not letting it spoil your day xoxo

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  63. Oh no - so sorry about your eye (A WEEK LATE, I KNOW!!!) but fark me, you look AMAZING in that playsuit - AMAAAAZING!!! The pretty pattern is gorgeous and you are a total sex kitten! The angel wing top is CRACKING and those sunnies are fab. Love you more than jam! Sarah xxx

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  64. Hahaha Tje carboot guys comment made mr smile, but at least he was right - u look fab - hope your eye is better?

    Love the skirt you made - lovky fabric!!

    Sal xXx

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  65. hahaha - I bet Jon was ever so proud - Very cute top you've got on and good for you braving the autumn and getting your legs out!

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