Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Girl, Interupted


Try as I might my photo shoots always seem to descend into chaos, if it's not an invasion by a photo-bombing cat or the camera battery going flat then it's the rag and bone man trundling past in his horse and trap, playing his trumpet (I'm not joking, it happens on a twice-daily basis around here).


Take this morning for example, no sooner had I put my bag down to pose for a few shots before heading off into town when we heard someone yelling, "I'll give you something worth photographing,"


Out came our neighbour Ray, wheeling the bin out in his dressing gown and treating us to a flash of his saggy Y-Fronts. It's hard to maintain chronic bitch face under such trying circumstances.


As promised here's one of Sunday's purchases, my lime green paisley print maxi skirt from my sister-in-vintage, Claire. At under a tenner you'll need your head looking at if you still think vintage fairs are over-priced.


...and Saturday's jumble sale buys.


Clockwise from top left: 1950s pure silk blouse (Already re-homed), 1980s St Michael tea dress, two pairs of ladies' gloves, 1970s St Michael safari jacket, 1950s Scottish mohair scarf, 1960s zip-front day dress, Pair of 1970s Poole Pottery egg cups, 1970s Donegal Tweed trilby, Pretty hand-made 1970s midi dress, 1970s cropped wool bolero, embellished kaftan, 1960s ties and a YSL shirt.


Jeannie Jersey, England 1970s psychedelic maxi skirt (Georgia May's Vintage Wardrobe) worn with 1960s cotton velvet pseudo-Victorian jacket by Posh Frocks of England (£1.99, Banardo's), Cerise leather gloves by Dents (25p, car boot sale over 3 years ago), 1960s wool felt hat (£3.50, Birmingham Settlement), Fake Litas (£5, off the market) and a heap of junk jewellery

I'm layered up to the eyeballs under this lot as, yet again, we've got snow flurries and freezing temperatures, when will Spring ever arrive?

See you soon.

80 comments:

  1. You're wearing one of my favourite colour combinations, you look so good!
    Surely spring is just around the corner now, hopefully! xx

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  2. Why didn't you ask your neighbour to pose for us to drool over?
    I like the contrast of black with the lime green, even better with the hat and gloves in that gorgeous shade.
    I'm loathe to harp on about the weather, but it is getting a bit boring now. Really looking forward to seeing you out in the sun hitting the boot sales. This summer HAS to be a scorcher.
    The rag and bone man here sings songs through a loud speaker, maybe he should join forces with yours!

    Lucy x

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  3. Love the skirt and the colour of the hat. Also would love to see a photo of the rag and bone man, we don't get them in Norfolk, and I miss seeing them from Yorkshire

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  4. I'm glad that you didn't post your neighbour's underwear !
    On this rainy day I want to see only beautiful women wearing colorful outfits and your sight really cheers me up!
    I can repeat myself but I love everything you are wearing here, the accessories are great, the maxi is fabulous and the Victorian inspired jacket is awesome!
    You always look stunning with hats and that one is precious!
    Your finds are interesting too, I love all the dresses and the blue gloves!
    Love xxxxxx

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  5. Oh this hat is a marvel! wow and it was made for you Darling!
    love the pink gloves as well, you are such eye candy my dear!

    Same here as far as the weather shit and shit, i mean god damm snow again!
    Next week promises to be lots better, lets keep hoping hey!

    Ariane xxxx

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  6. Such a great look , i really love your hat , not spring in sight here either - Cold as f****** hell .

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  7. Your neighbour made me lol! You did well to complete your photoshoot! Love your outfit - I really want to try purple and lime green.
    Fantastic finds as usual!

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  8. oh, that skirt takes my breath away. Well, the whole outfit does. So for around 20 pounds, you look like a million dollars.

    BTW, I never take credit for something I didn't do, my boss did the sketch of the costume I made

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  9. Holy shitbox, I totally gasped when I got a cop of that DIVOOn maxi!!! What a fabularse print! the colours are perfect, and you've played then up beautifully with your splendid accessories! Spring must be coming, my darling, as Autumn has certainly arrived here! 'Twas trying to have a frost this morning.
    Crikey, you've scored well at the jumble. I had the most insane night long dream last night that ended with you (driving!) Krista and I going to some jumble sales and I scored the most amazing 60's handbags for 20p each!
    But that skirt! I'd love to have some of that fabric, it's so scrummy!
    Hurrah for Ray and his saggy Y fronts! Someone's got to keep the side up. BAHAHHAA!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  10. Love the jacket :)

    Am very grateful that there are no photos of your neighbour - just the mental image is enough!

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  11. Whats not to love about this maxi, it's green CHECK, it looks fabulous with pink CHECK, you look gorgeous CHECK.

    I had to laugh at the mental image of your neighbour giving you a show bahahaha. Fairs here can be hit and miss with prices if vintage, you often need to be sleuth to find the sellers with bargain racks for $10 and under, but it can happen and I must say I've been lucky in the past. Jumble sales well that's a different thing, a old ole rummage for bargain prices never killed anyone.

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  12. I love the pic of you cracking up at Ray's Y-fronts. You have all the fun :D

    You look great in that fantastic skirt, so beautifully slender. Pinks and greens and a crazy print, perfect for this crazy winter weather.

    What a treat to have a rag and bone man come round with a horse, trap and trumpet. All we get here are lorries circling like vultures, stealing anything metal. xxxx

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  13. Rag and bone man??? I thought they disappeared with Steptoe & Son, how wonderful, can you get a snap next time he comes round? Maybe you could pose in his cart, I dare you!
    Also, you should take Ray up on his offer, I'd love to see him in his baggy Y fronts, that would give us all a laugh. Love this fabulous outfit from head to toe, the amazing hat, the jacket, the gloves and the groovetastic maxi, all totally fabularse.

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  14. I guess the whole neighborhood stop when they see you!

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  15. I can hear the horse hooves now and bell, got any scrap metal!!!!! This maxi skirt is to die for, I have to say this could be a new fav! Paired with that yummy velvet jacket with PINK buttons and PINK leather gloves and pink hat, yup I'm in love with you and this entire outfit! You always find the best stuff when you shop, I bet you have to add some new stock after last weekends fair huh.

    Hopefully we can talk this week sometime!
    Iloveyouandmissyoumore!
    XXOO

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  16. Love the skirt - colours are fab!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  17. lolzzz at your behind the scenes picture shenanigans!!! Makes it fun, right?! Love your hat and Victorian style jacket. All the jumble stuff looks awesome and that skirt was a great score!!!
    Becky :)

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  18. hi vix. a lovely outfit. my favourites are the glove and hat. also the jacket. i would love to see a rag and bone man. have you ever done a post with him? we don't have them in ireland. love lucyx

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  19. WOW, how fabulous is the print on that skirt, not to mention the colours...GORGEOUS!
    At a tenner I'd say a proper bargain too.
    I was wondering how much they charge for a stall up your neck of the woods? Here in London it seems to vary wildly. I'm lucky enough to have come across one of the more reasonably priced markets as some charge up to £80-100 for a stall, YIKES...I'm not paying that cause then I will have to start selling my clobber at eye-watering prices, sod that!
    I'd love to move to the Black Country, not just for the cheaper vintage scores and bevvy but I'd be able to hang out with you at vintage fairs too and that would be fricking awesome ;)
    You look fabulous in today's ensemble, that hat is amazing!
    Loads of love,
    Jennie
    xXx

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  20. What? No snap of the neighbor's yfronts??? Love the design and colors on that dress and those gloves - divine!

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  21. Great finds as usual.

    Your hair looks gorgeous x

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  22. You look great in those colours :) I love the print of the skirt. I wouldnt mind a glimpse of the rag and bone man, but I would draw the line at the neighbor in the saggy Y's lol
    V
    xxx

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  23. I'm with the people who would like to see photos of the rag and bone man and his horse. I didn't know there were any left but I'm glad that there are.
    Your jacket is such a beauty and goes so well with your lovely new dress.xx

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  24. Gooosh, gotta love that jacket! Awesome !:) You rock it

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  25. Haha we use to have a couple of rag and bone men coming around once every month or so - that and their modern version of a dirty truck shouting "scrap".

    Love your outfit certainly brightens up a drab day!

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  26. Y fronts always make me think of Withnail and I! Don't know why!
    You look rather gorgeous- that jacket is amazing!!!! How much nice booty did you get!?!?x

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  27. Wow, hubby just told me about the Rag and Bone man - love it! Your outfit is fab but your hat is absolutely stunning. Lovely new maxi skirt too - your colours are electric spring! Xoxo

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  28. LOL! I had to Google "y-fronts" as I've never heard the term! "Jockeys"! Love your maxi skirt and fabulous hat. xoxoxoxo

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  29. We get a rag and bone man once a week in one of those van's with an inbuilt loudspeaker, not quite as picturesque as a horse and cart and a trumpet! It all goes on on your road, what with Ray and his flashing of the Y-fronts, no wonder you can't keep a straight face!
    That maxi skirt ranks as one of my all time FAVOURITES! The colours and print are sublime. And with the pink hat and gloves, and that fabulous velvet jacket with the extraordinary buttons, you look beyond beautiful.
    So much jumble sale joy too. The dresses are fab, and I do love a pair of leather gloves.
    Don't think Spring is coming this year. Sorry. Bloody bastard freezing here too! Keep warm, lovely! xxxxx

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  30. Fab pimp hat and I love the maxi, wish I could make it to one of your fairs - the ones here are definitely on the pricey side! Ray sounds like a character! I didn't think rag and bone men still existed, let alone ones with a horse and cart!

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  31. Your outfit is KILLING me! All those colours are to die for! You gave me a nice chuckle with the description of the rag and bone man, and your neighbours baggy y-fronts! Ew! Beautiful finds for a beautiful woman! XXX

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  32. Phwoar what a killer colour combo!

    Certainly livens the place up :)

    You need to get Ray and his undies on the blog ;) and you writing about the rag n bone man brings happy memories of my time at Hull Uni where members of the travelling community would bang a drum of some sort and collect things on their pony-drawn cart!

    www.mancunianvintage.com

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  33. that hat, those hoes!!!!! seriously, you rock this tuesday, doll! god bless velvet ;)

    http://lovelyboheme.blogspot.com/

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  34. Ha well you would never know from the great pictures that so much was going on in the background lol!! Beautiful colors :) you look gorgeous!! Love Heather

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  35. You never said he had a trumpet!! Lucy and her loudspeaker one reminds me of the guys with the fruit lorries in Greece, MELL-ON TOOMATOOO NARANGA etc. Your neighbour sounds hilarious too, too many awful pictures forming in my mind! I love your hat! gorgeous, especially with the green of the maxi skirt. The black gives it all some edge too. Bloody gorgeous. You're looking extra radiant at the moment, you're obviously feeling much better... maybe it was just a blush looking at your neighbour's y-front encased package xxxxx

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  36. How I wish we had a trumpet-playing rag 7 bone man here instead of the rap-blaring yokels in pick-up trucks!!

    Wow--how I love this outfit!! The stunning paisley, that hat, the rad jacket!! just perfection!!!

    and what a wondrous lot of goodies you got!!!

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  37. I had to laugh at your neighbour flashing you his undies. That jacket is fabulous, although all the buttons must be a pain in the arse to do up. I love the print on the maxi.

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  38. oh that psychedelic skirt is awesome x

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  39. Gasp! Swoon! What an incredible outfit! To die for, Vix!

    You neighbor sounds like quite the character. I got such a vision (and chuckle) from your description.

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  40. You have such a great smile, Vix, and I love that hat!!

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  41. I love the green & pink combination. What is a "rag & bone man"? Does he really drive a horse and cart? Your neighbor sound hilarious! You look lovely as usual. XXX

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  42. just now catching up on your last few posts vix. you are looking absolutely fabulous! love all your finds and i'm glad business is good. all my best, janet

    ps - stay warm!

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  43. I must have those Lita's! :D Oh my goodness, I love the green! Those are HOT. You look fan-freakin-tastic. Adore the paisley maxi. And the hat is actual love. Great jumble finds; love the purple.

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  44. I LOVE this outfit. (Longtime lurker, first time commenter here!)

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  45. You look wonderful Vix, stunning in fact. I am amazed that the rag and bone man still exists. As I child, I remember getting a goldfish from him in exchange for a few old clothes. That fish seemed to live forever.
    Love Pam in TX.xx

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  46. Wow, that skirt takes me back to so many similar prints circa 1969. This is gorgeous - the jacket with pink buttons! And the hat and gloves! And the green eyeshadow! You're a vision!

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  47. I'm in love with the paisley skirt, especially paired with cerise. LOL about the neighbour. I love how you just set up your tripod and go. I need to follow your example and just do it too instead of cramping myself in that concrete box.

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  48. I am still loviing you in pink. I love the photo where you are smiling, you have such a pretty smile. Great skirt, it goes so well with the pink.
    Did I say pink again?
    I must dig out some pink from my wardrobe.

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  49. To DIE FOR skirt Vix! I love the colours & pattern, the whole ensemble looks amazing. I love your gorgeous smile too. Xx

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  50. the green, the pink, the top, the hat, the gloves, the shoes, my eyes are in heaven! how can a person be this perfect? xxx

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  51. Love your face when your neighbour appeared Vix, I can just imagine him just out of shot. I'd love to see a picture of your rag and bone man too, I haven't seen one since I was tiny, it's amazing to think they can still make a living in these modern days. Your outfit is gorgeous, everything about it is lovely. I was way behind reading everyone's blogs so I've just read back through yours and found the post about the housemaid's diary, how sad that was, I felt so sorry for her losing her sister like that. xx

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  52. Hi Vix-I really love this outfit, the colours go so well together and the buttons on your jacket and the cerise gloves look amazing with the maxi skirt and the hat gives it the perfect finishing touch! You always look so lovely and original and still keep warm and cosy with your layers underneath-you're always so inspiring xxxx

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  53. I love this outfit Vix, the colours really pop. I remember the rag and bone man, he used to go past my mum's house once a week.

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  54. I really hope Spring does arrive soon. I'm getting so bored of my winter wardrobe, I'm dying to break open the vac bag of spring and summer clothes, I won't dare while we're still having snow though. I love your outfit, that jacket is divine. Xx

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  55. Whahahaha our old neighbour was just as bad as yours. :D
    I have a pretty good image in my head..... ;)
    Love love love your skirt! I love green and pink mixed together. And your jacket is so cute.
    So no spring at your place also. Overhere on this moment it is snowing..... again.... I really cann't wait till spring comes....
    xxx have a wonderfull day! Jolanda.

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  56. Someone's kidnapped Spring I think! Not to rub it in but I am jumping ship in a few hours for warmer, sunnier climes...
    You do look gorgeous despite all the distractions :-)

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  57. The colours in this are just working for me. You look fabulous in that hat! And that velvet jacket is SO wow.

    Love
    Shubhi's Revels!

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  58. What a mixiture of beauty, wits and fun you are, my dear Vix
    I am laughing my head off here, about the:"I'll give you something worth photographing,"and all the rest.
    ahhahahahhahaah
    About your outfit I love it all and WANT, WANT that fabulous jacket, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ( screaming)

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  59. Hahaha - I demand a post entitled 'It's a shame about Ray' starring the man himself!

    Love love the pink and green together in your outfit, you total stylista you!
    xx

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  60. Your photos are looking especially brilliant and almost match your personal brilliance. ;) If I were your neighbor I'd only come out when your globe bar cracked open and I'd be wearing a maxi too. Gorgeous hat!

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  61. Bless I would love to see the rag and bone man :-) You look beautiful I love your green eye shadow against your pink head makes you look stunning. Great finds I must get to a jumble sale again only trouble is you take your life in your hands when you go those old ladies are evil with there elbows, dee xxxx

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  62. What a colour pop - that certainly brightens a dull day!

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  63. Oh my gosh, I am so laughing at the description of your trials and tribulations while taking outfit photos! Your neighbour sounds like a very special man. And I very much want to see a photo of the trumpet man please.

    As for your great outfit ... love it! And after looking at it feel a real need for some more colourful make-up in my boring collection.

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  64. Love that pink, black and lime combo but really struggling to get imagined image of overweight, greasy, hairy, Y-fronted neighbour out of my head!!! M x

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  65. Vix how amazing is that maxi skirt? It's so you, and truly rich in pattern!
    Love how taking outfit photos is never as easy as it looks (I got a taste of my own this weekend!) It's funny to imagine what happens behind the lens.
    Your hat and gloves are perfectly chosen too. Sorry I've been away for a little while - looking forward to catching up with you xxx

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  66. Amazing outfit and the colours are lush, especially the lime green and pink. Ray sounds like a hoot! xxx

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  67. Me encanta el look, el gorro precioso!!
    Besos
    http://judithbysucre.blogspot.com.es

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  68. I absolutely ADORED your blog, I think your style is rather similar to mine.I love colours, patterns and an occasional bindi on my forehead.

    Check out my blog (I blog about thrift shopping) and hope to correspond

    http://dirtythrifty.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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  69. You made me lol several times with this post! Love the dress, pink hat & gloves & hope you get rid of that snow soon...maybe try a sun dance?
    Denise

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  70. Vixcita,
    How I miss your gorgeous cheeky biatch self.
    That Maxi lime green skirt is amazing. Oh jumble sales how I have missed many.That pink hat is divina like your hot make up.

    You found great shit, love the egg cups.

    besotes

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  71. that lime green paisley piece is a dream!!, love it and love your great style wearing it with that fabulous velvet jacket and not less fabulous gloves and hat!!, you look gorgeous!!
    and so funny to read your problems to take your pics, you made me laugh!!
    besos & pink

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  72. Love this outfit your skirt is great, Hot pink gloves are my favorite Item this year I wear them none stop :)

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  73. You have some funny neighbors!
    Beautiful combination of pink, black a bit of romanticism and 70,s psychedelic!
    Vix you got lots of goodies during your jumble sale trip.
    Besos,

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  74. That skirt is gorgeous and it goes so well with that jacket. Oh and the shoes are rad too!

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  75. You look stunning!!!!!!!
    Hugs
    Reva

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  76. This is one of my all-time favorite outfits of yours. And it reminded me that I had a maroon velvet jacket just like your black one that I must have gotten rid of. What did I do that for??

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  77. Holy farking arsebiscuit, that maxi is SPECTACULAR!!! I love the colours SO MUCH and the velvet jacket is PERFECT an the hat and gloves, well, I could die happy having seen you in this exquisite outfit.

    Love you more than PINK BUTTONS!

    Sarah xxx

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