Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Boo Radley! Charity Shop Joy - Gingham Style



You may have noticed from yesterday's post that I've a bit of a gingham thing going on so when I spotted some red checked fabric peeking out from a rail at the usually disappointing Scope charity shop in town this morning I got very excited.


My excitement escalated when I pulled out the hanger and spotted the label. 


Radley was a British clothing company in existence from the 1960s to the 1980s which featured designs by Ossie Clark and Alice Pollack. 


This dress isn't attributed to anyone but it's pretty damned gorgeous - 100% cotton, early 1970s, with bows, buttons & a Broderie Anglaise petticoat. It fits like a dream and it was FIVE frickin' POUNDS! That's less than Scope usually charge for last year's New Look and Next.


You know your chazza find is a success when you change into it as soon as you get home and frolic round doing the chores like a woman demented.


I've already taken a few dresses out of my wardrobe to make room. I've a feeling this is going to get worn to death so keep your eye on the Kinky Melon website for an influx of maxis later this week.


I can't wait to see what treasures await at the car boot sale tomorrow and Thursday (that's if it stays dry).

Radley dress worn with a stack of second-hand bangles and a Frida Kahlo necklace handmade by fabulous Tamera.
Hair inspiration by gorgeous Tania
For those who asked, our weekend sandwiches were veggie Cheddar on crusty bread.
Tonight's dinner is Pacha Thakkali Mezhkkupuratti (Keralan-style sautéed green tomatoes) with steamed rice and I'm off to eat it.


See you soon.

89 comments:

  1. Congratulations on an amazing score! That dress is perfection. I hadn't heard of the label, so thanks for that tidbit.
    Where did you find that gorgeous tablecloth?
    Dinner looks scrumptious.

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  2. Wow an amazing dress and such a bargain, it is fab, you look great :)

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  3. A really great find! So pretty on you .
    Xxx

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  4. Yay for the checked dresses !! This one is divine, I love the corset and the red and white gingham fabric!! You styled it perfectly with your iconic jewelry and the postiche hair bun!! I'm so excited for your shopping at the CAR boot sale, can't wait to see your finds!
    Enjoy your dinner darling
    Always lots of love xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  5. Abso-bloody-lovely!
    So weird I mentioned how much I liked the gingham yesterday and now you tease me with more!
    Perfick!
    Z xx

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  6. I'm not too keen on gingham (reminds me of sewing school aprons and headbands) but that dress looks great.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  7. Beautiful beautiful dress and so lucky! It's amazing to find such good things for such a low price! xxx

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  8. Oh Vix, this dress is so beautiful! When I was little I had a lemon sundress with the same hem gathering and petticoat underneath, I absolutely adored it!

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  9. Oh Vix it's so lovely and frolicky, I am definitely most partial to a bit of gingham. I think we've all done the whip home try a dress on a swooned about in own glory.

    I was thinking its a good thing you're not my neighbour (although it would be secretly fabulous) with you hanging goodies on the clothesline. I might make me tempted to be a petty thief. Well nah I seriously would never do that but, I'm sure I'd waste a lot of time peeking through my curtains.

    Cheddar sandwiches huh, there you go. I initially thought you meant Vegemite and Cheddar but then realised what you had meant and that you've possibly never had our Australian Vegemite spread.

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  10. Whoa your hair is FLIPPING AWESOME!
    You look as lovely as ever in that dress. It's so cute I would want to wear it all the time too.

    I wish I had a bloody clothesline.
    The next place I move either must have one... or have a place I can put one. *hehe*

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  11. Ooh, Radley - very nice! What a fabulous frock, it fits you perfectly! Loving the gingham style, and a fiver? You're right, chazzas ask that for tatty high street crap. Yesterday, I looked at (and put back sharpish) a bobbly Primark cardigan, priced up at £4.99!
    Of course it does help that you have the most toned arms ever (NOT freaky!) and a beautiful tan and Tania-inspired Señorita hair. Gorgeous!
    Now what is that fabric you are hanging on the line? It's wonderful. Is it a curtain? Are you going to make something out of it?
    Good luck with the curating tomorrow and Thursday, you Gingham Goddess! xxxxx

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  12. Hi Vix,
    The dress is lovely and it fits like it was made for you. I'm a bit of a gingham gal too as I have two summer checked shirts that are nicely fitted.
    Love Ossie Clark clothes as well.
    Hard to find his stuff these days as they can be very expensive.
    Great to see you looking good doing your chores!
    Enjoy the spring sun.
    xxx

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  13. That dress is stunning - you look fabulous (even doing something as mundane as putting out the washing) :p

    www.mancunianvintage.com

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  14. Wow- what a gorgeous dress and such a good price!! I am loving it!! you just need a crown of daisies!
    I'm with Curtise--just WHAT is that fabulous floral fabric??

    Your dinner looks delish!!

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  15. Fabulous find!! Love your bun too.

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  16. You look lovely and the barefoot styling works well with its peasanty vibe! Is that barkcloth on the washing line? xxx

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  17. This may very well be the perfect summer dress and you look utterly gorgeous in it, floating around in your woodland garden like a Watteau shepherdess. I have a weakness for gingham especially red, so I absolutely love it. And the styling is heavenly. What is that piece of glorious fabric you are pinning up? And you DO look as cute as anything in your little bun! Adorable. xxxx

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  18. Fantastic dress!!!! Dinner looks yummy, too!
    Becky :)

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  19. I love gingham (especially red) and this fab frock was made for you. I'm getting a shepherdess/milkmaid vibe and agree it was a total bargain at a fiver.
    Wasn't today the perfect weather for it?

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  20. I agree withn Tania, that is has to be the perfect summer dress. It fits perfectly too and has just the right amount of cuteness for you. What an amazing dress and what a brilliant find. You look stunning in all these photos. Love your Tania inspired hair! One of the loveliest photoshoots you've done. Beautiful all round! XXXXXXXXXXX

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  21. I'm dying over this gingham dress DYING!!!!!! The fit on you is perfectly feminine and sweet and I adore the gathered bits in the front, I will never tire of seeing you wear this, please wear it ALL THE TIME! You are such a peach out doing your laundry looking so fab, I wish we were neighbors!!! Your Tania inspired hair is big and beautiful!
    You simply radiant happiness in that sunshine!
    LOVEYOU!!!!
    XXXOOOOXXXX

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  22. That dress is just perfect on you :-) Loving the hairdo too!
    Happy bootin' the next couple of days...

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  23. What a find love! I do adore a gorgeous bit of gingham and that's a fab frock. Looks terrific on you. Love your cheeky hair do too you minx.
    Fab design on the fabric too.
    Loves ya.
    xxxxxxx

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  24. Thats a beautiful dress Vix and fits you perfectly.

    X x

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  25. O my frickin' GAWD! That is one HELL of a fabularse gingham DREAM! Red and white!!! Swoony goodness!! SCORE!
    I never realised successful chazza shopping could make one do the housework?! I've clearly never been successful enough to get TAHT vibe! HA!
    Sweet tablecloth, and ooo, looky at that sunshine! Hurrah!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  26. What a fantastic find, I love a bit of gingham too and this one looks gorgeous on you. I do admire how you take something out of your wardrobe when you add a new piece. I wish I could do that!

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  27. Muy bonito el vestido!
    Saludos
    http://judithbysucre.blogspot.com.es

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  28. vix, i can't believe how you find the most amazing things in the shops. i went to a car boot on sunday and just got one thing. i thought i would come home with bags of things, but it was not to be.
    the dress is gorgeous on you.
    i love you washing too.
    happy hunting. lucy xx

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  29. red gingham is simply irresistible, specially when some red ribbons and cute broderie are also involved!!, you look gorgeous and absolutely summery and hippietastic!
    love all that colorful pieces you're hanging out!!
    besos & sol

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  30. That dress is amazing, what a great fit. xx

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  31. Ahhhhhh you look so effing GORGEOUS in that incredible dress! For me a gingham dress is the peak and pinnacle of all summer dresses, your Radley number is a total beauty and such a scoop! Your hair do is wonderful too, suits you sweetheart. I want to go dress shopping with you one day!

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  32. Totally SWEET dress! You look adorable. Glad to hear you found a piece that makes you so happy. :)
    xxx

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  33. There aren't enough clothes styled out of gingham today! That dress is such a great style too - and that food photo, well that has me hungry!

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  34. I have a thing about gingham too. You look lovely. What a fabulous find.

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  35. The fabric pattern on the tablecloth(?) is to die for! You look so pretty hanging up the laundry and I adore the gingham dress. Making me hungry too! XXX

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  36. Gingham Style. That's really funny. This is the PERFECT DRESS for you! Fab!

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  37. I am laughing to myself knowing that you were asked what kind of sandwiches you had the other day, because as I was lying in bed drifting off to sleep last night I was wondering the same thing. There you go ... Your sandwiches were the last thing I thought about yesterday! Lol.

    This dress is fantastic. Nice to see it's warm enough to go barefoot there. I was still clad in a flannel shirt, buttoned up jacket, scarf, hat and gloves, for my walk in the lark today. But soon, very soon. It's the anticipation that makes something extra sweet right?!

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  38. it's like it was made for you! perfection!

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  39. Phwoar, I love it!!! Totally gorgeous dress and you look so pretty and girly in it!x

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  40. What an exciting find. I love the front of the dress where the little bits flap down. And how did you do your hair? It looks great! xx

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  41. Boo Radley, played by Robert Duvall in To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Anyway, pretty dress, love the take-ups at the bottom.

    I'm also in love with whatever that is you're hanging up.

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  42. That dress is so so so so great! Love it!

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  43. Vix, this is one gorgeous dress on you! I love the buttons, bows and petticoat. And I'm going to check out Kinky Melon for a look at the maxis that you've downsized. I'm sure they will be something special.

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  44. The dress was a bargain and you look beautiful out in the sun with no shoes!

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  45. I reaallllly want to steal that dress from you, utterly gorgeous x

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  46. Another great find, love the detailing on the bottom

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  47. Your hair looks gorgeous like that. That dress is a fabulous find. I love the little drawstring-y bits around the bottom.

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  48. i have a huge gingham crush on that dress and you! i went charity shopping yesterday and scored some great wine glasses (crystal, 50p, chuffed!)love your hair too x

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  49. I want to eat you up in that frock....it is gorgeous! I love the fit & the detail at the hem. What an amazing find! Xx

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  50. Wow brilliant find I say it was waiting just for you it looks gorgeous on you. I love that red patterned fabric your pegging on the line to, Happy carbooting, dee xxx

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  51. Hi there!! Fantastic Radley dress my dear, it fits like a dream and looks gorgeous too, I would have been stoked if I found that too, it really is a magic find! Hope you enjoyed your meal too, it looks extremely delicious! xxx

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  52. Gingham is one of my favorite fabric too , you look fantastic, it its like a dream, I agree with you about the scope and the prices , they deinatley cant get there priceing structure right , but thats a bounus to us some times , i love gingham in the home to and will be using it in my new home xxx

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  53. I have gingham envy!!!! That is just a little dream find.....you look just gorgeous in her, it does fit you perfectly.
    I am looking at that fabulous piece of fabric you are hanging out to dry, its yummy.
    A wee thank you parcel is on its way today.....I wore Miss Pink Kinky Melon dress today......Yay.....I have been off the cookies for a week and it looked a little better.
    love V

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  54. red gingham is one of my favorite prints in the world and it looks so fab on you. you look like a regular gal from nebraska out there hanging your laundry. lol, as if...

    anyway looking beautiful as always.
    x

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  55. Fabulous frock!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  56. Such lovely sun drenched pics. You look like a beautiful Spanish peasant girl in that dress with your long black hair xxx

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  57. So much fabulousness, ahhhhhhh
    I had a few minutes so I just say hi. I am glad you are having such a good weather.
    Loving your hair, and everything about YOU.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  58. You look amazing, Love it all!!

    Check out my fashion blog at www.fashion1psychology.com Thx

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  59. Such a wonderful dress! The way you wear it (bare feet!!) is perfect, but if it gets colder you can throw lots of patterns over and under it, and that will look great, too. xoxo

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  60. Gorgeous dress! Your posts are inspiring me to help develop a style when thrifting for a new wardrobe and thrifitng for vintage clothes to sell in my mall booth :)

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  61. Argh love this dress, what an amazing find! :)

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  62. A fiver?! What a fabulous find and it's gorge too! Lucky you xxx

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  63. You look so pretty Vix & your weather is very similar to ours...snowing one day & out in the sun barefoot the next!
    Denise

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  64. Hurray for bare feet!! You must have finally gotten a little warmth over there. The gingham dress is sooo pretty on you and you look utterly adorable as you hang the washing. :-) And of course the bracelets and necklace accent it perfectly. Dinner does look good too, I must say. XXXOOO

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  65. that's a beauty of a dress, great find x

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  66. You look HOT in that dress , Vix. No kidding.
    Ginghams totally your thing. And that headbun? Gorgeous!

    Love,
    www.shubhisrevels.com

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  67. Uh, I didn't know I could LOVE GINGHAM ANYMORE than I already do. YOU look gorgeous in that dress- and gingham just went up a notch in the hotness meter. Wowfuckingzers. Gorgeous. Let's picnic!

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  68. That is an absolute peach of a summer dress - love the gingham, the shape, the petticoat, the whole works. Can't believe it was so cheap - you look like a million bucks wearing it. Cute hair bun too! No barefoot weather here :(

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  69. I think that is one of my favorite dresses that I have seen you wear the gingham is just adorable love your hair too!! ~Love Heather

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  70. Vix, you are gorgeous dahlin...simply gorgeous.. love that dress. I have a thing for gingham...

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  71. Another lovely gingham dress! It looks as if it fits perfectly, that was a really lucky find.
    Isn't it wonderful that spring is here & you can wear lovely light clothes without freezing?

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  72. You cant beat a red gingham dress! And I LOVE whatever it is you are pegging out on the washing line! :)

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  73. Fabulous dress, and you look fabulous in it! Enjoy the spring weather and bare feet.

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  74. Superb score that you snagged a Radley! That has to be one of the best gingham dresses I've seen. Gorgeous! :) Happy weekend!xx

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  75. I am so envious, it's unreal! It's like Brigitte Bardot-meets-Vivienne Westwood-meets-70s Queen!

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  76. That dress is divine! You look so darling, and of course what a bargain too. I find it so bizarre (and irritating how high street seconds get higher priced tags than actual good dressmaking). Your hair looks fab too xxx

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  77. love the radley of london dress. ... i would wear it right away.

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  78. I'm so glad you were reunited with this gingham dress after all these long decades. It couldn't fit you better, in every sense of the word.

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  79. You have such a good eye and knowledge!!! You never cease to amaze me.

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  80. Wow, Vix, that dress looks like it was made for you. It's a beaut, and I'm adoring the ruching and ribbon detailing at the hem. I too am perving on the towel, though initially I thought it was an oddly-shaped tablecloth, don't ask me why. :) xoxo

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  81. I love that dress, and I see why people are perving over the towel. LOL. I have never seen such a print! I love your hair in the up-do with part hanging down! Gorgeous!

    xoxo
    Lynn

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  82. oh gosh i looooove the gingham maxi to pieces! i just got a fabric like that from my mum and i have to make a fabulous dress with it soon ;)
    love and kiss,mary

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  83. Oh! Plenty of attitude in that bun!

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  84. Well frankly, I'm GLAD I was behind on this post as if I had known that I was missing out on the MOST SPECTACULARLY FABULOUS GINGHAM FROCK IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE, I would probably have spent my weekend CRYING instead of having fabulous fun.

    You are A FRICKIN SUPERMODEL in the gorgeous treasure - absolutely spectacularly beautiful. Your hair is dementedly fabularse (you know I'm gonna copy). And the towel is GORGEOUS!

    Love you more than THAT RED GINGHAM FROCK WITH PETTICAOT!!!

    Sarah xxx

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  85. You've got me itching to dig out some gingham!

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