Friday, 26 April 2013

Home Alone & Hidden Treasures



After the temperature hit the heady heights of 15C , maybe a tad optimistically, I packed away my winter clothes. Call me easily pleased but it really is exciting to get the summer suitcases down from the top of the wardrobe and get reacquainted with treasures long-forgotten after a harsh and seemingly endless winter.  


Darling Desiree sent me this a-mazing 1960s silk culotte suit ages ago but last summer was so crap that it hadn't had a single outing since 2011 so on it went. I soon warmed up after a brisk stroll into town to stock up on fruit and veg from off the market. I'm back just in time 'cos it's hailing now!

Silk culotte suit worn with leopard platform boots (like Hollie's), bastard massive 1960s copper pendant (50p, car boot sale), 1970s Ted Lapidus sunglasses (£1.95, Acorns Hospice, 2009)  and a vintage Hong Kong-made straw bucket bag (£1, car boot sale last September)
 Jon's working away so it's the perfect excuse to buy and eat food he hates. I'm not sure what's on the menu but avocado, papaya & sweet potato feature strongly!


Here's another forgotten treasure - a super-loud 1960s three piece pants suit by Butterfield 8 I bought following a drunken lunchtime session with the girls in Wetherspoons last summer.


When I was a little girl adulthood meant being just like my Mum, swanning around the house in killer heels, floaty psychedelia, jangly jewellery with a bottle of wine on the go. I'm officially a grown-up! 

Butterfield 8 suit (Second To None, Walsall) worn with perspex stripper heels (£1 charity stall, Why Not Festival, 2012), Indian pendant (Hand-made by the fabulous Edie Pop)

Anyway, you lot - stop perving over the bath towel on my washing line! I found it in Mum and Dad's airing cupboard when I was clearing the house, it was a wedding present in 1966 but Mum thought it was too nice to use - that's one trait I didn't inherit! 

Have a fabulous weekend!


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  1. Fabulous outfits m'dear - you're practically begging the sun to stay out with those creations! *love*

    Enjoy eating what your fella doesn't like and spending quality time with your kitties :)

    www.mancunianvintage.com

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  2. Such a nice summery dress! I'm excited to pack my winter clothes but today it got quite cold again... Damn northern rain! Also, who's the lovely kitty? xxx

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  3. You look fantastic as always dear! The butterfield suit is to die for i LOVE it!!! But the dress from fab Desiree is also wonderful and suits you like a dream! I love the colours.
    Have a nice weekend dear!!! xxxx

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  4. Hidden treasures are always the best kind, especially when you forget you have them xxx

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  5. What a fantastic outfit. You have inspired me to pull out my Ted Lapidus frames too. I'll happily swap our 25degrees for your 15! Xx

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  6. that silk suit is really AAAA-mazing, would wear it, too! love it!

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  7. 2 incredible outfits sweetheart. You're a totally beautiful vision of gorgeousness in yellow, it sums up everything that is sunny and happy about summer to me! The straw bag and amazing sunnies are the perfect touches and so cute to see your kitty getting in on the act like mine does!

    As for that unique purple suit, wowee! And those fabularse heels! Grown up glam at its best.

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  8. Fab suits! I adore the collar on the culotte suit. Your hair and make up is amazing. Your hair makes me think of how beautiful Cher's was in the 60's. xx

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  9. The sun ought to stay out now, after seeing you in your glorious outfits! Much like most of us only to see what was next in your summer suitcase! I love the thought of swanning about in floaty clothes and heels, with a bottle of wine on the go! lol.

    Hope you have a fab weekend eating the forbidden foods and enjoying some you time.


    P x

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  10. Those stripper heels, bloody lush!
    Love finding clothes I've forgotten about, most recent was a dark leopard print jumpsuit, lurking behind a drawer. Just in time for summer. :)
    x

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  11. Bring on the summer now - you are gorgeous-ly ready for it. So is Kitty, I think: >

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  12. I love that you are planning to eat what Jon hates, it sounds sweet, I'll never get why men don't like avocados!One of my favourite combination is yellow and pink, these colours are also my daughters favourites and the print of Desiree's dress is lovely! Those Ted Lapidus sunglasses immediately caught my eyes, so beautiful, what a great bargain!!The funky three piece suit is mind blowing and I love how you pimped it with the silver accessories!!!!
    Have a fabulous weekend!!
    Lot of Love xxxxxxxxx

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  13. I love avocados!! I even eat them plain with just salt and pepper yum yum yum. The pantsuit is killer!!! Edie's pendant is freakin' amazing and I love those shoes that you and Hollie both have... Shoes are my retail weakness because big feet means NEVER getting the cool vintage/second-hand shoes :(
    Becky :)

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  14. Your mum sounds great. Just my kinda gal!

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  15. I can just imagine Mildred Roper on holiday in that blue number!
    Have you ever posted pictures of your mum on here?

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  16. I loved the gingham in the last post - and the fabric sunshine of the first outfit in THIS one....

    I might try wearing something sunny in hopes it will convince the weather to follow suit here. Sigh.

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  17. Both awesome outfits ! They both have LoVE colors going on and I like your description of your mother "When I was a little girl adulthood meant being just like my Mum, swanning around the house in killer heels, floaty psychedelia, jangly jewellery with a bottle of wine on the go. """
    *I've got a giveaway on my blog at the moment and there is this flower power earrings that you can choose if you win and I'm sure they'd look killer with any of these 2 outfits !!!
    http://inspiremebitch.blogspot.pt/2013/04/giveaway-x-marina-fini.html
    Oh and your leopard platform boots are great !!!!! XXXX

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  18. Fab outfits - wouldn't it be great if the sunshine hung around for a long while. However today its hiding here and I've had to give in and find socks again :(

    I can claim to be a grown up too, sort of - there's a bottle of wine in the side waiting till this evening!!

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  19. I'm still trying to loose that 'too good for everyday/save it for a special occasion' mantra that my mum had! "Wear it today, for tomorrow I may not be here", sorta thing is what I need to live by!
    Love the Butterfield 8, (sounds like a gang that should have Liberty working towards their release from prison!), and the stripper shoes. Mind you, in those heels all I'd be able to do would be to lounge on a sofa!!!
    Z xx

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  20. Again amazed! Would never have thought to pair the leopard boots with that print but it looks great.

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  21. WOW!!! the dress is adorable! love it so much and it looks great on you my dear!

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  22. oh wow I adore both of those eye popping outfits!! Such gorgeous colours. Here's hoping you get some warm weather so you can rock some more beauties. xx

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  23. Tranny Heels! Those shoe are insane.

    I did a double take: your cat and Mr Scooty could be twins.

    I'm looking forward to the weekend, only 2 more class days until finals, graduation and a short trip to visit my BFF. It better not rain !

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  24. Precioso el vestido,tiene unos colores muy alegres!!
    Besos
    http://judithbysucre.blogspot.com.es

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  25. The silk culotte suit is truly a-mazing, and love the Butterfield 8 suit. You are the picture of spring! Too bad about the hail storm interrupting your outing.

    I adore your tales of growing up with such an interesting Mum. Enjoy your avocado, papaya and sweet potato.

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  26. LOL--I do the same food-wise when Lauren won't be at home!!! Your s sounds fabulous to me!!

    WOW--the first outfit is just like SUNSHINE--Gorgeous!!

    And the second pantsuit-OMG it's fabulous!! The colors and print are stunning!! All you need is a glass of wine and a box of bon-bons!!
    Have a fantastic weekend!!

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  27. Love both outfits!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  28. I love that when our men are away it's all about what can I eat that he hates, I'm the same way plus I'll usually watch shit TV:) You look like sunshine in this fab outfit from Desiree but did it really hail after you got home. NO!?
    I love that crazy ass pant suit and your do dirty things to me heels, you looked amazing in it yesterday. I'll ring you in a bit to finish what we started.
    I love you!!!!
    XXOOO

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  29. Looking gorgeous and fabulous just launching around!
    Here is an idea for your avocado: diced the avocado add some diced tomatoes, some white or red onions, 1 spoon of apple cider vinager,1 spoon of olive oil, a dash of dry cilantro, a bit of salt, a bit of pepper and a bit of your favorite hot sauce. Mix it all and have it with some warm bread.
    Its so good!
    Have a nice weekend, besitos,

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  30. Faboulous outfits as always ! Love love the suit !
    Have a great weekend !
    xxx

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  31. Such a lovely trouser suit. I reckon my wardrobe changeover is definitely on the cards this weekend, it's been a long time coming, I can't even remember what's in the summer bags. Xx

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  32. Hi there! You look so decadent and stylish, this 3 piece suit looks utterly amazing and those shoes are so wow!! Have a great weekend, lets hope the weather stays fine xxx

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  33. oh i so want some perspex heels - they are amazing!

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  34. Too nice to use equals ending up at a fleamarket for someone else to use. I'm glad you dont do this.
    I refuse to dig out my summer clothes yet. If I do the weather will turn cold again. It happens every year!
    Have a lovely weekend! xx

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  35. Ha ha, I considered commenting on that towel! My mum used to have an aaaaamazing 60's floral towel cape which I am curious as to where it is! I'm sure we never actively got rid of it! I ADORE your cullotte suit- very very flattering and pretty!x

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  36. Stunning as ever!
    I do exactly the same when Himself is away and eat all the things he hates, watch things he hates and always put fresh bedding on the bed so I can luxuriate in all the blissful bed space.

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  37. Oh it's a bath towel! Lovely, perfect for daily use!
    Not one but TWO gorgeous outfits for us, mmmm. The culottes suit from Desiree is stunning, such fabulous colours. Look, Stephen Squirrel wants to be in the photos too, in his oh-so-fashionable black and white. And the Butterfield 8 could have been worn by Liz Taylor, don't you think? So ridiculously glamorous and gorgeous with those mad stripper heels and your up do.
    Now - drink wine, eat avocado, do your darling mum proud, and enjoy your solo evening! xxxxx

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  38. I love the yellow culotte suit - really pretty & so summery.
    You were very brave to put your winter clothes away. I hope the weather improves.
    Happy weekend!x

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  39. I haven't dressed for my inspiration walk yet, so I'm glad I stopped by here first! I loved the culotte suit for its colour but then you mentioned that it's silk. Stunning. It must feel silky swishy on your body. And your lounge wear? Amazing! My mum never wore things like this, ever, so clearly I have much catching up to do. You must star in a movie wearing this.

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  40. Oh the bond we share! I've been waiting for you to bust out those shoes so I can say, "OMG me and Vix have the same shoes! Here's proof!" HAHAHA!! ;)

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  41. I don't care how cool the temps, you warm the atmosphere around you! Love the yellow (and the rec checks last post) sooo much.

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  42. Wow, your mum sounds cool! And so does a few days of cooking fun food and eating lots of garlic with nobody to complain about it (men - can't live without them, can't live with them ALL the time).

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  43. Sweet potato! Yup that's something I only get to eat when the other half's away!

    Loving the coullote suit!

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  44. Looking so beautiful!!! Have a wonderful weekend! XXX

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  45. SWEET catsuit (or jumpsuit as we Americans call them.) I had a dress as a child in the late 60s in those colors and always get a great feeling when I see a vintage garment with dreamy pink and yellow.

    Now get OUT, you, with your loud outfit and stripper heels! Holy cow! You've got you va-va-voom on today! Like I said, Donna Reed you'll never be.

    I can so envision women such as your mom "floating" around the house back in their day. I, too, aspire to float... and jingle-jangle when I come into a room. You know, kind of like when the wind blows through wind chimes. Sounds like your mom had that down. Now you can carry on the tradition. ;)

    Have a lovely, restful weekend, my dear.

    xxx

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  46. The Vintage Queen sitting on the throne. LOL Lovely outfits as always! You even make the stripper platforms look classy, oh my!

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  47. I put all my winter clothes away today too, hope I'm not being too optimistic as well! Have a great weekend Vix xxx

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  48. Both these are amazing. Love the warm summer colours of the culotte suit but that three piece number is something else!! Wow! Perfect for lounging round the house and stuffing your face with food and wine you don't have to share! Looks like Stephen wants to be in on the blog action today! xxxxx

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  49. Made me smile about the food! I do the exact same thing. Its usually Cous Cous and root veg here! ;)

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  50. Well, it's simply the most beautiful bath towel I have ever seen.
    You certainly look the epitome of summer in that culotte outfit. I do hope your bringing the summer wardrobe out bodes well for the weather when I arrive in the UK next week.
    And you look the epitome of grown-up in the Butterfield 8 suit. After seeing the pics of your mum on FB, I can see how you've inherited the glamour gene from her.

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  51. vix, 2 lovely outfits. i'm going to enjoy the summer looking at all your amazing outfits. lucyx

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  52. Wow, you must be made of stern stuff - 15 degrees and wearing bare arms!! I love the colour of the outfit and your sunnies are amazing. The inside photos are lovely too and the pantsuit is like nothing I have ever seen before - such fabulous colours. Hope you are enjoying Spring!!

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  53. Both outfits are AmAzIn!
    I love your sunglasses. I ordered a pair offline a couple days ago that look alot like them. I can't wait for them to arrive. Just hopefully the quality isn't too horrible. *lol* You never know what you will get when you order from E-bay. =p

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  54. That towel is definitely worth a perve...it looks like a Sanderson print, I have a mug in a very similar print which I adore! What a lovely gift and it's great that you're using it and reminded of your mum and dad whilst doing so!

    That suit is absolutely amazing...it makes me feel happy just looking at you! I am also inclined to totter about the house in high heels feeling like a lady! haha :)

    Much love xxxxxx

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  55. The three-piece Butterfield 8 pantsuit is so glam, I absolutely love it and it's stunning on you, so swan away and do your Mum proud! Sometimes it's nice to recharge by one's self. Enjoy! Xoxo

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  56. O, indeed, QUITE the grown up!!! My Mama didn't swan about the house in heels with a bottle of wine on the go, but her friend Lois' neighbour did, and that exactly who I thought of when you made this description! She had fire red henna too, no wonder I ended up with a similar colour!
    You look like a dream come true in both of these glorious outfits! Fecking SQUEE SQUEE SQUEE!
    I simply must go put on bigger heels than I have on, and get myself a cocktail now! Be there in 5 for snacks!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  57. Love both these colourful outfits. You add a lot of cheer lady. Would that be Stephen Squirrel photo bombing there? Cute.

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  58. Glad to hear you folks in the UK got some sunshine - even if it was fleeting! I love that jumpsuit - so fabulous. I bought some yellow gingham fabric today, reminds me of your gingham fabulous-ness xox

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  59. I love that patchwork bolster and cushions.
    One of the great things about dressing in vintage is that you don't have to chuck out clothes once they are no longer this month's fashion. You can bring them out each spring and wear them as long as you like without worrying about the fashion police banging you up!

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  60. Both of these outfits are stunning Vix and the CFM's look amazing with the three piece. Not getting my summer togs out yet, hail is forecast today. x

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  61. It's been a long time since I last commented vix, but you look great!!! I love both shoes :Dxxx

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  62. you look über fabulous wearing that yellow piece, it's awesome!, and love that colorful suit, so summery print!!
    wish you a delightful and glorious weekend, dear lady!!
    besos

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  63. You look very grown up - just don't grow up any more in your head.

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  64. I bet you mum looked just as glamurous as you are.
    We are having a fantastic weather, so enjoying everyday very much.

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  65. you remind me of 60s bollywood!

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  66. I love your 'super loud suit' and I also love your hair worn up - it really suits you.

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  67. tw corking outfits Vix. You are brave to bring your summer clothes out already x

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  68. Love love love your yellow dress, it captures the nice sunny weather. We've had hale down here today : (. My vintage maxi skirt is calling me from the attic! Xx

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  69. Now that the weather appears to have returned to pap - your bright outfit has cheered me NO end x

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  70. Hi Darling!

    I have been so busy with all my stuff, projects and health issues
    You are looking lovely in all those wonderful vintage frocks
    I love that you mix la culotte withf the leopard, so brilliant of you and so playful!

    I'm watching kinky Melon but god your marvels go out fast!

    love and hugs

    Ariane xxx

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  71. Loving your top suit it looks amazing, I went hunting my summer shoes out of the garage the other day, I had forgot I had so many, it was like shopping without the expence ha :);oving your sunglasses too...

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  72. I love the amazing colours in these two outfits and as always your brilliant jewellery collection has me fawning all over it. Here's to the sunshine! - Tasha x

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  73. Hello beautiful Vix. Oh the yellow collete suit is amazing and truly just says "Hello Summer".
    Thank you for the lovely comment of the pink dress.
    Love V

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  74. To bargain in your own home is fine, and in your home, it's probably great. I've mention it so often, but ... you are so beautiful!

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  75. That culotte suit is fabulous. I love the colours. Bare arms at 15 degrees?You are brave. How can anyone hate avocado, sweet potato and papaya? I hope you stuff yourself silly with them while Jon's away.

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  76. you're very brave to go for summer clothes in 15 degrees! I love the yellow suit!

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  77. Fabulous outfits! I optimistically started getting out my summer clothes this week but ending up wearing my winter coat again yesterday as I was just so cold! Damn this weather. Hope you're having a lovely weekend x

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  78. You look stunning with your hair up lounging in your killer heels in your colourful ensemble. Yay for summer getting closer, I did send it fast post to you!!

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  79. LOVE those beautiful colours Vix - they look gorgeous on you! xx

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  80. 15 degrees - YOU ARE WONDERWOMAN!!!

    That incredible silk suit is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! You look farking incredible in it - the colours and fit are PERFECTION!

    And as for the second suit, well, I would have followed you around like a puppy if I had seen you in that as a kid... I loved everything bright and flowy and florally and loud - not much has changed! The stripper heels are especially fabulous.

    Right... I'm obviously BEHIND again, since I haven't a clue about the bath towel, so I'm off to catch up.

    Love you more than SKYPE TOMORROW?

    Sarah xxx

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  81. We like very much your colorfull style!!!!
    Kisses

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  82. Gosh Vix you are a dream. Its ppl like you who make me want to blog xxx

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  83. Well you will tempt us with all your bits and bobs, so what do you expect?! :)

    Look at you in that silk culotte suit, can't fault it, those are the colours of summer with that little basket and the shape and fit of it are poifict in every way. I know I've said it before, and I'm sure I'll say it again, but I love it!!

    I also very much admire the pics of you LOUNGING around the house in that casual, drop-dead glamorous way. What, darlings? This old thing? Adulthood to me was long hair which your mum didn't insist on hacking off and high heels. You've nailed it.

    Hope Jon wasn't too traumatised after a Friday night out East. I like the sound of your vege shopping and can testify to the briskness of your walking! xxxxx

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  84. AAhhh, Vix!
    I have missed you. I've been traumatizing myself and missing out on my favorite blogs. Glad u mentioned the awesome towel, it iS super :)
    I remember those towels in my childhood, Oh, what i'd have kept, if I could see the future!

    You look smashing as a 70's(60's)housewife.
    My mom has always been a double knit/elastic waist gal sans makeup and always a perm in her little curly hair :)
    I don't have the verve to don such lovelies when I'm on down time. Maybe I should! A daily celebration :)
    So happy to see you today. You brighten my world, you vixen...
    Hugs always,
    Reva :)

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  85. Gorgeous...mind you, no sun at the moment but you've brightened m'day no end.
    Stonking lounging around the house outfit too. You look wondrous. My mum always had 'hanging about the house' kaftans and Rive Gauche to waft around in. Sadly I'm letting the side down today in a faded Sixties dress and my granddad's cardi! All I'm missing is the wellies.
    xxxxxxxxxx

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  86. When Joey's out of town I eat Thai food all day, and go thrifting from dawn to dusk. Makes me happy, you know? You are always a beauty queen in my eyes. Glad you got a little sun before the hail. XXOO

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  87. When I see bold prints like the one on your suit I get amazed at how progressive the women in the 70s were.Not many can go around dressed in one these days! No wonder we are in a down spiral.
    On another note I love bags that cost so little in money and so much in cuteness!

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  88. Such beautiful silver heels...I can never imagine you wearing flats...haha
    I used to be like that until a few years ago now I admit I like my flats I think they make me feel younger! Which is strange really!!

    You inspire me to wear heels more! x

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  89. I know how you feel, I am so desperate to wear my spring/ summer clothes now, I froze on Saturday when I went out without tights. I love the silk culotte suit, such amazing colours.

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  90. I LOVE that 60's 3 piece suit - amazing colours and print and it really suits you.

    Lx

    www.whatlisawrote.blogspot.co.uk

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  91. Wow! That is psychedelic. You are a true icon!

    Thanks so much for sharing, this really made me smile ear to ear :) reminds me of when I held a garden party for my 14th birthday and my grandmother came out in a Trinidadian, floor length, black and gold patterned kaftan, with a huge collar, low neckline and swooping sleeves, she was 80! So glamorous.

    Take care love xxx

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  92. The culotte suit is fantastic, I love pink and yellow together!

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