Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Called To Account



This was what I wore to visit the accountant this morning. He's handled Jon's affairs for years so knows I earn a living from selling old clothes and cohabit with a rock guitarist so he was hardly expecting a blouse, flesh coloured tights and a bob.


 This is what I call "appropriate dressing", a rare day of 22 degrees of sunshine demands a slashed-to-the-waist halter neck maxi. 


1970s painted platforms


A 1960s rhinestone and velvet choker with shoulder-length Balinese earrings


and a parasol.


I've an ever-growing collection of vintage parasols and couldn't resist snapping up this beauty from the car boot yesterday. 


Hopefully it'll be getting lots of use this summer if this weekend's anything to go by.


  Talking of which Kinky Melon's Retro Boutique hit the road and ventured to rural Warwickshire on Sunday, here's Jon ready for the onslaught!


We had a brilliant day trading and met some fantastic vintage loving folk.


I finally got to meet the gorgeous Annie after being blogging buddies for almost 4 years. She's even funnier and prettier than she is on her blog.

1970s Californian maxi by Corky Craig (the gorgeous Krista), Mongolian lamb stole (20p, church jumble sale), 1960s Stainless steel & snakeskin pendant (£2, car boot sale), bastard massive feather earrings (£2, Topshop sale a couple of years ago)

Amy, her beautiful daughter, runs a brilliant event. A generously-sized pitch, free tea & coffee all day for stallholders (no need for Jon's trusty vintage flask) and even a team of friendly helpers on hand to assist in the carrying, unloading and packing up of stock. 

1970s cotton maxi by Lizzie (Courtesy of road-tripping Misfit, Sarah), 1970s wedges (£10, eBay), 1950s cotton parasol (50p, car boot sale), 1960s velvet choker (£2.50, Blighty Boutique Vintage Fair)

There's another event on Saturday and we're already sorted and ready. I was up at 6am replacing zips, spot cleaning 1950s dresses, hemming 1970s maxi dresses and loading the washing machine so I can spend the rest of the day outside in my bikini!

See you soon.

Linking to Visible Monday.

84 comments:

  1. I bet you brightened up his day!

    It's sooo nice to have some sunshine isn't it?

    Have fun in the garden - and best of luck with the fair this weekend :)

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  2. The perfect outfit for a meeting with an accountant I'd say. That vintage parasol is a beauty isn't it, and those platforms are a work of art. All this sunshine has made me think of you and how you'll be lapping it up! xxx

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  3. No surprises that I'm loving that green maxi. I love the ring zip in the back. And I ADORE those platform sandals. They are fantastic! I do hope you have plenty of opportunity to work on your tan this week! Xx

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  4. That dress is fab, perfect for the sun we've been having!

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  5. I bet you two are way more interesting than his regular clients. I'm dying to come and have a rummage at the kinky melon stall, that 60s leopard beret is mad! I love it! I love today's choice of dress, everything round here is that eyebending green too, so it's perfect for Spring. The back is gorgeous too. The dress you wore at the fair is really cool too, brilliant pattern. I'm always squinting at your photos of your stall to see what you've got! The parasol is really gorgeous, the pattern is almost an atomic one, which is really unusual. And a total bargain of course! The chocker is just gorgeous! It makes me think of 17th and 18th century ladies. Those platforms are from a completely different place though, they make me think of dancing on a beach in Cuba in the 70s xxxxxxx

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  6. Fabulous way to see the accountant & that halter back I love! Loving the leopard beret & your booth....so many dresses to choose from!
    Denise

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  7. So many perfect details in one post. The fabric of the dress that you wear in your exhibition stand, your shoes and your back (are you 18 years old or what?)etc etc ...

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  8. When Vix shows this much skin I know the sun is shining! You look beautiful as you always do but I can tell the sun is giving you more reason to shine! Happy to hear to fair was a success your stall is bursting with stash, it looks so inviting! Saturday another market you are on fire! I love that you wash and mend your stock, why doesn't everyone do that! I have a think for parasols too but I only own two. One I used on my wedding day it's white covered in pink hearts and the others an Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe.

    I have been nursing a very sick Ash the last couple of days. She will be fine but we had a real scare and she has in the hospital overnight. I swear she has the spirit of Janis Joplin inside her, she can't seem to stay out of trouble.

    I'd love a chat with you! Lets try and make it happen this week.
    Love and miss you!
    Xxxxxxoooooo

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  9. Gorgeous dress, and perfect for the glorious weather.
    I'd so love to visit your stall and I know I'd be coming back with armfuls of stuff.
    xx

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  10. The dresses you are wearing in this post are both wonderful, they remind me that summer is arriving even if here is raining again!! Today's outfit is awesome, the choker, the earrings and those marvellous wedges! I'd love to visit one of those great Vintage events, in the photos your stall seems the perfect place to hunt for treasures! Lots of love
    xxxxxxxxxx

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  11. Love the dress and the parasol!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  12. This sunshine and warmth is delicious after our seemingly endless winter, isn't it? And you are dressed to perfection for both the weather and the accountant, love!
    What a beautiful dress, you suit a halterneck better than anyone I know, and the sandals are real favourites, I love them.
    Gorgeous parasol, and I remember my eldest sister having a very similar choker in the early 70s, om purple velvet though - very groovy!
    Good to know you had another successful fair, you and Jon are obviously in your element, and the organisation of the fair sounds excellent. Yes, once the stock's been seen to, get out there in your bikini, darling! xxxxxx

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  13. That halter neck is gorgeous - you look stunning! I'll bet Mr Accountant was more than happy you pitched up in that :-)
    Hope you're enjoying the sunshine after all your hard work...

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  14. No doubt the accountant looks forward to your visits, you look very fetching in that gorgeous halter. I love the ring pull zip, I'd forgotten all about those as you never see them nowadays. Glad your sales were good at the weekend. Make the most of that sunshine now!
    xx

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  15. Vix you look amazing! The vintage parasol is so darling and how wonderful to meet a long time blogger and friend xxx

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  16. yeah to sunshine! What else would you wear for a business meeting? Meetings are so boring.

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  17. Checks AND stripes in one delicious dress. Yummy. Annie and Amy look gorgeous too. xx

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  18. That is the perfect outfit to wear to a meeting! Take it from someone who works in a boring office with people who only wear black or rey - a pop of colour is always appreciated! Today I'm wearing a peach/orange crimplene suit, no black skirt suit and nude tights for moi! Hope you enjoy the sun today x

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  19. vix i love your dress! so gorgeous. how wonderful to finally meet long standing blog friends. i'm looking to do the same soon. i'll be traveling to london soon! and i'm filled with anxiety as to what to pack for the weather!

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  20. You are a million kinds of inspiring for me- and looking this good in such an unconventional way pretty much sums it up. Love your business attire, and the way you wear success- with savvy and stylish smarts with a heavy dose of bitchin' rocknroll. I want to see more people do what you do, and the way you do it. In their own way of course. That's the vixen way! xo. Bella

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  21. I'm in the UK now and have seen more sun in 4 days than I did last May/June.
    Those platforms are perfection! And that choker takes me back. I've got some vintage purple velvet ribbon I can see a use for now.
    I love the purple and red pattern on that parasol.
    So glad you had a fun show in Warwickshire.

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  22. Hello stunning! I am so glad it's shining up a bit, summer's finally arrived..! That choker is fantastic!

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  23. Precioso este vestido!!
    Saludos
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  24. Gorgeous as Always!!
    Its finally getting a bit warmer even here!

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  25. Yet another dress I'd love to steal! xx

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  26. I'll bet your accountant was talking about you for the rest of the day! Nothing says summer like Vix in a stripey halter dress. Hope you sold lots of stuff at the fair.

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  27. FABULOUS dress! Your pop-up is to die for! I'd love to cross paths with you! :) xxx

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  28. PS - let me know if the pop-up makes it to Scotland in the next few months, will be there on and off! :)

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  29. That accountant is a lucky, lucky man. I've seen the outfits you've worn to visit him before. Bet he gets a twinkle in his eye when you ring up to book a visit.

    I really do love this outfit, that backless maxi is spectacular. You carry it off better than anyone I can imagine. It reminds me of sweets I used to love when I was a kid, chewy mints called Pacers. They came wrapped in a green and white stripy wrapper. Yummy. I used to ask my Dad to feed them to my teddy, which he did, but I had to go out of the room. Hmmm...Those platforms are just wonderful too. So funky!

    Glad you had another great fair. You make it look and sound so easy, which is the sign of an expert! xxxxxxx

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  30. Hi there! I really love this maxi dress on you, very sexy and perfect for a hot summery day! So glad all is going good at the vintage fairs too! xx

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  31. Yay to sunshine and lime green halter maxi-dresses!! I'm sure you were the most FAB person he's seen in his office in quite a bit!!! That dress is just stunning and those platforms are so so COOL!!
    And OMG how fantastic is the maxi from Krista?? It looks like it was MEANT for you!!! Oh I wish Kinky Melon could come to the states for a show!!

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  32. Yay to sunshine and lime green halter maxi-dresses!! I'm sure you were the most FAB person he's seen in his office in quite a bit!!! That dress is just stunning and those platforms are so so COOL!!
    And OMG how fantastic is the maxi from Krista?? It looks like it was MEANT for you!!! Oh I wish Kinky Melon could come to the states for a show!!

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  33. Hope the weather stayed nice enough for a bikini after your chores. I am off for a ike ride now.
    That green is such a cool outfit for hot weather.

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  34. An accountant's daily life has got to be dreary. Just imagine! Having you and Jon walk in must be like a GIFT! In fact, just about everyone must feel that way when they see you coming. Oooooo that choker <3
    Connie*

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  35. That certainly made that accountant's day. Or at least gave him something to talk about over lunch besides numbers. Darling dress and those shoes? I absolutely remember some of my friends having shoes like that back in the day.

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  36. Lucky, lucky accountant! Love this halter dress and the painted sandals are too fab. xoxoxo

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  37. I'm sure your colorful presence was a bright spot in what might have been an otherwise dull day!

    I've been playing catch up here on your blog and believe I've missed an event or two. The two of your are really "on the go".

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  38. 22* woohoo!! Bring on the gorgeous weather so you can wear all your gorgeous frocks!!

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  39. Ah you look lovely, and isn't it perfect weather for it too? I must try to catch up with you at one of your fayres.

    I don't know if that San Marco is anything to do with the Brum one. I had never even been until last weekend. Xx

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  40. You are absolutely right my friend. That is the perfect outfit to wear to the accountant's. Working in the field myself, I wish I encountered more people while working, who were just like you. Maybe the lack there-of is part of the reason I am currently taking a break from it!

    Yay, to bikini weather! And the sale sounds like it was a very good one. Neat that you met a longtime blogging friend.

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  41. You look perfect wearing the green maxi with parasol in the garden! I also have a parasol/umbrella fetish....never can have enough. God, I would love to shop at that sale! XXX

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  42. Such a pretty dress and it looks lovely with your tan x

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  43. The green dress and chocker seem to be made to go together! I love how your clothes make me feel. It might sound a bit weird to say this way but what I mean is that it always makes me smile! The colours, the way you put the clothes and accessories together, it reflects happiness to me! xxx

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  44. your stall holds so many goodies!
    That green maxi is a treat :) x

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  45. So glad you're getting summer temps as well as getting a lot of wear out of your fabulous maxi dress collection (though, in truth, you have so many artful ways of wearing and layering them in the colder weather). I can't decide which of these dresses I like better but the back on the first one IS amazingly sexy. Xoxo

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  46. Yay, you met Annie!!!! I, like Clare, am dying to come to a fair and look at Kinky Melon's wares!!! So much exciting stuff!!! So glad you had another successful event!x

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  47. sheesh! look at you in that halter dress! Jaw dropping awesome

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  48. I was confused momentarily by the stole- I thought your hair had grown!! Then I saw the next pic and realized what was going on. Love the green and white fabric! Reminds me of a handmade bridesmaid's dress I wore in the '70's at my brother's wedding. Long gone, sadly.

    John looks adorable and I love hearing about the Kinky Melon adventures. XXXXOOOO!!!!

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  49. I am utterly jealous of your green velvet 1960's choker! I love how you've accessorized your outfit. xx

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  50. Love that Corky Craig maxi, loving the painted 70s platforms, and loving the Balinese earrings!! Have fun in the sun!
    Becky :)

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  51. wish you all the best for the upcoming market. ... vintage fashion means a lot of work sometimes (the next months when i look for a new job in the new city, i want to fix all the 'hurt' treasures sitting in the storage room) ...
    i'm really really jealous because of all these vintage markets around you ... why don't we have this here in germany?!

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  52. I hope Kinky Melon is doing really well, I love the dress you are wearing in the stall photos, such a glorious pattern and the colours are fab too!

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  53. Perfect outfit for accounting! I love the ring on the zipper in the back, how much easier to handle. And so many gorgeous customers to your boutique. I'd have tried to buy that maxi you're wearing. Wishes for a sunny weekend!

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  54. Those platforms are amazing. I'm sure you gave the accountant a thrill. He's probably used to the twin set and pearls brigade in his job. The parasol is gorgeous.

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  55. Appropriate indeed! I'm such a fan of parasols. The maxi is a goldmine! You look beautiful Vix! xx

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  56. I kind of forget that your fab outfits might look a little shocking to other people who encounter you in the street, they are just so perfectly you!

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  57. That is the best ever outfit to wear to meet an accountant, I am in awe! You look so beautiful in both those gorgeous outfits, it's wonderful to see how much you enjoy your job too. Being self employed is the best isn't it!

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  58. aah u look so summery vintage :)

    love the lip color on you :)

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  59. Oh what a sight for sore eyes you are Vix, have spent all day at work and your post is the best thing for an exhausted me. LOVE your maxis and your market stall is heavenly xxx

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  60. From visiting the accountant, to your work-attire and the after chores bikini launching; this is a post full of inspiration for others to be and dress and they pleased!
    Besos,

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  61. The shoes may shine, Vix, but YOU are the star. xo. Bella Q

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  62. Totally appropriate accountant dressing - I bet it always lightens up the office when you drop by! xo

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  63. Gorgeous dress Vix, and I love your parasol xx

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  64. Amazing outfit!

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  65. I love both of the dresses you're wearing in this post especially the paisley! Cause you know I love paisley! Lovely colors for such a vibrant and beautiful lady!

    Alexa

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  66. Much more interesting than his usual clients, I'm certain.
    I love all the greens - pretty dress & fab choker.x

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  67. vix, if i was an accountant i would to be so happy to see you coming in my door, it would make my day. you look great. i love you shoes and dress. i love meeting your lovely friends. you are doing great at the fairs. i hope to go to one some day. love lucy.

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  68. love your cotton maxi, that gingham and stripes print is so summery!, and it fits you like a dream!, and love your colorful platforms and pretty accessories!
    You're Gorgeous indeed!
    and always charming!
    besos

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  69. Phew, just had a marathon catch up of your posts there Vix and it was a cheering read seeing you in all your gorgeous outfits. So many beautiful dresses and I love the culotte suit you made yourself. It looks really well finished as well, I'm in awe of your sewing talents! I see you took Kinky Melon on the road so I hope you're heading up this way one day, I'd save up my pennies for that. And I bought that green top off ebay but it is from Next originally, I'm chuffed your friend Liz has the same one, I know from your blog she's a stylish lady, so I'm in good company! xx

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  70. I am so glad to see the sun shining on you and your stunning ensemble to see the accountant. Yuo are such beautiful, warm, loving and caring DIVA.
    XXXXXXXXX

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  71. I bet you made his day turning up as you did you looked stunning. The weather has been great it was so hot on Tuesday I spent the day in my bikini in the garden I just hope it means were in for a good summer this year. Your stand looks wonderful you have some great stock loved the little boy tray at the back on the window hope he found a nice new home. Enjoy your next fair and the rest of your week, dee xxx

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  72. I love parasols too, I have just the one and am hankering after the lace ones you see for sale in the Jane Austen museum in Bath.
    I love how you displayed those sun hats :)

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  73. Hi Vix!

    Looking fabulous and appropriate i wear about the same when i go to Mr D"s accountant, they won't see me with a shirt and bob for sure !
    It has been very warm and sunny here for the pas week but we are going back on the cooler side for the weekend
    It's a lot of work selling vintage, i wash my stock before putting them on line and have the mending done by my wonderful seamstress, she is not expensive and does excellent work -

    I'm happy that your venture selling vintage is going well!

    Ariane xx

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  74. If everyone including the accountants dressed a bit more like you, offices wouldn't be such boring places and visits so excruciatingly dull!
    I love the clothes you wore to the fair- it's also funny how in some of the photos the stole looks like an extension of your hair.
    Hugs xx

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  75. You couldn't be more stunning in your 'meeting the accountant' outfit! The shoes with your chocker are particularly appealing to me. Good luck on Saturday!

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  76. So pleased you got to meet Annie - I think she is a most wonderful lady; I truly think my life is richer from knowing her (even just a little bit!).
    Z xx

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  77. Love your red wedges, they are great :) Beautiful dress it fits you perfect ...

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  78. wow you look gorgeous in this hot halter neck maxi!!!!! and how amazing are your wedges!!!
    hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
    lots of love and kisses,mary

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  79. Vix you look fab in this wonderful maxi!!! Green suits you like a dream!
    But the 2nd colourful maxi is my fave. I would murder for that in my size!!! xxxx Tani

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  80. You look smoking in all that hot weather! Love the maxi dress.

    Lx

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  81. Now that's how to make accounting a pleasant experience (for everyone)! And did the weather cooperate with your bikini plans? Well, sooner or later. I think maxis should be named after you. Have to think of a clever name...Vixies? hmmm.

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  82. Wow! Incredible - so pleased to have found your blog. I didn't know that there were othewrs of my age group who blogged and were so damn sassy!! You look fab and I adore your style.

    A NEW FAN!

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  83. Right, Helgaa here... that Shara has finalyy gone to sleep so I am using her computer. I am drunk ass a skunk. DRUNK I TELL YA!

    I'M NOT WEARING UNDER!WARE

    You are HOTT in that foxashus frock and I want to touch your bobbs.

    Love you moe than vokda.

    Love Helga xxxXXXxxxlesbian

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