Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Getting Hammered



At every vintage fair I hear the same lament, Oh, that's gorgeous but there's no point in me buying it because I don't go anywhere nice enough to wear it. I tell them till I'm blue in the face, you don't need a special occasion, a day without dressing up is a day wasted.


I've been frantically scouring the walls and cupboards round the house to replace the stock we've sold over the weekend. Am I dressed in a skanky pair of jeans to perform such a mundane task? Fat chance, it's vintage all the way.


This 1970s maxi may have been designed by one of Liz Taylor's favourites, Gina Fratini and the V&A may have some of her dresses in their archives but there's no reason not to wear it around the house to hammer in nails and upend drawers. Saving stuff for best is a futile exercise, live for now, who knows what could happen tomorrow?


Despite making some decent sales, the weekend was very quiet. No matter though, for once I had the chance to explore the rails of other sellers, pose for photos, eat Jon's cheese sandwiches uninterrupted and spend some quality time with my vintage family. 


This was Sunday's work wear. Last week the lovely Jennie kindly sent a link to the eBay seller who'd listed this 1960s pure silk maxi as "Vintage dress, size 6, stained" with no reference to the Dollyrockers label. A few hours later I'd won it for £2.99 & the "stain" came out with a damp sponge. Isn't she a star? I feel a bit like a Trechnikoff lady in it.

Roland Joyce maxi skirt worn with '70s gypsy top (75p, Salvation Army), tapestry belt (Helga the Great), Frida Kahlo pendant & African trading bead earrings (Handmade by fabulous Tamera), hair flowers (made by me) and an armful of second-hand plastic bangles.
I snapped up this fabulous Roland Joyce skirt on Sunday for £8 and wore it to work yesterday, Frida Kahlo style. 


I bought this 1970s cowboy shirt for Jon three years ago from a local chazza. It was the first outing for it yesterday, what took him so long?


These are some of my fellow traders and dear friends, too! Claire (in the 1970s green tea dress) and Maisie (in the 1960s mini) are both wearing Kinky Melon purchases - could I ask for more beautiful models? Gorgeous Sharon (in the aqua polka dots) organising Sunday's vintage fair and it's going to be massive!  


I bought the trio of kitsch wooden deer from a jumble sale last year and rediscovered them in the back of a cupboard in the utility room this morning. I've re-jigged my Wall of Random to accommodate them along with the big Vernon Ward swan print I bought for £1 from a car boot sale last Autumn which has languished in the cupboard of doom ever since.

Fratini Designs gauzy maxi dress (£15, yesterday's vintage fair), Lamani coin choker (haggled with a roadside vendor in India)
After two days of work our weekend started last night. It's wine and The Apprentice tonight and pub, beer and curry tomorrow.

Cheers and see you soon!

87 comments:

  1. I loveeee the dress in the last photo + the little wooden deer! x

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  2. The dress you are wearing to hammer looks almost exactly like my wedding dress the first time I married!

    Love the Freida Kahlo look and you and John look like you are ready to visit Kansas. Does he have a pair of western boots?

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  3. I love the photo of you and Jon - you look utterly fab in your silk maxi and what a bargain!

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  4. Again i love love love your attitude and way of dress. It reflects such a healthy outlook on life. You and Jon are so handsome and the perfect posterchilds for the SHOP SECONDHAND FIRST lifestyle

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  5. Im so in love with your bright green maxi! The colours makes me happy!
    Love Jons shirt as well - what took himla so long...
    Xxx

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  6. Gina Fratini frock for fifteen squid, that's what I call a score. The Dollyrockers frock is a real winner! I just knew those juicy colours would look fabulicious on you. I'm really glad the stain was just a sponge job but I'm sure that had it been worse you would have been able come up with some clever way to disguise it. I love Jon's shirt too, he looks very dapper. I'm prepping for next Saturday's Dandy, customizing cutoffs and denim gilets, hopefully it will all be ready in time.
    You look absolutely fabulous in each and every one of these pics and you're right "Saving stuff for best is a futile exercise, live for now, who knows what could happen tomorrow?" bang on :)
    ...xXx

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  7. There's my beautiful Vix! Looking utterly ethereal in that frock hammering away, those nails should be so lucky! I love your wall of swans and poodles but those dam deer are the cutest!!!

    SCORE on that friggin Dolly Rocker dress OMG that print the colors are insatiable you are more fierce than a Trechnikoff lady! Even if the fair was quiet all of you look lovely. Jon what did take you so long that shirt is cowboy fab and not in a broke back mountain kinda way. Your Frida look and new skirt are another delicious outfit, why I just wanna bite you!!!

    Enjoy the start to your weekend, better late than never and let's catch up. I miss you!
    LotsoflOVE
    XXOOOOO

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  8. Pretty, prettier and prettiest - what finds! Tell people to start blogs and snap themselves wearing those clothes and the next think they know they won't be able to resist wearing them out. It definitely gives a boost to your confidence to dress well.

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  9. I love the dolly rockers dress, you look like a Hammer Horror heroine from some vague European country, you need a heaving bosom and Ollie Reed and Christopher Lee brooding in the background. Love the floaty dress too, perfect for a bit of interior decorating. The deer are my favourites! They're fantastic. I don't save anything for best but I do save clothes for hot weather that never arrives

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  10. I just LOVE your "Wall of Random"!!
    You look amazing in your maxi puttering away (I often wear ratty stuff at home because there is usually paint and filth involved in some sort of project)
    The dollyrocker maxi is scrumpti-psychodelic-ous!! What a STEAL!!!
    And Jon is looking mighty fab in his cowvoy shirt!!

    I love your Frida look and that was the first thing that poped in my mind when i saw you??!?!

    Have fun on your "weekend" and here's to good karma at the chazza's and sales this week!!

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  11. I am soooooooooooo with you, my dear Vix: a day without dressing up is a day wasted.
    You are fabulous and lead the way for so many others.
    Love, love, love.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  12. Amazing Dollyrockers dress! Jennie is the kind of enabling friend that we need more of. And your daily wear is absolutely dreamy. You should be the poster child not only for a fashion mag but a hard-hat magazine as well. Living the dream is a daily thing, you are so right! I always enjoy the photos of your friends, especially ones of you and Jon.

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  13. Oh my gosh! So many things to love in this post! That dreamy floaty Fratini Designs frock is very Ossie Clark. And Jennie's a star for putting you on to that Dollyrockers maxi.
    Is that Jimi I see peeking out from under Jon's waistcoat? You too DO match. You both look fabulous.
    Love the red rickrack on that purple skirt and the deer and poodles on your Wall of Random.
    Thanks for leaving a link to the post about the skirt you made with the fabric from Jennie. She mentioned that she gave you that fabric as well, but I didn't recall seeing it.

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  14. FABULOUS! I's expect nothing less from you to be honest! I have one of my mum's maxis which is pretty much identical to the Frantini number. Just beautiful. I don't save anything for best...life's too short.
    Your Frida look is fab and I adore the Dollyrockers frock. Bargain.
    Very happy to see that gorgeous mini on such a lovely new owner. Maisie looks a treat in it.
    Bloody loves ya I do.
    xxxxxxxx

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  15. I think I need a "wall of random" in my house, but only if I can have a dress as beautiful as that one to wear when hanging things on it! I can't believe it took Jon all that time to bring out that fab cowboy shirt; he looks so cool, as do you in the dollyrockers maxi (Pink & green together is yummy!) and the Frida-inspired outfit.

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  16. You look amazing as always!

    http://linde-lo.blogspot.com/

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  17. Ohh how wonderful frock in first pics! Beautiful :))And Jon's cowboy shirt is awesome !

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  18. of course you are right about the clothes! it makes us feel special to wear our fancy stuff - love the wall of amazing pictures and swans and all your other gorgeous outfits! x

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  19. So glad I finally have time to read your blog again Vix! I couldn't agree with you more, when I was a child I was always made to wear 'old clothes' around the house and made to save certain things for 'best' its just ridiculous. Why wear thing that make you feel frumpy? I love the shots of your house, such a pretty white frock!

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  20. Fabulous, fabulous Vix, on all fronts. You look wonderful, so does your home. I am intrigued by the diploma on your wall, couldn't quite see what it represented, would love to know!
    Glad that the weekend sales were good for you, you are such a busy girl, hope you get some playtime now.
    Love from Pam in TX.xx

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  21. Fark YES, I couldn't agree with you more about the waste of a day not frocked up to the nines! That frock is rather sublime, and I am all a titter with desire over each and every frock in this post! OMG! You are seriously rocking that divoon hairdo; it gives a slight asiatic twist to that scrumptious silk Dolly Rocker (SCORE!) frock, and then a Native American kind of vibe to the Frida-esque outfit!!
    Jon is giving me the HORN in his smooth threads. The cowboy shirt better get some regular airing,baby!!!
    The wall of random totally RPCKS my world!!! I've been thinking that we must be safe to get some shit up on the wall...but we just had another quake, so that is slightly offputting. Feck it!
    I had THE most extensive dream of being at yours last night, it was brillant!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  22. It all sounds so much fun, fairs, vintage and friends. I nearly bough a similar maxi to your first one (not with the same sleeves though). But decided against it it because I thought the colour would wash me out. You my love look divine as always.

    Jon and cheese sandwiches huh, was he a time pinch or he just looks cheese sandwiches. Have you tried tomato, marmite and cheese yet? You must tell me your verdict.

    Lovely rearranged wall and those dear a just lovely.

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  23. You make doing work around the house look very glamorous.

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  24. Your blog is much better than a magazine! I love those clothes especially the Frida Kahlo look.xx

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  25. Obviously I'm not the only one who admires your Frida Kahlo style!

    ...and I agree: "You don't need a special occasion--a day without dressing up is a day wasted". Though I have a different style from you, some people remark when they see me that I'm "dressed up". It's just my way.

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  26. El primer vestido precioso!!
    Saludos
    http://judithbysucre.blogspot.com.es

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  27. Amazing outfits! I totally agree, life is way too short to save things for best xx

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  28. You are without doubt the most glamorous person I have ever met. Liz Taylor eat your heart out. To perform all these mundane tasks in these beautiful gowns, you are an inspiration to all of us to bring a bit more of the special stuff into the everyday.

    I love all of your outfits. That dollyrockers dress is exquisite and your sexy senorita look is heavenly.

    HA! Jon wore the shirt!! You said it was only a matter of time. I've got faith Q will do that safari jacket in the end now!

    Love all your Vernon Ward swans and of course Enchanted Glade. That's my fave of his. xxxxxx

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  29. that Fratini is so dreamy! Such a lovely print and frills and black trim too. Ugh! I love it! You look gorgeous!

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  30. Ooh you gorgeous pair! Loving your outfits, but in particular the Frida Kahlo inspired outfit is a winner.
    Damn right you shouldn't leave things to wear for special occasions only. Every day is a special occasion eh!
    xx

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  31. I know your stairs are your wall of misery but I would have those dear gamboling up the stairs wall like alternative flying ducks!

    Well done on the 'stained' dress it's fab.

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  32. I've been thinking about Frida, and wondering how I'd interpret some of her style for the summer!! I adore the way you put it all together. It sounds like a lovely few days coming up and I know you'll enjoy them. XXOO

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  33. Phew, good thing those deer were rediscovered! They're quite fantastic. As are you in general. Love the silk dress. What a find.

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  34. How gorgeous are you?

    Just stumbled across your blog and I am in LOVE. Totes following you now.

    The dress looks fabulous on you! Silk is such a sensuous fabric!

    Halima

    xx

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  35. How come all I find on Ebay is stuff to laugh at? I must be doing it wrong! Good skills Jennie, that dress is perfect on you and how pleasant to find a 'stain' which turns out to be less than mentioned, rather than the unmentioned mark which so often makes an appearance on ebay buys.
    xx

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  36. You are an inspiration! More women should dress up. I hate always seeing "Mom jeans" and casual shorts here in Arizona.

    The wall of art looks amazing!

    You and Jon are a stunning couple!

    XXX

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  37. WOW! So much fabulousness, Vix, that I'm gob smacked (as you Brits say)! The angel sleeves, the "Rechnikoff lady" dress for a song and you know how I LOVE vintage peasant anything! The wall looks amazing and so does Jon in his cowboy shirt. You guys are just way beyond cool! I keep saying you need your own televisions show! ;)

    Funny how you mentioned going through your stuff to replenish your vintage stock; I do the same. No need to buy more vintage to sell when there's good stuff sitting around the house, right?

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  38. Ahhhh such a multitude of fabulous outfits, each one totally gorgeous on you beautiful Vix! I adore that first floaty number on you, the perfect garb for hanging pictures - I'm totally with you on wearing beautiful frocks around the house (or anywhere) for no reason but just for the pleasure of it. And how clever was Jennie to send you that link - the 2nd frock fits you like a glove, looks so very sexy, and what an amazing bargain it was!

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  39. I'm guilty of not dressing up unless I've got someehere to go, must do better
    Absolutely gorgeous maxi skirt and together with spotty top, very sexy senorita.

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  40. I never did get the save it, only bring it out for company thing that people do. My Mother was give a pretty set of china from my Dad. I remember using it once. It lived in a cupboard over the fridge for years covered in dust. What a waste.

    All 3 outfits are sweet

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  41. Your ultra-feminine vintage Gina Fratini floral layered chiffon gown is spectacularly beautiful. You might be the only person I've seen a photo of using a hammer while wearing such a pretty frock. The hairbow and the colourful outfit you were wearing by the rails was pretty as is the vintage Dollyrockers dress you picked up. What a bargain!

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  42. Gees, you make me long for larger closets!

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  43. I get so happy reading your blog, it's like a wonderful Merlot at the end of the day! You look gorgeous, love the silk maxi and the new long skirt.

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  44. I completely agree, you don't need to have a special occasion to take out the beauties. Why let it collect dust? That printed maxi is a dream. Mmmmm, yes, curry always! :) x/Madison

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  45. Yes!!! I'm always saying that to people. You don't need 'somewhere' to wear it, just wear it to the supermarket. You look gorgeous. That Gina Fratini dress looks like it was made for you.

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  46. I don't have any daggy clothes for gardening or cleaning in, I wear what I wear and that is it. I love the deers!!

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  47. this dres is a sucha dreamy and romantic piece. perfect to nail little cute bambis on the wall.

    the cowboy shirt jon was wearing is totally adorable. best men's shirt ever!

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  48. Amazing dress! And you're so right, since you said it to me (on the post I mentioned wearing my new dress at home because I couldn't wait for an event to happen) I actually started doing it. What's the point on keeping your nice clothes for a special occasion that might not come?! xxx

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  49. hurrah for your pretty gauze dress, and hurrah for your pretty wise words!, I hate when somebody suggest me to save stuff for best!, everyday is my best!.
    Love your fridesque outfit, that pretty blouse and fabulous accessories are amazing, and also love your silk colorful dress, it fits you like a dream, a summer tropical dream!!
    you're always gorgeous!
    besos & fabulousness

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  50. Frick.....all the time, when we had the shops...." oh I love it but I have nowhere to wear it.......so you think wearing what you would wear in the garden into my vintage shop is working for you??????? Sorry that sounds a little pissy, but I really understand.
    The dress is a floaty dream and perfect for a little DIY.
    love V
    PS Jon you must wear that shirt more its great on you.

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  51. You & Jon are one of the most stylish couples I know. I love his cowboy shirt. And that green maxi is gorgeous! I can't even pop to the grocery store without frocking up. I love your wall with the donkeys....if we weren't renting I'd have my walls covered too! Xx

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  52. I just love following your lifestyle.
    In anothe rlife that could have been me.

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  53. Cannot agree with you more, live in the now and dress up! Love your maxi, the skirt and the Dolly rockers dress and want that Lamani choker xxx

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  54. What a beautiful dress your DIY outfit is! It really reminds me of a dress my nan had, oh that I had found it when her house was cleared, it must have been packed off to a charity shop by my uncle xxx

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  55. I love that you wear that wonderful piece to hammer nails Vix, I really do! You and Jon, and the girls, all look amazing! xx

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  56. Hi there-wow, the Dollyrockers dress was made for you, it really is fabulous but I so love the Gina Fratini dress too! I need to lead by your example and wear more of my better items on a daily basis, you always look gorgeous!! xxx

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  57. And fabulous you look too. glad you had a great time even without the mass of sales.

    x x

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  58. I hear you! Wear the beautiful stuff today! And love the idea of the 'wall of random.' All ensembles are absolutely stunning, but the silk Dollyrocker is, as you state, a true star.

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  59. The white butterfly dress is one of my all time favourites!!
    Stunning! You are so gorgeous in it!!!!! I love to dress up and if I go out I always want to wear something that makes me feel great, but if I paint at home I have to spend my time in the cheapest yoga pants, acrylic or oil don't came off! I also love Jon's style, I must confess that I bought a cowboy shirt for me, I always dreamed to have one and sometimes I love to be a tomboy!
    The deers are wonderful too! I should start to create my own wall of marvellous stuff, but my collection is still too little!
    Love xxxxxxxxxx

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  60. OHHH that silk dress is totally AWESOME! And I love that you are hammering some cute little deers in a fancy dress. *Hahaha*

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  61. A day without dressing up is a day wasted! that is wisdom, doll!!!! i don´t need to say that i looooove that first dress, it´s a dream but everything you wear is, babe! missed your colorful beautiful posts! xoxo

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  62. vi, you are becoming my inspiration. you look beautiful doing diy. lucyxx

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  63. You look gorgeous, we had some of those wooden deers on our fireplace when I was young !!
    Twiggy x

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  64. I think that I need to follow your example and dress up a bit more. I think you should name a date and challenge your followers to dress up for the date and post you pictures xx PS The wall of random is very cool xx

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  65. I love your dressing up quote...so right! When I saw your title I thought I would see you getting hammered in Vintage! lol You & your lady friends look fabulous!

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  66. I'm loving the maxi & gypsy top - gorgeous!!

    Your fellow sellers look great .. I especially like the green tea dress!!

    And your 3 little deers are so cute!!!

    Sal x

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  67. Oh and I think I've said this before but your home would be great on May the best house win ...

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  68. So many fabulous dresses and that Frida inspire outfit would make her proud!
    You so right about dressing up everyday and not to wait for a special occasion to wear something. I mean you are living now so wear it now.
    Enjoy your weekend and besos to you,

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  69. Only you can make d-i-y look glamorous, Vix xxx

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  70. Love the gauzy vintage maxi dress! And those three deer on the wall coupled with the paints look super adorable!

    Love
    www.shubhisrevels.com

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  71. Aggghhh, I'm so bloody late commenting - catching up after our trip to the North East!
    You are right, of course, wear what you like, who cares if you're all dressed up with nowhere to go? Not me - hence all the jokes at my expense on the school run!
    Your new maxi is fabulous, all floaty and frilly and feminine, perfect for getting hammered!
    The Dollyrockers frock has the most beautiful colours, and the gypsy/sexy senorita look is stunning.
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who picks things up then promptly forgets all about them as they lurk in a doom-filled cupboard! I'm happy to see the Vernon Ward swans and wooden deer have made it onto a wall though!
    xxxxxxx

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  72. Love your workwear pretty awesome and yes fabulous vintage frocks are meant to be worn every day!
    Love your bedroom!
    That dress is none the less fabulous ideal to get hammered!

    Ariane

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  73. So much eye candy, Vix! I love your house as much as I love your clothes :)

    So odd that a seller would not try to clean and mend his goods. My secret weapon for delicate clothes stains and clearning is Dryel.

    Yes, live life today. Don't save all the fabulousness for later. You are a fantastic life coach, Vix :)

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  74. you're stunning with the green dress, it's perfect for you!

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  75. Ah, I love your enthusiasm for life!
    You inspire me in way too many ways to count and me thinks I may be fitting back into the gorgeous skirt u sent a couple years back-gonna go see!
    Wish me luck, my days of less-than-original clothing is getting old ;)
    Hugs to you always,
    Reva

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  76. OMG I love those wooden deer! Beautiful dress too, Being 5ft nothing I'd have to chop about 2ft of the length and that would be a crime against vintage fashion! Looks perfect on you :)

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  77. The beautiful colours in your Ebay dress are perfect on you. M x

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  78. That maxi dress is divine. I also love the skirt and gypsy top it looks lovely,

    x

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  79. Bloody arsebiscuit you are AMAZING in that dreamy floaty maxi! The little deer are fantastic - I WANT SOME! And the divine silk maxi is bloody GOOOORGEOUS - the colours the colours the colours! Jon is a megaspunk in that FABULARSE cowboy shirt. Your poodle collection is very impressive, amor!

    Love you more than SWANS! Sarah xxx

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  80. GAh!I would kill for those sleeves, but I suspect that, 1 - the dress are too short for me, 2 - the dress is too beautiful = not for sale. But I do have a black and white dotted singoalla blouse in my closet and i will immediately imitate that look!

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  81. Oh what lovely treasures! I have so few from my family that I am in love with all you have. You are so fortunate to have these connections to your ancestors.
    Just wonderful..
    xooxx
    d

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  82. I love ALL these dresses Vix, how kind of your friend to alert you to the second one, it was obviously meant for you! The first one is just floaty perfection and I love your Spanish senorita look. Those deer are so cute too, glad it's not only me who forgets what's in cupboards, Pat thinks cupboards should have everything easily accessible but I believe if you can still get the door shut on them, then there's room for a bit more. xx

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  83. I LOVE the pink and green. A fabulous combo for you. I went through a phase when I wore vests and ascots everyday and styled my hair in fingerwaves. Why not?!

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  84. You are such an inspiration! I love that guazy maxi on you - so glamorous! And you're right - there's no excuse for not living for now and looking your best whenever you can rather than just waiting for special occasions!

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  85. Ooh, that Dollyrockers frock is gorgeous! Great colours.

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