Friday, 3 May 2013

Making A Scene In Pink & Green


There's a new volunteer in the Salvation army. Don't you look like Cher? She exclaimed, following me around the shop, pointing at different parts of my outfit and admiring them, in particular my bell-bottom pants*. 


When Jon told her they were a pair of curtains less two days ago she told me that I was awesome and she loved me, how nice to be appreciated.

This is the 1972 Family Circle pattern I used, courtesy of Elizabeth.

In honour of the 100 year anniversary of Indian cinema I celebrated by dressing in a colour combination commonplace in India but show-stopping on the greige UK streets. As usual almost everyone in Walsall felt the need to pass comment, including the fruit and veg man on the market who yelled Get your sunglasses on, lads at the top of his voice. 


Tania's amazing Helen brooch got an outing.


 and some bastard massive Indian earrings.


Here's just a few of the dresses I've found this week - some already have homes. They're all washed, line-dried and packed away with the rest of the Kinky Melon stock ready for Sunday's Blighty Boutique vintage fair (See HERE) - three decades of frocks up to a UK 22, something for almost everyone.



Here's some more of this week's second-hand finds - a 1970s bin for Gilbert (Sally Army), a 1960s vinyl handbag (Thursday's car boot), a promotional picture for Whitefriars glass (Sally Army) and two waxed fruit crates (Thursday's car boot) for displaying my stock.


As we're working on Sunday (can't wait, I love Amy and I'm so excited to finally meet her mum, Annie, after being blogging buddies for years) we're off out tonight instead of Saturday. 

Bell bottoms (made from a curtain given to me by our friends, Sonya and Matt), 1970s Crimplene blazer (£5, Vintage Village @ Clothes Show Live, 2011), Fake Litas (£5, retail), Perspex belt (Urban Outfitters via Liz)

Real ale, Indian food, good company and decent weather, what could be better?



The UK have a long weekend as it's May Bank Holiday. 
Wherever you are have a brilliant weekend and see you very soon! 

* I agree with you, Janet, it's how the dressmaking pattern refers to them.

82 comments:

  1. Just love that fabric! Your Family Circle (my mum bought it regularly) pattern has come out a treat. Fantastic finds as usual and I'd have bought those crates too. Must have another squizz at Kinky Melon soon. Have a fab weekend, I've got two night shifts now. :(

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  2. OMG--those bellbottoms are freaking AMAZING!!! I love them with the pink top!!!!

    You are a celebrity now!!

    You certainly got some great goodies this week!! I'm drooling over the dresses!!

    Have a fab weekend!!

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  3. OMG--those bellbottoms are freaking AMAZING!!! I love them with the pink top!!!!

    You are a celebrity now!!

    You certainly got some great goodies this week!! I'm drooling over the dresses!!

    Have a fab weekend!!

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  4. I love this latest creation!!I think you should produce your own brand of vintage inspired and Haute Curtain Cotoure clothes, I'm sure that even Cher would kill to wear a funky palazzo pants like yours(and to look really like you). Have a wonderful looong weekend and enjoy the sun,your ale and the delicious indian food!!!
    Loveyoumorethanbeingappreciated!
    xxxxxxxxx

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  5. Can I just say I LOVE YOU TOO!!!!!! This outfit is one of my favorites that you have ever wore or made! I simple love it all! Tania's brooch is so cute look at all the details on that and it looks so perfect with that jacket. That big pink belt is really cool too. Man another fair already this one sounds extra special. Have fun, sell lots and just stay as beautiful as you always are.
    LOVEYOUHONEY
    XXXOOOOO Hugs to the gang!!!!!

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  6. Awesome look, Vix! And those little dresses are so pretty, great items :)

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  7. You have the perfect figure! Absolutely everything looks great on you. Those trousers are spectacular. I'm not surprised they all shouted out their appreciation at you. You deserve it!

    You have been having a great sewing spree. You've inspired me, I started a dress this week. Tried it on last night, looks like a bag o'shite, but I'll carry on regardless. Glad to see Helen out and about with you. What a team.

    Those fruit crates look fabulous. I haven't been to the chazzas or booty in two weeks, I'm going to be crazed come Sunday morning. Have a great one! xxxxx

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  8. I think it was Diana Vreeland that said that shocking pink is the navy blue of India. I am in love with your pants. I am in love with you.
    Connie*

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  9. ahh looking so fab. Love those pants. love them! have a lovely weekend and take care.

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  10. Sizes to fit me then ;) Can't wait to meet you although how I am going to get my slap on at such an ungodly hour I do not know!

    Can't wait to see what you wear! Of course I will be sporting a cleavage and leopard print!

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  11. Absolutely love your latest edition of 'curtain art' and the brilliant addition of the pink blazer to your amazing ensemble. You are a constant surprise and inspiration!

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  12. Have a good one Vix!

    Keep lighting up those greige streets!


    P x

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  13. Muy bonita la chaqueta!!
    Besos y buen fin de semana
    http://judithbysucre.blogspot.com.es

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  14. Love the jacket - especially the fact that it is crimplene!!!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  15. Properly fan-bloody-tastic. Hail the High Priestess of Curtain Couture. You have inspired be to get on the Bernina over the weekend and get my sewing shit together. Give Annie a big kiss from me...what a woman.
    Yes you are awesome and I love you.
    Have the best loooong weekend, enjoy the sun and the fair.
    Em
    xxxxxxxxxxx

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  16. You are so talented! I love the combination of pink and green, and the mixture of patterns. Awesome dresses and vintage finds. Enjoy your weekend! It sounds fantastic!

    xx
    Alexa

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  17. Ooh, those trousers look wonderful, so pleased the pattern turned out so fabulously.

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  18. The pants are sweeet! You look fantastic. I'm sure you hear the Cher bit constantly! "Get your sunnies!" lolzzzz! People get so excited at a colorful outfit they just can't contain themselves. All the dresses look great and I love the wooden crates. Have fun tonight,
    Becky :)

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  19. Wow you are on a sewing roll ;-) Loving your bell bottom trousers ad your pink flower jacket that is gorgeous. Great finds again just look at all the patterns on those dresses simply lovely. Have a great weekend sweetie, hugs dee xxxx

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  20. You are totally awesome & enjoy your long weekend!

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  21. I love those pants! they're amazing! Fantastic material, just like the culotte suit and a very groovy pattern. So very 70s. You've gained another fan then, at least this one does want you to read their fortune. The Whitefriars print is really something special. I absolutely love it. I also love all those dreses, they all look my size! The tropical print one especially - BUT I don't need any more dresses. The 60s handbag is rather fabulous too. Pink and green is my favourite colour combination!

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  22. Those trousers are AWESOME! And I love the Salvation army lady's reaction! You get to meet the lovely Annie!!!! She's so cool!x

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  23. Hi there!! Wow, you never cease to amaze me in the wonderful outfits you create, those trousers are fabulous, I love your whole look here! Have a really good weekend xxx

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  24. P&G - one of my fave colour combos, yet I very rarely actually organise myself to wear it!
    Serious wanties over the fruit crates!
    Have a great day on Sunday, I love Annie, she is wonderful!
    Z xx

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  25. You know what I'm going to say. Those bell bottoms are AMAZING I love them and would wear them with absolute pride and enthusiasm. Green and pink is always a lovely happy combination. Cool finds this week, I love Gilbert's new bin and this wax fruit crates would be very handy indeed. Have a fab fair. X

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  26. As usual you have found some lovely items! I don't know if it's the area I live or if it's just me but I could only wish to find half of the things you do.
    Funny thing that the lady said you look like Cher because it's one of the first things that crossed my mind when I first came across your blog! Whenever I see photos of her during the late 60s and 70s I think of you! xxx

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  27. Such beautiful bold colours - this is the very reason why you are one of a kind. I wish I could be as colourful as you - have a fab fair, that's some great stock! xxx

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  28. Oooooo! Love your Indian tribute outfit! SO want those pants. Love big bells! I saw some made up recently in Indian bedspread fabric with the borders up the sides. I've got the pattern.... and you know me. ;)

    Here in SoCal you would certainly get a ton of complements on your outfit, but most people would not be blinded. Funny produce guy! But how sweet was that thrift shop gal?

    Super bunch of dresses and a fun lot from your haul! Kinky Melon should do well this weekend. Best of luck to you. :)

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  29. Ooh, splendid crates! I might have found one today too...xxx

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  30. These are not bell bottoms trousers, These trousers are called Oxford Bags.Bell bottom tousers flare out from the knees, not from the waist, like your trousers. I remember I had a pair of oxford bags, and many pairs of bell bottom trousers in the 70's when they were fashionable.

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  31. Cher? can't see it myself.... ;-P

    Have a fun weekend, I hope the sale goes well. (I loved following Amy's blog and I was sad when she decided not to blog any more.)

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  32. Love the pink & green combo. Have a nice weekend :) xx

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  33. Your curtain fabric bell-bottoms are inspiring me to drag out some of my own stashed curtain material once my exams are over. You are a vision in pink and green. I only wish I'd been wandering down the same street as you, with my camera in hand to capture your wonderfulness myself.

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  34. dang, I never find sheets, curtains or fabric at the thrift store. None that I would wear on my body anyway.

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  35. Pink and green are fabulous. I love this outfit. Its lovely that the volunteer appreciated your style and sewing skills - I smiled at the griege comment and the "put your sunnies on" here in Dunedin everyone seems to wear black. You are a ray of sunshine and colour!

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  36. happy long weekend to you too vix, your outfit is great esp the trousers. goodluck this weekend. you've lots of lovely pieces. lucy

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  37. More couture from Vix, Queen of the Refashioned Curtains! The flares look stunning, what a great pattern, and the print is just fab!
    I like pink and green together too, love that little jacket, and the Helen badge from Tania is the perfect accessory.
    Great stock for Kinky Melon, as always, fabulous frockage, and those crates will look brilliant on your stall.
    Good luck for Sunday's fair, have a great weekend, love! xxxx

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  38. heck yeah! I am green (and pink) with envy over your craftiness!

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  39. I'll bet Jon was brimming with pride at the attention you were getting in your friggin' flare-tastic curtain-pants and that GLORIOUS jacket!!! Bloody hell you are a goddess Vix! A GODDESS I say!!!!!! I worship at the alter of this Helen-Vix scrumptiousness!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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  40. Feck YES! You and Sarah are having YOOTHA-TASMS at the moment!!! It's frigging divoon! This latest addition to the world of Curtain Couture just blow my mind! Such a great print!! O, and PINK and GREEN are just about the BEST colour combination going! If it's allright for flowers, it's more than allright for us ladies! YOWZA!
    You could TOTALLY do Cher for Stars in their Eyes!!! or even for some extra cash.....!!! You are SO her twin! I love the thought of another convert to the fan club, clucking away over you!
    Nice scores. I especially love the vinyl bag!!! Ooooo, I'm getting quite frisky over the scores awaiting me at Helgastock 2013! Hope there's plenty!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  41. Great bell bottoms, I love your creations! I've fallen in love with that pink daisy print dress with the tie around the waist and that 1970's bin. Would love to have them both.

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  42. a tribute to 100 years of indian cinema!!i love you!
    the helen pin is fabulous..

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  43. Those bellbottoms are BLOODY MARVELLOUS!

    Ahem....

    Great outfit *hunts out funky curtains*

    www.mancunianvintage.com

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  44. Indeed one might need sunglasses when facing a very bright light. And that would be an apt description of you, no matter which colours you're wearing! Bright light and good cheer go a very long way in making the lives of those you touch a little bit better. That is why complete strangers and those who get to know you, love you!

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  45. Great pants! I always amaze buy your sewing skills since I have been so lazy that I had not touch my sewing machine in years.
    Your weekend plans sound awesome! Have lots of fun,

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  46. Just found your blog and loving it. Maybe we can follow each other on GFC or bloglovin? Please feel free to stop by my blog and let me know. XO

    http://mevamarie.blogspot.com/

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  47. I've always loved the color combination of pink and green. I remember in elementary school, if you wore those colors you would be called gay. I didn't even know what that meant at the time, but just kept wearing my favorites.

    The bit about the fruit and veg man, cracked me up!

    You are like Cher...beautiful, talented, creative with a Fuck You attitude. Love!!! XXX

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  48. Wow, amazing colour! Green and magenta is a great colour combo, they go perfect with each other as they're complementary colours - they sit opposite each other on the colour model. Something I remember from colour theory lessons! So what does the fruit and veg man know about this? nothing! Sometimes people are ignorant and like to display it for everyone to see :)
    You look gorgeous as always!

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  49. I need some nice brights like that this weekend! Must dig out my springtime clothes!! :)

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  50. You probably know much more about Bollywood than I do! The Helen brooch is so very cute, and love the whole pop pink and green look!

    Im wearing the same colour combination to a wedding today ;)

    love,
    www.shubhisrevels.com

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  51. When the fruit and veg man yells "Get your sunglasses on, lads," what do you do? Blow them a kiss? Smile and wave like the queen? Or just walk on by... I live in a somewhat anonymous city so I think it's cool that people can rely on you there to bring colour into their lives.

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  52. Love that you're bringing colour into people's lives - pink and green deserves to be seen! Have a great Bank Hol xxx

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  53. Yip I am with so many lovely ladies above....pink and green are such a wonderful combination.....I just love it.
    Mr Veggie man can stick a parsnip where the sun don't shine!!!! He won't need sunnies on it......tee hee.
    Hope you have had the most wonderful weekend lovely bright and beautiful Vix.
    love V

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  54. I don't think I would look good in it but I like the brown dress and I shall consider which one of my friends who should buy it. You are so cool as usual!

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  55. fabulous pants, so great pattern and pretty print!, and love that green & pink color combo (I think it's not so strange here in Spain, even though gray and black are ubiquitous too!)
    Love that you received some compliments! you look so gorgeous!
    besos & colores

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  56. You're a romantic vision of loveliness in that pink and green. I love that colour combination too and have been wearing my own bright version this weekend (evidence to come in a future post!). I can't get over what a clever seamstress you are, sweetie, to have made those trousers yourself and at such speed! Hope you're having a wonderful bank holiday weekend.

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  57. Love the colours and I think you should definitely take orders to make a few items of clothing!!! Love love love this post! xxx

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  58. The pants are deeeeliteful!

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  59. Great, and great outfit, i love this pink and green combination
    I get the comments often and the looks - But who cares we are fabulous!

    Ariane xxxx

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  60. The pale pink blazer and curtain pants look great together. You dress way better than Cher!

    Love, peace & grace,
    Lynne
    The Goodwill Hunting Paralegal

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  61. Wow your trousers are amazing, you did a great job here :) Arr how sweet was the lady in the shop, got some lovely things this week, I got to the boot sale yesterday day but with rushing around I only got a few things, nothing that you go wow I'm glad I went days, so looking forward to hubbys next Sunday off now ...

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  62. You must get the, "you look like Cher" thing all the time. I suppose it's not all bad though because Cher is awesome. I love your bell bottoms. The print is fabulous.

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  63. Fabulous bell bottoms. Love all the colours in your outfit!
    I hope you're rid of the gastro, it really really sucks!!!
    sammydress coupons code

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  64. I used to work with a woman at the Wrexham Mail who looked like Cher and she was called......Cher!
    I wonder which came first.
    The last I heard was she was working at the European Parliament.
    Hope you have a lovely day.

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  65. Great look, as always. I love your hot pink balzer <3

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  66. am a huge fan of the wide legged trouser and yours are gorgeous...... go to Greece we got really cheap flight to Kefalonia but I don't think there is an island that isn't gorgeous.....if we give our money to anyone it might as well be the Greeks!!x

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  67. Holy moly those are some eye catching pants no wonder she claimed her love for you! Pink and green is such a fun combo. xxx

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  68. Oh I think this may be one of my favourites outfits of yours ... of course I always think that! What a marvellous pair of trousers! Wow! xx/Madison

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  69. I think if I saw you on the street in that pink and green ensemble I might come up and tell you I love you too!! That is a lovely story, and proves that as I have heard other women say, "it's better to be looked over, than overlooked".

    Enjoy the sun!

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  70. Be it admiration or not getting it... You certainly don't leave anyone cold - and how could you with this outfit?!? I think you look AMAZE-BAGS. Also, I'm in awe of your online shop - what a wonderful addition to the blog and your fair selling activities. I'm learning from you, Vix! xoxo

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  71. P.S. Where has the shop gone?!? I just saw it few days ago...

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  72. Ohhhhh! Loving those bell bottom pants. *They are quite awesome*
    You look gorgeous and the lady at Salvation Army has quite good taste.

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  73. I love the pink and green colour combination. Your 70's pink floral Crimplene blazer is lovely. You did an amazing job designing and sewing those green bell bottoms! Those massive yet intricate Indian earrings are pretty. Indian food is delicious. My favourite out of the dresses you found this week is the 7th one (second row down, third from the left) with the diagonal brown and tan backgrounds, colourful print and sash.

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  74. Just a tantalizing peak of stars and neon under that jacket? I want to see more of that top!
    I love that jacket with the buttons on the lapels.

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  75. I love that pink jacke. Well, what I mean is I WANT IT, ahhhhhhh.
    How fabulous to see India through you eyes and your heart, dear Vix.
    XXXXXXXXX

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  76. What a vision you are Vix. Love, love, love the green curtain pants. You have achieved Perfection, again.

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  77. Pink & green is my all time favourite colour combo. Although orange & green is coming a close second. I love your outfit...those pants are incredible! XxXx

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  78. Love your latest creation - great trousers.
    I like the Indian colour combinations too - maybe the sunshine encourages all that brightness?

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  79. Love your latest creation - fab trousers!
    I like the Indian colour combinations too. Maybe the lovely sunshine encourages bright colours?

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  80. The pink and green look fantastic together!

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