Thursday, 4 July 2013

Bags Packed & Ready to Roll


Where's this week gone? Two days at home and we're off again, this time to Weston Park in Shropshire, taking Kinky Melons Retro Boutique on the road to the revellers at CamperJam.


We've been going to the festival since it first started  and I've blogged about it HEREHERE & HERE but this will be the first year we'll be trading. 


Gilbert's rammed to his pop-top roof with stock and our groovy 1970s trailer tent will act as a pop-up shop. I've packed mirrored disco balls, me-made bunting and Jon's knocked up some fabulous hand-made chalk boards (thanks to Sam's tutorial) and enough stock to clothe every attendee and his best mate.


With four days worth of booze and food we've had to be extra strict with our packing, no changes for night-time or sneaky extras. The glorious heatwave we've got forecast better be true or I'm buggered, get this lot wet and I'll be serving customers in my knickers.


As with all festivals I pack by the outfit, the one I'm wearing plus a change for every day I'm there. Each garment gets rolled up with the coordinating accessories tucked inside to save messing around  when I get there. The pink floral case holds 1950s fold-up coat hangers and it follows me around the world , it's one of my travel essentials.


A vintage negligee for flitting to the portaloo first thing, my swimsuit (so I can top up my tan while I work), rainbow over-the-knee socks for when it gets chilly after sunset and new knickers (I treated myself to some new M&S ones pre-Glasto, about from a disastrous 5 pack I bought pre-India, the last ones I bought were 7 years ago!). A bra? Not if I can help it!


My fabulous 1960s Barbie travel case (from the fabulous Janice) will serve as this weekend's bag, some neon pink gladiators (from a jumble sale) and the suede knee high sandals I'm wearing.

After last week's camera catastrophe I'm taking TWO!


My make-up kit - false lashes and glue, Barry M eye-liner, lipstick and nail paint (which I'll use once we've set up camp), eye shadow, cream blush so old that the pattern's worn off the container, bindis from Tamil Nadu in 2011, tweezers and a make-up mirror (from darling Krista). 

A Sassy Vamps crown (courtesy of the divine Desiree), hair grips, flowers, headbands, bands...anything to detract from my windswept locks. 
In Gilbert there's a sun hat, parasol, fingerless gloves, a fake fur coat, plastic mac and wellies, Batiste dry shampoo, a comb, wet wipes, sun screen, toothbrushes, paste & floss, deodorant, anti-bacterial hand gel, body lotion and moisturiser. 

Sunflower culotte suit (last seen HERE), feather boa (£1.45, SENSE), 1960s psychedelic St Michael scarf (20p, jumble sale), suede sandal boots (Office sale, 2011)

Have a fabulous weekend and see you on the other side!

79 comments:

  1. Wahoo! Still moving and shaking! You are defo going to need a cup of tea and a lie down after this one!!!
    Have fun x

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  2. How the hell you have the energy to look this good and get it all sorted post-Glasto is beyond me!

    Have a fabulous time (I love how organised you are with outfits packed with accessories - might have to try this when I go on holiday!)

    www.mancunianvintage.com
    xxx

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  3. Have a fab time , I bet you sell out , my marks and spencer's knickers are about 6 years old to I have a pair of cami knickers from there with a heart on ,they are my favourite and they are even older than that , I always buy them in the sale too ,or the clearance shop , them and bras are about the only things new I buy xxx

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  4. Have a fab weekend - just catching up on blog reading after a rather extended stay in hospital (will blog it later).

    Just realised I am finally cool - we have the same M&S pants - I treated myself to the same ones the other week!!

    Am off camping this weekend with the doctors blessings - but no dancing and limited drinking!!

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  5. Hope you have a fabulous weekend - both as sellers and as festival goers. Looks like you've picked a cracker of a weekend with the weather - though it's grey, chilly and hissing it down in Bristol right at this moment!!

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  6. Sounds like its going to be a busy but fun packed weekend. Have a great time and hope the van comes back empty :-) dee xxx

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  7. You are obviously a (beautiful) packning pro. Of course ...

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  8. That idea of rolling up the accessories inside the dresses is pretty ingenious!
    I love seeing your packing, and its so great that your'e all geared up to go, two days after Glastonbury!

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  9. I'm sure no-one will complain of yer serve 'em in yer knickers! Now people might complain if I were to serve 'em in mine! They might not like big girls panties! lol Have fun at the festival. Glastonbury was on the news here and I looked out for ya but I didn't see you :(

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  10. Such a good packer, Vix.
    I wish you a wonderful weather and plenty slae and fun.
    We are off to Málaga house hunting, not great fun, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  11. You really are a seasoned pro when it comes to packing. You always manage to look fabulous with minimal fuss. I hope you sell your pants off & enjoy every minute! Xx

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  12. Fabulous Vix, have fun lady!!! The wardrobe is looking mighty fine xxx

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  13. Have a lovely time, I'm hopeless at packing as I never decide on an outfit til I'm getting ready.

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  14. I loved to see what you're taking with you and have a peak at the outfits you'll be wearing. Have fun! I'm looking forward for the pictures! xxx

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  15. It's going to be another fantastic weekend! And you'll look fabulous in all your vintage gear. Wish I'd been there for The Stones, but we're going to see them in Hyde Park next week so quite excited about that!

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  16. Good grief, you are organised! Have a brilliant time, hope your pop up boutique goes down a storm x

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  17. Wow - so organised! Have a great time.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  18. You guys are so busy, always jetting off to some fabulous place or another. I hope you have a wonderful time and you sell lots of vintage goodies.

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  19. Good God, I've got those very curtains. They look much better as a culotte suit on you though. Blimey, I'm impressed with your packing skills - sorting out your accessories with the outfit your're wearing in advance - you are a genius. Have a fabulous weekend in the sun. xx

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  20. You match Gilbert lovely. Have another fun filled adventure, love the green maxi, can't wait to hear all about it when you return x

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  21. Hi Vix

    I am very jealous, our campervan is off the road being sorted for our summer hols, apparently we have too much on this weekend but I'm still holding out hope especially now I know Kinky Melon will be there!

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  22. You are a legend lovely Vix, wish I was coming for the ride! xx

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  23. Your packing and organizing skills are both astonishing and enviable. I've had weeks to plan and get ready for The Dandy on Saturday & next Sunday's mini festi but I am still far from all done. I know you and Jon will have a ball at camperjam and I wish you all the best of luck with Kinky Melon's trading debut there :)
    Have lots of fabulous fun and enjoy the heatwave, I'm keeping my fingers crossed it'll come to pass.
    ...xXx

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  24. love how your outfit matches so nicely with Gilbert's orange!, and you're looking so fabulous wearing that sunflowers print and pretty boa!!, that's fabulousnesss!!!!
    And I love so much when you share your packaging wisdom with us!, so great ideas!
    Wish you lots of fun and lots of successful sales!!
    besos

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  25. Sell like the wind, sell like the wind!

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  26. Great packning! Wish one had your skillls... love the pattern on that maxi of yours!
    Have a fab time!
    Xxx

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  27. Your organisational skills are fabulous, you were born to run your own business because you just make it look so easy. I hope you sell out and come home with an empty Gilbert.

    Only you would even consider selling in your knickers, so funny. Your outfits all look wonderful. I see you're packing that beautiful silk dress and lovely cozzie.

    On another note, take care of yourself, I know you are not one for complaining, but that hip must be painful for you to mention it. Once you've had it done, I guess you will be running marathons and talking about PBs? xxxx

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  28. Sell loads, drink eat and be merry this weekend!

    Look forward to seeing the photo's of the event. Hope you guys have great fun.


    P x

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  29. How many compliments do you get when you visit a festival?

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  30. Selling in your knickers and no bra? I can foresee a LOOOONG queue at your stall... Perhaps Kinky Melon should be renamed Knickers and Knockers?
    Blimey, you are a bloody marvel, Vix, no sooner back from Glasto than you are off again. You are indeed the festival packing queen, so well-organised and efficient!
    You look stunning, as always, your sunflower jumpsuit makes me happy, and I hope you have the most fabulous weekend. Sell sell sell, baby! xxxxx

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  31. Wow!! You are living a wonderful adventure everyday, I'd love to be your personal assisant!! The organized outfits leave me breathless, those colours are amazing and all the accessories are so well matched, probabily you don't need an assistant at all but I'll hold your Barbie case for you!! The sunflower suit is amazing and even after the Glasto experience you look flawless!
    Have a great weekend!
    Love xxxxxx

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  32. wow....just caught up with your Glasto experience too.....watched it on telly, it's all a bit too big for me now......Stones were utterly mind blowing....once one had got over the shock of seeing such an old man do so much leaping around!! Was a little worried about Keef and wish we could have seen him do his song on the TV coverage.......they certainly knocked Coldplay into a cocked hat!!!
    Fingers crossed with the weather .......off to see Patti in a church in B'ton in August......am now officially a storker!!!x

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  33. roll the jewelry up with the dress is bloody brilliant! With Kinky Melon in the house maybe the festival goers will be better dressed at this one. Good luck, and sell out. In a good way......

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  34. Vix, I thought that I was organized, not compared to you! You have the skills of a champion and the style of a queen!
    I do pack my clothes with my accessories as well but I place my accessories into zip-lock bags and I place the bags or purses right in there too.
    Have lots of fantastic fun and brings us lots of photos.

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  35. You go have a blast, gorgeous Vix! My favorite: "A bra? Not if I can help it!" xoxoxo

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  36. Muy bonitos los colores, me encanta el amarillo y el naranja!!
    Besos
    http://judithbysucre.blogspot.com.es

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  37. Wow, nice packing tips I'm going to copy these down if you don't mind, whenever I plan for a trip it's pure chaos - have a ball, you guys, can't wait for the pics!

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  38. Great ideas for packing, I'm useing those. Sounds like fun fun. Have a great time.

    Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

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  39. You match your van!!
    And, rolling up accessories in each outfit is genius! I'm going to borrow that packing strategy for the Country Fair next week :)

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  40. OK, Vix. We all LOVE your wardrobe but... We have all seen your bod and I think selling in your knickers would be very good for business.

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  41. have another amazing time! I hope it's a scorcher! You can always dip into the stock if you get soaked! I bet you'll sell loads. I love that pink cozzie every time I see it! Love how you plan all your outfits, I really should take note for my holiday! xxxx

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  42. Have a brilliant time! Hope you get lots of sunshine xx

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  43. FARKING ROCK THE HELL ON!
    I'm exhausted just thinking about it, but waht FUNNAGE you'll have!
    That damned weather better play ball, but I for one wouldn't object to being served by you in your knickers! OOER!
    What a splendid selection of goodies you are taking, you'll be a feast for the eyes! Sell hard, sweets!!!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  44. Can I just sleep in that pile of clothes? And the Barbie purse!!! OMG. IMA BARBIE FREAK! Wait till you see my Barbie shoes. Best of luck.

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  45. Have a really great time and sell lots!
    Your new USP? Selling in your knickers...priceless!
    Z xx

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  46. You busy woman you! You look amazing! Wishing you the best and loads of fun! xxoo Madison :)

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  47. Have a fab time! (I am so jealous that you don't feel the need to wear a bra, I hate mine with a vengeance in the summer but need the support!)xx

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  48. What an awesome tip Vix to roll up all the accessories in the outfit to save time. Love it. Love all of our outfit combinations you've put together.

    And boy oh boys can see through Gilbert front windscreen you really are packing a lot of stock there. I hope you a wonderfully successful time.

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  49. Wow you have packing down to an art form. I'm sure that even in your knickers you'd look fabulous.

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  50. Hi there!!! Wishing you a really amazing time and successful selling too! You are just an inspiration as to how how organised and stylish you are!! Glastonbury looked awesome too, such fabulous photos xxxx

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  51. Wishing you a brilliant Camperjam and happy selling a plenty! Amazing packing skills you beauty!

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  52. Have a terrific time. Love the photos.

    Barbara @ www.allmylivesnow.com

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  53. What a glorious array of prints and colours! And great idea about wrapping matching accessories up with corresponding outfits! Have a great time :) x

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  54. Love that maxi with all the sunflowers! Best of luck with the trading - look forward to seeing your post on this festival!

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  55. My GOODNESS. You are my style hero. You look incredible! Good luck with it all!

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  56. So interesting to hear how and what you pack. What a good idea to organize each outfit rolled around the accessories for that one. I'm going to use that technique next time I pack a small bag.

    By the looks of what you're bringing you'll look divine as always.

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  57. You'll be the most gloriously plumaged bird there!! And you'll be introducing the CamperJam folk to the fabulousness of Kinky Melon!
    Have fun!!

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  58. After reading about all your packing and where you are off too and what you have brought.... I WANT TO GO TOO! *lol*
    Hope you have a plethora of fun Vix!

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  59. SUNFLOWER girl you look so sunny! I think you should call yourself Saffron for this trip. Loved you packing ideas and especially the vintage negligee for camping. Thanks for mentioning me with the Barbie bag! XXX

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  60. And she's off again! You look killer in yet another made by you beauty! I love that the dress I gave you gets to go along. I hope you sell loads, I wanna see these chalk boards Jon made too. I think if I had Gilbert as my home away from home Nothing could go wrong. Heck Peetee could go along!
    We will catch up next week for sure so I cab hear all about your adventures!
    Miss you lots and love you more!
    Xxxxxooooo

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  61. OMG I nearly lost the power of typing when I saw that amazing outfit with the huge fantastic sunflowers. You and Gilbert are a great colour match! I can just imagine you going to the portaloo in the negligee you will look divine I am sure. Have a wonderful timexx

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  62. Hope to see you there Vix. Hope trading goes well x x x

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  63. Hey Vix you are super organised! Love the tip about packing the accessories with the outfits, definitely gonna try this approach when we head to Shambala in August. I'm so pleased the blackboard frames worked for you xx Hope you have a ball, can't wait for the latest installment when you come back. Ciao for now, Sam xx

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  64. Hope you are soaking up sun as I type and looking your amazing, usual self in that pink/white swimsuit. I had to smile when I saw how beautifully your outfit matches Gilbert (given my recent post on 'matching'). In fact, look at that first photo: Gilbert is positively grinning behind you - he can't believe his luck!

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  65. I really do love how your outfit matches the van. I am imagining that you have a different van for every outfit now!

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  66. Your life is so rock n roll. Enjoy the ride.

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  67. Have lots of fun the weather is going to be perfect for your swimsuit!

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  68. Good Lord woman, where do you get the energy??? You and Gilbert are extremely well-coordinated in your lovely sunset-coloured jumpsuit. Your packing skills continue to amaze and impress me. Hope you have a marvelous time and sell lots!

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  69. I'm saving this packing list for future reference!! Hope you sell everything and have a glorious time!! XXOO

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  70. Love it when Gilbert and you go in partner look. Have a great time! xo

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  71. Woman, you have the constitution of a teen, I'm sure you & Gwensday would be the last ones standing! I hope the weather complied & you sold tons lightening Gilbert's load home! I thought I was a master at packing, but you've got me beat! XXX

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  72. You are ready to roll! Brilliant idea to roll up accessories within each garment. I might just take that piece of advise for my next trip. Love the boa on orange! Have a fun and successful festival!

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  73. Love your orange flower outfit!!

    Thanks for sharing the great tip about rolling your accessories into the dress. That's flipping brilliant!

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  74. Vix you look amazing and I love to see what you're packing to wear at the festival. I hope you make plenty of sales and have a great time :D

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  75. Your packing and getting ready to go away posts never fail to give me goosebumps Vix. I have such a "thing" about packing (well, anything to do with getting away from it all really) that I lap up all that wonderful advice about which toiletries and makeup to pack, planned or unplanned outfits, shoes and boots etc. As always, you've given me the travel bug once more and I'm practically racing out the door to have some exciting adventures like you and Jon are enjoying. I do hope everything is running smoothly at the festival and you still get to enjoy the music and ambience. I know you will;) xoxoxooxoxoxoxoxo

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  76. As usual I am a million years behind... and as usual you look AMAZING!!! I love the jumpsuit, of course, and adore all of your fab outfits all laid out on the bed. The pink swimsuit is absolutely GORGEOUS... well, everything is gorgeous.

    Love you more than adventures!

    Sarah xxx

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  77. Fabulous, ALL of it! And your Packing Tips are appreciated... I Love Road Trips but cannot say I'm so Organized and well Planned for and during them! *LOL* Have a Madly Successful Show!

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  78. Wow, you're always on the go! Hope you both had a brilliant weekend in all this gorgeous sun! xxx

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  79. I hope you had oodles of fun! Those pink jelly shoes are incredible! I saw that jelly bags are back in fashion with a £40 plus price tag - eek! My original was from the market! xxx

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