Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Staying Fab When It's Drab - Vix's Tips For Surviving Autumn



It's not a secret that I'm no fan of Autumn.

Hot chocolate turns my stomach, wool itches, berry tones makes me look like shite and tweed makes me feel about as sexy as Miss Marple and don't get me started on the incessant drizzle and endless gloom, cancelled car boot sales, dark mornings and the annual house invasion of bastard massive spiders.

Jon treated me to this kitschy piece of madness yesterday, I can moan about the weather all year round.
Here's my tips for surviving Autumn when you're a beach babe at heart.

  
Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. It warms you up, focuses your mind and makes you feel a hell of a lot better about yourself. No excuses about ailments, lack of time or money, you're only kidding yourself. Get on with it. 


Embrace the fake tan. Why be pale & interesting when you can be bronzed & interesting? You don't have to turn yourself into an Oompa Lumpah or a Page Three Stunna. Slap it on once a week and you'll feel like a goddess. Honest. St Moriz is my brand of choice and a bottle usually lasts me a year. (Not a sponsored post - I may be cheap but even I can stretch to £2.99).


Eat well. Don't stuff your face with processed crap. Get down the market, forage your garden or go scrumping for seasonal veg & fresh herbs and cook yourself something delicious.


We've had roasted onion soup for lunch.


  • Drizzle 80ml (veg, sunflower or olive) oil over 6 large, unpeeled, white onions, two whole bulbs of garlic, a couple of sprigs of fresh rosemary and fresh thyme and cook for 45 minutes at 180 degrees (or until the innards go squishy). 
  • Discard the herbs and leave the veg to cool.
  • Halve the onions and garlic, squeezing contents into a large pan (it doesn't have to be a vintage pot but its all I had!)
  • Add 2 litres of veg stock and liquidise until smooth.
  • Gently reheat, season to taste and enjoy.
1970s Berketex cotton maxi (the very lovely & elusive Lucy), Customised 1960s green leather jacket (£5, Rastafarian homeless charity), pink and rhinestone trimmed hair flower (my fabulous mate, Kerry) and a heap of junk jewellery

Despite what the fashion magazines and sponsored bloggers may tell you, there's no reason on earth why you can't continue wearing neon make-up, colourful summer clothes and clip flowers in your hair just because it's October. It's nothing but a ploy to make you spend money. There's always thermal underwear, jackets....


....and Bitch socks.
(Boy, London still in the packet and 50p from Cancer UK)


Still grumpy and cold? If all else fails, do what I do, stick your coat on and search for the cheapest flight out of here.

See you soon.

Linking to Judith's Hat Attack and Spy Girl's Texture Mixture.

86 comments:

  1. Great tips but i must confess that i kind of have a love / Hate relationship to autumn and Days like thé one one we hade to day aint Thatcher bad ....
    Sunshine and Clear crisp air!
    Xxx

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  2. Oh Vix can we swap seasons with each other please???? Summer has hit Queensland with a vengence. 30+ degrees already & I hate it! Boots, knits, tights & scarves all make my heart sing! Xx

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  3. Great tips. I'm in need of a pick me up myself, now that the gloomy weather sets in and even taking photos is a chore that leaves me frustrated, as the light is such crap...
    I have to say that I loved the Boy London tights and the green velvet shoes! Looking amazing as always xx

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  4. Adore those bitch socks!

    People get so carried away with new clothes for new seasons and I just don't get it. Yes, I might start wearing some of my warmer stuff now but as with the rest of my wardrobe, I wear what I like when I like. Bugger trends.

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  5. Thank for the much needed advice. I swear if the sun didn't pop out yesterday I might have jumped off the nearest bridge :) not really but thank goodness it came out anyway! I agree with all your advice, especially the working out, it's more difficult in the cooler months but oh so important! The onion soup looks so good and I will be trying that! Love those bitch socks and your sexy ass self! Can't wait to chat later!
    Love you xxxxoooooo

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  6. great ideas, Vix - and it's still in the mid-80's here, so I am thinking ahead! Love the bitch socks - it'd be fun to wear them under a long skirt, and flash them when the mood strikes. Real food is always the way to go, agreed xoxo

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  7. We are polar opposites about seasons!! I detest summer. I hate being hot and sweaty, unable to cuddle up in cozy layers. But I will say that it's also the climate where I live. No beaches, just super hot and humid. Fall on the other hand is a gorgeous shift into cool nights, sunny clear days with beautiful foliage. Maybe if it got all dreary I'd feel the same. I did smile at your tips, though. I love to cook (love the sound of the recipe!) and I agree that mega bracelets and maxis are always a joy. I adore the leather jacket, both the style and the color. You look perfect in the last photo and I love your layered window treatments. XXXOOO

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  8. I'm currently peering out of the window admiring how one of the local foxes matches the leaves on the ground, but I'm with you. I love an Indian summer-style autumn, or looking at golden leaves against a crisp blue sky, but 6+ months of grey clouds and damp cold rooms can eff off.

    I love "traditional" autumn colours, all those deep reds and rich browns, but I too don't understand why bright colours are only considered "wearable" in summer.

    That being said, I like the autumnal colours you're wearing here, though it's not like you to fade into the background like you almost do against that creeper :)

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  9. Great advice amor ,but I do love Fall weather. too many years in the sun in Cali. hoping to leave this month.fingers crossed.adore you puta bitch socks!Those suede green boots are amazing. I think I seen some of those in tights at a pound store somewhere.

    Besos

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  10. Let's hear it for Vix's tips! I never understood why people insist on wearing dark colors when it's winter. I did my walk this morning wearing a piss green t-shirt. Bright colors are wasted on summer.

    I have that same handheld blender. My Bff got it for a wedding gift back in the day, she doesn't cook.

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  11. Wise words as always and looking fab - no drab from you my dear! I like the opportunity to get out the winter clothes again, but I hate the cold drizzle. Give me snow and sun any time! I used my SAD light this morning - hopefully this winter will be better x

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  12. H Vix I feel for you. As you head into autumn we are heading into spring (supposedly, but Melbourne gets confused from time to time) and I couldn't be happier. I hate the cold for every reason you said, but neon chains, my summer dresses with tights and angora cardies got me through. But the bitch socks would have been pretty fitting... X

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  13. I do love hot squishy innards of onions ~ will be using that recipe, I will, I will, Kismet that my sis just this week when I went fir a viz was painting her nails that exact shade of lovely light mintishy sort of green , exact color, and I told her I loved it !

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  14. You have my tummy rumbling with that roasted onion soup, darling. Yum! Also, those green shoes are simply amazing. What a great post, Vix :)

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  15. Ha, that's fighting talk, love! I don't mind the cool temperatures but the darkness and the rain can piss right off...
    As always, you take no prisoners, Vix - get on with it, stop moaning, get moving, make soup! Love it. And I love that kitschy thermometer plaque, and the frock from Lucy, and the bitch socks.
    How are the flights looking?
    Love ya! xxxx

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  16. I'm looking forward to it being cooler here. It's finally leggin weather again!!!

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  17. gah! I hate the colder weather! And my Birthday is in Autumn so its hit and miss when planning birthday parties. i like your tip on exercising more. I normally do that at the end of winter, but i guess it would make sense to up the energy and happiness levels at the start of the sluggish season.
    But anyway, were heading into spring now - sending sunshine and warms days your way! xoxo

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  18. i'll be making that soup soon. since i live in the land of perpetual sunshine, autumn is welcome here. of course autumn here is probably like summer where you are so there's that. your tips are fab!

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  19. GAH - I LOVE the Bitch Socks!!! I would have to have multiple pairs though as I would want to wear them every day.

    Excellent tips for surviving the darker seasons. I confess that I am a fan of Autumn; I love the way the light turns gold, and the nights are cool. And I don't mind layering up as I don't feel very outfit inspired when it's hot.

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  20. so in love with those socks Vix!

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  21. Hi my dear!! Fabulous tips and your onion soup sounds delicious-I made a home made potato and leek one on Monday, soups are definitely my favourite part of Autumn! Loving your maxi dress and those socks are gorgeous!! xxx

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  22. love the idea of fake tan but with past experience it always rubs off on white sheets , you've just reminded me how frugal onion soup is and i've got some onions in the garden i will make a batch tomorrow.

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  23. No doubt you will fight of the chills and look fabulous while doing it. Love the tights/socks!

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  24. You ought to live in the south here in the south west its been about 19/20 degrees today. I worked up quite the sweat this afternoon with a bit of housework! and faffing. And I bleeding hate it.

    I do lament about autumn love to feel cold (at least you can layer up! and yeah when it gets really freezing for a long time it can be a bit pants I guess but you know a hot chocolate with a bit of Baileys (or the cheap stuff that we get) is not half bad. Don't know about tweed and all that I always wear whatever clothes that are hanging in the wardrobe! lol
    And I would look mental with a tan. I guess I am made for this country's climate. As I hate hot weather.

    It takes all types though and I loved your alternative autumn guide!


    P x

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  25. My love of Halloween and all things horror make me ADORE October at least! As for surviving cold and such I'm lucky to live in Florida where we have no fall! The season literally doesn't exist here, it'll be swimming weather until November. Yay! :D

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  26. Oh, LOVE the photos of you cooking BTW. :D

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  27. I love Autumn. I love tweed. I love Miss Marple and don't mind channelling her style either! But I agree that this time of year can be difficult. Very dark and grey. Sorry if someone else has already said this but those socks are literally bitchin. I love the colours in your outfit and make up too. Your Wii Fit looks very well used compared to mine which still looks pristine after 2 and a half years! Shame on me. No choice but to eat fresh this week, fridge on the blink. Love the piece of kitsch Jon bought you xx

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  28. Ooo forgot to say though we must be on the same wave length as made a bastard massive pot of spicy lentil soup for tea tonight! lol.

    And love those Bitch tight they are cool!


    P x

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  29. Ha! Bloody love it. As you know I am a fan of the Autumn..fuck off boots, tweed, crunchy leaves, spiders in the face an' all. But I do feel I have to survive it these days rather than embrace it as I once did when I didn't spend all the hours at work. I too stuff my face on home cooked nosh, slap on the bronzer and wear much colour...you should see my new to me pink coat. I do like to knit by the open fire as well...stop sniggering.
    Loves ya.
    xxxxxx

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  30. that's my daughters choice of fake tan too! she refuses to be pale, I do like the autumn, and my clothes will be worn right through with tights and cardis, damn straight!
    I like your Autumn guide,the 'get on with it' should be on a 't' shirt! with the bitch socks! and roasted onion soup sounds fab x x

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  31. hurrah for stay being yourself whatever the weather!!, all that fabulous makeup, floral hairclips and colorful prints are so vitaminic!!, even though I love autumn, I'm not going to embrace brown and earthy tones anyway (puagh!). But weather is not really so awful here!!
    besos & colores

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  32. Just what the style doc ordered.
    Just got back from Pilates, eaten chickpeas, onions, mushrooms, pesto and pasta and about to n ick my daughter's fake tan.
    Now where did I put those clip-on flowers?

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  33. Love your tips Vix, I need to invest in some good thermals, It's starting to feel more like winter round here xx

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  34. I actually love Autumn, I just hate what follows it, which here is usually depression AKA winter.

    I wondered about that Wii fit. Do you like it? You are in great shape. Maybe I need to get me one. Can you promise I will look as svelte as you?

    That green leather jacket is so fabulous and unique.

    And the socks...well the socks explain themselves don't they?

    Loved the post.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  35. I don't mind all the seasons they all have their positives and negatives, but summer is a wee bit of a struggle here with 30 plus degree heats everyday and aircon that needs repairing,

    I was excited to see your dress and finally see your Berkertex dress we've spoken of. I love the floral paired with jacket.

    The soup sounds yummo. I'm curious though is Jon a vegetarian as well?

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  36. Thank you, thank you. This is exactly what I needed to hear as I eye processed food.
    I like the directions to gently reheat - that applies to me too, plus, season to taste and enjoy. I just came from Curtise's latest post and between the two of you I might just get through this autumn.

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  37. Your bitch socks are incredible! Still stuck to my fave summer colours, turquoise and coral and wore my summer shoes today ;)

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  38. I just love your shoes and that green leather jacket! Thanks for the autumn inspiration. I find yoga almost everyday helps get through the weather blues. Also, getting fresh air even if it's raining.

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  39. Feck YES. This endless bloody dribble and marketing pressure gets right on my tit! I wear the same things year round, I just add or subtract tights/cardigans/coats. DOH! It's not frigging rocket science. The amount of women out there who can't think for themselves is frightening.
    Thank goodness for your voice piercing the idiocy!
    I adore you, you are a Goddess and you cook like a dream!
    Those bitch socks are PERFECT!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  40. I think these tips are great tips for anytime! I especially agree with the points about exercise and non processed food! That soup looks amazing.

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  41. I love Autumn! Jeans, boots and jumpers are just bliss after having to scamper about half undressed in the summer. But it would be a dull world if we were all the same! I totally agree about the tweed though. I love it dearly but with my hair up and glasses it's Miss Marple in the mirror! xxx

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  42. I LOVE Autumn. The colours, the scents of leaves and fires. I think that Autumn brights are fab, magenta, rich wine, yellows, amethyst - and that wonderful blue violet sky that we get. As winter comes dig out all the black and red and join the undead! (Do like those socks!) x

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  43. I adore Autumn in all of it's glory (i loather hot weather)
    you look FANTASTIC as always--those bitch stockings are amazing!!

    I must try that soup--it sounds fabulous!!

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  44. onion soup sounds nice, may have to give that a try with some nice crusty bread :-)

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  45. Ooo the soup sounds souper! I'll have to try that one! One of my fav's is spicy parsnip - Mmmm. Alas, I am a lover of all things autumnal (bars the spiders!) and wilt when the hot weather comes but I still keep the flower in my hair, wear what I like etc, it's just everything gets paired up with coloured 100 denier tights (sexy!! haha) - just topped up with loads of tea, soup and blankets!

    Loving those green boots & the jacket too!

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  46. Haha! Great advice! Get on with it!! :) That really made me laugh. That's a great tip re the fake tan, I just assumed you looked like that naturally. Well, you are a goddess after all. Now I know I'm going to copy shamelessly. I look pasty and awful right now.

    That soup looks rather delish. I love homemade soup and would always eat properly than eat processed crap. It tastes so much better.

    Don't think I didn't notice that line about cheap flights. Have you booked yet???!!! xxxxxxx

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  47. Oh i love autumn days- but only those with sunshine, when you can enjoy a lovely walk or spending time in the garden. You're so right with your tips, thermal underwear is perfect to wear summer maxis when its cold! And i'm using self tan lotion too, makes me feeling much better!!! xx Tani

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  48. Spring and Autumn are my fav months and too be honest I never think of seasonal clothes, just wear what's appropriate for the weather and what I like :D It;s Spring here and Summer seems to be on it's way, the sun is getting some heat in it now. Summer is great but it get too hot and you can't really sit out in it for too long. I was thinking of maybe getting a Wiifit. how do you get on with it and your knackered hip?

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  49. Well said, fabulous post as always!

    X

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  50. I'm really not fussed by Autumn either! Too inbetweeny!!!! Your tips (and soup!) are great!x

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  51. Brilliant bit of autumn survival Vix-style.
    I love Autumn, just not when it's incessantly wet; I don't mind the odd shower, but not this energy-sapping sideways drizzle and grim-greyness. Mind you, I don't like the shortening days much - and here they come, with a vengeance.

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  52. Love Autumn - hate dark skies, gloom and the forthcoming clock-bothering but LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE layering - so Autumn and Spring are my seasons. Also as a luminously pale zombie person I feel less wan than usual!
    Heavy coats, embroidered wool, faux furs, shawls and collars are out again - yay!

    Get those bloody plane tickets bought!

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  53. Ha ha, you tell em! I know I should do more exercise but after a twelve hour shift I'm too shagged, so it has to wait until my days off. The only good thing about autumn is the lovely russet-y foliage, the worst thing is having to do Spider Patrol every evening, as my puss refuses to pounce on them when I command.
    Never did understand why we should wear sludge coloured clothes in winter, surely we need more colour then, not less! Love your kitschy madness and you of course.
    xx

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  54. Haha, love it all especially the very last tip! We're saving that one for the dreary early spring months, which are usually more miserable here in Toronto, than anything preceding January. In fact it's been sunny and in the upper 20s here this week. I know it won't last but I'm sure as heck enjoying it. I'm outside with my iPad right now, having a beer. But shame on me for rubbing that in, and I'm sorry to have done so.

    How I love your green leather jacket.

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  55. Ha, Autumn is my favourtie. I don't mind Spring but I'm dreading Summer. That roasted onion soup sounds delicious. I might have to make some before it gets too hot. I love your dress and the flower in your hair.

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  56. Excellent tips-for any time of year. I want to stick up for New England autumns, when the sun is out, the weather is slightly cool and the fall foliage is providing a gorgeous backdrop. UK autumns are crap in comparison.
    Those are my kinda colors in the sock/shoe shot.

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  57. BITCH socks!!!!!!!!!!!
    Dang woman you make me ashamed of my unhealthy lifestyle...

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  58. Agree with your comments, dear, only, like Patti, it's beautiful weather here. I love fall and October is the favorite vacation month for the hubby and me. We're heading up Route 1 this weekend to the Monterey Peninsula (Carmel, Big Sur, et al) for a week away.

    Thanks for sharing the soup recipe. LOVE onions and garlic. So much true, healthy goodness can be made with the humblest of ingredients. If more of us ate like that, we'd have fewer issues all the way around.

    Yes, it does sound like another glorious trip to Goa may be looming in the near future for you and Jon. ;)

    Take care, luv!
    xxx

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  59. Fabulous survival tips for the approaching chill. Especially searching for a cheap flight while wearing a colorful maxi with a stunning green leather jacket.

    Spectacular pink and rhinestone trimmed hair flower! Thank you so much for linking up with Hat Attack.

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  60. Love that dress - the florals are so pretty. I've never tried a fake tan, and I don't know if I'll start now. But I think I'll try that soup. It sounds delicious, and healthful. And I love your kitchen!

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  61. I like it that in spite of autumn you don't change your way of dressing (as many people do): same bright colours, bold prints and eye-catching make-up. When the weather is cold and gloomy and everybody around are dressed just like that - dull and gloomy - it is rather depressing sight.

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  62. You really should write a book one day, you are so very wise!! As you head into the cooler temps we are celebrating the warmth, hate to brag but I have been hanging out for the return of the sunshine. Promise to take good care of her until it is your turn again.

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  63. Okay I'm not a sun goddess, I actually like the cold, just not the extreme cold we get here in NY. UK winters I can deal with and actually is my fav time of year to visit (okay late winter, like Feb.) I don't like either extreme I guess, moderate temps make me happy! Hey I have "bitch" tights from when I first opened my shop! And that soup looks so yummy, have to play with it as I know little Ms Addams won't eat just onion (she changes her mind on what she likes from week to week, ugh teenagers!) Heehee love the gadget Jon picked up for you, how bizarre! Love & molti baci! XXX PS sending cheap flight mojo!

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  64. Be grateful for the fact your a skinny chick..lol..autumn has lots of horrors for fat birds. we have the horrors of Evans , who told them that we want to wear stuff that resembles a badly decorated xmas tree

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  65. Fantastic tips Vix... you do make me smile on this October morning :-)
    And I'm with you on hating the invasion of massive bastard spiders.... sod off the lot of ya!

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  66. sorry vix - but i´m not with you in the case of autumn. i love my tweeds and the crispy weather. and i´m looking forward to winter full of skiing in loden and norwegien sweaters :-)
    this morning the dew was frozen..........

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  67. Call me strange, but I love autumn. Like the clothes, the colours, the warming foods, the change of weather. Love tweeds, furs, gloves, thick knitted tops, boots, the lot.

    Have to agree with you about looking after yourself though. Good food and exercise should be a staple all year round. I guess that's why you look so good.

    Much love from Rosemary of
    www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

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  68. More sound advice : )

    I love all the gorgeous trinkets and treasures around your home.

    It's really bloody dark here today,
    it feels as though it might pee down at any moment.

    One thing I hate about Autumn is the fact that I can't get my laundry done!

    Enjoy your day xx

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  69. Fab tips on how to survive autumn! I've never managed to make fake tan work for me but the rest are definitely the way forward. That's a gorgeous dress sweetheart, and at least now the weather's cool enough you can show off your AMAZING bitch socks and heels!

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  70. Thank you for the advice, I have a strange relationship with autumn, I quite like the fact that I can start new projects, spending more quality time for me at home without the kids! But I hate the weather and I have a psychosomatic allergy for winter clothing,the only positive thing is that I just can't wait to start wearing hats again, my huge passion are the fake fur and the 70's floppy ones..and of course stokings and socks! I'd kill to have the 'bitch' ones!
    You look amazing in your floral and leather combo and your recipes are always delicious!
    All my Love xxxxx

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  71. I've got used to Winter and as long as I can keep warm and don't have to spend too long outdoors at any given time, I'm ok. It's just when Winter seems to go on forever like it did last it really bothers me.
    I agree with you about the real food and exercise and not just for the Winter! You're looking gorgeous as always xx

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  72. I've got used to Winter and as long as I can keep warm and don't have to spend too long outdoors at any given time, I'm ok. It's just when Winter seems to go on forever like it did last it really bothers me.
    I agree with you about the real food and exercise and not just for the Winter! You're looking gorgeous as always xx

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  73. Me encanta la cazadora!!
    Besos
    http://judithbysucre.blogspot.com.es

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  74. Roasted onion soup sounds delicious. I'll add it to my recipes to be tried.
    I like my tweeds, wool etc to be in bright colours so I suppose I'm almost there. Oh, and I always go for bright red hair in the winter...
    Fab outfit - your jacket is gorgeous. xxx

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  75. What practical wisdom. I would hate it to be rainy and cold all winter. Our leaves are turning here and the weather is till warm. In the 80's for some reason but the 60's next week. We had a rainy cold winter last year and it sucked. Sending you warm wishes from the midwest.

    vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

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  76. I agree - wear what you like and eat well, and autumn doesn't feel so bad!

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  77. I don't dilike Fall, i hate Canadian winters, you would like Fall if you would have to experience our winters -
    Good tips indeed, i too cook a lot and all from scratch, way better for you - I wear my closet all through the year !
    I like so much you find a cheap flight to get the hell out!

    Arianexo

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  78. Mmmmm thanks for the recipe! Looks yummy!
    I can't stop staring at that Mallorca souvenir thing. And how the colors of that photo go so well with the greens, reds and brown of your outfit (and foliage).
    Thanks for linking up!

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  79. Love your survival guide for autumn. We actually had homemade onion soup the other night. I lost my Wii in a move, but loved it when I had it. xx/Madison Happy weekend. :)

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  80. You must come to Arizona. Always sunny. I personally love Autumn but agree with you on wearing whatever I want in any season. I'm known for wearing sandals in the winter. The soup looks tasty! XXX

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  81. I actually don't mind the colder weather, although I prefer to be indoors that out and about in it! I just love your green leather jacket, it's such a great colour x

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  82. I've mixed feelings about autumn, love autumn colours, wearing boots and eating soups and stews, but hate the endless grey skies and drizzle. My daughter slaps on the old St Moritz too, so I can vouch for its good value and natural effect. I'm paler than her so I just use those gradual tan moisturisers for a bit of colour. I'll definitely give that onion soup a go, my mum used to give us a whole boiled onion each, with a bit of salt sprinkled on it, and it was delicious and I'm sure it probably helped keep us healthy. xx

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  83. i love to see this short sleeved leather jacket on you. you look stunning!!!

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  84. Fab post Vix! I'm not a fan of cold wet weather and can do with every coping mechanism possible (including flying away to warmer climes!) This soup recipe looks scrumptious! Must try it out xx

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  85. These green boots are awesome. But I could never walk in them :D
    Could you maybe show how you are doing your beehive hair? Or if you already did: Tell me where? :D I am really curious!

    Keep on being fancy <3

    xoxo, Saperlotte

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