Wednesday, 6 November 2013

On The (Bak)Lash



Never let it be said that I don't know the meaning of appropriate dressing.

Tonight I'm off for a proper Black Country night out, a skinful of real ale in the pub followed by a curry, so I'm wearing leopard print platforms and a chiffon party dress featuring the most apt of prints, scenes from the Moghul empire (hope the chaps in the curry house appreciate it).


I first saw this on a dress the lovely Margaret had for sale but sadly it was beyond my slender means, so imagine my excitement when the very same thing was hanging in Baklash's bargain basement on Friday. You thought that was an errant firework? Nah, that was the sound of me shrieking from Nottingham.


Here's some more appropriate dressing, me in another Baklash bargain, shopping in a very empty looking Lidl yesterday.

1960s Seventh Heaven lurex midi worn with Wetherall of Bond Street cape (YMCA charity shop, £4.95, 2006), my Grandma's carpet bag and some £1 platforms from the car boot sale
Don't worry, I'm not some kind of diva type celeb who insists shops close so I won't be bothered by the public, it's just that I'm standing in the canned vegetable aisle, the snacks and booze shelves are far more popular in Walsall.


 Ever fancied joining us on a blogger day out? Grab yourself a pint and watch the video Serena sneakily made of us on Friday. You'll shop till you drop and down cut price cocktails in Wetherspoons without having to spend a penny or get your hair wet.



Right, I'm off to the pub. Hope there's India Pale Ale on the beer menu tonight. After two hours of my life wasted trying to get through to the Pensions Department I need a drink.

See you soon.

67 comments:

  1. Love your Lidl outfit! Wish we could meet when shopping at Lidl.... maybee even I could dress upp a bit then! ;)
    Xxx

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  2. Hi there! Hehe I should have had a photol done when I was in Lidls in my all claret outfit, colour twins! What an amazing find your Baklash dress in the first pictures is fabulous! Xx

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  3. Chaps everywhere can appreciate you in that Moghul empire print maxi. Women everywhere too. And you certainly know how to shop right. I'm off to watch the video.

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  4. That's the way to do Lidl, love! Beats shuffling about in assorted fleeces and naff footwear. That Moghul print is amazing, I used to have a top in something similar that I used to wear to primary school. Go little me!! I think my gran made it from one of her frocks. I love the video, it's great to see everyone in action as 'twere. Can't wait for another get together.
    xxxxxxxxb

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  5. The videao is feally good, sort of like being with you all. 2 hour wait certainly needs to be rewarded with a drink!

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  6. How i wish i lived closer so I could play with you all!!

    That maxi was meant for you--the style, the print--everything just perfect!!

    You are looking rather posh in the canned goods!! Much better than what is seen in the canned goods aile at Walmart ::::::shudder::::::

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  7. I've never seen such a beautiful and detailed print, I'm in love with your dress! I'd love to teleport me in that fantastic shop in Nottingham full of hidden treasures! The Lidl outfit is wonderful too, the liliac lurex dress and the cape are perfect together!
    Have a wonderful evening!
    Love you more than beer xxxx

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  8. No word of a lie, that was the best tenner you ever spent. All of those dresses look even more amazing in the cold light of day. And as for your Lidl lovely get-up, they should use that on their ads.

    Isn't Serena's video fantastic? I love the bit at the beginning where we are all cackling. I wonder if that is the soundtrack to bloggy get togethers all over the world?

    Haha! I've done a few of those pensions calls. Ageing. Very ageing. Get thee to the ale house! Make it all go away. xxxxxx

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  9. You make me laugh when you say the ale and snacks dept is far more popular than the other aisle -
    In my hood, cigarettes, beer and loto ticket are far more popular than the veggy aisle, hahaha! Buts that's my hood -

    Great dress indeed to eat a curry and yes i hope they appreciate
    I have seen the video, great fun you had!

    Arianexo

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  10. Hurray! THE dress!!! Hello Vix! Serena here...love the last few blogs which showcase your blogging day finds! They all look amazing. Wish I'd listened to you about the sparkly green dress : ( I had such fun with you all on the day and am already looking forward to the next one. In the meantime really glad that you liked the little video....it makes me laugh when I hear us all laughing! Can't wait to see the next dress....enjoy your ale too....yummmm! Xxx

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  11. I can only imagine your excitement at seeing that maxi at Baklash! (I may have heard that shriek all the way here in Boston). It looks marvelous on you (it's hard to tell on my little netbook but I think the print is taken from Persian or Turkish miniature painting).
    Love Love Love that purple ensemble. Capes are the best and all purple is even better.
    I watched the video and felt like I was there. Thanks to Serena for capturing vintage fashion bloggers in their native habitat. It's worthy of David Attenborough.

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  12. hurrah for appropriate dressing!, your 'moghul printed' dress is delightful and you're looking gorgeous meanwhile shopping at Lidl, you're the queen of glamour and love your cape and pretty bag!
    besos & good night!

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  13. Such a lovely dress and you certainly know how to rock the aisles in Lidl! xx

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  14. I always finish reading your post with a laugh and a deep thought.
    You are beautiful and a geniaus.
    That dress was meant to be yours.
    Enjoy that gorgeous meal and lovley beer.
    SALUD!!!

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  15. Beautiful as always! Loving that purple dress in Lidl - gobsmacked it was so quiet? I have ALDI near me and doesn't matter what time or day, it's always chocker! Glad you got such a load of bargins :-)

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  16. I will watch the video later, Missy needs the laptop for 'homework' hmmm!
    the dress is gorgeous! how fab that you and the dress are together, a firework like shriek was necessary! real ale and a curry sounds perfect, could do with one now - perfect Lidl outfit too - gotta go! darn homework! x x

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  17. Dear gods, I would have shrieked too if I found that dress! And the purple getup you are shopping in----so fab :) You and Helga need to get together and take pictures someday---the queens of color!

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  18. once again your the best dressed! at the pub, or curry house or at Lidl. We have Aldi here which is pretty much the same and i go there all the time in my 60s get ups that are too crazy for normal days. If i want to wear a paisley smock with lace ruffles while i buy 59c canned tomatos i will!
    Fab as always Vix! xoxo

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  19. I'm still trying to process the fact that you got a bag of dresses, including the fancy-schmancy one you're wearing, for a tenner - that would be unheard of over here!

    Love the magenta cape you're wearing in the store. I will watch the video later and pretend I was there ;)

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  20. That dress is simply super!!! I also like Lidl chic! I like doing top to bottom purple too!!!x

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  21. oh wow!
    all this beauty! especially the purple cape. want!
    mom had a midi in the late 70´s with elephants, camels and soldiers on it in the very same style, it was a present from her sister in west germany. was this kind of pattern a trend at the time?
    wish i could meet you for beer and curry - sounds like lots of fun :-)

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  22. Fark ME, I love that frock!
    Goodness, is Penny Dreadful still about? I don;t think she'll be thrilled you got a bargainacious frock, but I certainly am and I love it! Such an amazing and unusual print!!! Feckign SQUEE!
    Ooo, loving the other outfit in every freakin' detail! Scrumdiddlyumptious!! That looks like my favourite aisle of any supermarket! That and the wine section (we don't sell spirits in supermarkets here, just wine and beer, and cider. It's bloody ridiculous!)
    I loved that video of Serenas!!! Gave me a small, distant taste of what it would be like to be hanging with you lucious wenches!!!! So much pure, unadulterated enjoyment! GAH!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  23. Love the dress ... make sure you don't spill any curry on it.
    xx

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  24. Looking lush in Lidl Vix, no doubt you got a few comments as usual.
    I hope you hot-footed it round to the booze aisle before leaving!
    I love the unusual Moghul print dress...so apt for you! Must have been serendipity that you stumbled across it in Baklash where it was a major bargain. Serena's video is fab, how clever is she? I notice your Allison St coat got an outing. Hope you got your IPA tonight. xxxxxxxxx

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  25. So that's what I hear when I was sat in the office - you shrieking with excitement!
    Love the purple outfit!!!!

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  26. I adore the purple outfit, especially the cape. I've never been to a Lidl but I found one the other day and must give it a try. Have fun at the pub. xxx

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  27. Oh my goodness, fab outfits! I particularly like the 'shopping' one.
    I would looove to attend one of those blogger meetings. If only my home were just round the corner ... (well, my heart lives in Britain anyway, so that must count a little ...)
    Hope you had a lovely evening :)

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  28. Mughal print maxi?! Gosh! How I envy you right now! I think you have great karma and all amazing pieces just make a beeline for you x

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  29. Muy bonito el estampado del vestido!!
    Saludos
    http://judithbysucre.blogspot.com.es

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  30. My good god life is spectacular ain't it! I can't believe you fond this dress again and in your size! I think I heard your shriek! That print is mouth watering and I'm sure everyone will have to have a close look at you! Just when you think it can't get any better you bedazzle in that purple dress with cape, you are delicious!

    I watched the video and was happy sad, laughed and smiled the whole ay through. What a fun day oh I wish I was there Vix it hurts!
    Speak tomorrow!
    LOVEYOU!!!!!!XOXOXOXOX

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  31. Gorgeous.have a top night
    Twiggy

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  32. GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS WOMAN. You.

    Are freakishly gorgeous.

    PS: Did I mention you were gorgeous?

    Have an IPA pint for me! xo.

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  33. I'm bonkers for that plum-toned outfit!

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  34. My Saturday shopping excursion was so much less exciting. Envy!

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  35. beautiful dress, some times waiting really pays off :) x

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  36. You're the belle of the ball, every time! I remember sewing a dress very similar to the Moghul print one. It was green and white striped fabric and I wore it for my brother's wedding in 1973 or thereabouts. Wish I could find those pictures!!

    I'm madly in love with your purple shopping outfit too. I saw the video of the fun in Nottingham!! I know I'm not the only envious one out here.

    Don't you detest those insane wastes of precious time as a result of a soulless bureaucracy?!! I feel your frustration. XXOO

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  37. Enjoy your pale ale! You look like a knock-out in your (historically appropriate) dress. Love the secret blogger meetup video. xoxo

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  38. Gorgeous dress and I just love your supermarket outfit! You always look stylish Vix xx

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  39. WHo is that lovely purple posh princess with a touch of Mary Poppins in the canned veggie isle ! I love it !!!

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  40. You look like a much better version of Mary Poppins that has gone out to do a bit of shopping.

    If I ran into you at the grocery store looking this fabulous I'd just have to stop you and take you for a drink right away.

    You must have people snapping photos of you all the time.

    Brilliant. Just brilliant.


    bisous
    Suzanne

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  41. Mmmmm, a lamb biryani would be lovely right now. You have the perfect dress for your curry night! Your grocery outfit looks very Helga-esque, and I'm sure you were a stand-out at Lidl - especially since you were buying vegetables.

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  42. Nice find with the printed dress, and such a gorgeous look in the purple outfit. I'm sure you brighten the day of everyone who lays eyes on you when you're out and about.

    And now I'm off to watch the video. What fun.

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  43. I always wonder how you manage to find such unique pieces! The dress' print is just amazing! And the shopping outfit is really stunning.

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  44. I love a good exotic print. I missed a 70s wrap dress on ebay which was darker version. I do have a lovely Jaeger 70s carpet print which I got instead for the bargain price of £7.00. And that picture in the supermarket instantly made me hear some 70s musac - so fabulous.

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  45. You look fabulous and do your beautiful dress justice! It's amazing on you. I had to lol about being in the empty tin beg section. There's one in my town but in nearly 3 years I've never been, I know I haven't lived :-)
    Hope you had fantastic night out!
    I really want to join in a blogger meet, it's on my to do list. xx

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  46. Looking fabulous as always Vix! x

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  47. That purple cape is unbelievable. I'm so jealous. I wanna cape. I will be scouring the thrift stores for one or maybe I will sew one up for myself.

    Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

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  48. I am sure the chaps loved it! Love the violet glam look for the mundane task of groceries & I wish ours sold booze!

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  49. Bet Lidl has never seen such a glam customer. Loving the new frock.

    Off to watch your video now.

    X x

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  50. Bet Lidl has never seen such a glam customer. Loving the new frock.

    Off to watch your video now.

    X x

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  51. Baklash was fabulous, wasn't it? I am so pleased you found that wonderful dress, and that it fits you so perfectly - it had your name all over it, along with the Maharajahs and their elegant horses! And the purple sparkly number looks beautiful with the cape - Best Dressed Shopper in Lidl, I think! (Though if your local Lidl is anything like ours,. there wouldn't be much competition!)
    I love Serena's video, the mad laughing and dress-grabbing made me laugh, as did the sight of you all watching me catch my train - just!
    A curry and IPA - couldn't be a better way to round off the day! Pensions? Nightmare. You definitely deserve a pint or two after that!
    Love you! xxxxx

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  52. Our 2 lidl's are always heaving no matter what time you go in there. You look gorgeous I adore your plum coat and that sunburst rug by the fireplace is to lush for words. Hope you have a great evening, dee xxx

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  53. Love your blog, it cheers up my week seeing you in all your colourful outfits. You are an inspiration to many people to ignore the boring and be yourself whoever that may be.
    Love from a fellow midlander x

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  54. Whoops forgot to say hello to everyone as I'm new to replying to blogs way too boring to write one myself.

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  55. you have lidl over there? ... lidl isn't my fav but it's the closest discounter to the new flat. maybe i will take a chance on a outfit shoot in front of the canned vegetables, too.
    i love the purple outfit. you look stunning! lidl never looked better!
    ;)

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  56. you have lidl over there? ... lidl isn't my fav but it's the closest discounter to the new flat. maybe i will take a chance on a outfit shoot in front of the canned vegetables, too.
    i love the purple outfit. you look stunning! lidl never looked better!
    ;)

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  57. you have lidl over there? ... lidl isn't my fav but it's the closest discounter to the new flat. maybe i will take a chance on a outfit shoot in front of the canned vegetables, too.
    i love the purple outfit. you look stunning! lidl never looked better!
    ;)

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  58. Gorgeous dress! Just goes to show you one should wait patiently to get that desired item for less, it's always out there lurking around for the frequent hunter. :D

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  59. Gorgeous dress! Just goes to show you one should wait patiently to get that desired item for less, it's always out there lurking around for the frequent hunter. :D

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  60. I love your purple garb! India pale ale is one of my faves. Have one for me!

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  61. you never fail to cheer up a damp day!!x

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  62. Looking gorgeous lin Lidl! I bet you made their day - nice change from all the tracksuit bottoms and onesies I keep seeing people foodshopping in..

    And I love your demure frock - you'll have to report back - did the chaos at the curry house love it too? I have a dancing gentleman silk scarf that a friend brought me from Inda, just love the joyful print xxx

    P.s I most definitely would like to join you on a blogger day out!

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  63. I love the print on your dress. It's lovely!
    Very glam purple shopping outfit - you are definitely encouraging me to dress up more. Life's too short to wear boring stuff. x

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  64. I have been a laktovegetarian for about twenty years and now I'm in a mood for vegan food (only one week so far though). It's inspiring and even more when I see you at the veg shelf/rack looking stunning!

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  65. I LOVE the print on that frock - but I'm always a sucker for a fab novelty print. Love the colour of the tights you wore to the super market, so pretty!

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