Monday, 25 November 2013

The Way We Wore



My idea of "menopausal dressing" would involve elasticated polyester slacks, orthopaedic shoes and a fleece, but if the fashion bloggers say it's wearing hot pink, then who am I to argue?

Photo courtesy of Emma Charlotte Makes
My workwear got a rip-roaring reception from both stallholders and customers alike at Saturday's vintage fair. I couldn't give a toss about being youthful, been there, done that, had the bad skin & the angst and now it's someone else's turn. As long as I'm happy, who gives a toss if I look my age? Not me, that's for sure.


My outfit was provided by my dear blogging pals. The California-made maxi was from the beautiful & talented Jean, the recycled juice wrapper bangle from fabulously funky Senora Alnutt and the neon wig was my choice of Wonderland Wig from a competition Helen ran on her Mancunian Vintage blog.

1970s safari jacket (Age UK), French wool cap (bought 16 years ago), Carrot leg skinnies (Compton Hospice), R Soles snakeskin boots (eBay).
A man driving past Saturday's venue spotted Jon having a smoke outside and, accompanied by his wife, made a diversion to find him as he loved his style. He came away with a groovy 1970s green velvet smoking jacket Jon suggested would suit him.


Look at this tremendously stylish couple who paid us a visit over the weekend, they're Ros Jana's parents. It's obvious where she gets her beauty from.


The tea room was run by the ladies who sold me the groovy 1960s swimsuit last month and was incredible - and that's from a woman who doesn't "do" sweets. Not a naff c** cake in sight.

Angela Gore, London maxi dress (Judith and Bertha Vintage)

I sold lots but did I buy? Hell, yes. I spotted a twin to THIS dress poking from a clothes rail two pitches away and rushed over like a woman demented for a closer look, discovering that it was not only maxi length but two sizes smaller than my bit-on-the-big-side Baklash one. It belonged to the seller's Grandma, a former mayoress. It was one of her favourite evening dresses for official dos in the late 1960s.


It got its first official outing today, not a glam dinner dance but a mission to collect a couple of bizarre vintage items in Peaky Blinders country I'd won on eBay over the weekend.
(I'll share them later this week once I've scrubbed them down).


You're not mistaken, we did do two vintage fairs this weekend but, being the premenstrual dimwit I can be, I left the camera battery at home in the charger. You'll just have to believe that our pitch looked great and that I didn't wear beige, sportswear or a wolf fleece.

There's another vintage fair at Newhampton Arts Centre in Wolverhampton this weekend, looks like this week will be spent finding some more stock, it's a hard life.

See you soon!

67 comments:

  1. How delightful to see my mum and dad here! They said they loved meeting you and Jon. And you look - as ever- utterly gorgeous.

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  2. Oh really, Vix - bright pink... at your age? Hell, yeah! You look amazing in your hot pink wig and that stunning maxi from darling Jean. Love that big splashy floral print.
    Jon does look such a cool dude, I'm not surprised he gets his fair share of compliments. Safari jackets always make me think of Roger Moore in the later 1970s Bond films.
    Gorgeous Angela Gore frock, I just love it when you get the story behind a vintage piece, and know that it has been well loved.
    Bizarre items that need scrubbing down? What HAVE you been buying, love! The mind boggles - but not as much as it would if you EVER wore jogging bottoms and a fleece!
    Love yoooooou! xxxxxxx

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  3. You look absolutely AMAZING in that wig - especially paired with that stunning maxi dress.... no elasticated pants here!!

    xxx

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  4. WOW! You look truly amazing Vix, I'd so come and explore the stall if I saw you in charge.
    Love that Jon was a walking advert for you also. :)
    xx

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  5. Wow what a beautiful event, the fair looks amazing and you and Jon even more in your fabulous outfits! You look great in pink and the wig was just perfect for the wonderful funky print! So lucky to Find that stunning 60's evening dress you are gorgeous in it!
    Love xxxxxx

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  6. You are really rocking that pink wig! I think the colour suits you.

    Honestly some people are not happy unless they are labelling someone.

    Sounds like you guys had a blast at your fairs. Here's to next weekends.


    P x

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  7. Hi there! Sounds like a really fun and productive weekend and you rock in the pink wig and matching maxi dress! Your Angela Gore dress looks amazing, a fab find! xx

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  8. You're beautiful! I always have people say to me, I don't look my age, I agree, who cares! Gotta love eBay and your winnings. Love the pink wig on you too! Have a bright week lovely! xx/M

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  9. You look a perfectly gorgeous vision in pink ... the buyers must come flocking to your stall. Have a fab week ... M x

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  10. You always look fantastic Vix - my menopausal comment was very tongue-in-cheek, I agree with you, wear whatever you like as long as it makes you happy. Now I'm off to scour the internet for those photoshopped pictures of you!

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  11. You are absolutley smoking hot in that pink outfit ! Love love .......
    xxx

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  12. You are totally ROCKING Menopausal Fuschia!!! LOLOL Isn't that the stupidst thing ever?? You look amazing (as does Jon)--you are both you're best advertisement to the glories of Kinky Melon!!
    The new maxi is just stunning--very 60's elegant!!!

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  13. Oh what I wouldn't give to visit one of your vintage fairs. They don't even exist around here. Vintage Pickens are slim. I don't care if I'm old. Gawd No! I've EARNED these wrinkles and this grey hair and I'm damn proud of it! I just like to be perceived as a wee bit younger by the medical community. Seriously. I want them to see me as worth saving and not just some old biddy who's time is almost up. Well...she had a nice long life.... Whaaaat???!!!! I'm not done here yet! I have to get to the UK to visit the Kinky Melon Boutique! Luv!!!

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  14. Oh. And by the way. You ROCK hot pink. It is the navy blue of India after all.

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  15. Love the pink hair! You both look excellent and like folks any fair visitor would want to stop and have a chat with. And from someone who does 'do' sweets, that cake table looks divine. xo

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  16. You know, just for a challenge, I'd love to see you rocking beige, sportswear or a wolf fleece. Let's face it, if you can wear a serial killer fringe and still look cute as can be, you are up to the task! You could turn us all.

    I love the Angela Gore coincidence! Matching dresses are cute! And that brown one does look amazing on you. I love its pedigree. Your Jon, what an asset, not only drawing the punters in, but then styling them too. What a man.

    Now as for your outfit of the weekend, honestly I think we were dressed almost as twins, you and I, we even had matching nailpolish. It must be the last few days of being 46 which inspired us. But you win because that pink wig is a triumph. Such a gorgeous style and colour. Can't wait to see your scrubbed down bizarre vintage items :) xxxxxxx

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  17. This is worth remembering: "I didn't wear beige, sportswear or a wolf fleece." Love that! And you look so fine in your pink hair and maxi. Jon too, a fine handsome dude. xox

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  18. You are magnificent!! the pink dress is just a dream, with floaty bits, you are gorgeous in pink!
    I love that Jon having a smoke attracted lovely people too - I think I would have embarrassed myself over those cakes, one piece would not have been enough haha! the Angela Gore dress is amazing, you are amazing! look forward to your goodies reveal! x x x

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  19. Geniales fotografías!!
    Saludos
    http://judithbysucre.blogspot.com.es

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  20. The dress! The wig! WORK! Eye poppingly fabulous.

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  21. Hot pink? Who comes up with that nonsense? You look amazing, Jon looks amazing and that floor in your house looks amazing.

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  22. You look glorious in pink, ahhhhhhhhhhh
    menopausal dressing" never looked more stylish. Soooooo jealoussssss
    So they are Rosalind´s mum and Dad, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh How fabulous is that?
    A big family of style.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  23. I LOVE the dress and cape but would like to throw down a challenge to you. I want to see you rocking a safari suit like Jon's! I'm sure you could bling it up.

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  24. Well honestly! a woman of your age dressing in pink? What are you thinking??

    ;-P x

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  25. that pink outfit is sooo gorgeous!!!!!!!
    i would´t wear wolf fleece to my own funeral :-P

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  26. You look so good in that pink wig! Perhaps it's time to rethink the black hair!
    The Californian maxi is just perfect on you. I'm pleased to hear it went down well.
    Looking forward to seeing your bizarre purchases. xxx

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  27. Love the pink outfit but I love the new dress even more. It's gorgeous!xxx

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  28. I thought I was following you on Bloglovin, but I wasn´t, ahhhhhhhhhhh
    NOW, I AM
    I bloglovin you to death, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  29. O, golly, Sacramento, I'm seeing that comment around a bit, you must want to be followed there...
    Whoops, got a little distracted.....
    YOU ARE A FECKING SUPERSTAR!!!!!
    Rock the hell ON, you lucious menopausal beastess of BEAUTY AND GLAM!!! Gagging ove rthis outfit, it's frigging stupendous, and the eig is the perfect touch! I also love that brown number, and I love Jon's style too, only I'd be following him about trying to get a hold of his ASS........hahaha, so awesome he inspired a dude to come and buy a slinky suit!!! YAY!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  30. Amen to every word!! I LOVE your spirit! And you look so amazing!!!!
    There is nothing more ageing than dressing "for your age"! I actually have seen it happen to my mom! :(

    Lots of love!!!
    Masha

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  31. That pink wig reaaaaaaaaaaaaally suits you!!!! Ha ha, love it!x

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  32. Looking gorgeous as always ... love both dresses ... and the pink wig.
    xx

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  33. I'm loving the pink wig Vix, great outfits as always! x

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  34. You knocked it outta the park in PINK, Vix! So pretty, so deliciously feminine. And the long sleeved maxi looks glorious on you. Rock on, girl!

    Jon looked terrific also; a perfect advertisement for Kinky Melon! Job well done! :)

    xxx

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  35. You look so pretty with pink hair, watch out Krista you've got competition! Love the frocks especially the Angela Gore, you did good. Seems like you had fun at the fair and look...proper cakes.
    xxxxxx

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  36. The dress, the bangles (especially the spiky one!), the wig! I love it all!

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  37. Whohoo!!! I KNEW that dress belonged to you!! You look every bit as gorgeous as I imagined. Your styling is impeccable too, especially that handsome guy with you. :-) I am also thrilled to see Roz's parents!! How wonderful to meet them. I have to believe they are wonderful people; I love Roz's intelligence and kindness, and they say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. We now know where she gets her extraordinary looks: from both of them!!

    Love you!!!!!! XXOO

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  38. You look so pretty and playful in PINK !

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  39. That frock you wore with the pink wig is amazing. Love the cape part, and the wig looks great. You will never do beige of that I am convinced!

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  40. Love the floaty scarf attached to that floral maxi. And Jon is such a cool dude. It's no surprise that he is stopping traffic.
    I'm also intrigued by your ebay purchases. Can't wait to see them!

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  41. You rock pink! Who knew pink hair could look so good. I love seeing your fair pics, but even better would be seeing it myself in person. Xx

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  42. I just had a discussion about wearing hot pink with my oldest daughter....seems her professor of a Qualitative research course at university has a problem with her wearing pink! Can you believe that?She is 21 years old & the next day she wore hot pink head to toe.
    Good for you for not "giving a toss"!

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  43. Love the bright pink from head to toe! Vix you should always smile showing your teeth because you look so adorable, sooo cute!!!

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  44. OOOhh you look gorgeous, love the pink floral maxi, perfect attire at any age!! Glad you sold lots and bought lots - sounds like a perfect day! Jon looks rather dashing too!!

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  45. Fantastic Vix!
    Who cares what bloggers think is appropriate? It's like you say,wear what you like!

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  46. how fabulous! i love your pink hair and matching dress. and what luck finding such similar dresses! its like lightening striking in the same place twice!

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  47. You guys look bloody gorgeous! I'm not surprised Jon's style caught someone's eye - I'd be intrigued too. I just love the way you dress, you ooze confidence, especially in that neon wig :)

    I'm ashamed to say, I usually have a cupcake stall at my vintage fayres, they seem to draw the ladies in and always sell well in this neck of the woods. My choice of treat would be a delicious vanilla cheesecake.

    Have a wonderful day xx

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  48. By the way...

    Come over to my blog for a visit. I'm sure you'll have a pleasant surprise ;)

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  49. The wig/dress are too gorgeous :D

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  50. Not much to add that hasn't already been said - the floral maxi and wig look just fab on you (Jean made an excellent choice), and Jon is one of the most stylish men I've seen in ages. No wonder he's drawing in the customers! Love the coincidence of the Angela Gore dress - what are the odds?

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  51. If we were in the playground I'd have to fight you for that pink dress! But I wouldn't be able to pull it off so well as you, especially with styling Jon at your side. I keeping forgetting that the UK is not an expansive wilderness like the colonies and you're bound to run into people you know. What a bonus! You could be a mayoress in that new dress as well, but who wants the bother? Queen of Style is a much better title.

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  52. You and Helga should be international role models for the Resist the Beige movement

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  53. I don't give a toss too what people think! I will wear pink, yellow, baby green with a pink wig anytime!

    You look great Vix - The dress you purchased is divine!

    Hugs

    Arianexo

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  54. lol love the fact you have the exact 2 dresses - the long and the short of it ;-)
    Pink hair really suits you lol, glad to see your not signing up to the Beige Brigade just yet! Hope you had an outstanding time @ the fairs, certainly sounds like you did! x

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  55. You do look gorgeous in your pink wig. Xx

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  56. That pink wig is so fun! I bet you attracted lots of people to your booth looking so wild.

    And that stylish couple you photographed? Another woman wearing a cape! I love her style, and the tie.

    So jealous of that bright pink dress and the fact that it has an attached shawl. Glorious.

    BTW thanks for the heads up on what my coat is made out of and how I tie the inside sash : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  57. I believe that you did not wear beige. In fact, I was surprised you even know how to spell the word! Looks like another fab weekend for Kinky Melon. Ros's parents are gorgeous - how fun to meet them!

    You mentioned a book you're reading about the Nazi party in the 1930s. If you want to stay in that theme, another good one is In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. It's based around the American ambassador and his family in Berlin in the late '30s and the things they saw and people they met. Very interesting, especially since he had a daughter in her 20s who was involved with various men while she was there.

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  58. You look awesome with pink hair. That maxi dress is fabulous too. I love Jon's outfit. His boots are amazing. No wonder that man driving past came and found him.

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  59. I love you more and more everyday! How is that even possible? I heard about some comment about older women who wear pink, they are all crazy! :). This dress from Jean is just gorgeous! I love the long sheer cape part, what a lovely beautiful and totally you dress! Jon is looking hot as usual too and is not surprised he attracts attention, Chris even thinks Jon dresses way cool. I'm glad the fairs went well, you must be counting the days to India.

    I have been enjoying this week off from work and can't wait to talk to you tomorrow! I love you honey, speak soon!
    Xxxxxxooooo

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  60. I always love your outlook and attitude about age, looks and style. Your pink maxi is rather glorious, does it have a sheer floaty cape thing going on? I can't tell, but either way it's lovely. Jon also looks most wonderful, the two of you are walking advertisements for your business. I think that's the most awesome thing of all.

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  61. Fabulous!I adore that dress, beautiful frock, beautiful lady. And look at Jon...proper inspiration and salesman. I'm glad the sales are going so well.
    Ros Jana's parents...could they be any more stylish?
    You are wondrous...I bloody loves ya.
    xxxxxx

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  63. I think you should get a neon wig to suit every outfit in your wardrobe.
    Looking good as always.

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  64. You are truly sublime in the maxi gifted by Jean, which is putting me in the pink this morning. You are the definition of glam! On this Thanksgiving morning in the states, I express my gratitude for knowing you and all that you bring to my life.

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  65. Heck yeah! I see you guys are selling the suitcase speakers! How cool is that?! You look so richly fun in your fabulous pink wig. I love you to bits!

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  66. Totally rocking the pink wig, and that maxi is fabulous! What a stunner you are dear Vix! You and Jon are such a gorgeous couple, and how lovely to sneak a peek at Roz's parents too, looking so great.

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  67. Pink really looks great on you Vix! Love that hair :) Also love that frock you bought and the story behind it - that's really the best thing about vintage clothes, the tales they tell xoxox

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