Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Curtain Couture, Camping & The Secret Of Eternal Youth



What do you get if you take a 1960s curtain, some left over pompom braid and a particularly dull 0-0 football game?


Chuck in a generous helping of Lidl's white rum and you could end up with one of these - a pompom-tastic cover-up.


Not that my Kate Moss bumble bee hot pants need to be covered up. They've been a regular feature on my blog for almost as long as I've been writing it - not bad for something that cost me a quid from a car boot sale five years ago.


A week today we'll (hopefully) be pitched up at Glastonbury making a dent in the cider mountain. Yes, I did say pitched up - we're camping! Getting our tickets in the resale meant that the campervan pitches were all sold out. How good would it be if this bit of kit was our home for the week? Sadly it's not, instead it'll be Kinky's new selling space for the remainder of the festival season. Luckily a friend is loaning us his tent. I've just got to work out how to condense my Glasto wardrobe into a bag small enough.


Did I mention eternal youth? I had several comments recently remarking that I'm getting younger (flatterers!) My secret is snake venom!  I spotted this eye cream in Body Care a while ago and, once I'd established it was cruelty (and reptile) free, gave it a whirl. It was so good that I went straight back to buy the serum, which is equally amazing (which I wear under my trusty Superdrug Vitamin E Radiance Moisture Cream). The eye cream is £1.99 and the serum is £3.49 and yes, I bought it with my own money. You won't find any dodgy product placement here.


Other than my Barry M lippy I'm bare-faced today. I'm still not sure what I'm going to wear to the National Vintage Awards tomorrow night (I've whittled it down to two options) but doing my eyes after a couple of days of wearing nothing will make my face feel dressed up if nothing else!


Thanks for voting and for all your support. I'll be back at the end of the week to share the final result.

See you soon!

75 comments:

  1. Love the curtain cover-up! What great fabric. And a flash of your bumble bee shorts is always welcome!
    You look gloriously fresh-faced and youthful, who knew snake venom could be so effective?! Blimey, spending your own cash, darling - not a "the lovely people at blah blah blah sent me..." in sight!
    Now, I am hoping that you are the toast of the evening at the Vintage Awards and of course you will be a winner. (Tell them I will be straight down to kick some arse if you're not, that'll scare them.) You will look a million dollars whatever you wear, so take a ton of photos, we're all rooting for you!
    Love you! xxxxx

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  2. Such a great use of curtain fabric and i love the shorts flash !
    Im sure that you will look like a million bucks what ever you put on !
    love and hugs !

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  3. Yet again another splendid creation! It looks divine Vix.

    Good luck at the awards hun, i know you look amazing in what ever you choose.

    X x

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  4. Good Luck Vix! We will all be longing to see photos!

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  5. You do appear younger these days(feel its ur pma more than anything:)! Lovin' this hm gem of a frock too:) X

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  6. That's a fantastic cover up! Well done you! The fabric is beautiful and it matches your shorts perfectly.
    Your skin lookes amazing Vix. Might keep an eye open for that cream...
    Fingers crossed for tomorrow night! xxx

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  7. You look fab. Good luck, I voted for you
    Twiggy x

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  8. You look fab. Good luck, I voted for you
    Twiggy x

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  9. I LOVE that tunic and the hotpants! colours are gorgeous. Keeping everything crossed for you - all the very best of luck! xx

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  10. Curtains never looked so good! I think maybe that makes a better dress than curtains! Love it! :)

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  11. You ARE getting younger!!!! I think it's your joie de vivre (ha ha autocorrect tried to,change that to joke tea giver!)
    I think this might be one of my favorite looks. Very summertime, very Vix! I wish you the very best at the awards. I know you are going to knock it out of the park! XXXXXOOOOO

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  12. Speaking as one who went to church last Sunday in a me made duvet cover maxi skirt (and delighted in telling all of the skirts admirers that it was fashioned out of a £2.99 Sally Army duvet cover), I totally love your curtain dress lol. I will be putting that serum on my next shopping trip list :)
    V
    xxx

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  13. You are looking fab! I had my hand on that serum the other day but I put it back! Love your new cover up!! Good luck for the Vintage Awards xxxx

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  14. I love the pom poms! How cute are they! Of course the rest is amazing, and matches your hot pants so well! Three cheers for boring games and curtain couture I say. Oh camping...shudder! I can just manage a campervan:-) Thinking of you tomorrow night, which is tonight over here. Just shut your eyes and pick your outfit...they are all fab!

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  15. love this curtain frock. one of my favorite styles. you look so dang good in those shorts. wow

    cant' wait to hear about the awards.

    ....and camping at glastonbury? i die!

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  16. I've often admired your skin and how you manage to look so youthful. Not a blemish or wrinkle in sight, you've obviously taken better care of it than I did mine. Never heard of Body Care though. Looking forward to seeing the award photo's and know you will look stunning whatever you decide to wear. Loving the latest curtain couture, the pom-pom trim is the business. Is it Glasto already? Where has this year gone? xxxx

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  19. Well as you mentioned before we all know that the secret to eternal youth may be partially the eye creams, but more likely great sex. So you must be making out okay in that dept. ; )

    Love the new cover up and those shorts are just wild.

    Can't wait to see how you're going to dress!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  20. Hot pants and pom pons and this amazing frock you are everything I need today! I am so excited for tomorrow I know you will win! Thanks for sharing some beauty secrets I love the price and you are beyond beautiful!
    You will be ruffing it this year at Glastonbury but you are just the couple that can do it. Fur's, feathers and wellies, lots and lots of booze:)
    Speak soon my dear!
    LOVE YOU
    XXOO Have those two choices ready I wanna see!

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  21. good luck with the packing, I gotta pack for a family of 5 for a week covering every eventuality. Talk about how much can i shoe horn in the car lol x

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  23. Swit swoo...lovin' you!
    Can't wait to see your outfit for the big bash.
    You're a winner in my eyes; I mean, how can a man with a 'tache win!!!
    Have a fabulous evening.
    Big hugs
    Zxx

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  25. Hi my dear! Looking lovely as usual, cute hot pants! Good luck too! xx

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  26. Hi Vix fabulous as usual , I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you , good luck !!!

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  27. Fab pattern on the curtain cover up. Have a great evening at the Vintage Awards, I know you'll look fantastic as always. Looking forward to hearing all about it. xxx

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  28. I have a tent like that. I had a trade stand at Truckfest, by day it was my shop and by night it was my boudoir. I took a sunlounger bed, I kept dry though a horrendous storm in the middle of the night. Just be sure to lift everything off the ground, just in case. I had a makeshift roof rack on my estate car to transport the long poles.

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  29. Bollywood pompons rock and rule !!!
    Good luck for tomorrow , fingers crossed !
    Have a fabulous evening Vix
    Sssspring kissessss (well , that's because of your eternal youth secret !!)
    ~ La Dryada ~

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  30. Orla Keilly would charge a fortune for that dress!!! Snake venom sounds interesting!!! You do have amazing skin!x

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  31. I always enjoy your curtain courture posts, and this one did not dissapoint. You have amazing skin, a real English Rose!

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  32. I think you will win , you are so unique and down to earth at the same time your skin looks beautiful
    I am trying lidl anti ageing cream at the moment xxx

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  33. Wow it's tomorrow how exciting. I'm sure you're going to come away the winner in glorious fashion. Snake venom I think I'm need of that pronto.

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  34. I just love your curtain couture, you always make such great things! Wishing you lots of luck at the awards - not that you'll need it x

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  35. Still reeling after seeing you in the shorts!

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  36. Hope you have a fantastic time tomorrow ... you will win!!!
    M x

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  37. You look gorgeous! I have heard of snake venom used medicinally but I think I would prefer to know it is syn-ake if I am smearing it on my face. I am excited to see more on your blog about the awards night and about Glastonbury. Can't wait!
    xoxoxo

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  38. Love the curtain couture. You have fabulous skin, goes to show it need not cost a fortune. xx

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  39. Good luck tomorrow! I feel a victory coming. And yes, you are getting younger, dammit. I must buy this stuff to turn back my clock. Love the topper and the shorts, xox.

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  40. fingers and toes crossed for the awards night!!!!!
    i´m sure you will look fabulous!!!!
    i have to look for the snake-y stuff here but i fear it will take years before it arrives in our shops.
    your beachcover and hotpants are pretty cool and you look like miss summer itself, beautiful gal!
    xxxxx

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  41. Today's resolution to post a comment on all the lovely blogs that I read but never comment on! Love your blog, you are an inspiration! Best of luck for the awards!
    Catherine ;)

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  42. That is some terrific curtain couture! I especially love the pompom trim.

    And I'm so glad to hear that you did get some Glasto tickets, even if you have to pitch a tent. Can't wait to see your pictures!

    Have fun tomorrow night. My fingers are crossed for you but no matter if you win or not, you are forever the Vintage Queen to your online friends.

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  43. Curtains eh? Who would have guessed? Great dress and you look gorgeous with that lippie on! I can't wait to see what you wear to the vintage fashion awards!

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  44. Congrats Vix! Looking forward to your award outfit and hope that we will all be applauding your victory. You're looking gorgeous as always in your curtain couture!

    Snake venom eye cream! With your recommendation I'm off the find out how to purchase this product in the US or online.

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  45. Congrats Vix! Looking forward to your award outfit and hope that we will all be applauding your victory. You're looking gorgeous as always in your curtain couture!

    Snake venom eye cream! With your recommendation I'm off the find out how to purchase this product in the US or online.

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  46. My gorgeous lady, you're gonna ROCK at the National Vintage Awards!!! Best wishes for a spectacular win! :)

    P.S.: You whip up such lovely clothes! That print is so Pucci-esque & looks great as a dress rather than curtains! ;)

    P.P.S: Can't wait to see what you're wearing at the Awards night!

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  47. Good luck for tommorrow,, your curtain cover up is great. Look forward to seeing what you decide to wear for the finals. Betty

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  48. such a cute cover-up matching your shorts!!, you look gorgeous!, and so glad you've got those camping tickets for the festival!!, oh yeah!!
    besos

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  49. This little ensemble is just gorgeous ... and I love the little bit of pom pom bling. Better bring on more football it seems to put you into the creatively productive zone.
    Good luck tomorrow ... now I'm off to google that snake serum and see if I can get it over here :0)
    xx

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  50. those shorts are pretty darn fab! Can't wait for the results

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  51. I adore the cover-up! Can't wait to hear the results, Lady!

    You DO seem to grow younger. No question about it. I'm quite sure it's as much as what's inside you as that serum. Just sayin'

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  52. Pompoms! The shorts are awesome too. Good luck tomorrow!

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  53. Good luck at the Awards - can't wait to see what outfit you rock them with ;)

    The secret of looking younger? - my current one is a toyboy - he's 12 years younger than me ;)

    Have fun at Glasto - am sure tent living will be find - the forecast is promising ;)

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  54. I thought you were going to say camping and festivals were the secret of eternal youth Vix, I have a friend who does both too, and although she's near enough my age and has four kids, she looks really young, so I'm sure your lifestyle helps. Feeling very old and decrepid today after seeing some horrific photos of myself so I'm definitely going to try out the venom potions! Good luck in the competition and have a fantastic time at Glastonbury! xx

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  55. Haha, I love that post! Now I want a white rum, too ;) My Kate Moss shorts are also with me since five years, Kate did a good job with them ;) xx

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  56. Haha, I love that post! Now I want a white rum, too ;) My Kate Moss shorts are also with me since five years, Kate did a good job with them ;) xx

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  57. Haha, I love that post! Now I want a white rum, too ;) My Kate Moss shorts are also with me since five years, Kate did a good job with them ;) xx

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  58. My daughter has pom-pom fever! she's shimmying like a good 'un in them, pom-poms 4 ever! your cover up curtain couture is just fab! and the shorts are very sexy, perfect on you - I fancy a bit of venom, it's like the beauty product of the femme fatale, I don't use eye cream but I really should, the cracks are a coming! I'm sooooo excited for you for today!!!! have a good one!! x x x

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  59. What a fab make, so very you! I have never heard of snake venom except in the usual form, how curious.
    Have fun at the awards, good luck xxx

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  60. Looking lovely as always dear Vicky. I always adore your outfits, and must confess, I've tried some of that snake venom for myself. I'm constantly trying new things on my pathetically, uber-sensitive skin, and the venom didn't make me come over all blotchy and sore, so thumbs up from me.

    Good luck at the awards xx

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  61. What's body care? I've never heard of it or I'd be down there tomorrow! I am after a new eye cream.

    Everything is crossed for tonight, SOOOOO excited for you. x x

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  62. Best of Luck tonight, not that you need it ;) Thanks for sharing your skin secrets - I think it's a bit too late for me, but you look so fresh-faced, and totally gorgeous, without makeup. I can't get away without any colour or my face just disappears.

    Smashing curtain cover-up - I would love a dress that shape (and a little bit longer).

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  63. You'll look amazing whatever you decide to wear - and you will win hands down!!! x

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  64. You'll look amazing whatever you decide to wear - and you will win hands down!!! x

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  65. Ahh, the great thing about a sewing machine. It's ready to go when you feel the creative urge. I just love your new cover up! Reminds me of the cute things my grandmother made us in the 60's. Some cover ups were made from towels. Bell sleeves, fringe, and all.
    Have fun camping!

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  66. You look fantastic, Vix! What a cute and wonderful dress. Hope you had a good fun at the ceremony! Love

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  67. you're such an Vix!
    Love that cover up :) x

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  68. I'd anticipated a pitch for pear cider as the elixir of eternal youth; plus yoga, vegetarianism and month-long sojourns in Goa. Instead, we have snake venom. ?!

    Vix, one looks at your fabulous bod in those bumblebees and accepts the recipe. If you promise no slithery serpents were harmed, one shall go forth forthwith and seek snake venom...

    One wonders what sort of acceptance speech you've prepared for the first place award thingy.

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  69. Alright youth? You look as fresh faced as a 12 year old! Snake venom? Is that real or a brand name?! Actually, do you know what? I don't care, if it works I'm getting me some! After all, we are practically twins. Can't let the side down. Don't you look lovely in your comfy cover up? Great design and fabric. Looks really wearable for summer and I like it over those micro shorts! I need more pompoms in my life. Might have to pop over to Walsall on a Wednesday, my stocks are running low. I'm a bit excited by that tent actually, you could practically live in that. xxxxx

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  70. 100 years ago, my parents had the fabric of your dress in red hanging on the kitchen window ... i loved it, i was three ... you found the perfect use for this fabric! absolutely adorable!

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  71. LOVE that new dress, pompoms are the frosting on the cake of cuteness! Best way to work, with a bit o' rum in the tum!;)

    Hope it's dry for your camping experience, seen those muddy shots and hate to think of you camping in it. But, the kids do it here all the time and make the best of it. My godson's friend recently make a huge geodome for 25 of their friend to sleep under and I was impressed.

    And, thanks for the beauty tips, will have to look for them. You certainly are a good example of their power!:)

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  72. Vix in a mini! i love it! you look like your off to the beach with the little matching trunks!

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  73. Hope the awards went superb. Loved "The Smiths!" Oh, and snake venom? Wow, I may need some of that soon. xx

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