Friday, 13 June 2014

Here Comes Summer!


I was going to share some of the bizarre car boot buys we bought yesterday but that can wait. England's currently enjoying a spell of glorious sunshine and the joy of being self-employed is that I can get up at 6am, get all I need to done and spend the rest of the day basking in the garden.


Forget about living the dream by owning fancy stuff and living a celebrity lifestyle.... 

1950s Henning & Co. Danish sun loungers - car boot sale, 2012

All I need is somewhere to sit.


A pitcher of tap water and some fresh peaches,


...and a gripping second-hand thriller.


Some bangin' tunes come in handy, too.


So I'm testing out Jon's latest suitcase boombox with some Skrillex and Rudimental (whilst my house & wardrobe might be vintage, my taste in music definitely ain't).


I often get comments about being "brave" when I appear on my blog wearing a bikini. What's the big deal? Its only a body. We've all got one.

Vintage Bendex bikini (Courtesy of the fabulous Desiree) and crazy 1970s sunglasses (from everyone's favourite misfit, Sarah), Cobalt nail paint by Barry M

The beer is chilling and I'm off to soak up a few more rays before the next World Cup match kicks off.

Have a fab weekend!

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  1. Totally agree, these are definitely the benefits of being self employed! Enjoy the sun, hun! xx P.S.: I do own the same tea glasses you featured here :)

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  2. Boy, I agree---a lot of times just sitting in a lounger in my yard with a book and a frosty drink is absolute heaven! And being self-employed, as you are, I can do it more than most. Have a lovely day in the sun :)

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  3. You're looking smokin' hot in that fabulous bikini.
    Please send some of that glorious sunshine my way will you, Glasgow is Glasgrey :(
    I love those Danish sun loungers and Jon's new boombox is awesome.
    Have a great weekend...xXx

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  4. Its only a body? Its a fab body! You look smokin hot as always, and love all the sidekicks make a perfect summer day-the chairs, music and the fiction and the peaches!

    Love.

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  5. We have loads of rain in Scotland, but I agree with being your own boss - it's the best whatever the weather. Love the vintage loungers and bikini. Enjoy!

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  6. It might be only a body - but what a body! You look fabulously glamorous, lounging in the sunshine. I do agree though, a place to sit, some warm weather, a drink and a good book - what more does anyone need?
    Love those loungers, and the cool bikini, and Jon's boom box.
    Beer and football later, excellent. Have a great weekend, darling, love you! xxxx

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  7. How lovely to see you are getting some sun! I know how rare that can be over your way (which is why your grass looks like it does), so grab it while you can!
    I love your bikini clad body. The comment about being brave sounds a bit like "you can get away with it" that I get.
    We should all stop judging and assessing and be grateful we have a body that mostly works, forget it and get on with life!
    Ok rant over :-) xo

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  8. It's only a body but it's half the size of mine!

    Looking fab!

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  9. Keep enjoying the sunshine and have a great weekend !
    xxxx

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  10. you look fabulous as usual that daily half hour exercise really pays off , It is the best thing about being self employed rearranging your day so that we can appreciate the glorious weather xxx

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  11. you look so fabulous and fresh on your lounger, relaxed and gorgeous!! And your fabulous boom box is so cute!! (I've got that same mobile, mwahaha, it was the cheapest I could find!)
    Glad you're enjoying a gloriously sunny weather, here it's too hot to stay under the sun!.
    besos & verano

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  12. Excuse me my dear but you ARE living the celebrity lifestyle!

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  13. Looking nice and relaxed, enjoying the sun with a good book, that's the life - good for you xx

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  14. Loving the sun loungers ~ and
    "whoop whoop" ~ go girl ~ for the bright flowery bikini and the beautiful bod you have to sport it.
    You do know you are a celebrity in our world ~ right.

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  15. is this style or what?!
    you look absolutely fabulous!!!! and so your vintage bikini, lounging chairs and drink tray.... better i don´t show the boombox to hubby - what a cool thing!
    until yesterday we had a veritable heatwave here, a bikini was the maximum i wanted to wear and my 1930 deckchair the only place to be - in the shade of cause.
    don´t get sunburned! :-)
    xxxx

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  16. You're living the dream! What more could a girl want indeed? Well, if it was me sat outside I'd need some factor 50, and some booze in my water. Love those sunloungers, I don't have any :( I have to use a yoga mat and lots of cushions! Super bikini too, very cute. P x

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  17. you are so gorgeous! wish i were there (under a vintage umbrella) with you. altho i'm mourning the white stripes these days. you know how much i love jack but this new album has me missing the stripes something fierce.

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  18. You are a smoking hot lil wench! Oh my how I wish I was in my tiny weenie bikini next to you soaking up that sun. I was up yesterday gardening at 6 before work and totally thought of you. You really are such a beauty my dear and please stop teasing me with Jon's bad ass boom boxes. Me want bad! Will pay whatever! Has to match my MINI ....is that too much to ask;). Is that tartan one battery??
    Anyway
    I love you both, Chris is yelling tell them hello from me...hi!
    Have a great weekend honey!
    Xxxxxxxoooooo

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  19. You look fab!!!! Ugh, to be lying in the sun with a good book, peaches and Skrillex. Hope the glorious weather lasts.

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  20. I want to come lay out in that chair next to you!!

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  21. Yay! Vintage bikini shots again. Much nicer than doing it in the snow! You look sensational Vix. I've never heard of any of your music! I'm clearly not v. hip. Have a great weekend. xxx

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  22. You Are Looking Fabulous!! just totally hot in your divine bikini, what a wonderful bloody perfect day in the sunshine! Dave went a little funny over the boombox, and got all grabby hands over it, must wait until June is out first! have a fab weekend! x x x

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  23. Hello Sunshine! Seems we've traded weather 'cause we had plenty of sun last week while you had rain, and now we've got gloom while you have sun! And what a delightful way you have of taking advantage of it. xo

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  24. you are certainly living the life, you do that bikini proud you do,

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  25. Vegetarian food and lots of booze are clearly the way to go. Move over, I'm already okay with the booze part and I can easily do the vegetarian as well.

    Bikini ordered.

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  27. You look so chilled!! Wish that was me! X

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  28. And what a great body you have too hun. The weather has been stunning today.

    Loving the sun loungers.

    X x

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  29. And what a great body you have too hun. The weather has been stunning today.

    Loving the sun loungers.

    X x

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  30. Those lounbers are fabulous! Sunshine!! Totally make the most of that. :-)

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  31. Your blessed with ur fab figure, Vix!

    X

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  32. It may only be a body but what a body!! Gorgeous loungers too. xx

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  33. Love your loungers, and you look FABULOUS !!! have a great weekend x.

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  34. You see you say that but not only is your body bootylicious it's brown and not pasty pale blue like some of us ;)

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  35. You've got quite the tight lithe body too!

    So happy you are able to put your feet up and enjoy some nice weather and a bit of R & R after all your shows.

    That boom box looks amazing...like you : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  36. You are the Poster Girl for summer in your bikini with your funky Boom Box! I love those loungers - they look very comfy. I agree with you, everyone has a body, but some of them look smashing in a bikini (ie,yours) and some not so much ;)

    Given that self-employed people don't get company pensions or health coverage, you should get some benefits like being able to sit in the sun on a weekday afternoon.

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  37. Oooh! Glorious sun & gorgeous you!!! <3
    I'm loving the fact that I'm going to UK now of all times....it seems like England's having a beautiful summer! :)

    P.S.: I've got my eyes on them boomboxes! <3 <3 <3

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  38. Oh Vix! I've got a bit of a girl crush going on, LOL! You are just so dang geniune and refreshing, not to mention a little cheeky and fresh sometimes too! Love popping by, because I know I'll be cheered up! You look fabulous dahling!

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  39. Good for you to relax in the sun!
    I will be too this summer, i have the firm intention of not working at all this summer after what happened to me i deserve it big time do do you! You work so darn hard Vix!

    See you soon

    Have a great weekend

    Hugs

    Arianexo

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  40. It's great to see the sun again and those gorgeous loungers. (My auntie Jean had some just like them, she never had anything new so I bet they came from the church jumble... lovely memories.) You would look fab in a bin liner as I've said before but even I posted a pic of my wobbly old bod in a cozzie last year and I didn't get trolled! Shame there's no Pimms in that jug. Enjoy the footie. xxxxx

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  42. Yes it's been well hot here in Surrey - went to Brighton yesterday and nodded off lying on the beach - maybe will do the bikini next time myself if I'm brave, you look great in yours. I/m off to check out your taste in music.

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  43. "It's only a body" ... but it's a hot one, where everything is in the right place and no jiggly bits. I don't need to be brave to wear a bikini ... but anyone looking at me would need nerves of steel ;0)
    xx

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  44. Your vision of summer sounds like heaven! Those chairs are amazing and I totally WANT WANT WANT one of those boom boxes. XXX

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  45. SUPER LOVE THE OUTFIT :)
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  46. Looking as gorgeous as ever, and this weather...perfect!

    Hope you're enjoying the footy xx

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  47. Ah this is the life, you're right on. I sat outside yesterday with a thriller and an iced tea, and I'd rather do that than be Madonna, any day. xox

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  48. You are certainly living the life, Vix - soak up those rays and enjoy your Summer!

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  49. She wore an itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikini! Fab! :)

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  50. It looks like a fabulous dream life to me! I'm the opposite-I love the music of the 60s and 70s but I don't have any vintage clothes. Have a lovely weekend and enjoy that sun! xoxoxo

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  51. Awe, summer. Too bad in a few weeks it will be so hot, humid, and buggy I won't be able to stand being outside. I'll be enjoying my picnic lunches with my co-workers for as long as it lasts.

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  52. Fabulous!!!! Enjoy, as well you should. XXOO

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  53. Lucky you, dear Vix, to have such a lush green landscape in which to enjoy day star rays! You've set the scene perfectly with the loungers, the boom box, the box and the snack. Please tell us you don't have mosquitoes in the U.K. in June, or have you developed a bug-off! formula compatible with the wearing of bikinis?

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  54. It's just a body? But yours is smooth and youthful. I'm 29 and I look like an old deflated balloon with my cellulite, sagging skin and horrific stretch marks. HA!! I'm probably one of the least modest people I know, but I don't think anyone wants to see me flaunt that around in a bikini so I keep all that covered.

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  55. absolutely gorgeous! that bikini has a fab pattern. im so glad to see the summer sun - its different to Winter sun ya know!

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  56. Hi my dear! Glad you're being able to take time out to enjoy the sunshine, such a cute bikini! Have a great weekend xx

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  57. You definitely look hot in this blue bikini. Why are you supposed to be "brave" to show the body like that? It's perfect. Enjoy the summer!

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  58. But you DO live the celebrity lifestyle, Vix, at least the kind of lifestyle I would define as deluxe. And I love your refreshment of water and a peach. Self-employment does have its perks, but they're worked for. Glad to see you enjoying the sun and looking so smoking hot!

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  59. I thought I recognised that banging bikini! You look amazing Vix, yes we have one body. And when the sun is shining or if it's snowing, a bikini is the THANG baby!!! xoxoxxoxxx

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  60. I'd walk down the street in a bikini if I looked like you! I don't even do any sunbathing anymore - my pale skin is aging fast enough without more sun damage.

    But I'm excited that I can read your posts without being jealous - I'm self-employed, too! Actually, I'm unemployed, but that just means I'm still writing my own job description. This is going to be a great summer!

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  61. What a great way to spend the day! There's something so quenching about the thought of simply peaches and water.
    Have a wonderful time soaking up all that vitamin D!

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  62. Love everything in this post... I'll take it third-hand lol!
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  63. You were born and built to be kissed by the sun, my dearest Vix.
    I sooooooooooo agree with you not to envy but to enjoy.
    Have a wonderful weekend and may the sun be with you for at least a couple of weeks
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  64. Love your bikini..It looks so hot <3
    And you look amazing..

    love
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  65. I'm jealous of EVERYTHING in this post!! Enjoy the sunshine and well deserved time relaxing in the sun :)

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  66. Hi Vix! You look great in your bikini and I love your attitude. You are such an inspiration! Jon's boombox kicks a$$, love it! ;-)

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  67. These pics could totally be mistaken for something from the late 60's....I love the way you live vintage. You are hot hot hot in that groovy bikini. Enjoy the sunshine. Xx

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  68. Haven't we had the most lovely week? See, i think you've got the secret of the universe cracked. If you can make your everyday life feel like a holiday, you have achieved something wonderful. Of course, I'm ignoring the 6am bit. You make me laugh, but also I hear the truth. We do all have a body and why should we worry about the shape? Yours, as already established, is rather lovely. I think you work very hard and definitely deserved that day in the sun. And that tan will set off whatever you wear on Thursday beautifully! Exciting!! Naturally i don't have a clue about that music you mentioned. #oldfogey Xxxxxxx

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  69. I'm just holding on until end of term exams are done, and hoping there's still some warm days in the pipeline for garden lounging, floppy hat wafting and the sporting of large vintage sunglasses.

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  70. Look at you you hot thing you! I love your bikini! Such a gorgeous shade of blue on you xx

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  71. Looking fantastic Vix, I hope you had a good weekend!

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  72. It's nice that you're able to enjoy the sunshine. Love Skrillex. We actually saw Rudimental a whle back and it was a great show! x

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  73. I for one would never be brave enough for that, but I am happy for anyone who has the body confidence to be able to wear a bikini, let alone be photographed in it.
    I wish I was relaxing in the sunshine!

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  74. I haven't commented much recently but I just had to share my love of your fab bikini!! :) I have started buying vintage swimsuits to wear as bodysuits/tops and the plus is I'm always read to jump in the see if i want aha! Hope your well Vix

    http://hayleythrills.blogspot.com

    XOXO

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  75. awesome! i love this post ...
    the boombox looks so great on the vintage garden chairs next to this foxy lady ;)

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  76. Hey there ya Hottie Mc Toddie!

    Yes, we only have one bod, but you are brave cuz I know you will end up on that guy's web site of hot women! I love your old suits and how you always rock them!

    Funny today we will get to 80 and then rain for the next 3 days I was just thinking I'd love to lay in the sun this afternoon and read. One of life great pleasures, a good book and sunny spot. And, I love it when a book is so good you just want to read it all day. That look like a good one too.:)

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