Thursday, 16 April 2015

Does It Offend You, Yeah?


I'd forgotten all about this 1960s swimsuit I found at a jumble sale last year so I popped it on, posted this photo on Facebook with a message saying that I was off to wear it in the garden and instantly lost three followers. Were people offended by the gratuitous display of flesh?

Vintage 1960s cutaway swimsuit by Janice Dickinson (20p, jumble sale), white sunglasses (25p, Age UK)

Sod 'em! Life's too short to conform. Hopefully, I'll be getting my kit off (and no doubt pissing more people off) for a good while yet (especially if we're getting the Summer we've been promised) and if that means losing "friends" along the way then so be it.



Nothing as offensive today though, the glorious sunshine we were treated to yesterday is but a distant memory. It was my bed cover capelet & vintage maxi at dawn for this morning's car boot sale and, as usual, even being completely covered from head to toe sent Porno Boy* into a frenzy, giving me a lascivious wink and rubbing his hands up and down his shell suit-clad thighs in glee.

* A regular trader who specialises in dubiously sticky looking DVDs of a distinctly adult nature. 

Wanna see what we got?


Might have to oust a certain Polly Piglet first!

She's taken a fancy to the vintage Tootal scarves. A girl of great taste, obviously. There's a tweed jacket, a couple of head scarves, some tooled leather bags and a 1950s wool blanket I'll have to prise off her later.



Clockwise from top left: Bird print maxi skirt; Velvet tree print midi skirt; lizard handbag (it came in a dust bag, very swanky!); Scots-made gents wool cardi; groovy crimplene maxi dress; ILGWU fake fur coat labelled The Grand, Milwaukee; Batwing sleeve mohair cardi; bamboo handle handbag; See through mac (might nick that for Glastonbury!); Baby blue worsted wool jacket; nylon baby doll; beaded Italian-made handbag; gents corduroy & fake fur coat 


I'm glad I got my sunshine fix yesterday as this afternoon will mostly be spent cleaning this lot leaving the evening free to watch the final episode of Banished, which I'm loving. 

Wearing: Me-made capelet (last seen HERE), 1970s cotton maxi (last seen HERE), ridiculously oversized vintage sunglasses (20p, car boot sale, 2013)

We're back in Bristol on Saturday, trading with the fabulous Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair - details HERE. Come and say hello!

See you soon.

76 comments:

  1. Haha .... Porno Boy. Good thing he didn't see you in that bathing suit! It looks stunning on you. As they say 'haters gonna hate' and there's nothing anyone can do about that, so as you say ' sod 'em '

    And I love your little cape. Great finds at the car boot sale. <3 Polly Piglet.

    xo

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  2. I think the swimsuit looks amazing on you, sod the followers you lost! xx

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  3. I'm offended twice over:

    1. You have no right to look so good in your cossie :)

    2. It's flippin freezing up here and was yesterday,so I wouldn't even sit in the garden in my wetsuit :)

    Sod em you look gorge
    Twiggy x

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  4. lady, you're a glorious summery vision!, lovely swimsuit indeed and fabulous attitude!! You Rock!!
    And love your little cute capelet and pretty maxi, such an awesome color combo!. Obviously, ol'creepy perverts have to behave in usual way, puagh!
    Anyway, you're gorgeous, and I'm loving your fabulous booty! kitty included!
    besos

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  5. How funny! I can only assume that they were consumed with envy, as am I bye the way!

    Porno Boy sounds like fun……

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  6. Loving this swimsuit.. its so classy

    www.myunfinishedlife.com

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  7. Well we think you look LUSH love in your cossie. They are probably jealous coz they can't wear one and look that good.
    Can buy that cream bag please Vix ? Xxx

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  8. what a lovely vintage swimsuit! I don't see how it could offend anyone, it's quite modest, especially for today's standards.

    When I wear a swimsuit, a lot more skin is exposed.( I've been into tiny bikies forever and I don't plan to give them up.) Today people are quite strange when it comes to what they consider modest (which is mostly covering of the skin)...but really there isn't much we can do avoid showing the shape of our body- besides walk in a burqa.

    I don't know, I just don't like this concept that are bodies are something that needs to be hidden. What is considered modest is very relative, in some societies it is modest to go naked and only woman of the trade cover themselves up in some village in Africa (or so I heard or read somewhere)

    Anyhow, I really like your colourful outfit as well...and your cat has a fabulous taste! I'm absolutely mesmerized by her eyes on that photograph....she is like a cat version of dutchess among all that beautiful scarves.

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  9. Well it should be obvious you lost the
    "friends" due to jealousy. You look like a Bond woman in that suit! Also it is rather tame considering some of the bikinis you've worn. Lucky you that you had a warm enough day to get out and enjoy it. Still waiting for it to warm up past 15 here. No bathing suits for me!

    Wishing you high sales this weekend!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  10. Love second hand place. I love your bracelet did you find them at second hand place?
    Coffee is on

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  11. Really? I'd have thought you'd be inundated with friend requests following a shot of you in that cossie, darling - and I'm sure Porno Boy would agree! Loving the sod 'em attitude and the swimsuit.
    The maxi and capelet were meant to be worn together, I think, that's Spring in an outfit right there.
    Wow, great car booty - the maxi skirt and blue wool jacket have caught my eye, but it's all fab. Good to see Miss Polly Piglet helping out, as cats always do...
    Hope Bristol is fun, with plenty of punters ready to spend their cash on something Kinky.
    Love you! xxxx

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  12. How is it possible to be offended by such beaty ?
    people are strange .
    xxx

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  13. You gotta be kidding me? Mind you Facebook is that kind of place just lately and there does seem to be a rash of eejits over it. Must be the sun that's brought them out. Fuck 'em. You look fab and they are just jealous.
    Have fun in Brizzle.
    Loves ya.
    xxxxxx

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  14. 'Ey up! It's Ursula Undress, Walsall's answer to Bond girls. If you were any more foxy, you'd have a red tail. Love the suit AND the fact that it was warm enough for you to wear it. In the words of Oliver; more, please. I heard we're in for a heat wave! :) Banished is brilliant, just wondering how the noose can be avoided this week. What about Major Ross and Kitty, eh? Xxxxxx

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  15. those folks were probably just jealous that you look so good (for an old lady ) Miss Polly is saying "mine, mine mine, sod off"

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  16. LOL! Offended that a gorgeous woman dons a bathing suit to sun in the yard? War, poverty - that may not offend them, but you looking ravishing does? Hmmmph. Love the name Porno Boy, I am going to use it for Sandy (in jest!) xox.

    PS I got a comment on my blog just now that my "pants are just stupid." Thanks for sharing, cranky person. xox

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  18. I had to edit my comment, lol, what I said was,,, If people find THAT swimsuit offensive they had better stay away from the beaches because I think its quit modest!!!

    You look great,, jealousy maybe somewhere involved most likely,

    love the skirt with the birds!

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  19. God they must've been jealous! If I had your figure, (I never have and never will now at 52,) I would defintely be flaunting it, down the high street!

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  20. It's a real treat to read your blog and thus we enjoy your wonderful pre-loved vintage gem finds(if we all looked like that with our kit off, I feel we'll be all stripping off in the backyard for sure! Love. love the bathing suit * the lovely vibrant assemble:-) X

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  21. Yup, must have been jealous! Magnificent car boot haul, no second hand goodies for me this week and I just wouldn't look that good in a vintage swimsuit! Off to unfollow you right now! (just kidding!!)

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  22. I think you can afford to lose a few jealous kitties that wish they had your figure and swimsuit! You had some good finds, I like the blue jacket.

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  23. I think you look like a Bond Girl in that fab bathing suit. I think your Bond name should be 'Vixatious Vix'.

    Poo on those you un-friended you, they were obviously not worthy.

    happy thrifting ;)

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  24. You look splendid, who gives a hoot what those people think. Hasn't the weather changed since yesterday, it's got quite brisk here.

    Porno Boy sounds a delight!

    Fab finds, you don't see anything like that in this neck of the woods. It's all Monsoon or t-shirt fabric, though I did see dragonfly boots on Monday. xxx

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  25. They are probably fundamentally insecure. That's my theory about lots of people, especially when they vote UKIP! I think Facebook is where people are the most sensitive, about what other people say, what they do and of course their politics. Love this suit, it's so beautiful and you have that perfect swimsuit body.

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  26. Great haul! Not certain why anyone would be offended. You have a great figure and style. Yes, sod'em all. Beautiful caplet too! x

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  27. What's not to love about you in that suit?! I have heard that sometimes those bot things go through and delete the non-existent people. Okay, that sounds weird.
    Clearly your drugs are in high gear with you vertical and out pissing off people in your awesome attire! Your hand-made capelet is incredible. Porno boy, gew. Glad you get a laugh anyway.

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  28. Perhaps they were just jealous of how good you look in that swimsuit! It is a stunner! :)

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  29. You know what i say if you've got it flaunt it and boy you have got it , Like somebody else said its just jealousy, Ignore them they dont count xxx

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  30. what should i say.... someone who can´t stand a beauty like you in a swimsuit - can go where the peppers grow! (german saying)
    :-)
    great bounty! lately i said to hubs that we should go to england for fleamarkets - i.e. we´r looking for 1-2 upholstered chairs with a bold flowery pattern. impossible to find here. but everytime i see a english film i swoon over the flamboyant furniture.....
    anyway.
    you look totally like spring in your yellow patterned cape&maxi ensemble - the daffodils in my garden are pale in comparison :-)
    xxxxxxxxxx

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  31. You look amazing in that swimsuit, if I wore my cossie in the garden I'd probably stop traffic - and not in a good way! Excellent finds at the boot sale and I love the photo of Polly Piglet rolling amongst them.

    I hope you have a fabulous day at the Old Paintworks in Bristol. If you get a chance try out Bocabar (on the same site) it's lovely. Also, keep your eyes' peeled for the amazingly steep roads of Totterdown (on your right once you're past Temple Meads and heading for the Bath Road) - it's not called that for nothing. Put it this way, I wouldn't want to live there when it's icy underfoot.

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  32. Ooh-err, I love that swimsuit! lush.

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  33. They must've been jealous - and rightly so lol!!

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  34. It's your GARDEN, it's not as if you're wearing it to Lidl and giving poor old chaps heart attacks!

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  35. That is bizarre for someone to unfriend you for wearing something! It is equivalent to a mini-dress and there is nothing wrong with either! I meant to look as some nice vintage cossies in a shop today but forgot in the end as I got distracted by a conversation between 2 other people! You did well at the booty!
    Oh and by the way, you look super in that cossie (and the cape- OH the cape!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) xxx

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  36. Offend? It only inspires me to get back into shape :)

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  37. Exactly sod 'em. Some people are so fickle. You are fabulous and always think your attitude and confidence should be on display. It's a wonderful thing. Loving your cat boot haul and rather fancy the tooled bag, my collection keeps growing and growing.

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  38. Love the bathing suit so much!!! I'm looking for something similar, but just not white, because I stain it so easily. I'm too messy!

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  39. WTF? People astound me sometimes.
    Love you in the JD cozzie, wasn't it amazing to be able to wear it in April? It was in the mid 70's down here...unheard of. What a brilliant haul of car booty, I'm off to my first one of the year on Sunday. xxxxxx

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  40. I'm glad I don't ever go on Facebook. False-flagging there is legendary and without any good appeals process. Although you look amazing in your 1960s swimsuit it's obviously not a gratuitous display of flesh. Followers and un-followers on some social media sites are really weird - sometimes really creepy-weird. I can imagine some of the prude wackos on YouTube or Facebook objecting to photos of women who aren't shrouded from head to toe. Heck, Facebook even censored a photograph of a statue in an article about censorship by the ACLU. I seem to recall someone Tweeting on their Twitter feed: "Who are these people, and why are they following me?" Sometimes I look at the icons of followers on my YouTube and decide I don't really want to know. If they un-follow they were probably not people I'd want as followers anyway.
    As usual your frocks, vintage couture and accessories are fabulous. I like that bamboo handle handbag. That capelet you made is a beauty.

    http://www.full-brief-panties.blogspot.com/

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  41. Loving the matching sunnies with your stunning togs!
    I hope you have more heat to swan about in.
    Obviously your followers were blinded by your beauty.
    Polly Piglet is very discriminating - in the old sense of the word. Your finds are magnificent! I'm patting the fur in my imagination, both fake and kitty! Xo JJ

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  42. Truly people can be strange . You look fab as always in your swim suit . The return of sunshine has to be enjoyed in appropriate attire!

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  43. Maybe they were associates of Porno Boys ... and you weren't displaying ENOUGH flesh ... just a thought ;0)
    You look utterly fabulous as usual.
    xx

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  44. I dig the capelet. Wish I knew how to make myself one. I am sure they don't come cheap from stores and online.. And they aren't half as interesting either.
    Sod the unfollowers. You are effing fabulous!

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  45. Dont know why it would offend. Make envious for sure but not offend. I for one enjoy your posts.

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  46. Haha Vix, they were not offended I think they were jealous they don't look as good. Beautiful cape too. Fantastic haul. I lose friends on FB whenever I do a food post. I suppose people get offended with food too. Enjoy the rest of your week. xo

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  47. Oh some people can be so fickle! I can see nothing offensive about you looking hot in a bathing suit.

    Loving all your car-boot finds, and Polly Piglet is blooming adorable!

    Have a perfect weekend. xx

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  48. What is there to be offended about? It's a beautiful cossie and you look fab. I have one a similar style but blue lurex, I'm hoping to fit it come summer so I can wear it on the beach. Xx

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  49. Doesn't offend me in the slightest you should be able,to,wear what you want. They probably jealous you have a lovely shape.

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  50. Folk are odd - what's there to be offended about? Probably consumed with envy no doubt, because you look uber fit in your cossie. They're definitely the type of followers you don't want! Flaunt that bod as much as you want, lady!!

    Perhaps Porno Boy is unwittingly becoming your good luck mascot after you brought that super haul! I reckon that the static produced from him frantically rubbing his nylon shell-suit is producing a cosmic electrical charge that is drawing the bargains to you!! *snigger*
    xxx

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  51. eww...Porno Boy! Anyways I don't get what's offensive about a swimsuit - whatever. Those are the kinds of "friends" you don't need! It's actually started to get pretty chilly here - I'm kind of coveting that wee caplet xo

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  52. That swim suit is perfect on you, and I say if you got it flaunt it. Are you serious that people stopped following you? Saddos!!!

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  53. hahaha are you serious bloody stupid people you are better off without them if that's the case!

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  54. Looking utterly gorgeous in both - the white swimming suit and the colorful glorious pattern mix outfit, dear Vix! If people want to get upset or offended, they always can find a reason - it's not that difficult. Such a fun bunch of goodies today - well done! Have a wonderful weekend! xxx

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  55. I love the flattering cut of that swimsuit, and babe, if I looked that amazing wearing it, I would wear it in the garden too (if I had a garden). Facebook is just annoying as hell - it refuses to allow me to get up to 500 "Likes" on my page; when I get close, suddenly I lose 4 or 5 people. Then the numbers go up again, same thing happens.

    Love all the pretty colours you have going on in your Car Boot Sale outfit.

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  56. If you lost 3 friends Vix by sharing your lovely photo they were not friends, True friends don't do that sort of thing. You look amazing so why not share and enjoy :-) See you tomorrow lovely popping over with my gorgeous friend Kaz and Sioux for a girly day. I am looking for a 40s style dress for my VE Event next month and I wear more 60s than 40s. So will be in need of help. xx

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  57. You look beyond fab in that cozzie - seriously it was made for you! And I totally love your sunny but warm outfit. That Porno Boy - eeewwww! Imagine if he'd seen you in the cozzie ...

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  58. There's nowt so queer as folk! You look amazing in that cossie and I'm proud to have you as a facebook friend. You add glamour, colour and positivity to my news feed. xxx

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  59. People can be so petty! Swimsuit looks fab and nothing offensive about it. I've learnt so much from your blog about being myself and not caring what other people think about the way I dress. Thank you !

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  60. I read this yesterday as I was getting ready to go out, so have revisited today and chortled all over again at your brilliant attitude. Absolutely - life is most definitely too short for conforming. Not only did I speak out loud to my empty room, saying 'oh my god, Vix is brilliant' when reading this post, but I was also reminded that I have a very similar looking swimsuit somewhere that belonged to my grandma, only with more flesh-revealing cut away sections. Must look for it when I'm back home again and follow your example!

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  61. People are offended by a swimming costume, but blissfully ignore the really awful stuff splashed across the front page of the newspaper. Sigh. I thought I'd understand people better as I get older, but I don't. I just don't.

    Thank you for your kind comments at my blog.

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  62. So funny, I have no idea how a swimsuit could cause people to defriend you but apparently they need to get a life :) Have a lovely weekend

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  63. With a bod like that, you can wear whatever you like and look fabulous! So glad I found your blog and that it's led me to discover Curtise, Patti and the amazing Style Crone. I love reading about your life and especially the way you and Jon work as a team and support each other in your business. One pic of you at sunset in India actually made me blink back tears. Thanks so much for sharing - I'm not a blogger yet but have bins and bins of 60s and 70s fashions. Those were the days, oh yes they were! Bonnie xo

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  64. Hi Vix Wow I can not believe you lost 3 followers (way too many!), because you wore your bathing suit and in your own garden for crying out loud! A family friend of ours wore her gold two piece bathing suit while cleaning her car out and she was in her 50s! It was funny when we realized what the male neighbor across the street was staring at. Your bathing suit is pretty modest IMO. It looks great on you! That porno boy would give me the creeps! Lol

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  65. Bugger em vicki they mustn't have a body or maybe they shower in the dark haha. Nowt as queer as folk!

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  66. I just love your Polly girl. She is beautiful and not only do I envy your jewelry, I covet your sweet tortie kitty.

    People think I am weird because I wear my bathing suit in the park. Hey, my dog is naked...

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  67. People baffle me daily, Vix, but this takes the frosted cupcake! It's a beautiful 60s swimsuit that fits you perfectly -- and what else would anyone expect to find here but vintage garments modeled by one can do them justice?!

    Polly Piglet's hoard of treasures is well worth guarding. Good girl, Polly, take care of that tooled floral leather bag!

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  68. I almost stopped following you because of my raging jealousy! I could never wear a suit like that: Number one my boobs would never fit into a one piece, number two I don't look good in white, and number three I can't shave my bikini line because I get ingrown hairs! So there! Just kidding... I just hate shaving and I can't swim so I don't bother with swimwear. HEE HEE! Love ya!

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  69. hehe Porno boy would clearly love you in the swimsuit! Perhaps they were just a little envious of you figure and abilitly to wear it. or should i say your confidence to wear it. people often get offended by the things they are most ashamed of in themselves after all! I love you sunny yellow ensemble! Hello sunshine!!

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  70. Fabulous cosy.... I enjoyed Banished too, that nasty chap with the dark hair my guilty pleasure!!x

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  71. I love the expression on Polly Piglet's face. Clearly she's delighted to have found something worthy of her furry self.

    You look fab in that swimsuit. Very Bond babe. Can't think why it would stop people following you, but it's their loss.

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  72. Oh gosh the pattern on that maxi has me swooning all over...love it! I lost 4 followers when I posted pics of our deer antlers from New Zealand. Obviously some found it offensive? It's not like we killed the deer ourselves! You in a vintage swim suit is something to aspire to not anything to be offended over! Xx

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  73. Wow you look amazing!
    Who cares about the followers, they obvs can't deal with your fabulousness and slammin bod!xxxx

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