Sunday, 26 April 2015

My Head Is A Jungle


Where do I start? Since I last posted I've been to two more car boot sales (both buying and selling) and a raucous lunch-time jumble sale and sewn some bed cover couture. The house looks like a charity shop sorting depot, the mending pile is almost as tall as I am and the washing machine has barely stopped since Thursday. I could show you our finds, share some of the incredible new-to-me vintage dressmaking patterns I'm itching to get started on or reveal Jon's latest DIY project but sod that, we went out last night and that's such a rare event these days (vintage fairs play havoc with the social life) it's got to be shared.


Liz invited us round to theirs for a Mexican dinner so I just had to dress accordingly. Forget boring old age appropriate, I'm food appropriate! 


I borrowed this insane vintage Flamenco maxi skirt from the Kinky Melon stockroom. The crazy 1980s ruffled crop top was bought for £3 on a blogging day out HERE.
The rose crown was handmade by Desiree a couple of years ago and the vintage Austrian belt was a pressie from Helga.


 Bangles - all second-hand. The wooden bird one was from an amazing charity shop which raises funds for stray cats and dogs in Goa (details HERE). Tamera made me the Frida pendant and the feather earrings were 99p from the Walsall branch of Topshop's closing down sale 4 years ago.




Baked Nachos and jalapeño bread for starters.


Gorgeous tableware.


Liz & Adrian


Rocket salad.


Spicy corn kernels


Crispy potatoes


My vegetarian fajitas were gorgeous. Wetherspoons' Mexican Monday pales into insignificance.


Liz & Disco



The Lizzes & me. Hostess, Liz, is on the left of the screen.


Despite knocking back the best part of two bottles of wine I'm feeling fine. Better crack on with the mending pile after I've caught up with my blog reading. Next weekend is a back-to-back vintage fair extravaganza and those rails need to be full!

See you soon.

48 comments:

  1. You look absolutely glorious! I love this outfit so much ❤

    And I really love those bird plates, do you know where they are from? Nothing wrong with dressing meal appropriate xx

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  2. Oh yes, I remember that red top very well - Cow vintage in Sheffield, and you posing in the doorway of the changing room wearing it, to a chorus from all of us saying "wow!" The Mexican-inpsired outfit is fabulous, you look amazing.
    And how lovely to see the gang again - I've missed them! Bloody work messing with your social life - how dare it?!
    The Lizes always look fab, I want both of their dresses, and the food... Oh good lord, I want that food too, it's as vibrant and delicious as you lot!
    Now - back to the mending pile, you. No rest for the wicked!
    Love you! xxxxx

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  3. I'm admiring lovely ladies, lovely red top, charming avian table settings -- but I really, really want to sit down to that menu and chow down! (You're becoming quite the photo stylist!) When social evenings are rare events, it's a joy for hosts and guests alike when they are as successful as this!

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  4. Ahh yes..the glorious ruffle top. Wow indeed! You look gorgeous.
    Lovely to see you all together. Sometimes you just have to get your social life in gear...all work and no play etc. etc.
    The food looks bloody fab I could just nosh it down now.
    Loves ya!
    xxxxx

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  5. Gorgeous outfit and your post has just put me in the mood for Mexican food!!!!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  6. Your food always looks amazing.

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  7. You look exotic and gorgeous in this outfit … and those crispy potatoes look pretty good too ;0)
    xx

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  8. hungry now! you and the rest of the group look glorious and festive, xox.

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  9. Simply gorgeous photos! Love that Frida necklace. I finally got round to watching the movie if her life the other night. Looks like you had a nice night in. Looks like you have a good time weather you stay in or go out! x

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  10. Mexican food, my favorite. Think I'll make some for lunch.

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  11. I love that ruffled crop top so much!!!!!!! Mexican food is my favorite!!!

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  12. Looking delicious! (that's both you and the food.) Glad you got a well deserved night out with your mates and it looks like it was a good 'un.
    Liz's Disco is a dead ringer for Prudy. Enjoy that mending. xxxxxx

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  13. All just wonderful: fabulous themed ensemble, camaraderie, the table, the food! I think those ruffles must have magic, infusing the wearer with lasting feel-fine regardless of wine consumed! xoxo

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  14. Your life is like a huge multi coloured carousel isn't it? Wondrous! Love the Frida look on you, perfect. How well I know that feeling of bags and bags to sort through .... hope the weekend goes great. x

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  15. Clackety Clackety! I feel you need castanets!! The red flamboyant nature of your outfit is wonderful and I'm glad you had a night out! The jewellery is fun too x

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  16. Tell me more about the corn recipe!

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  17. What a fun outfit! Do you know how to flamenco? I think you should learn! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Mexican food! Lucky you! :)

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  18. Food appropriate? I do like that concept...as somebody who loves to cook/eat and make connections between culture and food, I'm sure to be blown away by this post:)...and I might embrace this 'dress for the meal' philosophy.

    Let me say...you look absolutely fabulous. This flamenco/mexico inspired look is to die for. I love the maxi skirt and the top is so perfect....and the accessories are just wow! that Frida necklace is a treasure!

    Seems like you and Jon enjoyed a lovely evening with friends...how sweet! kudos to the hostess...the food looks yummy!!!!!!!

    http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.com/

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  19. Funny thing ... we also had mexican food this weekend but we did not look that great !
    xxx

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  20. You are working that self employed tan in your fabulously exotic outfit! Wonderful looking food too!

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  21. That ruffled top is INSANE! Your whole outfit is a party in itself.

    All that food is making me hungry.

    That last shot of you is brilliant!

    Glad you're taking a little bit of time to enjoy yourself : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  22. You rocked it! Dinner looked awesome and those bird plates - love em!

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  23. Love it when folks decorate their heads!!! You all look fabulous, and the food looks amazing. xo

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  24. I love that you dressed to go with the meal. You look great.

    Sounds and looks like it was a lot of fun. I can almost feel the love in that room, and hear the laughter, from here! And the food looks scrumptious. xo

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  25. heck yeah! never miss a chance to dress up in a theme! You're the best! I looooove me some Mexican food.

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  26. So Carmen Miranda!!!! I yi yi yi yi like it very much. And the Frida Kahlo pendant is covetable. xx

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  27. What a gorgeous outfit! It sounds like you all had a lot of fun, there's nothing better than a night spent with friends x

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  28. "Food Appropriate." I must remember that! Another creative "Vix" phrase that I will use in the future. Of course your headwear is divine and the black skirt with red ruffles is a knockout. Thanks for the early morning inspiration.

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  29. You make a fabulous Flamenca!! I remember when you found that ruffled blouse - you wear it beautifully. Dinner looks delish, and the bird plates are lovely. Glad you were able to have some social down-time with friends before you have to go back to the sorting/mending/washing etc.

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  30. Ah, I'm on the train home from work and all that food is making my mouth water. I love your outfit, so vibrant! Xx

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  31. A "raucous lunchtime jumble sale"? Now THAT sounds like my sort of occasion!
    And wow what an outfit. I was going to say 'Carmen Miranda eat your heart out', but someone else pointed it out first!

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  32. Your jewels are over-the-top huge and gorgeous but I didn't even notice them because you are so radiant in your food wear. Ole! The top stretches at the bottom which is always a good thing when faced with such a banquet. What a wonderful feast with good company. I'm glad you and Jon had a break.

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  33. Looking mucho gorgeous, ladies!! Your Frida-style outfit is killer, Vix, and I'm loving the whole combo, especially the ruffle top.

    Mmmm, that food - what more can I say...
    xxx

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  34. Ay caramba, you all look fab. I really like the bright green of Liz's dress, and that food looks delicious.

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  35. What gorgeous dinner plates your friend owns, and that food has made me hungry, Mmmmmm!! Love your outfit, I do hope you danced, that outfit begs to be danced in.

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  36. Mexican food is my favourite and I cook it at least twice if not 3 times a week in fact you could say its part of our staple diet :-) my mouth is watering looking at it all. And don't you girls all look gorgeous :-) Good luck with the washing, mending and sorting, dee xxx

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  37. Eeeeeeeeeeek! Hear me 'eeeeking' over the sea! This outfit is absolutely stunning. I totally adore all these mexican and spanish/latin styles so much! AWESOME!
    ... And for sure I love mexican food (my man does the best homemade texmex)

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  38. I LOVE that red 1980s tiered ruffled crop-top!!! If only I were in the kind of fabulous shape you are in I'd long to buy and wear it. Yum! Those baked nachos, jalapeño bread, Rocket salad, spicy corn kernels, crispy potatoes and vegetarian fajitas all look delicious!
    I love your floral crown, ruffled top and flamenco skirt, both Liz's dresses ant te puddy tat photo. The Frida Kahlo portrait bangle that Tamera made for you is beautiful.

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

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  39. Disco the Cat!
    Jaysus, I love me a Mexican fiesta outfit, and this ROCKS! Flamenco frills are the bestest. Love every detail, and I adore Mexican food...what a splendid night out, Liz certainly knows how to hold a great dinner party!
    Love Helga XXX

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  40. Looks like such a fun night! That skirt is truly amazing and the Frida necklace. What a perfect excuse to dress up Mexican style, not that you should ever need an excuse.

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  41. I knew that top would come in useful one day!

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  42. It's good to see the gang, I've missed them. Walsall's beautiful people, all assembled together. Yes, I remember that top. I was trying to figure out what it was, then you popped it on, and hey presto, flamenco girl appeared. Love this outfit, the fab skirt, belt and everything. Tell you what, that food doesn't look bad either! Xxxxx

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  43. Not even Mexican themselves would dress more Mexican-appropriate! You look fantastic in your glorious outfit! Love the flower crown and bangles, and red is such a great color on you - love the top very much. Food looks delicious, and bird plates are charming. Your lady-friends are beautiful and stylish too!

    Now of course you know what I'm wondering about... what would you wear to a Russian dinner? :) xxxx

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  44. Different style! :)
    Checked out Jabongworld.com
    Its getting popular day by day...
    http://www.jabongworld.com/women/dresses.html/?ref=newnav

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  45. Love this post! Dressing for dinner is always in style! You and your friends are absolutely gorgeous xxxx

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  46. Well obviously I find this outfit uber fabulous! Ole! We'll make a flamenco dancer of you yet Vix!

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