Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Lunch Date - What I Wore For Wetherspoons



Victorian, Psychedelic, Indian, Native American, Handmade, Charity Shop, Vintage, African, Birkenstocks, Topknot, Car Boot Sale, Turquoise.....if I did Instagram I'd have worn out the hashtag button. 


I'm dressed for lunch in Walsall's Wetherspoons. Other than a couple of evenings out socialising and some charity shopping the past week has been mainly spent scratting around the garden in a frayed vintage sundress with my hair in a ratty bun. Sitting on the door step yesterday morning with the sun on my shoulders, feet bare & filthy, soil under my fingernails sowing coriander seeds in a salvaged chimney pot I couldn't have been more content. Not that I've got any desire to chuck it all in and live off grid in the countryside any time soon, I'd go mad if I didn't live within walking distance of charity shops, the pub and people.


Anyway, back to the clothes and there's pretty much nothing here you haven't seen before. A skirt I made from a 1960s screen printed curtain from a jumble sale, a charity-shopped antique Horrockses camisole, a traditional Ghanaian leather-bound basket bought from last years' Kaya Festival and a pair of vintage Italian sunglasses the car boot stallholder considered so ridiculous that she only wanted 20p for them.


The shorter of my two turquoise pendants is Native American, hand made in Canada. Along with the copper cuff, engraved with the same design, it was a gift from an old boyfriend to my Mum in the early 1960s after he'd spent a year or so travelling the world. I bought the other pendant for £2 from Age UK last week, the manager had hidden it away under the counter until she next saw me, knowing that I'd love it.


After hobbling around for ages I finally bit the bullet and treated myself to a brand new pair of silver Birkenstocks. I'm not really sure what took me so long. In the year leading up to my first hip replacement I rarely wore anything else although, ten years ago I had to have the left shoe built up at the hospital as my leg was so much shorter than my right (oh, the glamour!)  Being sensible has definitely paid off, I haven't had a twinge of pain in weeks and the orthopaedic surgeon is happy to put off surgery until next year. Hooray!


I was going to post this yesterday but what started out as a lunch date ended up with us staggering out of 'Spoons at 11pm. Today I'm back to the ratty bun and frayed sundress, there's a weed-strewn border and a packet of rocket that won't plant itself.


See you soon!

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  1. Loving the camisole and the necklace , I'me glad its not only me that gets dirty feet in the garden , Although if i amd going in there for a long time now i wear socks lol , I have found out that heels give me hip pain but its not as bad as yours so sometimes i wear them but what i have found is a wedge does not may bee because your whole foot is supported by the wedge , It might be worth a try xxx

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    1. Thank you! I love wedges but my feet are quite narrow so even if the buckles are done up on the tightest hole my feet slip and slide forward and end up giving me blisters. Can't win, can I? xxx

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  2. Those are the most glamorous Birkenstocks I've ever seen! Such an upgrade from the usual rough-tanned skins, battered buckle, dirty toenails (ah, the Barry M coordinates with the turquoise pendants) and unmatched socks ensembles worn by local off griders. Very glad, indeed, they're good for the hip!

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    1. I've seen those Birkenstocks, all grubby and accesorised with hairy toes and unpainted nails. Yuk! xxx

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  3. Well aren't you all splendid, summery, and boho chic!
    I still love the mod print on that skirt & want to do it in tapestry for a set of throw pillows!
    Glad those Birkies helped your hip & look glam to boot!
    I'm partial to bejeweled Fitflops myself.
    xox

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    1. That print would make a wonderful tapestry. I'd love to see your creations.
      Bejeweled Fitflops, one of my friends had a pair and I was quite enamored. I'd forgotten all about them. xxx

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  4. Love the cami and the skirt fabric is fabulous! I would love to try a pair of Birks one of these days, I love comfy shoes! :)

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    1. Thanks, Laurie! Treat yourself, there's some good deals on new ones on Ebay. xxx

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  5. I love the skirt (the blue and purple are blended well together) and the Native American jewelry are beautiful. I love all things Native American. The Birkenstocks look so comfortable and I am glad they are working with you and your hip!

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    1. Thanks, Tracie. I love blue and purple together, too, I think that's why I snapped up the curtains. xxx

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  6. Oh, hooray that the Birkenstocks have helped your hip. It's funny, I was wondering only this morning what the situation was there, and whether you were booked in got your op.

    Those necklaces look spectacular worn together, and the camisole is just lovely. (And I'm jolly glad it's not just me who bumbles ratarsed out of pubs :-D )

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    1. I am daft sometimes, £40 in exchange for no pain at all, what took me so long? xxx

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  7. Hey Vix, So glad you've been given an extra year off surgery for good behavior in wearing comfy, sensible shoes. I never saw such good looking birkies. They must've been custom made just for you! And your ensemble too.

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    1. Thanks, Pao! I reckon the metallic makes all the difference. I used to have the black ones but they did look very orthopedic. xxx

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  8. I'm so glad you've kept the surgeon at bay! That is great! I've been out in the garden for hours too-trying to get that 100ft lawn mowed, cutting back nettles, brambles and all, and other things. I'm tired but glad I've done it!
    I love that skirt-it is so pretty!! The necklace is a winning combination with it-you look v pretty!!!x

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    1. It's a full time job maintaining a big garden, isn't it? I do find it quite therapeutic though, I actually prefer weeding and pruning to planting - it requires too much procrastination! xxx

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  9. Hashtag fabulous!! You look gorgeous. I would also like to remain living near charity shops!!! Xx

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    1. I get twitchy if I haven't been to a chazza, I would go mad without being able to walk to one in minutes! xxx

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  10. That necklace is an absolute beauty! xx

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  11. Bloody luscious and summery! What about this sunshine. If I didn't have to drag my arse to work, I'd be in he garden all day. Actually, I'd probably still be in a field. Ah, the nobody-will-want-this-it's-so-bad bargain! Gotta love 'em. Love the Birkenstocks too. They are the bollocks.
    Hurray for having surgery put off too.
    Loves ya.
    xxxxxxx

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    1. I used to hate having to go to work when the sun was shining, it should be made illegal working when the weather's good! xxx

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  12. Beautiful! There is no formula for fashion - what you love is best. Sounds like a fab long lunch.

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  13. Oh Vix, good about the surgery being postponed!!
    Stunning outfit, and I adore those necklaces.
    Maybe I should start wearing necklaces again...
    xoxooxoxox

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    1. Necklaces make an outfit, dig 'em out Carol! xxx

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  14. Vix yu always find the best stuff and always within your style. Perfect lady you are

    I love this skirt badly, it looks perfect

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    1. Thank you! It was one of the first things I made - over six years ago, and I still love it! x

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  15. Glad to hear the surgery is being postponed. Birkenstocks are really quite comfortable and well worth the price tag, and if they come in silver, that's a bonus! The Horrockses camisole is lovely and crisp and the perfect backdrop for those amazing turquoise pendants. I bet you are looking glamorous even when wearing a frayed sundress and a ratty bun, though. xxxx

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    1. They are, I can do the two mile round trip into town and back and not get a blister, result! xxx

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  16. You dirty stop-outs lol!! Love the pendants and cuff. Glad surgery has been delayed and your feet look great in the meantime xx

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    1. Aren't we terrible? It's that 50 year old boyfriend of mine leading me astray! xxx

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  17. Aha! You can't just have one pair of Birks, I like to have several so that I'm not wearing the same pair, day after day (I find they get um, er, pungent if I do). Those birkies are FAB! Just like you.

    Happy thrifting ;)

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    1. Don't encourage me, I'd have a pair in every colour if I could! xxx

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  18. Gorgeous Birkenstocks. They really are so comfy aren't they? I have got to second the vote for a small wedge heel. They really make a difference to my dodgy back, flats kill me after a day or so. That is fabulous news about your hip, although my Mum was up walking the same day she had hers done and says that it is the best thing that ever happened to her. Pity they wear out so quickly. I love your outfit. That maxi skirt is an absolute belter. The colours are gorgeous. That is such a lovely tale about your beautiful boho jewellery. I really like Instagram but I just fill mine with cat pics. Xx

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    1. They're almost as comfy as being barefoot, my favourite way to be!
      My hip's a state of the art Furlong hip, given to athletes and younger people - they've been around for 29 years and none of the recipients have had to have them replaced as far. I was very lucky to get one on the NHS!
      Cat pictures would be the only reason to join Instagram, I can lose hours looking at them! xxx

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  19. Looking gorgeous missus, that camisole is lovely. Good on yer for splashing out on the new shoes. You need good footwear in your business.
    Looking forward to seeing you at the weekend xxxxx

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    1. We certainly do - that's Jon's excuse for having so many pairs!!!
      I'll message you later, can't wait to see you both! xxx

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  20. Great outfit Vix, you make birkenstocks look so glam! Glad to hear that you can put off surgery for a while as well.

    Enjoy the rest of your week! xx

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! They aren't the most glamorous of sandals but the metallic option definitely helps! xxx

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  21. I am a Birkenstock lover, and I own numerous pairs that get thrashed to death in Summer. So comfy and super cool styles can be found. All mine are second hand and I don't think you can ever own too many pairs.

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    1. Lucky you! The ones I find in chazzas are usually titchy sized or fakes. I'd love loads more. xxx

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  22. A 12 hour lunch session...way to go Vix! Hope it was better than my piss-poor early bird lunch at the Harvester today....won't be going there again. I love the camisole, it's perfect with the groovy maxi and the turquoise jewellery. Birkenstocks are lovely but I couldn't wear them with my hideous bunions! I hear they are de rigueur at festivals? (burkies... not bunions!)So glad you've managed to postpone the surgery. xxx

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    1. I've only been to a Harvester once and I can't say I was impressed, my haloumi was greasy and the salad bar very uninspiring.
      Yes, the hipsters are back into their Birkis. Wonder if owning a new pair makes me one, too! xxx

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  23. You are an international doll if I ever saw one! Bohemian gorgeousness abounds. Like you, I love spending a day all grubby in the garden then off to the bar for a well deserved cold one. True bliss. The silver birkies are quite nice and if they postpone surgery then that makes them even nicer. Ah, I long for the day when I can once again wear shoes.

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    1. You can't waera shoes? No! Thank goodness you live in a warmer climate than ours.
      Yes, hard labour in the garden followed by an ice cold beer - bliss! xxx

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  24. Love the skirt. Glad I am not the only one who makes clothes from curtain panels. I recently made a dress from a duvet cover. Curtains and bed linens are such a great source of beautiful vintage fabric and amazing prints and colours. You rock and so do your clothes. Love you and your clothes and your personal style. Cheers, Michele

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    1. They are and so much cheaper than buyer inferior fabric from a shop - although I found some killer vintage curtains at the car boot sale this morning and the seller wanted £70 for them!! Who carries that much cash around with them in a field? Not me! xxx

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  25. looking ravishing as per usual. love your new birkenstocks. comfort is now so key for me! xo

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    1. Thanks, Juanita! I'm starting to feel the same! xxx

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  26. Your look gorgeous, Vix! I love your handmade skirt. One of these days, I'm hoping to learn to sew myself, your posts always inspire me. I also have a thing for turquoise jewellery, I'm currently on the lookout for a turquoise ring or cuff bangle. Hope you enjoy your time in the garden. Xxx

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    1. Thanks, Jess! The skirt was one of the first things I ever sewed, six years ago. Find yourself some cheap fabric and have a go, if you get stuck (like I often do) just Google the problem and you're guaranteed to find the answer! xxx

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  27. Stellar outfit, dear Vix. I swear, you and your awesome blog have deepened my love of both maxi skirts and chunky jewelry.

    Big hugs & happy mid-month wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you so much, Jessica! Blogging is wonderful for seeing things with a new perspective. xxx

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  28. That's great news about your hip-and that has to be the best looking pair of Birks, ever.

    It sounds like you're putting the time off to excellent use. Isn't that the best when shopkeepers know your taste and hold things for you? It says something about their sales skills, but it also says that they buyer is the sort of person they like enough to hold things for. And no wonder they like you-who wouldn't?!

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    1. Oh, you are kind! I love that people know my taste, there's a lady at the car boot sale who collects vintage dressed just for me. I've bought four of her this week. xxx

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  29. Your jewellery is fabulous, and the sandals - what an investment! I do believe that our feet deserve the very best. Gardening is good for the soul don't you think? it's such therapy and you can get engrossed for hours in the process whether you have an acre or a few pots to play with! It's good to see you enjoying a bit of time out and relaxing at home. Betty x

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    1. You're right, Betty! Our feet are so important and it's silly to not to splash a bit of cash on a decent pair of shoes. By the time I've wasted money on loads of cheap sandals from charity shops I might as well just have bought one pair - so I did! xxx

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  30. Oh, you pretty thing! The turquoise and silver necklaces are spectacular. Those are the Birkenstocks I would wear if I could wear Birks, but they are not designed for people who have bunions.

    There is something quite soothing about digging in the dirt and planting things. I have no desire to live in the country, but I would like a larger flower garden.

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    1. Boo! That's a shame. Birkis are so comfy, too.
      Messing about in the garden - or even with houseplants and pots on the windowsill is a wonderful way to switch off. xxx

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  31. A year's reprieve sounds very good indeed. Someone I know has just had a hip op and are recovering, though itching to get going again.

    Those camisoles are great for this time of year, I wear mine a lot. And I just love all your turquoise, that's my favourite stone - the bigger the better! xxx

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    1. I remember the recovery being a lot worse than the actual op, there's so much you're not allowed to do - it drove me (and Jon) nuts!
      Cotton camis are perfect for hot days and dry in no time with this glorious sunshine. xxx

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  32. You look gorgeous, Vix. Summery and glamorous and the turquoise jewellery is beautiful. Enjoy the weather and the gardening. It's pissing down in Donegal - again!

    Xxx

    Veronica

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    1. Noooo! I've been checking your weather and it hasn't been the best, that's so unfair when we're basking in sunshine for once! xxx

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  33. Cor, that's quite a result, getting that op put off. I really thought it was imminent. Does that mean you can get on with your travel plans, or are you still being sensible? I've never actually worn a pair of Birkenstocks but I reckon I could be tempted by a silver pair if needs be. As always you look lovely. I'm always partial to a little white camisole and those pendants are beautiful. Ooh a Wetherspoons session, what a good idea. Keep celebrating! :) I also love your little green clearing with your gazebo and chiminea but I can't quite make out what the hanging object is above you? Yours sincerely Mrs N Osey. Xxxx

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    1. I'm thinking about travel but being sensible is niggling away at the back of my mind - blimey, I must be getting old!!
      We need a 'Spoons session, it's been far too long, there's new stuff on the menu and everything!!
      That's a Flamenco dancer you can see, I've strung her up with fishing wire. they drive the cats daft! xxx

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  34. Hello the twin basket! I just had to say it! :) This is one of my most favorite outfits of yours. I really love the way you combined the two pendants with the delicate top. Gorgeous!

    I am so happy to hear that you don't need a surgery any time soon. Your feet look beautiful in these sandals - I'm glad that they are comfy too.

    Thank you for the show recommendation! I haven't heard of it, but it reminded me of another British show from the 1980s I think, about a similar topic. Can't remember the name, but it was based on a book, and I loved it. I looked up Indian Summers, and it's available on Amazon!

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    1. Was it Jewel in The Crown? If so you'll absolutely love Indian Summers, lots of intrigue and interesting yet flawed characters!
      Yes, our baskets are the same, we've got great taste, obviously!! xxx

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  35. Your clothing is always the top for me, I love the white tank top that reminds me of the lingerie Tuscan grandmothers, and it's amazing how perfectly even with a skirt in acid tones and psychedelic drawings .. The African stock exchange is beautiful, too ' I can not resist when I see one! And then I adore every green leaf, every blade of grass of your garden!

    serena

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    1. I'd love to go to Tuscany and bask in the sunshine in this top, Serena! Maybe one day...xxx

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  36. Perfect from head to toe! That purple maxi dress is amazing. I love your statement necklace and how you matched all your accessories. You look fantastic.

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    1. Thank you, Ivana! Lovely to hear from you! xxx

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  37. I so love that skirt! The blues and purples are lovely. I agree that birkenstocks and fitflops are very comfortable, I have some foot and leg issues (not as serious as yours, though). Those silver birkies are lovely, I saw someone in the same ones on the beach the other week and thought they were very glam. I love silver sandals and shoes!

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    1. Thanks, Tanya! I love the colour combination and the mad print.
      I'm sorry to hear that you've got foot issue, too - it's not fun at all. Silver stops those Birkis looking too orthopaedic, doesn't it? I was tempted with Salt Water sandals but I have trouble fastening buckles when my arthritis is playing up, easy to kick the ones I'm wearing off without having to sit on the floor struggling. xxx

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  38. As a lover of turquoise and silver, well, you've got my attention! Lots of bangles, I've said it before, I love your style, such a fan of yours. In my part of the world, every second person wears Birkis in the summer (because it's so often very wet and even when it's not, it's a general thing that footwear is left outside and Birkis fit the bill there). I bought some shiny dark blue ones last year and would love some silver ones for evening - yes, we wear them all the time and everywhere!
    So pleased your body is happier in your Birkis. I love seeing snippets of your beautiful garden. xx

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    1. Bangles! I feel naked without them and almost invisible if I can't hear them clanking together on my wrists. xxx

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  39. This is such a pretty outfit, I adore your top! I used to have similar ones, but they were washed so frequently they fell apart :(
    xxx

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    1. Thank you! I'm amazed this one is in such good condition considering the age - Horrockses were made to last! xxx

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