Tuesday, 13 September 2016

A Day In The Life




When I'm not selling vintage at festivals or fairs, dressing up as a unicorn & being serenaded by 1980s pop stars or spending all day in Wetherspoons what on earth do I do with my time? Here's how I've spent today.


The alarm went off at 7am. After feeding the cats & the tortoise I had a 30 minute Wii Fit workout before joining Jon in the kitchen for breakfast (Lidl's Fruit & Fibre and a mug of tea). After a quick wash I got dressed, tuned into 6 Music and altered a couple of dresses from the depths of the stockroom. I turned a 1960s Crimplene maxi into a mini, using the surplus fabric to make an A-line skirt and shortened a St Michael 1970s pinafore making it less of a "my Nan used to wear one of those" to a "I'd wear of those".


Sunday was glorious and we spent most of the day in the garden, picking wild blackberries and gathering the glut of windfall apples from our trees. I printed off some labels for the jars of spiced apple chutney (recipe HERE) I'd made yesterday and then knocked up a blackberry and apple oat crumble.


Jon had been over to the mechanics to sort out a problem with our work van. When he got back we had a coffee and then walked into Walsall via Church Hill, which dates back to Medieval times. We call it the Hill of Doom. It's a killer in high heels and positively lethal if there's a frost.


The Brutalist structure  in the background forms part of the Gardens of Remembrance, designed by architect Geoffrey Jellicoe in 1952 as a memorial to the dead of the two world wars.


 As we're having a bit of an Indian Summer I dressed appropriately in an off-the-shoulder gypsy top I'd made from an old silk sari and a 1970s Chelsea Girl Indian cotton wraparound skirt block printed with images of the Taj Mahal, peacocks and holy cows bought from Tin Trunk at Stockport's Twentieth Century Stores.


Once we'd been to the Post Office and bought the AA batteries, Palmer's fragrance free body lotion, price tags and suede protector we needed we had a look round the charity shops, finding a Mr Bennett English-made dead stock 1970s plum velvet suit and a vintage Indian beaded orange tote bag.


Jon treated himself to this gabardine Nicole by Nicole Farhi blazer. When we googled it when we got home it turns out that it retails at £295, not bad for £5.95!


After cheese salad sandwiches I priced the jewellery we're taking to V Dubs in the Valley, pimped up a mirror with some Poundland pom poms and did a trial run of how the display table should look at the weekend.


I hadn't unpacked the mens' accessories since End of the Road and the scarves and cravats were horrendously creased so I did some ironing in the Kinky Shed (our super duper custom built stockroom) while listening to the radio, then I set up the racking to do a dummy run of both the mens' accessories and the womenswear, double checking that everything was priced, then packed it away ready for the weekend. 


In the meantime Jon had been in the coal cellar and sorted out his stash of vintage VW car bits so he could have an auto jumble outside our pitch. I printed off a "£5 sale" sign for him as well as some replacement signs for the shop.


After tea (roasted red onion & vintage Cheddar quiche with salad) I washed up, emptied the bins for tomorrow's collection and had a shower.


Tonight we'll be eating crumble (mine with natural yogurt, Jon's with custard) , catching up with  Beck  (and the lovely Gunvald) and watching the last of  One of Us, which neither of us are particularly enjoying but as we've see the previous three episodes feel like we've got to see it through to the end. I'll read a chapter or two of The Gettin Place when I go to bed.

Tomorrow we're off to the mid-week car boot sale and then the rest of the day will be spent sorting, pricing and packing stock for V Dubs in the Valley, where we'll be heading on Thursday morning. Our last festival of Summer 2016...sob! 

See you on the other side.


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  1. Hope you got home before that horrible storm weather, I got soaked after work :-(

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    1. We did, we were home in time for lunch. we'd seen the weather forecast! x

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  2. Jon's jacket was a bargain it looks new. Your jewellery display looks tempting - I love the old brooches, they should go like hot cakes. Hope the Indian Summer holds out for your lest big sell of the year ... guess you will then be planning your next trip to India?

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    1. It does, I can't imagine who'd have donated something still in the shops, maybe one of our local premiership footballers?
      Yes, dark nights mean internet flight surfing, won't be long now! x

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  3. Hey Vix! How are you? Hope you've had a good summer so far! I'm sorry I've been a bit quiet, been having a bit of a blogging fug, but getting my mojo back now! So catching up on all your posts. The coat Jon nabbed was a real bargain, also that velvet coat looks amazing! Hope you've enjoyed all the festivals you've been trading at, bet it's been a busy summer for you, you look really well so hope you are keeping well too. lots of love xxxx

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    1. Lovely to hear from you, Amie! Blogging is a bit slow in the Summer and it's hard to motivate yourself to post when there's not that many people about.
      We'll be in Bristol with Judy's next month, if you're free? xxx

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  4. My Wii Fit scolds and lectures me.
    "You've gained weight since your last visit. Why do you think that is?"

    I dunno-maybe that 1/5th of gin at the weekend?

    Then, it tells me I can't walk straight (see response above) and need to "work on my balance". Fuc*er.

    Anyhoo
    Your display looks good to me-I'll have each of the brooches and the stranded necklace. Oh, and one of your wired scarves too.

    Best of luck with your final festival of the year-hope you sell out of everything.

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    1. I dread getting on the Wii Fit after a break, she's a nagging cow! It annoys me that she's always telling me that she hasn't seen Jon for ages. he only evr went on it once, the day I got it, almost 7 years ago! xxx

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  5. Am I having senior moments or perhaps not paying close enough attention? I think I must have missed seeing your unicorn outfit. The outfit you were wearing whilst walking on the "Hill of Doom" is pretty! Your feet look very healthy - you must be taking good care of them - I like the nail-polish too. The mini-skirt and a-A-line skirt you made are pretty - I love the colourful floral-on-plaid print. That jewellery is pretty too. Happy watching during your crumble eating and best of wishes for success at V Dubs.

    http://full-brief-panties.blogspot.com/2016/08/cosmetics-haul-lingeriefashion-hauls.html

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    1. Lovely to see you comment, it's been a while! I spend so much time on my feet and don't drive so rely on them being fully functional!
      The unicorn outfit was a couple of weeks ago. xxx

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  6. I felt I was with you all the way, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I love it. Not a single minute wasted, all pure top quality living. Beautiful free spirit goddess about, beware.
    Tons of love, dear friend
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  7. Well I'm liking the sound of your very packed day because you accomplished a lot more than I did and now I am hiding away in the office because the storm outside is making me feel sick. I've never seen one like it.
    The welder is in Essex in the blistering sunshine being fed ice lollies every 15 minutes when he comes out of the boiler. No its not a gorgeous ice cream lady looking after him, its another hairy arsed welder who runs across to the nearest shop for supplies. Poor Philip is having to spend his birthday tomorrow all alone with his welding rod haha xxxx

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    1. The welder was in the right place, it was warm here but not as hot as they had it down South!
      I drive people mad, I can't just sit and do nothing, if I'm not creating or planning or going I feel like I'm wasting time. xxx

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  8. What a full day - and such variety!
    I 'specially like the outfit you're wearing. Great colors/style.
    My day isn't nearly as varied as yours....started out deciding I didn't have enough clothes for a wash load OR dirty dishes enough to run the dishwasher, so I tidied up a bit before going to meet friends for coffee Coffee hour extended longer than usual. I came home and figured out what to make for lunch. Then settled in to read a book while hubby paints the "new" bedroom. My father is definitely planning to move in with us and his estate sale is the 20th of next month. We have a few things to get ready before then :)

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    1. Hello Rebecca, that sounds like a good day, having an extended coffee date with friends and reading. When your Dad moves in I imagine those moments of quiet time will become very precious. xxx

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  9. I can't believe they killed Gunvald off! Bastards.

    Loved your outfit - you looked like you should be gathering flowers with that basket. It did bring back memories of me at 16 or 17; I always used a basket for work - much more practical that a handbag.

    There is so much work involved in trading in vintage items for the festivals - who knew? Not me for one. Just as well you really enjoy what you do. I hope the V Dubs festival is brilliant and your festival trading goes with a bang! I thought your displays were great and I spotted some fab brooches.

    Have a great week, Vix.

    Veronica
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    1. Gunvald! Unbelievable, isn't it? Have you read any of the Beck books? I was surprised to discover that they were written in the 1960s and that husband and wife each took it in turns to write a chapter a night while the other attended to the kids. Well worth reading. xxx

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  10. Love that velvet suit , I dont like one of either , Dave's watching it while i'me on here , I need to get me some of those necklace stands i have lots of plans for the stall when my permanent stall is confirmed when at the end of the month , Thanks for the walsall pics i have never seen those places before xxx

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    1. I can't say I was blown away by the ending of One of Us either! BBC drama is usually so good, too.
      A friend gave me those acrylic jewellery stands. A good, clear display definitely helps sales so they are well worth the outlay. I've seen them on eBay pretty cheap but make sure they're from a UK supplier or you'll be waiting months. xxx

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  11. A perfectly titled post! I aspire to one day live your type of life ...

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    1. That you! I think the title came into my head before the post! x

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  12. Love the prints with the off the shoulder blouse and skirt!!!

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    1. Thank you! I pulled both out of the wardrobe and they just seemed to work! x

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  13. busy? Gosh you pack a lot into a day. Me? I helped a friend move her property out of the house she was renting that a huge tree fell on. The living room and one bedroom now have skylights! And no ceiling. Then I went to work. Call me Lady Excitement.

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    1. Your poor friend! That's nice that you could help! xxx

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  14. 2 of the best jumble sales this weekend and the last big car boot sale......wish me luck and sunshine

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    1. Good luck! looking forward to seeing your finds. x

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  15. There is a whole bunch of work involved isn't there? I haven't started on pricing items yet...still trying to get a handle on my stock as I'm back from another full day of thrifting. I've discovered that 1950's and even 60's dresses are hard to come by. Almost everything I find is 70's-80's.

    I'm in love with the velvet suit! I've been buying up velvet like there is no tomorrow. Seems like the 80's was the time for velvet.

    I wish you a super successful last show of the season! You guys are such pros.

    bisous
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    1. They taught us the "5 P Rule" in catering college - poor preparation leads to piss poor performance. Its better to spend a few hours double checking, pricing, sizing and trialing the layout before getting to a fair and having to do it all in a rush. A stained garment or broken zip makes your stock look shoddy.
      People often ask for 1940s and 1950s stuff - we do have some but it's often tiny and obviously, because of it's increasing rarity is priced accordingly. 1960s and 1970s stuff is easier to come by so we can sell it at a fair price and keep the stock turning over. xxx

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  16. aha - a common day of a indian summer princess!!!!
    you look like a dream in this ensemble - walking down the ancient path.....
    can i sent you the railroad keeper over for buying some dapper suits? he likes that fab brit style but the stock around here is very poor.
    wish you a formidable last festival of the season!! <3
    xxxxxxx

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    1. An Indian princess in the great urban sprawl!
      We've got some super dapper suits, send him over (and come yourself!) xxx

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  17. Hi Vix, I was thinking about you this morning when our Australian weather channel said that the UK was experiencing lots of hot weather this September. Your apple and blackberry chutney looks marvelous, and your crumble too! Enjoy your last festival for the year! Xxx

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    1. Hi Jess! Yes, your weather channel was right, we're having some lovely warm weather - it doesn't suit many people (Brits love to moan about being too hot, too cold and having too much rain) but I love it! xxx

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  18. What a perfect outfit for an Indian summer- Autumnal hues in a summer style!
    Love that plum velvet suit & your up-cycled "on trend' revision of the maxi & pinafore.
    My Wii died about 4 yrs ago. Oh well we don't have enough electricity here in Nepal to run both the TV & the Wii most of the time anyway.
    That Brutalist Jellicoe looks like a pigeon fortress of some sort.
    I shall attempt the "hill of doom" outside our front gate in search of milk packets now & hopefully return not completely covered in Monsoonal mud.
    Toodle pip!
    Bibi
    xox

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    1. Who needs a Wii Fit with your altitude, heat and humidity. I bet you're super fit!
      Hope you survived your Hill of Doom! xxx

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  19. it looks like a busy yet wonderful day!, and that's the kind of quality time I like to enjoy too!, I love particularly when you share those little quotidian details, those details which make your day shine!
    Obviously, I love your outfit!, magnificent maxi skirt!!!
    besos

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    1. Thank, Monica! I'm glad you enjoyed a snippet of my every day life. That's what I love most about blogging, reading about normal people . xxx

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  20. Wow! It made me feel tired to even read about such a busy day. You looked radiant though. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week. Blessings.
    PS did you receive the e-mail I sent to you?

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    1. Hello Lesley! I haven't received an email from you. I've had loads of spam lately, I wonder if it ended up in the filter? I'm at goanmad (at) hotmail (dot) com if you've got time to try again. xxx

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  21. Busy, busy, busy! I love all the brooches, so pretty. I found a beautifully sparkly pair of vintage clip on earrings with matching brooch yesterday in a charity shop xxx

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    1. Your charity shop find sounds so very Melanie! Brooches and pretty sparkly things are a great addition to the stall as not everyone feels confident wearing vintage clothes but anybody can pin on a pretty brooch. xxx

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  22. Busy, busy, busy....sometimes the day just goes by so quickly doesn't it? At least you've packed a lot into one day xxx

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    1. Time does fly between fairs and festivals. No wonder I sleep so well! x

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  23. I'm so nosey, I love these day in the life posts! X

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    1. Fun, aren't they? I used to love having penpals for the same reason, to read about ordinary lives. xxx

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  24. I always enjoy day in the life posts, being the nosey person I am! If I was to do one today it would consist of me having a wardrobe crisis at 8am this morning, subsequently being late for work and then spending 8 hours in front of a computer screen. Not nearly as much fun as yours! xx

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    1. Ha! that sounds like how my working life used to be. I always used to get into a tizz about office clothes. xxx

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  25. I loved reading about your day. My average day at the office would be a very boring read indeed - apart from my lunch break! It's great to be getting a sneak peek of the Kinky Shed, and I certainly wouldn't be able to walk past your jewellery display (nor indeed your entire pitch!). Have a great last festival of the season! xxx

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    1. After I quit hospitality and did some normal work I used to love my lunch break as I'd never had one before. I used to charity shop every day!
      Once the Kinky shed is painted I share more! xxx

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  26. Woooah that velvet suit? How lush is that? My husband's wedding coat was that colour. I bet the suit sells the first day you put it out.

    Your days seems very well-organised. I'm always in awe of the organisation and drive self-emploted people have.

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    1. Wow! I bet Mr Robot looked a proper dandy in his velvet coat. I can't believe that suit had been in the charity shop for over a week, it was such a good price. Walsall people really are mad. xxx

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  27. Well! You got a lot done! When I saw that sign for toe socks I laughed! I had a pair like that when I was a teenager! Exactly the same! :)

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    1. I was so excited to find a pile of deadstock toe socks at a car boot that I bought the lot! If I don't sell them I'm more than happy to keep them! x

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  28. Wow that velvet is amazing, that will sell before the end of the day! I won't moan about my hill home ever again, compared to yours it's an ant hill lol.

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    1. That hill is murder but it's easier to conquer it on the way home than take the road around it, it adds at least 10 minutes to my walk.
      I love velvet, especially when it's cotton velvet, the modern stuff feels horrible. xxx

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  29. Love hearing about your day. Great find on the clothing. Have fun this weekend!

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    1. Thanks, CC! Glad you enjoyed it! x

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  30. Loving your gypsy top outfit. The Hill of Doom looks treacherous, but I like a bit of Brutalism so might be tempted to scale it to see the building at the top. Hope your last festival is fruitful. xx

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    1. There's a Norman church and a wonderful 18th Century graveyard, too. Well worth the killer trek! xxx

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  31. Those Spiced Apple Chutney jars had me drooling for a taste of the yumminess residing inside! <3
    And you look as fabulous as always! :*

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    1. Thank you! They should be ready to eat by December- in front of a log fire with some fancy cheese - yum! xxx

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  32. Oh my goodness! You're like the Duracell bunny! I think I do about a third of what you do in a day. On a good day! Phew. No wonder you are so productive. Sewing, baking, finding treasures, prepping stock, getting organised, looking fantastic. All in a day's work for our Vix. You certainly work hard for and deserve your success. I love these insights into everyday life. Xxxxx

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    1. Thanks, love! Even after 10 years of being self-employed I still have no trouble motivating myself - no Jezza Kyle and sitting on the front step in a onesie just yet! xxx

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  33. Delightful!!! As someone who loves food, clothes, sewing, a little sightseeing and history, thrifting, etc. this post was pretty much perfect. Love Jon's find!! That quiche sounds sooo delicious too.

    Enjoy the rest of your week and good luck this weekend!! Hope your weather is good too. Love you. xoxoxo

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    1. Hello, lovely lady! I'm glad you enjoyed the post! xxx

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  34. A Goddess floating down the pathway from the sky! What an absolutely beautiful photo, Vix. Love the outfit... Oh, and thank you for confirming that "chazzas" are charity shops! Yes, I do like the "Op" because recycled is always opportunity as you clearly show in your little bit of altering. The crumble looks delicious, I'm sure it tasted great too. Thanks for sharing your day, I loved spending time with you and Jon. Love to you for a great weekend, look forward to hearing about it. xx

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! By lucky coincidence I'd packed my camera in my basket so Jon could snap a few pictures on the way into town.
      Oh yes, the opportunities when you visit a charity shop are endless - clothes to wear, things to resell and stuff to chop up and modify. Who knows what you'll come home with. xxx

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  35. Thank you for letting us share in your jam packed day with you. I find posts such as these wildly (!) fascinating and am honoured to that you spoke so openly about a day in your exciting life with us, dear Vix.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it. I love posts about normal life, they are strangely compelling. xxx

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  36. I enjoyed reading about a day in the life of Vix, it was a bloody busy one.
    You look charming in your 'Indian' ensemble and no wonder you're so slim if you take on the the wii fit and the hill of doom regularly. I like that filter that you applied to the top photo...I never think of doing that until it's too late. Ace score of Jon's, that Nicole Farhi jacket!
    Hope your last festival rocks. xxxx

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    1. Thanks, Fi! The sun was so bright I needed to play around with Picmonkey, I looked like I was in a cave! xxx

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  37. Hi Vix, that was the e-mail addy I used. I'll try again later. If it arrives OK I'll send you some more pics, but only if you're interested. Some are of the work I do. blessings

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  38. A beautiful and busy lady, as always xx

    Yvonne ♥ (formerly Winter Moon)

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  39. You knock my socks off!!!
    xoxoxoxoxoxox

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  40. That's a lot of things done in one day! I really enjoyed hearing about it. xo

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    1. It didn't seem a lot, until I wrote it down. xxx

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  41. I enjoyed this post so much! You just make it magical, anything you touch, Vix. That's what so enchanting about you! There was (and probably still is) a Russian online community where people from around the world would share one day from their life. I used to love going through their posts. Some of them were kind of plain and boring and repetitive, and others were all bold and exotic... but there was also the third kid of posts, the rare one, when people would share their ordinary day, and you just feel all warm and enchanted inside. Such posts always and only come from that magical place inside of you, when you simply love your life. That is what I feel here!
    Love the photos of you strolling - just beautiful!

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    1. I bet I could spend hours reading about other people's every day lives, Natalia. Its such i shame I was such a poor Russian language student at school! xxx

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  42. great outfit. i love days that are commitment free but end up being really productive, i enjoyed reading about your day - and wow! you achieved a lot!

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    1. I hate sticking to a plan of action, I'd much rather do things on the spur of the moment, then it never feels like work! xxx

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  43. It is interesting to have a sneak peak into a day of Vix :) Your blouse/skirt ensemble looks like a dress (and a very beautiful dress!), so good matched these two pieces are!

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    1. Thanks, Olga. I'm glad you enjoyed the post! xxx

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  44. A very productive day indeed - and so very fun and interesting. Love the clothing makeover! :) It is my first time visiting you - such fun!

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    1. Lovely to meet you, Carrie. I'll pop over for a visit this week! xxx

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  45. A very productive day indeed - and so very fun and interesting. Love the clothing makeover! :) It is my first time visiting you - such fun!

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  46. Seeing how productive your day was makes me think I need to step up my organization and time management skills. I love how you altered those dresses and skirts. You're always so creative.

    Your outfit is absolutely fabulous...love how you paired that maxi gypsy dress with an off shoulder blouse. Absolutely perfect styling.

    That blazer Jon got for himself is so stylish...and quite a bargain indeed.

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    1. Hello Ivana! I think being motivated and focused is an essential part of self-employment. It's too easy to get distracted by social media - that's the main reason that I don't own a Smartphone - I can only waste time on the internet when I'm at home sitting in front of the PC - no access = a productive day! xxx

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  47. Hello dear Vix! Even reading through your daily chores makes me feel out of breath. :) But I feel inspired by your energy. I'm loving your outfit. I've been recently reading about the heatwave in UK. Up here in Fennoscandia it's sunny and nice, but a bit too cool to wear a dress without a coat/a cardigan/a poncho. One thing made me smile widely: We both seem to like a lot Gunvald. Gunvald's character is hot. And I like Gunvald's actor too, Mikael Persbrandt. :)

    Have a fantastic weekend with Jon! xxx

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    1. Hello A-M! It sounds like we've got your weather today, there's a nip in the air!
      I was sorry to see Gunvald being killed off in Beck but I'm happy with his replacement, Steinar! xxxx

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  48. This was one of your most delicious posts, Vix. The gypsy top and wraparound skirt ensemble is as tasty as a bowl of red and gold apples! And the plum velvet coat with the 'jeweled' bag are definitely giftworthy (as those of us who begin our holiday shopping will note).

    Remembering that you're a qualified chef, and noting that you and Jon live very! full working days, one wonders if you'd consider publishing an ebook of recipes for lunches to be packed and suppers to be plucked quickly from the 'fridge? (And please include with the red onion and aged cheddar quiche.)

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the post, Beth! Hmmm, now that's a good idea. A lot of the time I make my recipes up as i go along but I could start scribbling them down for future blog posts! xxx

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  49. What a wonderful colour the velvet is.

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    1. Isn't it just? A proper rich shade of plum, nothing like the wishy-washy stuff in modern shops. xxx

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  50. Your dress above all, I love it .. but every time you have something amazing! I believe that one day with you could be one of the most creative days of my life! Thanks to these colors, I needed it, they are two days that I live in a rainstorm .. mine is no longer the land of the sun !! ehehhe

    kisses

    serena

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    1. No! i can't imagine you in the rain, your posts are always sun-drenched and lovely! xxx

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  51. I enjoyed your "day in my life" post - you certainly make the most of your time!

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    1. Thanks, Shelley! I'm not happy unless I can collapse into the bed at nighttime absolutely knackered! xxx

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  52. You look fab in your Indian Summer outfit and I have to say your average day is more interesting than my average day!

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    1. Thanks, trees! I bet your day would be a great read! xxx

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  53. Gunvald the Sexy? Nooooooo! Not sure if I can face watching :-(
    Have you seen Spiral? Gilou is my fave.
    Funnily enough I was polishing off a bowl of apple & berry crumble with custard reading this! Have been pickllng allsorts, stowing away treasure for the cold months. Love love love reading your day, funny how enjoyable it is. More, please! You live deeply & well xxx

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    1. Hey Monski! Glad you enjoyed my post! Don't despair, Gunvald's replacement isn't shaping up too badly after all!
      I'd forgotten about Spiral, a mate bought me the first two series for Xmas, I must track down the rest as I LOVED it. xxx

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  54. WHAT a stunning location, and your outfit... a princess! I follow you honey and I hope that you follow me back ;) kiss
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