Friday, 7 October 2016

(Woolly) Balls to Autumn!



There's a distinct nip in the air, Jacob (our tortoise) has gone into hibernation and I've finally packed away my backless, halterneck maxis replacing them with the Crimplene, Lurex and velvet dresses I'd had stashed away since the end of the Spring.


While I'm not exactly happy about the change of seasons.....dark mornings & afternoons, bastard massive spiders in the house, the death of the car boot sale and the end of sandal weather. Seriously, how can anybody get excited about wearing tights? They're the work of the devil. But there are one or two good things about the end of Summer, colder weather means business is brisk, it's peak selling season for coats, jumpers, tweeds and velvet and we've got plenty on our rails. TV gets better with new series of The Apprentice, The Fall and The Missing, made all the more exciting when combined with rum & coke and a real fire crackling in the grate.



When we were charity shopping yesterday I found eight pom-pom makers in varying sizes (like THESE) for a piffling £1.49. Jon and I set to work and, fired up with a couple of large glasses of red, got a bit carried away. Before the opening credits of The Apprentice I'd got myself this pom-pom boa. Its definitely quicker than winding wool around a cut-up cereal box. 

WEARING: Vintage Crimplene maxi (Vintage Village @ Clothes Show Live, 2009), White go-go boots (courtesy of the lovely Emma-Kate), Pom pom boa (made using a £1 bag of multi-coloured wool bought from a charity shop)

During the Summer I've zero interest in cooking but now, with a glut of apples from our trees and the opportunity to cling to the cooker for some extra warmth, I'm quite happy to mess about in the kitchen. This was my attempt at a cereal bar we could eat on the go when we have to leave at mental o'clock and haven't got time for any breakfast. It's sugar and fat-free, not because I've a problem with eating them, I just didn't have either in the cupboard.



You'll need 5 medium sized cooking apples, 2 cups of porridge oats, juice from half a lemon, 1 cup of dried, mixed fruit, 2 tablespoons of tap water and a teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

  • Simmer peeled & chopped apples, lemon juice and water over a low heat until soft.
  • Remove from heat, add dried fruit and cinnamon. Stir.
  • Add oats, stir and leave for 5 minutes.
  • Spoon mixture into a 8" loaf tin, lined with grease-proof paper. 
  • Cook at 180 for 25 mins or until top goes crisp & golden.
  • Allow to stand for 10 minutes. Turn out of tin and slice thinly.


Did I mention the death of car boot sale? Admittedly the last few weeks have been crap but on Wednesday my favourite trader was back and these five beauties (there's a black one behind me, but you'd never know) were ours. Two, including the green silk one I'm wearing, are from the rather lovely vintage British label, Jean Allen.  The stallholder was so pleased to see me that she gave me a brand new pair of Jane Shilton (who I thought only made handbags) suede platform soled boots in my size for free. That's my Autumn footwear sorted!


Of course I broke the cardinal rule and tried a couple of dresses on, predictably falling madly in love with a voluminous sleeve or two. Not to worry though, I've followed Vix's law and swapped the two new additions with four things I already own. Expect several familiar frocks to be gracing the Kinky rails/website very soon! 


Here's just some of the vintage stock you'll find on our rails this weekend!

We're trading with Judy's in Cumbria on Sunday and we're bringing along the finest vintage available to humanity.  It'll be brilliant to see you if you're around (details HERE), if not have a fabulous weekend!

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  1. It was cold on the market this morning , Loving the dresses and i ma going to raid the neighbours three at the back of our garden over the weekend and have a go at the breakfast bars , Happy trading xxx

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    1. Sorry about the spelling lol , Was trying to comment without wearing my glasses , Its either that or the wine lol xxx

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    2. I know where you're at, I usually blame the wine but it's my terrible eyesight most of the time! Not as rock 'n' roll! xxx

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  2. I'm sat in a beautiful riverside cottage with views to die for but I'd swap it right now for my comfy couches and carpet. I don't do cold floors and warm air heating.
    Still not to worry the welder will appreciate me more after a couple of nights without me.
    I'm definitely making your recipe when I get home it sounds lush. Hope you have a good day at Rheghed my loves xxx

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    1. It's freezing in this house, I haven't taken my coat off yet and I got in at dinnertime! We did have a good day at Rheged, as you well know, you pair of monkeys! xxx

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  3. Yup, out come the woollies I shove in the attic. Won't lie to you, I don't want the summer to go and this coming from an autumn lover....or I thought I was. I've consoled myself by sewing a summer wardrobe for next year! I'll have a go at those breakfast bars. I'm up a stupid o'clock next week for five days of H&S training. I'll need sustenance! And a rum..
    Have a fantastic time in Cumbria.
    Loves ya!
    xxxx

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    1. You're as bad as me, I'm always planning for my next escape. I should start holiday sewing soon! xxx

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  4. That Granny square poncho in your pic. I'm sure I remember crocheting that circa 1969. Blessings

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    1. I've still got the one my Mum made in the 1960s. I think she must have worn it when she was expecting me, it's rather roomy but I can't part with it! xxx

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  5. You look stunning in that crimplene dress. I just love digging out my winter woollies, scarves and boots. Especially boots!
    I've spent today getting all the kids coats out in the charity shop I work in. It's now or never for that kind of thing.
    Happy selling this weekend. I hope a change in the temperature works wonders for your sales. xxx

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    1. Thank you! It certainly is, once this month's out you can't sell a coat unless it's the most spectacular thing ever. Sell, sell, sell! xxx

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  7. Beautiful! And the great thing about finding a dress you want to keep is you can purge items from your closet and still sell them! I love velvet, that purple velvet gentlemen's coat is pretty fab.

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    1. Yes, it's easy to get rid of things when you've got a replacement you love far more. xxx

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  8. I am one that loves Autumn, our Autumn, which is equivalent to a good English Summers day. I also hated tights. The work of the devil indeed, hahahahhaha. I haven´t worn any tights or jackets for that matter since we live here.
    Although it sounds beautiful the roaring fire and best in the world English TV.
    Your posts are always such a delight, my dearest friend I feel I am there with you.
    Much love
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx

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    1. I bet your Autumn is still miles hotter than our feeble Summers! Good TV and fires are a novelty at first but I'd much rather sit outside with an ice cold beer and bare feet! xxx

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  9. Vix, those dresses are so lovely and you look fab in the green one with the gorgeous sleeves. No picture of the boots?

    I do admire yours and Jon's productivity - a woolly ball feather boa in an evening? Excellent, I'm sure the rum helped it along nicely. The breakfast bars look delicious.

    I actually like tights (I'm weird, I know) especially if they're coloured or patterned but I don't like the winter months and being cold at all.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Veronica
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    1. Thanks, Veronica! I don't know why I haven't snapped the boots, I've worn nothing but since I got them!
      I did snaffle a pair of 50 denier opaque Falke tights in the chazza today (£1 with the £16 Selfridges tag still on them). Maybe posh ones will change my mind (but I doubt it!) xxx

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  10. Making pom poms has been on my to do list for ages!

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    1. Get pompoming Laura, it's wonderfully relaxing and you can make so many in an evening! xxx

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  11. Great new dresses!
    Making pompoms sounds like a great way to spend the evening. I won't look nearly as cool in a boa, though. I'm sure the cats would love to help.

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    1. Thank you, Bobbi!
      They're great fun to make. xxx

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  12. Hey darling, look at those bonkers and beautiful sleeves - I love them! What great dresses, so elegant. Now you know I am a fan of Crimplene, and that dress (with the addition of some pom poms) is fabulous. I had a customer in the shop who bought a great little Crimplene mod frock, she was raving about the fabric, didn't have a clue what it was, and asked "how do I wash it?"! With great ease, love - bung it in the washer, hang it up, dry in minutes and no ironing, marvellous!
    As always, your stock is superb - loving that frock with the bastard massive sleeves in th centre. The apple/oat bars look delicious, you domestic goddess.
    Already loving The Apprentice - it's going to be a good one, I can feel it!
    Good luck at Judy's in Cumbria, that's a hike for you so I hope you have some really good sales. I'm missing you on Saturday nights for our X Factor bitch fests - did you manage to catch up? Love you! xxxxx

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    1. Hello love! I'm missing you, too. I'll email you this week - promise!!
      Crimplene is bombproof, I reckon if Trump pushes the button the only thing to survive will be 1960s St Michael dresses!
      Cumbria was ace - the furthest we've been to a vintage fair but well worth it. Scotland next? xxxx

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  13. Yes balls to Autumn indeed! I did my end of summer swap over of clothes last weekend and was quite depressed at how much darker and more drab my winter wardrobe is. Autumn is definitely a time for cooking. I may try your cereal bars for the girls packlunches. I think my mum has saved me apples from her tree.

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    1. That swapover really does mean the end of Summer and it's so blooming gloomy. My wardrobe's still pretty bright but my dresses are loads thicker so I can't fit as many in! xxx

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  14. Sod tights. It also used to mean I'd get slightly creepy tights comments on my blog. They are so annoying , I just find them uncomfortable!!
    Yay, for your pom pom makers. I made my niece a pom boa last year and I need to wear my ridiculous blue one again!!!
    I adore your Margot dresses!!! Xx

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    1. How can people find tights sexy? I've had a few creepy emails asking me to pose on my blog with stocking-ed feet...ermmmmm, NO!
      Get those pom poms out. I've found a cheap source of wool today, pompoms are taking over. xxx

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  15. I'm actually excited for the cold weather and tights! I love the colors in that dress and your pom pom boa is perfect with it! :)

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    1. Noooo! How can cold weather and tights be exciting? There's only one way enjoy being warm - lying on a sunny beach in a bikini! xxx

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  16. Ha! Still chuckling at your title :) Sooo many gorgeous, flowing dresses. You look fabulous in the green one, and spectacular in the turquoise. Have a great day on Sunday xx

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne! i wore the turquoise one to work on Sunday and it got so many compliments! xxx

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  17. You've found some delectable new pieces! I'm drooling over that blue maxi with the panels and black lace is it? I see it's not in your shop yet. Damn. Probably best for me though!

    That velvet jacket must be too large for Jon...otherwise why would he ever part with it?

    I wish you had a video of you swooning about in those other dresses. They make me want a martini.

    We are in the middle of an Indian summer and I'm loving every second of it.

    Sell out your stock this weekend!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. That jacket is Jon's size but he's barely worn it so it has to go! If I don't sell those dresses at the next fair I'll pop them on the website, I keep finding maxi dresses. I have to keep rotating them.
      I'm so jealous of your Indian Summer, it's sunny here but blinking freezing! xxx

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  18. coats, sweaters, sock, stuff I forgot I had in a drawer, can't wait to wear it all. I haven't had a heavy sweater on since April. Man, those pompom rock

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    1. You don't know how lucky you are! We could probably wear them all year round, the weather's rarely any good! xxx

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  19. I don't mind tights (as long as they fit properly!) but I am totally fed up at the lack of interesting colours the past couple of years, seems like the only options are black, navy or dark maroon. Where are all the yellow, teal, orange, purple and red tights?! Mine are all too old to wear anymore. Loving the colours and flowers on your new maxi!

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    1. Tell me about it. Jon bought me some wild opaques years ago and as I don't wear them that often they're still going strong. He got them from here: https://www.uktights.com/product/811/pamela-mann-50-denier-coloured-opaque-tights

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  20. I'm one of those strange creatures that prefers Autumn! But I will admit, now it's spring I'm enjoying the longer daylight hours! All of those maxi dresses are amazing, so glad you decided to keep a couple x

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    1. Noooo! Maybe Autumn's more exciting in NZ and you don't have massive spiders! xxx

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  21. I'm one of those strange creatures that prefers Autumn! But I will admit, now it's spring I'm enjoying the longer daylight hours! All of those maxi dresses are amazing, so glad you decided to keep a couple x

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  22. Wow, a pom-pom boa, how fab! Your apple oats look delicious, I've tried making some in the past but mine never quite taste right. Might try your recipe one day. That blue dress with the lovely sleeves is gorgeous! I wonder what those suede platforms look like...

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    1. Hello Jess! The platforms are quite toned down, natural tan suede, the kind of things you can wear with anything. xxx

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  23. Amazeballs!
    I have a thing for pompoms!
    I love Autumn. In my native California Fall was time for harvest fairs, carnivals, craft bazaars, & win etasting parties. In Nepal it's the end of the Monsoon and the time for big festivals too!
    Some lovely scores at the car boot & on your rails for the season.
    xox

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    1. Fall in California sounds wonderful, Autumn in Walsall isn't! xxx

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  24. I've already got my patchwork dresses and skirts out, they are so warm it's like wearing a quilt. Fires lit and we're all ready here

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    1. I'd much rather have the warmth of the sun on my skin! Yes, wood chopped, pine cones gathered and newspaper crumpled. We're ready if not willing! xxx

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  25. Oh what lovely dresses, the green one you're wearing looks amazing on you. I can't say I'm that excited about wearing tights either and I actually don't mind autumn! They just really annoy me now and I've yet to wear any yet, I've been braving the cold mornings with bare legs! Hope you have a great weekend xx

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    1. The heels twist round, the crotch never stays in the right place and they attract cat hair and fluff like the devil. Bare legs are so much less stressful! xxx

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  26. The only good thing about tights is that I don't have to wax my legs so often. Blessings

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    1. I'll let you into a secret, I hardly ever do mine anyway. Maxis hide a multitude of sins! xxx

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  27. Those dresses are lovely. You did keep the green one, I hope? Those sleeves and the little cape thing are fantastic. Those pom pom makers sound fun! As for tights, I don't mind wearing them at all, and they hide a multitude of sins ;-) Admittedly, after a couple of months, I crave bare legs again ... The cereal bars look really yummy. xxx

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    1. If I only had to wear tights for a week or so I'd be fine but once they're on that's it till at least the end of May! I have kept the green one, for the time being! xxx

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  28. Lovely dresses. It would be fun to make a massive pile of pompoms and then put them together into a hat methinks. Hope you do well in Cumbria.

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    1. Jon's got a thing about pom poms on hats, he made one for each of his mates last year! xxx

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  29. Fab frocks! I'm annoyed how it went from hot to bloody cold without the chance for me to wear my short sleeved jumpers Grrr. We have conkers all over the house to stop the 8 legged monsters terrozing.

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    1. I know! What happened to this transitional nonsense the fashion editors keep telling us we need clothes for? I need conkers! xxx

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  30. Vix, I love this very homely warming post - have got the recipe down and will make the mental o'clock bars soon. Yum! And I see you're getting the next in The Missing! We loved the first ones, but will have to wait until you all over there have had a go in front of the telly then we'll see it in 2017 - but that's okay, we'll wait, just no spoilers please. Stay warm, I know you'll stay dressed in colourful frocks, sleeves and all. Bye bye for now, Jacob. xx

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    1. The Missing was wonderful wasn't it? There's some good actors in this new series, too. Very exciting! xxx

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  31. I suddenly need a pom pom maker...!! Great finds, the green silk is gorgeous x

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    1. Get yourself a couple, they're great fun! xxx

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  32. Oooh, super dresses you've got there - a good way to see the year out in style. That turquoise one looks fantastic on you.

    Autumn can do one. At least, as you say, the telly is better.

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    1. Thank you! The turquoise one proved very popular on Sunday, A couple of people said they noticed my face more as my loud prints are usually a bit distracting. Not sure how I feel about that! xxx

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  33. The woolly balls are so cheery! Great finds as always, and you look brilliant in that floaty blue maxi dress, xox

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    1. Thanks, Patti! Glad you're safe. xxx

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  34. That first plum-coloured maxi looks great on you. Gorgeous colour! Love the woolly balls... I am looking forward to wearing my purple, velvet coat this autumn, but it has been a lovely August and September it's a bit of a shock to have grey skies, rain and cold!

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    1. It certainly is a shock to the system. I could have done with gloves this morning. Brrrr! xxx

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  35. After a couple of lovely warm days last week, the temperatures have taken a plunge over here too, but at least it's sunny, and as I'm very fond of jackets and coats I don't mind that it's cooler. After all, it's an excuse to wear Woolly Balls ;)

    The jewel coloured maxis are gorgeous. I think you should get a bunch of your friends to each wear one and do a group photo before you sell them.

    A co-worker just got a couple of tortoises this weekend - if they live inside, do they still go into hibernation?

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    1. That would be a fun photoshoot, wouldn't it? Its been so long since I've seen some of my friends...bloody work!
      I don't think house tortoises go into hibernation, just the outdoor ones. xxx

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  36. cool pompom boa!!
    the railroad keeper and i are swooning over your new dresses - this colors, this abundance of flowing materials!! sigh.....
    will definitely try your muesli bar recipe - very practical for hikes or other long tours!
    huge hugs! xxxxxx

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    1. Thanks, Beate! I do love a flamboyant and flaoty frock! They make work a lot more fun. xxx

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  37. Vix, you look sensational across the board. I especially like the vivid sky blue frock. It's radiant on you! Thank you for the scrumptious recipe share. I smiled when you said that it was fat and sugar free simply because you didn't have any to hand. I constantly wing and adapt recipes based on what we do and do not have at any given moment, too.

    Many hugs & joyful autumn wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Hello Jessica! So you're an on the fly cook too? Modifying recipes to fit what's in the storeroom! xxx

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  38. Wow-those dresses are fab, and you can't go wrong with pom poms on just about anything.
    I love the purple velvet tuxedo you have for sale.

    You recipe sounds like just the thing for our hurried early morning trips to the wildlife reserve. Thank you for sharing it.

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    1. My pleasure! I love stuff you can wrap and take out with you. Most of our weekends are spent eating while standing up and chatting to customers, it needs to be easy to eat! xxx

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  39. Your cereal bar looks super tasty, and such a good idea for you when getting up at, as you put it, Mental o'clock!! I make a no bake muesli bar that has honey and peanut butter as the binder for all the fruit, nuts and cereals, 'tis very yum!

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    1. Mmmm, anything with peanut butter is good by me! xxx

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  40. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!! I can see Pom-Pom adorned merchandise gracing your stall shortly.

    Good for you for purging your FAB wardrobe when you add something new. I wish I had that discipline.

    That green maxi with the massive sleeves is amazing!!

    Happy thrifting ;)

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  41. Your bostin' boa inspired me to dig out my pom-pom makers tonight, (to make a hedgehog for a friend)I'd forgotten all about them. I quite like wearing tights in the winter cos they cover my vile legs, but invariably the crotch ends up around my knees. Just bought myself a fab orange pair for a euro in a Maghrebi market in Lille...can't imagine they'll be any better but I couldn't resist.
    You got your hands on some amazing stock last week....hope it sold well? xxx

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    1. I don't believe you've got vile legs, Fiona! The crotch issue drives me mad, I usually wear another pair of pants on top of the tights, Very sexy! xxx

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  42. Whoa! You always have such unique dresses with the best sleeves! Love the flowy chiffon maxis in the green and blue. And your pom pom boa is adorable. What a fun thing to whip up while cocktailing.

    Cheers! Theresa

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    1. Thanks, Theresa! I love having a project when I'm having a lazy night in and making pom poms is perfect! xxx

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  43. I don't like spanish Summer heat, but love our warm Autumn, and keep wearing sandals until my feet are blue (just this morning: 6ºC!). I'm also sad to say goodbye to sandals and sleeveless dresses, and to welcome black coats everywhere!, so dull and boring!
    Your pom-poms look amazing and cute! and love all those maxi dresses, they look like a rainbow of fabulousness!!!
    Wish you have had a nice weekend!
    besos

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    1. So much grey and black at this time of year, it's quite depressing! I was still wearing my Birkis last week but my feet really feel the cold so the socks are out! xxx

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  44. Vix, you have a kind of capsule wardrobe! You put away the summer and bring out the winter - it's a capsule on a larger scale ;)
    Tights are the work of the devil! I tend to stick to jeans and trousers in the cooler weather simply because I can't stand tights, i certainly couldn't wear them everyday. I can just about manage once in a blue moon!
    I love a pom pom or two (or several!), I bought a necklace with poms poms on recently and I love it! Will soon be making it's first appearance on my blog... I had to chuckle at the thought of you both merrily making pom poms.
    I love the maxi dresses you found - the green one in particular, you look stunning.

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    1. Hazel, you're right. I hadn't thought of that! A large scale capsule wardrobe - I like it.
      Can't wait to see your pom pom necklace. xxx

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    2. pom pom necklace went live today!

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  45. I love that old favourite crimplene maxi you're wearing. You always look amazing in it. Blimey, you've actually just painted rather a nice picture of autumn there. The telly is definitely one of the highlights of winter, and an open fire is heavenly. I think I might make that granola it looks and sounds so 😋 tasty. Ooh look at you in that green silk number. Beautiful. I think it's good to change the old wardrobe from time to time but don't do anything you might regret!! Xxxx

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    1. I was a bit rash and put three of my things on the rails on Sunday. I knew if I put them in the stockroom I'd waver. All three sold immediately and all three customers looked gorgeous in my clothes so I didn't feel too bad! xxx

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  46. Gotta love a pom pom! All these people saying they love Autumn and Winter need their heads testing lol! Time to dig out the thermals soon. xx

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    1. Poms rule! Ever noticed that those Autumn/Winter lovers are the first to moan that they're too cold? Losers! xxx

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  47. The sleeves on that blue dress and the groovy printed maxi are heaven!! I had a dream I was making wool balls a few nights ago. I everyone around me could make them and they rolled across the floor on their own if you made them right. I couldn't make mine right.

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    1. Get yourself a pompom maker and you'll always have the right kind of balls! xxx

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  48. I love autumn, but tights depress me with their blatant lies. I have to get long ones to fit, but one pair last year which was marked large/long, stretched just above my knees! If they were long, I'd hate the see the short ones.

    I love your filmy sleeved maxis, they're so pretty, the sleeves are wonderful!

    Where does Jacob hibernate? xxx

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    1. Urgh! Nothing worse that short in the leg tights!
      Jacob goes into a box of shredded newspaper in the unheated utility room, when he's ready for Spring he'll climb to the top of his box and wait for one of us to help him out. xxx

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  49. Nothing worse than short tights? Try short ones where you have to tuck the excess into your shoes. And as I'm a size 3, there's not much room in my shoes. Which reminded me. a few year ago I had to fly by helicopter out to a gas rig in the North sea (I was writing about it for an offshore magazine that I was editing. Anyway, they phoned me to ask my shoe size, there followed silence, and how tall was I (just under 5ft) again, silence. When I got to the helipad, some one had obviously read my size 3 as size 8, and then they gave me the smallest survival suit they had. By the time I'd tucked the excess trouser legs into the shoes, they just about stayed on. Then when I zipped up the suit it ended up just above my eyebrows, hardhat on plus goggles , and I couldn't see or hear anything. If that helicopter had gone down over the North Sea, I wouldn't have stood a chance. We landed safely on the rig and immediately had an emergency shut down, one of ten of the last 24 hours. After many other adventures we returned and safely landed at Blickling Hall (allegedly birthplace of Ann Boleyn) where we had a magnificent banquet. Is it any wonder I loved my job?

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    1. I suppose that's the advantage of wearing a bra, you can buy extra large ones and tuck the excess in it. xxx

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