Monday, 28 November 2016

Ain't Going To Goa...Yet!



Today is sunglasses and big coat weather, which I like...
....but nowhere near as much as I like sunglasses and no coat weather.

10 months ago today, Benaulim beach at sunset. My recycled sari dress came from the 99 rupee shop in the village (99 rps was equal to £1 at the beginning of the year, not so now, bloody Brexit!)

Fed up with being told to buy nothing on Black Friday I went and booked a couple of flights to Goa. While I agree with not spending for the sake of it, I loathe being told what to do. I'm such a middle-aged rebel. I'm flicking my pigtails in defiance.


Sunshine or not, after yesterday's 17 hour day sunglasses were a necessity this morning. While Camden was no record breaker trade-wise we took as much as we normally do at the locally-based vintage fair we turned down in London's favour. Although the alternative was only twenty minutes down the road and the pitch fee was the same, there's acts doing covers of songs from the 1940s & 1950s and a large proportion of visitors who delight in telling you that their Nan/mum/auntie used to have one of those. 



Life's too short to spend doing fairs that feel like a chore. We opted for a six hour commute, sung along to 1980s dance music and hung out with people with a genuine understanding of vintage like our friends Fiona, Melanie and Ray.

I'm wearing a 1970s lurex catsuit (bought from a jumble sale in 2011 for 20p), silver Chelsea boots and a 1960s chain belt from my friend Eileen (who blogs here)

We even got presents! Melanie & Ray give us some vintage china, scarves, jewellery, Alan McGee's book, vintage velvet curtains, a Kangol velvet beret and a sparkly purse as well as some The Face magazines from the early 1980s. (And you don't need to tell me that you used to have some of those, we all did!)


Despite being half dead this morning we wrapped up and walked into town to blow away the cobwebs.  There's something wonderfully subversive about standing at the checkout with a basket of sun tan lotion when everyone else is loaded down with wrapping paper, celebrity perfume and naff gift packs. We're not going for weeks but I'm buggered if I'm venturing into mainstream retail shops any closer to Xmas.


Check me out - I'm not wearing Barry M lipstick. This is Flaunt It from Sleek. I bought it when Superdrug had a three for two offer on make-up. (Don't worry, the other two purchases were Barry M!) I've been looking for a cruelty-free true orange lipstick most of my adult life, I think this is the one.

WEARING: 1960s vinyl & fake fur coat (£1, clearance charity shop), Vintage psychedelic maxi (swapped with another trader at a fair last year), 1960s Clarks' Fireflies gold pumps (nicked from the stockroom), Primeta, West German sunglasses (20p, car boot sale)

This week we've got Frank's pom-pom removal, a massive demonstration against council cuts, an art gallery preview and preparation for our last vintage fair of the year (HERE) but all that can wait. Tonight is pizza, booze, a roaring log fire and the latest BBC Scandi-Noir on catch-up.



See you soon!

Linking to Patti & the gang for Visible Monday


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  1. Whoa, I love, love your Black Friday purchase of tickets to Goa! (we bought tickets for Christmas in New York City that day too!). Looking fabulous as always, love your braids and everything else. xox

    Patti
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    1. Yay! Airline tickets are the kind of purchase I love! xx

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  2. It was fab to finally meet you in the flesh, and that cat suit was divine. Thanks for trying on my 1960's Mad Whirl long waistcoat. It's getting loads of likes on my FB page (http://tinyurl.com/h8ds6jc)! Have a great market season and holiday when that finally comes, and hope to see you next year! xxx

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    1. Lovely to meet you, too! Fingers crossed we trade in London together again soon.
      The Mad Whirl number was incredible, it deserves a fabulous new home. xxx

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  3. I shop when it works, and stop when it works, though I get that some folks like the reverse peer pressure to hold tight to their funds instead of senselessly following the masses to buy stuff they don't really want, and certainly don;t need. What's not to love about your gifts from your friends. I'm looking for beady/fringey type curtains for my daughters closet. The doors are shot and she wants something fun. The picture of curtains plus beady necklace reminded me that I need to keep looking for her, and pop into the thrift store later to take a peak.

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    1. Oh, and I bet the others in line were woefully envious of your sun screen purchases. I would be! I've plan already to travel vicariously through you.

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    2. Charity shops are the best places to be when the Xmas shopping insanity kicks off. I bet you'll soon find the curtains of your daughter's dreams.
      I'm all for people buying something at a bargain price if they need it, it's utter madness to buy something just because it's been reduced like the chap interviewed on the BBC - buying two massive TV solely because they were half price! x

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  4. You look fab, Vix. Let me know next time you're coming to London, I'd love to meet up and promise I won't mention my nan!

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    1. Hopefully Bethnal Green in February. Be ace to see you even if you mention your nan! x

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  5. I showed Gail Eagle your catsuit, she was selling a frock very similar. Have you seen your pic on her fab page.
    The shiny pumps are gorgeous , wish we were the same size.
    Looks like you met up with some lovely people at the weekend.
    I'm glad you've got your tickets at last. So exciting to look forward to xxxx

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    1. I'm mean Gail's Facebook page xx

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    2. What a coincidence! Gail & I both had lurex and chain belts on our minds on Sunday morning (as did several customers who bought my lurex kaftan and a few of my collection of 1960s chain belts!) xxx

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  6. Dare I say it, you look pretty festive in all that red, Vix! I particularly love that coat, I had a similar style in the 70's but purple check in colour, bloody loved it! The retail madness has started here as well, and like you, I'm now trying to avoid 'proper' shops until at least mid January!

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    1. Oh, purple check! That sounds fab. Hope it isn't as sticky as mine.
      Keep out of those "proper" shops and stick with the chazzas. Far more fun! xxx

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  7. No Black Friday madness for me, thanks.

    I enjoy festivities (too much booze and food is always a winner around my place) but buying someone a gift that fulfills an obligation without an ounce of thought put into the person it is purchased for seems awfully sad-so I don't do it. I can be generous without being told I *must*.

    You know I love that red coat of yours, and the braids are a great look. Isn't orange lippy the best? It'll get plenty of use when you come back with a suntan.

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    1. I can't think of anything I'd need enough to queue outside a shop all night and get into a punch-up for. What are these people thinking?
      Xmas for some people seems like a terrible time of obligation and keeping everyone happy at the expense of their own sanity. I intend to ignore it as much as I possibly can.
      I love orange lippy. My next quest is the perfect poison green eye shadow, it seems to be evading me. xxx

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  8. How exciting that Goa is beckoning you and you've got your tickets - yay!

    I, too, refused to enter into the Black Friday nonsense. I spent a £1.00 on a pair of cords in the British Red Cross shop and £1.50 on a double cotton bed sheet.

    I love your coat and maxi and silver pumps are just what you need when it's frickin freezing out there.

    Good luck to Frank - it's a good job he doesn't know what you've got in store for him. I reckon he'd up and move in with somebody else!

    Modus is knicker gripping - we caught up with it last night and were hooked from the beginning.

    Have a great week
    xxx

    Veronica

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    1. What, no massive telly and designer handbag? You do surprise me...not!!
      Modus was great, wasn't it? I'm already excited about The Missing later. What on earth is going to happen? xxx

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  9. I love your attitude. I won't mention the Face then, but I loved Melody Maker as well and NME, so your pictures took me back! How great to have Goa to look forward to xx

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    1. Don't forget the Record Mirror! I bought it every week as I loved Paula Yates' column. xxx

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  10. The Face was awesome. I had a subscription to it back in the early days. I had my priorities straight, no TV, a Face subscription. Pizza and beer? Same here

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    1. A woman of taste. That was me, too. xxx

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  11. I'm amaze at all cool items you fine. And how well you present all of it.
    Coffee is on

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  12. You are an amazing lady,full of life and I feel joyful visiting your blog. I met for the first time in my life people from Goa and they were Jewish. Since I was small I wanted to visit synagogue in Goa,next year. Enjoy your holiday.

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    1. Thanks, Hope! I'm already excited. Cochin in Kerala (just down the coat from Goa) has an incredible synagogue, there's been a Jewish community there since the twelfth century. xxx

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  13. "Ain't going to Goa" How on earth did you come across that song? It's a very catchy tune. Luv your blog and fashion sense. Too bad I ain't going to Goa.

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    1. The promo poster for Ain't Goin' To Goa has hung in our kitchen since 1999! Hadn't you heard it before? Alabama 3 are a crazy band. Harpo Strangelove (aka Nick Reynolds) is great train robber, Bruce Reynolds, son. Come to Goa, there's room! xxx

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  14. Aren't you looking brilliant in crimson & saffron!
    The equivalent of "Black Friday" in India is the last 2 weeks of August (in anticipation of Eid & Diwali.) We went to Delhi to hit the sales this August & yes there's a lot of discounts but unfortunately not much selection. Delhi in the Monsoon heat and mud is not exactly fun either.
    Sleek has some fabulous makeup! I need to do a post on some of my finds from cruelty free & inexpensive brand Catrice and it's sister company Essence.

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    1. Black and sweaty Friday sounds like even less fun than the British one!
      Sleek is fab, they do some wild eye shadow palettes and the best creme blush. I'll look out for Catrice & Essence. I noticed some good blue & green nail varnishes in the shops last time I was in India. xxx

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  15. no - i don´t had this mag in my youth :-)
    and i would have gotten quite in troubles if.....
    congrats to the goa-flights! and you look fab in that kaukasian princess attire! xxxxx

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    1. I'll have to scan a few pages of The Face and share it on my blog - Siouxsie, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths, The Cure and a fashion shoot with a very young Jean Paul Gaultier. You almost forget how cool the early 1980s were! xxx

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    2. Please do Vix, 4 of my favourite bands x

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  16. I Thought you must be close to planning Goa , Already looking forward to your posts bout it , Loving the lurex cat suit and the velvet curtains , I bet the curtains are turned into something else though xxx

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    1. Curtains used as window coverings? Never! You know me so well! x

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  17. It must be great to have Goa to look forward to! How exciting. Those 60s shoes are so nice, I don't find much in that style in my whopping size 8. Stay cosy x

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    1. Isn't it cold? Brrrr!
      I had a pair of 1960s Dolcis Highlights in a size 8 and sold them. Next time I promise I'll give you first refusal! xxx

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  18. I think you took the best of the black friday, your way!, glad you're going to fly to Goa once more and love that you bought some sun tan lotion in the middle of pre-xmas frenzy! that's a fabulous attitude!! love it!
    Glad you took your stall wherever was appreciated! vintage lovers deserve to enjoy your fabulousness!! ;DD
    Such an amazing red printed maxi, lovely coat and red accessories! you rock in your sunníes! Gorgeous!!
    besos

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    1. We need our holidays, don't we?
      I love standing in a Xmas shopping queue with something not normal just to hear the huffing and puffing from the impatient shoppers behind me! xxx

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  19. There's a touch of Tibetan style in the line and vivid colors of this coat and maxi ensemble, Vix. And those oversized sunnies would be just the thing for scaling Everest -- but you'd need to wear boots, don't you think? (Yes, I'm trying to persuade myself that colors will warm my spirit this winter...)
    Delighted to learn you're booked for Goa! Never mind the mess with the Rs, you'll manage!

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    1. I've always wanted to climb Everest...well, get to the base camp, but Jon hates the cold even more than I do!
      We know so many people in Goa I think we'll probably get away with offering to pay them next time we go - it wouldn't be the first time.
      We had £65 in 500 rupee notes which I've posted to the Goan animal rescue charity - our loss is their gain. That'll feed & neuter a lot of street cats and dogs! xxx

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  20. Hoorah for booking flights! That must give you something to look forward to. We get a lot of hype about Black Friday at work; by-product of working in a tech-related job, I guess. People in general seem to have been going less crazy for it this year though.

    I've been gadding about a lot and haven't seen Modus yet - is it any good? I need to catch up with the new Poliakoff thing too.

    *whispers* I like 40s and 50s covers :-D It's good that there are fairs for all sorts of tastes, though.

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    1. I love having my flights booked, it makes December a whole lot more bearable when we know we'll be able to escape.
      Modus was creepy and terrifying, just what the doctor ordered. 10 Rillington Place is worth a watch, too.
      The trouble with having live acts at vintage fairs is that majority of people who go the see them aren't interested in buying. I've had people toss their coats over our rails so they can have a dance unencumbered or, even worse, a doting mother set up a video camera on a tripod in the middle of her pitch so she can film the entire performance of her Elvis impersonator son! x

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  21. Sight for sore eyes so your are. Glad you have your tickets ...all's well in the universe when I know you'll be Goa bound. I love Sleek lippy! I found Fancy Pants in my search for the perfect Columbo secretary/murderess peach colour! So happy that your last fair of the year is with Dee. It's going to be a stonker. I really wanted to come down but I'm writing about the dead and have a deadline (see what I did there?)I'd also like to be up in Walsall waving a placard and some chosen words at council bods! What the feck is going on all over the place? It's not been right since Bowie died!
    Loves ya.
    xxxxx

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    1. When the dead are calling you've just got to give them the attention they need!
      We'll definitely sort out a day out next year, we've all been rubbish in 2016 and need a good, girls day out! xxx

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  22. Yay! you have got your Goa tickets. It's always good to have something to look forward too, sadly I can't say the same for poor Frank.....

    have you been watching The Missing? I have no one to talk to about it it's driving me mad!!

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    1. The agony and the ecstasy in this house! Poor Frank, he looked terrible yesterday but he's perked up a bit today, thank goodness.
      The Missing! Oh my goodness. Tuesday at 9pm is the only hour I spend in complete silence. What about last week's cliffhanger? So who's was the body in the shed. xxx

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  23. I wondered when you'd be heading out on your annual trek to India.

    I love how your choose your shows. I agree, the people and the ambiance can either or make or break your energy levels at a show.

    I adore that coat you are wearing.

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    1. I don't know how much longer this coat will last, it's cracking big time. Arggghh!
      There's only so many people who come to fairs for "a trip down memory lane" I can cope with! xxx

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  24. Glad to hear you finally got your Goa tickets! I bet you can't wait ... Haha, I too loathe being told what to do, but I think you probably guessed that. I completely forgot about The Face, but we even got it here in Belgium. I'm waiting for some of my old mags to turn up at my parents' house, but they probably chucked them. As I work in the centre of Antwerp, I have to brave the Xmas shopping crowds from time to time. Not looking forward to it. I call the hordes of Xmas shoppers "the Xmas zombies" ;-) xxx

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    1. Oh god, I had years of commuting into Birmingham and December was definitely the worst. Hundreds of dead-eyed shoppers (yes, zombies!) clogging up the public transport system with their massive bags and sense of entitlement! Never again! xxx

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  25. Yay = you got Goa arranged! Isn't it so much better once the ticket is booked?

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    1. It is! I can read all the forums and not feel sick with jealousy! x

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  26. I think I get almost as excited for your annual trip to Goa as you do!!! Meanwhile, you are killing it on the vintage circuit and giving us tons of stuff to admire.

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    1. I'll get you all to Goa in the end, that's my plan! x

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  27. Glad you got your tickets! You look fabulous as always, I really love that orange lipstick on you! :)

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  28. I dove into a local store hoping I'd be body surfed straight to the back for the reject clothes which I might like. No such luck. Barely got a foot in the door. But I loved the vibe of excitement, even if it was ill-gotten. And I did shop - like you, nobody tells me when and where. Heh. Too bad my "where" was not GOA!!! You look stunning as always, Vix. I like that tabernacle.

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    1. I'm hoping that happens to me tomorrow when I'm out perusing the chazzas or I'll throw a strop! xxx

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  29. How exciting that you've booked your flights to Goa, I bet you and Jon can't wait to get over there! Love the new lipstick too, might have to give that one a try xx

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    1. Jon's already packed, he's like an over-excited child! xxx

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  30. I do wish you live d closer by. My husbands just taken 2 huge containers to a charity shop. It had got to the point where I had to get rid of a lot of my stuff. I know I'll never wear it again, (I'm sure they've all shrunk) There were 5 70s Laura Ashley dresses, and many of my 1980s business suits (think Dynasty. lol) Boy, did we really wear shoulder pads that wide. I've still got loads more to sort through. I had a phase of buying 'Jungle' outfits. My dear husband whom I hadn't met then, had a real good laugh at all the lace, suede, leather and animal prints. I have kept one dress that was a real favourite. It is black velvet, with a boned bodice, and pleated deep blue frills across the skirt. Is it my imagination, or have sizes changed? I couldn't believe the label said size 14. The waist is absolutely tiny, and there is no way it would fit me now, and yet, I still happily wear today's size 14. Hey Ho Such is life. Back to my overflowing closets. Blessings

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    1. I wish I lived closer to but the chazzas will be grateful, I can guarantee that.
      Oh, the vintage sizes. I always tell people to take two sizes off the one printed inside otherwise they get all depressed when they can't get it on.
      Those 1980s jungle outfits! My Mum adored those. There used to be a shop in Birmingham called Ibiza and it was all chamois leather, leopard print and jeweled embellishments. The shame of going out on a Friday night on the pull to the wine bar with my mates only to see my Mum in her leopard print Flintstones dress surrounded by 20 year old men! x

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  31. I saw some anti-Xmas cards which I thought was funny! Buying air tickets isn't a black Friday purchase, it's a bright, warm and sunny purchase.

    We buy presents at charity shops, lots of 50p books. I knit lots of knitted hats, wrist warmers and neck warmers which keeps my fingers nimble, all that scent, hopeless CDs and comedy DVDs gives me the pip. This year we have 'First of the Summer Wine' complete DVD - 390 minutes to watch and a jigsaw. All set for an anti-Xmas!

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    1. I've seen those! i was tempted to buy them but stuck with a box of charity ones for the neighbours.
      We're the same, charity shops, handmade and vintage pressies, no mainstream shops, ever. Jon downloads some films so we can avoid Xmas telly! xxx

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  32. Hello love!
    Remind me never to have my photo taken next to you again! You were right about white, I look huge...starting a diet forthwith! Fab to see you again and meet Jon. How did Frank's castration go? Is he yowling? xxx
    PS I meant to ask you about the demo at the weekend, no doubt you'll tell us about it soon? x

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    1. Fab to see you again, Fiona! You looked gorgeous, don't be so daft.
      Frank wasn't happy at all yesterday but is a lot better today, he's sprawled out on the chaise with a catnip mouse tucked in his armpit!
      The demo is tomorrow. Thermals and sheepskin hat at the ready. It's going to be bastard freezing! xxx

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  33. Tickets to Goa is the right kind of Black Friday shopping! I love a good orange lippy, I seem to collect them but I have to say I've never tried Sleek. It looks fab on you!

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    1. A flight is definitely better than a massive telly!
      Sleek are great, their eye shadow palettes are ace (and cheap, too!) xxx

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  34. I think my daughter felt like that. I remember wearing a jungle outfit when I went to interview Joey (from Bread) ' I didn't know journalists looked like you' he said. Ah the memories, which I shall not go into here! lol

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    1. You'll have to email me the dirty details! x

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  35. lovely snap of you in Goa. So glad you are going in December as January is going to be full of your fabulous travel posts - can't wait!!!!

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    1. Can you believe there's till loads of photos I hadn't posted from our last trip?
      We're not going until January. We used to spend Xmas away but accommodation prices double (and occasionally triple) so our money goes loads further if we ride out December. xxx

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  36. Love the image of you standing at the check out with sunscreen in not so sunscreen needy weather! Enjoy looking forward to your trip to Goa. (I had to look up and remind myself again what Black Friday is - do you call it that in the UK or is it to hook up with US?) For us down here, Black Friday/Black Saturday is memories of disastrous bush fires. But, now it's 1st December, it's all heading to Christmas madness! xx

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    1. Black Friday is an American import, we don't get Thanksgiving, just the retail madness the day after. It's officially the last pay day before Xmas so big businesses make a killing.
      I'm already bored with Xmas, my Facebook feed's full of it this morning! x

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  37. The coat and the catsuit are both fabulous, as are your pigtails. x

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  38. Vix, you are looking fabulous as usual. I love the pigtails. They look fab and very trendy. I am in awe of your beautiful Goa photo. You look fab and it looks so warm and boho glam compared to looking out the window at the dreich Scottish weather. The vintage velvet curtains are fab. Are you going to use them as curtains or are they destined for your sewing basket? And yes, I used to read "The Face" as well as all the music press. Those were the days when there was stuff worth reading about. :) Xx

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! I can't wait to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin and eat some proper South Indian food again - the curries here just don't compare.
      I might reupholster our bed with part of those curtains. Over the years the cats have ragged the footboard to buggery and I have to Photoshop any photos I take of the bedroom as it's such a state...or I might make a cape! xxx

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  39. Black Friday annoys me as we don't even have Thanksgiving, though I heard some Brits have started celebrating it. Black Friday becomes a weekend, then a week and then I actually saw Black Friday Fortnight! I didn't buy anything.

    As much as I love Christmas I will do all I can to avoid shops in December as it drives me nuts. I did the majority of our shopping in November and grocery shop in the evening when it's quiet.

    Yay for Goa tickets! When do you leave? Love the pigtails xxx

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    1. I agree, Thanksgiving seems such a lovely festivity, it's a shame we got the rampant consumer-fest that is Black Friday rather than the nice bit!
      We're not setting foot in a mainstream shop until next year. If I can't get it in a charity shop I'll order it on-line! xxx

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  40. You look very at home in Goa. Flick those pigtails in defiance! Very jealous of your travels. I'm looking forward to Christmas but the frenzied run-up is so tiresome, a break somewhere would be lovely.
    I have a sleek eyeshadow palette that is really good quality for the price, I'm very impressed.

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    1. Sleek is fabulous, a friend who doesn't blog anymore bought me an eye shadow palette years ago and I've been a convert ever since.
      We used to spend Xmas & New Year in India but having tried it post the holiday season I much preferred how tranquil it was. We'll ride out December in the pub instead! xxx

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  41. Glad you're going to Goa because it's so good to read the posts that follow!

    Love that catsuit on you. So cool looking. xo

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    1. I'm glad you enjoy the posts! I'm already planning a trip or two! xxx

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  42. Hi again, I've got several (read that as too many) capes, everything from a beautiful black velvet 'opera cape' to an enormous black, scarlet lined full length 'Dracula, cape. I particularly enjoy wearing that if I'm visiting anyone in hospital. The looks I get as I sweep majestically (all 4'11'' of me) along the corridors, make me giggle because I have a very dark sense of humour. anyway, to the point. At the moment we have surveyors an builders in and I'm having to face the task of culling my clothes. (Enough to clothe an army, even though they would be a very weird looking army...a cross between the characters in a Jane Austen novel, and the cast of Buffy....boy, that should scare the enemy!) Back to the point, I found a floor length, hooded cape. It has a beautiful silk lining but the outer colour is brown. and me and brown do not get along. After seeing your patchwork curtains, skirts etc, I realised I could turn it into a wonderful (?) garment if I covered it with hand embroidered blocks of velvet and lace. I realise this would probably take years, but what a wonderful shroud it won't make! It's being so cheerful wot keeps me going!

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    1. Shroud! I hope you're not planning on shuffling off just yet, Lesley. You make the world a brighter place! xxx

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  43. Love this catsuit on you, the red coat and two braids! The trip to India sounds like a sip of fresh air. And I didn't have any of that stuff! :)

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  44. I was wondering when you were going to get your tickets! Now that's taken care of you can look forward to your winter escape. You are rocking those pigtails!

    I LOVE The FACE magazine - I was working in record stores in the 1980's and we would get copies imported from the UK to sell in the store. I may still have one with Annie Lennox on the cover somewhere. The clothing was always fabulous.

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    1. I'm so excited! I can deal with Xmas now I've got something to look forward to!!
      The Face fashion was incredible, I'd forgotten how alternative it was. xxx

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  45. We don't participate in Black Friday in our house. Why deal with the madness of a item (which the store has a limited supply of anyway?) that is on "sale," when you can wait it gets marked down at the end of the year? My belief is, if it is not within your budget when it first comes out, wait till it goes on sell at a reasonable price and get it. My mom raised my sisters and I to look at the price tag first, if it's on sell, if you absolutely need it, and if you have the cash for it, get it. Mom always told us to pay in cash on items we want and not put anything on credit or write a check for it. But she also told us, that with every item we bought, we need to remove any clothing or shoes from our closets that we no longer wear or fit into any longer, because there is someone who may need it.

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    1. Too right! If you really need/want it you'll pay fill price for it and save until you can afford it. I can't understand people buying just because it's reduced. When I've helped friends declutter it's always the impulse buys that get donated to charity unworn and unused.
      Black Friday is a new thing over here but we've had Boxing Day sales for years. People queuing all night for designer handbags and perfume. Don't they get enough tat at Xmas? xxx

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  46. There's nothing so exciting as booking flights for an international trip! It always makes me (literally) dance for joy!I feel so happy about your lipstick - you always feel like you have won at life when you find something like that. Looks like a fab fair catching up with wonderful friends and some treasures as well :D

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