Tuesday, 21 November 2017

A Day Without Dressing Up Is A Day Wasted


A day without dressing up is a day wasted is my life's mantra and has been the strap line on my blog's About Me paragraph for over eight years. When I started blogging I posted an outfit every day but that was way back when there weren't many blogs around and it was easy to keep up. Nowadays, by the time I've caught up with & commented on all the blogs I follow, I've rarely got enough time to post more than a couple of times a week so, although I dress up every day, most of the clothes I've worn never get shared.


Many of the friends I've met though blogging have abandoned the platform in favour of Instagram and have pestered me for ages to join them but I own an old school Nokia pay-as-you-go phone which rarely gets turned on (yesterday was the first time I'd used it since July) so Instagram was off limits, there was no way I was going to buy an expensive phone and take out a contract when I could blog for free. That was until a random internet search led me to Gramblr - a (FREE) application which allows users to post photos to Instagram directly from a PC without the need for a fancy phone. This means I can share my daily outfits without being wracked with guilt when I haven't caught up with my blog reading (I'm a Brit, I can't help it). With less than seven weeks to go until I'm in India, living out of a tiny backpack with a limited amount of clothing, I'm going to dive into my vast wardrobe and make the most of being able to wear something different every day.


Another Vixism is Dress for the life you want, not the life you have so, here's what I've been wearing over the last few days and the ordinary things I've done whilst wearing them. 

WEARING: Vintage psychedelic maxi dress (99p, eBay, 2006), white leather go-go boots (present from Emma Kate), Mary Quant scarf (20p, jumble sale)
On Saturday, I had a lie-in till 8.30 am and finished my current read, A Sarong In My Backpack. Jon cooked us a veggie breakfast and I varnished my completed, decoupaged screen. After we'd eaten I sorted out my dressmaking patterns, dividing the unwanted ones into five lots and listing them on eBay - getting bids on all but one within minutes. Spurred on, I polished four pairs of 1940s shoes I'd bought from a flea market for pennies last year, photographed them and listed them on Ebay - this was followed by a quick search which lead to an impromptu purchase of something vintage and lovely! I spent the afternoon reading The Guardian from cover to cover and doing the crosswords. As we'd done quite well this week from selling some unwanted bits and pieces on eBay we treated ourselves to a delivery curry (veg pathia for me, chicken shashlik for Jon with a veg naan) which we ate in front of the TV - episode 5 of gripping Spanish subtitled thriller I Know Who You Are and a couple of episodes of series 2 of Norwegian whodunit, Acquitted.

WEARING: Vintage psychedelic catsuit (99p, eBay, 2010), saffron bodysuit (Retail, on-sale), leopard ankle boots (swapped with a customer last year), Urban outfitters perspex belt (present), Fake Prada sunglasses still with ASOS tags attached (£1, charity shop last week)

On Sunday I watched the Andrew Marr show over tea, toast & organic rhubarb jam, did a couple of loads of washing then touched up my roots. I emptied the bookshelf on the landing and bagged up the huge pile of books we'd already read, ready to drop off at the charity shop next week. After lunch a friend we'd first met at Glasto popped round to give us a suede jacket she no longer wanted. I sorted out the furniture I'd found along with the doll's house in my parents' attic last week, cleaned it up and made a list of what to look out for on Ebay then we watched Toffs, Queers and Traitors, a feature length documentary on Guy Burgess. After tea (the rest of last nights' curry with some freshly cooked basmati rice) we watched a couple more episodes of Acquitted

WEARING: Vintage psychedelic maxi dress (Won for £5.50 on eBay a fortnight ago), Yeti coat (£3, charity shop), Silver leather ankle boots (retail sale), Lamani coin choker (2008, India)
At just after 8am yesterday morning we walked into town for our annual optician appointments, we've got a family history of glaucoma so we're both entitled to free eye tests. All done we had a quick whizz around the chazzas - Jon picked up a couple of pieces of vinyl, we popped into Wilkos for some bird food and walked back. After an update from the estate agents (there were ten viewings over the weekend and there's already couple of offers) we had lunch. Afterwards I started to alter a dress before whizzing round to the dentist. I'd fractured a tooth on Sunday evening and they'd managed to squeeze me in for an emergency appointment. When I got home, just over an hour later, Jon prepared tea (roasted veg with Haloumi) and I did some housework. After eating we watched part one of a BBC documentary series on Kim Philby while I re-sewed the hem on the dress I'd worn earlier.

WEARING: Vintage velvet maxi dress with a marabou feather trim (£10, Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair), huge Indian brass pendant (gift from blog reader, Vonda), Rajasthani shoulder bag (£2, street market, India), Purple suede platforms (£6.99, charity shop)

This morning, after my daily Wii Fit work-out and usual fruit & yogurt breakfast we nipped over to the part of my parents' garden we're holding on to and cut back the brambles next to the garage as we'd got a workman coming to repair the roof later. After a quick tidy up we got changed and drove round to the accountants to drop in our end of year accounts before dropping off a few eBay sales parcels at the post office. Back at home Jon cracked on with insulating the walls in the spare room and, as my services weren't required, I swept the leaves up outside the front of the house and brought the geraniums into the utility room for the winter. After lunch I caught up on my blog reading, wrote a blog post. After tea (wholemeal pasta with pesto, fresh broccoli & leeks) I'll finish altering the dress I started yesterday and wrap a couple more eBay sales parcels then we'll watch the final installment of I Know Who You Are on the BBC i-player.



If you want to look at my daily photos on Instagram then you'll find me HERE. You don't need an account to look and you can rest assured that my page will be a pouting selfie-free zone. I'm 50 not 15.


I've no intention of abandoning blogging and why would I? Having my own little space to write, share photos and connect with like-minded people the world over has helped me through some of the toughest years of my life. It's made this ordinary almost-fifty-one year old woman feel like a celebrity at times - being recognised in the street never fails to take me by surprise. I'm going nowhere!

See you soon!

Linking to Patti & the gang for Visible Monday.

84 comments:

  1. Oooh you look like a glorious peacocky bird of fantasy in that blue outfit. Stunning you are. Nope...I don't do Instagram either. I'm signed up and follow lots of lovely people but I haven't got around to loading any images. To be honest, between Facebook and Blogger it's enough. I don't blog as much as I once did but I'm going to make more time and I'm not going anywhere! Blogger has introduced me to some of the best women I know and I have some brilliant times with them and more to come I hope. Acquitted is not half bad is it? I'm still waiting for the return of Wondrous Saga.
    Bloody loves ya!
    xxxxxx

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    1. Thanks, love! It'll be great to see you blogging more. there's nothing I like more than sitting down with a mug of tea and having a good read, getting a sense of the person behind the words and drooling over gorgeous photos. Scrolling through an endless screen isn't relaxing, is it?
      Acquitted is fab. I think we've seen almost everything on Walter now, Bring back sexy Saga!
      Love ya! xxxx

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  2. I have an instagram account but am trying to add things that I don't already blog about, that way they are a little different. Blogging does take so much time!

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    1. Blogging does take time! As you know I blog about everything, it's quite a novelty just to post a photo of what I'm wearing, no thought involved! xxx

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  3. pleased to hear we are not loosing you to the modern world of instagram as I can't get that on my old phone !
    some fab outfits here lol
    Tilly

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    1. Me neither, Tilly - nor would I want to. I like switching on my clunky old PC and watching the world from there. xxx

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  4. I'm not on IG or fb...I just don't have the time, however I'm pleased to hear that you won't be leaving blogland. I'm surprised that you buy your catfood in Pets R Us (or whatever it's called) as Lidl is cheaper... have you a puss with expensive tastes? Fantastic frockage! Especially the blue and purple, you look magnificent in both. Good news about the viewings! xx

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    1. They like a mix - Cochida and Felix. They'll only use the wood pellet cat litter, too and Stephen Squirrel has to have a certain type of cat biscuit or he'll follow us around complaining for hours and hours. Considering Frank was living in a box in the garden 14 months ago he's soon developed a taste for the finer things in life! Jon also buys them deli ham & cat milk from Morrison's! What is it about how we don't own cats they own us? xxxx

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  5. I am a dual poster both blogging and on IG. I link back on IG to my blog posts, so you can do that too Vix.
    Yep, all of the fashion bloggers moved to IG some time ago. I stopped posting my outfits and I rarely "selfie" - try to avoid it but sometimes I do Instagram challenges and selfie is nearly always a prompt.
    There are some neat apps you can try with Instagram like boomerang or hyperlapse (tons of fun) but those are phone apps, so if you ever decide to go there ...

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    1. Oh, I forgot, I'm following you now on IG and I post as "tamaschen." I'll be posting an #ornamentaday beginning December 1.

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    2. Found you!
      I'm more of an anti-fashion blogger so maybe that's why I'm still here. Hashtags and challenges will probably pass me by. I'm a Luddite when it comes to tech! xxx

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  6. Woo hoo! Sakes alive you're a bizzy gal. My fave is the pink senorita dress at the vanity.
    I shall have to check out that Gramblr app as I don't go online with my smartphone.
    xox

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    1. That's a nightie but don't go telling everyone!!
      Gramblr seems like it might work for you, too. I'm happy to report that I haven't been inundated with email spam since I started using it either. xxx

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  7. My daughter got me hooked on Instagram, but I look, and post rarely. I get to see all kinds of things quick on a 2 minute brain break. I will be sure to check your account out.

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    1. It does seem very fast and furious, definitely not as relaxing and engaging as blogging. Maybe it works better when you're a fan of mobile phones. xxx

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  8. I love seeing what you wear everyday, so I must go check your new app! The blue psychedelic dress is divine. Thanks for linking up and stay fabulous as ever. xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Thanks, Patti! I'll have to find you. xxx

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  9. I love all the outfits Vix....but that peacock dress and yeti coat are to die for.
    Hugs-x-

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  10. I look forward to your blog posts, nice and meaty with lots of information. I also like Instagram but it just isn't the same. Good thing to keep up with the eye checks, my mum had glaucoma and my optician has caught mine early. Been using the drops since March and the pressure is now good and low. For some reason I thought it would never happen to me, low and behold it has!

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    1. I'm glad they caught your glaucoma in time, Maureen. I've been reading about how the drops are amazing for promoting eyelash growth - apparently women are buying it in huge qualities from the US and are amazed at the results. Have you noticed any change? xxx

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  11. What a relief that you're not leaving blogland! Even though I do have a smartphone, I'm not on Instagram yet, but I guess it's just a matter of time ... Showing what I'm wearing on a daily basis kind of appeals to me, but frankly speaking I just wouldn't have the time. You are so right, though, in that a day without dressing up is a day wasted. I can't imagine not dressing up! Although I'm loving all your outfits, my favourite must be the purple one with the feather trim: a real sight for sore eyes! xxx

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    1. I'll never leave blogging even if I'm the last woman standing.
      I don't do change - same friends, same town, same brand of lipstick, same style of clothes - I like having my own little space on the internet. I'm not social enough to be successful at social media! xxx

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  12. Very glad to hear you are not deserting us...Instagram seems very popular but I just can't be arsed with it; or Twitter or Snap Chat or anything else! I can just about cope with FB, What's App and blogging!

    I didn't know about the Norwegian series; I'll have to check that out, pronto. Hilary and I had a marathon 3 hour viewing on Saturday evening of 'I Know Who You Are'!

    You are certainly very busy. Maybe less so when the house has been sold?

    All your outfits are wonderful. The purple velvet maxi is one of my favourites but they are all lovely and you look fab in all of them.

    Hope you have a fab week.
    xxxx

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    1. I don't understand Twitter, I just imagine it's for people on long commutes who don't want to talk to the person they're sitting next to. I joined during the Mumbai attacks to keep up to date with the news. I've no idea what Snap Chat or What's App are, is it something to do with those weird dog noses superimposed on people's faces? God, I'm glad I'm not a teenager!
      The house isn't really taking up much time, we're just always doing something. The only time we relax is in India. xxx

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    2. I HATE the dog noses superimposed over faces with a passion!!

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    3. I'm so glad I'm not the only one...what's the point? xxx

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  13. Glad to see you on Instagram. Aw go on and give us a pouting selfie!
    I'm exhausted just hearing about your week. I'd better go have a lie down.

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    1. Tits out, eyebrows drawn on with a crayon and duck pout at the ready! No, never! xxx

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  14. I can barely keep up with my blog, let alone start on instagram. I'll have to check you site out.

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    1. Ha! I feel like that sometimes! xxx

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  15. I don't have IG but I did open another account on FB earlier this year to keep in touch with our son when he was in Bangladesh [shut down the old one last year in the aftermath of Brexit etc...it was so horrible!] I only post trivia on FB but am in several groups of niche interest [medieval graffiti etc!] It took me a long time to pluck up the courage to blog, but I enjoy writing and I enjoy linking all sorts of random stuff together. Afraid I spend my working days in ripped jeans [not trendy just old], old tshirts, hoodies and trainers as I'm cleaning for people and dealing with bleach etc. I change into my own style of clothes when I get home. Am really enjoying having dark pink highlights in my hair these days though! Arilx

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    1. Pink highlights are a fab way of showing your individuality when you can't dress how you want to. Mine was a belly button ring and blue toenails under my corporate armour! xxx

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  16. Well I'm most excited that I'll be seeing more of your fabulous outfits on Instagram, I'm sure it will be inspiring! I have actually quoted your Vixism about wasting a day when not dressing up, I do agree it's a missed opportunity. I'd love to post more daily outfits on Instagram but my mornings are far too rushed (and dark!).

    There's definitely a more personal touch that has remained with blogs, I'm glad you'll keep this going.

    That yeti coat is epic!! xx

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    1. I used to love your weekly blog posts with a round-up of outfits but these short days are a nightmare for photographs, aren't they? That's another reason why I can't blog every day, by the time I've done what I need to it's already dark! xxx

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  17. What a busy pair you two are and even though it’s lovely to see your pics on Instagram I do love a good read of your blog. It’s like a good magazine, full of lovely pictures and interesting articles.
    Great to hear that the sale of the parental home has started well.
    Once things start to get more on an even keel here and my mojo returns I’ll be back to my own blog. Xxxx

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    1. It'll be good to see you back and blogging, Lynn. Instagram doesn't seem to show anything in order, I've liked things that pop up and then realised they're a few days old. It's not like Facebook, is it? xxx

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  18. Darling Vix you may be 50 but you have the enthusiasm of a 15 year old. Do you ever stop to take a breathe. Your blog is such a delight I am so glad you won't give it up. 😀 I wonder how long it takes you to choose what to wear. With a closet like that it must be a joy to rifle through but oh the choices. I'm counting down the weeks with you to India. You so deserve a good holiday. Good luck selling the house. Several offers can mean a bidding war so stick out for top price xxx

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    1. Thank you so much! I owe you an email - that's what comes of doing a hundred things at once.
      Funnily enough a lady stopped me in town the other day and asked me the same thing. It usually takes me around 20 minutes to put my make-up on, do my hair and chose something to wear.
      Everything hanging in my wardrobe fits, is in season, is cleaned & ironed and has been repaired so whatever garment I pull out is ready to wear! It's just a matter of choosing the accessories. xxx

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  19. Nice to see you on IG. I have been enjoying your outfit photos. I have to say that although you might be 51, you are anything but ordinary. Fabulous maybe, with a very covetable wardrobe. I know what you mean about blogging. It has helped me through some tough times too and I have really appreciated the connection with people and all the positive feedback. It has been really nice to connect in real-life too, especially with people that you may never have met. :) Xx

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    1. You are kind, Kelly! Your cheque's in the post! Blogging is the best. I'm very sad that so many of our mates have abandoned it. It does take time and effort but it's so rewarding. xxx

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  20. It was lovely reading about your week and I'm so glad you're not going anywhere and still enjoy blogging.
    I've just started an instagram account but am keeping it separate from my blog, it's linked to my etsy site. I like looking at instagram photos and will look at yours after this but I agree that a blog is so much more personal.
    I loved the photos in this post and it's the writing that goes with them that makes it special.
    You've been very busy and looking gorgeous at the same time, so many wonderful outfits.
    It sounds like you've had tooth problems too, hopefully not needing a crown like I do. xxx

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    1. That's exactly my sentiments, Sally. Like I said to Curtise when we were chatting on Facebook - It's like reading Brodies notes as opposed the book - you get the general idea but not the whole story. A lot of traders tell me that IG is brilliant for business so lets hope it helps you! xxx

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  21. Glad that you're keeping your blog and that we can see more of your fab photos on instagram! Xxx

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  22. the fabulous, glamorous life of vix!!
    looove it!
    is´t it great how chic outfits makes the daily stuff much more fun? i can´t imagine trotting around in boring jeans & fleece - would feel like a tired potato sack......
    beautiful clothes spend positive energy and a good posture. this helps even in times when we are not bedded on roses. even for a trip to the dentist - fingers crossed for your tooth!
    i too have a simple phone without contract - so insta is only for visiting with the laptop. but i was never there - until now - because you are there now!! very glad you´r blogging - still!
    xxxx

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    1. You're so right! As soon as I'm dressed up I'm ready to tackle the world head on even if it's only listing things on line or making phone calls. Dressing up is brilliant for boosting self esteem and inner confidence.
      I'll never stop blogging! xxx

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  23. You look so fab in all your outfits. A very good example to everyone! I have fallen into a rut, and was coming perilously close to abandoning all hope and living in trousers and T-shirts for ever more, but hopefully am fighting my way out now.

    I found I Know Who You Are got a bit silly towards the end - it felt like they had to stretch it over a certain number of episodes so had to put in even more plot twists - but I watched it nonetheless. Nice to hear a bit of Spanish on the telly.

    My IG is very different from my blog - mostly cats and quick moments. My blog is still where I go when I've got something to say. And I can't follow people whose IGs are a non-stop stream of selfies any more than I can follow bloggers whose posts are nothing but outfit, outfit, outfit and free stuff. If it's all surface and no personality, count me out...

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    1. Thanks, Mim. Hopefully you'll feel more like dressing up again once you've got those deadlines out of the way.
      I was a bit confused by I Know Who You Are in parts but thought the ending was fantastic. I'm already excited for series 3.
      I'll probably only post once a day at the most as I take photos with a camera, download them to my PC and then send them to Instagram via Gramblr. xxx

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  24. This is great news, Vix! As a fellow iPhone shunner and Facebook drop-out, I do enjoy Instagram but couldn't post anything of my own - now I can! Hurrah! x

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  25. Thanks for not stopping blogging! I thought you were going to say that you were stopping 😱Yours is only 1 of 3 blogs i follow religiously so i nearly had a heart attack at the begining of that post😂 I have followed you for years and this is the first time i have come out of the lurkers pavillion. I might even speak to you at Molesely this Sunday if i gird my loins. Thanks for your fab blog by the way you are a celebrity one of half a dozen i recognise hahaha. Shelagh

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    1. Shelagh - I'd be thrilled to bits if you came to say hello at Moseley, please do!
      I'll never give up blogging, it gives me so much pleasure.
      I'm constantly amazed by strangers who come up to me at fairs, festivals, in the street, in the pub (and even on the plane to Corfu) who tell me that they enjoy my blog. It makes my day! xxx

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    2. Thanks for the lovely reply. I will come and say hello now that I have left the lurker's pavillion. See you Sunday.
      Shelagh

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    3. I can't wait to meet you!!! xxx

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  26. Phew , You made me out of breath reading this but its such an interesting post ,I have only just came off my pay as you go phone basically because i lost it lol , I have a tesco one now that only costs me £9.00 per month still a lot for me but i cam access the internet on it , Its useful because of Ebay , How colourful your wardrobe looks , I am with you on instagram too xxx

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    1. Another reason a mobile phone with internet access is no good for me is that I can't read the screen unless I wear my reading glasses and I never remember to take them out with me! xxx

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  27. well, I'm glad that you find the way to use instagram in your pc (thanks for sharing, it's also very interesting for me, as I'm another old fashioned lady who writes in a 10 years old PC). So lovely that you share all the fabulous outfits you wear everyday!, I feel inspired to take more pictures of my own outfits too!
    And obviously, you're like a rock'n'roll star!!
    I always love to see you in all your psychedelic glory, in the supermarket or wherever you go, that's something I love particularly!
    besos

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    1. I love seeing your outfits, your clever use of colour never fails to inspire me. xxxx

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  28. I looove all of your outfits but particularly that dress you wore to the supermarket. It's stunning!!

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    1. Thanks, Maria! I sold that in the end but I'm glad it got a day out, I can rememeber it forever! xxx

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  29. I'm still blogging, when I have something to write about, and I have my instagram for outfit photos, etc. I admit to being very happy to see you on IG, as it's hard to find the time to comment on everyone's blog posts as regularly as I would like. This post of yours made me feel tired just to read it - I feel like such a lazy sod next to you! I love the Supermarket dress!

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    1. I'm so happy you still blog, Shelley, you go to loads of interesting events and have an artist's eye for detail.
      It's great to be able to connect with you on IG regularly, too! xxx

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  30. I wish my follow list was still as busy! I seem to have the opposite trouble, years ago I could barely keep up, now I can be gone a week and get through it in an hour. Although I’ve been using Instagram for years, I really hate what it’s done to blogging which I’ve always preferred. Instagram is too filtered and you don’t get a sense of who anybody truly is. I’m relieved you won’t be leaving for it any time soon!
    I love seeing what you wear everyday and hearing what you’ve been up to. That blue dress and yeti coat especially! ♥︎

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    1. Yes, I don't like that IG has replaced blogging. It's fun but it lacks substance. xxx

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  31. Glad you've found a way to join IG, but glad you're also continuing blogging! xx

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    1. I love blogging, it's the best! x

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  32. I love your blog posts so much so I am very glad it will not be affected by IG! I have it too but for a while, I had,managed to create a profile on my Brother in Law's phone but I couldn't post but I could comment on my PC. I remember my Brother-in-law was peeved that I had 50followers without any posts but he had only 20! I told him it was all blog friends!
    A day without dressing up is indeed wasted! It really does cheer people up. I remember my old Headteacher told me it was always a delight anticipating what I'd wear as she never knew what to expect! Your outfits are really a joy to behold!Xx

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    1. Lovely to find you on the other side, Kezzie!!
      Clothes are an ice breaker, aren't they/ Much better to talk about a pretty skirt than Brexit or the weather! xxx

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  33. So glad you're now on Instagram! I must admit, I haven't blogged as much as I would like this year but that's mainly because I can't get on blogger at work. I would often write up a post in my lunch hour but can't do that anymore so finding the time is hard. Plus getting someone to take a picture can be a lot of effort (especially in the winter), so a quick mirror selfie is much easier! I've met some great people through instagram but won't abandon blogging just yet! xx

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    1. How rude, not letting you blog from work! I miss your regular posts so it's good to see you on IG! xxx

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  34. Blogging is the best way for me to look back and keep track of parts of my life. It's a diary of sorts. I enjoy yours so much because of the history you've built. I'm also with you about the whole phone thing. I use a phone for my convenience -- not to be tethered to others. So it is almost always turned off, in my purse.

    I do wish it were possible to find the same caliber of fabulous vintage that you collect. I would love to dress in it, but it's nowhere to be found in the US! At least I can appreciate your wardrobe through your posts and your stories. I hope you blog forever!

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    1. "Being tethered" is exactly the phrase I was searching for. I love the freedom of being uncontactable although it drives my friends mad! xxx

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  35. I'm such a sad technophobe I didn't even realise you needed a smart phone to instagram, so I have an account with no pictures basically! I have no intention of upgrading my phone, I text I make calls end of.

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    1. Same here! I opened an IG account and then realised I couldn't do anything with it unless I borrowed Jon's phone. Hooray for that app which means I can post a picture from my PC. As I'm only connected to the internet when I'm at home on my computer I've missed about a million photos on Instagram - blogging is a lot easier to handle! xxx

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  36. Good for you!! I have been so behind in blogging, so Instagram is a quick fix. I won't give up blogging either, I am just not as regular with it as I used to. I love how you dress how ever the hell you want, in fact you gave me the inspiration to be me!! xxx

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    1. I'm glad you're going nowhere, Sue. Blogging is my way of relaxing, I'd be lost without it. xxx

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  37. Vix, I love your attitude and your joie de vivre! I need to visit you more often for inspiration of how it's done! Wonderful. I don't IG, and have been blogging for years - no cellphone/iPhone here!

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    1. Sheila! So good to see a couple of comments from you. We've got even more in common than a love of cats and second hand clothes!!! xxx

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  38. How lovely to see your outfits for the week. I have never seen anyone look so glam buying cat food! What a fabulous dress.
    I do often make an effort, wearing things that might seem over the top for a day at home working at my desk, but clothes are meant to be enjoyed. I really should stop wearing my PJs, I've pretty much lived in them for a few weeks now, they are comfy but not exactly glamorous!
    Lovely to see you on Instagram :)

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    1. I don't blame you one bit for living in your PJs over the last few weeks, you're allowed!
      Dressing up, even for the most mundane of tasks, makes me feel like I can conquer anything! xxx

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