Black Country news and blogs Wednesday 17 January 2018


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In It For The Long Haul – Travel Outfits, Packing & Charity Shop Finds 

5 Jan 18

Compared to what I’ve worn earlier this week I’m looking rather muted today.

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Absolute Beginners – Vix’s Adventures In Crochet 

2 Jan 18

Happy New Year!! WEARING: Inherited crochet maxi coat with 1970sRicci Michaels of Mayfair psychedelic dress (bought from Vintage Relics at The End of the Road festival, 2016) You may have noticed that I’m rather fond of crochet clothing.

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India Comes To Coventry – Visiting The V&A’s Crafts Of The Punjab Exhibition 

29 Dec 17

All dressed up and somewhere to go! This week seems almost interminable so realising that today was probably our last chance to visit an exhibition we’d set our hearts on seeing, it was the perfect opportunity to jump in the van and shake off the …

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The Woman In White 

22 Dec 17

When I spotted this 1970s gown in a charity shop window a few weeks ago my heart skipped a beat.

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Ready To Go – Travel Packing & Some 1970s Inspired Finds 

20 Dec 17

The Seventies are dead…

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Proud Mary – Today’s Outfit Plus Some Charity Shop Tat 

18 Dec 17

It’s the Dead Relatives Society bash.

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Dressed To Impress (Yourself) 

15 Dec 17

Catching up with my blog reading after an afternoon spent in the pub, I was blown away by a post Hollie published yesterday which mentioned several of my favourite bloggers / ex-bloggers – as well as me! Aging is what you make it.

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Lamani Love – The One Where I Share My Tribal Collection 

8 Dec 17

It’s all a bit grim here today, heavy snowstorms and positively Arctic temperatures with weather warnings issued for the weekend, even our schools are closed.

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Trust In Me – Georgian Splendour In Sleepy Shropshire 

6 Dec 17

A rock gig and a boozy Wetherspoons all-dayer, what my birthday week was lacking was some culture so this morning, wrapped up in big coats, hats and thermal undies we headed across the border to the county of Shropshire.

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Exotic Styling – Fashion Porn For Vintage Lovers 

1 Dec 17

When I was clearing the book shelves at The Cottage I came across a book which must have belonged to my mum.

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Recycle, Reuse – From Cot Blanket to Blanket Coat 

29 Nov 17

In late November 1966 with the arrival of her first born imminent, my 24 year-old mother got out her crochet hooks.

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Market Day 

27 Nov 17

Sod unpacking the van from yesterday’s vintage fair, a stroll into town to pick up Jon’s new glasses and a rummage around the charity shops sounded far more appealing.

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Technicolour Friday – Charity Shop Treasure & Some Hardcore Drum ‘n’ Bass 

24 Nov 17

Black Friday? Not on your life or on my body.

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The Keeper Of Lost Causes -Tackling The Family Albums 

17 Nov 17

I come from a long line of hoarders.

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Down Mexico Way – Cool In My Roberta Vencillino Kaftan 

15 Nov 17

Blame on a blogger! When I commented how fabulous Betty looked on a recent post about her holiday in Costa Rica she replied that kaftans were really hard to find so, although I already own a few, I thought I’d have a quick browse on eBay.

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The Colour Purple 

13 Nov 17

It’s no secret that I hate winter but rediscovering this coat almost compensates for the plummeting temperatures.

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The House That I Grew Up In 

10 Nov 17

The parental home is finally empty and ready to go on the market.

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Charity Shop Finds – The Holy Grail of Hippiedom For The Price of a Pint 

8 Nov 17

Such is my love for Indian textiles that this January we’re touring the traditional craft villages of Gujarat, India’s textile state, where we’ll witness at first hand age-old techniques like patchwork, embroidery, tie-dye, weaving and block printing…

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Grey Is The Colour Of Indifference…. 

6 Nov 17

said the artist, Gerhardt Richter, quoted on a current affairs programme we listened to on Radio 4 on the drive back home from London on Saturday night.

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Little China Girl 

3 Nov 17

If you only fill your wardrobe with clothes you love they’ll all go together.

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Somebody Else’s Guy & Another Woman’s Husband 

1 Nov 17

Am I happy that Halloween’s over! I spotted this dress on a mannequin in a themed window display in one of our regular chazzas three weeks ago where it was accessorised with a pointy hat, a bin liner cape, a besom broom and a plastic pumpkin lantern …

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Rockin’ In The Crypt 

30 Oct 17

As a child I could never quite get my head round how Dad travelled the world on business but claimed never to see much of the places he visited.

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New Boots & Panties 

27 Oct 17

I’m off to collect a parcel of pants from Ajay’s, the newsagent at the end of the road.

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India-A-Go-Go! Vamps, Vintage & 1960s Bollywood 

20 Oct 17

Yesterday, when GT offered me this silver Sixties trouser suit they’d found in a charity shop recently I couldn’t take it off their hands fast enough.

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I Left My Lederhosen In Wetherspoons 

17 Oct 17

Yesterday was one of those days when we popped to the pub to meet a friend for lunch a couple of drinks, only to stagger out eight hours later singing Smiths songs, arm in arm with a total stranger.

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Brought To Book – First Hand Thoughts, Second Hand Clothes 

13 Oct 17

Whilst I disregard 99.9% of the plug my product emails I get, I’m always up for a good book and the premise of In The Jumble, The Joys of Finding, Buying and Wearing Second Hand Clothes sounded right up my street.

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Granny Chic – Crafty Inspiration My Way 

10 Oct 17

Granny Chic? That’s not the term that immediately springs to mind when I look at the interior of our home.

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Chop, Chop! Facing My Hairdressing Fears 

6 Oct 17

There’s two things in life I’m scared of – spiders and hairdressing salons.

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Good Things Come To Those Who Wait – Further Adventures In Charity Shopping 

3 Oct 17

The temperatures have plummeted, it’s dark when I get up in the morning and there’s spiders as big as my head roaming the house.

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The Joy Of Small Things 

29 Sep 17

So what’s blog worthy about this tatty Edwardian curiosity? Well, believe it or not, this tiny lacquered Chinoiserie box, together with its contents (seen below) was the first thing I remember spending my pocket money on.

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I Heart My Sleeves 

25 Sep 17

What with the wide-brimmed wool hat and a showstopper of a vintage top worn over a jersey maxi, today’s outfit is almost a complete rehash of last Thursday’s but I like to keep it real.

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Hey Ho, Let’s Go…Charity Shopping! What I Found This Week 

21 Sep 17

We’ve found some fabulous stuff on our charity shop jaunts over the last couple of weeks, the stockroom rails are positively groaning under the weight of crazily printed maxi dresses, capes, leather coats, tweed jackets and dagger collared shirts but…

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What I Wore To Wetherspoons 

18 Sep 17

I lived like a normal person at the weekend – a leisurely breakfast eaten at the kitchen table, The Guardian Weekend read from cover-to-cover, a few hours spent pottering around the garden and an evening hanging out with friends in ‘Spoons.

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Little Green Apples 

15 Sep 17

What’s this, three posts in a week? A sure sign I’ve got loads of stuff to do and can’t be arsed to get them done.

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¡Ay, Caramba! Vintage Couture For A Fiver 

13 Sep 17

Unlike elsewhere in Blogland, you won’t find any Autumnal fashion or tweed and cosy knitwear in earthy-tones here.

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Kinky Boots – A Weekend At London’s Classic Car Boot Sale 

11 Sep 17

Talk about a rude awakening! On Saturday morning, the alarm went off at 3am and, less than an hour later, we were on the road, knees draped in blankets (Gilbert’s heating system is non-existent) heading towards Kings Cross, the destination for …

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Dye Dye Baby – How I Averted A Dollyrockers Disaster 

8 Sep 17

I’ve always loved Dollyrockers, a vintage label originating from the British Boutique Movement.

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Kinky’s Festival Adventures – End Of The Road, 2017 

5 Sep 17

If I could create my dream festival I’d only sell tickets to Guardian-reading, 6Music-listening types like me, hopefully eliminating any “lad” culture or loutish behaviour.

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A Folkin’ Great Weekend – Towersey, 2017 

29 Aug 17

As is always the way, by the time we finally get the hang of our stall set-up it’s almost the end of the festival season.

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Machine Head – Meet The Family 

21 Aug 17

Minimalist types, look away now.

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Modern Life Is Rubbish (And So Was My Latest Sewing Machine) 

18 Aug 17

What a bloody dump! I complained to Jon as we walked home from the town centre, picking our way past stained mattresses, old fridges, knackered microwave ovens, rancid sofas and sacks of god-knows-what dumped on the pavement by Walsall’s residents in…

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Clogs, Clobber & Classic Cars 

15 Aug 17

There are only sixty-nine Volkswagen Variants left in the UK and our 1970 model, Ebbie, is an LE, of which only 6 are known to exist ( Source ) so imagine my surprise when I visited the Lotta of Stockholm website (I’ve gone slightly mad for their …

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How the Waste Was Worn – Other People’s Cast-offs, My Way 

10 Aug 17

I haven’t shared my chazzing finds in ages.

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Disco Jackets & Gingham 

7 Aug 17

It’s just as well you visit my blog for my scintillating conversation ‘cos there ain’t no new clothes to see here.

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24 Hour Party People 

4 Aug 17

Don’t adjust your screens, non-Brits.

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Hear My Train A-Comin’ – Indietracks 2017 

31 Jul 17

Now, that’s what I mean about the spirit of Indietracks! One of our customers exclaimed when, not having any specs cases for sale, I opened my bag and told him to take mine.

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I’m No Teenage Icon – Mud & Madness Of Truck 2017 

25 Jul 17

Last Wednesday we left home, bound for Oxfordshire, home to the teenage knees-up that is the Truck Festival.

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This Old House – Stonecroft After The Paint Job 

18 Jul 17

It’s over! No more dodging ladders and scaffolding or having to walk around the house fully clothed.

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Cornbury Festival, 2017 – The Fabulous Finale 

11 Jul 17

Once upon a time a festival lovin’, vintage wearing couple saw a colourful stall at Glastonbury and decided that one day they too would take their retro clothing to sell at a music festival.

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A Greek Epic – Booze, Food, Fashion & A Road Trip 

3 Jul 17

Meet George, our red Panda.

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