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May The Fourth Be With You – The Cornbury Festival 2018 

17 Jul 18

Have I mentioned how much we love the Cornbury Festival? Previous years have been brilliant and this year, our fourth, was phenomenal.


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Lets Be Frank – Forgotten Frocks, Refashioning and Ten Quid Vintage 

6 Jul 18

What is it those strange minimalist types tell you? If you haven’t worn it in six months then get rid of it or some such nonsense.


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On The Ball 

2 Jul 18

When the lovely volunteers in my local hospice charity shop asked Jon to take some photos of me wearing this vintage John Charles chiffon strapless ballgown I bought from them last week we had to oblige.


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England 2 – Belgium 2 : A Trip To Attingham Park 

27 Jun 18

This time tomorrow we’ll be up against one another when England take on Belgium in the World Cup but today we played nicely when we met up with our friends, Polyester Princess Ann and husband Jos, at the magnificent Attingham Park in Shropshire.


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Are You Gonna Go My Way – Car Booty, Charity Shopping and a Night Out With a Rock God 

22 Jun 18

After the relative inactivity of recent times, it’s all go this week and, if trading in London and meeting the gang in Chester wasn’t exciting enough, on Wednesday night we saw Lenny Kravitz on his current UK tour.


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Down In The Bus Station On Monday – A Blogger Day Out 

19 Jun 18

Yesterday Jon and I made the two hour journey to Chester to get together with long-time friends, Lynn and Philip and to meet Ann and her husband, Jos, currently holidaying in the UK from their native Belgium.


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It’s Vintage, Darling 

17 Jun 18

Yesterday, after what felt like an eternity away from the vintage selling scene, we got to take Kinky Melon’s Retro Boutique back on the road trading with the fabulous Pop Up Vintage Fairs in Walthamstow in East London.


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Picture This – Four Days in Photographs 

4 Jun 18

Thank you so much for all your kind words, messages and advice about Jon’s back.


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Pain Stops Play – The Festival That Never Was 

31 May 18

Acoustic Festival, 2017 You’re probably thinking, Shouldn’t they be away trading at a festival? and you’d be right, we should.


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Bell Bottom Blues 

21 May 18

Jeans? Even Jon was surprised.


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Down The Rabbit Hole – More Mini Adventures 

18 May 18

I found this miniature making book at the car boot sale the introduction by author, Christaine Berridge, could have been written by me.


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The Long Good Buy 

3 May 18

You’ll be relieved to hear that this week we’ve been wearing clothes.


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Goin’ To A Go-Go 

25 Apr 18

Whenever I wear this insane vintage Shubette of London fringed Go-Go suit I can’t help but dance around the bedroom.


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Flower Power 

16 Apr 18

Florals, ahoy! The weather’s a balmy 12°C and there’s a suggestion of spring in the air.


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Cool In A Kaftan 

2 Apr 18

I bought this crazy 1970s cotton kaftan for a song in a charity shop last week.


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From Bed Covers & Babouches to Bollywood & Books – This Week’s Charity Shop Finds 

23 Mar 18

I’m probably the only person in the world to create an outfit entirely around a bag but just look at that handsome Indian prince astride his horse.


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What’s Cooking? My Mini Kitchen Makeover 

21 Mar 18

Wanna to see my kitchen? This is my latest mini make, like my real one HERE , its furnished entirely from inherited bits and pieces, other people’s junk, hand-made stuff and lucky eBay finds.


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Maximum City – 48 Hours In Mumbai 

19 Mar 18

I was planning to write about our weekend of vintage fairs but the weather put paid to that.


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Charity Shopping & Mini Makes 

16 Mar 18

Look! I’m finally out of the doll’s house and back to full-size.


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Slumming It – Touring Mumbai’s Dharavi Slum 

28 Feb 18

Courtesy of Reality Tours If you’ve ever flown into Mumbai you’ll know that there’s no avoiding the third largest slum in the world, Dharavi, a sprawling mass of corrugated tin, cardboard and blue tarpaulin running alongside the international airport…


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Indian Epic – Travels in Kutch, Gujarat – Textile Heaven 

22 Feb 18

Kutch is famed for it’s rich textile heritage so what better way to spend our final day than overdosing on them.


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Indian Epic- Travels in Kutch, Gujarat – Birding in Banni 

20 Feb 18

Just before sunrise on Friday morning we were collected from Devpur by an ecologist his driver fromthe Centre for Desert and Ocean ( CERO ) and taken to the Banni Grasslands, a semi-arid region skirting the Great Rann of Kutch for a morning of bird…


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Indian Epic – Travels in Kutch, Gujarat – Around Mandvi 

18 Feb 18

Wednesday was spent with fellow Devpur house guests Carey Gary, exploring the area around the coastal town of Mandvi.


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Indian Epic – Travels in Kutch, Gujarat – The Desert, Crafts & The Party Monks of the North 

16 Feb 18

Wednesday got off to slow start after we got caught up in a traffic jam caused by a herd of water buffalo taking a morning stroll.


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Indian Epic – Travels In Kutch, Gujarat – The Temples, Ruins & Tombs Of The West 

14 Feb 18

Shortly after 8am accompanied by fellow Devpur house guest Susan, a German-born architect living in Zurich, we set off to explore Kutch’s west coast.


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Indian Epic – Travels in Kutch, Gujarat – Bhuj’s Museums, Palaces, Temples & Crafts 

12 Feb 18

Ready for more? On Monday morning, after a sociable breakfast spent chatting to K and the other guests, Ramji drove us to the Medieval town of Bhuj.


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Indian Epic – Travels in Kutch, Gujarat – Devpur Homestay 

10 Feb 18

Namaste! We’re back! Be afraid – be very afraid, we took so many pictures during our stay in Gujarat you might be sick of the sight of India by the end of the week.


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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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