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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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Greece is The Word – Exploring Kérkyra 

29 Jun 17

We’d heard good things about Corfu’s public transport system so, with a bus stop a few minutes walk from our apartment, we decided to visit Kérkyra (Corfu Town), the island’s capital.


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All Greek To Me – Beautiful Paleokastrítsa 

27 Jun 17

I know what you’re thinking…


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So Many Dresses…Such A Tiny Luggage Allowance 

19 Jun 17

For a woman with a wardrobe stuffed with backless, slash fronted, halterneck, gloriously impractical dresses it’s a crying shame I was born in a country where we can count the number of gloriously hot days suitable for wearing them on the fingers of …


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Baddesley Clinton – Knights Have Dwelt Within Their Walls, Fugitives Fled To Their Secret Chambers, Cavaliers Knocked at Their Oaken Doors 

14 Jun 17

A National Trust visit was long overdue, so yesterday armed with cheese sandwiches and the camera we jumped in the van and headed south across the border to Warwickshire.


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Hey Mickey! Curtain Couture & The Story Behind Our Latest Stock 

12 Jun 17

When I wear my hair in twin buns Jon calls them my Mickey Mouse Ears so, after spotting a pair of Disney curtains in the 50p bin in a chazza on Friday, I just had take them home and transform them into a maxi dress.


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Gold Digger 

8 Jun 17

I think we did the right thing coming back from our festival early, it’s hardly stopped raining since.


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The Acoustic Festival – A Very British Weekend 

5 Jun 17

It’s that time of year again…


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Our House (In The Middle Of Our Street) 

30 May 17

We’ve put it off for far too long.


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Greece Is The Word 

26 May 17

After we missed out on Glastonbury tickets when they went on sale back in October Jon I made a plan to escape to Greece for the duration of the festival.


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Only In Your Underwear 

22 May 17

Yay! The joys of being self-employed.


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Scrap Craft – The Art Of Making Do & Being Unique 

18 May 17

Ever heard of scrap craft? According to gardening guru Guardian columnist, Alys Fowler , in her superbly sensible book, The Thrifty Gardener , it’s when you reuse or recycle unwanted items into something useful.


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The Love Witch – Vintage Wardrobe Magick 

12 May 17

I’m often mistaken for someone who practices the dark arts.


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Hot Fun In The Summertime 

10 May 17

Hoo-bloody-ray! After a seemingly endless week of icy temperatures and oppressive grey skies the sun has finally burst through and in a fit of solar-induced madness I’ve banished all my cold weather clothes to the suitcase on top of the wardrobe and …


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Hey Ho, Lets Sew 

4 May 17

Rarely a day goes by when I’m not sewing, replacing zips and buttons, taking up hems or mending split seams in order to get our stock ship-shape and ready for selling.


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Y Viva Espana -My Bell Bottom Blues 

2 May 17

Last October my gorgeous friend Claire visited us at one of our vintage fairs and gave me this groovy 1970s trouser suit she’d found on her chazzing travels, knowing that it would be the perfect addition to my festival wardrobe.


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Scandalous Behaviour – The History Of Hanbury Hall 

28 Apr 17

Fire up the camper! With less than a month until the festival season kicks off it was time to give Gilbert his first run of the year and, with the Easter Holidays over the kids safely back at school, a National Trust visit was well overdue.


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Something Old, Something New – A Week In Charity Shopping 

24 Apr 17

Charity shops are always rubbish during the school holidays I said to my friend Lyndsey Boomerang when we bumped into each other last week with not a purchase between us.


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How The Waist Was Won – Reclaiming My Figure After 50 

20 Apr 17

Eighteen months ago I started to notice that my clothes were getting tighter.


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Paint It Black – Introducing The Kinky Shed 

18 Apr 17

Izzy, our postman, looked on aghast when he handed over our mail on Saturday morning and caught us slapping paint on the Kinky shed.


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If Wes Anderson Did Vintage 

10 Apr 17

I swear that as long as there’s breath in my body I’ll never stop getting excited by vintage clothes.


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Modern Talking 

6 Apr 17

Shock horror! I’m NOT in head to toe vintage.


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Upton Top Ranking – Art Deco Glamour In Rural Warwickshire 

4 Apr 17

In 1927 Mr AR Motion put his house and accompanying 800 acre estate up for sale.


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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – A Bloggers’ Day Out 

29 Mar 17

It’s been ages since I saw Tania Curtise so when we met yesterday we were far too busy catching up to take many photos (thanks to Tania for sharing hers).


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Mega Flares, Ruffles & Wonder Woman 

27 Mar 17

There’s something completely ridiculous about making myself an entire outfit to wear to Wetherspoons for today’s drunken lunch date but there again, I’ve never claimed to be normal.


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Curtain Couture – Backyard Swagger 

24 Mar 17

Yesterday a sun-bleached curtain, today a psychedelic maxi skirt.


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Workin’ 5 to 9 

21 Mar 17

What A Way To Make A Living! …


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Buy Buy Love – This Week’s Secondhand Finds 

16 Mar 17

For a woman who spends a large part of her life shopping I rarely end up keeping any of it.


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Leo & Me 

14 Mar 17

A day without dressing up is a day wasted says me.


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More National Trust Adventures – Exploring Croome Court 

10 Mar 17

It’s been ages since we last visited a National Trust property.


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Livin’ For The Weekend 

6 Mar 17

The fair trade company I’d bought my eco-activism cushion covers from asked me to complete a customer survey but I drew a blank at the second question, Where do you get your style inspiration from…


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This Old Thing? Rediscovering My Wardrobe 

2 Mar 17

I could never be a minimalist.


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The Sweetest Taboo – My Charity Shop Find Of The Week 

27 Feb 17

There I was rifling through the rails in the clearance charity shop on Thursday…


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Viva Goa – Travels To Goa and Beyond 

23 Feb 17

As always I wore every piece of clothing I’d taken to India with me …


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From The Estuary of the Wolf to The Villlage of the Cow – Travels To Goa & Beyond 

19 Feb 17

Ten hours and some 411 kilometres later the Malabar Express pulled into Mangalore Central.


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Cochin On A Budget – Travels In Goa & Beyond 

16 Feb 17

If you watched The Real Marigold Hotel last night you’ll have heard our intrepid band of pensioners marvel at how cheap Cochin is.


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Groove Is In The Art – Travels To Goa & Beyond 

13 Feb 17

As luck would have it – and it really was luck, we didn’t even know we were going to Kerala until we’d secured rail tickets the morning before – our trip to Fort Cochin coincided with the Biennale, the city’s two yearly festival of contemporary art.


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The Mistress Of Spices – Travels To Goa & Beyond 

10 Feb 17

Fourteen hours after boarding the sleeper train we pulled into Ernakulam Junction in Kerala.


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Faded Splendour – Travels To Goa & Beyond 

8 Feb 17

Who’d have thought it? Almost twenty years after we first visited Goa and there’s still places we haven’t seen.


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Traveling Light(ish) – What’s In My Bag? 

8 Jan 17

If I was travelling in true vintage style I’d be carrying pre-war luggage and a copy of S Reuben’s 1939 Travellers In India*, the essential guide to the subcontinent during the Days of the Raj.


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Adventures In Charity Shopping – The 2017 Edition 

5 Jan 17

My first charity shop buy of the year…


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Block Rocking Beats 

2 Jan 17

The things I do for my blog…


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Walking In A Winter Wonderland 

29 Dec 16

It’s the middle of winter, there’s two inches of ice underfoot and it’s zero degrees centigrade.


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‘Tis The Season To…. Go Chazzing! 

23 Dec 16

What’s the best thing about this time of year? An excuse to dress up? Nah, don’t need one of those, as you can see from this week’s outfits, I do it on a daily basis.


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Sunnycroft – The Sound Of The Suburbs 

20 Dec 16

We weren’t planning on another National Trust trip until later in the week but when we discovered that Sunnycroft, the next place on our agenda, was closing for the season today we had to change our plans.


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Packwood – A House To Dream Of, A Garden To Dream In 

16 Dec 16

When asked why, in 1904, Alfred Ash, a Birmingham businessman and confirmed city dweller, had somewhat impulsively bought the 134 acre Packwood Estate in rural Warwickshire at auction he replied, I bought it because the boy wanted it.


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Travels Within My Suitcase 

14 Dec 16

Don’t be fooled by the outward appearance of this rather mundane looking vintage suitcase.







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