Friday, 14 April 2017

Orange Crush


Hello, Stephen Squirrel!

You can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Monday's pastels and midis have been safely returned to the Kinky Shed (minus those which have already been snapped up via our website) and I'm back in my normal style. Of course normal, in Vix's world, means wearing a 1960s psychedelic housecoat as a dress with a curtain tie back as a necklace.



Our mates Babouskha were having a massive stock reshuffle and correctly thought that this gauzy cotton number by Frederick's Lingerie would be right up my street. The shirred cuffs had lost their stretch but a few minutes with the seam ripper transformed them from saggy into fabby. Wide sleeves are so much more me.


I've been embracing orange this week. On Sunday I gave this insane 1970s catsuit her maiden outing when we traded at Stockport's Vintage Village. With a 24" waist it fits with no room for expansion so I keep it hanging on the bedroom door, the perfect incentive for not stuffing my face with crisps, pistachio nuts and Bombay Mix whenever the fancy takes me.

WEARING: ME: 1970s handmade catsuit (Bought from Tilly's Vintage at Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Bethnal Green); Silver space boots (retail, on sale); Enamel horse necklace (Charity shop)  JON: Vintage Austin Reed waistcoat, Doc Martens & Ted Baker shirt (Charity shopped); Psychedelic socks (Walsall market); Prescription sunnies (charity shop frames, re glazed while we were in India)

It had been a whopping five months since our last Vintage Village and we were thrilled that our lovely regulars hadn't forgotten us. This is Grace Slick's twin, Gilly, resplendent in some groovy floral flares & 1960s vinyl shoulder bag she'd bought from us last year (what a great advert for our wares!) Find her on Instagram HERE.



You may know the fabulous Lynn and her dapper husband, The Wandering Welder, already. She blogs HERE. If there was an award for Stockport's best dressed couple they'd win hands down. 


For normal people with paid employment it's the Easter holidays. For us it's a frustratingly odd weekend with no fairs to pack for or trade at but, hopefully, the perfect opportunity to get the Kinky Shed painted. Keep your fingers crossed that today's rain doesn't make another appearance until at least next Tuesday!

Vintage 1960s housecoat worn with 1960s fringed suede waistcoat (Walsall's legendary Second To None vintage emporium); Vintage tooled leather bag (car boot sale); Curtain tie & Stuart Weizmann suede boots (both charity shopped); Black felt Fedora (current retail, 70% off sale)
Have a fantastic weekend of god and chocolate or whatever it is you do over Easter (in my atheist, non-chocolate eating case that'll be booze, gritty subtitled European thrillers and half of a home made pizza).

See you soon!

Linking to Patti & The Gang for Visible Monday.

79 comments:

  1. Happy Friday Vix! Wish I could bite the heads off of chocolate Easter bunnies and stuff my face with Peeps but I too want to fit into my fav outfits.
    As always, I love your posts. Pinned your outfit to my Color, Two Snaps Up board. Even with the drapery additive, which reminds me of the Carol Burnett skit where she played Scarlett O'Hara and wore a full on curtain rod.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Tami! What an honour to get pinned! xxx

      Delete
  2. No chocolate or church for me either - we always do a family get together though so Mom is coming over Saturday and we are having Chicken souvlaki, Greek Salad, Hummus and Tzatziki in honor of our upcoming adventures. Also finishing our taxes (yay)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Your Easter dinner sounds right up my street (minus the chicken, Jon can have that!) We're hoping to go to Greece this year, my mouth's already watering at Retsina, olives and salad! xxx

      Delete
  3. I'll be happy to re-home (in my gut) any unwanted chocolate you may encounter ;)

    Yep, that's our Vix back to normal. I can't believe that was a house dress at one point-no one in my childhood dressed like that to lounge at home. The catsuit is incredible.

    Happy shed painting day to you, and I hope the weather behaves. My kid is dyeing eggs today (keeps him busy and quiet so, WIN!) and I must admit I'm tempted to use the leftover dyes for a bit of hippie tie-dyeing. Probably not colourfast.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. God alone knows who would have worn this as a housecoat. My Mum used to have a snazzy hooded brown velvet number with gold frogging but nothing this wild!
      I love a bit of tie-dyeing! xxx

      Delete
  4. I love that dress! Hope the weather holds out for you, it's dire here. I imagine I'll be spending most of Easter with my feet up stuffing myself creme eggs and watching films I've seen before on the telly.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Freya! It turned out okay for doing garden stuff, cold but it only rained at night. Hope your Creme Egg and film fest was fun! xxx

      Delete
  5. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  6. ***pressing fingers and paw crosswise****
    you look like the sunset in new mexico!! this dress (housecoat?) is totally fab and together with waistcoat and hat and saddlebag a epitome of hippie fashion! but the restricting catsuit is not bad either - hot hot! nice to see your happy fans!
    here is for house/garden work too. with a tiny bit of chocolate ;-) xxxxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sunset in New Mexico! What I'd give to see that right now.
      Hope your weekend was a happy mix of chocolate and DIY! We went for chilli cassava chips and popcorn in the end! xxx

      Delete
  7. Yeah, no god or chocolate-bothering for me either, I much prefer alcohol!
    You look amazing in that housecoat, the print and colours are fabulous. I am still picking my jaw up off the floor over your 24 inch waist though - don't think mine has been that since I was 13... But if it means you can fit into that gorgeous catsuit, then I can understand the incentive to minimise the crisp intake!
    Good luck with the shed painting, have a great weekend - love you! xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Booze bothering is the way to go!
      Oh yes, that catsuit is better than installing a lock on the crisp cupboard. It looks at me sternly every time I get the urge to pig out!
      Love you more! xxx

      Delete
  8. Your weekend sounds perfect! Enjoy it! (And love that dress) x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Laura! Hope yours was equally good! xxx

      Delete
  9. 24 inch waist!!!!!! Girl! U fit the clothes I can't---somebody has to get in that outfit!!
    Work around the house and homestead for us this weekend as well :D
    If we lived closer we could do a curry din-din or something this weekend----veggie with u guys, of course! I'm hungry lolol

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If only we lived closer, we'd have an absolute blast!! xxx

      Delete
  10. The dress and catsuit are both amazing. I had to work today, might treat myself to some chocolate tomorrow as a reward, no god though. x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You deserve a treat! Working on a Friday, holiday or not, should be illegal! xxx

      Delete
  11. Yay, an orange week, perfect! I can leave the Chocolate but can't resist crisps and red wine. Enjoy the subtitled films, I love French films in general and Scandi noir too, a perfect weekend. Love the hat, Philip has one similar but it looks entirely different on you, lovely xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Crisps and rose for me - red wine sends me mad!!
      We've been catching up on that French political thriller, Spin. We're nearly halfway through series 2 now. You'd think we'd had enough of politics! xxx

      Delete
  12. No god or too much chocolate for me either, although Jos is a serious chocoholic! That housecoat is utterly fabulous and so is that catsuit. But seriously: 24 inch waist! Hope the weather stays fine for you (forecast not too good here) and good luck with the shed painting! xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jos and Jon have a lot in common. Jon would live on jelly sweets and chocolate given the choice! xxx

      Delete
  13. I've never seen anyone wear a curtain tie back before! But you do it so well! Have a splendid Easter break. xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Emma! Hope yours was good! xxx

      Delete
  14. Brilliant necklace! So clever!! If I've said it before, I'll say it again - you are a bohemian goddess!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cheap and cheerful, that's me and my approach to clothes! xxx

      Delete
  15. I will have a bite of chocolate for you when I eat my Cadberry Carmelo Dairy Milk bar. I allow myself one bar every once in awhile when I feel I need to reward myself (in this case, for not walking out on my current paid employer....). Have a great weekend and hope the rains stays at bay.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh dear, chocolate is needed in stressful situations - beats drugs!!
      Hope your Easter weekend was good and you've chilled out now! xxx

      Delete
  16. Love that necklace...thought it reminded me of a curtain tie back! Have a good Easter!
    Arilx

    ReplyDelete
  17. another fun dress. Hope you're painting your shed in 70s psychedelia! I am working a bit this weekend, then a walk through the bluebells and some time out with my new 'tablet' (birthday pressie from hubby) - I have found I can read magazines free via our library's online service (even the tv times is available!). Have a good one.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Betty! The shed is quite low key, don't want stroppy letters from the planning department!
      I saw an advert for a magazine subscription service, a tablet would be a brilliant way of reading mags without destroying trees. xxx

      Delete
  18. Love the curtain tie-back as necklace!! I've looked at them before and thought they'd make good jewellery. Have a lovely Easter weekend xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hope you had a fab weekend, too!
      I'm looking out for smaller ones to make into earrings. If I wait long enough the chazzas will be kind to me, I hope. xxx

      Delete
  19. I can breath again now you are back in your own clobber. I was having to adjust my glasses.
    Thank you for your lovely words about us both. Think I might have to hang a slim frock up as I've been hitting the chocs and cakes a lot lately. You looked wonderful
    In that fabulous catsuit and just how a vintage trader should dress. Off to Tod tomorrow and ridiculously excited as usual haha. Have a good weekend xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You and the Welder dress exactly like visitors to vintage fairs should dress! Often we'll see someone walking around in tracksuit bottoms carrying a Primarni bag and mutter to each other, "step away from our rails, nothing to see here".
      Hope Tod was as magical as ever! xxx

      Delete
  20. 24" waist....my head is 24" around.

    That coat thingy has an insane pattern.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Not to be worn with a hangover, that's for sure! x

      Delete
  21. LOVE this outfit, it's divine! I would never guess it's a "housecoat", it's utterly fantastic! And the curtain tie-back that was promoted to a necklace looks right at home too! Have a great weekend, dear, filled with things that you love!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Natalia! Women certainly knew how to glam up back in the day. Imagine wearing this to eat your cornflakes! xxx

      Delete
  22. Hi Vix, your fringed waistcoat and housecoat go so well together, you look great as always. Hope you enjoy the break, it's a good excuse to get a few things done around the house, or in your case, painting the shed. Xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Jess! I needed another suede waistcoat like a hole in the head but I couldn't say no. It's been barely off my back since!
      Hope your weekend was wonderful! x

      Delete
  23. Stunning outfit Vix and Jon too, cool as always. How can you have a 24 in. waist! And I bet you don't work out its all the hard work you do and walking miles on your day trips. Whatever it is it works. LUCKY you !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Sally! I do 30 mins on the Wii Fit at least 5 days a week but it helps that I walk almost everywhere and lugging those bags up and down venues is better than any expensive gym membership! xxx

      Delete
  24. Happy weekend off, Vix! This dress is one of my favourite things from your wardrobe so far. The colour and style are absolutely fantastic on you. I love it with the waistcoat. The catsuit is also an absolute riot and what fabulously stylish customers that you have. Hope that you and Jon have some well-deserved down time. I am avoiding all things chocolate (I would settle for a 42-inch waist) and spending my long weekend at home via my Mum's. 11 hours on the road to get here but it means that I can raid my fabric stash! :) Have a great one! Xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope your Mum waited on you hand and foot after that epic journey to get there!
      I think we worked harder this weekend than we do when we're doing fairs - Jon even rebuilt an engine yesterday. We need a holiday to get over it all! xxx

      Delete
  25. I can't imagine that as a house coat!! Far better to be out and about in it. Wow 24 inches.... I think my thigh might measure that I know for sure my waist never has!
    I might have a morsel of chocolate for Easter but more importantly there is a bottle of Sailor Jerry's with my name on it in the fridge.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's the most insane housecoat ever, isn't it? I thought it was strange that it had a zip down the front and the "Lingerie" label gave it away.
      Sailor Jerry's - now you're talking! xxx

      Delete
  26. I will try again with comment ,I deleted it as i was drinking wine and it was all over the place lol , There is no god in our lives either but the chocolate is another matter , Wish i had your willpower xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ha! That sounds like my Friday night! I just don't get chocolate, it tastes lardy and fatty. My Mum always said that my taste buds are wrong, if it's not blow your head off spicy I can't eat it! xxx

      Delete
  27. Orange adores you, like the rest of colours. I cannot get over your gorgeous hair. And for Easter, we just had a new baby girl, Sophia, no, not me hahahhahaha,my daughter Paloma; although the whole family is feeling moren tired than the mother, hahahaha. Normal chocolate and God intake for Easter.
    Much love and enjoy the thrillers

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well done, Paloma! Sophia is as beautiful as the other women in her family. She's going to be a stylish lady, of that I'm sure! Far better Easter gift than a chocolate egg! xxx

      Delete
  28. Are you kidding me? That is a housecoat? My nan used to wear them but none of hers ever looked like that divine creation, hers were more 'dinner lady'! What brilliant styling with the tie back and waistcoat...with all that fringing you have an air of Cher. Hope you got the shed painted. xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'd love to know where it came from,must have been some glamorous woman. Shame they don't make them now, I've seen some horrific sights of women in Lidl in toweling dressing gowns and slippers.
      We've OD'd on Spin. After you mentioned it on your blog we thought we'd better gie it a go, you've got excellent taste in European drama! xxx

      Delete
  29. You look brilliant in this dress!!! It is always nice to see your customers in full blown Kinky!!!xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Kezzie! We've got the most stylish customers! xxx

      Delete
  30. Vix which part of the country would you recomend for a week of CHEAP and GOOD charityhopping.
    This year Victor and I are planning to spend 2 weeks in the wild ( I am not a wild person, but Rebecca is coming along to help) and then in a true charity spot. Please advise

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ohhh! I'll get my thinking cap on and ask around. xxx

      Delete
    2. Do let mow. Noone like you knows the good spot. I swear I wont tell, hahahhahahh.
      Much loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

      Delete
  31. I gave up church easily, but I could never give up chocolate! We're not doing anything special, which is just fine with me. Just adore both outfits, but especially that catsuit! ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank, Laurie! Hope your weekend of not doing much was fun. xxx

      Delete
  32. You love orange and it loves you right back! Great dress and necklace (created the Vix way, of course). A 24" waist is amazing - I must learn to eat like you do! xoxo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank, Patti! We're both wine loving vegetarians, I bet that we probably eat the same! xxx

      Delete
  33. Love this whole look Vix, but also drooling over that catsuit! The fringe waistcoat was my go-to disco piece in my youth - I had a dark brown real suede one that I wore over a gold midriff top and bell bottom jeans. Happy days!

    Anna x
    www.annasislandstyle.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wow! that sounds like an outfit I'd wear now! xxx

      Delete
  34. Ahhhh, I remember the days when I had a 24" waist. I was probably 24 at the time. You definitely give Emma Peel a run for her money when it comes to wearing catsuits. I would have never known that was a housecoat if you hadn't spilled the beans. I just thought it was an awesome dress.

    There was no "God-related" stuff for me this weekend, a bit of chocolate, but mostly Netflix, books and Sylvester.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Your weekend sounds very much like mine - cats, books and Tv but with loads and loads of garden work! xxx

      Delete
  35. Looking gorgeous in orange! And that necklace, impossible to guess it used to be a curtain tie, so "in place" it looks worn over this dress.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Far too good to use as a curtain tie-back, I think! xxx

      Delete
  36. I have to say, Vix, that this is more you (than the pastels), in fact, you look fabulous - with tassel necklace to boot - definitely you! Hoping you had a happy Easter and that Spring is warming the weather up for all your markets and fairs. xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! I feel much more like me in maxi length and wild prints!
      Hope your Easter was fabulous, I loved your outfit on today's blog post. xxx

      Delete
  37. being self employed meant some work for me, but I did manage some chocolate and family time too, and an entire day of reading when the weather was cold and uninviting.
    I'm going to use your trick of hanging a dress I love in sight to remind me to lay off the snacks. It's just a tiny bit too tight (aka I can't breathe if I manage to do it up!)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Nothing worse than not being able to breathe in a dress - other than not being able to do the zip up. Hanging something up you feel really good in is a huge incentive! xxx

      Delete
  38. You look incredible! You would love the things my mother used to wear back in the day, she even had rose tinted lenses in her prescription glasses. I have a few bits of hers: grey leather jacket with huge sheepskin collar, seersucker gingham sundress, silk tunic, a mini dress which defies description, I should photograph it all xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Melanie please do a blog post about them. I've loved previous photos of your mum that you've shared in the past, she was a style icon! xxx

      Delete
  39. I think I'm reading your posts out of order, but that is one fabulous dress. Baboushka have great stock, don't they? And Gilly looks brilliant in her outfit.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They do! They're making a huge lifestyle change at the moment and reducing their stock as they won't have many free weekends in a few weeks. I've told them to reserve any Mim clothes, they know what you like!
      Gilly is adorable and the coolest school teacher ever. xxx

      Delete
    2. Intriguing! I hope the changes go well for them.

      Delete

Don't be shy, if you enjoyed your visit leave a comment, I can come and visit your blog if you do.
Love from Vix
xxx