Thursday, 11 April 2013

Fashionably late

It all started so well.

At the train station in good time, taking photos, looking forward to a fabulous day.

Best laid plans, and all that...

A long delay, followed by an unscheduled change of trains, and I became a seething mass of resentment and disappointment.

I should be there by now!

Oh well, railing against events you can't do anything about is pretty pointless. Though I really don't like to be late. Especially not a whopping 2 hours late.

Not when there are gorgeous blog buddies waiting for me!

Thankfully, a restorative pint (ta, Vix, I owe you a drink!) and lunch was waiting for me in Wetherspoons, along with three of the most delightful, funny, chatty and friendly people ever!

Here are Vix, Clare and Tania hard at work investigating the vintage loveliness on offer in the legendary Second to None.

Going for a cup of tea at Vix and Jon's house felt like visiting the set of a favourite TV show or film - everything seemed so familiar, even though I hadn't been there before. It's not a set though, there's nothing fake about it; it's a real home full of all Vix's trademark style, skill and warmth.

I had the most delightful day. I love you gals!

Gifts were exchanged, and purchases were made, of course.

From Tania - Freckleface cards and mug, featuring her beautiful illustrations; a book I started reading and enjoying on the train home; bling a-plenty (brooch, earrings and bangles), and a fabulous diamond knit beret.

From Vix - wonderful 1970s dressmaking patterns; lurex fishnet tights (is there a better combination than lurex and fishnet?), bastard massive Cancerian pendant and a heart ring; and a 1970s Kati at Laura Phillips bolero top.

And from Clare - officially the Best Mix CD Ever (it includes The Stripper, how excellent is that?); and a handmade groovy girl brooch.

I spent more than I meant to at Second to None, but seriously - could you have resisted?

A green theme...
a beautiful 1950s brocade jacket and groovy 1960-70s suede jerkin. Yes, another one...

Amazing 1960s graphic print dress, 1970s denim wedge sandals (I had a very similar pair back in the day), and a floaty dream of a 1970s Sylvan maxi dress.

It needs taking in a little on the bust, but I couldn't wait to prance around the garden in it!

Can I encourage all of you to take any opportunity that comes your way to meet up with blog friends?

They don't disappoint, and they offer genuine friendship.

And after seeing Vix, Clare and Tania in their scanties in Second to None, we really are Panty Hos!




Vix said...

God, that dress is amazing on you, I'm so glad you bought it. The hat makes it hippy-tastic! Wait till you show off the other beauties, you looked amazing in everything but you are "the body".
How rude of the trains to keep you from us but a short time is better than nothing!
Didn't we have a ball? The time just flew by.
Counting the days to the next one, Panty-ho!
Love you! xxxxxxx

Fiona said...

You lucky Ho'
Another visit to Vix & Second To None. Although delayed so glad you had time to buy loads and what a fab horde you grabbed for yourself. Absolutely love it all, especially the jerkin, 50's jacket and the groovy 60's dress and you look so Margot Leadbetter in your floaty frock. Looks like you had such fun with the girls, it did seem funny tho' seeing you in Vix' front room.

PinkCheetahVintage said...

You're a stunner in that dress!! Sucks to be late like that-- I would of been going nutty! I love the lurex fishnets and crab pendant!
Jealous of your meet-up,
Becky :)

Helga! said...

So bloody exciting! You lucious hos, I wanna be in the panty ho brigade...and I WILL! So there!

Sacramento Amate said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh so jealous, Curtise.
I must meet you all one day, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Looking glorious in pink

Ivy Black said...

What a bugger but at least you had lots of time for frockery, fun and frolics. That dress is stunning on you and I love the graphic print one and the wedges...I had a pair like that when I was wee! Glad you had a fab time and count me in for the next one.

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Miss Simmonds Says said...

You did so well! Everything you got was stunning. I couldn't believe how amazing the green jacket and green jerkin looked and they're such a great price. June is such a darling to put up with us. I'm really pleased you got those wedges! Love them! It was so lovely to see you again. And I hope you're dancing round the kitchen to the CD!

freckleface said...

Better late than never was never more true! I don't wish to gloat but Didn't We Have A Loverly Time The Day We Went To Walsall?

I'm so glad you bought that floaty dress, I thought you had put it back, but it really is a beauty and looks so fabulous on you. Ah, how satisfying!

Lovely, lovely, lovely! xxxx

freckleface said...

p.s. so much fun to be Panty Hos!!! :) xxx

joyatri said...

I've been waiting for your account as I wanted to see more of that print mini. But, I have to say that I also got excited by the denim wedges. What an amazing find. I have that Young Contemporary Fashion that you got from Vix (we should challenge each other to make that blouse and see how they come out) and love skirts in shape of the other pattern. I'll have to search that pattern out. All the other gifties are wonderful too. Looks like green was the theme for the day (except for Vix, but she's such a rebel anyway). So sorry about the train delay, but it looks like your day was a grand success and tons of fun anyway.
I can't tell you the number of times that people make typos and type 'Ho' instead of my name 'Jo."

Patti said...

arrrgh to the train delays, but wheeee! to the blogger meet. I saw you in that 60's dress over at Vix's and you are smashing!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry for your misadventure, but is better later than never! The event makes me very excited and I was waiting forward for your post! I hope that Vix and Clare gave you a big hug from me! I loved your bargains and I wish to visit Second to none soon, hopefully with you and the rest of the panty ho brigade aka the fab four! Your new dress is stunning and you look like a floaty butterfly!
Love xxxxxxxx

Rose&Bird said...

Flipping trains, still better late than never, eh? (I was over an hour late when I met Vix, but that was my own fault!). Wonderful gifts and buys, especially the denim wedges. You look fab in the floaty number!
P.S. Thanks for your message, I did reply, but it may have gone to your spam

OP SHOP MAMA said...

FUN! And jealous!! (bastard trains)

I am currently missing a blogger conference in christchurch.. I was going to go but we have stuff on and also it felt a bit too contrived maybe.. dunno.. I might regret it. I think cups of tea and op shopping is pretty much my idea of a meet up!
x Love that floaty number!

Veshoevius said...

Another fab maxi! I love the print! I saw photos of this meet up over at Vix's - looks like you all had a blast!

Lucys Lounge said...

oh what a great day you all had. your purchases are great. i'f love to go to that shop. your dress is lovely. love lucyx

Krista Gassib said...

Panty hos for the WIN! Curtise your wit never disappoints and never do your dresses, I love what you bought and are wearing in these pictures! I'm glad that despite a 2 hour delay you still got to play with the gals. I'm a bit envious seeing you all in Second to None, I need to come back soon. I miss you girls all so much!

Lucy Nation said...

Wow, you look a vision. You all do. It's all too much! I'm sorry for the way the day started for you but you certainly found some treasures to make up for it, as well as the charming company. I saw the pic on Vix's blog of you in that 60's dress and you look hot to trot! Looks like another fabularse blogger meet up xxx

thorne garnet said...

what a pretty dress. That green 50's jacket is also sweet, oh, heck , all of it is awesome!

Sheila said...

Bummer about the delays, but you made it and it sounds like had a fabulous time!

What generous ladies - great gifts. And did you ever score! What is it about those suede vests? My purple one is so awesome.

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

Way happy that you got there in time to have fun! Looks and sounds like a lovely time all around.
Looking gorgeous in the garden!
Have a great weekend ...

Val Sparkle said...

Better late than never. Good things come to those who wait. Patience will be rewarded - and it looks like it truly was! So glad you had a great meet-up and boosted the local economy in Walsall. The maxi dress is soooooo dreamy!

Sara said...

Oh, Curtise, that 60's graphic print dress was made for you! You look gorgeous!!! :D I'm so glad you had an amazing time; what a beautiful lot.

Sorry for the delay. I really hate when that happens. When you're already so full of anticipation..any kind of delay can put a damper on your spirits. Glad you finally joined the rest of the crew for some fab finds and delish company! I hope I get to meet you one day! :D

Love the green theme! XOXO

Lyosha said...

what a dress what a dress! looks like a great meet up!

two squirrels said...

Snigger snigger.....Panty Hos.........tee hee!!!!!!
Oh I am so happy seeing all these great pics of all my favorite ladies together......and looking amazing as always.
Love the floaty floral fairy dress, just beautiful.
As for the trains, poo bum......missing such an important date too!!!!!!
love V

señora Allnut said...

so much fabulousness, lovely ladies and second hand shopping!, I would love to meet the gang and enjoy the day with you!
and you look gorgeous, indeed!, that floaty dress is so pretty!

Anonymous said...

Lovely presents,fantastic finds and fun blogging buddies. Your lucky day despite the trains.x

Annie said...

The Sylvan dress is stunning! Actually all your buys are gorgeous. Walsall is a brilliant place to find treasures.

As others have said, better late than never. You obviously all had a wonderful day. :)

Annie xxx

Emalina said...

O poor love to arrive so late, but it looks like you more than made up for it when you got there! what a fab time with those lovely ladies, and oooooooh that dress is such a heavenly find! It looks stunning on you!

Anonymous said...

jealous jealous jealous!!!
You look FABULOUS in your new frock!!
Why can't i live in Great Britain??

Forest City Fashionista said...

You are the Green Machine in brocade and suede! Loved reading all of the accounts of this magical meet up, and wished like hell I could have been part of it. I'd be very afraid of how much stuff I would find in Second to None that I would want to bring home.

Have a lovely weekend - I am hopefully meeting up with a fellow blogger tomorrow in Toronto.

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

I love reading about your gettogethers.

Connie said...

So fun to see you all together. Like a smorgasbord of wonderfulness.

Trees said...

Oh what a fun day out - blogging buddies for life!!

Camelia Crinoline said...

It's a pity that your train was delayed but at least you made it in the end. You (and Vix, Clare and Tania) look fabulous. I love that green jacket. Something similar would be perfect with my dress. I'll have to see if I can find a pattern and some fabric.

silvergirl said...

looks like once you got to where you were going you had a great time and scored some great items
hope you have a fabulous weekend

Anonymous said...

Loved reading about your blogger meet-up! What a great day, even if it started a bit late for you.

What terrific goodies you came home with! That CD looks especially fun. And you look so gorgeous in that "floaty" maxi!

You are just beautiful and you have some incredibly beautiful friends, both on the inside and out. :)

CityScape Skybaby said...

Such a shame about all the delays Curtise, but you put the time to good use taking some fab photos. I recognise those steps! They're just outside Sheffield train station aren't they? I saw you wearing the green jacket on Clare's post and you looked so chic in it, and I love that floaty maxi on you. It looks like you all had a really great day. xx

bonsaimum said...

That dress, all the pinks, god its beautiful.Looks like a fun meet up even though public transport tried to muck it up.You can bank on the fact that if you NEED to be somewhere and you take public transport, you will be late. The vintage shop looks marvellous. :)

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

Creme de la creme of Brittish bloggers! Such fun ... and your dress! (and another one:!)

Mrs. D said...

Better late than never I say. It was worth it though, your photos looks lovely and everyone had a great time.
I'm literally green with envy at your green finds. How beautiful is that 50's jacket?

Style Sud-Est said...

How cool! I have seen everybody's pics from the meet up, so nice!
I like your pics at the train station
The floral dress is so dreamy, i would like to find something like that -

Take care


Secret Squirrel said...

Blooming trains! But what a great write up of your many bloggers meet up, and what a haul of goodies! Well done you. All the green stuff is luscious but your waftywafty dress (as I would like it to be known) is a beauty.

Miss Magpie said...

Green with envy at you fun day out and wonderful green themed buys.

Reva Ford said...

I so wish I could have been there with all of you, looks like such a genuine great day!!!
terrific buys :)

The Style Crone said...

The floaty maxi was made for a prance in the garden. You are a vision!

How much fun to meet up with blog friends. Thank you for describing the details of your fabulous day together.

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

So you were 2+ hours late to the party? Well I must be super fashionable, coz I'm four days late;). How frustrating it must have been to be way-laid by fecking public transport I know costs a fortune in the UK now. I"m so, so happy you gorgeous gals got together and what a blast you had at Second to None and Vix's gorgeous palace!! Look at those amazing smiles and beautiful, beautiful gifts to remember an amazing day:). And I LOVE that you went nuts for GREEEEEEEEEEEN (JACKET!!!) and that beautiful maxi is spectacular! xoxoxoxooxoxxo

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

So sorry your train let you down. You look beautiful in your new dress on Vix's blog! xxx

Vintage Coconut said...

Excellent purchases!
Thank Goodness you had made it, even if you were a little late. BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!
Those shoes you purchased are so cute.

Misfits Vintage said...

Oh maaaan, how did I miss this one??? You look absolutely INCREDIBLE in the beautiful maxi, my love! The colours are perfect on you and it is so dreamy and magnificent - like you!

I can't wait until I come over and we all have blogger meet ups and try on fifty bazillion things at Second to None!B

LOVE!!! Sarah xxx

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