Thursday 19 January 2012

How do you like it, how do you like it?

                                                                  First things first.

                                                  Since these two were clearly separated at birth....

                                                ... Miss Dolly has been renamed Lucille.

Now, it occurs to me that I talk a load of bullshit. No, don't try and disagree. (Oh. You weren't?)  It's true. I blather on about needing to be frugal and enjoy what I have blah blah de blah. And then I spend all month chazzin' like a demon.

Seriously, you can't believe a word I say.

Have you ever experienced that great moment when you realise someone has donated a lot of stuff to a charity shop which is all right up your alley - and in your size? It's a good feeling. And it's a feeling I had last week in the PDSA shop when I found 4 vintage late 1970s/early 1980s frocks which fit me. Just. Though there may be minor adjustments/button moving required... Boobs. Don't they get in the way sometimes?)

                                 Do I need more frocks? More more more? I do if they are like this one.

It's got that 1970s-does-1940s styling about it, a beautiful butterfly print, and I can just about squeeze into it, so I'm gonna.

                             1970s dress, woolly beret, tights, basket bag (charity shopped), shoe boots (Ebay), red flower (Boots sale)    

        I actually wore something more suited to braving the elements at Chesterfield flea market today.

More more more faux fur. Yes, I know I already have 4 fur jackets/coats. But I didn't have a black one,and it's so lovely... It was only £5 in Oxfam, bargainacious.

It has the name Doreen Shuttleworth written on the label. I can only assume that Doreen went into residential care (what other reason would there be for having your name written on your clothes as an adult?) She probably died and the family took her things to Oxfam, but I hope she would appreciate the fact that I will continue to wear her coat and that I love it. Thank you Doreen Shuttleworth.

       This sweater dress, last seen here, is proving quite a useful garment over leggings with long boots.

I had a productive trip to Chesterfield and came back with all sorts of interesting goodies. Too much to show you here, but I will be revealing each and every one when they are washed, altered where necessary, and ready to go.

By the way, does anyone know if it's OK to wash brocade? I'm thinking a very gentle hand wash in soap flakes, but let me know your thoughts and experiences.

                                                                      Here's a little preview.

                                      This bargain doesn't require any work, it's ready to wear as it is.

A cashmere (well, 88% of it is) Paul Costelloe coat for a fiver. Ridiculous bargain price. More more more coats, but I couldn't leave this one behind, could I?

I feel that I may have slightly overdone the shopping this month. However we all know you can go through droughts when it comes to hunting for vintage treasures and secondhand bargains, so I have the philosophy of "buy it when I see it". That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

Now wouldn't our Vix look amazing in the hot pant suit Andrea's wearing in this clip?

Sadly Andrea True died last November, aged 68.  I had no idea she was a porn star when this single was released in 1976; perhaps she's referencing her previous career in this song?  I remember it well and I still love it! xxxxx


Anonymous said...

I am seriously loving those coats, am so jealous of you!!! :o

Kestrel said...

Love the printed dress - what a great find!

Unknown said...

Great finds! Thrift shopping i just can not stop! I do not need any more but i still buy because there are so much deals!
This week i bought 1 suede jacket for a ridiculous $2 and a maxi Hilary Radley coat for $6, sorry i can not resist!

Love the first dress, and fits you well, gorgeous colors for you my friend.

Told you the doll looked like Lucille Ball!

Ariane xxxxx

Forest City Fashionista said...

Watching that video clip I just experienced a seriously disturbing flashback! Vix is the only woman I know who could work that hotpants outfit. Love that print dress, it looks great on you, and like the sweater dress too. Solid dresses and patterned leggings are a winter staple for me. I totally subscribe to your view of "buy it when you see it", which is why I will likely never be out of debt (sigh). Coats are a particular fave of mine (I have at least 8 winter coats).

mispapelicos said...

Lucille is perfect. It does look like her, Lol.
That first dress is soooooooooooo unique, ahhhhhhhhhhhh.

Fiona said...

Seriously impressed with your haul Curtise. Fab fur coat and a Paul Costelloe coat for a fiver, unbelievable! Loving those patterned tights of yours too, very pretty colours. Couldn't get Andrea to play for me, but I reckon she was singing about her former profession in that song, the mucky minx! Haha.

Miss Simmonds Says said...

amazing! I'm feeling disenchanted with my local chazza shops looks like I need to take a trip up north!

Max said...

That dress is incredible, it looks like it fits like a glove, and I love the hat too. such a good feeling when you find something so cool that fits. Weirdly I too have taken a vow of not spending much (ie not buying anything new) and keep finding all sorts of awesomeness!

Helga said...

Freakin' HELL that dolls face is scary,until I saw the whole thing complete,last post(how did I miss that?!),I was a little concerned......hahaha!
Fark I love that 70's does 40's frock!!!FARK! Totally fabulous!
Y'know,every time I try and stop myself form spendidng too much, I find myself spendidng more than i ever have on insanely fab things!The bargains,the true ones,seem to wait until you're trying to be good,I swear!!! And I too,can never resist a bargainacious coat!I'm not sure how many I have,but it's too many!
Man alive,you've been finding some great scores!Madness,I tell you!Must be new years clean outs?!
O,I love it when I have names tags.So sweet.
Rock those legs!YOWZA!
Love and leg fancy!

Rose&Bird said...

A girl can never have too much faux fur! Lucky you finding so many things and they lokk great on you x Lucille is a perfect name for the doll!

Kylie said...

I absolutely love your new dress - suits you to a t and I love Lucy too (ha-ha!) missed your original post on her...what an awesome dolly!

Trees said...

I am in love with your butterfly dress! Quite Jealous in fact. I love it when you have "good" days 2nd hand shopping - its a great feeling. You can never have enough coats - winter is too long and you don't want to feel like you're wearing the same one for months on end:)

two squirrels said...

Oh I am with trees the butterfly dress is yummy yummy!!!
Perfect on you!!! This is why you must not stop finding treasure. Look at you, so so pretty!!!!
You never never post cow do do!!! I love everything you write! So often in the morning when the world seem like a big rabbit hole your words are like a ladder to get me out.
Thank you you fabulous lady!!!!
Love v

Vintage Coconut said...

Lucille suits her PERFECTLY!

The butterfly dress looks absolutely gorgeous on you. I love it!!
I had the hugest grin on my face when I seen your faux fur coat... and then I giggled a little too.. Why you say?? You will see when I make my next post which should be shortly!
(That coat looks SMASHING ON YOU Curtise!!)
* I wish my last name was Shuttleworth <----- AWSOME
(What a teasing preview) I can't wait to see.
The Cashmere coat must have costed hundreds when it was on the original store rack *EEEAAAKKK*
(Amazing find)

Buy it when you see it cause you may never see it again!! *lol*

Vintage Sweetheart said...

You're so lucky faux fur is so cheap there, here it's around $50 which is silly seeing it's never cold enough to wear it anyways. I really like that dress and the belt buckle is so cute!! xx

Nelly said...

Lucille! Of course thats who she is.Still think she is amazing.Would love to find one Bet she is a collectable.
Anywho lifes to short to say no to more amazing outfits lol I buy then even if they dont fit Now thats weird!! I shall be sharing my coats when the weather gets cooler got them both this week and one will have you all drooling lol

Alison Cross said...

I used to work for the PDSA. I was responsible for the daily maintenance and repair of the shops and veterinary centres in Scotland and the North of England.

Am SO glad to see that there is good stuff on the rails!

You look wunnerful in it all *jealous face*

Ali x

karensomethingorother said...

Yes, but if faux fur is your THING and it's only Five pounds, then how can you NOT buy it??? It's screaming to you to buy it.

Loved the leggings you wore with the sweater dress. Oh, and I googled the hell out of your doll, but couldn't come up with anything!

Unknown said...

Oooh that frock with the red details is FAAABULOUS! I love it and I love it ON YOU! Did I mention that I love it?

And you will NEVER hear me say you've got too many faux furs... do you remember my faux fur cull last winter? (

Any chance of a close up of the tights you're wearing with the sweater dress?

Love! Sarah xxx

Scarlett said...

wow frocks and coat amazing! There is always room for faux fur :o) Scarlett x

Krista said...

So much hotness going on. I dig the sweet dress with your beret but hot dam the sweater dress and tall ass boots are sexy mama!!!! You must have been stopping traffic! That cashmere is GORGEOUS and I bet so soft and warm, I would sleep in it!

Ah Vix, hot pants, what.