Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Vintage Shopping, 4 Pussybows, a Nautical Lovely and a Bob.

Well it's been longer than I meant between posts, Himself has had a pile of freelance work so I haven't been able to get near the computer until tonight. It's been a busy couple of weeks workwise and in the social life so when Saturday came and I had the chance to go to the charity shops for a blissful rummage I could not summon up my shopping mojo....bah.
I simply could not be arsed to go into town so I pootled around at home instead.

 Action Shot : Someone over the back of us was feeding the Red Kites, at one point I counted 30 of course by the time I ran in and got the camera there were a lot less!

By Monday I had thankfully recovered and headed over to Summertown in Oxford where our local hospice Helen and Douglas House have opened a 'Vintage and Retro' shop.

I have to say overall it gets a thumbs up from me. The layout of the shop was wonderful, not too much, not too little. Great decor with tables and cabinets laid out with treasures to browse. The prices on the whole were very reasonable and the clothes and other items had been carefully chosen. They were all genuine vintage pieces, (thankfully no Primark 'in the style of') Some were a little more expensive than I think they were worth, mostly going on their condition which in some cases was very well loved or very well 'worn' shall we say (nothing like 50 year old B.O!, no really, there is no smell quite like it) *retch*
On the whole however I think they got it spot on.  

My shopping mojo was back and for £28 I bought two of the four pussy bows both beautiful and both green.

The third of my pussy bows is also vintage and a wonderous ebay bargain of purple loveliness that I can't show you yet because it hasn't arrived!

The fourth and final pussy bow is new and from New Look.
To set the scene. My sister in law is in need of a frock for a special event, she has been hunting high and low, shops and internet alike, and I have been looking too, at the same time as finding suitable and extremely unsuitable options I of course ended up finding a couple of things I just had to buy!

Willpower what willpower?

Pussycats with a pussy bow and in the sale, now do you blame me??

Nautical but nice :-) 

 The only downside is it's sleeveless (time to get to work on the bingo wings!)

Finally the bob:

My hair always a bit sickly, has not been in the best of health lately. I can do bugger all with it, it has been wispy, dry and generally crap. I finally got to the point of no return last week and pleaded with my sister in law for a haircut. With no idea of what I wanted other than anything that would make it look better, I left it up to her. She decided to go for a much shorter and more sculptured bob, here it has been straightened but she says it should work with my natural curl too (we shall see later when I have to wash it!! Eek)

and yes I REALLY am as tired right now as I look in this picture, weekend plans are to sleep, sleep, sleep!


  1. Lovely post. You have bought the lushest dress I have seen In a while. Really cute. Loving the sound of the vintage Helen and Douglas house. I used to work in summer town. Miss it. Love your hair. And believe me, you don't look as tired as I do tonight.
    X x x

  2. Lovely buys. Your hair looks great ... just how I would like mine if only I could grow it that long!!

  3. Your hair looks great and super healthy now, going to look great with the green frocks. I used to get excited about the red kites but now you see them by the motorway I'm a bit blasé. Lovely that they're well and truly back from the brink though.

  4. I bet it's incredible seeing the kites being fed! They're my step dads favourite birds.

    I love the pussy bow blouses and that cat dress is adorable!


  5. I really love all your pussybow blouses, but especially the first green one.

    The hair looks good! I'm a big bob fan, they're so practical.

  6. Ooooh! Pretty kitty frockery!

  7. I love summertown chairty shops, but I rarely get a chance to stop on the way into Oxford. I'm long over due a trip there anyway! Have you ever been in the weird little "vintage" shop which is completely over run by clothes and owned by a mad lady? She generally refuses to sell anything. Actually I'm not even sure it's still there!
    Great buys, I love that green dress the most! Your bob is really nice! I'm tempted to have one but I'm desperately trying to grow mine!

    1. I do know the shop you mean, it's called Unicorn. It is still there and if at all possible the woman is even more bonkers these days and won't even unlock the door and let you in if she doesn't like the look of you! To be blunt I am amazed she is still going strong because she has always looked about 100 years old and the way she won't let anyone touch anything and scrambles around all those clothes like a mountain goat.....

  8. Gorgeous hair, super glossy and a really cool cut.
    Loving that lime green blouse especially! xxx

  9. Oh my goodness, oh my gracious how I adore your pussy bow with kitties on it. That is one of the best finds I've seen in ages!!!

    Oodles thanks, dear gal, for each and every one your blog comments. I adore it when you come to visit, and likewise always look forward to your new posts, too.

    Wishing you a splendid Thursday,
    ♥ Jessica