Thursday, 18 October 2012

The Hair and The Tortoise (& My Giveaway Winner!)



Happy Thursday!
Isn't it amazing how much more human you feel after a hair wash? 

Dragon ring from Krista, Lapis Lazuli chunk from my Dad, Coin bracelet from a friend, the rest haggled over in India

I've piled on the heavy metal, my voice may be feeble you can hear me coming a mile off.


Huge statement collar from Glynis's giveaway.


 Bollywood chandelier earrings from Colaba Causeway, Mumbai.


Helga sent me these neon hair extensions, which add a bit of colour to my voodoo priestess panne velvet maxi dress.


Yes, there really is a tortoise munching lettuce in the lounge. I thought Jacob was ready for hibernation but he's racing around the house like a thing possessed this morning, maybe we've an Indian Summer on the way?


Who could possibly feel rough with these velvet beauties on their feet?

Enough about me, here's the draw for my giveaway prize, a copy of the fabulous Affordable Couture by Jemi Armstrong & Linda Arroz. 



I didn't dare share my croaky voice on film so chose a royalty-free track which I've just found out is called Suspenseful Tortoise - what are the chances of that?

Here's the comment my gorgeous winner left on my blog: 
That book looks like a delight, and wonder of wonders, I saw that Jean Muir dress in person at the Manhattan Vintage Show on the weekend!! It was part of the display London Swings: Carnaby Street to Kings Road 1964-1974 - talk about a mind-blowing coincidence. I hope I win the book, it would be the perfect thing to read after my trip! 

Sometimes life really does feel like a bunch of freaky coincidences (or maybe the drugs are starting to work!)

1960s Sambo by Samuel Sherman velvet maxi dress (£3, car boot sale), Original leopard platform boots (£6.19, eBay)
Thanks so much for all your kind words, messages and well-wishes. I'm feeling loads better today. Onwards and upwards and all that! 

See you soon!

77 comments:

Trudie said...

I'm glad you are on the mend.
You are looking delightfully fresh.x

Lucy Nation said...

Congratulations to the winner!

I absolutely love this outfit. I know you don't wear black a lot but you really suit it. You can't go wrong with black velvet. Love the hair extensions and boots too.

So glad you're feeling better. Nothing worse than having the dreaded lurgee that just won't go away xxx

couturecoco said...

So glad you're better and looking wonderful! Congrats to your winner!
Take care x

Sissy said...

Everybody's sick around here too, I'm madly drinking shots of Green Super food...those boots are drool-worthy and absolutely lurv that dress - you look super!
So glad you are feeling better.

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

you look fabulous in that outfit! hope you are feeling a lot better chuck xx

the gardener's cottage said...

congratulations to your winner and to you for feeling better. it's the shoes, i'm sure of it!!!

Kelly said...

Hey lettuce munching tortoise! :)
Love those shoes, can't beat a bit of leopard print.
Glad you are feeling better - agreed on the hair wash, makes you feel so much better.
x

Frocktasia said...

Dearest Vix,
Glad to hear that you are feeling better :)
Those boots are brilliant, I'm was just taking pics of a pair of bonkers 90s Steve Madden turquoise leopard print platform shoes for my shop this morning. That frock is a gothic dream and you look darkly delicious wearing it.
Lot's of love,
Jennie
...xXx

Rebecca said...

Many Congratulations to the winner.

So glad to hear you are feeling better, there is something amazing to be said for modern day drugs!

Loving those hair extensions xxx

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

So pleased you're getting better! That dress is gorgeous on you!

edie pop said...

Congratulations to the lucky one!!
I'm so happy that you feel better today and your black witch dress is stunning!The sleeves are beautiful and reminds me of something that Elvira would wear and that's a compliment!Your pet is the sweetest!
Lots of Love!!!

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Aaaaah yay for Shelly!! First, she is simply fabulous, second, she's just been hanging out in NYC with the awesome A.S. bitches and now she's won the book!!! The darling deserves it and my god, for someone recovering from frickin' pneumonia isn't it? you look utterly glorious! I am completely in love with your witchy velvet frock and I have my fingers crossed that you'll get a few more mild and sunny days:)). PLEASE continue to look after yourself lovely, you need to regain your strength and have plenty of arvo kips. Listen to Mama D;)) xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Fashion art and other fancies said...

Delightfully lovely. Those shoes, ah. Glad the cough is getting better. XXX

Forest City Fashionista said...

What an AWESOMELICIOUS start to my day!!! YAY! So glad to see you're feeling better, even if you're not in full vocal mode yet, you look fab in your dramatic black and silver. I'll send you my mailing address to your email.

Paula lalaboo said...

Congrats to your lucky winner!

How awesome do you look in your dress! I love black and you suit it so well. And with your cool boots too. You do ill well you know.
Glad to hear that you are on the mend though.

Aww cute tortoise. I love them
and we had one when I was young.
Not for long though all I will say about that is Blue Peter! grrr.


Hope you continue on your path to
recovery.


P x

Kitty said...

Good to hear you're on the mend, a world without Vix is unthinkable!!!

The Style Rawr said...

I have so much love for your finger candy, I love blingy rings and stacking them up!

Tara
The Style Rawr!
xoxo

Catherine said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better, everyone I know is ill at the moment!

Those leopard boots are amazing! xo.

Shybiker said...

Great nail-color. And pretty boots. Feel better.

Krista said...

Two beautiful velvet dresses, I feel spoiled just getting to see you in them. You and your freshly washed hair are a sight for sleepy eyes. I dig the colorful extensions too! I'm cracking up picturing your tortoise scurrying about the house,he's not done yet! The boots are super sexy along with all your heavy metal baby- it's that necklace bad ass! Congrats to your winner too.

I'm happy to hear you are on the mend, you can't keep a good woman down for long! Sending you tons of love!

I miss you bad!
Xoxoxo

Make Do Style said...

Vix! (I can never write your name anymore without hearing Jo Nesbo say it!) I have been so busy finishing my book and have just caught up on so many of your posts. Missed reading them and sorry you are ill. I've had a horrendous cough and cold that made me injury my ribs. What is it with germs currently. You look as fab as ever xx

Sacramento Amate said...

I am sooooooooooo glad to know that you are feeling better. You look wonderful.
The tortouise must know that there is oo much to see and ejoy in your house to go to sleep.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Loulou said...

You did not get that gorgeous dress for only £3! Incredible. Looks amazing on you. I also love the necklace and earrings. So good to hear you're feeling better and also to see Jacob again. I heart him.

Joni said...

Yay, congrats to Shelley!!
Love your colorful hair extensions Vix. What a fun gift from Helga.

Le Material Girl said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better vix! I do love that dress on you and bless your wee tortoise!! I heard on the news we're getting an Indian summer but it keeps changing..... Baah!
xo

Miss Magpie said...

That dress wow, just wow.

Heather said...

Wow gorgeous dress and loving all the bling bling :) maybe your in for some warm weather to cute your tortoise is! Feel better real soon Love Heather

Alice said...

That maxi dress is so luxurious and so you Vix. Love little Jacob, isn't he adorable, I've always been fascinated by tortoises incredible life’s xxx

menopauselsupermodel said...

congrats to the winner!!
I must say you LOOK smashingly Fab for an invalid!!!
Love the dress and boots!!
AAAAWWWW Jacob!!! how I adore turtles and tortoises!

{{{hugs}}}}}

thorne garnet said...

Yes, a hair wash and a shower can do wonders. Happy to hear you're feeling better.

So much jewelry, so little time! Beautiful dress.

MyStyle said...

Hi my dear-so pleased to hear you're feeling better, your black maxi dress and velvet boots look fabulous and well done to your giveaway winner too! xxx

c... said...

A shower and a hair wash - a new person ! Lover thoose boots ! And you look amazing as always !

Joyatri said...

So glad you are feeling better. I'm in love with your witchy-woman dress. I can see that Jacob likes to dine fashionably. What a spoiled and lucky guy he is.
Yay for tortoises and giveaway winners coincidences.

I look forward to seeing the lace-up bodice dresses you mentioned in your comment on my blog.

Little Blue Mouse said...

I'm glad you're feeling better today, you're looking lovely as ever.

señora Allnut said...

glad you're feeling better, and enjoying your 'suspenseful tortoise' video (so funny name!)
love your dress and you look so fabulous & elegant on your black dress and pretty boots outfit, all that bijouterie is amazing!
besos

Rachael said...

Glad to hear your feeling better and on the mend! Sometimes I wish I could hibernate for the winter too!

Ronnie (RR) said...

So glad you are feeling much better. Love your outfit :)

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

Glad to see film evidence of you looking well. Congrats to the winner. Love the black outfit.

pastcaring said...

For a poorly person, you sure do look fabulous!
I know you say you look Spanish widow-esque in black, but that dress is such a stunner, the swoony sleeves and glorious velvet are too gorgeous for words. And all outfits benefit from a little bit of leopard action!
Good to know that both you and Jacob are feeling a bit more frisky (though shouldn't Jacob be snuggling down for the winter soon?)
Well done to Shelley. I love weird examples of cosmic coincidences, shows we are all in tune! xxxxx

Hippy at Heart said...

so lovely to hear you're feeling better and so nice seeing you in 3D ;)

daisychain said...

Glad your feeling better my lovely. Adoring that necklace xo

Lou said...

Glad to hear you're getting better! I adore your hair extensions, and as usual you are wearing the BEST Barry M colour of them all!

Helga! said...

It's a bizarre world when Jacob is RACING around the house! Has he been into your drungs bu any chance?! Hahah!
You look so beautiful, there is NO way I'd ever know you were sick! Such a stunning frokc, accessorised to the HILT wiht the most divine jewellery! A hair wash does feel like bliss when you've been crook,so refreshing.The neon hair bits look great! And the BOOTS! I crave them.
Yay for Forest City Fashinista!!!
Y'know it's a healthy blogland when we're actually excited for the winner rather than jealous!
Keep on keepin on, lovely!
Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

Please may I? said...

So glad your feeling better hun. And thank you for your kind words ref Ashleigh. She is on the mend today thanks.

X x

DearHelenHartman said...

Glad to hear you are on the mend. Loving that necklace and that dress - and those BOOTS! How can anyone feel less that fab in those?

Style Eyes said...

The necklace and the earrings are beautiful. Hope you are feeling better soon.

lucy joy said...

The jewellery and dress look completely timeless. You really can go anywhere dressed like that.
You're right about the hair wash, it isn't a task I enjoy, rather like putting clothes away. Once it is done, it feels like a weight has been lifted. I can always tell when it has been a while because when I do wash it, I could make a full wig out of the hair which falls out.
I wouldn't be surprised if we are in for some pleasant weather, or at least a dry spell, and once you're fully recovered you'll be able to attack the chazzas, jumbles and boot sales ready to fill that India money pot!

Lucy x

Clairejustine said...

Sorry to hear you have been ill,me too it's hard catching up and blogging when your not yourself...Love your dress it looks great,watch you video cool music :)

Style Sud-Est said...

Happy That you are doing much better
That velvet dress is a dream and love all your jewelery
Getting pink streaks this weekend
Stay tunned!

Arianexxxxx

Rose&Bird said...

Yes to the restorative powers of water and hair washing! I do hope Jacob has a better sense of the weather than us, a dry spell would be lovely. Looks like you're on the mend, I've had a rubbish day and it's cheered me up to 'see' you!

Kezzie said...

You look hot! That dress is amaazing, Elizabeth Bennet in a somber mood!!!

Kezzie said...

Except it doesn't look somber, because it has that Vix touch!

Sophie - CGDN said...

My great aunt had a tortoise we were promised we could look after 'next summer'. obviously it died over winter - sure it did it deliberately.
Love your dress, it looks fabulous with those platforms x

SabinePsynopsis said...

So glad you are feeling better, Vix - and a little bit of paleness suits the beautiful black velvet dress (and oh! these boots!). Congratulations to the winner - I didn't get the name, but the comment is so lovely. xoxo

Lynne DeVenny said...

So behind on my blog reading, partly because we have The Crud at our house, too. Ugh. Sickies. Every one.

You look so beautiful, but I'm kinda focused on the hair extension. I'm dying to buy a fake pony tail. Because you only live once, right?

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

Phwoar, I love that black dress you're wearing.

Kisses to Jacob. He is so cute.

Terri said...

I love the wordless drawing of the winner, the music, and the tortoise in the house. Congrats to Forest City Fashionista! She's popping up everywhere lately.

Sue said...

Croaky voice or not you are looking rather fab!!! Have a great weekend.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Haha I literally just got done looking at another fashion blog that had a post about tortoise shell jewelry and when I saw this title, I immediately thought "wow, tortoise is really in this fall!"

I love your nails. And those earrings are gorgeous.

Trees said...

You look so lovely in that long black frock Vix and I love the boots you've paired it with.

Also - I just think its SO RAD you have a pet turtle, I know you've talked about him before. But I just think he's so cool!

The Pink Flamingo said...

Great look! I love your dress! ;-)

delia hornbook said...

So sorry to hear you have been poorly but glad to hear your on the mind now. You look lovely as always. Loved you in the red dress in your last post you looked stunning red is def your colour. Have a lovely weekend, dee xx

OP SHOP MAMA said...

Looking great! Yes I agree - a hairwash does wonders!! x

Miss Simmonds Says said...

despite being sickly you still look gorgeous, you also look like a villaness in a Hammer Horror, with a touch of Fenella Fielding. Yuo've got some beautiful jewellery there too. And obviously I love Jacob, what a sweetie.

Fiona said...

What a top bird you look in your voodoo priestess frock. Seriously, I know you don't wear black much but you look fabulouus in this. Glad to hear you are on the mend.
xxxxxx

Rachelle said...

I'm glad you're on the mend Vix there are some horrible lurgeys going round at the minute! I adore those leopard boots! Your neon hair extensions look great too :)
Rachelle x
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Young at Heart said...

brilliant...it's all circles as my mate Pat would say!!x

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

Hurray!! Glad you're better. Your jewelry has me hyperventilating again. You look scrumptious. I love the synchronicity of the book winner's comment!!!

Lynn Dylan said...

Congrats to the winner! I am glad you are feeling better. I love the dress, the boots, and your hair is always beautiful! I know what you mean though -- nothing like a good hair wash!!

xoxo
Lynn

Fashion Tales said...

Those velvet boots and the collar jewellery are so gorgeous Vix! Glad that you're feeling topnotch, and looking marvellous! Enjoy your weekend.xx/Madison

The Pugnacious Vegetarian said...

I love that dress! Those sleeves not to mention those boots! Say hi to Jacob for me :)

The Brunette said...

Gosh such a gorgeous dress.

Congtats to the winner and I am glad to hear you are on the mend x

Misfits Vintage said...

You look amazing in that beautiful dress, amor - it's so rare to see you without colour - and you are so GORGEOUS! Congrats to Shelley - a worthy winner! Love you more than velvet! Sarah xxx

CityScape Skybaby said...

Congratulations to Shelly and you are looking lovely in your velvet dress and boots Vix, a hairwash makes me feel as if I've had a few hours extra sleep it's so reviving. I wanted to ask you about Jacob if you don't mind, do you keep him in a heated tank or is he a garden tortoise. I'd like to get a tortoise for Riley but I remember people used to just have them in their gardens in spring and summer then they'd hibernate in the shed for winter, but it seems to be all different these days. xx

Nat said...

There is something so restful about watching a tortoise slowly munch through leaves :-)
Glad you are better... you look fab in black by the way!

vintage_kitten said...

Congrats to the winner.lucky girl.love your dress and those hot boots.Raaawr.xxx

Devil made in Heaven said...

Congrats to the winner!
Your turtle is so sweet. The earrings are lovely. I have a pair that looks a bit like yours. Reminds me of putting mine back in....
You look again beautifull in that dress. It is amazing that you keep finding those great dresses.
xxx