Monday, 19 June 2017

So Many Dresses...Such A Tiny Luggage Allowance


For a woman with a wardrobe stuffed with backless, slash fronted, halterneck, gloriously impractical dresses it's a crying shame I was born in a country where we can count the number of gloriously hot days suitable for wearing them on the fingers of one hand.

Vintage 1970s Bernshaw maxi (pressie from Curtise), African tribal choker (inherited from Mum), 1970s sunglasses (50p, Age UK), Massive hoop earrings (50p, Sari stall, Walsall market)

When the perfect opportunity for wearing strappy summery dresses comes along (a week in Greece) we've only got a piffling 15 kg luggage allowance between us (which is why our return flights are less than £80 each). We could pay for more but we're out and out cheapskates. What with the sun cream & mossie repellent, toiletries, the beach blanket, a few choice pieces from my bastard massive jewellery collection and our flip flops that leaves around 3 kg each for our clothes. Five cotton dresses, a couple of bikinis, two pairs of knickers (that's only because some of my dresses are a bit on the see thru' side), a rayon wrap, a shawl and that's my lot. 

Our packed bag weighs in at 12 kg...phew! 

Which means that there's lots of dresses that can't come, such as this '70s Bernshaw number*. Happily, since Saturday, the UK's been enjoying temperatures of 30 degrees meaning that not only have I made a good start on my tan but I get to flounce around the lawn in skimpy clothes swigging cans of pre-mixed G&T and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

*I think I usually wear it with heels hence the reason why it's pooling around my bare feet (unless I've shrunk).


We haven't been completely lazy. As usual, whenever I go on holiday I have to clean the house from top to bottom (trust me, that's not a regular event) and donate a shed load of stuff to the charity shop (mostly paperbacks, I read like a maniac when the sun's out). In addition, the decorators start work tomorrow so we've had to shift all the plants from the front of the house and move them elsewhere (easier said than done in our tree-filled wilderness). Luckily I'm not a high maintenance woman so getting myself holiday ready consists slapping some colour on my roots, painting my nails and shaving my legs in the bath later. 


Keeping the boys in food (and cat litter) is a full-time job. Jon's been on a lettuce run for Jacob so often this weekend the checkout lady in Lidl is beginning to think that he's stalking her. 



Linking to Patti & The Gang for Visible Monday.

Kalinychta (as they say in Corfu!)

47 comments:

  1. Yay, it's my favourite tortoise! I love seeing Jacob ❤

    Don't you look fantastic in your zingy dress! The weather is glorious isn't it! It's meant to be getting hotter down here in the south, a fact which the bunnies are going to hate. We're having quite the time keeping them cool, particularly as they hate the fan.

    That's what I call a capsule wardrobe! I wouldn't have a clue how to pack for a holiday xxx

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  2. Bet you're like an exotic plant swishing around in your floaty summer frocks! Not sure quite when you're off to Greece, but have a lovely long rest before the onslaught of summer festivals when you come back!! Zxx

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  3. My dear Vix, you were born to be kissed by the sun EVERYDAY.
    I know it is getting warm in England, but Spain is on fire, so very hot for this time of the year. Still July and August to get through.
    We also have been invaded by tiger mosquitos, getting stronger every summer.
    Thank gooness that, all well when run to the hills of Scotland in search of cold weather.
    Much love, dear friend

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    1. Oh, Mis Papelicos, the hills of Scotland are indeed cold - and grey and wet! Brrrrrrrrrrrr.

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  4. I didn´t say how beautiful you look

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  5. Have a lovley time , You deserve the break xxx

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  6. Even with the teeny luggage allowance, you'll still be the best dressed on the island! xx

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  7. That seems a very mean allowance; when I fly it's usually 10 kgs each...different allowances for different airlines I guess.

    Anyway, you will look gorgeous in whatever you've packed. The tan's coming along nicely. I hope you have a spiffingly , brilliant time!

    I love the maxi dress - I remember this style so well.

    I am coveting that tribal choker.

    xxx

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  8. Ooh, I remember that dress - I saw it and immediately thought of you!
    Looking fabulous, and very tanned already. You and Baker are past masters at travelling light, and I know you'll have a brilliant time. Enjoy!
    Love you! xxx

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  9. You're looking glam and gorgeous as always, Vix, and I hope you have a brilliant getaway. Thanks for linking up, xox

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  10. What a gorgeous dress, it's a good thing you've had a chance to wear it since it won't fit in the luggage.
    The cool cats look seriously chilled, not sure if a tortoise can look chilled but he's very well catered for.
    Hope the decorating goes well and that you have a fantastic holiday. xxx

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  11. Loving the dress missus, the colour is lush. Good on Curtise for knowing it was just you.
    I really struggled being away from my wardrobe last week and will definitely spend more time planning what I'm taking with me next time. It looks was Sod's law I didn't find anything in the chazzers, not one thing.
    I have now got a massive collection of brightly coloured jellie shoes they've taken over from my fly boots for summer haha.
    Have the best of times in Greece, looking forward to your pics.
    Love to you both xxx

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  12. That dress is radioactively fabulous on you! Shame you can't take it but beach hols are all about bikinis anyway. Have an amazing trip to Corfu, can't wait to hear all about it xx

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  13. How exciting! Enjoy your week in Corfu and be sure to eat your fill of fabulous Greek vegetarian food!

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  14. Oh for the old days when you could bring two suitcases. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with plenty of sunshine and beautiful beaches.

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  15. Have an amazing holiday. You look fabulous whatever the luggage allowance is xx

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  16. You need to your man servant to bring out your G&T on the lawn when you are dressed this snazzy.

    Enjoy your holiday!

    Can't wait to see the photos.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  17. Hi Vix, I'm the total opposite, I always seem to find winter clothes in op shops and I have hardly any summer clothes. Now I'm consciously looking for summer clothes only. Haha. Enjoy your holiday! Xxx

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  18. Absolutely smashing!! Wandering the yard with a book and a G&T, as life should be. I'd forego luggage allowance in favour of a cheap seat too. You could probably wear several dresses if you were desperate for more space. I hope you have a fantastic holiday - I can't imagine otherwise.

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  19. Wowza! That is an amazing dress!
    Wherever I fly shopping is going to happen. So I fly Business class and take 2 very empty and huge suitcases to load up!
    xox

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  20. ***I´m not a high maintenance woman****
    this makes me smile - ´cause i´m in the same sisterhood....
    one has to set priorities - a cheap flight would be mine too. but i would buy the sun/moskito-stuff/soap/all the heavy toiletries in greece - they´r still in european union and should have good quality for a good price.
    that green dress is a stunner! its so you! fabulous! and i´m in love with you´r mum african choker!
    cuddle the boys from me!
    happy holidays!! xxxxx

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  21. Kalimera from me! That dress is classic Vix Sun Siren! I struggle with tiny luggage allowances so well done to you!!
    I hope your boys will be ok in the sun. I always feel so sorry for cats in the heat!!x

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  22. You won't need much more than a bikini anyway. Well done for finding such cheap flights and have a brilliant time, can't wait to hear all about it. Xx

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  23. You won't need much more than a bikini anyway. Well done for finding such cheap flights and have a brilliant time, can't wait to hear all about it. Xx

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  24. You look goooorageous! And don't worry about the holiday packing, in that heat it'll be easy to rinse things out in the sink and hang them up to dry overnight. (I do that in Spain sometimes.) Corfu is going to be ace, I look forward to hearing all about it.

    I too feel the need to clean the house before going away. I think at the back of my mind is, "What if we get burgled and I have to explain to the police that no, the burglars didn't trash the place, it's always a pigsty..."

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  25. Have a great trip! Packing is either so flippin' easy or a total nightmare. There is no inbetween - or that's always been my experience. Toiletries are my downfall, I have to decant everything into smaller bottles and I still end with half a suitcase of them!
    It's a very glam outfit for wafting around the garden - love it!

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  26. That color! Absolutely vibrant. I've gotten better a packing the minimum and if I do forget something, learned to make do.

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  27. Love the sunnies Vix. Greece is on its way. Have a great trip both of you.

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  28. I am in awe of you travelling light something I cannot do!

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  29. You look gorgeous! I hope you both have a fantastic time in Greece! :)

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  30. I truly don't understand why a tiny woman (even 'tho loaded with bastard massive silver jewelry) can't have a bigger baggage allowance than a hefty man with a similar bag. Load is load is load, or at least it was when I took flying lessons in the age of pterodactyls.

    Good to hear that old Jacob is thriving! And good to see that the felines are keeping up their strength in order to supervise the decorators. How fortunate that the white paint won't "show"...

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  31. I tried a cast off battery shaver on my legs - kerching!

    Have a fab time in Greece!

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  32. Hope you have an amazing time on hol Vix. Lovely to see the photo of Frank [forgive me if I've got the wrong name]. Are the two felines getting along together ok?
    Arilx

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  33. Happy travels!!! You look AMAZING in this green dress - Curtise has a great eye! Looking forward to read your travel posts soon. Have a wonderful holiday!!!

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  34. I'm a cheapskate with the luggage allowance too and we had ski gear last time we flew. We wear many layers on the plane. The kid complains but I block my ears. Could you do the same thing with maxi dresses? You'd be a bit hot when you arrived at sun drenched destination! xx

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  35. This is too fabulous, that maxi dress was made for you. Enjoy your time in Greece! No need to pack a lot of clothes to vacation, I say...isn't the point of a vacation to spend as much time as possible in our bikinis? That's how I always interpreted it.

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  36. oh yes, I understand that the luggage allowance is a shame, particularly for your fabulousness, sorry that you couldn't pack this beauty!, you look gorgeous wearing it! and love your massive bracelets!
    wish you enjoy your holidays!!, five dresses and some accessories are all you need to look gloriously hippietastic and cool!. And bikinis!
    besos

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  37. Hey Vix... You look fab as usual, and I'm sure you'll look awesome all holiday.

    A tip...I tend to wear my heavy shoes for travelling and all the layers (and take them off on the plane)... if I'm wearing it, it's not luggage!

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    1. Mind, might be a bit sweltering if you wear too many layers in this glorious weather.

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  38. That is a gorgeous dress, what a lovely colour! You look fabulous in it. I haven't been to Greece since me and Mrs Noah sailed across in the Ark but if it gets any colder in Scotland I'll be going back.

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  39. Yes, I read about your lovely warm temperatures. Enjoy! (Hoping it's still warm). I love going for holidays where warm things aren't required...I have learnt to get by with very little baggage and try to get away with just carry on for domestic flights to Sydney or further south (tying cardis and light jackets around my waist fixes that issue). When you're only away a week, don't worry, Vix, just enjoy the sunshine and holiday, you'll look and feel sensational anyway and your amazing wardrobe will greet you on your return - bringing back some weather and happy memories. xx

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  40. Hope you have a fab holiday!
    Your dress is stunning! x

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  41. Hi Vix, you look gorgeous in that green dress!! Have a great time in Greece. šŸ˜˜

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  42. I don't think I could survive a week with that small of a luggage allowance unless I was going to a very hot climate where I wore next to nothing. You have so many beautiful summer maxis; it's a shame they won't all get to visit Greece ;) Hope you have a marvelous vacation in the sun.

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  43. You are Too HOT!! Love those sun glasses too!!! I wish I could go with you so bad!!

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  44. You certainly know how to pack light. I hope you have a wonderful time! xx

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