Friday, 25 August 2017

Three come along at once...

I have been properly ill this week. I spent pretty much all Saturday asleep with what felt like a nasty virus - feeling doubly awful as I was supposed to be going to Norwich for my brother's 40th birthday party that day - and then on Sunday it mutated into stomach trouble, about which I shall say no more. That knocked me out of action for a couple more days, but I had to be back at work on Tuesday as GamesMaster was on deadline. I am dedicated to getting my publications to press!

I managed to pass the lurgy on to poor Mr Robot. We usually meet most days for lunch, which is a bit sad I guess, but I'm happy that my husband is also my best friend. As he wasn't available, yesterday I thought I'd poke round the shops. Laura Ashley had a sale on, so I tried on a couple of dresses there, one tartan in a very 60s shape, and one shirt dress in one of their 70s prints. Neither looked right. My boobs looked awful in the former (a more 60s-style bra, like a Doreen, might've helped, but I wasn't willing to spend £60 without knowing for sure) and the other showed up my lack of waist horribly. It had a drawstring, and I had no nice curvy waist to draw it into, so it just sat forlornly on my belly. Feeling bad about my shape, I went for a whizz round the chazzas, and got a couple of nice tops that actually looked good on my blocky body for not much money at all. One was a sleeveless linen-look one, somewhere between navy and royal blue in colour, and the other was this navy print sleeveless blouse, which is modern but has a 60s vibe. Hooray for charity shops. Though I really do need to break my addiction to navy at some point.

When I got home, a T-shirt I'd ordered from Qwertee had also arrived. I don't wear T-shirts during the daytime, but I do now for the gym, and years of not wearing T-shirts means I don't have many, so I fancied getting some interesting ones. I also tend to 'bloke up' for photos to be used in my magazines, wearing things like trousers or jeans and T-shirt or tartan shirt. I've never butted up against much sexism in my job, I've been very lucky, but I also prefer readers to see me as one of the gang rather than especially feminine. No space cat dresses for them. But they do get this Cathulhu T-shirt.

Returning to the subject of charity shops, I think that as 'vintage' as a mainstream trend is fading, we might be seeing more vintage in regular charity shops and the end of the 'vintage' charity shop. One in Bath has switched to be a bookshop, and I'm finding more Old Tat in the regular ones. Living out in the sticks I don't often get to go to the dedicated ones in the big cities, and would much rather hunt for treasures in my local ones. (That said, following Curtise on Instagram makes me long for a visit to the one she works at, as her stock is amazing.) Have you noticed more proper old stuff in the ones near you again, or any 'vintage' ones closing? A new chazza opened in my home town this week. Now he's on his feet again, my husband's going to find himself going on an extended charity shop crawl on Saturday, I fear. The chazza gods seem to be sending stuff my way, and it would be rude not to make the most of that.

Have a fab weekend!

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  1. Ugh, so sorry you and Mr. Robot were ill-nothing worse than being sick in the summer.

    I'd wear that tee shirt EVERYWHERE. Too good to save for the gym or work photos. I must show you the hat I crocheted several years ago...it gets odd looks from most, but for people who understand why there's a tentacled beast on my head it gets respect ;)

    The mainstream vintage thing is fading here, but people keep buying it up to sell online thinking they will make a fortune. Eventually it will be re-deposited in the thrift shops when it doesn't sell and they grow tired of a house full of 50's frocks they can't wear. *sinister voice* Then, I go shopping...

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    1. Yup, can't wait for it all to end up being re-donated.

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  2. So sorry to hear you've been ill, and in a weekend too. Somehow it feels worse having the lurgy in summer than in winter. I'm glad the charity shop gods at least came up with a couple of lovely tops. I love the one you are wearing! Two of my favourite vintage shops have closed last year, but I haven't noticed a difference in the chazzas. They still seem to save up most of the vintage donations for their special events, for which they up their prices ... xxx

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    1. I still look in envy at your purchases. It makes me want to go shopping in Belgium.

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  3. Really sorry to hear that you have been ill, and passed it on to Mr Robot. Damn lurgies! I am in love with your Cathulhu shirt. It is gorgeous and very funny. I love Doreens. I might look like someone's gran with my top off but they give you a fabulous sweater girl shape. You look fab in navy but I suppose that it is like black in that there are a lot of shades and can be hard to match. I love your navy blouse. It is good to find stuff in the charity shops. I would really welcome a bit more vintage tat in them as I don't often find clothes, and almost never ones that would fit me. I was grinning at you "blokeing up" for pics at work. For me it is the opposite.I have to at least try to be smart and a bit girlie most days. Can't wait to get home to old band tees and my jeans. Hope that the chazza gods were smiling today. :) Xx

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    1. Well, working on videogames mags, I think it's better for me just to look fairly anonymous. Though the hair is pretty eyecatching.

      I need to get some more Doreens. None of my bras fit properly right now, and I'm sure I'll feel much better about my clothes once the foundations are properly sorted again.

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  4. Hope you are both now feeling better. The charity shop gods haven't smiled on me for a long while, my luck must change soon!

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    1. We're both good! Poor kitty is in the vet-hospital though. :-( So worrying.

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  5. The charity shops in my town are always rubbish for vintage clothes anyway so I haven't really noticed an change here but it would be ace if it did happen.

    Ace t-shirt! As you know I'm not one for proper exercise gear especially on the top half, so much of it seems to have pink in it if nothing else.

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    1. I have proper sports bras, but that's as far as my proper exercise gear goes. My tops are regular T-shirts, and the bottoms cheapo joggers from Primark.

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  6. Oh no, I'm sorry to hear that you've both been ill. That's rotten luck.
    That's a cracking tee shirt, I love a mad tee shirt for exercising, too.
    Our local chazzas have always been a rich source of proper vintage but I'm noticing more and more of those fake 1950s frocks turning up in ours. One of our neighbouring traders was knocking out a rail of Hell Bunny polka dot frocks for a £5 each this weekend and I think he only sold one! xxx

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