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Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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Oct302012

Vix, Vegans, and Victorian Paintings

This past weekend was my first-ever blogger meet-up, I descended on Walsall to hang out with Vix of Vintage Vixen. This was actually my second visit to Walsall, the first was about 22 years ago, when I stayed with friends of a friend. Back then my mission was the study of Victorian ceramic tiles. This time it was vintage and charity shopping. And, of course, meeting the doyenne of vintage fashion blogs.

Vix’s experienced eye honed in on the gems at Second to None. She found a purplish-brown taffeta maxi that suited me but had a non-working zipper (photo on Vix’s blog here). Sadly, I opted not to buy it. But, then, knowing my predilection for medieval-inspired double sleeves, Vix showed me a dress that she had previously tried on.

Photo courtesy of Vix With its v-neckline, butterfly-over-bell sleeves, and purplish-blue print, this maxi dress is right up my alley. And at £14, a deal for so much fabulousness.

I haven’t been able to find anything online about the label which reads ‘Aurium, Hampstead.’ This polyester paisley number is far too big, but it is ‘my colors’ and, for £7.50, was worth purchasing just for the fabric. Before hitting Second to None, we blasted through the famous charity shops of Walsall.

1970s burlap and twine bag with oversized burnished wood button, St. Michael ‘Made in Italy’ label, £2.95. Embroidery thread in ‘my colors’ for tszujing bag, 20p each. Both Walsall Hospice. Purple tagua nut ring (on orange and red skeins), 99p BHF. Back at Vix’s for tea and house tour, to see where the blogging and sewing magic happen, view the legendary Wall of Misery and the much-admired patchwork curtains, drool over frocks and shoes, and more chatting. As many of you know, Vix is wise, warm, and so gosh-darn sweet!

Vix gave me this colorful Indian embroidery. She called it a waistcoat, but I‘m thinking this will be a new bag once I get back home and at the sewing machine.

The next day A. and I attended the West Midlands Vegan Festival. At the last minute, A. agreed to help out at the Vegetarian Guides table. (New London guide out next month!)

The Festival was so crowded you could barely move. I bought some Beauty Without Cruelty brand eye make-up from Honesty cosmetics.

I also tried on Freerangers vegan footwear and am deciding whether to order these 1940s-inspired sandals in ‘claret’ or ‘aubergine.’

Before the Vegan Festival, I visited a couple charity shops in Wolverhampton and found this book on ‘Street Style’ for £1.50. It’s full of great images of mods, rockers, hippies, new romantics, and other 'style tribes.'

The next day we went to Birmingham. Unfortunately all the vintage clothing shops were closed.

We had a nice lunch at The Warehouse Café and made some purchases at the One Earth Shop.

Dessert was black olive and orange cake with vanilla soya ice cream and an orange and cherry sauce.

It started to rain so we took refuge in the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, where we spent hours looking at the decorative arts. We cut short our visit to those galleries in order to see the exhibition, Love and Death: Victorian Paintings from the Tate.

J. W. Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott from 1888, was my all-time favorite work of art when I was in college.Sorry, I didn’t make it clear to A. that I was supposed to be the subject of the photo and not the giant poster of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Proserpine behind me. We didn’t see the Pre-Raphaelite paintings, the Staffordshire hoard, or the William De Morgan tiles, so another trip to Birmingham is to be planned!

Thank you to everyone who complimented my coat, smile, stripey trousers and all the other nice things you said on Vix’s account of our meeting!

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Reader Comments (7)

What a great post. So fun seeing fellow bloggers in the same photo. You look marvelous in that style of dress and I SO MUCH love the outfit post in the last photo. You're artfully placed in the corner, looks like it was meant to be!

October 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

It was so cool to finally meet you, Jo! That maxi looked incredible on you (well, they both did) and I can't wait to see the massive one transformed. What a brilliant idea to transform the Indian waistcoat into a bag, you'll get far more use from it that way.
Love the book you picked up in Wolves and I love the Warehouse Cafe, I haven't been for a couple of years but it never fails to impress. What a shame about the vintage emporium's being closed, still a perfect excuse for a return visit!
Love the picture of you next to Rossetti's masterpiece. xxx

October 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

Oh you bought that dress? Vix has tried it on, it's a beauty, and it's perfect for you, Jo. The right vintage frock waiting for the right owner, I like that! Second to None is a treasure trove, isn't it? And Vix is a darling.
It sounds as though you had a really lovely weekend, lots of great food, art, shopping and meeting friends. The Victorian Art exhibition would have been right up my street, you look fabulous posing by the poster, wonderful outfit. xxx

October 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpastcaring

Sounds like you had a marvelous time, Jo. Meeting Vix, trying on clothes, seeing great art, festival going - what could be better?!

October 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpao

You look so, so good in that dress and your smile is a mile wide!! You look gorgeous. Thank you for my tour as well. I've never been to the UK, which is crazy I know. I'm totally needing to go.

November 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJean at Dross into Gold

OMG,you and Vix make a delightful shopping twosome! I'd love to make that a 3some!
You picked up some great scores;I too will pick up a bargainacious frock just for the fabric at times...
I've had that Street Style book out of the library a couple of times!Great inspiration!
The exhibition looks right up my alley,I love Victorian art,especially (and who doesn't) the Pre raphaelites!
You look rather glamourous next to Proserpine.....!!
Lovely post!
XXX

November 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHelga

Blimey - Good to see 'Street Style' is still sort after, it was one of our style bibles back in mid 90s in art school.

November 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertoony

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