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Goodwood: DJs, dancing & dressing up.

You probably know by now that, despite my age, I love "raving".  Nothing makes me happier than loud dance music DJ'd by a Famous where I can dance my socks off and forget my ageing bones!  Fortunately, one of my oldest school friends, Dalia, also loves dancing and, even more fortunately for me, she's a Goodwood Member of the Richmond Enclosure, which means we can have a rave night in total comfort!

How to tie a headscarf.

I am sure you saw a couple of "summer" blogs I posted in April, while we all waited for summer to actually arrive in the UK.  Still waiting!  I enjoyed a lovely collaboration with East Clothing, who sent me all sorts of goodies out to Australia to photograph whilst I was there.

A fashion shoot with a difference.

It's not often that women between 54 and 74 are invited to appear in a national newspaper as "four stylish Instagrammers"  (IF it gets published!).  So I thought you might like to have a behind-the-scenes look at what we got up to on a thoroughly enjoyable day out in London town. All the photos were taken with various i-phones so are not the best quality, but the lighting was fabulously kind to us all & we had a ball.

Summer's on the way!

I was lucky enough to be sent some gorgeous accessories by East Clothing, whilst I was in Byron Bay in March. Just as the weather turned to Autumn, literally overnight, my amazing photographer Charlotte Coker, of A Beautiful Weirdo, and I hit the beach in wind lashing weather to do our best. I am thrilled with the results and I hope you like them too.

Accessories maketh an outfit!

You know how much I love doing a fashion shoot in Byron Bay because it's so beautiful and usually reliably sunny, hot and dry, with a big blue sky. So when East sent me some of my favourite accessories from their new Spring/Summer range, all the way from England, I got really excited about photography with a really beachy summery look for my blog. And guess what, the weather changed from Summer to Autumn overnight, blowing such a gale on the beach that we thought we were in Cornwall!

I meet a local fashion designer.

Meeting a talented Byron Bay designer all started with these trousers!  I needed something for cooler weather, but not necessarily cold weather, when I arrived in Sydney three months ago. And, lucky for me, I found these in a 50% off sale by the trendy Aussie Tiger Lily brand. Then it was the big hunt for a top to go with them. Nothing I brought from the UK really worked and I wanted something as crazily patterned as these bad boys.  Enter a little beach market in Byron........... 

OK, I've been shopping again!

Not a pre-loved bargain but such an unusual dress from Karly Sunshine, in Byron Bay, for $130 (about £80) it would have been rude not to!  The necklace was bought in Byron 3 years ago, & the bangle & sunnies are vintage, cheap as chips, and I've had them an age.

The only new addition is the turban I found very recently for about £5!  So not a ridiculously expensive outfit but one that will work very well for dressing up more formally somewhere extremely hot.  

My favourite new but vintage look summer dress.

OK I own up, I came out for my four month sojourn in Australia with a half empty suitcase!  I'm sure you know by now that my absolute passion is digging around markets, vintage stalls, op shops/charity shops and independents.  Especially here where the climate is more suitable for ferreting around market stalls and where hand made clothes and vintage pieces can often be found for a song, as well as being individual & quite different to something you'd find at home.  

A vintage necklace.

I am like a magpie nowadays. Always on the search for something up-cycled, re-cycled, retro and vintage.  I so enjoy owning something that isn't brand new, hasn't been mass marketed or made in China..... and something that has memories, has been put together with love and, most of all,  unique, eco and often much, much cheaper than something designer or new!

My new, pre-loved £24 dress!

You know how much I love digging around in vintage markets, charity and pre-owned shops, as well as the High Street.  So I just had to share this fabulous dress with you to encourage & hopefully inspire you to scour the markets, search on-line and generally have a good dig around for a true bargain.  I was so happy with this pre-owned dress, from Harlem in Hove,  that I wore it for my birthday lunch (with a vest and short leggings underneath!) and paired it with my very old pink Camper heels & a black cashmere cardi from Boden.  Not my usual vintage look but love it as a party dress - perfect for the run up to Christmas.