23 August, 2016

Insta-Update #5

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Instagram is, and has been for a while, my favourites of the social medias - although I'm yet to get on board with snapchat because I'm usually about 3 years behind everyone else! I have been attempting to post a bit more variety over on the ol' Exchange-agram more regularly so if you fancy checkin' out a good looking' brunch or seeing charity shop purchases fresh from the bag then you can follow here. Other recent posts on my Instagram include me attempting to decorate, rainy windows (because you can't beat a little gloomy weather) and a few Fashion DIY'd outfits I have completed for both the Oxfam Fashion Blog and CLIC Sargent's Fashion Blog, Fix Up Look Sharp
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20 August, 2016

All Aboard Find

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Shirt: All Aboard Charity Shop, Jeans & T-Shirt: River Island, Sandals: Topshop (Similar)

Charity shopping can be daunting at the best of times. I find the best way to approach it is with an open mind. This is how I ended up with this oversized denim shirt with stud stars in my bag (after paying for it)! I didn't need much enabling from my friends to pick up this shirt but they were very supportive of my decision when it came to me purchasing it - they are very supportive like that! Charity shopping with friends is one of my absolute favourite as they could have outfit ideas with specific items that may have been overlooked when shopping alone which makes for even more second-hand purchasing, ahem, I mean charitable giving. 

Speaking of all things charity shop, if you happen to be out 'n' about in Woking today Woking and Sam Beare Hospice are holding an event called 'Style Me in Seconds'. Shoppers have to chance to have a fashion consultation and a mini make-up by in house professional stylists, completely free of charge. To find out more about the event head of their Facebook page. Sounds like the most perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday! 

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18 August, 2016

#30Wears in Esprit

Having recently entered the costume working world, I find myself continuously reaching for all the comfy clothes when hurriedly selecting my outfit for the long day ahead. One such item I have been reaching for again and again are my Esprit trainers I picked up last autumn. As well as being super-duper comfy (i.e. costume work friendly) they are also a little fancier than you're average trainer. I have been meaning to compile a little high-street/internet wish-list of a few of items I believe I would get a good amount of wear out off. The #30Wears campaign encourages us to purchase items we absolutely, ruddy love and that we can be pretty darn certain we're going to wear more than 30 times. Since I have been wearing my Esprit trainers alllll the time, I thought Esprit's corner of the internet would be a good place to start searching for new items I know I'm going to love. 

I have chosen a beauty of a blouse to kick-start my wish-list. It's a classic white, victorian style with a high-neck. I have selected this blouse to win 'my favourite item on Esprit' award because I think it's so versatile and to prove it, I have picked 3 items I think it would look wonderful with. By dreaming up 3 outfits based around this one item, I'm pretty certain I would wear it more than 30 times. So, we're off, here's outfit numero 1. 


First up I have paired the blouse with dungarees. Hesitant to get on the 90's revival trend at first, it's safe to say that now I am fully on board the dungaree train. With the bottom on the trouser rolled up, I would love this outfit with the suede, slightly pointed boots for a little elongation of the ol' legs (short gal problems!) In my eyes, no outfit is ever complete without an abundance of rings so I would add these to complete the look! 


Second up is suede. I love all things suede and when it can be paired with my entire wardrobe, as this beauty of a black skirt can be, I'm sold. The suede skirt and floaty blouse are balanced out by the causal, easy trainer so I could wear this comfortably to work. Forever a magpie, I couldn't help but think this outfit would be complete with the addition of the glitter socks and as before, I can't help but add rings to every outfit! 


Finally, a wish-list of mine wouldn't be complete without a little denim. The great thing about my chosen white blouse is that it makes any outfit, however effortless, into one of those 'I kinda made an effort today' outfits. With some slip on shoes and a big ol' coat, this outfit is once again completed by the addition of too many rings and would be perfect for Autumn. 

So, there it is - the three ways I would style a high-neck white shirt to ensure I got the most wear out of it possible. All I need now is the temperature to drop slightly as I think I may have been thinking about Autumn dress a little too prematurely with this wish-list...! 
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10 August, 2016

Oxfam Oldies and Newbies

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Shorts & Blue T-Shirt: Oxfam, Shirt: Topshop (Similar), Shoes: Dr Martens

Last weekend my friends and I hopped onto a number of different trains and met in the middle at West Hampstead. Being a little bit of a London newbie, I am always excited to try out new places and explore parts of the city I haven't been to before. After a little alfresco (yup, it's definitely summer) brunch at The Wet Fish cafe we felt suitably full and ready to tackle the charity shops. Just a few minutes from both West Hampstead and Finchley Road tube stations you can find a whole bunch of must-go-to shops. I ended up selecting a beautiful vintage shirt from All Aboard (which I have posted a picture of on my ol' Instagram) and the sheer blue shirt from Oxfam pictured in this post. When picking out this shirt I thought it would be perfect for autumn with black jeans, boots and big ol' silver earrings but as usual, I couldn't wait for autumn and styled it with a pair of old, but still favourite, Oxfam shorts. 

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05 August, 2016

Camouflaged in CRUK Fashion Finds

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Dress & Belt: Cancer Research UK, Bag: Oxfam, Shoes: Dr Martens, Socks: Topshop 

It's almost a given that I will buy anything in a second-hand shop if it ticks the following boxes. Slouchy. Effortless. And finally, that important 'can be worn both on a cold winters night indoors whilst eating all the food and dressed up a little for a summers day' box. After seeing that this jumper dress ticked all the necessary boxes, I was sold. The belt was also a bargain - I would go as far to say it's my best bargain of 2016 which is a big ol' statement. It's a beautiful colour, it's leather and it has a whole bunch of studs.  It's the type of belt which would cost £25 in a high-street shop but it rang through the till at £1 at my local Cancer Research shop. Having worn it in both outfit post since I picked it up, I have a feeling it's going to become one of my most worn!

If you have picked up any charity shop purchases from your local Cancer Research shop be sure to share them on Twitter/Instagram using the hashtag #CRUKfinds as I would love to see them - I'm a little nosy like that y'see.

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