20 March, 2017

All the Charity Shop Fashion

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Charity Shop Fashion
 Coat: Cancer Research Shop, Jumpsuit: Sue Ryder, Top: Oxfam, Boots: Shoe Zone (Old but Similar), Hat: ASOS 

It seemed as though spring had arrived on Saturday.  It was the first day I have worn my suede coat I bought from my local Cancer Research shop and not had to run inside to the nearest building to protect it from some sort of sudden rainstorm. Not knowing that I was missing a khaki suede coat from my wardrobe, it was one of those charity shop purchases that I didn't know I needed until I saw it hidden amongst the rail of jackets. It wasn't until I was caught out in the rain, shielding myself under bus stop/lamp post/back-of-the-person-in-fronts-umbrella that I realised perhaps it wasn't the most practical of purchases for the transitional English weather. But being such a bloody bargain, I couldn't let it go. 

With the weather looking to stay rain-free, I took the opportunity to wear this for a little brunch. And then a few sneaky Aperol Spritz which, along with the charity shopping, hold a special place in my second-hand heart. The topic turned to weddings as my friend is tying the knot later this year. Naturally the chat (or rather, my questions) turned to the dress. She has picked out her dress and it sounds bloomin' amazing. It got me thinking where I would go to pick up the ultimate dress. I assume I would choose a little vintage Dior or something not too dissimilar from THE Vivienne Westwood Carrie wore for the Big wedding: Round 1. Lucky for my poor bank card, I'm not getting hitched. But if I were, I would love to find that little bit of vintage for a little less. I would be searching the second-hand shops every weekend and the Bridal Pop Up Oxfam are holding in West Yorkshire this Saturday would be the perfect place to start. Visit the Facebook page for more information. Or if, like me, you're not wondering up the aisle, then visit the Vintage section of the Oxfam website for a little bit of greatness for less. 

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11 March, 2017

Five Year Old Me #FoundinOxfam

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Dunagrees- Oxfam, Top: H&M (Similar), Shoes: Converse

It's been a fair old while since I wore dungarees. I have loved the whole vintage dungaree trend for the past few years and think Levi dungarees with a slouchy t-shirt is such a great look for the summer. As much as I love the look, I have never been able to find the dungarees for me. That's excluding the orange and pink floral pair I had when I was four. They were a keeper but naturally and unfortunately, I grew out of them. When browsing around Oxfam the other day I spotted this blue cord pair. Although not the oversized pair of my dreams, I was happy with the fit. The fit is usually the thing I struggle with so to have a pair that fit for a few pounds, well, it was winner winner vegetarian dinner all round. Having worn them with t-shirts and shirts layered underneath I have also worn them with a big jumper over the top, the trousers slightly rolled up and scruffy trainers chucked on because the colour of them is too nice to reserve for dungaree days only! 

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28 February, 2017

Charity Shop Double Dots

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Shirt & Skirt: Barnardo's, Jumper: Oxfam, Shoes: Dr Martens

It's been a while. After being struck down by a fairly bad cold a few weeks ago, I have been struggling to find the energy to get dressed. Let alone get dressed, add a little make-up and prance around taking snaps of myself...! However, last weekend I managed to get myself up and about. Dressed in almost entirely charity shop, I saw it as a good opportunity to get this dusty corner of the interweb up and running again. 

Prior to being resided to my bed and coughing up all sorts, I had ventured into Barnardo's and picked up this spotty vintage shirt thinking it would look great with cut-off Levi's for those summer holidays - not that I am wishing away the months, mind. During my trip, I also picked up an equally dotty skirt (albeit, with a slightly different size of polka dots). I didn't really buy the skirt with the intention of pairing it with this shirt. However, after a little 'trying on all my second-hand purchases' session, I realised I liked the combination of the contrast in polka dots. Since it wasn't quite possible to spend longer that ten minutes sans jumper with Storm Doris being a not to distance memory, I threw on the comfiest cream jumper from Oxfam. The skirt, jumper and shirt are some of my favourite second-hand purchases of 2017 so far. Here's to many, many more! 

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08 February, 2017

A little Sustainable Fashion

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Jumper: Oxfam, Skirt: H&M, Shoes: Dr Martens 

Sometimes it's the simplistic, plainer pieces of clothing that draw me in when charity shopping. It might be the colour or the cut that I first notice. In the case last weekend, it was the colour of this jumper which led to me parting with my £3. It was the easiest decision of the day..month..2017 so far! When thinking about what to pair with this oversized comfy, casual jumper, I thought it would counterbalance the dressiness of the skirt (y'know, being patent, a little on the short/tight side and all) so I could wear it during the day. This particular day took a turn for the better when I headed down my local high-street and began weaving in and out of Oxfam, Barnardo's and the rest of the places on my list of top ten destinations. It was one of those occasions where I liked everything I tried on. From tailored trousers I have been after for a good ol' while to that chunky, cream knit to the a jazzy pair of shorts, I bought the lot and I love it! 

Have you picked up any charity shop bargains of late? 

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31 January, 2017

30 wears with a Swap Shop

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Dress: ASOS (Old), Shoes: Dr Martens, Hat: ASOS 

With the rise of YouTube views came the rise of haul videos. This is something that doesn't surprise me. I love nothing more than having a little nosey into the virtual bag of shoppers. When looking back, this is something I used to love (a little less virtually) as a teenager. I used to love having a little route around my friends wardrobe, or if they had been shopping I would sit on the edge of the bed and listen intensely as they went through their purchases. If only science had been that fascinating to me in those ol' days..! My love for all things clothes has obviously continued into my twenties and still, when I go round to my friends house, I love to hear what they have been buying/re-wearing. I love their styles which make them all unique and wonderful in different ways. 

This is why when my friend suggested a little clothes swap, I jumped at the chance. Armed with a couple bags full of clothes (and a bottle of Prosecco), I hotfooted on round to hers to sit on the edge of her bed, as I did all those years ago. With a glass of Prosecco in hand I was ready to exchange a few of my wearable, but unloved, clothes with her equivalent. Fast forward a couple of hours (we had regular chatting / drink topping up breaks) and I was the happy new owner of this beautiful print ASOS dress, a chiffon kimono, a light-weight floral bomber jacket, a jumpsuit and a number of statement necklaces. Not bad for a couple of hours on a Saturday evening! 

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30 wears Swap Shop
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