23 April, 2017
12 April, 2017
It's not often when rummaging round a bargain basket that you find a little Archive by Alexa but that's the sort of thing that can happen when you shop in charity shops. Dubbed the The Aire Shirt by Marks and Spencer, this shirt was based on an original version they produced in the eighties. With the eighties coming back around on the high-street (cue big shoulders and a whole lot of colour), this metallic shirt provides me with that little modern twist on the decade that bought us the best of Madonna and George Michael's Faith. Being in the bargain basket and ringing through the till at £1.99, it was my way of incorporating that trend into my wardrobe whilst still being able to leave the shop completely debt and guilt free - which is one of the many, many reasons second-hand shopping remains to be my absolute favourite kind.
04 April, 2017
1. You can bag a bargain. Or eight. After heading back to college (7 years after leaving the first time) to retain in Costume, I wasn't able to shop on the high-street due to a serious lack of funds. However, I was able to venture into my local Oxfam and pick up a few bits and pieces that have actually ended up being more loved and reused than my most thought out high-street purchases.
2. It's all for a brilliant cause. Rather than your hard earned money profiting someone in a suit, high up in a chain, you are donating to Oxfam to enable them to provide aid to those most in need. You are donating to Barnardo's to help them reach the most vulnerable of children. You are donating to Cancer Research to help fund pioneering research. Knowing that the money will be helping someone, somewhere makes my shopping experience a lot less filled with guilt!
3. And finally, it's a surprise. You can wonder in not knowing what you're after or what will be on offer but you can end up leaving with anything from a little vintage designer to that long paisley pink shirt that you never knew you needed but will see you through spring/summer worn as a dress and autumn/winter for that necessary extra layer. Because of this uncertainty of what will be on offer, I find second-hand shopping much more creative and fun. The outfit hasn't been displayed on a mannequin next to all the garments needed to make up the outfit. This means you can put your own spin on an outfit and leave with something completely unique.
30 March, 2017
Denim Jacket: Oxfam, T-Shirt: Cancer Research UK, Jeans: River Island, Boots: Shoe Zone (Similar), Hat: ASOS
Denim jackets seem to be having a moment on the ol' high-street. They are saturating all the high-street .com's but seem to have a twist. The jackets are fringed with tassels, they have been ripped to add a little grunge and they deviate from the usual blue, with a pink number being high up on my fashion DIY list. However, it is this classic oversized Levi's jacket that has me comfortably coated for spring. I found this jacket in Oxfam a few years ago now and it's one of those things I can't see myself parting with for a long ol' while. I have featured it a number of times on my blog over the past few years. I wore it with a little tartan and a casual jumper over 2 years ago on pretty much a daily basis and it's still the one I reach to every morning as it goes with bloomin' everything. For around the £10 mark in Oxfam it was definitely money well spent all that time ago and is seeing me through spring wonderfully.
25 March, 2017
Prior to moving from one area of the big city to another, I had to ensure that I made the most of the wonderful second-hand shops in my area. On the numerous occasions I ventured in, I came up trumps a fair few times. With the khaki suede coat being the first of my favourite new (but second hand) purchases, I went on to discover many hidden gems amongst the packed rails. I went on to discover a retro Ellesse jumper, the comfiest slouchy grey t-shirt with an open back and colourful, summer suitable shorts with scribblings of love written on them. I have previewed all of these purchases on Instagram Stories because, yup, I finally figured out how to use it. One of the purchases was the Topshop top I'm wearing here. New, with all the tags in tact, it was definitely not one to leave on the rails. Pie-crust style necklines seem to be engulfing the high-street and this t-shirt is my way of getting in on the trend for a lot less with the help of Oxfam. I have shared a few of my tips on how to get the most from charity shopping in a few previous post so if you're heading out to donate to charity (read: buy all the loveliness) then have a little read of theses oldies - Five Tips for Charity Shopping and Five Tips for Charity Shopping: Part II. And be sure to let me know if you buy anything, I'm a little nosey like that y'see.
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