29 March, 2015

A Thrifted Midi Dress

Thrifted Dress
Dress: The British Heart Foundation, Shoes: Dr Martens, Jacket: Oasis 

This is one of those throw on and run out the door kind of dresses. Little effort is required and I have worn it a good ol' number of times (and have featured it here before). The dress rail in any charity shop is always my first stop as I find dresses so easy to wear and no outfit planning is really required - all you have to do is step into some tights (weather permitting), jump around a little, lace up your Dr Martens and you're all good to go.

This dress takes it's place in my wardrobe amongst my charity shop favourites which also includes this paisley number and a new 70's shirt from my local Sue Ryder shop which I excitedly purchased for £3.50 (?!) last week. I'm looking forward to wearing it with black jeans, a fedora and a leather jacket. Have you made any charity shop purchases of late? If so, I would love to hear about them - I'm a charity shop addict :)

Love, Hannah x

Thrifted Dress
Thrifted Dress
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25 March, 2015

An Oxfam Blouse



Shirt: Oxfam, Skirt: Urban Outfitters, Shoes: River Island, Hat: H&M, Scarf: Accessorize, Lipstick: Topshop

Last weekend, the day arrived - I ditched my jacket. It was a bold (and slightly cold) move but, with the help of a scarf, I just about managed.  Having avoided the high-street since this orange skirt happened, I have been searching through for my wardrobe for some items I haven't worn for a while so I can pretend I have something new. I dug out this Oxfam shirt I bought last year. I love the colour and the stand-up style of the collar. It feels as though it wouldn't look too out of place in a vintage picture of a group of smart ladies - I'm being Smart in Disguise :) Speaking of smart - I am going to this Fashion on the Ration exhibition next week at the Imperial War Museum so hopefully I should be full of interesting fashion facts about 1940's street style!

Love, Hannah x


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22 March, 2015

Five Tips For Charity Shopping

I don’t claim to be an expert in many things. I was always following students around for help with my Mathematics homework, I double check how to cook the most basic of recipes with my Boyfriend (how can the beans STILL be cold?) and I usually go left when someone instructs me to turn right. But if there is one thing I believe that us 20-something gals on a budget have sussed out – it’s how to bag a bargain. That being said, my favourite place to pick up a unique bargain are in those charity shops. Here are my top tips for to maximise those little charity shopping trips. 

1. Visit Often
 
I am always popping into my local charity shops for a little browse - whether it be on a lunch break or on my way to meet friends. On occasions, I get lucky. It will be as though a girl my size/age has donated half her wardrobe the previous day and the rails are packed with all things Topshop/Urban Outfitters. Other times, it's the vintage items that surprise me and I wouldn't have thought about wearing them until a bit of lust at first sight. The more frequently you visit the better chance you have of finding that thing you love. The term 'right place, right time' was invented for charity shopping (I'm sure?!) and all it takes is a five minutes stop-off on your journey for a quick rummage to bag a bargain! 

2. Don’t forget the accessories
 
Although it’s easy to get carried away trawling through the dress rail (always my first stop in charity shops) I always make time for necklace/belt/bag basket.  A few of my most worn thrifted items are accessories. Whilst necklaces on the high-street can now come in around the £15 mark (on a good day), you can often find some real gems in the often abandoned corner of a charity shop for a fraction of it's high-street price.  

3. Separate co-ords

My favourite coat (from the Cancer Research shop) was part of an 80’s style, jacket/skirt suit and is probably not something I would wear together. That being said, I love the coat and pencil skirt equally. The coat has seen my through some icy ol' days this Winter whilst I love teaming the skirt with a scruffy tee to balance out the smartness – I can only wear a certain amount of posh-ness in each outfit! My favourite summer co-ord of 2014 was the vintage blue trouser/t-shirt combo (pictured above) and although I have worn it together I have also worn the trousers a lot as a separate as they are super-duper comfortable. 

Don't be put off by co-rds you wouldn't necessarily wear as a co-ord. Look at it's potential as two separate items and think of it as a great two-for-one deal - it would be rude not too. 

4. Think of its potential with a little DIY

My favourite dress from last year was initially a big ol’ 80’s style prom dress with puffed up sleeves that were almost the size of my head. As much as I love a little fashion nostalgia, I wouldn’t have worn this dress had I not dyed it, hacked off the sleeves and shortened the length. I'm always browsing for DIY ideas on the inter-web and pinning on Pinterest. The High-Street is also a great place to search for those potential fashion DIY ideas. I like to visit the Urban Renewal/Vintage corner of Urban Outfitters which is often packed with DIY’d t-shirts, shirts and dresses which could easily be replicated at home using thrifted items for a fraction of the price. 

5. Wear it how you wanna

Last summer I was really loving silk kimonos and with the designer beauties being a little (a lot) out of my price range I searched the charity shop for a good ol' kimono dupe. Whilst I didn't find any in the jacket rail of my local charity shop, I did find a silk dressing gown which wouldn't look out of place amongst Hugh Hefner's collection. Soon after purchasing I ditched the dressing gown rope and wore it open with a shirt/skirt combination (pictured above). Don't be put off if an item of clothing in a charity shop is in the Men's section or it's not your usual size - if you have tried it on and love it, buy it and wear it how you want too. 

Have you found any great charity shop items lately? Do you have any vintage/charity shopping tips - I would love to hear them :) 

Love, Hannah x
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20 March, 2015

Pastel-ness

Pastel Coat
Coat: Gap (Similar), Bag: Topshop (Similar), Skirt: Urban Outfitters (Similar), Shirt: Oxfam 

On a gloomy ol' day last week I tried to inject some pastel-ness into my day and whilst out I managed to get some pictures of this coat before I had the chance to cover it in coffee/curry/cocktails. Light clothes - they don't last long around me. I wasn't sure how to style this jacket and my blue coat from a Cancer Research UK charity shop had been my go-to outerwear for Winter so I hadn't got round to wearing this pastel number. I always try to ensure that I get the most out of my clothes and I get annoyed with myself if I don't wear items much so I am going to be thinking up other ways to style this coat. I love the way ASOS have styled this very similar number with the striped dress and boots so might be giving this ago this weekend - the tight-less part of the ASOS outfit is weather dependent. River Island have also styled a similar coat with a casual tee, black skirt and leopard print shoes - the green pastel coat possibilities are just endless :) 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend :) 

Love, Hannah x

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18 March, 2015

Insta-Update


Although I try to update my blog as often as possible, sometimes I fall a little behind. That's why I love Instagram. It's the perfect way to capture and store life's little moments that sometimes are missed when not lugging round a big ol' camera. As well as grungy flower shops, blossom trees and much needed coffees , I also post (fairly frequently!) about my latest charity shop purchases :) Do you have any favourite Instagram accounts as I'm always on the look-out for fashion/interior/food inspiration? 

Love, Hannah x 
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15 March, 2015

More of the H&M

Top: H&M (Similar), Jeans: River Island, Bag: Oxfam, Hat: TK Maxx, Shoes: Dr Martens

My last post featured a whole lotta H&M - and this one ain't too different. The cream, sheer top is an old favourite which has been layered many times to accommodate the chill in the air but has also been worn with a skirt (tight-less - can you imagine?) during the (SLIGHTLY) warmer months. I first featured it over a year ago worn underneath one of my old favourite Urban Outfitters dresses for a little bit of 90's revival (here) and have worn it a lorra-lorra times since.

I ventured into H&M the other day as I heard of the new Studio Collection which didn't disappoint. The area was filled with silk kimono's, pyjama style slouchiness topped of with a little bit of the 70's. My only difficulty was picking out my favourite item - I am convincing myself that if I purchase 70's style clothing now then they would see me all the way through to Autumn as the trend looks to be big this Summer. I'm torn between silk, pyjama style kimono which looks as though it would slot into my comfort driven wardrobe nicely, the snakeskin leather mules as these look like the perfect sandal alternative or the linen t-shirt with ribbed maroon cuffs because it's a nice basic tee with a twist :) If you go to the H&M Studio Collection page and click on the item you like it will give you 'Style With' advice on the left-hand side so minimal thinking is required when making these purchases - dangerous, huh!  

Love, Hannah x

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11 March, 2015

All kinds of H&M

Skirt & T-Shirt: H&M, Shoes: Dr Martens, Bag: Modalu

On the first sunny day of the year I wore all kinds of H&M. I picked up this skirt on a little shopping trip a few weeks ago. I love the colour and am looking forward to wearing it a lot probably with the usual jumper/shirt combo or an ol' scruffy t-shirt. I love the colour and it fits in with the midi/70's/skirt theme I had going on in my last post!

Now the days are getting longer, and the weather means I no longer have to spend an hour talking myself into changing out of my pyjama trousers/roll-neck combo and into something more outer-wear appropriate, there are a few exhibitions I want to get around to visiting in London. First stop is the Imperial War Museum for the exhibition called "Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style" - I have already seen some pictures of incredible pieces of clothing produced during the 1940's including a beautiful underwear set made up of silk RAF maps. Next stop will hopefully be the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition which is opening this weekend at the V&A. I've read that this exhibition takes a look into the designers work spanning from 1992 (his graduate collection) to 2010 (his final collection). With headpieces made of butterflies to those veil covered antlers (still trying to think of how to pull these of on a daily basis), I think this exhibition is going to be spectacular :) And finally I'm hoping to stop by the Fashion and Textile Museum for "Thea Porter 70s Bohemian Chic" because I'm just loving all things 70's right now.

I better go, got a lot of museums to get too :)

Love, Hannah x

I also want to visit The Ginstitute for some Gin tasting at the Portobello Star Bar in Notting Hill but that one's a little less fashion related...




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08 March, 2015

70's Colours from Oxfam

Skirt & Shirt: Oxfam, Jumper: M&S (Similar

I spotted this skirt from a distance in Oxfam a while back - it's been in my 'waiting for Summer to wear' pile until I recently when I just couldn't wait any longer and decided to style it with wintery tights and my usual jumper/shirt combo. I love the colours of this skirt as I feel as though they fit in with all the beautiful things 70's that are currently filling the 'New In' corners of ASOS/Topshop etc. Because the weather outside has frightening for around about the past 6 months now I have taken to snapping some pictures indoors but my little room isn't long enough to fit my feet in so I'll just tell ya - and it will come as no surprise - I'm wearing my Dr Martens with this outfit. I've worn them so much over the past few months that my Mum evan suggested buying new shoes - this has NEVER happened but you know the saying - 'Mum knows best'. Better go and browse the Topshop website then :)

Happy Sunday :)

Love, Hannah x

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05 March, 2015

Old and Older

Playsuit: Miss Selfridge (Old - Similar), T-Shirt: Urban Outfitters (Old - Similar), Bag: Oxfam, Shoes: Dr Martens

Do you know sometimes when you look in your wardrobe and there is lots in there but you just can't find anything to wear? I'm having one of those weeks/months. But instead of going out to purchase new sparkly clothes (and I speak as though this is an option...) I went into my wardrobe to seek out old favourites. I bought this playsuit on my 21st birthday which was about 5 years ago (ssshh don't tell anyone). It has served me well and over the years I have worn it casually with t-shirts & jumpers or a bit smarter with a shirt (posh-o) and brogues. It's comfy too and as a student who stays at home sewing most of the days/weeks - this ain't a bad thing. 

Now I'm off to delve deep into my wardrobe to see what other items I can find that will deter any money spending for the time being. 

Almost the weekend :) 

Love, Hannah x

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