27 June, 2015

A Charity Shop Dress For The Sunshine

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Dress: Cancer Research, Bag & Belt, Oxfam, Sandals: Topshop 
**Spot the worlds most worn Oxfam bag lurking in the bushes**

Another day, another charity shop dress. I picked this one up during that ma-hoo-sive detour I took home from college last week. I ventured into 3 pretty great charity shops along the Kings Road in Chelsea (Oxfam, Cancer Research and Trinity Hospice). This floral dress is definitely more on the girly side and I kind of like that for summer. It makes a change from my usual grungy style of dresses paired with the worlds most worn Dr Martens. As with the dress in my last outfit post, this dress will be the perfect holiday dress as it is light, bright and a great cover-up for the evenings due to it's slightly longer length.

I finished my first year of college (round two) yesterday which is possibly why I look like I'm having a wonderful time in a few of the pictures below. I absolutely loved studying Costume at college but it's nice to complete all the paperwork and hand a final costume in for the year. I'm going back to college to continue my Costume studies in September so it ain't over yet! Next week I'm off on holiday then throughout August I will be working in various theatres but in the meantime I'm going to ponder around in charity shop dresses (heard about that heatwave next week!!), watch the start of Wimbledon and drink Pimms. Berr-liss! 

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24 June, 2015

An (Almost) Entirely Oxfam Outfit: #2

Dress, Bag & Boots: Oxfam, Belt: Urban Outfitters

As with an outfit I posted a few weeks ago, this outfit is made up of almost all Oxfam purchases. The thing I love about charity shopping is that you never really know what to expect. I love that sometimes you can walk into a charity shop and the rails are rammed with high-street favourites such as Topshop and Urban Outfitters - you can buy any of these items and be rest assured that they will slot into any wardrobe nicely and can be worn easily. I also love when you pick up a dress from an unknown brand - maybe it's vintage, maybe not but the print and style is something you can imagine would set you back a fair bit if you purchased new. I spotted this button-down dress a few weeks ago in Oxfam. I love that it can be doubled up as a dress (with a belt and boots) and a kimono-style jacket which I think would be great worn open with denim shorts/dresses/skirts underneath. I'm off to Sri Lanka next Saturday (eeeeek) and this will definitely slot nicely into the 'I need to pack sensibly and light' category. 

Yesterday I wore this outfit to an event at Beyond Retro's amazing Dalston store. The event was all about finding the dream vintage dress (#mydreamvintagedress). They had set aside some amazing dresses for myself and other bloggers to try on and I can confirm - I found my dream vintage dress. It's the perfect number for Sri Lanka and it sparkles so is a win-win in my sartorial book. I would definitely recommend stopping by at Beyond Retro if you're looking for the perfect summer/wedding guest/holiday dress - it's rammed with all things vintage and loveliness :) 


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21 June, 2015

Feeling Black and Blue

ASOS Crochet Dress
ASOS Crochet Dress
Dress: ASOS, Boots: Topshop, Bag: Oxfam

As I began collating this post I realised that my last two (and now three) outfit posts have consisted of all things black, maroon and brown. Apologies for the seasonally inappropriate outfits! In an attempt to liven up the outfit I paired the black dress with my favourite boots from Topshop. After pondering for a good ol' while about purchasing these boots at their original price (£95!?) they were then reduced in the sale to £20 and well, it was a no brainer. I bought this ASOS dress a few weeks ago and it has already become a firm favourite. At £60 it is a little more pricey than some of the other ASOS dresses but I think it is well worth it. As well as the embroidered rose, I love the crochet detailing and think it will be perfect for Autumn/Winter worn over a shirt with thick black tights and shiny brogues. Oooo, I can't wait. 

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16 June, 2015

A Thrifted Summer Dress

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Thrifted Summer Dress
Dress & Bag: Oxfam, Boots*: Shoe Zone, Jacket: Oasis

I have a confession to make. I'm not a massive fan of the sun. I know, it's pretty bad but I just get too hot and uncomfortable and I can never keep up with the amount of water meant to be consumed as the temperature rises. I end up sweating with a headache and the whole scenario just isn't a pretty picture. So, for me, the perfect summer outfit is a barely there, floaty dress. A friend of mine purchased this dress from her local charity shop but it didn't fit her the way she'd hoped so she passed it on to me. Being the great friend that I am (ahem) I took it off her hands for her...It has been the most perfect dress for these humid days and I have worn it with everything from big ol' chunky boots (as I have here) to sandals. Oxfam currently have so many wonderful summer dress on their website so would recommend having a little browse over your lunch hour. There's also a few wedding-guest worthy numbers on the website so if you're heading to a wedding on a budget, this could be the (online) shop for you. 

I'm off to find a new way to get to college today as yesterday I had to walk pass (and into) three charity shops (on Kings Road, Chelsea). It ended up adding an additional hour onto my travelling time - this can't happen every day...

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Thrifted Summer Dress
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13 June, 2015

Summer Lovin'

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Dress: ASOS,  Bag: Oxfam, Hat: TK Maxx, Boots*: Shoe Zone

I watched a documentary about fashion a while back that said when shopping for clothing/footwear you should ask yourself whether you would wear the item of interest at least 30 times. This is to avoid buying things, wearing them once and then leaving them sad, unloved and unworn in the back of the wardrobe. As soon as I spotted these boots in Shoe Zone I knew I would wear them many a time. Shoe Zone currently have some brilliant boots in stock including these Platform Ankle Boots and these Ankle Boots with Metal Trims (if you're more of a heels kinda gal). All these pairs would be ideal for summer with socks and a dress (my staple summer wardrobe) and pretty bloomin' perfect for winter with thick tights and chunky knits. Another addition to my 'I'm going to wear this 30+ times' wardrobe is this ASOS dress. I'm always after those easy-to-wear items which I can throw on and walk out the door but would also fit into the 'I kinda made an effort' category. The ASOS dress section is full of such dresses and on my obligatory weekly browse I picked up this black dress with embroidered trims. Since ripping open the fancy ASOS packaging I have had to make a conscious effort not to sport this dress/boots combo every single day. 

In other news, I have (finally!?) finished my 18th century dress for my Theatrical Costume course (see here). To celebrate, this weekend is going to consist of Pimms in the rain (is that allowed?) and catching up with my little ol' blog - I've missed you! 

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07 June, 2015

An Oxfam Overview


Since late last year I have been an Oxfam Fashion Blogger. I really enjoy writing my posts for Oxfam as I get to chat about all things fashion, DIY and charity shopping! What's not to love? I thought I would do a quick round-up of my post so far and chat a little about a few of my favourite posts from other bloggers too. My little section of the Oxfam website can be found over here.

An Outfit Post 

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My first post was this outfit post made up of this festival-worthy jacket from Oxfam. I love this jacket and when I spotted it in Oxfam just after becoming an Oxfam blogger, well, I thought it was fate. I bought it to celebrate and wore it for my first Oxfam OOTD. It's so easy to wear and I have loved pairing it with everything from jeans to a floaty black dress and big ol' gold hoopla earrings.

Fashion DIY

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Before becoming a blogger for Oxfam, the DIY section of the Oxfam Fashion Blog was my first stop on the inter-web when lacking inspiration. With sewing tips to get the perfect fit when buying a vintage dress (always useful when charity shopping) and festival fashion ideas (including this super cool pair of floral sunglasses) there are enough ideas to keep you DIY-ing until Christmas. I have written a few posts which are all about simple and fun fashion DIY's.  First up I wrote about all things decorative as I added an abundance of trims to my denim jacket after dyeing it (which can be seen here). For my most recent post I went over the process of dip-dyeing my old and unloved grey t-shirt (pictured above).

An Ol' Fashioned Natter

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Having a natter with my friends is a favourite pastime of mine. Chuck charity shopping and fashion (and maybe a bit of lunch) into the mix then I'm a happy gal. This is why being an Oxfam Fashion Blogger is exciting for me. I can just chat about my favourite charity shopping experiences/purchases. So far, I have touched on my love of a shirt and the perfect spring cover-up. I'm sure I will continue to enjoy chatting about all things thrifted over on the Oxfam Fashion Blog. Come over and say hi :)

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