25 October, 2015

Monochrome in Charity Shop

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Skirt: Oxfam, Top & Shoes: New Look, Shirt: Primark (Similar)

This is almost definitely the last time you see my bare legs over on this blog until 2016. Whilst taking these snaps my eyes started filling with water, goosebumps rose on my arms and I made a mental note to never leave my house without a coat EVER again. Towards the end of the photo-taking session my straight hair resembled Bridget Jones' hair after her head-scarf blew away during a journey in a roof-less sports car - basically a backcombed, knotted mess. Luckily this outfit will be suitably acceptable with a pair of Topshop's thickest tights so it ain't all bad news! 

After a busy weekend I have settled down in time ready for lots of dinner, X Factor, Downton Abbey and Homeland so it's gunna be a good'un! Have a bloomin' great Sunday evening :) 

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22 October, 2015

Joules X Design A Welly Competition

As soon the word 'charity' is mentioned in a sentence I start to listen. Throw in the words 'design' and 'competition' and I am all ears - well, hearing aids as my ears ain't so good. Joules have recently launched a competition in which you can win a luxury break worth £5,000 (3 nights in a golden oak treehouse cabin plus lots more). 10 runners-up will each receive a £250 Joules gift card which isn't half bad either. The winning design will be put into production and go on sale at joules.com and the proceeds from the sales will go to charity partners via Charitable Joules! 

So, how do you enter? All you have to do is click over to Joules' Get Creative page, click on 'DESIGN A WELLY' and start choosing colours, patterns and all that good stuff. I'm on my way over there now...race ya! 
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18 October, 2015

Oxfam and a little more Oxfam

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Skirt, Top & Belt: Oxfam, Shoes: Dr Martens

On a charity shop route around about a month ago I picked up this skirt from Oxfam (originally Topshop) for a fiver. Knowing it would be one of those items I could easily incorporate into my wardrobe, I hotfooted off to the till to pay. For me, this outfit is what I throw on when lacking outfit inspiration and I have 5 minutes until I have to be out the door. It's easy, comfortable and it almost looks like I've made an effort!

On a separate note, I have recently picked out some Amazon products for the brilliant website, Impossible to Buy For. Impossible to Buy For is a curated gift list of the perfect present available on Amazon. By narrowing your search down into categories such as 'Animal Lovers', 'Health Fanatics' and 'Travellers' you can pick out the perfect present for every family member and friend this Christmas...I'm so sorry for dropping the C bomb so prematurely! I picked out Dawn O'Porter's book This Old Thing (she's a babe), a Yankee Candle ('cos who doesn't love 'em) and the Mad Men Final Season on DVD. Impossible to Buy For is most definitely the perfect one-stop destination when lacking present inspiration :) 

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16 October, 2015

Insta-Update #3


After a posting a few Insta-Updates a while ago (here & here) I felt that it was time for another one. I am a big Instagram fan as it's the easiest way to whip my charity shop purchases out the bag as soon as I get home and snap them - I just can't wait! As well as showcasing my latest charity shop finds I also like to post a few little outfits of the day. Over the summer it seems as though I posted a number of beach scenes (due to a trip to Sri Lanka) but unfortunately these pictures will be the only beach pictures this year. It's all pumpkins, scarfs and hot drinks now - but I kinda love that! 

Do you have any favourite Instagram feeds? 
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13 October, 2015

The Prospect Hospice Charity Shop

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Jeans & Shirt: Prospect Hospice, T-Shirt: Oxfam, Shoes: H&M (Similar)

Usually I avoid the jeans section of shops, I don't even bother looking because chances are they will be too long/short/wa-hay too much effort but after unintentionally (but happily) scouting these out in my local charity shop I was pretty happy. I love a little old school Levi's. One of my most 'thrown on at last minute' jackets is a Levi's denim jacket from Oxfam so these jeans were definitely a 'grab 'n' get out before anyone else gets them' purchase. I have been living in them with a grey t-shirt, trainers and hair in an inexplicably messy bun as the sewing on the second year of my costume course commences. I should be brushing my hair again around next July when the course finishes and the constant sewing ends.

I also wanted to mention that my first post is now up on Fix Up Look Sharp's wonderful blog. It is a little fash'un DIY post in which I take an unloved charity shop dress, chop and stitch a little and turn it into a shirt and skirt which I have already worn on numerous occasions including on my little ol' blog (here and here). Have you completed any autumn friendly fashion DIY's lately? 

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09 October, 2015

A charity shop outfit

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Top, Belt & Skirt: Oxfam, Shoes: New Look (Similar)

It seems that these days I don't realise that I'm wearing an entirely thrifted outfit (minus the shoes) until I start blogging about it. Today's outfit is an entirely Oxfam outfit. The t-shirt was originally from & Other Stories which is a brand I have admired from afar this year so when I spotted this 'perfect for autumn' green number in Oxfam, I swiftly counted out my coins and made a bee line for the tills. I then picked up the skirt a few weeks ago on my first trip to the Covent Garden Oxfam store during Charity Fashion Live. As well as picking up a few bargains from the beautifully filled rails, I was also able to listen to a talk given by the co-founder of Fashion Revolution, Orsola de Castro. Orsola spoke about how she began crocheting round holes in her favourite worn jumpers in order to re-invent them. The message I picked up from the inspiring talk was that if you have a favourite item with holes in or it's starting to look a little worn, you can do a little fashion DIY or wear it as it is and still rock it! She's very much a gal after my own heart!

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I'm in a little competition over on Style Fruits to be their blogger of the month, if you have a spare 5 seconds I would be super-duper grateful if you could vote - the link is here :) Thanks so much in advance and I'm sending many virtual well-wishes your way :)

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01 October, 2015

A little Charity Shop DIY

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 Skirt: Charity Shop DIY'd, Shirt: Oxfam, Boots*: Shoe Zone

This skirt was made for the second part of my first fashion DIY post for CLIC Sargent (you can see the shirt part of the DIY here here). My post should be up on their blog, Fix Up Look Sharp, soon. I wore this last weekend after trying to find the perfect outfit suitable for crisp mornings followed by warm (almost hot!) afternoons - it's a balancing act I'm yet to master but this skirt/shirt combo got me a little closer. 

I spent the weekend out 'n' about in Cheltenham which seems like forever ago now so I'm all ready for this weekend which should hopefully consist of some house DIY - but is more likely going to consist of going to the cinema, out for lunch and watching the box. The good house DIY intentions will be there...Wish me luck!

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