25 February, 2016

A Vintage Jacket

Vintage
Vintage
Jacket: Vintage, Pinafore Dress: Urban Outfitters (Similar), High-Neck T-Shirt: Oxfam, Shoes: Dr Martens

Just landed back in Landon town and I'm already missing New York. More specifically, I'm missing the vintage shops (and doughnuts and pizzas and happy people etc...) After a fair ol' mooch around the vintage shops I found this 70's suede jacket. It was one of those completely justifiable purchases which you know you love because the only way to remove it now would be surgically as I have been wearing ever since.  Another second-hand item in this outfit (albeit, not vintage) is the high-neck cream t-shirt from Oxfam (originally Missguided). I am the worst person for buying basic pieces of clothing because they're just not as exciting as that orange fluffy coat/purple silk co-ord/totally inappropriate and impossible to wear garment. However, since wearing this basic (but bloomin' warm) top a hell-uva lot, I'm going to make more of an effort to find wearable basics to go with the more wacky side of my wardrobe - wish me luck! 

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Vintage
Vintage
Vintage
Vintage
Vintage
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21 February, 2016

Starry Eyes: A Fashion DIY


Last week my boyfriend and I braved the cold and headed out for a drink. Using it as an excuse to get  all dressed up after almost a solid month in pyjamas, jumpers and all clothes warm and comfortable, I   decided to wear the shoes I purchased after a little lust at first sight in Topshop. Luckily I had vouchers so they didn't set me back too much. I also used it as an excuse to take a recently upcycled starry shirt out for a spin. You can see the shirt before the upcycle and the tutorial for this simple fashion DIY over on CLIC Sargent's Fix Up Look Sharp Blog. Although I have been back in oversized jumpers, jeans and trainers since the temperature dropped (again) last weekend, I am looking forward to wearing this outfit again come spring! 


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18 February, 2016

An Oxfam Spring Upcycle

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Oxfam Fashion

Every year when February draws to a close and spring approaches I begin to wonder what on earth I wore last year. Whilst others embrace dressing for the spring months florally and beautifully, I seem to end up looking into my wardrobe with a baffled look upon my face. With a wardrobe full of winter friendly items in terms of both warmth and colour, I thought I would get a head start this year. Having always been obsessed with fashion magazines I usually end up lusting over a hell of a lot of clothes which are well out of my price range. Over the past few years the designer who I have been absolutely loving is Simone Rocha. Ever since her Autumn 2014 collection full of tartan and black lace greatness, I became obsessed. It was grungy, dark with an Elizabethan twist and I wanted it all. Simone Rocha went on to do a collection for J Brand and I loved it just as much. I am often on eBay, trying to get a slice of the Simone Rocha X J Brand pie but so far there has been no such luck. To fill the Rocha shaped hole in my wardrobe I set about doing a little DIY with a pink shirt I found in my local Oxfam. The tutorial for turning a plain shirt into something a little more fancy is up on the Oxfam Fashion Blog. If you are unable to find a suitable shirt I have found a few over on the Oxfam website including a light pink long sleeved shirt and a loose fitting blue and white shirt.

Do you have any suitable-for-spring upcycling tips? If so, I would love to hear them! Also, be sure to let me know if you end up upcycling your shirt Simone Rocha style either in the comments or posting a picture of Twitter or Instagram!

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16 February, 2016

A Charity Shop Shirt

Charity Shop Shirt
Charity Shop Shirt
 Shirt: Oxfam, Jeans: River Island, Boots: Topshop 

I have definitely spoken about my love of charity shop shirts over on this blog before (here) but I just can't seem to get enough of them. They, in my opinion, are the easiest item of clothing to pick out in a  charity shop. If you like the colour and print then you're pretty much set as shirts are so easy to wear fitted, oversized and everywhere in between. I found this one tucked away on a rail in my local Oxfam. Instantly drawn to the colours I picked it out and trotted off to pay. All my usual 'this would look great in the summer/with a tan/with ripped denim shorts' thoughts popped into my head, which was inappropriate to say the least because there was frost on the ground outside. But happily, I got home to find the shirt goes with a lot of my winter wardrobe and as well as wearing it with black jeans, pinafore dresses and skirts I have also been wearing it open over Levi's with a pair of trainers for when all I need is a little comfort.

Have you picked out any charity shop shirts lately? If you have I would love to see them as I'm a little nosey like that!

Charity Shop Shirt
Charity Shop Shirt
Charity Shop Shirt
Charity Shop Shirt
Charity Shop Shirt
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15 February, 2016

Insta-Update #4


My on-going struggle with blogging and winter continues. In the absence of any charity shop outfit pictures/fashion DIY pictures or any fashion related pictures which require any kind of light in order for them to be visible, I thought I would use the opportunity to post another little Insta-Update. My Instagram update includes a whole lot of charity shop purchases (I'm an addict, what can I say?), a bit of blossom ('cos it was per-rrety) and a little fashion DIY. Although the dark nights and cold days have made going outside unbearable, I have enjoyed using not going out as an excuse to sit at my sewing machine with a cuppa tea whilst upcycling my wardrobe. My most worn upcycled jumper was once an unloved, grey jumper, reinvented in 30 minutes with a couple of eyelets. There are many more fashion DIY tutorials (if, like me, you're looking for an excuse not to go out) over on the Oxfam Fashion Blog and the Fix Up Look Sharp Blog!

One day soon I hope the days will lighten up a little and outfit posting will resume!
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10 February, 2016

Charity Shop Checked Coat

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Sustainable Fashion
Coat: Cancer Research Charity Shop, Shirt: Primark (old but similar collar), Stripy Top: New Look, Skirt & Boots: Topshop 

This month I'm heading to New York and to say I was excited would be the understatement of the year so far! As soon as the flight conformation details dropped virtually into my inbox, I started thinking about what coat I would take because, rumour has it (or, so the BBC weather app tells me) New York is per-retry bladdy cold at the moment. After searching around the high-street shops and not having much luck, I ventured in to my local Cancer Research charity shop and sitting on the end of the coat rail was this checked black and red blazer style jacket. After a quick trip to the dry cleaners, it was ready to be worn. Rather than saving it for The Big Apple I took my new coat for a spin around London Town. Being suitably warm and going with most of my wardrobe, this coat ticks all sartorial boxes.

As well as studying NYC weather in depth over the past few weeks, my research into New York has included watching back-to-back episodes of Friends, Gossip Girl and Sex and the City! Needless to say, I'm am so ready to hop on the plane and begin a new adventure so if you have any recommendations of places to eat/shop/see please let me know!

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Sustainable Fashion
Sustainable Fashion
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07 February, 2016

#WearTheLove

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In light of Valentines Day, which is fast approaching, Love Your Clothes have decided to celebrate. This February, Love Your Clothes wants everyone to celebrate clothes they already have and fall in love with them allll over again. To promote this brilliant concept they have launched the competition, aptly named Wear The Love, in which you can win a Virgin Experience Day voucher worth £250 - yes, please! To enter all you have do is take a photo or make a short video (no more than 1 minute) of an item of clothing you truly love, and explain why you love is so much. You can share anything from a vintage item to a hand-made number to a high-street garment you have worn over and over - you just need to lave it a lot. Once you snapped a picture, upload to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #WearTheLove and tag Love Your Clothes (@loveyourclothes on Twitter, @loveyourclothes_uk on Instagram) to let them know you've entered. Explain in your tweet/Instagram why you love it. It's free to enter, you just need to be over 18. For more details about the competition click here. The closing date for the competition is February 14th.

Let me know if you enter as I would love to see your favourite item of clothing 'cos I'm kind of nosey like that!
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01 February, 2016

Charity Shop Stripes

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Oxfam Fashion
 Shirt: Oxfam, Skirt: Urban Outfitters (Similar), Shoes: Dr Martens

Another stormy week during which my assumptions were cemented - blogging and winter definitely do not go together. In the week during which the rain poured and the Friends Costume Designer spilled beans on the outfits worn by my three style icons (spoken in the Googlebox voice) I looked towards all things 90's for a little fashion inspiration. After re-watching Friends for the umpteenth time, I looked into my predominately thrifted wardrobe for anything I could team my over worn Doc Martens which would have been suitable for Central Perk circa. 1994. I dug out this Oxfam shirt originally from Marks and Spencer towards the end of their St Michael era. Worn many times with jeans, skirts and under pinafore dresses, this shirt is one of my favourites in my wardrobe and definitely is worth every penny of the £3.50 it rang through the till at. Can't bloomin' beat a charity shop bargain! 

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