31 March, 2016

Second Hand Shopping in NYC

After spending a fair amount of time scouting out the best second-hand shops in New York prior to my holiday last month, I thought I would do a little round-up of a few of the thrift and vintage haunts I loved the most. Whilst New York is renowned for pavements being lined with designer, I was far more excited about the scouring the second-hand shops of the East Village - I realise that I'm talking as though I could afford a little designer, I can't! But the thrift/vintage/second-hand shops didn't disappoint. On Saturday, after walking 45 blocks to 579 5th Ave (otherwise known as Monk Vintage), I treated myself to a 70's suede jacket I know I am going to love forever - an investment purchase at it's best. To be worn with a faux fur stole in winter and over a floral dress in summer, I'm sure I'm going to get my pennies worth with this little jacket. So that's enough babbling from me - here's a few of my favourite second-hand shops in NYC.  

Second Hand Shopping NYC
Second Hand Shopping NYC

AuH20 84 East 7th Street

In AuH20 I got the feeling that clothes had been hand picked especially for this beautiful little shop. Owned by Kate Goldwater (Au=Gold, H20=Water, so a bloomin' clever name), AuH20's mission is to make shopping sustainably as 'easy and enjoyable' as shopping elsewhere. Definitely a shop after my own second-hand heart. I walked away from AuH20 empty handed but instantly felt shoppers remorse as I didn't pick up the perfect-for-spring, pink suede skirt and the 90's maroon bomber jacket and, well, everything else in this beautiful, incredibly reasonably priced shop. 

Second Hand Shopping NYC

Buffalo Exchange, 332 East 11th Street (but sooo many other locations - see here

Forever an advocate of vintage, charity and second-hand shopping, I think we need more shops like the Buffalo Exchange in London. With Buffalo Exchange being a Buy-Sell-Trade shop, you can drop of old clothes and either sell or trade for be-youu-tiful second-hand clothes. I visited Buffalo Exchange as a shopper with nothing to sell/trade but I managed to pick up a $15 second-hand stripey dress which I have worn over and over since landing back in Landan Tawnnn. This place is a little less vintage and a little more current high-street trend so if you're not a fan of the 50's to 90's and are happier with newer, more current trends then this is the shop for to spend an hour, ahem, I mean an afternoon in.

Second Hand Shopping NYC
Second Hand Shopping NYC
Second Hand Shopping NYC

Beacon's Closet, 10 West 13th Street, Manhatten

I'm a little jealous of Beacon's Closet - I wouldn't mind it as my own wardrobe as this place is full of rails of clothes, shoes are piled on the shelves and accessories line the shop in abundance. Another Buy-Sell-Trade one, Beacon's Closet was another place I hurried off to the changing room with a silver pleated skirt, a shirt with inappropriately gigantic sleeves and a whole lot of delightfulness which can only be picked up in a second-hand stores. 

Second Hand Shopping NYC
Second Hand Shopping NYC

Monk Vintage, 579 5th Avenue


Last, but most certainly not least, Monk Vintage. This is the place I picked up my beloved 70's suede jacket. With a whole load of vintage greatness hidden amongst these filled rails. Time Out have said about Monk Vintage 'dig and ye shall find' which explains why I loved this place. There is nothing more exciting than routing around a treasure chest for seriously enviably items which will be at the forefront of the wardrobe for a hell'uva long time.!
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28 March, 2016

Converse a million times over

Converse Fashion
Converse Fashion
Converse Fashion
Converse Fashion
Dress: ASOS, Shoes: Converse 

I like to live by the rule when shopping that I should only purchase if I believe I can commit to wearing the item 30+ times. When it comes to comfy shoes in which I'm able to run for the tube in, I can pretty much guarantee I will wear them over and over and over again. This is true of my old, OLD converse. The great thing about them is they go with everything from jeans 'n' the oldest t-shirt to smartie dresses. I'm one of those gals always overdressed. I just can't wait for a particular event to wear the party dress, and I don't want to wait. Our Sunday best should be worn everyday. This is the case with this dress, I couldn't wait to wear it so the converse were my way of making it acceptable for college, work and food shopping. Since the weather last weekend wasn't quite warm enough to go al fresco without a coato, I matched the world's oldest converse with an equally old and very loved leather jacket. Both worn 300+ times so I'm comfortably winning at the 30+ wears rule! 

Converse Fashion
Converse Fashion
Converse Fashion
Converse Fashion
Converse Fashion
Converse Fashion
Converse Fashion
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25 March, 2016

Topshop & Charity Shops

Charity Shop Blog
Charity Shop Blog
Charity Shop Blog
Skirt & Belt: Oxfam, Jumper: Topshop, Shoes: Dr Martens (via eBay

I thought I would inject a little bit of the ol' colour into my wardrobe with it being Easter and all. That colour comes in the form of this Topshop jumper I picked up with vouchers which I was luckily given at Christmas and somehow lasted until February. Topshop vouchers have never lasted me that long. At University I would spend my money first and save my vouchers to go shopping on those end of term days on which 20p had to stretch to buy breakfast, lunch and dinner. I picked up this jumper along with the most easily re-wearable denim skirt  and some staple black boots which I had my eye on for a fair ol' while.

I teamed the jumper with my second-hand Dr Martens which I have worn solidly for over 12 months as they are the comfiest - not very fash'un blogger of me to admit but I think they are going to last me for a bloomin' long time. I paired the jumper and Dr Martens with ye ol' faithful Oxfam skirt which has seen me through many of those 'nothing to wear' days (here here, to name a few)! I took this outfit for a spin whilst mooching around the abundance of fabric shops around Shepards Bush Market. On the way back I stopped of a Traid. Traid is a charity shop a short walk from the Shepherds Bush tube. I ended up spending a fair amount of time amongst the rails rammed with second-hand greatness. With high-street, affordable vintage and designer brands (I spotted the most beautiful Jonathan Saunders dress) to choose from, I will definitely be heading back when the next payday comes around. And I'll tell y'all, I can't come quick enough!

Visit Traid's website to find out where your local store is.

Charity Shop Blog
Charity Shop Blog
Charity Shop Blog
Charity Shop Blog
Charity Shop Blog
Charity Shop Blog
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22 March, 2016

Vintage Flowers From ASOS

Vintage Oxfam
Vintage Oxfam 1
Vintage Oxfam 2
Dress: ASOS, Boots: Oxfam

After reaching for my Oxfam boots last weekend I got a gentle reminder, a nudge if you will, reminding me about how much I blaaady love 'em so, naturally, they were the only boots I wanted to wear the next time I went to get dressed. Luckily, I think they went well with my chosen dress - although I may be well off the clothing coordination mark, which has happened to me ALOT in the past but y'know, fash'un is meant to be fun and all that. 

Although my last outfit post was s'all about the 70's, the fabric of this dress is all 80's. Since reaffirming my love for all things vintage I got on the Oxfam website and started browsing by era (you can narrow the search like that y'know). After a fair ol' browse, I narrowed my favourite items down to a be-you-tiful beaded navy and black blouse (which would suit red lipstick wonderfully) and a Vivienne Westwood-worthy maxi tartan skirt - I bloomin' lave 'em. If you decide to take a browse on the Oxfam Online Shop I dare you to try having a browse without buying - it's hard! 

Vintage Oxfam 4
Vintage Oxfam 5
Vintage Oxfam 6
Vintage Oxfam 7
Vintage Oxfam 8
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20 March, 2016

New York through 35mm

New York City
New York City
New York City

There has always been something about disposable cameras I have loved. From the ability to chuck in your pocket/bag without worrying about them breaking to the excitement of when they arrive back in Snappy Snaps and are ready for pick up. In the queue at Boots I spotted a disposable camera, a fun flash if you will, and threw in my basket ready for my trip to New York last month. A few of the pictures returned with fingers over lenses (which you can spot over on Facebook), overexposed and with only half the Statue of Liberty in shot but overall they still provided some laughs, good memories and some non-virtual, actual real life snaps for the ol' holiday album.

I absolutely loved New York and can't wait to return in the future. As we mooched around the second-hand shops I became totally hooked on the idea that we need more Buy-Sell-Trade shops in London (similar to my fave in NYC, Buffalo Exchange). As well as encouraging the purchase of second-hand clothing they also provide sellers the opportunity to take unwanted items in to either trade or sell. Similar to a eBay but without the hassle of postage and packaging for seller and receiving an item that doesn't quite fit/suit you for the buyer! A win-win if you ask me!

Along with the shopping and sightseeing we managed to fit in a lot of amazing food with the help of the Foursquare. Pointing us in the direction of the best pizzas/bagels and Lebanese food I have ever tasted, we definitely did not go hungry! If you're ever in a new city and after some food then this is seriously the app for you. I'm now of to raid the kitchen in the hope that someone has left me a New York style Bare Burger -fingers crossed....!

New York City
New York City
New York City
New York City
New York City
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14 March, 2016

Oxfam X Decades of Vintage Fashion And Style

Oxfam Fashion
Oxfam Fashion
Boots: Oxfam, Dress: Boohoo 

I recently saw an advertising campaign for a high-street shoe band encouraging us to start planning our outfits around our chosen shoe (rather than picking shoes based on an outfit). This is what I have done with this dress-boot combo. When I heard about Oxfam's online competition I knew instantly I wanted to incorporate one of my favourite Oxfam purchases (the boots) into a 70's inspired outfit. From floaty, barely-feels-like-they're-there skirts to beautiful blouses. I absolutely love everything about the era full of geometric patterns, an excess of fabric (flares) and a hell-uva lot of colour. Although the dress looks rather snazzy and perhaps a little to dressy for daytime (for some!) it's the comfiest darn thing I have worn in a long ol' while and I think it's going to be one of those items I wear over and over come summer. Now all I need are some fresh flowers and I'll be that punk rocker with flowers in my hair who Sandi Thom and I so desperately wanted to be back in 2006! 

Oxfam Fashion
Oxfam Fashion
Oxfam Fashion
Oxfam Fashion
Oxfam Fashion
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