28 April, 2016

Charity Cloud 9

Charity Shop Blog
Charity Shop Blog
Charity Shop Blog
Charity Shop Blog
Charity Shop Blog
Cardigan: Cancer Research UK, Bag: Oxfam, Shirt: Topshop, Jeans: River Island, Shoes: Converse

Having fallen a little in love with this big ol' cardigan as soon as I spotted it hidden on the rails in my local Cancer Research UK shop, I was pretty smug to find it was only £2. It was one of those ones which divides opinions (I loved it, my boyfriend wasn't quite as sure). My love for the world's fluffiest cardigan is evident since I have been chucking it on over all outfits during this freakishly extreme April shower period we've been having. Snow, sun, hot, freezing - what the bloomin' eck am I supposed to wear! 

With the weekend coming up I'm definitely ready to be completing a little fashion DIY so if you have any sewing suggestions I would love to hear them? Have you been upcycling any charity shop/second-hand items lately? If you're struggling for inspiration I have scoured the good internet for a few of my favourite DIY ideas: 

Sunday afternoon projects:


A weekend project: 


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25 April, 2016

#30Wears

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#30wears
Jacket & Dress: Missguided, Shoes: Dr Martens 

Although Fashion Revolution Week is over, I'm going to continuously remind myself throughout the year of their #30wears rule. To have the #30wears mentality when shopping has encouraged me to be more selective in the things I buy. I also usually think of the '3 ways to wear' rule I made up myself. If I can style an item 3 different ways then chances are I will wear it again and again in many different ways. I picked up this Missguided dress and coat last year and they have definitely been out and 'bout over 30 times. The dress is equally as great on a beach holiday with sandals as it is with thick tights and boots in the winter (or spring if you're in England). The jacket is the most perfect mid-season cover up whilst being suitably colourful. 

Beyond Retro provide the perfect vintage alternatives to this high-street suede jacket. My favourites include a brown suede bomber style jacket, a deep red fringed jacket which actually screams "FESTIVAL' off the page and a tan 90's style jacket which would go with all things spring/summer/autumn/winter!

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20 April, 2016

Fashion Revolution Week: A Haulternative


Last year, on the 24th of April, Fashion Revolution Day prompted us to don our dresses/t-shirts/trousers inside out and ask the brand #whomademyclothes? This year, a whole week has been dedicated to the incredibly necessary cause.

I love fashion. It can be so fun. I enjoy the process of curating outfits, upcycling unloved pieces and routing through my friends wardrobes for a little fash'un inspo - you usually have to get permission for this one! I love fashion but I don't want to enjoy it at the expense of others. Journalist Lucy Siegle points out that 'fast fashion isn't free. Someone somewhere is paying'. This is what happened on the 24th of April 2013. 1,130 men and women paid for fast fashion with their lives. An additional 2,500 were injured. I mentioned in last year's fashion revolution post that numbers like this are hard to comprehend. These numbers haven't got any easier to comprehend. This should not have happened. 

Often I watch the BBC news and feel completely useless. However, after the events in Bangladesh Fashion Revolution was born. People started to ask brands important question and information was given about how we could actively get involved. Last year I posted a haulternative, a collection of my favourite second-hand purchases over the previous 12 months. I thought this year I would do the same as once again, I have picked up a fair few second-hand items which I'm a little (a lotta) in love with! So, for the second time, here is my version of the charity shop haulternative. A collection of my favourite second-hand finds over the past 12 months.

Spring

Last spring I was wearing a whole lot of charity shop shirts. I absolutely loved (and still love) the round collar, white shirt I picked up from Oxfam a while back. I fell equally in love (I'm easy) with the oversized blue floral shirt which I went on to wear throughout the summer/autumn/winter and back to spring again with jeans and Dr Martens on those 'I don't have anything to wear days'. It's a keeper! The military style green skirt has also been a firm favourite as it saw me through rainy days with a roll neck, thick tights and boots.

Summer

I think the smile on my face in the summer pictures show how much I was enjoying the sun. The sun which was made more bearable in second-hand favourites. I went through a phase of stopping on in the charity shops on Kings Road, Chelsea and boy, there were some gems in that neck of the woods. I found the world's comfiest floral dress (as shown in the first picture) and a sheer maxi skirt with attached shorty shorts (as shown in the second summer picture) both of which saw me through some lonnnnggg bus journeys, dinners out and tourist-packed days in Sri Lanka. The checked Oxfam shorts will definitely be making many appearances from June to September for BBQ's, beach days and Pimms drinking - weather permitting!

Autumn


Autumn colours cannot be beaten. My absolute favourite time of year (and not just because it's my birthday) is that time when the leaves start falling, days get shorter and on one particular day it's totally acceptable to buy sweets in abundance claiming you always have trick-or-treaters even though the last time you had one was in 2009. A few of my autumn second-hand finds include a £1 (!?) purple flowery shirt, a green t-shirt which I wore back-to-front as I preferred the button fastenings at the front, a denim skirt and red belt from Oxfam and the leather skirt I had been after all my life!

Winter

Since I love a little layering, winter is good for me. The pink and black Oxfam dress (worn open) has been one of those items I have worn over and over. I'm actually a little surprised I've worn anything else this winter! The glittery jumper was party perfect when you need to head out but the thought of putting on a dress sends shivers down your spine. I picked up the next black dress and belt combo in my local Oxfam and although it is still relatively new, I have worn it day, night and then day again. It's as great with big ol' sparkly shoes as it is with an ol' white t-shirt underneath and converse. My final second-hand favourite in my 2016 #haulternative for Fashion Revolution is a green dress from Oxfam which is a little different and makes it look as though I've made a little effort even when thrown on with the world's oldest leather jacket and scuffed converse. Brilliant! 
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17 April, 2016

Second Hand Check

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Second Hand Fashion
Second Hand Fashion
Second Hand Fashion
Skirt: Sue Ryder, Top: H&M, Boots: Topshop (Similar), Bag: Modalu (Similar)

Along with the rest of the fash'un world, last week I was eagerly waiting for the Archive by Alexa collection to drop into Marks and Sparks stores. After spotting the link on the Twittersphere early one morning I got browsing and wasn't disappointed. I was particularly happy to spot a skirt not too dissimilar to the one I had picked up the Saturday before in my local Sue Ryder for £3. The Lydia Skirt is styled on the M&S with an equally as beautiful blue cardigan (The Bertha Cardi). I will be heading straight to the knitwear rails in the charity shops for the next few weeks to search for a the perfect flashy cardigan I can team with my latest Sue Ryder purchase. 

Tomorrow marks the start of Fashion Revolution Week providing us with the perfect opportunity to ask brands #whomademyclothes? Last year I posted my own version of a haulternative, a collection of my favourite second-hand purchases from the previous 12 months. I'm hoping to do the same this year. There are loads of ways to get involved in Fashion Revolution Week, from attending events to find out a little more to putting your clothes on inside out (on purpose!) with the label visible, tagging the brand on social media and asking where their clothes are made. Fashion Revolution is all about encouraging transparency in the fashion industry following the collapse of the Rana Plaza 3 years ago.

Will you be joining the Fashion Revolution? 

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15 April, 2016

Second-Hand Stripes

Second-Hand Fashion

Dress: Buffalo Exchange, Boots: Topshop, Bag: Oxfam 

Last week saw April showers, sun, wind and snow (?!) which made dressing appropriately almost impossible. Don't fear though, the world's most comfortable midi dress saw me through most of the temperature variations. I picked this dress up from Buffalo Exchange in New York (#takemebacknowplease). It was $15, is super soft fabric and goes with pretty much all the shoes in the world so purchasing it was a no brainer at it's best.

Apologies for the lack of posts on PID...still not able to carry that abbreviation! I had deadlines at college with look set to continue as I have one final project before I'm set free into the real working world...again!



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09 April, 2016

A Charity Shop Fashion DIY

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Oxfam Fashion DIY
Oxfam Fashion DIY
Oxfam Fashion DIY
Shirt: DIY'd Oxfam, Jeans: Topshop, Trainers: Schuh (Similar)

Possibly one of the most casual outfits over on this little corner to the internet, but also something I have been wearing a lot lately. With my days consisting of pinning, cutting and stitching, I'm always reaching for the comfiest of jeans and a slouchy, 'no-effort-required' shirt. Having seen these off-the-shoulder style tops all over the shops at the moment I dug the shirt I DIY'd for an Oxfam blog post last summer for one of those sewing days. When heading out for the shops last weekend I chucked on my New Balance trainers and I was all ready. 

Oxfam Fashion DIY
Oxfam Fashion DIY
Oxfam Fashion DIY
Oxfam Fashion DIY
Oxfam Fashion DIY
Oxfam Fashion DIY

I'm a little obsessed with upcycling clothes at the moment and have been rummaging my wardrobe and charity shops for shirts and dresses to adapt. I have also been scouring the internet for DIY ideas - the perfect pastime and the perfect procrastination activity - which I am getting per-retty good at. During my ten minute, ahem one hour, of internet procrastination time I picked out a few of my favourite off-the-shoulder style tops which are also incredibly fashion DIY friendly! For a closer look at my chosen favourites you can click on the pictures below and be taken to the website.

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