My latest fashion DIY post is now up on CLIC Sargent's fashion blog, Fix Up Look Sharp. Since mens shirts, in my opinion, are the easiest product to find in most charity shops, I decided to base my latest DIY post on this. Since I find skirts/trousers the hardest items to find, I decided to see what I could make out of the most accessible item. With the whole button-up skirt trend still all over the high-street, I thought the buttons of the shirt would be the perfect way to incorporate such a trend. With this shirt costing £2 and with only a few additional items required (i.e. hook and bar, thread), this DIY'd skirt comes in pretty cheap! If you fancy having a go at making your own skirt from a shirt that costs next-to-nothing then head over to CLIC Sargent's blog, Fix Up Look Sharp. Since there are so many types of shirts on offer in second-hand shops it would be possible to make this skirt again and again in different fabrics and patterns - the button-up skirt possibilities are endless!
30 August, 2016
28 August, 2016
Always returning to old Oxfam favourites, it's no different when it comes to this shirt (previously worn on the old blog here and here). After a few weeks of scorching sun, and still no closer to understanding summer dress, I stuck to Autumnal favourites in this Oxfam shirt and denim skirt.
As I am currently, as Dolly put it, working 9-5 and a regular on the 7.22am weekday train I’m able to enjoy a little social time with my friends, boyfriend and family who mostly work the same regular hours. So far, I have enjoyed a little mid-week yoga, Friday Mojitos and late night shopping trips. I wore this transitional ‘work to evening’ outfit last Friday for a little weekend celebrations. Determined to make the most of the evenings, my boyfriend and I hopped on the Northern Line, jumped off at Camden Town and headed for Kerb. Kerb put on street food events around London providing us lucky ol’ people with variety of the bloomin’ tastiest food ever. After walking around the market 3 times I settled on a Sagg Paneer Burger with chips smothered in Mango Chutney and Yogurt sauces. Although it was drizzling, we managed to find a table under an umbrella to sway along to the DJ who played all my favourites from Mariah Carey’s Heartbreaker to Motown hits. It was a good’un!
23 August, 2016
Instagram is, and has been for a while, my favourites of the social medias - although I'm yet to get on board with snapchat because I'm usually about 3 years behind everyone else! I have been attempting to post a bit more variety over on the ol' Exchange-agram more regularly so if you fancy checkin' out a good looking' brunch or seeing charity shop purchases fresh from the bag then you can follow here. Other recent posts on my Instagram include me attempting to decorate, rainy windows (because you can't beat a little gloomy weather) and a few Fashion DIY'd outfits I have completed for both the Oxfam Fashion Blog and CLIC Sargent's Fashion Blog, Fix Up Look Sharp!
20 August, 2016
Charity shopping can be daunting at the best of times. I find the best way to approach it is with an open mind. This is how I ended up with this oversized denim shirt with stud stars in my bag (after paying for it)! I didn't need much enabling from my friends to pick up this shirt but they were very supportive of my decision when it came to me purchasing it - they are very supportive like that! Charity shopping with friends is one of my absolute favourite as they could have outfit ideas with specific items that may have been overlooked when shopping alone which makes for even more second-hand purchasing, ahem, I mean charitable giving.
Speaking of all things charity shop, if you happen to be out 'n' about in Woking today Woking and Sam Beare Hospice are holding an event called 'Style Me in Seconds'. Shoppers have to chance to have a fashion consultation and a mini make-up by in house professional stylists, completely free of charge. To find out more about the event head of their Facebook page. Sounds like the most perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday!
18 August, 2016
Having recently entered the costume working world, I find myself continuously reaching for all the comfy clothes when hurriedly selecting my outfit for the long day ahead. One such item I have been reaching for again and again are my Esprit trainers I picked up last autumn. As well as being super-duper comfy (i.e. costume work friendly) they are also a little fancier than you're average trainer. I have been meaning to compile a little high-street/internet wish-list of a few of items I believe I would get a good amount of wear out off. The #30Wears campaign encourages us to purchase items we absolutely, ruddy love and that we can be pretty darn certain we're going to wear more than 30 times. Since I have been wearing my Esprit trainers alllll the time, I thought Esprit's corner of the internet would be a good place to start searching for new items I know I'm going to love.
I have chosen a beauty of a blouse to kick-start my wish-list. It's a classic white, victorian style with a high-neck. I have selected this blouse to win 'my favourite item on Esprit' award because I think it's so versatile and to prove it, I have picked 3 items I think it would look wonderful with. By dreaming up 3 outfits based around this one item, I'm pretty certain I would wear it more than 30 times. So, we're off, here's outfit numero 1.
Esprit Dunagrees / Esprit Blouse / Esprit Boots / Esprit Bag / Esprit Triple Ring / Esprit Single Ring
First up I have paired the blouse with dungarees. Hesitant to get on the 90's revival trend at first, it's safe to say that now I am fully on board the dungaree train. With the bottom on the trouser rolled up, I would love this outfit with the suede, slightly pointed boots for a little elongation of the ol' legs (short gal problems!) In my eyes, no outfit is ever complete without an abundance of rings so I would add these to complete the look!
Second up is suede. I love all things suede and when it can be paired with my entire wardrobe, as this beauty of a black skirt can be, I'm sold. The suede skirt and floaty blouse are balanced out by the causal, easy trainer so I could wear this comfortably to work. Forever a magpie, I couldn't help but think this outfit would be complete with the addition of the glitter socks and as before, I can't help but add rings to every outfit!
Finally, a wish-list of mine wouldn't be complete without a little denim. The great thing about my chosen white blouse is that it makes any outfit, however effortless, into one of those 'I kinda made an effort today' outfits. With some slip on shoes and a big ol' coat, this outfit is once again completed by the addition of too many rings and would be perfect for Autumn.
So, there it is - the three ways I would style a high-neck white shirt to ensure I got the most wear out of it possible. All I need now is the temperature to drop slightly as I think I may have been thinking about Autumn dress a little too prematurely with this wish-list...!
10 August, 2016
Last weekend my friends and I hopped onto a number of different trains and met in the middle at West Hampstead. Being a little bit of a London newbie, I am always excited to try out new places and explore parts of the city I haven't been to before. After a little alfresco (yup, it's definitely summer) brunch at The Wet Fish cafe we felt suitably full and ready to tackle the charity shops. Just a few minutes from both West Hampstead and Finchley Road tube stations you can find a whole bunch of must-go-to shops. I ended up selecting a beautiful vintage shirt from All Aboard (which I have posted a picture of on my ol' Instagram) and the sheer blue shirt from Oxfam pictured in this post. When picking out this shirt I thought it would be perfect for autumn with black jeans, boots and big ol' silver earrings but as usual, I couldn't wait for autumn and styled it with a pair of old, but still favourite, Oxfam shorts.
05 August, 2016
If you have picked up any charity shop purchases from your local Cancer Research shop be sure to share them on Twitter/Instagram using the hashtag #CRUKfinds as I would love to see them - I'm a little nosy like that y'see.
01 August, 2016
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