With one of my recent posts being about Traid (the place full of second-hand dreaminess), I thought it was only appropriate for my next outfit post to consist of my new second-hand purchase. I have been searching for the perfect pair of stripe trousers for a fair old while but the fit never seems to be right. When I saw this Abba-tastic jumpsuit in my size, I thought it would be the perfect substitute for my the dream trousers that appear not to exist. Since it's a little loud (which I do love) I didn't think I would get as much wear out of it so soon as I have. It's super comfortable with tops underneath but I have also loved wearing it with a slouchy black jumper and my fail-safe Dr Martens (or boots) for a dress-down day which, I'm not going to lie, is most days for me!
20 September, 2016
A Sunday well spent brings a week of content. Or something along those lines. Last Sunday after a good bit of brunch, my friends and I took a detour back to the station via Traid in Shepherds Bush. Traid is one of my absolute favourite second hand shops. With 11 around London from East (Dalston) to West (Shepherds Bush), if you're in the capital there is sure to be one not too many tube stops away.
Traid are working to stop clothes from being thrown away. By supplying a network of charity clothes banks, home collections and charity shops it's so easy to donate those unwanted items. By hand sorting donations in Landan town and selecting quality stock for their shops, it's no wonder I would have quite happily purchased most of the Shepherd's Bush shop. Not to worry though, my rent will be made this month as I managed to limit myself to a few purchases. The funds raised by Traid go towards improving conditions and working practices in the textile industry. If you are London based you can find your nearest Traid shop here.
15 September, 2016
With a holiday coming up I thought it was about time I found a few more summer holiday wardrobe appropriate items (she said mid-way through September). After finding candy-floss coloured shorts from a Cancer Research UK shop, which may as well have summer holiday written all over them, I set about finding more for the sunshine. Naturally, I failed, because I'm forever that gal making a bee-line for anything sparkly/shiny in jumper form as soon as I enter any charity shops. I picked this jumper which definitely screams 'toasted marshmallows in the rain' more than it does 'daiquiri on the beach'. At £3, it was far to good to ignore and since it's all for a good cause it would be rude not to...!
08 September, 2016
I'm always on the lookout for new blogs to read. I am an avid reader of many but am always excited the most by the ones infested with second-hand finds. I absolutely love virtually rummaging through bags to see what my fellow thrift lovers have picked up on their latest rounds. After finding this jumpsuit in my local Barnardo's a few weeks ago I got online to have a peak at their blog, The Thrift. Since a lot of guest bloggers write for The Thrift the topics vary from thrifty finds to mega creative tutorials. A particular favourite tutorial of mine is the denim short DIY whilst I am also a little obsessed with Ally's post on recreating looks from the Spring/Summer 2016 catwalk using only charity shop items - most definitely a gal after my own second-hand heart! For more charity shop inspiration you can head over to Barnardo's blog, The Thrift, here.
05 September, 2016
It's the same old story with this outfit. I went into my local Cancer Research shop with an open mind and found possibly one of my favourite charity shop items to date, although I'm fairly certain I say this when I pick up most new thrifted items, which are usually as random but as welcome additions to my wardrobe as each other. From the studded oversized denim shirt I never knew I needed to the sheer blue ruffle shirt to these shorts. In second-hand haunts always expect the unexpected in the best way possibly!
It was last weekend when the sun was still peaking out from behind the cloud that I wore this jumper/short combination. I enjoy this transitional summer to autumn period where it's still possible to wear shorts but it's a little cold to wear them without a jumper. In a few weeks from now the tights will be on and my pasty pins won't see the light of day for another year - or until I go to Greece the following month. I'll sign off now I've spoken about the weather (in true British form) and charity shops (in true Hannah form)!
01 September, 2016
On my mini charity shop spree a few weekends ago I picked up some embroidered shorts, a Levi's Denim jacket, a leather jacket and this black dress. I'm not usually drawn to plain black dresses but I couldn't resist the shape of this one in my local Age UK, originally from Zara. As well as wearing it as I have in these pictures, I'm also looking forward to wearing it with a cropped jumper and boots when the days get shorter and the only thing I can think about is lying in bed under the duvet with 7 jumpers on. The asymmetrical hem of the dress is interesting enough to keep all other aspects of the outfit simple, which for a lazy dresser (like moi) is a right ol' dream!
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