30 October, 2016

Dreamer DIY

Fashion DIY
Jumper: Oxfam (DIY'd) 

I have been meaning to post this little fashion DIY tutorial for a while but I feel as though it's so simple that it's not really a tutorial, it's more of a DIY idea. After spotting this plain grey jumper in Oxfam for 50p(?!) I thought it provided the perfect opportunity to get onboard the slogan jumper bandwagon that I have been loving all over the highstreet. A few of my favourite slogans out 'n' about include 'Hello Lovely', 'Dream on Dreamer' and um, 'Hangry' because the last slogan pretty much sums me if I haven't breakfast by 10am. In the end I went with a simple 'Dreamer' slogan because as well being another word to sum me up, it was also short enough to fit comfortably on the jumper! So, here it is, the easiest fashion DIY instructions you will ever see! 

Fashion DIY

Ingredients

- Charity Shop Jumper
- Iron on Letters (Other colours include gold, white and blue)
- Iron
- Chalk
- Ruler or Tape Measure

Fashion DIY

1. Mark from the centre front of the neck down to where you would like the top of your slogan to sit. Place the middle letter of your slogan so it sits with the top of the letter touching the mark. If your slogan has an even number of letters, place the middle two letters either side of this mark. 


2. Press the iron onto the letter. The time needed to hold the iron depends on the letters purchased. Instructions came with the letters I purchased (here). I held the iron on for just over 30 seconds on a fairly high heat. 

Once the central letter has been secured, work outwards placing each letter equal distance from the central letter. 

And that's pretty much it. I ended up wearing this jumper most days for a fair ol' while (with a few washes in between)! The price per wear turned out to be per-retty great with the jumper being 50p plus a little extra for the letters. Now I'm off to think about a whole bunch of slogans to upcycle my charity shop t-shirts. Next time you see me I'll be wearing that 'Hangry' t-shirt...! 

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19 October, 2016

Sustainable in Sue Ryder

Sustainable Fashion
Sustainable Fashion
Sustainable Fashion
Jumpsuit: Sue Ryder, Top: Boohoo (Similar), Boots (Similar) & Socks: Topshop 

Since it's been a few weeks now that I have been home from Greece, I'm well and truly back into 'London in autumn' mode. This whole seasonal transitional dressing thing has been made a whole lot easier by this jumpsuit I bought from Sue Ryder a few weekends ago. So far it has been worn with boots, trainers and ye ol' faithful Dr Martens with t-shirts, shirts and jumpers both thrown over or worn under. I can confirm it was most definitely an £8 well spent. The jumpsuit also came with tags still attached so it felt that little more like a bloody steal! 

Have you picked up any second-hand autumnal pieces of late and if so, tell me about them because I love nothing more than hearing of those successful charity shop trips?!

Sustainable Fashion
Sustainable Fashion
Sustainable Fashion
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11 October, 2016

Last of the Summer Charity Shop Dresses

Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Dress: Prospect Hospice, Choker: Urban Outfitters, Sandals: New Look (Similar)

This is the last of my summer outfit post because, since landing back in Landan Town, it's been all check woollen jackets, Dr Martens and oversized knits. But before I began to think about hibernating for winter I managed to pick a few bits up in my local charity shop. There's something great about going on holiday almost in October and that is that you can guarantee you'll be able to pick up a few bits in the summer sale. Often charity shops also have a little summer sale which usually makes for a fair few bargains. I found this dress hidden amongst the half-price rail at my local charity shop. Originally £5, it rang through the till at the summer sale price of £2.25. Although it was in the summer sale, and I abso-bloomin'-lutely loved wearing it in the evenings in Greece (always accessorised with a Pina Colada), I'm also looking forward to wearing it on those grey winter days with thick tights, boots, a leather jacket and a whole lot of dark red lipstick. 

Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
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05 October, 2016

Second-Hand Shirt

Shirt: Sue Ryder, Trousers: H&M (Similar), Shoes: New Look (Similar), Choker: Urban Outfitters 

After that weekend in September, when all people fash'un are out in force on the cobbled streets by Somerset House, I like to browse the inter-web for beautiful street style pictures whilst slouched on the sofa in the least fash'un outfit (a very loved oversized jumper, thick socks and leggings I've owned longer than my 4 year old cousin has been around). I also get excited to see what fabrics, patterns and styles are saturating the runways. With this whole lot of street-style/catwalk inspiration, I soon find myself in and out of the second-hand shops. One show I always look forward too googling (glamorous, eh?) is Henry Holland's show. I find his clothes fun, colourful and inventive. With those slogan t-shirts (I'm Yours for a Tenner, Kendall Jenner) along with a whole lot of coloured gingham, I loved the lot. When I spotted this navy and white check shirt in my local Sue Ryder, I saw it as my way to get a little of the Henry Holland check I loved in his Spring/Summer 2017 show. For £1.50, it was impossible to resist and since I wore it on holiday too many time and have worn it since my holiday with jeans, it's price per wear is probably around a farthing...if they still existed! 

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04 October, 2016

Fashion DIY X The Thrift

The Thrift
Shirt: DIY'd for The Thrift

Two of my favourite things are blogging and charity shops so I’m always pretty excited when I virtually stumble across a blog about charity shopping. Barnardo’s blog, The Thrift, is a hub full of beautiful charity shop finds and fashion DIY’s. I’m very happy to have been featured as a guest blogger on The Thrift. I wanted to do a little fashion DIY tutorial and whilst out ‘n’ about in my local Barnardo’s I spotted this shirt with great autumnal colours. Since I have lived in the off-the-shoulder shirt I DIY’d using the sheering method earlier this shirt, I thought this shirt provided the perfect opportunity to re-create my favourite top (using a slightly different method) so I have an autumnal version handy. Secured by tying the bottom of the shirt, I have been wearing this with my velvet chocker, black jeans and big ol’ boots for that 90’s grunge look.  The tutorial for you to re-create this off-the-shoulder shirt is now up on The Thrift. Do let me know if you re-create this top on Twitter on Instagram as I would love to see - I'm a little nosy like that...
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