30 December, 2016

Nobody's Child

Nobody's Child Nobody's Child
Jumpsuit: Nobody's Child, Shoes: Next (Old but Similar), Socks: Topshop 

We’re in that limbo period. It’s those few days of the year where my body is 65% prosecco, 34% chocolate and 1% vegetable  - after shoving a few sprouts in, in a desperate attempt to feel a little healthy.  It’s also in this limbo period that events and parties continue until the morning of the 1st when it’s time to think about returning back to some sort of sustainable drinking/eating routine to ensure that the first morning a work isn’t fuelled with only sugar and alcohol.

Since I have been excessively eating and drinking for about a week now, and the festivities haven’t quite ended I needed an outfit which looks a little like I’ve made some sort of effort but is comfortable and also roomy – so I can fit a few more mince pies, ahem, I mean apples in. This Nobody’s Child jumpsuit is perfect for such an occasion. As well as wearing it on it’s own for the Christmas/New Year period, I’m also going to be getting a lot of wear from it throughout the year, with a roll neck underneath or layered under a bit ol’ knitted jumper for January to March, then with sandals or wedges for those summer months. But for now, it’s my favourite with sparkly socks and a leather jacket to continue the party!

Nobody's Child
Nobody's Child
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14 December, 2016

Charity Shop Velvet

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Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Shirt & Neck-Tie: Oxfam, Jumpsuit: Sue Ryder, Boots: Shoe Zone

Since it's the middle of December and we can now say 'it's Christmas next week', I have been opting for maximum comfort (as always) but somewhat festive outfits. This shirt is the perfect December shirt. It is oversized (so there's room for nutroast, potatoes, parsnips, Christmas pudding, prosecco etc. etc.), it's velvet (and therefore looks as though I've made a little effort) and it's super comfortable so is the perfect replacement for my oversized winter pyjamas which I usually end up wearing for 96% of December. 

As well as ticking all the 'is the comfortable/festive/acceptable in public' boxes, this outfit is made up almost entirely of second-hand purchases. Minus the boots (which I have worn so many times I have possibly made money from buying them...possibly) my outfit cost less than £15. Having started my new job a few months ago (and leaving the student life behind, once again) I feel as though I haven't had as much time to spend in my favourite second hand haunts - but with the New Year etching ever closer I'm hoping that wardrobes will be cleared out as part of that fresh start for January, or as a certain Ms Jones would put it 'a new year, a brand new me'. So, I'll be ready outside Oxfam, Sue Ryder, The Prospect Hospice and all my other favourite shops with my credit card ready to go and grab the best of the wardrobe clear-outs! 

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Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
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11 December, 2016

Blogger Christmas Wishlist

Blogger Wishlist

T'is that time of year again. My favourite kind where all the good intentions to start buying presents (and making mental wishlist to give out to lovely family members who may wish to buy me a present!) but by the time December comes round it's a last minute rush to the shops - every year. Since I have enough clothes and charity shops have kept my wardrobe stocked throughout the year I thought I would put together a little wish-list of items I think would help my little corner of the inter-web grow. 

First up, it's the Best Travel Camera Panasonic. As it's a little more expensive than the average Christmas present - it is possibly one I would have to put my Christmas pennies towards. I love my Canon but sometimes it's a little bulky when travelling. Especially when I'm trying my absolute hardest to travel a little light - or I am out 'n' about as I was visiting Winter Wonderland earlier this week. It would be a luxury to throw (or, gently place) this camera in my small shoulder bag and head off. I'm hoping to do London charity shop guides and travel posts (as I did with this Sri Lanka Photo Diary ) on my blog going into 2017 so this compact but powerful camera would be bloomin' perfect. 

Other items I think could assist my blog (and other blogs) going into 2017 are a good ol' sturdy tripod and remote for those days when blog pictures are a necessity but there is no-one around to assist, a GorillaPod (a tripod for your phone which can be wrapped around fences/trees to help with a little Insta photo taking when out) and a Insta-worthy organiser to keep on top of when I need to snap/write/schedule blog posts. 

Have you got any blogger essentials I could add to my Christmas wish-list? 

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09 December, 2016

Charity Shop Skirt fit for a Phoebe

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Charity Shop Outfit
Charity Shop Outfit
Skirt: Age UK, Top: New Look, Shoes: Dr Martens 

As the girl who is forever watching re-runs of Friends, it is near impossible for me not to buy a skirt/dress which is channelling Phoebe circa. '95. Although Rachel's hairstyle was the focus of the first few series, it was (and still is) Phoebe's quirky style that always has me making wishlists when watching those re-runs. The stacked up silver rings, long patterned skirts and oversized denim jackets, I'll happily take the lot. I pictured this skirt with all outfits 90's when spotting the skirt hidden amongst the half-price rail in my local Age UK. As well as wearing it as I have here with a black top and Doc Martens, I will definitely be re-wearing this skirt with oversized jumpers, chunky boots and far too much silver jewellery!  

Charity Shop Outfit
Charity Shop Outfit
Charity Shop Outfit
Charity Shop Outfit
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05 December, 2016

Charity Shop #30wearschallenge

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Jumpsuit: Sue Ryder, Cardigan: H&M, Bag: Modalu (Old but Similar), 

Every year I think to myself that I need to start gathering some sort of winter wardrobe, clothes that will see me through the morning commute after Jack Frost has been and it's minus two degrees (as it was this morning). However, every year it gets to the middle of December and I'm still wearing autumn favourites, just with a few (read: a hundred) more layers. Saturday's outfit was no different to my usual as I wore this culotte jumpsuit I loved throughout October and have blogged about too many times since (here & here to be precise). Teamed with a shirt, an oversized cardigan, boots and socks (because sandals won't do when it's minus 2), I'm pleased to have yet another outfit to incorporate this Sue Ryder jumpsuit, one of my absolute favourite charity shop purchases of 2016!

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01 December, 2016

3 Ways to Wear Summer Favourites in Winter

Sustainable Fashion
Sustainable Fashion
Jumper: Topshop (Old but Similar), Shirt: Primark (Old but Similar), Skirt: Marks and Spencer (Old but Similar-ish), Boots: Shoe Zone 

There's something about re-discovering old favourites from the back of the wardrobe/bottom of the draw that I enjoy. These days I shop using the Lucy Siegle method, always asking myself whether I wear things a minimum of 30 times before taking the plunge. To help me apply this method I think of at least 3 outfits I could incorporate the item into - unless it's something like a good ol' fancy dress for an occasion which I would happily wear as it is a fair number of times. Another way to ensure that I wear an item more than 30 times is to find a way to take that item from season to season. Here are a few little pointers to take even the most summery of skirts through to autumn and winter. 

1. Layer, Layer and then add another Layer

The outfit I'm wearing for this post is a layered combination of some items that have been part of my wardrobe for a hell'uva long time. I blogged about this shirt in the earlier years of my blog and I love the collar as much then as I do now. It adds a little edge to any jumper/shirt combo and is the perfect layering piece for when a jumper alone just won't cut it. 

Wearing a jumper under dresses, playsuit and pinafore dresses is also another layering thing I love to do and pretty much how I survive between November and February in this country. See here, here and here for knits under non-winter pieces. 

2. Add Over the Knee Boots

Over the knee boots are something I'm yet to to invest in but I have been lusting over them from afar for the past year. When on the shorter side, as I am, it's hard to find a pair that don't cover my entire leg. But when I find that perfect pair I will be teaming them with dresses and skirts to keep those knees toasty. 

3. Add Winter Accessorise 

With a wooly hat, a faux fur stole and all the possible winter accessorise on offer, an outfit perfect for the warmest day can easily be taken through to December. My favourite accessorise to keep as much heat in as possible is a fedora. I have a black fedora which I dig out every year but ASOS always have a selection of  hat's I'm forever considering moving from my Saved Items to my virtual basket including a black panama hat with buckles. It might have to be a Christmas present to me..from me. 

Here's a bonus way to keep wearing those summer favourites in winter. Point numero 3.5 if you will. 

3.5 Wear that Mulled Wine Blanket

And if all else fails, put on the summer outfit and have a little mulled wine. It is December after all. 

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Sustainable Fashion
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