31 January, 2017

30 wears with a Swap Shop

30 wears Swap Shop
30 wears Swap Shop
30 wears Swap Shop
Dress: ASOS (Old), Shoes: Dr Martens, Hat: ASOS 

With the rise of YouTube views came the rise of haul videos. This is something that doesn't surprise me. I love nothing more than having a little nosey into the virtual bag of shoppers. When looking back, this is something I used to love (a little less virtually) as a teenager. I used to love having a little route around my friends wardrobe, or if they had been shopping I would sit on the edge of the bed and listen intensely as they went through their purchases. If only science had been that fascinating to me in those ol' days..! My love for all things clothes has obviously continued into my twenties and still, when I go round to my friends house, I love to hear what they have been buying/re-wearing. I love their styles which make them all unique and wonderful in different ways. 

This is why when my friend suggested a little clothes swap, I jumped at the chance. Armed with a couple bags full of clothes (and a bottle of Prosecco), I hotfooted on round to hers to sit on the edge of her bed, as I did all those years ago. With a glass of Prosecco in hand I was ready to exchange a few of my wearable, but unloved, clothes with her equivalent. Fast forward a couple of hours (we had regular chatting / drink topping up breaks) and I was the happy new owner of this beautiful print ASOS dress, a chiffon kimono, a light-weight floral bomber jacket, a jumpsuit and a number of statement necklaces. Not bad for a couple of hours on a Saturday evening! 

30 wears Swap Shop
30 wears Swap Shop
30 wears Swap Shop
30 wears Swap Shop
30 wears Swap Shop
30 wears Swap Shop
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23 January, 2017

A whole lot of Oxfam Sparkles

Oxfam Fashion
Oxfam Fashion
Oxfam Fashion
Oxfam Fashion
T-Shirt: Oxfam, Dress: H&M (Similar), Boots: Topshop (Old but Similar)

It's not often that I walk into a charity shop and find exactly what I'm looking for. My top charity shopping tip is always to be open minded as you never know what you may find! However, on New Years Eve when I wondered into Oxfam hoping to find something a little dressy to wear to a party that night, I found this t-shirt in the half price sale. With the label saying £3.50, it was a no brainer. Having picked up this black dress from H&M for the festive season, I was determine to keep wearing it. So, rather than wearing it as a dress for New Year I decided to do a little layering with the help of my new Oxfam spangly top and charity shop belt. The outfit saw me through to 2017 very well. With the help of couple of beverages! 

If you're looking for a few charity shopping tips to ensure you can make the most of those second-hand shops, the Mirror online have shared a few tips in their '7 ways you can find a second hand gem' feature - with number 4 being a little tip from me! 

Oxfam Fashion
Oxfam Fashion
Oxfam Fashion
Oxfam Fashion
Oxfam Fashion
Oxfam Fashion
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12 January, 2017

Starry Eyed X Nobody's Child

Nobody's Child
Nobody's Child
Nobody's Child
Nobody's Child
Shirt: Nobody's Child, Culottes: H&M, Boots: Shoe Zone 

I recently saw an advert for Nobody's Child and took notice. The line that caught me was 'with a conscious' - not something usually dispayed on fashion adverts. After a bit of research and a little read of the information on their 'About Us' page, I understood a little more about how they go about producing clothing with a conscious. One of the issues in the fashion industry at the moment is the supply chain, that's all the stages a garment goes through from design to construction to shipping to landing in the shops. The supply chain for many brands isn't as transparent as it should be. Fashion Revolution are calling for a transparent supply chain, one where you can trace exactly where a jumper/dress/blouse in a shop has come from and by doing this, the brand should ensure that each person in the chain is paid fairly and that working conditions are good. 

Nobody's Child are able to eliminate problems with transparency by owning their entire supply chain. Rather than outsourcing construction to other factories they are able to keep a track of exactly who is making their clothes and in turn, are able to ensure they are paid fairly. 

The advert got my attention and I was on their website pretty quickly. With a whole bunch of wonderful things I was pretty certain I would be able to commit to wearing a few of the pieces 30 times, the magic number I try to commit to when purchasing a new item. Seemingly having a little obsession with star print, I ended up picking the jumpsuit which I wore a hell'uva lot over the festive period, and this star print shirt. I think star print looks great with all sorts - it can be paired with a check or a stripe for a little pattern clashing but looks equally as put together when chucking on with something plain. Shopping all things star print at Nobody's Child has most definitely turned out to be a winner, winner chicken dinner all round!

Nobody's Child
Nobody's Child
Nobody's Child
Nobody's Child
Nobody's Child
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06 January, 2017

L'Occitane En Provence

L'Occitane En Provence
L'Occitane En Provence
L'Occitane En Provence

A new year, a brand new me. That's what Bridge would say. As the Christmas trees are taken down and the Bounty is the only chocolate left on offer in the tin of Celebrations, I always begin to feel as though I need a little rest, to recuperate and to begin, as Bridge would say, my quest to get a brand new me. Or, just a less hungover, reduced sugar version of 2016 me! In my quest to revamp myself a little I got onto the L'Occitane website and filled my basket ready to moisturise, bathe and well, wash my hair on a more regular occasion than I did the festival season just gone. I wanted to start with a lip product because, with this cold weather, my lips are pretty much falling off at the moment. For this reason the Vanilla Lip Balm (1) would be an absolute star this January. Next up, I thought about moisturiser, L'Occitane have a customer favourites page so I headed on over and was drawn to the Shea Butter Face Cream (2), because as well as Shea Butter being my favourite fragrance when it comes to skin care, this product is also for those with normal to combination skin.

Other products I have virtually added to my shopping basket include the Travel Essentials (3) because one of my resolutions for 2017 is to travel a little more. Whether that be for a week, a long weekend or a night away. As well as picking up this Travel Essentials bag, I have also been sitting on the sofa, under 7 blankets with a hot chocolate and too many marshmallows watching Rick Stein's Long Weekend - that constitutes as productive research to ensure I meet my resolutions, right? My last few picks from the L'Occitane En Provence website include a hydrating face mask (4), a repairing shampoo (5) and a candle (6) - because cozy nights in don't have to end just because Christmas is over.

So, with all this I think I'm all ready. 2017, bring it on.

This post has been sponsored by L'Occitane but thoughts on the lovely products and desperate need to rest, recuperate and moisturise all my own. 
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04 January, 2017

2016 Round-Up: Charity Shop Outfits

Charity Shop Fashion

In previous years I have had enough outfits made up of predominately second-hand outfits on my old blog to compile some sort of round-up. 2016 was no different. In 2016 I continued to favour charity shops such as Oxfam, Sue Ryder, The Prospect Hospice and the many, many more amazing second-hand haunts there are. As well as picking up new second-hand pieces, I also kept wearing favourites from previous years such as the long paisley pink and black shirt from Oxfam which continues to be the easiest thing to throw on over any outfit to dress it up a little. 

My most worn purchase of 2016 was the black culotte jumpsuit from Sue Ryder which turned out to be as great for work as it was (and still is) for comfy days (with a big ol' slouchy jumper) and nights out (with some super-duper high-shoes). I've worn it on this blog a fair few times also - here, here and here to link a few. Other favourites I bought this year are the embroidered pink shorts (originally from ASOS but found in a Cancer Research Shop) and the midi velvet blue dress

Rather than waffling on about all my favourite second-hand purchases I'll leave you with the round-up of pictures below and say thank you so much for reading my blog during 2016. Whether you read one, ten or all of my blog posts I really hope you enjoyed them and got a little charity shop inspiration. Since it's still not possible to virtually send over a glass of prosecco to say 'ta very much' (as I'd hope I would be able to do by now), I'll leave you with a voucher promising to buy you a beverage with a percentage when I bump into you in Scope, Barnardo's and all those other wonderful shops during 2017.

Cheers to 2017. Here's to many, many more second-hand purchases! 

Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
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