Wedding Bells in Belfast

Last weekend my gorgeous cousin Charly tied the knot to her handsome groom, Ash in Belfast. Charly is a scouser and Ash is from Northern Ireland so it promised to be a rapturous affair. My entire family was there as well, which is a rare occurrence outside of Christmas Day. It was a fantastic weekend, filled with booze, turkey, acoustic folk sets, dancing and more dancing. Here is a lovely picture of the happy couple. (hopefully they won’t mind me nicking one of their wedding pics!)

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This was the first wedding of three this year, and that means three wedding outfits to plan for. A lot of my friends buy a new outfit for every wedding they go to, and as much as I love an excuse for a new dress, it starts to get a little pricey.

So, reluctant to buy a new dress, I found myself doing that stereotypical female thing of standing infront of my wardrobe one week before the wedding, trying on every dress I own and modelling each one for Tom – whose only concern is whether it is too short or not. Turns out most things I own are too short, so it left me with very limited options, and I was starting to think I might have to resort to wearing a dress I wore to a wedding two years ago. I know, the ultimate wedding fashion faux par right?

Then, in a moment of epiphany I remembered a past charity shop purchase that would be PERFECT. I searched in the depths of my extremely unorganised wardrobe and found it. This cute, and not too short (!), beige / pink polka dot number was exactly what I needed.

I bought this dress during my big charity haul in Glasgow a couple of years ago, but for some reason I didn’t blog about it at the time. Well, now it gets a blog post all of its own! Here I am wearing the dress with my gorgeous siblings. Not the best picture of the dress, but I was too carried away with wedding shenanigans to take any better pics and I just love this photo.

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The best thing about this outfit though was my super last minute bag purchase. I’ve never owned a clutch bag as I’ve never had use for one, but when I spotted this lovely little pink and gold number  in Save the Children on my lunch break two days before the wedding, I was delighted and snapped it up straight away. One of the best £3 I’ve ever spent. It’s ok to use the same bag at multiple weddings, right?!

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Easter Monday in Greenwich

What a gorgeous Easter Monday! The sun was shining and instead of sitting at our desks we were free to actually enjoy it! This afternoon I ventured south of the river to visit my friend Kirsty in one of my favourite places in London, Greenwich. It’s got the Thames, The Cutty Sark, some amazing pubs and a fantastic park which offers some of the best views on the city.

With it being such a gorgeous day I was desperate to dig out one of my beloved summer dresses, but it wasn’t quite warm enough to go bare legged so I opted for the dress and leggings look. I wore this adorable sun dress that I found in Hackney a few years ago, and teamed it with a cosy navy blue cardigan that I found in Compton Hospice, Wolverhampton.

My back pack is also a recent purchase, bought from Save the Children in Clapham North for £4.99. I love a good back pack and have a few sitting in my wardrobe, but this Claire’s Accessories number is cute and summery and I’m loving it.

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Giddy for Glasgow

Last weekend me and my housemate Fee went up to Glasgow to visit our bestie Kirsty, who is working up there on a TV programme. Now, I’ve never been to Glasgow, so did we spend the weekend exploring the city, the famous landmarks, museums……? Nope. We spent an entire day charity shopping. On one street. Dumbarton Road in Partick is the mecca of charity shops and och aye did we find some bargains!

The first is this gorgeous black velvet mid length dress. (snuck in a little link to Alannah Myles there as I can’t write Black Velvet without thinking of it). I wasn’t sure about it at first, as I had tried it on over clothes and was wearing red converse trainers which didn’t quite go, but after several minutes of deliberation a little old Scottish lady came up to me and said “It looks lovely, you should buy it.”. So, not one to defy a wee old Scottish lady, I bought it. And I’m glad I did, as it really is a gorgeous dress that fits wonderfully and will be perfect for a posh evening do (should I ever get invited to one!)

Bought from St Margaret of Scotland Hospice for £9.

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My next fabulous purchase is this totally awesome black blouse from Next. I love the colourful boat print,  gold button detailing and peplum style shape.  I’ve teamed it here with a plain black tube skirt, but it will look equally as awesome with jeans.

Bought from Marie Curie for £3.00

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Whilst in Marie Curie I also picked up this cute little gold necklace, bought for 50p. It’ll look lovely over a buttoned up shirt.

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Now, it’s very rare that I go on such an extensive charity shop binge and don’t walk out with some kind of embroidered / patchwork bag. And this was no exception. I found this adorable little blue embroidered number in British Heart Foundation for £3.

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In Shelter, I picked up these cute little pastel pink pumps, which will look fab in the spring with a pair of ankle length jeans. And for £2. Bargain.

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And finally, I have saved the best till last. This may be my all time favourite charity shop purchase EVER. I have wanted a old school style rain mac for ages, so imagine my delight when I found this amazing red number in British Heart Foundation, for £7. It is so adorable and colourful and I can’t wait to go splashing in muddy puddles in it.

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Marc Chantal

I’ve never been a handbag kinda girl. The idea of spending £500 on a designer bag baffles me. Saying that however, I do have a weakness for patchwork leather and tapestry bags,  which can often be found in charity shops but for a tenth of the cost. So imagine my delight when I came across this little gem in a charity shop on my local Clapton high street, which has both patchwork leather AND tapestry in it. A genuine Marc Chantal, this gorgeous handbag set me back a mere £4. Fabulous.

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Crazy for Carpet

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On a recent trip home to visit the family, my mum, sister and me  took a trip into Abingdon to visit my fabulous Nanny. We decided to take a peruse around some of the little Charity Shops in the town centre, which I actually had never done before!

In Cancer Research I came across this beautiful carpet handbag, made by Gigi and for the enormous price of £6. I wasn’t sure whether to buy it or not as I already have my fair share of charity shop bought handbags, but then my Nanny stepped in and bought it for me, as a treat. And what a treat it was – I am IN LOVE with this bag. It has so many hidden pockets and pouches and is just so cute. One of my favourite charity shop finds yet. Thanks Nanny!

Patchwork

I love a good patchwork leather bag, and this is one of my favourites. Bought as a gift from my mum from a Didcot charity shop, it’s a gorgeous draw-string bag with loads of room. Here I have added another of my various charity shop bought scarfs.