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!)

11101925_832375543516316_2318672156545550400_o

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.

11012836_10152962563356312_2631962074596722439_n

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?!

photo

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.

greenwich front close up greenwich backcutty sark markets view from greenwich park

Daisies and Lace

I don’t just buy from charity shops, I donate to them as well, and after a bit of a sort out my boyfriend and I are always taking in bin bags of the things we don’t want. The trouble is, whenever I take stuff into a charity shop, I often end up taking something new home with me!

This was just one of those occasions. I was taking a bag of things to the Mind charity shop on Stoke Newington High Street and left with this gorgeous navy blue AX Paris dress, bought for £9. I love the lace daisy detail around the sleeves and collar, and am considering wearing this to my cousin’s wedding next month.

Daisy dress

Clapham Delights

On a recent lunch break charity shop session, I was lucky enough to find these two pretty dresses in Save the Children store on Clapham High Street. Both will be perfect for when the warmer weather arrives, which will be soon I hope!

The first dress is a cute cotton shirt dress in purple tones, bought for £4.99. It fits perfectly and the colour is nice change from my usual pastel pinks!

purple dress2

The second is a peach floral dress, originally from Pull and Bear, and bought in mint condition for £4.99. It’s super cute and will look even better with some sun kissed skin 🙂

Pull and Bear dress

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.

IMG_0236

IMG_0237

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

IMG_0243

IMG_0245

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.

IMG_0249

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.

IMG_0247IMG_0248

 

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.

IMG_0252

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.

IMG_0263

I Heart You

January. The worst of all months. Like most people, I got a little giddy over Christmas – presents, nights out, food, train journeys, musicals, more food.  At the time this is great, you’re loving life. But in reality it leaves you a cereal for dinner eating, antisocial, ‘I’ll walk’ rather than get the tube mess 6 weeks later in January.

And so it was, last week I was faced with a challenge. My housemate and girlfriend were ‘just popping into Dalston’ on a Saturday afternoon, and ‘would I like to join them?’. Now, I know what popping into Dalston means. It means charity shops, which would be filled with unwanted  Christmas presents and treats, and usually this would be music to my ears. But pay day was two weeks away, and I was barely able to afford my food shopping, let alone a charity shop binge. But I went, with a promise to myself that I wouldn’t spend anything. Not a penny….. unless it was AMAZING and under £10.

You all know where this is heading readers. I went into Oxfam in Dalston, and low and behold I did find something AMAZING, and it was well under my £10 limit at a mere £3.50. I didn’t even feel guilty.

I’m a sucker for a cute dress, and cute this one was. A very simple, but wonderfully fitted tulip dress in a navy blue colour with a white hearts pattern. It’ll be fabulous for nights out, but also for important worky stuff too. Teamed with some tights, little black boots and bit of pink lippy, I have a feeling this will become one of my firm favourites amongst my collection.

IMG_0077IMG_0079

Lady in Red

Mostly, when rifling through the rails in charity shops you find primark rejects and once loved topshop delights.  Every now and then though, you stumble across a designer gem. This is one of those occasions. I found this stunning Camilla and Marc dress for £15 in Oxfam, Dalston. A little more expensive than your average charity shop purchase, but considering it’s retail price is about £150, you can’t complain! The dress is made of the most sumptuous wool and it feels amazing on. A wonderful winter dress.

IMG_0010IMG_0011

Puuurdy Presents

My best friend and housemate Kirsty bought me this wonderful dress for Christmas, bought from a charity shop in Glasgow. A keen charity shopper as well, she can’t remember which one, and obviously I don’t know how much it cost, but I just LOVE it. The colour is so lovely, and the white buttons are cute too. best of all it has Daisies on it, my favourite flower.

Thanks Kirsty!

IMG_0023IMG_0025

Dresses, dresses, dresses

I have collected so many dresses from charity shops over the last few years I am losing count! And getting them all up on this blog has been on my to do list for pretty much the whole of 2013….so now we are in a new year and there is no better time than now.

To help I bought myself a present, a dress makers bust! Now I can take pictures of all my fabulous charity shop purchases more easily, and without looking like a total goon in them too.

This post is all about floral (surprised?) dresses, some vintage, some Primark rejects, but all bought for a mere few pounds.

The first is a lovely pale green/grey number originally from H&M, but bought in a Cancer Research shop in Welshpool for £3.

IMG_0036IMG_0037

The next one is a primark number, bought from Scope in Hackney for £5. I absolutely love this dress, the cut is gorgeous and it has these lovely little buttons on the bust.

IMG_0016IMG_0017

This one is a Topshop number, and is a great summer dress, with very cute detailing on the back. Also bought from a Hackney charity shop for £5.

IMG_0029IMG_0031

The next is a gorgeous silky dress, originally from Next, bought for £6 from Helen and Douglas house in Didcot. the autumnal colours are lovely, and the fit is perfect. I wore this out to an afternoon tea with my housemates Kirsty and Fee.

IMG_00321186119_10100927224621835_1757767093_n

This next one is another primark number, but I just fell in love with it. Another purchase from Scope in Hackney for £6, it is a little tight on me, but I couldn’t help myself. The pattern is so cute, and the lattice detailing on the back gives it a little something extra.

IMG_0040IMG_0041

This dress was bought from Mind in Stoke Newington for £9. I love the floral pattern and that it could also be worn as  a smart dress for work.

IMG_0043

This next dress is an international purchase, bought in a jumble sale for 1 euro in Ceglie Messapica, Itlay. Bought at the same time of one my other favourite dresses, this looks lovely in the summer worn with a brown waist belt.

IMG_0026IMG_0028

Lastly, this dress is one of my all time favourites. Not actually bought from a charity shop, but from a garden sale in Clapton, Hackney, for £5. The length and cut is gorgeous and I wore it several time last summer, including posing on a Vespa in Brighton 🙂

IMG_00201264302_10100929757391145_1918706859_o