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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 🙂

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Didcot Delights

This is my hometown, Didcot.

A trip to my hometown means a lot of things for me. The comfy spot on the sofa, a fridge full of food, dog walks in the Oxfordshire countryside, fish and chips on a Friday night and of course – Charity Shops. Didcot is absolutely full of them and always has been -in fact  before the fancy new Orchard Centre was built it’s all there was. Didcot’s charity shops became part of it’s identity and back in those days you wouldn’t be seen dead in them. Now, I look forward to a good old rummage and a natter with  the old ladies. I usually end up coming out with a bit of treasure, and my recent exploration this week was no exception!

The first find is this  new with tags dress originally from River Island. I found it in Oxfam for £5.99, which is a considerable discount from the original price of £29.99! I like the dress because I think it will work well as both a work and night-time outfit and I’m all for versatility! The dress has a grey  bodycon skirt with a peach coloured jersey top. The back also has some lattice detail which gives it a little extra something.


My next find came from my favourite charity shop in Didcot, Helen and Douglas House.

This shop used to be in a smaller location just round the corner. I almost shrieked with delight when I came home a few months ago to find it had moved to a bigger location spread across two floors! This visit I came across this adorable jumper. It’s thick and warm and comfy and just lovely. 

Turkish Delights

My boyfriend and I have a little joke that we always manage to find some sort of second hand charity shop wherever we go; Wales, Italy, Loch Lomond. So imagine our delight when we stumbled across this little gem in a backstreet of a small Turkish town called Dalyan, where we recently went on holiday.

Unfortunately there wasn’t much in it that took to our liking, in fact it seemed to be a bit of a dumping ground for things tourists leave behind in their hotels. But it was cute and the dutch lady that was working in it was very friendly. Not as friendly as this cat though, who took a huge liking to Tom!