Pretty in Pink

Dalston Oxfam is fast becoming one of my favourite charity spots. I usually leave with something, and my most recent visit didn’t disappoint.

My first find is this simple but cute pink and white polka dot cami, bought for £3. A perfect top to brighten up a pair of jeans in the spring, or with a grey tube skirt like I have here.

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The next little purchase is this pale pink blouse with scallop collar, from New Look. Such a cute top that can work dressed down or up, perfect for work! Also bought for a mere £3.

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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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Bling-a-ring

One thing that Charity shops are great for is jewellery. It can be a bit hit and miss sometimes, with cheap beaded necklaces and broken watches often being plentiful. But if you look hard enough you can  find some cute little trinkets, and  often at as cheap as 50p an item.  Below are a couple of the MANY rings I have collected from charity shops over the years. I tend to get obsessed with one or two rings at a time, wearing them everyday until my finger goes an odd colour/shape or when I find a new trinket to wear.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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Pencil Skirts and Blouses

This autumn/winter I’m loving two things: pencil skirts and blouses. Preferably together, as demonstrated below..

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This first outfit is one of my current favourites, and is kind of christmassy as well, so perfect for the winter season! The red pencil skirt with an adorbale bow at the front, was bought from one of all time favourites, Compton Hospice in Wolverhampton for a mere £4.99. It’s a bit of oldie actually, but for some reason I never put it up on here. The white t shirt blouse was bought quite recently from an Oxfam in the little welsh town of Carmarthen. Tom and I went away for a week to get out of London and hide away in a woodland lodge, but that didn’t stop me from seeking out some charity shops and snapping up some great welsh bargains. This textured white top was bought for an amazing 99p, and looks fab with a pair of jeans, or with this skirt!

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This second outfit is something I wore today for a meeting at work. The navy blue cotton pencil skirt is again from Compton Hospice for about £3.99. Another oldie, but I got it out of the wardrobe this morning to wear with another welsh bargain – a gorgeous faux silk floral blouse, bought for £4.99 in Oxfam, Camarthen, I just LOVE the autumnal floral pattern and often wear it with black skinny jeans and my favourite pair of converse trainers. Here though I teamed it with this pencil skirt for  a smart/casual look.

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Surprise surprise, another floral item here. Thankfully it’s not a dress, but this time a very pretty knee length silk skirt in a daisy pattern. Bought from Compton Hospice in Wolverhampton, this lovely skirt has made quite a few appearances this summer. Here I have worn it fairly casual with a plain grey t-shirt, but last weekend I teamed it with a white lace vest top and my new favourite pink platform heels, for a cousins 30th birthday party. Can’t complain for £5!

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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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