Easter Treats

Happy Easter blog readers! Who doesn’t love a 4 day weekend and a guilt free license to eat yourself into a chocolate coma?! Like many of you I’m sure, I took this weekend as an opportunity to go home and visit the family, and as you will know by now a trip home means ¬†charity shop mecca! I picked up lots of wonderful treats this time, all of them tops, which makes categorising this post pretty simple ūüôā

The first item is this simple but cute New Look top, found in Cancer Research¬†for ¬£2.75. I’m a big fan of ‘basic’ tops but I find having to spend ¬£10+ on each item a bore. So coming across something in a charity shop that I know will become a staple is always a bonus, and the red colour is gorgeous too.

 

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I also found this next item in Cancer Research – a very cute Topshop sleeveless vest with tie bottom and rose print, bought for ¬£3.75. This will be perfect for my up coming America holiday, can’t wait to wear it!

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One of the best finds of the day is this adorable pastel French Connection jumper, bought in Age UK for ¬£4.99. I love the slightly cropped length and the aztec-esk pattern. It will look great over a dress during the summer evenings this year ūüôā

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Finally, came across this super cute gypsy style top from New Look, in British Heart Foundation. Bought for £2.80 this was a real bargain and will look great with a pair of denim shorts in the summer. Note the sweet tassel tie up at the front too.

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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 ūüôā

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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.¬†

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I LOVE this dress. A recent find in Helen & Douglas house in Didcot for ¬£3.50,¬†it’s a gorgeous cotton three quarter length dress in a fabulous turquoise print. The best thing about the dress is the back – it has an open back with two sections that tie up in a ¬†bow. Its so cute! I wore this today on a trip to Chatsworth Road market with my housemates, and teamed it with some very 50s style heart shaped sunglasses. Bring on the summer!

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.

Carnival

Coincidentally, both the dress and the jacket here were both bought from charity shops, but not by me. The dress was a gift from my boyfriend’s Sister, and the jacket was from my mum who found it in one of Didcot’s many charity shops. The dress is one of my all time favourites. Again, it was much longer when I was given it, so I took it up and sewed in a new hem (albeit a slightly dodgy one!) It is a silk dress, with a high neck line and a pleated skirt, and is simply glorious to wear. Here I have teamed it up with a denim shirt and trainers, to wear to Notting Hill Carnival.