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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Made in Macclesfield

This weekend I went to Macclesfield, hometown of my housemate Fee and the setting for her Murder Mystery birthday party. But a blog post about murder mysteries this is not, because Macclesfield is not just a leafy cheshire town but home to a huge array of charity shops,  full of treats. In-fact Macclesfield just about beats my hometown of Didcot to my top spot of charity shop destinations, and this weekend’s perusal around the shops certainly wasn’t a disappointment.

This first top is a lovely pink polka dot blouse, originally from Next and bought for £3.99 at British Heart Foundation. I love the pussy bow at the front and the pink pastel colour is lovely for brightening up a dull summers day, as is ever common in the UK.


On the theme of polka dot – I came across this Topshop number in Age UK, for £3.99. I have a thing for polka dots at the moment I think and this cute little dress is great for a summers day. Will also look good with tights for the Autumn months too.


I also came across some cute little vintage numbers in Barnados. An adorable shirt dress with red buttons bought for £4.99 and an 80’s  print blouse with cut-out back bought for £2.99


Overall a successful charity shopping day! Can’t wait to flaunt my new items.

Polka-dotted

This is a fabulous 50’s style polkadot dress from the Salvation Army shop on Mare Street in Hackney, bought for £4.50. It has a black tube dress underneath, as the top half of the dress is rather see-through. The skirt has a black net petticoat which gives it a great bouncy feel. The back has a bow tie and plunging neck line. I wore this to my friend’s roller disco hen-do.