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!)


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.


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?!


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.


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.