Seeing the New year in wearing 1960’s Oxfam

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Happy New Year!

I wanted to post this gorgeous dress that I found. It is circa 1960’s at some point. From Oxfam again! I have been spending rather a lot of time in Oxfam lately. This beautiful dress was made with a lot of lurex, which made it stand out. This will be my New Year party dress. I think that charity shops can be an excellent fashion resource for special occasions. I often find the perfect outfit for a friends birthday, or a big night out. I hate that feeling when you are going to a wedding and you are worrying about what other people are going to be wearing. I am sure everyone has had an occasion when you go somewhere and another girl is wearing the same dress/top/skirt even bikini. Well since I have been charity shop shopping or vintage I never get that feeling. I will give you a tip for this shopping, know in advance… so you can start looking a couple of weeks before. I advise lots of people that are looking for that perfect charity shop piece don’t always expect to find it on your first shop. You will find something but it might take a couple of trips. My second tip is… if you are not sure try it on anyway. You always find great things when you are out of your comfort zone, just be experimental.

You know what I also take into consideration? How much is this dress? How often will I wear it?

Well my dress here was £8.99 and it will never go out of fashion as it’s vintage. I could well wear it another 20-30 times. I have spent £100’s in the past for a dress for NYE and never worn it again. So get out there and start looking you still have time!

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Salvation Army vintage gold

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Today I went off to have a little peek in my local Salvation army this is what I found and this is what I wore. I love picking up gold vintage jewellery as they give any outfit a little old fashion touch. The choker set was £3.00 and the earrings were £1.00.

Leather jacket Brick Lane

Cross necklace Re-use-it-center (Canada) 

Shirt £2.00 Salvation Army

Leggings £4.00 Beyond Retro

Earrings £4.00 Miss Selfridge

Starry eyes

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In between family visits and festive parties I thought I would show you how lovely the glitter face decorations look that were only £1.00. Here you can see me with two of my extremely beautiful sisters. Don’t they both look lovely? I will be using these glitter cosmetics along with lots more unusual products that I have found over the coming weeks so I will post some tips on how to stand out with make-up (or face decorating) with a difference.

Out shopping for the last few bits!

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Hat Oxfam £3.99

Jacket £4.00 Saint Francis Hospice

Vintage cowboy shirt £3.00 Salvation Army

Lariat £1.00 Debra 

Bag Mulberry

Ring (left hand) Dior Ring (right hand) Canada

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I decided that I wanted to brave the crazy crowds to get some bits to make me look more glam tonight when I am out for my Christmas drinks. When it’s this festive time of year I like to wear face jewellery or some crystals to make my look a bit different. I also do the same if I am going to a festival. I have looked online and at professional make-up brands for the same kinds of things and they are very expensive. I know that more often than not you get what you pay for but in this case I don’t think that it matters as I know I only want this look to last a few hours. I plan on being in bed asleep by midnight before Father Christmas does his rounds. Most of what you see is from the £1.00 shop in my local town centre. All is tried and tested and does the job. I have even looked for bindi’s on Ebay and they cost around £5.00 for about 6 very tiny crystals. Instead I use the hand glitter decorations that you can see in the picture. So I am going to get ready and ill show you how it went soon.

So here I have:

Individual eyelashes

Hand glitter decorations

Body glitter decorations

all £1.00 each

Oxfam is my dressing up box

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This vintage dress made me think of Maid Marion in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. It is quite costume but I think I would find somewhere to wear it! I think it has a Dolce and Gabbana ‘Baroque Romanticism’ feel to it. I think take up the hem and it has D&G written all over it.

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I loved this vintage 1970’s dress. Priced at £8.00 it would be great for festivals!

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Vintage jacket £5.99

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Vintage waistcoat £3.99 and beaded bag £4.99

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So I here is more of the pieces that I found in Oxfam yesterday. Oxfam is one of my favorite charity shops. One reason is they are always fully stocked. They have a fast turn over of sales so every week there are new items to be found. They always have lots of interesting vintage pieces which are actually sectioned off for those shoppers who hate to search for the good stuff. They also stocks some really interesting pieces from around the world. I have found hand made beaded bags from India, leather shoes from Morocco and hand printed scarfs from Africa. Oxfam shops are dotted around the country so it is likely that there is one near you. Oxfam’s development work actually reaches over 90 countries so they are doing good stuff for millions of people around the world. Shopping in Oxfam is a colourful and cultural experience and I always find some amazing stuff.

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The vintage section…B-E-A-U-T-F-U-L

My beautiful red hat from Oxfam

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I had to re post this because it got hacked! I deleted and started again…

Ahh I am not supposed to be going charity shop shopping, but there I was doing some Christmas shopping getting last bits and it was calling out to me, Caron, Caaaron come in… So I popped in the Oxfam shop and lucky I did because I found this little beauty (amongst other things). This hat is really unusual, made from velvet. Only £3.99, it’s a steal! I know probably too many photo’s of the same old hat but I couldn’t decide which one was best. More Oxfam to come on the morrow!

Hat £3.99

Jumper £3.99 

both Oxfam

Latin Smile charity shop is the best! I am a Latino Godmother…

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A whole rail of vintage goodies all for me! Latin Smile is an amazing charity shop that has opened quite close to my home. I thought that it deserved a blog entry all of it’s own. Thank you Latin Smile for all of the new stuff you have given me! The post called ‘The Letterman’s jacket’s first day out’ featured an amazing jacket which I found in Latin Smile. Basically they are working towards developing the Latin American culture through music, art, history and traditions across the UK. It is a really interesting place to shop as the people who work there are Argentinian. I have got to know the couple that run the shop quite well now so they tell me about their native country and I practice my (very limited) Spanish skills. The great thing about this particular charity shop is they have a lot of donations from America so you find some really unusual pieces from hand made leather bags to vintage 1970’s dresses. I know that some people are put off charity shop shopping because of the clutter and the iffy smell but this place is tidy and smells of beautiful handmade soaps and incense. Another very great thing they do is label some pieces as ‘name your price’. This helps them to get rid of things quickly and helps me get even more bargains. The whole shopping experience is thoroughly enjoyable and one more great addition to all of this, by shopping in here you are considered a Latino Godmother!

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Peeker!

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This is a beautiful original 1970’s dress, and only £6.00. Rest my case!

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Lots of love from the Latino Godmother x

Thaw T-shirt £0.50

Vintage 1980’s trousers £2.50

Vintage dress £6.00

Knitted neck piece £1.00 (was marked as name your price)