Under the arches

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Jacket £3.50 and plimsoles £2.50 both vintage from Salvation Army

Trousers £2.50 Latin Smile

Scarf and top Topshop, Bag Mulberry, Sunglasses Rayban. 

 

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A lovely trench from Oxfam

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What a beautiful trench coat. Only £5.00 from Oxfam and just a classic style. When you find something like this, always get it! It never to go out of fashion and it’s a wardrobe staple. A trench can be worn with practically anything and this one is beautifully made. The prices of Zara coats start at around £69.99 and increase from that. Bargain!

The Designer Jumble Sale

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Lulu Guinness bag £49

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Necklace £130

I feel lucky! I was surfing the net looking for other like minded people like moi and I discovered the Designer Jumble Sale. I am always on the hunt for a bargain so I took my curious self off to Holborn straight away. Designer Jumble Sale is a pop up shop set up by a lovely lady called Abigal. She sells designer clothing at a snippet of the price and donates her profits to charity. She sells clothing and accessories, from Chloe to McQueen, or Sonia Rykiel to Maxmara. Some pieces are new, some second hand, some vintage. She is extremely passionate about what she is doing which makes shopping there an absolute pleasure. Every piece that I asked about she knew the designer or it’s origin. All of the staff were helpful and friendly and you can shop with ease as the place is well stocked but not cluttered or smelly. They will even sell you the furniture if you like it! Please don’t all rush down there and nick all my bargains! I should really keep this one to myself but since it’s for charity… These were some of my favorite pieces.

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Silk jacket by Oscar De La Renta, Knitted pom pom top Sonia Rykiel £60

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My new Temperly dress! £49

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Armani Jacket £65, Chloe vest £18

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PPQ silk blouse, Sergio Rossi heels £49, I know I had to have them!

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Coco Chanel cuff… Not yet priced but when it is I want it!

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Vintage silk Maxmara shirt £35, mine! mine! mine!

Thrift hunter finds thrift box!

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I know that you can’t wear this but I found it and thought it was an interesting little piece and some what convenient that I had found it. It only cost 20p so I thought it’s not going to break the bank. I have bought a little bit of history. This is basically an old fashioned money box, as you can see by the names of the sections. Definitely old I thought, I don’t know anyone saving up for coal! Notice there is one label left blank, this confused me. When I was squinting at it a little old lady with very wrinkly skin shuffled up next to me and grabbed my hand. She said “I have not seen one of these for 40 years, I’m 88”. She said some of the rich people used to put their telephone savings in the end slot of the box. I do love talking to the older generation… They know everything!

The Magnificent 7

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I went off to look in the charity shops in Upminster and to my delight there were seven to look in. Seven! A charity addicts dream…I bought lots more things that I didn’t need of course! It took a few hours but I managed to get round them all. What a beautiful pair of cowboy boots I found!

Jaeger blazer£12.99

Vintage scarf £2.99

Burberry jacket £14.99

Vintage waistcoat £3.99

Leather Gap trousers £6.99

all from The Childrens Society 

 

 

Barbour in The British Heart Foundation… and lots of other goodies too!

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A few good things found! 

1 The vintage Babour body warmer £15 

2 The Topshop crochet jumper £3.99

3 The androgynous shirt £2.99

4 Ethnic necklace £2.00

A good charity shop shopping day. I went off with my lovely cousin and part time photography assistant to the charity shops in Epping Forest. This is a great place to shop for second hand goods as the area is full of affluent types that can afford to give their old stuff to charity shops for us mere mortals to go and hunt down. I actually found the Barbour body warmer in the men’s section. I often look in the men’s as that  well as ladies garments as sometimes they are incorrectly marked. Or I also wear men’s clothes if they fit and work for the look that I am trying to create. Sometimes a pair of men’s baggy jeans with some super high heels and a crisp white shirt will do the trick! (over use of the word men’s… sorry I couldn’t think of an alternative this late in the evening) I am going all androgynous!

Anyway male or female clothing… who cares??? I must do a little shout out to all the lovely ladies in The British Heart Foundation shop, they put up with us generally getting in the way, taking lots of photo’s and filling the changing room with everything we get get our mits on.

More fabulous goodies to come! 

 

 

 

 

My blazer was made in Guatamala… and today I found a vintage jumper dress

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I love writing a little post when I find something like this. That is the beauty of shopping in charity shops… This blazer stands out from the rest! I love an unusual print but I think prints with a difference are quite hard to find as the high street shops are always doing similar things. I know that you can get some amazing prints in high fashion but we can’t all afford that…unfortunately. This blazer has a bold leaf repeat print which I love because the crude lines in the print make it look like it was hand painted. The fabric is made in Guatemala and I think it looks typical of that part of the world. It has that bold Latin American signature.

Blazer Vintage Leslie Fay from Latin Smile £3.99

Snood and trousers H&M 

Top £2.50 Salvation Army

Boots £3.00 

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Just add some tights, a pair of ankle boots and a dash of red lipstick… a recipe for being warm and looking fabulous! 

Vintage jumper dress £1.75 Saint Frances Hospice