Retro bags from Oxfam

Image

Image

 

I do love a vintage bag. When I ever use any of mine I always get quizzed by people as to wear they are from. The first bag in the pictures was made from real twigs, for want of a better word. Real wood not too far from it’s original state. I loved that the wood is still sporting it’s knobbly bits too, all wired together by hand with a little resin handle. This bag was small but perfectly formed and at £1.99 well what can I say about that? It’s a steal.

The second was made from hand from beautiful rich burgundy leather. A satchel style never seems to go too far from the style stakes. But to be honest if there is a twang of something as a ‘trend’, I will not be sporting anything that meets that description. I hate looking like anyone else which I why I have to resort to doing all of my shopping in second hand or vintage type establishments. Back to the bag… I think circa 1980’s… and priced at £4.99. The satchel also seems to be the man bag of choice, now very much a unisex accessory. A thrifty find for the boys and the girls… Too good for the library if you ask me!     

Advertisements

Tasty 1980’s power blazer from Saint Francis Hospice

Image

Image

This a the finest shade of red there is! This bright postbox red is one of my complimentary colours. Tartan, £2.50, and bright. It’s a serious 1980’s power blazer, love it! When I found this blazer I decided to look at the different types of tartan that are out there. Thinking to myself there would be only a few but there is actually hundreds. Tartan as we all know is particularly associated with Scotland and the kilt. I think this jacket is inspired by a the MacDonell of Keppoch Modern tartan which is a predominantly green and orange tartan. MacDonell was was the most frequently registered ‘Mac’ name in Scotland (a little fact for you). For me tartan is very much a timeless fashion purchase. This jacket brings a simple t-shirt and jeans to life, just add some matching lippy! If you see tartan and your brave enough to wear it… get it!

All you need is LOVE… and a bit of imagination… and some charity shopping

Image

Image

Image

Image

 

I don’t really buy into the whole Valentines thing, but I do like the idea of showing someone that you care, I am a little bit romantic…

I put together some bargains that I got from charity shops, markets and a bit of high street. Above is my gorgeous 1980’s vintage jacket from the Salvation Army. The graphic print is eye popping with the red and black combination, fabulous!  It cost a rather cheap £2.50. I love this piece as I wear it in the summer over denim shorts and in the winter over a jumper and jeans. The fluffy jacket below was from a little vintage sale that I went to over the weekend at The East End Thrift Store. It worked out to cost around £3.00. I feel like a ‘hug in a mug’ but I like it! The red frilly shirt below was also from the same sale and cost around the same price. It’s a lovely quality cotton shirt but those frills give it stand out factor, which is me all over. Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

 

Sunglasses £2.00 Primark

Snood £5.00 H&M

Pink fringed scarf £1.00 The Children’s Hospice

Lipstick Dior

Rose from my lovely Steven
Image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is two head pieces from London’s Spitalfields market. £1.00 each, the twisting you can do yourself!

Image

To be creative is so much more thoughtful than to just buy something that costs £100’s. A little surprise idea with a VERY small price tag. £1.00 each. Happy Valentines!

Although I am still leaving this picture on the fridge…

 Stella McCartney, Falabella Shaggy Deer Fold Over Tote

http://www.stellamccartney.com

 

 

 

Retro Leather from Oxfam

Image

Image

Image

This dress was amazing original 1960’s. They don’t make them like they used to! I love it when I can say that phrase, more often used by a somewhat older generation that myself. As I spend ALOT of time in charity shops with old people, I hear this ringing in my ears quite often, but it is true. This dress has already lasted over 50 years and it clearly has lots of life left in it. The fantastic thing about it is that the bottom part is detachable, you know if you have one of those moments when you just want to show the world your knickers… well if so this is the dress for you. Or a separate mini skirt.

It was made from leather and fully lined with brass poppers. Priced at £25 so kind of expensive but I would say quite rare and excellent quality. Or maybe not that expensive compared to vintage shopping in say Camden. The late 60’s is my favourite era for fashion. I love everything about the summer of love!

Image from www.realstreet.co.ukImage

I just love this 1980’s skirt. The mix of leather, tassels and gathered ribbon sounds like a recipe for a curtain shop but stick this skirt with a little t-shirt, tucked in of course, hiding this lovely detail really isn’t an option, with a pair of vans for a day look. T-shirt and ankle books for laid back dressy. 80’s, tick, leather, tick, suede, tick, ribbon, tick, tassels  tick , pencil silhouette, tick. It was £20 but that skirt will go some, I would say it’s has years of wear in this little vintage number. Only problem… I am not a size 8.

‘Strike’ in Oxfam

Image

Image

Geeky or cool? I found these Retro little numbers in Oxfam and they were priced at £5.00. They were made from beautiful soft dyed leather. I just loved the blue and green with the white binding. They made me think of old bowling alleys and girls with frocks that swayed as they turned to look at their ‘date’ as they just managed to knock down all the skittles… STRIKE!

“Beauty to Spare” by Edward D' Ancona. #vintage #pinup #girl #bowling

http://pinterest.com/pin/86201780339241283/

Back to Latin Smile for my weekly FIX!

Image

Image

80’s embroidered dress £9.90  

Vintage tartan dress £6.99

Gold dancing Shoes £3.99

White off shoulder lace dress £6.99

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

What an absolutely beautiful silver neck piece. I have no idea of its origin but I am happy to have found it. I am thinking possibly South America, but that is really just a guess by the way it  looks, I could be completely wrong! It was only £2.99.

Image

Image

Vintage leather bag £3.99

Monochrome 1970’s dress £6.99

Hat (Originally M&S) £2.99

Image

Image

I went to one of my most favourite charity shops this week on the hunt for something that stands out. This particular charity shop just seems to have some really unusual pieces. Whether they are vintage or from abroad, there is nearly always something that catches my eye. The prices are funny because I have seen some wicked things for ‘name your price’ (my baseball jacket) and I have bought vintage dress for £9.99. But who cares… It’s for a good cause!

Rumble in the Jumble

Image

Image

I know it’s a bit late on the blog up take but last weekend I went to check out ‘Rumble in the Jumble’. It is a money raising event in association with Oxfam and celebrities donated their gear for a good cause. Celeb’s such as Annie Mac, Daisy Lowe, Freane Cotton, Marilyn Manson, Jessie Ware, Eliza Doolittle, Tinie Tempah and tones more donated their clothes, shoes, accessories, records and lots of other bits in-between to raise money for charity. Being the queen of charity I decided to go and see what thrift I could go and hunt down. The rules on the door were; you donate £3.00 to enter and bring something to donate, this is a great idea as it keeps the shopping ticking over all day. The atmosphere there was amazing. It was held in a working mans club in Bethnal Green, there were lots of gorgeous cakes and a bar to grab a beer if you are that way inclined…which was hard not to be as the DJ, Jemma Cairney was playing some old school Garage to get us in the mood! I spent some time chatting to the lovely Laura Whitmore and she gave me a great deal on some of her old necklaces. I found some really cool pieces and some were only £1.00. My cousin bought a gorgeous skirt from  Jessie Ware which was originally from Whistles.

There was a wicked vibe and I can’t wait for the next one!

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Jessie Ware’s limited edition trainers £25, and Whistles skirt £10 (below).Image

Image

A very nice young lady Daisy Lowe donated lots of her garments to a good cause!

Image

Image

Image

Image

Me and Banksy!

Fur coat £5.00 Salvation army

Krizia shirt £15 Designer Jumble Sale

Vintage leg warmers (donated by my mum)  

Shoes New Look

Bag Mulberry

Sunglasses Rayban

ImageImage

Some local street art (Brick Lane). Great to watch them hard at work! The best thing about the street art in the East End is, the chances are, the next time that you return to the same street, there will be something different there.