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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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

All dressed up with odd socks

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I went and had a look around the local charity shops yesterday with my lovely cousin. She was kind enough to take some pictures. Thanks Kerry! This dress looks like a 1980’s cocktail dress but it was actually from Oasis. The colour was amazing, I was thinking of teaming it with a leather jacket and cowboy boots for a more laid back look. It was £10 which is expensive for charity shops but it was in perfect condition. When I come across something in a charity shop that I think is expensive I ask myself how much would something similar be in Topshop. Then I normally just buy it.

After trying on lots of outfits that would be good for a night out Kerry and I decided it would be great to have a section on the blog about outfits that I have found for a night out. Or single pieces to look out for that you can mix with wardrobe staples to dress up. We had that Friday feeling.

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We were on the way out when I spotted these beautiful trousers. When I picked them up I could feel that they were good quality. When I looked at the tag it said Pringle I was quite please with myself. They have such a lovely check. Admittedly they were a bit big but I wont let that put me off. They can be taken in so easily. Kerry suggested I put some heels on with them and the I found these lovely LK Bennett heels. Happy and Happy!

Blue cocktail dress (originally Oasis) £10 Oxfam, Pink sequin boob tube £2.00 Saint Francis Hospice, Pringle trousers £8.99, LK Bennett shoes £14.99 both Oxfam. Gold necklace and ring both £1.00 RSPCA, watch Micheal Kors.