Oxfam hippy

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A gorgeous Indian dress from Oxfam. Beautiful lightweight cotton printed with delicate flowers with a gold shimmery finish. It speaks for it’s self. I am truly a hippy at heart.

Dress £8.99

Vintage bag £4.99

 

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Monochrome keeps forever!

Another day another find…

If I see monochrome, in whatever way it manifests itself, I have to have it. It’s timeless! It’s lovely to mix with other prints, it looks gorgeous with block colours, it looks especially fab with neon brights… It’s an all year, any season colour combination… and did I say I love it! The black and white shirt above is originally from Primark and I do not know why anyone would give this to charity. Obviously it’s a good deed giving to charity but this is such a classic piece. Well that persons loss is my multi season gain. The pencil skirt is a beautiful vintage 1980’s wool piece. Check out the little discreet button detail at the back… an interesting little design feature.   

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Shirt £3.50

Pencil skirt £3.00

both Saint Francis Hospice

  

 

This week I found a lovely festival knit and a 50’s skirt

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I have been shopping for thrifty stuff but I have been over worked so I have some photo’s to catch up on. Here is some of my recent hunting. I found this little hand knitted top in Saint Francis Hospice priced at £3.00. I just loved the fringe detail hanging from the triangles. Unfortunately it was a rather small size; about an 8-10 so I gave it to my sister. A great festival piece…

I also found this gorgeous 1950’s skirt. The bold flower print would be great with a black and white stripe piece on top. There is something about skirts with pockets that I can’t resist. When I try on a skirt and notice it has pockets for some reason I feel like I have this great added extra. This skirt was only £4.99 from Oxfam and was a size 10-12. The bag was vintage too and was priced at £2.99.

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Retro bags from Oxfam

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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!     

Tasty 1980’s power blazer from Saint Francis Hospice

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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

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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

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

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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

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Retro Leather from Oxfam

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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!

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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.