Remember NAFNAF?

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Ok so hear me out… I am going to wear it with high heeled ankle boots, and a mini skirt. It’s so me; retro, colourful, my mum would hate it… ticks all the boxes! I always wanted one of these when I was little but we couldn’t afford it. Well i’m having one now! 

Oxfam £3.95

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Psychedelic dream

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A gorgeous dress for a £1.00. I found this bargain cast aside on the £1.00 rail. Plonked outside, almost like no one would want it. I couldn’t believe my luck! The retro print is brilliant! I love dresses with pockets too. This dress has huge pockets. I think it’s 1970’s possibly late 1960’s, but either way, a good little find.

Dress £1.00 Saint Francis Hospice

 

 

Retro prints make me happy!

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I have decided… If the weather doesn’t improve, I don’t care, I am wearing summery clothes! Although if i’m honest my cupboard is a pick and mix of prints and colour so I try to avoid the traditional subdued colours that we reach for during the long winter months we are blessed with in the UK. I found all of these printed garments in Oxfam. Typical of Oxfam, they always have vintage prints and colour, lots of colour. I try to shop in Oxfam at least once a week, even just to cheer me up. There is always an eclectic mix of garments. 

I am starting to feel like an ambassador for Oxfam! 

I need to go on a shoe diet!

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Something about shoes that I can’t resist. I think there is room for a pair in every style, colour and heel height. If I had a pound for every time my boyfriend had said to me ‘ i’m sure you have a pair like that…’ I reply ‘not with this shape heel, or not in this shade, or my ones are more day time… ‘ I stopped counting at 200 pairs…

L.K.Bennet stiletto’s £25

Ralph Lauren shoes £30

Dune shoes £10

All from Saint Francis Hospice in Upminster, Essex

All things bright and beautiful…

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While I was having a little mooch around Oxfam, I came across these little beauties. They are hand made fans from India. After doing a little research about these gorgeous accessories. I discovered that typically the fans made in India are either fixed or rotational. Meaning the fan could rotate in a full circle. This is quite different to the folding style made by the Chinese and Japanese, this being the style that we in the west are more familiar with. These particular one’s were fixed into place. I have learned that these charming pieces of textiles were made from many different textile techniques from embroidery to hand sewing and weaving. They also used lots of materials from bambo to leather and beads, to silk, grass, cayne, or feathers. Interestingly each province in India has claim to it’s own shape singular to itself. These ones that I found were woven with small silk flowers and beads hand stitched on.  If this is something that you are interested in you can go and find out more at The Fan Museum in Greenwhich. This amazing museum is exclusively dedicated to fans of all kind. I have sent the museum an email about them so hopefully I can find out some more information about these lovely creations.

Fans £2.99 each Oxfam

Please note that my research was done at http://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/pankha.html

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

 

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