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! 

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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

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

 

Rumble in the Jumble

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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!

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

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

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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

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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.

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!

Oxfam is my dressing up box

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This vintage dress made me think of Maid Marion in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. It is quite costume but I think I would find somewhere to wear it! I think it has a Dolce and Gabbana ‘Baroque Romanticism’ feel to it. I think take up the hem and it has D&G written all over it.

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I loved this vintage 1970’s dress. Priced at £8.00 it would be great for festivals!

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Vintage jacket £5.99

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Vintage waistcoat £3.99 and beaded bag £4.99

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So I here is more of the pieces that I found in Oxfam yesterday. Oxfam is one of my favorite charity shops. One reason is they are always fully stocked. They have a fast turn over of sales so every week there are new items to be found. They always have lots of interesting vintage pieces which are actually sectioned off for those shoppers who hate to search for the good stuff. They also stocks some really interesting pieces from around the world. I have found hand made beaded bags from India, leather shoes from Morocco and hand printed scarfs from Africa. Oxfam shops are dotted around the country so it is likely that there is one near you. Oxfam’s development work actually reaches over 90 countries so they are doing good stuff for millions of people around the world. Shopping in Oxfam is a colourful and cultural experience and I always find some amazing stuff.

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The vintage section…B-E-A-U-T-F-U-L