WHAT I THRIFTED #2 :: THE POLKA DOT DRESS

WHAT I THRIFTED #2 :: THE POLKA DOT DRESS

When I’m feeling pleased with myself, I like to mark it with a reward trip to the high street. Who doesn’t, right? However, now that I’m banned from high street shopping, I’m having to rethink this simple treat. To satisfy my shopping urge, I went thrifting and was rewarded with this brand new, tagged polka dot dress.
Whilst it’s certainly not the weather for a short-sleeved dress at the moment, teamed with a simple knitted cream jumper it’s definitely winter appropriate. The weather may have worked in my favour, as I was charged a mere £2 for this brand new Dorothy Perkins dress due to the reason that it was ‘very thin’. However, sometimes things really are too good to be true…on my return, I realised its previous owner had chopped of just one of the fabric ties. Fixable, but annoying.

At the moment, the high street ban is the best thing that could have happened to me. I’m revitalizing my love of clothes because when I go thrifting, I shop with an open mind. I know that I’ll be able to afford whatever takes my fancy, so everything becomes an option. Whenever I see an outfit I like, I wonder if I can create something similar by thrifting.

Am I saving money? Well, I’d like to think I am… but the truth is, it’s too soon to tell. I’ve spent £16 in charity shops since the start of the ban, which is less than a month. I’ve gained a coat, two dresses, a cardigan and a pair of heels; we’ll have to wait and see if I wear them to know if they’re value for money. 

Outfit Details
// Polka dot dress :: Charity shop (Originally Dorothy Perkins) //
// Cream knitted jumper :: H&M //
// Necklace :: H&M //
// Waxed Parka :: Topshop //
// Brogues :: Hudson //
// Handbag :: Charity shop (Originally Nica) //
 
Without a doubt, I’ll be wearing this dress again. Whether it’s with red heels and pin curls for a pin up look, or layered with a mustard cardigan for a casual look: it’s a definite keeper. With the good fortune I seem to have had recently, I’ve decided to clear out my wardrobe and share my unloved dresses equally between each of the charity shops I’ve purchased from. Some may argue that by making a purchase you are making a difference, but to me, it’s important to keep the cycle going. You never know, that item of yours may just give someone else the giddy bumps! 
 
What have you thrifted recently?
Please share your links, I would love to see!
As always, much love,
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EMILY & FIN for #DIVASGLAMVEGAS

EMILY & FIN for #DIVASGLAMVEGAS


EMILY & FIN for #DIVASGLAMVEGAS

Most emails land in my inbox for no purpose other than to be swiped left and deleted, but then there is always an exception to the rule. Occasionally, there are the elite few that set your heart a flutter, force your eyes to work quicker (testing your skim reading skills to the limit) and give you the giddy bumps. Imagine an email bursting with glitter, arriving to the soundtrack of ‘Viva Las Vegas’ and you’re close to understanding how the event invite for #DivasGlamVegas made me feel. 

 
The event, which is to be held in Manchester’s Milton Club, promises a make-up station to begin the diva transformation, cocktails and canapés and a roulette table to unleash your inner Vegas diva. Dress code? Glam. So,what does a print loving girl wear to an event promising sparkles and glitter with a huge helping of glamour? This fabulous Emily & Fin skater print dress courtesy of Scarlett Fashion…
Emily & Fin dress
Emily & Fin dress
Emily & Fin dress
Emily & Fin dress
Emily & Fin dress


Outfit Details
// Emily and Fin Lucy Dress :: c/o Scarlett Fashion //
// Monochrome heels and bag :: Betsey Johnson //
// Scalloped blouse :: Primark //
// Ballet necklace :: Vintage //
 
Scarlett Fashion is a British boutique run by Karen, a blogger like you and I, with a keen eye for prints and business. Her blog, Scarlett Fashion Blog, is original, quirky and her boutique has been curated with a fine eye. I’d warn you not to look, but resistance would be futile. With brands like Emily and Fin and Sugarhill Boutique, if you love a quirky print you’ll be smitten. Did I mention there’s a sale on?
 
Now, I’m not usually one to wear pink, but when I saw the ice skating print of this dress, I was smitten. It’s just so girly. As the event starts at 5.30pm, this wonderful dress will take me from day time to tea time glamour at one of Manchester’s most exclusive venues. Perfect! I can’t wait to share the pictures from what promises to be a very exciting event.
#FROCKSWAP15 :: WE’RE BACK!

#FROCKSWAP15 :: WE’RE BACK!

I’m so excited to announce… FROCK SWAP is BACK! Yet again, four bloggers will swap pre-loved beauties and see new life breathed into them. Don’t worry, with each blogger eventually receiving the item back, it’s painless and such a fun way to push our style boundaries. This year, Charlotte and Ally will join Erica and I to make #FrockSwap15. 
 
With the 100 day high street spending ban in full force, this is yet another way to add excitement to an ever-bursting wardrobe. There’s something about receiving a parcel of clothing to give you the jiggles. Especially when I’ll be receiving clothing from Charlotte’s wardrobe zoo, Ally’s over-flowing dressing room and Erica’s pastel paradise. What could be better? So, are you wondering what I’ll be swapping? Wait no longer…
I’m swapping this bird print collared dress. I snapped it up on eBay for a buy it now price of £6, a bargain considering it was brand new. It’s bright, it has a collar, what’s not to love? Well… Being honest, the see-through mesh on the chest. That’s what. I first wore this outfit to visit the Manchester Print Fair. Layered with a fine knit jumper, it’s comfy and practical. Since November, I’ve slowly fallen out of love with it as I have little idea of how to rework it. It’s all packaged up to wing it’s way to Charlotte, I can’t wait to see how she reworks it. 
 


 

// Outfit Details //
// Bird dress :: Influence via eBay //
// Mustard Jacket :: Topshop //
// Fine knit jumper :: H&M //
// Desert boots :: Clarks//
// Tan satchel :: Nica (thrifted) //
 
The first parcel of clothes I’ll be receiving is from one quarter of the mustard quad, Erica. I can’t wait to see what she picks out for us. In a wardrobe built on floral and polka dot foundations, it’s sure to be a winner. 
 
How would you style this collared bird dress?
WHAT I THRIFTED #1 :: TWEED COAT

WHAT I THRIFTED #1 :: TWEED COAT

It was on the fourteenth charity shop visit of 2015, that I finally broke my so called dry spot. Since the start of the 100 day high street spending ban, I feared my strong belief in charity shops was about to be tested. I needn’t have worried, last week I found this tweed dress coat for the sum total of …£2. £2. Can you believe that? 

 
Years ago, I owned a Topshop tweed coat in petite. I wore it until it was threadbare and reluctantly had to throw it away. It matched everything and I didn’t half miss it once it was gone. This dress coat is in fine condition and makes a fine replacement. I bought it from Cats Protection, a local charity shop down the road from where I live. It’s a great shop, filled to the brim with unusual treasures and so reasonably priced. When I visited, they had an immaculate Hornsea Pottery tea set for a mere £3!


A few months ago, I wrote about reinventing your wardrobe for free, all with the help of your summer clothes. Well, a quick dig revealed this ASOS black midi skirt. Purchased in summer, I’d barely given it a moment’s thought since. You’ll recognise this paisley collared beaut, it’s really a dress (which you saw, here) and with the help of this midi skirt, I’ve turned it into a top. Why? Well, why not get as much wear out of one item as you can?
Outfit Details
// Tweed coat :: Cats Protection (originally New Look) //
// Paisley dress :: Billie and Blossom at Dorothy Perkins //
// Black midi skirt :: ASOS //
// Loafers :: F&F at Tesco //
// Mustard Scarf :: Urban Outfitters (old) //
 
So,the burning question, am I seeing the financial benefit of the spending ban? Yes. A huge resounding yes. It’s getting towards pay day and I still have pennies in my bank account. Not only in my bank account, but there’s pounds in my savings tub too. Could this self-confessed shopaholic really be changing her ways? Charity shops willing, I’ll be documenting each and every thrifty find during the 100 day ban and labelling them ‘What I Thrifted’. 
 
Could you ban yourself from the high street?
What have you found recently?
As always, much love,
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100 DAY HIGH STREET BAN :: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

100 DAY HIGH STREET BAN :: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

 
We’re almost two weeks into the high street spending ban and boy, am I feeling strong. I don’t say that with smugness, because I expect to feel the pain somewhere down the line. So far there have been no ASOS urges, Forever 21 desires nor H&M hankers, just one exception of a dose of the Topshop wantums (Cara Delevingne in that 70s paisley dress; it’s a set up). Granted we are only 11 days into the ban, but will my self-enforced rules enable me to survive on thrift for 100 days? Will this time be easier than the last? Will I be able to last longer than the 100 days? And, surely the burning question, will I actually save any money?
 
I named this blog post: reduce, reuse, recycle, for a reason. It’s what I’m striving to do. Last year, I held onto everything. Frightened to donate/throw away incase I needed it. One year later, the same too small, too big clothes are still sat there. Just waiting. Waiting for their day. This year, if it doesn’t fit perfectly or match anything, it’s going to the charity shop or eBay. Firm favourites are here to stay, here to be reworked and reloved into new outfits. 
You may recognise this darling pinafore dress from Frock Swap ’14. It was originally Erica’s choice from George at Asda, but I developed a crush on the floral dress of dreams. Imagine my surprise to find Erica had generously gifted me this dress in the post at Christmas. You’ll see few relatively new pieces in the basics of this outfit. The Cambridge satchel and sailor blouse are constants in my wardrobe. 
 
 


// Outfit Details //
// Floral pinafore dress* :: Erica (George at Asda) //
// Sailor blouse :: Forever21 (old) //
// Patent brogues :: F&F at Tesco //
// Satchel :: Cambridge Satchel Company // 
 

I’ve always loved this blouse from Forever21, I’ve long since forgotten the cost but it was definitely a bargain for the amount of wear I’ve had out of it. Bows, sailor collars and florals, just down my street. I’ve constantly got my eyes open for items like this when thrifting. I’ve recently visited 14 different charity shops in the space of one week. It’s not that I’ve gone out of my way to visit them, but I’ve definitely popped in as I’ve passed. Until yesterday, I’d reached a complete dry spot. Was I trying too hard? Was it the fear? What if I found nothing in the 100 days? I’m pleased to say, I’ve found myself a herringbone coat which I can’t wait to share in an outfit post. 

Are you on a spending ban?
Reduce, reuse, recycle? Could it work?
Link me up in the comments, I’d love to see how you’re getting on!
As always, much love,
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