What I Thrifted #4 – The Metallic Top
Over half term, I took myself on a date… with myself. One miserable, rainy day, I simply spent a few hours doing what I love. So, it’ll come as no surprise that I bought myself a very large cappuccino and went thrifting. After mentioning in my previous post, ‘What I Thrifted #3’, my faith in charity shops had weakened after a very unsuccessful spell of finding nothing. Thankfully, fellow charity shop fan, Charity Shop Gold, dropped an encouraging blog comment my way and voila, I was encouraged to try again. Boy, was I rewarded! Of the many clothes I bought, this Dorothy Perkins top was my first find at the bargain price of £1.50.
My first thought was, ‘There’s the top I almost bought at Christmas!’ As a result, this was followed by, ‘Is it too Christmassy?’ I hatched a plan to tone it down, on my way to the till ,of course, and here it is. When in doubt? Team it with monochrome and a splash of bright colours! I’ve had this H&M skirt for so many years now, whilst it no longer goes to gigs, it’s the perfect girly skirt for date night with John.
// Outfit Details //
// Metallic top :: Cancer Research (Dorothy Perkins) //
// Polka dot skirt :: EBay (H&M) //
// Necklace :: H&M //
// Heels :: Matalan //
// Bag :: Betsey Johnson //
This is probably one of the cheapest outfits I’ve ever owned. Granted Betsey was a surprise gift from John at Christmas, but the rest of the outfit totals no more than £20. We’re now over halfway through on the high street ban, whilst I feel like it’s barely started. So far, the only hankering I’ve had for the high street is the gorgeous new Orla Kiely range for Clarks. Who can blame me? However, I have been lucky enough to have some gifted clothes so maybe that eases the burden? Whatever it is, my bank balance is breathing a sigh of relief!
What have you thrifted recently?
Returning from Gdansk: city of clear blue skies, bright sunshine and unforgiving minus temperatures, has made me long for the warmer climates of the UK and some of Gdansk’s sunshine to call our own. Whilst I was away, the fabulous Lisa of Lala Faux Bois took over the reigns and shared with us a gorgeous pattern clashing, polka dot outfit. This month, I’ve shared 2 outfit posts, compared to last month’s 8 – I have some catching up to do!
So, I’m pleased to be sharing the Wallflower Tea Dress from the new Orla Kiely with People Tree range. As you know, I adore the iconic prints of Orla Kiely and love that the Irish designer has chosen to collaborate again with People Tree, a company that places sustainability and fair trade at the core of its brand. When People Tree got in touch offering me a piece from the new Spring Summer 2015 range, I decided to choose this tea dress with pops of red, pink and subtle notes of grey.
The collection consists of two vintage inspired prints and a colour palette of soft green, grey and summer pink. The first print, Birdwatch, is inspired by Alfred Hitchcock but the second, the one I chose, is an iconic print that has evolved season after season. What’s more, each and every item is made from 100% organic cotton. You may have noticed, the dress is PINK, definitely a colour that I’ve avoided in the past. I’m trying to be more girly and if pink can’t make you feel pretty, what colour can?
// Wallflower Tea Dress :: c/o Orla Kiely with People Tree//
// Lilac Bag :: River Island //
// Nude Courts :: Deichmann //
// Watch :: Olivia Burton //
Although I won’t be wearing this dress until the warmth of Spring/Summer arrives, it’s definitely an investment piece to bring out year after year. As Orla Kiely says, ‘Invest in pieces that you love that will last. Think about what you are buying.’ Wise words, indeed and something I eternally strive for. With the high street spending ban in full flow, there’s still time to ponder over my money spending strategy for when I’m free.
Come find me, I’m here:
In the spirit of introducing you to my favourite people, meet Lisa… writer of one of my favourite blogs
LALA FAUX BOIS
and daily source of style inspiration. With her love of polka dots and bright colours, you can see why Lisa’s blog is one of my favourites. Whilst I’m away in Gdansk, I’m handing the polka dot reigns over into her safe hands! Take it away!
Hello, Polkadot Pink readers! I’m Lisa- a graphic designer, vintage seller, and blogger over at Lala Faux Bois. I’m so excited Donna asked me to guest post for her while she’s on vacation- she is a color-loving, pattern-mixing girl after my own heart.
Traveling is one of my favorite things to do and I’m constantly dreaming of being on vacation. I’m so jealous of anyone living in Europe, with so many countries just a hop, skip, & jump away!
Guest posting on a blog called Polkadot Pink, I just had to include some polka dots in this outfit! Plus Donna is often sporting some fun prints, so I paired it with this vintage vegetable print blouse I recently thrifted. I live in the hot Arizona desert, so I have to take advantage of the very few cooler days that I can wear long sleeves and tights. blouse: vintage, thrifted skirt: F21 tights: Target shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Thanks so much for reading, and if you want to say hello sometime you can find me over at Lala Faux Bois, or on Instagram @lalafauxbois. I hope you are having a great time on your vacation, Donna, and thank you so much for having me!
It’s been a pleasure! Hop on over folks, you won’t be disappointed!
When you think of Manchester, it’s possible you might think of its musical heritage, the alternative Northern Quarter or perhaps, its iconic architecture. Without doubt, any trip to Manchester wouldn’t be complete without visiting the cobbled streets of Coronation Street. As a local and long-time fan of Corrie, Manchester’s Millennium and Copthorne Hotel asked me to visit the Coronation Street Tour, review my experience as part of their handy guide to Manchester.
For over fifty years, Coronation Street was produced on the Quay Street set before moving to Media City. What remains is a unique glimpse behind the scenes of one of Britain’s best loved soaps. Arriving early, we were whisked straight onto a guided tour alongside 30 other people. Starting undercover, we discovered the dressing rooms of Corrie stars past (each with their own decor and furnishings) and wandered inside the costume department whilst our guide told us facts about different outfits. Before entering the studio, we were shown a short clip of iconic Coronation Street story lines. Undoubtedly, the most moving were Anne Kirkbride’s scenes.
Once inside the studio, we were able to visit the sets of Carla’s flat, the Webster’s front room, the factory floor of Underworld and my favourite, The Rovers Return. (Whilst inside the studio, we weren’t allowed to take photographs. We decided to buy this photograph from the gift shop as a lasting memory. However, you can view the official image gallery here)
The guided tour lasts for approximately 45 minutes: interesting, concise and never boring, however, as photography lovers, we were eager to reach the infamous cobbled street and start snapping away. Entering the street via Nick’s Bistro, the view was breathtaking and exactly as we’d imagined. We were able to stroll down the cobbles, enter back gardens and visit the iconic back streets.
Once on the street, you are free to wander for as long as you like and take photographs as you wish. Naturally, the street becomes busier as each guided tour ends, however it’s easy to take clear shots as long as you’re patient. Overall, our experience lasted for approximately 2 hours. Tickets are priced at £16.50 each, and even though our tour was purchased for us, we felt the experience was good value for money and thoroughly enjoyable. We would have happily paid the cover price as the tour is unlikely to be around forever- the land has been earmarked for redevelopment! If you’re ever up north, it’s a must!
Are you a Coronation Street fan?
Would you take the tour?
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Meet John. Fiancé, better half and all-round good egg. You may know that John is chief photographer here at Polkadot Pink. Come rain or shine, it’s John who meticulously captures each and every one of my outfit shots, patiently but with gritted teeth; neither of us understanding the other’s point of view. Thankfully, over time, capturing the shots has grown easier So in the spirit of Valentine’s day, we felt a twist was in order. On this day of love, we decided to simply swap places for an outfit post with a difference. John in front of the camera, myself behind the lens.
// Coat :: Fjallraven //
// Mountaineer shirt :: ASOS //
// Jeans :: H&M //
// Desert shoes :: Clarks Originals //
// Watch :: Bradley by Eone //
Here’s what he said,
“One of the most important aspects of any outfit is a watch. I have always been a sucker for a well-designed watch. The Bradley watch by Eone is a tactile watch designed for the partially sighted. I first lusted after it when I saw it on kickstarter. Since receiving it as a Christmas present last year, it’s been the base of many outfits.
Buying jeans that fit isn’t just difficult for women. It’s a bit of a chore for men too, but jeans from H&M seem to do the trick. For many years I wore Levi engineered jeans but to my annoyance my favourite design and fit was discontinued. It’s definitely not about the price, the fit is unrivalled.
This Fjallraven coat is an absolute dream. Warm, Stylish and comfortable. This is the first warm jacket I have owned in years. Fjallraven has evolved into a hipster brand, but the functionality matches it’s hipster title.”
Let’s just say, after shooting the pictures for this post, I have a new found appreciation for the skill of taking outfit shots. No longer will the immortal words of, ‘How hard can it be?’ be uttered. Nor will I be offering to swap roles again soon, but it was fun…just for the day.
Would you swap roles? Just for the day?
As always, much love,
Donna & John