FROCK SWAP V WHAT I THRIFTED #7

FROCK SWAP V WHAT I THRIFTED #7

 

Note the quizzical look, the awkward stance… it can only mean one thing. I’m wearing pastels. Not just that, I’m bare-legged and it’s only March! This can only mean one thing; yes, it’s the latest Frock Swap and you can guess who sent this dress- Erica, of course. With its pretty Japanese fan print and hint of peach, it’s the only thing I own (if only for a month) that matches my new thrifted blouse. Enter What I Thrifted #7….


Of course it was the peter pan collar that caught my eye, as I was leaving Cancer Research empty handed. I took one look at that collar, decided to forgive its peach shade and took a risk on pastels. Despite it’s obvious beauty, I had absolutely nothing to wear with it. So, on the hanger it sat whilst I wistfully searched my wardrobe (and numerous charity shops). Then voila, Erica pulls this out of the bag. Fate.



Outfit Details 
// Fan dress :: Erica’s (Tzuzi) //
// Peach blouse :: Cancer Research (originally Primark)//
//Trench coat :: Primark //
// Tan loafers :: Greyhound Trust (originally Primark) //
// Tan bag :: Cancer Research (originally Nica) //


 
It can’t have escaped your attention that this outfit contains 3 thrifted items. 3! (You saw the loafers in my last outfit post and the Nica handbag many moons ago) Since starting the high street ban, I’ve found so so many things in charity shops – too many to feature, some too boring to feature! Just incase you’re interested, the thrifted clothes in this look cost under £10! 
 
Here’s how Erica and Chloe styled up this gorgeous dress:
 

So there you have it, one gorgeous dress now styled three different ways.

What do you think? 
How would you style this pretty dress?
As always, much love,
Donna x
VINTAGE KILO SALE // LIVERPOOL

VINTAGE KILO SALE // LIVERPOOL

Spinning turbulently, a mishmash of prints and bright colours pass before my eyes: rainbow polka dots, eighties graphic paint splodges and paisley in subdued jewel colours begin to merge amidst a sea of rayon, nylon and poly-cotton. Constantly turning, whilst new hands reach in for a vintage find. Everyone searching for their kilo, hoping to land on a unique find. 

Until a month ago, I’d never heard of the Vintage Kilo sale. Despite buying the occasional vintage item, I didn’t know you could buy your vintage based on its weight until Vintage Kilo’s event manager, Jenessa, invited me along to try out the concept for myself. Jenessa had noted my love of thrift and, excited by this new (to me) concept, I happily accepted her invitation to come and hand pick a kilo of vintage. As the name suggests, Vintage Kilo events allow you to select a kilo of vintage. For £15, it’s fair to say, you could come away with a handful of new items to spruce up any vintage loving wardrobe. 

Arriving at the venue shortly before opening, crowds had already started to gather outside Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral. A mixture from all walks of life: university students impeccably dressed in 90s grunge, vintage loving women donning headscarves, overly hip hipsters mingling into families with pushchairs. As I was treating my mum to a pre-Mother’s day jaunt, we decided to head for a coffee to prepare us for what lay ahead.




After latte and a short wait in line, we descended the crypt’s stairs to enter the unknown; an entire room filled to the brim with rails of vintage. Thinking tactically, we decided to choose the dress rail as our first stop. We were greeted by a lot of Eighties style dresses and I was treated to my mother reliving tales of her, ‘Human League dress’ …just like the one on the rail. It was apparent by my empty purple bag that this era just wasn’t my scene (hey, I remember it the first time round!) but as I started to ease my way out, my eyes were hit by a rainbow of colour: blue with stripes of red, yellow, blue and green. Neglecting to look at the size, I placed it into my bag. 
 
With thrifting, I’m learning that you can’t simply shop for a look- if you’re lucky, it’ll find you but I wouldn’t bet on it. Before heading out, I like to make a mental note of the clothes I’m looking for – what will build the look I’ve got my mind set on. Right at the top of the list today was a striped or paisley shirt, I wasn’t fussy. Both myself, and my mother, rummaged in the shirts tub (all the while having clothes thrown over and on, yes actually on, our heads as we delved deeper) to no avail. With one dress in the bag, it was time to check out skirts.
 
 
Sitting pretty, I spied a wrap skirt which brought back a whole load of memories. In summer, John and I stumbled upon an amazing vintage boutique in Ljubljana. Run by Barbara Por Hrovat, a woman with a distinct love of 50s rock and roll and red lipstick, her boutique was so finely curated I wanted to live there. It was there I fell in love with a reversible wrap skirt that was oh so pretty but oh so tiny! Although it wasn’t exactly the same, the red floral wrap skirt I bought today has made up for Ljubljana’s disappointment. 
 
Before long, our parking meter was almost up and it was time to discover if the contents of my bag was a kilo. In the queue, along with my mother, we deliberated over which item wouldn’t make the cut if we were over the kilo. We needn’t have worried: three skirts and a dress made up 0.75 kilos. Kindly the girl at the weighing station offered me a final chance to fill up my kilo, but I was happy to hand over my voucher and leave with my finds. 
 
I’ll be posting my finds in a thrifty outfit post, but you’ll find sneak peaks over on my Instagram. If the Vintage Kilo sale arrives in your nearest city, book the day off work and visit! Whether it’s the thrill of the unknown find, or the bargain prices, both my mother and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and have vowed to return. If you fancy trying it out, there are events running throughout April and May all over the country, check out their Facebook page for dates. 
 
Have you tried the Vintage Kilo sale yet?
As always, much love,
Donna
WHAT I THRIFTED #5 #6 :: THAT 70s FEELIN’

WHAT I THRIFTED #5 #6 :: THAT 70s FEELIN’

 

By my calculations, calculations made late in the day and built on a sleep-deprived foundation, I’ve now spent 66 days away from the high street- that marks a whoppin’ two thirds of the 100 day ban (insert feelings of accomplishment *here*) In those days, the season has changed to spring and, of course, London Fashion Week has sent a flurry of picture perfect new season Instagram looks my way. You’d expect me to be feeling the itch by now? 
 
Not yet. Not yet. It’s all thanks to these amazing flared jeans I recently found which reignited my charity shop faith. After seeing Alexa Chung sporting flares for London Fashion Week, I needed no excuse to add them to my wish list – it seems I’m drawn to the Seventies. So, on a recent, rainy Saturday afternoon, I chanced upon these Jigsaw jeans on the 50p rail. Yes, the 50p rail. Breathe. 
I’ve never found a pair of jeans in a charity shop, it’s difficult enough to find them on the high street. Despite being inches too long on the leg (typical petite problems), they were the perfect fit on the waist. And that’s when my lovely mother-in-law stepped in to help and hemmed them to fit my tiny legs, making these my favourite jeans of all time. You may have noticed a distinct lack of jeans on the blog and there’s a reason for that, I hate my thighs. Who would have thought a 50p pair of jeans could have changed my life my opinion?
 
And the bargains just didn’t stop there. Crossing the road, I spied these heeled tan leather loafers in the window of a shop supporting Greyhounds. Size 5, tick. Appropriately priced, cross. Can you believe they were just £2? Apart from a dink on the heel, they were in amazing condition and a perfect fit. All that was left for my Seventies transformation was to add my beloved Celia Birtwell for Uniqlo shirt. 
Outfit Details
// Denim flares :: Jigsaw (thrifted) //
// Tan loafers :: Primark (thrifted) //
// Shirt :: Celia Birtwell for Uniqlo //
// Coat :: Topshop //
// Messenger bag :: H&M (gift)//
 
This year, I’m estimating that I’ve found around 25 items in charity shops. From shoes, to dresses, jumpers to skirts. It’s fair to say, I have plenty of clothes to show you in outfit posts. My thrifting hasn’t been easy, I’ve made a few purchases I regret, but being able to feature two finds in one outfit post makes me feel that I’m building a unique wardrobe which suits me. After all, I can afford to be creative and take risks, if I something isn’t right for me- I’ll simply donate it back to charity. So there we have it, a new spring look, a spin off of the Modern Seventies trend, all for £2.50.
 
Are you a fan of the Seventies trend?
As always, much love,
 
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HOW TO TRAVEL LIGHT :: JEWELLERY IN POLAND

HOW TO TRAVEL LIGHT :: JEWELLERY IN POLAND

With the first days of spring on the horizon, and Christmas a distant memory, it’s the time of year when we start to think about travel. Whether it be a city break or a weekend away, when it comes to short breaks there’s something everyone has to consider at some point: travelling light. As you know, I love to travel and I’m always on the look out for cheap flights, however adding hold luggage can sometimes make the price shoot up. So, I simply refuse to pay it and always take hand luggage. If I can manage three weeks in Europe with only 9 kilograms of hand luggage, then I can certainly last a couple of days, even in cooler climates. Travelling in summer taught me a few tricks and if there’s only one tip I can impart on you, take a little of what you love. It’s as simple as that. 
 
When it comes to packing jewellery though, I have to admit: this is the most difficult of packing issues for me. Packing for package holidays of summers passed, I would carefully select a set of jewellery for each outfit packed. It always increased the weight of my suitcase and half of the time, it would be too hot to wear it! Green neck, anyone? A few years ago, I decided never to pack jewellery- that way: I’d never get it tangled, lose it or risk not wearing it. The only problem was, I didn’t half miss wearing jewellery. So, in an effort to compromise, I now take one set of jewellery and wear it to travel in . That’s it. As I said, take a little of what you love. When Joshua James got in touch and offered me a piece of jewellery of my choice, shortly before John and I’s city break to Gdansk, I decided to select a necklace that I could take on city breaks. I chose the Thomas Sabo Eternity of Love Necklace.
Along with my engagement ring, I wear a pair of cubic zirconia studded earrings: simple, understated and matches everything. Originally, my engagement ring was gold, as was most of my vintage jewellery collection. When we returned to Saltaire to have the ring re-sized, I chose a different ring, from the same designer, made of white gold simply for a change. After all, I’ll be wearing my engagement ring all my life (I hope!) So, it was a real treat to be able to choose a necklace to wear with it. With white zirconia, it promises to bring a sparkle to the wearer’s eyes. 
 
Maybe we’re unconventional, but on each city break we like to find street art from artists we like or perhaps have seen before in different countries. Poland was no different. On our final day, we decided to find a piece of hidden street art we’d seen on the Australian street artist, Mik Shida’s Instagram. A short trek out of the city, via the docklands, we chanced upon the colourful piece, albeit on the site of an abandoned slaughter house (I was thankful to discovered this after our visit).
On days like this, what I wear has to be functional – no pretty dresses here – and getting ready in morning has to be quick! Adding a little sparkle to my jewellery helps me stay true to my girly roots. You can read my Spring style tips and check out what other bloggers had to say, by clicking here
 
How do you pack jewellery when travelling light? I would love to hear your tips!
As always, much love,
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*Eternity love necklace sent by Joshua James. All views my own*
TRAVEL SNAPSHOTS :: GDANSK

TRAVEL SNAPSHOTS :: GDANSK

In January, I resolved to post more tales of my travels on the blog. I intended to share my experience of October’s visit to Warsaw, Poland’s capital, but vowed to tell you about Gdańsk. So, here’s the start of hopefully many to come. 

Once known by the German name of Danzig, like most Polish cities, Gdańsk was rebuilt after the Second World War to reflect its original style. The result? Pretty, very pretty. Well, let’s see what you think…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever visited Gdańsk?
Which city breaks do you have lined up?
As always, much love, 
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