THIS OLD HEART OF MINE

To find an original, red telephone box in the UK these days can be rather rare and sighting one can feel fortuitous, especially when that telephone box happens to be located in the small, rural village where your parents live. Most Sundays, John and I take the short drive out of town, through scenic countryside to visit and share breakfast with my family. My parents live in a small cottage with a large, farmhouse style kitchen and we settle around the table brunching, drinking coffee and swapping tales from the week. It’s quickly becoming somewhat of a family tradition; a tradition this old heart of mine longs to keep.


Since making my pledge, I’ve successfully reduced my clothes but, I’m finding it a real challenge to reuse the pieces that I already own. I hate to admit it, but…


I’ve tried quick, clever tricks by layering dresses with jumpers or turning dresses into tops with midi skirts, but this weekend, I discovered a long forgotten pair of thrifted shoes and instantly, I knew how to restyle one of my favourite dresses. Just like that, easy!




Outfit Details
// Gingham Dress :: Duck and Duffel //
// Vintage Inspired Bag :: c/o HaveBest // 
// Trench coat :: Primark //
// Red shoes :: British Heart Foundation (originally M&S) //
// Tights :: Pamela Mann //

I found these shoes in my local British Heart Foundation shop almost two years ago now. They’re originally from Marks and Spencers’ Limited Collection and even though they were brand new with tags attached, they were £5.99. At the time, I remember being drawn to their vintage inspired design, which probably explains why I chose this bag when Manchester company, HaveBest, got in touch and offered to send me a bag of my choice. I chose the Genevieve tote bag because of its cherry red colour and vintage look. I love how it looks with monochrome and also that it costs £18, including delivery. Surely this wouldn’t be an expensive addition to any vintage loving girl’s wardrobe?

*The Genevieve Tote Bag was sent to me free of charge. Opinions my own, as usual.*

  • We used to have a red phone box in the village I grew up in and in my teens when my Dad wouldn't let me use the phone I'd head there with what money I had to phone my friends – how times have changed!

    Love your shoes! They look gorgeous with the bag.

    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

  • luhuvvvve this outfit! but, if you're struggling to find phone boxes, you need to come back to London, duck!

  • We have a very unloved telephone box not far from us, sadly it's next to a busy road that doesn't allow much scope for taking photos, otherwise I'd be right there!
    I'm trialing a capsule wardrobe at the moment and really enjoying it. I'm finding that I like to repeat my favourite outfits rather than find a new way to wear everything each time. It's like putting on an old pair of slippers – you just know you're going to be comfy.

  • Such a beautiful outfit! Those shoes were such a steal, I was in British Heart Foundation today and all of the shoes were mega expensive and a bit tatty! I did buy some shoes from a local hospice shop though which I promise to share soon …

  • Those shoes are amazing! I love them!!!! Such a perfect height and they go beautifully with the gingham!xx

  • I adore red shoes! My only pair died on me and got thrown away so I yearn for more.

    This is a lovely outfit 🙂

  • These shoes are gorgeous! They go perfectly with the bag. Lush outfit lady, as per.x

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