Winter Florals

I really love florals, so I've been on the look out for a floral dress or skirt that will work well with winter wear. I found this floral rose patterned skirt from the Red Cross charity shop a few weeks ago for a bargain £1.50!

Its by 'Per Una' which is a Marks & Spencer range and the features I love are the asymetrical hem and the chiffon type fabric. I decided to toughen up my look with my black biker jacket, boots and studded belt.

Will you be in florals this winter?


Online Shopping @ Koodos

It's great fun to do online shopping, choosing an item at the push of a button and then having it delivered to you is a service that cannot be beaten!! Its even better when instead of scouring up to a dozen different sites, you can browse one site and have a plethora of designers all on one page to compare.

At Koodos it doesn’t matter if you’re looking to pull off the latest celebrity style or want to update your wardrobe to exude timeless designer-chic, because their range of discount designer clothing-including designer shoes, designer bags, jewellery, menswear and kids is alway plentiful and always on sale.

Different designers include 7 For All Mankind, Marc Jacobs, Nicole Farhi, Preen, Karen Millen and DKNY, plus many more besides!! All at bargain prices and with currently up to a massive 80% off in their clearance sale. It's also great to check out for mums to be, as they also have a Maternity section too, featuring dresses, jeans and lingerie.

Here are some of my favourite picks of what they have available:

Emma Cook rope jumper, £140

Aftershock sequin cami, £39

Michael Kors boots, £169

Lou Lou & Law top, £95

They also offer a weekly newsletter if you sign up, receiving seriously special offers and previews of their designer sales.Stock does changes very frequently, so its worth checking them out on a regular basis if you're after that special item-they offer designer chic at bargain prices, what more can a girl want, LOL!!


In Vogue-More Dash Than Cash, The Book

Many UK Vogue readers may be aware that earlier this year, Alexandra Shulman, UK editor, decided to bring back a very popular feature that ran from the seventies called 'More Dash Than Cash'.

It managed and still does, to show stylish ways of dressing and offers clothes and accessories at affordable prices, based on designer trends of the season.

So at the weekend, when I was browsing the charity shops, I had decided to steer clear of clothes and look at the books and DVDs and I found this!!

Its around 20 years old, but the style advice in general is still relevant today as back then and there are some wonderful photos of Naomi, Cindy and Linda doing their thing back in the days!!

There is a lot of useful quotes and advice, one favourite part is 'Spacecraft', the section for keeping all your valued pieces. It reads: 'A wardrobe should be no idle consideration: it should be as much a pleasure as any other piece of furniture in the home. Treasure it, buy it presents, really make it an issue. That way, you'll relish time spent in its company and be encouraged to experiment with it's contents.'

Also: 'What Makes a Great Wardrobe? Versatility is the key word, which means having clothes that cope with every situation, so you don't have to rush out to buy something new the minute an invitation drops through the letterbox. The aim is to extract the maximum of looks from the minimum of clothes with the least possible effort and expense. A clever wardrobe has limitless permutations; will accommodate all the new clothes you do buy and can be worn even when fashion changes.'

One piece of advice I need to act on more often is 'So long as something is beautiful, it doesn't matter when you wear it' Lucinda Chambers, Fashion Director, British Vogue.

Lastly, a quote from Ines De La Fressange, who only last week was voted by 'Le Figaro' The most chic woman in Paris: "I always buy the same things: navy blazers, navy and green sweaters, black turtlenecks, men's jackets, twin sets, white shirts, black pants and black ballerina pumps. Crazy things like plastic shirts, orange jackets and silver pants I end up givng away unworn". LOL, I think most of us have been guilty of something similiar!!

If you fancy a blast from the past and grabbing your own copy, then Amazon are selling it too, for less than a fiver, its well worth the read!!


50s Vintage Original Dress-Now ready to wear!

Well, I finally got my treasured 50s vintage original dress repaired yesterday, a new zip was called for and I was very pleased with the results. This is one of four dresses from my mum that she wore in the 50s and I hope to wear this one every now and then.

The waist on this is very fitted and snug, my mum has offered to take it out a touch, I think if I put on any more weight, she'll have to, LOL!!

I love the colours, very Autumnal and ideal for this time of the year. I decided to mix prints and wear my leopardprint shoes with it!


Fashion Confidential

I've just come across a brilliant website called Fashion Confidential, which is a fabulous Style website dedicated to Designer Fashion and shopping all under one roof.

Its a comprehensive website that features an A-Z of different designers from a selection of Online Boutiques which include Matches, MyWardrobe, Net-A-Porter, Browns and CoutureLab, as well as some independent European boutiques such as Société Anonyme,Gaspard Yurkievich,The Old Curiosity Shop and Gallery.

Also check out Bargain Hunter where you can learn how to Shop A Sample Sale or spy Wardrobe Essentials, which are Fashion Confidentials pick of the best investment sales pieces available at the moment.

They also have an Online Magazine, the latest feature being 'Style Heroes of the Moment'-check out model Clemence Poesy, the actress epitomising French Chic and Style. The magazine also features brand APC, another gorgeous French label. It concentrates on clean lines, simple designs and this seasons collection features some cosy knitwear and a chic on trend trenchcoat.
I loved 'AnkleBiters', featuring a gorgeous selection of ankle boots from Alaia, McQueen, Dries Van Noten and Poltock & Walsh. If you're still hankering after OTK boots, then check out 'Thighs the Limit' which has some divine picks, including boots from Stella McCartney, Lanvin and Alaia.

My favourite areas are Style Report which is FashionConfidentials blog and is a must read daily fix of whats hot in the fashion world. Another area you'll be bookmarking will be the Sample Sale Diary which gives information on up-and-coming fashion events and luxury sample sales usually reserved for fashion insiders. Also another must read is the Designer Q&A, currently showing on my favourite covetable dress label Preen-I've always adored the Power dress-my favourite wishlist modern dress of the moment!!

Check out their website, I was really impressed and I'm sure you will be too!!


My Other Boot Sale Find!!

My visit to the boot sale last weekend was very successful. As you already know, I scored the vintage Christian Dior clutch which I was really pleased with. On the very last aisle I came across this leather jacket with faux fur collar that fits like a glove!

The lady must of liked me, as when I asked how much it was she said"Well it was £7, but you can have it for £4" How could I refuse such a kind offer, LOL!!

I also bought a River Island leopardprint bag from her too, which was a bargainous £3!! Other finds included a Calvin Klein Khakis skirt for £1, a pink Gap fitted shirt for £1.50, a Levis tee for £2, a Topshop breton style tee for 50p, so all in all a very productive morning at the booty!!


Vintage Christian Dior Find!!

Ever since I saw one of my favourite fashion blogger friends Silje with her vintage Dior clutch, I've been coveting one myself ever since. So at the weekend when I went to the boot sale for the first time in ages, I was delighted to bag this gorgeous find:

The price was even nicer, the lady only wanted £5!!!

I'm thrilled with it-its in fabulous condition, the inside has had a lot of use, but a quality item stands the test of time and it has no flaking or signs of tears.

This is one vintage piece I'll be using regularly this season!!


What I love over at Net-A-Porter

Following on from my previous post on scarfs, here is my scarf wishlist from Net-A-Porter, I totally adore all of these and the Alexander McQueen one is my absolute favourite, LOL!!

Alexander McQueen, £660

Michael Kors snood, £740

Miu Miu, £750

Matthew Williamson, £125

What style of scarf will you be going for this season?


Thrift Inspiration-Doing it 'Mum' style!

The lovely Kate of Make Do Style scored some totally gorgeous 70s maxi dresses last weekend, courtesey of her very generous mum-check them out here!

This fabulous haul of hers inspired me to go to my mums and collect my other 50s dress which has been languishing in her spare room.
About ten years ago, this was a regular in my wardrobe, until the zip bust. I always meant to get it repaired, so ten years on, I think it deserves to be fixed up and worn again. The colours are very autumnal and I can't wait for it to be up and running!!

I also have a matching duster coat for this dress, wide collared and very 50s style-one for the summer months I think!!

Here are the other two vintage original 50s dresses of my mums, now proudly mine!!

The black one is very good quality thick material, so a great stylish classic dress for this season

Have Kate and I inspired you to raid your mums or grans wardrobe-go on, you could be in for a lovely surprise!!!


Autumn Accessories

At the weekend I decided to visit Primark, although I generally don't buy clothes from there, I still think they're the best for up to date, trend led accessories. Of course I also visited the town's charity shops too!

This paisley purple and fuchsia scarf will provide a pop of colour over a black jacket or coat, from the Salvation Army charity shop, £1.

Some fashion tights-lace, cobalt blue and purple from Primark. The coloured ones were £1 each and the lace ones were £2.

There is a huge selection of costume jewellery in Primark, I chose this longer length necklace to go with dresses, this was only £2.50.

How do you rate Primark-its a 'marmite' thing, you either love it or hate it I think!!!


Weekend Outfit

One of my favourite, under worn dresses is this one by Celia Birtwell for Topshop. I thought I'd wear it over the weekend for going into town.

I've a long sleeved red Gap tee underneath to keep the warmth in and my customised Levi's sleeveless jacket that I cut the sleeves off a few months back.

I'm normally in jeans at the weekend, so it makes a change for me to wear a dress in autumn!!!


Thrifting, Vintage and Style-My Tips

I'd just like to say a big thanks to all the people who regularly comment on my blog, whether you are a loyal follower, a browser or an 'anonymous' who has just popped by, your input and comments are much appreciated!!

A lot of comments that are left are also general questions about where and how I thrift. I live on the East London and Essex borders and I have around half a dozen towns that I can visit that have around half a dozen charity shops in each of them. Of course, I love a boot sale too and am lucky that in season, there are ones on every other day!!!

I'm fortunate that they all tend to have very reasonably priced, good quality pieces-of course, I don't always come home with something, but 8 times out of 10, I'll pick up either a wardrobe basic which can be of Gap or Marks & Spencer quality, a vintage piece, or if I'm really lucky, a designer item that has my name on it, LOL!!

I'm also re-posting Thrifting, Vintage and Style-My Tips from August last year, which is my take on thrifting in general and getting the best bargain possible-so for those of you who want to know my tips read on!!!!

Oh, where to start!! Well, I wanted to share my love of thrifting and vintage with you all, not just by "This is what I thrifted today" but more along the lines of tips, hints and generally anything to do with vintage fashion!!

Firstly, if you like to thrift, I would suggest the best places to go are going to be jumble sales, church or school fetes, charity shops, boot sales, markets, online shopping and ebay. I do appreciate that a lot of people do not have access to charity shops or boot sales on a regular basis-but don't forget to check out new places if you go on vacations, business trips or days out to different towns or cities. Don't forget more closer to home-check out mums or grans wardrobes too-you may be pleasantly surprised!! Also check out my list of favourite websites-I have links to a few good vintage websites!!

Secondly, what to expect? Well, the best tips I can give are:

"Expect the unexpected"
I've often gone thrifting for specific items or a lot of the time a general browse and came home with something that wasn't even on my radar.

"What is a good buy?"
A good buy whilst thrifting is only worth buying if it fits you (or you can get a garment altered), it is a wardrobe basic, it is an original, good condition vintage piece, a one of a kind and most importantly, is within your budget. Ultimately, you do have to love the item too!! I'd rather come home empty handed than with something just for the sake of it! If you can, always try an item on, unless you are totally convinced you don't need to, for whatever reason!!

"If in doubt whilst thrifting-BUY IT"
My most treasured piece of advice I can pass on is this. A vintage piece is unique and one of a kind, so it won't be there tomorrow, like at H&M or Zara. Generally, if you are buying from a charity shop, the price will be low anyway and if you don't like it after all, you are doing a double whammy of buying from the charity shop in the first place and then donating it back again!!

"Quality, not quantity"
I know we all love a full wardrobe, but if an item is totally bang on trend and of low quality, chances are you won't be wearing it again in six to nine months time, let alone a decades time! Thrifting is also an excellent way of bagging a designer name at rock bottom prices-quality is generally assured too. This is the timeless appeal of thrifting for vintage, as it never goes out of fashion and the quality of a garment is generally so much better than high street buys nowadays. If you do go for trends, try to purchase an item that adopts a timeless, chic attitude about it- scarves, blazers, floral dresses, belts, handbags and costume jewellery are great buys which never seem to be out of fashion or style. Will you be in lace or tartan in 9 to 12 months time? Maybe you will or you won't, but try and source an item that will stand the test of time and quality and can be seen again when its next back in trend.

"Check out Ebay"
Ebay is the one stop shop for specific items- 'a black lace vintage dress', 'wide legged jeans', 'navy velvet blazer'-you get my drift!! plus, if you are a label fanatic, then 'Yves Saint Laurent', 'Ossie Clark', 'Chanel' or 'Pucci' are only fingertips away!!! Plus, I've noticed with my own buys that the summer months tend to be the best time to win or buy items at very reasonable prices-maybe because a lot of people are away on vacation and also people tend to sell their things in summer for holiday spends!!

"Have fun by creating your own style(s)"
The great thing about thrifting is you can recreate many different styles-I personally don't have one look, I like to dress in floral vintage one day, modern jeans and top the next, 80s combo the day after!! I think this only leads to building your self confidence as you are not dressing in 'whats in fashion today'-you are showing your individuality, creativeness and developing your own sense of style-for example, Agyness Deyn may not be your cup of tea, but she doesn't follow trends and totally works her own unique, crazy way of dressing!!!

"Be your own Person"
I could ultimately go on to say, look out for lace, tartan, pencil skirts, polka dot dresses, etc-yes, they are all timeless trends that come in and out of fashion, but half the fun is experimenting for yourself and seeing what you come up with! The fun of vintage and thrifting is you never know whats round the corner-try it and see!!


Thrift Inspiration, Doing it Net-A-Porter Style!!!

Well, its October now and with autumn setting in, scarfs are very much on my radar. Over at Net-A-Porter, there are some great styles out now, very inspirational and cosy too!!

APC rabbit scarf, £115

Christopher Kane, £455

This is the scarf I picked up in Primark last month, it's a fuschia pink and purple dip dyed leopardprint scarf which was around £3. It has some lovely fringing too, a great alternative to the Christopher Kane version!!

Last year, I picked up this lovely leopardprint fur collar scarf, very similiar to the APC one. Its by John Lewis and I got it for £4.99 at the Sense charity shop.

I'll be cosy for sure this season-how about you?


Biker Jacket and Jeans

I'm wearing my new vintage biker jacket and also my Gap scarf, as its blowing a right gale today-I hope I get into town in one piece, LOL!!

Now its October, the weathers cooling and its time to layer up!!


Sonia Rykiel

Great news, Thanks to the gorgeous Everybody Says Don't, who alerted me to the fact that Sonia Rykiel is doing a collaberation with H&M and the knitwear collection is due out around February 2010- for more information, check out this Telegraph article too:

These pictures are from Sonia's A/W 09/10 collection

Last year, I scored this totally gorgeous Sonia Rykiel jumper from Help The Aged charity shop for only £2.49. Its definitely my favourite jumper and I can't wait to start wearing it again this season!!


Favourite Denim Pieces for this season

I love denim, so I thought I'd share some of my favourite pieces with you that I intend to wear this autumn and winter.

Last years find, a Topshop gilet with fur trim

Big E Levi's shirt, worn layered

Levis vintage waistcoat, great over a skinny polo neck

My beloved Jean Paul Gaultier denim jacket, worn over a woollen LBD

Topshop stretch denim skirt

What denim pieces will you be wearing this winter season?


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