30 October 2013

Thrift Inspiration......New Look Knit, Isabel Marant Style!

Hi everyone! I hope your week is going well, it's a half term week in our household and it's great not to have any early morning starts for my youngest, who relishes his late nights and late lie ins- having got his interim report just before he broke up and achieving a B grade in every subject- he has his GCSE's in eighteen months time, I'm really pleased with his progress to date and at how he is just enjoying relaxing and recharging his batteries from all the sports and academic stuff that has been on his timetable lately!  Anyhow, I am being kept busy with general household duties, my volunteering work, blogging and of course little thrift trips here and there and this suits me just fine!

Since the impending Isabel Marant/H&M collaboration was announced, I must admit to have been quite impressed with how her pieces work so effortlessly well with each other-to me, this is casual chic dressing most stylish and I really love the red/black/white pieces that add texture and a lovely pop of colour to different outfits. My favourite items from the collection are below, the longline cardi jacket, the tasseled scarf and the multi colour sweatshirt:








 I'm not sure yet whether I'm going to get an item from the collection, the scarf would be number one on my list as I'm sure it would be an excellent layering piece with all the winter coats and jackets I have, but I would like to see what the quality is like before I made it an addition to my wardrobe.

Last weeks thrifting trip was to two towns on the bus- I found nothing at all in the first town's five shops that I visited so was hoping I would do better at the next town's six shops. Well at the eleventh and last shop was where I did find a couple of items and thankfully they weren't impulse buys from frustration!!

I first found a pair of boyfriend style straight leg light wash Levi's jeans which were just the colour I've been after for a while. Just as I was approaching the till to pay I saw this New Look knit which I had to wait to try on-I nearly didn't bother as I really had enough and just wanted to get the bus home. I was pleased I waited though as it fitted perfectly and once the items were paid for I was straight on the bus homeward bound.

As you can see it's a tweed style open knit in a red/black/white colourway (sorry for the photo quality which makes the top look purply-which it isn't!) and has a scallop front:



I was drawn to the colour and it's an 'inbetween' weight-not thick and not thin, so ideal for those days where I don't need to layer up. 


Have you been inspired by the Isabel Marant/H&M collaboration and if so, what pieces are taking your interest? Will you be buying a piece or looking to adopt a similar style to what they have on offer?

Wishing you all a good week ahead-the sun is shining today and it's not too windy either- a perfect Autumnal day to enjoy-hope you do too!!

28 October 2013

High Winds at the Coast in my new Zara cap

 Hi everyone! I hope all of you in the UK are coping with the high winds we are currently experiencing, thankfully we did not incur any damage but I have seen a tree uprooted today-hopefully they are beginning to die down in a lot of areas, it really is quite frightening at how gusty it has been!

Yesterday we decided to take a drive to the coast so it was definitely a day for wrapping up against the wildly windy and occasionally wet weather.  I decided to debut my new Zara cap that I purchased on my Covent Garden trip a few weeks ago which is also available online here. I am also wearing my thrifted grey tweed jacket, a sweater bought in the Marks and Spencer's sale a couple of weeks ago; my River Island green camo/leopardprint jeans bought in their sale last month; my Dune biker boots and my Primark skull embossed clutch:


It was really really windy and I'm surprised and pleased that my cap stayed on for the whole duration of our visit!! There were quite a lot of people out and about- the beach is a perfect Autumn destination for a brisk walk, sea air and of course a decadently tasty typical seaside late lunch !!


These shots show how windy it was!!





We had such a lovely stroll and even went on the beach too-then it was destination chip shop for some fresh fat chips and then on the return leg stopping off for our delicious desert of whipped ice cream with butter pecan sauce and a freshly baked hot donut- definitely the order of the day!!


I felt so thoroughly windswept but deliciously full by this last photo and it was time to get in the car for a leisurely cruise home!



I am linking this post to the lovely Claire Justine for Creative Monday. I hope you all have a good week ahead- it's half term for me so no early morning starts of ironing uniforms and getting the little 'un up and out- hurrah!!

24 October 2013

Thrift Inspiration......One Scarf In, One Jacket Out

Hi everyone!! Like a lot of style and fashion bloggers I have been reorganising and sorting out my wardrobe for Autumn and Winter over the past few weeks. I recently sold my Kate Moss for Topshop Liberty print jacket on ebay as it was too small (alas I have gained some weight which I should address by regular exercise but am still slow to gain any inspiration for this)-anyhow the jacket was too small and surplus to requirements and it gave me some ammunition and funds to put towards a new seasonal purchase.

I've been inspired by a few style bloggers recently who like me have a scarf addiction and have been wearing the new berry tones in existing scarves they have or by their new purchases. I decided that I wanted to get a statement scarf such as the Mulberry one I got last Christmas

Requirements for the new one included pure wool content, cream and berry hues with black if possible and I really did want a heritage brand thrown in for good measure. My local T K Maxx is generally a walk-thru from one side of the town to the other, but yesterday as I was walking through I had the brainwave to check out the scarves and I'm so pleased I did. After searching through the racks I found the perfect one for me which ticked all the boxes:


This scarf is by Aquascutum and has the cream, black and berry colours I wanted, plus it's 100% wool. It's wider than a normal scarf but smaller than a shawl, so will provide perfect coverage for colder spells:



The price was spot on too- for a heritage brand such as Aquascutum I would have expected to pay at least double what I did, so when I saw the price tag at £24.99 I was really pleased and knew I would be taking it home with me. 

This was a perfect swap for me, I now have the scarf I wanted and the jacket has gone to a new home. Reassessing and selling what you don't want in your wardrobe is a great way to raise funds for potential new purchases-will you be doing this for Autumn and Winter, or have you done so already?


22 October 2013

My Boys All Wrappz Up!

Hi everyone! Earlier this year I inherited my oldest son's I phone 4S and with it, a rubber case which certainly has done the job but has lost it's elasticity and grip and on my travels I have been trying to check out alternative cases to have.

As luck would have it, I was approached by Wrappz.com last week who asked if I would like to review one of their cases. I immediately replied and said yes, not only because I could personalise it but the actual case itself is made from the highest quality materials and are really lightweight and durable.

I decided to customise it with a photo of my beautiful two boys when they were young so I have a constant reminder of how cute and lovely they are, hehe!! The photo wraps right around the sides too so the overall look is really quite professional looking:



The case arrived at the weekend and I was really amazed at how it felt- light, hardwearing and considering how smooth it was, it really is good to grip hold of-it's not at all slippery and now the phone is in it, it really just feels part of the phone:


I can really recommend the case and Wrappz also do phone skins too- I'm sure they would make an ideal present or stocking filler now Christmas is approaching and can be personalised for your dearest family member or friend. 

I have three £5 gift vouchers available too so if you do decide to order a case, drop me an email first and I will send the first three people who contact me the gift voucher code!!

I hope you are all having a great week, the weather is really mild but on and off rainy and windy so Autumn has set in for sure now!!

21 October 2013

Thrift Inspiration.....Stockpiling Leopard Print this Autumn

Hi everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend, my one was very low key due to not feeling that well but I was very well looked after and fed with favourite and healthy foods and drinks, and sweets and magazines were regularly topped up too.

For this coming season I have been having a mild obsession with leopardprint-it hasn't come full force so far as I've not bought and kept anything new or thrifted as yet this Autumn. In my mind I have a semi wishlist of what I would like- I'm holding out for 'traditional' leopardprint, rather than the coloured variations and just key pieces like the ones I have from last year, that will roll forward every Autumn and continue to be items that I look forward to use and wear.

These items are what I already have from last season and are beginning to make appearances. This Autograph by Marks & Spencer leather tote bag is already a perennial favourite that I love using at this time of the year and goes with a variety of different coats and jackets:




The gloves were also purchased last year, another Marks & Spencer item that will just always be an Autumnal favourite and hopefully not get lost!! I love the mix of red leather and leopardprint, it provides a perfect pop of colour against khaki, brown, camel or black:


The perfect accessories that go great with all my jeans are skinny and normal size belts and the bigger one is a real staple in my wardrobe- it was a thrift find from my local Sue Ryder charity shop and is real leather by Topshop. The skinny one was a bargain buy from Primark last year:


I have already an idea of newly thrifted items I would love to try and get, so watch this space as the leopardprint obsession becomes reality over the next few months!!

What style has really grabbed your attention this Autumn-will you be searching out new pieces or do you have them already in your wardrobe?

I am linking this post to the lovely Claire Justine for Creative Mondays, wishing you all a lovely week ahead!

18 October 2013

Autumn Thrift Find-H&M Monochrome Cardigan

Hi everyone! On thrifting trips whether they are to boot sales or charity shops, my eyes are always open for different types of knitwear- whether it's a crew neck, v neck, polo neck or cardigan I'm always trying to get great quality pieces regardless of the time of year as I know once it reaches Autumn and Winter, they will come out of storage and start to be worn.

One find from the summer months was this waterfall wool mix cardigan from H&M which was from my local Sue Ryder charity shop for just £4.99. I have already wore it once instead of a jacket and being monochrome tweedy wool means it will go with so much that I have already have in my wardrobe: 




I wore it with skinny jeans and a tee but as the weather gets colder it will be perfect with a polo neck jumper underneath- it really is a soft cosy knit which was well worth the fiver spent on it!

Do you love knitwear? I know a lot of people prefer pure wool over synthetic knits and a lot of people just can't get on with cardigans or sweaters and prefer to layer up with thermals underneath lighter layers. I'd love to hear what camp you fall into!!

Wishing you all a really relaxing and lovely weekend ahead!!

16 October 2013

A Fashionable Collection Of Christmas Gifts

Hi Everyone! With the festive season fast approaching, those who like to plan ahead are already turning their attention toward their Christmas shopping. Finding the right gifts for friends and family every year can quickly become a headache, as we all tend to descend on our nearest shopping centre and the pressure of shopping can sometimes makes it difficult to figure out meaningful, personal gifts.



Of course, there are always the predictable gifts to consider. This season for example, there will probably be a new Xbox One or Playstation 4 wrapped up for a lot of people on Christmas Day and of course the latest Apple and Samsung devices always make nice choices. If however you're looking for a particularly fashionable, stylish, or personalised gift for someone, you might want to look into something more unique. Marks and Spencer has a wonderful tool this festive season to help with the task as the store's 'Presents They'll Love' Collection section features gift ideas to match different personalities and taste, particularly with regard to style, beauty and fashion. Here are a few examples from this exciting selection to help get you thinking.

For Fashion Followers
This is a particularly excellent section, as it incorporates some of the hottest autumn/winter fashion trends as gift ideas for all tastes and budgets. The suggestions here range from trendy scarves, to chic clutches and handbags, to an array of other accessories and can make excellent additions to any woman's wardrobe this season and work wonderfully as gifts. Giving clothes is difficult, as fit can be tough to guess on - but accessories make fantastic Christmas presents, particularly when they are this much in tune with seasonal trends.

For Beauty Addicts
This is a great selection, particularly for stocking fillers and smaller gifts. For those people on your Christmas present list who love to take advantage of the latest beauty products you'll find some perfect choices here. Hand lotions, bath products, lip glosses are all fabulous choices in beautiful packaging and in some cases are available as mixed presentation packs - all making wonderful festive presents.

Gifts For Her
If you want to step outside of specific fashion and style collections, the "Gifts for Her" section is excellent for providing some variety. This section not only has a good range of fashion accessories and beauty products, it  also includes jewellery, stylish home accessories and even some gorgeous lingerie choices. It's a first stop choice collection full of the kind of gifts you always want to find for others but can't seem to track down!

These are just a few of Marks & Spencer's innovative stylish gift categories and collections, so if you're starting to look for presents already for the festive season with fashion in mind, these three are well worth checking out first!

Wednesday's Winter WishList Item by Barbour at Liberty of London

Hi everyone! For those of you wanting to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe and invest in a good quality statement item that will last you for years to come at the same cost as a high street sweater, take a look at my chosen wishlist item which is this merino wool and cashmere scarf by Barbour:




Not only does it give a splash of colour to any chosen winter coat and jacket, the cashmere wool mix will keep you really stylish and snug and from a heritage brand such as Barbour, you know you're getting a really lovely statement item for Winter. 

It's also a fabulous way to indulge into the plaid and tartan trend for this season and is easily an item that will never go out of style or fashion, looking great for day or night time dressing. I love the three way colour scheme of red, black and white as it would go with so much:


Now on to the price- a really worthwhile £40 from Liberty of London!!

I'll definitely be adding this to my list of 'Winter Wants', for me it ticks all the boxes for price, quality and colour, what's not to love?

What is currently on your Winter wishlist?



14 October 2013

Wardrobe Re-organisation and Edit

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a really nice weekend-for me I didn't make the trip to the vintage fair at the SouthBank on Saturday as I'm pretty sure I'm coming down with something and with the weather being so temperamental I decided to just spend the day catching up with house work and a spot of local thrifting. 

Yesterday was a really chilled relaxed day which was just as well as the weather was wet and windy and was just perfect for staying in and browsing the 'net, watching films on TV and eating!! I have been thrifting quite a fair bit lately, but I've been trying to get items that I know will fit in with the rest of my wardrobe and get worn regularly and items that slot into this category include sweaters and more trousers and jeans. Over the weekend I really edited and sorted what I had, what I wanted to keep and get all winter items close to hand. Here is a snapshot of my wardrobes in general and this first one is for jackets only-everyday winter and other seasonal ones:


Next are my chest of drawers which in drawer one (top) are scarves and cardigans; the middle drawer is for tees, shirts and blouses and light sweaters and the bottom drawer is knitwear:


My other wardrobe has my jeans on the top shelf and all my vintage and designer jackets, dresses, skirts, trousers and tops that need to be on hangers:


Here is a picture of my storage for other items- the wicker Fortnum & Mason hamper basket holds my jeans that are on rotation, the green case below it holds knitwear on rotation, the case below has a mix of different items that are trans-seasonal. The 'Tiffin Tin' box holds woollen scarves, the wooden crate holds more scarves and the blue case has my summer tees and blouses.


These are all on a vintage trunk that holds my summer skirts and dresses.

I did do quite a bit of a wardrobe edit a couple of weeks ago with the unwanted items sent to the charity shop. I've only got less than five items sorted from the weekend that I'm going to put on ebay at some point and I'm hoping to put the funds towards a pair of ankle boots that I've seen!

I feel that I'm pretty much up to date with basics for winter but I will be on the look out for a couple of scarves-preferably with a red or pink mix to liven up my winter coats and jackets which are housed in my downstairs cupboard. I've a good selection of parkas, faux fur, black coats and trench coats- they just need a splash of colour I think!!

I really want to make the most of my wardrobe and really start wearing what I have rather than keeping worrying about what I haven't got- a re-organisation really helps you realise what you already have and just need to get on and wear!!

Wishing you all a really good week ahead! Do you have your wardrobe sorted for the winter season? Will you be making do or do you have a few items that you need to get to pull your wardrobe together, I'd love to hear about that!!

11 October 2013

Thrift Inspiration..........For Autumn Tote Bags

Hi everyone!! Whenever I am on thrifting trips I'm always looking out for jackets, bags and jeans as first things to look for. I love thrifting bags as you can generally find really great quality ones that are leather or a good quality fabric for so little. 

If money were no object then I would definitely be choosing this gorgeous patchwork Fallabella bag by Stella McCartney-so many trends all in one: metal chain hardware, the colour of the season-oxblood, faux snakeskin and mock croc, this really is a lovely bag for Autumn:




Stella McCartney Fallabella Tote bag, £760


Earlier this week I found this fabulous leather patchwork oxblood tote bag for £5.99 at a neighbouring town's Oxfam charity shop. It's a perfect size, not too small and not massive but certainly big enough for all essentials and a fold up umbrella too:


It's ideal for daytime wearing and I'm so drawn to the rich colour too. It reminds me of a brown leather slouch patchwork bag that I bought for myself on my first ever girls holiday when I was seventeen from Ibiza and I used it until it fell apart, it really was a special bag and I'm hoping this one will live up to expectations!!

This next find was from my local Sue Ryder charity shop a couple of months ago and I absolutely adore it. It's pure wool carpet and I'm sure it comes from Morocco, it has such a hippy boho chic vibe to it and was a bargainous £3.99:


In the early 90s I went to Morocco for the weekend for a 'Diamond Hunt', it was a tour operator's educational as I worked for a major travel agents at the time. It was an amazing adventure and I brought home a wool rug for my mum that had been hand loomed by local Berbers in the Atlas Mountains. The bag really reminds me of the wool rug that unfortunately is no longer around as my mum got rid of it when she moved house last year.

Do you have handbags that have a sentimental value to you?
Wishing you all a really great weekend, it's pouring with rain and cold and windy where I am at the moment-(ugh) so it really is so right to turn on the heating and get the layers at the ready!!


10 October 2013

Vintage Presents:The Classic Car Boot Sale

On Saturday 12 October over 100 classic cars and vintage vehicles will descend on to Southbank Centre’s riverfront for London’s first classic car boot sale, curated Vintage Festival. The Classic Car Boot Sale will take place on the riverfront at Southbank Centre between the Queen’s Walk, Hungerford Bridge and Jubilee Gardens. 
Traders will assemble the finest vintage fashion, homewares and pop culture memorabilia, operating from the boot of their vintage vehicles. Show stopping car displays will include vehicles of all shapes and sizes; from classic cars such as the Aston Martin DB4, to VW campervans and beautiful vintage bicycles.


The event will also boast some of the finest food traders, serving premium street food and craft beers from converted vans and campers. Traders include Engine, who serve artisan smoked sausages, B.O.B. Lobster’s famous lobster rolls and street food favourite, Bleeker Street Burgers. Drinks will be provided by Beetle Juice, a stylish mobile cocktail bar. British Music Experience’s “Traffic Jam”, a renovated Austin Morris J4 Dormobile, will have DJs playing a mix of music inspired and influenced by Lord Kitchener’s 1950s calypso classic London is the Place for Me. In between DJ sets, visitors will be invited to try out playing BME’s selection of instruments, such as a tea chest bass, ukulele and percussion steel pans.


Further musical entertainment comes from Vintage Festival DJs, who will be playing vinyl from the top of an open air London Routemaster. Also appearing at The Classic Car Boot Sale will be [re]design’s Chalkyvan, a rejuvenated campervan redesigned and upgraded to be used as a mobile chalkboard. 

Entry to The Classic Car Boot Sale is £3, and tickets can be purchased at Southbank Centre on the day of the event.

8 October 2013

Key Trends for your Winter Wardrobe

Clocks go back
The clocks go back towards the end of this month and winter will be setting in. This means one thing - a change to your winter wardrobe. You don't have to reinvent your whole look for the season but if you want to give a nod to the season's trends then there are some key items that you might like to add to your wardrobe. 

Navy Blue
There is always a colour that is central to the season's wardrobe and this winter it is a very figure friendly navy blue. Softer than black, navy blue is a great neutral colour for any age. The likes of Céline and Chloé sent models down the runway head to toe in navy blue but for a less dramatic look just go for touches. It's a colour worth thinking about for those Christmas parties though instead of your Little Black Dress.

Colourful and Exotic Faux Fur
Last winter fur was everywhere but this year it takes on a whole new look. It is bold and colourful faux fur that takes centre stage. As well as Muppet inspired colours you'll also find exotic prints recreated as fur. On the catwalks Versace sent a model down the runway in a faux zebra print fur coat to a striking effect. There is no need to go the whole Fraggle though: the High Street will be full of pieces with great fur trims that will be enough to add a hint of the trend.




Fun Prints
Animal prints have been on trend for a while now and though this trend isn't going to abate any time soon there is a new style of print on the fabric block this winter. It is fun prints such as polka dots or hearts that are the ones to watch and they can easily bring light-hearted fun to the darker winter months. It is an easy trend to wear but if you don't want to wear big chunks of print then you'll find some gorgeous print scarves that will add an on trend touch to your look.



Mohair
Knits this winter are all about the warmth and cosiness that is mohair. Enjoy the feel of this fabulous fluffy wool against your skin in jumpers, cardigans or even jackets. Treat them well though as this delicate knit needs special care to keep it as its best.

Pastel Pinks
The super girly women out there will be pleased to know that there is another colour high on the seasonal agenda. Pastel powdery pink was a popular choice on the runways and in particular it was coats that were created in this feminine shade. Forget that black coat and do as the likes of Miu Miu and Carven did with a stunning pink coat.

Tweed
You don't have to be a country gent to get away with tweed this winter. Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and more leading designers sent models clad in full tweed outfits down the runway but there are plenty of ways to introduce tweed to your look this winter. Think about wearing a great tweed blazer over jeans or just a tweed hat to see you through the very chilly months.




Camouflage
If girly pink is definitely not your thing then you might be more interested in the trend for camouflage print that is coming through. Whether it is a top, trousers or accessories this print is the choice for tom boy girls out there.

Masculine tailoring
A more manly approach to tailoring is set to be on trend for winter with trousers suits taking on a sharper edge than previous years. Choose trousers and waistcoat for a stylish boyish look that will set you in good stead for the office. Armani showed this look off to amazing effect on their runways.

7 October 2013

My Saturday: Covent Garden in search of Affogato!!

Hi everyone! I hope you had a lovely weekend, the weather where I am was really quite nice-Saturday seemed chillier than Sunday with yesterday being quite lovely and sunny!

Saturday saw a day out in London, covering Covent Garden and Soho in search of a good affogato, some good cuisine and a couple of fashionable treats included! After seeing an instagram of Mrs TNMA having a deliciously looking affogato (I didn't know what it was and had to google it!) I knew I just HAD to try one and wow, what a treat it was too!


Gelatorino in Covent Garden offer fabulous service and let you try before you buy- I had a mix of vanilla gelato and coffee with chocolate chips gelato, with a warm gooey hazelnut ganache and a shot of espresso, all topped off with roasted hazelnuts-what a divine mix!!


Many people were coming in simply for the gelato which was delicious of course, but I'm smitten with the affogato and will definitely have it as a treat EVERY time I visit London now, hehe!! Gelatorino is in Russell Street in the heart of theatreland and I would definitely recommend a visit there if you're in the area:


I wore my thrifted Norwegian cardi jacket-which is it's first outing and just so cosy and warm!!! Zara chelsea boots, Primark faux leather skinny jeans and my trusty black Primark cap. After my little treat we took a wander into Covent Garden and watched the street entertainment which certainly pulls in the crowds and keeps you enraptured- this daredevil was walking a tight rope and juggling knives!



I had to take a quick look into the pop up Chanel shop and had a crafty spritz of Cristalle whilst hubby got chatting to the male assistant:



After having a general browse which included a pop into Zara and a treat for me which I'll show in my next post we then decided to go and have something to eat and were welcomed in to Turkish restaurant Sofra where we enjoyed their healthy menu of mezes and lamb tagine- so very fresh, tasty and delicious and very reasonably priced too:


 I totally forgot to take a picture of my meal but the refreshing mint and lemon tea afterwards was a really lovely way to finish the meal and I knew we would have to take a long stroll to let the meal settle!


After leaving the restaurant we took a wander towards Soho's trendy boutiques and hubby treated himself to a new top. It was then we decided to take a walk back to Holborn where we'd parked the car (free parking from 1.30 Saturday to 8.30 Monday morning) and only 5-10 minutes walk from Covent Garden. There is nothing worse than bringing your car into London and getting stuck in the traffic so we research the best free places to park when we come into London now.


I'm linking this post to the lovely Patti at Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday and the gorgeous Claire Justine for her Creative Monday blog hop.

Wishing all a really good week ahead!

4 October 2013

The Salvation Army Charity Shop Reward Scheme

Hi everyone!! As you all may be aware, I shop A LOT at my local and neighbouring town's charity shops. For me not only are you donating to a good cause but of course you are doing your bit for the environment by buying secondhand goods.

To be rewarded for charity shopping is a real incentive and as I regularly shop at my local Salvation Army it makes sense to collect their reward cards. As it says on one side of the card, for every £5 spent you receive a stamp and once you receive 10 stamps YOU get a free £5 to spend-what's not to love!!


On the other side of the card is the donation side of being rewarded-buy a re:bag instore for just 99p and everytime you fill it up and donate the contents you can get your card stamped with a £2 credit. Fill up x 5 and you've a massive £10 to spend, so in total you can get a whopping £15 back! 

Each re:bag which has it's contents donated is equivalent to around £20 to the Salvation Army and could help provide a week’s support for a rough sleeper, a day’s vocational training at a Salvation Army day centre for 10 people to help them pursue new careers, or a much needed box of food for a family struggling with poverty at Christmas. In context it really shows how far your bag of unwanted goods can go and it really does make a difference to people around the UK:


Even if you don't necessarily buy clothes from charity shops you can still pick up lovely accessories, costume jewellery, handbags, DVDs, CDs, books and general bric a brac, some of which is still new and can make ideal stocking fillers for Christmas.

There are over 140 shops participating in the scheme and if you click here you can find your local branch plus further information on the schemes.

Of course I had to show you what I managed to get with my £5 reward this week:

A ladies Levi's denim shirt which is perfectly in my size:



A pair of chino's by Gap which are from Spring 2012 and once laundered, pressed and put away will be perfect daytime trousers for Spring next year. You can see they were reduced, I presume because they are discounting the summer items:


So for me I received 2 items for £5 and they will both definitely be worn too-regardless of how cheap items are in charity shops I still don't buy for the sake of it, the item still has to be first wanted and then worn.

I hope this inspires you to check out your local Salvation Army-it is definitely a worthwhile charity to donate to and buy from especially as all profits go to different causes within the UK.

PS- This isn't a sponsored post, just a post from a very satisfied customer!!

Wishing you a really lovely weekend!



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