24 August 2014

Easing into Autumn with some August Thrift Finds- It's all shirts, blouses and shirts!!

Hi everyone!! I hope you are all enjoying your bank holiday weekend and the summer holidays in general! The weather in the UK has definitely become cooler and more sporadic outbreaks of sun are now more regular than the summer heatwave we experienced only a couple of weeks back.

I'm slowly laundering and packing away my summer items, I've a drawer left of skirts, shorts and dresses that is staying put just a while longer in case we have an Indian summer over the next few weeks, you never know! In the meantime my latest thrift finds are for wearing now and the next season-shirts and blouses.

I have never really been a big shirt or blouse wearer over the years, but over the last few seasons I've noticed that carefully picking the right designs can mean longevity, versatility and ease of choice when picking pieces for casual or smart outfits.

I love wearing jeans and having a multiple choice of blouses or shirts that I can wear on rotation means having a nicely growing collection is perfect for all seasons for me, especially the in between ones. My most recent find of which I've been searching for a while is the perfect check shirt. I've seen many on thrifting trips and have come across many variations of little checks, big checks, monochrome and coloured but this one by legendary jeans manufacturer Lee (a real 70s favourite) was the 'one'. It is the perfect fit, colourway and has lovely detailing across the bust and for just £3.99 from the PDSA charity shop it's one I'm wearing already and is perfect for the milder weather:



 I love how it sits under a jacket too and a real requirement for me now the weather has turned cooler is to have a collar on at least one of the items I wear as I'm not a fan of an exposed neck whilst wearing a top and jacket:


This buy was a really perfect Autumnal find and the bird print and blue and brown colourway is just a real stylish classic that will be a permanent fixture in my wardrobe for years to come:


I've always been a fan of Liberty print and this was a must have for just £5.30 from the British Heart Foundation charity shop last week. In the same shop I found this Uniqlo flannel shirt for just £2.99, another perfect shirt for wearing come Autumn:


In the thrifting trip at the PDSA I also found this lovely London Fashion Week stalwart designer Paul Costelloe silky style blouse for just £2.99. I love the colours-again, perfect for a chic daytime look with jeans or dressed up with some smart black trousers for a stylish evening outfit:


Another item which I just had to have too was this cute fine gauzy boho style blouse by Monsoon- at £2.99 it was a real steal and is again a versatile piece ideal for day or evening wear:



I know a lot of bloggers have not been spending too much in August- I admit to indulging in quite a few items which were mainly summer wear at the start of the month when I was away in Worthing and in the last couple of weeks my spending has been mainly on the shirts and blouses for now and later seasons. I'm very pleased though as I've picked up five quality items for less than £19- I'd be hard pushed to even get one of the above for that in any of their original shops- all hail charity shopping I say!!!

What is on your Autumn style wish list? Have you started buying any clothes or accessories to update your wardrobe or are you saving for bigger items, such as coats or boots- I'd love to hear!!

As always, I value your continued support with reading and commenting-thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to visiting you all as soon as I can-wishing you all a great week ahead!!


9 August 2014

Outfit Pics and Holiday Snaps!!

 Hi everyone!! I hope you are all having a fabulous holiday summer season! The weather in the UK recently has just been glorious and thankfully we didn't have any wet days out for our holiday breakaway this week to Worthing, West Sussex. As you can tell below, I've caught the sun and as today was also so hot and summery I wore an outfit today that didn't get worn whilst I was away. It's a coral Primark vest (£2), swap shopped Miss Selfridge summer skirt, Per Una thrifted yellow bag found on Wednesday in a Worthing charity shop for £2 and thrifted Marks and Spencer pewter slides which were £2.50 bought a couple of months ago from the Cancer Research charity shop:


It's been so nice venturing out without a jacket and I still have the holiday vibe going on!!


I've not stayed in Worthing before and was pleasantly surprised and pleased with what a lovely town it is. The beach is a pebble one but gorgeous all the same:



My youngest son observing the high sea:


My oldest son chillaxing:


Our time was spent playing mini golf:


Frequenting the local snooker and pool house:


Exploring the town:


Our view from the hotel front steps:


Having the beach across the road from the hotel was such a luxury and the Pier can be seen in the distance:


Blue skies and blue sea, we couldn't ask for more!!


Of course a trip away couldn't be without visiting the local charity shops where I picked up a lovely Indian made coral embroidered summer dress and this fabulous Limited Collection (Marks and Spencer) neon snakeskin print dress, both £5.99 each: 


My evening outfits consisted of summer dresses, the one on the left is a Marks and Spencer thrifted one which was £5 and the one on the right is a swap shopped Topshop one:


This outfit was what I wore yesterday but the photo is from a couple of weeks ago and features a grey marl Primark tee and thrifted Dorothy Perkins skirt from the Salvation Army charity shop bought a couple of months ago for £2.99:


 I'm linking up to the weekend blog hop with the lovely Claire Justine, I hope you get a chance to check out her fabulous blog and join in too!

Wishing you a great weekend and thanking you all as always for your continued reading, comments and support- it's so very much appreciated!! 

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