Recruiting – A Blog Designer!

Hello beauties!

I’ve decided to spend some money on my blog (shocker I know for a skinflint thrifter like me). So, if any of you lovely readers know of a small company/entrepreneur/student who’d be interested in promotion and/or money to revamp my blog then put them in touch.

 

Perhaps you’re a blogger and you’ve got a favourite premium theme, or illustrator who did your design – let me know!

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Nepal – Microfunding – Donate Direct

UPDATE – they raised $13,000 and so are no longer taking any donations. Thank you for all your support. We made a difference!! 

  
Evening beauties.

A slightly different post from normal today… I wanted to offer you an opportunity to empty your (e)pocket!

I often see something on the news and would like to give to the cause, but am skeptical about admin costs, bribery in the destination country, bureaucrat salaries, and how the money is REALLY spent. Having travelled a lot, you really see how cheap things like food and water for aid can really be, and you wonder if it’d be more effective just to buy things directly and give it to the poor!

So when I saw a friend was in Nepal, and had started accepting donations to support those suffering the after-effects of the earthquake, I immediately set up a donation. As a result of the low cost of living, if you donate $1, you actually will be making a difference directly. I can personally vouch for him, and the work he’s doing out there. There’s no big charity fees, or infrastructure bribery to go through – he’s simply buying food, water and supplies for people desperately in need.

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All you do is send as much or little as you want to his paypal: tarapoenie@gmail.com 

This is only open for the new few days, so if you do want to donate then send it over asap, and just mark it as ‘Nepal Donation’ or something to that effect. I’ve always been a fascinated supporter of micro funding, and sending entrepreneurial/charitable donations directly to the recipient. There’s lots of new startups revolving around this like Kiva.org, and I’ve been keeping a close eye on them!

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thank you for all your support

 

 

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Fashion Revolution and Susie Bubble!

This week I headed to the Fashion Revolution Designer Jumble sale in London. It was held in a really cute little church right off Oxford Street and had some gorgeous designer clothes. It was way out of my thrifter price range, but I always like to support Fashion Revolution. It’s a great campaign and seems to be getting bigger every year!

Of course I joined in on Instagram with their #whomademyclothes campaign. All you do is a take a picture of your clothing label and tag the brand who made it asking them to take accountability for their production.

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But…. best of all…. was that Susie Bubble was at the event! I was seriously fan-girling so just grabbed a quick picture and then hid back in the rails of clothes. She was so so lovely and I’m thrilled to have met her. Getting really inspired right now to push my blog up to the next level… so watch this space!

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and here’s my ootd…

Fashion_revolution_OOTD_4Of course for an event like this I had to be extra conscious of where my clothes had come from, and it won’t surprise you to know this OOTD is head to toe thrifted!

Fashion_revolution_OOTD_3The pink/white/grey kimono is from Goodwill in Boston, and my white gypsy top was a garish long sleeved lace monstrosity that I cut the arms off! Vast improvement – and all over the TopShop rails right now – happy days.

Fashion_revolution_OOTD_1Outfit breakdown:

* White gypsy top (vintage) – £2.50 – Waggy Tails charity shop, Ashley Road, Poole

* Blue H&M jeans – £3 – Cry charity shop, Ashley Road, Poole

* Black ankle boots – £2 – Stratford mall market

* Printed kimono – £3 – Goodwill, Boston

* Crazy ‘Fashion Girl’ printed backpack – £4 – Lewis Manning charity shop, Wimborne, Poole

* Pearl choker necklace – £10 – India!

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Finally, headed to Camden with my girls and got this gorgeous hat (after some serious bartering) for £10. Now have to be brave and wear it lots (before it inevitably blows off my head into a river). What a fab girly weekend.

what did you guys get up to this weekend? comment below!

Designer Jumble Sale Tomorrow – Who’s Going?

Tomorrow I’m heading up to London to go to the Designer Jumble Sale so thought I’d give a little shout out and see if any of you guys will be there too?

 

I’ll do a full blog post with images from the day and anything that I buy, but for now here’s the info in case you’d like to join.

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Credit: Timeout.com

 

It’s hosted by Fashion Revolution, who have been organising annual charity fashion events in memory of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. Their campaign this year is #whomademyclothes and asks people to consider those who are creating what you wear, and whether they are ethically produced. Last year I went to their Fashion Show Party and joined in with the #Inside Out Instagram campaign and I really love what they stand for.

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This year the Designer Jumble Sale is going to be held in Marble Arch from 12-5pm, and will feature a guest appearance and styling sessions from Susie Bubble (#freakingout). Plus of course there’ll be heaps of bargains for sale to raise money for the cause.

So, if you see me there then come over and say hi! And I’ll post soon about what I wore, what went on, and of course what bargains I couldn’t resist buying.

 

xoxo

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Everything5Pounds.com – A Kenzo Wannabe OOTD

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Hi beauties!

Today I wanted to share with you another item I got from Everything 5 Pounds.com. As you probably gathered from the name literally everything on there (coats, shoes, bags, dresses, bikinis) are £5 (plus postage). I’ve reviewed a couple of things from there before – with mixed results, but I’m really loving this jumper so thought I’d do a quick OOTD.

 

It’s a fairly unsubtle copy of the Kenzo tiger sweatshirt that every celebrity and blogger seems to own….

Sadly, it comes in at £180 so not exactly within my Pauper budget! So when I saw this version on Everything5Pounds I immediately added it to my basket and crossed my fingers the quality would be ok.

kenzoeverythingfivepounds_4I didn’t want it to look too sporty and casual, so I think tucking it in or wearing it with a formal mini (see Joan Smalls and Style Scrapbook above) makes it more upmarket. I paired if with a high waisted leopard print skirt, and a denim shirt underneath for a modern preppy  summer look.

kenzoeverythingfivepounds_5I’ve been inseparable from this bright red (faux) Chanel bag since I picked it up in Thailand last month – the colour, shape, and design are just perfect and seem to lift any outfit to that extra level of glam! I’m addicted. I also added my favourite carboot sale leopard print flats (watch my Vlog haul featuring them here) to match the skirt.

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I’m also loving my new glasses (also from Thailand!) and I’m finally choosing to wear glasses rather than just wearing them when I’m not seeing anyone, or really can’t bear being blind that day! Anyone else who has had glasses all their life will know what a big deal this is, and I’m glad I finally decided to invest in a beautiful designer pair. A big spend for me… but I such a great choice for my health and confidence.

kenzoeverythingfivepounds_7Outfit breakdown:

Kenzo style sweatshirt – £5 (plus PP) – Everything5Pounds.com

Leopard print mini skirt – £1.50 – Barnados charity shop, Ashley Road, Poole

Leopard print flats – £1 – Pimlico Carboot sale, London – vlog here!

Denim chambray shirt – £1 – Life Church Poole £1 charity clothing sale

Faux Chanel handbag – £15 – Koh Lanta market, Thailand

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Have you ever bought anything from Everything5Pounds? What did you think? I’d love to hear from you!

 

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Fara, Angel – Charity Shop Tour, OOTD, and Review (New Vlog)

Hello! Hope you’re having an awesome thrifty week.

I recently had a day in London so got in touch with my good friend, and fellow blogger, Britishette to visit the newly rebranded Fara charity shop in Angel and film a lovely new vlog for you all.

DSC02793You may remember that this branch used to be called the Fara Workshop as they took donated fabrics and redesigned them into gorgeous clothes. It was super expensive (but worth all the effort and quality) so I only ever bought one thing, but I adore it. It’s a baby blue boxy jacquard top that cost £50 (gasp!), and you can see it in my Fashion Revolution OOTD post

Anyway….. they’ve now changed to a ‘regular’ charity shop model and focus on a mixture of vintage and hipster bargains. The prices are way way lower (think £3 for a pair of jeans or £8 for converses) and it’s got much more a jumble sale feel. The clothes are well curated, but quite a few had marks or tears so keep an eye out! But overall the styles were great and the display still light and modern. I was also surprised how big their men’s section was, as this is normally neglected, and the kids clothes looked really high quality.

Here’s what I wore…

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Baby pink angora sweater – $8 – Goodwill, San Francisco, USA

Black and white checked jeggings – £2 – Pimlico Carboot sale, London – watch my Haul Vlog here!

Gold chain necklace – £1 – Primark

Faux fur coat – $30 – Boston second hand shop, USA

Black ankle boots – £2 – Westfield Mall market stall, London

Fake Chanel bag – £15 – Koh Lanta market, Thailand

Please like and subscribe and keep on supporting – love you guys! <3

So, check out my vlog for the full tour, and go see it yourself next time you’re in London!

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did you ever go to the fara workshop? have you tried out the new store in angel? Comment below!

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Charity Shop Tips: How To Bag The Best Stuff

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Check out this awesome list of Thrifting Tips from Jen @ Can’t Swing a Cat. I especially love numbers 1 and 4! xxx

Originally posted on Can't Swing A Cat:

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Whether you’re looking to reduce the amount you spend on new clothes, or save the planet one preloved dress at a time, charity shops are the perfect place to snap up unique or vintage bargains for a fraction of the price they’ll cost you elsewhere.

If you’re interested in designer handbags, fifties dresses, or simply want to track down some really cheap jeans, here’s my guide to bagging the best charity shop stuff:

Take a list

When I first started trawling through charity shops on a regular basis, I didn’t really have a plan of action. I’d simply rummage around and pick up whatever I liked. Now though, I take a list with me of things I need so that I can keep an eye out and speed up my shopping trip.

Obviously there’s no point in saying no to something you love just because it’s not on your list, but it…

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OOTD – Hmong Recycled Fabric Two Piece (Thailand)

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A little throwback today to one of my favourite Thailand outfits. I got this matching top and shorts set for £2 each in the Chiang Mai Night Market. The seller had them in every colour combination you could imagine and it took me forever to choose! Really happy with the green tones though – think it looks nice with blonde and doesn’t highlight my pale skin too much.

 

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The fabric is actually called ‘hmong’ which means it’s made in the traditional tribal way from the villages of Thialand. The markets are full of bags, purses and cushions made of it, but I was really glad to find something so wearable everyday that didn’t look too costumey. It’s wonderful to wear something with a bit of history that will always remind me of my lovely time in Thailand.

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The only problem with buying clothes in Asia is that they’re all TINY and you generally can’t try them on. For these shorts I used the classic ‘neck trick’ where you try wrapping the waistband round your neck and if it’s tight it’ll fit perfectly on your waist, and a bit looser is good for your hips. These shorts just about fit (with a bit of hopping around!) and I’ve been wearing them pretty much non stop.

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I also added my tiny gold bedazzelled elephant necklace. I picked this up at the Chiang Mai Saturday Market for £1 and think it’s so adorable! Apparently if they have their trunk up it’s lucky, so hopefully this’ll bring me an awesome 2015.

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Similar items here:

Embroidered tribal shorts

Tribal print oversized scarf

Short and top set

Tribal print flare skirt

 

What do you think? Have you got any great travelling finds?

Top 10 Thrifting Tips from PeachandTweed (Guest Blog)

I’ve got a special treat for you guys today – a little Guest Blog Post from the fabulous Amanda at Peach and Tweed. She has a beautiful Instagram account where she shares her vintage and second hand finds, a lot of which she also sells on Etsy. She’s got lovely taste and finds heaps of precious jewellery and clothes that is transformed once it’s taken out of the charity shop clutter!

Top 10 Thrifting Tips from peach&tweed

1 – Go often.  You won’t always hit the gold mine or find the best pieces if you just go every now and then.  I go almost every other day and sometimes I leave with nothing and sometimes I leave with 3 garbage bags full, it all depends on the day and whats available and since thrift stores get fresh items everyday, it only makes sense you go everyday too.

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2 – Be patient, if you’re looking for specific things and don’t find them right away, its easy to lose your hope in ever finding it but you need to be patient and keep looking!  When I go to the thrift store I usually take over an hour because I like to go through as many racks as I can, you never know the gems you finding hiding among the ugly stuff.

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3 – Bring cash!  A lot of thrift stores are charity owned so they don’t have computers or credit card acceptors like the large Goodwills or Salvation Army’s do.  So be prepared and bring cash.

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4 – Don’t be afraid to ask the managers to set things aside for you!  If you’re like me, then you go to thrift stores for specific items, my top picks are vintage flannels, denim shirts, chunky sweaters, and vintage coats.  I go to my community thrift shop so often that the manager knows me by name and hold things on my list when I’m not able to get to the store and he keeps them in the back for me until I can pick them up, you never know what store managers are willing to do unless you ask.

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5 – Think broadly! If you’re just looking for a little sprucing up in your closet then keep an open mind and think outside the box.  If you find a top and you’re not sure what to wear it with, picture it with different combinations like skirts, pants or accessories, sometimes its hard to see what the final outfit would look like but don’t put back anything until you can’t picture it in a complete outfit

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6 – Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount!  I am a big believer in being cheap… If you’re buying in bulk, especially at somewhere like a flea market or carboot – don’t be afraid to haggle.

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7 – If you don’t absolutely love something, don’t buy it!  I can’t even begin to express how much money Ive wasted buying, “Maybe I’ll wear this” items… if you don’t love it in the store, you won’t love it when you get home, so only buy things that you can’t stop thinking about.

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8 – Bring someone with you. I love thrift shopping with my friends or my mom and sister, its always a lot more fun when you have someone to shop with, and they give you honest advice if you’re on the fence about an item

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9 – Make sure to look at all the sections of the store.  Even if you go in just looking for a sweater or a skirt, go look at the shoes and the housewares while you’re at it. You never know what you’re going to find, and you’re already there so you might as well look at everything!

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10 – Bring donations when you go.  I can’t even stress how easy it is to save money just simply by bringing a donation with you.  Every girl has enough that they don’t use or wear anymore hiding in the back of your closet that you could easily fill up a bag and bring it as a donation when you go.  A lot of stores offer discounts if you donate, and even if they don’t – it gives you good thrifting karma and makes space for new purchases in your wardrobe!

 

Hope you found some handy hints in here! Definitely let me know if you’d like to do an OOTD or tips guest blog – I’d love to have you.

 

And give Amanda a little Instagram follow here: Peach & Tweed Instagram

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Thrifting in Tallinn – The Best Spots!

So, this post has been a loooooong time coming, but after I went to Tallinn last year to visit the boy, I wanted to do a roundup of the best second hand shopping place I found.

 

It’s going to be a bit of a photo-heavy post because I suck at maps so always wish people would just post an image of what to look out for!

 

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So, first up is Humana. This is a charity shop chain (there’s several in Tallinn alone) and is basically super awesome. It has a Buffalo Exchange kind of feel, and is open really long hours. Here’s all the ones in Germany (just for future use FYI).

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I went to the Kaubamaja branch in town which is hidden downstairs (there is a door on the street that’s pictured on the website though). 

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Everything was in racks based on price, so as you can see a LOT of stuff was 2.50€ – winning!!

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You could also donate in store, which is always handy for people on holiday who overfill their suitcases (aka me!).

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I thought the selection was awesome – loads of shoes, tops, dresses, etc, all packed into a fairly small space, and relatively well organised.

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Hello 90s Spice Girls awesome shoes!!

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It was a big annual folk festival so almost everyone was in traditional dress – LOVED IT!

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As you can see: pretty big space and decently tidy. Win.

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I ended up getting (amongst a few things) a blue silk nightie which I wore as a top. It’s featured in an OOTD post here.

 

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So, sorry for the information fail but this is a charity shop I stumbled upon at Narva Maantee 38. I don’t know the name or what they do, but they had clothes for cheap and here they are on a map….

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I was kind of far out but nice and big, so if you’re on a thrifting binge might be worth the trip.

 

Balti Jaam Market (aka jaama turg)

This market is THE.BOMB – I am not kidding around – I had an amazing time there. But….. it’s a little tricky to find the venue, and a lot tricky to find the actual cheap section. It looks far on this map but I promise you it’s super close to the town centre.

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Here’s my stealth spy instructions…

From right on the edge of the Old Town head down the underpass labelled as Balti Jaam (this is easy to find as Tallinn is super small).

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Then go towards (and through) the left hand concrete door/hole.

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I think you then cross some train tracks, and end up here. Just keep going straight until you see this sign….

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Now, this is where you’ll end up and become disappointed and leave (like I did the first time). It’s a locals market selling bras, food, electronics etc – super snore!!!

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BUT…. if you persevere  you will be richly rewarded. Head for this big barn and go round the back. There you’ll find LOADS of people selling second hand clothes by the truckload.

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It’s open 10-5 but I’d recommend going earlier as the market people tend to pack up. I went around lunch time.

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The ‘fancy’ things are hanging up, while the cheap things are mounded onto tables with big cardboard signs listing the price category. They were all between 50 cents and 2 euros – fantastic!

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Obviously you can’t easily try stuff on, and it takes some fairly hardcore rummaging. But it was epic and I got heaps of stuff.

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If you wanna see some of the stuff I got you can check out the below OOTD posts:

Lingerie and ripped jeans

Simple blue dress

Florals for the Folk Festival

Mesh white shirt

Have you ever been to Tallinn?

Did you find some good thrifting spots?