Autumn already?

 

No one ever wants to wish the sunshine away. Especially all of us in the British Isles that never usually really experience a summer.

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But, the highstreet dictates that August means Autumn with the bombardment so far of leopard prints, silky satin midi’s and less basket bags than we’ve seen for quite some time!

And so we follow, lured in by the refreshing feeling of the “new” and I have to say having worked in retail for more years than I care to remember, I still feel so ready to move the old stock on and bring in the new and the exciting.

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In my non working life this equates to loving the gentle ease of the charity shops adding in old bobbled jumpers and in this case a cotton midi in brown paisley. I know right – DELICIOUS!

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At first, yes, a 1970’s brown paisly midi skirt may not seem your go to transitional skirt, but look at her! She’s gorgeous! I love this little bag too, she’s got the sweetest handle, she is destined for my little Etsy shop – but I had to give her a spin first to make sure she was adorable. She is.

Teddy was far more interested in the ferns which hold a lot of treats if you’re a little puppy.

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The little shirt is so pretty! A sheer cotton with a scalloped edge peter pan collar and tiny skinny bow at her neckline.

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THE SHOES.

Yes, metallic green tiny block heeled ballet pumps,YES.

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If this post is anything to go by I think I might enjoy the forthcoming autumnal weather. Imagine those shoes with thick black tights! Ugh I need a lie down.

 

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An unlikely love

Introducing one of the most surprising purchases i’ve made in awhile.

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A pair of mens shorts several sizes too big = all the comfy.

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I ended up being really pleased with this little outfit. The weird shorts with my oldest belt, thrifted accessories and my favourite top of all time.

My classic Breton is 100% cotton and from an amazing local store called Always in Colour

Predominantly menswear they offer THE most gorgeous style. I have a list. A long list. Yup yup.

 

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My little sun baby.

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Breton ALWAYS IN COLOUR: Shorts BERNADOS CHARITY SHOP: Belt (old) GAP: Neck scarf : OXFAM CHARITY SHOP: Russell & Bromley Navy Bag HOSPICECARE CHARITY SHOP: Sandals SALT WATER SANDALS: Sunglasses LE SPECS:

 

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The £5 dress…

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I can’t believe I actually walked away from this little dress when I first saw her wafting in the summer breeze as part of a cute window display.

Well, to be fair I had already hit four charity shops hard and got some great finds, so that may have just influenced me slightly.

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She’s a little Laura Ashley number, not super old I don’t think but she fits like a dream and is one of the few things I have bought over recent times which makes me feel complete and pretty when I wear her.

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This beautiful summer has shown me one thing, the only thing I need the whole summer long is a pair of Salt Water Sandals.

Comfy, yes, lasts forever, yes, cute as little buttons, heck yes. I just need them, will I be wearing them with socks as it gets colder? Sorry, but YES!

 

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Oh yeah I always need my Teddy of course..

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Is it a bird…is it a plane…

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Nah it’s just Ted and I both wistfully looking into the distance…thinking about biscuits…

(Always twirling in pretty dresses..)

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No.1)

 

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I found this skirt in a charity shop when a sweet friend and I were thrifting the other day to cheer ourselves up.

Boy did it work! She was a little big but I knew that my poor excuse for sewing skills could take her in enough to be just perfect. Plus I figured if anyone is THAT close to me that they can see my wonky seams we have bigger issues to work out.

Like an abstract painting she’s bold in such a cool way and weirdly doesn’t feel too loud and scary to wear which, I know, doesn’t make sense because that skirt is practically screaming with colours and print.

I paired the skirt with my fiances plain cotton t – shirt, thrifted bag, earrings and shoes and even though I was adding in further colours into the mix, keeping the shapes simple and the colours neutral meant they don’t compete with the loud tones of the skirt.

Ok. Black dream sandals. £2.99. Good grief.

Again, because these little sandals are dainty and strappy they pick out the black in the skirt without looking too heavy.

In future I will definitely wear trainers or boots with this skirt, but again it’s about proportion. A cool pair of high top trainers and a button up shirt, cowboy boots and a long sweatshirt, a massive slouchy jumper and cute ballet flats. Each combination balances out the skirt and the level of femininity or masculinity.

Et Voila! There you have outfit number 1 of my magic thrifted finds. I hope you like it!

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Sweet day with a sweet dress

I found this cute little dress in a charity shop for around £3 and there was just something about it that made my heart sing.

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I am sat here outside the most beautiful independent store in Exeter called Lorna Ruby I worked here for many years and it is home to some of closest friends like this gorgeous human Gemma who is the store VM and owner of Cabinet Jewellery, THE most beautiful jewellery collection possibly in the world.

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The weather has been so beautiful and this sweet little 90’s dress is so loose and comfy I actually managed to look summer cool rather than sweaty grossness.

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Both of my bracelets are Cabinet Jewellery.

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Ring Alex Monroe

Bracelet Cabinet Jewellery

‘E’ Brooch Willow Hilson Vintage

 

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Teddy is my style sniffer dog.. how else do you think I find all the bargains?

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But good grief it is EXHAUSTING work for a fashion forward puppy.

 

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When living in a building site…

…down tools and take a bunch of pictures of your new thrifted triumphs.

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As someone who has never really “summered” well, in particular finding the clothes that match my mind made creation of what summer dressing should be, (see The Talented Mr Riply, Swallows and Amazons with a little of I Capture The Castle in there for good measure) when in actual fact it’s one giant polyester nightmare – all be it a genuine 60’s nightmare – and mounds of heavy denim, brilliant.

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Not that i’ve nailed it this year by any means, but I have found some surprisingly good linen and cotton bits that has meant that even though we have finally got the long hot summer that the UK literally dreams of and never usually gets, I haven’t been as big of a sartorial sweaty mess as usually I am. Result.

IMG_3881IMG_3868Step forward this cotton, viscose mix summer dress I found on my recent rummages. At a uk size 16 it is a little big but never be put off by things being oversized. This dress had a little waist tie which traditionally would be tied around the back, on me it looked better tied around the front which made it look a little more modern and made my short waist look less obvious by gathering the fabric rather than stretching it.

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It was so hot this day I kept my styling super minimal. The most simplistic of jewellery, my tiny Alex Monroe ring and Cabinet Jewellery bracelet.

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I stumbled upon these dreamy shoes at a local charity shop, they were just £4 I truly don’t think I breathed the whole time until I had them paid for and in my bag.

My little bag holds so much! But is super delicate so I have to keep it to a minimum, only one book and maybe three lipsticks..and maybe a snack..or two.

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I think I might take the little flowers off of it making it more chic when it’s plain, what do you reckon?

Obviously every aspiring blogger needs an assistant. Get yourself a little Teddy, he is the best in the world.

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A new radiator in the background, can anyone say FASHUN.

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In the Pink

She was destined for my little store The Whimy Thrift, but…she didn’t quite make it.

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(cameo appearance by my very sexy clothes dryer, I know i’m so good at this..)

She made it to me and my little wardrobe and we have been dreamy friends ever since.

This is one of my finds from my visit earlier this year at Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair in Bristol, after much rummaging I saw her glowing on the rail and grabbed her like a crazy women. I may or may not have squealed and hugged her, maybe.

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(Stray hair has come to help out the sexy clothes dryer to help ruin my shot. Sweet.)

These little black plastic circle earrings are clip – on and I swear the only pair of clip on earrings that have ever been comfortable. A perfect match for the little dress no?

I have a few different ways I wear this, shoes in particular change it up so much.

We have my favourite style of shoe, the mary jane..

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Or I sometimes go for my tan clogs ..

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These Bally brogues are one of my all time great charity shop finds.

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It’s the endless possibilites of a garment that makes me the happiest, that I can and do spent hours styling something, gives me the biggest thrill.

What else is a girl to do when living in a building site than to twirl?

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Fin x x