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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Fin x x

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!

Fin x x

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

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‘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

Merry & Bright.

English weather is not just an obsession of mine, it’s a joy. It is no secret the the Brits like to discuss ( not just moan ) about our changeable weather, weather chat for us is more than it seems, it’s our awkward social saviour.

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Often when we chat about the weather it is our stilted way of warming ourselves up (excuse the pun) to be bolder and braver in conversation. Because once we get going it’s great, we just have to recall a season past or current fail of our climate and we feel eased into the real deal of conversation.

I am next level with this, when I speak about our weather it’s truly because I love, love, every season and all its micro seasons within. I’ve always been the same, since I was very small and weird.

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Today’s halceon drift of early summer made me so happy, so rare is it for us to have truly hot weather (ever) on a bank holiday.

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I genuinely think part of my love of weather is because I do so love changeable things and I love the challenge of how I will meet said rain storm, deep snow, or in this case heatwave sartorially. A little vapid maybe but nevertheless I feel giddy when I think WHAT will my outfit of choice be???

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Lightweight summer dress for the snow storm….add in thermals, roll neck, thick tights and oversize cardigan, with beret and ankle wellies..D-R-E-A-M-Y.

Heatwave? Well a 1960’s yellow, blue and white daisy (my favourite flower) print summer dress, with front zip, mandarin collar – sleeveless and naturally in the lightest cotton. Perfect!

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As I was at home for the day with my little pup whom I love so very much, there were few accessories other than him needed.

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An attempt to control my mop of hair with a black braided barette being the only additon. Apart from my daily staples of best love engagement ring and favourite tiny bracelet from Cabinet Jewellery

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Beautiful Vintage Book by Pia Storm check out her stunning blog and instagram..swoooon..

Fin!

WT x

 

Love at Lou Lou’s…

 Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair is an amzing country wide affair, which brings together vintage sellers and enthusiasts alike to buy and celebrate all things old! So when it came to Bristol recently I couldn’t wait!

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I arrived just as the doors had opened as I was so excited to see what treasures I could find..

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I enjoyed leafing through the racks of the fine gowns and cases of jewels, but being the little thrift troll that I am, the real joy came from searching though the baskets of weird bags, rails of sale items and poorly little dresses needing zips or darns and the broken jewellery that made my heart squeal at the thought of what it could look like freshly mended.

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I honestly could have spent so much money, I did indeed spend more than I intended, heart achingly there was so much I wanted Iand had to leave behind, it was filled to the brim with beautiful treasures.

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Well….I may have kept one or two pieces for myself….

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Fin!

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Inspiration all the days.

Here are some amazing ladies that inspire me all the time for their amazing styling and lovely lovely warm personalities…

http://www.ashleyording.com/

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Although not active on her AMAZING blog so much these days, her instagram is gorgeous and honestly I have been besotted with her style since finding her blog maybe 8 years ago! She can sing, ballroom dance, wears the most incredible vintage dresses, go follow her she’s amazing!

http://www.pinkvintageheart.com/

Next up we have the beautiful Leigh…

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Second up, is a new treasure! I only just found her and I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without her inspiring style. She wears almost all vintage and Oh. My. Gosh. The way she puts her outfits together are amazing. Simple and chic but totally unique her adorable sense of style makes me so excited! Total girl crush right here!

Last but not least the incredible Rebecca Ramsdale her style is so cool, seriously cool.

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She puts together feminine cuteness with androgenous tomboy styling. It’s perfect. In additon to this super cool little loves blog and instagram she has a brilliant Youtube channel. She is so so sweet and just the most adorable personality, she’s the kind of sweetheart that you just think “be my buddy!”

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There are a million more that I swoon over but these three should just keep you going for inspiration and make your styling dreams come true!!

WT x