Thursday, 19 May 2011

The Thrift Shop

After a friend's recommendation to look upon his friends website, I couldn't help but share it with you if you are looking for beautiful vintage pieces, at charity shop prices!

Recently, the hype for vintage items is so apparent, yet fashion shops are purposely hiking the prices high so we see the clothing and accessories as delicate and expensive. Whereas vintage attire should be small prices in certain situations in my opinion. If it is pre-loved and not completely new, it should be a good price to buy!

So this website is just perfect for that. With it's cutesy titling, and vintage styled photography, it allows shoppers to search their lovely array of clothes, unsure of the origin and label, but styled beautifully, cheap and mainly, used.

The best part is that the website is run by two 'university sweethearts' that took their passion for vintage clothing that one step further and set up on the online thrift shop. They also insist that %10 of all purchases go straight to charity of which you can vote for at the end of the year, staying true to the thrift store heritage, which is just American slang for Charity shops.

My favourite part is the home-ware and jewellery, as they are all individual and quite difficult to find lovely pieces locally, so they have seemed to do the hard work themselves! They also run their own blog on the site so take a look at

I am off to Cornwall tomorrow for a nice long week and getaway, I will sure to share any finds that are found!


Tuesday, 17 May 2011

eBay Wardrobe Clear-out

I am finally getting round to organising my wardrobe that little bit more, so I am currently uploading lots of clothes to eBay, mostly from Topshop!

If you'd like to have a look and grab some lovely bargains for 99p, please do!

Enjoy and spread the word!


Monday, 16 May 2011

Decor Ideas

I thought I would share the few things I have put in place in my bedroom that can be easily replicated around the home, which is also cheap to reproduce!

First idea I had appeared out of laziness. As I left my roses in the vase and they slowly began to wilt, I found to really enjoy the colour and change of state of them. Simply just leave them in the vase and they will last for months. My last set of roses lay dead for up to 3 years, and they slowly turned into a lovely colour. To keep the leaves intact and prevent them from falling, a simply spray of hairspray will help.

Little jars is another thing I enjoy making. The rammikin pots are from those Gu Puddings, so when you finished eating the chocolate, wash the pots ready to put on the floral lid. The scraps of material can be either made by yourself, or as I did, going into Charity Shops to find scraps of materials for a few pennies. Cut into squares and fit over the pot, secured by either ribbon or an elastic band. What you put into the pots is up to you! But they make good gifts.

The last decorative idea is purchasing cardboard letters from Hobbycraft for a couple of pounds, and covering the letters in whatever material you like. I chose a floral wrapping paper over the H to represent my name. But you can do whatever you like to the letters, even spelling out simple things like 'Eat' or 'Sleep' for specific areas in the home on a shelf or windowsill. A cute idea that looks really effective.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Moving to Sophie

So, its raining outside, and I'm full of boxes inside my room. Not exactly the most comforting environment, but I'm looking forward to the new move on the July 1st. This will be the home of me and four other girls for our last year of University. We've already adopted the house a name from the word go, and we thought Sophie was appropriate.

So now we can talk about 'How beautiful Sophie is going to be' and 'I cannot wait to move to Sophie's' and sound like complete mentalists, but that's how we like it.

As of this year we have been sharing with three other guys which are part of one big family that came about in halls. As much as we've enjoyed living with them, we cannot wait to move into a girly home and really decorate it fully. Expect a lot of postings on bunting, heart and flower shaped posters and photographs around Sophie. I'll be sure to update you on the decorating!

So here you can see a picture of Sophie as it is found online. The best part about this new home is the fact it has a garden, which I have missed terribly this year. I love to lounge in the garden with a drink and a magazine, or even complete some work out there, which I have not been able to do this year! It also means lots of bbq's and sunbathing if the weather permits! The ultimate part is the fact we will also have a bath. I literally go home to have a bath, as we only have showers in the current house so it is so nice to have this homely touch in Sophie.

Only 50 days to go until the move, but for me, it's only 3 days until I return home for the summer, and then come back to help with the move. So I am currently making the most of it, snuggling up in bed and listening to the rain. Although after watching the first episode of the new series of the Apprentice, I could really do with some orange juice!


Monday, 9 May 2011

Designer to High Street

As much as I am a fan of the real thing, sometimes it's nice to take inspiration and find something on the high street that fits your purse strings. That's why I've made a few comparisons of designer to high street to help you on your journey for your shoulder friend with bags of luxurious personality. Excuse the terrible pun, but enjoy, and let me know if there is a certain designer bag out there and you are looking for the comparison, maybe your suggestion will be next?


Thursday, 5 May 2011

2 down, 1 to go

So it has come to the end of my second year at Uni, I can't believe how fast it is going, this year seemed ever so quicker than the first.

But I am also so glad to put the work to rest and enjoy getting my life back on track that was dominated by the sheer volume of features and campaigns I had to write.

I thought I would share with you my exam treat purchase, and my plans for the summer.

I like to always update my wardrobe with staple pieces, rather than the one off designs, so I can recycle some styles and play around with all my clothes differently, so the black maxi dress was no exception, as this can be made casual through the day with a cardigan and sandles, then jazzed up for the evening with a denim jacket or waistcoast, sandle strappy heels, metallic waist belt and a clutch bag. There are lots of varieties out there at the moment, but I felt the most basic and clingy material rather than floaty and beachy was from Topshop.

As for my summer plans, I am hoping to achieve a few things before the rush back into my final year at University, so here we go...
  • Complete my work experience at Best magazine & persuade extra weeks of work
  • Budget
  • Find work that doesn't involve the hideousness of waitressing without tips.
  • Upload a vast amount of clothes and crockery to eBay
  • Move into new Uni house, and decorate it over the summer
  • Create girly pieces to decorate the new house
  • Go to Cornwall x2, learn to bodyboard better & purchase more from the pretty shops down there, also visit lots more charity shops when there also.
  • Sort my nails out, again.
  • Fix my Garnet ring... sob
  • Send my features to magazines in hope they will become published
  • Apply for more work experience, and create letters to send out beginning of next term.
  • Read the pile of books I've been longing to settle down to and enjoy
  • Plan lots of girly days and nights out
  • Visit family & friends throughout the summer
  • Convince someone to pay for me to go abroad
That's all for now, I'll be sure to update it all soon... Have you any exciting plans for the summer?


Monday, 2 May 2011

G.I.M.L - Topshop Chinos

Get.In.My.Life - A few chinos from Topshop that I would like very much. Maybe a reward for working so hard?

Sunday, 1 May 2011

The Royal Wedding

How can I go ahead with my blog without daring to talk about the Royal Wedding! So here it goes...

On Friday the 29th April, I woke up early to prepare for my tea party I was holding for a few friends, which included a lot of cake, sandwiches, fridge cake and pavlova. I decorated the main coffee table in the lounge with things around the home which looked really effective and was a great centre piece when everyone arrived! I just used a flag as a tablecloth, gold matts and used two napkin rings to symbolise the wedding rings!

I just made some vanilla cupcakes with alternating icing of red, white and blue, with silver balls for decoration. I was really hoping to find some Union Jack cupcake cases but as I left it a bit too late, I had to resort to using my reusable cupcake cases in blue and pink.

If your a fan of the Royal family, I'm sure you would of enjoyed it as much as I did. Even if the hymns got a bit tedious! My favourite part was watching Harry and Will in the car pulling up to Westminster Abbey, and Harry's commentary to Will when Kate was walking up the aisle. I think just their brotherly bond really stood out and it was quite touching!

Of course the highlight of the wedding was to see what on earth Kate was wearing! It was of course the rumoured Sarah Burton, the successor of the late Alexander Mcqueen. The dress was an intricate pallet of lace, ivory taffeta and white satin gazar. She wore a traditional heart shaped corset, with lace sleeves to cover her slender arms. Her drop diamond earrings were a gift from her parents, with her tiara on loan from the current Monarch, which was initially a gift from George VI to his wife (The Queen Mother) at the time.

I believe her dress suited her beautifully, as her simple, mature styles that have seemed to carry her through different events have appeared right through to the wedding. The non fussy 9ft train, and small skirt size just resembles simplicity and elegance in the highest form for the newly Duchess of Cambridge.

Of course the second dress which received just as much attention, albeit the figure underneath was from sister Pippa Middleton. Her dress also created by Burton, was a figure hugging, gentle wave of white to emulate her flowing style that has no doubt instantly catapulted her high into the fashions stakes. Both dresses were gorgeous, and suited them equally and perfectly.

I can't even begin to describe my anger though on setting eyes on Beatrice and Eugiene's monstrosity of a dress, and those vile hats. It seems they need to think rather quickly about hiring a stylist - or a new one - for the next big event. Mind you it is quite humouring to see them all happy in the worst designs ever.