Monday, 31 May 2010

Bag Lady

So earlier today I decided to pop out and do a spot of charity shopping around Birmingham.

Okay, not the best idea being a Bank Holiday and all, but I’m on my own today which makes it the perfect time- as most people hate being dragged round charity shops with me!

Today I thought I’d try Northfield, a town South of Birmingham city centre.

I wasn’t expecting much to be open today so was fairly pleased to find three charity shops open (from what I could see): British Heart Foundation, Scope and DebRA.

It was at the latter of these shops (DebRA) where I made my purchases. I'm usually more successful with these lesser-known charity shops for some reason...

I bought these two awesome bags. The Navy one was £3 and the black one only £2- Bargain!

The navy bag is in fab condition. It doesn’t have a label inside but I can tell that it isn’t leather- love it anyway!

The black one is a bit battered (which I happen to like) and the label tells me that it was made for Woolworths.

Now, I don’t recall Woolworths doing handbags- did they? With the store going under maybe it will one day be a collector’s item, you never know!

I was also particularly pleased with the black bag as it’s quite similar to one I was watching on eBay anyway.

I wasn’t so pleased once I got it home however, as further inspection uncovered that it smells pretty damn nasty!

I’ll have to make some attempt to wash the lining (if that’s at all possible). I’ll let you know how that goes!


So remember the £3 bags I picked up at my Birmingham branch of COW? (Obviously you won’t, but there’s a link there!) Well one was pretty impractical as the chain attached to it was really short; and I resolved to get a longer one...

Well here it is!

I took the chain from the bag on the right- another £3 bargain bin find at COW (what are the chances?). I think the shiny gold chain actually goes better with my patent bag than the original shabby leather one.

So now I have a perfectly-useable evening bag and a, er, strapless, tatty, purse-like thing. I’m sure it’ll come in handy somehow...

Thursday, 20 May 2010

A classic mac: the ultimate solution to inbetween weather

The Great British weather. I'd like to think that its unpredictability is the reason for our complete unpreparedness for the changes it throws at us.

Always a talking point whether it be snowing, raining, hot or cold; and of course, we English are rarely satisfied with the result.

The Spring/Summer transition in particular is always a tricky one.

Pretty dresses, shorts and skirts hit the highstreet at the start of the season and, through wishful thinking I suppose, we start to panic about the weather and the need to update our wardrobes for the imminent instatement of the sunshine.

Of course this never happens and we are usually subjected to grey clouds and drizzle well into April.

However I have found the current weather tricky myself. It became apparent that I didn't have anything suitable in terms of 'outerwear' for the ever-changing weather.

My long, black, wool winter coat looked ridiculous as soon as the odd ray of sunshine peered through the clouds, and my various vintage denim jackets did little to keep the cold out when the overcast clouds decided to contradict what looked like a promising day a few hours beforehand.

I'd been toying with the idea of buying a nice classic mac for awhile and had my eye on this one (which you will soon learn that I did actually buy) from Zara for £49.99

The perfect combination of value for money and style. So what was stopping me? In short- the weather.

Every time I made up my mind to pop in and buy it, the weather perked up and I concluded that as it was getting hotter, I wouldn't have the chance to wear it.

The other day however, I bit the proverbial bullett and bought it. This came after an unexpected cold spell that I wasn't going to stand for any longer!

All this comes of course a few days before I open the paper and learn that this week is to be the hottest of the year so far.

The British weather- you just can't win!

Monday, 10 May 2010

Retro-style bikini wanted!

I'm currently on the lookout for a retro-style bikini for my holidays!

I'd love a 50s-esque highwaisted number à la Katy Perry in this one she wore (last year I think?) on her jollys in Barbados:

This was apparently a Matthew Williamson for H&M bikini- which I'm pretty positive aren't in the shops anymore!

I'm not too keen on the print (I'd much rather something in classic polka dot) but I love the style!

All I've found so far is this floral print one from Urban Outfitters:

It's £28 and I'm not sure I'm keen enough to buy.

Anyone know where I can get something similar?

UPDATE 13/05/10:

Just been Tweeted this amazing website- 'Forluna'

Great selection of retro-style swimwear. Collection is mainly one-piece costumes and quite pricey but defintely worth a look.

I've got my eye on this highwaisted bikini for £55- also in red, it's a classic!

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