Sunday, 30 January 2011

Bits and pieces...

Here's a post of things that I either forgot to share at the time or just didn't get round to.

Waaaaaay back in December, my lovely uni girls and I had a fun 'secret Santa' exchange/boozy lunch (you can watch the video of the excitement here- on my friend Jess' awesome YouTube channel).

I was very happy to discover that my beautiful friend Louise was my Santa- I love her style!

She got me this gorgeous vintage-style locket.

(WARNING: Photos are not great. Haven't yet fathomed out how to take pictures of small shiny objects with my new camera! Any tips?)

Jewellery box (possibly)- charity shop

I photographed it by some of my other jewellery (even though the camera wouldn't focus on the bloody thing) so you can see how nice and big it is. Big, gold jewellery? Yes please.

It's not very clear in the pictures, but the rose cameo is really intricate and pretty. My boyfriend was having a good inspection of it the other night and said, "I bet some bloody work went into that!". Well, I think it's more likely to be made by some kind of machine than hand-crafted by Native American Indians- but beautiful nonetheless!

She also got me this cute vintage bag.

The leather is really buttery soft and I love the little gold details at the top. It's quite small so I've been using it as an evening bag.

I think the brooch I mentioned in the last post would look really nice on it, though I can't get it through the leather- might have to enlist a man to do it!


Whilst at uni a week or so ago, I found myself with a bit of time before my train home so decided to quickly pop to bodycare to get some mouthwash, but me being me, fannied about a bit too long and missed it! With another half an hour to wait, I decided to pop into the Perry Barr Age Concern by the station.

And glad I did!

I managed to get myself another tartan scarf- 50p.

And an aran knit jumper for £3.

70s looking I thought, what do you reckon? I don't personally like the style (the neck and shape mostly) but thought I could sell it on. The ones on ebay don't seem to be making much at the moment and wondered whether I might try ASOS Marketplace- anyone had any experience with selling on there? Would love to hear!

And to those with a critical eye who may have noticed that I always use my bedcover as a background (if you haven't, I've just announced my lame secret), I apologise. It's just there and, well, better than the floor ey?


Sunday, 23 January 2011

Part two

In my last post, I mentioned that I'd continued my charity shopping day onto Skipton- here's the buys!

(Slowly beginning to catch up with these posts now)

I'd been on the lookout for a tartan scarf for a while, and managed to get this checked one (not quite the style I was after, but I like it) at the Cancer Research shop for £2.50.

The little gold rose brooch was about 75p, I think, and is from the Martin House Children's Hospice shop, where I also got this book:

I'm still at a loss as to why I bought it; I can't, and have never attempted to knit, EVER.

I think my love for anything brash and 80s, ridiculous jumpers in particular, might've influenced the decision. 

To be fair, I would like to learn to knit; bit late for a New Year's resolution though, maybe next year.

I also picked up this great cardigan which has fast become one of my favourites.

I actually saw this in the window whilst the shop was closed over Christmas, was so chuffed it was still there.

The decorative bit on one of the batwing sleeves is quite unusual, with little applique flowers, beads and pearls sewn on.

And I can't tell you how soft it is; in the window I thought it was mohair, but it is in fact angora and lambswool- so cosy! It was only £3 too.

More posts to come, lots of new stuff!



Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Just a quick one...

Despite having an exam on Friday which I'm immensely unprepared for, I thought I'd do a quick, picture-lead post to tide you lot over- I've been a bit neglectful again haven't I?

So, at Christmas-time I was pretty brassic and couldn't really indulge in much sales shopping, but there's always funds-enough to do it thrift style!

My local Age Concern (still not yet made the switch to Age UK), in Settle, North Yorkshire, is one of the few charity shops I know of to put on a 'New Year's sale'- you'd think things were cheap enough right? But who am I to complain...

So as there was 50% off pretty much everything, I thought I'd go have a look. I picked up this belt for a pocket-friendly 50p:

It's leather with little silver and gold tone metal accents. I've seen a few of these in COW vintage, Birmingham- I think they're probably American and seem to have a bit of a line dancing influence (mine has little cowboy boots on)

And I also got this small navy bag for 75p:

Excuse the sinful, chipped nail polish
Thought it was quite cute and most of my bags are black, so a good addition I think.

My Age Concern also has an amazing fancy dress section, which I hadn't visited since I was 17 for a fancy dress day in sixth form.

(This is the place where all the great fur coats are exiled)

I had a little time to kill so popped up. It really is amazing!

The majority of the stuff up there is vintage- some really obscure stuff which they would make a killing off if they sold it on eBay!

Anyway, here's a few pictures I took up there on my phone:

I attemped to buy this vintage sequin top but they wouldn't give in!

They're very reluctant to sell items from the fancy dress area. I was told that they often chuck some of it out (!!!) when there's too much stuff and they were planning to have a mass cull in due course- gutted I'm back in Birmingham now!

Later that day I went to Skipton to do a little more charity shopping- I'll post my buys sometime after Friday.

(I'll also do that outfit post soon too. Promise!)

Well, turned out to be a longer post than I expected! I always feel the need to narrate what I've done and indulge in a bit of rambling- must be the journalist in me.

Oh and...

I've had a lot more views these past two weeks, despite not posting for some time; mainly thanks to an old post of mine on retro swimwear, mentioning the impossibly gorgeous Katy Perry.

So for all my new readers, made up no doubt of horny teenage boys google-ing 'Katy Perry in a bikini', here's another:

Goal for the summer?!



Wednesday, 5 January 2011

I do love a good pair of shoulder pads...

Sorry once more for falling behind with my blogging duties! Uni work has reared its ugly head again; probably my own doing through being too busy consuming vast quantities of mince pies, Christmas pudding and chocolates, not forgetting getting a little too merry courtesy of my festive friend, mulled wine (how I've missed you).

Aaaaaaanyway. Just before Christmas I visited a little place not far from me called Bentham. It isn't far at all in fact, though admittedly in the opposite direction to which I usually travel.

My reason for the short trip was the charity shop there, Sue Ryder Care, which bizarrely I've never had the pleasure of visiting.

I say bizarrely because my mum and dad are constantly picking up amazing things there, which recently included two very good quality sheepskin coats for £5 each! (I told my dad that they were in vogue and he got them for me to sell-on; haven't got around to that yet...).

So back to the shop itself, it's only a small one, but there's definitely some bargains to be had. The woman there (forgotten her name already, how rude of me) has established a bit of a rapport with my mum so she was very friendly.

After a bit of a chat with her about sourcing bargainous vintage, I spotted this rather colourful 80s jumper.

I usually prefer my tops to be a little longer to wear with leggings, but it's an excuse to buy some new jeans in the sales I guess...

What attracted me to the jumper most was the (quite small by 80s standards to be fair) shoulder pads. My shoulders aren't the daintiest to begin with, but I do love a bit of power dressing!

Electric blue also happens to be one of my favourite colours; though I mainly buy black so find it hard to pair with my existing outfits- cue pattern incorporating a bit of the black stuff, perfect!

An undoubtedly 80s label too,

After Bentham, my mum and I continued on to Kirkby Lonsdale, where she needed to pick up some things.

We called in at the Army surplus (I think) shop. It was interesting actually; quite a bit of old army gear.

I loved all these old, battered leather bags

These cossack-style fur hats were amazing! Though £40 a go and real fur apparently!

Amazing what you find in the weirdest places!


You'll be pleased to know that I had a successful bout of charity shopping today- post to come!

I also haven't really had any outfit shots as 1. I haven't got a tripod, 2. I haven't really mastered the self-timer function on my camera even if I could balance it on a wonky stack of various items and 3. There's no-one to really take pictures for me. I don't really like having my picture taken, but I don't mind my fella taking them too much; though I went and met him at bloody university didn't I, so whilst not there we practically live at opposite ends of the country! Pfft.

I'll attempt a dressing-up session perhaps when I go back to uni next week; can't have my new camera going to waste can I?!


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