Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Blazer glory

I've been meaning to post about this purchase for a while but third year uni rubbish and illness has delayed the process.

Anyway I picked up this awesome blazer from a charity shop in Kings Heath, Birmingham for £5.

Earrings: Topshop Necklace: Clothes Show T shirt: £5, Motel (sale) Belt: Primark Trousers: £3.99, vintage, eBay Wedges: New Look
It's vintage St. Michael at Marks and Spencers, complete with built-in shoulder pads; only problem is, it's a size 18.

I love the hot pink colour which fits well with the incoming Spring Brights trend. Wouldn't look out of place among the Jil Sander SS11 collection, no?

I thought I'd get it and sell it on but I'm struggling to part with it- it brings out my inner Kim Woodburn.

I think it works okay as a boyfriend-style fit though, don't you think?

The trousers are new too. They're vintage and were an eBay bargain at £3.99

I was a bit disappointed that they weren't more fitted below the knee, but I like the high waist.
You may also notice that I've gone and shaved my head (a bit). I had it done at the hairdressers two weeks ago (and paid a lot for it as I was given the 'Artistic Director' without requesting her, then not being told that I'd been booked in with her!) and had it shaved on a number three. No one was really paying it much attention so I had a bash at doing it shorter myself.

Turned out quite well I thought- won't bother visiting over-priced hairdressers next time!

Foxy x

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Getting shirty

I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that sheer chiffon and silk shirts are everywhere at the moment!
Richard Nicoll RTW SS11

Cynthia Rowley RTW SS11
I've been mulling over the prospect of buying a nice one from Topshop for a while now, but I think the prices are extortionate!

Still, these ones are rather nice...

Sheer black open-back shirt, £38
Silk tab shirt, £40
Reluctant to shell-out 40 quid a shirt, I took a trip to Kings Heath to hunt some down, thrift style!

- This is a bit of an outfit post by the way; thought it was high time I posted some pictures of me in the clothes I buy like a proper blogger! Plus my new camera charger arrived today. I'm quite camera shy so be nice! I've added  details about the outfits where I've remembered them too.

So, the first shirt I picked up on my trip was this gorgeous cream silky one from The British Red Cross shop- a bargainous contrast to the Topshop ones at £2.50!

Shirt: £2.50, charity shop Necklace: gift, Earrings: Birmingham Rag Market Watch: charity shop Leggings: Topshop Wedges: New Look
I think I might take out the shoulder pads but I don't think they look too prominent anyway.

The second was this sheer one. It's a brand from Debenhams and was a mere £2.29.

Bowler hat: £3, Primark Earrings: car boot sale Necklaces: charity shops Shirt: £2.29, charity shop Watch: 50p, car boot sale Belt: 50p, charity shop Shorts: handmade by me from gifted 70s deadstock jeans Tights: Primark Shoes: Aldo
The third shirt I bought on my trip was this red short-sleeved one- £2.29 too.

Hat: as before Earrings: car boot sale Necklace: Clothes Show Shirt: £2.29, charity shop Belt: Primark Watch: free from car boot sale Belt: Primark Skirt: Topshop Tights: as before Boots: Dr Martens
I loved the detail on the shoulders but was a bit worried about my own shoulders looking huge in it- the shoulder pads inside were massive! In the changing room, some further inspection uncovered that they were sewn in all the way across rather than with just a couple of stitches; difficult to cut out?

Thankfully, I cheekily yanked at one and the stitching just came away- decision to buy made!

I think it looks great on teamed with a waist belt and the collar turned down; seeing as the boyfriend thinks I look like a "Chinese soldier" with it up!

Collar and neck detail
The label says 'Canda' which is a brand from, the now obsolete in the UK store, C&A.

You might recognise the shirt below from my last post.

Earrings: car boot sale Necklace: handmade by me Watch: 50p, car boot sale Shirt: COW vintage Belt and shorts: as before Bag: £8, vintage
It was on the sale rail at COW vintage (Digbeth store) and worked out at £1.50 with the buy-one-get-one-free offer.

I thought it would look good in summer tied up like this, especially when all the bright colours properly come in.

I also picked up this leopard print shirt from eBay for 99p- it's not as nice as some that I was watching, but I couldn't argue with the price.

Earrings: vintage flea market, Birmingham Shirt: 99p, eBay Necklace: modified from charity shop Belt: as before Bag: gift, vintage Leggings: as before Wedges: as before Lipstick: Mac (in 'Mac Red')- if you're interested in that sort of thing!
I'll leave you with a silly one of me. Wasn't paying much attention whilst the boyf was playing photographer and trying to take photos through the viewfinder!


Tuesday, 8 February 2011

More belated sales haul...

I forgot to post about this little lot I picked up from the sale rail at COW vintage (Digbeth, Birmingham).

They usually have the bargain section at the back of the shop, but in the spirit of the New Year sales, it was all buy one get one free! How could I resist?

I got this lot for a mere £6!

Some of it I'm going to modify- like the long cobolt blue dress which I hope to turn into a top, or shorter dress, I haven't decided.

The horrific skirt (!) would make for a great cushion cover project I decided. I like the colours and pattern and there's plenty of fabric to have a go at.

I'm no expert, but I thought that the fact it has buttons down the middle would make it a pretty easy thing to do, so that this could be the cushion cover opening.

Any advanced sewers agree?

Just need to find some basic instructions online and I'm good to go!

P.S I've gone and lost the charger for my new camera so these pictures were taken on a less-sophisticated thing.

I've had a post written out for almost two weeks but it requires a few outfit shots so I thought I'd wait 'til my new charger arrives (given up looking for the old one!).

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