August Outfit Post

It has to be said that I love August. Getting to have some quality time with my little boy is always a pleasure, plus it is also the month of my wedding anniversary, and we spend at least one week in Wales enjoying Summer. So whilst, in weather terms, it was far from a scorcher, there were still lots of opportunities to have a lot of family fun, and, with a few events thrown into the mix, it is a month that I’m already missing, especially as Autumn has arrived with cold, winds and lots of rain.

In terms of fashion, there were a few new additions to my wardrobe, but generally I have been hitting the charity shops with a vengeance. I had an extensive wardrobe clearout in August and donated around eight sacks of clothing and shoes to a local charity shop, but this has only made space for some more pieces, which is always a dangerous thing to do. That said, a positive of my cull was that I found lots of things that I’d completely forgotten about, which is a little like buying something new.

Two charity shop bargains were the black vintage M&S dress and the dotted dress. The black dress was a vintage St Michael label and still has the original tags on. I wore it twice last month, so for £4.99, it has already paid for itself. The dotted dress was a catalogue label, also still with tags, probably from the 1980s, but with a real fresh modern feel.

What sort of style did you opt for in August?

Sunday Lunch

Dress Vintage Charity Shop Find Belt River Island Shoes H&M

Signing Day at West Bromwich Albion

Top River Island Jeans Marisota

Brunswick in the Blitz

Dress White Stuff C/O High Street Outlet Cardigan Charity Shop Find Sandals Next Bag Marc by Marc Jacobs

New Yorker Beer Launch

Dress Vintage M&S Charity Shop Find Shoes Matalan Bag 1950s vintage (From Brunswick in the Blitz)

Similar Dress

Midi Slip Dress
£26.00 Click to visit Topshop

Brassed Off Press Night

Dress Charity Shop Finds Necklace Portuguese Cork Shoes Biba at House of Fraser Bag as before

Teal Dress

Chi Chi Karla Dress
£65.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Biba Daizie Slingback Kitten Heels £75 Click to visit House of Fraser

Shopping in Welshpool

Dress 1970s vintage (From Vintage fair) Bag Desigual sandals Clarks

Shopping in Wales

Dress 1980s vintage – charity shop find Espadrilles – From Menorca

 

Visiting Cymer Abbey

Top Monsoon Jeans Primark Shoes Hobbs

Similar Top

ASOS Body in Stripe with Long Sleeve Click to visit ASOS


Live Chat
Heavenly Soles Leather Ballerinas Extra Wide EEE Fit £25 Click to visit JD Willams

Car boot sale

Scarf Day Birger et Mikkelson Top Primark Skirt 1970s vintage Charity Shop Find Shoes H&M Bag Fairtrade

Curry Night

Top Peacocks Jeans Primark Bag 1950s vintage Shoes Bally vintage

Similar Top

Quiz Black Bubble Crepe Bardot Top
Was £16.99 Now £11.99 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 

Shopping

Dress Monsoon Shoes Matalan Bag Marc by Marc Jacobs

Green Print Dresses

ISSA Darcy Pleat Detail Printed Dress £109 Click to visit House of Fraser

Jaeger Jersey Banana Leaf Print Dress £45 Click to visit House of Fraser

Weekend in Tewkesbury

Top H&M Necklace Equilibrium Skirt George at Asda Shoes John Lewis

Anniversary Meal

Dress H&M Shoes Primark Bag Katie Loxton

Katie Loxton The Perfect Pouch, Blue £16.99 Click to visit John Lewis

Visiting Tewkesbury Abbey

Top Monsoon Skirt Monsoon Shoes John Lewis

Similar Skirt

Grey Tulle Hanky Hem Midi Skirt
£19.99 Click to visit New Look

First Match of the Season

Kimono and Top Peacocks Jeans Primark

New Dress

Dress River Island Shoes Tu (Charity Shop Find)

Same Print

River Island Bardot Floral Print Midi Dress
£28.00 Click to visit ASOS

River Island Plus Wrap Dress In Print
£45.00 Click to visit ASOS

 

Fashion With A Heart – Shoes By Shaherazad

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Fashion is often considered to be vacuous, to be all about appearance with very little substance behind it. But sometimes you come across a brand that is aiming to change lives too. Shoes by Shaherazad is doing just that, one step at a time. The ethos of the brand, the brainchild of Shaherazad Umbreen,  is all about empowering women through fashion, both by creating beautiful and elegant heels that can be worn for 18 hours as women work and frankly kick ass without having to sacrifice their femininity and style, but the brand also seeks to empower women and girls living in poverty through the ‘Solidarity by Shaherazad’ programme.

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The idea behind ‘The Eighteen Hour Heel’ is fantastic, a godsend to anyone who has to stand on their feet for long periods of time, and yet still loves the look and feel of wearing heels. Shaharazad has looked at the elegance and grace of flamingos, able to balance on one leg for long periods of time, and has created a shoe which distributes the body weight so that the shoes are comfortable and wearable for much longer periods of time than the average shoe. Another design feature that makes them wearable for 18 hours is that they can be transformed from an elegant, no-nonsense court shoe for day wear, to a beautifully embellished evening shoe through the addition of ‘slip on shoellery’. All this, and they are British made too.

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But I think the really exciting part of purchasing a pair of heels from Shoes by Shaherazad is the philanthropic element, knowing that your shoes are actually making a difference to the life of women and girls around the world.  The ‘Solidarity by Shaherazad’ programme, working in collaboration with Global Giving, directly funds projects that provide sustainable futures for girls, through work and education. Currently women have been empowered in countries such as Kenya, Peru, Pakistan and Palestine. As Shaherazad explains:- “These are heels which have the power to do good and make many women and girls happy.”

Beautiful shoes with a conscience. This can only be a brilliant idea.

Holiday Picks From Dorothy Perkins

It was one of the main anomalies in the fashion world, just as you actually enter a season (i.e. Summer), then the sales start for that particular season (i.e. the Summer sales). We are just two weeks into June, and many of us are yet to take our Summer hols, with those who love cancellation bargains yet to even book their hols. And yet, this week has seen a whole host of stores start their summer sales. Which is great news for those of us who need to grab a new swimsuit, or a beach bag, or a knockout sundress, and love a bargain.

If you are looking to do a little sales shopping this week, you need to head to the Love The Sales site, which has the lowdown on all the major sales as and when they happen. My eye has been on Dorothy Perkins as I have loved so many of the pieces in their Spring/Summer range, and with my holiday coming up in just over two weeks, I will be heading to the Dorothy Perkins sale in order to pick up a few treats to slip into my suitcase.

So what do I have my eyes on? Well, first up is a pretty sundress that comes in my favourite colour, yellow. It is suit so well and would look as good with heels as it would with jeweled flat sandals. I also love tea dresses, especially those with a 1940s look (think The Edge of Love with Sienna Miller and Kiera Knightley), so this floral print is another must have.

Next up its sandals. I quite like a design that has a classic look, and metallic elements are so great on holiday to reflect your suntan. The Faye sandal ticks all the boxes, whilst back home I would live in the Jane wedges, just high enough to look elegant.

 

 

A raffia or woven clutch bag is another addition to your wardrobe that has the perfect look for Summer. I love the pretty bow on the front of this one.

Camisole tops are brilliant are year around, worn under jackets and v-neck jumpers in Winter, but it is in Summer they really come into their own. Wear them with shorts, denim skirts and peg trousers for a myriad of stylish looks.

 

 

What things are you looking to add to your holiday wardrobe?