Charity Shop Shopping Haul

Sometimes a shopping haul can be a trip to a shopping centre or a department store. Sometimes in can be a night of filing an online shopping bag full of items, in many cases not actually reaching the checkout. And sometimes it can mean a trip to a local town with a good selection of charity shops, where you find lots of bargains that range from designer, to good quality High Street, and a bit of vintage thrown in for good measure, and you end up spending less than £25.

This is one of those occasions. A morning away from the computer, making the most of a touch of Indian Summer sun, taking a trip around the decent charity shops of Cannock.

Here are the things I picked up.

Ralph Lauren  Top

This boho, slightly country style top by Ralph Lauren is made to be worn with a pair of skinny jeans and a thick Arran knit cardi. Add some brown or tan ankle boots and this is just a bargain for less than £4.

Wouldn’t wear it with this skirt (obs) but a good fit.

Barbara Hulanicki Top

Barbara Hulanicki or Biba fame did a couple of collections under her own name with George at Asda. This is not the sort of thing I usually pick up in charity shops as it is a low cost item to start with, but mass produced items are often tomorrows sought after labels as they tend to be less looked after, and more often are thrown away. Plus I love the fact it has tiny shoulder pads in to give it a slight 1940s shape, and for £3.50…

Jacques Vert Dress

I think this is just gorgeous, a sort of cross between a 1950s style and something more va va voom. It is a little on the tight side across the bust, so I would avoid wearing it if I was going for a food blow out, but it will be perfect for the theatre, and I actually love it teamed with gold shoes.

Gok Wan top

I’m guessing I wouldn’t have got this top if I hadn’t been wearing this nude skirt, but I loved how well it matched up. Plus it was the cheapest item of the day, costing a grand total of £1.49.

Collection Dress

I think this is a Debenhams label, and this is a clear indicator of why you should always try things on. This dress looks nothing on the hanger, but I loved the cut and fit once I tried it on. It was £4.99 and I think I will wear it loads.

And a bit of M&S St Michael Vintage

I love a bit of 1960s vintage, and St Michael is always a label I look out for, as Marks and Spencer has always been a sign of quality. This dress/pinafore should have a belt, but that is easy to replace, and I love the neckline and the colour. A 1960s piece for £3 is such a great find.

Have you picked up any charity shop bargains lately?

*This post is dedicated to Hazel Wilkins-Brookes, a lovely lady who loved fashion and loved a bargain.

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

 

10 Reasons To Give Her An Antique Engagement Ring

 

If you are getting ready to pop the question and would like a different idea, why not consider an antique engagement ring? Let’s look at why this is a great idea.

 

  • Antique Rings are Unique

 

One of the best things about antique engagement rings is that no one else in the world will have the one you give her. They are entirely unique. You can see a great selection of antique engagement rings at https://www.kalmarantiques.com.au.

 

  • The Hunt is Thrilling

 

Every antique ring you look at will bring you closer to the perfect one for your lady. The hunt for the best ring for her is part of the thrill.

 

  • Expect Unexpected Details

 

One of the best things about these kinds of engagement rings is how beautifully adorned they are. Every way you turn an antique ring, you are bound to find a different detail.

 

  • Exquisite Old Diamonds

 

Older diamonds can differ quite a bit compared to modern diamonds. They tend to be less precise cuts, broader, and designed to come to life in the candlelight with a soft flicker instead of a bright sparkle. What’s more, old diamonds tend to be less perfect, much softer, and they simply come to life in romantic corners with gentler rays of twilight.

 

  • There’s a Sense of History

 

Some of these gorgeous antique diamond rings have been around for hundreds of years. Perhaps they have gone from one finger to another, visiting sensational parties, and symbolizing engagements, birthdays, and other milestones. Perhaps they have been waiting patiently in a box for you to own. Whatever the history may be, it is an honour to be a link in the chain of an antique ring’s history.

 

  • She Gets Bragging Rights

 

When you present your beloved with her antique engagement ring, it is sure to be a talking point wherever she goes.

 

  • There is Heirloom Potential

 

Antique engagement rings are heirlooms just waiting to find a new family. It is certainly a treasure that is passed down in history, and making an antique ring her own can become part of your new family’s future.

 

  • There Is Personality

 

Have you ever noticed how antique rings just have charisma? They seem to have tiny, almost unidentifiable imperfections that come from being so lovingly hand-made. They are infused with love and glory and their platinum tends to have a rich, almost satin-like patina that no machine method could recreate.

 

  • Antique Rings are Stunning

 

There’s no doubt about it, a ring that has been handmade, comes with a history, and is waiting for you to buy it is simply beautiful.

 

  • Doesn’t She Deserve the Perfect Ring?

 

Naturally, most engagement rings are pretty in some way or another, but the trick is to find the one that feels like it was made especially for her finger – it is the one that fits her personality when she is all dressed up for a night out on the town, or when she is dressed down in sweat pants and watching a movie.

 

With such an amazing variety of antique engagement rings, along with their incredible features and details, there is no doubt you will find the perfect ring for her.