Last weekend, we headed over to Vintage Nostalgia in Stockton. We went to the festival last year and really enjoyed it and this year was great too. It seemed to have grown a bit since last year but still had the same relaxed and friendly vibe. I looking at the old cars, listening to the music and browsing the vintage fashion and homeware stalls. Most of all though, I love getting dressed up and checking out all the amazing outfits that everyone wears. Although it is not compulsory to get dressed up and not everyone does, there are some pretty good opportunities for people (and vintage style) watching.
As with any event of this kind, the weather can make or break it. As much as I love wearing a ladylike fifties dress, after getting soaking wet in the rain (camping) on Friday, I just couldn’t get warm. I opted for a seventies vintage poncho (which I treated myself to from Etsy a few months back), worn with my trusty modern day (via Oxfam) jeggings. In the evening I swapped the poncho for another warmer knitted version (again seventies).
On Saturday, the sun came out and I braved it and wore a vintage dress which I have had for quite a few years (fifties or maybe sixties I think!). I added a red belt from a clothes swap a few years ago, a vintage yellow bag that I picked up in a charity shop a few years back and my Nancy Dee jacket for a little extra warmth. Unfortuntely muddy fields and heels don’t really go, so I wore my Ethletic shoes. The outfit felt perfect for sitting in the sunshine sipping pimms!
Unfortuntely, the lovely weather didn’t last and by 6pm, a very cold wind forced me to revert back to jeans and a hoody layered with just about everything that I could find to wear in the campervan. I love the style of the fifties but I don’t know how they coped with the this kind of weather in the summer! I was sorry I didn’t bring my faux fur coat to keep me warm, although it wouldn’t have been much good in the rain.
We had a lovely weekend, but not sure I have been so pleased to get back to my nice warm bed!
What did you get up to at the weekend? Did you manage to enjoy the little bit of sunshine?
With warmest wishes
I wanted to dedicate this weeks thrifty Thursday to the humble shift dress. I have a number of different shift dress and being quite short with out much of waist, the style always works well for me. The shift dress pictured above (the picture was taken in 2011 but I have been wearing the exact same shift dress today) cost me around £10. Not bad for a dress that I wear so regularly. As shift dresses are such a classic style, they are not usually difficult to pick up in a charity shop.
I find a plain colour is perfect for showing off my favourite accessories including statement necklaces and scarves. I also love a patterned shift for a brighter look for the evening or worn with a jacket for work.
Oxfam Fashion just happen to have a lovely selection of shift dresses at extremely thrifty prices. Here are my faves:
Reiss Cream Ivory Shift Dress – Size 12/14
Floral Shift Dress – 12/14
Vintage Handmade Lace Dress (1960s)
Vintage Betty Barclay Shift Dress
Black Shift Dress – size 12
Navy and White Shift Dress – Size 12
Fluroescent Floral Shift – Size 12
What do you think of shift dresses? do you wear them?
I hope that you are having a good week? Not long to go until the weekend, I am so ready for it!
With warmest wishes
If you can’t wear a cute heart print outfit on Valentines Day then when can you wear one? But actually, I think heart prints are pretty classic and easy to wear making them a great find in a charity shop any time of the year. Here are just a few of the lovelies that I have spotted in the Oxfam online shop.
Not only is charity shopping really thrifty with many of these lovely pieces costing less than a tenner but shopping in Oxfam also helps to reduces clothes waste, has much less of an impact on our beautiful world than buying new and helps a very worthwhile charity at the same time, it is just about the ultimate in guilt free shopping! In case you are worried that your order won’t fit or suit you, they also have a 21 day return policy(except wedding dresses or overseas returns), which makes it pretty to easy to shop with them.
Heart Print Shorts by River Island – Size 12
Vintage Heart Trousers by Richard Shops – Size 28″
Red and Gold Heart Blouse Size 12
Black and Red Top by M & S Size 8
Blue knee Length Dress by Next – size 14
Skater Dress by Tofu Size 8
If none of these pieces take your fancy, why not try updating something that you no longer wear with some DIY upcycling. I love this tutorial for a DIY ripped heart tshirt or this DIY heart on your sleeve projector check out this very cute heart chain stitch for embellishing just about anything.
Hearts, how will you be wearing yours for Valentines Day? on your sleeve perhaps? Whatever you do, have a lovely time.
With warmest wishes
I have had a real craving for vintage ponchos lately. So much so that I couldn’t help but treat myself to a few from Etsy (One of which is pictured above). There have been lots of blanket capes around this winter but I don’t think that anything you could buy on the high street really competes,to an original vintage poncho. They are usually made from much better quality materials and have unique details that you won’t see in the high street shops as much. I really love the bold colour and pattern on my poncho. They are also really cosy. I am hoping my vintage ponchos will not only be great for this cold winter weather but also on cooler evenings when camping or at festivals.
Here are a few of the other vintage ponchos that I found on Etsy.
Top right – 70’s Arran Knit Poncho – Gold Canary Vintage (Etsy)
Top left – Vintage Native American Blanket Cape – Black Pagan Vintage (Etsy)
Bottom left – 70’s Fringe Poncho – Crush Vintage Candy (Etsy)
Bottom right – Blanket Poncho – Shabby Babe Vintage (Etsy)
If there is one place that sells amazing vintage ponchos, it is Etsy. Here are just a few of the lovelies that I have seen. Although many of them come from the US or abroad so have a higher delivery charge, I still think they are pretty good value for such a gorgeous and wearable piece of history.
For anyone who can knit Etsy also have some pretty amazing vintage poncho knitting patterns and craft supplies.
Do you shop on Etsy? What are your favourite finds?
I am perhaps a little late jumping on the band wagon but I have decided to take up the challenge, which has already been taken up by a number of other bloggers, for ‘no new clothes for a year’. I am hoping that it won’t be a particularly tough challenge as I have as many clothes as I need and I love vintage clothes and charity shopping. I am still going to write about ethical fashion brands for the blog but my outfits (and all the clothes that I wear in general) will be clothes that I already have plus the occasional ‘new’ vintage or second hand pieces. It will also be made much easier by the many places to go for tips including:
My Make Do and Mend Year
Eco Warrior Princess – Buy Nothing New Challenge Its Easier Than You Think
Yummy Green Mummy – 2015 – Giving Up Buying New
Westy Writes – No New Clothes for 2014
If you know of any more no new clothes blogs or posts please let me know in the comments.
I will also be using the ‘No New Clothes for a Year’ challenge to introduce a greater focus on buying less and second hand clothes to this blog and hope to be posting more DIY / upcyced fashion posts to this blog as well as a weekly ‘thrifty Thursday’ feature. I hope to get the challenge off to a good start by having a massive clear out of my wardrobe and sorting out a pile of clothes to mend, alter and upcycle.
My ‘no new clothes for a year’ challenge will have a few little get outs though. I will if I need to buy new underwear and fitness clothes as these are not things that I would be happy buying second hand, but for these I will of course try and stick to my usual principles of buying from ethical and sustainable brands. And of course presents don’t count because it would be rude not to accept a pressy but I won’t active encourage anyone to buy me anything new as a present and if asked will suggest second hand or vintage choices.
So there I have done it! I have committed to no new clothes for a year. Are you doing any sustainable or fashion challenges this year?
With warmest wishes
Jacket – Rokit vintage
Necklace – a pressy from my mum
Top – M & S (Fairtrade)
Skirt – Kinky Melon Retro Boutique (AKA Vintage Vixen)
Boots – Dream in Green
Only a few days to go until Christmas and I can’t wait. I have been pretty organised this year so have food, pressies and outfits all sorted for the days ahead. No more work until after Christmas giving me a lovely relaxing break and the chance to focus on spending time with my lovely family. I am attempting to have an ‘eco ‘ Christmas this year which means cutting back a little on consumption and concentrating on the more important things like spending time with family and friends. I have to admit it has been quite tricky but even a little more sustainable has to be better than nothing. I will hopefully share more about that after Christmas.
In the picture above, I am wearing the outfit that I wore to go Christmas shopping in Bath a few weeks ago. The skirt is from (Vintage Vix’s) Kinky Melon Retro Boutique at which I picked up when they visited Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair in Bath. I love the bold pattern and colours on the skirt and it super comfortable to wear. So unusual for me to find a long skirt that actually fits and doesn’t need altering to stop it dragging on the floor.
Here my instagrams from the last few weeks…
The Apres Ski bar at Bath Christmas market
Mexican Santa- possibly my favourite Christmas tree decoration ever!
Christmas or no Christmas, this cat loves to sleep
A day off work and the chance to watch a Christmas film and scoff mince pies
Well that is it from me for now, I am signing off for Christmas.
I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas.
I look forward to lots more sustainable style and ethical fashion in 2015! I am ever hopeful that it will be the year when ethical clothing becomes the norm and fashion slows down.
How have you been preparing for Christmas and what are you hoping for in 2015?
With warmest wishes
Scarf – Oxfam (upcycled with pompom trim)
Jeggings – Oxfam
Top – SkunkFunk
Shoes – Clarks
Next week is #SecondhandFirst week, a event organised by the textile recycling charity TRAID to celebrate all things secondhand while committing to using more of our existing resources, rather than buying new. It will be marked by a week of events, workshops and initiatives between 17th – 23rd November in London.
But even if you don’t live in London, their are tonnes of ways that you can get involved, not least by wearing all or some secondhand clothes for the week and taking the #SecondhandFirst pledge to commit to buying a percentage of your clothes secondhand and keeping clothes and other resources in circulation for longer by lending, swapping, mending and donating, visiting your local charity shop, running your own clothes swap.
Over at Ethical Fashion Bloggers we are also running a #secondhandfirst outfit challenge to create an outfit containing some or all secondhand clothes. You can see my outfit for the challenge above which features a pair of jeggings from Oxfam, my latest buy, a parka from Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair and a silk scarf from Oxfam which has been upcycled with a pompom trim. The chair I am sitting on is also made from recycled saris.
I will also be trying to wear as many secondhand pieces next week and will hopefully share them via Twitter and Instagram. Quite a large proportion of my wardrobe already consists of secondhand clothes but from now on, I am commiting to try source more second hand instead of new (when I need to buy something).
Will you be wearing anything secondhand next week? Do you have any great tips for buying secondhand clothes?
With warmest wishes
When the lovely Vicky of Kinky Melon Retro Boutique and Vintage Vixon blog mentioned that she would be at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair in Bath, I decided to pop along with my daughter to say hi and of course have a browse as it feels like ages since I last went to a vintage fair. I have been reading Vintage Vixon for years and it was great to meet Vicky who was just as stunning in real life as on her blog and equally lovely.
The Kinky Melon stall (pictured with Vicky and Jon above) is crammed full of both men’s and women’s vintage clothes with a focus on reasonable prices. I treated myself to a fab maxi skirt for a tenner and a bag for my daughter for £8 (below).
As you can see from the pictures the Guildhall in Bath is a stunning location for a vintage fair and the fair also definitely lived up to its name of ‘afforadable’ with a great selection of really affordable pieces. I also bought myself a parka jacket for £25 to keep me going through the winter and into festival season next year and a woollen check scarf. I have seen acrylic versions of these all over the high street but mine cost just £4 and there were baskets of them to choose from!
I wore my favourite Pachacuti hat with a vintage paisley pom pom scarf and M&S Fairtrade cotton vest top as the weather was unusually warm for the time of year.
What are you doing this weekend? Hope you have a lovely time.
With warmest wishes
I first discovered Fix Up Look Sharp at a fashion show at Bristol Big Green Week a few years back. Fix Up Look Sharp are all about raising money for an incredibly worthwhile charity Clic Sargent. CLIC, as I think it was previously called has helped my family during very difficult times and so is a charity very close to my heart. Charities like CLIC Sargent provide invaluable clinical, practical, financial and emotional support for children with cancer and their families helping them to deal with the shock of the diagnosis but also assisting them in getting the most out of life.You can read more about Charlotte, Fix Up Look Sharp Ambassador, her style and her journey here.
Fix Up Look Sharp have just launched a fab new website featuring their latest collection which takes charity shopping to the next level with fresh styles upcycled from vintage and second hand clothes. The clothes also offer great value with prices starting at £15 for a t shirt. They also have some great accessories including necklace, hairbands and beanie hats.
They had a launch a few weeks ago in Bristol and will be holding a launch party in London this Thursday.It looks fun and well worth a visit if you are nearby.
I hope you are having a good week and not getting too wind swept by this dastardly weather!
With warmest wishes
On the weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to a 40th birthday party of our neighbours. It was a fairly lavish do with a large marquee, champagne, lots of live music, some fantastic singing and even some posh portaloos! The dress code was black tie which was ideal for me as I haven’t had the chance to get properly dressed up in ages. I also love love seeing everyone dressed up in their dickie bows and best dresses.
Rather than buy a new dress (it could be a while before I get to wear it again), I decided to make use of something that I already had in my wardrobe. I got this dress from a vintage fair in Bath a few years ago and have not had nearly enough opportunities to wear it. I have no idea how old it is as the label says ‘Richard shops’. Hopefully I don’t giveaway my age when I say that I remember my mum buying clothes from Richard shops and possibly even bought a few pieces myself back in the day. According to Wikipedia the brand was popular through from the sixties to 1992 when the shops finally closed. My earrings were a present from Mr S to wear on my wedding day 15 years ago and the tights have been in my drawer for at least a few years and got me lots of compliments. The shoes are at least 4 or 5 years old aswell. All in all I was pleased that I managed to put together an outfit for a black tie party without buying anything new. I think I could probably have searched the high street for hours (which I just don’t have time for) and not managed to find an outfit that made me as happy as the old one I wore!
This summer has been pretty amazing so far we have been out and about doing so many fun things and we have lots more planned including holidays, spa days and festivals. As much as I love buying clothes, there really is no point in doing so if you never get out and about to show them off. Hence my new motto, ‘Buy Less, Live More!’. I think doing stuff is so much more fun than buying stuff.
What do your or would you wear to a black tie party? do you have something amazing in your wardrobe that is just waiting for a special occassion?
With warmest wishes