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23 April, 2017

An Oxfam Spring Haul

#FoundinOxfam

We all know I'm partial to a little shopping in Oxfam. I'm often in there browsing at the weekends and I often leave with new favourites, so when Oxfam mentioned that they would be launching a campaign called #FoundinOxfam I jumped at the chance to get involved and ahem, spend a little more time in Oxfam.  As well as answering a few questions on the Oxfam Fashion Blog, I also finally got around to making my second YouTube video (it's only been over a year since the first). With a £30 limit I picked up some lovely bits in order to update my wardrobe for spring - and summer and autumn and winter for that matter. With £30 I don't believe you could pick much up on the high-street which would be of a decent quality, but in Oxfam I picked up a number of things that I can already tell are going to last me bloomin' years. To see what I picked up you can see the video here. And if you have bought anything in Oxfam then be sure to use the hashtag FoundinOxfam on all the social medias - because I love nothing more than browsing all those wonderful, second-hand purchases! 
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12 April, 2017

Alexa for Oxfam

Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Shirt: Oxfam, Culottes: H&M, Hat: ASOS, Shoes Converse, Tights: Topshop (Similar)

It's not often when rummaging round a bargain basket that you find a little Archive by Alexa but that's the sort of thing that can happen when you shop in charity shops. Dubbed the The Aire Shirt by Marks and Spencer, this shirt was based on an original version they produced in the eighties. With the eighties coming back around on the high-street (cue big shoulders and a whole lot of colour), this metallic shirt provides me with that little modern twist on the decade that bought us the best of Madonna and George Michael's Faith. Being in the bargain basket and ringing through the till at £1.99, it was my way of incorporating that trend into my wardrobe whilst still being able to leave the shop completely debt and guilt free - which is one of the many, many reasons second-hand shopping remains to be my absolute favourite kind. 

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04 April, 2017

Why I prefer Charity Shopping

Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop FashionDress: Oxfam, Hat: ASOS, Shoes: Dr Martens 

It's no secret that I have penchant for all shops second-hand. Over the years my list of shops to visit on a Saturday has shifted from Topshop and River Island to Oxfam and Barnardo's. It's been an unconscious shift but as I plan on visiting my local Oxfam this Saturday, it got me thinking how it has been a fair while since I set out for the dizzy lights of Oxford Street. And I don't miss it. Here are just a few reasons why I now prefer pondering around those charity shops at any given chance.

1. You can bag a bargain. Or eight. After heading back to college (7 years after leaving the first time) to retain in Costume, I wasn't able to shop on the high-street due to a serious lack of funds. However, I was able to venture into my local Oxfam and pick up a few bits and pieces that have actually ended up being more loved and reused than my most thought out high-street purchases.

2. It's all for a brilliant cause. Rather than your hard earned money profiting someone in a suit, high up in a chain, you are donating to Oxfam to enable them to provide aid to those most in need. You are donating to Barnardo's to help them reach the most vulnerable of children. You are donating to Cancer Research to help fund pioneering research. Knowing that the money will be helping someone, somewhere makes my shopping experience a lot less filled with guilt!

3. And finally, it's a surprise. You can wonder in not knowing what you're after or what will be on offer but you can end up leaving with anything from a little vintage designer to that long paisley pink shirt that you never knew you needed but will see you through spring/summer worn as a dress and autumn/winter for that necessary extra layer. Because of this uncertainty of what will be on offer, I find second-hand shopping much more creative and fun. The outfit hasn't been displayed on a mannequin next to all the garments needed to make up the outfit. This means you can put your own spin on an outfit and leave with something completely unique.

And that's it. Three reasons why I find charity shopping more rewarding, creative and enjoyable.

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30 March, 2017

Charity Shop Denim

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Charity Shop Fashion
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Charity Shop Fashion
Charity Shop Fashion
Denim Jacket: Oxfam, T-Shirt: Cancer Research UK, Jeans: River Island, Boots: Shoe Zone (Similar), Hat: ASOS

Denim jackets seem to be having a moment on the ol' high-street. They are saturating all the high-street .com's but seem to have a twist. The jackets are fringed with tassels, they have been ripped to add a little grunge and they deviate from the usual blue, with a pink number being high up on my fashion DIY list. However, it is this classic oversized Levi's jacket that has me comfortably coated for spring. I found this jacket in Oxfam a few years ago now and it's one of those things I can't see myself parting with for a long ol' while. I have featured it a number of times on my blog over the past few years. I wore it with a little tartan and a casual jumper over 2 years ago on pretty much a daily basis and it's still the one I reach to every morning as it goes with bloomin' everything. For around the £10 mark in Oxfam it was definitely money well spent all that time ago and is seeing me through spring wonderfully. 

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25 March, 2017

The Top Shop Oxfam

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Top & Belt: Oxfam, Coat: Cancer Research UK, Jeans: Marks and Spencer, Boots: Shoe Zone (Similar)

Prior to moving from one area of the big city to another, I had to ensure that I made the most of the wonderful second-hand shops in my area. On the numerous occasions I ventured in, I came up trumps a fair few times. With the khaki suede coat being the first of my favourite new (but second hand) purchases, I went on to discover many hidden gems amongst the packed rails. I went on to discover a retro Ellesse jumper, the comfiest slouchy grey t-shirt with an open back and colourful, summer suitable shorts with scribblings of love written on them. I have previewed all of these purchases on Instagram Stories because, yup, I finally figured out how to use it. One of the purchases was the Topshop top I'm wearing here. New, with all the tags in tact, it was definitely not one to leave on the rails. Pie-crust style necklines seem to be engulfing the high-street and this t-shirt is my way of getting in on the trend for a lot less with the help of Oxfam. I have shared a few of my tips on how to get the most from charity shopping in a few previous post so if you're heading out to donate to charity (read: buy all the loveliness) then have a little read of theses oldies - Five Tips for Charity Shopping and Five Tips for Charity Shopping: Part II. And be sure to let me know if you buy anything, I'm a little nosey like that y'see. 

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20 March, 2017

All the Charity Shop Fashion

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 Coat: Cancer Research Shop, Jumpsuit: Sue Ryder, Top: Oxfam, Boots: Shoe Zone (Old but Similar), Hat: ASOS 

It seemed as though spring had arrived on Saturday.  It was the first day I have worn my suede coat I bought from my local Cancer Research shop and not had to run inside to the nearest building to protect it from some sort of sudden rainstorm. Not knowing that I was missing a khaki suede coat from my wardrobe, it was one of those charity shop purchases that I didn't know I needed until I saw it hidden amongst the rail of jackets. It wasn't until I was caught out in the rain, shielding myself under bus stop/lamp post/back-of-the-person-in-fronts-umbrella that I realised perhaps it wasn't the most practical of purchases for the transitional English weather. But being such a bloody bargain, I couldn't let it go. 

With the weather looking to stay rain-free, I took the opportunity to wear this for a little brunch. And then a few sneaky Aperol Spritz which, along with the charity shopping, hold a special place in my second-hand heart. The topic turned to weddings as my friend is tying the knot later this year. Naturally the chat (or rather, my questions) turned to the dress. She has picked out her dress and it sounds bloomin' amazing. It got me thinking where I would go to pick up the ultimate dress. I assume I would choose a little vintage Dior or something not too dissimilar from THE Vivienne Westwood Carrie wore for the Big wedding: Round 1. Lucky for my poor bank card, I'm not getting hitched. But if I were, I would love to find that little bit of vintage for a little less. I would be searching the second-hand shops every weekend and the Bridal Pop Up Oxfam are holding in West Yorkshire this Saturday would be the perfect place to start. Visit the Facebook page for more information. Or if, like me, you're not wondering up the aisle, then visit the Vintage section of the Oxfam website for a little bit of greatness for less. 

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