23 August 2015

£2 style - summer style part II

The second of my three £2 dresses, which I bought from my local British Heart Foundation charity shop, is this abstract print, body-fitted Missguided number. I picked it up simply because it was in my size and it looked fun - when I tried it on at home my boyfriend and housemate loved it, probably for different reasons. 

On this weekend occasion, I was mainly around the home and just running a few errands, the sun was shining so I threw my hair up with a silk headscarf which clashed and off I went. What do you guys think of my second £2 summer style bargain. Should have I have left it on the hanger? Or have I pulled it off?




Head scraf: Joules
Dress: Missguided at BHF charity shop
Bucket bag: BHS
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15 August 2015

£2 dress - summer style part I

To say it's rewarding to find a bargain in a world where we feel ripped off so often is an understatement. I proudly shop at charity shops for my clothes, not because I can't afford to buy my wardrobe new - although I will say, I don't enjoy paying the full retail mark-up, especially when you understand this industry and the cost implications of what you wear. I enjoy charity shopping because I love a good find, I adore vintage clothes and have had a really good run so far of high quality items at reasonable prices - over the years these have included: a Gucci evening dress and Jimmy Choo heels.

I'll be the first to tell you, however, it's not all about the designer labels. You can often find wearable day-to-day pieces which you buy not for the label but because you like the style (and the fact that it's by French Connection for example is a bonus). My local British Heart Foundation charity shop recently held a Saturday sale with all dresses for £2, a good incentive to clear stock before it gets sent overseas and sold to Africa by the weight of the bag (something the Sue Ryder store I worked at used to do).

I picked up three little numbers for a total steal of £6.00. The first is this striped Next cotton dress with drawstring waist and front pockets - perfect for super hot days when you want to stay cool and look relaxed.

What do you guys think of my find? Have you found any summer bargains yourself lately - were they from a charity shop? I'm always looking out for new locations to visit and explore the treasures one might pass on.




Sunglasses - H&M
Dress - Next at British Heart Foundation 
Shoulder bag - Vintage
Sandals - New Look
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8 August 2015

Weekending

I've been living in South-East London for just over a year now and I've thoroughly enjoyed my weekends getting to know my surrounding area, with all of its eats and dos. A favourite is Blackheath which reminds me Stars Hollow, from one of my favourite TV shows, Gilmore Girls.


Living on the border of a few boroughs, allows for several hangouts and finding new foodie favourites. Here are some of my recent foodie destinations I've enjoyed:

Le Bouchen, Blackheath

I'd admired French Wine Bar, Le Bouchen with their chalk boards advertising their wine and cheese for a while before I actually got the chance to enjoy their hospitality. The few times we tried to pop in for dinner previously, they were always full. Noted: this was usually on a Friday or Saturday night.


On this occasion, inside was as 'as per' packed to the brim but they had an outside table available, it was a warm July evening and my housemates and I had spent the day sprawled out over Greenwich Park so we took the chance to continue enjoying our 'for once behaving itself' British Summer.

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31 July 2015

Getting to know you: Southend on Sea

There's nothing quite like the sound of the sea, helping me get back to myself and my goals. This post is a combination of two recent Southend trips, which include the most delicious beach side cafe, adventure island rides and jumping on waves with my eight year old niece. Plus, I happen to have the best advice of how to avoid the tourist crowds and get in some relaxation on the pebbled shores.

Southend has always been a destination I've enjoyed as a kid, eating sugar donuts and going on the roller-coaster at the amusement park (known back then as Peter Pan's Adventure Island) being my absolute highlights.

When I go now, I enjoy a mix of both the tacky tourist attractions and also my little spot on by the sea with my favourite lunch spot close by. Here are my highlights broken down:

Beach 



There are eight main beaches in Southend, all of which lead on from each other. Many of them have glorious sand to build sandcastles and lay smoothly on, some are more pebbled but can be equally relaxing, especially down by the  docks where locals sail their boats. I rather enjoyed the tide going out around five or six PM and finding all kinds of fossils and shells in the sea bed with my eight year old niece.

Adventure Island


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