Popping Tags at Goodwill

Vintage paisley shirtI’ve had a wee obsession with Macklemore’s Thrift Shop song since it came out a couple of years ago*, and every time I’ve stepped inside a thrift shop since, it plays on a continuous loop inside my head. We’ve been busy kitting out our new apartment (more on that soon!) so I’ve spent hours scouring thrift shops and Goodwills (the main charity shop they seem to have out here) for furniture.

Naturally I did have a little blouse, sorry, browse, in the vintage section of our local Goodwill, which is when I spotted this fabulous 80s number. Garish gold buttons, an elasticated waist, shoulder pads and that Paisley pattern – on paper it really shouldn’t work, but I kind of like it.

These photos were taken after another long day of Getting Stuff Done, notably getting rid of a family of ants who were demanding squatters rights in our new apartment (blurgh!) but now we’ve moved in I’m hopeful that GSD weekends will be replaced by fun Let’s Explore San Francisco weekends. Oh, and Christmas. Mustn’t forget about Christmas…

Paisley shirt and floral skirtPaisley shirt – Goodwill / Floral pencil skirt – Topshop / Red satchel  – c/o Dr Martens / Tan Chelsea boots – c/o Topshop, Cabot Circus

Goodwill vintage blouse and Topshop skirtSan Francisco OOTDFairy lights on the porchPink house detailingPaisley Goodwill shirt*I promise I won’t mention this every time I feature something from a thrift shop, honest!

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Hello, Sephora

Sephora Thanksgiving purchasesDoes anyone else remember when we had Sephora in the UK? It was a long time ago but I distinctly remember the black and white shopfronts and wondering why anyone would want to visit a shop that only sold make-up (I would have been around nine or ten at this time, so I was still more interested in my Sega Mega Drive than lip stains and mascara).

Anywho, fast-forward a few years and although Sephora now deliver select products to the UK, an IRL visit is strictly reserved for holidays to Europe or the States. I always hear such great things about the brands stocked at Sephora, and even more great things about their own make-up range, so when I knew we were moving to San Francisco I made a mental note to track down my nearest one as soon as possible.

Needless to say that when I spotted one last week I made a beeline for the doors and left a trail of dust in my wake. Full reviews to follow, but here’s what I treated myself to…

Tarte Sweet Dreams make-up setTarte Sweet Dreams Set

The impulse purchase of the bunch and one of Sephora’s $10 Black Friday offers, this set of miniatures includes Tarte’s Light, Camera, Lashes mascara, a LipSurgence lip gloss and their infamous Amazonian clay blush. The blush, which comes in the shade ‘magic’ swung it for me, as I’ve wanted to try this product for ages.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain 01 Always RedSephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 ‘Always Red’

A bold lip colour is my go-to make-up look (that’s about to become very apparent when you see the final item I bought) and this lip stain has been on my wishlist for yonks. Endorsements from the likes of of Carrie and Lily help, but it doesn’t take much to convince me when it comes to long-lasting vintage-esque reds. I’ve only worn this a couple of times since I purchased it but I’m already loving its staying power.

Sephora Favourites Give Me More Lip setSephora Give Me More Lip Ultimate Lip Sampler

I’d like to say this was a spur of the moment thing, but this purchase was premeditated, ever since I saw a review of it on my Bloglovin feed a few months ago. I managed to bag the last set in the shop and I can’t wait to get stuck in to trying out all these mini lip products from brands including Bite, Laura Mercier and Buxom.

As introductions go, I’m pretty happy with this first Sephora encounter! Have you tried any of these products before?

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Vintage Lilac Dress and Milkmaid Braids

Vintage dress and black peep toe shoesHere it is, my last Bristol-based outfit shoot. So far I’m not missing home too much, but then it has only been a couple of weeks since we were last there.

I was so happy to be able to work with Charlene again and for our final shoot together we picked a spot overlooking the river. If I have to get to the train station I always walk along the river instead of marching up Victoria Street – it’s a lot quieter and infinitely more interesting for people-watching.

I found this unworn vintage lilac dress in the Cancer Research UK charity shop on Gloucester Road, complete with tags still attached, for just £12. It’s such a beautiful cut, with 3/4 sleeves and large bow at the neckline, that I couldn’t resist taking it home with me.  Speaking of charity shops, I’ve been scooping out a number local ones near where we’re staying, and this little 80s number may have ended up in my shopping basket…

Vintage lilac dress with bow detailVintage lilac dress – charity shop / Russian doll shoulder bag – Accessorize / Frilly ankle socks  – Matalan / Black peep-toe heels – c/o Grandma Ship-Shape

Bristol's Temple QuayVintage lilac charity shop dressVintage black peep toe shoes and frilly socksVintage bow dress and Russian Doll bagRussian doll bag from Accessorize

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San Francisco: Insta-Update

San Francisco Insta-UpdatePosing in front of one of San Francisco’s many colourful houses / My in-flight reading material / The keys to our new apartment / So much peanut butter, so little time / This so-bad-it’s-good vintage paisley shirt may have come home with me after a trip to a charity shop… / wearing my new lip stain from Sephora 

Today marks two weeks of living in San Francisco, and until yesterday it was feeling like we were just here having a little jolly before heading home, but now we have our own apartment, it’s starting to feel a lot more real. We started moving some of our stuff in yesterday and although I don’t think we’ll be fully moved in until next week, I can’t wait to be there, it’s just so beautiful.

The first week here was very much centred around Getting Stuff Done – sorting out a US sim card, getting bank accounts set up and viewing a thousand apartments. Ok, it was only 18 apartments, but it felt like a thousand! This last week has been more about settling in, catching up on freelance work and Mr Ship-Shape starting his new job.

Here are a few observations on life in California so far…

It still rains here, though temperature-wise it’s lovely and warm // people actually use skateboards as a form of commuting // San Franciscans have a thing for dogs, especially little ones // Whole Foods is amazing and if I could, I would spend a small fortune there // walking up hills is a feat of endurance, but not as hard as I thought it would be // Thrift shops are amazing // American peanut butter tastes so much better // I think we’re really going to like it here

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Beauty Empties #2

Skincare beauty emptiesMoving to another another country certainly spurred me on to use up ALL THE THINGS, in the last couple of months – with so many clothes to pack I couldn’t afford to save space for products that were almost empty!

So here’s a rundown of some of my autumn/winter empties*…

Orange Flower Facial Oil by Neal’s Yard Remedies 

Facial oil is perfect for my dry, parched skin so I was eager to try this Orange Flower one from Neal’s Yard Remedies. It’s quite a thick product but sinks in easily, which makes it ideal for using before bed. Although I love the iconic blue bottle (which helps to protect Neal’s Yard Remedies products from sun exposure) I think I prefer my current day oil – Pai’s BioRegenerate Rosehip Oil – which feels a little more nourishing.

Let the Good Times Roll by Lush

I received this popcorn-based exfoliator at a Bristol blog meet and it smells absolutely delicious. It’s one of the first Lush products I tried and the sweet scent made it a dream to use of a morning in the shower.

VitaZing Energy-Boosting Moisturiser by Origins

This travel size moisturiser is a greyish white in the tube but when applied to the skin is ever-so-slightly tinted. This, combined with it having SPF15, made it perfect for days I wanted to add a little bit of life to dull skin. The good thing about this product, compared to other tinted moisturisers, is that it actually felt like it was quenching my skin, not just sitting on top of it.

Eight Hour Hand Cream by Elizabeth Arden

I know lots of people are on the fence about the original Eight Hour Cream but I love it, and I received this accompanying hand cream when I bought a gift set at the airport last year. It didn’t smell like the original balm (which is definitely a plus) and it was very rich, which had earned it a place on my bedside table.

Clean Energy Cleansing Oil by Origins

This nourishing cleansing oil lasted me just over a year as I only used it in the evenings. I wrote a full review here but in a nutshell, you work the oil into dry skin (it removes make-up, too) and when you rinse it off it turns to a milky consistency. My skin never felt  dry or tight after using this so once I’ve used up some of my cleansing balms I’ll definitely look to use an oil-based cleanser again.

Have you tried any of these products? What beauty bits and bobs have you been loving recently?

*the photo for which was taken on my phone, as my camera had already been packed away, so excuse the poor quality!

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