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A Relaxed Western Shirt OOTD

Western shirt outfitThe weather has well and truly turned here in Bristol so I thought it was time for a little sunshine and daisies on the blog. This is the relaxed outfit I wore on last month’s Bristol Doors Open Day – the one day of the year when some of Bristol’s most interesting buildings are open to the public and available to wander around for free.

Every year Mr Ship-Shape and I make the most of this opportunity and this year we went to libraries, chapels and art galleries. These photos were taken in Clifton’s Victoria Square after we’d been to see Clifton Rocks Railway, part of a fascinating train line that used to exist between Clifton and Hotwells before being turned into air raid shelters during WWII.

For the day I picked a pretty casual ensemble of flat white brogues, tan trousers and a denim shirt I found on a recent charity shopping trip. It’s got a Western/cowboy vibe to it and I like to think it brings me one step closer to a look that’s part Yosemite Sam, part Steel Magnolias.

I know most people love autumn and all the pumpkin spiced lattes and cosy knitwear it brings, but I’m already pinning for the sunshine and long days of summer – how about you?

Western style shirt – charity shop / 7/8th trousers – H&M / Satchel – c/o Dr Martens / White brogues – Matalan

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Floral Dresses and Mulberry Bags

pretty floral dress and windy hairIf you’ve ever lived in Bristol you’re probably familiar with Gloucester Road, one of the longest independent high streets in the country. It’s dotted with numerous charity shops,  making it the perfect location for a spot of Saturday afternoon shopping.

On my last visit I picked up several gems, including this floral dress from the new Salvation Army shop. It’s similar to a dress I already own but can you ever really have too many floral dresses!?

This is the first time Effie has appeared on the blog since my Instagram a few months ago. At the moment I’m using a temporary strap as the existing one was too short to be able to wear across the body, but I really want to make my own, a bit like this A Pair & A Spare DIY. I know I won’t be able to buy a matching Mulberry strap, but I think a contrasting camera strap or DIY attempt could look really interesting, and certainly make for a very unique bag.

You can see in the photos that the leaves are already starting to turn in Bristol, but I’m hopeful that summer will stick around for a few more weeks – I’m not ready to embrace A/W yet, even if it does mean an Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration and the excuse to drink hot chocolate every day…

Floral dress – Salvation Army, Gloucester Road / Tan woven blet – vintage / White socks – Matalan / Chelsea boots – c/o Topshop Cabot Circus / Effie bag – Mulberry

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So Bad, it’s Good: Knitted Peppermint Twinset

Mint cardigan and white plimsolesThe last time I went to Stroud I found this acrylic knitwear dream combination, also known as a twinset. One part twee short sleeved sweater and one part granny cardigan, this £3.50 bargain has been at the top of my ‘must wear this’ pile for a while. I love the different knitting techniques used in the cardigan, and the sweater has a line of dinky peppermint coloured buttons running down the front.

Unfortunately I have a habit of picking up hand wash-only items from charity shops, see this tweed blazer, so in a pile it went until I could be bothered to wash it. Fortunately it was worth the wait, and I threw it on with a pair of indigo denim jeans and plimsoles to go out for a lazy Saturday morning breakfast hunt.

The jeans were a clothes swap find and I’m so happy with them. I used to wear jeans a lot when I was a teenager but now I’m definitely more of a skirts and (floral) trousers kind of gal. I would like a lighter pair though, so if you have a favourite (high street) brand of denim then let me know in the comments!

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Peachy Keen: Charity Shop Dress from Gloucester Road

Peach charity shop dressI’m having a love affair. It’s not with another man, it’s not with Zara, though that Spanish temptress certainly knows how to push my buttons. No, this rekindled flirtation is with charity shops. After months of nothing catching my eye, I’ve found peppermint twin-sets, swallow print tops, tweed blazers and now this peach coloured dress, all in the last few weeks.

Said dress came from Cancer Research on Gloucester Road, which is one of the best locations in Bristol for charity shopping, making it a natural choice for dropping off some of the leftovers after my recent clothes swap. As I went in to hand over a carrier bag full of vest tops, jeans and dresses, I spotted this beauty in the corner of the shop.

Black vintage back with gold clasp.jpgThe peachy pink colour isn’t one that crops up often in my wardrobe – it’s a little too close to my own skin tone and has a tendency to wash me out – but I was drawn to the large floral print and delicate peach and gold buttons, so for £7 I thought I’d give it a go.

I figured that my trusty pair of white tights would offset the skin tone issue and it’s just about worked, don’t you think? The black boots and vintage bag are both clothes swap finds, and the fluffy woollen beanie is a sales purchase that I picked up in Accessorize last year.

I’m so happy that it’s finally March, and therefore basically spring. It was just starting to rain as these pictures were taken, so I was in a hurry to put my coat back on and scurry home! I’m seriously looking forward to the day when I can pack the tights and umbrellas away, in favour of sunglasses and summer dresses – it’s so close I can almost smell it!

Peach floral print dress – charity shop / Belt – vintage / Cream woollen beanie – Accesorize / Black ankle boots and black vintage bag – clothes swap

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Sunday Afternoon Adventures

Bird print top and Mini Diana cameraSundays are fast becoming my favourite day of the week. Where once I used to see them as the precursor to Monday, when fun stops and you have to go back to ‘real life’ and the grind of school/university/work, now it’s a day for adventures around Bristol.

Sundays seems to be the day that Mr Ship-Shape and I find ourselves wandering around Clifton Village, seeing a film at the cinema or having a cheeky breakfast at Boston Tea Party. We go to exhibitions, treat ourselves to coffee (ok, hot chocolate) and usually make the most of whatever the weather throws at us.

This is an outfit I chose for a recent Sunday adventure, when we took my new Diana Mini lomo camera out for a spin in Queen Square. The weather was uncharacteristically good and the temperature just warm enough for me to take off my coat for these shots.

I found the navy blue swallow print top in a British Heart Foundation charity shop for a bargain-ous £3.50, which is also where I found this epic peppermint green twinset. I’ve been attempting a beehive for a few weeks now but my hair seems determined to sit as close to my head as possible – perhaps a bit more back combing is in order…

Do you have a favourite day of the week?

Blue and white patterned trousers – H&M / Coral belt – Oasis / Navy swallow print top – charity shop / Navy boots – Dr Martens / Red satchel – c/o Dr Martens

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