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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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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

Casual denim shirt outfitDaisiesWestern charity shop shirtCharity shop shirt and DM satchel

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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

Floral dress with acrylic buttonsFloral charity shop dressPastel tower blocksSalvation Army charity shop dressTopshop Chelsea bootsShowing off EffiePastel colours

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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!

Charity shop twinsetMint acrylic knit sweaterMint twinset and indigo jeansMint twinset and coral nails

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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

Peach floral print dress with gold buttons.jpgPeach and floral charity shop dress.jpgPeach charity shop dress and vintage handbag.jpgBlack clothes swap ankle boots.jpgPeach dress with cream Accessorize beanie.jpg

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