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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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Winter Warehouse wonderland

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Two weeks ago I hit a mini shopping milestone – I bought my first piece of clothing online. Aside from groceries, I don’t really shop online. As far as clothes, shoes and accessories go, I prefer to see them, try them on, prance around the changing room in them and feel them against my skin before parting with my cash.

However, after seeing Amy’s take on this Warehouse skirt, and finding out it was in the sale after spotting it in her original post, I knew I had to bite the bullet and buy it. I’ve been looking for a leather skirt for ages and while this one is a little more plastic, than leather, it’s proved a satisfying way to dip in to the trend and shop online, too.

I wore it yesterday when Mr Ship-Shape and I ventured out of the house to go for a roast dinner at The White Bear on St Michael’s Hill (yum!), despite the snow. Yes, the snow – there, I mentioned it.

I’m fully aware there are probably a million posts of bloggers looking cute as a button frolicking with their friends/dogs/babies in the snow floating around on the web right now, but this weather is my nemesis.  I have the balance and coordination of a newborn deer on a good day, which means snow, ice and I are not good friends. At least Bambi makes skidding around all day look cute…

I paired the skirt with a jumper I found at Kendal Calling festival this summer, some chunky pearls I found at Amy’s clothes swap and some earmuffs that my sister-in-law bought for me this Christmas – perfect for keeping off the chill without ruining my fringe!

Jumper – festival charity shop / Skirt – Warehouse / Leggings – Sweaty Betty / / Leg warmers – H&M / Egale boots – The Boot Room / Pearls – clothes swap / Earmuffs – Christmas present

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Oxfam Fashion: Boutique Bristol

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One of the best bits about writing for Oxfam is meeting new people, from the other bloggers that share their thoughts on ethical fashion to the likes of Sarah Marshall, who runs Bristol’s very own Oxfam Boutique.

When the shop first landed on Park Street, which has been home to some of Bristol’s best independent shops over the years, I was excited that little old Bristol finally had it’s own charity-shop-with-a-twist. The boutiques are more select than Oxfam’s usual charity shops, and Bristol is no different, with Chloe bags and YSL shoes making an (occasional) appearance alongside vintage label staples.

This month I interviewed Bristol’s Oxfam Boutique Manager, Sarah Marshall, and I loved how honest and frank she was. Locals familiar with Park Street can’t have failed to notice that the recession and resulting nationwide shop closures have made a serious dent in one of Bristol’s most prolific shopping destinations, and charity shops have been affected too.

If you want to read about how the boutique has been affected, the shop’s top sellers and what Sarah thinks of Bristol’s best dressed, then click here.

To visit the shop, make a donation or bag yourself a vintage or designer bargain, visit the boutique at 77 Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5PF.

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