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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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Clothes Swappin’

Clothes swap findsIf you’re a regular reader you might already know about my penchant for clothes swaps. If you’re not then let me fill you in. Picture a night with your best girlfriends, combined with snacks, wine and enough once-loved clothes to fill a small branch of Topshop.

You get to chat, browse and walk away with a whole new outfit (or five) for free! Oh, and did I mention the feel-good vibes you get for donating any unwanted clothes to charity?

My friends and I arrange swaps once or twice a year, and on Friday evening it was my turn to play hostess. Over the last few months I’ve been putting unclothed clothes, accessories and books to one side and I surprised myself by having over 40 items to swap. Unsettlingly this has barely made a dent in my wardrobe, so I had a strict limit of only allowing myself to swap five items. My resolve cracked a little and I ended up with eight in the end, which I don’t think is too bad, given the 200+ items we must have brought between the seven of us.

Here’s what I found in the swap. Forgive the random chunks of brick – our fence blew over  in the recent storms and we’ve only just had it put back up, hence the rubble!

Clothes swap Topshop trousers This t-shirt is a brand new one that I picked up in the recent Zara sale, for a ridiculously cheap £1.99, but the swapped pieces are these Topshop trousers and the black leather ankle boots. I’m not sure where they are originally from but there is a little Russian doll printed on the inside sole. They’re a little big for me but so comfortable and will go with so many outfits. The brushed cotton trousers are a greenish grey colour and despite the slightly creased appearance, are very smart. I love the turned up hems and asymmetric panel that cuts across the front of the trousers.

Clothes swap pleated skirt and Topman jumper One of the best things about clothes swaps is that, as well as looking for capsule wardrobe pieces that will go with everything, it also allows you to try out trends or styles that you wouldn’t normally go for. This black pouch bag with gold studs is one such example – something I might have been interested in in a store but not quite persuaded to buy. Now if I don’t use it that much I can simply take it to the next swap I attend. The sweatshirt is actually from Topman (who says swaps just have to be for girls?) and the skirt is a pleated floral number that was shortened by its former owner.

Clothes swap jeans and vintage bag

This is quite a casual look but I’m chuffed to bits with these skinny, indigo jeans, originally H&M, as I’ve been after a pair of jeans for a while now. I tend to only wear jeans at festivals or on camping trips, so I’m trying to branch out and incorporate them into more outfits. The biscuit coloured fine knit cardigan will be perfect for layering over dresses and t-shirts during the transition from winter to spring, and the vintage bag, my favourite find, is structured with a gold clasp – perfect for dressing up any casual outfit.

Are you a fan of clothes swaps? What’s the best piece you’ve ever found at one?

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Rock The Week #101

Clothes swap polaroidClothes Swapin’

On Friday a couple of friends and I hosted a small clothes swap at my place, and it was such good fun! I contributed over 40 items of clothing and accessories and am proud to say that I only walked away with eight items, so I’m pretty pleased with myself. A girly evening was just what I needed after a couple of weeks of being ill, making the tiredness and two trips to Gloucester Road’s charity shops well worth it.

Getting Organised

It’s fair to say that I’m quite a disorganised person, but this week I’ve cleaned and tidied the house, purged my wardrobe of lots of unloved clothes, started planning our holiday and I’m finally beginning to put the editorial calendar that I use to organise blog posts to good use. I always feel better after a little reorganisation and I hope this streak continues!

This week I’ve been…

Blogging about: My love of Sundays, complete with some gratuitous clashing-print outfit snaps, a review of Revlon’s Lip Butter in Candy Apple and planning our holiday to San Francisco – all suggestions and recommendations welcome!

Listening to: A smattering of Beyoncé, Cerys Matthews on 6 Music and a spot of Alt-J for good measure.

Watching: The US version of The Face reached its climax this week and had me hooked right down until the winner was revealed. Have you been watching this series? Like Erin O’Connor on the British version, ‘quirky’ mentor/judge Coco Rocha was definitely my favourite.

Reading: Jane, aka British Beauty Blogger’s rant about ‘love-it’ bloggers really got me thinking about how I review products on this blog, and it’s interesting to see the comments of readers and other bloggers who also feel that the blogosphere could be a little more discerning. I also enjoyed reading Emma from A Beautiful Mess (most Pin-able site ever!?) talking about her career aspirations, pre-blog. It’s not often that you get such an honest, personal post on ABM and I think it’s one that could resonate with a lot of 20-somethings like me. Aside from the million-dollar turnover part…

RTW101What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…

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Outfit Post: Seeing Red

Red opaque Primark tights | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Red is a colour that rarely makes it beyond accessorising an outfit. Marilyn Monroe wore a slick of red on her full pout, Dorothy had her ruby slippers, and Grace Coddington, Florence Welch and Vivienne Westwood have their flame-coloured locks, but on the whole I think red can be a colour that insights fear when it comes to wearing it on the body.

It’s no surprise, when you think about everything that red represents; anger, power, passion. We all know how wearing a red lip can completely change the way we feel. Red, in all it’s guises, is a ‘look at me’ colour, one that refuses to sit in the corner, hoping someone, somewhere, will notice it – just look at the way Valentino has used it throughout his career.

When I picked up these opaque red tights (in Primark, of all places) a couple of years ago, they sat in my drawer for months before I plucked up the courage to wear them. Minimal editing has taken place here – they really are that bright! With the weather being so bitterly cold at the moment, tights, leggings and patterned trousers are my friends right now, and I love how a splash of colour on the bottom half of my body can completely change and energise my appearance.

I lover wearing colour and patterns on my lower half becuase I get all of that excitement and ‘power dressing’ without having to carry off strong colours against my pale skin, or worry about bold patterns clashing with my hair.

In this outfit, which I wore to dinner on Sunday, I kept the rest of the look fairly simple, wearing a navy H&M blazer, the chambray dress (woefully in need of some ironing) that I found at a clothes swap and a pair of beaten up ankle boots, also from Primark.

Do you own any red clothes or accessories, or do you prefer to save it for your lips instead?

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Winter Warehouse wonderland

Warehouse pleather pleat skirt | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

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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