Sunday, 27 February 2011

sweet charity

A couple of weeks ago, an '80s themed social prompted me to take to the streets of Cardiff in a charity shop-fuelled hunt. After finding a shirt that was both era-appropriate and wearable, I was reminded of the gems that you can discover, while also helping very worthy causes. What's more, Oxfam provide a brilliant online shopping service where I managed to snag a couple of bargains which from the comfort of my very own bed. Say goodbye to the price tags and guilt that confronts you at the paydesk at Topshop!

Sporting this with high-waisted black harem pants, massive earrings and a hair flip-over, it's safe to say I was definitely channelling more Patsy Stone than thrift-chic. Once out of my time-trapped bubble, I think the blouse would look amazing paired with a high-waisted black skirt on a night out, as the blouse falls quite short. I am in love with the zebra-inspired graphic print, and even my housemate has asked to borrow it!

Having already worn this top as daywear and nightwear, I can safely say it's becoming a staple in my wardrobe. For my friend's 21st last week, I tucked it into a black skirt along with black tights which worked well for a more casual night on the tiles. In the daytime, it works amazingly well as a loose-fitting slubby top, over either leggings or skinny jeans.

As winter is finally creeping away from us, I am eagerly awaiting the warmer weather to unleash this cute blouse. Teamed with skinny jeans, I think this would make an adorable springtime look for the day.

What are you waiting for? Ditch the high street and get thrift shopping. Your new spring wardrobe will be that extra special knowing the money spent has helped someone somewhere.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Kirsten Dunst for Band of Outsiders

The lookbook Band of Outsiders' Spring collection, Boy, featuring the charming Kirsten Dunst, tugs at my heartstrings. I love the nostalgic aesthetic, and I'm a sucker for anything within a polaroid frame. Spring is coming!

images via band of outsiders

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

"By placing a title on my head...which is plus-size, and then the picture that these people have created in their mind about what plus-size actually is... at this point in my life, I would actually have to have another eating disorder to live up to that expectation."

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

mulberry pre-fall 2011

With florals and pastels permeating stores at the moment, I have come to realise how much more exciting A/W trends are for me. Combine that with the fact that I am still well and truly hibernating in last season's wardrobe due to Britain still being well-and-truly stuck in ice-age mode, I welcome Mulberry's first-ever Pre-Fall 2011 collection with open arms. Creative director Emma Hill took inspiration by none other than the good old English countryside, staying true to Mulberry's rural roots by incorporating earthy, Autumnal tones into chunky knits and A-line skirts, while still managing to retain a sense of British cool with classic blacks and navys juxtaposed against fresh metallics. Some of my favourite looks...

images via and vogue