Thursday, 15 February 2018

Work Suit

Not a charity shop purchase this week but a sale bargain in Next. I spotted this woollen mix suit in the recent sales and did not think for one minute that it would fit me. However I was not in a hurry and decided to try it on and amazingly it was a remarkably good fit. I do have trouble with some trousers due to my hip/waist ratio but these were fine. It had a 60% reduction and cost me £35.00.
The suit has a discrete pattern of squares in the material to add a little interest. My office corporate dress code is black/white so this suit will get plenty of wear during the spring with a white top.

Is this suit something you would wear to work.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Blue Shirt

Another indoor post this week as we are having spells of really heavy rain but at least the daylight hours are gradually increasing giving us all an air of optimism!

My latest charity shop bargain is this blue shirt which was in a bargain bin for a £1.00! It has an unusual pattern with streaks of white and black which somehow adds interest. The front has a feature which is not quite a tie and I thought might be a nuisance but it does not get in the way. The sleeves are full length so it can be worn throughout the year with or without a cardigan.

I am quite pleased with this unusual shirt and will keep it

Friday, 26 January 2018

Navy Dress


We had some mild sunny weather a few days ago and I went for a walk with Hannah to get some outdoor photos of a navy blue dress I bought last weekend on a £1 rail in a charity shop.

I think I need to add a belt around the waist to give the outfit a better shape but for £1 I couldn't go wrong with buying this dress which will be a useful addition to my wardrobe in the summer. It is knee length which I prefer and a fairly high neck line to increase modesty.

In case you are wondering I soon put on a coat after the photo was taken - it wasn't that warm but it is encouraging to see the first snowdrops in bloom and other spring bulbs making an appearance.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Red Dress

With the bad weather recently, I have not had an opportunity for outside photos but I found this one from August which I didn't get around to posting.

The knee length dress cost me about £4.00 (I can't remember exactly). I don't normally wear much in pink/red preferring blues and greens but I thought I would buy it for a change. It was a different style for me as well with the pleated effect and I added a belt around the middle.

However, I noticed a flaw in the material and decided to donate it back as the charity shop can get money for substandard garments/rags from recycling companies.

The black jacket I bought new and I often wear it to work over a white blouse.

Part of the fun of charity shop browsing is that you never know what you might find - but you do make mistakes and must take the rough with the smooth. Fortunately if you do make a mistake it is not costly!

Friday, 12 January 2018

First Charity Shop Find of 2018


Now we are back into our regular routine after the holiday period, I have resumed my regular visits to the local charity shops. They are now receiving regular donations again and restocking their rails.

I found this top for £2.50 which will be ideal for evenings out when the weather improves. It is in a shade of deep blue and has detailing and features around the various edges.
It teams well with some dark blue trousers which I bought nearly two years ago. I am quite pleased with this top and will probably keep it.

Hannah took the pictures and will add these to her college photography portfolio. She is still keen to make a career in photography.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Tunic Top


I bought this tunic top in the autumn but forgot to complete a post on it. The photo was taken when the weather was warmer!

It is in pale orange and a loose fit. As usual I have added a belt (which I already owned) to create interest. The tunic cost about £2.50. I would have preferred it to be slightly longer to fully cover my bottom when wearing trousers but at that price I couldn't resist it. I am now less self conscious about my bottom being on view when wearing trousers than I used to be.

I have been wearing trousers far more than I used to this winter as it has been extremely windy and changeable. We are lucky in the UK not to experience the severe weather affecting parts of the USA at the moment. 

Are you wearing trousers more than skirts/dresses this winter?




Thursday, 28 December 2017

Christmas Presents


We had a great family Christmas and it all seemed to be over so quickly after such a long build up.
Our daughter, Hannah, wanted some advanced photography equipment and couldn't wait to try it out so on Christmas afternoon she got me to pose by a floral decoration in a top which my husband bought for me.

Regular readers of my blog will not be surprised to see it is in my favourite colour, turquoise. It is slightly figure hugging but I am sure I will wear it a lot next summer.
We bought Hannah a white jumper and she let her father try out her new lenses yesterday and he took some photos of her wearing it. She has grown considerably taller during the past year and we are now nearly the same height. I forget that she will soon be 16 and is fast becoming an adult. 
The top came from M & S and has an interesting pattern below the shoulder line. She was really pleased with it and will wear it when we go out at weekends.

Did you get some lovely clothes as presents this year?