Friday, 25 March 2016

Outfit | G'Friday

Good Friday 2015


Bomber and Moto styles have tooed and froed in the style stakes over the years - for a lover of both like me, when the suitable seasons arrive around Easter, I'm a happy bunny. Collecter of one, not yet an owner of the other, I looked to mum and her very generous nature (and wardobe).

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Thrift Finds | Top 10 of 2015

2015 was the year of Thrifting - no longer is it simply out of necessity, it has become a passion, and will become a bigger part of my blog. I want to incorporate it in more than hauls, and the odd item mention - with edits, outfits, and my thoughts on it all. But for now, I filter it down to the top 10 thriftinds that featured in my 2015 - including try ons and opinions. 




Thrift Best Bits. 


When I mentioned to my brother I wasn't sure what to include in this post, and his opinion on what I wore the most, he came back with Trackies? Hoodys? Dressing Gown? Not the vibe I was expecting or going for with this post, but you can't hide from family, and I don't intend to hide from you.
The badly kept secrets out - I am a big come home into comfies person; but now having to spend the majority of my time at home, It's become an all day routine. SO in the interest of authenticity, they will ft my favourites.
We can't always be glamourous. But it can be luxurious.

Branded Jogging Bottoms 


For lounge, or not leave the sofa wear, branded trackie bums have proved there worth in wear. Over all superior quality - no deterioration in material, shape or fit, since. Me and grey may be having more than a moment - but with these being unexpected, and thrifted, it seems the hue chose me. For all those reasons, I find I reach for them over others.

In the winter, my 1st non hoody from Superdry - M, w orange accents. Insultingly thick towel like material, and more tapered fit, tips them above other's warmth wise. Paid £2, along with a pair of circular sunnies from a CarBoot, so all things considered - proportional price allocation - £1.95
Come the warmer months - this far back thrift find (5yrs? via BHF charityshop) - £3 Jack Wills trackies. Similair style, though smarter - only downside is the drag #petitepeopleproblems. Both drawstring, so looseness is adaptable. Both with racing stripes down the side; ideal, since I live my life in the fast lane.

Hollister Hoody

Speaking of loungewear, this is a XL doppelganger of a hoody I 'inherited'; but wearing an ex's clothes is some what frowned upon (no matter how nice they may be), so I was stoked to find a larger version that I wouldn't have that problem in. Bought from a bloke with a lot of branded men's stuff, at a CarBoot - Tee and Hoody, totalled £3.

Washed out navy, with sleeve branding, and a hoody, handy to keep the heat hair in. Though thin, it's supersoft and hasn't deteriorated/bobbled atall. Venture outside the house wear - I've been wearing it in place of a top, or as a longer layer - and if anything, I like it more. 
Disclaimer - I did offer to give the original back.



I also knowledge sibling said dressing gown - but fortunately it's not a thrift find and won't leave me with the embarrassment of 3 of my top 10 being *loungewear*. Which may or may not be more realistic.

Fine Knits

Stepping it up an out of the house notch, but still strong in the comfort stakes - are no surprise, fine knit jumpers. 
All simple, slouchy silhouette and 3/4 sleeves. Casual & for in the shop, it was the speckled F&F, found for £9 in the summer. For a somewhat smarter, or grey fix - from when I saw Judy Dench in M&S - £12 end of spring 2014 sale pickYes, in my wardobe top 5 there was both a stripe and fine knit pick, but frankly when I wasn't wearing that one, it was one of these 2; The RI only won said slot, since it has the best of both. 
Neither were from a charityshop, but if I saw either somewhere subsequently, I would buy a backup. It may be a broken Record, but I still play. 

Vest Top

A (sunny) summer alternative - the white vest. Hung on the same hanger as my double strap cami, on my rail, all summer; just pipped to the wardrobe post, as the cami style, is a repetitive theme seen throughout the wardrobe, not just in my preferred line or colour.

This vest version, is in the viscose that doesn't bobble (model?) - an any occasion option, /options, since I found the same piece, in 2 sizes, at the same CarBoot stall. Though £1 each, and only second hand NewLook (predict I don't save much more than a fiver) they were still very white, and in good knick. Predictably, I've had more wear from the larger of the 2, but I'm glad I bought both. Also shares the RI interest of straps - but they're thicker and in the back.
Maybe hard to picture in March, but just think - brighter background? Touch of a tan? Pimms in hand? nd' I fit right in.


H&M Extended Bikini Tops
Part of an outfit you aren't supposed to acknowledge, although it's no secret it's there - underwear. & the understudy to this year (and whole post), is a range of bikini tops that have come in all kinds of handy, comfy, and epiphany.
Only full price, shop bought, to be ft (secondhand underwear is a step to far for me - personally - but I can still be thrifty). At £3.99, the price is unbeatable. & unrepeatable, since the same style is selling for 3 times that in their stores now! Sorta smug. Sorry.

3 Colour options - patterned or waffled. Lined cups, so no worries about nips, though they run VERY small in the Triangle portion; I wear an 18, and that's far fetched for what I got uptop. The real draw, stretchy extended band beneath the bust, that stays, and smoothes, rather than digs in.
Bar the Snakeskin, which has thicker stretch - these strictly are sunbathe and cool off costumes. For me, it's a Bra before bikini - more practical option on the bralet market - enough to cover and feel somewhat supported, but without BOOB JAIL. *all hail*.


(Wearing the white throughout, and sneakpeak of the sankeskin)
Won't be shown in full, and don't worry I won't ask you to use your imagination for this one - take my, the significant markups on ebay and this year's re-realeases, word for it.

Topshop 'Jamie' Jeans

Commited other/bottom half of my every (outside) day duo - come S/S/A/W - Jeans.
I've tried and liked many over the year - & varied levels of success won't stop me in the next - but I have ended up coming back to a style I'd already tried.

Another item of clothing that's had it's very own (suprisingly popular) talk through/review, post - these are a subsequent take to add to the collection, that I doubled up in, in 2015. sz12, £5 from St Catherines Hospice Charityshop on my Birthday; & sz10, £2 from a last of the season CarBoot. Oldie material mix - strecthy yet still well structured; dark, and worn gradient wash, with best described as scratch distressing. Opposite end of the spectrum to my 5 wardrobe pick. Much more substantial - with a hold, and smoothing to the stretch. Feel like reliable, supportive underwear  - both practical and flattering - and I can wear both pair. Will say, they have both began to pucker.. but a pair that shows wear, is a pair well loved



Taupe Trench

So we've had the practical, now the piste resistance of this years clothing thriftfinds. Missed out on the year's Wardrobe winner because of it's year round versatility - yet I would happily wear over all of the above, or with anything else thrown at me. What does it matter if i'm a little chilly, I've covered nippy. I LOVE THIS COAT.
Slouchy Style is ideal, with the supersoft out/shiny in, material - in a gorgeous heathered grey - that instantly makes everything look fabulous. Helps that it has serious higher priced vibes (to be continued), even though it's by Primark. Via the hidden gem shop - not out of season nor fashion, but out of floor time - as I picked it off the poundrail on polling day.

I can picture at least 3 colour edits, and outfits, with various tones of greige; and encore in an individual post on this beauty. But for now, bask.

Clarks 'Moonlit' Cool 
An opposite Taupe shade, of suede, slightly heeled, step up in smart, alternative to my battered, (began) black, Chelsea boots - that if they were more presentable, would have made a joint appearance. Both Clarks, since I've seen the error in my cheap shoes and comfort ways. Though I managed to snag the 'Orinocho' in a store sale, since Clarks 'Moonlit cool' were special edition - and having noticed them way past release - my only avenue was eBay. Didn't disappoint - with a BNWT, 'Mushroom', sz 5, pair, and no bidding war. Total £20, and I've since seen more. 
Though is hasn't replaced the former in wears, they compliment any colour palette - warm or cool. Or occasion. Plus they clop, which makes me feel all kinds of important. 

Stack-able Silver Rings  
Accessories aren't often on my radar unless it's needed, social media influenced or particularly special ^^ - but the exception to that rule, are rings.
I prefer precious metals, predominantly silver; longer lasting, more robust and no worries about tarnishing, make it better value in the long run. That doesn't have to mean more expense.
Accesorize sales have been on my radar for a while now - with a large range of various jewellery (including silver and gold plated lines) for 50-70% off at seasonal changes throughtout the year. I've also taken advantage of market deals (christmas/craft fairs/country shows etc) & opportunities where it's sold at stock prices (ebay/overseas). I will be doing a top 10, but prices range from £3 - £11, and the opal isn't even the most expensive. (Opalesc ring holder is from St Alice's Hospice CharityShop for £3)

Sale Stila 

The most notable change this thrift year, is I've been able to divulge in more high end makeup, thanks to the discovery of discount avenues. The most exciting, and prolific, is finding stila being sold in TKMAXX - cool concept here, a palette there, the stash has been building. 
Majority of the items have been at £2.99 or £3.99 - meaning higher quality, at highstreet prices. I don't gravitate to the lip products - but mum is smitten with the retractable liners, and the shadows (under £3 per single, and £10 per palette) particularly shine off and on my eyes. Already given some away as gifts, & intend to review my share - but save yourself the anticipation, stila's been worth my time and money.


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Seeing a theme? Thrifty doesn't have to mean whacky. 
Filtered top 10. Trackie bums inside; Jeans - for the interest of boundaries -, outside. Jumpers are my T, untill I have to get my arms out. Creme of my ever expanding coat crop. Some new shoes, accessories, current makeup - underwear makes it a full set. a couple cheeky doubles - shop acholic not alchoholic - cos, why compromise?
The majority of my wardrobe are staples, & thrifted.
& I feel pretty stoked about it.

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Merry Makeup, and a Happy New Wardrobe - 
with Thrift Wishes,
Amber


I may have simultaneously planned for a weekend away - subconsciously in need of some TLC?
> Will be getting to my back log of thriftfinds - sorry for being so slack - but for more up to date, snippets, see my instagram.