Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Thrift Finds | #2, January 2014

#2: I seem to have missed the January Sales

Probably for the best, but I didn't actually end up going January sales shopping! These goodies were found either at the local charity shop, at the end of December, or as a stray away from staples shopping. Bad Amber. But all bargains - so no worries!

A standard denim shirt, originally Topshop. 100% cotton, a specification that was important to me. A staple hole in my wardrobe which is now filled. Scope, £3.99. May end up doing a post focusing on this entirely, as I've been loving it so much.

2 cream knits, they may as well be my second skin. Someone control me please!

The first, adorned with a bejewelled pug face, this was an alter job. Originally Tesco's F&F, but found in the Salvation Army, I ummed and ahhed and bought it. The risk was worth my while because, although it took some time, all the studding was coerced off by either me or mum, with a little help from some tweezers. Now, you wouldn't know the difference. A simple Outfit Post ft. the jumper revamped.

Before & After

Second, a find from M&Co. It is no secret that they see themselves as an alternative to Marks&Spencer, and although I will join my mum when looking in there, I rarely find anything that's my cup of tea. A speckled knit jumper is something I have been after for a while, but this one was 1/2 the price of the option from Wallis, and 1/3 the price from Topshop. Slightly thicker so I need not wear anything underneath - accidental TMI; and in a larger size as I preferred the fit. I must bore you with my piece of choice, but you can't decide who you love.

^Oops on the fuzzy focus

My aunt had been given a few John Lewis vouchers for Christmas, and as there isn't a John Lewis close by, we made a trip. It was manic, I tell you, but they had some awesome deals on concessions; with goodies from Mango and various Arcadia groups that were all up my street.

I'm unsure if they'd still be around, but there were hundreds of jeans. Talk to me this time last year and I was all over the leggings, but I've made a switch.

No, I do not need more jeans, but I could not pass these by. At £38 originally, I paid £5! Grey tone khaki, from Warehouse's 'Utility' range, with pockets and zip calves. Fully worth the wait for the changing rooms. I was sceptical on the price, but it was only at home that I realised the faults. There were holes on three of the linings; the best bit, I fixed them all in less than 10 minutes on the sewing machine! Would've been less if I could work the monster properly. In conclusion, love these with a white long-sleeved shirt/tee, cream converse or boots, might even go crazy and accessorize with some green eyeshadow.

Finally, these two gems were in the bargain bucket of a local Boots, when I popped in for shampoo. That's how Boots gets you, with the walk through the cosmetics - except this time they were only a quid each!
I have nothing similar to either product in my collection: a 'skin glow' pencil eyeliner and a '3D effect lipgloss' No.53, both from Bourjois. I've been testing them out, and they both appear in a recent Face Post. The rumours are true - nude liner really does make a difference to how awake you look. Probably the buy of this month.
I thought this series would inspire you to indulge in the idea of thrifty retail therapy. Although you're unlikely to find the same pieces as me, it may prompt you to search the back of your wardrobe, and either donate or use again yourself. Or go searching for your own bargains, I would love to hear about them!


  1. Hi, love the crayon-look header! I have nominated you for the Liebster Award! If you want to get involved answer questions on my link! Good luck

    Laura x

    1. With thanks to a lipstick I ruined in the process!
      & thankyou very much! I'll be sure to read up on it :) good luck to you too
      Amber x

  2. Loving your blog layout and all the post that make it up.
    Great thrift find…. I need your luck!

    Followed your site right away and will be keeping my eyes peeled for much more!

    Genevieve xx


    1. Thankyou! Down to a bit of trial and error
      Very true, I can wish you luck with it if that would help? :)

  3. Nice post:) Would you like to follow each other? Just let me know in my blog.

  4. I really love your blog! I nominated you for the Liebster Award xx


    1. Sorry I didn't see this comment :(:)
      Thankyou thankyou thankyou
      I'm a little lost on the concept, but will make sure to research it now I have some time!
      good luck with your entry!


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