Wednesday, 29 March 2017

February Purchases

We're well into March now so it's overdue for me to confess what I bought in February.  I'm pleased to report that my purchases were pretty much all charity shopped, apart from some M&S knickers (you don't need to see those) and some Boden trousers (combination of sale plus voucher).  I am trying really hard again to buy secondhand only to help save the planet/the pennies.  I didn't think I'd bought that much, but I've started photographing all of my purchases and it just shows how quickly they mount up...

boden hampshire

Mid Wales charity shops were great on our trip to the Metropole.  I came away with two pairs of heeled vintage-style leather shoes, a Boden dress, vintage leather gloves, a fur tippet and a pile of sewing/household stuff.

February purchases

February purchases

February purchases

A handmade '60s dress came home with me from a local charity shop.  I also found a Collectif dress, and pounced quickly.  I had assumed that you had to be fairly buxom to pull off the 'Dolores' style but I actually like how it looks on me.  I also found a vintage Monsoon jacket and vintage red wool skirt.  None of these were expensive - I think the Collectif dress was £5, the jacket was £3 and everything else was £1.

February purchases

February purchases

February purchases

Oh dear, there were more shoes.  Well I couldn't leave a genuine pair of Tom Ford era Gucci shoes behind could I?  Especially as they were only £2.50.  That beats my Prada shoes for £9 I think!

February purchases

This pair of Clarks bow brogues was £6.  The first time I wore them, I was walking down one of the main streets in Cardiff, and a girl actually took a picture of them on her phone without saying anything to me.  How odd.

February purchases

I was tempted by a few original vintage items this month, after visiting a sort of vintage emporium within a charity shop.  I found two early dresses and attempted trying them both on.  The black satin 1920s number with lace collar was unfortunately a bit misshapen, and too small on the hips.  The very lovely - and very early (I'm guessing 1921 at the latest?) - Bourne and Hollingsworth silk frock with its side panels had me swooning.  Alas I was about a foot too tall and a dress size too large for it.  Just as well, it needs extensive repairs.

bourne and hollingsworth dress

Finally, this post wouldn't be complete with a 'things I bought and sent back' section, so here you go, though they stretch further back than February.  I bought the 'Violet' B.A.I.T. shoes new off Ebay but alas the seller made a mistake about the sizing (three sizes smaller than stated!) so back they went.  I had two disaster Asos items, a top that I thought came with shorts as a sleep set (it didn't, and just the top was no good to me), and a slip dress that was so voluminous I could have smuggled another person underneath.

The Princess Tam Tam bikini I bought from Flo and Joe suffered from that age old problem of proportion.  There just wasn't enough coverage for my tall frame.  If you're petite you'd probably be okay.

Finally, I bought the Voodoo Vixen 'Olive' dress from Kate's Clothing.  I actually bought this before Christmas but forgot to tell you all about it.  What a disappointment.  I expected it to be a killer dress but it killed any sex appeal.  It looked awfully frumpy on me.

montageThat's all for now folks, I've already started on some March purchases so I'll share a roundup of those next month!


18 comments:

  1. Wow! You did do well! Loving those 1960s lace-ups and that fabulous zig-zag Crimplene dress and I'm a huge fan of Montalbano, too - it's high time there was a new series on BBC4.
    A sewing mate swears by those Prima patterns, I've never used one but I'd have snapped up that one, loving the pussybow.
    That Bourne and Hollingsworth dress is beautiful but if it was too short and too small you did the right thing. xxx

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    1. I was so pleased to find the crimpelene dress was my exact size! My first bit of crimpelene, probably won't be the last. I have a few of the Prima patterns now so am hoping they will be good and straight forward. I will report back once I've tried one... xx

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    2. #teamcrimplene It's so practical.

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  2. I actually find the Dolores shows too much of my chest and the shoulder straps just won't stay in place on me, so I'm not surprised it worked on you actually! They're also always waaaay too long for me. Perhaps I should just give you a list of everything I've bought that looked hideous on me, as it'll probably look great on you?! xx

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  3. Some great finds there! I love how those Boden trousers look. They appear to sit at natural waist, is that true? And what kind of fabric are they? The Gucci sandals are fab. I can see how you couldn't pass them up. And the vintage napkins are adorable.

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    1. The trousers are just a smidge below my natural waist, so whilst not high waisters, certainly more comfy and better fitting than most modern trousers! Fabric is a thick ponte roma, with stretch. I really like them, a good casual trouser.

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  4. You actually did very well. It's a great idea to take photographs of all your buys, just to remind you. I've been doing that for a couple of years now, even before I started blogging. My favourites are the 1960s dress, the fur tippet and the Clarks shoes. I swear by Clarks shoes, which are so comfortable. xxx

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  5. Reading these posts are always nice, makes me feel a little bad about buying everything when they're relatively new (although at least SOME of my purchases are from sale), but we just don't have good enough charity shops here. The ones that have some nice items are way overpriced for their quality (10€ H&M top on sale for 8€, yeah, totally gonna pay that... NOT.) and the rest just don't have anything worth buying. If I lived in a bigger city, maybe I'd have a chance to buy something from charity shops, but now it's like a miracle if I find something once a year :D Not that I'm a frequent customer anyway, but most often there's nothing even remotely decent that would fit my style.

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  6. Ah The 39 Steps, one of my all time favourite books.
    Like you I wasn't sure about the Dolores dress, I now have it in 3 colorways! I love the one you have bought.

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  7. I love seeing your purchases, specially the vintage and/or second hand ones !
    The Gucci sandals look fabulous and the side panel silk dress is outstanding.

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  8. Holy crap on those Gucci shoes!!! SCOOOOORE!!!

    I adore those Clarks too. I can never seem to find them when thrifting here. I might have to purchase some retail as I find they are the best for comfort for my feet.

    I picked up a Prada dress a couple of days ago. First time I've ever spotted a label that high end.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  9. WOW! What great buys you made. I love all the things and can not even pick out a favorite. Everything is so lovely and exciting. Thanks for sharing.
    Marilyn

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  10. I swear, I'm drooling over that second photo - so many great finds! Both of those shoes, the fur tippet (had to look up what a tippet was, so bonus points for making this a learning experience), the cute little 60s style dress. So fab. Shame about some of the items that had to go back, though, especially that Voodoo Vixen dress.

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  11. So many wonderful finds, you have a great eye for finding items that really suit your style! :)

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  12. Great thrift finds!!! Can't wait to see how you style them.
    And that girl taking a picture of your shoes really is very odd!
    The Artyologist

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  13. I photograph my clobber as I wear it as its a great reminder of what I put with what. My walk in wardrobe is rammed full with all my charity shop and vintage finds. The thing is they are so cheap to buy its hard to resist. I mainly record my outfits on my instagram page and its been lovely because people say I am inspiring them to experiment more with their styling.
    Before I started thrift shopping I used to buy a lot of Boden and still have it, they are quite timeless

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  14. Those are great finds, the crimplene dress in particular. People like you and Vix have inspired me to pay more attention to the shoes in chazzas.

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  15. Awesome finds! I especially love the Collectif polka dot dress and the Clarks bow heels! <3 So pretty!!!!!!

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