Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Pink Tea Party

I was reading a magazine not long ago and there was an article about throwing a Hot Pink Tea Party in aid of breast cancer awareness. For every photograph sent into the magazine of the readers tea parties, Avon will donate £1 to Breast Cancer Awareness. I instantly felt inspired and considering I had recently lost an Aunty to breast cancer, I wanted to do something for her that she would be proud of. Not only did I throw a tea party, but I also created activities for my guests to help raise money for the charity too.
I had a jar full of sweets of which they had to guess the amount, it was 100 sweets, but when counting them in, I ate three! I also had a clothes rail of clothes I no longer wanted and clothes donated by a few other people. A good friend of mine is a make up artist for Dior and offered her services for a donation to do mini make overs. My mother used to be a beautician and did mini manicures for donations too. I also had a raffle with lots of donated prizes and a quiz all about tea. It was such a lovely afternoon for the ladies, I thoroughly enjoyed hosting this event and whilst racing around, making sure I got round to see everyone, sorting things out, in my mind, I was planning my next charity event.
Unfortunately I was ill the week before the Tea Party and wasn't fully focused on organising for the occasion. I spent my last weekend running around the high street, in Hythe and Canterbury for vintage sandwich plates and tea cups and saucers. A mix match of everything. A fusion of colours and patterns. I went to the usual car boot on the Sunday morning in Canterbury, finding similar sandwich plates to the few I already had. A couple more tea cups and saucers, however, My partners sister has an infamous tea stool at local fairs and festivals selling special home made chair being the most popular. I borrowed a few more tea cups and saucers from her and a large earn to boil my water... I didn't fancy standing there and boiling my kettle hundreds of times that day. I managed to get 4 different sets of sandwich plates from £1 to £7, I even got a sugar bowl and a two large plates along with a set of 5 little sandwich plates. That was the set I managed to aquire for just £1! Bargain.

Anyway, Selling raffle tickets, clothes, make overs and manicures, the quiz and people guessing the amount of sweets, I raised £184 which I never thought I could accomplish. However, some people unfortunately could not make it but very kindly sent to me donations to help towards supporting this cause. My final total came to £250. I was so proud! I owe thanks to everyone that made it, helped out, made donations, brought goodies for the food table and donated items to the raffle and clothes rail. I had an amazing time organising and hosting the event, I certainly hope to do it again soon. It brings to you great pleasure knowing you made a difference, no matter how small or big that contribution may be.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Lets Twist Again...

Every girl loves a good dress up, even those girls who deem themselves to be Tom-Boys. Secretly deep down, we all like pampering and tottering around in heels we wish we could genuinely walk in. No girl can deny that. I love to wear heels, but Im never honestly comfortable in them and never wear them anywhere apart from out dancing with my friends. I can never understand those girls who wear 4 inch heels out shopping, what kind of heels must they wear out dancing!?
When I do wear heels on a slightly more casual occasion, I like to dress it down a fraction with the outfit. Despite my once boisterous character, I like to be unique with a quiet twist as to not stand too far out from the crowd for the wrong reasons.
In this photo, I am wearing a white cotton top, originally from Topshop, found and bought from a carboot (once again in Canterbury), for just 20 pence. I love the length of the back being longer than the front, It adds a quirkiness to the outfit creating my unique twist.
I am also wearing my lovely bright blue Monkee Genes, bought for £12.99 from TK Maxx, such a great bargain place for new items at a discounted price. I have seen these jeans in Fenwicks for £70.
The necklace was a gift from my best friend and adds a lovely touch to a simple outfit. Just a little more colour and sparkle.
Now, all I need to find is a bargain bag to match my shoes.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Opps I did it again?

Saturday morning, I was eagerly awake by 9am with a cup of tea in hand waiting for my parents to get up and get ready as they were going to a carboot at a local farm which was raising money for a charity. I of course was itching to go with them, in hopes of my next bargain find. Knowing this carboot was at a farm and regarding the recent weather hasn't exactly been great, the consideration of wearing my wellies did not cross my mind. We approached the entrance and I noticed the amount of people in their wellies who obviously had put two and two together. Struggling in the mud and trying to balance myself with my hands up in the air like I was conducting a grand orchestra, I managed my way across to the stalls. I picked up some lovely deep green, metallic nail varnish, a classic 80's white and grey shirt with stripes on one side and polka dots on the other and a CD, Britney Spears greatest hits all for 50p. Because secretly we all love Britney.
 However, my greatest find was a leather, made in Italy handbag. It's a deep green with a brown strap and shaped like it should be a CD case or a little picnic bag for your hit flask and two glasses. I bought this for £2, some would say not a great carboot price, but I know that originally, in Italy that bag would have most likely cost approximately £40. Of course I used it that evening, (You have to take these things on a test run). My partner took me out for a lovely meal and I paraded my new bag proudly.
In my photograph showing my new bag, I am wearing a favorite cardigan of mine, bought from Ebay for only £7. It has a lovely vintage style about it and can complete any outfit that maybe lacking something, as long as the colours' do not clash. The shoes are also an ebay find. Bought for £3.95, originally from River Island. The vintage brown belt belonged to my Grandfather and was salvaged from his apartment. The top has become a favorite item of mine, originally from Topshop, I bought this for just £1 from a second hand shop in Folkestone.
I do love a bargain, and if the outcome still looks nice, why should it matter that it is second hand?

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Treasured Rose

The great thing about shopping with your partner, are the many little surprises' they may produce. Once I was in Hythe browsing in a wonderful jewelry shop that also sells vintage accessories, clothing, china and furniture. It is one of my favourite shops in the high street. Its the perfect place to get a birthday present for someone special.
I had previously seen a gorgeous little brass trinket box in there but never wanted to buy it for myself. I was hoping for it to be a gift after hinting to my mum once when we were last there together. Anyway, I showed the trinket box to Ross who, as an engineer was immediately interested in the design and material of the box. On the bottom was an engraving 'Margaret Rose', of which the shop owner thought may have been the name of the woman who the trinket box originally belonged too. I researched it later when I got home and discovered that Margaret Rose is the designer and that it is roughly of the 1940's/1950's.
After stating that it was brass and well made, Ross decided he really like it and gladly waltzed over to the counter to pay for it as a gift to me because he knew I loved it. Such a wonderful partner. It's not often that I get gifts from Ross, but it makes the moments that I do extra special and greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Chloe's Find

It was beyond my imagination that I would ever own a Chloe Paddington handbag, they are just so expensive and not even a birthday present or Farther Christmas would circum to my wishes. However, I kept looking on ebay for any bargain finds, but of course I was not alone in this Chloe handbag hunt. 
I was in Hythe, a very small and not so popular high street which seems to be ever so slowly fading away. I was there for an interview of which went very well and as I was feeling confident, I decided to walk slowly back to my car, past all the shops so I could window shop. There, hanging up on a hook on the door frame of a junk shop, from the other side of the street, I saw the quality of leather and the large padlock and raced straight over to it. I lifted it off the hook, felt the weight immediately and saw the Chloe printed on the bag. Before even thinking, I had forced my way to the back of the shop and asked how much the shop owner wanted for it. To my astounding shock, and complete over joyed surprise, he replied with £20! As if that wasn't enough to convince me, he began telling me about the bag as if I didn't know what it was which kind of made me laugh. Hythe is a funny place. If I were to run from one end of the high street to the other in a banana costume, I doubt very much anyone would bat an eyelid. 
I had been after a Chloe handbag for ages, I was just looking in all the wrong places. When I took it home to show my mum all she wanted to do was sniff it to make sure it was real leather, but you could tell by feeling that it was. She was amazed that I had found it in a junk shop and was slightly confused how it ended up there as was I. My partner and I searched online to find the give aways of a fake, but everything on my Chloe ticked all the right boxes. 
 It makes me wonder though who would have thrown it out, it wasn't in any bad state when I bought it, but that was 2 and a half years ago now and I have used it everyday since then, I even took it to New York. I was quite surprised it wasn't too heavy to take on as hand luggage considering I didn't think about leaving the padlock at home. I have definitely got my moneys worth out of this bag now. Its my little designer baby.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Animal Ora

After a collection of bargain buys have been found and the wardrobe is over flowing with wonderful items, outfits can be thrown together and fashion can be made up! Although I wouldn't say that I am particular wacky or out standing with my fashion, I like to be simple yet effective. However, I do like to play with patterns and find new shapes for my body. Here I am wearing some clothes given to me by friends. Also another great way to get yourself some bargains, instead of going shopping and spending lots of money, why not call your girlies and arrange for a night in with a bottle, or two, some pizza and have a night of swapping clothes you no longer wear.
This skirt is great, it's a lovely burgundy colour which will look great with just a t-shirt and plimpsoles for a more casual look, however I have gone for the evening look and matched the skirt with a lovely leopard print leotard. I just need to find a little black or gold bolero to wear with this outfit to complete the look.
The shoes are originally from Kurt Gieger, of course I did not buy them direct from the store, but the sticker was still on the bottom. I bought these gorgeous 1920's style shoes from a second hand shop in Folkestone. (would you believe it). The original price was £78, however, I purchased them for £10. Such a good find. These are great to wear on nights out, to a restaurant, or for work, as you can dress them up and down. They look great with a pair of black, skinny leg trousers and a white silk blouse for work.
The necklace adds a touch of sparkle, this I bought unfortunately not so cheaply, on my travels in Venice. However, the sparkle makes up for the price, plus it adds that finishing touch to any simple outfit and the bracelet adds a little bit of another colour, this I made myself. I bought the swarovski crystals' from a shop on ebay and got the elastic from a craft shop. Easy peesy. Another bargain for another day.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Laundry Service

A while ago, I went to the local carboot in Canterbury with my partner, Ross. It has become a usual Sunday morning activity for us, because further into our relationship, we are getting ever so cooler. We enjoy a good game of scrabble and love cooking...together. On my stroll around the stalls I picked up some lovely gold earrings with little coral studs for only 20p, a pair of skinny fit, black jeans from H&M for £2 and other little bits and bobs. However, that weeks biggest bargain was a Lloyd Loom washing basket, in its original colour and worn state. My partner has been on at me to get my own washing basket due to the unfortunate events' of my dad shrinking a wool jumper bought by my partner as a christmas gift and then my mum burning a hole through my favourite vintage cardigan. The woman selling the basket knew of its value and even lifted the basket to show us the original sticker on the bottom. Everyone was packing away around us and her help was throwing things into their van at the time we were observing the basket. So I can imagine the timing helped to enable this amazing bargain. Original Lloyd Looms in their true conditions go for a lot of money on ebay and most likely a lot more in auction houses. Ross produced only 50p from his pocket of which I said there is no way we could even barter the Loom down to £3 or there abouts. But he replied with just a smile and 'you never know', so we chanced it. Ross did that thing of pulling out 'all' he had in his pocket and stating that was everything he had left...in this case, that was everything he had left. The woman responded by saying she wouldn't take any less than £2. This shocked me and I was desperately seeking any hidden money on my person. I had remembered the two olympic 50p coins that Ross had earlier given me, (Another 'cool' thing I do, Is collect any special looking 50p coins). We held out the £1.50 thinking that it was hugely cheeky, but she took it and handed over the beautiful Lloyd Loom wash basket. Fabulous, another great bargain! Oh how I love the carboots. So far, 80% of my future house will have come from a carboot! I already have 5 boxes full of bits and bobs, kitchen utensils and glasses etc... ready for when I move out. My bottom draw started overflowing with my addiction and therefore moved to boxed which eventually made there way to the garage. Oh lord, Im going to be a hoarder!