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Charity shopping in Bray

It’s always nice to get out of Dublin and recently I headed out to Bray to visit my friend and fellow blogger Kathryn.

The visit was postponed several times due to both our busy lives until I had a Monday off and decided to hop on a train out.

After lunch in Kathryn’s beautiful period house, we set out on a charity shop excursion and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of charity shops in the town.

First stop was the Vincent’s shop where I immediately found €2 Marks and Spencers jeans in a bargain bin and a grey and pink pinafore dress for €5.

I was absolutely thrilled with the jeans as I’d been looking for embellished jeans for ages but didn’t want to fork out loads.

It’s pretty rare to find decent jeans in a charity shop as most of them are either cheap ones or worn and stretched out and if you do find a decent pair, it’s likely they’re not your size!

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Wearing my thrifted jeans in the Botanic Gardens

So I got really lucky with these as they are a really nice snug fit in the waist and good quality denim.

They don’t stretch which is a big plus for me. The only downside is that they are a tad too long for me but I just rolled up the ends.

I never buy clothes in Marks and Spencers but I’ve heard that they are good quality.

If you are looking for something similar, they are a ‘girlfriend’ fit from M&S. I will put a full-length photo of them soon.

I also found a grey and pink pinafore dress for €5 in the St Vincent’s store.

It is from Dunnes and I’ve been layering it over a grey poloneck for work.

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Grey check pinafore dress

It is a size 10 and could do with a belt but I haven’t found one that suits it yet. I will put up a pic of me wearing it soon.

It’s a light material with no lining so one for summer rather than autumn/winter and has two pockets in the front with decorative silver buttons.

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Pinafore dress detail

I actually haven’t been to many St Vincent’s charity shops as the nearest one to me is in Drumcondra and  George’s Street and Sean McDermott Street in the city centre.

Kathryn introduced me to the one on Sean McDermott Street and it is enormous -well worth a look around!

I bought this adorable faux leather yellow skirt for about €7 there.

Another shop we visited was Purple House Cancer Support which has the cutest storefront and I couldn’t resist a picture.

Although I’ve been to Bray several times, I never knew there were so many charity shops and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the stock also.

Many of the shops had homeware and cute knick-knacks and ornaments, a cheap way to spruce up an apartment.

We hit up the National Council for the Blind of Ireland, an Irish Cancer Society shop and an Oxfam along the way.

I tried on several items in these shops, but as my wardrobe is overflowing, I decided not to buy anything else.

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Purple House Cancer Support Bray

There were so many good charity shops that it actually took ages to get around to them all!

For my shopping trip, I opted for a comfy and casual outfit, a baggy Topshop jumper, River Island jeans and thrifted black loafers.

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The perfect photo backdrop at Purple House Cancer Support

Usually, I’m alone when I’m charity shopping but it’s always good to have a friend along to give you their opinion.

Kathryn was a voice of reason and stopped me from buying another ornament I didn’t really need (just a dust-collector) and a very nice but slightly too small sparkly blue t-shirt.

Check out her vintage and thrifty fashion blog here.

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Two happy charity shoppers

I hope you all enjoyed this post and if you’ve any charity shop recommendations or questions, leave me a comment below by clicking the grey speech bubble icon on the bottom right.

I’m off to Amsterdam later this month so hopefully, I’ll have a travel post on that soon.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page.

Edel

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Wardrobe Transitions – Spring to Summer

Is your wardrobe overflowing but you still find yourself wearing the same jeans and jumper combos over and over again?

It’s said we wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time and I’m definitely guilty of  this. At work, I’m usually wearing a pair of black jeans or black leather trousers and a blouse and at the weekend, I’m in blue jeans and a jumper or my PJ’s…

I have so many other items in my wardrobe that don’t get rotated often so on Easter Sunday I decided to wear something slightly different.

The weather was nice and I found a pair of Levi’s cut-off’s I’d bought for €2 in a charity shop over winter.

I rummaged around for a pair of black tights and added my Guns ‘n’ Roses band t-shirt, River Island boots and my satin blue bomber jacket.

Voila, I had a really cute outfit which didn’t suit the occasion theme whatsoever but at least it wasn’t a jumper and jeans!

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A brown belt, simple black choker and my pretty floral bag from Spitalfields Market completed the look.

I liked this outfit so much that I wore it again the next day with runners when I was at the National Botanic Gardens.

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Not only do I wear the same clothes over and over (#outfitrepeater) but I also tend to use the same handbag even though I own approximately 20 bags.

Although I really just want to be Stormzy’s mum and have 100 bags… (Stormzy fans will know what I’m on about!)

Shoes are the same, I own a crazy amount of shoes and boots, yet I’m always in one of two pairs of runners. My boots looked way better with this outfit and suited the outfit “theme” more.

Was there ever a less Easter-y outfit?!

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It got me thinking how many other items are in my wardrobe that I could wear more often? At this time of the year, it’s a good idea to reassess what’s in your wardrobe.

These are some my favourite items for this time of the year.

1. Leather jacket

Stylish, practical and a plain black one is always fashionable. My one is floral and loud however…

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2. Ghillie shoes or loafers

Time to let your feet breathe. I was bravely wearing loafers in January like an idiot yet I have barely worn them outside the office in the past few months.

 

3. A gilet

You can begin retiring your bulkier jackets and use gilets to stay cosy during the chilly spring evenings.

4. White jeans

White jeans are the ultimate summery look and although they’re a pain in the arse to keep clean, they are a really simple wardrobe update.

 

5. Patterned trousers or jeans

Leave your blue and black jeans aside and try a patterned pair or a different colour for a change.

 

6. Shorts or skirts with black tights

It’s definitely mild enough to get your cute shorts and skirts out of the wardrobe and dress them up with boots or go casual with your favourite runners.

7. Printed playsuit or jumpsuit 

These are a perfect alternative to your jeans, you can wear tights with a playsuit until it gets properly warm.

 

8. Camisoles over a plain white long sleeve top. 

This is one of my favourite outfit looks and recently I’ve been layering dressy tops that I used to keep for nights out over a white top for a cute casual look at home or at work.

9. Suede jacket

If you don’t have a leather jacket, a suede jacket is perfect for a spring/summer evening cover-up. I love this brown fringe one from Tola Vintage, great for festivals.

I’ve decided to add a total at the end of my outfit posts to let you know exactly how much my thrifty outfits really cost.

This one was a little more expensive as the boots are real leather but overall it is still quite good value.

Outfit Cost

Belt- Charity shop €1.

Shorts- Charity shop €2.

Jacket- Gifted from @bomberjacketgirls.

Boots- €45 on sale from €90 River Island.

Choker- €3.50 for set of two in Penneys.

Tights- €2 Penneys.

Bag- £12/€14 Spitalfields Market.

T-shirt- £15/€18 Missguided.

Total= €85.50.

PS- the jacket was a gift but I’m not being paid to promote it.

Hope you guys liked this look and the tips on transitional dressing. Leave me a comment below and let me know.

Thanks for reading as always and click the links to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel

Wrapping up warm:OOTD at Dublin Zoo

What’s the only thing better than clothes? Why clothes and cute animals of course!

A trip to Dublin Zoo in December calls for a practical and warm outfit. Some colour co-ordination is vital also of course.

You may have seen this pink jacket with fur collar in my previous posts and on my social media. I’ve been obsessing about it for so long and finally bought it in Asos’s Black Friday sale.

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Of course I had to pair with some Penneys accessories. Well half this outfit is Penneys actually…

My  khaki green hat has a pink rose embroidered on the side which matched my coat and bag perfectly. As for the houndstooth scarf, about 2/3 of the female population own this by now… If you’re reading this, you too are probably wearing it!

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Both the hat and scarf are from Penneys and were €5 each. My trusty tote bag is from Bershka and usually doubles up as a shopping bag. However for a day like this, a rucksack is a better choice. This one hurt my arms dragging it around all day!

To complete the outfit I’m wearing black push-up jeans from Bershka which were €5.99 in sale and fit like a glove.

I find myself wearing these simple white runners from Penneys almost everyday. They are a great basic item that go with every outfit and if you squint a bit they could be Stan Smiths…. 😛

The outfit was perfect for the cold weather and kept me cosy while we strolled around. I hadn’t been to the zoo since primary school (despite the fact I live within 10 mins walk!) and I really enjoyed it.

I actually had my Christmas jumper on underneath this outfit but it was way too cold to show it off! Which is a shame as I consider it quite stylish.

Winter is actually a good time to visit the zoo as it’s not crowded and there are no school tours! That didn’t deter some very excited children from banging on a glass pane at a bewildered gorilla though…

Here are just a few of the gorgeous animals we saw from and you may find them a lot more interesting than my outfit! 😛

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I may have developed somewhat of a fixation with monkeys during this trip but how cute are this little troop just chilling by the lake?!

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The zoo has an amazing array of creatures from orangutans to okapis and everything in between.

The zoo farm is a small section with all the regular farmyard animals, such as goats and cows. Here I embarrassed myself by mistaking a pig for a Shetland pony and a statue of a sheep for a donkey! I think I need to get my eyes tested…

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After the zoo excursion, I headed out to a friend’s birthday in House. Here’s my #OOTN for good measure! I’m wearing a halterneck top with beaded fringing from a charity shop, black leather pants from H&M and my holographic shoes from Missguided.

This may be my final post before Christmas so just hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and thanks for your support throughout the year.

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Edel

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Deadly Dupes

Calling all trainer fans: Do you love Adidas Originals but don’t have €85 to hand over for one pair of shoes? Do you spend your days salivating over Stan Smiths and Reebok Classics? Here’s how you can get yourself some great dupe runners without breaking the bank.

Ioffer.com is a website which sells replica runners at bargain basement prices. I discovered this site when I saw amazing Adidas Superstar replicas on fellow blogger Jude’s Law Facebok page. You can buy pretty much any kind of runner on this site for a fraction of the price, i.e. Superstars for €16. They also have New Balance, Nike, Converse etc.

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Adidas Superstars. Pic: Ioffer.com

There are lots of different sellers operating on here so be sure to check the feedback regarding each one before buying. I haven’t ordered anything from here yet but I intend to soon.

These are probably manufactured in China so don’t expect next day delivery! The site is quite confusing as it lists all styles as mens/womens and there are a lot of generic descriptions and colours that don’t correspond with pictures etc. It’s like Ebay in the sense that you can make an offer to a seller and leave feedback on purchases.

If you like Stan Smiths, then try Penneys. These lookalikes were just €8, about one tenth of the cost of the real thing! Needless to say, Penney’s shoes won’t last as long but if you are broke, they’re the perfect option.

Stradivarius is another option for Stan Smith lookalikes. I particularly like these perforated styles with heel tab details just like Stan Smiths. These are just under €26 and would look great with jeans.

My favourite trainers are Reeboks and I’m loving the gorgeous new colours from gold to pearlized blue. Bershka have gorgeous peachy trainers which are a dead ringer for Reeboks for only €35.99.

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Peach runners. Pic: Bershka.com

 

Missguided.com have a great selection of inexpensive runners. Among the ones I liked best are these gold runners which look like a hybrid of Air Max and Reebok and are only €37.50.

Good news if you’re a broke student, Missguided accept UNIDAYS discount so you can get 30% off all full price items also. These also come in silver and look way more expensive than they are.

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Gold runners. Pic: Missguided.com

Asos’s own brand shoe collection is always worth checking out, they have lots of dupe styles including metallic toe runners which are just like Adidas Originals.

Hope you’ve all enjoyed this post, if you know anywhere that sells great dupes leave me a comment and let me know. If you love a good dupe, then be sure to check out my post on dupe bags also.

Thanks for reading as always and don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Shopping online hacks to save money

Shopping online is the ultimate in convenience, endless choice, no need to go into town or indeed get dressed and you can do it 24/7. Unless you manage to lock yourself out of your Verified by Visa like me and then leave it locked as a precautionary measure!

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There are numerous ways to spend less shopping online and I’m only beginning to utilise them.

Buying in sterling.

Recently I wrote a piece for Evoke on how Brexit and the fall of sterling means that buying online in sterling can result in bargains ! As sterling has been weakened by Brexit, buying in sterling is a better option.

Not many sites will allow you to select sterling payments with an Irish address but Asos does. You’ll save more on expensive items like this dainty Cambridge satchel bag is €133.80. Based on current exchange rates it ought to be £113.50 in sterling. But once you change the price to sterling, it’s only £95!

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Cambridge satchel. Pic: Asos.com

You will make real savings on more expensive items but you can even make small savings on tops/dresses etc.

Free Delivery

Asos offer free delivery with a minimum spend also, £20/€25. Avail of free delivery if you can as paying for delivery can negate any student discounts or voucher codes you use.

If you have to choose between free delivery or a voucher code, check which is cheaper by running both options through the checkout.

Voucher Codes/Student Discount

If you’re a student, sign up for a Unidays account NOW! Yes there are sites which only offer a measly 10% off but lots offer 15%-25% or run promotions for a certain time period.

It usually won’t work on sale items but I bought this Asos belt for £20 and applied the discount to get it for £18/ €21.22. If I’d paid euro I’d have paid €28. And I got free delivery!

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Double buckle belt Asos.com

The likes of LASULA, PLT and Missguided always have promotions such as free delivery for a limited period or 25% off certain items. Check out their Snapchat accounts as they often post codes up there.

Sizing rip-offs.

Shockingly shops such as Boohoo and Asos were exposed for charging more for the exact same item but in plus size. It’s a ludicrous practice and now they seem to be doing it with their regular and petite sizing too.

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Last night I was buying denim shorts on Asos when I happened to notice the petite size was €4 less. The shorts were exactly the same, no difference whatsoever! So I bought the petite in an 8 and hoped for the best. If you’re on the petite side it’s worth checking out.I  paid in sterling so they only cost me £15/ €17.68 rather than €25 for the regular size.

 

Whether Asos and Boohoo are still pulling the plus size trick, I’m not sure. If they are, it’s a pretty shitty thing to do and something to be aware of if you’re shopping from them.

Shopping for multiple brands on one site.

If you want to buy lots of items from different shops and don’t want to pay 10 different delivery charges then hop on over to Opsh where you can buy from Missguided, Lavish Alice and River Island among others and pay a flat €5/£4.50 delivery fee! I haven’t bought from Opsh yet but it sounds deadly.

Plus you’re saved the hassle of going onto 10 different sites and signing up for 10 different accounts. (Although if you are an online shopping addict, you probably have them already). Returns must be sent directly to the individual retailer and currently there is no exchange service.

Plus when comparing Boohoo jackets on Opsh in euro to Boohoo’s own site, some of them were slightly cheaper on Opsh, yay!

Beware of branding rip-offs.

Asos stock loads of popular high street brands and online cult clothing lines but beware Asos sometimes bump up the prices on items such as Adidas Superstars which are €105 on Asos but €88 in JD Sports. On the flip side they often stock limited edition trainers like the gorgeous Reebok Ice Princess trainers I bought which can’t be bought in shops.

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Best buy ever. Pic: Asos.com

I’ve also seen Mango trainers at least €10 more on Asos than on the Mango site.

First time discounts.

Big retailers like Romwe and Sheinside will let you have a significant discount when buying for the first time. You have to spend a certain amount and it may affect other offers so compare discounts before  check out!

That’s all my wisdom imparted, do you have any online shopping hacks to save money? I’d love to hear them, just leave me a comment below! Thanks for reading as always and don’t forget to check out my Instagram  and Facebook page here.

Edel

 

 

Phibsborough Charity Shop Haul and Thrifting Tips

More and more people are searching for sustainable and slow fashion options these days and I’m happy to say I’m also trying to do my bit.

I’ve always loved mooching in the charity shops for a browse and when I was on a very low income, thrifting allowed me to express my love for fashion without breaking the bank!

Don’t get me wrong I still love Penneys like Kanye loves Kanye but I am making a conscious effort to buy secondhand where possible.

I thrift all over Dublin and beyond but below is a haul of some of the many bargains I bought in various charity shops in Phibsborough.

For people who are reluctant to buy in charity shops or would like to donate here’s what you need to know.

Charity shops won’t sell rags or dirty, torn clothing, so don’t donate these! You can bring them to a recycling bank instead, there are loads of them, even in the country so there’s no excuse not to. I always recycle my old clothes as I hate waste.

Some clothing may be brand new with tags on, others will have slight to moderate wear and tear. The prices will reflect this. Don’t try and barter in charity shops.

Do ask when the window display is on sale if you like an item in the window. Generally, the best items, branded handbags, etc. end up here.

But I’ve gotten a designer bag ( DKNY) and a very good fake Longchamps in a charity shop which weren’t in the window so keep your eyes peeled!

Charity shops do have sales- Enable Ireland is especially good and I picked up some absolute beauts in their Phibsborough shop.

I found this brand new Missguided bardot playsuit which is €30.80 on their site for just €4!

The bardot style is still on-trend and it’s perfect for a night out. It’s a size 10 but small fitting.

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I’ve worn this playsuit with heels on nights out and as a more casual summer look with espadrilles during the day.

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Striped playsuit

I also saw a cute pleather lilac skirt in an 8 from River Island that I had to try on. It was €3.90 with some signs of wear.

It fit perfectly and would be ideal with a black or white top for a night out.

This has some slight discolouration but not very noticeable.

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Then I tried on these pyjama style pants, size 10 from Dunnes. I have never worn this kind of trousers but I’m tired of jeans not fitting me, as my weight fluctuates a lot.

These are a great alternative to jeans,  soft and comfy and I adore florals.

They are a little worn and the previous owner cut a small slit into the waistband which I didn’t notice till I got home.

These are loose but have a belt and were €3.90. (P.S. I’ve even worn them to work!)

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My entire haul of those three items came to €11.80 so I was delighted. As you can see it’s necessary to try on charity shop clothing as you won’t be able to guess sizes and few offer a refund.

There are six charity shops in Phibsborough, Enable Ireland, Oxfam, Debra Ireland, Irish Cancer Society and tucked away up across from St Peter’s Church is a small but very good CASA shop.

Just across from the shopping centre, is a small Aware shop.

I’ve found some gems here such as this 90s style denim dress which was about €6.

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Vintage denim dress from Aware

The bag I’m wearing with it was bought in the Irish Cancer Society shop.

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Denim dress and vintage bag

My favourite charity shop is probably Enable Ireland.

They always have really nice good quality stock and they even offer an exchange with a receipt which is rare for a charity shop.

I bought this denim jacket there about 6 years ago and it’s still in good nick.

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Denim jacket

They also always have some really nice novelty homeware bits to spruce up your gaff.

I’ve also got loads of lovely things in Oxfam, especially before their renovation this year.

They had an amazing sale where I got a Zara wrap dress and a cute floral playsuit for €1 each!

Obviously, that was a clearance sale but they do have lots of great bargains and the shop looks lovely since it was refurbished.

They also now have a small vintage section which is well worth checking out.

And one of my favourite charity shop bargains ever was this colourful silky bomber which was about €6 from Oxfam Phibsborough.

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I still have this gorgeous jacket I found in a charity shop

And I fell in love with this pretty willow-print dress during the heatwave last year when I desperately needed clothes that were light but still work-appropriate.

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Blue and white willow print dress from Oxfam

Debra Ireland is the newest charity shop in the neighbourhood, it’s open about a year.

Among the lovely things I’ve bought from here is this real suede blue Mango jacket for about €10 and a quirky little 00s style Oriental bag for about €6.

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Blue suede Mango jacket
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Oriental clutch bag

And the Irish Cancer Society shop can also be a good shout for homeware, I found these gorgeous prints for my apartment.

Hope you enjoyed this haul and if you’re in Phibsborough, be sure to check out the charity shops, you won’t regret it!

Leave me a comment below and let me know what you thought. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram and Facebook page here.

Thanks for reading as always.

Edel

My month of thrift and trip to London

So as you know from my last post I embarked on a sacrificial crusade not to buy any new clothes for all of January. Tough considering the sales are on everywhere.

The first week was difficult..particularly as I use Penney’s as a detour to work.. but after a while it became easier and I didn’t miss shopping as much as I feared.

Anyway I got through the month and for once wasn’t completely broke by the end of January (what a coincidence!) and also found a few gems in the charity shops.

The first gorgeous item I found was this amazing pale cream lace blazer in an Enable Ireland charity shop for €10.90.  I love the detail of the bow and it’s in perfect condition.

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I found this gorgeous real leather rucksack for €5!! It’s super soft and so beautiful!

Over in London I scored some awesome charity shop bargains. En route to  Camden market  we saw an interesting charity shop and immediately jumped off the bus to investigate!

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Mind in Camden – a brilliant charity shop that supports mental health awareness.

Here I found a really cute winter/Xmas jumper (it was freezing in London and I needed something warm!) It will serve me nicely next Christmas anyway at just £5! I also picked up a beautiful beaded halterneck top for £5.

Halternecks can be hard to pull off but this was perfect with my Zara fitted leather pants and black brogues.

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Yes I wore a jumper with a reindeer in February…. The oversize denim jacket was a €9 bargain from Enable Ireland and was new with tags on.

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This top is amazing!

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Then we headed to the market to browse the stalls. I’ve been once before in 2o1o and loved browsing the stalls.

We saw some really cute hand painted shirts and cool printed t-shirts and crop tops. Also all of the stalls were selling hoodies and jumpers with Banksy prints. I’m a huge fan of Banksy’s art but I don’t know how he’d feel about all the unlicensed merchandise flying around London! He is known for his anti-corporation views and does not sell photographs or reproductions of his work.

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I may buy this jumper..what do you think?

If you want to get your hands on some Banksy-esque clothing try here. To find out more about the world’s most infamous graffiti artist check out his book Wall and Piece.

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Unfortunately it’s not crop top weather! 😦

It was lashing rain and very cold so we headed indoors to Urban Outfitters to check out their new spring merchandise.

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Hippy flasks!

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Will it ever be warm enough to wear these bad boys?!

The next day we went to Notting Hill to the Portobello Road market. There was so much choice at the market which takes place every Saturday and is very very crowded! Everything from food, souvenirs, art, jewellery, crafts, vintage clothing and charity shops to peruse! Needless to say we spent forever there!

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I ❤ vintage handbags.

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Goldsmith vintage store.

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Amazing jewellery!

While at the market I dropped into a Cancer Research charity shop and picked up two tops for £11.  I was so happy with my bargains as normally I buy new clothes abroad.

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A selection of my charity buys, the grey top was just £4 and the pink and black jumper £7.

Of course when we got to Oxford Street I headed to Primark  to browse their new collection and buy some new accessories. (My challenge was finished by this point!)

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I think these soft rucksacks will be a bestseller! I almost bought the black one but decided on a black satchel instead as I’ve wanted a satchel for a long time and it was only £9!

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In the spirit of not shopping I looked through some of my mam’s old things and found this cute tapestry handbag above! I absolutely love it and was delighted she let me have it. The satchel was my first new purchase at the end of the month!

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Denim shirts get a spring update in the form of bleached styles and polka dot prints. The androgynous look is back in fashion also with lots of stores stocking brogues and braces for trousers.

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So one month of no new clothes really didn’t hurt at all…I don’t know if I could say the same about a year! I’m not a shopaholic despite what this post suggests but it didn’t do me any harm to spend less money and think about my consumption habits.

Lots of people (myself included) cannot afford to buy new clothing regularly but still want to express themselves…charity shops, swapping clothes with friends and family and upcycling old pieces are all ways you can do it!

Disclaimer : Shopping in charity shops does not guarantee you will spend less 😉 Use common sense and remember that most charity shops will not accept returns so make sure clothes fit and are functional!

Thanks for reading as always and don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel

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Goodwill! Poppin’ tags!

When I was a kid, my mother bought many of my clothes in second hand shops (the joys of being an only girl and the youngest!) I used to get in a huff about this sometimes but once I moved to college and starting getting bargains from the bigger charity stores I soon changed my tune!

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I’m a bookworm but rarely buy them new, as you can get all types of books second hand for a few euros which is a lovely treat for a rainy day. I don’t normally buy shoes there but I’ve often given them some of mine when I had to give up a few pairs for reasons of space and sanity! 😉

I’ve gotten amazing bargains such as a striped Topshop blazer for €4, my winter coat for this year for  €9.50 (saving me approximately €50), a pair of River Island jeans and Converse trackies for €5 each and even a mini sewing machine for €9.90.

I’ve also picked up little things for my room and jewellery at times and of course donated lots of things to the charity shops when I was moving around or clearing out.

I saw a huge Salvation Army store during my time in the US but unfortunately never got to go and see what was there. So in the future I would really love to check out charity shops abroad and see what they are like.

Thrift shoppin’ is fun and I don’t even always do it out of necessity! If you are lucky you might get a designer bargain or find an item that you lusted after before but was sold out by the time you had money for it.

The shops I visit around here vary from actual charity shops to businesses and vintage stores.The vintage stores are mostly to admire things rather than buy. I always seem to find things in Enable Ireland and Phibsborough has the best charity shops.

If you’re in Galway the St Vincent de Paul shop near the docks is really big for a charity shop and very well organised.

House of Portobello is not a charity shop but an amazing place to find a designer bargain. They sell good as new high street and designer clothing. The stock is always fantastic shoes, bags, dresses, jewellery and even unused marked down beauty products. I bought a beautiful pair of River Island red peep toes here for  €50. They were perfect quality and would retail at €70-€80.

My gorgeous shoes!

Here I’m wearing them with a €4 Missguided playsuit which was brand new from Enable Ireland.

 

The downside of charity shops is of course there’s usually only one of an item, good things are snapped up fast and you may see something you love, seize it and then..it’s not in your size! 😥

Naturally it’s also tempting to buy things merely because they’re cheap. However it’s one of the best and more fun ways to spend. Excuse all the subtle Macklemore references, apparently he has Irish roots….my Irish mammy would be delighted with his thriftiness! 😉

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Do you have any favourite charity shops? Let me know! Thanks for checking out my blog. 🙂 Thanks for reading as always and don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.