Thrift Alert: Dublin’s best charity shops

There’s nothing better than getting your fashion fix while also doing a good deed. For years I’ve shopped in charity shops and am still amazed by the bargains. We’re talking brand new items with tags on, designer and leather handbags and beautiful vintage clothing.

Enable Ireland

This is one of my favourite charity shops with branches in Phibsborough, George’s Street, Capel Street, Camden Street, Finglas and Thomas Street. Enable Ireland have a good selection of items from workwear to children’s clothes and shoes. 100% of their profits go to funding disability services.

My best recent bargain from there has to be these black patent loafers which were brand new with a €70 sticker but sold for just €20. For more of my Enable Ireland bargains, check out my Charity Shopping Haul post.

I also found this lovely brand new Missguided playsuit in Enable Ireland’s Phibsborough branch. I got so many compliments when I wore this and it was only €4!

Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society shops tend to be quite small but I always enjoy browsing around. I’ve found some good stuff in their Rathmines, Phibsborough and Capel Street shops. The Rathmines one is the most attractive and in general Rathmines charity shops tend to be of a very high calibre!

Oxfam (George’s St)

Oxfam have several stores around Dublin but their George’s Street store is the jewel in the crown. They have both ladieswear and menswear, vintage and a dedicated bridal section with many brand new and designer wedding dresses from sizes 6-22. Brides on a budget, look no further! Oxfam’s profits go to alleviating poverty in third world countries.

I bought these black leather shorts for about €4 in their Stephen’s Green store.

Another gorgeous bargain was this Versace-esque silky bomber.

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Scarf print bomber jacket, Oxfam.

St. Vincent de Paul

SVP are dedicated to helping those living in dire poverty in Ireland and assist thousands each year. Their George’s Street store is a must visit for any thrift shop maven. I’ve seen Versace and Moschino items here and they even have their their own vintage line.

I bought this oversized denim jacket and this cropped red shirt in their Phibsborough branch. (These are both Penneys items but I was on a strict budget at the time!) The jacket was brand new with tags, €8 and the shirt was about €4.

 

Respect (Stoneybatter)

And now for one slightly off the beaten track, the Respect shop in Stoneybatter is one of the most amazing charity shops I’ve ever been in. It looks quite unassuming but is one of the best for a genuine bargain. Among the items I’ve bought there include a black leather DKNY backpack for €6, a €2 Longchamps bag and a red leather American Apparel skirt for €10. I’ve also picked up some great vintage belts here. Respect support people with intellectual disabilities so it’s a really worthy cause.

Macro Shop, Macro Community Centre (North King’s Street)

I love shopping here as the Macro centre gives back to the local community. It also pays to shop here in winter, I recently found real Levi’s cut-offs and a red suede effect H&M skirt for €2 each! Their community centre provides services such as free legal aid, citizen’s information and advocacy to the local residents.

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I later found this skirt for €2!

There are other second hand shops around such as the Second Abbey on Abbey Street which has an incredible selection of clothes, homewares and bric a brac. In some senses, it’s more of a museum!

In general, I prefer to shop in a registered charity shop where possible. That way, you can be sure your purchases or donations always go to a genuine charity. If you want to detox your wardrobe, these shops always welcome donations of clean clothing and shoes.

Do you shop in charity shops? Leave me a comment and let me know if I’ve missed any good ones. Hope you all had a good new year and enjoyed this post.

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

Edel

 

 

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Loafer Madness

‘Don’t buy those granny shoes!’ my friend Alice shrieked at me while I was earnestly perusing some loafers in New Look. That was a few years ago and loafers were just another footwear option and it was unusual to find a pair which weren’t black or brown. Thanks to Gucci, they are now an A/W 2016 essential. I still love these ‘granny shoes’ and I’m also still friends with Alice. 😉

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The loafer craze started with Gucci’s gorgeous horse bit loafers, the arrival of which left fashionistas foaming at the mouth. Not only did Gucci make loafers cool again, they also introduced new styles, heeled loafers, printed loafers and a rather dubious backless slipper loafer.

The furry slipper style look like something you’d wear to take the bins out but if you like them Shein.com have excellent dupes for under €40!

There are loads of great dupes to be found on the high street also. Topshop have an impressive range of loafers this year, with leather loafers for €89 euro and cheaper styles as low as €16!

Classic black loafers are a great investment piece but I can’t help but be drawn to these metallic blue and pink ones. If you’re on a tighter budget Penney’s have excellent dupes in pink and silver for about €11.

If metallics aren’t your thing, these heeled loafers with pearl details also from Topshop are perfect for work or dressed up with frayed hem jeans and a black top.

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Heeled loafers with pearl detail. Pic: Topshop.com

Another amazing dupe comes courtsey of Mango. These gold heeled loafers are just like the Gucci version and just under €60.

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Gold heeled loafer. Pic: Mango.com

Personally I feel the need to invest in at least two pairs, a plain black pair and a patterned pair. Office have a fab brocade pair that I’m lusting after.

Not to mention these beautiful floral jacquard pair from Asos just under €30!

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Floral loafers. Pic: Asos.com

The only issue I have with loafers coming into winter is you can’t wear socks with them! The answer? Flesh colour tights or pop socks under jeans. Black tights work well with a skirt or shorts just don’t choose overly thick ones.

New Look have some of the best affordable black loafers around, in leather, suedette and patent styles. In fact these are under €30!

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Black leather loafers. Pic: New Look.com

I don’t know about you but I need some “granny shoes” in my life! What do you think of loafers, would you wear them?  Leave me a comment below and let me know. Thanks for reading as always and don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

 

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Christmas and NYE outfits!

I’m not a Christmassy person. I hate the hype and how crazy town gets both during the day and at night. Going into a shop generally creates the following reaction..

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But I do love Christmas outfits! And better yet New Year’s Eve outfits! New Years in my opinion is the time to go all out and be as stunnin as you possibly can be! And all of the clothes featured here can be ordered online so you don’t even have to leave your house and foray into the madness!

My first pick is these imitation leather shorts with embroidery from Bershka. These are so pretty.

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Bershka also have the best bodysuits which look great with fitted trousers or a black skirt.

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And you can’t beat a velvet top at Christmas.

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These gold detailed jeans might not be to everyone’s taste but I love them! bershka gold jeans

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This tulle dress is ideal for Christmas or NYE.

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I fell in love with this little lace beauty in Topshop a while back. It comes in two lengths a midi and a shorter length. Personally I always go for a mini as I’m petite and I think mid-lengths are very unflattering on petite shapes.

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Topshop also have some offers at the moment including this beautiful blue velvet playsuit reduced from €68 to €46. Warning: I’ve tried this on and it’s quite short!

If you want a more modest playsuit, this green one is equally beautiful! And probably slightly warmer!

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And if you just prefer dresses, you can’t go wrong with this little black number.

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Missguided currently are offering up to 50% off selected dresses until tomorrow at 9am. If you’re looking for something new, these could be ideal.

This eyelet dress is just €21 at the moment.

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Yet another velvet beauty this time in burgundy. It’s currently reduced from €42 to €28.

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While this purple lace dress is really unusual.

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Hope you all enjoyed this brief post and got some Xmas/NYE outfit inspiration. I’m still staying away from the shops (somehow) and very proud to say I haven’t bought any new clothes since August ! However this will be rectified after Christmas, looking forward to sharing my purchases with you all then 😉

Kick the Bucket

Bucket bags are the new rucksack and my new favourite obsession. It’s the grown-up’s alternative to a rucksack but still a fun casual bag.The designer duo who began this craze are Mansur Gavriel who launched a sell-out leather bucket bag in 2013. Since this their bags have been in high demand by fashion-lovers and celebrities everywhere.

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Mansur Gavriel drawstring bag. Pic courtesy of Pinterest
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Mansur Gavriel blue bucket bag.

Other designers such as Moschino and Michael Kors also want a piece of the action.

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Michael Kors “Miranda” bucket bag

The Mansur Gavriel designs retail at $400-$1000 so for those of us not so flush here are few gorgeous alternatives. Everyday walking to work I pass 9 Crow St and take a good gawk in the window.  I’ve been lusting after a gorgeous holographic bucket bag I saw there. I found a similar style on Etsy here.

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Etsy is brilliant site for finding original handmade bags. The Pingypearshop have an amazing selection and all under €30!

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As well as these, Etsy also sell vintage and leather one-of-a-kind bucket bags. It’s the best place to pick up something that no-one else will have.

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Cosmichippo designs leather bag.

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RAWbag handmade beauties on Etsy.

Zara are always very quick off the mark so I’m not surprised they have capitalised on this trend.

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Zara zip bag. Pic: Pinterest.

Gorgeous Zara bucket bag with zip detail  *swoon*.

And if white’s more your colour, Zara also have a fabulous perforated white bucket bag.

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If these are beyond your budget, Penneys have some gorgeous bucket bags in store at the moment for about €10. Can’t say no to that 😉 I’m a personal fan of this green and black one and they also have a lovely black fringed one.

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So far I haven’t bought any bucket bags but something tells me it won’t be long before I own one! I will have to part with a few of my rucksacks first if that’s even possible… Thanks for reading my blog as always. If you like the blog, please support it on Facebook here.

Party like its 1988

Sunday was my birthday and I thought I’d write a blog post to celebrate. I had a really amazing weekend and was spoiled rotten with some amazing presents including this Christian Louboutin nail varnish…literally a work of art!

(I’ve already almost stabbed myself in the neck by leaving this on my bedside locker!)

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Christian Louboutin nail varnish

Now all I have to do is paint the soles of my shoes red to accessorise 😛 It could also double up as an excellent weapon!

I also got some other lovely presents (see below) including a new watch and ring from my friends so I’m feeling very lucky and loved!

I’m really grateful to all my friends and family who made my day with their wishes, cards, texts and presents.  I don’t normally write “haul” style posts but my birthday is very important to me. Last year was a very tough year for me so this year I’m seizing any opportunity to be happy. 🙂

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Beautiful watch my friend gave me

My weekend couldn’t have been more perfect. I started my weekend going for cocktails in Capitol and had one strawberry Daquiri too many… 😛

The next day I went get my hair done and I got very subtle balayage which I had been scared of trying but I came out of the hairdressers feeling like ….bruno

I then had lunch with my friend in Musashi on Capel Street which is one of my favourite restaurants (not that I eat out a lot!). I had some delicious sushi rolls.

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Later on I went out to Everleigh Gardens and got really dolled up for the occasion! I also did a good deed by informing some visitors from Belfast not to go to Coppers. My reward will be in heaven I know.

I love dancing so its important for me to go somewhere with a good DJ and the music was brilliant all night long, I barely sat down despite my vertiginous heels!

What I wore: Black leather skirt which I bought in Paris at a kilo shop. The store had amazing stock and I also got a Chanel style tweed jacket and a wool mix navy cardigan all for about €34! The skirt only cost €7!!

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Underneath I wore a navy lace bodysuit I bought in the Bershka sale for €9.99, again another amazing bargain!

Bodysuits can be awkward but they remain tucked in unlike tops and give you a lovely streamlined silhouette.

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I accessorised with red heels and gold padlock earrings which I bought in H&M for about €2! If you like this look, you can hype it on Lookbook here.

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I had an amazing weekend. One week until I visit Brussels which I’m so excited for so looking forward to blogging about that soon! Thanks for visiting my blog as always. If you enjoyed this post leave me a comment below and let me know.

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Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal  is an American label everyone needs to know about. It grew from humble origins as an Ebay store selling vintage clothing and is now an international cult brand.nasty gal clothing

The clothing ranges in style from hippy tank tops,band t-shirts, leather dominatrix-inspired pieces and cut-off denims.

They were also one of the first sites to feature Jeffrey Campbell shoes and also feature Dr. Martens boots and shoes and Lazy Oaf clothing.

I’ve been following the rise of the label for several years now and I think they always get it right. The clothing is original and the photography, lookbooks and styling are always beautiful and striking.

At the moment Nastygal.com are having a 72 hour flash sale ending on Sunday so I’m picking a few of my favourite sale items to show you all and hopefully introduce the brand to new fans.

Nasty gal brogues

These floral brogues are to die for! I love every little detail! They are not the cheapest (now €111, were €158) but they are real leather which is worth paying for.

The shoe sizes on Nasty Gal are US sizes so be aware of this if you’re shopping from their site.

Night Edge Dress

This “Night Edge” dress is one I’m thinking of buying myself as it’s unusual and a really great price! I love the cut-out collar and the faux-leather detail. I think it would be great for a night out over Christmas.

I love black and it’s simple yet not boring. It’s currently reduced to €21.79 from €34 so lets just say I am buying it.

Update the dress is quite nice but also longer than I expected so it can look a little funny and is made from spandex, on the whole designs are nice but the quality isn’t amazing. I bought a medium and just enough room in it!)

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