Market Shopping and Sea Air

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I have some very exciting news, I’ve been shortlisted for Best Fashion Blog by the Blog Awards Ireland. I was already thrilled with my long list nominations and extremely happy that my blog has been long-listed three times since its inception. BUT when I found out I made the shortlist my reaction was…

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The shortlist will soon go to a public vote and I hope you will vote for me! I’m so passionate about this blog and I have put so much time into it.

But not to digress any further and back to my travels in the UK. The second part of my holiday was spent in Notting Hill,  East London and Southend-On-Sea which is about an hour outside London.

Sunday was spent visiting Notting Hill’s Portobello Market where I bought some presents for my friend’s little girl Stevie. I had no clue what to buy for a baby but I found an emoji bib and a cute Paddington Bear t-shirt.

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Then I struck gold when I found a stall selling cut-off shorts for £5 and picked up a pair. Unfortunately there was nowhere to try them on and they were smaller than I’d anticipated. They just about fit! Can’t trust waist sizes!

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I love the Portobello Market and have featured it on the blog previously. There were lots of weird and wonderful things there, see below…

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My next port of call was Spitalfields Market in East London. My friend Michele was keen to show me the market and knew I would love it. She was right!

Spitalfields Market consists of clothing, jewellery, food and drink stalls and is surrounded by shops which all retain the original facades of the old buildings.

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This looks nothing like a typical MAC store!

I didn’t have a lot of money however one item which caught my eye was this floral mini satchel. At £12 it was a no-brainer!

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Among the shops dotted around was a gorgeous retro shop,  Collectif Clothing which was filled with 40’s and 50’s style clothing and accessories.

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I wore a simple outfit to the market, all black except for my printed vintage shirt.

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As well as clothing we also saw some great artwork on display by artist Adrian Boswell at the Old Truman Brewery Market. I love these collages.

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We then walked around Brick Lane and admired street art and soaked up the hipster vibes. 😛

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There are lots of vintage stores in this area but the best one has to be Absolute Vintage. This shop is HUGE! It is stuffed with clothes, shoes and handbags, catering for both guys and girls. I can’t imagine trying to tidy this shop, it is literally bursting at the seams! Some items such as the shoes are a little battered but most items are wearable. The handbags are especially worth a look! Next time I am in London, I will be coming here again.

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That evening I travelled to Southend-on Sea to visit my friend Elaine. We spent a lovely day in Southend shopping and walking the pier.

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I threw together a casual outfit for the day, black jeans, lilac Penneys jumper and of course my new bag. 😉

While in Southend I made some purchases including a fab new bikini for £7, sandals, a tribal print cosmetic bag for £1 and Elaine bought me a lovely gift, these pink and white shoes!

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Hope you all enjoyed this post. My next post will be on my visit to Mallorca featuring all my holiday clothing I bought in London! Thank you 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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