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Velvet Obsession

Velvet is back..but actually it never left! It’s the one timeless fabric that reappears every A/W without fail.Velvet adds a touch of luxury to an outfit and is great for dressy occasions.

Personally I like velvet so much that my confirmation outfit consisted of purple velvet suit, skinny flares and matching top. I wish you could have seen it… dopest confirmation outfit EVER.

These velvet dresses from Bershka are perfect for winter nights out, long sleeves, cosy velvet material and will work with black tights. Plus they’re plain so you can dress them up or down. I think they would look great with black boots. This is a fitted dress and the colours will work on most people.

While we associate velvet mainly with pretty dresses and dressy jackets, this year there are loads of casual velvet options. After all when Kendall wears it, mere mortals must follow. 😛

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A velvet t-shirt looks great with blue jeans and more sophisticated than a regular cotton one. Scandi label Monki stocked at Asos have great velvet casualwear.

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Crushed velvet t-shirt, Monki at Asos. Pic: Asos.com

This green roundneck t-shirt from Shein.com is also gorgeous although I’d probably chop the ribbons off!

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Green velvet tshirt. Pic: Shein.com

This Pins and Needles dress from Urban Outfitters is the ideal way of working a velvet item into your daily wardrobe.

It comes in black, grey and maroon. Tap into the 90’s trend by layering it or wear on its own for a party.

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Pins & Needles dress, Urban Outfitters. Pic: Urban Outfitters.com

This velvet top with a mesh back from Nasty Gal is the ultimate in smart casual.

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Black velvet top. Pic: Nasty Gal.com

You may have seen how velvet ankle boots are springing up everywhere but velvet heels are a great alternative if you don’t wear ankle boots.

These teal blue pumps from Shein.com are just under €28. Bargain!

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Blue velvet pumps. Pic: Shein.com

Good news for bardot top fans, it gets an A/W update in the form of velvet. This navy one from Shein.com is less than €12!

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Navy velvet bardot top. Pic: Shein.com

I’m  also hankering after a velvet camisole top to liven up my winter wardrobe. These grey and black camisoles are from Asos.

Missguided’s latest campaign features none other than Amber Rose showing her soft side in a pink velvet dress posing with a giant teddy.

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There’s loads of velvet goodies on Missguided at the moment, from bombers (long and short), dresses, shoes and even underwear!

Do you like wearing velvet? Or are you sick of it cropping up every year?! Leave me a comment below and let me know.

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

Edel

Born Slippy: The Slip Dress Trend

I love anything to do with Clueless (just look at my Twitter) and the revival of nineties layering and slip dresses is what I’ve been dreaming of.

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Killin’ it in CK. Pic: Pinterest.com

The real champion of the slip dress was, of course, Kate Moss.

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This was Kate’s look. Pic:Pinterest.com
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Satin slip dress + sixties hair= perfection. Pic: Pinterest.com

The waif-like supermodel could wear a satin slip like no other. Bow down, bitches.

Nowadays, Kylie Jenner has single-handedly raised slip dresses from the dead. She’s probably also responsible for that whole bandana craze.

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Kylie wore it first! Pic: Popsugar.com

Simple black and white make for a great combination but feel free to mix it up with colours and different styles of dress.

I found this red Guess silk slip dress for €2 in my local charity shop. I layered it with a long top, sheer tights and Doc Martens.

Topshop currently has lots of slip dresses. PS if you haven’t been to new revamped Topshop on Stephen’s Green, GO NOW!

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Black slip dress. Pic: Topshop.com
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Metallic slip dress. Pic: Topshop.com

I can’t write a blog post without including something floral so here’s a little beauty from Miss Selfridge.

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Floral slip dress Pic: MissSelfridge.com

I knew I needed help for my floral addiction when this happened…

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Naturally, Urban Outfitters have their finger on the pulse with this fashion-forward black slip dress.

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Black slip dress. Pic: UrbanOutfitters.com

Peach and champagne colour slip dresses are a nice alternative to black and look great with a tan.

These dresses look best with bare legs and simple shoes, ideally flats.

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Peach slip dress. Pic: Prettylittlething.com
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Pink satin slip. Pic: Asos.com

Slip dresses don’t have to be super short either, laid-back style doesn’t get much better than this Boohoo midi.

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Stripy slip dress. Pic: Boohoo.com

If your slip dress resembles a nightdress/lingerie, all the better.

Satin, silk and lace trims are all good, just keep the rest of the outfit classy.

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Black slip lace dress. Pic: Missguided at Asos.com
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Blue slip dress. Pic: Asos.com

Other ways to do 90’s layering are wearing a vest over a t-shirt a la Cher, pinafore dresses over t-shirts and throw on a bandana as an accessory.

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Black Pinafore. Pic: Asos.com
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Bandana. Pic: Boohoo.com

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post, leave me a comment and let me know! I can’t believe it’s taken me three years to devote an entire blog post to Clueless 😛

I’ve been longlisted for the Blog Awards again this year so thanks for the nominations, I’m delighted.

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Rooftop Vibes

I’ve been experimenting with some outfit posts lately and took some photos on the roof of my old apartment. As I discovered it’s pretty hard take photos by yourself so excuse the dodgy ones. This is a spring outfit, wearing my lovely floral imitation leather jacket from River Island,  blue Bershka jeans, Topshop shoes and the watch is from Urban Outfitters.

I’d lusted over the jacket for ages before finding it on sale for €35, the jeans and lace-up shoes I bought in the Christmas sales. I’d wanted a pair of lace-up ghillie shoes for ages and these didn’t disappoint! However I don’t recommend them for an 8 hour shift on your feet, they are too flat for that.

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I really like the stitching on the sleeves and the zips. The only issue I have with biker jackets is they can be very small-fitting and the next size up was too big. So I’m restricted to wearing only a thin top or jumper inside.

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This is one of my favourite summer looks and I’m looking forward to posting more looks soon.

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Hope you liked this outfit post, leave me a comment below and let me know. I’m busy working on my dissertation for college at the moment but also lots of summer posts planned for the blog. You can follow @joyofblogs on Instagram and Twitter or see my Facebook page here. Thanks for reading as always.

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Autumn/Winter Trends 2014: Ripped jeans and check shirts

I spent my bank holiday Monday in a constructive manner ..window shopping A/W’s finest offerings. It’s finally starting to feel like autumn outside and I love autumn/winter clothes!

Today I popped into an awesome new(ish) vintage shop Tola Vintage which is in Temple Bar.

They had lots of gorgeous things including the autumn staple checked flannel shirts.

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Crop check shirt. Pic: Tola Vintage

While I was in Paris I visited a kilo store in Paris St Germain which had loads of these shirts.

I wanted to buy one but I already had more than a kilo of clothing so I had to say no. This is a cropped shirt so not the most practical for winter.

Urban Outfitters have loads of check shirts (or plaid if you speak American) in different materials. Below are two that caught my eye while browsing.

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Check shirt Urban Outfitters. Pic: UrbanOutiftters.com
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Red plaid shirt Urban Outfitters. Pic: Urban Outfitters.com
Urban Renewal Overdyed Flannel Shirt
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Both shirts are from the “Urban Renewal” range. These are items that are upcycled from old clothes and transformed into a new garment.

I spied some amazing scarf-print halter tops with fringe trimming also which I will have to revisit.

Check scarves and oversized scarves are the accessories of the moment. Here are a couple of beauties I found on Pinterest – the bigger the better!

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Asos check scarf. Pic: Asos.com
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Plaid scarf. Pic: Pinterest
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Check scarf. Pic: Pinterest

The perfect partner to a check shirt is, of course, ripped jeans. ]

This my favourite trend of the entire year, I love ripped and distressed jean styles.

Ironically it’s also the only trend Kim Kardashian ever got right. 😛

If you’re unsure about this trend, try a simple style like these Asos ripped knees below.

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For a more distressed look, try DIY’ing an old pair. I tried out the trend with an old pair of jeans and set out “destroying.”

1. Mark the area with chalk where you want to rip. Rips generally look best on the knees and mid-thigh area. You will need to place a barrier inside the leg of jeans (like a piece of wood) to prevent any rips or tears going through to the other side.

2. Use a wire sponge, cheese grater or any abrasive item and run it over the area you want to distress. Have patience – denim is a thick material that takes time to wear down!

3. As the denim begins to fray, use your fingers to pull it at the white threads that will appear to create a distressed look. These will fray more with washing so don’t go too mad!

4. Finally, take a scissors (or serrated knife) and score the edges of the holes with the inside of the scissors NOT the tip. It’s very important not to use the tip of the scissors as it will destroy the “distressed” effect.  You want the edges to be ragged and uneven so use the inside blade of the scissors to achieve this.

I used old loose jeans that already had knee rips and am currently adding rips to the thighs.

If you don’t have an old pair then get to Forever 21 as they have great plain jeans for €7 at the moment, they are perfect for customising.

If you’re not sure about what you want here is some inspo! 😉

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If that’s all too much effort and you want extreme rips try these bad boys from Asos below.

Massive holes in your jeans aren’t the most practical item you could buy for winter in Ireland but they’re just so cool!

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Ripped jeans used to be the ultimate in tacky clothing but they’ve now evolved into an everyday staple.

To keep them looking classy, cover up on top and wear flats, plimsolls or Converse are best.

Denim jackets also look amazing when ripped and shredded..get creative and see what you come up with.

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As for the shoe of the season, the plimsoll is still going strong.

Once plimsolls were “indoor shoes” in national school, they now come in a multitude of styles, colours and textures and are anything but boring. Here are a few I really like.

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Asos check cuties. Pic: Asos.com
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Missguided velvet slip-ons. Pic: Missguided.com

These lovely velvet Missguided shoes are available in red and navy at only €22.

Finally, these graphic floral beauties are only €29 from the amazing Folkster.

If you haven’t been to their store in Temple Bar I highly recommend a visit!

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Next weekend is their annual vintage kilo sale in Smithfield..I will be attending and reporting back. 😉

Hope you all enjoyed this post. I hope to be writing again soon and I’ve started a separate blog for non-fashion related topics.

Thanks for reading and forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel

Monday to Friday: How to survive office clothing

“Office appropriate” are words that strike fear into my heart. How can you put together an appropriate work outfit without losing all of your style/femininity?

It’s easy for men, they can throw on a suit and it instantly transforms the plainest guy into a handsome one! The ladies however don’t have amazing alternatives.

Looking around Dublin on a week day you see some girls who take the conservative route and wear unflattering wide black pants, black top, plain black shoes….or a sombre suit with plain shoes. Others opt for the “sexy secretary” look and wear really high heels, see through blouses and tight/short skirts.

No disrespect intended to these ladies I discovered girls dress this way because we are given two alternatives in shops …see below!

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I recently had to buy some new office appropriate clothing and having not done so in several years it was a shock to me. I thought it would be easy to find some nice office wear and began my search in earnest.

It would’ve been easier find my way into Mordor than to find something that was both appropriate, reasonably priced and stylish!!

I know it's old and overdone, but this is very WELL done. So, I felt the need to share...

First stop Penneys…gahhhhhhh. All the blouses were see through and the basics looked really rough shirts with threads hanging off etc. I already know they have the world’s most unflattering black trousers so I didn’t look any further.

Then to Zara , I thought surely I will find something here maybe shoes if not clothes. But Zara had final reductions on sale and very little new stock.

They had some nice blazers but I already had picked up a H & M grey blazer for €5 in the charity shop. I spied what looked like the perfect navy shift dress, good length, on sale etc. I picked it up and realised it had a plunging neckline..almost down to the navel! Sob.

Even my charity shops were letting me down as I didn’t want to buy too many odd pieces that didn’t match.

Eventually I spotted a navy and white Next dress for €8.50 and grabbed it like a drowning man grabs a life buoy! I decided to wear this on Monday with a white pointelle cardigan from Penneys.

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Feeling  frustrated I then went to Dorothy Perkins. It’s not somewhere I normally shop but I was desperate. Et voila work clothes on sale!

I finally found a nice dress just beyond the knee. It had hearts on the top but at this stage I didn’t care and bought it. In my role this is fine BUT if you work with a lot of men or in a very senior position avoid hearts, flowers and kittens! Easier said than done in fact 😛

It’s nice to be feminine and sexy but it’s very important to be taken seriously at work.It was €30 on sale  from €45 which I thought was reasonable. I also tried on trousers from the petite range but this is a “true” petite range i.e. they were too short for me and I am 5’4ish. I would recommend this range for petite girls however.

Next also do good petite sizes in office wear but their sizes are slightly bigger sizes than DP. Next have some really nice office wear available and good quality also but I didn’t have the money to buy there. I wore my dress with a black cardigan and a black blazer…Tuesday outfit!

This dress is a good length and has a sewn in camisole inside.

I then tried H & M also where I managed to find slightly cute shirts! There are so many lovely shirts for guys but very little for girls. I really like H & M’s clothing but had never noticed their formal wear before. I picked up a pale pink shirt for €14.95 with white cuffs and collar. I also bought it in grey as I liked it so much.I paired this with a black pencil skirt I already had.

I’ve found vintage shops are great for colourful blouses and shirts that can be incorporated into a working wardrobe. My favourite one has to be this paisley blouse from Lyon Loring for €26.

 I was pleasantly surprised to find some nice office clothes in New Look and bought a plain white shirt which I layered under a textured black shift dress with gold trim for my Wednesday outfit. I saw some nice dresses and skirts here but was disappointed with a blue shift dress I tried on. It seemed to be my size(10)  but didn’t sit right over my hips and lower body and looked weird!

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I had enough at that point so my Thursday outfit was one I already owned, a green fitted dress with zip details from Next and my H & M blazer.

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It’s true : I cannot iron…

For those of you who have a “casual Friday” option here are some ideas I found on Pinterest. Dark jeans, a patterned trousers or shirts, knitwear and casual jackets are great for casual Friday.  A little colour is nice also especially if you wear black, white, navy etc. during the week!

Casual Friday work outfit with plaid button down, jeans, navy blazer, and camel pumps

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Do not forget to mix grey and taupe together. Love it. And add a little bit of silver!!! Perfect.

Please note: I do not own these images.

I have been wearing brogues to work ( I used to wear heels but I’ve been cured of this foolishness..) as I feel they are a smarter alternative to pumps and more comfy than heels.  Masculine tailoring is really trendy this spring and they are a great choice for work!

It is never ok to wear runners with office clothing even if you are walking/running/cycling to work: brogues are the way to go ladies!  Shoes are one way you can express your personality in an office 😉

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Office shoe choices: l-r Dunnes black and gold pumps, Asos brogues and Stradivarius ballet pumps.

Handbags for the office!

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Alternating between business like satchel and tote bag with room for everything!

And I finally bought myself a decent watch in Urban Outfitters

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This is an amazing watch! Wanted it for ages! Real leather and quirky face: perfect for a little self-expression at work. 😉 My work jewellery is pretty muted but this adds a little colour!

I was completely exhausted by the time I finished shopping for my work clothes. I felt a bit frustrated with the choices aimed at female shoppers. I also think we need more office clothes for different body types…I love tailoring and smart clothes but I like to still be creative and a little glam also.

What do you think? Where do you buy formal/work clothes? I’d love to hear your opinions!

P.S. I finally got my Romwe birth of Venus jumper (see below) and I’m loving it! It’s a baggy fit, really nice with jeans. Thanks for dropping by and hope you enjoyed the post.

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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.

Banksy Girl With A Heart Balloon Graffiti Art Sweatshirt Unisex All SIZES

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.

Stradivarius Spring 2014 lookbook -love this look!

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!

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