Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Polka face: What Sara Wore

Green blazer: Topman Sale / Grey jumper (worn as dress): Charity shop /
Polka dot shirt: Charity shop / Black loafers: Garage Shoes / Gold chain: Charity shop / 
Black skinny belt: ASOS / Black satchel: Vintage boutique 

You only have to look at Marc Jacob's and Sonia Rykiel's AW/11 collections to realise that polka dot print is another huge trend this season, so when I saw this oversized, white shirt in a local charity shop yesterday, I made the £2 investment (big spender, eh?).
I have been going a little charity-shop-mad as of late, and I suppose the dirt-cheap pricing and recyclable nature of thrifting is what appeals to me. It's not the greatest feeling when you find a diamond amongst a hell of a lot of junk, and you're greeted with a strange smell that can only suggest - "yep, somebody died in this". But hey, that's why washing machines are for, right? 

If you're not quite ready for hologram skirts, buy a simple piece like a shirt or blouse, or go all out velvet/spot chic. Just inject a little polka print into your wardrobe this Winter. 

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ps Ridiculous hemlines are just how I roll, and I was wearing shorts. 

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Velvet, print + denim: What Sara Wore

Levi's denim: Free (hand-me-down) / Printed top: Charity shop / 
Velvet leggings: eBay / Chelsea Boots: Faith (Autumn '10) / 
Necklaces: (click the link to find out)

Trend: Velvet 
I adore velvet for the Autumn/Winter months, and leggings are such a simple item to throw on for a casual look, or dress up with heels.

This outfit is a little bit of everything I love; I'd like to call it an eclectic mix of my personal style that incorporates some of the key A/W11 styles. Let's just call it a little bit bonkers. 

I recently started college and have been ravenously scouring every corner of my local charity shops for bargains. My favourite purchases so far have been a snakeskin print scarf, scallop-detailed sheer cream blouse, the top featured above, and lo-and-behold - another black, sheer, floral top. I probably sound a little like a broken record, but sheer material is so classic when styled correctly. 
Minus the Chelsea boots I bought for around £80 in Faith at Debenham's last year (which are a big trend for this Winter), my outfit in its entirety cost around £15. Now that my friends, is real bargain hunting.
These leggings fit like a glove whilst remaining opaque: transparent leggings are a fashion sin. In fact, screw fashion - there should be a law against see-through leggings. Anyway, I have worn these badboys to absolute death since they arrived on Tuesday, so for comfort and style I recommend investing in a pair. 

Minimalism is for the faint-hearted - try clashing a few trends.

ps My cat Spingo decided to intrude on this particular little 'shoot', she's such a camera whore. 

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Get your kit off, it's the NAKED Palette

In a rare moment of complete and utter self indulgence, I strode into Debenhams with £35 in my pocket and one, frivolous intention.
To buy the Urban Decay Naked Palette. 
Virgin, Naked and Buck make up my daily eye look, and I can safely say, having tried and tested all of the eye shadows, that  this is a truly beautiful set. The pigmentation, consistency and durability is as good as any of the reviews have claimed.
Go on, you know you want to.