Summer Solstice

Happy Summer solstice today is the longest day of the year and the official start of Summer here in the UK 🙂 The summer solstice is celebrated in many ways by many different people I won’t bore you with all of that though I am sure that you can google all about Summer Solstice yourselves 🙂

I like to think that I am quite spiritual and in touch with the earth I am an earth sign rising in water so I always feel incredibly connected to nature I love being outdoors barefoot surrounded by plants and trees that I have grown myself. To mark summer solstice I always set out my intentions for the rest of the year and do a crystal cleansing of my body 🙂

One of the folklore tales of Summer solstice is that on this day the veil between our world and the fairy world is meant to be at its thinnest and so you know your girl here took the opportunity to let her inner woodland fairy come out 🙂

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How stunning is this dress?? It cost me £1.99 from the Barnardos store and I just had to have it as soon as I saw the print!! It is originally from H&M its so comfy AND it has HUGE pockets!! I brought this in my recent charity shop haul if you missed that post it is linked here for you to see what other goodies I got!! SHOPPING HAUL Part one what I gotIMG_20180621_154111

I then accessorised with this flower crown headband that I brought from Primark Years ago. For my makeup I just threw all the colours on my face!! I did Mutli-coloured freckles, a purple&gold lip and a sunset inspired eye look with some sequin hearts to just finish it all off!!

So there we have it Happy Summer Solstice

I know this wasn’t the post I had promised I will be styling up my Leather Mini skirt for Tuesdays post so come back then at 8pm to see that 🙂

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SHOPPING HAUL Part one what I got

I needed to capitalise that because honestly we SHOPPED!! we were out for 7&1/2 hours we visited 4 new charity shops we found half price sales 99p sales we hit the jackpot!! I know i said this would be a try on haul but 1-I got SO much stuff it would make this post too long and 2- I just didn’t have the time to wash&dry everything and then style it for this post to go up so Monday will be the try on part of the haul 🙂

First up our favourite £1 Sue Ryder store I actually only got one thing from there and it was this basic grey roll neck top originally from AsosIMG_20180607_085530Next up we went to a new charity shop that only opened Monday which was an RSPCA shop I found this really cute dark wash denim mini skirt for £3.50 originally from New LookIMG_20180607_085710Then we headed over to the first Barnardos store of the day they had an offer on dresses all dress £2.99 so i picked up this beautiful floral and butterfly print dress it should have been £8.99!. I then got these Black H&M trousers for 99p Lastly I brought this pair of sunglasses for £1.49barnardos one

Then we headed to another new charity shop ( new to us anyways) that were having a Half price sale day the salvation army charity shop, firstly my mum found this really cool grey leopard print mac it was £4.00 Reduced to £2 and is originally from Miss Selfridge. I then found this cool khaki green pair of jeans they were £3 Reduced to £1.50 originally Primark. I also found this amazing pair of patterned trousers  they were £5 Reduced to £2.50 originally F&F with the tags still on!! Then at the till I found this beautiful orange stone ring was £1.50 reduced to 75p!Salvation army 1Then we got into town and our luck began to dwindle!! We didn’t find anything before lunch! Then we went into the salvation army and I found these two rings for 50p each and this beautiful brooch for £2sally armyThen we went to the cancer research shop and I brought this cute black denim waistcoat for £1 originally from Miss Selfridge. Then in Age UK I found this cute black and gold star print scarf for 99p. Then we went to the British heart foundation and they had selected items on sale so I found this gorgeous purple printed dress for £2.49 was £4.99 originally Jane NormanCollage 2018-06-07 13_12_05

We then decided to head to the Barnardos outlet and boy did I find some GEMS! First up I got this purple Ralph Lauren Polo for 99p Then I found this cool star wars T-shirt originally from Primark again for 99p Next up is this velour style T-shirt again 99p Then I found this beautiful pair of Navy trousers they are by DrDenim Jeans makers and they are SO soft!! I did some google research and their trousers retail from £40-£90! I got these for 99p Then I saw the print of this dress and just HAD to get it!! Its originally H&M and was £1.99 Then I found this Jacket that I had tried on in one of their stores before but it was £8 and I couldn’t justify that on a Jacket I will wear occasionally! I then saw it in the outlet for £1.99 and snapped it up!! Again I did some google research and to buy new you need around £700 on Ebay even old stock goes for £100!! Lastly in this shop my mum found the best bargain! A brand new Denim Jacket from Miss selfridge with the tags still on should have been £39 I got it for £2.49barnardos outlet 1barnardos outlet 2Then the last shop we went to was another Barnardos store and they had a deal all women’s clothing 99p!!! First I got this pair of Primark Jeggings for 49p I missed the sign that said all trousers 49p! So they were even more of a bargain. Next up this simple Primark summer dress for 99p Then I found this beautiful hot pink floral dress again 99p Then I found this velour style skater dress 99p Simple leopard print tie waist top H&M for 99p I then found this gorgeous botanical print top originally H&M I wanted to buy it when it was in H&M but couldn’t ever find it in my size so again I snapped it up for 99p Lastly I found this simple Black H&M cardigan for 99pbarnardos 99barnardos 992

The only thing I didn’t take a photo of was this gorgeous vintage dress that I picked up for 99p I have left it with my mum for her to wash for me as I was scared I would shrink it or damage it in some way!!

So there we have it my HUGE shopping Haul coming in at a grand total of £43.05!!

Which was your favourite piece?

 

 

 

 

 

Outfits I NEED

I am going on a much needed shopping trip on Wednesday with my mum to get some bits for my summer wardrobe and to have a peruse. I thought that I would hop on over to my pinterest mood-board to see what outfits and items i have been pinning to see if there is anything that is re-occurring that I don’t necessarily already have in my wardrobe and 4 outfit variants kept popping up so I thought I would share with you today the outfits I am going to be looking for on my shopping trip!! You will be able to see everything that I buy in Thursday’s post as that will be a haul try on post.

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Outfit #1 Feminine dresses with edge. So unsurprisingly for spring summer there are always going to be floral dress outfit posts!! I love the juxtaposition of pairing edgy pieces such as a leather jacket, sneakers or docs with a girlie feminine dress. I gave away a lot of my dresses in my last wardrobe purge so I do need to replace them!

Outfit#2 Denim skirts. I already have one denim skirt that I am going to DIY as it’s just a bit too long for my liking. It is also a very dark denim and I would like to find a black denim skirt and a more acid wash denim skirt to add to my collection. I recently watched one of Megan Ellaby’s styling videos where she created some outfits with a denim skirt so now I have tonnes of outfit ideas!!

Outfit#3 Trousers and graphic tee. I do already own Trousers but the ones that kept cropping up on my pinterest board were these grey prince of wales check ones so I really want to find the perfect pair!! I also LOVE paperbag high waist trousers I have a black pair and they are SO flattering.

Outfit#4 Masculine tailoring. I love a good blazer you know me this outfit of jeans a t-shirt and a blazer is already one of my go to outfits however I want to find a long-line blazer almost like a guys tuxedo jacket style to add to my collection as I just think they look so smart and sexy!

So on the shopping list

  • Black Denim skirt
  • Light wash denim skirt
  • Long line blazer
  • Grey Check Blazer
  • Floral/Printed Dress

Lets see Thursday how I got on!!

Natalie

Charity shop Haul 06.04.18

I love a good charity shop shopping trip you all know that by now, On Friday Me and Mum set off for our bargain hunting shopping trip and I have to say we did get some right bargains!

First Up is our favourite shop the £1 Sue Ryder shop

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The Khaki shirt is originally H&M and it is really soft and has different brown toned buttons down the front. I picked this up because I like to have basic shirts in different colours as I feel they can be paired with jeans and trainers for a day time look or dressed up with some heels for a night out,. I then found this cute caramel coloured jumper and fell in love with the embroidered flowers on the front this is a really lightweight jumper perfect for those spring days where it’s still quite chilly. I thought this would look cute tucked into a brown skirt or layered under my black dungarees.

Next we went to the Barnardos shop and as we got inside we saw a sign that said Managers Special all ladies clothing 99p!

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Purple shirt originally Primark. You may be thinking to yourself “Hey Natalie that purple shirt looks familiar don’t you have one similar?” Well yes dear readers I do! I have this exact one in green and then similar style ones in black cream and burgundy. What can I say when this girl finds an item she likes she will buy it in every possible colour! I then saw this brown animal print shirt and immediately got some Noel fielding vibes! It’s quite oversized even though its only a 10 but i love the idea of this paired with my black pleather shorts and some heels for a night out! originally new look. Lastly this green and blue check shirt, like the khaki one from sue ryder its just a nice simple shirt quick and easy to throw on with jeans and converse. Origionally New look. All three shirts should have been £2.99 each but thanks to the managers special cost 99p each!

Then we headed into town and weren’t having much luck before we sat down in mannings cafe for our bacon and egg sandwich and cuppa tea! With our bellies full we headed back out hoping our last few charity shops wouldn’t let us down! So next up is the Salvation Army shop.

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Alice in wonderland tee £2.50 originally Primark. So this is a loungewear t-shirt, I don’t care though I will happily wear this out I was thinking with a cute denim skirt and my pastel blue converse this would be a really nice spring look! It says lost in wonderland in glittery lettering and it features my favourite illustrations of Alice all over it 🙂

Then I found this beautiful grey snake print dress. £3 origionally Boohoo and It is just beautiful here is a close up look.

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So as you can see it has a really nice tie detail at the neck and is then a straight a line dress, I paired it with this skinny grey belt that i picked up for 99p at the cancer research store and i think it gives it a nicer shape. I am thinking my black pleather jacket and some simple strappy black heels outfit sorted!!

Then we headed to the cancer research store where my mum found me the most beautiful dress!!!

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£3 label says Louche.It is so weird and wonderful it has little yellow and blue birds all over it and black and white leaf shapes and I just think it is so beautiful!! I have 3 weddings to go to this year and I really want to showcase this babe at one of them!

Then after a Primark Visit in which I brought some socks, flannels and the cosiest slippers I have ever put upon my feet we went to the barnardos outlet where all items unless stated otherwise are 99p.

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Colourful trousers 99p label says Fee Red. I just love these kinds of trousers for like travelling and lazy days I thought with a plain t-shirt and some sandals these would look really cool. I then found this jacket/cardigan for 99p it has no label in it but I love the pattern and I love the cute little buttons on the pocket and I think this will just dress up any plain outfit and be a nice little statement piece without being too bold. I then found this adorable little tie neck shirt for 99p from next and thought paired with the jacket and some black trousers/jeans or a pencil skirt its a nice smart look. My mum then found these gorgeous red heels that were again 99p from next that had NEVER been worn!! I got them home and they still had the cardboard and stickers on!!!

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A closer look at the detailing on the jacket and shirt.

So there we go 13 items for a grand total of £18.42!!!

Which Item is your favourite? Any styling tips/ideas for the pieces I brought?

 

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Graphic Tee 3 ways

I own a lot of graphic tees, I think that they are so versatile and can be styled in so many different ways. They can be dressed up or down and worn with pretty much anything. I do also like a simple plain tee but I think a printed tee just adds a little something extra to an outfit. So today I am sharing three different looks with the same graphic tee.

Look one: Jeans Blazer and Heels Perfect for a night out.

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Jeans: Next outlet £7 T-shirt Lootvault Heels: Charity shop Blazer:Charity shop

I tucked the tee into my jeans and added a blazer and heels to dress up this outfit.

Look Two: Printed trousers

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Trousers:Next outlet Shoes: Dr Martens

I love the clash of the printed tee with the printed trousers I think as the polka dots are small it doesn’t look too overpowering together!

Look Three: My favourite look: Skirt Tights Pleather Jacket and Boots

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This is my go to way to style my printed tees. Skirt:Charity shop Tights:Primark Jacket:Ebay Boots:Dr Martens

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The Winter Coat

I own a lot of coats. There I have said it. I PROCLAIM I OWN A LOT OF COATS.

However when a new one comes along and just looks so pretty you have to buy it right? Especially if it only costs £1!

I found this coat early last year in a Sue Ryder store and knew it had to be mine for Winter! I have been patiently waiting to debut it and now here she is.

IMG_20180128_122602I love the tiered effect of this coat I did worry that being only 5″1 it would swamp me and not hang right but I think this sits so well on my body.

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I wore this over the top of my latest obsession these printed trousers from oasis that I raved about in my Statement Trousers post https://wordpress.com/post/nataliegordon13.wordpress.com/3130

Also Look how pretty the fluted sleeves of this Primark top are!

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I love the colour of this coat It can be paired with so many different outfits and just changes the whole dynamic of any look with its cute tiered detailing. I am so glad I invested in this piece I think it will be a firm wardrobe favourite for years to come.

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The Check Blazer

Autumn brought about the Prince of Wales Check Blazer trend, It was everywhere from high fashion to high street everyone wanted the Check Blazer myself included.

I have made no secrets about shopping in charity shops so it should come as no surprise that I found my dream Check Blazer in a charity shop. I for once wanted to follow a trend as I love Blazers (if you’ve been a long time follower you will remember my earlier blog posts in which every outfit pretty much contained a blazer) I didn’t however want to spend a lot of money and be like everyone else so I went searching through my local charity shops to find a one of piece and came across this Brown Check Hook&Eye fastened blazer!

IMG_20180128_122245This one was from the Cancer Research Shop and came with the matching trousers for £3 meaning the Jacket cost £1.50 I styled this look so quickly I didn’t really overthink it.

IMG_20180128_121635I paired it with this Over sized Yellow Jumper that was also £1 from a charity shop that I have been wearing to death.

IMG_20180128_121754I then added these brown Loafer style shoes that were £1 from a charity shop and they just pull this whole look together.

IMG_20180128_121832I then pulled out my Levi 314 straight leg jeans that I got in the sale for £14 and peg rolled them roughly to above my ankle. I think this changes the whole vibe of this outfit and makes it more casual, I just love it when you quickly pull together and outfit and it looks so good.

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I finished it all off with this Stone Necklace that I got for 99p From a Charity shop also.

Proving you don’t need to spend a lot to follow the trends and look good.

Total Outfit Cost £18.49

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