3 charity-shop shopping tips to help you track down those little gems

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Hunting through rail after rail of clothes for that perfect item may not be everyone’s cup of tea… 

But with enough dedication and some close attention to detail, you can find so many little gems that would have cost you the earth in another shop. As it is my day off University today, I thought I’d take a little trip out in to Winton high street and have a browse of what the many charity shops have to offer. As a poor University student in my final year, I should not really be shopping… my time should be spent reading up for my lectures and seminars in the rest of the week…. but everybody needs a bit of a treat sometimes, right? All work and no play is bad for us!

As I am a very practised shopper, it did not take me very long to find a bargain hanging on one of the rails in Barnados…

As it is the Autumn season, people are beginning to do the yearly thing of investing in knitwear and big cosy coats and jackets to keep us warm in those cold Winter months. But surprise surprise, these kinds of clothes are the most expensive (more material etc.) and for most of us, not on the top of our list of spending priorities. But if like me, you love the feel of showing off a new item of clothing, then I would definitely recommend a bit of charity shop bargain hunting.

In Barnados, my beady eyes noticed a cosy-looking stripey garment hanging on a rail in my size and I immediately picked it up. You know you’ve found a great bargain in a charity shop when you look at the price and think, “they have definitely priced this wrong, I’d better buy it quickly so they don’t realise and change the price…”
So I tried it on – lucky for me it fitted perfectly – and went and paid for it at the till.

The other wonderful thing about charity shops is that 99% of the time the staff are absolutely grateful that you are making a purchase so you always get a kind smile and a helping hand when needed.

So I walked out with my £4.49 warm snuggly Winter garment and skipped off down the high street.

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3 charity shop shopping tips to help you track down those little gems:

  • Allow yourself some time – Don’t rush. You aren’t going to find any bargains if you don’t pay careful attention to what you are looking at. There will be items that you like, so keep your eyes peeled and take your time!
  • Pay careful attention to the sizes on the hangers. It’s no good finding the perfect item if you then realise that it is not your size – remember you can’t just ask for another size in a charity shop!
  • Don’t just visit one shop. There are so many charity shops around, all with different items to offer. 

And remember, if you don’t find what you are looking for that day, go again! The beauty of charity shops is that people take in bags of clothes daily, so you never know what new items have come in!

Peace and Love and charity shops

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Spread the joy of the wide brim…

Wide brimmed hats are everywhere in high street stores right now. 

I am a huge fan of this trend – I think the right hat can always add a little sophistication and bring an outfit together. I currently own a black fedora hat from Topshop, which I absolutely love because it always makes me feel a bit more glam on a “not-so-glam” kind of day….

But lately I have been oh so very tempted to cheat on my beautiful fedora (which I rocked for most of summer) for something just that little bit more elegant looking. During a sneaky browse of Topshop, I fell in love with a wide brimmed floppy felt hat in Burgundy. This piece of gorgeous would have, however, cost me £28… and as a very poor student currently, I had to swiftly take myself out of the shop and drive myself home immediately.

After this shopping (no, actually BROWSING) trip, the only way to ease the pain of not purchasing this item was to blog about beautiful hats – hence the gushy hat blog post! If you want to lust over some wide brims looking beautiful on beautiful people, then I highly recommend checking out the Free People blog – one of my favourite places to look at beautiful things.

Free People hat Photo taken from the Free People Blog

Peace and Love and Hats

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Buy one get one FREE on some SWEET PRINTS

As you guys know, I am a lover of all things sparkly and a bit outrageous…

Kuccia is a clothing company that sells a wide range of items including bodysuits, catsuits, leggings (…and more!) in all sorts of weird and wonderful prints. Now I recognise that it is coming up to Winter, but Kuccia has just put on a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE FLASH SALE on it’s items online! Why not invest in some wonderful festival items for next Summer at bargain prices whilst the sale is on?!

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Here are a couple of my favourite items to give you more of an idea about what you can get your hands on, but I’d strongly recommend having a quick browse of the website if you love a bargain!

aztec bomberThe Aztec Bomber 

gold pineappleThe Gold Pineapple Jumpsuit

How dreamy are these!? …. I’m definitely still in festival mode, but what’s the harm in that!? 😉

Peace and Love and Prints and Bargains

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A wine glass… made of GLITTER… what more could a girl want?

Since I last blogged, I have moved back to Bournemouth for University and am currently settling in with my gorgeous housemates in our little, girly, homely flat. I just wanted to write a short post about a flat warming gift that one of my housemates gave to me, as it is right up my street and definitely put a smile on my face after hours of lugging suitcases to my room in our upstairs flat!

She bought us each a wine glass from a company called Glittery Glass. They make glass products and (as the name suggests) cover them in glitter! As I am a massive girl when it comes to things like this, it made an amazing present! If you are a girly girl who likes the odd glass of wine 😉 or are looking for a present for someone, I strongly recommend checking out the Facebook page for some glittery treats!

Follow Glittery Glass on Instagram too!

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(And as seen above, my other housemate cooks me TASTY meals so I’ve hit the jackpot with these girls!)

Peace and Love and Glittery Glasses

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Don’t worry, be happy!

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Firstly, sorry about my lack of blogging over the past six weeks… I have been off frolicking at festivals, which you may have gathered from previous posts and enjoying my final summer before my final year at University.

I have been finding that a lot of the time recently when people ask what I’m studying at University, they always go on to ask about what I plan to do afterwards. And for someone who has always struggled with the reality that one day I will have to choose an actual career path for myself, I find this very difficult to answer.

However worrying about the future will not help, so this blog post is aimed to give worriers (like myself) a bit of a boost and 3 reasons why we shouldn’t be worrying about the big old scary future…

It’s scientifically proven that worrying has negative effects on your health

Worrying is perfectly natural, however if a person worries too much, it can have negative effects on their lifestyle. People who worry too much will usually pick up negative habits such as over-eating, eating less, smoking etc. These habits will all have negative effects on your health and can be hard to kick!

Career worriers – On average, a person has 3/4 career changes in a lifetime

Worrying about a career is pointless. If you aren’t happy, change it. Don’t see jobs/qualifications as pointless, despite how little you may be enjoying them – everything is a learning curve and a stepping stone. You will be stepping closer to a job you enjoy each time you find one you don’t.

Life is a journey and you cannot control the future

Although you may wish you could, it is impossible for us to control what will happen next. Some people may seem like they have it easy and fall in to their dream job with minimal effort. This does not happen to everyone. You never know when you may get a lucky break or an amazing opportunity, so don’t worry if at the moment you feel as if you are bumbling along. If you get offered an opportunity, take it and be sure to enjoy whatever life throws at you!

Peace and love and no more worries

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