Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Variation on a Theme - First Depop Purchase

I'm overdoing it on the kimono front, though I like to think of this more as a floral jacket? Anyway, I bought it to take my mind off my sore back when we were on holidays - pure retail therapy. But it took ages to get here so when it did, it came as a total surprise I have to confess...thankfully I still liked it!
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It's from Topshop but I bought it secondhand from Depop - like a mixture of eBay and Instagram I guess? You can buy & sell anything on it but it's all mobile based and you follow the buyers you're most interested in...creating a 'feed' of products most suited to you.
Most items can be bought with the press of a 'buy' button but there's a big market in swaps too - so if you like something someone is selling, you can offer one of your items in exchange. It's also a bit of a free market too with people bargaining on prices. Oh and you can also post an item that you're looking for - in case someone happens to have one in their wardrobe that they're not wearing.
I will warn you that generally speaking, the sizes are small and the users are young - typically 18-24 year olds so you're not going to find much Boden or Mint Velvet for instance. Additionally, there's an increasing number of commercial sellers coming on board selling tat but at least you can chose who you follow and avoid them clogging up your feed. The only other downside is that the search facility is based on hashtags and needs to be controlled better because if I'm selling, say a Topshop dress, I can legitimately tag #chanel #zarayellowcoat #pinkcoat #rockstuds...or whatever word I think people are likely to search for, making searching for a specific item difficult. Anyway, it's worth a nosey and if you've teenagers looking for money this summer with bursting wardrobes, get them to download the app.

Now back to my kimono buy. It came from a girl also selling denim hot pants, white patent doc martens and a fluorescent yellow mini tube skirt (see what I mean about demographic?) and I was searching for Topshop cropped trousers when I found it (hurrah for aforementioned rubbish search engine).
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Kimono - Topshop via Depop (similar Oasis & New Look)
Black Vest - Zara Basic
Jeans - New Look
Sandals - Fly London (charity shop find)
Cross Body Bag - (Boden AW12 - similar here from Oasis)
Necklace - Freedom @ Topshop (old)

This was my first 'dressed-up' trip out of the house for about 2 weeks...at long last, the pain has eased in my leg & back. So the shop will reopen soon - possibly week beginning 11th August? Let me see how things go in the next week and I'll confirm then.

Meanwhile, after all the emails, comments and messages I got from my bad back sandal post, I've bought a pair of FitFlops. Everyone was raving about them so I searched online and found these on the Cloggs website.
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FitFlop Souza in Black - bought a size 7 as I'd heard to size up if half sized & they fit well.

I had never heard of Cloggs before and I was impressed with the service. They were only £45 (good for FitFlops), with free delivery and free unlimited returns and arrived within 2 days of ordering. First impressions are that they are very comfy and easy to wear. Perhaps not as funky looking as they seem online but very supportive. My main concern was the lack of ankle strap but it's not an issue thanks to the high second strap. I want to wear them for a while before I report back but initial impressions are good! Thank you to everyone who suggested them. The granny sandals are going to be eBayed...don't all rush to buy them at once now :)

Ax
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16 comments

  1. Great kimono Avril......I am going to be checking Debop out as I am thoroughly disillusioned with eBay! The Fitflops look really cool, I'm thinking back to when they first came out and I bought a pair and they looked like sporty flip-flops, they have come a long way since then!! I really they help with your back pain xx

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  2. I've used cloggs in the past to buy shoes for mum, not for a while now but I remember them being fairly good. Nice floral jacket

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  3. Great to see you out and about Avril. My daughter bought a lovely kimono style blazer in Warehouse yesterday. Hope your back continues to improve. Warning Fitflops are addictive ! Lol

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  4. Beautiful jacket. Delighted you got the fit flops, you won't regret it. I got a lovely pair of fit flop boots in Meaney's in Carrick on Suir last year reduced to €60 so if you're down that neck of the woods have a look, their sales are great. I think you'll style them beautifully. Thanks for keeping it all real for all of us who love our style but have to be so careful about footwear.

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  5. The jacket is gorgeous! I've decided I definitely need a printed jacket/kimono after seeing so many lovely ones styled on blogs. The red sandals are great as well x

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  6. Siobhan Coleman30 July 2014 at 09:43

    Looking good, love the jacket, I would like to get a kimono but they seem to be very hard to find! Saw some in Zara recently but they were longer and verging on the "dressingown" look! I had the very same sandals, in red as well, sold them on Ebay recently, but regretting it a bit now when I see them on you!! They are very comfortable and a pop of red is alwyas nice. Great to see you out and about, take care. Sxx

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  7. I love your kimono. I bought a gorgeous one from River Island recently which I just love! I think I'll steer clear of Depop as I'm not sure I can be bothered with the searching if it's so tricky, and do I really need further shopping temptation??? Lynne x

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  8. Daughter has had some success with Depop. She was chuffed to bits when a Zara jumper sold for more than she had paid. Love the kimono Avril and your simple styling x

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  9. Depop - I need this in my life BUT ... I never buy online (unless free returns) because I'm a fussy so and so.

    Can't wait to see you in your fitflops, hope they ease the pain

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  10. just clicked through to cloggs on your link and bought 2 pairs of Fit Flops! Had never heard of Cloggs before I read your post this evening but they sound like a company with good service. Hope you get some kick back (shoe related pun not intended)! from the recommendation. Love the blog and I really hope your poor back improves. I had great success with a chiropractor - perhaps that's worth a go.

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  11. PS you may have hit a niche market in readership here for women who want to be stylish without killing their poor feet and backs. Hashtag we're getting old!

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  12. So glad to see you're out and about, cute jacket! x

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  13. Love your Kimono Avril. My girls use depop quite a lot and seem to be successful at selling on there.x

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  14. Sorry to hear you have a bad back Avril :( loving your top, I've not got a Kimono yet but really love them, must look into buying one :) Love the sound of the fit flops, cool and very comfy :)

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  15. I still haven't taken the plunge with the kimono - for some reason I prefer a fitted jacket - you'd think I'd have loads given my love of prints hey!! Glad the back is getting better - still loving the new hair - gorgeous lady xx

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  16. Oh bless you Avril! Good to see you out & about! Its a lovely kimono & the colours will will work well in the winter too! Ax

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