Monday, 31 August 2015

Recycling Fashion

Over the past week, I've had a bit of recycled fashion come my way via a couple of channels. Firstly, Joanna over at Poppy's Style has been selling off her unwanted stuff and I also hit the jackpot in the Barnardos charity shop in Limavady (random, I know...we were there on a mid-week break!)

So first up, this top came from the charity shop - one of those patterns and colours that catches your eye. I knew with the nude colour going through it that I could style it with my nude sandals and bag for a night out...and I got the opportunity on Friday night at a surprise birthday party for my friend Nikki.
Top - M&S Limited Collection via Barnardos Retail
Jeans - Gap Outlet
Nude Sandals - Debenhams (past season)
Sparkle Bracelet - Gifted

and here is the bag I brought with me - a structured quilted bag in a neutral beige/grey colour with gold chain strap.
I actually bought a few of these in for the shop but the mark up and postage/packaging would have made them £35 so I didn't stock them in the end as it felt a bit expensive for a non leather bag. I did LOVE it on Friday night though and it got me wondering? In any case, this one is sold out but I have 2 in black if you're interested...
drop me a mail to schoolgatestyle@yahoo.co.uk.

Then on Saturday, to help my hangover, the postman delivered a parcel from Joanna....all the way from the USA!! Now it had 4 items in it - the main one being this coat..had to take a picture straight away to share with Joanna
Coat - M&S (Past Season)
Monochrom Breton Top - Hush (AW14)
Jeans - Vero Moda
Ballet Pumps ℅ Shoe Therapy (blog to follow - these are AMAZING!)

Then there was this quilted sleeve knitted cardi that I'd tried on in M&S last year and then missed out on. Bingo!!
and the other 2 items were an M&S knitted biker cardigan in two colour ways - black/natural and natural/black (which I'm wearing below) It's perfect for this time of year so I wore that afternoon on a walk with the kids and onward to a BBQ with friends. Again it was just right for standing around on a coolish night.

Monochrome Biker Cardi - M&S (past season)
Jeans & Black Top - F&F at Tesco (past season)
Slip On Trainers - Dune London (past season)
Necklace - SGS Shop

There's something quite satisfying about being able to wear and love an item that has been previously loved and doubly so when you find items that are simply stunning and you admired when they were in stock. I'd love to hear about your great finds too if you want to share them in the comments.

Meanwhile, it's off to bed for me and I suspect quite a few mums....proper BACK TO SCHOOL tomorrow and I'm immediately heading to Rogue Hair after the school run to have the greys covered and the out of shape bob put back into shape. Will share it all on Instagram :)

Good luck with the return to routine again my friends,

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6 comments

  1. Fab pre-loved shopping Avril, the brocade top is perfect on you it looks so expensive and luxurious. On first sight I thought you had bought yourself a Chanel bag, it is stunning!! Good Luck tomorrow, we have two more days left, I too will need my grey hairs sorted and to be put on some strict fitness plan after a summer of lax-ness! xxxxx

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  2. Amazing preloved purchases Avril! The blouse is beautiful......but I am most envious of the M&S check coat, love it!! I bet those bags get snapped up super quick, they are a fab homage to the Chanel boy bag! xx

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  3. You did well, Avril! I've loved selling lots of my clothes too and I've made a couple of purchases as well. It's a great idea to sell unworn or no longer loved items. Lynne xx

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  4. So thrilled you are happy with them! They deserve good homes! The coat looks far better on you! Xx

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  5. You have done so well via Joanna!!! LOVE the quilted cardigan. Those bags are amazing too Avril.

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  6. I love a thrifted bargain! I often blog about amazing bargains I've found :) most recently I got a Ted Baker leather jacket for £20 which I was so excited about!! I often think us bloggers must have piles of stuff we no longer want, I wish we could arrange a huge swishing event!! :) x

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