Saturday, 31 March 2018

Pears!


I planned to spend the Easter Weekend in the garden preparing it for the new season but it has rained non-stop here in the UK so far making any outside work impossible.

My post this week is a dress that I bought during the early autumn last year and Hannah took this picture on some steps shortly afterwards when we visited a park in Bristol. It cost me about £4.00 I think and has an unusual pattern of pears, leaves and tiny yellow flowers. I liked the length and high neckline which makes it nice and modest and I wore it with my red sandals.

I do hope that the weather will soon improve so that I can wear it outside again!

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Wide Leg Trousers


A new look for me - wide leg trousers. I found these in a charity shop recently on a £1 clearance rail. Surprisingly they were my size so I thought I would give them a try at that price.

They are high waist and a different cut to my other trousers - I don't have many garments which have a high waist. I did also find that the wide legs took some getting used to when walking at first and I think these will be more suited to evening wear rather than everyday wear. The light beige colour also shows every mark.

What do you think?

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Black Dress

It is good to be able to pose for a photograph outside again as we had some fairly warm sunshine in the last few days.

I bought this dress in a charity shop a few days ago. I don't have many black dresses and I quite liked the floral decorative feature just below the neckline on my left and there are leaf features right around the top. The dress is quite a slimline fit - a change for me - but it is knee length and I feel comfortable in it. It cost me £5.50.
My husband said he loves me in this dress but then spoilt it by saying it would be great for wearing to funerals - men!!

Friday, 2 March 2018

Turquoise Again!

Regular readers will know that my favourite colour is turquoise. I bought this dress in a charity shop back in the summer but never got around to posting the photos Hannah took during the summer holidays.
It cost £4.50 and has pockets and decoration around the neck and near the bottom. It is rather long in length and is rather loose on me so I think I will donate it back to a charity shop in due course. It does nothing for my figure. I have plenty of other turquoise dresses after all!

I have had some time off from work due to heavy snowfall. It is very unusual to get heavy snow in the South West of England and we had a red warning yesterday to stay indoors. Motorists have been stuck in their cars overnight near here and we have been warned not to travel unless in a real emergency. All schools have been closed so Hannah and Henry have had two days off and my husband worked from home today. It should be back to normal next week as temperatures are due to rise again,

Friday, 23 February 2018

Navy Jacket


I did not find any new charity shop bargains to tell you about this week but have found a picture of a navy blue jacket that I bought towards the end of last summer for £8.00. It is ideal for more formal occasions and in the picture I am wearing it with a black knee length pencil skirt and white blouse on a works seminar held in a hotel. A colleague took the picture but I didn't use it at the time as the lighting partly obscures the colour of the jacket.

This is the type of outfit I tend to wear to the office or courses and seminars as we have a fairly strict formal dress code.
This winter seems to have been very long and dreary. We have not had any snow in the South West of England but it has been cold, cloudy and damp for most of the time. However, my miniature daffodils have suddenly burst into bloom giving a welcome splash of colour and hope than spring is around the corner. The weather forecasters are predicting the coldest weather for five years next week with winds coming in from Siberia - has winter got a final bite?

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Work Suit

Not a charity shop purchase this week but a sale bargain in Next. I spotted this woollen mix suit in the recent sales and did not think for one minute that it would fit me. However I was not in a hurry and decided to try it on and amazingly it was a remarkably good fit. I do have trouble with some trousers due to my hip/waist ratio but these were fine. It had a 60% reduction and cost me £35.00.
The suit has a discrete pattern of squares in the material to add a little interest. My office corporate dress code is black/white so this suit will get plenty of wear during the spring with a white top.

Is this suit something you would wear to work.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Blue Shirt

Another indoor post this week as we are having spells of really heavy rain but at least the daylight hours are gradually increasing giving us all an air of optimism!

My latest charity shop bargain is this blue shirt which was in a bargain bin for a £1.00! It has an unusual pattern with streaks of white and black which somehow adds interest. The front has a feature which is not quite a tie and I thought might be a nuisance but it does not get in the way. The sleeves are full length so it can be worn throughout the year with or without a cardigan.

I am quite pleased with this unusual shirt and will keep it

Friday, 26 January 2018

Navy Dress


We had some mild sunny weather a few days ago and I went for a walk with Hannah to get some outdoor photos of a navy blue dress I bought last weekend on a £1 rail in a charity shop.

I think I need to add a belt around the waist to give the outfit a better shape but for £1 I couldn't go wrong with buying this dress which will be a useful addition to my wardrobe in the summer. It is knee length which I prefer and a fairly high neck line to increase modesty.

In case you are wondering I soon put on a coat after the photo was taken - it wasn't that warm but it is encouraging to see the first snowdrops in bloom and other spring bulbs making an appearance.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Red Dress

With the bad weather recently, I have not had an opportunity for outside photos but I found this one from August which I didn't get around to posting.

The knee length dress cost me about £4.00 (I can't remember exactly). I don't normally wear much in pink/red preferring blues and greens but I thought I would buy it for a change. It was a different style for me as well with the pleated effect and I added a belt around the middle.

However, I noticed a flaw in the material and decided to donate it back as the charity shop can get money for substandard garments/rags from recycling companies.

The black jacket I bought new and I often wear it to work over a white blouse.

Part of the fun of charity shop browsing is that you never know what you might find - but you do make mistakes and must take the rough with the smooth. Fortunately if you do make a mistake it is not costly!

Friday, 12 January 2018

First Charity Shop Find of 2018


Now we are back into our regular routine after the holiday period, I have resumed my regular visits to the local charity shops. They are now receiving regular donations again and restocking their rails.

I found this top for £2.50 which will be ideal for evenings out when the weather improves. It is in a shade of deep blue and has detailing and features around the various edges.
It teams well with some dark blue trousers which I bought nearly two years ago. I am quite pleased with this top and will probably keep it.

Hannah took the pictures and will add these to her college photography portfolio. She is still keen to make a career in photography.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Tunic Top


I bought this tunic top in the autumn but forgot to complete a post on it. The photo was taken when the weather was warmer!

It is in pale orange and a loose fit. As usual I have added a belt (which I already owned) to create interest. The tunic cost about £2.50. I would have preferred it to be slightly longer to fully cover my bottom when wearing trousers but at that price I couldn't resist it. I am now less self conscious about my bottom being on view when wearing trousers than I used to be.

I have been wearing trousers far more than I used to this winter as it has been extremely windy and changeable. We are lucky in the UK not to experience the severe weather affecting parts of the USA at the moment. 

Are you wearing trousers more than skirts/dresses this winter?