Cropped tie shirts

I have had my trusty tie up shirts for five years now precisely! High waisted fashion was just starting to come about and I had fully discovered American Apparel after moving to London for Uni (when I went to Mexico in 2007 I first stepped foot in one and thought it was an overpriced H&M – oh how I was ignorant).

 

The first thing I ever bought was the Jersey Pocket Skirt in red. I didn’t have any cropped tops and there weren’t many interesting ones about on the high street.
I invited my mum and dad for lunch in London on a Saturday, followed by a favourite market of mine: Portobello Market. In the northern end by Ladbroke Grove tube station, I found a market stall towards the back that were selling these cropped tie up shirts in this bright tropical floral pattern.
At £7 I thought it was an absolute beaut of a bargain and no one else would have it (I still haven’t seen anyone wearing it).

 

  Jersey Pocket Skirt, American Apparel | Clogs, Lotta from Stockholm

 

 

 

A year later and I had moved to a street off the Old Kent Road (one of the cheapy brown streets on Monopoly). One day looking around Elephant and Castle market, amid all the stalls selling Millwall embellished towels and string vest tops, I came across an understated stall selling some super duper merchandise! I thought £7 was a bargain…they were selling the same style of cropped tie shirts for £1! WTF?!

 

There were a few patterns to choose from but I ended up buying a plain white one and a dainty floral pattern. White – as it goes with everything, and the floral pattern is very cute with a classic vintage look (as oppose to my tropical floral one I already had).
Aaaaand I bought some black floral high waisted culottes which have been a favourite item of mine (not featured here). SO GOOD! I have been meaning to go back to the market and see if that stall is still there.
I’ll probably buy some Bob Marley memorabilia while I’m there. FYI – you can also buy underwear with bum pads for a temporary bum lift.

 

 Belt, Charity Shop | Pencil skirt, Primark | Clogs, Lotta from Stockholm

 

 

 Culottes, Primark courtesy of SCOPE charity shop | Clogs, Lotta from Stockholm

 

 

As it’s Autumn soon I thought about getting a long sleeved one. I found this one on Glam Boutique by 18 and East; it’s adorable. The long sleeves would be perfect for those cold windy days and I love the Victorianesque soft blue print. It’s also in the SALE!

 

Glam Boutique, £20

 

I love this one from ASOS as well, and it’s HALF PRICE! A simple block colour goes with most things and I am very very into lilac at the moment. I recently bought some lilac jeans and blazer…maybe I could wear them all together? NOT! I’m not a fan of this look ASOS have put together on the model though, I would have preferred it if they styled it with something high waisted. Do you have a cropped tie shirt? How do you wear yours?

 

 ASOS, £15

Savill Gardens

It’s a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, the sun is shining…what to do? I’m lucky I live in a beautiful area surrounded by leafy forests and Royal land, so what better way to spend my afternoon than walking around Savill Garden?! I just threw this outfit on nothing special…

 

  Bandana, Oxfam | T-Shirt, H&M | Jeggings, Topshop | Sandals, Topshop | Bag, ASOS

 


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When you get to the car park you’ll see this building…If you want to inside and pay £8.50 to walk around the ornamental gardens you can. But I already spent that on my picnic! I’m fine just walking around the beautiful park. So once you arrive here (car park charges 1 – 2 hrs £3 on a Saturday) turn left before the Savill Garden Royal Landscape building. Then follow the path and you’ll arrive at the Cumberland Monument.

 

Savill Garden Royal Landscape Building

 

Cumberland Monument  

 “Built by George II in the 1750s to honour his youngest son, The Duke of Cumberland. As the original landscaper of this area of the Windsor Great Park, 250 years ago, this stone obelisk is a fitting tribute to the man who first created The Royal Landscape. Close by is the family picnic area, and a place for visiting children to play.”

Taken from The Royal Landscape website

What a pretty little picture. Go for a horse and carriage ride? Maybe next time…Walk further down towards the picnic area and you will get to the Obelisk Pond – a very BIG pond! After eating my last minute picnic (with my lovely boyfriend) we had some leftover bread. Naturally I took to the pond and fed the ducks what we didn’t manage to get through. There’s something very nostalgic about feeding the ducks! I’m glad there weren’t any swans though they’re so viscous. I remember they always used to steal the bread from the little ducks and chase me around, bit my friend’s hand once!! Little bastards! Gorgeous pond though, not ruined by swan and geese poo.

 

 Obelisk Pond

  Feeding the ducks 

 

 View from the path on the way to Virginia Water

 

Another 20 mins walk along the path on the edge of the pond…you get to the grand Totem Pole next to Virginia Water lake…

“A 100-foot high Totem Pole carved from a single log of Western Red Cedar, obtained from a 600 year old tree felled on Queen Charlotte Island, British Columbia. Presented to the Queen in 1958, it was installed to mark the centenary of the British Columbia’s establishment as a Crown Colony. Its intricate and delicate carvings feature the animals and faces associated with the native Indian tribe called the Kwakiutl.”

Taken from The Royal Landscape website

How frikkin cool is the totem pole! It’s definitely worth paying Savill Gardens a visit if you’re ever in the area. I’m just baffled at how tall trees can grow…and at the people who carved and painted this.

 

  Cedar Man

 

I’d like to go to see the General Sherman tree (biggest tree in the world) one day in California, or just go to a giant forest somewhere.

 

From Fridaywithfarmerswife

 

Now I’m just getting carried away about trees but I came across this website and there are so many weird and wonderful trees out there! I might go on a tree expedition…Check out this website.

 

 Basket tree 

Goodge Street

I’m a massive charity shop addict. So I thought I’d write a post about charity shops in London. Obviously London is so big, I’m not going to talk about every single one I’ve been to. I’ve chosen Goodge Street because I feel like it’s the most accessible to everyone. It is right in the centre of the West End, parallel to Oxford Street, so if you’re there and feel like taking a detour…take a trip down to Goodge Street and see what you can find! There’s an Oxfam and a YMCA, and one or two more other charities along the way (rhyme not intended).

 

 Oxfam, 52 Goodge Street

 

 YMCA, 22 Goodge Street

 

Oxfams in London always have unworn stock from Urban Outfitters. I’m guessing it’s old stock that they have donated, which Oxfam then sell at a knocked down price. I was lucky to find some really nice dresses from Oxfam on Goodge Street, both from Urban Outfitters. There’s a nice bit of floral going on…and some nice neck embellishments. These retro looking dresses look great with a nice pair of brogues/loafers or some ankle boots. I will definitely get my new cream clogs involved. The collar on the black dress does remind me of some old curtains we had in the 90s, but I like that! Reminds me of my childhood :)

 

 Dress, Urban Outfitters via Oxfam | Loafers, Topshop

 

 Dress, Urban Outfitters via Oxfam | Espadrille Wedges, Office

 

Collar made out of 90s curtains | Lipstick, Models Own in Plum; £5

 

And it doesn’t end there…YMCA has also been good to me. I bought this retro berry dress/top for a fiver! I wear it more often in the winter because of the colour – acts as a staple every year. It has to be worn with a waist belt as it is very baggy. So if you are in a charity shop and find something big that you like, never forget the power of a waist belt.

 

 Dress, YMCA | Belt, Charity Shop | Vintage Ankle Boots, Ebay

 

 Close up on dress detailing | Lipstick, Models Own in Red Wine; £5

 

I usually wear it with black leggings (for the slim fit) and black high heel ankle boots to give it more of a contrasting structure – big on the top, the illusion of slim long legs on the bottom. The cardigan…I think some people will either love or hate!

 

It goes really well with the dress: THANKS YMCA! It’s very fun to shop at the Y.M.C.AAA. (Sorry I couldn’t resist: cringey me!) I love how big the sleeves are, and the detailing is very Christmassy (I’m getting excited thinking about Xmas already!) It was £4 and I’m sure if you found this in a vintage shop the price would be quadrupled. It’s always worth checking in charity shops first! And you are also giving to great causes – guilt free shopping! Aha!

 

 Christmas Cardigan!

 

 Close up of fluff

 

If that wasn’t enough to wet your appetite…I’ll tell you what else is good on Goodge Street – cheap pizza. It’s called Italian Coffee Company, also known as ICCos. As a student in this area, of course it was a massive part of my life. The pizzas are freshly made, pretty large in size and have a thin crispy base. Pepperoni is one of my faves – £4.50! “Get in ma beeeelly!!!” (Fat Bastard) With all those calories and pounds spent on shopping, you can afford one of these delicious pizzas. The coffee’s not bad either.

 

 Picture taken from LondonTheInside…EAT

 


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Swedish clogs hej hej!

Hej hej (hello)! I was over the moon when I heard H&M were collaborating with Swedish Hasbeens last year. These Swedish clogs are based on models from the 70s with a modern twist, giving them a cute retro look. I was suuuper happy about this because a pair of Swedish Hasbeens will set you back around £100 give or take. I appreciate they are handmade and environmentally friendly – but it’s not friendly to my bank balance!

This collaboration happened during my finals and I was back at home revising. To my dismay I wasn’t able to go to the flagship stores in London and get my hands on a cheap pair. I was gutted. But my great procrastination skills paid off, and I was able to find a couple in England, Lotta and Jonny, that sell similar Swedish clogs for half the price tag compared to Swedish Hasbeens. Whoopie!

They are called Lotta from Stockholm. Just like Swedish Hasbeens, the clogs are handmade with natural wood and soft leather, still ethical and environmentally friendly (refer to this blog post). I went for a red peep toe plait pair The Braids and wore them to death last summer, and doing the same this summer.

They are ruddy brilliant!! I really can’t tell you how much I adore these. I may seem a little over enthusiastic, but these tick every box. The heel is perfect height, they are comfortable, they go with just about everything, they’re pretty unique, and they look adorable. The 70s feel to them complements a lot of my charity shop and retro clothes. From my experience in buying these clogs, if you have quite large long feet (very attractive) like me, you’ll want to go for the peep toe styles as it doesn’t show off too much toe (I have big fat toes too). I bought ‘Highwood Open’ in my correct size as the ones I have are actually a size smaller and my toes were hanging out all over the shop!

  Dress, Topshop

 Dress, H&M

 Silk vest top, Charity Shop | Palazzo Pants, Primark

The great thing about Lotta from Stockholm is that they always have a Sale section which they call ‘Sale, Seconds, Sell-off’. Items that quote:

“It is a mixture of genuine reductions where we need to reduce our stock levels,  clearance stocks bought in especially for the purpose of getting you something a bit cheaper and of course we also offer pairs of seconds that don’t quite meet our high standards as firsts”

I bought both of my pairs from the sale and I haven’t seen any problem with quality. I have literally just bought a pair, ‘Natural Peep Toe’ for £38.00. Standard delivery is FREE!! Shmazing. I have had some lovely comments so far…an excuse to buy some more? Yes, soon.

 T-Shirt, Primark | Belt, H&M | Culottes, Charity Shop