Coffee, friends and more vintage bags!

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Friday morning… After a night out full of joy and good jokes, we decided that we needed a girls’ day. Leeds seemed like the perfect location, giving the fact that there are plenty of charity shops and pretty coffee shops. Adina was looking for vinyls and maybe some books, Raluca was looking for clothes and I was hoping for the best.

We jumped on the bus and waited to see what that day was going to bring us. I was a bit hopeless regarding the charity shops because lately I have not found anything nice, worth buying. The plan was : visit as many charity/vintage shops as we can and after that enjoy a nice and hot coffee.

We got to Leeds. The air was cold and the wind… The wind was awful! We looked for shops on Google Maps and we found some around us (there were charity shops everywhere). We went to a vintage shop first. It had all kind of Levi’s jeans and pretty sweatshirts but they were all a bit expensive, giving the fact that they had been worn before. We headed to our next destination: a charity shop. With a lot of disappointment, we left.

Finally, we went to a British Heart Foundation charity shop and there, I found the treasure at the end of the rainbow: three designer bags! A black Louis Vuitton, a Gucci and a Chanel. I paid less than £70 for all of them. They have the serial number, and everything else! I double checked because it was too good to be true.

Adina found some nice vinyls and Raluca a nice coat and a puzzle. Everybody was happy so we decided that our next stop was going to be the coffee shop. We saw a nice place on our way to the last charity shop : Pieminister.

It was the perfect ending for a perfect day!

~KISSES!~

 

 

 

The Gray Trench

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The timeless piece that is so versatile and that completes every wardrobe: The Gray Trench 

What about it? ( Besides the fact that makes you look posh and classy) It’s a clothing item that was, is and will be chosen for many years from now on. A brief history of the trench coat : It was worn by British and French soldiers mostly in WWI but it slowly gained fame and admiration and made it’s way up to the high fashion industry.

How can you wear it?

It really doesn’t matter because right now nobody really cares if you are following the old trends or if you add a new twist ( like those eccentric fashion bloggers). My comfort zone is not that wide at the moment and also I don’t really like to over-accessorise and over-dress, therefore I go for LESS IS MORE. A pair of jeans , a jumper and a black pair of heels

and there you have an outfit suitable for various events.

~KISSES~

 

Small details matter

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What about inspiration, do you have it ? Is it present in your inner self when making decisions overall? Are you motivated to carry on with your day ? Is it there something that you find simple yet sophisticated? Were are you looking for self-inspiring treasures? One little secret is :  EVERY DETAIL MATTERS.

Whether it’s a scented candle that lights up the plain atmosphere in your room, or just a simple necklace that with the right piece of clothing makes you look like taken out of the oldest issue of Vogue . Hmm… Can you put emphasis on the details without trying too much or without loosing the actual simplicity that you are looking for ?

IF YOU DO IT RIGHT, YES.

A pair of black, plain, reading glasses, a nice book and some blues on a rainy day; A pearl necklace with  a black, lace blouse ; Some diamonds and a smile…

 When you look at you, in the mirror, what is the first thing that you notice? Is is your face? Your outfit? How about the details of your image? Your signature? Do you have one?

Are you writing your thoughts on paper? Are you happy with who you are or at least with your attempts of improving yourself?

Give it a go , try to live a life filled with inspiration and simple details!

~KISSES~

 

 

All Vintage !!!

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Inspiration is everywhere (at least in my situation). Sources are infinite, some of them having a bigger contribution than others. As you can see, this post aims to encourage ( even more) vintage clothes-shopping and re-styling old clothes that you have in your wardrobe, or your mum’s (it’s all fun and games until she discovers that you stole half of her clothes).

One colour that I started to appreciate more and more recently is BROWN or at least nude-ish shades of brown. I think it’s a timeless colour that can be always worn in various situations. Owning a simple piece of clothing in that range of shades is a must. It is so versatile yet classy. So simple to wear yet it makes a huge difference.

Even if black is and will be my only love when talking about clothes, browns and caramels are my newest crushes. JUST THINK ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES! Want a subtle turtleneck? Maybe some fancy leather gloves… Or just a trench?Or even a pair of fancy Oxford Shoes ? As I said, versatility is the key when wearing this colour.

I chose some vintage clothes (some mine, some that I stole from my mum and grandma) and I tried to create a story using just the browns and caramels and I really , really like the result but I will let you to be the judge of that!

‘ A walk in the nature’

Bag: Vintage (my mum’s closet)

Gloves: Vintage (my grandma’s closet)

Turtleneck: Vintage (my mum’s closet)

Scarf: Vintage (ASOS marketplace)

Jacket: Thrifted (British Heart Foundation)

Just a casual walk in a rainy day , a day in which you feel like spicing things up by being plain yet classy. Less is more , always . As you walk, the crisp air sneaks around your face, making your cheeks look like pink, delicate roses. Of course, you are wearing your new oxford shoes in that brown shade , darker at the bottom. You like the feeling of raindrops softly touching the pavement , it’s such an iconic scene. The puddles seem like challenges when your inner-kid wants to ruin your shoes by jumping in all of them. At the end of the day , you are just enjoying your walk , aren’t you?

~KISSES~

The deal with thrift shopping

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So, what’s the deal with thrift shopping? (Besides the fact that you are helping the Planet by recycling clothes and avoiding waste) 

Well, it’s pretty obvious that some people are avoiding wearing/buying second-hand clothes due to ‘hygienic reasons’ ( I was one of them) but that shouldn’t be the case. I mean , yeah, those clothes have been worn before and you don’t know whether or not that person was friends with personal hygiene or not. But heeey, that’s why the washing machine exists!

Personally, I like second-hand and charity shopping because of the great things that you can find in there : vintage, designer , vintage and designer (that’s my fave). Whenever I go in one of those shops it’s like a treasure-hunt:  GOING FOR THE BIG PRIZE! And sometimes, when I have time and luck, I can find unique pieces that may look like old-fashioned or worthless to some people.

Yesterday I went in one of those charity shops that I was talking about. It’s called British Heart Foundation and it is fighting to end heart diseases. I walked in, tired after an exam and a tiring train journey, hoping that I’ll find something worth adding to my collection. I wasn’t disappointed ! I found a vintage Gucci bag made out of real leather. And when I say vintage, I mean it is at least 50 years old (oldie but goldie). It was £5 and I regret nothing.

There it is:

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Another hack that you can use in order to facilitate your hunt for vintage items is to look online. Most of them are designer and they are pretty expensive . There are some sites that I like : Ebay, ASOS marketplace and Etsy. You can find there designer pieces at decent prices. One successful ‘hunt’ was on ASOS marketplace where I found a gorgeous Burberry scarf. It works just like Ebay : You have to pay online and the seller will  directly send the item. The scarf was £17 so yeah , massive deal!

The scarf:

I really hope that I encouraged at least some of you to try thrift shopping and to go and find unique pieces !

~KISSES~