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brother deluxe 220 typewriter

paddington bear pin

WELL, it’s been a while since i’ve done one of these eh? i do of course, and probably always will, regularly shop in and peruse charity shops, but for whatever reason haven’t done one of these posts for a while. so, hoping to bring them back again. i can’t promise any regularity, but will do a few throughout the year as well as posting bits on instagram.

so, without further ado, a few favourite things i’ve bought in the last year. definitely a few things i’ve forgotten, but i figured some ‘highlights’ are better than nothing.

have you had any particularly interesting charity shop finds? i’d love to know!

black italian leather handbag

technically i bought the typewriter online, but it was via a charity, so it counts. plus it’s so lovely to look at. if you’re interested, it’s a brother deluxe 220.

as if i need another pin/brooch in my life, but i couldn’t resist this cute little paddington bear. love that he’s holding a flower too. this was one of those ‘see it in the corner of my eye just as i was leaving the shop’ finds. score!

the bag is italian leather, and i assume vintage. it’s very good quality and is just the perfect size for ‘essentials’ aka purse, inhaler, painkillers, keys, lipstick, notepad and my camera.

bbc wildlife magazine pocket guides

colourful crochet blanket

the total book of house plants

the total book of house plants front cover illustrations

these little pocket guides just called to me. i have always loved guides and books to do with nature and animals, so if anything’s at a good price with good illustrations or photographs i am in! ditto with the books. the illustrations on/in the top one are absolutely fantastic so i included a close up of part of the cover too. had my eye out for this book for a looong time!

another thing i’ve had my eye out for, for AGES too is the ‘perfect’ crochet blanket. i used to have a really lovely one when i was little that i took absolutely everywhere with me, but with a million house moves over the years it ultimately got lost. i did try making one but it didn’t turn out as i wanted, so i gave up, ha. recently i discovered this one, which is huge too, in the perfect colours and so i snapped that right up. i am perpetually cold (either that, or unbelievably hot ..there’s no in between) so i have quite the collection of blankets.

broderie anglaise top

tooth shaped necklace

close up of pink chair and shawl

a broderie anglaise style top, perfect for when spring finally comes around, and a ‘tooth’ necklace which i initially bought for someone, but decided to keep it for myself. whoops.

and of course, finally, *the* pink chair. i still love it ever so. i saw it in my favourite local charity shop window over christmas, and put a note through the door as i didn’t want anyone else to get it! there’s a better photo of it on my twitter, but i just wanted to show a close up too, because, pink.


retro pattern dress | outfit

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gold horse brooch on retro dress

retro pattern dress

dress, jewellery and shoes – all charity shop

i bought this dress in my favourite cardiff charity shop a couple of years ago, and for some reason have barely worn it. so, with spring on its way i decided it should come out of the wardrobe!

this, to me is a great all weather dress. in the colder months i pop on a pair of tights and a cardie (because the dress is lined it adds an extra layer of warmth too) and in the summer, just as is, bare legs and bare arms! personally i think it looks better that way, this dress is too nice to hide. i think it’d look adorable with a straw hat, too. and some saltwaters! neither of which i actually have…

ahh, now i’m imagining sitting on a pretty beach somewhere, picnic on the sand, drink in hand basking in the warmth. oh to be warm right now!

charks patent shoes

vintage jewellery on retro dress

retro pattern dress originally from principles

navy ric rac dress & dianne tanner bag | outfits

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crescent moon brooch on navy and white marks and spencer dress

dress and cashmere cardigan – marks and spencer via charity shop / brooch – etsy / bag – dianne tanner / bracelet – asos (similar) / silver glitter nail polish – present / miss dior perfume* – dior event

this dress has been a favourite for a good few years now. it was a bit big when i bought it, and more now that i’ve lost a bit of weight, but not in a way that i wouldn’t want to wear it ha! it’s good to wear when i know i’ll be eating, but obviously looks good with a belt, too …more so when i’m not wearing a cardigan. i do like a versatile dress.

talking of cardigans, love this cashmere magenta number, too. to be honest i don’t wear it all too often, but when i do, i wear it with everything until it needs washing. probably not the best idea? ha, oh well ;). cashmere is wonderfully warm and soft this time of year though.

the moon brooch is a regular within my outfits, and i’d love a sparkly one too. etsy here i come!

marks and spencer ric rac dress and crescent moon brooch

marks and spencer dress and cashmere cardigan

dianne tanner clutch bag

mini miss dior perfume, silver glitter nail polish and minimal sterling silver bracelet