“I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want.” ― Simone de Beauvoir
This weeks thrift haul was particularly spectacular!!!!
The royal blue embroider silk jacket is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen! It’s vintage and the tag reads ‘Plum Blossom’ and Made in China! Just look at how stunning it is up close;
The teal dress is definitely a bit of stage costume! I just couldn’t leave it behind even if it is a bit stained. Torn between adding it to my regular wardrobe or saving it for a fancy dress or cosplay occasion! Someone invite me to join a Regency Society please?! I need my historical re-enacting fix!
The hat is just too cute! Another retro piece it’s in need of a some love and mending; the lining inside has come unstuck and the veil unstitched…but what’s one more item on my ‘make do and mend’ pile?!
Both the handbags had hints about their past; the little 🍒🍒🍒 print bag shoulder bag had a couple Australian coins in it and the Kangol mini-bumbag had a pair of stickers for the film ‘One Perfect Day’, a pack of gum that expired in 2004… and what I am pretty convinced is a 15 year old hit of acid!
Really you just don’t get that kind of excitment with fast fashion now do you?!
What was the most exciting thing you ever thrifted?! Have you ever found anything interesting inside of a thrift purchase?
These dresses are pretty high on the list of amazing finds and that hit of acid sits pretty high on the list of weird and wonderful things I’ve found in thrifted/rescued items!
Other items on the amazing finds list include a 1960’s bicycle and solid wood 1940’s school desk I rescued from my local dump a few years ago! On that same dump trip I scored a vintage suitcase full of photo albums, 70’s menswear, and a collection of letters. The letters were written during his time in Italy during WWII, one letter in particular stands out to me as it was written during Christmas; he spoke about their celebration, missing his family back home, and then went on to say ‘I do not worry about death anymore, only how it will hurt Mom and Dad’. I still have that collection of letters, they’re so precious to me and I just can not imagine how they were allowed to end up in the local dump!
I’ll forever keep thrifting, dumpster diving, and rescuing and repurposing anything and everything I can.
When we first adopted Zelda I wanted to find a collar with a bell for her, however putting a regular collar on a cat is DANGEROUS! DO NOT DO IT! Don’t put a collar on a cat that doesn’t have a QUICK RELEASE!
I spent MONTHS trying to find a collar with a quick release, also called ‘break away’ collars, without much luck. I wanted something in leather, something classic and stylish… because I am that kind of #catmom, and had almost given up home… then I found Cheshire&Wain. They’re a LUXURY brand for sure as most collars will run you 40£ to 60£ for a collar.
I have had to talk myself out of buying Zelda a second one for over a year now. They just dropped a new collection and once again I’m having to talk myself out of ordering one. My daughter deserves to be spoiled. Her current collar is grey with a ‘Fur Bae‘ charm, and ID tag(she’s also microchipped OBVS) added and tbh she needs a more colourful one for special occasions.
I have this bitter soft spot for collage art. In the final year of my degree I wanted to do my thesis work in collage, however the old white guy who was my assigned to be my mentor(and would be grading my work) straight up said ‘collage isn’t art’… this guy also repeatedly name dropped having hung out with Andy Warhol so the irony wasn’t lost on me. So because I didn’t want to flunk out I completely changed my thesis work… and hated it.
…now while I still love collage, it always reminds me how I didn’t stand my ground in school.
As I’m sure you’ve already read(or not if you’re new) I’m allergic to metals. This means a lot of accessorising options aren’t an option for me. So I am considering getting into hats. Not just your everyday run of the mill(inery) hats, but SERIOUS HATS.
Margaret O’Connor is a spectacular Milliner and the hats they create are stunning. Pretty sure I can’t pull at least one of these off. What do you think?
I love ‘Hey Joey it’s Estelle’ not only is their shop name a hilarious ‘Friends’ reference their products are pretty great too. Obsessed with their enamel pins and cute cards.
Just before I found out I was allergic to metals I decided I wanted to start wearing earrings again… now I just have this wishlist of cute earrings I can’t wear. It’s so sad that I can’t wear any of these so instead I’m just gonna share them with y’all and hope you can enjoy them instead.
How cute is this geometric jewellery by Mustard & Mint? Ok… ok… it’s teething jewellery… like for babies… but since discovering I’m very allergic to metals my jewellery options have been severely limited!
Really though I doubt anyone would clock that these are essentially highly stylish teething rings. Pretty sure I’m going to be ordering one from their ETSY SHOP and working it into a look. Stay tuned.