My new vintage obsession – Bang Bang!

18 Oct

I popped into London today for a little brunch outing with my friend Jennie (check out Lantana cafe if you get chance – it’s got it all – bacon, eggs, avocado, French toast, maple syrup, Buck’s Fizz. Not all on one plate, but you get the picture.)

Anyway, I digress… The point of this blog post is that we spotted a new shopping treasure. We popped into a charity shop on Goodge Street (some nice bits in there, Jennie found a cute little Zara tweed jacket), but when we left, we saw the main event across the road. I’m talking about Bang Bang Clothing Exchange.

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(picture from Bang Bang Clothing Exchange)

I’m probably really late to the party here and you probably all already know about it, but it was news to me. And what a treat. We just popped in for a quick browse, but soon ended up in the changing rooms with about five items each. And there’s some high quality stuff in there. I tried on a yellow Stella McCartney top (sadly it didn’t fit – boo!), and we both found mountains of gorgeous A-line Celine skirts. Seriously! Major designers. You have to really hunt to find something in your size, but there’s a huge range in there, and everything from vintage corsets to past-season catwalk designers to Topshop. And the prices? Bargainous! The Celine skirts and the Stella top were both just £65. I’ve never seen prices like that for such quality vintage, even on eBay.

I came away with a Fred Perry jumper and a really cute little Topshop jacquard jacket, £45 in total. Chuffed!

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And now I’m hooked. When I got home, I had a look at Bang Bang’s Instagram page and now I know I have to go back. If we thought the stock today was good, it was nothing to do with some other days. They’ve got Chanel in there, they’ve got Kenzo. Check out http://instagram.com/bangbangexchange

Plus, if you’ve got some nice stuff in your wardrobe that you don’t wear, you can take it into Bang Bang and, if they decide to buy it off you, they’ll give you money off their stock (hence the exchange!). They say: ‘We are always looking for unusual, eye-catching pieces rather than everyday basics. We love bold prints, bright colours, great tailoring and timeless classics.’ There are branches on Goodge Street, Berwick Street and Drury Lane. I’ll probably see you there!

Bethan x

Sneaky sales

29 Sep

What’s this? The end of September and several shops having sales? It’s not the summer sales, it’s not the Christmas sales… I guess I’ll just be seeing it as a little Christmas-is-still-a-long-way-off treat.

They’re not on in all stores, just a select few. Here are a few of my favourite bargain bits…

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Dress, £19, M&S

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Jumpsuit, £29.40, Dorothy Perkins

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Shoes, £10, New Look

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Jacket, £25, Oasis

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Shoes, £45.50, Office

Hmm, how tempting!

Bethan x

The great winter boot hunt

21 Sep

Yes, it’s really that time of year again. Never mind the nights getting slightly darker and the weather slightly rainier, you know it’s the end of summer when you feel the uncontrollable need to go boot shopping.

I got back yesterday from my end-of-summer holiday in Devon, and now I’ve really got that back-to-school feeling. So there was only one thing for it. Today was boot-shopping day. It might still feel slightly premature, as technically it’s still passable as sandals weather out there, but if you don’t snap up the good boots when they’re available, they’ll be gone.

I’d decided that, this year, I was going back to knee-length boots. I’ve had a couple of years where the ankle boot has reigned supreme, but the long boot was well and truly back on the a/w 2014 catwalks, so it had to be back in my shoedrobe, too. I’ve been looking at some lovely styles in the likes of Office and Dune, but I eventually settled on this pair from Clarks…

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Lindley Charm boots, £160, Clarks

The price was slightly eye-watering, but there’s a 10% off deal on at the moment (20% if you buy two pairs – very tempting!) and I think you have to invest in things like this. They’re buttery soft leather, beautifully made, and they’re not the kind of style that’s going to look out of fashion in just a few seasons. So I’m looking at it on a cost-per-wear basis, and avoiding eye contact with my bank statement!

However, now I’ve been in Clarks, I’m already drooling over several other lovely pairs of winter shoes in there. I think I might need these…

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Lisette Blues, £110, Clarks

and Orla Kiely’s latest collaboration is amazing…

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Orla Dora loafers, £110, Clarks

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Orla Daphne boots, £160, Clarks

Stepping away from Clarks for a moment, I also bought myself these black Chelsea boots from New Look…

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I know, that’s two pairs of boots in a day, but they were only £24.99, and you really can’t go wrong with a pair of does-it-all black ankle boots. I wore my last pair to death (quite literally – there was a ceremonial throwing them in the bin ceremony earlier today), so I know I’ll get good use out of them.

And in one day’s work, I’ve done my winter shoe shopping, hooray! Well, unless someone wants to loan me the £1,360 for these dreamy Gucci python ankle boots?

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No takers? Better get saving then!

Bethan x

 

 

River Island discount: what to buy

6 Sep

I picked up the October issue of Elle magazine yesterday, which comes complete with a 20% discount card for River Island. It’s not a store I usually go for, I find most of the stuff a bit young (aka tight), but perhaps this is the perfect excuse. So what’s in store?

Well, as I expected a lot of the clothing is quite lycra-based/loudly printed/rather short! Obviously this looks great on some, but not me, so I shall be steering clear of these items. However I have found some great basics, and River Island is particularly strong on accessories and shoes…

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Ankle boots, £38

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Chelsea boots, £60

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Rucksack, £32

 

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Watch, £28

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Leather jacket, £150

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Longline blazer, £42

Not bad, eh?

Bethan x

Z for Accessorize

30 Aug

Have you checked out the Z for Accessorize range yet? If you haven’t, do it right now! I discovered it last week and have already spent a few pennies (ahem) on it.

It’s a collaboration with jewellery designer Zara Simon (check out her website here) and you can pick up pieces from about £15 – winner! I love the cute, tiny stacking rings, the delicate bracelets and the semi-precious stones. Feast your eyes, and then get clicking!

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Bethan x

 

Bank holiday window shopping

24 Aug

Ahhhh, I love a long weekend, especially one where you find yourself with nothing much to do. I’ve been whiling away the hours today compiling virtual shopping lists – no money has yet changed hands.

It’s guilt-free window shopping, because I had a massive wardrobe clearout last weekend. The results of this are that a) I’ve got more space than I think I’ve ever had – and hence I feel the need to fill it; and b) I’ve got loads of items on eBay at the moment, so I’m hoping to make a bit of extra pocket money. Every time my phone bleeps with a new bid, I get excited!

I’ve promised myself that, because this extra money has been generated by my wardrobe, it deserved to be spent on it, too. But the question is, how?

Here are the options:

1. Spend the money I’ve made on eBay on eBay. I’ve got quite into bidding on (and winning) some higher quality items from places like Reiss, Hobbs and French Connection, which I otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford (even in the sale). Here are some of my recent purchases:

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So my first option is to continue in this vein, go second-hand (ahem, vintage) but go for quality. I’m determined that one day I’ll bag a Whistles dress for a mere £10.

2. Splash out on my current Asos wishlist. Here are a few things on it…

 

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3. Go high-end. Maybe this is finally the time to make that longed-for Net-a-Porter purchase (or The Outnet for extra value for money). I’m loving this lot, including Diane Von Furstenburg, Love Moschino, Tory Burch and MSGM, all for under £150…

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What’s a girl to do?

Bethan x

Another new jewellery find

16 Aug

One of the perks of my job working at a magazine is that I get to find out about all sorts of smaller brands and designers that I otherwise wouldn’t have.

This week, the excellent jewellery of Maria Francesca Pepe came on my radar. I love the quirky designs (and the affordable prices!) Check out the website www.mariafrancescapepe.com and have a look at a selection of my favourites below.

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Bethan x

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