Perfect Winter Coats

As temperatures drop, it’s officially time to invest in that perfect coat to combat the winter chill.

Coats have become the object of all our recent shopping missions. With so many trends to choose from these shopping trips are becoming difficult, but don’t worry we are here to help! We’ve rounded up our favourite trends to help you track down that scene-stealing coat.

Puffa Jacket

One of this seasons stand out coats is the humble puffa. It’s made a major comeback and is infinitely cooler than the basic styles we remember. It’s the perfect go-to on a chilly winter morning. Style it with a silk dress or skinny jeans and boots and you’ll look like you’ve just stepped out of London Fashion week!

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Hygge – The Thrifty Way!

This week, blogger Kathryn @secondhandtales, shareskatheryn her tips on all things hygge

‘Hygge’ is this winter’s buzzword: the Danish word that means staying cosy with friends and enjoying the simple things. We may be inundated with guides on ‘how to do Hygge’ but the joy of this movement is that it can easily be created from charity shop finds.

Blankets and Throws.

Maybe it’s because the Danish winter is so long and cold that cosy blankets are needed. Many Copenhagen cafes have their own supplies of blankets and throws for customers to wrap themselves in while sitting outside. Pick up your own hygge blanket from your local charity shop.

Mugs and Hot Drinks.

Slurping hot chocolate and marshmallows in a favourite mug is another hygge favourite. Browse your local Barnardo’s shelves for some winter themed ones. We picked up these Christmas mugs a few years ago – perfect for homemade soup on a cold day.

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Perfect Christmas Party Looks.

Christmas parties are just around the corner and ‘tis the season to pull out all the stops – Stuck in a fashion rut? Can’t find that perfect outfit for the office Christmas party? Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

From velvet to glitter and show-stopping metallic, go bold on the party circuit. Here we take you through the best party outfits trends to see-and-be-seen-in this Christmas.

Suits are the perfect transition look from work to party wear. We couldn’t be happier that velvet suits are a must have for this festive season. Add a choker and some statement heels to complete that perfect party look.

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Gemma’s DIY Christmas Ideas.

Gemma, our branch manager from Cheadle vintage is on hand with some upcycling and DIY Christmas decoration ideas. Keep scrolling for more!

With the festive season just around the corner, you’ll already see that the high street is sparkling with Christmas lights and decorations. The festive cheer seems to get earlier each year. Soon we’ll be following the lead of high street stores and bringing the Christmas sparkle into our homes.

Decorating your home for Christmas doesn’t need to be expensive. To prove it, I’m going to show you a couple of quick and easy decorations that you can make at home by recycling items you have already.

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The Essential Winter Woollies

The big chill has finally arrived but let’s be honest, getting dressed in the dead of winter is not an easy task! What’s the perfect go- to on a chilly morning? Always a thick chunky knit. There is nothing more comforting than snuggling up in a soft jumper.

Winter brings with it the perfect excuse to layer up, meaning we can’t stop shopping for winter woollies. The more the merrier in our opinion!

Keep scrolling to see our favourite woolly finds which will ensure you standout and stay warm during this cold spell.

1. Oversized Knit

‘Tis the season for oversized everything! No matter where you’re going, oversized knits are the perfect winter fashion statement. They are incredibly comfortable, cosy and stylish.

Pair them with anything, from skinny jeans to miniskirts and everything in between. Use oversized knits to transform a lacklustre outfit to something you’ll want to flaunt on Instagram.

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My Barnardo’s Find by Michaela

Hello!

My name is Michaela and I write a fashion and lifestyle blog called ‘Delicate Rose’. I was lucky enough to be invited to guest post on The-Thrift by the lovely Barnardo’s team and I was more than happy to accept!

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Vinyl Shopping: the second-hand way. Kathryn Houldcroft

This week, blogger Kathryn @secondhandtales, shareskatheryn her tips on all things Vinyl!

Vinyl is on the rise. Last year saw the launch of the UK’s first ever weekly record chart and in 2014 sales reached 1.29 million.

If you are one of the many households who have recently purchased a turntable, or dusted down your old one, charity shops are a great place to add to your vinyl collection.

While prices can vary and the selection can be eclectic, it’s still worth a good rummage to secure that classic you’ve been looking for – or to try something new.

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Parka Life: A tale for fellow dwellers of the Rainy City.

Despite migrating to Manchester, the nation’s soggiest city,  years spent in torrential-downpour denial (hoping for the best and preparing for the slightly overcast) have left me hazardously short on suitable shower protection.

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Bewitching Looks For Halloween

We couldn’t be more excited that Halloween is creeping up on us. We love a reason to dress up! Are you still scrambling to find that perfect costume? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered!

What better way to celebrate your love of fashion than by dressing as your favourite style icon this Halloween? A quick rummage around your local Barnardo’s and you’ll find all the inspiration you need. We took a trip to our lovely Marylebone store on the hunt for some of the best fashion icon looks. Keep scrolling to see what we found…

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