Party Wear Sorted

The festive season is just around the corner, so be sure to out-sparkle the crowd this Christmas. From velvet to glitter and embracing the disco feels, go bold this party season. Here we take you through some of our favourite party trends to see-and-be-seen in this Christmas.

pretty little thingRead More »

New Year’s Eve Sparkle

It’s nearly time to wave goodbye to 2016 and kick start the New Year in style.

Make sure this New Year’s Eve goes off with a bang in perfect party attire. So whether you’re glamming it up for a girls night out, staying in or something in-between, we’ve got you covered. Let the outfit planning commence!

Keep scrolling for our favourite party fashion trends and set the stage for a very chic year ahead!

The Dress.

New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to embrace your love for all things glittery. Kick off the festivities with a sparkling sequin dress that will make an impact and light up the dance floor.

Read More »

Your Festive Fashion Look Book – Sorted.

Party season is mid flow and you’re inundated with invitations to parties and Christmas catch up drinks with old friends. If you’re lacking in inspiration for your festive looks this week – we’ve got you covered!

With the help of Barnardo’s fashion and Love Your Clothes London we’ve pulled together a Christmas season look book to give you some pointers. No matter what the scenario, we’ve got the perfect look!

Meeting the girls for after work Christmas drinks?

Christmas is round the corner and we don’t know about you but we are ready to dial the seasonal vibes right up. Why not try running a festive red theme through your look?

post-two-on-20-dec

Read More »

Ruby Red – The Christmas Trend

As Christmas party invites begin to pile up, it’s the perfect time to invest in some red pieces for your wardrobe. Red is a flexible colour that can work for any event, from casual drinks with office friends to get-togethers with the family.

Think rich shades of crimson and deep wine hues that will add a touch of class to any outfit – and don’t be afraid to overload on the glitter and sequins this season. If you’re worried about looking too much like a festive bauble, tone down the outfit by adding a simple velvet clutch bag or wrap around a faux fur collar.



Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

gem-1Read More »

Never too old for a stocking by Craftee Fox

No matter what their age, everyone deserves to have a stocking full of presents at Christmas. So when a colleague asked me to make her Dad a stocking, I was happy to rise to the challenge.

The challenge was finding a piece of clothing at my local Barnardo’s store that I thought would be suitable for a man, and would make an attractive stocking. After having a good look through the stock, we found a skirt that was perfect for the stocking. We had a lovely chat with the staff in the shop about how we were going to create a stocking using the skirt. At first they weren’t quite sure but by the end I think we convinced them!

Once the skirt was home I took it apart and used the brown satin lining of the skirt to line the stocking. I then found some dark red cotton material to make the top of the stocking and the reindeer. The red cotton matched the red in the tweed and added a little more of a Christmas touch. With a little ribbon sewn onto the back to hang the stocking up, a man’s Christmas stocking was made. I have to say I’m rather pleased with it. Read More »

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – My favourite festive outfits – by Martina Davis

With Christmas just around the corner, what better excuse do we need to update the old wardrobe with sparkles, sequin, glitz and glam? It’s the perfect opportunity to dress OTT, shine bright and stand out. With high street stores selling out of their Christmas must-haves fast, the best way to avoid the horror of being dressed the same as someone else is to get rummaging in your local charity shop for that perfect unique party show-stopper. 

As most of you know by now, I love a bit of pink to make the boys wink! This stunning Topshop number was one of my best buys at only £10. The beading detail gives it instant character, meaning you don’t need to worry about adding lots of accessories to it, as the dress speaks for itself. The colour is fun and flirty and the shape of the dress will hide a multitude of sins from all the festive food we will no doubt be indulging in! 

image1Read More »

Luxury Gifts for Him

Not sure what to buy the man in your life for Christmas? No need to panic, we have you covered!

Whether it’s something for Dad, a present for your brother or the perfect gift for the other men in your life, we have lots in store guaranteed to make this Christmas fantastic!

We are very lucky at Barnardo’s retail that many big brands donate items to our stores; we have selected some of the best bits from our South Woodford store including some luxury new items. Of course these are specially selected items which we have limited availability of, however we have loads more fashionable bargains  for men starting from as little as £2.99!

Perfect for Dad

Dads can often be the most difficult to buy for at Christmas. You ask any Dad what they would like and more than often the response is non-committal.

A good quality designer shirt is perfect and will last for years, so you can be rest assured that Dad won’t be embarrassing you at Aunty Helen’s New Year’s Eve party with that awful Hawaiian print top he seems to think he looks so cool in!

shirts
White Hugo Boss Shirt £30, Blue print Hugo Boss Shirt £35, Navy DKNY Shirt £25

Read More »