How and Why I Charity Shop!

Hello you lovely lot!

If you know me – or even if you don’t – just by browsing through my blog you can see that in most of the outfits I’m wearing, is something from a charity shop.

Now, some of you may shy away at the thought of pre-loved clothes, BUT YOU SHOULDN’T! So bear with me because I’m going to tell you exactly why…

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April’s Favourite Barnardo’s Finds

April’s the name and charity shopping is my game. I’m a self-confessed charity shopping shopaholic!

I’m so excited to been given the opportunity to guest blog monthly on The-Thrift, courtesy of the fabulous Barnardo’s Retail.
I will be blogging at the end of every month, sharing my Barnardo’s hauls, outfit finds for under £10’s, Q&A’s, seasonal outfits, customising charity shop wear and much more!!

All outfits you will see and read about have been purchased by me from different Barnardo’s shops. I’m kicking off my first blog with one my favourite January buys, keep scrolling to see how I style it.

First off we have one of my current favourite outfits! Everything I am wearing (apart from the distressed tights) I purchased from my local Barnardo’s!

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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?

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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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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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Autumn Tones by Harriet

Hello, Autumn!

As we start to wave goodbye to the summer months and welcome autumn, we can look forward to warm coats and hot chocolate, snuggly scarves and nights in, carving pumpkins and thinking about the festive season.

If you read my blog or follow me on Instagram, you will know that I am somewhat of a charity shop fiend. I can’t help it. It’s one of my favourite things to do and certainly a weekly ritual of mine.

So as the seasons begin to change and the summer skirts and dresses are carefully put away for another year, it’s time to start thinking about those rich, autumnal tones. Looking to the catwalks for inspiration and scouring Pinterest for enviable street styles to master.

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Love is in the air…

With Valentines Day just around the corner, there is a certain buzz of romance in the air. From loved  up couples making plans to go out, and groups of friends making wild night out plans at their local singles club night, there is no escaping Cupid’s presence this weekend..

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New Year, new outfits!

It’s the first #mybarnardosfind blog of 2016 and we have already been tagged in on a whole host of amazing images from our lovely shoppers across the UK. We are so pleased to see you have been spending your Christmas hols having a good mooch around our stores.

It may already feel like a lifetime ago, but we’re kicking off by re-visiting the fabulous @Kelly_Pauling’s Christmas Eve outfit! Kelly has added a touch of sports luxe to her #mybarnardosfind leather skirt by simply throwing on an American football shirt. You have certainly scored a home run with that look @Kelly_Pauling!

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Our top #mybarnardosfind picks from last week

We’ve had a look through all of the fabulous things our shoppers have found in our stores recently and picked a few of our favourites. Take a look…

First of all, we have some beautiful #mybarnardosfinds from Marieta (@aheadofroses) who came across this cosy checked winter coat in our Shipquary Street store in Derry. Marieta told us it’s her favourite thing to wear right now and we think it looks great too!

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