Tropical Prints

August is coming to a close and brings with it some unpredictable weather. While some of us are looking forward to autumn fashion others aren’t ready to wave goodbye to summer. Enter that perfect transitional trend! Our eyes are on all things tropical prints. They aren’t just for holidays – whether you go all-out or keep it subtle, it’s time to feel the heat.

Beat that cool breeze with an air of summer! A single standout piece, like this light duster, is worn best with a neutral base.

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An Evening Of Vintage Shopping

Hi Everyone! I’m Gilly, aka Silly Gilly Vintage, seller and buyer of all things 60s and 70s. When Gemma, the manager of my favourite charity shop, Barnardo’s Vintage in Cheadle, suggested I should write a blog post about my vintage shopping escapades, I thought, what better than to showcase the wonderful preview evening she had planned. And after the lack of Summer we have had in the UK of late, what better escapism than a hula party!

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My Evening Wear by Holly

As someone who is happy to live in pinafore dresses and blouses, I am not one for ‘dressing up’ to go out. I also don’t go out very often, if I do then it is usually just for a meal where a dress and leather jacket works but I struggle with what to wear for a slightly classier occasion.

As soon as I saw this top in my local Barnardo’s, I knew I had to buy it! It’s such a gorgeous purple shade, features stunning beading and was only £3.50. The colour will also work really well for A/W, and I can imagine this top looking really pretty with jeans, heeled boots, and a faux fur coat- although I am a Geordie, I cannot go coatless in Winter!

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My Stripe Challenge by Alice

Hello there. First of all, I’d like to introduce myself to you all. I’m Alice Christina, I’m from Newcastle Upon Tyne and I’m a part time charity shop assistant manager and part time fashion blogger. As somebody who works in a charity shop I’m well aware of some of the amazing things you can find in them. Over the past couple of years I’ve found myself shopping less and less on the high street and spending most of my money on pre-loved clothing. As of late I’ve focused a lot more on featuring clothing I’ve bought from charity shops, which if I’m honest, isn’t hard at all as around 90% of the clothes I buy are pre-loved now. So today I thought I’d share with you some ways I incorporate charity shop-bought clothing into my wardrobe by showing you three ways that I style stripes.

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Get The Celebrity Look at Barnardo’s – Fearne Cotton

Hello and welcome to my first blog for The-Thrift! We all know that you can dress well for a lot less at Barnardo’s charity shops. I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could pull off dressing like my favourite celebrities, using only pre-loved items from Barnardo’s.

Fearne Cotton was my first pick when choosing a look to emulate, as I’ve followed her style for years. I love the quirky, creative and unusual looks she puts together. She has a way of presenting herself as effortlessly fashionable, but with a very individual interpretation of trends so with this in mind; I spent a few happy hours on Google looking for the perfect outfit to re-create.

I settled on this colourful purple, red and yellow ensemble as it encapsulated her style perfectly and I loved how she had made an everyday outfit so vibrant, colourful and unique.

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The Joy of Vintage: How to Buy, Wear and Sell Vintage Clothing

You may have noticed that I love vintage fashion. I buy it, I wear it, I sew it, I sell it, I write about it.

So, it was only a matter of time before I made a video about it.

Now I’ve gotten over the initial shock of seeing and hearing myself on screen, I’m really excited to share it with you.

I hope you enjoy it, and please let me know what you think in the comments.

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Dressing For Summer

It finally feels as though summer has truly arrived. Despite the odd day of torrential rain, the sun has been beaming down and it’s got me thinking about my summer wardrobe and a few much-needed additions.

If you follow me on Instagram or have watched my recent videos, then it will come as no surprise that when the summer months come back around, I always pop down to my local car boot sales and frequent the charity shops to see what one-off pieces I can find. While I tend to focus on finding real vintage gems and pieces of a by-gone era, I stumbled across this pretty little tea-dress, originally from H&M, on my recent visit to my local Barnardo’s store.

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My Volunteering Experience By Mel

Wednesday’s, the one day of the week that I can guarantee will be a success. Why? It’s the day I volunteer at Barnardo’s. My friend introduced me to the idea of volunteering about seven months ago and I can honestly say I’m having the best experience!

My manager Leanne and I hit it off immediately. So much so when I heard she was moving stores, I followed her. I was given the exciting role of creating fun window displays to draw the public in. I was given free rein to be creative and this has given me a huge amount of my confidence back. Plus, having a fashion degree under my belt means I can finally put my skills to good use, thank god!

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Blaise Q&A

Hey, my name is Blaise Tykal Simmons-Johnson, but my nickname to everyone at home is drama queen! I’m 20 years old and I’ve been modelling professionally for just under three years now and I’m also an actress.

I enjoy taking part in sport and dancing is one of my favourite things to do. I also love to cook and read. My star sign is Gemini which means I can be a little crazy but the good kind of course!

My aim for 2017 is to continue everything I was doing in 2016 but bigger and better, achieve my goals and travel the world.

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My Spring/Summer Trend Picks

Spring has finally sprung and I couldn’t be happier. As much as I adore my ever-growing collection of faux fur and teddy coats, I am also a big fan of sunshine, ice creams and mini dresses, all of which are not the most Winter- friendly! Now, I am not one to follow trends – I enjoy wearing what I want to wear and don’t want to repurchase a whole new wardrobe every season because that’s boring (and expensive!). Luckily, a lot of the key trends for Spring/Summer are purse friendly and ‘oh- so- me’, which makes being on trend more natural and fun. Without further ado, I’m going to talk you through my favourite key trends for Spring/Summer 2017!

Trend One- Gingham

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Who doesn’t love looking like a picnic blanket?! In case you’ve been living underground, you’ve no doubt seen that gingham is everywhere this season. It’s been seen on catwalk shows including Molly Goddard and Shrimps and everywhere on the high street from Primark to Topshop; it is probably the key print for Spring.Read More »