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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April’s Charity Shopping Tips.

It’ April here and I’m, back with another monthly guest blog! In this entry I’ll be sharing my ideas on how to end the stigma around charity shop shopping and sharing some more smashing Barnardo’s finds.

When you hear the words charity shop, what immediately pops into your mind? For me it’s a treasure trove of amazing fashion finds! I’ve had people compliment me on my outfits, followed by the classic question “where is that from?” – I have always proudly answered: “Barnardo’s”. Cue the shocked expression! I was once your stereotypical charity shop doubter but my first trip to Barnardo’s immediately changed my mind.

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My £10 Barnardo’s Haul

Hi peeps! I’m Hannah and I’m currently based in Manchester. When I’m not working in a lab, I regularly showcase my charity shop bargains and adventures over on my Instagram account and my blog – The Charity Panda.

I have been very kindly invited by Barnardo’s to visit their discount store in Wythenshawe and see what bargains I could find!

Now that we are post-Easter – a time when people get an annual declutter in full swing – I decided to search for some not-so-new additions to my spring wardrobe.

Cold Shoulder Blouse – £1.99

The off-the-shoulder craze has made a comeback this season – much to my excitement! With high street stores now bustling with shoulder baring shirts and blouses, this gorgeous vintage-gold coloured number is a perfect and unique version of this trend, it even has ruffled/flute sleeves for that extra feminine look.

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Thrifty Celebs

Celebrities may have loads of money, but that doesn’t stop them from browsing for unique pieces and bagging a bargain in thrift shops! We take a look at some celebrities who regularly thrift…

We love Dame Helen Mirren – she’s an international star with A-list friends yet still loves a thrifty bargain…

“The whole thing of clothes is insane. You can spend a dollar on a jacket in a thrift store. And you can spend a thousand dollars on a jacket in a shop. And if you saw those two jackets walking down the street, you probably wouldn’t know which was which.”

 We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Also, think of all the high-street and designer labels you find in Charity shops. No-one would be any wiser about whether you bought it in store or from Barnardo’s, but of course, you can’t help but share the fact that you bought it for such an amazing price!

And then, of course, there’s this statement:

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5 Reasons to go Charity Shopping

Guest blogger Ruby Lilith provides 5 fab reasons why she goes Charity Shopping…

I’ve always been a closet fan of charity shops – it used to be for the acquisition of Fair Trade chocolate, a miscellany of second-hand books and, on occasion, picking up an eye catching piece of jewellery from the counter under the till. It was a little voyage in curiosity which usually never led to anything more than eating orange-flavoured dark chocolate whilst flicking through a 1960’s edition of Dr Zhivago…

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Ruby Lilith is a Charity shop fan

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