All The Leaves Are Brown

You can imagine my excitement when an email landed in my inbox from Barnardo’s, inviting me to guest blog for The-Thrift. And then the doubts crept in…I don’t even have a blog…what topic shall I choose…will people even find me interesting? Then I decided to get cracking, be creative, and try my hand at blogging! With hibernation weather just around the corner and onesie season creeping up,  plus the fact I talk to myself all the time, I figured, why not get my thoughts down on here and share some of my favourite pieces!

As a clothes-enthusiast who likes things of yesteryear and anything vintage, I started my Instagram at the start of this year. I share my charity shop finds and vintage items from the shops, fairs and markets I’ve been to, with a bit of outfit styling thrown in for good measure.

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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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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.

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Wolly Jumpers, Just add Sparkle!

This week our favourite fashion blogging duet, Charlotte and Emma, show us how to stay warm in style this season. Keep scrolling to see their favourite woolly finds from Barnardo’s, which will ensure you standout and stay warm during this cold spell.

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As it’s been a bit milder these past few days I thought I’d whip out this short-sleeved number. In this ice blue colour it’s perfect for the run up to Christmas and I love the glittery thread that runs through it! Teamed with jeans and later, my leather jacket, it’s perfect for a day of shopping.

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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.



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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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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 Vintage Barnardo’s Visit by Natasha

Hello lovelies and Happy charity Tuesday! Hope you have all had an awesome week.

Last week, I popped into the Barnardo’s vintage store for their Autumn/Winter range preview event. I’ve been in this store once before and I instantly fell in love with the atmosphere of the shop, so much so I wanted to photograph it and write a blog post featuring it. Their stock ranges from vintage clothing, to childrenswear, houseware and much more.

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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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Baby it’s cold outside – by Martina Davis

With a noticeable drop in temperature, it’s time to wrap up warm and and find the perfect winter coat. That doesn’t have to mean spending a lot – there’s always a huge range available in Barnardo’s. I found this gorgeous grey wool coat for just £10. Military is making a big comeback this season, so these buttons make the coat bang on trend. Or, why not stand out from the crowd and make a statement with a bold colour? This gorgeous red 80s style coat was a steal at £8 and will brighten up many a dark winters morning.image1

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