Last Thursday I journeyed up to London in the rain and gloom, with the sole purpose of trawling the notorious vintage haunts for something truly special to wear to an event I have coming up.
Believe me, I know better than most that my wardrobe is already filled to bursting (a perpetual 'clear out' situation always seems to be in motion!) but sometimes it's just lovely and frivolous to have something new to wear to an occasion, and to feel all the more amazing for it!
With a bit of change in my pocket, and comfortable shoes on my feet I set off! My main port of call being Brick Lane and the Shoreditch area - where row after row of second hand clothing shops sit neatly next to each other, all a stones through away from the famous Spitalfields Market.
The skirt I'm wearing is a fairly new find courtesy of eBay, I love the slightly abstract palm print, though I did have to make some amendments to the cut with my sewing machine - I don't think anyone but Jessica Rabbit has hips that curved!
My insect bracelet is an old favourite from my Uni days (it's battered and falling to bits!) and my nail polish is by '& Other Stories' - I am literally obsessed with their brightly pigmented beauty products lately!
My camel jumper is from Topshop a couple of years ago, worn with a velvet bow tie from H&M.
My coat and vintage vanity case were both eBay finds, and my blinding gold shoes (which remind me of exotic old ladies!) are from Primark (I couldn't believe it either!)
As you can see I'm still enjoying being reunited with my yellow eye make up! Worn with 'So Chaud' lipstick by Mac. I have to admit, I'm really enjoying wearing bright cosmetics again, especially when the weather is so grey!
And so what treasures did I find on my little shopping excursion? In all honesty - not a lot!
Isn't it always the way when you have a bit of free money to spend?
I tried reliable favourites like 'Beyond Retro', and 'This Shop Rocks' but alas nothing really jumped out at me!
I guess the real success of vintage shopping is to not be searching for anything in particular.
So with my event looming this week, I still haven't a clue what to wear, but I'm optimistic!
I know I'll hash together something out of golden oldies in my wardrobe, and then probably feel ten times more confident and comfortable than had I been wearing something new.
Well that's what I'm telling myself anyway!
I look forward to sharing the results with you!
Love Yours Truly, x