Friday, 9 August 2013


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Sometimes, I just get The Calling: an enigmatic desire to go to the charity shops. Do you ever get that? I mean, don't get me wrong, I love poking round the chazzas any time, but sometimes I get pulled there by an unseen force, and usually there is something so special and precious waiting for me that it all somehow makes sense.

Take Wednesday, for example. I had the day off, and the evening before I started getting the urge to go charity shopping, specificially to South Manchester, despite being recommended some other locations. I first hit Chorlton, then Didsbury; I'd picked up a few nice things (patchouli incense, Me Without You, paisley fabric) but nothing that would really explain how I had been drawn out.

I left the penultimate shop on my circuit, wondering whether I could be bothered going to the last - it was across a busy road, after all - and something reminded me about the calling I'd felt. And of course.. in the last shop, there it was. Brand new with tags, Minkpink, burnout velvet blazer. For £7.50. Seven fifty! I felt like I was robbing the poor charity, but I didn't complain out loud; I just grabbed it and paid for it straight away, without trying it on or looking at anything else. To me the worst part is that it's the old Minkpink tag, and it's not a piece in my memory.. so it's been sat around in somebody's wardrobe for years, most likely. Sad!

In one fell swoop, I have the foundation block for my autumn/winter wardrobe for less than a tenner. What can I say? Just gotta answer the calling.

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He always has to get involved, doesn't he?

PS. We've launched a YouTube channel at work and we made our first video yesterday when I wore this outfit. Check it out and recall that I am a Northerner who is too lazy to say her "t"s!


  1. I still can't believe you found this in a chazza! best find EVERRR. You look amazing, love your shoes <3 and the video is soo cute love seeing what you all get up to! and meeting the office cat of course xx

  2. Perfect outfit, oh my god that is the best find of all time, lucky lucky girl! I get the Calling all the time too, especially at like 2am on a weekday! Your blog is amazing by the way, I am in love with your clothes and style of writing! New favourite x

    smoke + velvet

  3. Ah that is such a fantastic find! I love going round charity shops, but it seems like ages since I found anything good in one... even the fakie My Little Ponys seem in short supply!

    Florrie x

  4. Gorgeous find!
    I am in love with it x

  5. Loving the new paisley blog! xx

  6. The velvet blazer!!! I LOVE it, it's amazing.
    And I love charity shopping! I always find many things that I like. By the way I also love the photo with your cat. :')

  7. I really don't know how you and Sara do it. Absolutely amazing find. Uhhh, so I LOVED that video. I had no idea your accent was so strong, it's awesome! Such a good idea to show what you all get up to in the studio. <3

    Tara xo

  8. love the color, it suits you perfectly! I'm visiting UK next month, are there any great spots for street fashion location? x

  9. So jealous of that blazer, what a bargain!x

  10. Oh I know what you are talking about! I get the same calling frequently!Love your blazer.
    Shop my closet

  11. WOW amazing blazer! I really need to start browsing charity shops more!

    Helen at "Hels Yeah" xx

  12. Excuse me if I sound dumb but is chazza english slang for charity shop? Probably yes and I look real silly. Oh well
    Love that kimono! What a find!!! You have the best fabrics


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