2. Where do you get your inspiration from when you buy from a charity shop? I usually get my inspiration from my most cherished magazines (Australian Frankie, Australian Russh and the London Sunday Times Style are the best), my much loved fashion and antique furniture blogs, what girls and guys are wearing on the street (London is visual sugar heaven) and current trends.
3. What is your favourite piece of vintage you own? About four or five years ago, I went into one of my favourite vintage stores in Brisbane Box Vintage and bought a black beaded lace bustier for $20. Back then, no one was wearing them and itâ€™s been a staple in my wardrobe ever since. Iâ€™ve worn it to festivals, dinner parties, to the beach, and dancing â€“ everywhere. Iâ€™ve worn it under sheer blouses, with my black leather and floor length skirts, paired it with high waisted wide legged trousers, over long white shirts â€“ everything. Itâ€™s a timeless, transitional piece and I would be devastated if I ever lost it.
4. What’s your best piece of advice for when op shopping? Donâ€™t impulse buy and grab the first thing you see…if you can help it. Luckily I rarely do this but just because itâ€™s cheap, doesnâ€™t mean you need it. If you’re not sure, put it down and walk out of the store. If youâ€™re still thinking about it, then you simply go back and buy it. If youâ€™re not still thinking about it, then obviously you wonâ€™t remember to go back and buy it. People are often surprised when they see my wardrobe; itâ€™s not bursting at the doors at all. I just like to invest in timeless pieces that last ever changing trends and seasons.
5. You live in London – where are the best charity stores? I have discovered so many but my biggest tip is to head outside of central London for the best charity stores. I recently stumbled across an incredible charity store in Finchley Central and walked out Â£40 out of pocket but with 12 items! To give you a comparison, I was having lunch with my friend at Buonaseras on Kings Road on Sunday and we walked past a charity store. For a mustard cardigan with gold buttons, the price tag was Â£60! All because I was shopping in Chelsea; yet if I saw the same cardigan in Finchley Central, I knew I would have been paying Â£6. As soon as I enter a charity or vintage store the first thing I do is pick an item of clothing and look at the price. That way I know straight away if I can continue shopping with the expectation that if I find something Ill be able to afford it. If not, I just browse happily or walk out of the store straight away to resist the temptation! For those living in London or planning to come over for a holiday, my favourit vintage stores in London are 21st Century Retro (practically opposite to where I used to live but still within walking distance thank goodness!), Absolute Vintage and Beyond Retro â€“ their vintage store in Brighton is incredible! And if you ever get to visit Paris, make sure you hit up Coiffeur. Nothing is over â‚¬15 â€“ a steal!
Now that we’ve got all of the introductions out of the way, it’s time to announce the first theme. And wouldn’t you believe it, it’s STRIPES. I think I must be a magnet for all things stripey. Be sure to stay tuned throughout the month for updates on the challenge!