Monday, 27 April 2015

Shop Credit Crunch Chic

All items available at the Credit Crunch Chic Etsy shop here

As regular readers will know, I'm a huge fan of vintage fashion and I've usually got at least one vintage item on amongst my day to day style, whether it's a bag or pair of shoes, or even a brooch, there will be an element of vintage to most of my looks. I've also always shopped in charity shops since a very young age, so I suppose that's where my love of vintage stems from. I have always wanted to have my own vintage shop, stocking both amazing and everyday pieces to make any outfit look a little bit different, and so I decided to set up a store on Etsy where I could sell some of my personal collection. 

Prices start from £5 and I've got several listings live at the moment, with more to be added, and there are lots of interesting items ranging from shoes to blouses, slouchy jackets, skirts and cardigans. I've really enjoyed spending time on the layout and photography to show off each piece to its highest potential and have already had a couple of sales which has been brilliant; a lot of the pieces for sale I no longer wear so to have them heading off to new wardrobes is lovely! 

If you'd like to take a look at the shop you can do so here! I've set up a special discount code for readers coming from the blog, so if you would like to make a purchase, add in 'CCC20' at the checkout for 20% off your order, valid until the end of May.

XO Amie

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Sale shopping: one skirt, three looks

One skirt, three looks

I have been spending serious amounts of time browisng the Topshop website recently, so I thought it would be fun to put together a blog post highlighting some of my favourite pieces. Hopefully they've not all sold out, as they are all in the sale! I wanted to showcase different ways of wearing one key piece, which you can mix and match with your existing wardrobe to create a plethora of different looks for any occasion, and also that you can shop the sale in a savvy way, to buy pieces that will work for you for numerous different events.

The piece that I started with was this lovely black skirt from Topshop Boutique (here) as it's a fantastic staple that will work well in your wardrobe through season after season. Topshop Boutique is one of my favourite Toppers collections; it's a little more expensive but most of the range is made in Britain and they use a lot of premium fabrics; boiled wool, silks and the like. Sale time is a good time to invest in pieces from this range but you'll need to be quick as they don't hang around!

For a Friday afternoon, after work drinks look, I've gone for a casual spin on the skirt which is pretty and feminine but still pretty smart. The preppy jacket (here) is another classic investment piece that will work dressed down with jeans or up over a dress, and the print on this gorgeous floral blouse (here) is a move away from summer pastels but still super pretty, seasonal, and another great smart/casual item. Finally I couldn't resist these khaki leather ankle boots (here) with bare legs now they instantly elevate the skirt into early summertime territory but they'll also work with jeans for the greyer days! The cut on the foot is flattering and elegant and the heel is an ideal height for everyday.

To take the skirt to the next level, I paired it with a cute boucle vest top (here) and spangly patent courts (here) for a night out. This makes such a refreshing change to skinny jeans and I am definitely one for just putting on jeans and a nice top to go out in; this is much more feminine and really elegant and classy. The shoes are not only dancefloor worthy, they are also a totally manageable heel height meaning you won't have to trudge to the taxi rank shoe-in-hand!

Sundays are all about chilling out, but if you do have to nip to the shops or head out for brunch or a roast, you can make the skirt work with a chunky heeled boot (here) and a slubby tee (here) perfect tucked in or worn loose. At just £8, this linen blend tee is a great buy and will be so useful over the coming season; it comes in loads of colours too. I love the look of the heavier ankle boot with the skirt to make it a little more insouciant and casual. It would also look lovely worn with ballet pumps or loafers. You can add a little interest with a simple statement necklace (here) if you want to make the look more edgy!

A little black skirt is a definite wardrobe essential and it doesn't have to be boring, either! There are so many ways to wear a skirt like this and it will quickly become a cornerstone of your wardrobe!

XO Amie

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Vintage jewels

Wearing: ASOS duster coat and hat (same as last post-sorry!) Topshop jeans Vintage shoes H&M blouse and bag bracelet c/o Modern Vintage Style

Apologies, this duster and straw hat combo is becoming very repetitive. I am all over it at the moment and can't think of anything else I'd rather wear, although now the weather has changed again I feel like I might have to reach back for the beret. I really do have more than two hats but you'd honestly not know it to read my blog, at least the last few hundred outfit posts at least!

I have got a few new things on in this look, including a new pair of black skinnies. I feel like the whole black skinny jean thing has gone the way of a bus; i.e, couldn't find any for ages, then found several pairs at once. I am still loving the ASOS Lisbon jeans but I thought I'd try out these Topshop Binx jeans that I found in the sale. I thought they would be a bit long as they are a 32 leg and I am always a 30 in Toppers, but they fit really nicely; apparently they are meant to be short in the leg and fit like an ankle grazer which is perfect as I'm not super keen on rolling jeans up. They also aren't that thin denim, or too high waisted, and the colour is great, so a definite win. Plus they were only 25 quid!

Whilst browsing the high street for bargains I ventured into H&M, somewhere I rarely shop as the prices are low and the quality seems to match. I had a 20% off voucher from Elle magazine to spend (so I had to find something to buy, natch!) and I thought I would just have a browse of some of the collection. I didn't find too much I liked but after initially writing everything off as being a bit naff, I continued to dig and eventually unearthed this rather amazing ecru blouse. It's made of lyocell which is quite a premium material with an amazing drape and an almost denim-like handle. It reminded me almost of an artists' shirt and as I love a good collar, it was a no-brainer! At £24.99 it was probably the most expensive thing in the shop but I loved it and I also picked up the patent backpack which was in the sale for £7.

I was also kindly sent this beautiful Sarah Coventry bracelet to feature on the blog, from website Modern Vintage Style who specialise in vintage jewels and handmade gemstone jewellery. I posted it on my Instagram and I couldn't wait to style it! I love the slightly 90's feel it has and the splash of colour it adds to my look, I tend to wear a lot of neutral tones so it's nice to be able to add a bit of interest in this way. I think it works well against the creams and taupes in my look, and it's a real statement piece, too. Check out the website here for a huge choice of jewels, both vintage and vintage-inspired, at really great prices.

XO Amie

Friday, 24 April 2015

Charity shop find of the week #14

Cardigan £5 St Peters Hospice

My last charity shop post was back in February but I have scored some fab things from the chazzers since then; I've just not got around to posting them. Shamefully I still have some things in the washing basket from when I went back to Devon; a lot of the time charity shop things need to be hand washed and I've just not had the time to do it! Terrible I know!

Anyway, I hadn't been to my local chazzers for a little while and when I did go recently, I tried on loads of good stuff, but none of it was quite right, which was disappointing, until I got to this cardigan. It has a hole in the collar, a missing button, and no label to speak of but the fit of this was just perfection. Not too big or small, just a nice, easy style which looks great buttoned up or left undone. I've blogged a few jumpers and cardigans recently which seems a little odd as it's definitely more springlike, weatherwise at the moment, but a cardi like this will be great to have in my bag for evenings or if it's a little cooler. I just couldn't leave it behind for a fiver.

Hopefully I'll be able to wear this in an outfit post soon so I can show how nice it looks on, if, that is, I can be bothered to get around to washing it anytime soon! (I'm thinking it's probably going to be a hand wash, great!)

XO Amie

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

New in: Foundation holy grail

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation 

I haven't done a beauty post for a little while and although I shared a few thoughts on this Bourjois foundation in this empties post, I wanted to write a little more about why I like it so much; I've recently repurchased it and it's become my go-to foundation for everyday.

Made using a fruit therapy formula, this foundation provides an instant refreshing and revitalising effect. The scent of the product is lovely, it's a very light and fresh smell which remains quite natural and doesn't have any plastic-y or artificial undertones. I don't usually like scented products at all, especially on my face, but this one was completely bearable and actually quite pleasant!

Because the product is a gel foundation, it doesn't have any cakeyness or tendency to mask, but it still provides adequate coverage for everyday. It's almost like a level up from a BB cream; I don't like to pack on foundation day after day and whilst full coverage is great for an event or special occasion, if you are just looking to even out the skin tone, this will definitely provide that.

This foundation is anti-fatigue and it's also very long wearing. It claims to provide radiance to the skin for up to 16 hours and I would definitely credit it with keeping the coverage and finish flawless for that length of time; a pet peeve of mine is having to touch up my makeup at lunchtime so it's fantastic that I don't need to do that with this foundation. Transfer is minimal but it does happen so if you wear a lot of white, go easy when getting it near your face!

This foundation costs £10.99 and you can buy it here. I was such a die-hard fan of Estee Lauder's double wear foundation for several years but the £27 price tag made it rather unaffordable and I didn't like to use it everyday as I was always having to replace it! This is a great high street option and one that I will definitely buy time and time again.

XO Amie

Monday, 20 April 2015

Double Denim

Wearing: ASOS duster coat, bag and hat Vintage belt and shoes Whistles jeans Gap denim shirt

This look was actually snapped about a week ago before the weather really hot up, although I did get rather warm trudging around town in it! This ASOS duster is definitely becoming a favourite, and it's actually perfect for this time of year as it's so lightweight, and a good upgrade from my winter jackets. I really think this hat/coat/jean combo is my go-to look at the moment, and these jeans! They have appeared on the blog before, and they are just the perfect fit. I should have bought a few pairs as I am going to be so disappointed when I've worn these ones out!

I cracked out some of my vintage shoe collection this week, these loafers have barely been off my feet or if they have, the ballet pumps are back so they take their place. I have worn sandals a couple of times (in work) although I did consider wearing sandals today, it's definitely warm enough to do that now. I have said before I usually transition out of boots via loafers and then ballet pumps before hitting the sandals but it's been that summery I've been able to bypass the ballet pumps!

This ASOS duster has had so many compliments and unfortch it's sold out online, however there's a good dupe here. ASOS have some fab pieces online at the moment, I think their core collection is brilliant and you can keep up with all the discount codes available to treat yourself with here. I have also found a similar bag here, and if you want a pair of jeans like mine I definitely recommend the ASOS Lisbon jeans here for a great skinny fit pair. 

The belt and shoes are both vintage but there are some similar loafers to mine on the Topshop website here. I love the snaffle detail on these ones and the fact that they're brown as well-mixing brown and black is meant to be a fashion 'no-no' but I'm not one for following the 'fashion rules' which is probably why I look like an OAP in an 'oriental hat' as a drunk man told me the other day as he stumbled out of the pub. Sounds like the fashion police!

XO Amie

Sunday, 19 April 2015

More from Monki

Shirt here Dress here Blouse here

I posted here about a jumper that I bought from Monki recently, and I have to admit I spent rather more than I had intended to on their website! I picked up a few pieces, not all of which I've kept but I thought I'd show a selection here.

The first item I picked was this Pi blouse (still available in some sizes on the website) for £8. I loved the print of this and I also picked up a t shirt dress in the same print, sadly the fabric of the dress was not as nice as I had hoped so I have returned that. The blouse, however, is a keeper!

I had had my eye on this shirt dress for a little while; it's hard to see the detail on the hanger but you can see it more clearly here. It's now in the sale at £17.50 and it's such a cool dress, I know I'll get loads of wear from this over the summer with ballet pumps or sandals; I just love the styling. It's made from a very luxe crepe fabric and I think it looks so elegant and quirky.

I also picked up this Neah shirt (here) which I had high hopes for at £12, but unfortch the fabric is that horrible cheap-feeling polyester so back it goes. I have photographed it here because I really like the idea of it; I'm oft found in an oversized shirt so I thought this would be a safe bet for my wardrobe but I prefer natural fabrics like cotton or silk, and this polyester blend just didn't cut it.

A couple of other pieces missed the photocall; an incredible denim jumpsuit which I absolutely adored with a crazy £25 price tag (here) which was so cute and vintage looking I almost kept it; I just don't think I'd get enough wear from it to make it a worthwhile investment. I also bought another hat to add to the collection; I've rinsed my tan beret over the winter so I thought a grey version would be a sound purchase at just £3. I think it has now sold out but definitely keep an eye on the website as Monki accessories are notoriously inexpensive!

Lots of my friends hadn't heard of Monki before and I think it's a subsidiary of H&M, I know there are no stores near me but luckily the website is great and ASOS stock it too if you want to avoid the (expensive) postage costs!

XO Amie