Purple Escada Jacket and Black Lace Skirt

If there’s one item of clothing that’s guaranteed to pull an outfit together it’s a jacket. Paired with jeans and a T-shirt, it will instantly elevate your outfit. Worn with a skirt for a more formal look, it oozes confidence and poise. Plus, when it’s still a bit too warm for a coat, a jacket will give you that extra layer without bulk.

For the bargain price of £5.99 I just couldn’t resist this jacket, especially when I realised it’s Escada.

I have a fair few jackets in a variety of colours and prints, but I’m always partial to adding another if I find one that speaks to me. Well this purple one didn’t just speak to me, it shouted at me – from the rail in a charity shop of all places. For the bargain price of £5.99 I just couldn’t resist this jacket, especially when I realised it’s Escada. I knew the name and that it’s not a cheap brand, but I got a surprise when I looked online and saw how much they sell for new – we’re talking hundreds of pounds. This has to be one of my best charity shop finds yet!

Purple Escada Jacket and Black Lace Skirt

Putting the purple Escada jacket and black lace skirt together was a last minute stroke of luck, but sometimes those end up being the best outfits!

I wore this outfit to work last week, but it was something of a last minute creation. I’d planned on wearing the lace skirt but hadn’t decided what to put with it. With only five minutes left to get ready I opened the drawer and found a black sweater with a pussybow that I bought years ago from New Look. I wear it a lot for work because it goes with everything. The jacket was hanging up on the wardrobe door (it’s already full, no room left inside it!) so was close to hand. Putting the purple Escada jacket and black lace skirt together was a last minute stroke of luck, but sometimes those end up being the best outfits!

Goodness knows why anyone would send it to a charity shop, but I’m glad they did!

I love everything about this jacket: the vibrant purple colour, the fabric, the way it fits…it’s what I would consider an investment buy if I’d shelled out big bucks for it. Goodness knows why anyone would send it to a charity shop, but I’m glad they did! The structured design of the jacket along with the pussybow top balances out the racier element of the leather look lace skirt. I added a brooch to up the chic factor.

Purple Escada Jacket and Black Lace Skirt Pia brooch

Purple Escada Jacket and Black Lace Skirt

Purple Escada Jacket and Black Lace Skirt Gemporia Tanzanite cluster ring

I wore my Tanzanite ring from Gemporia for a little extra bling, while Isobel added a big dose of cuteness. She’s been desperate to show off her own charity shop finds here on the blog, so when she saw I was wearing black lace she put her own outfit together. Both the lace T-shirt and the boho skirt were from Barnado’s for just a few pounds. She’s really into dressing like me whenever possible and for next week’s link up post we’re wearing full on matching outfits…I hope you can stop by for that 🙂

Have you found any charity shop bargains? Let me know in the comments!

Purple Escada Jacket and Black Lace Skirt

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Purple Escada Jacket and Black Lace Skirt

Escada jacket (charity shop, similar) | Zara lace skirt (similar) | Mila Blu bag (similar) | New Look pussybow top (old) | M&S ankle boots (old, similar) | Pia brooch (similar) | Gemporia Tanzanite ring c/o (see original post here)

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Finding the perfect pink coat

A couple of years ago I had my heart set on finding the perfect pink coat. When I say perfect, I mean that it had to be pale pink, a simple design and not expensive. Despite searching online and trawling eBay to the point of obsessiveness I could not fine “the one”. Eventually I got sidetracked and ended up buying a couple of fuschia pink coats – both very nice and fantastic bargains, but not precisely what I wanted. I broke one of my cardinal rules: I settled for a “nearly but not quite”. Well, two to be precise.

It just shows what amazing bargains you can stumble upon in charity shops. Finding the perfect pink coat took a while but it was definitely worth the wait!

Fast forward a couple of years and pale pink is suddenly the colour of the moment again – and I still wanted that coat I’d seen on Pinterest/magazines/fashion blogs. As fate would have it, I’d taken my watch to the jewellers to have the battery replaced and had some time to kill. On a whim I popped in to a nearby charity shop…and…ta-daa! To my delight, there was the exact coat I’d been looking for all this time. I tried it on and quickly snapped it up for the bargain price of £9.99. I took it straight to the dry cleaner’s and a couple of days later it was as good as new. It’s from Great Plains so it’s a good quality coat, and probably hardly worn. It just shows what amazing bargains you can stumble upon in charity shops. Finding the perfect pink coat took a while but it was definitely worth the wait!

Olive and khaki are also very popular shades this season and they happen to pair well with pale pink.

For its first appearance on the blog (and I’m sure there’ll be many others) I’m keeping it casual with boyfriend jeans and a silk top from All Saints. Olive and khaki are also very popular shades this season and they happen to pair well with pale pink. To create a contrast to the relaxed fit of the jeans and top I chose these pretty pink block heel shoes with bead embellishment and a bird print chain handle bag that I bought in Abu Dhabi. To finish the look I’m wearing my fab Autumn Tale Winkwood sunglasses and beaded jewellery that I made myself.

Have you ever waited a long time to find the perfect coat, or any other item of clothing? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to link up what you’re wearing this week!

Finding the Perfect Pink Coat

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Great Plains coat (charity shop, similar here and here) | All Saints top (similar) | Gap jeans | Asos shoes (similar) | Winkwood sunglasses c/o | Iconic bag | handmade jewellery

 

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Beaded Maxi Dress in Barbados

For today’s Style With a Smile link up I’m reminiscing about a wonderful holiday from a few months ago. Barbados is a very special place for us as we got engaged and married there, so we like to escape to our favourite island whenever possible. It was my husband’s birthday towards the end of the holiday so we dragged ourselves away from the beach and went exploring.

The Foursquare Rum Distillery is tucked away in the southern countryside of the island on 8 acres of a former sugar plantation.

Barbados is famous for rum (the rum punches are delicious!) so it seemed fitting to visit a rum distillery. The Foursquare Rum Distillery is tucked away in the southern countryside of the island on eight acres of a former sugar plantation.  This working rum factory is best known for its collection of spiced rums but it produces a wide range of rums including Doorly’s (the husband’s favourite). Entrance is free and you can wander around, learning about the various stages of rum-making. The aroma of molasses, yeast and spices is intoxicating. For a small fee you can sample some of the rums, but unfortunately we got there a few minutes too late. Lesson learned: not everywhere operates on a 9-5 basis! We made up for it by buying a couple of bottles at the airport.

Foursquare rum distillery Barbados

Foursquare rum distillery Barbados

Foursquare rum distillery Barbados

Foursquare rum distillery Barbados

Before our ill-timed visit to the distillery we had lunch at Atlantis restaurant at Bathsheba on the East coast. The Atlantic coast is very rugged and breathtakingly beautiful, but a definite no-no for swimming. I had the best Bajan fishcakes ever for a starter, washed down with a spiced rum punch. Atlantis has the most amazing view so you simply have to take your time over lunch. No-one rushes in Barbados anyway…even if it does mean missing the rum tasting!

I mostly wear maxi dresses on a beach holiday because they are so easy to throw on with a pair of sandals and some jewellery.

We snapped quite a few outfits during the holiday, which I’ll be posting at a later date. I mostly wear maxi dresses on a beach holiday because they are so easy to throw on with a pair of sandals and some jewellery: job done. Trying to tame my hair in the humidity takes quite an effort (I usually give up and leave it frizzy) so I don’t want to be faffing with what to wear…that means missing valuable cocktail time!

I found this particular maxi dress in a charity shop for less than £10. It’s made of stretch jersey so it’s incredibly comfortable, while the embellishment makes it dressy enough to wear for dinner. For variety I do pack a pair of lightweight trousers (seen in this post with ridiculously frizzy hair!), a couple of skirts and some vest tops. Refining my beach holiday packing is still very much a work in progress but maxi dresses are always top of my list!

What’s your beach holiday go-to outfit? Do you prefer dresses or separates? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to link up 🙂

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Beaded Maxi Dress in Barbados

Beaded Maxi Dress in Barbados

Beaded Maxi Dress in Barbados



 

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mustard Asos trousers pink blouse

Pink and mustard sounds like an unusual combination, and one I wouldn’t have thought of wearing…until I found this pink blouse in a charity shop for less than £5! I just love the horse print, which has the colour mustard in it, and so it seemed natural to try it with these Asos mustard peg leg trousers. I’ve worn the trousers with black and purple before but nothing as bold and bright as this pink. The blouse is made of a lovely soft cotton, and although it’s a little snug (I rarely try things on in charity shops) it’s not uncomfortable. Luckily it has a zipper on one side which makes it easier to get on and off, and a hook and eye fastener at the neck which can be worn undone.

I’ve worn the trousers with black and purple before but nothing as bold and bright as this pink.

I didn’t want to introduce too many colours into this outfit so I picked out a pair of pink suede slingbacks, which cost me the princely sum of £10 a few years ago. The Angel Jackson snakeprint bag is roughly the same colour as the trousers, with the grey of the snake print picking up on the darker colours in the print of the blouse. Only one bold item of jewellery was called for with this outfit so I chose a Kenneth Jay Lane door knocker ring and a delicate charm bracelet which I’ve had since childhood.

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Angel Jackson snakeskin bag and Kenneth Jay lane doorknocker ring

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Pink horse print blouse Asos mustard trousers

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Asos mustard trousers pink horse print blouseTrousers: Asos, blouse: charity shop, bag: Angel Jackson, shoes: old, ring: Kenneth Jay Lane.

 

Have you picked up any charity shop/thrift store bargains? I’d love to hear all about your preloved fashion finds in the comments!

 

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