Sunday, 30 June 2013

Don't be a MUG!

Wow, wow, wow! OK so yet again I found myself aimlessly sat on Youtube trawling through hundreds of videos, from makeup tutorials to shopping hauls. Despite being sat for at least an hour, I couldn’t resist clicking on yet another suggestion of what Youtube thinks I might like, which ironically I usually do and the process starts again. On this occasion it offered a range of creative ideas to make your own household items on a budget. Although I love watching creative videos and find them particularly interesting, I rarely bat an eyelid especially when I’m greeted with a three page ‘what you’ll need list’. Anyway, despite many of the ideas requiring the assistance of a glue gun I finally stumbled across one idea which required only a mug and a sharpie pen. I clicked on the link convinced that at some point down the line I would need a chainsaw or some other tool I surprisingly don’t have lying around my house, but thankfully nope, just a mug and pen. I was then blown away by the video which continued to show a woman draw her own design onto a mug with a sharpie pen and secure the design in place by cooking the mug in an oven for 20 minutes. This idea was so cheap and easy I needed to have a go myself! 

Having already got a sharpie pen lying around the house I decided to visit my local pound land in the search for a mug. Naturally these were easily sourced in pound land at 50p so I splashed out on six in the knowledge that it wasn’t the end of the world if a mistake was made. I began by sketching a few designs onto each mug which made it really easy as I could easily rub out any errors I made. Having drawn on my designs, I finally plucked up the courage to start with the sharpie pen which again was actually very simple as you can also remove any mistakes you make with a baby wipe or nail varnish remover. Once finishing the mugs I put these in the oven at 200°c for 20 minutes which secures the design. Having said this I still would not recommend putting them in the dishwasher. 

Having finished my designs I absolutely love the end result. They are so simple and really effective as well as being completely unique. This is a great idea for gifts if your on a tight budget as you can design the mug for the individual depending on the occasion. As well as that, you can also use the same technique on plates, bowls and other china household goods. I would recommend this to anyone who fancies getting creative for a day as it’s really cheap and anyone can do it!

Monday, 24 June 2013

Head over Heels....

Yet again I find myself surrounded by clothes after yet another after work browse that turned into a purchase as a result of instant love for yet another pair of shoes. Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts I am a sucker for a pair of stilettos and despite having numerous pairs I have the ability to convince myself that adding one more pair to my collection is an innocent act of love while my boyfriend confirms once again I don’t need them. But, with a price tag as low as this who can complain! 

I’ve been after a simple black pair of stilettos for a while after seeing Miranda Kerr wearing a pair at London Fashion Week. I fell in love with them there and then as not only are they so simple and elegant but they go with everything! Now, obviously I was aiming for a pair slightly cheaper than Kerrs £800 Louboutins and being a thrifter I was excited for the chase! I started my search in New Look having always been a huge fan of their fantastic shoe collection however, with heels getting bulkier and higher I was struggling to locate a sleek, slim pair of stiletto heels. Determined not to accept defeat I continued to search the high street from Internacionale to Topshop but as the price persisted to increase I was having no such luck! Thankfully Leeds is blessed with a large and somewhat tidy Primark store, which you can usually count on having the latest up to date items straight from production. Having finally pushed my way through the humid sea of people and battled my way to the shoe section I saw my ideal pair of shoes. In spite of this my joy was particularly short lived as I found only one left foot in a size 6 which was completely useless as I was in need of both the right and left foot in a size 3. Convinced I had finally found the perfect pair I continued to search the shop top to bottom in the hope of stumbling across my size. Unfortunately I kept hitting that giant brick wall that pops up every so often when you’re a thrifter, but thankfully I found a size 4 which despite being slightly roomy, with the help of Primarks adjustable insole for £1 I accepted defeat and bought the shoes! 

I finally had the perfect pair setting me back just £8! These are a fantastic buy as they go with almost everything and are really comfortable to wear. They are also a great shoe to chuck on for a quick change before rushing out the house and have the ability to make every outfit look elegant. As well as that, and more importantly for me they look great with a pair of jeans!

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Thrift Twin

So, after many slating the idea of being able to find high end fashion on a shoe string I've decided to introduce Thrift Twin. This will aim to copy styles from various celebrities to prove that if you look hard enough its possible to duplicate their style on a budget! 

This week I'm looking at Aluna Francis in the AlunaGeorge Video 'Your Drums, Your Love' and considering her necklace alone is £300, I think I was able to duplicate something very similar in appearance, but worlds apart in price! 

Find her Style...
Hi Top Heels - £29.99
3D Necklacce -£13.00

Monday, 10 June 2013

Sheer Genius...

It's bizarre to think that we are already in June and technically at the start of summer. This is mainly a strange thought as I’m not sure about the rest of the UK but Leeds has no idea what June should look like; one minute it's blazing sunshine and the next rain clouds and hail! It's definitely fair to say Leeds is renowned for its cold and dismal weather so any sunshine is a bonus! In spite of this, while writing this post the sun has now emerged outside and is ironically slightly toasting my back! 

With Leeds never knowing what weather to produce it’s hard to know when to put away your knitwear and revive your denim shorts. Luckily there are several items of clothing that are Summer, Spring and Winter friendly. I'm always a fan of a sheer scarf as it can look chic and fashionable as well as providing a little protection to any harsh winds should they arrive. It's also a great transitional item from spring to summer, and allows you to dress for warmer weather without passers by muttering 'she's got to be chilly!' 

There are some great scarf designs about and definitely a style for everyone. One of my favorite places to go for a sheer scarf is Primark, as they have some great designs and with prices starting at £2 you really can't afford not to grab yourself a bargain! 

I bought this scarf from Primark for £3 having seen it on Instagram. I absolutely love the design and think the £3 price tag was even more incredible. This scarf is a really easy way to create a fashion savvy look to any outfit and great to keep in your handbag for a quick change. 

I would definitely recommend this simple yet affective addition to anyones wardrobe, particularly those who, like me are restricted by the typical British weather. 

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Summer Statement...

Okay, so this year (at least so far) has clearly been about one key fashion piece which you can now find almost anywhere, a good old statement necklace! 

With chain and neon styles taking over, a statement necklace has the ability to brighten up any casual look or knock out evening glam! Since coming into fashion I have been obsessed by their ability to completely change an outfit and naturally having given into their charm and now own several, despite only having one neck. Their biggest appeal for me is their varied price tags and ability to be bought on a budget. With Celine’s ID chain retailing at just over £1000 you may think you'd struggle to find anything similar on a shoe string but thanks to the high street it's allowed us little people to indulge ourselves and even provoke those who aren't into a bargain to flutter with fast fashion. 

I bought this chain statement necklace for £7.00 from H&M who are brilliant when it comes to budget jewelry as not only is the quality good but they have a mass of styles, and something to suit everyone! I’m also a big fan of New Look who are always quick to spot a trend and just as quick to produce it for everyone to enjoy! They also have great sales where your always able to grab yourself a couple of bargains worth shouting about. As well as these, Primark has also jumped on the bandwagon and have some amazing necklaces in store under their new limited edition range that are affordable and bang on trend! 

Statement necklaces are definitely a key piece for this summers wardrobe and with Primark and other high street stores luring you with budget price tags there's no reason to not get in on the act!