How to buy a new handbag without breaking the bank

I was watching How to Shop Well for Less last week and couldn’t believe how much it’s possible to spend on a handbag! I’ve never spent more than £15, I’m sure! But maybe I’m the exception and many people might not be able to find the bag of their dream on a budget. Here are some ways to shop while staying thrifty…

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DIY Patterned bathroom cabinet upcycle

If you want to add a splash of colour and burst of pattern to your bathroom, my upcycled bathroom cabinet project is so easy to make. You can coordinate the design with your existing tiles or create an eye-catching pattern to funk up a plain white suite…

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6 Homemade gifts for the Emmaus Second Hand Santa Challenge

I’ve been DIYing again, and this time I’m making Christmas gifts. After the fun I had making my Christmas jumper bunting for Emmaus, I jumped at the chance to join in with their Second Hand Santa Challenge again during gift week. I decided to made gift boxes and frames that could be the ‘wrapping’ for […]

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Thrifty fashion ~ ideas for cheap festive party outfits

As you know, I regularly blog about thrifty fashion and DIY fashion hacks on the Oxfam fashion blog. Oxfam has asked me to share my favourite party dress with all their wonderful readers and I thought I’d show you it too: My party dress was bought for me by thrifty mother who spotted it in our […]

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Tuesday Shoesday ~ Big boots for stomping around in

I wonder if you can remember all the way back to last autumn/winter when I was searching for a pair of winter boots? I spent hours searching for the perfect pair, because I only wanted to spend my money once, getting a pair that were knee-high, flat soled, black and good enough quality to last from […]

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Tuesday Shoesday ~ my bargain silver shoes

I had a very lucky week this week and I found these pretty little shoes at the carboot sale for a very cheap price. I liked the look of them and as I picked them up I spotted that they are George shoes. My most favourite and most comfortable shoes (the ones I wear when I want […]

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Charity shops are going vintage crazy – good news for me!

Have you noticed that a lot of charity shops are now allocating a good portion of their display space to stocking vintage items? I’ve been in many charity shops recently that have dedicated a whole ‘department’ to vintage clothing, accessories and even retro homewares. Some shops that I’ve visited recently have looked more like dedicated vintage […]

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DIY fashion ~ No-sew pocket t-shirt for summer

Have you noticed that pockets are everywhere this Spring/Summer? On a recent shopping trip down the high street I spotted pockets on almost every item of clothing and I’m loving the contrasting pocket look. Although I want to follow the trend, I’ve never been one to spend my hard-earned cash on something new when I can […]

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Inspirations for my retro living room – vases & flowers

After putting up my retro pattern wallpaper, I thought I had nearly completed my retro 60s/70s-inspired living room, but I don’t think I’ll ever really be finished, especially when there are so many vintage bargains to be found in the charity shops and at car boot sales. This week I was lucky enough to find these […]

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Get crafty in your local charity shop – here’s what I made…

You may remember that I wrote a blog post last week about this vintage pattern by Simplicity that I found whilst rummaging in my local charity shop. I wanted to make myself a this skirt but didn’t know where to start with buying fabric – everything I’d found online was a bit pricey and rooting through the big […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Finding the right shoes to go with THAT dress

It’s difficult. And I’m sure you’ve all been through it at some point. Yes, choosing a dress for a special occasion can be tough, but that’s nothing compared to finding the right shoes to wear with it. I was delighted when I found this beautiful dress on sale in BHS of all places and it was everything I […]

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