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The Importance of Second Hand Shopping for Fashion Revolution Day 2015

By April 23, 2015 Fashion

Tomorrow (24th April 2015) is Fashion Revolution Day! If you’re not sure what that is, well I’m here to explain. Fashion Revolution is a campaign to raise awareness of the true cost of fashion, show the world that change is possible, and celebrate all those involved in creating a more sustainable future. I’m quite passionate about the whole thing and I believe you should be too. There’s quite a good explanation over on Huffington Post too!

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As part of Fashion Revolution Day this year, they’re trying to get as many bloggers, writers, YouTubers and influencers to share a “#Haulternative” video or blog post. The idea is to inspire as many people as possible to get back into the charity shops, raid through jumble sales, purchase vintage gems and think more about expensive, quality, investment buys than huge hauls of cheap and cheerful items.  I think it’s such a great idea and it shouldn’t just be aimed at bloggers either; YOU should get involved too.

You can watch my #Haulternative video above. I’ve picked out a few of my favourite second hand items. Some of them were seriously cheap and look seriously cool among most of my wardrobe. If you are inspired by this video and blog post, make sure to let me know in the comments! I’d love to know what you purchase…

fashion revolution day - second hand shopping

I didn’t want to just talk about some of my favourite pieces though, I wanted to talk about why second hand shopping is actually really important. In my opinion so many people shy away from charity shops and jumble sales because I suppose the idea is a little bit odd. You’re wearing something that a stranger has already worn before. I get it. It is kinda’ weird, but when you think about the positives of buying second hand, you’ll probably want to go shopping straight away…

fashion revolution day - second hand shopping

You’re helping the environment…

Clothes that you pick up from the charity shops and vintage stalls have been worn before, and they’re there to be worn again. It’s fashion’s way of recycling. This stops clothes from being chucked into the landfill sites and being completely wasted. A perfectly usable pair of jeans could be sat there in your local Oxfam waiting to be worn again! If you remember that you’re helping the planet and reducing waste when you purchase, then you should be able to forget that someone else has worn the same jeans.

Second hand clothes come with a purse-friendly price tag…

Unless you’re shopping at a top end vintage designer store, most second hand items will be cheap as chips. You can watch my video just to see a few of the bargains which I have picked up. I mean, who can resist £1 KENZO shorts?! The more expensive charity shops tend to be those with higher quality, more interesting pieces but even then you probably won’t be spending more than £25, which in my opinion is still a bargain. So if you’re on a budget, get down to your town’s weekly car-boot sale and find something for less!

Purchasing items at charity shops and jumble sales doesn’t just help your wardrobe…

It’s in the name, “charity” shops! When you buy, you support a good cause. I’ve listed below just some of the places your money goes at popular charity shops across the UK…

…but don’t just think only charity shops help! Things like car-boot sales and jumble sales help your community! Even on eBay, you help somebody out by putting a few coins back into their purse :)

Oxfam

Oxfam spends it’s donations on… emergency response, campaigning for change and development work. 

Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder spends it’s donations on… hospice and neurological care for people facing frightening and life changing conditions. 

Red Cross

British Red Cross spends it’s donations on… first aid care for global emergencies. 

Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation spends it’s donations on… live-saving research for heart conditions. 

Cancer Research

Cancer Research spends it’s donations on… researching ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.  

 

Most pieces are as good as new…

As I mentioned above, a pair of perfectly usable jeans might be out there waiting for you, but not just jeans! I’ve found so many pieces (like the ones in my video) that are in perfect condition and look as good as new. So you don’t have to worry about anyone thinking you shop second hand… and if you do feel worried, or anyone does mention it, direct them to this blog post and explain why it’s much better to be wearing someone else’s clothes than something brand spanking new!

fashion revolution day - second hand shopping


Ask the brands you wear #WhoMadeMyClothes Share your #Haulternative


Those are only a few of the amazing positives of shopping second hand. I hope it has inspired you in some way! I definitely want to start buying more second hand pieces, because you really can find some brilliant pieces in your price range. And, if you do, make sure you not only share your #Haulternative shopping spree, but make sure you tweet the brand that is on the label with #WhoMadeMyClothes to see where it came from! Now go and get spreading the word!

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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Changing With The Seasons #3 – April, Spring*

By April 19, 2015 Changing With The Seasons

This blog post was featured on i-D Magazine!


It’s that time again! Spring has sprung so I’m here with another Changing With The Seasons outfit post! If you’re new here then you won’t know that you guys voted for a piece of clothing for me to style across 8 months of the year. You chose a navy skater skirt this time around! I’m gonna’ show you how to dress for spring in this post, and I have a feeling you’re going to ‘heart eye emoji like this’.

how to dress of spring ootd fashion blog emoji shop uk

how to dress of spring ootd fashion blog emoji shop uk

how to dress of spring ootd fashion blog emoji shop uk


WHAT I WORE: Emoji Print Top (Primark) // Cherry Playsuit (Primark) // Skater Skirt (H&M) // Leopard Converse (Footlocker) // Emoji Pins (Emoji Shop UK)*


how to dress of spring ootd fashion blog emoji shop uk
how to dress of spring ootd fashion blog emoji shop uk

OK, so I know this outfit isn’t extraordinary and is pretty darn casual but I basically just threw it on. Surprisingly enough I’m finding this whole “Changing With The Seasons” thing quite challenging which I quite like, so I guess there will be those outfits which are just a bit… ‘hmmmm?’…if you get what I mean! It’s still fun though right, even if it isn’t anything too special?

Instead of just going for the normal skirt and top combo, I added my Primark cherry print playsuit for an added layer and a print clash. I think the neckline of the playsuit compliments the shape of the top and even the prints seem to work hand in hand! I mean, who wouldn’t buy an emoji top? Who wouldn’t!

how to dress of spring ootd fashion blog emoji shop uk

how to dress of spring ootd fashion blog emoji shop uk


how to dress of spring ootd fashion blog emoji shop ukI think this outfit is missing something to really pull it together. Perhaps a jacket or a bag…? What do you think? I think perhaps if the skirt were a little longer it would have worked a bit better, but I’m okay with that! It’s definitely not missing emojis though! What is your favourite emoji? I’d say mine is the dancing lady; so sassy! 

Speaking of emojis, I discovered the awesome Emoji Shop UK the other day and they were awesome and sent me a few pins to trial out. They’re awesome. I can now officially express my ‘emoji mood’ with everyone at any time.

how to dress of spring ootd fashion blog emoji shop uk


how to dress of spring ootd fashion blog emoji shop ukWhat a perfect time to make use of the shoe emoji! I really thought I’d grown out of my Converse but when I slipped them on for this blog post, they fit?! My feet are weird, but they look pretty cool in yellow leopard print. These are super comfy (as are all Converse) and add that splash of colour and touch of skater style to what I’m wearing. I like them a lot and I must start wearing them more!

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Here’s the video for you! I know this is weird to say but I actually kinda’ pushed myself to put this post up. I was in a bit of a rush so I basically threw the outfit on, didn’t realise that my hair was in a frizzy mess and that one of my sleeves wasn’t rolled up properly. My sister said to me “Be the change you want to see” (I want to see people being themselves, because what else is more perfect?!) and she’s right.

This is a little message from me to you, to just be yourself. I didn’t feel great in putting this post up but, this is me. This is me on the day when I’m a bit rushed for time because a thunder storm is coming, so I just threw on something that looked kinda’ colourful. So don’t hold back even if you don’t think you’re perfect. Be you :) :P :D

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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DIY Snap On Bracelets | Florals & Pom Poms

By April 15, 2015 DIY & Lifestyle

WOW. Today has been one of those days! I was a right wally and decided to make a video for YouTube (for this DIY post) using files on another computer (via the ‘Network’) and I think the WiFi disconnected so I lost all of what I had done. I feel terrible. For some reason me and YouTube just don’t seem to work. I might try and put it together again, so make sure you subscribe just in case but I didn’t have time tonight so it’s just the blog post for you! So sorry, but I hope you enjoy seeing the end result anyway, it was a super fun DIY to make! :P

snap on bracelets how to tutorial baker ross

snap on bracelets how to tutorial baker ross

snap on bracelets how to tutorial baker rossThis idea originally came from when I was younger and used to catch the bus home from school in the dark… okay, that sounds weird, but my mum used to make me wear these reflective snap on bracelets around my wrists so I was clearly visible, so I was thinking… why don’t I make some funky ones? I scoured the internet for the perfect bracelets and landed upon these pre-covered slap on bracelets from Baker Ross and started work immediately!

It still sounds weird, right? Well they’re actually kinda’ cool. You slap them on which makes them 10x more fun to wear, but they’re super comfortable as well. They fit to most wrist sizes and you can make them into whatever you like. It’s simple, but if you wanted to take it a step further you could cover it with your own fabric, embroidery… whatever you fancy!

snap on bracelets how to tutorial baker ross

snap on bracelets how to tutorial baker ross

snap on bracelets how to tutorial baker ross

snap on bracelets how to tutorial baker ross


WHAT I WORE: Super Crop Top (ASOS) // Jeans (ASOS) // DIY Snap On Bracelets


snap on bracelets how to tutorial baker ross
snap on bracelets how to tutorial baker ross


WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Snap On Bracelets (Baker Ross) // Felt Floral Stickers (Baker Ross) // Glitter Pom Poms (Baker Ross) // Hot Glue Gun (Amazon) // Hi Tack Glue (Hobby Craft)


So instead of my YouTube video, I guess I’ll give you a step by step on here! I say step by step, but it’s fairly simple. All you need to do is glue down whatever you’re using to decorate your bracelets, making sure that you’re gluing it to the visible side (otherwise it won’t slap down properly). I used my trusty hot glue gun to secure everything into place afterwards.

For things like pom poms, slap your bracelet on your wrist and make a small mark at the point before your bracelet starts to wrap onto itself. You mustn’t glue anything past this mark otherwise it won’t lay flat. Does that make sense?!


I am honestly so sorry that there was no video with this! I feel so bad about it. I hope you got the jist of it anyway! I will promise to do more DIYs soon, it’s actually surprisingly difficult to document what you do as you go along, so I’ll try my best! I hope you have a lovely rest of your evening and don’t forget to let me know if you give this a try!

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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Scrap Social #4 – Lots of Experimental Pages & Patterns

By April 13, 2015 Scrap Social

Ahh, it feels good to sit down and update you on my scrapbook! I’m sorry it’s been a while but my blog has been pretty busy these past few weeks so I haven’t had much wiggle room in my schedule. Those few weeks have meant a bit more scrap-booking and actually finishing off the whole book! I have a new one waiting to be filled but for now, I’ll carry on updating you page by page :) Hopefully this will give you some scrapbook ideas on making your very own collection of pages…

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scrapbook ideas fashion journal how to make a scrapbookAs you can see from the title the pages in this update are really just a bundle of experimental pages. I didn’t have a set theme, and because I usually scrapbook on different days the moods are all completely different. I suppose those top two pages match with the brand names and advertisement imagery. I always find KENZO is a great source of inspiration when cutting out from magazines… everything they put out is always so bold and interesting!

I remember making that ‘Me, Me, Me’ page really well; I believe I wanted to express what beauty is all about… but perhaps not beauty, more vanity really. It’s an expression of today’s society and how we’re all obsessed with being this specific version of ourselves. I’m very passionate about avoiding that so I think it makes sense!

scrapbook ideas fashion journal how to make a scrapbook

scrapbook ideas fashion journal how to make a scrapbookI’m super happy with these two pages. The first came out with a super cool 3D effect when I started colouring in certain dots in the mesh. Simple details like this can really make a page stand out and can inspire you for things like fabrics and patterns. I’m a strong believer of the little details so that’s a good example!

I loved the colour palette of the opposite page too. I think grey is such a nice colour to compliment grey so this pretty much sums up my love for the combination. Plus, if you throw a bit of Chanel in there too, it’s going to look good, am I right?! 

scrapbook ideas fashion journal how to make a scrapbook

scrapbook ideas fashion journal how to make a scrapbookWoah there! That’s a bit of a jumble isn’t it? Crossword squares, blue and monochrome patterns, neon lights and abstract hand prints. I told you I’ve been experimenting! Like I said above, creating simple pages can really inspire you for things like patterns and I think all of these pages do just that. Just a simple idea can become a big idea in the end, so don’t worry if a page is slightly random or weird… it might just be something awesome!

I just want to mention a bit more about those neon lights. Those are from God’s Own Junkyard and I’m obsessed. Sadly the artist and collector (Chris Bracey) has passed away, but he’s left behind such a treasure trove that one day I’d be honoured to go and have a peep at. It was a great excuse to try out my ‘puffy paints’!

scrapbook ideas fashion journal how to make a scrapbook

scrapbook ideas fashion journal how to make a scrapbookMy pages really do differ… like these pages are just so random! I would say this camera/paparazzi page is another page with an actual meaning behind it. As you can see I’ve covered up screens and written words about privacy on top. I think with the online world our privacy is becoming less and less so I thought the picture was a great way to sum it all up, especially with celebrities.


What do you think of these pages? Check out my last update here and share your scrapbook pictures with #ScrapSocial :)


  Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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