Wednesday, 17 June 2015

5 for £5: Thrifty Sunday

As I mentioned in my last post, I had a particularly successful trip to the car boot sale last Sunday.  I find going to car boot sales a bit like going to Primark - undoubtedly chaotic and stressful but also very hit or miss - some weeks you buy it all and some weeks, well, you just don't.  This week was a deceptive one: me and my sister Laura spent ages trawling through the stalls, discarding countless mouldy handbags and moth eaten slippers to eventually conclude that this week, there was no booty to be had.  We went for a comiseratory coffee at our favourite place, and from there she went on to meet a friend.  This left me to walk back through the car boot sale myself... and I kid you not, within 5 minutes I had 5 items from 5 stalls for £5... and that's a lot of 5s.

And so, without further ado, here are the clothes!

The first thing I picked up was this sheer floaty 90s style top.  I love the paisley-esque pattern and the pinky nudey colours.  Anybody who knows me will know I love anything sheer so of course I couldn't resist this: I'll be styling it with a bralette or crop top underneath, some dark blue denim and silver jewellry.

Another one of my absolute favourite things in life is Adidas.  However, with my trainer collection fairly close to exploding at the seams, I am limited at the moment to their other pieces... which is mainly sportswear.  Considering I am not a particularly sporty person, (and when it does come down to it, I'd rather wear a baggy pyjama top covered in hair dye because I don't mind sweating in that) but just like the brand, for me, a great Adidas piece is one which can be worn as casual wear as well as sportswear.  So this top hits the nail on the head - it's perfect for festivals, worn with denim shorts and trainers or for a sports luxe look maybe with a tailored tennis style skirt.  The fit is fabulous too!

I absolutely fell in love with this oversized red hue denim shirt too.  When I spot nice men's clothes, I will pretty much always go through the same thought process: I think of the most significant men in my life (my Dad and my boyfriend, Josh) first, and ask myself whether it would suit either of them.  The answer to this question is almost always yes, probably, definitely.  I then think about myself, how much I like it, how I could wear it as an oversized piece, how I'm the only one who can truly love and appreciate it... this is usually the point where I come to a mental compromise of 'We can all share it', immediately justifying my purchase as selfless and obviously necessary.  This is exactly what happened on Sunday - I quickly bought the shirt and hurried home without any intention of letting it out of the house on anyone apart from me. 

This top is definitely my favourite purchase.  I'm constantly on the look out for white blouses because unfortunately, while in my clutches, their lifespan is limited by my love of tomato-based foods and messy eating habits.  So I'm going to do my utmost to try and protect this one.  Anything which goes with denim gets a big gold star from me, and this looks great with dark or light denim and red lipstick.  The good thing about shirts like these is they can be dressed up (skinny jeans and heels) or down (dungarees and sandals), too. 

 And last, but by no means least, these bad boys.  'You can never have too much denim' is basically my mantra, if you haven't been able to tell... these were a really lucky find though.  Perfect condition, pretty good fit, and really high-quality thick material - these will be great for festivals and other summer goings-on.  Excitemondo!  

Hope everyone's doing good!  Today I'm doing small, boring, menial tasks like repeatedly calling the dentist's surgery to try and get through the droves of callers to book an appointment, or mentally preparing myself for some temporary summer work I've got lined up for Thursday and Friday (I've been assigned the very prestigious role of dish washer at a local restaurant).  Oh, the joys of being a student over the summer!  

Ruby x