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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Keeping warm....

This winter does not seem to end, and I feel like I am cold ALL THE TIME. So I have been looking for warmer clothes in the charity shops. As always, they didn't turn me down!
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I have found this fantastic knit at Fara charity shop. It was absolutely new and even more importantly, it keeps me really really warm. I has the shape of a perfect, which is totally strange, so of course I like it even more!
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The side of the knit are amazing, though not kids friendly (somehow Nino really to pull on it, go figure...). The kakis are from J Brand, and I found them at Oxfam. I always wanted J brand jeans, I think they are my first pair and they are really a good fit!
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I kind of live in the kakis because they are perfect with the kids and for school run. I was complaining that I was in jeans all the time so I guess this is progress?


Thursday, February 19, 2015

London Walls 43

I am very grateful for the cool street art in London to distract us from the grey-ness of the current weather (grey-ness is probably not a word, I am just catching up on the 50 Shades obsession...).
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As the new season of Game of Thrones is about to hit us,  I found this image fitting. Kinda kinky though, but fun!
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I find this collage near Cross Street and it looks awesome. I took the photo a few weeks ago but now it does not look at good, like it started peeling or something. Yet, that's one hell of a piece!
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Finally I loved this Dali-esque Don Quichotte that I found, where else, in Shoreditch. He brightens the sky, and oh boy do we need it!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hers and Hers (second hand dresses)

Stella and I both got new dresses and we were excited to show them. Well, new as in new for us but they are both from London charity shops!
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Stella is wearing a dress from Mini A Ture that I found at Fara Kids for about £5. She absolutely loved it, which is no small feast for me as she has become very picky with her clothes...
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I am wearing a dress from Oliver Bonas that I found at Sue Ryder for also about £5. I like the little birds on it. I feel like I've just seen it in the shops, how did it already get in a charity shop?
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Okay these are maybe not the warmest winter dresses, but to be honest we both already wore them last weekend, with solid tights and jumpers!
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Here we are happily dressed for summer, even though it is February, and for £10!







Monday, February 2, 2015

Charity shop review: Fara Kids in Fulham

Last week, I met with fellow blogger and new mom Pauline from Home Sweet London to shop at the Fara Kids charity shop on Fulham Rd. She had told me wonders about it and so I was curious!
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I wrote before about the Fara charity and in particular about the Fara Workshop located in Angel, Islington. 
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I was not disappointed! The shop is adorable and in addition to the many children clothes, there was a variety of toys, books and costumes, not to mention buggies, high chairs or sleep bags.
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The clothes are orderly presented and look really as good as new. Seperated by age and gender, it makes for an easy search! I was there mostly to find Nino some pants as he has wholes in about all of his!
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The great thing about Fulham is that there is a large French community and a lot of the children clothes end up here. Consequently, lots of French brand such as Petit Bateau and Catimini were among the pretty clothes!
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These are a few of the items I found: a Little White company sweat for Nino, a Petit Bateau PJs set for Stella and a couple of jeans & shorts, also for Nino.
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Fara Kids is located at 614 Fulham Road, have a look at their website or just pop in, the staff was great and the atmosphere very sweet!







Sunday, January 25, 2015

London Walls 42

A few weeks ago, I snapped these graffitis in my neighbourhood, right off Upper Street. Sharks and flowers seemed like a good fit and it was an original way to decorate an empty lot!
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When I did some research, I discovered that they had been done by Bambi, aka the female Banksy. What I also found out was that these pieces were valued at £20,000 and have been stolen according to several articles in the news last October!
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It is so strange to read about street art stolen. I am used to see graffiti I snap disappear and new art popping up but it was never from being stolen, rather because they were painted over! Now the wall is back to black and I am happy I got to take photos before it all happened!
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Back to (second hand) basics

Today, I am showing how I dress most days. I could hide behind the fact that it is my mom uniform, but really, I've always been a very casual gal. In particular, I am all for a good pair of jeans and sneakers.
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I am wearing a silk and cashmere top from Massimo Dutti that I found at Oxfam charity shop in Islington. I am very fond of 3/4 sleeves, I feel it ups the outfit discreetly! The jeans are also from Oxfam, this time the shop in Marylebone. They are from Citizens of Humanity, one of my fave, and it was love at first sight. 
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I found the sneakers in a second hand sale I went to last fall with a lot of cool stylists clothes. I really like that I am wearing head to toe second hand clothes and don't feel for a minute that I am compromising on my style. Oxfam trips are making me very happy these days!
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Nino's first haircut

Hairdressers are no joke in London, and when it is for our little ones, it gets quite impressive! Nino turned 21 months last week and we celebrated by taking him to get his first haircut!
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I was curious to see how they would manage to keep Nino still long enough to do anything. But at Mata Mata on Essex Road, they are quite prepared! Nino has three obsessions: balls, cars and Peppa Pig. Sure enough, the police car was a good start!
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Then they played an unlimited number of Peppa Pig episodes AND gave Nino some raisins to eat so that his hands would be nowhere near the scissors. I was quite impressed! It was fun to see him and I also know that there was no way for me to do that by myself...
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This place had all the toys, books and movies you can dream of. I just imagine how cool it would be if I could go to my hairdresser and read ALL the latest magazines, sip champagne and watch the newest movies. I guess you can do that somewhere, but I haven't found it yet...
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Monday, January 5, 2015

Finishing in style

I like to start the year with an article that begins with the word "Finishing". I have just begun using this finishing powder from Hourglass and I really like it. As I barely ever take time to buy make-up, I figured I would share with you.
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Though I like to have good make-up, I know very little about it and am very VERY uncomfortable buying it. If I could get someone to get it for me, I would. But then again, I have to try it on me so I can't escape the visit to the shop.
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I came in prepared, with a couple of names I wanted to try (Bobbi Brown among others). But I got smitten with Hourglass when I tried it. I actually didn't buy it immediately ( mostly because of the £38 price tag), but kept it on all day. I felt it stayed on beautifully and so returned the next day to purchased it. I have the one called Dim Light and am quite impressed with the mat finish. The powder does capture the light quite well.
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There's a lot of powder in that little box so I am hoping to be set for quite a while. If you're looking into finishing powder, do give it a try. Like me, you might be surprised! By the way, it is an American brand that will be a LOT cheaper to buy in the U.S.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy new Year

I just wanted to wish you a very happy new year 2015. It's been a bit crazy the past few weeks and I haven't been writing much on Britishette. I am working on a project that has been swallowing my free time and I am curious to see where it takes me. 2015 is gonna be an interesting year!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

London Walls 41

Another walk around Shoreditch and again, new walls to be found. This neighbourhood never gets boring! Especially as the walls are constantly evolving... Enjoy!
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 I hope I will never grow up and stop being amazed by E.T. 
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Coolest garage in town...

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Hello George...