Sunday, August 31, 2014

(Second hand) silk blouse

Back in London after two crazy weeks in Seattle. I am going to write about it, but I should probably unpack first! In the meantime, here is another second hand outfit made in London charity shops.
I love to combine casual and chic. To make a classy outfit with jeans is my favorite. I am such a jeans addict, I think I can spend months at a time in my jeans (save for the occasional leggings, I actually do, all winter...) .
So when I found this Sandro blouse, I immediately wanted to combine it with  these second hand jeans I also love. They are from 7 for All Mankind and I found them in Sue Ryder charity shop.
Navy blue is an amazing color and with silk, it's a perfect combo. So much cooler than black in my opinion. I actually love to mix navy and black, so this blouse had my name all over it...
Since it's a blouse and it's in silk, it's probably not gonna fly with the kids, but perfect for an evening out. The collar is like nothing I wear: with this shape and the navy, it gives it a Royal touch, don't you think? Again, one of my favorite thing about second hand shopping, I buy thing I would normally never wear!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

London Walls 38

Back in the U.S. for the next two weeks. I am very exciting to be once again in Seattle. It also mean that I probably won't post too much during that time. So enjoy this London Walls, US-Style but still found in London. I will return soon with lots of second hand clothes and experiences!
Obama + Superman, it doesn't get much more american than that...

This is an "skaters in L.A." inspired graffiti, but really it was last week in Shoreditch!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Dress for (second hand) business

In another life I was a financial auditor. Yes I promise. Not always fun, never easy, quite challenging. Let's just say that I do like blogging better... Stylewise, it was quite strict and if at times I hated how restricted my work wardrobe was, now I kinda miss the business chic look!
So when I found this Zara number in Cancer Research UK charity shop, it reminded me of the good old days. And actually I love this dress! I call it my Victoria Beckham dress (okay, it is Zara but still, the style?)
The below-the-knee length gives it a glamorous flavour, a bit Mad Men-y, and it's a good change from my usually shorter dresses.
And then, there are the secrets pockets. And you already know of my love affair with pockets of any kind... I have not really found the right occasion for the dress. I don't think I will wear it to bring Stella to school or run errands with Nino (suddenly the below-the-knee thing might not prove too cute). But maybe for a business meeting one day? Or just a fancy night out!

Monday, August 4, 2014

London Walls 37

Got back from France last night, and left the little ones with their grandparents. For one week I am kids free. Chris and I have tons of plans: dining out, go to the movies, and mostly do as much sport as we possibly can. I am looking forward to discovering London with all the time in the world.
Went to Shoreditch (of course) to gather a little inspiration on the walls. I was not disappointed both by the giant spread and the small graffitis that you can barely notice. Unpretentious yet, always interesting. Hello Bambi!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fun in the sun

It is not so often that I get to shoot in the sun, but when it's here, it's really here! Last weekend in London was like that, hot and sunny. So I was excited to wear this second hand summer dress from Kimchi Blue.
I found it in Sue Ryder charity shop on Essex Road. I paired it with a second hand leather belt also from Sue Ryder. I love to belt it up!
I found the Aldo sandals in Cancer Research UK on Upper Street. Finally, the Marc Jacobs bag is my first second hand purchase on Ebay. And I love how it adds a pop of color to the whole outfit.
This was the perfect sunday outfit to go around the city. The best part is that the Kimchie Blue dress has pockets in it, but you can barely tell. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Choose (second hand) pink!

Another day, another second hand outfit. This time for Stella! Not only did I stop buying new clothes for me but I also find amazing children's clothes in charity shops and second hand stores. It makes even more sense for the little ones as they grow out of it so fast, sometimes after wearing some items barely a few times!
I found this dress sometimes in the past few months, I think it was winter, but as it was size 3 to 4, I got it and put aside for summer. And voilà! It is from Zara Kids and I found it at my local Sue Ryder charity shop (for about £3)!!
These shoes are killing me! Stella was so excited about it. They are from one of my favorite kids brand: Catimini. I love their style, it's just a bit over my budget for children clothes. Now, I found them at Fara Kids in Chiswick for £4!
So there you go, Stella is dressed for summer for £7 head to toe. And I got a few more dresses in the shops. Yes, sometimes we do try to stay away from the pink. Still, sometimes, we choose pink! Isn't color block still a thing?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Second hand leopard prints

This whole animal print thing is working for me, I start to like it a lot. It gives me an edge, an attitude almost (hold your horses, woman!).
Anyway, I am nuts about this Michael Kors tunic. Hello embedded jewellery!
This works for me and here is why: because of my kids I almost never wear any necklaces or jewellery (I know I know, I might be using them as my excuse, plus I don't wear this top to hang out with them...).
I paired the top with second hand jeans from 7 for All Mankind. I like the sparkle on the pockets :-)
Found them in Sue Ryder charity shop for about £10!
So, for me, this is clearly an evening look. Perfect for a date with my man. I am not ready to take the leopard print on a daytime stroll...but I am working on it!
PS: I am selling it here for £35!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Britishette & mini Britishette 35

Summer is officially there! For Stella, it means ice cream season started. Can't blame her, this is serious business....
In Croatia, we had our little mother-daughter ice cream moment every afternoon. Love it (notice the second hand Karl Marc John beach dress :-)
The next two months will be all about parks and bikes, beach and swim. We are looking forward to a great summer. If the sun could follow everywhere we go, it would be perfect. Also, introducing this lovely second hand Kate Moss for Topshop white top...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Guest blog: Louise's secondhand outfit

I am very excited to introduce you to a fellow charity shop addict: Louise from Pauper to Princess. Louise is actually a charity shop consultant, which means she is helping charity shops to look their best to sell more and better! Sounds like a dream job to me!
Today Louise is presenting a second hand only outfit, perfect for an evening out with the girls! Love the bright colors!
Here are the details:
Black and white lace & ruffle playsuit: £3.95 - Lewis-Manning Hospice charity shop, Poole High Street, Dorset
Bright green clutch Oasis bag: £2.99 - Age UK charity shop, Ashley Road, Poole High Street, Dorset
Pewter kitten Heel woven sandals: £2.75 - Julia's House charity shop, Poole High Street, Dorset
Lime green & gold earrings: £1 - Primark (on sale)

As a freelance consultant, Louise organises events, does interior design, media coverage, staff training and more to optimise the capacities of local charity shops. Check out her site for more info and also tons of second hand inspiration!
I've never been to Dorset, but when I do, I'll make sure to hit Poole High Street! Won't you? Thank you Louise for the fab outfit and the tips on where to shop!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Zebra prints

I've noticed that animal prints are clearly in this summer. The thing is it was also trendy a year ago, 2 years ago, etc... Consequently I found all that I needed in the charity shops to follow this new old trend :-)
I found this basic French Connection dress at my local Cancer Research UK charity shop in Angel. Very simple, easy to wear, and with POCKETS (you know how I feel about pockets).
I wore it to a recent trip to the Glober theatre as it gets quite warm in there on sunny days? But obviously my hair didn't really survive the wind on the Millenium Bridge... Oh well....
I paired the dress with second hand wedges from Jigsaw. I love the espadrille sole. I am a big fan of espadrille anything. It must be my French side...