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Monday, September 29, 2014

Summer mini

I keep posting all these summer outfits, I know we are already in Automn (and if I didn't the rain today would remind it to me), but I still want to show the beautiful pieces I found in the charity shops.
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I love this simple white top. It is from Kate Moss' collection for Topshop, from a couple of years ago. I found it in Cancer Research UK and wore it quite a lot this summer. I love how breezy it was.
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The mini skirt is from All Saints in a very dark denim. It is a perfect contrast with the top. To be honest I don't wear minis much for many reasons, including not practical with the kids. But I often put it on top of leggings and that really works. Here I paired the outfit with second hand sandals from Jigsaw. I am a big fan of both wedges and espadrille soles in the summer!
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I am pretty sure I will wear this outfit again next summer as these are pretty basic solid pieces that won't go out of style. That's probably a good thing since I am writing this on the last day of september....



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Fara Workshop

Last week I finally made it to the Fara Workshop. I've been meaning to go for a looooong time so I was pretty excited!
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The Fara Workshop is not your regular charity shop. What happens is this: people donate used clothes to the Fara Charity shops. They are sold in the shops but some are given to the Fara Workshop to be reworked and transformed into new clothes. Consequently each piece is unique and created in the Workshop!
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Finally, all profits from the sale of the redesigned clothes go back to the Fara Charity, an organisation which provides support to abandoned and neglected children in Romania. 
So it is all based on the fact that used clothes deserve a second life. But this is a very unique second life. Old clothes, new pieces. Each item is an original, and the quality is very impressive!
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In addition to creating and selling clothes in the shop, the Fara Workshop organises several workshops for whoever is interested in learning a bit more about making clothes (or totes!!).
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The clothes are beautiful and have a large variety of styles! I may have bought a lovely pair of shorts there (okay I did).
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What I also loved about the workshop is the vibe of the place itself. Lots of space, lots of light and an attention to detail that gives a quite fancy feel, like being in some chic design store!
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So if you are around Angel, you should drop by. The Fara Worshop is an interesting concept that promotes a sustainable approach to clothes in an original manner. The clothes are really cool and it just rocks to wear something absolutely unique! 
The Fara Workshop: 28-32 Pentonville Road London N1 9HJ
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

The backless dress

I am very excited about that All Saints jumper dress. It does NOT fit into the mom clothes (no pockets, delicate materials) but that could be the reason I love it!
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I found it in a charity shop in Fulham (they have plenty!) and it fits perfectly. I wore it for a date night with Chris and it was comfortable and easy. And check out this back!
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It reminds me of some 960s cashmere sweaters from Marilyn that were totally open in the back. It is a very glamorous dress I think. And I love the long sleeves, it makes for an elegant style.
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The dress was in perfect condition and THIS is the reason I adore hanging out in charity shops. Whoever gave that one away made me really happy (me and the charity too :-)
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Maybe a little too happy...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

London Walls 39

There is a new graffiti in my neighbourhood, on Cross Street. Great tribute to Joan Rivers. Hail to the Queen!
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She deserves nothing but the red carpet! And speaking of awesome ladies, check out this badass fighter I found in Shoreditch:
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Nothing like a ninja chick!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Layers & shorts

I am loving the end of the summer here in London. Since I returned from Seattle, I have yet to encounter a drop of rain. Good thing as I still have a few second hand outfits to show you that could use a few rays of sunshine. Today's style is definitely an outfit for a hot day, assembled from charity shops finds!
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I am wearing this amazing sparkly shorts from Jack Wills found in Cancer Research UK. I fell in love with them immediately (it must be the shiny)!! And on top, I layered two American Vintage cotton tops found in Sue Ryder charity shops. Here is a front view:
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I love that this outfit is part extra casual part dressed up. I wore it on a summer night (yes, we have warm evenings every once in a while in London), and it was perfect. Can you catch the pop of color? (Ok, it's my nails...)
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To relax the outfit a bit, all I have to do is swap the golden heels for some slip-ons and I am good to go. If the hot sun decided to make one more appearance, my outfit would be really grateful...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Cally Fest 2014

I love the Cally Festival! This Sunday was the perfect day for a street fair. We live right of Caledonian Road so the party was right on our doorstep! And what a blast!
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If locals know Caledonian Road well, it is not often that visitors venture around. Well, there is that wonderful cafe Drink Shop Do at the very beginning and it is quite popular. But Upper Street is a much more touristy kind of shopping street. 
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Yet, I love Caledonian Road. It has a huge history (that big prison) and a very special feel. Not to mention a few very good charity shops 
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The Cally Fest is super kids friendly: I am talking face painting, balloons, sports and dance parties for the little ones, you name it...
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The other thing about the Cally Fest is music. There are many live bands, dance lessons, tunes playing at every stand, I love it!
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Finally, the street fair is an opportunity to discover new food, new beers and all kinds of crafts. There is something for everyone. Next year, come have a look!
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Must(ela): my baby smell

When Stella was born in Paris 4 years ago, I indulged in a lot of baby products. French pharmacies have no shortage of options and I always had fun trying new creams, wipes, lotions, you name it. My favorite brand was Mustela, and in particular: the Mustela wipes and the Physiobaby (a no-rinse cleansing fluid, perfect for the face). In addition to the very good quality of the product, it was the smell that dragged me to it. So much that, when I was pregnant with Nino, here in London, I ordered about 20 packs of Mustela wipes online from France! I was looking forward to that baby smell all over again!
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The reason I am telling you this is that Mustela can now be found in the UK. No more ordering boxes in France or having family bring me what I need! So for fellow pregnant bloggers (French and else) in London (you know who you are :-), have a look here, one of your local chemist probably has it!

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.
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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...) .
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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...
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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!
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Obama + Superman, it doesn't get much more american than that...

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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!
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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?)
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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.
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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!
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