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21 May 2014

Credit where it's due!

I have made a couple of cheeky little purchases after finding some inspiration from my fellow bloggers so I thought they deserved a shout out for giving me the heads up on some glorious items which I may have overlooked had I not seen them on other posts! So without further ado.......


Thanks to Frances of School Run Style and  Annemarie of Fashion Mum of 40 (who is also to blame for the M&S caged sandals purchase too, see here!) for giving me the heads up on this fab little Mango top! I have noticed that Joanna of Poppy's Style has the cream version which is also lovely too!

And this is the other little purchase.......I saw this fab River Island leopard print cuff on Net-a-Dressers blog! It is gorgeous and it would have passed me by had it not been pointed out to me so thanking you kindly N-A-D!!



Both excellent pieces which I know I shall get tons wear out of!!

And so to the business of catching up! I have had a great week! The best thing hands down has been the chance to meet up with some of my wonderful blog friends!! Along with Marlene of Chocolate, Cookies and Candies, Sue from Susie So So, Natalie from Glamrosie, Donna from I won't wear sludge brown, Frances from School Run Style and Andrea from Cous, Cous and Cork Wedges, I was invited to a preview of My Wardrobe's Autumn/Winter 2014 collection at the Spirit of Summer fair at Olympia! Now I unfortunately don't have anything about the preview that I can share but thankfully the day turned out just grand as it meant us ladies could have a good old catch up! I am really terrible at remembering to take pictures so there is no photographic evidence but I did just want to say thank you girls for a really lovely day!

So that was on Thursday, then on Saturday I hopped on the train again to catch up with the lovely Sharon from Thrift My Style. We had originally planned to shop until we dropped but instead we wiled away hours talking, first over a glass of Prosecco and later idling away a few more hours over lunch at Cafe Rouge! The time just flew by and we didn't step into the first shop until just before 5pm!! We did a quick flit around South Kensington High Street.....no purchases to report from me but I didn't come home empty handed as Sharon had put together the most amazing goody bag I have ever seen! Sharon's amazing finds have completely inspired me to dedicate some time to checking out my local charity shops and I shall be up at the crack of dawn this Sunday to get myself to my excellent local booty sale!! Check out this fantastic haul!!


I was honestly blown away by these fantastic treasures that Sharon managed to find which were all perfect for me! I am thrilled kthe gold Birkenstock Gizeh's......I mentioned  awhile back that I was kicking myself because I'd eBayed a bronze pair back last year and Sharon managed to source these at a booty sale! The leopard print evening bag is L K Bennett also from a boot sale and how gorgeous is this Celia Birtwell for Uniqlo dress from her local Scope charity shop!!


The Birkies 

So again credit where it's due....inspired by Sharon's treasures I took myself off for a peruse around my local Dorothy House charity shop unearthed this little brand new H&M Conscious Collection t-shirt for a fiver! Apologies for the fuzzy photo!



I will definately be going back to this charity shop as they had lots of H&M and Zara, I also spied a gorgeous pair of Pied A Terre wedges which I have a feeling I will be kicking myself later for not buying!!

Right! Now onto to what I've been wearing this past week kicking off with the outfit I wore to the My Wardrobe preview at the Spirit of Summer event at Olympia. 


Pull & Bear dress (current)
Tesco sandals (last year)
Mulberry Bayswater (old but a classic!)


Topshop denim shirt (current)
Pull & Bear jeans (current)
Kurt Geiger Laurel skate shoes (current)

My outfit to meet Sharon in London on Saturday!


Whistles dress (old)
Birkenstock Arizona's (current, via Amazon)
Anya Hindmarch Gracie bag (current via The Outnet)



Whistles top (last year, via outlet store)
Pull & Bear jeans (current)
Birkenstock Gizeh (courtesy of Sharon from Thrift My Style)



Mango top (current)
H&M jeans (sale a few weeks back)
Birkenstock Arizona's (current via Amazon)
Anya Hindmarch Gracie bag (current via The Outnet)

Lastly, today's outfit with my new thrifted t!!


H&M t-shirt (Dorothy House charity shop)
Zara jeans (last year)
Kurt Geiger Madison espadrilles (current)
Anya Hindmarch Gracie bag (current via The Outnet)

Have any of your purchases been inspired by your favourite bloggers lately? If you want to take a peek at my *favourite reads* at the top of the page you can see whose blogs I follow and whose style you may see me stealing in future!! 

My next post will has also been inspired by a blogger who has re-introduced to a High Street shop that I have overlooked for years!! So watch this space!!

Until next time!

Michelle xx 

p.s I have finally got myself on Instagram so I am going to try and share my daily outfit pictures on there! x


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  1. You have inspired me Michelle, will be checking out the local charity/thrift shops. You have some great looks, I feels a bit of SYS coming on!
    Sue x

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    1. Confession time Sue as your Mango Lonny jeans almost meant you got a shout out too!! I ended up taking them back though :0( as sadly they were not a good fit on me! Glad I have inspired someone else to thrift....I could have come home with another bag of goodies but I managed to reign it in!! xx

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  2. Loving your new purchases Michelle not to mention your outfit posts from the last week. Plus I can't believe how well Sharon did with her charity shop finds!!!
    As I've mentioned on my blog today you & Annmarie have inspired me *got the blame for ;-)* my Mango dress purchase!!!
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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    1. I thought the RI leopard cuff might be right up your street Jane...being a bit of Bet and all that!! The thrifty finds are so amazing....I can see myself getting hooked on seeking out some more bargains!!
      The Mango dress is so lovely....can't wait to wear it!! xx

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  3. You are ace, Michelle, your' style just gets better and better. I am having withdrawal symptoms here and I am really looking forward to the next 'meet up' when we can possibly 'meet up' again. H xx ;-)

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    1. Thank you Helen, that's a lovely thing to say!! I certainly feel I've found my fashion niche....it's only taken 44 years!! Lol! Hopefully there will be another meet in the not too distant future as it would be great to catch up with you again xx

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    2. Forgot to mention that I have finally got myself on Instagram so I am going to post my daily outfits on there too!! So you don't have to wait for a whole weeks worth in one go!! xx

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    3. I still don't 'do' instagram.

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  4. Michelle you are to blame for my Kurt Geiger espadrille purchase. Saw them in store and then when I spotted them in the flesh so to speak on your blog I had to bag myself a pair.

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    1. Aren't the KG Madison's fab....one of my favourite purchases so far this season! Such a great buy!! Lovely to hear I helped inspire your purchase...thank you!! xx

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  5. Hey lovely!! Ooh loving the Mango top, what a gorgeous choice for Summer and the cuff is so cute too! You never cease to amaze me how chic and stylish you always look on a daily basis, I love all your looks of course, but particularly the all white is fabulous-your Whistles top is lovely! Well done on your H&M charity shop tee, an amazing bargain and so pleased it's got you wanting to pop in the chazzas on a more regular basis, hehe!! Lovely recap post of our wonderful day, can't wait for our next meet! Have a good week xxx

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    1. Hey lovely! The Mango top will be a very handy little number me-thinks!! I love the cuff....am busy planning some outfits around it as it is such a statement piece! Didn't I do well for my first effort in a *chazza*!! I could have easily bought 4 things but I thought I'd best not get too carried away! At least I've sussed out which shops had the best stuff! Can't thank you enough still for the wonderful goody bag....that was some inspiration that will go a long way! xx

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  6. What a fab thrift haul & how kind & thoughtful is Sharon! I love the RI cuff!! As always, love all your outfits & it was great to catch-up again today! Maybe we need to hit the Bath charity shops next time we get together! x

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    1. How kind is Sharon indeed!! Some amazing thrift finds that have got me all inspired! Had a lovely catch up today....we absolutely must shop the Bath charity shops next time we meet....I really want to have a rummage in the Black & white shop too! xx

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  7. I loved catching up with your week in this post, how lovely to have met up with some people. Also, your outfits are all lovely, gosh there are some nice pieces there! Charity shops can be amazing, but you've got to put the legwork in! Have a great evening. P x

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    1. Thank you P! That is the thing about blogging....you do meet some great people!! Don't forget next time you visit Keynsham that you make time to meet for a coffee with me! There are some good charity shops in Keynsham too! I think I've got the bug so I look forward to uncovering some more gems xx

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  8. ah you are such a sweetheart Michelle, thank you. the T-shirt is fab and looks wonderful on you. I really like all your outfits I am envious how you can really transcend styles....I love your classic My Wardrobe preview outfit and I equally love you casual on trend outfits with your gorgeous KG espadrilles. xx

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    1. Thank you Annemarie....you are such a great source of inspiration for me!! I love your style!! You are great at picking perfect classics but mixing them up with bang-on trend items....I shall most certainly be stealing more of your style ;0) xx

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  9. errrr I have the grey top too:) Mango are the best store this season - I have never ordered so much from them! xx I'm not sure how I ever did summer without Birkenstocks these days - my Husband thinks they are breeding in our house I have so many lol xx

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    1. Lol....Joanna I am so not surprised!! It is such a fab top....easy to dress down with jeans and Birkies but would be equally fab for a night out with a skirt and some heels!
      I am loving the Birkies.....I didn't realise they would go with so much! xx

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  10. Oh hello charity shops, seriously impressed. Tbh I never venture into them, not because I'm a snob, just because I can't be bothered to rummage (a bit like TK Maxx really) - I get bored. I really do need to change my ways. You have some seriously cool outfits going on there Michelle, stunning lady xx

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    1. What I found Donna.....whilst doing the charity shop research, is that some are a lot better than others! The one where I made my little purchase was merchandised brilliantly and honestly it was the one in the nearest to some of the most.....ahem.....expensive property in Bath! Say no more! Thank for the lovely compliment re. my outfits....you have been sporting some pretty amazing outfits too! xx

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  11. I am exactly like Donna above. I just can't be bothered to rummage ... which I realise is entirely my loss :( Loving your new Mango top. And as always you look effortlessly stylish in all your photos x

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    1. I love T K Maxx too but you do need to rummage and you really have to be in the mood with a good couple of hours spare!! You can do it! I think I will be going back on Saturday because the Pied A Terre wedges are playing on my mind! Thank you for the lovely compliment xx

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  12. I just don't do charity shops but how great are these finds? I have a pair of brown Gizehs by Birkenstock which I love - your gold ones are fab! Loving your summer looks too, Michelle. Lynne x

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    1. Thank you Lynne....I am so loving the gold Gizeh's! I had the brown/bronze ones, I don't know what possessed me to get rid of, they were such a great neutral shade! xx

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  13. Sounds like you had a wonderful day with Sharon and what a lovely goody bag she put together for you - you are one lucky girl! Love the Celia Birtwell Uniqlo dress. And the first Mango top - I tried that on in the shop in the cream and it was nice but I don't think it really suited me which was such a shame as it's lovely for the price as well and so pretty.

    It was lovely to catch up with and be able to sit down and have a nice chat this time - February was so rushed. We'll have to plan another meet - get Helen in on the act this time.

    BTW - if I could - I would SYS with the Gracie but I'm so lousy at saving up!

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    1. I did have a truly wonderful day Sue! I was spoilt rotten with the amazing goody bag and I totally agree that I am one lucky girl! The Celia Birtwell/Uniqlo dress is a dream to wear, just the right amount of floaty and flirty. The Mango top is so pretty and you are right, such a great price.....I couldn't leave it there!
      It was brilliant to have a proper catch up this time, can't wait until next time and yes it will be fab to have Helen along next time!
      I am so glad I got the Gracie but have got eBay to thank for the funds, I am lousy at saving for things too! xx

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  14. So glad you caught up with Sharon, she is a complete babe isn't she and that goody bag, wow! You look fantastic in all your outfits Michelle and I am so loving seeing the Gracie on you xxx

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    1. Isn't Sharon lovely! I am still kicking myself for not getting to the Hotter event where I would have got to meet both of you!! I thank you for introducing me to your *Gracie* as I am so darn chuffed with both of mine ;0) xx

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  15. Lovely to see you again! What a lovely lady to bring all those amazing finds! x

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    1. It was brilliant to see you again too! Haven't I been lucky with the thrifty finds and meeting another lovely blogger friend!! xx

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  16. Some great outfits and I'm seriously impressed with your charity shop haul. I have the Mango top as well, such a perfect little top for summer. Love your whistles dress btw!

    A x

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    1. Thank you Abbi....it's been lovely to break out some of the Summery bits this past week! Great minds with the Mango top, bet we will both get lots of wear out of it! The Whistles dress is an ancient outlet (Clark's Village, Street) purchase but it is still one of my fav's! xx

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  17. Wow, what fab finds, love that dress on you it looks fab. It was so lovely to see you last week, and thanks for the kind mention, I am loving that top it has been worn a lot!! x

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    1. You fully deserve the mention Frances as you are a great source of inspiration to me! I plan on wearing the Mango top a lot too.....it's such a lovely shape and colour! Thank you xx

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  18. I find my fellow bloggers a huge source of help in creating my wardrobe. Sometimes I am missing key things & I don't have to look any further than my blog roll to find something that I may have missed x

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    1. *High five* Amanda! It has been great to celebrate some of my favourite bloggers as these days most of my inspiration comes either from blogs or Pinterest! You have it spot on when you say that you need look no further than your blog roll! xx

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  19. I am always so amazed at the goodies that Sharon seems to unearth from her thrifting? I have over the years got a couple of charity shop goodies, but I don't check them out much these days. I think Sharon should take us all out, on a how to do thrifting course!! She has found some incredible bargains for you! p.s. Thank's for the mention too! xx

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    1. You know Sharon has a gift....not only does she thrift amazing stuff for herself but she has a real eye for what suits someone else! All the bits and bobs she bought for me were spot on! I have said I need a masterclass in the art of thrift shopping from her many times! She is hopefully coming down to Bath......not too far from you?! Perhaps you could join us too!
      I've just realised you weren't on my blog roll so I've just rectified that! You are welcome for the mention....getting lots of inspiration from you! xx

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    2. What fun that would be, If you guys do make a date, I would love to all meet up! xx

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    3. Brilliant!! Will keep you in the loop...watch out Bath here we come!! xx

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  20. Some lovely items there - I really like the polka dot dress - Thats really nice.
    Also love your all white outfit. The top looks really nice, and I have to say the Birkies look good with it too
    Paul

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    1. Thank you Paul....you are too kind! Not a fan of the Birkies? Am I bringing you around? ;0) x

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  21. What a fantastic week you've had Michelle! It was so lovely to finally meet you & I just wish we had of had longer to chat! Its wonderful that you & Sharon got to meet up & I so wish I could of been there! We must fix a date for thrifting together! Sharons goody bag was spot on & so you! What a lovely lady! I love all your outfits but your Whistles dress is just fab as is the all black outfit! xx

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    1. It was lovely to meet you too! It would be great to get a date together for a thrift trip together with Sharon! Thank you for the lovely compliments about my outfits xx

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  22. Didn't Sharon do well!! Sounds like you had a fab time also meeting up with all the girls:) Hope you enjoyed your long weekend Michelle!
    ~Anne xx

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    1. It has been a fab week meeting up with some lovely ladies Anne.....if only you weren't so far away! Have a great week xx

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