Posted in Clothes, Fashion, Life

Charity Shop Shopping

A few weeks ago I read an amazing piece about a woman who only shops in charity shops. She hasn’t spent more than £3 on clothes in years, she wears a piece a couple of times and donates it back.

How do I get this mentality?

I used to love to buy vintage stuff but let’s face it, it’s still second-hand clothing but with a higher price tag. At least now I can grab a bargain and support a charity a little more.

Whilst writing this I looked back to find the original article but found this instead.

There are some inspiring people in this world. They may not be famous and they might not be ‘true heroes’ but they’re still inspiring, at least to me.

 

Growing up

Somehow, it seemed almost shameful when I was little. I remember a girl once saying she’d bought her really cute t-shirt from a charity shop, the comments of “Why? Can’t you afford normal clothes?” and “Charity shops only sell clothes that people have died in!” inevitably spilled out of small uneducated mouths.

I come from a little town that is made up of coffee shops, charity shops and pubs. We only ever had one main high street clothes store. This fact, coupled with my mums hatred of shopping and big towns meant I spent most of my time looking through items in either Oxfam, Help the Aged, Mind or Scope.

I wouldn’t say that was a bad thing, it meant that I could get far more clothes than my friends and my mum spent a fraction of the price. As long as I didn’t mention where I had bought the clothes from I would feel great. And when it came to shopping for holiday clothes we would go to a big out-of-town store – getting brand new stuff was a huge treat.

During my teen years I went through the predictable goth stage, though not as extreme as some. I went through a girly phase, a tom-boy phase and a refusal to wear any branded clothes phase. Charity shops catered for all my moods. Even when I started to go out to events and discos I would buy dresses on a regular basis so I wouldn’t have to wear the same dress twice.

I was scarred by the Lizzie McGuire Movie at a young age… “You Lizzie McGuire are an outfit repeater!”… Did people actually say this? Did people document your outfits? I refused to chance it.

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At University we constantly shopped in charity shops, our fancy dress outfits were always on point and it didn’t matter when they were drenched in beer in the Student Union Bar on a Wednesday night.

 

 

Now

I still wander around a good charity shop. Still with my mum. Although over the past few years I’ve steered away from buying clothes, I now enjoy finding the most hideous thing in the shop and telling my mum I would buy it for her.

I regularly buy books or household stuff but it’s rare I would get anything else. After leaving the charity shop I usually cross the road to the high street clothes store and fall in love with at least ten different things and walk out feeling sad that I can’t afford any of them.

 

My new plan

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My current style “lazy-but trying” is about to change. I want “country, quirky and cute”.

For the first time in 7 weeks I have a whole Saturday free. I will endeavor to stroll around my little town and visit at least 3 charity shops. It’s my new goal to find something – anything.

I have to admit I tried this months ago. I was going for a day out and desperately needed something to match my carefully planned outfit. I searched high and low for a denim jacket that is under £30 – no luck. I did find a denim shirt, it was a size 18 and I’m a 12 but it was £2.75, tied perfectly at my waist and I felt quite fashionable… Very Rare!

So now I’m taking advice from any fashion-forward-cheap-only shopper I can find. Things like “do not look at sizes, just try them on” are bound to make me feel better, but I still don’t think I can resist a sale.

If it’s under £10 then it’s ok.

Posted in Clothes, Fat, General Issues

Jeans and a nice top

If there is one phrase I cannot stand it’s the answer to that immortal question

“What are you wearing tonight?”

“Jeans and a nice top”

What person feels that this is an adequate answer?

What constitutes “nice”?

 

I’m going to a concert on Saturday night, not a big pop/rock thing, it’s an acapella band in a theatre. It doesn’t matter how big or small this concert is, I am still over excited and I’ve been looking forward to it since I bagged front row seats back in January.

It’s the 3rd (or 4th) time I will have seen the band and I love them. Each time I get more and more excited and when it comes to the meet-and-greet after I become a shy little school girl, too embarrassed to ask for a picture.

The trouble arises when I asked the bff what she’s wearing. Jeans and a nice top.

No. I refuse to accept that answer. I want specifics.

The last concert of this kind we ended up in matching outfits with the only difference being shoes. We need to coordinate before Saturday arrives.

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Do I wear jeans and a nice top? Do I wear a skirt? Would I look too formal in a dress?

These are all important questions, not helped by the fact that we’ll be going on to a bar or club afterwards.

 

As usual, I’ve googled it. Strangely enough, jeans and a nice top didn’t appear, at least not in those specific words.

I don’t want to wear a band t-shirt and the world will not be subjected to my body in something figure-hugging.

I’ve tried in vein to search through my favourite clothes websites and nothing screams “WEAR ME!” so I will resort to going to an actual shop – not happy about this.

 

Jeans and a nice top will not cut it. These photos are going to be plastered all over social media and my lounge wall. No one is ever going to say “I like what you wore to that concert”. Jeans and a nice top do not warrant any compliment. They are the beige boring sheet of the outfit world.

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Posted in Clothes, Fat, Food, Weight-loss

Swapping Cereal for Smoothies to Drop 5lbs?

So I read an article a few weeks back about how someone swapped all their unhealthy meals for smoothies. I don’t really agree that this will work or at least do anything for me but I’m going to give it a go.

 

I’m combining this with some of the points in “12 tricks to drop 5 pounds in a week”. It may sound slightly at odds as the first “step” says to only drink water but I don’t like water.

The 12 Steps in a nutshell:

1. Drink Mainly Water

2. Swap Refined Carbs for Veggies

3. Do Cardio 30 Minutes a Day

4. Drink Coffee an Hour Before Working Out

5. Have Nightly You-On-Top Sex

6. Do 36 Push-Ups and Lunges Every Other Day

7. Sleep 30 Minutes More a Night

8. Make One Food Sacrifice

9. Eat Salmon

10. Pop an Anti-Gas Pill

11. Stand Up Straight

12. Do Squats and Sit-Ups

 

Why am I doing this?

Firstly, it’s Monday morning and I’m going to a concert on Saturday night so to feel better in a dress I thought I’d give this week a try.

Secondly, I love smoothies and I ran out of milk.

So…

This morning instead of my beloved Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, I threw a large handful of frozen mixed berries into my blender along with a banana, orange juice and some low fat Greek style yoghurt. It was delicious and I almost forgot about my lack of flakes.

Drinking it from my new bottle I was able to take it to work and sip throughout the morning, this stopped the usual mid-morning munchies and meant that by the time it came to lunch I only wanted a sandwich and not the usual extras of either a lemon posset or flapjack (my favourites from our building’s canteen).

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I’m not one for product placement but I love this bottle. It’s simple, it doesn’t leak and it’s pink! I found it in Wilkinsons at the weekend and it’s the best one I’ve come across. The infuser bottles draw me in but I know I’m never going to use them properly. This is the only one that had a decent “mouth piece” that will allow those random un-blended bits of banana through and it won’t get blocked with seeds. I LOVE it.20170703_121327

Side Note: I sucked the smoothie up too hard so created a vacuum, I made a very loud kissing noise when I pulled it away – slightly embarrassing moment in the office.

 

 

I don’t want to radically change my diet so for lunch I had tuna mayo with lettuce and cucumber on brown bread and tonight I plan on having salmon, green beans, baby corn with sweet chilli sauce (Step 2 and Step 9). I’d been planning on having this anyway, luckily it fits farily well. Keeping the carbs in the middle of the day is probably going to be a better option for my digestion – after dinner I plan on being lazy… I mean getting those extra 30 minutes of sleep (Step 7).

 

The part I’m going to struggle with is the exercise. Do 30 minutes of Cardio a day (Step 3)? The last time I did a cardio workout was the summer of 2014 at a fitness class in the middle of a sports shop. The first and last time that’s going to happen.

 

But for the purpose of trying to impress a band member, that is likely to already have a girlfriend, I will try. I will try for my own ego’s sake… You never know, he might like a chunkier girl (is what I keep telling myself).

 

If you want to try this yourselves I would be very interested to hear if it works.

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/health-fitness/advice/a5614/drop-5-pounds-in-a-week-0509/

 

And for those of you who read my Friday complaining post, I apologise, but I did manage to find some wide-legged trousers that I loved… Of course, I had to hem them as they were 3 inches too long. *sigh*

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Posted in Clothes, Fat, General Issues, Thighs

Embrasing The Wide-Leg Trouser

Anyone else got that impulsive friend who decides on a Friday afternoon “Hey, let’s do something this weekend”? They have no regard for the fact it takes a small army of people to help me decide what I’m going to wear.

This weekend, my annoying but lovely friend and I are off for a chilled day in Oxford. Cue weather checks to rule out outfits.

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As my beautiful boss has told me he’ll cover the office for most of the afternoon so I can go home early, I have a little extra time to plan. A quick search of ‘relaxed nice outfits’ (I know, so inventive), has not helped.

I, as usual, have a few issues with outfit planning.

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My friend is a guy who regularly dresses in the salmon-shorts-white-polo or designer jeans-hoodie combo – as you can imagine he’s at the slightly posher end of the spectrum so his outfits are relatively easy to sort.

As he’s got this posh side, we regularly end up in some of the most expensive places around…other times he’s obsessed with a McDonald’s. Other fast food chains are available.

This makes outfit planning difficult. My sizeable thighs do not help. I’ve come to the realisation that even though they make up 90% of my wardrobe, skinny jeans are not my friend. They’re too warm, too restrictive and make my legs look very short and fat.

My only inspiration right now are the girls that confidently wear the wide legged trouser and a cute vest whilst strutting through the streets with a floppy hat, massive sunglasses and an oversized handbag.

I can guarantee I won’t look that good but they remind me of my pjs so at least I’ll feel that good.

Huge problems arise when I think of the average length of leg, I am never average. I’ve got to spend my Friday night shopping for the perfect length or at lease a pair I love to give myself enough time to alter them tomorrow. The pressure is on!!