thrifting

JELLY

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Hey lovers

Vintage and thrift finds is an extremely economical way to shop. The best part about shopping this way is that you are more like to score yourself one off stylish pieces that won’t hurt your bank account. Of course not all of us want to look like we’ve stepped back in time but here’s the thing…you don’t have to.

What I love doing is mixing vintage and modern pieces to create a look that’s unique, yet won’t have heads turning for all the wrong reasons. It can be hard to do this right so if you’re starting out, my suggestion is to keep the colour palette basic and add in a few simple accessories. Of course if you’re game, do add in extra colours and textures to your outfit and go bold on the hair and makeup.

Since it’s our summer, I’ve gone for simple feminine colours and created this look with a mix of modern clothes and vintage accessories. It’s comfortable, casual and does not scream over the top.

Love the look?

Thanks for dropping in x

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I’m wearing: Tee by The LB Brand || Jelly sandals and necklace from Asos || Vintage bag from Savers || Skirt by St John || Sunglasses from Retrostar Vintage

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BUSINESS CASUAL

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Hello all

Suits are a thing of the past for me and I find them uncomfortable to wear. What I often do is mix and match up suits with other pieces in my wardrobe, creating a business casual outfit. That way, they aren’t just sitting there.

Wearing a t-shirt to work – not quite practice, but wearing a suit jacket over your t-shirt – pass. Vintage zebra print skirt…bonus.

Thanks for dropping by and I hope this gives you a little styling inspiration.

Sovanny x

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TARTAN AFFAIR

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Hello gorgeous

During a recent thrift shopping expedition at Retrostar, I stumbled upon this devine tartan dress.  Although the dress looked a little tired on the racks I knew that a little TLC would make it look as good as new. With a soft spot for tartan, I purchased it without the bother of trying it on.

Delighted by how the dress turned out after a simple dry clean, I wore it to work and needless to say it felt amazing on. That’s the gift of vintage finds. The one off pieces are beautiful, timeless and long lasting. Once more, it’s so easy to mix vintage and modern pieces together to pull off a sophisticated outfit. What do you think of the styling?

Thanks for reading lovelies xx

Sovanny

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DELIGHTFUL

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Hello gorgeous

Over the years, online shopping has been an absolute life saver. As a creature of convenience I loved the simple concept of surfing the web, adding things I wanted in a virtual basket and then checking out with my credit card. It meant I saved time and didn’t have to deal with all the crowds. Thrift shopping however has given me a whole new experience. Not only does it take me away from the virtual world of convenience, it requires me to also patiently go through endless racks of clothing before I find a desirable piece. Needless to say thrifting was frustrating at first but, one off vintage items like this dress make the experience all the worth while. What do you think of the outfit? Thanks all. Sovanny xx

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MOTHER

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Hello gorgeous

When the person behind the lens is passionate about the art of photography, the end result is absolutely amazing.

For months, I have thought about the day when my dear friend Lynda (from Lindy Lu Photography ) and I would work together on a fashion shoot. It took months to make this happen, because I wanted the concept behind the photo-shoot to be both unique and personal. Once more, I wanted the photographs to depict a part of the person that I am today.

Today, I’m a mother who’s bold and confident in her own skin. One that loves to shop but is no longer an extreme consumerist. One that loves expensive clothing but is more than happy to shop at Savers. One that knows a vintage or second-hand piece can look just a flattering as any new item. One that would rather spend money on her daughter than herself. One that would invest money on a good time rather than clothes. One that wants to contribute to a more eco-friendly existance. While motherhood does not define the person that I am, the experience to date has had an immense influence on the changes in my behaviour and perspective to the world of consumerism.

With this short representation, a beautiful retro concept was created which aims to capture me in the present day. Permission was granted for us to utilise a closed down petrol station as the back drop, while a dear friend of Lynda’s gave us use of an old Ford Cortina as the prop. Modelling in clothes that were either old or second-hand, I found this experience both liberating and satisfying. Best of all, I was able to work with a friend that shared the same values as I. I am so excited to be sharing these swagging photographs with you and hope that you love this personal piece.

Thank you for reading.

Sovanny x

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Credits:: A special thanks to Lynda from Lindy Lu Photography for all her work and photographs, Tim Dinh for lending us the cars and Andy owner of Andy’s Service Station, Sunshine for the exclusive use of his site.

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