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Thrifty Finds No. 7: Charity Shops

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For most of this week I’ve had a well earned break from work, and on Wednesday afternoon my mum and I went thrift shopping for the first time in months.  We decided to head to two local towns to browse the charity shops, and it was well worth the trip, as I managed to find some fantastic bargains!

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Be Beau Studded Cardigan – £1.00

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Jaeger Striped Shirt – £1.00

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Omen Skeleton T Shirt – £1.00

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Lipsy Lace Bolero – £3.00

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Living Dead Souls Leopard Print Cardigan – £3.50

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Zara Shirt – £3.75

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Farhi Maxi Skirt – 99p

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Books – 75p and 50p

Total Spend: £15.49

I’m really pleased with this haul as I managed to get pieces for work and leisure, from some great brands.  My two favourites are the Zara shirt, which looks great with black skinnies and heels, and the Lipsy lace bolero.  The bolero still had its tags attached so is brand new, and was actually £15.00 in the Lipsy sale, so at £3.00 was an absolute steal!

Naomi x

Alexander McQueen Autumn Winter Wishlist

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McQueen AW WishlistFolded Drape Mini Skirt / Ladder High Neck Dress / Rouched Knit Crew Neck Jumper / Long Handkerchief Skirt / Silk Chiffon Creased Roses Scarf / Studded Heeled Bootie / Legend Bag / Draped Sleeve Flare Dress / Petal Sleeve Double Breasted Coat / Studded Continental Wallet / Folded Drape Mini Dress / Studded Heroine Bag

I’ve always been more of an Autumn/Winter fan than a Spring/Summer one (which is probably just as well considering I live in chilly little England!), so although I’m enjoying the longer days, blue skies and lush landscapes of the current months, I can’t help but get a little bit excited about the up and coming Autumn/Winter collections from my favourite shops and designers.  Walking around the Highcross last week, I’ve already started to notice a slow trickle of thicker fabrics and darker colours coming in and, much to my delight, Alexander McQueen have also just launched their Pre Autumn Winter 2015, and Autumn Winter 2015 collections.  There are some absolutely stunning pieces in both collections, but unfortunately I’m far too poor to afford any of it!  So I thought I’d share with you my McQueen Autumn/Winter wishlist, so that you can see how beautiful it all is, but also so I can come back to it during the end of year sale to remind myself of what I want, in the hope that I will then be able to afford it!

Which is your favourite piece?

Naomi x

Highcross Autumn Fashion Fix

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Autumn is my favourite time of year for so many reasons… the weather, the colours of the trees, Halloween, Bonfire Night, the cosy nights in, the homely cooking, and of course the fashion!  So, when I found out that Leicester’s biggest shopping centre, Highcross, was putting on an Autumn Fashion Fix catwalk show, I booked my tickets straight away!

My mum and I headed into town this morning for the 11:30am show, and we were lucky enough to get front row seats.  Everyone who’d booked seats also got a little goody bag which was nice.

The show itself was really enjoyable.  There were six models in total, four female and two male, and the show was split into six scenes – The Cosmo Edit, Faux Fur, Tapestry Folk, Shades of Red, New Pastels, and Metallics.  Every single scene featured some really gorgeous pieces, but the Metallics section was my favourite, as it mixed colours and textures that I love.  Think leather biker jackets and chunky heels, mixed with gunmetal sequins.

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Reiss Semi Sheer Embroidered Top £110 / Reiss Wide Leg Culotte Trousers £129 / Red Herring Ivory Faux Fur Coat £79 / Reiss Rose Gold Strappy Stiletto £139

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River Island Fluffy Knit Jumper £30 / River Island Reptile Faux Leather Miniskirt £28 / River Island Plastic Origami Necklace £12 / Miss Selfridge Faux Fur Gilet £55 / Jasper Conran Ivory Maribou Cossack £40 / River Island Taupe Suede Ankle Boot £50

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Karen Millen Floral Tapestry Dress £199 / Karen Millen White Pleated Front Cotton Shirt £110 / Karen Millen Black and Floral Print Scarf £99 / Karen Millen Lace Black Shoeboot £155

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Monsoon Embellished Chiffon Top £69 / Monsoon Blush Satin 50s Skirt £69 / Betty Jackson Oversized Double Breasted Coat £159 / River Island Gold Open Toe Stiletto £50 / Aldo Pill Box Bag £35

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Warehouse Leather A-Line Mini Dress £48 / Warehouse Leather Slim Trouser £38 / Ted Baker Silver Sequin Jacket £299 / Aldo Teardrop Chain Necklace £20 / Simply Be Metallic Reptile Clutch £25 / Office Holographic Open Toe Heels £50

I also filmed an Instagram video of the Shades of Red scene…

It was nice to see affordable, high street pieces on a catwalk, and a lot of this year’s trends and colours are right up my street.  The soundtrack to the show was great too!

What do you think of this season’s fashion trends?

Naomi x

Throwback Dress

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Not so long ago I was sorting through my wardrobe, working out what to keep, what to sell, and what to get rid of, and I realised I have one dress in particular that survives all of my wardrobe clear outs.  I’ve had this black and white star print skater dress for almost half a decade, and since buying it from Matalan I’ve actually dropped two dress sizes, but I just can’t bear to part with it.  It’s even been taken in at the back so I can still wear it!

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This dress has become affectionately known as my throwback dress, as it’s seen me through many seasons, layered up or down accordingly, and many events, including christmas day 2011 and my 22nd birthday.  It always reminds me of when I first met my fiancé too.  It may not be the most breathtaking item of clothing that I own, but I treasure it and will probably always keep it.

My little sentimental encounter with my throwback dress got me thinking… what will be my throwback dress of the future?  A dress that I currently love and will keep for years to come.  There are a few candidates, but I think this Dolly & Delicious skater dress from New Look will be it.

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I call this one my goth fairy dress, and I absolutely love the layered net skirt and cut out sides.  I get the feeling it will become a staple wardrobe item this summer.  I plan on wearing it to several gigs and events in the coming months, so it will undoubtedly become associated with fantastic memories that I just won’t want to get rid of.

Do you have a throwback dress?  If so, why do you keep it?

Naomi x

What I Wore: Victorianesque

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I’m not usually one for wearing skirts, but for some reason today felt like a skirt day, so I decided to wear one out for lunch with family at my favourite country pub.  I recently picked up this lace midi skirt on sale at Primark for just £3 (yes, £3!)  It’s lined with a silky teal fabric which contrasts beautifully with the black lace, and it’s so pretty and intricate it only really needs a basic top to go with it!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPrimark Black & Teal Lace Midi Skirt / Primark Pocket Top / Dr Martens Regina Heeled Boots / Alchemy The Raven Necklace / Juno Black Patent Grab Bag

For a slightly Victorianesque Gothic look, I finished the outfit with my lace up Dr Martens Regina brogue heeled boots, and my stunning Raven Alchemy necklace.  Alchemy are a company close to my heart as they’re based in my hometown, and I own quite a few of their pieces, but this is one of my favourites as it’s based on my favourite Edgar Allan Poe poem, ‘The Raven’.  Of course I also had to add my trusty Juno patent grab bag, which I reviewed here last week.

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What do you think of this look?

Naomi x

What I Wore: Sloppy Joe

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After a stressful week of work, job interviews and getting caught in the rain, I fancied a bit of a day off today. Granted I had to go food shopping and do some washing, but other than that I’ve had a chilled day of taking photos for my blog/eBay, and writing. A relaxed day calls for a relaxed outfit, so I decided to wear my new sloppy joe jumper, which has to be one of my favourite sale buys of the season.

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House of Fraser Label Lab Men’s Jumper / Primark Grey Skinny Jeans / H&M Black Ankle Boots / Claire’s Bird Skull Necklace

Here’s a bit of advice from me… never bypass the men’s department just because you’re a woman! I found this little beauty in the men’s section of House of Fraser, and it’s by a brand called Label Lab. This was the only one left and it’s a size XL, but I think it looks great as an oversized slouchy jumper.  I’d even wear it as a jumper dress over leather-look leggings.  The jumper feels incredibly soft, and is soooo comfy and warm.  I love it, and at £14.40, down from £45.00, it was an absolute bargain.

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This outfit also features two other bargains from my January Sale haul.  The grey skinny jeans were a snip at just £5.00 from Primark.  I was actually surprised to find these, as Primark jeans are usually too short for me, but these are long length and fit me perfectly.

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I bought this cute little bird skull necklace yesterday whilst in town.  I spotted a £1 stand in the doorway of Claire’s and just had to have a look, and picked up this necklace and two others for a total of £3.  Not bad!

Do you have a sloppy joe jumper that you turn to on lazy days?

Naomi x

What I Wore: Graduation

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After two years of hard work, and juggling studying with a part-time job, yesterday I finally graduated from the University of Leicester with a postgraduate degree in Modern Literature!  It’s been a long and, at times, difficult couple of years, but I am so happy that I can now officially call myself a Master of the Arts.  And to make things even better, my fiancé graduated at the same time with the same degree, and because our surnames are alphabetically next to each other, we got to cross the stage one after the other!  I was very nervous before the ceremony, which is odd considering I’d done it all before in 2011 in the same place, but in the end I really enjoyed the day and I’m so proud of my achievement.

Between them my family took hundreds of photographs, but after a hectic day I’m yet to sort through all of them, so for now I can only share a few.  Hopefully I’ll have some better ones to add some time next week which actually show my outfit properly!

On the day I wore a beautiful textured floral dress from Dorothy Perkins, which I bought especially for the ceremony.  We were told to wear ‘sombre colours’ but I didn’t want to look too drab, so I chose something with a nice print and teamed it with red lips and nails to match the colour of my hood.

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Illamasqua Lipstick in ‘Snap’ / Ciaté Nail Varnish in ‘Dangerous Affair’

Excuse the pose on that one!

In the evening, my family, my fiancé, my fiancé’s family and I went out for a meal to celebrate the occasion.  I wore the same dress as I did during my graduation, but I swapped my low New Look heels (I didn’t want to fall over on the stage!) for my new Kurt Geiger Sally Ankle Boots, my red lips for pink lips, and I also took my Zatchels Gothic Lace Saddle Bag out for a spin.

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Also, I feel like MUA’s Pro-Base Makeup Fixing Mist needs a special mention here.  I used the spray in the morning after applying my make up, and it did an amazing job at keeping it in place.  I expected to have to reapply my make up before going out for the meal in the evening, but it still looked great, and did so right up until I removed it at 11pm!  A real saviour on a long, busy day.

What did you wear to your graduation?

Naomi x

What I Wore: Twice as Mice

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Last week, whilst browsing vintage-inspired fashion website Beau Boutique, I spotted this gorgeous Sugarhill Boutique Mice Loves Dress in the sale for just £26, down from £56. Those who read my blog regularly will know that I’m crazy about rats, and the little cuties on the dress reminded me of my two babies, Miggley and Mog. Luckily, at the time it was still in stock in my size, and Hania of Beau Boutique very kindly sent me the dress to review. Thank you!

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My fiancé and I went out for a nice lunch yesterday, so I decided to give the dress its first outing. The dress, which is from Sugarhill Boutique’s AW13 collection, is made from a light, chiffon-like mulberry coloured fabric, and is fully lined with sheer sleeves.  The fabric hangs and moves beautifully, and is so comfortable and flattering to wear.

The print is my favourite thing about the dress as it depicts two mice (or rats as I like to think) forming a love heart with their tails, and it covers the whole of the dress.  At the back of the dress there’s a wide exposed zip that runs to just below the waist, which I really like, and there’s also a contrasting sheer black panel at the waist which gives it a bit of an edge.

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In terms of sizing I’m usually an average size 12, but the dress is a 14/Large and fits well but is slightly roomy, so I’d say it’s fairly accurate to size, if not slightly small.  Just make sure you check the size guide before ordering!

This dress has gone straight to the top of my favourites list.  It’s so pretty and feminine, and detailed enough that it doesn’t even need any accessories to set it off, in my opinion.  I just teamed it with black tights and ankle boots, and an oversized bag, and was ready to go! Oh and the important test… My rats also approve!

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Beau Boutique stock a wide range of women’s clothing, inspired by celebrity and vintage style, including brands such as Ruby Rocks, Madam Rage, Motel and Voodoo Girl.  The site has become my go-to place to look for dresses and clothes that you can’t find on the high street, and they offer free standard UK delivery which is always nice when ordering online!  You can browse Beau Boutique’s collections here.

Naomi x

*This Sugarhill Boutique Mice Loves Dress was sent to me by Beau Boutique for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

JollyChic $100 Fashion Giveaway Winner!

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Hello everyone!

Firstly, allow me to apologise for the delay in announcing the winner of my JollyChic giveaway.  I had a bit of trouble verifying entries through Rafflecopter, BUT the issue has now been fixed and the time has come for me to name the winner!  The winner will receive $100 (with free shipping) to spend on fashion at JollyChic.com, which will be credited to your JollyChic account.  Between you all, you earned over 4,000 entries, so I’d just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who entered for making the giveaway such a success.

So, now the moment you’ve all been waiting for!  The winner of my JollyChic giveaway, as chosen at random via Rafflecopter, is entry number 258, which belongs to…

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Tara Hunter-Reid

Congratulations, Tara!  You are the lucky winner.  Please email me at bewitcheryblog@gmail.com to confirm the email address that you used to register with JollyChic, and I will pass the information on so they can credit your account.

Once again, a big thank you to everyone who entered, and thank you too to JollyChic.com for sponsoring this giveaway.

Please check back soon for another exciting giveaway!

Naomi x

JollyChic $100 Fashion Giveaway

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As a little treat over Christmas and New Year, I have teamed up with online fashion retailer JollyChic to bring you another exciting giveaway. The giveaway is open internationally so anyone can enter, and the prize is a massive $100 to spend on anything you like at JollyChic.com.  Free delivery to anywhere in the world will be included too, so you don’t have to worry about high shipping costs! JollyChic stock a wide range of women’s clothing, shoes, bags and accessories, so what better way to start 2014 than with a brand new wardrobe?

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There are two mandatory things you must do to enter… Firstly, you must subscribe to Bewitchery via email using the ‘Follow Me’ box in the side bar of my blog. Then, you must create an account on the JollyChic website. If you’re the lucky winner your $100 prize will be credited to this account, so please enter valid details when registering.

To enter, please complete the above steps and use the Rafflecopter form below to submit your entries. You can then earn extra entries if you wish!

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The giveaway will run for 3 weeks and will end at midnight on January 12th 2014. The winner will then be chosen at random via Rafflecopter, and contacted via email once their entry has been verified. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen.  Please note that the prize cannot be turned into cash.

Good luck!

Naomi x

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