Here's Why Denim Is So Awesome To Recycle


 Jeans - East London Style (Home made), Trainers - Fila Disruptor II

Jeans - East London Style (Home made), Trainers - Fila Disruptor II

I love working and recycling with denim. The main reason is that pretty much denim is indestructible. You can sew and re-sew and un-do and re-sew again pretty much on the same spot and the fabric will not give way and rip.

When and if you do get rips, patch it! Or leave it as a rip and incorporate this into what you are doing.

Recycling jeans is great, there are so many ways that I can’t wait to show you on this blog.

You can bleach, dye, over dye after bleaching, cutting, sewing, making into - dresses, skirts, shorts, new jeans, bags, pretty much anything and the great thing - yep - it’s pretty much indestructible.

With the jeans in these photographs, I have incorporated a pair of cargo pants (another very tough fabric that is great to work with), I have also added ribbons and tape.

And just for fun I didn’t bother having a plan or making them symmetrical in design - sewing is so enjoyable! and there are no rules as to what you can and can’t do.

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A Vintage Dress Success Story You'll Never Believe


 Dress - Paper Dress Vintage, Trainers - Fila Disruptor 2

Dress - Paper Dress Vintage, Trainers - Fila Disruptor 2

I knew that on Saturday our local vintage clothing store ‘Paper Dress Vintage’ was holding a sale. I’ve been before and these sales are great, cheap clothing but unlike an enormous ‘kilo sale’ this sale is well curated and manageable (on a hangover…). However I’m not in need of any more clothing, vintage or otherwise. In fact I’m clearing out, I’m putting everything into piles - keep, store, recycle and OUT.

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I thought it rude not to go, they had kindly sent me an invite, at least go and have a look…

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AND - yes I came home with a bag full, in fact 6 dresses and 1 skirt better off. Nows here’s the thing, I genuinely thought at this price that I would be looking at pieces that I could and perhaps would have to recycle but oh no. Each piece is fantastic in its own right. I may still recycle a couple of the dresses, the skirt will be made into a t-shirt dress for definite. So all in all an absolute success and the next sale… I’ll be there at the opening time of 10am on the nose!

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N.B - I kept the tags and did a quick tally up when I got home. The full price total of my bag would have been £236 😊.


Knitting Goals - Ann Arundell Knitwear


 Jumper - Ann Arundell, Dress - Ibiza Flea Market, Shoes - Isabel Marant, Socks - M&S

Jumper - Ann Arundell, Dress - Ibiza Flea Market, Shoes - Isabel Marant, Socks - M&S

I am so excited to have found Ann Arundel Knitwear. It is hand knitted in the united Kingdom and is amazing. This is my first piece and I have subsequently found a great elephant piece on eBay and I have commissioned a lion jumper.

This is hand knitting at its best, not only re the designs quirky and fantastic quality but the mohair yarn is dare I say delicious! absolute quality.

An absolute must, is to look at the animal jumper gallery on their website. For me its like being a child in a candy store all over again. Goals to knit like this would be amazing but in the short term I cant help but dream…


An 'Off To Get A Tattoo' Outfit


 Velour Bottoms - Traid, Jacket - Isabel Marant, Shoes - Acne, T-shirt - Charity Shop, Bag - Fendi (ebay)

Velour Bottoms - Traid, Jacket - Isabel Marant, Shoes - Acne, T-shirt - Charity Shop, Bag - Fendi (ebay)

So day 2 back to school and I have a cheeky tattoo booked in. This didn't happen on purpose just confidently. I love having tattoos, as a general rule as long as I am minus stress, I actually find them relaxing. Rather like enforced meditation. 

I am partlcar about what I wear to go for a tattoo, comfort is key. I take a pair of shorts and socks and I wear a body, this means most body parts can be accessed with ease. I like to wear comfy track pants and a loose top so that after the tattoo nothing feels tight or restricting if the skin is tender.  

This time I had a tattoo on my lower leg and upper arm which meant I left the tattoo parlour slightly rustling but in extreme comfort 😉.

 Parliament Tattoo Parlour.

Parliament Tattoo Parlour.


Back To School


We made it. We made the coach, we ran. 

 Jeans - East London Style (Home-made), Dress - Vintage Dead Stock, Jacket - Isabel Marant, Trainers - Nike.

Jeans - East London Style (Home-made), Dress - Vintage Dead Stock, Jacket - Isabel Marant, Trainers - Nike.

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I can't believe the summer is over. I love spending time with Lyric, he is a joy to spend time with and a fun travelling companion. But with the summer holiday comes a lack of time or at least I loose time and this blog looses its self... 

But I'm back and I have a new schedule. I have decided to try achieving tasks, jobs, chores and the fun stuff in 30 minute slots. So I write this with a timer next to me, I don't have to finish but I am going to stick with one thing for half an hour and whatever I achieve is great. The idea is that I can manage big jobs by breaking them down into manageable amounts. 

And each half hour achieved is a bonus and to be celebrated 💕.


Denim Shorts


 Shorts - Dead stock Notting Hill, Blouse - Traid Kingsland Road, Boots - Isabel Marant.

Shorts - Dead stock Notting Hill, Blouse - Traid Kingsland Road, Boots - Isabel Marant.

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A few years ago I stumbled along upon a shop in Notting Hill that sold dead stock from the 70's and 80's. I tend not to go shopping there too often as I have a tendency to get over excited. At the start of the summer holidays I popped in to treat myself and the owner mentioned he had a bag of old denim shorts. They were old jeans from the 70's that had been worn out and in the 80's cut into shorts and patched. They were super cool and at £5 a pair it was hard to not to explode with denim happiness! 

Dead stock definition - Brand new, never worn and from a decade before or earlier.


The Glasses Chain


 Dress - Dead Stock Notting Hill, Boots - Dorateymur, Glasses chain - Amazon

Dress - Dead Stock Notting Hill, Boots - Dorateymur, Glasses chain - Amazon

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There are two things I love about this outfit. Firstly the bright red boots, a recent sale purchase and a brilliant boot - the heel is good enough to make a quick sprint and the colour speaks for itself - It doesn't matter how you feel or how bad your hair might be these boots radiate 😊.

Secondly, the glasses chain. Oh, how I love the glasses chain ❤️. Currently the glasses chain has come back into fashion curtesy of Frame Chain on MatchesFashion.com - they have some amazing styles. I love the fact that when I feel I have lost my glasses, I simply have to look around my neck! Plus I love that you can update your style and even your update your glasses with adding or changing an accessory. I bought the above chain from Amazon for £6 which was actually for two chains! 


Hand Block Printed Indian Dress


 Dress - Flea Market Ibiza, Levis Jacket - RSPCA Charity Shop Clapton, Trainers - Nike.

Dress - Flea Market Ibiza, Levis Jacket - RSPCA Charity Shop Clapton, Trainers - Nike.

The summer holidays are here, in fact we are almost past the middle point. The sun hasn't stopped shining, the grass is a burnt ochre colour and at times we have flagged under the heat. Gently the heat is giving to  slightly cooler mornings. Which is where I find myself on a Wednesday morning at 8am - a slightly cooler morning trip to Regents Park (bike lessons for 'our kid').

The fact I turned up i something other than pjs was a start and I simply tired to what I know works - Indian dress, Levis jacket and trainers - tried and trusted! 

I have a huge collection of vintage indian hand block printed dresses - I love them . 

Woodblock printing on textiles is the process of using incised wooden blocks to print on to natural finer cloth such as linen and cotton. It is the earliest, simplest and slowest of all methods of textile writing and also one of the most enjoyable to do yourself. Block printing by hand is a slow process. It is, however, capable of yielding highly artistic results, some of which are unobtainable by any other method.

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Sizzling In Paris


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Paris in August is hot ☀️, especially this year. Every summer we come to Paris in August, which is when tradinally everyone leaves Paris but actualy they don't all leave Paris and everything is open. This is year though, I do confess is super hot. Temperatures reaching 34 degrees today... ♨️

I packed well but its always nice to find something new to buy whilst away but given most things I buy are second hand and in need of a wash! Yesterday I managed to find a light cotton dress in Free P Star and after a quick hand wash in the bath tub last night, its now dry and ready to wear (the advantages of hot weather) 💕.

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Paris Vintage / Flea Market Shop


 Shorts - Vintage from Westbourne Grove London, Blouse - Isabel Marant, Belt Bag - Champion, Tiredness - Models own 

Shorts - Vintage from Westbourne Grove London, Blouse - Isabel Marant, Belt Bag - Champion, Tiredness - Models own 

Its the summer holidays and we are already on week 3, it is crazy how time flies - literally. The first week we were in Ibiza (I didn't post a thing, in fact I don't remember doing a thing - exhaustion literally hit me! ). 

The second week we were back in London, Lyric was at an Ecological holiday camp for a week and I was resident driver and sandwich maker aka from home. Amongst that we spent the week embarking on Tie-dye - more to come next week (Tie-dye is so much fun!).

And now we are in Paris, I actually feel refreshed and ready to hit the Parisan streets for some serious flea marketing. Which brings me to my favourite vintage shop in Paris 'Free P Star'. Free P Star is ace, it is a mixture of 1 euro clothes and some more choicer pieces up to about 30 euros, mostly items hover around the 10-20 euros. Clothes are bought out in large white sacks and distributed around the shop as and when the need more stock which can be hourly! my need to you back twice daily is justified (at least to me!) 😉.

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Primrose Hill


 Dress - Mary's Living & Giving Charity Shop, Sandals - Salt Water Sandals.

Dress - Mary's Living & Giving Charity Shop, Sandals - Salt Water Sandals.

The sun is shining here in London, in fact at the moment we are leading the temperature board for Europe. It is at these times that I love wearing an oversized, slightly on the large side dress. Nothing beats a cotton dress 💕. 

In fact the dress I am wearing is from Mary's Living & Giving Charity Shop in Primrose Hill - huge recommendation! Of all the ML&G Charity shops this one is my favourite. Not least because I have found the most fantastic things there but also because the charity supports Save The Children. And a walk around Primrose Hill (the actual hill) and the village with its array of cake and ice cream shops, clothing and life style shops is a fun way to spent a hour or two...

My top 3 things to do in Primrose Hill...

Walk through and over Primrose Hill (Park), Nip into Mary's Living & Giving Charity Shop, Pop to Primrose Bakery and have a milk shake 💛.


Just Do It... Motivational Trainers


 Dress - Etsy, Trainers - Nike, Belt Bag - Champion.

Dress - Etsy, Trainers - Nike, Belt Bag - Champion.

I am in love with these Nike trainers! Be it on the school run, running to the shops or to accomplish chores or even walking our dogs - just one little look down and they bring a smile to my face and a slightly brisker pace to me walk. Motivational trainers at their best. 

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Fake It Till You Make It Or Just Add Sparkle


 Dress - Vintage M&S from local charity shop, Boots - Marc Jacobs

Dress - Vintage M&S from local charity shop, Boots - Marc Jacobs

It's approaching the end of term and I am shattered. I am ready for lazy days where there is no school run, no forcing breakfast at small children or even having to make breakfast (not that anyone will starve, there is a fridge full of food). I'm longing for a summer reminiscent of Swallows & Amazons - romantic notion I know...

In the depths of my tiredness, I drew upon the one thing I know helps me - bright clothes and if possible even brighter shoes - no harm in blinding people with your shoes! 

Roll on summer holidays 💛.

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Sponge Bob Square Pants


 T-shirt - E-bay, Skirt - Traid, Belt Bag - Champion.

T-shirt - E-bay, Skirt - Traid, Belt Bag - Champion.

I have learnt there are some super positive things to be had with wearing a bright and rather comical t-shirt.

Wearing bright yellow can only make you feel great, it's super sunny even on an over cast day. 

A glimpse of Sponge Square Pants makes the sourest of people smile, be it yourself or others. 

Second hand, vintage or worn t-shirts are generally super soft to wear and during the heat of summer - the bigger and baggy-er the better. 

And lastly I found this t-shirt on e-bay, a find a bit of e-bay searching is good for some mental time out... or at least thats my excuse!

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The One Piece Jumpsuit


 Jumpsuit - Flea Market East London, Sandals - Saltwater, Belt Bag - Champion.

Jumpsuit - Flea Market East London, Sandals - Saltwater, Belt Bag - Champion.

An absolue 'go to' for me is a jumpsuit. I love them. 

In fact this is my 'go to' a jumpsuit and a belt bag. No nothing to come undone, hands free. 

The jumpsuit was created as a a one piece garment with arms and legs, covering everything barr feet, hands and head. Originally used by parachuters.

The original skydivers' jumpsuits were simple garments designed to insulate the body from the cold of high altitudes and minimize risk of covering important handles and grips.

The only down side is nipping to the bathroom - when the whole garment needs to almost come off but hey! who cares for the majority of the time this is the easiest garment to wear. 


Leon Haskin X Zandra Rhodes


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I was so excited to find this dress on eBay, a stunning 1970's dress designed and made by the design house - Leon Haskin and using a Zandra Rhodes print. 

I hadn't heard of Leon Haskin before and so with a little detective work I found out that Leon Haskin created his women's evening wear manufacturing business and label at 15 Flinders Lane, Melbourne in 1962. 

Haskin came from a family of fashion designers and manufacturers. His father Henry started his business, Henry Haskin and Co Pty Ptd, in Flinders Lane in 1919. Leon worked with his father for six years prior to the latter's retirement in 1959. Previously Leon had worked at the McBeath warehouse. Haskin relocated his business to Richmond in the 1980s. 

It is a stunning dress made from a simple cotton using a Zandra Rhodes 'signature' print. Easy to wear with a shirred elastic waist and cuffs, this is one piece that I'm sure to wear this summer ☀️.


Vintage Indian Dress


 Vintage Hand Block Print Dress - Ebay,Trainers - Adidas.

Vintage Hand Block Print Dress - Ebay,Trainers - Adidas.

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Textile printing is the process of applying colour to fabric in definite patterns or designs. In properly printed fabrics the colour is bonded with the fibre, so as to resist washing. Textile printing is related to dyeing but in dyeing properly the whole fabric is uniformly covered with one colour, whereas in printing one or more colours are applied to it in certain parts only, and in sharply defined patterns.

In printing, wooden blocks, stencils, engraved plates, rollers, or silkscreens can be used to place colours on the fabric. Colourants used in printing contain dye thickened to prevent the colour from spreading by capillary attraction beyond the limits of the pattern or design.

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A Patchwork Skirt


 T-shirt - Ibiza Flea Market, Belt Bag - Theory, Laura Ashley Patchwork Skirt - Ebay.

T-shirt - Ibiza Flea Market, Belt Bag - Theory, Laura Ashley Patchwork Skirt - Ebay.

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Patchwork or 'pieced work' is a form of needlework, which involves sewing smaller pieces of fabric to create a bigger piece / design. This is usually created using a repeat pattern. Using geometric shapes helps making them easier to sew together.

The skirt above is made entirely from pieces of Laura Ashley scraps and small pieces of fabric. 

Evidence of patchwork—piecing small pieces of fabric together to create a larger piece and quilting layers of textile fabrics together—has been found throughout history. The earliest examples have been located in Egyptian tombs and also in early age of China about 5000 years ago. Further finds have been dated from the early Middle Ages, where layers of quilted fabric were used in the construction of armor—this kept the soldiers warm and protected. Japanese armor was also made in a similar fashion.


Milkshake, Shorts & Sunshine 👓


 Crazy Shake T-shirt - Black Tap NYC, Shorts - East London Style (Home-made), Trainers - Adidas.

Crazy Shake T-shirt - Black Tap NYC, Shorts - East London Style (Home-made), Trainers - Adidas.

Taking the time to make the most of a few moments of the sun, whilst also re-living our recent trip to New York where we are the greatest fortune to find Black Tap

If your ever in NYC and fancy a burger and a 'crazy shake'... yes, thats the milk shake below! 

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Or even just a milk shake then this is the place to go. 

Quick link to 'how to alter your shorts' like the ones above can be found here

Now off to enjoy the sun 😎 x


A Moment Of Sun & The Novelty T-shirt


 Vintage SpongeBob T-shirt - Etsy, City shorts - East London Style (Home-made),Boots - Dorateymur.

Vintage SpongeBob T-shirt - Etsy, City shorts - East London Style (Home-made),Boots - Dorateymur.

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I have a huge love for the t-shirt and in fact the novelty t-shirt. T-shirts are great they dress down an outfit, they look great with jeans or equally with a smart jacket thrown over the top. 

The T-shirt is an item of clothing, unisex fabric top - named after the T shape of its body and sleeves. It normally has short sleeves and a round neckline, commonly known as a crew neck. T-shirts are generally made of a light, inexpensive fabric and are easy to clean.

They evolved from undergarments used n the 19th century and transitioned to a casual clothing in the mid 20th century. 

Following becoming an outerwear game, designers saw the potential to take it further than plain or stripes. The t-shirt has been used for political slogans, advertising, fun, poking fun, in fact it has become of the most used item of clothing.