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red vintage weird pattern blouse 80s pearls chains kentish town green snufkin coat white rhinestone boots outside gardens red vintage weird pattern blouse 80s pearls chains kentish town red vintage weird pattern blouse 80s pearls chains kentish town green snufkin coat purchases charity shop Kentish Town peach scalloped blouse black edging black buttons DVD The last kiss bugsy malone weird book purple pink turtleneck turtle neck polo neck James and I had a rare Sunday off and I had all these grand plans for a jam-packed day of action and adventure. I think this is what happens when you don’t have weekends or a normal working schedule; you see a window of opportunity and go insane trying to make the most of the day! However, as it was a day off  I predictably slept for hours, and by the time James and I bothered to leave the house we decided to just head ten minutes down the road to Kentish town rather than trek over to East London. I was initially annoyed at failing in my original plans but cheered up considerably following a breakfast that involved dessert and a very fruitful trek round the charity shops. You can see my purchases above (accompanied by James). The book is amazing and the polo neck is so warm!

I’m wearing one of my many, many purchases from the charity shop where I work – it’s covered in the kind of ridiculous 80s print that makes me laugh (chains, hooks, iron rods and pearls… that classic print combination) and it was a mere £1.50. £1.50! That’s cheaper than nearly everything in McDonalds! James jokes that every Friday is “New Outfit Day” as it’s the day after my shift and I invariably have new clothes. He’s got a point, but it’s hard to feel guilty when everything is secondhand recycling, incredibly cheap and contributing to a good cause. I never shop on the high street or online but if I find something I like in a charity shop I do tend to just get it (funds allowing!) because you might never see it again: too many times I’ve had the depressing “return” to a charity shop for that one singularly amazing item, only to find somebody worth more sense has snatched it away in your absence.red vintage weird pattern blouse 80s pearls chains kentish town green snufkin coat white rhinestone boots outside gardens red vintage weird pattern blouse 80s pearls chains kentish town green snufkin coat white rhinestone boots purchases charity shop Kentish Town peach scalloped blouse black edging black buttons DVD The last kiss bugsy malone weird book purple pink turtleneck turtle neck polo neck purchases charity shop Kentish Town peach scalloped blouse black edging black buttons DVD The last kiss bugsy malone weird book purple pink turtleneck turtle neck polo neck

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  • Reply Caitlin

    I LOVE YOUR SHOES!!! I was looking for a pair just like it for when I dressed as Regine from Arcade Fire, but could only find a black pair. The ones you have look 100% like the ones I’ve seen her wear. And I hear you re: free time, I always have the grandest plans and it seems we always sleep through them.

    November 14, 2013 at 11:10 pm
    • Reply tapeparade

      They’re a vegan copy of her boots! I actually didn’t realise when I bought them but I am huge Arcade Fire fan so was pretty happy when I found out. XX

      November 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply Priya Pappu

    Hi Laila! I have spent too many “off” days where I’ve slept in so long and ruined my plans and then gotten so frustrated at myself!! Sometimes sleep really feels like the best thing. Anyway, sounds like it turned into a fun day regardless! The print of your top is really fun, that’s kinda the best part of vintage clothing anyway, the bizarre prints! I love that coat too, very cozy looking!!

    perfectly priya

    November 15, 2013 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply jessthetics

    Your dress is amazing! Crazy 80s prints are the way forward. Also, charity shop shopping is one of my favourite things to do. That sounds like the perfect way to spend a rare sunday day off. I want a new outfit day! xxxx

    November 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm
  • Reply Kailey

    Your boots are perfection!!

    November 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm
  • Reply Kati

    Thanks so much for your sweet words, they made my day!
    This coat is so stunning, I love the colour and cut so much! Really like your hair in these photos, too!
    And this also happens when my boyfriend and I have a day off together – big plans, but they hardly are realised…

    Have a great day,
    -Kati

    November 17, 2013 at 9:47 am
  • Reply winnie

    Ah this sounds like a good day to me – love the coat and the charity shop find is awesome. Really suits you!

    November 17, 2013 at 5:45 pm
  • Reply Hanna

    Seems like still a very sweet relaxing day 🙂 Love ur fall outfit esp the coat!
    http://www.speakstyleandrock.com

    November 18, 2013 at 3:44 am
  • Reply daniela

    so cosy! i’m a (reluctant) east end girl xx

    November 18, 2013 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply Jodie

    You look great I like your blouse- sorry to hear you missed out on another beauty
    Unlike that on days off too- I’m just so lazy I’m glad you live so close to Kentish town
    Thank you for the kind comment on my blog
    X

    November 18, 2013 at 9:13 pm
  • Reply Sadie

    I love your outfit, the green and red looks great together! Love your boots too, I’ve had my eye on some cream boots but am worried that after wearing them a few times in this horrible winter weather they’ll end up more black than cream 🙂 xx

    November 20, 2013 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply tapeparade

    Aw thanks that’s so kind!

    November 25, 2013 at 1:24 pm
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