taking a vintage bag out for canapés

taking a vintage bag out for canapés

Last Wednesday I met my lovely friend Laura for coffee at Bold Street Coffee (incredible coffee, you must try 👌) and then decided to nip into Pop Bouqtique for a browse – ‘a browse’….

I bought a gorgeous bag by the Italian brand Vera Pelle. These bags cost around £30 or more through Amazon. Mine cost £25 so not that much cheaper, however it appears to be a discontinued design and it is still in very good condition.

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I have been searching for a bag this size for a few months now but haven’t been able to find one with this quality and size below £60. I have searched in Debenhams, Next, Fat Face, White Stuff – you name it! I have one half the size of this from Resurrection but it cannot fit a big book in it. Even when I have a slim book I have to take out other things I need in order to take it with me or I just have to carry it. The same goes for anything when you have a small bag.

I already have a bag by Vera Pelle that I bought when I was in Rome last year. It is still genuine leather and the fact that it still looks brand new after wearing it so much was one of the reasons I took the plunge and bought this vintage bag.

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So the bag featured in this post is a great size for a day trip. However the classic and elegant look of it means it would look lovely for an evening out. My friend and I went to a Band Society event last Friday – if you haven’t listened to DECHO or Damn Fine do listen, they are incredible!! Before the event I went to a canapé evening at East Avenue Bakehouse on Bold Street. It is a new restaurant that serves seasonal food and celebrates local produce including craft beer. Every Friday 5pm-7pm they serve free canapés with any drink.

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I took a book with me and spent an hour and a half there just relaxing. The canapés were delicious! I went the Friday before last as well but I didn’t go for the canapés – I just happened to go in for a coffee at that time. I was given a free canapé which was a brownie – omg it was THE best brownie I have ever had….

I wore my bag to that evening so I could take my book with me but it also looked really classy because of the dark leather and the minimal look of it.

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This bag will be going everywhere with me I’m sure! Let’s hope it doesn’t turn into a bag where I throw anything in there and don’t clear it out for months! It better not be like a Mary Poppins bag…

Oh I just want to mention the scarf as well. Many people have told me they love this scarf.  I bought it in in Bahrain for the eqivalent of £6. My dad works there so my mum, sister and I went out to visit him. I always pair it with neatral colours to bring out the vibrancy of the colours. As I have mentioned before, I don’t like to pair lots of different colours and patterns together as I feel the outfit becomes too busy and I much prefer a simple and minimal look. This outfit was lovely to wear on a cool summer evening.

So if you’re struggling to find a particular item whether it be bag or a pair of jeans, just hang on a bit longer and rummage through some vintage shops – you might just find a little gem 😉

 

’70s meets ’90s for a day out in York

’70s meets ’90s for a day out in York

You may have seen my blog post about the petite cardigan from Next, jeans from H&M and the bag from Oxfam on Bold Street. (https://georgiabridgett.com/2017/06/04/a-pretty-petite-cardigan-the-comfiest-jeans-and-an-oxfam-treat/). Today’s post is similar but we’re looking at a cardigan I bought from the charity shop Take 2 on Bold Street, my old boot cut jeans from Next, and a bag from Oxfam in York.

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We actually went to York the day I wore this outfit. I didn’t wear the bag but going to York made me remember how I wanted to write a post on it!

This spring/summer the basket bag is the bag to have as stated by, Vogue UK and The Independent has called it the ‘must-have[…]humble basket bag’. There really is something humble and simple about it by using natural materials.

The basket bag is a classic ’70s piece, often being called the ‘Jane Birkin bag’. For those who don’t know, Birkin was a singer and songwriter and basically the Alexa Chung or Jeanne Damas of the ’70s. I’m in love with her laid back style. Marie Claire UK once commented on a photo of her from 1977 saying that her metallic disco-ready pants and straw basket is a genius mix of high-low style’ (http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/fashion/27-times-jane-birkin-inspired-our-wardrobes-32669) – sums up why many, including me, look to her for inspiration to a laid back evening look.

My basket style bag may not be the classic Birkin one – circular and made out of straw where the straw sticks out at places so it looks purely handmade. But I like it because it has compartments inside and the leather adds extra detail and makes it look classier and more fitting for an evening out.

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So whilst I didn’t wear the bag, I still felt like experimenting with clothes that I didn’t take to uni. So I foraged through my wardrobe and found my old ’90s style leather jacket from Topshop. I’ve had it in my wardrobe for years! I think I bought it when I was 14 – clearly haven’t grown much! I used to wear it allllllll the time and then it’s just been sat in my wardrobe back home since I started uni. I just haven’t found the outfit I’ve wanted to wear it with but I felt this outfit worked together really well. Both the cardigan and the jacket are the same length and the collars of both have a triangular shape – formed by the open button of the cardigan and the collar of the jacket. So the lines of these pieces complement each other and without making the outfit look boring as the collars are different with the faux fur of the leather jacket and the ribbed knit of the cardigan.

Now onto the jeans! I like how they flair out at the bottom because it gives a 70s feel to it and if I were to wear the basket bag it would be the perfect overall ’70s look – also very Jane Birkin! I think a flair adds another interesting dimension to this outfit instead of just the skinny jean which I would usually pair with this look.

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Henry wanted to join 😉

Georgia x

 

 

 

 

classic jeans and t-shirt with an incredible Oxfam cardigan

classic jeans and t-shirt with an incredible Oxfam cardigan

I have spoken about these jeans in a previous blog post – A Pretty Petite Cardigan, the Comfiest Jeans, and an Oxfam Treat – so this blog post features a another way of styling these jeans.

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The t-shirt and jeans combo just can’t be beaten. This is my favourite style of jeans and -t-shirt because it can’t really be dressed up as the baggy and loose style just says I wanna be casual and relaxed.

I love the wide neckline because despite the fact that I have broad shoulders, I don’t appear to look too boxy and this is because the added v-neck gives the illusion of the shoulders appearing less broad.

 

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This cardigan was from Oxfam on Bold Street. Total impulse buy but I couldn’t leave it behind! I could imagine waking up on a morning, wrapping it around me and walking tiredly downstairs feeling super cosy in my thick knitted cardigan. That was the intention – a cosy at home cardigan. But when I tried it on with the t-shirt and jeans I loved it! The colours  and pattern makes the whole outfit more exciting. The baggy style also complements the overall relaxed look. This is an outfit that can so easily be thrown on for a day at uni, a quick coffee trip or simply lounging about the house yet it still looks and feels nice.

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 The colours and pattern are what drew me in. I’m not one for a busy outfit with lots of colour etc so pairing this cardigan with toned down colours was perfect. If you wanted this style of outfit to look more chic, you could swap with jeans for black skinny jeans and some dark coloured boots. This would make the cardigan move into that ‘dressier’ category. 

Georgia x

 

A Pretty Petite Cardigan, the Comfiest Jeans, and an Oxfam Treat

A Pretty Petite Cardigan, the Comfiest Jeans, and an Oxfam Treat

Last Wednesday afternoon myself and @simplicitycity were on the same style wavelength when I threw on a cardigan and jeans and then was scrolling through Instagram and came across the gorgeous picture below on @simplicitycity’s Instagram feed.

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Isn’t it gorgeous? Petite cardigans look amazing styled with trousers, jeans, skirts – they are an essential minimal piece to have because they are so versatile yet always look elegant; also an essential piece if you are wanting to master the classic and effortless French style. This one is from Next. For me, they come out in the spring/summer because I love to wear them as a top without an added layer such as a coat. I like the lightweight feel of them.

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I chose to wear mine with skinny jeans and sandals and I actually wore this outfit to a BBQ later on that evening The skinny jeans are not meant to be high-wasted (problems with being 5’3) but I like the high-wasted style because combined with the cardigan they emphasise the waist, allowing for it to complement the body shape.

The colour of the jeans appears unusual, like a deep blue mixed with indigo. I like pairing different and unusual shades of colour together as it makes the outfit not too colourful and also not one block colour throughout the whole outfit.

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Last Saturday I treated myself to a new pair of jeans. The straight-legged and cropped style jean have been on my wish-list for soooo long. This pair was from h&m, as were the skinny jeans. Both cost £30. I cannot tell you how comfy the straight-legged jeans are – comfiest jeans I have ever owned. The material is so soft as they are made of 94% cotton and the fit is perfect. I have had many conversations with friends about how it is really hard to find high street brands that sell jeans where we don’t need to wear a belt – well, I’ve finally found my store for cheap and good quality jeans! I would wear this type of outfit around the house due to it being so comfy but it also makes me feel a little dressed up rather than sitting in joggers all day – they may never beat the feeling of slipping into your old joggers after a long day at uni or work, but they are very close indeed.

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But the best thing about the straight-legged pair is that they are from h&m’s conscious collection – their sustainable collection which I will go into further detail about in a blog post in the next few weeks. I can’t find the exact pair online but the following link will take you to a very similar pair – http://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0443983003.html#Denim blue

Furthermore, on that idea of height, as I am a petite person jeans do not always look flattering on me, especially baggy jeans. But the fact that these straight leg jeans are tight at the top and then flair out, means that they maintain that baggy, casual style, whilst appearing to give shape. The cropped style also adds length to my legs.

Now, onto that Oxfam treat! I have been searching for a large leather bag for a while now because sometimes my leather bag from the vintage shop Resurrection is not always big enough for a day out. I have been looking at bags between £30 and £60 and have not found one that is of good enough quality and the style and size I want that is below £30. I was about to make the leap and buy an expensive one, but then I stumbled across this incredible bag….

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It cost £5.99, is real leather and in amazing condition!

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To complete this spring/summer look I opted for a pair of sandals for the BBQ, but ballet flats (pictured above) also look really good and give a bit more formality if you are wearing this outfit to a restaurant etc.

I love a toned down look and this style will definitely be worn over and over again this summer.

Georgia x

 

Vintage treat – Levi’s 501, blouse and, sunglasses

Vintage treat – Levi’s 501, blouse and, sunglasses

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At the end of April I handed in my last piece of coursework and treated myself to a bit of vintage shopping and a coffee that did not involve revision…a day I had been dreaming about for agessssss! I went to Pop Boutique on Bold Street and FINALLY found a pair of Levis 501’s – perfect treat! They were £20 (bargain I kid you not) which appears to be the price of all of the Levis in this store.

I love the baggy fit as it creates a really casual and relaxed look. They are a classic, staple piece of any wardrobe as my dad would definitely agree with. My dad still wears his Levis from the ’80s and swears by them (I’m not sure dad will be impressed by me referring to his jeans as vintage…sorry dad). Mum has often said for years, ‘when are you going to throw those Levis away and buy some new pairs of jeans’. Now I see her point, I mean they do have holes on the bottom and some are seriously frayed…but they are still pretty cool. When I told my dad I had bought a pair of Levis he asked me if they were 501’s…’I always buy those. Expensive but last a long time’ – seal of approval.

Levis have started to become a trendy item over the last couple years; we almost always cannot walk down a street without seeing someone wearing a pair or at least having the same style.  They’re classy with a blouse and heels, and become casual with a pair of sandals. I cannot forget to mention the grunge look though, they are an essential piece!

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Bridge and  Bardot are an an American based brand and have a section on their website dedicated to vintage denim including Levi’s. I love this pair below because this style of Levi’s can sometimes look too casual if not styled with the right pieces. The tight fit of the top, tucked into the jeans and combined with the lace and flowers makes the Levi’s look softer; a complete contrast to the grunge look of the ’90s which they are usually associated with. The loafers also add to this as well as the short cardigan, especiallly with the rounded neckline. Whilst this outfit appears casual, the elegance of it means it would be lovely for an evening meal or a drink. Imagine sitting outside a bar, wine in hand, enjoying the sunshine and, relaxing with friends – perfect.

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https://bridgeandbardot.com/product/levis/

The blouse from Pop Boutique was £18. I like how it comes in at the waist as it complements the baggyness of the jeans, making them appear less casual and more of a statement. Blouses are perfect to pair with 501s as they make the jeans perfect for a time when you want to feel dressier. The shoulders are padded a bit – ’80s flashback – without looking boxy as the sinched waist deters from this. I would finish off this outfit with a pair of sandals in the photo further above or ballet flats in order to show the ankles, create the appearance of longer legs, and therefore distract from the baggyness a bit.

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Coffee in Artisane – perfect end to a very hectic few weeks.

Georgia x

H&M summer cardigan

H&M summer cardigan

I’ve been looking for a summer cardigan for a while now. I only have thick autumn cardigans or ones with holes in which is obviously not ideal. So I popped into H&M last Saturday in Leeds and picked up this lovely beige cardigan which has specs of grey and marble tones. It would look great with a bold coloured lip stick, particularly as I have pale skin which means this cardigan will most likely wash me out sometimes. It is made out of soft cotton and is very lightweight – perfect for if you are out all day and need something light to carry around until it starts to get chilly.

Styling ideas:

The photos below show the cardigan styled with a H&M t-shirt dress. Despite it being spring I love these autumn colours because of their warm tones and the bold colours are better for my skin tone.

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Another favourite combination I love is when this type of cardigan can is styled with a pair of straight leg jeans which cut off at the high ankle, with a pair of flats or heeled ankle boots, and then a delicate blouse (I love low v-necks) and a delicate necklace. To finish off this look I would leave my hair down and natural in a bed-head kind of style.

The photos below are taken from the Simplicity City Instagram page and are examples of Spring/Summer outfits I would pair this cardigan with.

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Caption ‘Beautiful Anh Duong’

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I do love a cotton and wool combo and I think the lightweight nature of the cotton cardigan would look great over this knitted tank top as the cardigan is a subtle edition and not too heavy sitting on top of the wool. It also does not overpower the statement of the knitted pattern.

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Caption: Denis Piel

The tea dress look is definitely coming back from the ’90s this Spring/Summer. Remember those gorgeous floral dresses of similar style that Rachel, Phoebe and Monica wore on Friends? We usually saw it paired with an oversized denim jacket but the delicacy of this dress means it can also be paired with a cotton cardigan.

Fat Face is a clothing brand which provides many beautiful examples of the clothes in the photos above. This is also an amazing brand as it is a part of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and is one of the highest rated companies in ethical trading according to the Ethical Company Organisation (http://www.hart-uk.org/blog/hidden-cost-fashion/ – this article by the Humanitarians Aid Relief Trust states this and many other important and interesting facts about this organisation). However Fat Face can be on the expensive side so other brands like H&M, New Look, and People Tree are cheaper alternatives. They will not give you the long-lasting quality that Fat Face does, but they are still of reasonable feel and quality for the price.

Georgia x

 

tunics, trousers and statement cardigans

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We all love something cosy to curl into whether it be for an evening in, a cosy day chillin’ or a study day like I was when I wore this outfit. But the cosy pieces we usually save for indoors can appear chic when styled in certain ways. If joggers can look chic, so can oversized cardigans. Pairing it with a tunic and tights created a look which was perfect for a casual evening out to dinner by not being too dressy, but also lovely for a day in studying as I felt like I’d gotten myself out of the oversized jumper and joggers that I’d been living in to study – I seriously needed a change.

I turned my H&M cardigan (£15-£20) into something a bit more interesting by switching the tights for trousers. Tunics and trousers can seem formal so the cardigan was perfect to make it casual. I love the proportions of the tunic against the trousers in the way the tunic flairs out a bit after curving over the hips, then the trousers stop the outfit from creating a boxy shape through being tight at the top and then we get this elegant flair at the bottom which also does not overpower the whole outfit as it is a small flair.

The mixed wool of the cardigan creates different shades of grey and I like how the lighter grey appears to have a shimmer because it is against darker shades. Whilst the cardigan stays baggy and casual, it also appears chic and weightless with the thin nature of the wool.

Ethical brands are H&M for the cardigan and Fat Face for the tunic/dress. The bag is from Ressurrection, a vintage shop on Bold Street featured on this blog before. Fat Face is more ethically and sustainably focused and I will be creating profiles of ethical brands on this blog soon so that you can understand a bit more about the brands I tend to shop at and why those in particular.

Georgia