Friday, 5 December 2014

Wishlist: Gumtree* Edition

 *This post is sponsored by Gumtree.

Some would say I'm too thrifty for my own good. I won't buy anything in Penneys unless it's reduced. Before any of my family members throw out clothes, I'll check to see if there's anything I can salvage. Sifting through charity shops appeals to me more than browsing around highstreet stores - I just can't seem to justify spending double digit figures for, well, anything.. And then there's Gumtree. It's like they want me to keep being the ultimate cheapskate?!

You can buy/sell anything you want on Gumtree: A car, an Xbox, your pet snake.. You can find yourself a job too, or if you're like me, you can take your scavanging to new levels. Whether you're looking for some Jeffrey Campbells on the cheap or just want something a little different, there's no shortage of choice. If you find something you like, the seller's contact information is at your fingertips: You can arrange to pay and/or collect the item however you and the seller wish to do things, making the site open and flexible - just stay safe, kids! Hey, who knows - after Christmas, you may find yourself benefitting hugely from Gumtree when you don't know what to do with some slightly err, dodgy presents. You didn't hear that from me!

On my most recent Gumtree conquest, I found a few items that really stood out to me. Before I even begin talking about them, I'll warn you that they are 'different' - Gumtree's perfect for finding something a little quirky and unique. That's something to keep in mind when looking at the site and when looking at what I've picked out here. An open mind is key to making your Gumtree experience a good one!

...No, not worn all together at once.. I think?!

1. Nike Huraches: I've seen these shoes online a lot, on bloggers particularly, in the UK and the US. I never thought I would see the light of day when such a shoe would make its way to.. Ireland? this I personally prefer the Spice Girls-esque shoe in pink, but this particular seller has them in several colours.

2. Red Leather Jacket: Is it just me, or does this little number scream 'BOWIE'? It's fabulous. Red doesn't seem to be a primal colour around this season on the highstreet, what with berry colours and pastels. Hence, Gumtree may be the only place you'd get something like this! Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Topshop..

3. 'Snatch' T-shirt: I watched Snatch two weeks ago, and by golly am I glad that I did. I also really like cheap-y looking logo t-shirts, so this seems like a great combination. I'd wear this with some denim cutoff shorts and Dr Martens, or maybe layered with a hawaiian shirt or something - naff on naff is the way forward.

4. Long Patterned Shirt: I always find stuff like this in charity shops, but they always seem a little too baggy or wide - if that's not what you're into, this shirt's a little more fitted, whilst also giving you some length. The pattern's wonderfully granny-ish, and since the colours are relatively neutral, it would match a lot of colour colours (blackblackblackblack).

5. Puffer Jacket: It's funny. When shopping for winter coats with my mother in years past, I would always make sick noises looking at a coat like this. However, there's something about the puffer jacket which now seems really, really appealing to me. It's like something a Bratz doll might wear, especially in a colour like white?! Dressed right, they can be full of personality and quirk.

6. Flame Patterned Goth Stompers: No one would mess with you in boots like that. They're not for everyone, that's a given, but I've always wanted some no-nonsense goth stompers. Such shoes can be incredibly expensive unfortunately, so Gumtree is the perfect place to find a cheaper option.

7. Isabel Marant for H&M Dress: Christmas is around the corner.. This dress seems to embody everything glamourous about this season. It's classy, and its colour is ah-mazing.. I'm beginning to visualise what shoes and earrings I'd wear with it - oh, help!

8. Silk Camisole: I'm getting the Bratz/Paris Hilton/Mean Girls vibes from this top again. I could see 90s Kate Moss laughing with a cocktail in her hand, wearing a top like that. I want to be 90s Kate Moss. Hence.. I need the top?! Simple little camis like this can cost an arm and a leg on the highstreet - I find myself shocked and heartbroken every time I get brave enough to look at a price tag. Thank God for Gumtree, eh?

SIDE NOTE/WORDS OF INSPIRATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT: If you see something you like and don't think it's considered 'normal', 'in' or 'acceptable to wear', who cares?!  Two years ago, I picked up a pair of velvet flares for €2.50, but put them down when I got some worried looks from shopping partners.. Yesterday, I saw something incredibly similar hanging up in River Island for 60-something. The fact that I remember them so distinctly alone tells me I should've just gone with my gut. Live your fashion life with no regrets!

Have you ever bought anything cute on Gumtree?

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Too Puny for Uni

My eyes may look scarily blank, but that's because I'm thinking so deeply about Intelligent Things

Headband: River Island
Shirt: Ralph Lauren (Ok, it's a hand-me-down..)
Jeans: Penneys
Shoes: Converse

I shot this a while ago, but for some reason I never got around to writing up the post until now. I don't know what it is about this autumn/winter, but it's like I've transitioned from a toddler (shopping in the kids' section, the lot) to some sort of sophisticated twenty-something - and a very scholarly one, at that? Now of course your dress sense has nothing to do with your IQ or anything, but it'd be pretty hard not to imagine that the character I've conjured up in this look doesn't huddle up in her dorm full of Britannicas with her friends discussing Plato.

It doesn't help that pretty soon I'll be going to Trinity College (Ireland's Oxford/Cambridge/Harvard/Yale equivalent) for their open day - I can't see many of the courses fitting my ideals perfectly, but damn I want to see the place. Maybe I'll wear this getup and see how well I blend in?!

'OK, you got me.. I haven't read Ulysses. Or The Bell Jar.'

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Headdresses for the Masses

I don't really know where I was going with this one - I love this jumper/dress's colours and sparkly, rough texture and its strange shape. It's struck a really nice balance between 'meh, I'm not bothered' slouchiness and 'WOO PARTAY!!' glistening glory. It's from TK Maxx, but I knew when buying it I had no idea when, where or how I would wear it. I still haven't managed to get outside the house with it on, but so far I have learned that I like capitalising on its more relaxed side, but in a way that still looks very presentable. Is any of this making sense?

The headdress/bindi thingy is a necklace that I nabbed in Claire's last year for a euro. See? I'm classy and stingey, all at once. The coltrane knock-offs, which I've featured in dozens of posts are from River Island.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014


Recently, my mother cleared out (and I mean cleared out) her wardrobe. Before she ran off to any charity shops with the loot, however, I had a quick once-over on the sacks of clothes myself to see if I could make use of anything. Lo and behold, I came across this glorious flannel wrap-around skirt I had never seen ever in my entire life. I honestly couldn't believe my luck. Even better: Its once hip and cool label, reading 'B-YOUNG'. Awesome.

The spikey choker is from Topshop. It's actually a headband, but I managed to tie up its elastic at the back to fit my neck. The simple navy top is from Penneys, and my sandals are from TK Maxx (yuck, feet..). I can't wait to wear this skirt in many other different ways, so stay tuned! 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Playlist: Current Favourites #8

Songs are as follows:
Alt-J // The Gospel of John Hurt
Keaton Henson Feat. Ren Ford // Emissary*
Buscabulla // Caer
Lxury // Never Love
Toro Y Moi // Harm In Change

*This one's a little more emotive than the others - just a fair warning.. If you're going through the playlist and want something a little more upbeat, don't give up on my little compilation! Just skip through - it sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of the songs, but I had to include it all the same. Don't give up on my playlists, because they're BEAST. (According to me)

Friday, 10 October 2014

Autumn Brights

This jumper (River Island) is special to me. It's caterpillar-like colour and fabric, its softness, its shape, the way it drapes, its warmth.. I love it. Yet I don't think that in the year I have owned it that it has ever been featured in an outfit post. Its day has come! I've paired it with an equally fun Penneys dungaree dress, and my favourite socks ever - pink dinosaur socks. They're from Topshop. The Dr Martens are my school shoes, so cost-per-wear they've worked out well.

This is one of those outfits that will vary largely in outcome depending on how you stand, whether the jumper is tucked in or flapping out, whether the sleeves are rolled up or not... Exhausting. Cue obsessive mirror check-ups. However, its fun factor makes it every bit worth it, as far as I'm concerned - I'm being very good staying away from large doses blacks and burgundies associated with chillier months in this outfit. That deserves an applause, I'm pretty sure?

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Ya Prep

DISCLAIMER: I don't usually wear this sort of thing... I feel like I'm obliged to state that, considering I've been away for what seems like so long (Sorry!) and you may think I've changed my entire being. As it happens, I saw Gone Girl on Friday and felt like going a little Amy-Dunne-in-private-school, although I'm not sure how successful I was.. I felt classy in this little getup, anyhow.

The fur collar is from H&M - I can't wait to add over to all my coats when it gets that bit chillier. It makes up for not being able to afford a full-on faux fur coat. The white shirt I've got on under the blazer (charity shop) is also from H&M. The plaid pants are from Penneys, and the boots are from Dunnes.

Not my usual cup of tea, but maybe I could waltz onto the set of a Tommy Hilfiger shoot and fit in? That could come in handy, someday.

It's Ya Preppy Girl :) Lacrosse Hockey xx