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Books, Haul, Personal Style

Books and a spot of vintage shopping

Welcome to the first post of 2018, ladies and gents! We’re a little too late in the month to talk about such things as New Year’s Resolutions (I’d probably say something generic like ‘eat more fruit’ and ‘spend more time switching off from the online world’, you get the gist of things), so I thought we could dive right in with a few bits and pieces I’ve acquired over the festive season and first bit of January. Onward!

Books

Okay, you might remember that when I finally made the big move to Newcastle, I was only able to bring about ten books with me. I own around 370+ books in total. It was difficult. Painful. My shelves were a little too empty for my liking, and the bookshops here are too tempting for my own good, so I have actually acquired a few new tomes (and brought a few back with me when I visited Malta last year).

Let’s start with a bit of a Bukowski haul…

The three at the top (Post Office, Factotum, Women) were Christmas gifts from my baby brother, and Love is a Dog from Hell was something I picked up with a Waterstones gift voucher. Bukowski is one of my favourite poets of all time, but I’m ashamed to say I’ve never owned any of his books at all! I also picked up a copy of Stephen Fry’s Mythos with another gift voucher. Lucky me!

Next up, the books I bought when I went to Barter Books in Alnwick (again). I might have mentioned this before, but Barter Books is a gorgeous little second-hand bookshop just an hour and twenty minutes away from Newcastle city centre by bus. It used to be a train station, and today looks like something out of Hogsmeade:

And here’s a look at what I picked up from Barter:

book haul

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Vintage Bits

A while ago, I spent some time looking into the thrift/vintage shopping scene here in Newcastle. I love dipping into charity shops and hitting vintage shops to find unique bits and pieces to make my outfits stand out. Sort of. Anyway, I picked up this pendant from The Yesterday Society in Grainger Market:

And these awesome pieces from FLIP American Vintage:

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Snuggly-as-hell 1980s jumper

vintage ralph lauren

Green striped Ralph Lauren shirt

 

 If you’ve got any books (or vintage shops!) to recommend, hit me up in the comments! 

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Personal Style

I wore this #2

So every once in a while I take a break from being 100% sass and share a little ‘outfit of the day’. Why? Because when I actually spend time putting an outfit together, it needs to be commemorated in some way. The same rule applies to when my make up is cooperating with my actual face.

outfit of the day

Crop top & skirt: New Look

outfit of the day

Rose gold earrings: Parfois// Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana// Choker: Primark

To be totally honest with you guys, the main thing I like about this crop top is that is gives you just enough support to go braless with confidence. Smash the patriarchy and all that.

going braless

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Personal Style

I Wore This.

A couple of blog posts ago, I mentioned the possibility of a future post where I’d put together an outfit using some of the pieces I bought in Italy. This is that post. I was up early to run some grown-up errands and do some Christmas shopping, so I needed something practical but presentable. Enter, the OVS Dress.

 

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Hat, Bag, necklace & Jacket: H&M |Dress & Belt: OVS

The hat has to be my favourite. I have a big head, and one size certainly  does not fit all, so when I find a hat that actually fits, I buy it. Can you hear me now, high-street shops? Moving on.

With a task like Christmas shopping on your hands, you need to prepare with a hearty breakfast, right? Of course. Before hitting the shops, I needed to make a pit-stop at Flora’s – a charming little cafe’ in Naxxar. I’m pretty sure that those pancakes helped me make some great gift-giving choices today (at least that’s what I’m telling myself).

That’s a wrap for this Saturday’s shenanigans. How’s it going with your shopping this holiday season? 

-Kelly

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Haul, Personal Style, Travel

Wardrobe Refresh

I don’t consider myself to be a particularly fashion-savvy young lady, but I do appreciate personal style and people who put time and care into their image. Far from being something purely superficial, I’ve come to see it as a form of self-respect or good manners, as a dear friend of mine once put it. That being said, my wardrobe did need a bit of updating, and what better place to inspire me than stunning Italy? (To be read: I shopped quite a bit and I think that this is some sort of justification. I have no regrets.)

I mainly stuck to good old H&M and Zara, keeping an eye out for pieces which were simple and easy to incorporate and mix into different outfits. Look at me, all focused and grown-up! I plan on preparing an outfit post later on, but for the time being here are just a few of my favourite pieces from Italy:

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H&M 

Do you hear that? No? It’s the sound of my bank account pleading with me not to shop so hard again for a while. Whether or not I’ll be able to listen to it is another matter entirely.

Have a great Sunday,

-Kelly

 

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