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A fashion fanatic and freelance journalist based in Bristol, SJP loves raiding her grandma's wardrobe, rummaging at vintage fairs and photographing her finds for Ship-Shape & Bristol Fashion, her style blog for the South West.
Fashion inspiration can strike in many places these days but, for designers, stylists and fashion editors, the history books are often one of the best places to start.That's why I love visiting the Fashion Museum in Bath, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Nestled between Georgian buildings, quaint boutiques and tearooms, the Fashion Museum is a source of inspiration for fashion-forward thinkers from across the country.
Buying vintage clothing is exciting for numerous reasons. You're helping give old clothes a new lease of life, you're guaranteed not to spot anyone else wearing a carbon copy of the same garment, and you're also buying a piece rich in history. Unfortunately, this history can often include a nostalgic but lingering odour and the occasional stain, which isn't quite as romantic as imagining its former owner wearing it to...
Christmas is just around the corner and what could be a more fitting DIY for this time of year than a festive Christmas stocking?
Something of a European tradition, children have hung up stockings on Christmas Eve for hundreds of years, eagerly awaiting the moment when they can wake up and find it full of fruit, coins, and small gifts.
Since I'm something of a big kid myself, I decided to make my own stocking this...
As charities go, Oxfam have many fingers in many pies, but the one that they are perhaps best known for is their charity shops. From books to bric-a-brac Oxfam shops have been relying on donations for nearly 70 years, but in the last few, off the back of the trend for vintage, Oxfam Boutiques have sprung up across the country.
Vintage and second hand finds aren't just confined to the categories of Liberty print smock dresses and 80's jumpers. Some of the best pre-loved gems that have found their way into my home have included jewellery, furniture and books.
Two such second-hand finds are Vintage Style, by Sarah Kennedy, and a very old McCalls Sewing Guide from the 1970s. Both these books are inspiring in different ways, encouraging creativity...
Arun jumpers and chunky knit cardigans that your granddad would be proud of are so popular at festivals, and it's not hard to see why. A heavyweight piece of knitwear is a practical addition to any festival wardrobe; perfect for keeping you warm around the campfire and dancing in fields.
As a fashion blogger, my reading list contains a high number of fashion magazines, websites and, of course, blogs, all of which feature street style, photoshoots and the latest high street bargains. When surrounded by blogs that focus on the brand new, it can be tempting to think that to 'keep up' I should be out every weekend, spending next week's wages on buying into the latest trends.
With fast fashion and low prices, it's...
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