Friday, 29 October 2010

Fashionable Cardiff

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I was on a rare shopping trip this week (I buy most of my clothes online) and I went to visit my fave book shop the Oxfam bookshop in Cardiff on St Mary's Street. On the way I saw that a new Oxfam Boutique had opened.
I was amazed to find a lovely Burberry trench coat for just £60, great brogues and a great selection of bags.



The boutique stocks clothes and accessories in the following 5 categories:

• Loved for Longer: Your normal mix of charity shop clothes

• Fair Trade Fashion: The ranges include Labels include People Tree, Green Knickers, Casa Copenhagen and Wright and Teague for Oxfam.

• Reinvented: pieces donated to Oxfam and reworked by young designers. Watch out for some amazing one-offs from designers at Newport school of Fashion. This section was really great and what I think sets it apart from all the other charity shops in Cardiff.

• Made with Love: accessories made by volunteers at the shops fortnightly stitch and bitch group.

• Good Fashion Sense: clothes and accessories designed to make a difference - organic, recycled, made from alternative fibres or working toward Fair Trade accreditation.

What could help ease the guilt of spending all your money on clothes? Knowing that every item you buy will raise money to fight poverty around the world!

I highly recommend popping in as you might find a designer piece at a fraction of the original price.

Gemma
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Thursday, 28 October 2010

Evans Shoes

Evans shoe collection is pretty good at the moment. They’re available in sizes E and EEE and selected styles have extra wide calf widths. I picked up these a few weeks ago and I am in love with them




I think that they have really stepped up their game and this seasons boot selection is really very fashionable. I'm always a bit disappointed when I look at New Looks wide selection but I always find something I like in Evans.An extra incentive to go and have a look is that all shoes and boots are 20% off for a limited time.

I bought a new perfume this week called Naughty Alice by Vivienne Westwood and it comes with a lovely free bracelet. One I bought this I had enough Boots point to get a Chanel powder compact which made me a very happy girl.

I also picked up a purse from Ollie &Nic for just £8!

This is what I am wearing to work today

Not very exciting really. The dress is from Dorothy Perkins, the cardi is from Asda and the bag is a charity shop find. The belt was a bargain, I got it in a set of two from New Look for £3.

Gemma
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Saturday, 23 October 2010

Birthday Tea Party

I had a tea party birthday this summer and I had the best time baking and decorating for the occassion. I searched all the local charity shops for lovely china and cake stands and Bargoed St Davids Hospice shop really came through for me.
Here are a few photos from the day...
The cute food picks and floral cake toppers are both from Truly Scrumptious.
Here is the recipe for the Red Velvet cake
You will need:
120 g unsalted butter at room temperature
300 g caster sugar
2 eggs
20 g cocoa powder
40 ml red food colouring (preferably Dr. Oetker Red Food Colouring)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
240 ml buttermilk
300 g plain flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
3 teaspoons white wine vinegar
Cream Cheese Frosting

 

Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F) Gas 3.
Put the butter and the sugar in a freestanding electric mixer
with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk)
and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy and well mixed.
Turn the mixer up to high speed, slowly add the egg and beat
until everything is well incorporated.
In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, red food
colouring and vanilla extract to make a thick, dark paste. Add
to the butter mixture and mix thoroughly until evenly combined
and coloured (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side
of the bowl with a rubber spatula). Turn the mixer down to slow
speed and slowly pour in half the buttermilk. Beat until well
mixed, then add half the flour, and beat until everything is well
incorporated. Repeat this process until all the buttermilk and
flour have been added. Scrape down the side of the bowl
again. Turn the mixer up to high speed and beat until you have
a smooth, even mixture. Turn the mixer down to low speed and
add the salt, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Beat until well
mixed, then turn up the speed again and beat for a couple
more minutes.
Spoon the mixture into the tins and bake in the preheated oven
for 20–25 minutes, or until the sponge bounces back when touched.
A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean. Leave the cupcakes to
cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling
rack to cool completely.
When the cakes are cold, spoon the cream cheese frosting on top.

 

Gemma
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Finally...

I have access to a computer. Hurrah!
I went to London to see Wicked with my dear brother and I have some photos to share with you. I went to Portobello Rd and bought all the tea cups it had to offer...

As you can see the street was packed but I managed to find a few bargains.

I went to another wedding and recycled the outfit I wore to a previous wedding. My dress is from Asos Curve and my friend Laura is wearing my old topshop uniform dress, my primark heart necklace and a headband from Dorothy Perkins. 

Now I have computer access I hope to upload loads of outfit pictures
xx

Gemma
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