thrifting tips

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Thrifting has been a huge hobby of mine for quite a while now. If I'm honest I only started opshopping because I'm a broke bitch who loves clothes (see my conundrum?) but the more I've been transitioning to buying second hand in replace of fast fashion, the more benefits I see to it. Firstly, it's obviously a great way to save money, but it's also great because it doesn't contribute to a fashion industry that relies on heavily under-paid and disenfranchised workers. I also love it because I feel like it's another way of giving to charity; most of the places I thrift at (Salvos, Good Sammy's, Vinnies etc) use the profits directly in their community outreach work, so it's a win-win situation!

It can definitely be confusing and a bit overwhelming walking into a huge opshop for the first time and having no idea where to start. This definitely put me off getting into thrifting for a long time, and I would have really liked some pointers on how to best tackle thrifting! I've outlined some little tips and tricks for you below to hopefully make the thrifting process a little less overwhelming and a lot more enjoyable.

1// Embrace the mess!
The sorry site of rows and rows of overstuffed, disorganised clothes racks can definitely be overwhelming. I say- embrace it! Unlike normal shopping, I like to think of an afternoon spent at the opshop as an event of sorts; the whole process of searching through the mess is part of the experience, and makes it that much sweeter when you do find a gem.

2// Look at every item
Everyone says it, but it really does pay to look through every single item on the rack. The treasures are hidden in amongst a whole lot of pretty ugly clothes, so simply skimming over everything will likely have you leaving the store empty-handed. Alternatively, if the store is simply enormous or you don't have a lot of time, you could always head straight for the colour palettes that you most like to wear and only look through those. Quite a lot of opshops colour-code their clothes, so that makes it even easier!

3// Try everything on
Pretty self-explanatory! Trying things on will also mean that you'll be able to see any stains or holes in the clothes before you buy them.

4// Don't rush
I never like to go opshopping unless I know I have no time constraints. Whenever I've ducked in to an opshop on my way somewhere else, or if I've had limited time, it's never worked out well. I think it really comes down to the fact that thrifting is a pretty time-consuming thing, so it's best to not rush and just take your time!

5// Research warehouse sales beforehand
This is probably more for actual vintage or curated stores rather than your average thrift store. Vintage stores will often post on facebook before they have a big warehouse sale, so it's always worth following your local ones on their social media to make sure you don't miss out on sales.

6// Look in different sections
I always make sure to look in different sections when thrifting. The men's section always has the best tshirts, and the sleepwear section is great for finding silk slips to layer over shirts.

And there we have it, phew! Hopefully some of those tips are helpful for you. Much love! x

homeward bound

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Hello you lot!!

Has it been a hot minute since my last post or what! I hope you all had a wonderful festive period and enjoyed Christmas, Hanukkah or anything else you celebrate. As you probably already know from my excessive insta-spamming, I've just returned from a month-long adventure in Vietnam. I won't bore you with the details just yet (that will have to wait for an upcoming post all about the trip!), but in short it was bloody incredible and a must-see travel destination for anyone planning to visit South East Asia. This is just a lil post letting you know I'm back and super pumped to get back into things blog-wise over the summer.

Here's to a wonderful 2017! x

DIY Crochet Halter Top

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Hello!! I made this yonks ago but never got around to showing you. Better late than never, amirite? This DIY was created when I was in the city one day and saw all these crochet halter tops everywhere for ridiculous prices, and I set myself the goal of making one myself for free with some blue and silver yarn my Grandma gave me a while ago. It's pretty perfect for lazy beach days or festivals. A word of warning- I've written this DIY assuming a base level of crochet knowledge, otherwise if I'd explained every stitch it would have gotten very very long! For complete beginners, have a look at this helpful website for a better explanation of each stitch and that should get you well on your way. This top is also totally customisable- once you've learnt the basic stitches, you can add whatever details you like. I chose to make eyelets and a contrasting middle yolk but you could just as easily leave that out and do something completely different! You could even make a back panel if the halter top isn't your thing!

5mm crochet hook
Yarn of your choice (Preferably medium to heavy weight)

1// Make a slip knot and then create a loose foundation chain. Continue the chain until it is long enough to wrap around your ribs (or however wide you would like the top to be).

2// Begin to build on the chain you have created with a row of single crochet stitches. Continue adding rows of single crochet until the piece measures about 12cm, depending on how cropped you'd like it to be. The more rows you add in this step, the longer the top will go down your torso.

3// Begin a new single crochet row as usual, but stop in the middle of the row. Instead of continuing on along the row, turn your work around and crochet back the way you came. When you get the end of that row, don't crochet into the final stitch.

4// Continue single crocheting this one side. Continue to miss the last stitch at the end of each row; this is what will make a triangle shape. Continue doing this until you reach the 'point' of the triangle.

5// When you finish crocheting your triangle, slip stitch around the entire outer edge of the triangle.

 6// Repeat steps 3 to 5 on the other side of your work, to create another triangle.

7// To make the textured yolk, treble crochet across the space between the two triangles, starting from the bottom point at the base of the triangles and working your way up.
8// This is totally optional but I decided to add eyelets into the pattern to give it a bit more texture. To create the eyelets,  I simply left the end of every second row without crocheting it into the slip stitches of the triangles, to create a little hole. 

9// Continue steps 7 and 8 until you reach the points of the triangles. Cast off! 
10// How you want the back to look is completely up to you. I made two short chains, which I then attached to the top points of the triangles and tied together to go around my neck. I then made two longer chains, which I attached to the bottom corners to make a halter tie.

And there you have it! Let me know if you try this!  Have a great week x