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Earth tones all thrifted and gifted

birthday swag
new boots
all thrifted and gifted
cambridge satchel company bag
earthy colours

I am wearing stuff I got for my birthday! The bag is from my girlies (from the Cambridge Satchel Company). I’ve wanted one of them for so long! It’s pretty and its practical and it has the most yummy leather smell (actually, it doesn’t any more, but it did when I first got it). The only drawback I have to say is the two buckles. It’s a bit of a pain having to undo both of them all the time. A single buckle design would have been preferable in that respect. But still, LOVE it!

The shoes are my birthday present from Dave (from Office). We had picked them out ages ago, as I’ve wanted brogues for ages too! It was quite funny though, we went and bought it on one of the only two days so far where summer came to Edinburgh. It was roasting, I was wearing a jacket but had to take it off because I actually overheating. There was a woman sunbathing in a bikini in my local park. And that didn’t seem that crazy an idea. So anyway, everyone was out frolicking in the sun and buying sandals and flip flops and I’m there buying wintery boots. Felt a bit surreal. But I got the last laugh because summer has well and truly buggered off down south again. See those draughts part of the UK are having? No danger of that happening here!

The final thing I wanted to talk about today is the jacket. It’s from Zara four years ago, and all the seams are present and correct and not splitting at all. And I wear it all the time in the summer. So although it is technically fast fashion, it isn’t bad quality. It just annoys me when people make these sweeping statements about everything from fast fashion retailers falling apart after a few washes. That may be true for stuff from Primark (which is why I never buy Primark in charity shops), but for other shops garments need to be judged on a case by case basis. Sure, Zara sells lots of flimsy stuff, but it also sells stuff like this. As does H&M.

Ok then, rant over!

Shoes and bag- brirhday present * jacket – zara * top and skirt – charity shop *

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  • Misfitsvintage 13 June 2011, 7:30 am

    Hi Franca – I'm in love with those satchels too – I have been wanting a yellow one for AGES! Congrats on the satchel and those GORGEOUS boots. And happy birthday!

    Sarah xxx

  • Vix 13 June 2011, 11:14 am

    I love that satchel, it's a brilliant present, one that will last forever.
    I've had my TopShop military jacket for 8 years and it's still going strong, I've not even lost a button yet. xxx

  • Mojca_stefanic 13 June 2011, 12:52 pm

    Oh my, what a lovely satchel, gorgeous brogues, love the entire outfit! You got great birthday gifts 🙂

  • Clare B 13 June 2011, 1:10 pm

    The new shoes are great… and the skirt… and the bag… and… 🙂

  • Melissa 13 June 2011, 1:25 pm

    How fun to wear all your new birthday stuff! It sounds like you had a fabulous celebration. 🙂

    I love the new header, by the way! So cute!

    Come take a look inside A Working Mom's Closet

  • emilyknightley 13 June 2011, 1:38 pm

    Those satchels are gorgeous – you lucky thing!! And the shoes are so cute 🙂 Don't worry – summer seems to have forgotten Cardiff too!!

  • emilyknightley 13 June 2011, 1:38 pm

    PS Happy belated birthday, xx

  • jess 13 June 2011, 7:55 pm

    I love the jacket. I've had a lot of things from "fast fashion" brands hold up pretty well.

  • Alexandra Thérèse 13 June 2011, 8:26 pm

    Lovely shoes – they go really well with the dark blue of the tights and look as if they will be perfect for Winter! I love flat shoes that look great – they are so much easier to walk in than heels!


  • Helen 13 June 2011, 8:37 pm

    I would love a cambridge satchel! So so jealous. You lucky thing. Happy birthday! 
    p.s. There is no sign of a drought happening in the north west of England either, I am kind of glad of it though as it means I can water my plants and take long showers without feeling guilty haha. 

  • BetweenLaundryDays 13 June 2011, 10:22 pm

    I have been OGLING Cambridge satchels for years. I may just have to take the leap…

  • Terri 13 June 2011, 11:43 pm

    I want a satchel just like this!  Envy.

  • Ladyofashion 14 June 2011, 6:50 pm

    I'm in love with those shoes, so lovely, what a great job on all of these items. I understand what you mean about the drawback on the buckles. I actually ended up taking the buckles off (of a similar style) and adding a snap wit a piece of fabric to the handles, (it aided me much, as I'm always in a bit of a rush when reaching into my bag) lol. You look great!! 

  • By gum, by golly! 14 June 2011, 7:59 pm

    Lovely outfit! And the bag fits right in.  🙂

  • MrsBossa 16 June 2011, 1:53 pm

    My, those are nice boots, Franca. I am always too warmly-dressed – comes from being too modest to expose any skin…
    I read you too on fast fashion – I won't buy primark from charity shops either, and one of my favourite dresses is from H&M, 12 years old and still in perfect nick. I think you've just got to choose wisely…