26 Feb 2017

A Typical Sunday

I've not posted since the middle of last week due to lack of brainpower/being an adult and getting myself a new flat and moving out! But I've found myself with a spare few hours and decided to take you through a standard Sunday in my life!

As every Sunday should start, I usually have a bit of a lay in, have a long soak in the bath and have a blast on FIFA. But I'm not one of those people who can stay in and have a lazy day so I like to be out of the house by midday-ish most Sundays. I'll usually head to the best coffee shop in Cardiff called Coffee Barker, grab myself a Flat White and usually read or people watch. There's something weirdly therapeutic about people watching isn't there?

After filling up the tank with as much caffeine as possible, I'll stroll around the city centre with my camera and try to get some nice shots (usually of my outfit or the city scape). You can see some of my favourite ones below. I'll usually squeeze in a wander around the shops although the shops in Cardiff aren't too great. Some of the best ones are 31 The Store, Urban Outfitters, Flannels and a fair few charity shops. The best place for charity shops is a place called Albany Road as there's about 10 stores and there's the occasional gem floating around!

Most Sunday's include a binge on football too. Today is The League Cup final which is sure to be a corker so I'll be settling down to watch that! Sunday's are usually my 'blog days' too so I tend to come up with an idea for a post, park my ass in another coffee shop and get my head down. In recent times I've been in a bit of a lull when it comes to content but when I get settled in my new flat I'll be sure to come up with new things. If there's anything you'd like me to write about or if there's anything you want to see more of, just let me know!


15 Feb 2017

Supreme SS17

So earlier this week saw the release of the Supreme SS17 preview/lookbook. It's a big deal for anybody who is into streetwear and maybe even high fashion with the recent news that they will be collaborating with Louis Vuitton for AW17. As usual they released pictures of the whole collection but they go on sale at different times, throughout the season. They drop online and in store every Thursday at 11am. The usual catch is that we don't know what's actually releasing each week until usually the day before! The best way to keep tabs on what's releasing each week is by following Sup Community on Instagram as they will post drop lists throughout the week.

The pieces above are my stand outs from the upcoming season. I'm always a fan of the tees that Supreme release as firstly, their designs are usually on point and secondly the quality is awesome. I picked up quite a few from the past two seasons and I'm hoping to get a few more this time around. I've checked the drop list for this week and quite a few of my favourites drop this week, which is both good and bad news! The good news is that I don't have to wait around all season for my favourites, the bad news is that I should be saving for a new flat! I think I may be a bit naughty and try to get The Elephant Tee but I'll have to accept the fact I'll be missing out on The 666 Jeans and the black/white Work Pants.

The item that's got the most attention has been the Obama shirt and rightly so, as it's glorious. I read that Supreme copied the design from a vendor in Ghana after Obama visited there in 2009, but it's no surprise Supreme have stolen this design as they've done it quite a few times! With that being said, if I have money when it releases I'll definitely be trying to cop!

Before you leave I will suggest something: if there's anything you like from the collection then keep tabs on when it comes out and be prepared to miss out on it! I've missed out on so many items over the years because naturally, the website goes berserk at 11am every Thursday.

Is there anything that stands out for you? Let me know!

12 Feb 2017

The Art Of Charity Shopping

Earlier this week I read a post on my friend India's blog about charity shopping and how to basically be the best at thrifting. After giving it a good read, it made me realise that over the years I've picked up some absolutely amazing second hand bargains so I thought I'd share a few as well as give a few tips on how to find the best stuff! 

The reason I started to thrift/charity shop was mainly because I had very little money at the time! I was so surprised to see the kind of clothes people would give to charity as on pretty much every trip I'd find Ralph Lauren shirts, Levis jeans and the occasional band t shirt. As I started to earn more money I'd shop more on the high street but I found that the quality was worse and my thrifted items would last longer in my wardrobe than my high street pick ups.

As well as charity shops I've found car boot sales, pop up vintage stalls and eBay to be just as nifty! Over the years I've managed to pick up a Levis denim jacket for £5, a faux suede bomber jacket for £1.75, countless Ben Sherman shirts and a fair few Fred Perry polos! In recent months I copped a fair few items so I put the outfit above together. Let's start with that Mariah Carey tee! I bought it for £2.50 mainly because I like the colours. The faux fur lined denim jacket cost me £15 which seems quite pricey compared to the rest of my buys but the quality is sublime! The Levis jeans cost me £6 from Urban Renewal at Urban Outfitters and they're glorious aren't they? I even got the Dr Martens from a charity shop and that was probably my favourite charity shop buy of all time as they were only £25! The whole outfit is branded and cost me less than £50 which isn't too shabby at all, is it? 

There are quite a few things to watch out for when charity shopping though. First of all, everything is sold as seen so I tend to intensely check every garment that I pick up. Does it have stains on it? Is there any holes? Once you've bought it, you're pretty much stuck with it and nobody wants a t shirt with a wine stain on the neckline do they? 

Another tip is do your research. If you find something you like then I'd recommend doing a quick Google search on the brand name because a lot of the stuff you find in charity shops is just stuff from the high street which generally means the quality isn't too great. A few high street brands that crop up regularly in my area are Blue Harbour (M&S own brand), Cedarwood State (Primark) and the obvious ones like Topman and Next. I tend to stay clear of these as I think there's so much more quality knocking about! 

If you're looking to add some staples to your wardrobe or just looking for a bargain I'd highly recommend hitting your local charity shop. If you find anything I'd love to see it!

Photography by Mike Sutton