BORROWED FROM THE BOYS

BORROWED FROM THE BOYS

If you’re looking to do a DIY fash project, look no further than the humble men’s shirts at the thrift shop….they’re so easy to repurpose into on trend pieces! With just a few nips, stitches and tucks you can get the look for less and give these preloved...
TWEED DREAMS ARE MADE OF THESE

TWEED DREAMS ARE MADE OF THESE

This tweed blazer is proof that dreams really do come true. I had it on my opshop wishlist for a few weeks and finally ‘found the one’ for $5 at Studio Thrifty 4 on the weekend!! *insert happy cat with heart shaped eyes emoji here* Tweed jackets are having a major...
SECONDHAND STAPLES

SECONDHAND STAPLES

If you don’t have an opshop wish list put these five secondhand staples on it! Every wardrobe needs them and they’re a dime a dozen in thrift shops! WHITE SHIRT I’ve thrifted so many white collars over the years I have a whole section in my wardrobe dedicated to...
RECYCLED RUFFLES

RECYCLED RUFFLES

Not going to lie, I was watching MBFWA like a hawk last week…I love getting fresh style inspo and then creating the looks for less with recycled garments! Ruffles ruled the runway in multiple collections, so here are five Fashion Week inspired ruffle outfits for...
DIY FLORAL DENIM JACKET

DIY FLORAL DENIM JACKET

Don’t know about you, but I’m loving the floral feels on denim jackets this winter. Only thing is, I’m not feeling the price tag, so here’s a cheap and charitable way to get the look for a lot less… Your first step is to find a blank canvas at your local...
DIY RUFFLE SHIRT

DIY RUFFLE SHIRT

Ruffles are really having a fashion moment right now, so if you want to work them into your wardrobe without breaking the bank, Unmaterial Girl, Leah, has got the DIY down! A few weeks ago I was flicking the latest Marie Claire when an amazing $440 ruffle shirt by...
MAKE YOUR MARK

MAKE YOUR MARK

Everyone seems to be embroidering and monogramming at the moment, from personalising wallets, handbags and hats to even clothing! But before your fork out the big bucks for this luxe touch, try it the thrifty way! After seeing A Pair & A Spare’s blog on...
MAKE YOUR HANDBAG THE HERO

MAKE YOUR HANDBAG THE HERO

We’ve all been there…staring at the wardrobe and not knowing what to wear. Sometimes the key to finding inspiration is picking a hero piece and going from there. I either like to work from the ground up letting my footwear set the pace, or if I’m really...
SHOW SOME SHOULDER FOR $4

SHOW SOME SHOULDER FOR $4

Everywhere you turn someone’s showing some shoulder and whether it’s one or both, this trend is definitely one to try, so why not DIY? Thrift a large men’s shirt and bust out some ultra basic sewing skills for a new look… And when I say basic, I mean...
CLUTCH TIME

CLUTCH TIME

Handbags: not only are they handy for carrying all of the things, they have the power to transform even the most basic look! Bag a back pack, tote, satchel or clutch at your local thriftstore and you’ll have more moola to put inside said bag! This diamond clutch was...
SIZE DOESN’T MATTER

SIZE DOESN’T MATTER

Don’t be afraid to play with proportions when it comes to thrifting. Opshops are the one place where size doesn’t matter and you can actually shop every rack from children’s wear to plus size…you’d be surprised at what actually fits you from each end of...
SCARF SET

SCARF SET

Scarves can transform the blandest of outfits in a flash, so if your ensemble needs a little somethin-somethin try lassoing one around your neck! It’s an easy trend to try and the best part about it is there are always so many scarves at secondhand stores starting...
JOIN THE FOLD

JOIN THE FOLD

If you haven’t already purchased some pleats, maybe it’s time you joined the fold! For the ultimate street style look try a midi skirt with some fresh kicks and a white tee. Not only will you look ultra cute, but you’ll be ultra comfortable! Who said fashion has to...
PRIMARY COLOURS

PRIMARY COLOURS

To make a statement on the street try a palette of primary colours. Bold hues are having their hay-day so embrace power colours like red and royal blue, teaming them with a neutral base such as black or white to balance the look out. Most opshops colour block their...
THE CLASH

THE CLASH

If you want to take to the street in an edgy ensemble try clashing prints. Leopard spots and stripes make for a good entry level print on print look, and it’s super easy to find an abundance of those textile styles at your local thrift store. Each day of National Op...
SECONDHAND STREET STYLE

SECONDHAND STREET STYLE

From clashing prints and customisations, to playful proportions and pops of colour, anything goes on the sidewalk…so what better place to find those unique pieces to set you apart on the street, than your local thriftstore? Not only is recycling garments kind on...
GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK

GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK

If you missed Revive yesterday, I’m pretty sure you’re going to get a little FOMO seeing all the snaps from this secondhand fashion festival in Brisbane, so maybe just stop reading now! From pop up opshops by Vinnies, Salvos, Endeavour, Save the Children...
TASSEL-HOFF

TASSEL-HOFF

Tassels are timeless. I’m 99% sure of it. Every season at least one designer features tassels in their collection….you could almost put money on it. I made my first tassel purchase in 2010 at the Salvos in Kempsey (NSW) and scored a black tassel jacket for $7.50! It’s...
THRIFTING GIFTS

THRIFTING GIFTS

I don’t know about you but I feel like every weekend there’s a birthday, engagement party, bridal shower, wedding, baby shower, bar mitzvah or farewell and I’m forever scrambling to rustle up gifts! Don’t get me wrong, I love giving presents but I’m almost...
EAT + DRINK + THRIFT

EAT + DRINK + THRIFT

There was eating, drinking and thrift shopping at BMW Brisbane last night, not to mention a fashion show styled with garments from the Salvos and Tum Vintage and modelled by the beauties from Vivien’s who were escorted down the runway by pooches provided by...
YOU KNOW YOU LOVE THRIFT, xoxo

YOU KNOW YOU LOVE THRIFT, xoxo

Well I know I do…that and New York City, so I thought I’d take that love to the next level with a little shoot. After visiting the big apple twice in the last few years I see New York everywhere, from the ‘Flat Iron’ building on Adelaide Street...
$50 OPSHOP MUMMY MAKEOVER

$50 OPSHOP MUMMY MAKEOVER

After pumping out two cute kiddies, my babetown pal, Kirsty, was ready for a revamp…move over maternity wear! So she set me a $50 op shop challenge to find her some new threads. She did her homework and read the 10 Commandments of Op Shopping beforehand and we...
GHOSTS OF FASHIONS PAST

GHOSTS OF FASHIONS PAST

Something I’ve learnt in life is the past can come back to haunt you; like Matthew McConaughey discovered in the 2009 flick, ‘Ghosts of Girlfriends past’. Even the fashions of your past can come back to haunt you. Just the other day I realised I was...
BLAZER GLORY

BLAZER GLORY

Take a turn to retro town with blazers that will bedazzle anyone’s retinas…you’ll have more pizazz than you can poke a stick at this winter! If teamed with a crisp white collared shirt these outrageous jackets can still look respectable enough. Live. a. little....
BLAZER GLORY // PASTEL

BLAZER GLORY // PASTEL

As it starts to get fresh there’s no reason why you can’t keep it colourful when rugging up. These pretty pastel 80s blazers have enough cheer to take the edge off any dreary day… Models: Amy + Georgia + Aneela Stylists: Maria + Taylah Outfits:...
BLAZER GLORY

BLAZER GLORY

Inspired by Blades of Glory and Bon Jovi’s signature track I thought I’d blaze a trail for those who are starting to prep for winter (‘winter’ for those who live in Queensland). Here’s the business as usual selection for your viewing...
ONE JUMPSUIT, MANY LOCATIONS

ONE JUMPSUIT, MANY LOCATIONS

This jumpsuit set me back $5 in 2011 at a Savers in South Australia (put it on your bucket list…they have 4000 items on the floor at any given moment). The jumpsuit was so terrific I thought I’d do a different kind of fashion shoot…normally the outfits...