Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Dusty Fingers Part Two: Seek and Revive

Oh my goodness, Seek and Revive is one of the best things that has ever happened to me! It was my first kilo sale. God bless the kilo sale! It was the stuff of dreams, rail upon rail of affordable goodies. I loved every minute of it, bouncing up and down, browsing and trying things on. It was amazing. Here's a tip, bring a friend with a decent camera/phone. There may not be a mirror handy and if you need to keep taking pics, a wing woman is a sturdy alternative to harassing strangers every few seconds. 

I thought a kilo would be a lot like when you go to a pickamix and it’s 99p per hundred grams. At first your like ‘HELL YEAH’, until you realise you left with 3 giant cola bottles and a fizzy wizzy and you’re left deflated thinking- where did it all go wrong. 100 grams sounds like  more than it is- a lot more. Trust someone who worked in a ‘Ye Olde’ sweet shop. One thing I gained besides weight was how to work a pickamix to the max.

What I’m going to do for all of you kilo sale virgins is break it down for you nice and easy. For those of you who have no budget, ignore me. Go to town and shove whatever you want in the bag screaming YOLO, cash in hand, in reckless abandon. For those of you like me I present to you,


For the sake of example, I will translate clothing items into sweets. Because I love both these things.

So for the purpose of this exercise

  1. Leather Jackets= Jelly Snakes
  2. Denim= Giant Cola Bottles
  3. Knitwear= Pear Drops
  4. Light Bottoms= Jazzies
  5. Light Blouses/Shirts= Flying Saucers

As mentioned before, if you have a wad of cash for the spending you can disregard my little diagram. But if it's tight you want to squeeze everything you can of it. 

Don't bound up to the scales with four jelly snakes and be horrified when you've smashed your budget four times over. Trust me. If you take your time and search for long enough you'll find all the flying saucers you need. You can leave with six maybe seven stunning light blouses. That's not to say that you won't find that jacket that calls your name and hugs you tightly. Sometimes blowing your howl budget on something special isn't blowing it at all. But if you're a first timer and you wanna get as much for as little as possible. Mix some jazzies with a few flying saucers, leave with a lot but with some variety. That's what I did and I got all this...

Seek and Revive will be at Dusty Fingers Market on 3rd September. Check out their Facebook page!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Dark Paradise

Dark Paradise

Valentino black dress / High heels platform, $39 / Effy Collection black diamond ring / Marni / Raven Crow with Skulls - HALLOWEEN Skulls Art Print on antique book...

I love the Lana Del Rey Song of the same name. This is how I would style her for a performance of the song, sort of like an ultra stylish Wednesday Addams. Having said that, Wednesday is a style icon in her own right. I wish I could rock a centre parting like that.

Hope I did this beautiful haunting song justice!

Have a look for yourself at the melancholic masterpiece...


Until Next Time...

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Dusty Fingers August - Part One: SWAPAHOLICS

It was that time again today. Dusty Fingers market set up again for awesome times. Beloved SwapAholics were there once again in a more miniature form than before. Nevertheless, there was plenty of goodies for the snatching- didn’t come out quite right there. The haul this time was more successful than before, because this time I got there nice and early.

I got a super special awesome denim shirt with adorable embroidery over the button holes- I will wear it with pride. Ooh and there was this suede skirt that the swapper had customised with awesome ladder detail. I’m so kitted out now I can feel ‘ Like a rhinestone cowboy...’ that was the only cowboy related song I could really think of. I should probably stop making references to songs.

I got awesomeness in the form of a super block colour shirt and this adorable bowling-cum-prairie shirt with wee shoulder pads. These were both thanks to the same swapper who had crazy- good style. Wow, that sounds like a bad anime translation.

Anyway lady wherever you are, thank you so much. Everyone was really friendly and social, it’s like shopping on another level. Usually when I shop it’s between me, the sales adviser and my bank account. But swapping and vintage shopping provides you with a networking experience. You meet new people, you learn things and wonderful strangers make you feel brave enough to try new things. I picked the bowling mcwhatever shirt and thought I couldn’t wear it. It was until Diana Infernoo of Swapaholics said ‘that’s cute’.

I’m not going to say a certain anagram that justifies arbitrary stupidity but CARPE DIEM. Grab it and if you don’t wear it then a few swaps later you can give someone else the opportunity to do it justice. That’s the great thing about swishing. You can afford to take risks. You know it’s not going to waste. You’re saving something and if it doesn’t work for you it’ll work for someone else next time.
For want of a better phrase- ‘One man’s trash, that’s another man’s come up.’

And when someone picks up something you brought and says ‘ooh!’ honestly it gives you shivers. It lets you know that you’ve personally made a positive impact on someones day, on someone’s wardrobe. I can’t help smile thinking ‘I wonder how she’s going to rock that...’

I look forward to the next swap as always. I have four items on my loyalty card, booyah is not the word.

Until next time. 

Friday, 9 August 2013

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Monday, 15 July 2013

Dusty Fingers Market + SwapAholicsUK = Swishing Heaven!

On the 29th and 30th June, SwApoholics and Dusty Fingers Market hosted a super fun swapping event and vintage fair at The Pheonix Pub in Oxford Street. The Phoenix is a rustic but trendy pub in the heart of London’s West End with a massive basement in which the event was held. One side held Dusty Finger's vintage fair selling everything from quirky retro movie posters to swing dresses go go boots.

There were some really awesome pieced all of which were reasonably priced. For a vintage enthusiast on a budget Dusty Fingers is perfect. Rebecca (of Tribe Fashion) managed to pic up a  high-waist swing skirt for only £6.

I was very, very jealous. She said I could borrow it but we all know that I wanted to be the one to own that skirt outright. I cheered myself up however by snagging a pair of vintage 1920's accordian pleated shorts. See!

On the other half of the venue was the Swap. Piles upon piles of goodies. For every item you brought you could get one back. Naturally I bought bundles. I had ten items in total. The great thing about SwapAholics is their loyalty card. If you don't manage to get what you're looking for on that day, any remaining items can be carried over to your next swap. And your fourth swap is free. Now that's better than any old Cafe loyalty card. It costs less than lunch at Starbucks, that's for sure!

In the first five minutes of the swap I snapped up a pair of killer wedges. Unfortunately I mean killer in the literal sense that if I wore them I'd probably fall and sever my tendons killing an innocent bystander in the process. I made up for it however by meeting some awesome people and getting some awesome stuff. I got a Rolling Stones Crop tea, a poppy dress from Miss Selfridge, a denim pinafore and a sequin top. My stand out piece though over all came through meeting an awesome person. Sally Rohleder, a novelist extraordinaire was one of many SwapAholics baring all in the toilets, trying on more stuff. She gave me some great career advice and thanks to her I got these!

Hooray! Blue suede boots to make me feel as awesome as Elvis paying homage to Sailor Mercury.

It was more than worth the £5 participation fee. I am thoroughly converted. Prior to this event I'd shopped vintage, I'd shopped charity and I'd swapped with friends. This was the next step up and I am so glad that I made it. I am a bonified SwapAholic! It's social, sustainable and affordable. You meet great people and you great stuff, what's not to like?

I got a cheeky interview with the SwapAholic's organisor Diana Infernoo about just why she does what she does. Here she is (left) with Rebecca of Tribe (centre) with the lovely Holly Day  (right) another one of the chief organisers.


1.       Why did you start SwapAholicsUk?
I’ve always like to host community events that brings people together and love watching people have fun at new events that they normally would not come too or try. Swapping is huge in North America, back in Canada we had clothing swapping in large gyms and warehouses. It’s just a smart, simple idea – why throw something out when you can give it away! Our events turn into a little party, girls chat about what they’ve found, recommend clothing for each other, and are so happy when someone loves the item that they’ve brought. That’s why I love SwapAholicsUK, it brings smiles to people’s faces and when they say thank you I had a great time it brings a smile to mine.

2.       Do you prefer shopping in vintage and charity shops and swapping, to shopping on the high street? If so/not why?
I prefer shopping eco-friendly with charity shops and swapping because it’s so much more than shopping it’s an experience. I have so much fun doing it, the adventure finding something that you love, that you will not find everyone wearing, that has character. When you shop for pre-loved clothing there is a level of excitement because you never know what you will find! Whereas at the high street fashion, you know you are going to find in almost all the stores the latest trends in the same cookie cutter styles. You creativity and imagination expands with charity shopping and swapping with the mixing and matching for different items and brainstorming outfits from the amazing clothing finds that you come across.

3.       Do you believe that the high street will ever support sustainability the same way as swapping?
There is always hoping!

4.       Where are your favourite thrifty hotspots in London?
Honestly I love Brixton or Ilford because they are less touched then the rest of London. Also Richmond, you go to the charity shops there and you find amazing deals on designer stuff.

5.       What’s your favourite piece that you’ve swapped and/or bought second hand?

This is the hardest question ever! So many, at the swaps I always find what I am looking for. Like our last one I really needed office dresses and found two beautiful pieces. I picked up a beautiful Top Shop velvet dress that I wear all the time. These 1960s heels I picked up at a charity shop in Toronto for £3, is the item I get the most people asking about since they are really colourful but unique looking. So many treasures cant really pick a favourite, its like picking a favourite child.

6.       Some people shy away from second hand shopping, what pushes you to buy pre-worn clothing and shoes?
Realizing that we are killing the environment with our excessiveness and it needs to slow down. Also, I like to find deals. I like the feeling like I am saving money and not spending overboard thus swapping you feel like you are getting an amazing deal. You bring 37 items and can find 37 new items to bring home for only $5. It’s basically revamping your wardrobe for £5. And it’s a fun event, with live music, friendly people and fun extras like nail stalls and cupcakes.

7.       What advice would you give to someone who wanted to host their own swapping event?

Call us, we’ll help you for free!

8.       What is your favourite era fashion wise?
1920s and 1960s

9.       What inspires your own personal style?

People watching. Love watching people, must be the psychologist in me, but they give me the most inspiration on trying out different things or creative ideas in my outfits. If I see something I like, either I’ll try to find it and add my own style to it or I’ll try to make it myself. There are so many amazing fashionistas in London, my tube rides are better than opening a Vogue magazine. 

Make sure you catch the next swap! 
SwapAholicsUk Clothing Swap

@ Arbeit Gallery

Saturday 20th July

Arbeit Gallery
Unit 4 White Post Lane
E9 5EN
See that beautiful shawl Diana is wearing? Want one? Well she makes them herself and she'll make you one if you get your tail down there this Saturday! Hand stitched, you can choose your colours. She's so nice she'll even be showing you how to make your own!

If you're clever you can get in even cheaper by getting your tickets ahead of time at,

What are you waiting for?!

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Weak Sugar, Weak!

Oh sugar baby, how week you are!

I have inhaled about the weight of a large swan's worth of sugar recently. I found Willy Wonka nerds in poundland -jumbo rainbow pack no less and I have pours the contents into my face on more than one occasion. Temporary weakness? Well two weeks is temporary but it's also disgusting. Now I am not about to wail about dieting. I am not a diet kind of girl. But I am ashamed and I should be.

Food should not be used as a distraction or something to do while your watching Made in Chelsea. Food is fuel for your body. I will never stop loving food but eating should never be a hobby. Cooking should be a hobby. So I want to give bento boxes another try. Getting up early in the morning to prepare something tasty for lunch is fun and gets you moving.

These angry little lumps and bumps on my face are my bodies way of saying 'F*** YOU!' and I am very, VERY sorry that I ever messed with my skin. As a result I am lethargic, moody and essentially gross. I want to chomp on green thing, drink water and feel great.

I haven't posted any nice foodiness for too long. So hopefully at least once a week I'll make something interesting to show to my imaginary audience.

On a brighter note. I wore stuff that I thought was moderately adequate! Hooray...

Monday, 17 June 2013



Mela Loves London dresses with belt, $41 / Burlington denim socks, $16 / Leather boots / Jack Wills / Astley Clarke gold earrings, $1,015 / A|X Armani Exchange bracelet ring / Dorothy Perkins bird jewelry

It's the MIB yeah you know me!

It was that time again! The bi-annual cosplay event extravaganza that is the London MCM Expo summer edition. This year was potentially Miss Sobz last expo ever so just in case we decided she should go out with a bang. Getting another group cosplay together was a must! Last time we got together and created a pikachu army! But in exam season when money is low and morale even more so what the math could we do?

Inspiration came from an unlikely source. A Miss Sam Mackenzie had choreographed a dance piece for a competition with her cheer/dance squad. They were dancing to a medley of Will Smith's greatest hits. At one point Sam donned a pair of black smiths saying the immortal words 'You know the difference between you and me? I make this look good!' Sharing this story with me over Chinese food was the best thing she could have done. Thankyou Sam!

That was it. We would be the (wo)Men in Black! Most people own at least one of the items, black wayferers, a white shirt, a black tie etc... The rest of the items would be easily attainable and not too expensive.

A massive shout out to Amy who made each of us sunglasses and spray painted silver guns. Also to Sarah for making a 'Neuraliser'. It was honestly the best expo ever. The picnic consisted of my special spicy meatballs (a-thankyou), sushi courtesy of Sobz, Amy and Elena and cookies. I stuffed my freakin face.

We had to many pictures taken by other cosplayers and we were interviewed by a Captain Christel of YouTube. Keeping my eyes peeled for the video. And will add a link when it pops up.

It concluded once again with the delightful and beautiful DJ Lucy playing a DJ set of industrial/metal/gamer madness. We all got out freaks on obviously. It was Mathmatical.

Seriously! I love you guys! xx

Best Expo EVER!