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Sophie’s style file: Awkward Autumn

After a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ summer, (I missed it) there’s no avoiding the fact that now we’re officially in Autumn and are careering at varying speeds towards the colder weather.  I say varying speeds because as I write this I’m looking out on a glorious morning with not a cloud in the sky, but I’m not naïve enough to think this will last all day and my trusty brolly is propped up patiently, but perfectly poised, ready for the inevitable lunch time dash when the good weather decides it’s had enough and normal service is resumed.

Blazing style

It’s under this (literal) cloud of climatic confusion that I write my first ‘style file’ post.  How on earth to make it through Awkward Autumn without getting soggy feet when you are still being cocky in your peep toes, or sweating cobs when you decide layers are the answer to the changing seasons? I can’t help on the shoes, I have at least 5 pairs under my desk to cover all eventualities, but my other tactic, invest in a blazer.  The right stylish, warm, smart, comfy, versatile piece gets me through the seasons with minimal requirement for back up clothing to adorn the office.  I’ve gone for inoffensive navy blue which goes with everything and depending on the weather and occasion I’ll either add a cosy cashmere scarf or a bright silk one, which serves no other purpose than to look pretty and to do its best to slip off the back of chairs every time I dare to take it off.

blazers

I like to think of investment pieces on a cost per use basis.  It helps me justify big purchases.  FYI, into that category I’d also throw; a great pair of jeans, winter boots, a proper winter coat, sunglasses that actually suit me, nude pumps….ok I can basically justify anything, but the point is, I could have paid £100s for my blazer and on a cost per use basis I’d be on pennies.

Royal fashion at realistic prices

Fortunately you don’t have to pay £100s in our shops, someone else has already done that and then kindly donated them to us for you to discover.  Starting this Friday, 2nd October and throughout the month, we’re celebrating Awkward Autumn with a blazer event in our Stockbridge shop in Edinburgh.  We’ve got dozens of blazers from some amazing designers including Ralph Lauren, Aquascutum, Jaeger and many more.

individualblazer

My absolute favourite is this stunning and immaculate Katherine Hooker woollen blazer with leather trim.  This wasn’t a designer I was instantly familiar with but could tell the quality straight away and so did a bit of research.  If you haven’t heard of her, google her immediately, the Duchess of Cambridge is a big fan.

Our Blazing Style event will be on in our Stockbridge shop from Friday 2nd October.

Work your wedding dress

It wasn’t hard to decide what to write about for my first post on all things charity shops, write about what you know don’t they say.  Well, being of ‘that sort of age’ more than a few of my weekends drift by in a whirlwind of confetti, tulle, declarations of undying devotion and of course a healthy dose of the Dashing White Sergeant!  I suspect I’m not alone as we enter the height of wedding season so it seemed topical to share our recent diamante encrusted steps into our new wedding department. Continue reading Work your wedding dress

If you do one thing this year… volunteer

Volunteer infographic
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Around one third of people in Scotland give up their time free of charge to help a good cause. A quarter of those people do so every week.

For charities like Capability Scotland volunteers are a lifeline. Volunteers help us to operate our charity shops. They look after Collection Boxes in shops and businesses throughout Scotland, raising tens of thousands of pounds every year. They donate their skills to help us solve problems or to enable us to do our work better. Continue reading If you do one thing this year… volunteer