just like the thoughts of my mind

Sun sea and sand

I didn't have my swimming cossie because I was expecting rain in Bournemouth but that didn't stop me whipping off my gladiators and rolling up my harems for a paddle in the sea during an early morning beach walk.

Me and my lovely friend Dee (she really is lovley)

This is the closest to an outfit post as I totally forgot to get my camera out for the rest of the day :(

I'm wearing Satin Harems (ankle length but rolled up in this pic) Limited collection from M&S, I bought them brand new with tags from the charity shop for £1.80, they had a button missing fom one of the ankle cuffs - a spare of which was attached to the tags, hey I'm not complaining! Teamed with a back TopShop vest 99p from charity shop and beaded TopShop Jacket £6 from charity shop, added grey pearls from Asda yonks ago £3 in the sale, vintage pearls which were a gift from boyf (I'm wearing these a lot a the mo), silver bangle from carboot and FCUK sunglasses 99p from charity shop.

We were out playing with the gorgeous Sharon (also in harems) and the beautiful Justine,a New Yorker spending the summer in Paris who came over to join us for the weekend.

Another friend Chris bought along a couple of suitcases in the back of her car for people to help themselves, oh my goodness.  A couple of my freebies are below:

I nabbed a few other bits too and it felt like Christmas had come early.

And despite a 7 hour journey home yesterday and not getting home until after 11pm, I managed to get myelf to the 10am boot sale at the cricket club (ha I make sound like a hardship) but I'll share some my finds with you tomorrow, my bed is calling

Ta ta for now

Queenie xxx


TFI Friday

Morning everyone,

Just popping by with a quick outfit post before leaving for my train.  Not knowing how to dress for the weather I've gone for layers

Layer one: Gap Jeans via charity shop, T-shirt 50p table top sale, 80's suede shoes £1.99 charity shop, Vintage pearls were a pressie from Darling boyf, other pearls (longer ones picked up from carboots)

Layer two: Added St Michaels Jumper £1.99 charity shop and belt £1.49 charity shop

Layer Three: TopShop leather jacket £1 carboot sale, vintage scarf £2 charity shop

And I'd just like to say that today dress sizing has been thrown right out the window, I'm a 10 and the t-shirt is a size 16 an the jumper is a 16 to 18. I always make a point of looking through everything in charity shops, tabletop sales, jumbles and carboots because sometimes you might find something can be worn in a way that works differently to how it was intended.

Have a lovely weekend all

Ta ta for now

Queenie xxx


In’s and Outs


My new TopShop jacket snaffled for £6 from the charity shop on Wednesday Lunch time, quite pricey for me but I fell in love as soon as I saw it. Must remember to be careful though, it now needs a little repair work after my shoulder bag pulled off some of the beading :( so next week I’m on the hunt for some matching beads so I can make it perfect again.

Inception – oh my goodness, what a brilliant film, certainly the best film I have seen for a long while. Leonardo Dicaprio delivers yet again (but I’ve not seen him beat his performance in Blood Diamond to date) I did spend the first half hour of the film utterly confused, starching my head and whispering to Darling Boyfriend asking what the hell was going on, but then it started to come together and gripped me to the end.

On the fence

Long train journeys – I’m going to Bournemouth to see some friends, but only for a little over 24 hours, kinda wondering whether the 5.5hour journey there and then the same back and £55 in train tickets (that’s with a railcard) is worth it. I need to get some local friends me think!

Chanel Chance Body Lotion – Picked this up brand new in the charity shop a few weeks ago for £2.50 and although it feels luxurious when I use it there’s something quite rich about the smell that makes me feel a bit old…and if that makes sense you deserve a medal :)


The weather, grrrr what the F**K is going on, where is the sunshine? Where is the summer? I had to dig out my winter riding boots to wear today. Fair to say I’m over it and I demand the powers that be (because yes I really am that powerful) to cast this weather aside and bring our summer back!

Not being able to sleep when my Darling Boyfriend is away, never can so I potter about, and then lay and read til I fall asleep. Maybe there’s a sliver lining in that long train journey tomorrow, hopefully I’ll be able to get some shut eye along the way.

I'll be back blogging on Sunday with some outfit posts from the weekend, and hopefully (please weather change) some carboot finds, I'm not feeling hopeful though.

Have a good weekend everyone

Ta ta for now

Queenie xx


Quick outfit post...

Morning lovies,

I've got a couple of minutes before I leave for work so I thought I'd do a quick outfit post:

All second hand (except tights)...leopard print vest top (£1.99) and black pencil skirt (£2.99) both from charity shops, cardi (50p) and vintage boots (£1) from carboot sale


Sorry about photo my crappy camera hates detail close up...bought this beauty at the weekend for 99p from the charity shop

Pearls were a pressie from my lovely boyf for my birthday bought from a vintage fair

Got to dash, happy Monday

Ta ta for now

Queenie xxx


All dressed up with nowhere to go…

We attempted to see Inception tonight at the cinema tonight, apparently everyone in Liverpool had the same idea, and both the 7.15pm and the 8.15pm were sold out by the time we got to the front of the queue. Ah well it’ll be showing for a while and I got a chance to take some pics of my outfit and share some of my finds from the weekend.

Miss Selfridge Leopard print top/dress £2 carboot sale
River Island Jeans £3 charity shop
Per Una Shoes £3.99 charity shop
Black waistcoat 50p carboot sale
Vintage bag 50p carboot sale

Accessorised with a couple of strings of pearls, a chunky silver bangle, cameo ring, all carboot finds, and flower in hair from Primark.

So I went to Headingley in Leeds to visit a dear friend yesterday, what a fab place for charity shops, with no less that 8. The lovely Lara lives no more than a 2 minute walk from this a little piece of heaven on earth and we spend the whole day rooting and rummaging with a break for lunch and coffee.

It was pouring with rain in Liverpool and I’d foolishly left my umbrella at work, not to panic though a quick dig through my draw of vintage scarves and I was ready to face the elements. Not sure it worked that well over a high knot of hair and a big quiff but hey ho it kept me dry! (excuse the rollie I was literally walking out the door but wanted to snap a quick picture) Vintage head scarf and lighter blue/gold neck scarf 25p each from carboot sale, Leather TopShop jacket £1 from a carboot sale (found a couple of weeks ago and I suspect it's going to be one of my best finds ever!)

I came across this bag and couldn’t say no, I’ve never seen anything like it before, it was an absolute steal at £5 from Age Concern. It’s very heavy because of all the stud work so I wouldn’t want to overfill it – which I have a tendency to do!

I couldn’t walk away when I saw this vanity case in British Heart Foundation, at a meagre £3.75 I bought it and left the shop quickly in case they made a mistake! It's never been used and I've just noticed I've not taken the paper off the mirror yet.

This tin was a tiny 75p and I knew it would be just perfect for storing my ever growing collection of nail varnishes.

I also picked up yet another waistcoat for £2.50 and a forever 21 (never heard of them) striped cardi for £2.99 both in the wash, and a couple of bits of jewellery which I’m sure will be featured soon.

So all in all quite a mild shop for me but a thoroughly good time none the less, and we shared a beautiful home cooked dinner before I caught the train home.

And I was so tired this morning I gave the carboots a miss, terrible I know but I just needed a good old chill, which is exactly what I got.  I did have a little sort out of my wardrobe and found a couple of things I'd forgotten about/not worn yet so I almost feel like I've had a root without having to face the grim weather, I did say almost it's no where near the same! I might be missing my rummage session next Sunday too...we'll see how tired I am from my 5.5 hour train journey back from Bournemouth on Saturday evening.

Ta ta for now

Queenie xxx


Feeling uninspired

And it’s no wonder given the state of my wardrobe! But more about that later, first here is today’s very boring work outfit:

T-shirt - £1.30 charity shop
Cardi - £1.99 charity shop
Trousers - £6 Peacocks sale (ages ago)
Shoes M&S via Carboot £1
TopShop jacket £3 via carboot sale (I love this jacket, I bet you can't tell!)

So like I said I’m feeling very uninspired, with the exception of dresses every hanger is used at least twice, sometimes three times just so I can get everything in, and as you can see not everything is in!

Boots (and a few shoes) live in the bottom of the wardrobe and as you can see no organisation there either…

And as for my draws well they speak for themselves!

Coats/jackets – the small jackets which can’t be squeezed into the wardrobe live in the back of the door along with everything else! And there are many more in vac packs under the bed!)

At least my shoes aren’t as chaotic, well it’s a start I guess!

(excuse my manky gym trainers)

Anyway best get back to work, I only popped home to take some tofu out the freezer!

Ta ta for now

Queenie xx


Rain rain go away, come again another day!

I've decided that I'm going to bed with James Patterson and a big cup of tea!

But first here is my outfit from today:

TopShop Dress £2 carboot sale
Clarks shoes £3.99 charity shop
Primark Jacket £5 in the sale about 3 years ago
Silver chunky bangle carboot sale

Excuse the odd photo of my shoes, it's hard to take a photo while I'm wearing them!

And that's about as much chat as I've got tonight

Ta ta for now

Queenie xxx


Ahoy sailor – one skirt, two looks

Having picked this skirt up for 50p at the carboot yesterday I wanted to wear it as soon as possible, thanks to the warm (ish) weather I was able to wash and dry it in time to put it on for work this morning and a then keep on wearing it this evening after a quick restyle:

Skirt 50p carboot sale
New Look Batwing cardi 50p table top sale
TopShop Black vest 99p charity shop
Miss Selfridge Shoes £2 carboot sale
Bangle and necklace carboot finds

Skirt 50p carboot sale
TopShop shoulderless nautical top £2.99 charity shop
TopShop Nautical themed jacket £8.50 charity shop
New Look Deck Shoes 50p carboot
Scarf 25p carboot sale

£8.50 for a jacket is quite rich for me; in fact it’s very rich for me. I was walking past a charity shop and it was on display in the window, the volunteer said that she’d only put it out half an hour before I’d spied it. I tried to justify it to myself “think how much a TopShop jacket would have cost new etc etc” I loved it as soon as I set eyes on it, and after trying it on and it being a perfect fit I simply couldn’t walk away.

So there you go, one skirt, two very different looks

I kinda wish I'd worn the nautical one to work...it's much more fun!

Ta Ta for now

Queenie xxx



My my my what a weekend, I've been to three carboots and this post is dedicated to my most of my weekend carboot buys and initial thoughts on how to model them. There are a couple of bits I've missed off which were a pure mistake, I mis-judged the size of a pair of grey leopard print leggings, they are a bit big but I'm toying with whether to keep them or get rid, also I had a little grey shrug but it had a hole in it :( only 50p each but even so.

Left to Right
New Look T-shirt - 50p
Oasis Sleeveless top - £1
Black sequin top - 50p

Cameo Ring  - £3
(quite pricey but I fell in love)

Miss Selfridge Shoes £2 - brand new
Brown leather boots - £1 - might have to sell these tho because they are very wide round the leg, I think they might be Evans ones because although they are a 6 they are very big both round the leg and the foot.

New Look Cropped Jacket £1
I am loving the print of this jacket, I seem to developing a real thing for cropped jackets (and waistcoats) at the moment, I'm attracted to them where ever I go. I think this jacket will look fab with white linen trousers and tan sandals - as well as what I've throw together below of course.

(Jacket worn with Gap cropped jeans from charity shop, M&S shoes £1 from previous carboot)

Couple of Soap and Glory Bits - 50p each
As a massive Soap and Glory fan I couldn't pass these up

Floral shoulder bag - 50p
Tea Cup & Saucer - 50p
River Island Purse - 50p
Book 50p
Necklace and 2 bangles - £1

Gosh where do I start with this lot, I adore it all.

Nautical style dress/top £1
(worn with Gap jeans from charity shop, TopShop jacket £3 from previous carboot and New Look nautical deck shoes 50p from previous carboot)

I can't see myself wearing this as a dress, although that's what I think it's meant to be, it's very light so perfect for summer. It caught my eye straight away and I thought it was a steal at £1. No idea what size or make it is as there are no labels. I don't know if you can see from the picture but it ties up at the front creating a little bib thing, very cute.

Skirt 50p
(Worn with topshop black vest 99p charity shop, vintage peep toe shoes charity shop)

A girl can never have enough summer skirts - says the girl who's wardrobe is bulging at it's hinges

Black Waist Coat 50p
Red Tulip Skirt 50p
Black Miss Selfridge Shoes (BN) £2
(worn with black TopShop vest 99p from charity shop)

I just knew as soon as I saw this skirt what a versatile piece it's going to be, and at 50p bargain. It's something that will carry me right through the winter, what a good investment.

Polka Dot Play Suit £2
(Worn with red tights £1, Miss Selfridge leopard print shoes £7.50 in the sale years ago, string of pearls some carboot sometime!)

I tried to haggle the stall holder down to £1 but she was having none of it, so I parted with £2 for this play suit which I'm really not sure about. I have real issues with my muscular thighs, they don't actually look too bad in the picture above but I'm still not totally convinced. I do know I would never go bare legged in one. What's the best way to wear it, I'm struggling for ideas. I tried to go a bit rockabilly with the red tights and leopard print shoes...

So that's my weekend carboot haul :)

P.S if you're wondering about the sunglasses, I'd not long woken up from a big sleep in the sofa and had puffy eyes

Lots of Love

Queenie xxx