An invitation from the Master of Vintage Clothing & Magpie Monday

To my shock and delight an invitation popped into my inbox from the true Vintage Clothing King – William Banks-Blaney who is holding an event at the V & A Museum to mark the wedding of William and Kate Next Friday.    Sadly I will be attending a not so prestigious party at my next door neighbours house, otherwise I might just have popped on my Manolo’s and jumped on a train to London. 

This did get me thinking though about my own love of vintage and thrifted clothes and accessories.  Bargains have been few and far between for this week’s Magpie Monday so here are some of the beautiful designer items I have collected over the years and although most don’t now fit, I just can’t bring myself to be parted from them.

Emporio Armani Ladies dressing gown, purchased off Etsy and THE most gorgeous mink coloured silk.    I love the detail on the back.

Ralph Lauren Tweed jacket, totally too die for tayloring and wonderful buttons.  I adore Ralph Lauren and snap up jackets whenever I can from Ebay. 

Another Ebay 100% Silk Ralph Lauren Jacket in a beautiful soft cream, I wear this with wide legged trousers or the Silk Skirt below.  Only when there are not any children about though !

Devine Ralph Lauren softest of soft fluid sik skirt again another Ebay find and as new !

Palest Pink Silk Ralph Lauren.  This was advertised as a dress, but it is totally sheer and you would need nerves of steel and a figure like Kate Moss to get away with it.  I wore it as a nightdress on a few occasions! Sadly it no longer fits.

What girl doesn’t want to own a killer pair of Carrie Bradshaw Manolo Blahnik shoes !  These are my totally gorgeous, too die for Sneaklo Porc Velour Rose Mules as worn by Carrie in Sex in the City.  Purchased prior to the birth of the twins they are rarely worn now as you can see but I take them out from time to time, just to look and stroke !

Finally, a PUCCI Bag again off Ebay and a total steal, appears brand new with all the tags included and the dust bag.  The lady who sold it must have been distraught at the price I won it for but bless her she still sent it to me, not so sure I would have been able to part with it if it had been the other way around.

A selection of some of the beautiful clothes I have managed to buy thanks to Ebay, Etsy and other internet sites.  As I have always maintained you really don’t need a bank full of money to buy quality designer pieces, they last for years and if you stick to classic styles you can wear them again and again year in and year out.  Please pop over and see the other MagpieMonday entries.



  1. missielizzie
    April 25, 2011 / 8:06 am

    Wow you are one stylish lady!!What amazing finds.Also, can't believe you didnt bin off your neighbour for that invitation tee-hee!Thanks for linking up x

  2. ChrisTea And Cakes
    April 25, 2011 / 8:33 am

    All beauties, I can see why you wouldn't want to part with any of them. I LOVE that Armani dressing gown, sadly I don't have the lifestyle to pull that kind of thing off. I bought a vintage kimono with the intention of wafting round the house in it but I feel like I'd be letting it down as I imagine that some actress in the dark mists of time owned it and wore it in her dressing room whilst being debauched, it must be so bored on a hanger in my dressing room. 🙁

  3. Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping]
    April 25, 2011 / 8:39 am

    Oh I always wear an Armani dressing gown. In my dreams… I did find those Armani shoes recently though, which I LOVE! God bless charity shops!Lovely selection of clothes, I've been particularly lucky with Viv Westwood on Ebay and have a few pre-worn bits and pieces still in great condition. In fact, I must dig them out for my hols.

  4. Karen Jones
    April 25, 2011 / 8:39 am

    Lizzie, I was tempted but apart from not being able to afford the train fare etc. Can you imagine the chaos in London next Friday !!! Too much for me these days. xx

  5. Karen Jones
    April 25, 2011 / 8:42 am

    Christy – Thank you, I don't wear mine either. I'm not really a girly girl as much as I dream of being one. It to hangs in my wardrobe like your kimono. Isn't it funny the dreams we have in our heads v our realities : ( xxx

  6. Emma
    April 25, 2011 / 9:50 am

    Oh my goodness…..I am so VERY jealous of the Manolos!!! I have a pair of Vivienne Westwoods that I adore and would die for a pair of Louboutins!!! I can't believe that you aren't going to take up the offer of going to the V&A…..we will be in London on Friday so you could meet us for cream teas at The Ritz 😉 xxx

  7. Missdaisy's Crafts
    April 25, 2011 / 11:09 am

    Gorgeous items and that bag is beautiful i love the bright bold colours 🙂

  8. MilkChic
    April 25, 2011 / 2:55 pm

    Beautiful clothes, and all the more satisfying when you haven't paid a fortune for them.

  9. overthehillmum
    April 25, 2011 / 3:15 pm

    I had to laugh about you fetching the shoes out. I have (too many) skyscraper high heels that I wonder if I shall ever wear again. Can't bring myself to get rid of them though :(Love that dressing gown.

  10. dogsmom
    April 25, 2011 / 3:52 pm

    We are to believe that this wedding is a once in a lifetime event. If you can't attend the actual event at least we know you will be dressed for it. You take thrifting to a higher level.

  11. QWERTY Mum
    April 25, 2011 / 5:24 pm

    Fabulous x

  12. leah @ plainview - moxiethrift on etsy
    April 25, 2011 / 5:53 pm

    those Carrie Bradshaw shoes make me *swoon*

  13. carole
    April 25, 2011 / 5:57 pm

    Wow you are indeed one classy gal!Especially love the shoes and the bag 🙂 x

  14. Karen Jones
    April 25, 2011 / 6:34 pm

    Thanks ladies for all your lovely comments. I have just bagged myself the most gorgeous navy blue classic Ralph Lauren blazer which is winging its way to me as I type. I will pair it with a navy and white strippy nautical top and white Linen Ralph Lauren trousers of course, for the perfect Summer nautical look xx

  15. Karen Jones
    April 25, 2011 / 6:36 pm

    Emma, sorry sweetie I would love nothing more but really can't afford the train fair and can you imagine London NEXT FRIDAY !!! Its going to be hell on earth. Are you going to watch the Wedding ? xx

  16. The syders
    April 25, 2011 / 7:13 pm

    Love the Bag & shoes…Beautiful x

  17. Chino & Milo's Thrifty Gems
    April 25, 2011 / 7:39 pm

    Finding Manolo's is one of my thrifty dreams. Great job!

  18. Jenny
    April 25, 2011 / 7:50 pm

    You have some amazing pieces 🙂 I'm only wearing black until my little sticky fingers grows up!

  19. mummyneeds
    April 25, 2011 / 8:28 pm

    Gorgeous finds, I never seem to win any of the bits I go for. Thanks for sharing them.

  20. Michelle Twin Mum
    April 25, 2011 / 9:21 pm

    You really are the style queen Karen, I bow to you.Mich x

  21. midlifesinglemum
    April 26, 2011 / 9:16 am

    I love all the silky things. That's about as far as my designer knowledge goes 🙂

  22. mumsarcade
    April 26, 2011 / 4:13 pm

    So lovely and I think my fave is the pale pink number although you can see the lovely tailoring on everything too.Esty – a new one on me! How have I missed that?!My finds are over at

  23. Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping]
    April 27, 2011 / 9:05 am

    Hi Karen, I've tagged you in a blog award over at mine x

  24. The White House
    April 27, 2011 / 9:28 am

    Hi Karen, found your blog via Lakota. Love your style … :0)Shirl x

  25. Bee happy
    April 27, 2011 / 10:01 am

    Found your wonderful blog today through Lakota and wanted to say hi! I am your newest follower 🙂 You have found some beautiful items, very nice!Bee happy xHave a delicious day!

  26. Mongs
    April 27, 2011 / 2:57 pm

    You have exquisite taste… I love all your finds. And I like the style of your blog and pictures, nice! Following you back! Thanks for visiting my blog with your encouraging comments!

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