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13
Oct, 16

My Top 5 Tips for charity shop shopping with Barnardo’s

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Wearing: Hat; Camden market, Orange turtle: Urban Outfitters, Bell bottoms: Pylo, Leather: Vintage. Shoes: H&M

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02
Oct, 16

Alain Bashung is my spirit animal

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ALAIN BASHUNG IS MY SPIRIT ANIMAL.

Wearing:

 Floral vintage shirt – Charity shop.

Black tie up jacket – Charity shop.

Black palazzo trousers – Vintage warehouse.

Sandals – TK Maxx.

Sunglasses – Camden market.

Shot by Becca Miles

Instagram: @elizabethmiles_

 

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22
Sep, 16

Not designer

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Wearing: Vintage silk blouse – Charity shop, Blue trousers: Charity shop. Boots: Zara. Sunglasses: Camden market.

Sorry my shit ain’t designer. I will always feel like i’m letting myself down a little on the fashion forward front when ocassionally asked where I got the new jacket I’m wearing, or new boots or bag. It’s very seldom that I buy anything designer or even high street (bar obligs Zara, obvs). Probably 90% of my wardrobe is charity shop bought and I’m sorry that that may sound boring as fuck when you ask me where I got this awesome silk shirt from. (It was a charity shop, by the way.)

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19
Aug, 16

CULOTTING HELL

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Wearing denim culottes from Oxfam, H&M shirt but also from Oxfam and black Zara boots.

The culotte, almost as man repelling as the dungaree? Answers on postcards.

Instagram: @elizabethmiles_

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30
Jun, 16

B R E X S H I T

In a week where the uncertainty of the demise of our cherished EU was well and truly at the forefront of everyone’s consciousness , I knew it didn’t sit well with me to post my usual Friday blog last week, on how I like to ponce about in my dad’s old vintage Levis jeans and wang on about my newly cut bangs that my friend did for me after work at the office.

Friday was a dark, dark day for many and definitely for me and my new bangs. When I arose to the news and slowly absorbed what Radio 4 was breaking to the nation, I kind of surprised myself when I found myself in the midst of an early morning sob, and in my bed bound state, I couldn’t quite seem to fathom why the general public had favoured the vote in this way.

I was in the bath (yes I have baths in the morning because I’m boujis AF) and thought to jokingly text my politically conscious boss that I was very sorry, but I couldn’t make it in to work today as my disappointment in the country was too much to take. I was clearly(?) joking, but I later text again saying I was most definitely going to be late, as my utter dismay had taken over my ability to get ready like a normal grown up and be on time for work. (FML – What happened to this acronym, by the way?! Answers on postcards, please.)

This may sound like an overreaction to some, but being the nostalgic wanker that I am, the notion of not being unified with the rest of the EU fills me with resolute, big, fat, sorrow – No, the EU is not necessarily representative of all that Europe stands for, but the solidarity we’ve shared is something we worked undeniably hard for post war and have maintained for over 40 years.

Ultimately, the nation will vote due to what they deem best for their own economic interest and welfare – And we vote on propaganda that has been drip fed to us during the build-up. positive (Fucking awful Farage bill boards akin to Hitler youth).

The state of uncertainty and potential confusing trajectory I feel the society in the UK will be living in now truly petrifies me and I know, although it will take 2 years to fully implement the changes, I for certain, do not want to live in a country run by a bumbling, blonde, overgrown baby whose name rhymes with ‘Morris’ and ‘Sponson’, and who considers Donald Trump an ally and friend. That my friend, is not a narrative i wish to not be a part of. N.B ( Since writing this Boris announced he would not be running, thank fuck, and Theresa May is a possible candidate – which just feels like the Iron Lady all over again.)

My favourite tweet from Hugh Laurie on the morning of the results: narrative

“Best of 3?”

This excerpt from the financial times sums up the loss pretty well for me:

“We will never know the full extent of the lost opportunities, friendships, marriages and experiences we will be denied.”

Still pretty bummed so here are some weird pictures of me looking pensive AF in my dads jeans and new bangs, anyway.

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16
Jun, 16

An homage to Lou et Caroline

And she’s at it again – Once more, perpetually finding myself in the depths of a romanticised vision that is forever all consuming.

This time, anything Lou Doillon or Caroline de Maigret is what’s whetting my sartorial appetite – Those tailored silhouettes, simple plain tee’s underneath an adorable blazer complete with a turned up three quarter length sleeve. Anything that oozes Parisienne wonder is what i’m backing at current. Effortless at its easiest, so much so, I’m even considering a long 70’s style fringe in homage to these delectable creatures. Don’t forget to check out Lou Doillon’s album, ‘Lay Low’ which I’m currently obsessed with. 

What I’m wearing: Black blazer,  originally Mango but bought in charity shop. White tee, Cos, but also acquired in a charity shop. Flares are Mango. Boots are Office. Giant bag the size of a toddler is Reiss, but also, you guessed it, bought from Oxfam on my lunch break yesterday.

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Elizabeth Miles Instagram: @elizabethmiles_

 

 

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19
Mar, 16

Blogging against the elements is a bummer

I must admit, I’m usually quite fortunate with the weather conditions when it comes to shooting my blog. When I decide to shoot an outfit, the weather man, (Yes, cue having ‘Blame it on the Weather Man’ by B*Witched ringing round your noggin, now ) is very kind to me – So thank you, weather Gods. Blogging against the elements is a bummer.

On this particular day, however, the weather Gods were not feeling so kind (Fuck you weather Gods) and decided to let it rip upon our merry heads.

I think we made the best out of a shit and wet situation here, so thank you to my total mega babe, Omar for shooting this. Despite it pissing down, you never fail to make me laugh uncontrollably, all the while, looking like a soggy biscuit.

 

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 I’m wearing: Denim dress: Zara, Leopard print shirt: Charity shop, Black concertina detail blazer: Charity shop from a million moons ago.

Elizabeth Miles Instagram: @elizabethmiles_

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31
Dec, 15

Pylo – Bell-bottom Babes

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I’m wearing – Tan suede tassel jacket: Traid, Polo: United Colours of Benetton but charity shop, Black velvet scarf: Traid, ‘Memphis Blues’ bell-bottom jeans: Pylo, Boots: Zara but secondhand Traid.

I think by now it’s clear that I consider myself to be a loyal advocate/lover/obsessive of all things second hand and vintage – My entire outfit here (as bloody per) is made up of pure charity shop treats, bar the jean bell-bottoms. Despite me searching absolutely sodding EVERYWHERE for a pair of second hand bell-bottoms, and to no avail, I fortunately spied these sassy (thats the first and last time i’lll ever use that word, promise) ‘Memphis Blues’ bells from awesome and supremely unique online American clothing and accessories brand, Pylo. Statement pieces like this are a definite investment and well worth forking out for, and at £53.95 +p&p, I would say they’re cheaper than anything you’re going to find on the high street, plus, being a bell bottom babe is so next year! It’s also a great way to support the small business community and talented artisans out there.  It’s safe to say i’ll be investing in the other style bells they have on their website, as I’ve barely taken this pair off my limbs since I bought them and people are starting to talk.

Shot by the gorgeous Will Millar.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL YOU COSMIC BABES OUT THERE – NOW GO BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE AND KICK 2016’S TINY HINEY!

MUCH LOVE AND LIGHT,

ELIZABETH XXX

 

Elizabeth Miles Instagram: @elizabethmiles_

 

 

 

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17
Nov, 15

THE PERENNIAL FRINGE

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I’m wearing: Black Topshop skinnies, Office suede Chelsea boots, Cos white tee, Zara denim shirt and vintage tan suede tassel jacket from Hanks Vintage on eBay.

From the whimsical 1920’s flappers dresses, to the 50’s Rock and Roll revolution, prompted by none other than the King himself, native American fringe-wearing wanderers, and the 70’s Woodstock boho beauties – the tassel trend has been dinging high on the fashion radar for over a century, and for good reason, too.

It’s really important to keep these wearable and diverse trends relevant and alive, not only because they look effing awesome, but because it makes it that much more alluring when you uncover a gem, (like this little tan beauty I’m wearing from an eBay vintage store) from an era that precedes a current trend mania – Which then means we don’t have to bop along to the high street and attempt to replicate an original trend, by buying new.

It can be tricky to be a curator of quality and style in a somewhat disposable world. A lot of clothes being made on the hight street right now are, unfortunately, not constructed with durability in mind – And in fear of sounding like someone’s monotonous Grandmother, they just don’t make clothes like they used to.

It’s always worth going down the vintage route for investment pieces such as jackets, as they’ve undoubtedly been made with love and care and designed to last a lifetime. From generation X, to bikers, to aged rockers – the perennial fringe et tassel are a staple statement, and, I hope, will continue to be so for many generations to come.

The positives of recycling trends:

1. You’ll look far more unique and inspiring than anyone else wearing the current high street ‘trend’, if you nab something of the same trend, but from way back when.

2. Anything vintage always looks effortlessly cool regardless of era.

3. Buying investment pieces that have already stood the test of time, and continue to stand a lot longer, will keep the pennies safe.

4. Being a purveyor of quality and vintage is a positive for the environment and you know you’re contributing, even on a smaller scale – it all counts.

 

Elizabeth Miles Instagram: @elizabethmiles_

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