One of the aims I did recently achieve, was to pay a visit to Mary's Living & Giving Shop for Save the Children, based in Ealing Green, London. This stylish charity store was opened in November 2013 with the input of Retail Queen Mary Portas herself. It has a boutique-style layout and modern design, as well as featuring a sought-after vintage rail, and has received an enthusiastic response from the local community.
Having heard about the shop I was inspired to go through my belongings to see what I could contribute. There were lots of black sheer tops from my intense-goth phase that resembled each other, and some fancy handbags and accessories from my compulsive shopping days, which had been underused, but would make someone else very happy. While going through my belongings, I was a little startled to see the extent of my shopping habit over the years, and I have to admit I did want to cry when I did the mental calculations of my expenditure. But it did feel really good taking my things to the shop, knowing that one hundred percent of the money raised from my things will go directly to Save the Children, and be converted into something much more valuable. If I hadn't been encumbered with all the things I took, and it hadn't been dark and windy on the day of my visit, I would have tried taking some photographs. But that would be a good project for another time.
I've also been going through some of the forgotten photographs which never made it onto the blog, because I snapped a few pictures but didn't have enough for a complete outfit post. I decided to share some of those images here, as part of a slightly different blog post. I hope you like them. And if you're in London, be sure to visit Mary's Living & Giving Shop for Save the Children, and keep them in mind if you're de-cluttering your wardrobe.
Thanks for reading and have a fabulous week.