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The Vintage Lamp Revamp

Since moving into our new home we’ve installed a whopping 16 ceiling lamps…whew!

Not by choice or to simply replace existing lights…nope when you move in Berlin there is absolutely nothing in the property whatsoever except the fixtures in the bathroom and the appliance, gas & water hook-ups in the empty kitchen. Having a basic knowledge of electrics, plumbing & DIY is essential as the first few weeks in a new home are spent installing lights, appliances & window coverings + building a kitchen to make it liveable enough to start unpacking and making it your own.

Having moved from a 2 bedroom apartment into a 3 bedroom house we found ourselves sorely lacking in lights but a visit to the charity shop revealed this vintage beauty for a mere €1.50:

Not exactly my taste but definitely usable…wanna see what I did with it?

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That Cheap (DIY) B*tch: The Coolest Upcycled Frames

Head on over to That Cheap Bitch and get the scoop on how I transformed those manky but marvelous window frames…

into these fab pieces of vintage-style art!

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The (DIY) Brocade Blanket Coat

I inherited an absolutely stunning 1960’s brocade blanket from Great Aunt Uschi a couple of years ago & was terrified to chop it up…but inspiration struck hard and my refashionista wheels kicked into high gear so the scissors (along with some lovely vintage trim) met the fabric and I created a fabulous new coat!

Waddaya think?

Here’s how to make one for yourself…

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Thrift Score: Introducing my (2nd) favourite pair of shoes in the universe

Remember that groovy DIY repair of my fave shoes in the universe?

Well, before my little refashionista brain managed to come up with the fab fix for those awesome yet damaged platforms, I was stalking ebay during the wee hours of many a morning in an attempt to locate & score a similar pair of lovely loafers, sadly without success

…or so I thought until last week when I received a fantastic e-mail letting me know that I was the winner of an auction that I had completely forgotten I had placed a bid on last month:

Meet the Second Greatest Pair of Shoes in the Universe!

Mint condition Underground coffin heel platforms for only €10.50!

These beauties are 100% handcrafted in England with a 12cm heel & are surprisingly comfortable.

She shoots she scores!

Snag some thrifty inspiration (+ join up & share your love of second hand & vintage) over on my Gone Thrifting facebook group!

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That Cheap (DIY) B*tch: The Instant DIY Maxi Skirt

Maxi skirts are the absolute best for cozy comfort layering!

Head on over to That Cheap Bitch and discover my fab no-sew secret for refashioning that dowdy summer dress into a marvelous maxi skirt fit for the fall chill:

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A quick faux leather fix

Noooooooooooooo!

My most favourite pair of shoes in the universe have finally cracked under the pressure of being so awesome:

I thrifted these shoes a whopping 12 years ago in London and for a pair of second hand faux leather loafers they have definitely done their duty!

The problem is I’m still madly in lurv with them and refuse to let them go…unfortunately the local cobbler said absolutely nothing can be done once faux leather starts to crack and peel.

Oh really? 

I put on my refashionista-thinking-cap, grabbed some gear I had around the house and fixed them up as best as I could!

Here’s what I did:

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thrifty copycat: a dramatic breakup with pants

Frugal fashion infatuation has struck again and so it’s time for another Thrifty Copycat!

This week’s victim inspiring vixen is none other than Emmy, the outspoken fashionista behind That Cheap Bitch, and her absolutely unique styling of the outfit in her oh-so-poetic post “I had a dramatic breakup with my pants

Just a couple of pantsless animals, eh?

Hat (stolen from the dude) €0 – Cozy Leopard Print Coat (thrifted) €1 – Chambray Shirt (stolen from the dude) €0 – T-shirt dress (thrifted & refashioned) €1 – Patterned Tights (had for years) €0 – Glitter Socks (1982) €1 – The most awesome shoes on the planet (had for years) €0

Total copycat outfit cost: €3

While Emmy pulls off this look with her zany attitude & the grace of youth I simply look like the eccentric shopping cart lady most people cross the street to avoid…

Check out Emmy’s Cheap Bitch post for her complete ensemble + her farewell ode to pants …

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That Cheap (DIY) B*tch: Destroy that Sweater!

Head on over to That Cheap Bitch for my delightfully destructive dystopian DIY:

and while you’re there take a gander at my 7 ways to wear that upcycled DIY circle scarf from last week:

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A Lovely Lace Thrifty Thursday

Vintage Lace is one of my absolute fave items to score at the charity shop. From delicate handmade doilies to an old yellowed bridal trousseau, if it’s lovely & lacy I’ll snap it up, clean it and stash it until inspiration strikes!

That stunning 1950’s lace dress was one of the amazing finds I discovered in the treasure chest we inherited from Great Auntie Uschi last year.

A quick refashion transformed it from frumpy to fabulous and I wear it every chance I get!

Vegan Biker Jacket (thrifted) €1 – Plaid Scarf (thrifted) €0.50 – Lace Dress (inherited & refashioned) €0 Vintage Slip (thrifted) €1 – Tights (1982) €2 – Chunky Loafers (had for years & repaired all by myself) €0

Total cost: €4.50

Snag some thrifty inspiration (+ join up & share your love of second hand & vintage) over on my Gone Thrifting facebook group!

As always feel free to take part in the thrifty fun & vote for the upcoming themes…

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