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HEY.

I’m Hali. Part-time Londoner, full-time thrifter. I thrift and charity shop for looks and books. I’ll teach you how to make the most of things you already own, be stylish on a budget and how to live with less.

Saving money and the planet.

 CHARITY SHOP PHOTO SHOOT WITH SHELTER KING'S CROSS

CHARITY SHOP PHOTO SHOOT WITH SHELTER KING'S CROSS

In June, I was contacted by Queenie from Shelter Boutique in Coal Drops Yard to be part of the #styleforshelter campaign. The Shelter Boutique is a new charity shop in Camden, which sells stylish, good quality designer, vintage and high street clothes at fair prices. All proceeds go to Shelter charity, an organisation that helps millions of people in the UK struggling with poor housing or homelessness. I was thrilled to combine my love of clothes and thrifting with raising awareness for a charity that is doing so much for those in the UK who have been affected by our current socio-economic climate, especially the rising cost of living.

Queenie invited me to the store yesterday and let me create 3 outfits to wear from the amazing stock they have currently. Scroll down to see my picks!

#1 DRESS TO IMPRESS

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As soon as I was let loose in the shop I gravitated towards this amazing dress. This beautiful vintage number was a dream to wear! At first I was a bit nervous to be wearing it around Coal Drops Yard, but Queenie joked that I just looked like I go to Central St Martins, the prestigious arts and fashion university also based in Coal Drops Yard. I mean, who wouldn’t want to look like one of them?

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The dress has apparently been waiting in the Kings Cross store for a little while, waiting for somebody daring enough to take it home. If you’re reading this and you go to Central St. Martins - you know what to do.

#2 REALLY SUITS YOU

The second outfit I styled is a bit more classic. Shelter Kings Cross had some amazing blazers and trousers and I was totally spoilt for choice. I ended up going with a gorgeous tailored men’s blazer, paired with some Jaeger trousers, an Equipment knit and a silk scarf (used in two ways). All of these items are super versatile and can be worn year round.

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Coal Drops Yard was previously a trading hub and stored large amounts of coal for Victorian London. In the 80s, it became a centre for raves and host to the clubbers of the day. As a result it’s home to some amazing architectural features, including the pillars of the tankers seen behind me, as well as brightly coloured walls left behind by the clubbers of decades gone. The History graduate in me lives on.

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I ended up buying this lovely scarf as I feel like it’s a great way to spice up a minimal wardrobe. I was totally convinced of its versatility after I used it as both a scarf and a belt. 

#3 FOR THE GRAM

Shelter’s charity shop is also host to lots of trendy items, which are perfect for any street style fashionistas who want to stay on-trend and also on-budget. I put this amazing oversized blazer with a gorgeous H&M slip and threw on some Buffalo-style boots for extra edge. What do you think?

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Queenie and I were both initially afraid of this giant crystal choker, but after we managed to get it on I totally fell in love. With hindsight, that was good, because I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to get it off. I ended up buying it for only £2.99, bargain!

The rest of the items are all still available in the store. Londoners assemble!


I’d like to thank Shelter and especially Queenie for this wonderful experience! I had a great time and know I’ll be coming back to the charity shop constantly. I hope anyone reading this will too!

If you want to see more of the shop itself, check out my IGTV video I made in March, when I first discovered the store in all its glory

If you’d like to pin this post to your Pinterest board - make sure you have the Google Chrome Pinterest Add-On - then come back and pin any outfit you loved!

AND if you’re not totally convinced that you should be charity shopping, check out my blog post with reasons to make the switch. Or follow me on instagram for constant reminders as to what you can do with thrifted clothes, books and more.

Bye for now!

Hali x

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