Back in January, I was invited to take part in a photo shoot for InStyle Magazine. At first I wondered if they’d mixed me up with some supermodel of the same name, but when I heard the words ‘charity shopping’ I knew they were on to something. My love for second hand shopping is well-documented, so I was delighted to be asked to share my tips with InStyle’s readers.
The shoot was done in collaboration with Oxfam (I write regularly for their fashion blog) and the lovely Oxfam ladies brought along some donated goodies for me to wear. The striped dress features in their current press campaign which you might’ve spotted in Company Magazine and Grazia – it’s hard to believe someone would give it away! The rest of the pieces are my own charity shop finds, including the slightly-too-small Gina shoes and a gorgeous Gap trench coat I picked up a few days beforehand. Yes, as soon as I found out I’d be wearing head-to-toe second hand in an issue of InStyle, I hit the charity shops… hard!
The day of the shoot was freezing cold but as the feature was for the April issue, we had to pretend it was gloriously spring-like. So please excuse my ‘I’m-so-so-cold’ face and ‘my-hands-are-numb’ fist. I can only presume the rest of my photos were god-awful for them to choose that one…
Yikes! Apart from that full-length shot, I’m pretty pleased with how the feature turned out. Apart from me and my charity shopping, there are girls representing crafting, market shopping and eBaying in the feature – there are some great tips for budget shopping.
What do you think – should I be charging £10,000 for my next shoot? 😉