Tennis Skirt

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Jumper: H&M
Skirt: H&M
Sandals: Birkenstocks
Necklace: Vivienne Westwood
Watch: Casio
Rings: Topshop

My love for H&M is ever growing as I'm hugely impressed with their current collection, especially for basic monochrome pieces. The vintage aesthetic I usually opted for last year has taken a back seat lately, and instead I've been obsessing over a more sleek and minimal look, as you may have noticed in my last few outfit posts.

The skirt and jumper in this outfit are two of the most recent additions to my wardrobe, and I couldn't wait to photograph them to share with you. When wearing this skirt I feel as though I should be playing tennis, and I love the quilted detail and dropped waistline which makes it so unique from other skirts on the highstreet. As for the jumper, I think it's essential that everyone has a substantial collection of basic knitwear, as I always find that they're the items I reach for most frequently. This particular jumper is ideal for the current weather, being breathable but not too lightweight either, making it the perfect piece for the transition between the cooler and warmer months. As a matter of fact, all of the items in this post are new to my collection, and I bought this controversial pair of Birkenstocks yesterday. When I first noticed their revival taking place I was relatively apathetic about the whole thing; however the number of times I've seen them featured by bloggers is directly proportional to how much they've grown on me, proving that I'm a slave to trends and mass hysteria. Love them or hate them, but as I mentioned in my recent wishlist post I have a bit of a penchant for ugly shoes, so I couldn't resist purchasing them when I found a pair for £25 on a spontaneous trip to Tk Maxx whilst I had an hour to kill. Plus did I mention how comfortable they are?!

It was my seventeenth birthday on Friday, and my boyfriend kindly surprised me with this beautiful Vivienne Westwood necklace (he persuaded me to include a cheeky shameless plug, so you can find him on Instagram here). I've been lusting after one for well over a year, and now that I own one I can confirm that I am obsessed. I love how it's so dainty and intricately detailed, yet with a subtlety about it that ensures it doesn't cross the line into garish territory. I highly doubt that it'll be leaving my neck any time soon, so expect to see it cropping up in future posts.

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo


Wishlist #6

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1 & 2: I used to be an avid wearer of silver jewellery, however lately I've drifted over to the other side and started adding more gold pieces to my collection, particularly in the form of necklaces. There was a brief period when I had an obsession with rings, although I've officially rekindled my love for necklaces, be it statement or dainty minimal pieces.  3: As you may have noticed in my latest outfit post I've taken quite a fancy to slogan tees. H&M have some very inexpensive but equally amazing ones in at the moment, and being the cat lady that I am this 'meoow' tee caught my eye when I was browsing their website. 

4: I've never really been one for the recurring pastel trend that appears each spring, as you'll usually catch me in black on black ensembles for the majority of the year; however something about this pale pink bodysuit attracted me to it. I think it'd make a great layering device and could easily be toughened up with a leather jacket and stacked jewellery. 

5 & 6: Two words: statement sunglasses. Every summer I usually add a pair to my collection, and I fell in love with these pairs when doing a routine online window shop on Asos. I think they'd be the perfect finishing touch to any outfit. 

7: A baby blue pleather skirt featured in one of my wishlists?! I'm just as surprised as you are! My sense of style seems to be evolving once again, and this time I'm developing a bit of an obsession with all things minimal. I think this skirt would be ideal for spring with one of the slogan tees I mentioned earlier. In fact, Lily Melrose recently featured a Primark dupe costing only £10 on her blog, which I may have to keep my eyes peeled for.

8: They're one of those marmite pieces in the fashion world, although I seem to have quite a penchant for ugly sandals. I'm ever so slightly obsessed with this revival of the Birkenstock from Zara. 

9: I already own H&M's other version of this skirt, but once I found out they were selling a pleather version I knew I had to have that one too. I've worn the other version to death, so I'm positive this one would recieve just as much love. 

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo


Manchester Fashion Week Announcement!

A while back I received a very exciting email from the people over at Manchester Fashion Week, asking me if I'd like to be one of their official bloggers to report this year's event. Of course I couldn't possibly turn down such an amazing offer, and I think it's brilliant that my city will be showcasing some of it's finest fashionable offerings, especially since the north is home to some of the biggest fashion retailers in the world right now (Missguided and Boohoo to name a few). Make sure you keep the 18th to the 21st of April free in your diaries, as this is when the event will be taking place, so you have plenty of time to start planning your ensembles for the occasion! The location will be Hallé St Peters, which is especially fitting since this Ancoats is at the heart of the cotton industry in Manchester, and indeed the UK. I am absolutely delighted to have been selected to be one of #MCRFW14's official press members and to announce these details to you. You can buy tickets and find out more information regarding the event here, or by contacting info@mcrfw.com.Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo


Très Jolie

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Top: H&M
Trousers: H&M
Shirt: Primark
Necklace: thrifted

As you can tell from these photos I've really been embracing the monochrome trend as of late. I've always been an avid fan of the colour black (or hue if you're picky), but I recently decided to mix things up slightly by introducing more white into my outfits, which I think creates a nice contrast from my usual black-on-black ensembles. The other day when decided to pop into H&M to pick up a few inexpensive items to update my wardrobe I came across these trousers. Although the quality isn't incredible I can't complain since they were a total steal at a mere £12.99, and are a similar dupe to American Apparel's beloved riding pants. If you've been hankering after a pair but can't justify the price I'd definitely recommend this alternative! I really like the way they look when paired with this slogan tee, which is another recent purchase of mine from H&M. H&M currently have a 20% student discount offer lasting for the next two weeks, as well as some lovely new pieces for spring, so I urge you all to have a browse!

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo


Disposable Diaries #3

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In my new year's resolutions post I promised I'd blog every single weekend, and since I don't have an outfit post planned I thought I'd share some photos I recently had developed with you instead. They're in quite a sporadic order, but most were taken on a recent trip to London with some friends, with a few others thrown in from a Haim gig and outings in Manchester. If you'd like to see more of these posts, or posts in the general 'lifestyle' bracket, then please let me know!

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo


Low Pressure Zone

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Top: Primark
Skort: Missguided
Coat: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: eBay
Necklaces: eBay/ thrifted
Watch: Casio

Sticking to my new year's resolutions, this is my first outfit post of 2014! It's taken me a while to jump on the skort bandwagon, and it seems that every blogger and their mother owns one now, but I thought I'd bite the bullet and buy this one from Missguided. I can safely say I've been converted into an avid skort lover, and as I type this I have an ever-growing list of ones I desperately want to belong in my wardrobe. I mean, they're such an ingenious invention! Shorts that deceivingly look like a skirt? Brilliant! 

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo


Blog Birthday & New Year's Resolutions



I know this post is rather belated, but better late than never, right? Not only is it the new year, but it's also my blog's second birthday, as if there wasn't already enough reason to celebrate! I'm still in shock that I've been posting my nonsensical ramblings and outfits on this little space of the internet for two years, and that over 600 of you have kindly taken an interest in what I post, many of whom have been by my side from the very birth of Nifty Thrifts. I suppose this post is a bit of a thank you, as without you guys I'd have nobody to share my musings, inspirations and personal style evolution with. Before I get too sentimental and cross the border into cringe-worthy territory, I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and also tell you my new year's resolutions:

1. Get my blogging mojo back: over the past few months I seemed to disappear on more and more frequent hiatuses due to an increase in my college workload, but I've decided that it's integral to find time for the things you love, despite what compromises you must make to do so. I'll admit since I dropped art I no longer feel able to express my creativity as often as I'd like to, so I'd definitely like to change this and be more adventurous in terms of blogging. That means regular outfit posts, inspiration moodboards, articles on subjects I'm passionate about, lifestyle posts, recipes, and even the odd scan of pages from my journal. Starting from today I aim to post at least once a week. I'm sure you'll all help me stick to that!

2. Write in my journal as often as I can: speaking of getting my creative juices flowing, I've decided I'm going to write in my journal more frequently. This was one of my resolutions last year, although I didn't really commit to it. Whenever I'm feeling inspired I'm going to pick up a pen and write in my journal, be it a word-vomit style entry on what I'm feeling, a list of some sort, or simply a doodle or photo montage. I think it's important to document your bouts of creativity in order to feel a sense of catharsis and allow ideas to form. Sometimes I feel as though my thoughts accumulate in my mind in a sort of tangled mess, so I think this resolution will help me to feel more organised and on top of things.

3. Say yes! This was also one of last year's resolutions, and I can proudly say I stuck to it and stopped saying 'no' to so many opportunities. It took me a good six months to fully immerse myself in this practice, but towards the end of the year I managed to accomplish so many things, and for that I can honestly say I'm proud of myself. For this reason I thought I'd try continue this in 2014, as there's no harm in trying things: after all, what's the worst that could happen?

Here's to another year of blogging and accomplishing goals! What are your new year's resolutions?

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo