Wednesday, 21 June 2017


As you've heard me mention plenty of times, since leaving my old job (and reading about how awful the fashion industry is for the planet), I have been primarily shopping secondhand and vintage, and only buying 'new' if there is something which I've had saved on my 'secret' Pinterest board for weeks so I can avoid impulse buying.

Miss Patina are a brand who I have followed for years, their designs encompass much of what I love, being vintage inspired and quirky- although I am not a fan of how many cat-themed clothes they have. I fell in love with their 'Fern Shirt' after seeing it on Instagram so decided to grab it when they had a flash sale a few weeks ago. It has been hiding in my wardrobe in the weeks since, as I felt so bad about going back on my pledge to only buy secondhand, but I have had a crappy few weeks with my Nan passing away so decided that it's okay to treat myself to fast fashion every now and then.

The shirt is made from rayon, which is made from regenerated wood and cotton pulp, so is more ethical and environmentally friendly than most fabrics and I felt better supporting a smaller brand than a large high street name. One of the details which initially drew to the top is hand embroidery, which reminded me of the hand details of one of my favourite designers, Vivetta, but for a much cheaper price. The other embroidered details on the top are so gorgeous, I love the ladybirds on the collar and the fern embroidery as well as the lace on the sleeves; it is such a well-made piece and truly stunning.

TopMiss Patina
Shorts | Depop
Hat | C/O Zaful (last year)
Bag | Hillhouse Vintage
Sandals | Old Sainsbury's

The first time I decided to wear the top was during the recent heatwave, the fabric is so light that it was perfect for the hot weather and I felt better covering my shoulders after burning my arms whilst working at the food festival at the weekend. 

I styled the top with some Miss Selfridge denim shorts that I bought on Depop, they are really high waisted, which I love, and the cut and fit is so flattering. It is always a slight risk when buying on eBay or Depop, as most sellers don't offer refunds or returns, but these shorts are exactly what I was looking for and only cost £8 without postage, which was a great bargain! 

For accessories, I kept it quite simple, only adding my Sainsbury's sandals from last Summer, a fedora and my beloved Hillhouse Vintage bag. I've featured this bag before but I love the YSL vibes that it has, the gold hardware and moc croc fabric are so reminiscent of recent YSL designs, and I love that it is a unique, vintage piece. 

Holly Olivia x

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