“I can’t help but wonder if I disappoint people’s expectations when I say these Gucci’s cost me £30 and my coat is from eBay.”

Looks can be deceiving and we’re always told to never judge a book by it’s cover, however I can’t help but think that we’re all occasionally prone to accidentally judging others by their appearances. It’s been engrained in us since childhood, through film and vidid depiction of characters in books. It’s easy to assume someone is a certain type of person, just by their dress sense. If I saw a woman walk down the street, feet clad in Gucci’s and a Chanel slung over a shoulder, I would admire her, probably stare a little too long, longing to be as successful as her to get to the point where I can afford such things. This woman knows what she wants and how to get it.

I’ve lusted after a bit of luxury ever since a young age, longing for a Louis Vuitton speedy to swing from my arms, I can’t exactly say where this stemmed from, but it’s something I’ve always loved. Materialistic things most definitely do not define who you are, but you definitely should also not feel guilty for wanting to have nice things now and again. With designer labels, sometimes comes some sort of entitlement for some – people automatically have some sort of admiration for these people for attaining these kind of things. I can’t help but wonder if I disappoint people’s expectations when I say these Gucci’s cost me £30 and my coat is from eBay. Either way I don’t really mind.

“How the tables turn as you grow up – finding a bargain or buying something pre-loved was something I used to be ashamed of. People could be so judgemental at school, but I’ve learnt to embrace my unique finds, charity shop trawls and eBay steals. Walking into a Chelsea charity shop was like going into the Willy Wonka Chocolate factory of shoes!”

“There’s definitely worse things going on in the world than whether or not a pair of shoes I own are second hand.”

Growing up, I would scour Devon’s charity shops with my dad – something I always had so much fun doing, discovering incredible pieces that I’ve kept for years. We do this whenever I go back to visit, make a day of it, have some lunch, coffee and even have competitions of the most hideous ornament we can find each other (an example cropped up in my recent ‘What’s in my handbag’ video haha! – hand’s up if you’ve seen it!) Pathetically, I used to let people’s judgement at school get the better of me and be ashamed of this – like buying from a charity shop was ‘cheap’ or ‘disgusting’ – silly how much we care about what other kids think of us at school. There’s definitely worse things going on in the world than whether or not a pair of shoes I own are second hand.

Which leads me to these insane Gucci’s. Man oh man, are London’s charity shops like a more affordable version of Harrods! They’re notorious for celebrity cast offs and unused designer pieces, so one day in between meetings myself and Ben scouted out the best ones and THEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT! I snapped these suede Gucci’s up for £30 after 5 minutes of being inside the first one! The lady who served us was so lovely (British Red cross in Victoria by the way!) and gave us advice on which shops were best for what – I’m not kidding when I say the next place we hit in Chelsea was FILLED with Chanel, Louboutin and Prada. Of course I’d love to be able to wander into Selfridges and drop 2k on a handbag but I’m definitely not at that point and EBay and charity shops are really delivering the goods!

“I now own Chanel, Gucci and Christian Louboutin shoes – all proudly brought pre loved and for total steals.”

Pre-loved’- is on the rise – sites like eBay and Vestiaire Collective are making it easier for us to shop pieces that need a new home, often with the price seriously decreased! Of course you need to be sensible and make sure you’re buying from someone reputable – Vestiaire is fab as everything is authenticity checked too! That said, I got the most INSANE Chanel shoes off of the most lovely lady from eBay, for wait..£60! They’re absolutely beautiful and that classic white and black toed pump – something I’ve always wanted. Always keep your eyes out on sites like that regularly, set a budget and alerts and soon enough you’ll find something you’ve fallen in love with for an amazing price! I now own Chanel, Gucci and Christian Louboutin shoes – all proudly brought pre loved and for total steals.

In my experience, the best discoveries for me were in charity and vintage shops – I also love the whole process of going in, starting up conversation, sifting through things and finding a totally unique piece! Sometimes things in Charity shops can be very expensive (hiya £400 shoes!) but this tends to be in cities where people are clued up about the worth of some items. There’s nothing better than looking through things yourself and trying them on – I can’t recommend paying your local shop a visit (or the London ones if you’re ever in town!) you’ll honestly be overwhelmed with the sheer choice and variety of luxury which has been barely touched! I find people are so much more intrigued when I tell them the stories of how I’ve found my little designer gems. This way of purchasing might not be for everyone, but it’s certainly worked for me and enabled me to buy things I never thought I could have!

Shop my fave, designer picks (with a few killer dupes!)

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Really hope you loved this one beauts – I’ve been so excited to share how I afford a bit of luxury on the blog – do let me know if you’d like to see my little collection or a YouTube video on this topic! I’d also love to hear if you’ve ever got a designer steal – comment below to tell me your ultimate buys!

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Photography by Ben Kapur

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