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It was a lovely, sunny day in London today. We haven't seen the sun in weeks so I was glad to get out and leave behind the bobble hat! Everyone seemed to be in a great mood, even in Westfield Stratford, which is usually a haven of angry, busy faces and I always get run over on the way to Primark. But today, I thought I'd fancy my chances and I even got to the entrance without anyone pushing past and elbowing me in the ribs, it was a good omen. 
I love Primark because I love bargains. I also love second hand shops and can root and rummage for hours. The thing about studying fashion design is that you come to know the worth of cloth, it's value for weight and texture and stuff. The problem with that is when you try to lead a normal life and, say, go clothes shopping you feel cheated and outraged at costs and mark-ups, because you know how much it cost to make! You kind of go "well I could just go and make 4 of them for that!!". The after effect is sulking and not buying anything at all, unless you come across a bargain. Which I did, today.
The OTHER thing about having studied fashion design is that you gain a knowledge of how to repair clothes. Broken zips, ripped seams, threads undone and even little holes don't put me off anymore. Shop assistants kind of sneak it into the bag and then say "You know the zip is broken, right?". Yes, yes I do. So, today I bought three tops, all of which were in the sale bin because of the thing that puts most people off, stains. I looked at each one and knew I could get them out with a little concoction I mixed up one afternoon, trying to get chocolate stains off, well, everything I own (shame). I found the recipe on Pinterest and it worked a treat, and here are the results.
Photo (4) This is a peplum top from Forever 21. It had a red lipstick stain on the front which came off before my eyes. It was originally £16.75 and I got it for £3.99. YES! Photo (3) This is a lace back Tee I got in Primark, someone had spilled coffee down the front. It was already marked down from £4.99 to £1.50, but the check-out guy marked it down to 50p and asked me what I was doing later... STAIN REMOVAL. Hot. The stain is pretty much gone, but I might give it another go. Photo (1) This is a really cute Tee from Zara that had a makeup stain on the neck binding. (You can kind of make it out in the bottom picture) and that's now gone too! Marked down from £29.99 to £9.99. I love it, the sleeves are so pretty. Photo (2) This is stain removal team! I used 1 part (in this case I used a tablespoon) washing up liquid to two parts bicarbonate soda and then a drizzle of hydrogen peroxide 3% to make it into a paste. It was all green and frothy and I used a sponge to rub it in to the stained area. The lipstick stain came off so easy, I rinsed the mixture off under the tap and it was done, and the same with the makeup stain on the Zara top. The coffee stain on the Primark t-shirt was tougher, so I left the mixture on for an hour and then washed it in the machine on a normal wash. Like I said, it's 95% gone and I might give it another scrub! Photo Some other kind-of-bargain-ish-but-not-really buys were these sunnies in Primark and boots in Zara! I love everything and I'm looking forward to putting some outfits together with my new purchases! Don't let a bit of work put you off a bargain, I never have and I'm always delighted with the results. Happy shopping everyone! Photo (4) This is a peplum top from Forever 21. It had a red lipstick stain on the front which came off before my eyes. It was originally £16.75 and I got it for £3.99. YES! Photo (3) This is a lace back Tee I got in Primark, someone had spilled coffee down the front. It was already marked down from £4.99 to £1.50, but the check-out guy marked it down to 50p and asked me what I was doing later... STAIN REMOVAL. Hot. The stain is pretty much gone, but I might give it another go. Photo (1) This is a really cute Tee from Zara that had a makeup stain on the neck binding. (You can kind of make it out in the bottom picture) and that's now gone too! Marked down from £29.99 to £9.99. I love it, the sleeves are so pretty. Photo (2) This is stain removal team! I used 1 part (in this case I used a tablespoon) washing up liquid to two parts bicarbonate soda and then a drizzle of hydrogen peroxide 3% to make it into a paste. It was all green and frothy and I used a sponge to rub it in to the stained area. The lipstick stain came off so easy, I rinsed the mixture off under the tap and it was done, and the same with the makeup stain on the Zara top. The coffee stain on the Primark t-shirt was tougher, so I left the mixture on for an hour and then washed it in the machine on a normal wash. Like I said, it's 95% gone and I might give it another scrub! Photo Some other kind-of-bargain-ish-but-not-really buys were these sunnies in Primark and boots in Zara! I love everything and I'm looking forward to putting some outfits together with my new purchases! Don't let a bit of work put you off a bargain, I never have and I'm always delighted with the results. Happy shopping everyone!