Whatkarenfound is a documentary blog for one year only of my fashion and lifestyle items I find and buy. I am not a conventional shopper. I find high street and shopping centers/ complexes uninspiring and patronizing! I shop alternatively, Charity Shops, Boot Sales, Markets, Auctions, Antique Centre's, Retro Shops and the good old Jumble sales. This is an experiment to see if what I find inspires my work as a designer and stylist. All content on this blog is created by Karen Savage. Enjoy !

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Karen Savage is a Feminist in the Fashion Industry. A thinker with a heart, who would like to share her Savage world. For over two decades, Karen Savage’s keen sense of ‘now’ and exuberant sense of humour have lead her on a gloriously winding path, questioning everything ‘fashion’ has to offer. From Designer to Stylist, Trend Forecaster to Creative Director, Blogger and Artist - Karen Savage has been there, done that and turned ‘fashion’ on its head and into something new. Karen is outspoken and charming, a self-proclaimed ‘Council Estate Princess’ via Birkenhead. The Independent crowned her the ‘Queen of Tongue n Chic’. Karen first sprung to public consciousness in the early 90s with her own critically-acclaimed fashion label SAVAGE and her controversial slogan-tees. She explores themes of feminism and sustainability in her work. The UK press just couldn't get enough of this ironic designer and everyone from Just 17, The Times to Radio 4s Women’s Hour has interviewed Karen Savage. Karen Savage is a Senior Lecturer at The London College of Fashion, St. Martin's College of Art and The Hong Kong Design Institute. She also freelances as a Creative Director in Print and Licensing.

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Monday, 10 May 2010

Rye Lucky Bag

Lucky bags and not knowing what you are actually going to find in them reminds me of children’s parties and lucky bags sold in sweet shops of the 70s. I found a grown up version while slipping to shops looking for a hat pin, before a friend’s wedding in Rye. I spotted a see through plastic bag of a bundle of costume jewellery for £5 in an antique centre. An orange pearl bracelet in the bag caught my eye and so matched my wedding outfit. I knew I would pay £5 for the bracelet so the rest was a vintage bonus. Also another trip down memory lane in Rye was a retro style sweet shop with all the sweets in jars. Where sweets are sold loose by weight and packaged in white little paper bags. Cola cubes and sherbet lemons a go-go. I did end up finding a vintage hat pin for £1 but as always came back with more than I bargained for. These fuys found and bought in Rye where photographed in the swish hotel we stayed in, enjoy!

Lucky bag of vinatge baubles and a book I bought as a weeding card for my friend.

Orange pearl bracelet and finds from the lucky bits bag .

Pink and paste vintage jewellery, can’t go wrong with baubles and bows.

Finally found the hat pin in a jewellery shop in the bargain bucket bit. The black hat was bought on previous trip to Rye from a cluttered shop by the dock. The woman I bought it off for £18 was very sweet she told me it was a dear friend of hers who was a very kind glamorous. I had a bit of a moment of connection with the shop owner and after our chat I felt convinced that certain pieces of vintage do carry their story. It looked great at the wedding and hope I did the original owner proud.

Cola cubes and sherbet lemons, love the colours, came in handy on the trip home the next day.

The car full of finds after our trip to Rye and Hastings.

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