Introducing The Key: Pre-loved Clothing with a Purpose

Introducing The Key: Pre-loved Clothing with a Purpose

A guest post by Stephanie Stanhope, with an introduction by Yours Truly

I am giving up this week’s Magpie Monday slot to an amazing young lady who is doing something truly remarkable. Aged just 21, Ipswich-based Stephanie Stanhope has started her own business, The Key, which combines her two passions of fashion and charity. Selling items sourced from charity shops, Stephanie then gives back a percentage of her profits to a chosen charity, and uses her business to raise awareness.

Over to Stephanie, who can tell you more about The Key concept and where it all began:


Summer Handbags

Summer Handbags

Lovely readers, I need your help. Now that the sun has come out none of my handbags are ‘summery’ enough, and I’d like your advice on choosing one. I usually just use a tote or a canvas bag when it gets to summer, but this year I want a bag that is a little more ‘grown-up’.

I like Radley handbags because their Scottie dog logo makes me think of my lovely sister’s dog, Monty (that’s both my sister and Monty who are lovely). The only problem is that searching their site has put me in a dilemma as there are too many pretty bags to choose from (and I didn’t know they sold shoes as well – my credit card is quaking!). This is my shortlist:


I love the print on this ‘Windsor‘ bag, and that it’s a cotton tote, but the leather handles and lined interior make it into the grown-up handbag that I am looking for. But, it comes in three colourways: mint, brown, and red, and I just can’t choose between them. Then there is a wide range of mustard-colour handbags, which is one of my favourite colours:




The across-body strap on this ‘Compton‘ bag means I would be able to wear it that way when on the Princess (my bike), and the colour would also look good in Autumn. But should I be even more ‘on-trend’ and go for a pastel-coloured bag, like this mint ‘Angelica‘ one:



The interior is split into three compartments, with a lining in the same lovely print as the exterior of the ‘Windsor’ bag, so that would make me happy. However, I do not wear pastel colours, as they wash me out, but would a pastel bag be ok with my usual more autumnal-coloured attire?

See, I really do need your help. Please do have a look and help me choose. Which one of the above is your favourite or are there any others I may have overlooked that you like better? I’d love to know.


Blogging Away From Home

Blogging Away From Home

I know I’ve not put in much time here on Molly and the Princess of late, but I have written guest posts for two other – wonderful – blogs this week.

First, the lovely Jade’s Love Lust and Fairy Dust beauty blog. Jade is on holiday in Florida (lucky thing!) and I am very honoured that I am one of her guest bloggers while she is away. I’ve written about my very favourite natural skin care brand’s cleansing and moisturising products: Dr Hauschka Radiant You Regime.



My second guest post is for Ms Wanda’s Wardrobe, a fantastic uberblog featuring news and features on ethical fashion, campaigns to make the High Street more ethical, and a shop. I write about my long-term relationship with secondhand and vintage clothing: Find Your Inner Magpie and Get Thrifting. I have thrown in a picture of my lovely daughter wearing a dress made from an (already second-hand) dress of mine for good measure and you also get to see the Princess in all her glory.


Normal blogging service shall resume shortly. Have a lovely weekend all x

Magpie Monday: Bring back the sunshine

Magpie Monday: Bring back the sunshine

My ‘halterneck radar’ must have been activated by last week’s Magpie Monday post by Missie Lizzie, as the first thing I spotted in the charity shop this week was this top:




Originally it was from Top Shop, and was in brand new condition, with tags, but on the charity shop’s one pound rail, so I snapped it up without a thought of my age and bingo wings, or if I really wanted to be dressed as if in a 1970s pillowcase.




Maybe I’ll get away with wearing it sunbathing in the garden if there is no one else about?

Though I rarely venture into the men’s sections of second-hand shops, this week I did and bought a shirt for Mr G for £3, and some unworn Red Herring canvas lace-ups for my son for £4.



Now all we need is some sunshine – where has it disappeared to this week?

Linking up with Birthday Girl Liz and her Magpie Monday – please click on the magpie badge below to be taken to her post, to see all this week’s treasure, and to wish her many happy returns of course :)

Me and My Shadow