Giving The High Street a Lux Makeover

Hello everyone welcome to my blog, I don’t often write a welcome but I am so happy to have you here so welcome to my random coffee loving bag addict cat ruling world. This is a safe place for us fashion addicts bag addicts cake addicts to come and share all that is fun and lighthearted.OK let’s get on with the important stuff, this new post is all about up-cycling I don’t know if you have heard of that term I certainly hadn’t until a few years ago. Upcycling is something I have been doing for years without realising it. I have always been interested in buying pieces I love, pieces that I can see potential in but are not exactly right. So I view these pieces as a project a work in progress that by adding something to them I can make them Unique, and it will hopefully in turn make them more exciting. A current example is my denim boy bag which I have lovingly altered it’s athestic by adding a grey crystal brooch. The bag looked beautiful before but by adding the brooch I have made this bag unique by adding another dimension to the look of the bag. Ok so this is not exactly the stereotypical up-cycling example but I don’t follow rules…. personally upcycling can reference anything that you have changed to make the item more desirable.  I am going to take you all back in time. To a time when Beyoncé sang about putting a ring on it Chanel Medium flaps cost less then £2k and Britney hadn’t shaved her hair yet. I used to wear Miss Sixty skinny jeans buffalo boots and a oversized jumper (to be honest not much has changed) and I used to spend my free days when I wasn’t at school (or should have been at school but occasionally got lost on the way.) These days would be productively spent visiting all the local London charity shops. I was a girl on a mission to hunt down abandoned treasures gold buttons, brooches and often scoring oversized men’s jackets which I could then customise. I once found a Givenchy men’s blazer and wore it every day for years till it eventually became to small and I had to sadly wave it goodbye and gave it to a friend. I haven’t thought about that blazer in such a long time. I still miss it being attached to anonymous objects seems to be a right of passage for me (insert monkey covering its eyes emoji here.)  

Today I am going to share with you my latest project a Zara tweed coat I found in the Zara sale a beautiful navy grey and black tweed jacket which was reduced from £89.99 to £19.99 very current in its style. Tweed is a trend which will be going nowhere this coming season a trend I am very excited about. All the tweed jackets and tartan skirts are giving me serious ‘Clueless vibes’ one of my favourite films and based on my favourite Jane Austen book Emma. (Ok Sarah let’s stay on track.) So this blazer was very nearly perfect the only flaw was the buttons they were a plain beige colour and not particularly interesting. As soon as I saw this blazer I envisioned rich slightly larger gold buttons round and super shinny. I imagined how the gold buttons would set off the whole texture of the blazer and add that little bit extra oomph to the look. That day I went home and rummaged around in my dressing table for my box of buttons. The same buttons I had been collecting since I was 13 a box full to the brim with odd styles and sets. When I located the box I tipped it up pouring its contents and watched as a rainbow of colours poured out along with a whoosh of dust. I ignored the dust and dug into the pile sorting through all the colours looking for two gold oversized matching buttons. Finally after a few miss-starts I found a few options. I couldn’t decide which ones to choose I really like the gold and navy buttons but I had a style stuck in my head and I decided to go for the plain gold option. Using my trusty sewing kit a pair of sharp scissors and a bit of Britney on in the background for company I set to work. And I am so happy with the finished look. It turned out exactly how I wanted it to with very little effort and I am already planning my next project. I will link some similar jackets in the shop page for anybody interested in giving this project a go. Or if you have just want to find a new jacket and like me you are loving the whole Clueless tweed tartan style and want (need) some inspiration. Lastly I will link everything I am wearing except the shoes which are old season but I have found some incredible similar pairs for a total baragain price. 

As always thank you for reading.

Love Sarah 




  1. 24th August 2018 / 9:19 am

    Such a great deal on the blazer, I wish Zara had sales like that in Australia! Love the idea of changing buttons, I’ve been meaning to do it on a few of my clothes for a while now – this is the reminder I needed!

    Chloe x

    • Sarahthenelizabeth 28th August 2018 / 3:01 pm

      Hi Chloe,

      Thank you for reading my post. Topshop & New look have really similar jackets and I linked a few other options in my shop page. Changing buttons is such a easy low cost way to add something extra. I look forward to seeing your projects


  2. 29th August 2018 / 6:59 am

    First of all, what an amazing button collection and what a great lux makeover! I am amazed that Zara goes on such HUGE reductions on coats there, wish it was same here!
    Wishing you an amazing week ahead!
    Ankita | Real Girl Talks
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    • Sarahthenelizabeth 6th September 2018 / 11:07 am

      Thank you Akita,

      That is very kind of you to say. I wish the Zara sale was always this good. I definitely think I got lucky with this coat. Thank you for reading.


    • Sarahthenelizabeth 6th September 2018 / 11:08 am

      Thank you Jenny,

      That’s so kind of you to say, I am glad you liked the finished project.

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