We're back with the next instalment of our Be Your Weekend Self series, this time with Pippa. Pippa runs the Instagram account @pipthrifts, where she shares her joy for style after her breakup with fast fashion and embracing sustainable dressing. Pippa is also a part time nanny, part time social/marketing assistant, and occasional freelance writer - so she's got a LOT going on.
We chatted to Pippa about romanticising the mundane, dressing according to your mood, and rolling with the madness of the job world post Covid.
How do you start every day?
With a big old cup of tea.
What do you do to make sure you enjoy the week as much as the weekend?
I put a nice outfit together at least once a week (my main job is less than glamorous so this takes a bit of effort, even for someone whose great love is clothes). That and claiming my weekly free coffee from Caffé Nero’s O2 priority deal (if you know, you know) because free stuff tastes the best.
Who or what inspires you the most to live out your day to the fullest?
Currently, the orangey-red colours of the leaves outside. I absolutely thrive this time of year and get so excited about a simple walk in the park with a flask of coffee and a nice coat on. As much as it pains me to use the phrase, I’m making a conscious effort to romanticise the mundane a bit more because it’s been a loooong couple of years.
How do your clothes impact your mood?
It’s the other way round really - I think if I wake up in a decent mood my brain is genuinely more able to put together a good outfit. At uni I had a t-shirt with a picture of a renaissance painting where a woman was rolling her eyes, with ‘hungover’ written on it. I often wore it when I was, you guessed it, hungover; and one day one of my housemates said: ‘I love how you always dress according to your mood’. That’s when I realised how subconsciously literal my sartorial choices were.
What’s your go-to weekend recipe or tipple?
Boring as it may be, the perfect G&T.
What have your read/watched/listened to recently that you’d highly recommend?
Read: Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers.
Watched: Peep Show, for the 300th time.
Listened: Bay Garnett’s ‘This Old Thing’ podcast and lots of Sam Fender.
What Newt item(s) of clothing would you pick out for a fun-filled day?
My green Shima print scrunchie because it jazzes any outfit right up. I’ve also been eyeing up the matching turtle stretch top and flares.
Quickfire round (feel free to simply mark your answer in bold, or add in details):
- Ice cream or jammie dodgers? Ice cream. I’d be worried about anyone that chose Jammie Dodgers.
- Cluedo or Monopoly? Neither, I’m an uncultured swine when it comes to board games.
- Climbing trees or making sandcastles? Sandcastles.
- Blow bubbles or make a daisy chain? Bubbles!!!
- Camp outside or build a den inside? Den inside.
Can you tell us about what you do and why you love it?
I’m a part time nanny, part time social/marketing assistant, and occasional freelance writer. I also harp on about sustainable fashion on Instagram, which is also my creative outlet for styling the endless charity shop bargains that are rapidly outgrowing my teeny weeny flat.
Can you tell us a bit about your journey and how you got into what you're doing now?
As a Class of Covid fashion graduate, I did not expect to be working with kids, but it’s one to add to the long list of random jobs I’ve had before the age of 25. As for the creative stuff, I spent the last two years of university as an intern (part time and full time) for a fashion magazine where I had some amazing opportunities and creative freedom - that’s what kept me interested and learning about fashion.
If you like the look of Pippa's style, be sure to check out her Instagram @pipthrifts, and be sure to follow us over on Instagram too @newt.london for more of our Be Your Weekend Self series.