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Ebay Sunday: Supervillainy

Photoshop really has brightened me up (haha!). I’ve even found the gumption for an Ebay Sunday post that requires no additional photography on my part!

It’s a bit obvious really: fully half of my wardrobe comes from ebay, it’s pretty easy to flick through pictures of me on Facebook and find me wearing something I got off ebay.

But it’s Sunday night! It’s getting darker and colder every day! You need something to put a smile on your face, and I have just the thing.

Faux leather bomber jacket: £24.99

Going to see The Dark Knight Rises dressed up as Catwoman: Priceless


Why just go to the cinema, when you get dressed up as supervillains and do it in style!

Highlights of the night:

  • Ben coming out of the Wagamama toilets dressed as the Riddler, and three little kids lining up to high-five him
  • Peering in the window of a restaurant as we passed by and having everyone inside turn and stare at me wide-eyed
  • An old lady with a zimmer frame saying we’d made her day


The Riddler



Catfight with Batgirl


Poison Ivy

The Penguin


Rogue’s Gallery

Catwoman and The Riddler will be getting another outing this Saturday at Ben’s Supervillains Birthday Party!



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Ebay Sunday: kick up your foot

First up: Glasto tickets go on sale today and I am weeeeeeEEEOOOoooooooo excited!

Anyways… I bought these really fab silver shoes a month or so ago. They are from Office, and I think I spent about £8 on them, but I can’t remember. And I have locked myself out of my ebay account purposefully, so I can’t even check.

When I first got them, I danced around the house in them because  they are soo pretty, and soooo comfortable!

This comfort malarkey is of the utmost importance to me. I wear trainers most of the time, and ballets flats or sandals in the summer time. I find the less I wear heels, the less I can wear them. And I don’t think I’m the only one.

The other day I found myself mesmerised walking down the street behind a girl. She was wearing wedge shoe boots which tapered in the heel, and they looked brilliant, but the way her ankles buckled with each step did not. I already have plenty of problems with overpronating when I run and aching arches, so as a rule I tend to stick with low heel or no heel. These heels are pretty itty bitty, so I figured I’d be okay.

My friends: wearing your shiny new shoes to the park with your friends and their two year old is not the same as prancing around your living room. I strutted out of the house yesterday feeling like a silver-toed glamazon. After some serious playground action, we hit a cafe for coffee and a babychino, and I found myself surreptitiously slipping my shoes off under the table to assess the huge blister on the back of my heel.

I came limping home feeling decidedly less elegant. And the thing about silver shoes is they do rather draw attention to your feet, even when you’d rather they didn’t. By the end of my road I had them in my hand and was enjoying the rough tarmac beneath my toes, trying hard not to think about tetanus.

What is the moral of the story? Wear trainers to the park if you’re running around after a two year old. Rub vaseline into the backs of leather shoes to prevent rubbing. Some shoes take a little more breaking in than a quick gleeful prance around the living room. Don’t get Ben to take your Ebay Sunday photos, as he will only end up cropping the shoes out of the picture, and making you do a “rargh!” kitty pose you instantly regret.

And yes. Yes I will be wearing them again.


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Ebay Sunday: Tie Dye

I mentioned prepping some Ebay Sunday snaps at the market on Thursday, here they are:

A couple of months ago, tie-dye invaded my consciousness, and suddenly I was seeing it everywhere. I’m still not clear whether this is because it became really popular, or because once you start thinking about something, all the existing instances in your cognitive environment are fore-grounded. (In my case, the fact that I’m short-sighted helped the effect. From a distance, lots of different patterns look like tie dye to me).

Anyway, a tie dye dress became the goal, and I found this one from New Look for about a tenner on ebay. I love it: it’s really comfortable, I get compliments every time I wear it, it travels really well, and it’s perfect here in Italy because in the evenings I can throw it on and cover up my legs for excellent mosquito protection!

Another day I will tell you all about my experiments in making my own tie dye…

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Ebay Sunday

It’s pretty low key here at Clones Towers today (yes, this is now the portmanteau for our home Ben), following the highs of yesterday’s race and the Lambeth Country Show in the afternoon. Ben is nursing a Country Show cider hangover (the worst kind). I am nursing a pulled muscle in my inner thigh – funnily enough sustained not during the run, but jay-walking in a hurry to get to the race on time. Crime doesn’t pay kids.

So as it’s a quiet day, I thought I’d try out an idea I have for a little featurette, in the style of Wordless Wednesdays or Tijuana Tuesdays. Actually I just made up Tijuana Tuesdays, but I feel like it should be a thing – answers in the comments as to what it should involve: margaritas and fajitas? Tequila and tacos? Get shit-faced, take a bunch of pictures and then post them for Wordless Wednesdays?

See, I’m a sucker for those blogs where folks post pics of their awesome outfits they made/ altered/ upcycled/ thrifted/ pulled out of a rubbish bin and doused in Febreze.

Only trouble is my sewing skills are limited to patching holes in Ben’s pockets, and I’ve come to realise that the best stuff in charity shops is size 6-10 (i.e. the gorgeous clothes people got too fat for).

But I do rule the web when it comes to ebay purchases. So now you’re getting Ebay Sundays: a showcase of some of my favourite ebay purchases.

I hinted the other day at a bit of an ebay problem. I was joking, but then this happened:

The first step is… seeing your problem laid out on the floor

I did a little adding up, and realised I’d spent £80 in 8 days, which is… not good. Somebody pointed out that I’d got about 10 items for that money, and on the high street I’d be lucky to walk away with three.

The magical thing about ebay is also the dangerous thing: anything you can think of, you can probably find it. Saw a girl wearing an amazing tie dye dress and now you want one? Ebay can help. Got a favourite top that’s seen better days and are hoping you can find it again? Someone on ebay is selling it, and they take better care of their clothes than you do.

There are so many elements of ebay that are addictive: the auction format, the low prices, the ‘challenge’ of finding something amazing, the joy of receiving parcels in the post (as one friend said, it’s like having a birthday every week). And there’s also this element of web 2.0, where increasingly people want to interact with websites, and have something to show for it. What’s more interactive than press button, get skirt?

In truth, I freaked out when I realised I’d spent my food budget for the week on ebay, and asked someone to change my ebay password for me so I can go cold turkey. That’s a pretty weird way to introduce a new feature on ebay right? I guess my thinking is that this is a way to enjoy and showcase my favourite purchases.

So without further ado, one of my greatest ever ebay finds: my £20 wedding dress: