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My friend asked me the other day to write a short piece on vintage clothing and I gave some heart felt response about clothes encapsulating history and our job to pass that history down to new generations.  As to how exaggerated this piece was for her sake is debatable, but what is true is that buying second hand is not just ethical, sustainable and cheap but COOL.

Second Hand does not limit and it does not have to be a niche, Ebay is a vessel for every brand under the sun, new or old. Everyone who knows me will know I am charity shop obsessed, 70% of my wardrobe are items under a fiver and it is those charity shop finds that your friends will comment on and more importantly, you’ve given to charity!  Saving money and making money is surely appealing to everyone. I have found whilst browsing in second hand stores designer bags, chanel shoes, amazing jewellery and what I have managed to prise out of my clutch and onto Ebay I have made hundreds for.

So I thought I could keep this thread going and hopefully inspire the fashionistas  out there to buy second hand by parading all my finds and sharing my bargains.


ITV’s The Exclusives, although seemingly a show for aspiring journalists, is actually Big Brother  but there is a requirement for the contestants – a degree. (But if you’re a glamour model or a hot tattooed  male, an A level will do).

I am not saying I don’t count down the days until the next episode and I’m not saying I spent a good 20 minutes trying to find Stuart on twitter, (link below). But where is the ‘exclusivity’ in hearing about Keith Lemon’s piles, knowing the truth about Chantelle’s awful dress or watching Hayley fake tan?  We have seen the gang interview big names and party with smaller ones. We’ve seen the harsh reality (or what has been portrayed as the ‘harsh’ reality) behind getting the exclusive. Why then, every time after watching an episode would I still give my arm to be a journalist?

What it comes down to, is the hyper-glamourised prize contract promised with Bauer Media, the people behind Kerrang! Closer, More, Heat and FHM.  Before we think too hard about what we’ve been watching, brainwashed by the celeb doing or saying it, what is portrayed is a glamorous job that doesn’t really involve much work. The biggest contradiction, not Sunny’s name har har, is that six episodes on and we are yet to see any of the hopefuls writing. I’m not suggesting they read each’s article out to push up the ratings, but in the latest episode the extent of any ‘writing’ brought up was due to a mentor laughing at the words  pseudo and dystopia asking what it meant.

So although we shout at the TV that we wouldn’t, as Felix does, accidentally imply Chloe Green has a lesbian tenancy and hope we wouldn’t be anything like Christopher, we have no chance of getting the job even if we could get Kerry Katona’s favourite sex position out of her or from a video on the internet. We have no chance of getting that job as it is implied as fake as Hayley’s eyelashes. Without being a grumpy pessimist, the chosen six are there because they make good tv, whether one will make a good journalist or whether journalism is anything like it is being shown is a different story.

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