To be sure, to be sure

September 16, 2009

Favourite boots, meet the blog, blog, meet my favourite boots. I will start by saying that this post is specifically directed at those readers who, like me, are sensible (unrealistic), and strong-willed (stubborn), and rarely spend more than €20 on a pair of shoes. Fact is, while they might glitter and shine amongst the dusty tat in a Capel Street charity shop, get C.S.I.’s Calleigh Duquesne and her fancy equipment on their case and she will uncover a layer of glue that has all but given up on sticking stuff together. V. criminal and v. tragic, I know, right? Totally. Over the past year I have thrown out three pairs of FAV EVER shoes after the cobbler’s €2 job lasted less than a day. I’m sure other people have had more success going the professional route but when these two boots started flapping away at the toe I figured it was time for a D.I.Y. After one quick google I decided on Stormsure via this shop on eBay.

I followed the instructions to the letter, was quite generous with the glue, and the 15g tube was enough for the two pairs of boots, the soles of which had become completely detached. So far, there has been no loosening around the edges, but it remains to be seen how a wet Irish winter will affect the result. However, for around the €8 mark, I think this was an excellent solution.

Oh Calleigh (2.10 below, yes).


P.S. Apologies to the 16,000 people who visited this blog for the big Crop Circle Debate ‘09. We do actually talk about other things. Sorry, I mean, we only talk about other things.



June 26, 2009

I’ve been having a difficult day so far. The only things that show signs of helping to abate this are, luckily, my two favourite things.

1. Animals
I’ve been google imaging ‘puppies on parade’ frantically. The results have not been displeasing.

2. Gadgets
Katie-Lilga and I both recieved a Slendertone (O HAI 1999) in the post the other day. My only memories of the Slendertone were these two girls that I met at band camp when I was about 14. They had, literally, abs that were as hard as concrete, mixed with steel. I’m very excited.I have images of myself watching ‘Come Dine With Me’, whirring and beeping away.


P.S. Picture is of the Cat Bus from My Neighbour Totoro- a fine combination of both animals, and gadgets.

okay i’m gonna be a really nice person here. this post is designed to help us all gain a little something special in our lives. me? lots of euro. you? clothes, shoes, purses and screwdrivers. let the generosity begin.

i am selling the above dress right here.
it’s one of them vintage reproduction Vivien of Holloway dresses that you’ve seen in George’s Street Arcade and on fabulous people worldwide and i suggest you bid on it because it’s LOVELY.

I am also selling the items below…right over here

yes that’s a screwdriver. it’s cordless.

plus a pair of originally ludicrously expensive office shoes, a lux dress from urban outfitters, a h&m skirt, an urban outfitters purse, and a superluckycat dress made using vintage fabrics also from urban outfitters.


i haven’t had much need for a swimsuit since i was about twelve. i’m not a big fan of swimming and i’m pretty sure that it can be put down to the fact that throughout primary school we would visit the pool by our school once a month and proceed to wade our way through plasters, insects, and many other unidentified objects. ew? ew. however, this summer, L.A. calls and as a result i have been scouring the shops and the internet for the perfect swimsuit. one quick google into my search i was already drooling over the collection at Pin Up Girl Clothing. The Bettie Swimsuit in red and white polka dot is my personal favourite. Prices are $55-$72/€34-€45.

Esther Williams, filmstar of the 40s and 50s and member of the 1940 Olympic Swimming Team, now lends her name to a range of vintage inspired swimwear. There are a wide range of fabrics and styles on the website. prices are around the $79/€50 mark.


the main problem with vintage or vintage inspired swimwear is that the sizing tends to cater to the hourglass silhouette possessed by the likes of esther williams herself, and it’s risky ordering something on the internet if you’re unsure of the sizing. that’s where ebay (ebay USA, YOU ESS AY, not .ie or, i must stress) comes in, with a wide range of vintage swimwear brands, some even homemade, the sizes vary a lot and good sellers will give precise measurements. some of the following items are listed as being unworn, however if you are unlike me in that you’re grossed out by the thought of used clothing or swimwear you might as well stop reading now-ish.





and one for the guys.


of course i’ve been really selfish and not linked to the ones i want. bidding wars are not my forte.
happy swimming, katie-lilga