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Believe it or not, myself and the boy had not been to Colchester since December! (:0) so today, we woke up and decided to head down there.
The train tickets are cheap and its just a general nice place to go for charity shops and for a bit of character.
I managed to find a beautiful real black leather topshop jacket in Age UK. It was £14.99 but for something that was originally (probably) around £150, I couldn't say no. Even if it doesn't get worn, it won't matter as ebay is so easy to use.

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coat - topshop via ebay (£30)
dress - topshop (£26)
bag - ebay (£20)

It's the anniversary of the execution of Thomas the 2nd Earl of Lancaster today, so check out my writing blog for a piece I wrote about him a couple of months ago :)

The next blog post I write, will probably be about mine and boys night seeing Russell Howard! :) we're seeing him at the Royal Albert Hall on 16th April and are so excited.


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