How many of us have walked quickly, trying to avoid making eye contact with a Big Issue seller? I’m sure we’re all guilty of it, I know I am! Every now and then I’ll look up and politely decline, it must be so hard being ignored by passers by when you’re desperately trying to make a living..
I hadn’t thought too deeply about this until I read an article in the Metro last week when I was travelling to work. You see, these people selling The Big Issue aren’t ‘scroungers’ ( I read that sellers often get verbally abused for this) they’re actually trying to make a living. Yes they’ve lived tough lives and most of them have been homeless (I’m not sure on the ins and outs of each seller, I know I don’t know them personally and I am aware that some of them may have committed crimes etc in the past), but I thought at leastthey are trying to help themselves!
You may know this already, but each seller pays £1.25 per magazine (which I presume means that if they don’t sell, they lose money) and they then sell it on to the public for £2.50- which I think is a lot to do with the lack of interest by the public. However, after reading the article I felt a pang of guilt, I know I don’t owe them anything, and some might go as far as saying they got themselves in that situation in the first place, but surely sparing £2.50 to somebody less fortunate can’t be that difficult?
This struck a chord with me, which is why I stopped and bought one from the first seller I came across- and he was so grateful-it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
I’m not suggesting we all have to buy from them every Tuesday, but every now and again is a good place to start!
You can read more about the Big Issue and their work to help the homeless here!
Here are a few items that I have purchased on both Ebay and Vinted (a swap and sell app, similar to Ebay) over the last month or so. I’ve found that a lot of high street stores can be quite over priced, which is why I’ve been searching for bargains elsewhere before I commit to buying from the high street. You can find some gems from the high street on Ebay and Vinted anyway, so it is definitely worth having a little look! The only thing I found was that it is very easy to get addicted to bidding on an item, it gets very competitive, which is why some of the items may aren’t neccessarily the cheapest, but I’d like to think I saved some money in the process!
I am so in love with my new flat sandals from Urban Outfitters! The little elephant studs add a really delicate, pretty touch. I have been looking for a perfect pair of sandals, and when I saw these I fell in love with the cute detailing and classic style!
Dress: River Island (£22)
Over-sized Denim Jacket: Ebay (£9.99), originally Topshop (£40)
I love the fit of this dress from River Island, its kind of like an over sized T-shirt dress, but with a bit more of a body con fit, and I especially love that it is an amazing dupe of the Celine brush stroke print! I teamed it with bare legs and my Celine inspired slip on skater shoes, but I it looks just as good with tights (I tucked some in my handbag just in case it rained, which it did.) The dress is so versatile, I wore it casually today for a shopping trip, but it could be dressed up so easily with a pair of strappy sandals! The jacket is a bargain buy from Ebay, I’ve done a lot of purchasing on there lately (as well as on Vinted) and I’ll hopefully have a blog up soon of what I got my hands on!
Recently I have been keeping my eyes peeled for products that will create effortless beachy waves- I haven’t got the time to mess around with curling tongs before work! At the same time I’m always a bit dubious about hair products, questioning whether they will actually work and whether they are worth the expensive price tag that come with the well known brands.
Enter Bendy Rollers from Primark:
I’ve always been a bit dubious about these too, but as I did my usual sweep of almost every inch of Primark on payday I saw these, and on a whim I thought ‘For £1.50 I’ll give them a try’. And I am so glad that I did, because the results were very impressive, especially as they were so cheap.
It took ten minutes before I went to bed to pop them in and I definitely wasn’t that perfect about it (I’m quite impatient with these sorts of things), the only downfall for me is that I could have done with an extra one, because my hair is quite long and of medium thickness.
And the funny part? I slept with a pair of old tights on my head to keep them all in place as I slept! I don’t have a picture of this (lucky for you), but it is actually a top tip, just make sure you tie the ‘leg parts’ in a tight knot above your head!
Here are the results (baring in mind my hair is thick, but naturally quite straight):
And even better, they lasted pretty much all day, and when the curls did ‘drop’, they gave me a nice beachy wave 🙂
I know bendy rollers are nothing new- but for £1.50 at Primark I had to rave about how impressive they actually were! 🙂