Biba leopard print top Marks and Spencer metallic leather skirt

You probably know by now that I buy a lot of my clothes on Ebay – I’ve found some really amazing bargains there, as well as tracking down sold out and out of season pieces. Admittedly it is a bit of gamble, especially if it’s not a brand you’re too familiar with, but sometimes it’s worth the risk – you can always relist it if it’s not suitable. Today’s outfit features not one, but two items from Ebay: the top and the skirt, which cost around £20 in total, including postage.

The Marks and Spencer metallic leather skirt was a real gem of a find – it wasn’t something I was looking for but when I saw it I immediately added it to my watch list…

The Marks and Spencer metallic leather skirt was a real gem of a find – it wasn’t something I was looking for but when I saw it I immediately added it to my watch list, fully expecting it to sell for anything up to £50. To my delight I snapped it up for £12 plus £4 postage! I was fairly confident it would fit ok as I have many items from M&S, although I wasn’t sure about what to wear with it. After picking out a few different sweaters and tees I settled on this Biba leopard print sheer top. It has a smattering of turquoise which co-ordinates with the skirt, while the orange provides contrast. A metallic leather skirt paired with a brightly coloured leopard print top is quite a statement-making outfit so I chose shoes in a predominantly nude shade with just a little orange to compliment the top.

Marks and Spencer metallic leather skirt Biba leopard print top

Ravel nude and coral mules

Marks and Spencer leather metallic skirt Biba leopard print top

Blue snakeprint Mary Portas messenger bag

M&S leather metallic skirt Biba leopard print topSkirt: Autograph range at Marks & Spencer, top: Biba, bag: Mary Portas for House of Fraser, shoes: Ravel, sunglasses: Roberto Cavalli.

 

Since we took these photos the weather has taken a turn for the worse…rain, hail, sleet and snow…we’ve had the lot so it may be some time before I get to wear this outfit again! It’s back to boots and tights for a while!

 

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Paris skyline view from Montparnasse Tower

Looking at views like these it’s not hard to imagine why so many people choose to take part in the Paris Marathon every year.  I’ve done it four times now and the sights you see along the route still amaze me. Taking part in such a big event is both daunting and exciting (something all those runners preparing for London this weekend will no doubt be experiencing too) but running through the most beautiful city in the world is an unforgettable experience. Over 43,000 runners took part in the Paris Marathon 2016 and the average age of participants was 41, so I guess that makes me very average!

Over 43,000 runners took part in the Paris Marathon 2016 and the average age of participants was 41.

In addition to the thousands of people taking part in the marathon there were 250,000 spectators cheering and high fiving the runners along the 26.2 mile course which passes the most famous Parisian landmarks. Spotting your loved ones isn’t always easy with so many crowds – I missed my husband and daughter twice even though I ran past them within touching distance, but I finally got to see them just beyond the Eiffel Tower at the 18 mile mark.

 

Paris skyline Eiffel Tower nail art

In the days leading up to the marathon I hadn’t been feeling very well and was starting to think I might not be able to finish, or even start for that matter, but visiting the expo to collect my bib helped to get me in a better frame of mind, as did finding my name on the board amongst all the other runners. In total 57,000 people registered for the race (even though not all actually took part) so looking for your name is like trying to find a needle in a haystack!

Marathon name board

Paris marathon name board

Paris metro on way to marathon

The metro journey to the start line is always a nervous time but emerging from George V station on the escalator onto the Champs Elysees is a magical experience…the Arc de Triomphe and impressive Louis Vuitton store are right there in front of you…no time to shop though! Although the weather was perfect for sightseeing it wasn’t ideal for running. I don’t cope well with running in the heat, and typically there was a sharp spike in the temperature on race day, with the day before and after being cloudy and cool – the exact same thing happened last year. The temperature peaked at around 21c which is quite warm for April, but feels so much hotter when running. I poured as much water over me as I drank!

Paris Marathon 2016 start line Champs Elysees

Louis Vuitton Champs Elysees Paris marathon start line

Paris marathon Place de la Bastille

I had to stop for a moment to take a photo…it also gave me an excuse to have a few seconds rest!

Marathon finish Arc de Triomphe

By the end of it I was suffering from back ache and had massive blisters but the joy at crossing the finish line and putting the medal on made it all worth it…as well as seeing this cheeky little face of course!

 

Good luck to everyone running the London Marathon this weekend!

 

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Tibi black trousers Warehouse check top Kurt Geiger leopard print shoes

Happy weekend! The last couple of weeks have been incredibly busy…mainly due to the most wonderful trip to France! We spent a week in Paris (where I ran the marathon) and a couple of days in Burgundy visiting friends who live in a hamlet near the town of Avallon. I’ll be posting more about my trip in the coming days, but first I thought I’d share my latest outfit post.

I have a couple of pairs of black trousers but these ones from Tibi are by far my favourites. I bought them in sale from the Outnet several years ago, and although they were still a little expensive (I think about £85) the quality of the fabric and cut justifies the price tag for me. The leather trim on the pockets and waistband of these classic cut trousers adds a touch of luxe and makes them perfect for an evening out as well as for a smart daytime look.

The leather trim on the pockets and waistband of these classic cut trousers adds a touch of luxe and makes them perfect for an evening out as well as for a smart daytime look.

I was planning on wearing a plain white shirt to create a slightly androgynous look until I came across this check print top from Warehouse which had got buried under a jacket in the wardrobe. It feels very comfortable to wear and the crossover draping at the front is quite flattering (post-lunch food baby not a problem!). Although court shoes work really well with these trousers I picked out a pair of white leopard print heels from Kurt Geiger (which I’d completely forgotten buying until I had an impromptu shoe box opening spree!). I was astounded when I found the receipt in the box to find that they cost the princely sum of £9! Kurt Geiger shoes for less than a tenner…what a bargain! No wonder I keep buying shoes!

Black Tibi trousers Warehouse black and white fold top

Red Mila Blu leather bag

Cream chunky bracelet

Warehouse black and white fold top Tibi black trousers Kurt Geiger leopard print shoes

Warehouse check top Tibi black trousers Kurt Geiger white leopard print shoes

KG Kurt Geiger white leopard print shoes

Black Tibi trousers Warehouse check top Kurt Geiger leopard print shoes

Trousers: Tibi, top: Warehouse, shoes: KG Kurt Geiger (from Shoeaholics), bag: Mila Blu.

 

Do you snap up bargain items, put them in the wardrobe and then forget about them? It’s one of my sartorial sins but I’m trying to be more disciplined about what I buy lately!

 

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