January Haul – (mainly fitness)

I have been fortunate enough to have had a little bit of spare money throughout January, which is the exact opposite of how my January’s normally go – not getting paid for around 6 weeks and scrounging off of my other half in the remaining days before pay day and checking my account at midnight to make sure my company have actually paid me! January 2015 was actually a little kinder on me.

After my amazingly great start to 2015 (cough) I thought I deserved a few treats so splashed out on the following:

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These are my new babies! When I first competed for my club back in June last year, everyone had a pair of spikes so I was incredibly jealous, but being a novice you don’t know if a) you’re going to enjoy this whole speed milarky and b) whether they’d be a wasted investment as they’re quite pricey. So after a lot of uhming and ahhing I decided to treat myself to these beauts. I’m not normally a fan of girly colours but there’s not as much choice in this area of running shoes. I haven’t had a chance to test them out but I’m expecting to put them to the test on Thursday.

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Ah god. What can I say about these bad boys? I was in a phase in January where I needed to buy anything and everything running related to give me a boost to get back into and ‘own’ running again. I was sick of getting annoyed at my regular running shoes, which when I originally bought they made me buy a size larger than my normal shoe! After getting my gait checked (I’m now a neutral gait woohoo), I realised I had loads more shoes to choose from and come across these bad boys. The shop assistant said the size is always down to preference and whoever sold me my 6’s clearly had no 5’s left in their more expensive shoes – what a mug that made me feel. So I opted for these in a comfy 5.5’s and I can only describe them as a dream to wear.

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I also decided a Yoga mat would be a good investment for our home as stretching is super important with running and with my stress levels raging at the moment, I could probably do with the ‘chilling’ aspect that comes with Yoga.

 

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Soooo I may have gone a little crazy in Sports Direct. How can I not? The prices were an absolute steal in the January sales. I’ve tested out all of the clothing above, except for the 2nd top on the bottom row as it’s not been warm enough to wear alone yet. My favourite is definitely the Karrimor pink item on the right for the gym ( it has small holes in so I don’t get too hot) and also the bottom right long sleeved Nike top, it has the hand inserts which really help to warm my hands with long distance as taking gloves, even in the snowy weather we’ve been having, is a big no no!

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Onto something a little less running related and more interlinked with my Bucket List – I’m going to see DEATH CAB BABBBBBBY! Words cannot explain how excited I am for this! I have waited to see them live for years as most American artists shy away from touring the UK…and if they do, their shortage of gigs sell out fast! We bought these tickets, as you can see at 6 minutes past 9 and 8 minutes later they were all gone. Ahhh I am so happy I’m going. This year is officially going to be amazing 🙂

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I also purchased this hoodie…however it may look mint green to you but when it arrived, I realised it was actually more green than a light mint as I think the picture shows. I’m actually in the process of sending this back for the coral version – something a little more girly and not usually what I’d opt for!

The only other bits I really bought in January were race places, event sign-up’s and ….. the entry to the New York marathon ballot! I know my chances of a place are slim, but I secretly really really want it. I think mentally I am now ready for it.

To end this, I’ll also tell you I splashed out and got my hair highlighted, not something I often allow myself to spend money on in the fear of having my hair look like a zebra crossing…there’s a reason for that…because it’s happened again! With 20 weeks to go until the wedding, I’m lucky this didn’t happen later on, but I’m still pretty annoyed as I look like a toddler has put yellow strips of Play-Doh through my hair.

Much love, Tay XX

 

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Black Friday

This blog is going to start with a rant. I am absolutely furious with boohoo.com, infact I don’t even think furious covers it. I ordered some clothing on Black Friday from them, you’ll what below, and I opted for the free delivery which they were advertising which normally to be fair to them, comes quicker than the 3-5 business day delivery slot.

So I waited and waited and in the mean time other Christmas presents I’d ordered had turned up and so I decided to track the order and it said it had been delivered. Weird. So I messaged boohoo and to be fair to them on this front, their turn around for complaints is 24 hours which they did actually keep to but they proceeded to say, it had been delivered, can you ask your neighbours, check your garden? What sort of a question is this!

Firstly I had it delivered to my work which is an industrial estate on which the majority of people who work their, I’d say 80%, are male so why would they even think to keep the delivery. Secondly, the first line of the delivery address was the name of my company…if you pull into said estate you are firstly directed in the direction of our office and you can’t miss the god damn thing! We have from about 4-10 vans with all the companies logos on sitting outside!

So yes, I checked with my ‘neighbours’ and funnily enough they hadn’t received size 6-8 women’s clothing! So I am proceeding with this claim when I get a Facebook message from a random guy asking if I’d ordered anything from boohoo recently. It turns out he lives at the same number as our Unit on a similar road nearby and they’d left it outside their flat in the middle of the day, thankfully no-one had stolen it, he’d taken it in and contacted me! Good karma that boy shall have! So I’m going to proceed to tell Boohoo that I haven’t received it because that is disgraceful considering I spent over £60 on clothes.

Anyyyyway…..

Here are my ‘Black Friday’ purchases – a relatively new concept in the UK which I find totally bizzare. There were mongrels on the t.v fighting each other for the last televisions in Tescos, having full on fights over microwaves….seriously? Shouldn’t you lot all be at work?

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