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Friday, 15 February 2013

UNiDAYS- Don't have an NUS card but still want student discount? Don't fear!

UNiDAYS is an amazing site I discovered a couple of months ago.
It is associated with most of the main fashion retailers I like to visit and so I use it pretty often.
Basically, if you don't have an NUS card or your university isn't registered with NUS you can use this site in order to still get your student discount! :)

Simply sign up here to get your discounts!
Retailers involved include Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Republic, ASOS, Missguided, Dorothy Perkins, Topman, Accessorize, Cath Kidston, Urban Outfitters, Motel, Office and loads more!
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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Oh hello ASOS...

So lately due to some annoying personal circumstances I've found myself moping about the house a lot... So naturally my instinct reaction to this is to spend a fortune and try to cheer myself up. It always works, not sure whether that's a good thing or not.
ASOS is just a permanent source of happiness for me and these little gems from the River Island section didn't fail to put a smile on my face!
(HINT: if you like something on the RI website always check ASOS for it before you buy because you can get student discount on ASOS but they don't do it in River Island!)

ASOS, £24.50
I was pining over this cute jumper ages ago in store but I didn't buy it then regretted it when it sold out in my local... only to find it on ASOS and IN THE SALE. Woop! Its so soft and cosy, yet quite delicate, I love it.

ASOS, £20
I just loved the print on this! I also like the fact that the material is quite thick so the risk of it blowing up and exposing my granny pants in this windy British climate is significantly reduced...
ASOS, £20
I just thought this was really versatile, it can be worn casually for a day time look but you can also dress it up with some heels, eyeliner and a skinny belt for going out for drinks. It's really comfortable too!

I should really stop spending money... oh well.

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Any excuse to buy clothes

So I'm using this training malarkey as an excuse to go shopping, as if I need one. Recently purchased the following beauties to assist me in my running

Adidas, £22
(Also got this one in pink!)
Very, £45
Adidas, £26
Adidas, £30   
Yeah I like Adidas... plus Nike is too expensive. I have a feeling this buying sportwear thing is going to become a bit of an obsession because in my head I'm thinking 'Well I need it really...'.
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Training has begun!

Sorry for the long absence... again.
Last week I signed up to the Cardiff half marathon on October 6th 2013. I know that seems like a long way away but due to the shocking state of my fitness I feel like I'm going to need every second of the 8 months I have to train.
Yesterday was my first outdoor run... ever. And when I say run, I use the term loosely.
According to my Nike+ running app I managed 4.42km in 33.01 minutes. This is not good.
My plan for the next 8 months is to dramatically increase my fitness and turn into a running goddess who finds the 13.1 miles involved in a half marathon a doddle. I actually had a dream last night that I came first and got a special medal. I can dream though right?
I just really wanna do well. I'm quite a competitive person and not performing to the top of my ability does not bode well for me. Another reason I'm so keen to get stuck in is that I'm raising money for Breast Cancer Care (if you'd like to sponsor me please click here), as my mum has suffered from breast cancer twice, and is due to go in for a third operation to fix some complications that occurred last time she was ill.
On the whole I do feel like my training has gotten off to a good start. As well as raising money and boosting my fitness I hope to see a significant change in my body also, as I definitely feel like I've let my figure go slightly over the past couple of years. After weighing on Monday I'm under 10 stone for the first time in 2 years which is just fantastic to see results so quickly! I have been doing some light weight training as well in the hope that I'll be looking like a beach babe with a six pack in the near future... we'll see.
At the moment I'm hobbling around the house in agony as my body just isn't used to actually moving so much throughout the day. I just had to slide down the bannister while dragging my feeble limbs behind me as the stairs were just too much.
Anyway wish me luck with my training! I will try and keep my activities posted here, at the very least it will give me some motivation to continue :)
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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

So I did a little shopping...

So my student loan came in, and much to the dismay of the government and my parents, instead of spending it on books and stationary (which I've already bought) I decided to spend it on clothes. Whatever, I need to look good to go to uni, right? Here's what I bought:
H&M, £19.99
River Island, £40 (these actually look SO much nicer without the tops rolled down!)

Topshop, £45
I also got looooads of lovely soft knitwear from Primark but unfortunately they don't have a website so I can't show you :( but these were the main bulk of my trip and I absolutely LOVE them all. Can't wait for it to get a bit colder so I can start layering up and getting cosy in my new knitwear!
Thanks guys! :D
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Friday, 21 September 2012

My Summer, In a Nutshell

So as you can see I haven't exactly been that active on here over the summer, so I suppose I should offer some sort of explanation. I can put this mainly down to working ridiculous amounts of overtime other than my regular weekend shift, and being otherwise generally lazy. Butttt, I did go on 2 pretty awesome holidays too :)

My boyfriend's sister got married in August on the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes, in a tiny little chapel at St Paul's Bay. It was absolutely gorgeous (although I think I lost a good percentage of my body weight through sweating), and everyone who attended had a fabulous day. I had the honour of doing a reading during the ceremony and also being the witness and signing the wedding register.
The reception was held in a 5 star hotel up the coast which we reached by boat. The food was amazing, feta with sesame seeds to start, followed by slow roasted lamb and strawberry panacotta.  Of course I couldn't quite resist when the veil was doing the rounds...

To top things off, on the way home everyone got a free bottle of champers and a box of Thorntons. What more could a girl ask for?
(FYI, drinking a bottle of champagne to yourself at high altitudes results in considerably tipsiness).
And then we saw Alice Cooper, looking rather worse for wear, on our way out of Birmingham airport. Cool right?

Holiday number 2 has considerably less photos, but was amazing none the less. I flew out alone to Palma airport due to work, and met my family over there, in a quirky little 3 bedroom townhouse in Palmanova, Majorca. It was lovely but very odd, it kinda felt like I had pushed the owners out of their house for a week, as it was full of personal portraits and family heirlooms. It was charming, to say the least.

By far my favourite day of the whole holiday was the day trip to Palma. Not only is it a breathtakingly beautiful city, with the old castle and traditional architecture, there is just something about it that feel so... chic. The shopping was fantastic to start with. It holds the best Zara store I have ever been in. Not the biggest, but I felt the clothes were a lot more luxe and just generally nicer than in the stores in the UK. Everything about it was just so pretty, I didn't even care about the Louis Vitton staff giving me the "you can't afford anything in here" stare. We also visited the market, which was full of the bright colours and hustle and bustle that I've come to expect of these foreign food markets. You just don't get that kind of enthusiasm about food in the UK. The fruit and vegetables are all too uniform in shape and drab in colour. My local market boasts about 5 customers a day and smells like dog food. It's just not the same.

Another highlight of the trip (well, sort of) was the ridiculous thunderstorm we had the day before we left. One minute it was 30 degrees plus, everyone sunbathing topless on the beach, the next minute thunder was rattling the building and I couldn't see two meters out of the window because the rain was coming down so hard. It was very shocking and kinda exciting. And I was just really glad to be indoors once I saw a group of girls scurrying past absolutely drenched to the skin. But then, a huge rainbow erupted and there was calm :)
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WIN £100 ASOS giftcard with Unidays

Unidays are currently doing a Facebook competition to win a £100 gift voucher for ASOS! :)

To enter head to their Facebook page and follow the instructions :) Yay!

I am loving Unidays lately. Not only do they take away the need for entering your NUS card number every time you shop, but it's also available to students who's universities aren't members of NUS. They're adding more and more partners and increased discounts every day at the moment so I'd sign up quickly if I were you!
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