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3 August 2015

Matalan Splash Print Trainers

Matalan Splash Print Trainers
Matalan Splash Print Trainers
Matalan Splash Print Trainers
Matalan Splash Print Trainers

I thought the days of me buying proper trainers were long gone. I remember when I was younger and pestered my mum for the 'latest' trainers, which were so ridiculously priced. Some kind of Reebok if I remember correctly. Oh dear.

These days I'm more of a skinny jeans and ballet pumps or Converse kind of girl, until I started exercise classes earlier this year. It started as some kind of unofficial New Year's resolution to get myself out of the house for an evening and now it's Yoga as much as I can and aerobics once a week.

I was doing spin classes from around February until very recently but got a bit bored of them if I'm honest and thought I'd try something new. The trainers I had for spin weren't 'proper' ones, they had quite soft soles so I needed something a bit sturdier for aerobics. I knew I didn't want to splash out stupid amounts so I headed straight to Matalan as I'd spotted trainers in stock earlier in the year, unfortunately there weren't many still in so I headed to the website and the Splash Print trainers caught my eye almost immediately thanks to the graffiti/paint splash almost Aurora lights-esque patterning.

They really stood out on the website and funnily enough stood out in my aerobics class too! They're super bright and funky and I love the bold colours against the black trim.

I've never reviewed trainers before but these are super comfy while still being supportive around the ankles. I know they're not exactly your high end training/running shoes but they're in keeping with this new breed of 'fashionable' trainers and for the price they do the exact job I need.

What do you think of the Matalan Splash Print Trainers? Let me know in the comments.
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2 August 2015

Buying clothes through a catalogue


Did you know that buying clothes from a UK catalogue has become increasingly popular in the last few years? And that more retailers are offering consumers the chance to spread the cost of their order over a period of time. With so many catalogues out there, it can be difficult to know where to start. Thankfully, we've made it easier for you.

Here are top 3 tips for buying clothes through catalogues.

1. Shop around
From Next to Simply Be to Marisota, there are loads of catalogues on the market - all of which cater to different people. For example, some catalogues will specialise in plus-sized clothing, with items that you won't find on the UK high street. Other catalogues focus on clothes for men or children. A catalogue comparison website will let you compare various retailers all on one page, so you will be able to find the company that best suits you.

2. Find out about interest rates
When looking for the perfect catalogue, always take into account the amount of interest that you will be paying. Some retailers won't charge you any interest at all - as long as you pay for your order in full by a certain date. This time period will differ depending on the company, but will often be around 28 days from when you place your order.

3. Make sure you can return your items if need be
Clothes shopping can be difficult when ordering from a catalogue. After all, you won't be able to try the item until after you have made a purchase - unlike on the high street when you can try before you buy. However, many retailers will allow you to return any items that you are not satisfied with. Always check the terms and conditions of any returns policy offered by a UK catalogue, and find out how you will be able to return your clothing if it doesn't fit.

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Sunday Summary #23


Well good evening! It's been a little while since I wrote one of these summary posts. I have quite missed them!

Since last week's post I've not been up to too much. Most week days consist of work and coming home and sitting infront of the TV or laptop. The weekends do get a little more exciting though, I must say. Yesterday I had a bit of a lie-in until 10 and a lounge around the house before going to get a new tyre put on my car and buy a few new bits for the house.

The best thing about moving house is 'having' to buy all those little bits and pieces that you need. I got some nice new cushions, bath mats and just bits and bobs. I also managed to have a good old browse of Boots and Superdrug as well as pick up a couple of new tops for myself. I'm feeling much more flush than usual as our rent for August was paid prior to us moving in so I have been all spend, spend, spend, when I should probably be paying off my overdraft. I promise I will!

Unless you read in my last post, you might not know that I've taken up aerobics! I decided to start going in place of my spin class as spin wasn't really interesting my anymore. I signed up for what is supposed to be 'low' impact aerobics but it definitely isn't low impact at all. My sister and I are probably the youngest ones there but definitely not the fittest! I was absolutely knackered after the first week and my thighs hurt for days afterwards. Last week's class was quite enjoyable and I wasn't in so much pain after, so that's good. During both classes I did feel dizzy and sick when doing a certain part of the routine - I'm not sure what they're called but we use these stretchy rope things, put them under our feet and pull on them in certain ways. This seems to make me feel really lightheaded and weird so I have to sit down and have some water. Not quite sure what's going on there...

I've also got back into my yoga after not having Internet for nearly two weeks. I completed my 30 day challenge before moving so now I'm sort of picking and choosing which videos to follow based on how I'm feeling that day.

Today has been a very bloggy day. It's been nice to get back into it again but I am missing having a dedicated spot for photo taking. Taking photos in this new house definitely depends on the weather/light on the day as I don't have a big, bright conservatory here! I did well today on the lounge floor as it is decorated in nice light colours.

Vince and I are going to enjoy a lovely Chinese takeaway for dinner and then before I know it, it will be Monday morning again! My crochet classes start up again next week, which I'm weirdly looking forward to. I have been really bad at doing crochet in my spare time so need to get back into it again!

Hope you've all had a great weekend, let me know what you've been up to in the comments.
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