As I try to do a lot of walking I was in need of comfortable footwear (I won’t be to stressed of damaging). Since I can remember I wanted Converse sneakers – so cool and oh so expensive and posh, right? Well, that’s exactly why I don’t want them so much anymore (becouse every teen and almost every other person is wearing them…).
I came across those sneakers when I was shopping for shoes to my work (black flats, will show them to you soon) and I somehow felt in love with them.
As every sneakers they are supercomfortable (eco leather is extremly soft, I was so surprised when I touched them), and because they are metallic they add some interesting theme to every outfit (even most boring ‘all-black’ ones), and the buckles at the back? J’adore!
atmosphere sneakers – 8 GBP
I’ve always known that porridge is a trurly English breakfast (but I also learned that they have the second true English breakfast – can you guess what is it? Hint: it looks more like a lunch/dinner). And I always like a good porridge. However as you may know if you have ever prepared one – it’s tricky to know how much milk should be added to oats to receive a perfect consistency. Well, at least I always had problem with it and added to less milk just to add some more, and maybe some more and to recieve in most cases too thin porridge at the end of my struggle.
So my biggest and best breakfast find here (so far) is Oat So Simple by Quaker Oats (which is funny because that’s an american manufacturer located in Chicago. Yet I think it’s the most popular oats brand here.).
However as I still convert all prices to Polish currency, I would never ever spend 3 pounds on a pack (even though it contains 16/20 sachets). So I was more than happy when my local tesco express had a bargain on those and half-priced them! Now I have two packages (original and golden syrup) which should last me for next month and a half :)
Good thing about them is – they really are ‘oh, so simple’ and you recieve the perfect consistency without even thinking about it while preparing. All it takes is to tear a sachet where shown, put oats in a bowl and pour milk (fiy: I use soy milk) into a sachet until it reaches shown level (overprint on a back side of a sachet).
Then you put a bowl with your oats and milk in a microwave and it takes 2 minutes (or in a case of my microwave 3) and you can relish with a delicious and healthy porridge for you breakfast (or any other meal honestly). (You can also of course prepare it without a microwave. Just heat your milk, pour in a bowl, stir and let oats soak up.)
Original ones are really good and tastes like a normal porridge. You can add to it whatever you want to flavoured them in a way you like (eg. maple syrup, fruits, chocolate). While golden syrup ones have a gentle taste of (of course) golden syrup. They are a bit sweet, but it’s mild so you don’t find your breakfast being your dessert. Say hello to healty and tasty breakfasts! :)
If you only have a chance to try them – I highly reccommend. Oats so simple range has also other tastes, I only tried apple & blueberry, but there are as well: mango & passionfruit, rapsberry & pomegranate, sultans & raisins & cranberry & apple, honey & almond, sweet cinamon. Ahhh, I hope they will be discounted some time soon as well. I crave for them ;)
Have you ever moved to another country and tried to fit all your stuff to a suitcase? If yes, than you know it’s impossible to take every thing you may need and still fit to airlane’s weight limits. Especially if you decide to move just before autumn/winter and need to take sweaters, boots and coat… I still miss eg. a hair-dryer or a few extra sweaters so I don’t need to put on the same three again and again…
The thing I didn’t take with me as well from home was sports footwear. I destroyed my pair at home just before taking off and decided not to buy new as they are too heavy to drag with me. So last week I was more than pleased when I found out that a sports store on my way home is having a sale. I bought those lovely running shoes with a -30% discount, paying the prize which was less than I would have paid for such shoes back in Poland (~25 pounds).
They are really great – look and feel perfect on my feet. They have breathability and are very comfy; designed especially for running, fitness and cross training. Ligh shoe, good grip. Those are my first Puma’s but I am extremly pleased with them (too bad it got way too cold to run outside right now and I’m still too poor to waste money on a gym :/).
Funny thing about them? I seemingly bought a men’s type as women’s is in pink (mine are navy & white) – design is the same and they apparently had masculine (teenagers) ones in size 5. I find them way prettier than regular feminine pink ones!
Puma Tazon 4 in white/navy
I really feel like I have to excuse myself and apologize for not blogging for about a month. It was such a busy, stressful time for me that I didn’t even realise so much time passed since I wrote my last post. But let me start from the beginning.
As some of you may know (those who read carefully and also follow my twitter), I graduated from my Uni course on 14th September (hurray!), and then started preparing myself to move to my beloved London. It involved a lot of time, closing all of my affairs and making sure that everything would go smoothly at home when I’m gone (especially ensuring that my dog would be safe and sound with my parents). All paper work also took some time. And the month I had between my graduation and my departure passed almost unnoticed.
When I arrived in London on 14th October I had nothing secured – no place to live, no job to earn money. So I crushed at my friend’s place and was idealistic enough to think that I would find something very quickly (let’s say during a weekend). Obviously I didn’t, and it had taken me so much time, energy, stress and pangs of conscience before I eventually found a place to rent (and from where I’m writing to you at the moment) (well, it took me over a week to find it, but then I could move in on November 1st so I had to crush at my other friend’s place… I was such an unemployed nomad that it was literally depressing). But after two weeks I have my own (ahh, more or less as it’s rented) room and a part-time job with some prospects for better future. The only thing I still haven’t sorted out is my internship as there are apparently no vacancies in companies I’m interested in (fashion PR companies). I trurly hate all this economics and bad market at the moment.
So today I actually have my first free day since I got in London. And it’s free because I don’t need to worry about a place to live, about a job (well, more of less as I still very much need the rest of full-time employment) and I’m not working today. All of this mean mentally and physically free day, which is a good thing after you was stressed for so long. That’s why I decided it’s high time to go back to blogging (especially as I’m now living in a fashion capital) and explain myself to you.
Today I spend doing totally nothing – I watched a Midnight in Paris and am going to watch another movie (any suggestions?). From my bed. Eating some snacks as I can at the very last afford them after finding a job. Also a perk of living in London is buying a normally priced UK Vogue, which I also intend to keep reading today. And keep dreaming about owning some of the featured clothes, shoes, jewelry…
And in my next post (which will be now very soon, I promise!) I will show you my very first purchase here. I can tell you that it’s a shoe and that it’s nothign you expect!
As you may know, Burberry has launched a super cool promotion for their new fragrance a while back via their facebook profile. Every fan might have ordered a sample of Burberry Body. As a huge fan of the brand I was more than eager to do so. And I did. It took three weeks for the sample to make its way to Krakow but it arrived in the first week of September and I was happily testing it (meaning to write a review earlier but my thesis defence got on my way, and then my computer started to dying (actually it still is, writing this post takes ages), but I’m going to buy myself a laptop this week :) ).
First – the package. Very well put together, and very nice to see how much work was done to please brand’s fans for free. A nice card with Rosie on the front and a few thanking words on the back – nice gesture. Package of sample – beautiful bottle but in a cartoon box – just like the orginal bottle in a smaller size, but it’s not that small at all – 4,5ml of strong perfume. I was in a good mood even before I smell them.
And the smell itself – very strong at first, but at the same time very subtle and feminine. And what’s really important for me, stays on your body for a very long time.
It is a luxury chypre – fruity composition that begins with notes of fresh green absinthe, peach and freesia. Roses and iris are in the heart, leaning on the base of sandalwood, cashmerean, musk, amber and vanilla.
I think it might become my day perfume, and I strongly recommend you to try it on yourself.
Do you remember how I tell you in the last post about a great project I have to share with you? It’s a wool project and what’s better season to kick it off than autumn (which is really approaching fast!)? Because, believe me, nothing warms you up as a good as a wool clothing! Moreover if you are into fashion (and probably you do) than you just have to know that it’s the middle of the wool week in UK as well (and you can meet real, live sheeps in Oxford Street, London – crazy, no?).
On the photo above I’m wearing my beloved wool scarf. It’s hand made by a friend and was obviously inspired by Gryffindor colors (ages ago I was really, but really into Harry Potter). Below you can see my two wool sweaters. (all photos taken with my mobile phone – sorry! :()
light grey PROMOD knitted sweater with silver ring, from about 2 years ago
dark grey ZARA knitted sweater with leather buttons, from last year
The contest, I want you to take part in, is sponsored by Woolmark and called Find Fashion By Feelings. It aims to promote wool products and inspire young people to create unique, beautiful and fashionable looks. You can find thier site here.
There are to ways to take a part: you can take a photo of yourself wearing a wool piece and upload it to their site (to win AUD $12,000 holiday and wool experience) – which part I have to skip thanks to my lack of camera (this sucks!); and also by voting for your favourite photos (weekly prize is Emu Australia wool pack worth AUD $400). Yes, it’s really that easy :)
I know I neglected you a bit this past month and I am terribly sorry for that. But as always, August was quite slow in fashion news (a bunch of my favourites were proceeded on my twitter though) and I was a bit busy with my Uni (with all the paperwork which had to be done before defending a thesis – Septeber 14th is the date! Please, cross your fingers and toes for me. :) ). But September has arrived and a new chapter for fashion world is about to begin soon (are you excited about FNO and FWs?!).
I’ve been also thinking about the direction I want my blog to go and I think I almost have it figured out. I think a bit of design changes and theme changes are coming – what do you think? What would you like to see here? (I was thinking about a lookbook/outfit posts, but I am not really sure and need your opinion!).
Also I’m taking part in a Yamamay contest to win the trip to Rome (I’ve been there once, only for three days over six years ago, and would love to come back and explore a little bit!). Please, please – help me by liking my profile HERE – it will take you only five seconds (click on the link and then click ‘like’ on the right side). And you can take a part as well by creating your own profile and updating it :)
Moreover, I have an exciting project to share with you this weekend, so stay tuned!