Hooray! It’s Cold!

Well, coldish. Being from the UK, I am used to two weeks of sun and too much heat, and then the rest of the summer is a cold wet mess. The Seattle area has enjoyed a long hot summer this year, which literally everyone we have met has told us how lucky we have been, but when you’re used to the rubbish summers in the UK, and have bought some new jumpers to prepare for it in July, it’s kiiiiinda annoying to be stuck wearing dresses and sandals. (I know. Shut up Hayley.)

Jumper | Jeans | Shoes | Gym Bag

I’ve rounded up some jumpers that I’m considering adding to my wardrobe…although as you can see in the picture above, I’ve already bought the New Look jumper pretty much half the bloggers I know have, and a grey Oasis jumper that I’m looking forward to layering over collared shirts.

Boux Beau

One of the things that SJ warned me about when moving was that it’s really hard to buy pants. She was right! It’s oddly difficult to find matching sets of bras and pants here (at least in the shops I went to) and I was starting to panic a bit that I would have to *gasp* wear non matching sets. This was a real concern, especially since Jess seems to like chomping on bras.

I idly browsed over to Boux Avenue* and found that not only could I order from my favourite brand to the US, but that they do free delivery over $50, and they deal with any customs and fees. I’ve been a fan of Boux Avenue since way before they opened up in Bristol 5 years ago

I picked up the Amber Blossom bra* (with matching giant pants) which was in the sale for £15 for both, the Aleena bra and pants set* for £19.50 (the pants were free!) and the Chloe bra and shorts set* for £28.50. In total, I spent £63, which if you’re over a DD cup, you’ll know that it is fairly easy to spend about that much on just one set!

Getting three sets of bra and pants for the cost of one set was pretty awesome, but when I placed the order at 11pm Wednesday my time, I really didn’t expect to have the gift wrapped box in my hands (well, on the doorstep) by 1pm Friday. I recommended them when I was in the UK, but now I really recommend…what’s more than recommend? Super recommend?… them now as an US based expat!

The Best Gym Bag

As you probably know by now, I go to the gym a lot. I go every morning before work, because it’s an easy routine for me, and I feel less sluggish when I get to work. But the problem with going to the gym before work is that you have to lug around your stuff all day, you carry two bags (a handbag and a gym bag) and gym bags are butt ugly. So after writing that post, I looked online for a gym bag and found GymTote. They’re bags designed so you only need to carry one bag, and they can keep everything in specific sections.

I bought the Reese tote as a birthday present to myself and have been using it on a pretty much daily basis. It’s a great bag, but there are a few things I would change.

First – the size. The Reese is the largest women’s bag that GymTote sell, but I still feel like I could do with a bit of extra space in there! For example, there’s a pocket that they advertise to put your water bottle in – the bottle I use on a daily basis is a 700ml Lifefactory glass bottle* and there’s no way that’s fitting in there! I have reduced down my toiletries bag to this tiny hanging bag* and these travel bottles* which all work nicely, but isn’t as easy as just shoving a normal shampoo bottle in your bag.
Oh, and if you’re wondering about headphones – Alex bought me a pair of AirPods for Christmas, which I wasn’t very excited about at first, but I totally appreciate how small they are with this bag! I also picked up a Nanette Lepore tassel keychain (similar from Belkin on Amazon here) from TK Maxx before Christmas – it’s hiding a lightning cable inside it for last minute charges which is super useful.

Secondly – the material. I am happy with how this has held up over six months abuse, but one of the handles and the strap has started to show a little wear, which is expected I guess! I would have preferred to have a leather bag, but I wonder if that would hold the sweat smell more?

With the bag I chose, there is a top section where I can keep my purse and all the other rubbish I feel like I need to carry around on a daily basis – it’s obviously smaller than having a separate bag, but it does mean that I don’t feel like I need as much stuff with me as I used to. The top section isn’t exactly small though – when I used the bag to take stuff to the Forge to take these photos, I was able to fit in both my SLR and my compact camera in, as well as my purse, spare battery, etc. I’d totally buy this bag again, and I like the Charli backpack as well as the Sophia tote but I need more space in the bag!