Friday, 20 May 2011

This week i love...

Spring Cleaning

Tonight, after being abandoned by The Husband (he went to watch the football), I tackled the over-flowing-stuffed-to-the-gunnels-with-shoes-bags-clothes-scarves walk in closet which is situated in our bedroom, but which for the last couple of weeks, I've struggled to actually walk into.

A lot of the stuff in my closet is stuff left over from last summer & recently I've been getting the sinking feeling whenever I open the door, you know - lots of clothes, but nothing to wear?

I am notorious for being an anti-hoarder, so when it comes to clearing out, it's all or nothing. Tonight, it seemed fate had me headed for all! I dragged everything (EVERYTHING!) out my closet and only put back in items that fitted me properly and, more importantly, made me feel good. The result? 2 massive carrier bags headed for the loft and my closet?

Reduced to 3 pairs of jeans, 2 black cardigans and a hoodie (and a selection of scarves!). Not entirely sure what I'm going to wear to dinner tomorrow night...!

To give you an idea of what I removed, these are some of the empty hangers...

So, in line with my exercise kick-start a couple of weeks ago, items will only be allowed into my closet from now on that fit properly & make me feel good. I'm sick of 'settling' for clothes that I buy just because they don't look horrendous. I want clothes that sparkle, not just 'that'll do'. I'm looking forward to investing in a few pieces over the next few months that I will take pride in!

Being Realistic

And so, thinking back to my post a couple of weeks ago, I've sat & had a good hard think about my exercise routine. It usually goes something like this...

Monday: good, hard 30 minute run
Tuesday: rest day, spend time with M
Wednesday: M at football, I feel bad I haven't blogged or filmed, so skip a run
Thursday: usually dinner with M, think 'I'll make sure I do heaps at the weekend'
Friday: takeaway... 'think sod it this week, I'll start again on Monday...'

Facing facts, I think at the moment, I just find running too hard & intimidating. I love walking however & can go for hours, so until I'm a bit fitter, I'm going to put running on the backburner, concentrate on toning up & just getting some exercise - better than none huh?! To this end, I have FINALLY bought some Reebok EasyTone trainers (Walk Tone ones).

Got a bit of a bargain as they were supposed to be £75, but we only paid £49, which I was pleased with! I have swithered for ages about getting a pair - do they actually work? don't they? is it a load of money-making codswallop? But what I've decided is, i don't particularly care if they do anything different to my other trainers, if they get my bum outside & striding along the road, that's all that matters!! Plus, these bad boys are unbelievably comfy & bouncy!

Today, M and I took my pretty new shoes for a good old stroll around our village. I think we did about 3 miles and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

I will normally be going by myself, so if anyone can recommend some good audio books, that would be great!!

Hope you don't mind these occasional non-makeup related posts!

A x


  1. Am completely with you on the anti-clutter front. Can. Not. Wait. to be able to sort this place out soon! Alos I LOVE that cow picture - he looks very grumpy!

  2. Loved this post, I want those trainers sooo badly!!!!
    Love those sheep goat cow pictures (ha-ha)

  3. @Jen it does make you feel better huh? love spring cleaning!

    @stina they had 3 of the 4 styles for walking down from £75 to £50. Some of the running ones were down too, but they were a bit heavy. so comfy!

  4. I love Highland Cattle :) - well done on the de-clutter I really need to get my butt into gear and do the same

  5. can you please come to my house and get rid of all my 'it fits so it will do clothes' too? pretty please haha! Love that you kept the mcqueen and westwood scarfs :) xxx

  6. You've totally inspired me Amanda! This week I am doing a MASSIVE clean out. So much shit has GOT to go. Yes!

    I'd recomment the Harry Potter audio books voiced by Stephen Fry... Posh and awesome!


  7. @louise we have a field full of them just down the road. love their big shaggy faces!

    @adrienne i'd love to!

    @kirsty glad to be an inspiration! chuck it ALLLLLLLLLL!


  8. I'm impressed by your cleaned wardrobe. But wow, what are you going to wear? I find it scary! lol

  9. Wow, you're a lethal spring cleaner!! I'm impressed and jealous! I had a *big* cleanout but ended up keeping all the clothes that "I'll fit into again some day" and then a load of the "just in case" clothes - soooo not a cleanup but a tidy up really!

  10. I agree with Kirsty about Harry Potter read by Stephen Fry :) makes a long walk go a lot quicker.
    I have to say, though I'm a fan of the clear out, I hung onto a lot of my clothes from before I put on weight, which I now fit back into and because I haven't worn them for about 4 years, I've rekindled my love for them. So I don't have the urge to go out and spend money I don't have on new clothes that fit xxx

  11. I really want some of those trainers for walking to work! Must make up a point of saving up for a pair.

    I'm on an enforced wardrobe clear out since I've lost weight so most of my clothes don't fit me any more. It's hard though, and I have no idea what to wear most of the time.

    p.s. I am quite jealous of your extensive scarf collection!

  12. I want those trainers,too. The color is great!