The Temptation of Nike

This is going to sound weird, but I go to my local Nike store 3 times a week…..
I go there to work out as they provide Nike Training Club classes as well as a yoga class. They have some really decent clothes, not only for exercise but also for casual wear.
I’m usually a good girl – I look but don’t touch unless I really, really, really need/want something. But when Nike have their sales*, they put out a couple of gems and resistance becomes futile:

Women's Nike Free TR Fit 2 - Nike (duh!)
Original Price - £80
Sale Price - £40

I succumbed to temptation on Monday without so much as a second thought. The trainers were originally £80 but were on sale for £40. I had been looking for a spare pair of work out trainers and these just happened to be at a right price in the right colour. So badly I wanted that when I was told that they had only a size 6.5 (US 9) I still tried them on – and they actually fitted well (despite being half a size smaller)!
These trainers were meant to be mine.

Gold Digging T-Shirt - Nike
Original Price - £16
Sale Price - £8

I love t-shirts in general; I felt that the above t-shirt would be welcome amongst my growing collection. This was also 50% off, so the purchase was all the more sweeter!
There are still quite few tempting pieces to buy from Nike, especially with payday round the corner……
*Sale prices may/can vary from shop to shop

Throwback Thursday - Dominican Republic, Sept 2011

Yep, it had to be done. At least once….. it's a Throwback Thursday post!
This time last year I believe that the UK was in the midst of a mini heatwave. But I didn’t care…..cos I was in the Dominican Republic on holiday *sigh*.

Ahhhh, the sweet life!
Lounging on the BlueBay private beach, Playa Dorada.....
Wish I was there again!
To say it was amazing is an understatement. Here are a few of the 400 odd pics I took on my holiday:

Playa Dorada - Puerto Plata, Dom Rep

Great hotel; the staff were really, really friendly ;¬)
hill view of Puerto Plata, Dom Rep

Getting my dance on in one of the local bars!

a couple getting their salsa on

I swear the pics do not even do the country justice – you have to go there!
It was my first proper holiday for 5 years........joys of the recession eh?! I can actually say that this holiday was planned from November 2010….determination, saving and holiday hunting meant that me and friends paid a bargain price for a 2 week 4* All Inclusive stay!
Since last September, I have been holding on to the memories especially since it is unlikely that I will be hitting exotic climes this year. And I could use a sunny, exotic break from the norm - we all do! However, my friends and I loved the place so much, we’re hoping to visit the Dom Rep again x

The Last Days of Summer

With the Paralympics coming to an end and the days starting to get shorter, Summer has signified its end. London, over the last couple of days has seen glorious weather; I actually managed to tan a bit during my Saturday morning workout!

Yep, black people and other ethnic minorities are capable of tanning!

I used the opportunity to wear this dress which I bought in May:

Dress - New Look
Sandals - ASOS (bought last year)

It's really light and floaty; perfect for a late Summer garden party, BBQ, or family visit (which was what I was doing). I felt proper girly wearing this times have changed lol!
I’ve already started shopping for Autumn/Winter – bought some jumpers from H&M. but I’m hoping that the warm weather will make a few more appearances in September before the colder weather sets in……..

Just the Blazer

I’ve been on a bit of a spending spree, but all in the name of work. It was time to update my working wardrobe.
With the unpredictable weather in the UK, I’m currently searching for a mac or lightweight coat to wear before wearing my heavy duty coat in the winter. Meanwhile I bought this collarless blazer from H&M:
Collarless Blazer - H&M
Top - H&M; Jeans - New Look; Shoes - Topshop

Candid Shot!
Looking to if there was a creepy crawlie on the wall!


I actually rarely blazers and suit jackets – I find them way too formal and too stuffy. For the longest time shoulder pads were my enemy! However my style has somewhat evolved from my teen years, and a blazer is ideal protective outerwear during the cooler Spring/Autumn days.
Here are the other colours available currently for sale on the H&M website (pics were taken from here):


Thai and Thai Again

For the last 2 Fridays, I’ve been meeting up with friends for dinner. Nothing like being in good company to end the working week…..
I actually ended up eating Thai Food twice!
Blue Lagoon, Kensington London
The first restaurant was Blue Lagoon in Kensington:
I shared a starter platter with my friends and I had the Chicken Pad Thai:

After the generous starter, I slightly struggled with my Pad Thai!
My friend’s boyfriend had booked the restaurant and we got a great deal – 50% off food. I felt that we got our money's worth.
The Owner was slightly eccentric, but really friendly. The waiters/waitresses were really nice as well; I was pleased by their service. The restaurant was busy, but intimate; I liked that it didn't have a corporate feel to it and it seemed to be really popular with the locals.
@ Siam, Soho London
Yesterday I went to @ Siam, which is located in Soho, London.
I booked this restaurant via, and my booking meant that me and my friends would get 25% off the food bill. Unfortunately we didn’t get this deal because the entire party wasn’t present to order at the same time; but this wasn’t really an issue for me.
Once again I went for Pad Thai (love Pad Thai; it's my signature Thai dish); this time prawn. I also had a minced chicken and prawn dim sum type starter:
Stingy with their portions!

Some of the other food my friends had which included
fish cakes and fried pork strips
(can'r remember the Thai names for the dishes!)

The food itself was nothing to write home about; I can say with confidence that I have had better.  The prices on the face of it were reasonable but upon receiving the food, I saw that the portions were quite small diminishing the value we were supposed to be getting, not regarding the initial 25% discount. The meal did not really satisfy my stomach. My biggest annoyance was that the waiters started clearing our table WHILE some of us were still eating. I found it really disrespectful, almost like they were rushing out of the restaurant. I will say that the resturaurant was initmate and the interior was nice, but doubt I will be returning to eat there again.
Even though I’ve eaten Thai food twice in as many weeks, I actually could eat it again! But I’m gonna try to switch it up – maybe Persian food next time?
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