June & a few other months of 2023 New In...

Well I think it is safe to say it has been a while since we have done one of these posts, the products have kept on building up so this is going to be a long one as we look at the items I have picked up recently. There have been a nice mix of purchases, some clothing that I have wanted for a long time, some footwear I just couldn't resist and of course those purchases I really didn't need but ended up making anyway. The whole saving money and not purchasing too many items hasn't really gone to plan lately so here is everything I picked up...

We went away in June and honestly I spent a small fortune trying to win a baby Yoda soft toy however, it just wasn't happening so Liam went to one of the shops near where we were staying and just bought me the soft toy to save me some money which I am super grateful for as it means the soft toy I have been trying to win for what seems like forever (I have tried on multiple holidays) is finally home with me.

Whilst away I got me and my nephew one of these Pokemon card tins each as I have wanted to get back into collecting the cards for a while and it is a nice little treat for him too. These tins seemed like the best option at the time with them being £10 each but now I am starting to realise just how expensive this hobby could end up being if we both really end up getting into it.

It had been a while since I had bought any new games and honestly I didn't really need these as I have loads already waiting to be played. I got these from Argos though on the 2 for £20 offer and I am really looking forward to playing them, Assassin's Creed III is one of my all time favourites and I have wanted to try Immortals Fenyx Rising for the longest time. I ended up getting them on the Switch though so that I can play them on the long car journey for my August holiday.

I am on the Asda rewards app and I had £15 that I needed to use up so it gave me the perfect excuse to treat myself to some new books at long last. I am determined to try get back into reading before bed on a night just to help me switch off a bit more than I have been doing recently. I ended up getting 2 books for £8 one which I had seen all over social media and the other is by James Patterson, one of my favourite authors but then I ended up in the young adult section and got 2 Holly Jackson books for £7, now I just need to pick which to start first.

I think it was more or less the second Leah Williamson announced she was releasing a book that I ended up going on Waterstones and pre-ordering it. Of course I ended up with the signed version thanks to it being one of my favourite Lionesses. I know this is definitely aimed at a younger audience like that Marcus Rashford book we won't talk about but I couldn't miss out on this one.

The women's world cup is almost here which means anything that mentions the tournament is being bought. I found this book for £2.99 in Home Bargains and couldn't resist adding it to the memorabilia collection, it is so nice being able to buy things specific to the women's game now and I think these activities will be fun to do with the nephew.

This might be a random purchase to some people however, this box is actually to help spur me on with my weight loss journey a little bit more. This is now my weight loss rewards box, so I can purchase items I really, really want and add them to this box so when I reach milestones I can take an item out and I will know I have earned it. I can't wait to start filling this up with treats ready for when I smash those milestones.

We decided recently we wanted to change a few bits around in the bathroom, just make it look a bit nicer so we headed to B&M where they have some really nice bits in at the moment. We got this little tray for on the windowsill to put face clothes and other bits on just to make it a bit tidier. This is actually quite heavy and good quality so we are looking forward to adding bits to it.

When we found the tray we also came across these glass bottles which are going to be used for shampoo and conditioner once those items have been restocked. the colour on these are gorgeous and we are already thinking of going back to get a few more for soap in the bathroom and kitchen as it is just a nice alternative to those boring looking plastic bottles.

Finally for the bathroom we got a few of these storage containers just to put smaller bits and maybe some bottles in just to tidy up the bathroom shelves which are currently an absolute mess. These should help us be more responsible when it comes to buying items as we will be able to see what we already have and definitely don't need.

I really wanted to take some jewellery away with me but I realised I didn't have a good way of transporting it without pieces going missing so I ended up getting this little travel jewellery box which is just the right size for me and the jewellery I actually wanted to take away with me. This is definitely going on every holiday now and I have no excuse for not wearing my jewellery.

My favourite perfume had run out and I really wanted to try a new scent but wasn't 100%  which one I wanted. In the end Liam ended up treating me to this gorgeous Prada one and since using this the compliments have been absolutely rolling in. This is definitely different to what I would normally use but I am loving it and it has made me want to try more feminine fragrances in the future too.

As a bit of a gamer geek there was no way I was missing out on the Mario x Lush collection but I managed to reign it in a bit and just bought the pieces that appealed to me the most, I got the question box bath bomb with the surprise inside, I also got the golden coin soap which smells gorgeous and I had to treat myself to my first Lush shower gel as the Mario one smells beautiful and I know I am going to use it. To be honest I had avoided Lush for a while due to the prices but I couldn't resist these items.

The monthly restock was well and truly needed for the bath salts, with all the extra steps and few workouts I have been doing these salts have become a lifesaver. I buy these in the kg bags which usually last me a month but honestly if I am having a bath these are the first things I add. These definitely help me with my recovery and are something I always like to keep to hand.

I keep getting laughed at by family members about my eyebrows, they are a bit wild 90% of the time and I have decided it is time to do something about it. My sister swears by these Studio London ones so lets hope they do the trick and I can finally tame my eyebrows once and for all.

I wanted to get a new moisturizer to take on holiday with me so naturally I opted for a travel size bottle, after a bit of searching I found these small simple bottles and as I know that simple works well with my skin I picked up a few bottles and to my surprise they scanned through at 3p each. They are definitely going to be the perfect addition to my wash bag and one might even end up in my football bag.

One part of me I really dislike is under my eyes, I have inherited the dark circles that run through my family and I am actually getting quite sick of them as they just make me look tired all the time. This is one thing that has kick started me to try look after my skin more so when in Home Bargains lately I came across this eye roll on for £2.99, I know at that price it might not be the best but it is a start in trying to sort those under eyes out.

It is almost summer time and I have noticed just how pale my body is currently looking, I am getting close to Casper the ghost status at the moment and I am wanting a bit of a summer glow this year. I have the Dove gradual tan mousse so thought I would get the matching shade of face cream in hopes to giving myself that glow ready for those summer days that are fast approaching. No more pale arms in t-shirts or pale legs in shorts. I am really hoping this works.

To go with the face cream I got a new tanning mitt as I realised that when it comes to doing my body I don't actually have a mitt ready for application. I made the mistake years ago of using my hands to apply the gradual tan and let's just say that was a disaster so I need to start making sure I have a stock pile of mitts so I am never running out.

The past few months have been pretty football shirt heavy and to be honest I aren't mad about that as you all know by now I love a good football shirt. We stopped off at the local outlets on our way back from our holiday and honestly I wasn't planning on going into Puma however, I saw a sale sign and got sucked right in. I found this Italy shirt for £10 and knew straight away I would be buying it but it actually scanned through at £5 making it an even bigger bargain. This has gone straight into the shirt collection.

Liam treated us to a football shirt mystery box too and I have yet another brilliant shirt that I would never even have known about without these boxes. I ended up with this Club Santos one and I have to admit it might just be my favourite on from these boxes to date. 

I only needed the Manchester United third shirt to complete the set for the 22/23 season so when I got a discount code I had to complete the set and of course I had to get my favourite player from the season. Let's just say I am so glad I made the purchase though as it turns out it was in fact the last time I could get Batlle on a United shirt as she has just moved to Barcelona. I wasn't too sure about this one at first but I have to say since owning it the colour has grown on me.

The time has finally come for me to ditch the long sleeve compression tops and instead get myself some short sleeve ones for football training and games. These Sondico ones are absolutely perfect and I ended up getting both a white one and a black one. These are definitely going to last me a while too which is even better as I know I won't be wasting money on this purchase.

This sport tape is an absolute lifesaver and I was starting to run very low on rolls so even though the season is done I made sure to have a restock ready for any pre-season games and just for when the season starts up again. I always have to have a stock of this tape so expect to see it on a fair few new in posts.

This purchase will make a bit more sense as you get to the end of the post but for now let's just say I could have spent an absolute fortune in the Dr Marten's shop but I definitely reigned it in when it came to making my final purchases. In the end though I couldn't resist getting a few pair of the socks as they were reduced down to just £4 a pair instead of £10 or £12. There were a lot of different colours I could have picked but I settled on these for now and thanks to their thickness they should be perfect for when the weather turns.

Oh look more items that I didn't really need but with summer coming up the shorts are going to be worn and these socks are the perfect addition to bring a little bit of fun to the outfits. Did I really need Little Mermaid socks? Of course I didn't but they will come in handy as I am forever running out of ankle socks.

With the summer here I know that no show socks are going to be my go to's, they just make any outfit with cropped trousers or shorts look a bit more put together as some outfits just don't require socks to be worn with them. These Primark ones are my go to's and I ended up picking up a pack in both black and white so I have options for all footwear I own.

We went to see Paramore back in April and let's just say a fortune could have been spent on merchandise they had available. In the end though I got a t-shirt and this baseball cap, you will see over the next few months that I am really getting into wearing hats more often and this is the perfect addition as it has a bit of detail but isn't too in your face like some other hats I have my sights set on.


Now this is a purchase I really didn't need but it is basically a throwback to my childhood so me being me I couldn't resist buying these items. First up I saw this Powerpuff Girls t-shirt in Primark and knew I had to get it but then I walked around the corner and found these shorts to go with it and couldn't resist it. Granted I won't be wearing these outdoors however, they will be perfect for lounging around in. 

I am slowing running out of space to store my printed t-shirts as I am buying far too many lately however, when I saw this one in Primark I couldn't resist, it will go perfectly with a lot of trousers I own and is a nice change for the nicer weather as I only tend to own darker t-shirts these days. I am really trying to experiment this year and for £3.50 this is a bargain piece to try out.

Oh look another t-shirt but this time it is an over-sized one from Sainsbury's of all places. They had 25% off a while back and this t-shirt came to £4.50, it is over-sized, grey and perfect for summer but no doubt it will be worn more often in autumn and winter as I can definitely use this for layering outfits. This is almost the perfect fit for me so when I have dropped a little more weight it really will be the perfect fit.

I ended up getting 3 more over-sized t-shirts too but this time from Primark, again these all fit perfectly and they are a nice mixture of colours. These t-shirts really are the perfect basics for all year round and I think they could become wardrobe staples for me.

There seems to have been a theme of me getting stocked up on basics lately and I have to say I am all here for it as I am not having to rush out and buy what I should already own at the last minute. I have ended up using the past few months to get stocked up on these basic vest tops from Primark, at under £3 each I have so far got them in white & black, perfect for those warm days or simply for layering.

I have wanted to add more shirts to my wardrobe for a while and Primark have had some absolutely brilliant ones available lately that are lighter weight for the nice weather. I fell in love with this linen style shirt as soon as I saw it and when I saw it was under £20 there was no way I was leaving it behind. I can't wait to get styling this shirt as I have so many ideas in mind already.

I have been wanting to add a plain blue shirt to my wardrobe for a long time now but haven't found the perfect one. My mum actually found me this one in Asda of all places and I can safely say I absolutely love it as at the moment it is the perfect fit and is perfect for those days where I am wanting to dress that little bit smarter. I am hoping this lasts me a while as I think the search for a replacement could take a while once more. 

I really took this adding shirts to my wardrobe seriously didn't I? This is another Primark pick up and it was just £7 so I couldn't resist it. I wanted a light blue shirt with a bit of detail to it and this hits all the boxes with the stripes and those big white cuffs. I can see me getting plenty of wear out of this especially for those smarter work days so £7 is a bit of a bargain really.

This is the final shirt I promise, well from the past few months anyway there might be more to come in the future as it seems like I just can't stop buying them. This is another Asda purchase and I love how light this shirt is meaning I should get plenty of wear out of it in the warmer months, it will even be good for layering if needed too when the weather starts to change. This is another bargain at under £10 and again I can't wait to get styling it.

I fell in love with these linen style shorts as soon as I laid eyes on them in Asda, who seem to be doing some amazing clothing at the moment. These are going to be absolutely perfect for my upcoming holiday and again I am looking forward to styling them as they are a lot different my current go to of cargo shorts or denim shorts.

My auntie kindly gave me these brand new denim shorts that she picked up from a local charity shop. These are just what I was looking for this summer and are going to work really well for a lot of outfits I have in mind for the upcoming months. The fact these are brand new and were only £4 is just an added bonus.

Primark have had some really nice pieces in and one item that stood out to me in the men's section were these track & field shorts and for £8 I couldn't resist. Sometimes you just need a really comfy pair of shorts for lounging in or those more casual days where you don't want to make too much effort but still look like you have made some. These are such a versatile pair of shorts and I will 100% be getting my wear out of these.

Just before I went away at the start of June I realised I didn't have any lighter coloured jeans to takeaway with me. A quick trip to Primark though and that issue was soon gone and I have even found my new favourite fit of jeans from there. These fit absolutely perfectly and I think this style could end up being my go to as my sizes change and as the colours need changing due to the season.

I finally got my first pair of Dr Martens and thanks to getting them from the outlet I managed to get them for an absolute steal. There were a lot of pairs I could have opted for but in the end I settled on these 101 Mono's in warm sand which I will probably end up wearing a lot in the summer and definitely next spring. These were reduced from £139 to £55 so were definitely a bargain that I can't wait to style.

I was hoping to find some Dr Marten sandals in the outlets but that never happened so the hunt continued into around mid June when I finally caved and ordered the Dr Marten Blaire sandals. Luckily I had a discount code so got these for a lot cheaper than I expected which makes the purchase even better. These are going to be absolutely perfect for my upcoming holiday in August and I am so ready for the nice weather to be able to wear these more often.

Finally I had to pick up my first pair of Crocs and after a lot of consideration I ended up opting for this nice neutral pair that is hopefully going to go with a lot of outfits I have in mind already. I always said I wasn't going to purchase a pair of Crocs but I have to admit I have absolutely fallen in love with these and I am looking forward to getting plenty of wear out of them.

I am really hoping that July is a much better month with money actually being saved but I guess only time will tell as I am determined to use the month to finish off my holiday shopping but that is all I am trying to get as I really need to stop wasting money like I have been doing. Then once holiday shopping is done I am going to try save as much as I can to go towards a new autumn and winter wardrobe which I might require if my weight loss journey starts to go to plan again. Let's hope this is the last super long new in post for a while.

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