Thoughts in the life of…

I haven’t done one of these for a few weeks and I actually miss it! So prepare yourself for a little randomness from the depths of my mind…

  • I love my shiny new car. But it was a weird day to leave my old one at the dealer after 7 years!
  • I am obsessed with this song. I have the play count on my iTunes to prove it.
  • My sort of new ‘procrastination central’ site is Buzzfeed. Funny, occasionally insightful and often has pictures of very attractive men, it could be a boyfriend.

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Goodbye Google Reader! Hello…Options!?

Well as the 1st of July creeps closer, there is not a lot of time left for Google Reader. I’m personally really sad it’s leaving, but alas, I have found other options I’m learning to love. Below I’m going to list a few of the options I have found, and how you may want to follow Beauty Behind the Imperfections P.G.R. (Post Google Reader).

Bloglovin

This is probably the most popular in the blogging circles. The feed is really clean and flows nicely. Searching for a blog you want to follow is as easy as searching their blog’s name or URL in the search bar. You can also sort your blogs into categories. Alternately, you can import your Google Reader feed, and for a awesomely detailed how-to of backing up your feed to use on other reader formats see Tine’s post at

My Bloglovin feed
My Bloglovin feed[/caption]

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Review: Fudge Violet Shampoo

Going from brunette to blonde is certainly no easy task. My hair has copped a beating over the last few months, and my hair turns orange much like a bad fake tan, so keeping that at bay is a huge priority for me.

As a little bit of a reference I this is what my hair was like before.

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And this is what I have now.

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Running Rundown: A New Beginning & My Essentials

In an effort to use a bit of my university education on this blog, I’m going to start this series of posts about running. They could be about anything, but it is also a way for me to document my progress, and make me a little more accountable if I fall off the bandwagon. So I’m going to start with why I started running and a few of my basic necessities!

My Background in Running

Now, I have never, ever been a runner. As a teen, I played netball upwards of 5 days a week. So I was never a terribly unfit person. However, I often played positions (like GS and GK) that didn’t require long distance running, rather many short sprints. Long distance running was never something I did often. And when I did, it didn’t enjoy it. Then came university. Studying Exercise Science, a high level of activity was expected. I completed 5km runs, and even a mini triathlon, but still, running was not enjoyable. Outside of uni, I took up pole dancing, which was incredible for both my weight and my strength, but not something that built up my aerobic fitness. When I tried to run, lower leg pain was often what made me stop long before I was puffed out. Shin splints so bad, that I couldn’t flex my ankle without pain was something that discouraged me. But I can tell you now, two weeks into my new program, I am loving running. I’m still having bouts of low motivation, but once I drag myself out there, I’m so happy I did. So now that you know a little more about my background of running, I’m going to share with you my biggest essentials for enjoying running. Some of these may not work for you, but I stress, working out what is good and what is bad about your exercise routine is key to keeping it up.

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