My SO and I do a lot of cooking at home so being able to afford ingredients and having the right equipment at our disposal means the world to me. In Taiwan I didn't have a kitchen, most people I knew didn't. I didn't eat well either, I had a number of bad experiences with food poisoning due to eating out, so I used an induction cooker and toaster to cook mediocre food. I had a tiny fridge freezer at the end of my bed (which would often turn itself off) and I sometimes look back and can't believe the way I was living. Something as simple as an oven or a washing machine with hot water was deemed unnecessary. It's no wonder I was so ill when I left. For just under a year, I struggled. I knew that once I was back, I would never again take anything for granted here in Europe. We have so much, we waste so much and we want so much. Our standard of living, is generally very high.
Now, based on my experiences, I shouldn't really write a haul post. The whole point is to show off what you have, it's consumerist propaganda and it encourages materialism. However contradictory it seems, the reason I'm posting this is because I want this blog to be personal, I want people to get to know me and I feel as though you can tell a lot about someone by the images and text they choose to share online. I regularly ordered my groceries from Tesco when I lived in the UK, something I wasn't able to do whilst living in Taiwan. When I moved to Poland and discovered that they had Tesco stores here, I ordered a club card and started using their online delivery service (e-zakupy). I was surprised by how cost efficient it was. There are eight flights of stairs to get to my floor (the fourth) and there are no elevators in the building. They always bring everything straight to your door, I mean, everything, it's incredible. I've never seen such perfect customer service.
Sometimes, my SO and I would travel to the Tesco nearest to us, which is still a bit of a journey away. We would eat in the canteen (which reminds me of the UK as most supermarkets at least have a café). We'd always check for any interesting sale items in the clothing department whilst there (it was superb at Christmas) but I missed being able to order clothes in the same way I ordered groceries, digitally. Recently, Tesco opened an online F&F store and there are no words to describe how excited I was. I checked whether or not it would be cheaper to order from the new Polish site or from the UK site and although the items arrive with British price tags, I paid significantly less by ordering them over here; you do need a Polish address though.
So, what did I buy? I bought a pair of beautiful black Chelsea boots, a pair of grey and white leopard print trainers, some underwear, black high waisted jeans and a simple long sleeved black top. I'm not confident enough to take a photograph of myself wearing my purchases but I think this is a good start. I have a rule about buying new clothes, if I buy something new, I give something away. I've put a pair of green shoes and a green dress into a bag for charity along with a pair of black and white pinstripe leggings, a pink top and a pair of my SO's trousers (he no longer wanted them). It feels like a positive thing to do and it's been a long time since I was able to treat myself to clothes.