Sorry that I was a little light on posting this week, and definitely got the Costco UK coupons up a few days late. My mom has been visiting for the last couple of weeks and it’s hard to be a good hostess and blogger at the same time. But I’ll be back to my regular schedule, and guest free, next week.
As I mentioned, the new Costco UK coupon book is out. The current book runs through October 9. The current Costco US coupon book also lasts through October 9th, as well. So, you’ve got a couple more weeks in the US or UK to take advantage of any of the coupons that you like right now.
Betty Jackson Women’s Striped Cowlneck Top – This was so cute and looked comfortable, but more stylish than my regular v-neck t-shirt collection that I decided to pick one up. Plus, for under £7.00 it seemed like a good deal. The fabric is a combination of viscose and polyester, which makes for a very soft fabric with a bit of stretch so that it doesn’t pull unattractively too. The cowl neck is nice because it is pretty much like a v-neck, which is flattering for most body shapes, but the draping softens it and makes it look even better, I think. The sides have a bit of ruching detailing which is great for hiding any less than perfect figure bumps or lumps. It’s also good for making you look like you have more of a waist, if that’s your issue. The one weird thing is that the front comes down longer than the back. I’m guessing this is so that it looks nice and smooth from the back, but gives you a little more material to take advantage of the gathering in the front for a more flattering look. The sleeves are a long 3/4 length, which I don’t usually like but somehow this works for me, possibly because the sleeves are fitted. I really like the shirt because it looks cute on and is quite comfortable. It looks good with jeans, but could work equally as well with a pair of dressier trousers, and it would look nice with a blazer too I think. My one thought is that I might like it more it if weren’t striped. But the stripes are two tones of the same color, so it’s nothing crazy for sure, and gives me something more interesting than a solid shirt. £6.97 (US: $10.75). Item #: 0109679.
Kirkland Signature Women’s Camisoles – Camisoles are great for wearing under a shirt that might have a bit of transparency or when you want something under a blouse but don’t want a t-shirt with sleeves adding bulk. I also find them comfortable to wear around the house when it is hot. They’re also great to wear while sleeping. Normally, I find that the camisoles aren’t made long enough and pull out if you have them tucked in to your waist band, or ride up when sleeping or just wearing it in general. However, these KS camisoles are really long so you’ll never have to worry about it. For me, they pull down past my hips to about the top of my thighs. It is the perfect length. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the adjustable straps. I find them to be very, very long. The majority of the straps are made of a thin, elasticy ribbon and then the adjustable part is just in the back. I would like it if I could shorten the straps by about two more inches, maybe even three. I’ve accounted for this my making them into a racer back configuration with a ribbon. Not the ideal situation but it works. For me, without the straps being shorter, the built-in bra is fairly useless. The modal elastane fabric is great though. It’s very soft with a good amount of stretch that makes it comfortable and easy to wear. The other really great design idea is that there’s no tag to poke you or stick up when you’ve got it on. I don’t know why more companies that make t-shirts and stuff like that, don’t go to the tag-less design since it is so much nicer to wear something that isn’t scratching you in the back of the neck. These would be my ideal camisole if the adjustable strap area was able to make the straps shorter. But with a little uncomplicated sewing I can get that handled. And these are so much better than any other camisole that I own, I can put up with doing 10 minutes of seamstress work. 2 pack for £9.99 (US: $15.41). Item #: 0518481K.
Colgate Plax Mouthwash – I picked this up because my new dentist here suggested it since I can’t really floss very well because of arthritis problems with my hands (RA can really suck sometimes), so this is supposed to be part of my dental care routine to keep my teeth squeaky clean. However, she said I should only use the alcohol-free mouthwashes because the alcohol containing washes can lead to a higher risk of mouth cancer. So, to tide me over I picked up a bottle of the alcohol-free Plax until I could get to Costco, and it is about £2.30 per bottle when not purchased through Costco. The alcohol-free Plax is great! I would highly recommend it for anyone that likes to use a mouthwash. It doesn’t burn or sting when you’ve got it in your mouth so you can actually stand to use it for the whole suggested 30 seconds. It also seems to do a really good job of keeping my teeth and breath clean and fresh all day long. Colgate says that it works for 12 hours and I really think it seems to last that long. That amount of time also means that if you use it before bed, you are good all night long, and will wake up with your teeth and breath not feeling so yucky in the morning. Unfortunately, all of that great stuff isn’t what I bought at Costco. What Costco has is the version of Plax with alcohol in it. Amazingly the bottles look almost exactly alike, with just a little missing type that mentions it is alcohol-free. I had honestly thought that this was just one of the times when Costco had slightly different packaging than that at a regular store; obviously I was wrong. So, when I picked it up I thought I was getting the right stuff. I’ve decided that instead of just using the three bottles, I’ll just take it back to Costco on my next trip. And next time, I’ll look at the labels much more carefully when buying stuff like this! 3, 500 ml bottles for £4.19 (US: $6.46). Item #: 0103194.
Chiostro di Saronno Panettone – Somehow it seems wrong to talk about this right in the same post where I’m talking about keeping my teeth clean, huh? But I love panettone! It’s like bread and fruit cake all in one and that totally appeals to me. It’s got a light texture like a nice loaf of bread, but has the addition of chunks of dried fruits with some sweetness as well. Yum! Traditionally panettone is from Milan and served around Christmas and New Year’s time. The loaves of bread are traditional round in shape but have a tall domed shape, like around 15 cm tall for a loaf the size that I bought. But it’s totally a favorite of mine and I love this time of year because Costco also has them for sale now. Usually I have to eat it by myself because Dave is completely not a fan, luckily though, my mom was visiting and had a few slices with me. It makes a great little breakfast (tasting, not nutrition wise) with a cup of hot tea or coffee, or a big glass of milk. I’ve got to admit that I love the cute red tin that it came in too. I don’t know what I’ll do with the tin once the panettone is all eaten, but it’s so cute I’ll definitely find a use for it. This is certainly one of the better examples of panettone that I’ve tried over the years. It has a really light texture and a wonderful taste that is just the perfect amount of sweetness, plus the fruit is still tender and tasty. I believe that this same company makes the little hard Amaretti cookies that you can also buy at Costco this time of year. I’m not a huge fan of the cookies, though we used to have them around all the time whenI was growing up, so I’ll probably skip buying those. However, I might have to get another panettone to hold me until next year. 1000 grams for £5.69 (US: $8.78). Item #: 0059336.