So apart from my weekend in London – the other highlight of my trip that I had been looking forward to for some time, took place yesterday. My sister took the day off work and left her 2 boys at daycare so we head to the Trafford Centre for a girls day out with Mum. We try to do it every time I’m back but often there are children involved – who it has to be said – can somewhat hamper the shopping experience!
We arrived as the stores were opening and had a blast. I relished every moment of it. There is something really special about spending time with your family that you take for granted when they are around all the time. Mine are not – so it was lovely watching Mum and Louise have fun and get the same thrill out of shopping as I do.
We started at M&S where Louise and I both got a couple of scarves – Mum had some 20% off vouchers so it was hard to say no:) Plus Mum got a couple of bags that she paid all of 10GBP for what with her 20% off and various vouchers she had collected!
My scarf – the Indigo Flamingo print (I also got a fabulous bicycle print scarf which isn’t on the website):
Louise’s scarf is a gorgeous silk Autograph scarf:
Looking at these simple images of scarves it is evident how different Louise and I are in our style. She gravitates towards greys, taupes and neutrals – she has very elegant, sophisticated tastes and prefers simplicity to loud eccentric prints. See the difference?:) I think it speaks volumes about our personalities!
I then had lots of fun in Ted Baker. Their store is amazing. Full of great colors and the decor is very grand and decadent. I had been wanting to try the Jupi dress since I fell in love with it in Bloomingdale’s. It’s a lot cheaper here with the exchange rate and sales tax so I knew I had to try it. Ted Baker do the 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 sizing which drives me nuts as I am always at the 3/4 end. The store only had a 4 so I tried it and even though it was fine – with my top heavy frame it felt too billowy around the hips. I put it back knowing Selfridges have a concession that I could check later. I did, however, know that there was also a t-shirt in the same print – far more practical and versatile. So I tried the 3 in the top and decided to get this instead of the dress. End of. Totally love it. The changing rooms are a lot prettier than my photos suggest!
One thing I didn’t get about Ted Baker is that they will only exchange items – not refund them – I think that is pretty rubbish these days.
So on to Zara – Mum got a fabulous quilted jacket (can’t see it on the website) and Louise picked up this gorgeous white coat. Both Mum and Louise are really petite so look amazing in everything they put on!
We then headed off for lunch – there’s a huge selection at the Trafford Center. I knew I wanted a long decadent lunch i.e. one with wine – so we chose Pizza Express. Now I remember when they were new and lovely. This one was fine – but PLEASE it is 2013 – can’t we figure out using laminated menus instead of grubby, greasy card? As a customer experience ‘expert’ I realize I may be overly judgmental, but this is the first thing your customer sees in a restaurant. Sort it out Pizza Express! It just makes the whole restaurant feel less than clean. Regardless, lunch was fabulous. I love my Mum and sister:)
So finally I had to look in Selfridges. I love this store. The whole shopping experience is immediately elevated. Now yes I had already bought the t-shirt but just for curiosity’s sake I went to the Ted Baker concession to see if they had a 3 in the dress. They did. After a couple of glasses of wine it was a no brainer:)
Here’s what I wore for the day.
Jacket – River Island // T-shirt dress – AllSaints Venice t-shirt dress // Trousers – Dorothy Perkins coated jeggings // Boots – Rag&Bone Newbury
See you all when I’m back in Atlanta!! England it has been a BLAST!