Its only me, having had a great week chilling during Half Term. Its normal for my family to take a little break at this time of the year but this time it was decided to stay put and have some away days. I spent Monday morning having my Ballayage re-done so my hair is back to being bright. This ballayage is a compromise with mum as I’m not allowed full highlights and also having this, means I only need to get it done 3 times a year.
Monday afternoon I knuckled down to earn some brownie points doing some study and had my maths tutor visit – anyone else struggle with maths? Its my worst subject, it doesn’t come easy but I must say she is really helping me and so I am thankful for her. So brownie points in the bag earned me an amazing day Tuesday and a personal shopping experience at Topshop.
Having a shopping experience is a complementary shopping service that is available at selected Topshop stores – the closest to me were Oxford Circus or Knightsbridge and I went to the latter. You do need to book quite far in advance which can be done online and with enough notice you can choose your own stylist too. There are several different experiences to choose from ranging 30 minutes – 2 hours. You can shop for a big event, a wardrobe overhaul or get prepped for new season trends. I was shopping for some sparkle for christmas and had a super friendly stylist, Jordan, who instantly understood what I was looking for and put me at ease. I thought it might be a little bit intimidating but it absolutely wasn’t and so much fun, I would totally recommend it. So settled in our very plush changing room with drinks, the experience began….
I saw this outfit on a mannequin in Topshop and loved it, sadly for me the skirt was simply too short and I don’t think I’d get passed my dad in this. The top however was a keeper and I know I’ll get lots of wear from it as we approach the festive season. So whilst not cheap at £32, cost per wear will make it a good buy.
Here I have paired the top with a leather look mini skirt. I know this skirt will get worn a lot. Dressed up like this with some heeled sock boots for Christmas as well as dressing it down with tee’s, big jumpers, tights and boots for an every day look as I have here…
What is so good about this service is that the Stylist will prepare rails of clothes for you upon arrival (oh yes, they email you to ask your size and what you are shopping for so its all prepped in advance) I arrived to 3 rails of items, some of which I wouldn’t normally select, some of which just wasn’t me at all and some I thought well I’ll give them a go. With time and the space of the room there is no rush and its all so leisurely not like the manic queuing and tight squeeze of your normal changing room. Jordan was on hand all the time to ask if I wanted to add, change up or go fetch other items. She was really good giving advice too.
Never would I have picked up this silver dress but with a tee underneath, it works and again like the skirt, can be dressed up or down.
The silver foil dress also comes in gold and this black velvet mini dress is equally gorgeous and this is the one I chose as I think I’ll get more wear from it. Hoping Santa brings me the silver one though!!
The CARDIGAN/LOOP JACKET!! My ultimate favourite item that was on my rail and that is going to dress up any outfit from Jeans to dresses, to skirts. Again, bit on the pricey side at £55 but I’ve worn this 3 times this week so already cost per wear is £18 and I just know its going to get a lot more use during the cooler weather and with parties coming up. I loved this shiny body that I paired with black jeans that I already have at home but I just don’t get on with these do-ey uppy things in that region so I shall look for something similar in a vest style.
I loved this pinafore but by now I was fast running out of allowance and I desperately wanted these boots which were reduced by £20 to £69 but I think I’ve seen something similar and less ££s at H&M.
As well as these black leather/suede style, these boots come in a fab leopard print too and are also reduced by £20. They may look quite clumpy but are the comfiest and softest boot to wear.
So my TopShop experience done, it was time to leave with my purchases – I bought the star top, the leather buckle skirt, black velvet dress, the boots and mum bought me loop jacket! Then on our way out, I saw this dress – not usually one for any kind of animal print or a floaty dress, but I just loved it. After literally begging mum, she went halves with me on it with an IOU for the other half (I now need babysitting jobs like yesterday!!) I think I can safely say though, that my Christmas outfits are complete.
So after this, my stomach was thinking I’d forgotten it so we went for some pasta and then a visit to Liberty – WOW! Why have I never been here before? Everything was totally out of my price range and especially so now, but visiting the Christmas floor is a must and I found such quirky stuff in the homewares, some of which has also go on my Christmas list – but not the chair though, just thought it was a bit of fun. I think this would be ace in a Doctors Surgery??????!!!!!!!
So, had an awesome day and am looking forward to returning to the streets of London Town once all the Christmas lights are on. Did everyone remember to turn their clocks back last night? British Summertime is now officially over and is it scary that there are just 58 days left till Christmas?
And on that note I’ll bid you a happy Sunday, what’s left of it and see you back here soon where I’ll blog about my visit to Bicester Village.