Well, it was my birthday last Thursday and given the choice of doing ANYTHING and going ANYWHERE by the Husband, I decided a shopping trip to York’s Designer Outlet was in order. It’s relatively easy to get to from Newcastle, just an hour’s train ride from Central Station to York, then a 15 minute bus journey from York station across to the outlets. Well, it’s usually easy – there just happened to be ‘overhead line problems’ on Thursday morning delaying all trains out of Newcastle, which meant we ended up with an hour less than planned to shop so I had to employ my best speed-shopping techniques to make sure I got round everywhere I wanted to.
Once we finally arrived at the outlet, the first place I made a beeline for was the Cosmetics Company Store which sells Estee Lauder, MAC, Smashbox, Clinique, Bobbi Brown etc all at reduced prices. I was hoping to stock up on my Doublewear foundation since this shop sells it for almost a third less than on the high street, but unfortunately there was a small, sad –looking empty space on the shelf where it should have been. I did manage to pick up an EL Doublewear concealer for £15.75 (RRP £21.50) and a small tube of Smashbox BB Cream (£9.50, RRP £13.50) which I’d wanted to try for quite a while. Also, I decided last week that I’m impose a new-lipstick ban on myself due to the fact that I have PILES of lippies, quite a few of which I’ve never worn, however, as soon as I spotted MAC’s Sheen Supreme lipstick in Blossom Culture (£10.75, RRP £16.50) I decided I HAD to have it. Yes, I know, I’m pathetically weak, but it’s so Purdy!
Now, I’ve mentioned before how much I love Joules stuff; they have some lovely prints, the stuff’s great quality and anything I wear from there makes me want to stroll through the countryside, so I swerved into their outlet store and picked up this dress which was on sale for £19.99, down from £79. Not sure when I’ll wear it, (I don’t do much actual countryside-strolling, not in dresses, anyway – maybe I should?!) but I love the beaded neckline and at that price I couldn’t refuse.
By then I was in the mood for bargains, so I popped into LK Bennett to check out their sale rail and I’m so glad I did because I spotted this beautiful coral lace top with attached camisole for £15. I couldn’t see the original price but I’m thinking around £100 or more. Very pleased with this bargain – and purchases from LK Bennett always come beautifully wrapped in tissue and ribbon which makes me want to keep my purchase in it’s gift bag forever just so I can gaze at it.
I was really looking forward to visiting the Coast store as they often have bargains, and this time I hit the jackpot – all sale dresses were £19, tops £9, shoes £15....needless to say I spent a good hour in there trying on various dresses and finally deciding on three very different styles that I thought I’d get the most wear out of (see? I can be sensible): a beautiful cobalt blue pleated dress which I love the shape of as the full skirt is so girly. I wouldn’t normally choose a dress like this, even though I love the look, but this is really flattering, I think. I can see this being my Christmas party dress this year.
Well, either that or the charcoal long sleeved, silk hand-embellished shift dress I also got which is quite Wintery , but I love anything with beading so I think I’ll get plenty of wear from this later on in the year.
The third dress I chose is a bright green shift with a pearl-beaded neckline, for no reason other than I absolutely love the colour, and I think it has a hint of ‘60s glamour about it.
I also grabbed two tops because – well, because they were NINE POUNDS. I would have got more as I’m always on the lookout for pretty tops to wear with jeans but there wasn’t much left in my size. The two I got were this sheer navy shell top with bow detail and a lipstick red ruffle sleeveless blouse which is so vibrant I absolutely love it.
Obviously I got my best bargains of the day in Coast; when I took my goodies to the till I saw that the original total for my items was £525 - I paid 75 quid! I was only gutted there were no shoes in a size 5 that caught my eye.
After we’d shopped our socks off at the outlet, we had time for a quick look around York city centre and I managed to pop into Betty’s for a box of macaroons before heading back to the station to catch our train. I was feeling super-pleased with my bargains and looking forward to getting home and trying them all on again whilst the Husband was looking forward to lying down in a darkened room.
What do you think of my purchases? Picked up any good bargains this week?