Around this time of year, one of the most popular conversation starters (apart from 'OMG LUTHER IS BACK NEXT WEEK') is definitely, 'So! How's your Christmas shopping going?' This comment is usually met by a small flurry of festive induced panic, perhaps a nervous 'yeah... not bad'- and a sudden realisation that Christmas is only 13 advent chocolates away. And breathe...

But it should be fun right? Picking up a gift for Aunty Sue from Boots should be a pleasure not a chore, surely? Rummaging around for a work party get up should be enjoyable- and finishing off your hard work with a slap up meal is totally obligatory too, correct? So why do we dread it? This year shopping centre extraordinaire Bluewater got in touch- kindly letting me know about their extended Christmas shopping hours (yup, you did indeed hear right in that they're open from 9am 'til 11pm) and asked me to swing by to present to me a sincerely stress free experience- excited? Me? Absolutely.

Having held Bluewater as my 'local' shopping centre for the last ten years (that place has certainly seen some of my more 'experimental' sartorial sides), being able to embrace the festive countdown in such a relaxed, stress free environment was quite the luxury. Who'd have thought coming shopping after work would be a relaxing activity at Christmas? Not me, that's for sure. With queues pretty much being a myth during a week night late session, Joe and I scoured the floor for a couple of festive gifts (and party looks) before making a dinner pit stop for my first ever Wagamama's. Yes, my friends, miracles do come true...

The Christmas Day get up...

So, on that note- I'm sure you're all pretty keen to see what I picked up after some first class indecision! If like me you're one to try and escape your PJs on Christmas Day, you'll see that I took another comfortable (but still sparkly) approach to Christmas Day dressing. Okay, so something comfortable is absolutely obligatory for Turkey dinners and films, but if you fancy feeling a little more special this Topshop skirt paired with a subtle flecked knit are the absolute perfect pairing (plus, they'll both get plenty of wear again which is an added bonus)...

(Jumper: Whistles, Skirt: Topshop, Bag: Topshop Shoes: River Island)

The 'All Night Long' Work Disco Oufit...

What says dancing to Wham, endless cocktail sausages and Saturday Night Fever dancing better than an Amy Adams inspired jumpsuit and some uber comfortable disco shoes? This jumpsuit from Urban Outfitters is the perfect balance of subtle sass and timeless glamour, and paired with some fun seventies inspired accessories- makes for something a little more interesting than a LBD!

(Jumpsuit: Urban Outfitters, Belt: Topshop, Shoes: Topshop)


But before you go; my top tips for braving the festive shops:

Plan ahead: There's nothing more frustrating than traipsing around for hours aimlessly, so before you go think about what you need, who you're buying for and where you need to go- lists are key!
Use your time well: When I Christmas shop I tend to scout out where I want to go, pay initial visits if I'm not entirely sure what I want, and then revisit shortly after. I try to work efficiently, allowing myself time to think about things without hanging about in each place for too long- and then going back to make decisions later!
Stop for fuel: When you're torn between Bills, Joe & The Juice as well as Jamie's Italian, it'd be rude to not refuel and treat yourself to a 'well done me for Christmas shopping!' treat, wouldn't it?
Budget accordingly: One of my biggest Christmas faux-pas is overspending. I buy someone one thing, and then see another three 'totally perfect' gifts, and then end up with a whole heap of things I shouldn't have bought. Budget appropriately beforehand and stick to it- otherwise it's very easy to get carried away.
Explore!: With places like Bluewater there's so much more to see than just the shops. This year Joe and I paid a visit to their 'Giving Tree', which aims to gift disadvantaged local children a present on Christmas day. When walking about, shoppers are given the option to select a name and buy a gift from the centre before returning it to the tree to be donated to a charity on Christmas Day- such a lovely idea!

Happy Shopping!

x

Post in collaboration with Bluewater, but love of shopping, Christmas and festive party dad dancing all my own

Around this time of year, one of the most popular conversation starters (apart from 'OMG LUTHER IS BACK NEXT WEEK') is definitely, 'So! How's your Christmas shopping going?' This comment is usually met by a small flurry of festive induced panic, perhaps a nervous 'yeah... not bad'- and a sudden realisation that Christmas is only 13 advent chocolates away. And breathe...

But it should be fun right? Picking up a gift for Aunty Sue from Boots should be a pleasure not a chore, surely? Rummaging around for a work party get up should be enjoyable- and finishing off your hard work with a slap up meal is totally obligatory too, correct? So why do we dread it? This year shopping centre extraordinaire Bluewater got in touch- kindly letting me know about their extended Christmas shopping hours (yup, you did indeed hear right in that they're open from 9am 'til 11pm) and asked me to swing by to present to me a sincerely stress free experience- excited? Me? Absolutely.

Having held Bluewater as my 'local' shopping centre for the last ten years (that place has certainly seen some of my more 'experimental' sartorial sides), being able to embrace the festive countdown in such a relaxed, stress free environment was quite the luxury. Who'd have thought coming shopping after work would be a relaxing activity at Christmas? Not me, that's for sure. With queues pretty much being a myth during a week night late session, Joe and I scoured the floor for a couple of festive gifts (and party looks) before making a dinner pit stop for my first ever Wagamama's. Yes, my friends, miracles do come true...

The Christmas Day get up...

So, on that note- I'm sure you're all pretty keen to see what I picked up after some first class indecision! If like me you're one to try and escape your PJs on Christmas Day, you'll see that I took another comfortable (but still sparkly) approach to Christmas Day dressing. Okay, so something comfortable is absolutely obligatory for Turkey dinners and films, but if you fancy feeling a little more special this Topshop skirt paired with a subtle flecked knit are the absolute perfect pairing (plus, they'll both get plenty of wear again which is an added bonus)...

(Jumper: Whistles, Skirt: Topshop, Bag: Topshop Shoes: River Island)

The 'All Night Long' Work Disco Oufit...

What says dancing to Wham, endless cocktail sausages and Saturday Night Fever dancing better than an Amy Adams inspired jumpsuit and some uber comfortable disco shoes? This jumpsuit from Urban Outfitters is the perfect balance of subtle sass and timeless glamour, and paired with some fun seventies inspired accessories- makes for something a little more interesting than a LBD!

(Jumpsuit: Urban Outfitters, Belt: Topshop, Shoes: Topshop)


But before you go; my top tips for braving the festive shops:

Plan ahead: There's nothing more frustrating than traipsing around for hours aimlessly, so before you go think about what you need, who you're buying for and where you need to go- lists are key!
Use your time well: When I Christmas shop I tend to scout out where I want to go, pay initial visits if I'm not entirely sure what I want, and then revisit shortly after. I try to work efficiently, allowing myself time to think about things without hanging about in each place for too long- and then going back to make decisions later!
Stop for fuel: When you're torn between Bills, Joe & The Juice as well as Jamie's Italian, it'd be rude to not refuel and treat yourself to a 'well done me for Christmas shopping!' treat, wouldn't it?
Budget accordingly: One of my biggest Christmas faux-pas is overspending. I buy someone one thing, and then see another three 'totally perfect' gifts, and then end up with a whole heap of things I shouldn't have bought. Budget appropriately beforehand and stick to it- otherwise it's very easy to get carried away.
Explore!: With places like Bluewater there's so much more to see than just the shops. This year Joe and I paid a visit to their 'Giving Tree', which aims to gift disadvantaged local children a present on Christmas day. When walking about, shoppers are given the option to select a name and buy a gift from the centre before returning it to the tree to be donated to a charity on Christmas Day- such a lovely idea!

Happy Shopping!

x

Post in collaboration with Bluewater, but love of shopping, Christmas and festive party dad dancing all my own

30 comments:

  1. Nothing says "disco!" like sexy jumpsuit and a pair of metallic shoes!Have fun!

    http://sunmoonstyle.blogspot.rs/

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  2. You look gorgeous in both outfits. I could definitely do with taking on some of your pointers aboard. Especially about not overspending!

    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

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  3. What is Luther back next week??!! I didn't know! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  4. Planning ahead is key. I like to shop with a list!

    http://www.mintnotion.com

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  5. That gold skirt is amazing! Such a perfect look for the festive season :)

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  6. great post! loved the outfits :)
    have a nice day

    xx
    lau

    www.malibluemymind.com

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  7. Amazing looks!
    http://www.silkypearl.com/

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  8. Love all of the looks! The bag is super duper cute <3

    www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

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  9. OH my gosh that maxi skirt! I LOVEE it! And I with you one the 'OMG LUTHER' excitement!!!

    Shot From The Street

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  10. I've never been to the Bluewater shopping centre but it looks and sounds amazing! I definitely have to go soon x

    http://chapter-fifty-nine.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. I live just round the corner from here! It's my favourite place to shop too. Love that metallic skirt x

    Wonky Lauren

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  12. You're so right that it's ridiculously easy to get carried away whilst shopping for gifts out and about. Sometimes, it can be so overwhelming that you don't add up how much everything is and then whoops! I tend to do most of my shopping online, as I stick to my budget better, if not, I'll plan exactly what I'm going to get and then it makes an overall, quicker, stress free-ish shopping session! I wore the midi version of your silver Topshop skirt to my Christmas party last year, love it!

    She's So Lucy

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  13. They're both such pretty looks, love those gold boots!

    Millie x | Millies Wardrobe

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  14. You're totally rocking all of the outfits lately! I'm absolutely in love with all three outfits, esp. the last one, so elegant, feminine and so chic!

    http://lartoffashion.com

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  15. Totally in love with all of these outfits! That gold skirt is absolutely stunning! Thanks for being so inspiring to me :)

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  16. The outfits in this post are incredible! I love love love that pleated skirt! x

    Martha Jane | www.marthajanemusic.com

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  17. I am in love with these outfits, they are incredible! The pleated skirt is so so amazing x

    Martha Jane | www.marthajanemusic.com

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  18. I need to go Christmas shopping and be more decisive! Would be great to leave with lots of bags like you and get everything crossed off my shopping list x

    www.freydefleur.com

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  19. Oh thank you - I saw someone wearing that gorgeous gold skirt and couldn't find where it came from - now I know!

    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

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  20. I love your red coat! Beautiful!

    http://laurenslittleblogs.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. Bluewater is my local shopping centre when I'm home with family, I can't wait to go next week when I finally come home from uni! Although I'm pretty scared about how late I'm leaving my Christmas shopping.. xxx

    Lucy @ La Lingua: Travel, Food, Italy

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  22. Those little pom pom beanies are adorable!
    xx Alyssa
    visionsofnyc.blogspot.com

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  23. That made me laugh because I actually have an Aunty Sue haha! Great post xxx

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  24. Love your long skirt, beautiful!

    www.tusksandtails.com

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  25. loved your red coat!
    http://killthemwithchic.com/

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  26. OMG Yes, Luther is back! I so miss London and discovered your blog recently, just in time to cure my British yearning.
    Love the jumpsuit!
    xo
    Anca, www.thecasualcat.com

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