Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Top Tips for Sale Shopping w/ Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

If you've been a follower of my Instagram or my blog for a while then I am sure you are fully aware of how much I love sale shopping, and how much I take advantage of them when the sale period comes around every year. 

I recently collaborated with McArthurGlen Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, somewhere I have been going to shop with my family for as long as I can remember, therefore its always been somewhere I have continued to go. Sales are hard to shop if you really don't know how, it can be overwhelming and frankly, very stressful and tiring. 

I am a bit of a hardcore sale shopper I must admit, I don't mind the hours looking I actually really like it, or waiting for further reductions and getting the best deal I can. This is where the beauty and ease of Cheshire Oaks really always has come in for me for as long as I have been going. First off, its an outlet. Meaning that regardless of what time of year you go, everything is discounted from the normal high street retail prince. All year round sales, whats not to love? Well, it actually does get better. They have THEIR OWN SALE! Yes, you heard correctly. You can get sale, on sale. 

I think my honest top tip for sale shopping is do not overwhelm yourself, I know I can handle a lot of time looking around and some people just really don't like this, sometimes it can be chaotic and messy and it just really puts you off. If you're wanting to go for a sale shopping experience, visiting an outlet village like Cheshire Oaks is a really amazing way to go. Its all very put together and organised, alongside it all being in one loop of a walk, with many restaurants and potential pit stops en route. Its a much more relaxing experience thats for sure, and thats from someone who knows!

Its always good to have in mind where you are wanting to go and look before you actually set out shopping.What brands are your favourites? Is there anything specific you are wanting to buy? I checked out the full list of shops available to me on the Cheshire Oaks website, which allowed me to know where I really wanted to spend my time looking. For me, this was Coach, Doc Martins, The Kooples, The Cosmetic Company, Mulberry and Bose. These are just a few of my favourite shops at Cheshire Oaks so I knew where I was heading. 

Another HUGE top tip for me when sale shopping somewhere where its not fast paced and you don't have to make hugely quick purchasing decisions is to go round the shops twice and really scope out all your options before buying anything. This worked out amazingly for me on my visit, as I really loved the look of a Furla miniature handbag on my first snoop, but then chose a different designer bag by the end. 

But what should you look out for when you're sale shopping, like I did?

Something BOLD. Something different. 

The beauty of sales for me, is that all the beautiful different pieces go on sale. I am a sucker for something more unique looking than an everyday black or grey. Don't get me wrong, I have them in my collection, but for me, picking something out that is a little bit more unique really makes a purchase more special, especially if its more of a high end piece. 

I knew when I was heading to Cheshire Oaks that I was going to be buying something from Coach, its one of my favourite designers. I knew they had recently collaborated with Disney for a range, but really did not expect for there to actually be any pieces left. I couldn't have been happier when I went in store. There was 30% off the whole shop, off the lowest outlet price which is already amazing, but then a WHOPPING 50% off the Coach x Disney collection. This meant that this beauty was 50% off the already amazing price of £199 down from over £500. So, I managed to snag the bag I had been LUSTING over for £99. I couldn't have asked for more. 

I also managed to snap up some other absolutely amazing pieces. I got a Coach backpack for when I do all my travelling and going into and out of town to work with my laptop. It is a gorgeous mens black leather backpack, and that was £299 with an extra 30% off that. 
The final pieces I managed to get in the sale were a pair of Doc Martins, which happened to be the colour style, and leather I have always wanted. All black including stitching with grained leather. I can safely say they are the comfiest shoes I have owned in a long time and have absolutely fell in love. The key to sale shopping is to not be instantly blinded by a good reduction, its all about keeping an eye out for those pieces you know you will be able to style. 
Finally, an incredible Bose speaker, which if you were watching my Instagram stories when I visited Leeds I absolutely fell in love with in my hotel room. I use it every day, and for someone who doesn't have an AUX lead in my car, its heaven. 

I think in general, sale shopping can be overwhelming. Therefore, being able to make a day of it and make it as stress free as possible is one of my absolute top tips, it really ruins it otherwise. For ease of shopping, and a bloody good deal I have always trusted going to Cheshire Oaks. In the years of going there I don't think I have ever come back empty handed. With the likes of; All Saints, Burberry, Nike, The Kooples, Bose, Coach, Furla, Lulu Guinnes, Timberland, The Cosmetic Company and literally so many more, I could not recommend a visit more if you are local or a drive away!

I will be uploading more posts about my favourite ways to shop around so make sure you keep an eye out for those posts. This post was sponsored by Cheshire Oaks, however I have been visiting them for years as you may have seen on my Instagram so you know I am a huge fan! Make sure you head over before the sales end, I cannot stress how worth your while it will be. Happy Shopping!


H x

Monday, 26 June 2017

Falling in Love with Leeds with Radisson Blu

I was lucky enough to be given the chance to stay in the newly renovated Radisson Blu hotel in Leeds city centre. I had only visited Leeds a couple of times, and had never really had much chance to properly explore it. The limited time I had spent there though, told me I was going to love it. I remember being initially impressed with how gorgeous the architecture and how there were so many different aspects to Leeds that really make you fall in love with it. I drove down to Leeds on my lonesome, ready to spend a couple of days exploring.

My first point of call when I arrived was having a look around, I had to kill some time before I checked into my hotel room, so having a stroll around and getting my bearings seemed like the right thing to do. Scroll down to see some of the gorgeous places I visited;

After a hell of a lot of walking I headed back into the hotel as I was now able to check in. I am going to be completely honest with you guys, I have NEVER been so in awe of a hotel room in my life. I was given my key, headed up, and was not ready for the beauty of my suite. Yes, you heard right, suite. If I am not mistaken my room was a junior suite, and it was gorgeous. It had a lounge area, a desk and dining area and a huge bed, wardrobe and bathroom space. I have never been in such a gorgeous room. The fact is, its probably the biggest room I have stayed in, and remember, this was just little old me in this room. I would be telling a massive lie, if I said I didn't connect my phone to the Bose speaker in the room (oh so suave) and have a little dance party. I was taking advantage of the floor space thats for sure...

What really made me fall in love, was the building the hotel had been built in. It had beautiful high ceilings, and gorgeous tall windows, which lead to such a gorgeous sunset right outside my windows, and the light just hit the walls of my room so beautifully. They had kept the gorgeous old style metal windows, and my little inside lover of little aspects of pretty buildings was very happy. The hotel is part of The Light shopping complex in Leeds City Centre, so you are steps away from restaurants, cafes and the cinema and then about 5/10 minutes from the city centre. I really enjoy this from any hotel I stay in, how close it is to what I need and want. I always like going for a wander when I stay anywhere, no  matter where in the world it is, so I really enjoyed a Starbucks on the doorstep, and a cinema!

There was also a gorgeous restaurant on site too, which is always handy especially if you are travelling alone, and are perhaps not used to doing so. Its nice to just be able to ring down and book yourself in, and because they are in the hotel, you don't always feel the same pressure to dress up. Or, you always have the beauty of room service. Which brings me onto breakfast, ohhhhh breakfast! You really cannot beat a breakfast in bed in a gorgeous hotel room. Whether you have it in bed, or in my case on my own little dining table!

For ease of access, I was really surprised at how well located this Radisson was. I spoke to a couple of friends who lived in Leeds and they said that it had to be one of the best located hotels in the city. They have a range of rooms, and their standard rooms look just as stunning and gorgeous. For me, you can't beat an amazing bed, and an amazing hotel bathroom. 

Leeds itself is a gorgeous city. Don't get me wrong Manchester is my absolute favourite, but I was really taken back by the beauty of Leeds. They have such stunning buildings, gorgeous little shops and shopping centres. There are some gorgeous and stunning old arcades with cafe's and little independent shops. I have always been told Edinburgh is the same, with a lot of different and independent places to see and to eat at, and I think that perhaps Leeds is England answer to Edinburgh. But, for a gorgeous city for a little break away or a special break away, its really a perfect fit. Gorgeous little arcades and shops to wander round, and from what I've heard and had minimal experience of, has a very fun nightlife. I've visited Angelica Leeds, which has a gorgeous 360 vista view from the top of Trinity Shopping area in Leeds, and would be absolutely spectacular for drinks or food in the Summer time. 

I know I need to head back and experience more of the food scene in Leeds, one of my absolute favourite aspects of visiting new places. 

I hope you enjoyed this new travel post, I absolutely fell in love with Leeds and will be visiting absolutely again in the future. If any of you are from Leeds, I would LOVE to hear your recommendations on where to go and where to eat. 


H x

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