Do you gift on Valentine’s Day? It has come out of nowhere this treat-after-treat-after-treat…. Surely a card with a big fat heart on it and a sloppy, wet kiss should be plenty? Well, it seems we’re all being swept along with the idea of giving is loving (and vice versa) and so I didn’t even baulk at the idea of being sent on a Valentine present buying mission…to the recently opened London Designer Outlet.
Despite being only one tube stop from my house, news of the London Designer Outlet hadn’t yet reached me. Off I trotted this morning amid gale force winds and driving rain to check out London first ever designer outlet, located just next to Wembley Stadium.
As instructed, I met the marketing girl at the Customer Service office where she promptly handed over £50 cash and asked me to keep my receipts. I had given myself an hour for the mission.
During this hour (to be fair 930am on a Tuesday morning) I didn’t see one other shopper. I hear the centre is busier at lunchtime and really quite busy the weekends before Christmas. I counted 4 cook shops, a handful of sports/outdoor shops and some basic fashion outlets such as Superdry, L.K. Bennett, H&M and Gap. Most of the products are 50% off, making shopping a REAL bargain.
I browsed in Superdry for Him but wasn’t convinced He would be happy with yet another t-shirt.
Then – in one of the cook shops – I had an amusing idea. Our slightly seen-better-times baking trays tend to wind Him up. At half price, I wondered if I could pass them off as a ‘romantic’ gesture?
And that was then I suddenly remembered him mentioning that He needed a new running jacket. (There’s only a certain number of miles you can run in a jacket before it can run itself… to the bin.) I popped into Asics and found this rather smart one marked down from £70 to £49. Mission accomplished!
But I did pop back to buy those baking trays too (Procook £17 for 2 instead of £34) . Oh and a pair of fingerless mittens (Gap £2.97 from £9.99) for myself. Picture editing on cold platforms just got a little warmer…
COMPETITION: Now it’s your turn to go and check out the London Designer Outlet! One of my lucky readers will win a £50 gift card… all you have to do is LIKE my Facebook page and follow me on twitter. The winner will be chosen at random on 1st March 2014.
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