Those of you with a keen eye and local knowledge will notice the background of most of photographs here in the blog (for now anyway) as a mixture between the National Trust head office and the local Swindon McArthur Glen Designer Outlet centre. My photoshoots are often paired with trips into the centre for a coffee (payment to the hubby for taking the pics), a change of outfit and more generally a good mooch around. Sometimes I just walk away with my Starbucks and a top up of my fave Jasmine Green Tea from Whittards but quite a lot of the time it gets spendy…
You might have seen on my Instagram stories that I spent the day filming with McArthurGlen for their SS18 Trends campaign and I’m officially one of the tribe – repping for the Swindon centre! We each chose a trend – mine was ‘Raw Denim’ and had a fun day putting together the campaign below. With hair and makeup topped up by Marci (amazing btw!) we shopped our trends and finished the day with beautiful sunlight for a shoot. I choose a simple Levi’s tee, dark jeans and a beautiful Paul Smith jacket.
I’d say I wear a lot of outlet clothing and use outlet beauty products without you guys even realising. Since I’m there pretty much every weekend, here are a few tips on getting the most out of outlet shopping.
If shooting on a Saturday we’re always super early to get pics before everyone starts turning up so we’re usually in the car park by 8am or half past – this is really useful because it means we can get our shots and then hop into the centre for a coffee, maybe a bite to eat and by now we know which shops open first so we head to our favourites – usually the first stop on opening is Nike as their stuff sells out FAST, same with The Cosmetic Company – I always stop in to see if they have my favourite Estee Lauder DoubleWear in ‘Dawn’ and purchase as these go really quick. (I might add here that my bottle is the normal high street one – exactly the same with about a third off, same with the Advanced Night Repair and many other products in there).
Sign up to the emails
I’m being serious here, this is the insider way to know about the offers that are coming up. Some weekends 20% off campaigns are run in some stores and signing up to the emails means that you can get the heads up early. There’s nothing worse then getting a bargain and then realising the next day that you could have done even better! I remember once getting the Advanced Night Repair for the outlet price with a further 20% off, it basically made it £45 (RRP is £75).
Don’t go with a specific thing in mind
I’ve made this mistake so many times. You really need to have an open mind otherwise you’ll just frustrate yourself. Stock changes regularly so you may need to go a couple of times to get what you’re after if you’ve seen it on someone else but on the whole you should just let yourself be surprised. It’s taken me a few weeks to buy a classic Levi’s tee that I’ve been after but it was worth it – and classic stuff that can be found on the high street does go quickly.
Anything you liked last season?
We always have that item that we saw last season but it went out of stock or it was just that little bit too pricey (a decision made after ‘adding to bag’ at least 5 times) and sometimes this pays off dividends! For me it was in the form of a Reiss coat just before Christmas. I’d seen it on Josie from Fashion Mumblr and just happened to spy it in the window (the hubby tried, as he always does, to move me along) but it really was just perfect and at such a wonderful price! I also saw a long, faux fur collar coat that Victoria from In The Frow wore the previous winter too but drew the line there.
Don’t get drawn by ‘the bargain’
One I’ve fallen for on more than one occasion. I make a rule now of trying on clothing first before looking at the price. That way I know that I truly like it – it’s so easy to spend money because of the saving, you find all sorts of ways to talk yourself into it. That’s how we ended up with two new suitcases and at least two full on suits (pair of tapered trousers thrown in too!).
Happy shopping! Check out the SS18 Trends HERE
*This post is in collaboration with McArthurGlen
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