Alrighty folks! When I found out I was going to Europe I.stopped.shopping. Now I don’t think I’m extreme or excessive but when a girl who loves a deal pulls herself away from a sale empty-handed it hurts, just a little, inside.
Deborah promised to take me to Gateshead, I replied with ‘YES!, What’s Gateshead?’. Well guess what, Gateshead has a brobdingnagian sized mall. So when Deb and Nicole came and picked me up I was ‘chuffed’.
Three phenomena I must speak of in british shopping: first Marks and Spencer, also known as ‘Marksy, M&S, and Marks&Sparks’ is a staple in shopping. It’s what a Superstore Walmart could be like if they finished the ceilings, replaced the anemic lighting, switched their cheap product for nice quality and implemented a dress code for customers. It appeals, quite rightly, to an older crowd but is trying, sadly, to attract younger customers. I liked their sweaters and shoes and got a little plant for Auntie there.
The second phenomenon is the petit sections. Almost every store had a petit section! Whhooo Hooo! I was elated, my vertically challenged, wide hipped self needs about a size 8 in the waist meaning I need to hem 5-6 inches on the leg and adjust the torso. Now personally I have a problem paying for the material and then having to chop it off or pay again to get it chopped off. In Canada petits sections are reserved for ‘Laura’ and a few of brands from Sears, none of which appeal to my sentiment. I walked into the first store, Dorothy Perkins, tried on my first pair of jeans, which were on sale I might, and they fit perfectly. I was in love.
Deb and Nicole are excellent shopping partners, I tried on way too much though making up for my shopping deprivation over the summer. But they where quite patient and I even talked Deb into buying a shirt that wasn’t black (and looked fabulous on her).
While I’m writing I actually forget what the 3rd phenomena is, ah well it’ll save your eyes. But I will mention that I was enamoured with the colour selection at the mall. In Canada our stores try to appeal to the multi-cultural colouring of people and carry a lot of colours that, if I wore, make me look pasty and sad. However in jolly old england you have; ginger, blond, fake blond, and more WASPy people. The colour selection was excellent, I was snapping up blues, teals and reds!
Oh oh! Last phenomenon is Primark. This is the place for up to the minute discount fashion. One must be careful though because it displays everything from the fashionably nice to next years ‘omg why was that a trend?’. The experience in Primark was rather interesting, I got a good look at some Chaves (will explain later). I also scored some sick boots and earring (sick = cool/rad/fab/great/wonderful).
I had a really good time teasing Deb, she’s lovely :D. I really wanted her to buy this teal jacket, she looked really fresh in it, but she refused. I tried though! I later admitted I probably wouldn’t buy a teal coat either; once the colour is out of fashion the coat stands out, better to buy black or white and dress it up with accessories. Deb believes she’s plain jane and says she always buys black or brown but from my impression she’s quite well put together and balances splash with conservation. I couldn’t believe her actual age, she’d pass for 35 easily in my opinion.
Lunch with Nicole and Deb is great fun as well. I tease the pants/trousers off Nicole about being a hummingbird, that girl lovveees sweet! I just can’t manage it, anything too sweet gives me a headache but still its ‘loads’ of fun to tease her. Nicole was starting a new job closer to her field. I felt for her, starting your first in-the-field job is usually abysmal; people know you have no experience and exploit that in every way possible, the work itself is what the full timers won’t do and the hours are typically challenging. Last interesting point? Our waiter sat down at our table to take our order and chatted us up the entire time. Its funny because the stereotype about the brits being colder/stiffer has been shattered at every turn, I think perhaps it’s because the northerners are nicer 😀
See! Doesn't she look great!
BLUE JUMPER! This lovely little number has worn well and it was only 15 pounds.
Accessories from Primark! I nearly fell over when the price of the gloves 7 pounds for leather! (The wonder jeans are underneath)
I love this dress completely. Gorgeous teal, lace overlay and the back is open just a little. I has already been to a few pubs, clubs and dinners.