Rushden Lakes – stocking filler sweep
I’m not known for my love of shopping, so with Christmas day hurtling towards me like a shooting star, where does a gal go to get it all sorted in under an hour? Yup, Rushden Lakes, where you can even refuel half way through, boom! From big brand fashion to local independents, it really does have something for everyone. And you don’t have to walk very far either, bonus, shopping done in an hour!
Love, love, love scarves, but Mini Muddy finds them a bit itchy-scratchy. This Lily Ribbed scarf one is super soft and stretchy, feels really light around your neck while still being cosy warm. Also it was £17.00 and is now £11.90!
I love the cool ribbed texture, a nice bit of edge for the Xmas season. Soft and super oversized, it’s already become my go-to extra layer whatever my outfit (ok, strictly speaking, this was a gift, but I liked it so much I bought myself one)!
Next up, some gorgeous wrapping paper from Paperchase, Mini Muddy’s fave shop ever. These are so beautiful you could frame them, but using them as wrapping paper always gets a thumbs up for the extra special effort (£1.75 a sheet upwards).
While there we also picked up a gorgeous writing set, the one pictured below was 20 per cent off! We plumped for the Bloom Noir boxed option, just £8.25 with the discount. The Mini Mudlet loves writing letters the old-fashioned way and the box has 30 sheets of A5 writing paper with the Bloom Noir damask print on the back, 10 notecards in two different designs and 20 matching envelopes, just enough for her growing list of friends!
Benefit at House of Fraser
Both kids have declared House of Fraser their favourite shop at Rushden Lakes (of course they have!), and they can literally spend hours in there. And now the Miniest Mudlet is a teenager, can I get her out of the cosmetics section!? Step forward the Benefit counter, where you enter a time bending vortex end up going home in the dark with new eyebrows and alabaster skin!
Again, there’s 20 per cent off selected products at the moment, and she’d mentioned foundation and concealer, ohhhh, only about a 100 times. So off we went and met the lovely girls at the Benefit counter who chatted about skin matching and pink hair like they had all the time in the world for us. The foundation was around £24 with the discount and the boi-ing hydrating concealer £17.40, plus they threw in a couple of freebies, always a winner!
Got a littlie addicted to trainers? Welcome to the club. Rushden Lakes has a Schuh and a Clarks so I picked the former. It says on the website that Schuh is for the quirky kid or those who love to keep up with what’s new and hot, a sneaker freak or a sharp kinda guy. A dedicated wearer of flats or someone who’s never seen in anything less than a 6 inch heel, if you love shoes they’ve got something for you. Well indeed they did! Some very smart Fred Perry white & navy kingston leather trainers for 60 of your English pounds! It’s just a shame they’re for the one who is 4 sizes bigger than me, pah!
Fluffy PJs for under a tenner, Father Christmas has it sorted for that Christmas Eve pyjama tradition. Love or loathe Primark, it’s affordable for the teen shopper and they very rarely come out empty handed! Also good for little knick knack stocking fillers.
And there we have it! Job done in less than an hour!!! For a list of shops and what else is at Rushden Lakes check it all out here. We even managed a quick lunch at Wildwood (pics below), I LOVE the Wildwood in Market Harborough and this one has loads of room for buggies and kids and simple Italian fare for a reasonable price.