OK, so I have a confession to make... I hate shopping. Hate it. It makes me feel all stressed out and headachey, and the staff always seem to treat me either like I'm invisible or like I'm about to stuff something up my jumper and leg it. I used to blame it on my slightly lazy approach to hair styling (put lots of gear in hair, shake it around, hope for the best) and my complete ignorance of fashion trends. And possibly the fact that I used to hum "Been Caught Stealing" by Jane's Addiction every time I went out. Anyhow, I thought this would all change as soon as I had kids - after all who can NOT notice someone trying to rein in two rampaging toddlers and stop them from pulling all the clothes off the hangers? Sadly nothing has changed except that now it's that much more stressful (why oh why don't I live near Westfield!!). Anyhow, I now do almost all my shopping online and I think it suits me well!! I get to compare prices without all the dreariness of lugging all my stuff (and children) from one shop to the next, there is always a sale on somewhere, and I can 'accidentally' leave some windows open with lovely little things for myself hoping my hubby will spot them and take a hint.
All this to say that I was incredibly excited about today's Debenham's sale. Sad, I know. But seriously, check out my top 5 and tell me you're not just a little bit thrilled too.
1. Early Learning Centre Pirate Ship and Treasure Island set for £22.50 (from £45). The little plastic pirate is no replacement for my beloved Captain Jack Sparrow (sigh...), but this is the cutest thing ever. The age guide says 3+ but I think it would be a big hit even with littler ones if they are starting to get into pretend play and not likely to try and eat the little treasure chest. Click here to check it out >>
2. De Longhi coffee maker for £50 (from £100). There is nothing like a good cup of coffee, and this one does a mean cappuccino as well. I'm thinking it's just right for those afternoons when I have all the NCT mums over. Click here for more >>
3. 25% off party dresses. I don't know about you, but my body has been all over the place since having the kids. I used to have an 'athletic' figure (pencil, according to Gok Wan), then suddenly found myself with enormous boobs (a welcome change!) and a slightly rounder waist, and now have ended up flat chested with with some annoying "muffin top"... the worst of all worlds. The technical term is probably "Sausage Shape". Good thing my husband likes sausages. Anyhow... nothing fits me and I need some nice (but affordable) little dresses for a few Christmas parties, and I think one of these will do the trick. Coast has a few in the sale and their stuff is always stunning on Sausage Shape girls :) and I spotted a few delightfully glittery numbers as well for about £50. Click here to have a look at the party dresses >>
4. 50% off cookware. Is this a bit boring? I don't know... I spend hours in the kitchen every day and I'm sure most of you do too, and I'm thinking it would be nice to replace some of my cruddy old pots and pans. There are some really nice sets on sale (Tefal, Le Creuset, Circulon, etc) and some satisfyingly enormous woks too. By far the absolute best thing in the sale if you've moved out of the baby puree days and into proper family meals and stews is the Le Creuset cast iron set - perfect if you're trying to feed a family of four (or more!) and have discovered Jamie's Ministry of Food. Click here to check out the cookware sale >>
5. 25% off selected gifts. This is a great starting point for your Christmas shopping, with toys, personalised gifts, perfumes, and you can even pick up vouchers for 'experiences' like Pamper Days, rafting, driving, weekend breaks, etc. One thing Debenhams does really well, though, are the hampers - you can put together a really nice selection of chocolates, wine, condiments, biscuits or whatever. I'm thinking Mother-in-Law, Great Auntie E, and possibly something for the nursery staff to share...? Click here to see what's on sale at the gift shop >>
Finally, I saw this weird and wonderful motorised contraption (<-click the link to see what I mean!!) and I really really want to know what it is. Any guesses??