Window shopping in Leeds
I had a lovely few hours in Leeds on my own yesterday. My toddler was in nursery for the morning and I headed over to get a load of Christmas shopping done A L O N E. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fairly military operation as I had two hours – no more, no less – so no casual wandering around the Christmas market for me, it was a rapid in and out job.
Saying that, I did manage to have a *very* nice coffee at Pret-a-Manger AND had a look in Mulberry, at Hill & Friends in John Lewis and a quick dash in (and out) of Harvey Nichols. Oh, and yeah, I ticked off a load of Christmas presents off my list too.
I also did a good old bit of window shopping. The Victoria Gate shopping centre, which is home to John Lewis, Anthropologie, Joules, & Other Stories and Aspinal of London among others, is glorious. Think bright, white and filled with high end high street stores.
Anyway, on my way to Primark (to pick up some Christmas pyjamas, oh yes) I walked through the County Arcade, which is beautiful at this time of year as it’s filled with decorations.
It’s also the home of the Mulberry shop, and while I didn’t buy anything I had a good old nosy.
I’ve got to admit, this season’s colour palette isn’t really grabbing me. The Dark Frozen blue is nice but not a classic I don’t feel the rosewater and the blush look great against my pale skin tone and the lavender just screams blue rinse. And don’t get me started on the clay. I liked it when I saw it online but in real life it’s just a bit drab in my opinion. I’m also not a fan of the embroidery on the bags – too fleeting a trend for such a high ticket item. Oh well, I suppose it’s a good thing as I left not lusting after anything.
Still, I took a few photos in case anything tickles your pickle.
Here’s more Dark Frozen on a Small Bayswater Satchel and a line-up of Lilys:
I also did a bit of window shopping at Aspinal of London:
And of course, I couldn’t go to Leeds and not take photos of the windows at Harvey Nichols (main image, and below):
All in all, it was an excellent way to spend a morning. When I got back home I picked up my son, gave him a second lunch (as apparently he was still hungry despite eating at nursery) then we had a nice two-hour nap together before a trip to Tesco to pick up our Christmas tree and decorations. He was SO excited about the tree that my husband got our old pop up one out and we put that up last night. Yep, it’s still nine days until December and we are getting the decorations out. I think the main tree is going up this weekend. Ah Christmas, it comes earlier every year…