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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

How to perfectly prepare for a shopping trip

Girly outfit aesthetic, shopping haul
Here's what I bought recently... I purchased these gorgeous boots from New Look whilst they were in the sale, I love the grunge look of them against the pink and pastels for spring. They bring a lush, vintage feel to pretty outfits. This ice cream coloured ribbed top came from Forever21, it's so sweet!
Girly outfit aesthetic, shopping haul
I also repurchased the Victoria's Secret shimmer body mist in Velvet Petals because I love it so much. And the cutest novelty socks from Forever21. It's so special visiting Mitch's family in the West Midlands and going to Birmingham because the city environment is so crazy and different, I love it.

I thought I would share some tips on how to prepare for a shopping trip, so that you don't end up going overboard or regret not picking something up when you had the chance. Here are girly ways to prepare for a shopping trip, to avoid succumbing to the pressure and loud music and spending money on things you don't really want or need; to feel better about your purchases when the day is over!

1. Take inventory of your closet, wardrobe or drawers beforehand, you could also sort out belongings that you don't tend to wear or use anymore - or those that don't spark joy like Marie Kondo would say! - in a fun act of making room and preparing space for new purchases. Check out reviews online for any makeup products you're looking to go for, order in any online product exclusives you've had your eye on in to store to pick up and make an intentional list of things you wish to purchase.

2. Make a little list. the shopping environment can be crazy and you are forced in to making decisions on the spot. Making a little list of things in advance can help... plan out how much you want to spend, what you are in need of, or even what hues you are looking to incorporate in to your wardrobe. This can help you navigate a particularly sparkly display without rushing to buy it all haha!

3. Prep for dressing room changes! Think ahead and choose something fitted, like a tank top or leggings, underneath your clothes so it's easy to slip in and out of garments you are trying on in store. As well as being much handier in the moment, you can feel confident in keeping the clothes in super condition, it makes changing quicker and you can still gauge a good sense of fit.

4. Collecting perfume samples - something I always look forward to when heading to Birmingham is trying all the pretty scents in Victoria's Secret, the White Company, the perfume department in Debenhams... it's like an ocean of fragrance, all the ones from adverts are there in physical form. I emerge smelling like perfume overkill haha. To properly test perfume, spray each scent at length on a paper fragrance blotter strip, choose one or two favourites, then see how they perform on the skin. A perfect place is the back of your hand; then notice how it evolves over time.

5. Testing out makeup - swatch lipstick on the slightly pinky area of your fingertips, it's meant to be the most similar texture to the lips, trace a line of foundation or concealer on your jaw to get the best colour match and the inner forearm for makeup like blushes, shadows, bronzer, highlighter and pencils. Before deciding on something, let the swatches stay on your skin a while to see if they oxidise and it is also so helpful to view different shades under different lights. I always think Debenhams has special makeup lighting haha, all of the eyeshadows look insane inside, especially the shimmer shades, but can look a lot different once you get outside the shop. I always try to remember to take face wipes or baby wipes with me to clean up for when the swatches get to the smudgy stage haha.
Girly outfit aesthetic, shopping haul
6. What to take with you... I pack a pack of tissues, a pack of wipes, a pocket mirror, clear nail varnish (in case my tights ladder haha), a drink, usually iced tea, plasters, phone, gum, soap or anti bac gel, but I try not to take anything heavy or my shoulder will be killing by the end of the day.

7. Always approach with the mindset, do I love this because it's perfectly 'me' or because it's very familiar? Hands up if you have about seven of the same thing... be it nude lipsticks guilty or fragrance sprays haha. We are far more likely to notice and be attracted to things that are familiar to us and those we see on a daily basis. 

8. When you just can't make a decision... make a decision to come back later. If you can't stop thinking about said item, go for it. If you forget about it, maybe leave it. You might find an even better item or option in a different shop you haven't come to yet.

9. Take lots of breaks, take it slow - often it feels like the whole day is over so fast, there's so much going on. Try to break it up, scheduled breaks will keep you focused and refreshed. Make sure to eat something nutritious that will keep you going, with all the sugary temptations bubble waffles around you. It will allow you to treat yourself but stop you overdoing it. It will also stop you caving and heading for fries, as we tend to go for the empty calorie foods when tired and hungry.
Girly outfit aesthetic, shopping haul
For me, I am always scouting out the in store seats as I am forever needing to sit down haha! Even when I end up slumped against the wall/the floor inside The Entertainer - literally shopping til I drop - it's worth it. What are your favourite shops? Do you have a favourite city, or place you love to shop? 

24 comments :

  1. such cute socks xx

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  2. This is the post I didn't know I needed! What a great idea to share your tips about shopping trips. I often make lists of what I need to buy now, so that I don't end up spending extra money on things I don't need. Another thing I also do is taking the time to make a decision, and like you said if I hesitate, I leave it and come back to it later if I end up really wanting to buy the item!

    Julia x
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    1. Haha aw that is so kind, thank you Julia! I'm so glad you liked it :D ♡

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  3. Perfect idea!

    https://julesonthemoon.com/

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  4. This is such a great post! I haven't had a proper shop in ages, so it is much overdue. Which makes this post much needed. Totally agree that breaks are always needed too, it's a great time to unwind a little xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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    1. Thanks so much Hannah! I tend to just pick up bits and bobs online, but there is nothing like a shopping trip, there is something so special about going there in person, the whole experience :D ♡

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  5. One way I like to prepare for shopping trips is doing research beforehand ("research" as in "online window shopping") so that I know what items I'm looking for once I get to the store in person. This helps keep me from impulsive spending!

    Sometimes I also like to take pictures in the dressing room to see the outfit from another perspective.

    Regarding not being able to make a decision, one of my rules of thumb is that if I'm not obsessed with it in the store -- when it's displayed in the best way it'll ever be displayed -- then I most likely won't like it any MORE when I take it home, so I probably shouldn't buy it. -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. Haha yes!! That is a great idea, it's really awesome to look online because there are often online exclusives that you can order in to store and often click and collect or reserving items is cheaper cause there's no delivery charge :D that's such a great idea, take photos in alll the clothes haha! And amazing tip too, thanks so much Audrey! :D ♡

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  6. I use to miss out on prepping for the dressing room.


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    1. Changing rooms still intimidate me a bit haha, I often don't use them and end up regretting it haha xD I love to pop in and out of shops really quickly! Thanks Melody! ♡

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  7. This is such a lovely idea for a post!! A long day of shopping can be pretty tiring so preparation is key! Gorgeous post Hun x

    Grace Louise || www.gracelouiseofficial.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Aw thanks so much Grace! That is so kind :D ♡

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  8. This is gorgeous! Love the outfit.

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    1. Thanks so much Natalie, that is so kind! ♡

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  9. I love nothing more than a good old shopping trip!

    Danielle xx
    https://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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    1. Haha it's the best! I love the whole experience of spending a day in a whole different crazy environment :D thanks so much Danielle! ♡

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  10. Oh, I just LOVE this post!! Such beautiful photographs too!

    Mollie | theperksofmolliequirk.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww so kind, thank you so much Mollie!! ♡

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  11. omg i love the photos!! amazing blog post :)

    jadieegosh

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    1. Thank you so much Jadiee, I'm so happy you liked it :D ♡

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  12. I can never resist cute socks. I love these tips though, it's easy to come away with things you didn't need.

    http://amyevans.co.uk – Amy

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    1. Haha yes, the shopping environment is so crazy, my mind is a vegetable at the best of times haha :D thanks Amy!! ♡

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