Thursday, 26 October 2017

Bicester Village at Christmas


Each year myself, my mother & sister have a festive day out - you may have spotted posts of those shopping trips to London before, and have included the London Eye & Planet Hollywood meals. This year, we opted for something a little different and took ourselves to Bicester Village for a day of shopping bargains and designer luxury. I'd never been to Bicester before, but my sister & mother had gone the year before so had told me all about the bargains and literally got me so excited. The night before I genuinely couldn't sleep, which had me laughing at myself because really am I 5 years old again? We hopped on an early train to London Marylebone, re-fuelled with a Starbucks - I had a Frappucino because y'know the cold weather is not stopping me getting my cold frozen coffee! 

Our train pulled into Bicester Village at around 9.30am. We headed straight to Pandora, where there was already a queue, however the rest of the village was empty! I bought a gem stone ring for £18 plus 10% extra off - Pandora I was a bit disappointed with because they didn't have lots of sizes of things, so the choice was very limited although the discount was quite high. 

Next we headed to Swarovski. I ended up spending a bit too much in Swarovski but in my defence, the discount was huge and I decided I wouldn't find pieces like that again! I bought two stardusts bracelets for £20 each, which was discounted down from £59. I also bought a crystal star ring, and diamond garnet gemstone stacking ring for £29 each both retailed at £99 each! One of silver and one is rose gold, but right now I love both equally so wear both! Swarovski also had lots of gorgeous ornaments and lots of Beauty and the Beast themed rose collection jewellery which was stunning. 

After hitting the jewellery stores, we then just walked around the whole of the village at our own pace. Jack Wills had brilliant bargains, with jumpers at £40 down from £60, bras at £11.50 & t-shirts at £15 down from £25 and there was an extra 20% off everything in store. 

It was Bicester's privilege weekend, so all boutiques had an extra 10% off everything that wasn't more than 50% discounted (although some stores still gave you 10%!). Last year the privilege weekend was 20% off, so many stores, like Jack Wills, Kate Spade and Ugg offered 20% discount instead of the 10%. 

Cowshed had their Christmas crackers from last year that I loved so we picked some up at £6 each down from £10. Cath Kidston had fantastic savings, and had the Christmas ranges in store as well as the 101 Dalmation collection - the Dalmation dress I bought when it launched had £20 off! Ted Baker had a lot of last years collection which I loved including the Lucilee dress in store with big savings. The Ugg shop had big savings on all boots and slippers, and I ended up treating myself to some black Uggs for this winter. 

For ceramics, The White Company, Emma Bridgewater and Le Creuset had discounts across all of their ranges. 

Kate Spade had so so so many gorgeous bags, clothes and purses - I feel like I could've spent my entire wages in one shop! There was also all of the new shops that have just launched in Bicester including Charlotte Tilbury. 

And to top the whole experience off, there were autumnal wreaths, reindeer in puffer jackets, Christmas trees and even a sleigh decorating the whole of the village. 

I had such a fantastic day at Bicester and I'll definitely be visiting again next year! 
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