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Treat Yourself

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to Gunwharf Quays, an outlet shopping village in Portsmouth, for their ‘Treat Yourself’ event - a night of amazing discounts, pampering and treats for shoppers in association with Glamour.com.

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As well as the event for members of the public, which spanned the whole area of the outlet, with treat stations and red carpets dotted around Gunwharf’s beautiful harbourside location, there was also a blogger event in Las Iguanas prior to the shopping evening kicking off.

Gunwharf Quays

We gathered in the Mexican restaurant for cocktails and a preview of some of the star items on sale that evening.  There were also bags and accessories that had been featured in the S/S launch advert for Gunwharf, and of course we were able to see the advert and get a sneak peek at some behind-the-scenes footage.  As well as lots of lovely bloggers, Michelle Kelly, the stylist from the advert shoot was there to talk about styling for the advert and the key S/S pieces that were used from stores around the outlet.  I had a really interesting chat with Michelle, and I must admit I did pick her brains about what celebs she’d styled – Pixie Lott, Tulisa for her last X Factor series and that week, the Made in Chelsea gang, to name a few! It was fascinating getting an insight into the life of a top stylist.

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After digging into various yummy Mexican goodies we then all dispersed and went off shopping, in search of some bargains and some treats!  I was running the Gunwharf Quays Twitter for the evening so I went snapping some of the treat stations, and their ‘Handbag Bingo’ where you picked a number from a tombola and had the chance to win a handbag.

Gunwharf Quays

I had a Gunwharf Quays gift voucher and found lots of items around the outlet to tempt me into spending; there were some lovely dresses and light jackets in Jack Wills, some beautiful bright colours on show in Ted Baker, some great cosmetics and skincare deals in The Cosmetics Company and some rather tempting shoes in LK Bennett and Kurt Geiger.  In the end, rather boringly, I opted for some skincare bits in Boots that I’d had my eye for some time, and some running leggings from Nike.  I know that is not exactly in keeping with the theme of Spring fashion, but I had a 10k race that Sunday and needed some capri-length running tights to keep cool on the run!

As I mooched around, there was so much going on – most shops had either a special discount, or something on offer for shoppers, from champagne in Karen Millen, cake in Cath Kidston to manicures in Crabtree and Evelyn.  It was lovely to feel really pampered and to be treated to fizz whilst you’re shopping – now that’s something stores should embrace more regularly!

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Overall the event was a huge success and the outlet was really busy with people snapping up bargains and getting involved in the treat stations.  I had a brilliant time and it was great to see some familiar faces and meet some new ones at the blogger event.  A huge thanks to Grayling PR for inviting me, and to Gunwharf Quays for letting me hijack their Twitter account!

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9 comments

  1. It looks like an amazing event - and those jam tarts look fab! :)
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  2. This looks awesome, you can't beat rummaging through an outlet for some bargains!

    Maria xxx

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  3. Love a good bargain hunt, looks like there were some great finds at the event.
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    Chloe x

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  4. It sounds like a lovely event, I find shopping can be quick stressful sometimes but this seems like a really relaxed and enjoyable way to shop x
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  5. Looks like such a fun event! Love the pictures

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  6. Love your blog so much..wanna follow each other? Let me know,

    bryony xxx
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  7. Looks like an amazing event! I love the handbag bingo idea... very fun!

    Cat at OutsideBeautyInsideHealth

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  8. Wow what a fab event to attend! I love Gunwharf Quays...such a fantastic place to shop for designer bargains!
    Katie x
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  9. I love the simplicity of this outfit. What a beautiful Handbag.Thanks for sharing a beautiful and high quality information.everything looks so comfy!
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