On Tuesday, Little Bird and I headed off on the bus for a day out on Oxford Street. I can't remember the last time we've had a girly shopping day in town together, perhaps 7 or 8 months ago I think. Little Bird was very excited, as OH had given her some money to spend and she had written a list of lots of small things that she wanted to buy with her money.
We caught the bus, which does take a good hour or so, from where we live, but we don't mind so much as it is all part of the day out.
When we got to town, we set off down Oxford Street. First stop was Primark at the top end near Tottenham Court Road. Little Bird bought herself some pretty neon lights from here to decorate her bedroom Tumbler-style and a pretty sunflower headband, which looked very cute.
We wandered on down Oxford Street and I was lured into Holland and Barrett by some half price dried dates on offer in the window. This particular store was a revelation to me. There was a pick and mix nut/seed bar, make up concessions where you could test out the natural make up brands and perfume testers too. I enjoyed trying some of the products I'd seen on line and in my local store, but hadn't been able to smell/test. It was very informative, as I found the texture or smell of some of the products just didn't cut it with me, so I will know now not to buy them.
I indulged in a couple of food items and a new essential oil for our bath bomb making, in a grapefruit scent, which I'm hoping will come in useful when I also try my hand a soy candle making at some point in the near future. It was on offer at half the normal price so I only paid £2.49 for it which was pretty good. I also picked up their Healthy magazine whilst I was there, as I find it quite an informative read. I'll definitely be heading back there when next in town, to test out more products.
A couple more stops were at Muji, where I found myself admiring their perspex storage solutions (but didn't buy any) and Tiger, where I did purchase a pack of bra extenders, which will help extend the life of my sports bras, as the hooks tend to get pulled out of shape due to their heavy usage and a pack of bra clips for converting the straps of my normal bras when wearing racer back vests. Both of these cost just £1 but should come in very useful.
After this we were just about spent up, so we headed to John Lewis, where I used my latest voucher to get a free pot of tea and piece of cake and Little Bird had a hot chocolate and helped me to eat the cake. I stopped by a few perfume testers on the way out to try out some different and new to me brands, as I'm desperate for a new perfume, but not having much luck finding a natural/organic one, as the scents don't seem to linger for very long on me. I may have to stick to traditional perfumes in this regard, if I can't find a suitable alternative. Smelling less than savoury, we then caught the bus home.
Who says a day out shopping in town means spending lots of money. We managed it on a budget and had a good time too.