Situated in the heart of Hatfield, just ten minutes away from where I grew up in St Albans, The Galleria has always been a familiar place of choice for a spot of shopping however having moved away nearly two years ago to study, I haven’t been back since – and so was delighted when they got in touch to set me a shopping challenge. Although the word challenge can often spring me into ‘stress mode’, this kind of challenge is one I like to think I thrive upon – and so set about putting a date in the diary to visit.
The challenge itself was to find an outfit, or items for a New Year’s or Festive outfit. With a sale of upto 70% on just before Christmas (if you’re in need of a place near London for last minute gifts, this is a fab) and stores including Gap, French Connection and Nike, there was certainly an abundance of choice.
Although I began approaching the brief in a literal sense, I soon realised that I could push the boat out a little further and make some purchases that were ‘New Year’ related but more on the New Years Resolution spectrum of things. I’ve honestly never set foot in a Nike shop before The Galleria, but did so and was overwhelmed by the number of gorgeous fitness wear, which is how I came around to wondering whether my ‘New Years’ outfit could be just that, but not necessarily one you’d wear out for dinner.
*photo credits: CPG photography
Eventually, after much deliberation I settled on a gorgeous pair of Nike trainers, which were reduced from £79 to £49, a bargain that is dutifully accepted this side of Christmas! I’ve been looking for a pair with mismatching bright colours for several years now but hadn’t found a pair I could justify parting almost £100 for. This however, was the perfect solution and a sure fire way to ensure I hit the gym after Christmas, fulfilling my New Years resolution.
Another purchase that slotted in rather well with my new take on the brief was a gorgeous pair of women’s running shorts – which although stretchy and comfortable, are really flattering and hide an abundance of sins. I’m really excited to try on my new ensemble and hit the gym! If these purchases won’t get me motivated, I’m not sure what will!
Although I fell in love with a gorgeous disc print dress in French Connection for £49, I settled on a cosy knit from the same store instead, down from £60 to £30! Perfect with leggings, jeans or even an A-line skirt with tights when it gets a little warmer, I opted for a larger size to nail that ‘slightly baggy off the shoulder’ look – or at least that’s my plan anyway!
For two hours shopping on a Monday morning I think that’s pretty good work!
Have you ever visited The Galleria – or did you grab any post-Christmas bargains?