A few weeks ago I was invited to Bicester village. I thought it would be a great opportunity to get my twin brother and best man a suit for my wedding. It didn't stop at the suit though, I may have got a little carried away.
I was quite excited about having a shopping day with John (we don't see each other that often), and I figured that I'm not in the area very often so I tweeted about going. To my surprise, quite a few of you turned up to say hello, which put a big smile on my face!
(although it did lead to a slightly awkward situation at lunch when the lady on the table next to me didn't know who "the famous YouTuber" was and began googling me).
As soon as I arrived, I felt my christmas spirit lift. There's something about shopping outside during this time of year that encourages festive feelings much more than a mall or shopping centre can.
The christmas music that was playing and the decorations helped too.
Our fist stop was Gieves & Hawkes to find John a suit.
As you can see from the pictures below, he looks great in it! It's a fairly classic navy suit with a slight check. He's going to pair it with a white shirt and a pink Paisley tie.
(can you tell that we're twins? Some people see it straight away, others think we look nothing alike)
Seeing as Bicester is an outlet shopping village, everything is much cheaper than you will find elsewhere. That, coupled with the fact that these suits were buy one get one half price meant that I really had no choice but to get one for myself.
Mine too is navy, but is double breasted (and yes, our Christmas tree is already up. Tanya is very excited).
Following this, we went for lunch at a Thai restaurant called 'Busaba'. I'm not sure how wide-spread they are, but there a few in London and they're one of my favourite places to eat.
We both eat a lot of food (according to my mum, keeping us fed was a full-time occupation) and our order included pad thai, Chinese broccoli, Singapore style noodles, duck massaman curry, some more vegetables and some calamari.
With our bellies full and our spirits high with talks of christmas, travelling (John is spending December in Thailand) and a wedding we wondered around the rest of the shops.
I literally shopped like I have never shopped before and bought a lot. Some of which was for Christmas presents (I can't show you any of this because it will ruin the surprise for the recipients) and some of which was for myself.
I picked up a brown pair of brogue-tipped chelsea boots from Church's. John actually got the exact same pair, half a size smaller (which is the kind of thing that would usually annoy me, but seeing as I live in London and he lives in Norwich and we don't see each other all that often, the chances of us both wearing them at the same time and place are slim... still, if that situation were to occur, I would be most upset).
A simple, casual and very comfy cord shirt from Levi's. Shirts in general are great for layering as the weather gets colder, you can wear them over t-shirts or under knitwear, jackets or coats. Corduroy is a fabric that only really comes out around winter time too, making this shirt doubly handy.
In Lacoste I came across a couple of shawl-necked knits: One is a grey cardigan.
The other is a navy pullover. Both of these are winter essentials. They're also timeless and the kind of thing that once you have, can come out of your wardrobe this time every year.
Something that is a little less timeless and maybe something that I wouldn't usually pick up is this jacket (also from Lacoste). I seldom go for big contrast panels but winter can often be all blacks and greys and browns and I think incorporating some fun like this can be a nice idea.
Finally, my favourite piece is this shearling jacket from Belstaff. It's so soft and luxurious and will keep me warm for many winters to come.
I had such a nice day out with my brother and a really relaxed shopping experience. I'm going to try to get Tanya to come with me again some time in December so we can get as much of our Christmas shopping done. We'll wrap up warm, drink hot chocolate from the Starbucks and get as festive as possible. I'm sure she'd love to... I told her about all the shoes and handbags that I saw.
Thanks for reading.
And thank you to Bicester village for inviting me, you were a pleasure to work with.