Sunday, 19 October 2014

#FallFashionChallenge at Junction 32

There have been many moments in my life when I've felt very glad that I took up blogging. It's opened up many opportunities to me and also made me a ruckload of new friends. Online ones of course, but many of whom I've had the pleasure of meeting in real life. Last weekend another such opportunity opened itself up to me, in the form of the Junction 32 #FallFashionChallenge. Four bloggers were faced with the "challenge" (if you can call it that!) of spending £100 gift voucher at the Junction 32 Shopping Village near Castleford.

We were met by the lovely Rachael from the PR agency, and treated to a VIP brunch by Thorntons, which was very nice and made us feel pretty awesome. I met the lovely Esther from Inside Out and About, Laura from A Forte for Fashion, and another lovely blogger Hannah, whose blog name I will find out!

At first, it was loads of fun, trawling round shops without children looking for a perfect outfit for the school rub (every blogger had a different outfit challenge), but I soon realised that shopping under pressure with a particular "look" in mind, is not that easy, at all! The other bloggers and I kept running into one another desperately chanting, "have you found anything yet?!" to which the answer was usually a panicked, "no!". Still, it was nice to see what Junction 32 has to offer and I thought the variety of shops was pretty good for a shopping outlet. Basically, it tends to have last season's offerings at hugely discounted prices, and shops range from M&S, Next, Mango, and the like to quite a few homeware and outdoor type shops.

I thought the best clothes were in M&S, mainly because of the size of the store and the fact that it wasn't all Summer clothes. After much searching, I found a fitted black cotton/wool mix dress with leather shoulder pads, it sounds hideous but actually it's lovely and really versatile, I can wear it dressed down or dressed up with accessories. I also spotted a really warm and cosy leopard print wrap that I can wear over the dress and sort of perks it up a bit, they go really well together, here is the finished product!

M&S Woollen Mix Winter Dress £19.99

Leopard Print Wrap £25

Copper Bracelet £5
And another more professional one..

In the changing room...

All the ladies with their outfits on...
I'm really pleased with my outfit and I've already worn it loads. Warm, comfortable and versatile too! Thank you Junction 32 for my voucher and a lovely day out!

I was given a voucher to purchase an outfit at Junction 32 Shopping Outlet, but all thoughts are my own.

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