There´s no denying it, I love a good bargain. Especially good quality and coveted designer scoops. So when my good friend and fellow blogger Anna suggested a girls day shopping trip to Bicester Village, the go-to Designer Outlet in the UK – I was there in a heartbeat (quite literally).
I like to plan as much as I can before embarking on a pre-planned shopping excursion – especially when it comes to outlets, where stock is more limited. After scouting out the designers and brands I wanted to visit in advance – and honing down what investment pieces I actually needed (always a good idea to have yes and no´s in mind) – we jumped on the train from London Marylebone directly to Bicester Village (in only 46 min!). I can see myself making this a regular occurrence…
But first things´s first – lunch! After seeing countless of lust worthy images from Farmshop (the cutest café, part of the Soho House group) – we began our day feasting on Goats Cheese and Beetroot Salad, with lots of tea and fresh juice. After eating and nattering away, we were ready to hit the shops!
One thing we were particularly excited about was checking out all the new spring stock! I am getting pretty fed up with the dark and heavy winter collections, so it was nice to get a injection of lighter styles and fresh colour palettes…
Bicester really has it all. From Stella McCartney, Sandro, Tod´s, Celiné, Fendi, Gucci, Kenzo, Valentino, Balenciga (see full brand list here)… It´s pretty easy to get overwhelmed, especially if you´re not hunting for something specific. There´s a lot to choose from, and a little insider tip is to ask for more styles from the stockroom, if the colour or style you´re after isn´t on display (this is particularly useful when it comes to bags).
Talking about bags… My intention was to to scoop up one from either Saint Laurent or Celiné – two of my go-to bag designers. And although there was a great selection to choose from, I am so picky when it comes to my bags and I knew exactly what I was after (a classic cross-body bag). Sadly, I didn´t find the one. Of course, the price is great, compared to the full price retail – but with any investment, I always need to be 100% sure. Luckily, they have new drops quite often, and I gave my number to a few stores, who will be calling me if the style I´m after comes in. Fingers crossed…
Oh, and even though I´m much more into my bags – the shoe selection at Saint Laurent was pretty tempting too…
Although it was so re-freshing to see all the new season styles – I am forever tempted by shearling and leather – of which there was plentiful. I particularly regret not picking up this long cream coat from Celiné – the ideal investment piece.
So after realising I was not going to leave with my dream bag – the hunt for something else shiny and new continued. It didn´t take long until I´d picked up some other great buys…
THE ALLSAINTS SHEARLING BIKER
No surprise, it was pretty much love at first sight when I spotted this dream of a shearling biker from AllSaints. It had been on my wish list when it first dropped into stores last year, but a bit too pricey at the time.
This was certainly a coveted scoop – and a piece which will no doubt last me for years and years. The best part with it? It has adjustable arms; meaning you can have it cropped (which I prefer) or long (if it’s cold). Perfect! Full outfit of me wearing it in action, coming soon.
Available at Bicester Village now (reduced from to £698 to £370) – or alternatively, buy similar here on sale.
LE CREUSET KITCHEN ESSENTIALS
As well as Celiné and Prada – Bicester also have a great selection of homeware – from The White Company, Ralph Lauren, to one of my favourites – cult classic, Le Creuset. I can´t tell you how long I´ve waited to invest in one of their classic black ceramic dishes – and whilst I was there, I did (evidently) go a bit mad (I blame it on the savings). But their pieces are so timeless, and opting for black is always a winner (which luckily slots very nicely into our new kitchen!).
Available at Bicester Village now (with prices from £5.90) – or shop here.
THE KENZO SWEATER
You all know I am weak for a good statement sweater – and one thing I´ve been lusting after for a good while, is a classic Kenzo jumper. I was tempted to go for the more original one with the brand logo, but when I spotted this one from their SS15 collection (which had luckily just dropped in the day before) – I was sold. I love the fresh blue colour and well, Paris, will always hold a place in my heart.
Available at Bicester Village now (reduced from to £198 to £125) – or shop Kenzo sweatshirts here.
All in all, a very successful (and fun) trip! Although I didn’t end up with a bag I was after, I´m so happy with the rest of my purchases – two classic wardrobe essentials and the ultimate kitchen additions. Mission completed.
This post was in collaboration with Bicester Village – all words, styling, content and opinions are (as always) my own.