As a mum, shopping trips are never cut and dry and we tend to get overlooked, so when Marks and Spencer invited me to check out their new store in St Helens which opened in March, I jumped at the chance! Finally, some dedicated me time and the chance to check out the new Spring/Summer 2019 clothing range!
Walking into the store, you immediately notice how spacious, light and airy the layout of the store is, with plenty of room to walk around the clothes on offer. This is exactly what you want when on a clothes shopping mission and you find yourself falling in love with most items! The M&S Spring/Summer 2019 collection is really refreshing, there really is something for all tastes… and ages!
I particuarly liked this collection of t-shirts – funky, bold and perfect for summer. The t-shirts come in a range of styles, from straight fit, relaxed, fitted and more and are all made from responsibly sourced cotton. All are very reasonbly priced too, with the white and coloured lines ‘Weekend’ t-shirt ringing in at £6.50!
The ‘Holiday’ section was positively brimming with swim and beachwear for all shapes and sizes!
This dress is so on trend right now – perfect for any holidays you may have planned and with simply adding a denim jacket, can easily be transformed into a night time outfit.
What were my picks at the Marks and Spencer St Helens store?
I live in jeans, they are my absolute wardrobe staple and will dress up or casually, depending on whether I need a day or night time outfit. With the help of Imogen who works on the visuals side, we made our way through the store, checking out the range to find what would suit me. I think I tend to stick to the same look as it is what I feel comfortable with, though after losing weight following the Keto lifestyle, it was time for a change… and time to show off the curves! We felt a trip to the M&S cafe which is on the first floor (alongside menswear and childrenswear) and overlooks the retail park would be a great start. Offering lots of yummy menu options, I stayed true to form with a black coffee, the tea-cake unfortunately wasn’t mine, but did look mouthwateringly good!
The cafe, just like the rest of the store has a light and airy feel to it and despite the number of shoppers dining, it was relatively quiet (and super clean!), making it the perfect starting point for the day!
After refreshments, Imogen and I set off to explore the store and quickly found ourselves laden with clothes to try on. Struggling for hanging space in the changing rooms, the fun started… but what would suit and would I be surprised?
The ‘Weekend’ t-shirt was always a given, it is totally my style and I loved the fit. The sculpt & lift, mid rise & skinny jeans (£35) which I had chosen from a range of styles… and names, were deemed too baggy at this stage and it was time to venture into the next size down from the jeans I walked in wearing! Cue huge amounts of surprise!
Not the greatest tshirt for a selfie, but I simply could not resist the ‘Oh My’ straight fitted tshirt (£6.50) – it certainly does the talking when I can’t! The straight fit gives more scope for how you wear the tshirt, allowing you to hinch one side up into jeans to give your outfit a more relaxed look.
I do love a good shirt – such a simple item can be formal or smart casual and can easily be transformed from a day look into a night look. The texture of this shirt (£29.50) is what made it stand out from being a plain look. Light and comfortable to wear, it is perfect for summer evenings.
I had been on the search for the perfect Spring/Summer jacket that would just go with ‘everything’. Thinking along the lines of a denim jacket, but not wanting the traditional blue as there are very few who can pull off the double denim look, my search halted immediately when I laid eyes on this gorgeous dusky pink denim jacket (£35). Crafted from pure (responsibly sourced) cotton, the jacket is soft to the touch and superbly comfortable when worn.
I may well have stuck with my favoured look, but I loved everything that I tried on and that’s what is important to me. If I feel comfortable wearing an outfit then I project that.
I walked into the Marks and Spencer store in St. Helen’s not knowing what to expect and walked out over the moon. Not only had I chosen some on trend key pieces that will see me through Spring, Summer and beyond (we all know M&S clothes wash and keep well!), I had also been pleasantly surprised by the sizings which gave me a massive confidence boost. You can check out my Spring/Summer shopping haul in full at the Sim’s Life Instagram account alongside stories of the trip in the highlights section.
Most importantly though, I had so much fun, with huge thanks to Imogen who was my buddy for the day, offering fantastic style advice and making it feel like I was shopping with a friend! The staff in the store are all so super friendly and want you to enjoy your time in their store, so are on hand if you need advice or pointing in the right direction.
Disclosure: A huge thank you to M&S for the opportunity to visit their new St Helens store based at the Ravenhead Retail Park and for gifting me the clothes featured in this post – I may have treated myself to some extra, it had to be done! 😉