Wednesday, August 20, 2014

One high street, one million emotions

A casual trip down the high street can instantly change into an emotional experience as you totter on throughout the different shops. Sometimes it leads you to focus more on the atmosphere of the shop rather than the clothes themselves, especially if you're a window shopper, still waiting a week till your wages. If I'm not making any sense I'll describe to you the different experiences and emotions you can have in a matter of half an hour thanks to the high streets of today.


Primark, aka cry-mark has been on our high street for over 50 years now, and due to the recent recession the popularity of Primark has risen. The reason I say cry-mark is because it's 99.9% likely that a baby will be crying in the background whilst you step over the rising mountain of clothes that are building up on the floor. Yes Primark is very stressful, but if you're willing to have a good rummage (like in a jumblesale) then you'll probably be able to find some great bargains. In the major cities Primark can be an absolute nightmare as you weave in and out the crammed rails which can seem to go on for miles, especially with random prams acting as hurdles. The trick is to go during a weekday when it's a little less manic.


Welcome to the jungle. Over by the river you'll see a pair of Hollister shorts, and if you look to the left over the walkway there's a small glimpse of the new range Hollister swimwear. Yes, entering Hollister can be almost like a tour guide into the Amazon rainforest as you'll dodge and shimmy around the potted plants surrounding the store. Even the entrance can look like you've traveled across the world as it resembles more of a Chinese design (I seriously thought at first sight it was a Chinease restaurant). Saying all this, everything about Hollister is adventurous. Even though you plan to not buy anything you'll find yourself venturing inside just for the smell of the Hollister scent and the really fit six pack models on the bags. We're girls, what do you expect, it's in our nature. 

Cath Kidston

The first time I heard of Cath Kidston, I knew her products were cute but little did I know how cute and shabby chic the decor would be inside the stores. Every inch of Cath Kidston pays attention to the theme and detail; I thought I'd stepped into a real life dolls house in my first visit. The thing I love about Cath Kidston is that her stuff doesn't stop at cushions and bed throws, she sells rolls of material and has a whole collection for sewers which encourages people to make their own Cath Kidston products. TIP OF THE DAY: don't buy expensive Cath Kidston material if you have no idea what you're doing with a sewing machine or a sewing needle, it's not worth the stress or "ouch's" from poking yourself with the needle.


Enter, inhale, buy. Pretty much the routine you'll repeat whilst in Lush. Even if you don't plan to go inside, the scent whilst walking past is close to heaven so ignoring it would be some kind of cruel gesture. Upon entering you'll see a rainbow of bath products in the shapes of flowers, planets and magic wands. Everyone wants to say they've bathed with Mars and Poppy's in their bath, the weirder the combination the better. Not only is the scent and products highly hypnotising, but the policy of not testing their products on animals does help us feel even more prone to buying a bath bomb (which if you're me, you'll never use because you always have showers) knowing all the bunnies in world are okay with Lush. Surprisingly, Lush are now hosting children's parties which is honestly the best idea I've heard, if I had kids that would be where I would take them, mostly so I can get some free bath products.

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