Here at BWC HQ we always like to shop small and have championed many independent local businesses over the years. HOWEVER, between the three of us we have five wonderful children and it can be darn right expensive to kit them (and ourselves) out in fancy threads when they go through clothes at the rate of knots!
I’d heard that the Grafton Centre in Cambridge was having a little face lift, so when I was invited to pop down and take a peek I jumped at the chance to see what delights they had in store (pun intended!).
Right, lets get the boring stuff out of the way. There is a huge carpark – tick. No queuing to park – tick tick. The cost of parking is considerably cheaper than in the city centre – tick tick tick! I also love the fact that the city’s only Mothercare is positioned right next door to H&M (which includes it’s kids department) so I can shop for them and me without breaking a sweat! #mumlife
On my little shopping expedition I was lucky to be sans kids so I made a beeline for the “grown up” shops, hitting up Boots first for my makeup staple (and bloggers fav) Maybelline The Eye Eraser concealer. This stuff is the nuts. I also treated myself to a new Maybelline liquid matte lipstick because why the hell not!
A quick peruse in H&M resulted in the purchase of not one but two Autumnal tops (breton ruffle, see above, and a green sparkly knit) which I know will be two of my wardrobe staples over the next few months. I then popped into New Look (at thirty seven am I too old for NL? Answers on a postcard!) and nabbed a rather swish hot pink faux leather mini skirt, a classic black stretch midi skirt and (randomly) a charming cream and gold initial mug! The mug has got “hot chocolate” written allllll over it.
After a pitstop at Millie’s Cookies (what can I say, I love the oat and raisin. Also great for bribery when shopping with the children! My youngest once had three….) I couldn’t resist a peek in Mothercare where I bought an adorable Little Bird babygrow for my 3rd baby, expected in the Spring.
Then just like that it was time to head home and put my Mum Hat back on. I didn’t even get a chance to check out NEXT or Debenhams beauty department. Which means only one thing…I’ll have to make another trip again soon! If you don’t want the hassle of the city centre (expensive parking, queuing and crowds!) and love everything under one roof, then pay a visit to the Grafton Centre this Autumn.
On a side note: Primark is a stones throw from the centre as are some of the best charity shops in town! Insane chinese dumplings are also minutes away.