Tuesday, 22 November 2011

A Cath Kidston kind of weekend

I had such a great weekend, as I mentioned we went down to my daughter's where my clever Hb managed to get her downstairs radiators working. Luckily the weather is still so mild that this has not really been a problem but when our winter eventually arrives I am sure she will appreciate some warmth.
On the Sunday we went to Gunwharf Quays at nearby Portsmouth. This is a great "outlet" shopping Centre with all the Big Name shops with slightly smaller prices.



It was another glorious blue sky day... as it was on Saturday as well. It was so mild it really did not feel like 5 weeks until Christmas day.
This is the Spinnaker Tower which is a landmark you can see for miles. We did not have time to go up to the viewing platform but will do so another day.

You could also see the ferries which go over the the Isle of Wight.














We had many happy holidays with the children over on the Isle of Wight and will return there again as it can easily be done as a day visit.







The main reason for our visit on Sunday though was to go to the Cath Kidston outlet shop and we were not disappointed.








We turned down one of the walk ways and there was.....
















One of my favourite shops. It was absolutely heaving with people and it was not really surprising as most things in the shop were half price.










                                                       Lots of lovely goodies on display
We emerged from the shop with bulging bags!
We did some other shopping too and as we left I took a few more photos of the sea front and I just love the milky light in these photos.


I know you will all be itching to see what we bought and a few bits I cannot show as they are off to Father Christmas' sleigh! We really were so spoilt for choice. Milly decided she would like a new weekend holdall for Christmas and found this beauty




This is a REALLY big bag and has an extra strap inside that clips on at the side to make it possible to put the bag across your shoulders. It is a cotton fabric but is Teflon coated so if it gets any marks they can be really easily removed.













I spotted this WONDERFUL retro Christmas print half apron. This just sums up the Christmas paper that was around when I was a little girl and transported me straight back to 1968!!
I am in love! It has a great little pocket too and I may even use it for my crafting as well as cooking. It wraps around you and the ties can then be brought round to fasten at the front.

                                           Here are close ups of this wonderful fabric

I also chose a bag to send to Santa's sleigh




Mine is an oilskin "fabric" medium sized tote bag and has a wonderful retro London Olympic games print. I shall have to be patient for another 5 weeks until I can use it and my Hb has told me I must "forget" it has been bought so that I can be surprised on the big day!







and just as we were about to pay just look what I caught sight of...
Needless to say it went into the shopping basket. How ME is that.........??!!!

Welcome to the Christmas Season everyone and I now have a new Santa sack to hang up on Christmas eve, only 33 days to go!

Bye for now,

Jane x

14 comments:

  1. Oh my, this got me in the Christmas spirit! We have to get through Thanksgiving - day after tomorrow - then I can jump wholeheartedly into the holiday "stuff". You're so lucky to get a discount there.. I just put in an order to CK and can't wait to get my tartan plaid day bag! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  2. Yes Teresa us Brits are on the sleigh ride to Christmas Day with nothing in between for us! The outlet CK shops are terrific for savings. I bet you are looking forward to getting your new bag too.
    Jane x

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  3. Half price Cath Kidston ~ brilliant! You lucky girl Jane. I love all your purchases especially the bags, I love bags and when they're CK even better! :)
    The weather looked beautiful!
    Not sure if I want to know how many days to Christmas, still so much to do!!!!
    Vivienne x
    P.S. I too am old enough to remember wrapping paper like that!

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  4. Don't you just love those bags Vivienne! I knew you would remember the old paper from the 60s it was really thin too but those images just transport us back!
    Jane x

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  5. I would do anything to get to go to that outlet. I would have so much fun and spent so much money.......i guess it's a good thing I'm here and not there. Love all your purchases!!! So happy you had fun. xoRobin❤

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  6. Wonderful finds, Jane!

    I would have gone CRAZY in there, you chose just perfect things! And I admire you being so wonderful with you presents, you patiently wait the Christmas Day before opening your packages!! And what a great surprise it'll be them ;)

    Happy week - there's only little time to go!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  7. It is a CK wonderland there Robin and yes you would spend lots but such great bargains!
    Jane x

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  8. The shop was so busy Mia. I am delighted with my finds and Santa was too ;-) Keep warm in your winter wonderland .
    Jane x

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  9. So glad to hear you had such a lovely happy time, Jane! Loved all your interesting pictures. Those CK purchases are wonderful....the boats print is one of my very favourite ones. And CK always does Christmas so well too! Enjoy your week.
    Helen x

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  10. What a fun store! I love the patterns and the retro style. It does take me back to sitting on the floor, ripping that thin paper off of packages. Love the sights photos too!

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  11. The boat print is one of my favourites too Helen, we have a towel with the same print! And yes CK does do Christmas SO well.
    Jane x

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  12. It really takes you back doesn't it Linda with that really flimsy paper ;0) Some of the foil papers we have now are almost impossible to rip. I used to love ripping open my parcels from Santa, always in my nightee and at some unearthly hour of the morning - my poor parents!
    Jane x

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  13. Dear Jane, can you believe that I have photos of that Spinnaker Tower from my sister! I was so surprised to see it here. Once she sent us photos to show how they went with the ferry to the other side for shopping!
    I see you had great time and found fabulous shoppings! I love your Christmas secret present, apron and the sock!
    Hugs from Teje

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  14. What a coincidence Teje, one day we will go up to see the view from the Tower and also take the ferry over to the Isle of Wight.That is a great place too!
    Jane x

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