Getting Summer Ready on a Budget with The Meadows Shopping Centre

The Meadows Shopping Centre

It seems that most of us really did have a very sunny bank holiday weekend and for once the weather didn’t get the memo about it being a bank holiday.

What a scorcher it was. Did you manage to get out and enjoy it?

Of course, like many others it seems to have caught me on the hop and my wardrobe was still Winter ready leaving me searching wildly for something with short sleeves and trousers or any type of bottoms which weren’t my trusted jeans. After madly searching I did find a few things however I seem to have gained weight and not many of last years Summer clothes fit me anymore – that diet and exercise plan didn’t happen for me again.

With 3 mini breaks booked for this month alone this needed fixing promptly and while I hate shopping I did need to try clothes on so headed somewhere I knew would have everything I needed to get summer ready in one place. I hate nothing more than tramping all over town from store to store and much prefer to head to a shopping centre instead so I can park up and then just shop – of course the fact I headed off on the hottest day of the year didn’t deter me as it was very cool inside The Meadows Shopping Centre in Chelmsford – perhaps something to remember for those of you like me who don’t cope well with the heat.

My first stop was Warehouse as this weekend they had a offer on of 20% off and due to being on a tight budget this month with family and friends weddings, every penny saved goes towards our mini breaks. Of course I headed straight to the sale rail where I found a gorgeous jumpsuit in my size for only £12! A total bargain.

Warehouse jumpsuit

I also managed to find 2 dresses I liked, well I found a few more but they didn’t fit or suit me – with the sale rail and the added 20% off none sale items my 3 purchases came to £67.20 (without the jumpsuit being in the sale and the  20% off it should have been a total of £118)

Warehouse Dress
Please excuse Emmy’s photography skills while in the changing rooms – I’m not sure why I am missing my head

Next up, I needed some tops so headed into a cute little store called Limelight which sells a mix of women’s clothing from tracksuits to dresses, tops, bags and even shoes. I found 3 pairs of flowing parachute style trousers in here as well as 2 pretty tops. It’s worth noting this store accepts cash only but there are lots of cash points around so that wasn’t a problem. The trousers were only £12 each while the tops £10.

Top for sale The Meadows Shopping Centre

I tried on sandals in both Limelight and Warehouse before heading to Warren James Jewellers to find some new holiday earrings – I am not sure how I manage it but I seem to lose them every few months and therefore they need replacing quite often. I like Warren James as I can grab a few pairs in different styles rather cheaply and not get too upset when I can’t locate the safe place I have left them this time – quite often I find them in my washbag/make-up bag after a holiday or after swimming.

I then popped into Ann Summers – no not for that reason, remove your dirty thoughts, I actually went for a bra fitting as they had a huge sale on where you can buy selected bras for £10, it’s been a while since I was last fitted and I was wearing the wrong size (like many of us women – who has the time to get fitted that often?).  I now have some lovely new ones which were a total bargain, which I will not be modelling for this post.

Bra offer Ann Summers The Meadows Shopping Centre

Getting summer ready isn’t just about clothes though so my next stop was Superdrug to stock up on sun cream, they have quite a few offers on currently so you can make a saving there including buy 1 get the 2nd half price – and I *may have* stopped by the fake take aisle as my legs have been hidden away all Winter and resemble milk bottles.

Sun cream on offer in Superdrug The Meadows Shopping CentreFake Tan on offer in The Meadows Shopping Centre

Also hair removal creams because well if my legs are going to meet the public and be on full view lets just say I am doing you all a favour! (I can’t be the only one who shaves their legs less often in the cold weather). Many of the removal creams are less than half price.

Hair removal cream The Meadows Shopping Centre

My final stop on my getting summer ready mission was Wilko’s where I picked up some faux flowers to make a nice table centre piece (my kids have picked all of my flowers in the garden so they can’t be trusted with real ones for a while) and I also managed to pick up some seat cushions for the garden and some very cute ice cream sundae cups which were just £1.25 each, and a new picnic blanket so I can keep one in the car and another in the house for our local park trips.

Faux flowers in Wilkos The Meadow Shopping Centre

I may have just ran into TUI on the way out too to grab some holiday brochure’s as we are in the process of searching for a holiday for next year to take the kids abroad for the first time and to celebrate both Paul’s and my 40th birthdays. When I do get around to booking I must remember to head back to the shopping centre for a new suitcase and I was pleased to see I could also get my foreign currency here too.

I think that was a rather successful shopping trip in all and I’ve even scanned our parking ticket as when parking in the Q-Park multi-storey they have a loyalty scheme where you can park for free on your 6th visit.

Q-Park loyality app The Meadows Shopping Centre

For a full list of shops and restaurant’s in The Meadows Shopping Centre do take a look at their website and you can also follow on Facebook and Twitter to find the latest offers.

**This is a collaborative post with The Meadows Shopping Centre Chelmsford**

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