Thursday, 31 August 2017

Golden Square Shopping Centre

Shopping on the UK high street is not all it’s cracked up to be. If you're a northerner like me, you have to be prepared; layers, flat shoes, and a waterproof coat (obviously). So this summer, it’s been a pleasant surprise to find out more about my local shopping centres; where you can find all the latest trends, under one (rain proof) roof. This weekend I popped up the M62 to Warrington, to visit the Golden Square shopping centre. It only took 35 minutes from Stockport, and is only 22 minutes on a train from Manchester city centre, so a perfect alternative to the busy Market Street!

I was invited along to find my new season picks from the fabulous selection of stores, and to give you a run down of what I bought. To be honest, I was spoilt for choice as soon as I walked in. The light airy centre had HUGE stores, most of which were set over two floors, and also boasts a fantastic outside courtyard where the main eateries are based. 

From high fashion faves such as Topshop and H&M to bargain central Primark; Golden Square has everything you need for a great day shopping. As usual, Topshop was first on my agenda. They had a great selection of new AW17 pieces as well as some current summery bits. As I go away at the start of September, I was drawn to sunshine slogan tees and all things gingham! I tried on some fabulous cropped ‘menzi’ trousers with a paper bag waist (SO flattering) and paired them with my absolute fave  ‘Mon Cherie’ bright red t-shirt (yass!). The girls in store were so helpful, and one of them actually followed my blog, which made my year! In the end, I stuck with my ‘need’ list and got some Gucci loafer-esque beauts - still a massive trend this season.

Next up was H&M. Now this store was massive. Nearly as big as the Market Street store, but so much neater and everything was in order (H&M can sometimes be like finding a needle in a hay stack). They had all the pieces that I had spotted online, and I immediately got myself over to the changing room! Tailored shirts and collar details are another big AW17 trend. Perfect office wear, or team them with some denim to balance out the look. This layered corset shirt was a dream. Flattering, comfortable and a high fashion look for just £29.99! I then moved onto this baby blue pleated shirt. I had so many comments from you guys on my IG stories, but for some reason…I left without buying it! I did however get a beautiful khaki shirt (colour of the season) and a poppy print, ballon sleeve blouse. My thoughts were that I could wear them more often and they would be more versatile in the long run (Mrs sensible over here!).

I spent the next hour wandering through the centre, buying bath bombs from lush (couldn’t resist), browsing the books in Waterstones and finishing off my trip with a hot chocolate (it may be August but it was 12c outside!) in the Thornton’s Cafe = perfection. I had a great time at the Golden Square shopping centre; it’s modern, full of the best high street stores and best of all is local! Thank you to the team for having me, I can’t wait to come back!

If you would like to visit the centre for yourself, then there is no better time than September when they have an amazing fashion event coming up! If you want to find your new season style and how to look like you’ve stepped straight off the pages of a fashion magazine then you need to get yourself over to Golden Square’s Look Book Live. The two day event – Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September - will take the key trends for the season and, with the help of an expert stylist, bring them to life using the centre’s new interactive giant fashion magazine. The event will be held at Golden Square Shopping Centre on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September from 11am to 4pm For further information please visit

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