Style

19
Oct

Pumpkin Spice And All Things Nice

This October we’re excited about pumpkin spiced lattes, walks in the falling autumn leaves, home-cooked food and Halloween. Autumn is when the last of the summer fruits have been picked and we see apples falling from trees right into bobbing basins, mushrooms in the woods and the harvest (and carving) of pumpkins.

If you’ve been inspired by the London Marathon, we have tips for setting fitness goals – we recommend hitting the park for a run or bike ride. The beautiful colours make it even more exhilarating, so why not make the most of the mild weather before winter arrives?

And we know it feels as though the children have only just settled back at school but it’s almost half-term so let’s share Halloween ideas too!

Spooky Style This October

Pumpkin carving

Set the scene for spooky celebrations this month. Whether you’re crafting kids costumes or getting creative with pumpkin carving, discover everything you need for fright night at the centre. Get into the spirit of the spooky season with quirky decor from Poundland.

  • Bobbing for apples is a Halloween tradition. All you need is a tub, water, and—you guessed it—apples.
  • Create a fun, ghostly atmosphere at home with lanterns, cobwebs and LED candles. Hang a wreath, string up lights, and display pumpkins.
  • Parents and older teens might love a horror movie night! From monsters and slashers to haunted hotels, there are plenty of classics to pick from!

Goodbye BBQ, Hello Comfort Food

seasonal autumn fruits and vegetables

Out with the salads and in with the soups, pies and crumbles. This layered potato pie is great for chilly nights. It’s ideal for a fish fan, meat-lover or make it vegetarian or vegan with your choice of fillings.

From Tesco you’ll need:

  • 1kg potatoes (4 -6 people)
  • A large ovenproof dish
  • Any three of the following:
  • Ham or minced beef
  • Tuna or peeled cooked prawns
  • Carrots, peas, sweetcorn, leeks, baked beans or mixed beans

Here’s how to throw it all together:

  • Decide what fillings you would like (and if needed cook whilst potatoes are on)
  • Mash the potato (or cheat we won’t judge)
  • Put a layer of mash in the dish, add first filling
  • Add a layer of mash, add second filling
  • Add a layer of mash, add third filling plus a final layer of mash
  • Top with optional slices of peppers, tomato or chorizo
  • Sprinkle added extras on top – dried parsley, chilli flakes, breadcrumbs or grated cheese
  • Cook for 20 minutes at 220°C or until golden brown

Serve with French bread and butter, or depending on fillings add gravy or baked beans.

Fall In Love With Fitness

trainers on autumn leaves

How often have you set yourself a goal, been motivated on day one, then days later fallen off the bandwagon? Whatever your motivation, get kitted out with fitness supplies from Sports Direct and follow these tips to get started.

 

Set realistic goals

Don’t throw yourself in at the deep end with your end goal. Losing five stone or running a marathon can take months to reach. Break your final goal down into smaller monthly goals. For example ‘lose 2lbs’ or ‘run 2km more this month.’ 

Understand motivation fluctuates

Accept that motivation will fluctuate and your new routine won’t always go to plan. Don’t beat yourself up, keep mainly consistent with your exercise and you will see results.

Be accountable to your goals

You can either be accountable to yourself or to someone else. If you’re not self-motivated, tell a friend your goal. Check-in with them regularly to keep yourself on track.

 

It’s important to celebrate success and reward yourself. You’ve made big changes so celebrate each kg you lose or every extra bit you run. A glass of wine every now and then at The Crown & Cushion never hurt anyone!

We hope we have given you some style ideas for October, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

6
Oct

Warmer Style For The Colder Weather

Summer may be on the way out, but there is still plenty to get excited about – including National Chocolate Week and all those cosy evenings spent at home!

So, get excited for our look at the October hair and makeup trends, ideas for nights in and plenty more besides.

Get The October Look

women with red lipstick red jumper

Get ready to welcome the autumn season in good style. Just as a great leather jacket can transform your autumn outfits, these makeup looks will make a serious statement.

Berry Lips

Deep lips are always on-trend, and berry tones are universally flattering. Look at any beauty magazine and you will see that the berry lip has reinvented itself as a transitional shade, transcending seasons, meaning that when you find your perfect berry shade (we love Boots No7 colours), you’ll get year-round wear.

Bordeaux Lips

If berry isn’t your thing, why not bring some wine to your lips? Rich burgundy lipstick pairs perfectly with black mascara. Use a lip liner to keep the pigment from feathering. Check out the MAC collection in Boots.

Highlighted Skin

Unlike contouring, which has gradually been disappearing from our radar, highlighting is a great way to emphasise the points of your face where the light hits. Add highlighter to your Cupid’s bow, cheekbones and brow to give your skin a naturally gorgeous finish. Bodycare has a good selection of makeup. 

Chocolate Lovers

chocolates in hands

National Chocolate Week starts on October 14th! At Peacock’s Café we will be swapping our Cappuccino for a Mocha this week!

Did you know the first chocolate bar was invented in 1847 by Joseph Fry? As a trained doctor, he was convinced of its health-giving properties and saw it as a nutritious alternative to alcohol! If only.

To celebrate, there’s plenty you can do at home. Why not host your own tasting evening? It can be as simple as trying chocolate from a new country or getting creative and curating your own selection of bars from Tesco.

Choose a classic dark chocolate. Next, look for milk chocolate – a high cocoa content milk chocolate will provide more of a ‘cocoa hit’ without the bitterness of dark chocolate. But don’t forget white chocolate for the sweeter teeth amongst your friends and families!

You could also celebrate with the kids and try an afternoon of chocolate truffle making or create a chocolate mug cake in under ten minutes. But if you’re after a no-mess celebration, the chocolate cakes at Pound Bakery and Greggs will tantalise your taste buds. Oh, and don’t forget to treat the kids to chocolate milkshakes from McDonald’s this half term!

Cosy Night At Home

hot drink with book on tray

With the nights drawing in and a noticeable chill in the air, cosy nights are back in vogue.

  • Get comfy. One of the most important things about having a cosy night in is comfort, so treat yourself to an oversized hoodie from Sports Direct.
  • Stock up on snacks. No cosy night at home is complete without your favourite snacks from
  • Discover a good book – there’s plenty of choice in WHSmith. If you like good thriller try A Slow Fire Burning by The Girl On The Train author, Paula Hawkins.
  • Enjoy a pamper night at home. Bodycare has some great pamper products, as does Poundland. You might even find a chocolate face pack at Boots.
  • Finally, fill your favourite mug with hot chocolate. Marshmallows optional!

With all of these ideas for October just waiting to be tried, the colder weather doesn’t seem so bad after all, eh?

21
Sep

Stylish September

The most popular birthday in the UK is September 26th, so the chances are you know someone celebrating this month. That’s why we’re sharing memorable birthday ideas. With the annual Macmillan coffee mornings taking place, we explore the Swedish tradition of Fika, taking a break and relaxing over a drink or snack with others. Finally, with many of us returning to more normal routines, we suggest steps to take to reduce separation anxiety when leaving your pampered pooches at home.

Home Alone – Pet Parent Tips

Now the world is opening up again, could you spot the signs of separation anxiety in your pets? Changes in behaviour are common indicators. Coping mechanisms can include excessive barking, destruction near doors and windows, accidents, pacing and decreased appetite. To see how they behave when alone set up an indoor camera.

Unpredictability stresses dogs but routines help them cope. If you know change is coming, slowly introduce your pet to the idea of alone time. Take short trips without your dog and leave out Poundland treats and toys.

Before leaving home, set up a cosy, inviting space where they can’t destroy items or try to escape. Prior to leaving, engage your pet with a walk, or do some trick training, they might even sleep while you’re out!

Wake Up & Smell The Coffee

coffee and mince pie

It’s the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan Cancer Support on 24th September. Hosting a fun coffee morning and support a great cause. Pick up coffee supplies from Tesco, herbal teas from Grape Tree and baked treats from Greggs and Pound Bakery.

Fika is the Swedish custom of enjoying a coffee and cake with others. Some companies have a Fika clause in their contracts, because it’s therapeutic, promotes wellbeing and productivity. The properties and positive effects of caffeine on the body and mind include:

  • Physical wellbeing – Sitting for hours on computers isn’t healthy so if you’re homeworking break for coffee.
  • Relieves irritability – Taking a break from your desk relieves stress and tension.
  • Colleague collaboration – Take workplace coffee breaks to discuss work worries in a relaxed manner.

Coffee catch-ups are sociable – Fika with friends at Peacocks cafe or Massarella’s. No washing-up afterwards!

Party Like It’s Your Birthday

birthday decorations

After the cards hit the recycling, our tips will ensure the birthday person has memories to cherish.

Texting is nice but it just doesn’t hold birthday candle to something special. We love this September birthday rainbow card from Card Factory. You can customise it online and get free first class delivery. While there pick up lettered or numbered helium balloons for that special touch and Card Factory inflate them for free (phew)!

Whether you’re planning a surprise, or your own celebrations, accessories from Poundland makes things easy!

Real ales and dinner at The Crown & Cushion might be a good option for the man in your life. Stuck for the perfect gift? Treat him to trainers or a sports shirt from Sports Direct. For the special lady in your life, Warren James is a gem! For your BFF gift, get creative making your own hamper. Simply fill a gift box with pamper products from Boots and Bodycare. We’ve all forgotten about a birthday, fear not WHSmith is a great one-stop shop.

What’s more fun than opening presents? Finding them! For a birthday scavenger just hide gifts and clues throughout the home. Don’t forget the cake from Tesco’s!

That’s All, Folks!

We hope we have given you some style ideas for September, and we look forward to seeing you soon. The safety and comfort of our customers remains important. We would like to remind our customers that the use of face coverings is still recommended, to protect yourself and others throughout the centre. #ShoppingSafe

14
Sep

September In Bloom

September is a time for new beginnings and if you are looking to start a new creative hobby, we take a look at the simple yet effective craft of journaling. Think September means it’s time to pack away your secateurs for the year? Think again! If you’re green in the garden and not green fingered, we have some tips for the garden this month. And if you’re heading off to university, how can you create a student room with style? From bedding to decorations, we show you how to deck those halls!

A student room with style!

A nice living room

Let’s face it. Student rooms and shared houses aren’t pretty. The walls are plain, the curtains are in weird patterns and let’s not talk about the state of those carpets! Whether you’re a fresher, or a returning student renting a house, decorating your own space to make it feel like home is easy.

So, to bed Stylish bedding is a great start to introduce colour to your room. For a cosy vibe, dress your bed with a chunky throw.

Store while you snore In a small student room you’ll want to make the most of your space with storage solutions. Your desk will also need organisation. We recommend coming prepared with a magazine rack, a pen pot and an in-tray from WHSmith.

Let there be light A lamp is essential not only to show off your taste, but for that late night studying. Fairy lights can liven up a bare-walled room. Plus, fairy light curtains look amazing over windows.

Added extras

You don’t need to be green fingered to manage a houseplant if you consider cacti, aloe vera and spider plants. Not ready to become a plant-parent? Fake plants require zero watering!

Sweet smell of success

Candles and diffusers make a room smell fabulous. Visit Poundland for budget-friendly candles. Perfect for your relaxing haven.

Finally, don’t forget to check out Tesco for cutlery and pans!

Get organised, focused and creative with journaling

A diary open at september

With winter nights (sorry) looming, September is a great time to start a new hobby and we recommend journaling.  With mindfulness a growing focus in the UK, the use of journaling is growing in popularity, with searches for journals up 18% on craft websites.

Bullet Journaling uses a bullet point structure to keep on top of all your tasks. It’s designed to be quick, easy and creative! Your bullet journal gives you a birds-eye view of your tasks, work and social commitments and goals.

Use your journal to unleash your inner creative with lists, books to read, recipes and brainstorming. The creative personalisation will take your mind off worries and is perfect for mindfulness.

You can splash out on a fancy journal from WHSmith or grab a plain notebook. Stock up on highlighters, stickers and washi tape too!   

Hacks

  • When adding tasks into any sections, split them out as follows: Bullet point for Tasks, circles for Events and an asterisk for important!
  • Get yourself a bookmark to easily access main sections.
  • Sticky notes are great for reusing pages. Say you want to brainstorm ideas for a birthday party? Use a selection of post-it notes to scribble your ideas on. Once you’ve decided remove the notes ready for your next brainstorm.

What to sow and grow this September

Flowers

September might be peak harvest time, but there’s still plenty to do.

Vegetables and herbs

Sow salad leaves for quick crops and sow turnip seeds into well-prepared beds for small roots. If you have been growing herbs, now is the time to pot up mint and parsley for the kitchen windowsill.

Flower power

Continue to feed and deadhead hanging basket and containers. This time of year, you are planting for spring flowering bulb displays with flowers like Crocus, Narcissi and Alliums.

From the sofa

Grab that journal and plan next year’s garden with a sketch of your borders and vegetable plot.

27
Aug

Back to school must-haves!

Time flies when you’re having fun, and that’s never truer than over the summer holidays.

September will be here before you know it, and whether your child is starting school or returning for another year, it’s important that they’re well prepared for the new term. From uniforms to stationery supplies, we’ve rounded up the ‘back to school’ must-haves!

We’ve also put together a tonne of tips for people heading back to the office or continuing to work from home who are looking to build a simple (capsule) wardrobe.

And, because summer is nearly over, we’ve pulled together our favourite feel-good style hacks so you’ll be ready for anything Autumn throws at you!

Back to Skool School!

‘Back to school’ season is almost here, which means it’s time to stock up on essentials.

In all the chaos that comes with the new school year – it’s easy to miss something along the way. We’ve put together a basic checklist to ensure your child is properly prepared for the new school year.

Uniform: Head to Sports Direct for all your PE kit items. They have all the essentials for gym and after school classes. Visit Shoe Zone and Wards Shoes for new shoes, you might even be able to find a scuff-resistant pair to survive the playground!

Stationery: Poundland has a collection of fun and colourful pencil cases. What’s a pencil case without pens and pencils? Check out WHSmith for pens, notebooks and other essentials.

Back to the office in style

A woman with a mug that has like a boss written on it

If you’re heading back to the office soon, will you throw on those old clothes? If your workwear is in need of an update, a capsule wardrobe (a limited selection of interchangeable clothing pieces that complement each other) can be a great start to make you feel stylish and ready for anything!

Clothing priorities have changed in the past 18 months, so we suggest starting with a few key items to build your work capsule wardrobe:

An oversized blazer – A blazer elevates a simple outfit like a T-shirt and jeans, but can also be layered over skirts or midi dresses for office wear. If you like colours, a bright blazer can really lift the spirits.

A chic skirt – There’s a reason a black pencil skirt is a classic office wardrobe staple. Style a pencil skirt with an on-trend shirt print to start the week in style.

Trouser time – When the weather changes, play with different cuts to go to work. From cigarette trousers to culottes, find what works for you. Wear with a T-shirt for a casual look, and add a blazer for that all-important meeting.

T-time – A basic T-shirt is one of the easiest and most versatile wardrobe staples, and is also a staple business-casual item. It works well with a statement jacket or trousers.

Midi Wrap Dress – Plain or floral? Black or bright? Comfortable and easy to wear, picking a wrap dress is like after-work drinks at The Crown and Cushion – it’s hard to go for just one!

For jewellery head to Warren James – look for pieces that can be worn daily, but cool enough that they stand out. When it comes to shoes, invest in a pair of flat ballet pumps, ankle boots or knee-high boots and coloured heels – these will go with all your capsule wardrobe staples! Take a look at Shoe Zone for your autumn footwear.

These tips should stop you stressing over your back to work outfits, and give yourself more time to pick up a coffee from Peacocks Café from The Pavements on the way to work!

Or, treat yourself to some delicious artisan bread from Cawa and enjoy it with a lovely cup of coffee in the outside seating area.

Home Office Inspiration – How to create your ideal desk

A home office

If you’re working from home it is time to say hello to the hot desk! There’s never been a better time to ditch the dining room table (or sofa / bed / kitchen worktop) and create a working space to call your own.

If space or budget is limited, take a look at stylish ladder desks. If you have more space, consider a corner unit or even an ergonomic standing desk. Don’t forget a comfy yet stylish office chair!

Once you have your dedicated working area, create a harmonious atmosphere with soothing scents and faux plants from Poundland. Why not invest in a sleek desk trinket to make yourself a cool, inspirational place to work? Check out The British Heart Foundation and Mencap charity shops for that unique desk decoration.

Finally, don’t forget to add lighting to your desk space and a selection of colourful notebooks from WHSmith. Keep your desk tidy with folders and storage.

We hope we have given you some late summer style ideas and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Shop safe

The safety and comfort of our customers remains important. The rules have changed; face coverings are no longer mandatory in the shopping centre. However, we would still recommend the use of face coverings in the centre to protect yourself and others. #ThankYou

20
Aug

Swinging Summer

Summer is a special time of year isn’t it? Those grey clouds are replaced by an azure sky. Longer, lighter and lazier days beckon. Whether you are home, or away, we have some great ideas (even if we do say so ourselves) to celebrate the Great British Summer. Sunny days (fingers crossed) provide the perfect backdrop for some BBQ fun with friends, family or neighbours. From afternoon tea for mum to three tips for a brilliant BBQ, there’s something for everyone in our summer style guide.

Afternoon Tea Week – tipsy afternoon tea with the ladies

afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea Week celebrates the great British tradition of Afternoon Tea and it is just the excuse to catch up with loved ones over a cuppa and some treats. #AfternoonTeaWeek takes place from 9th – 15th August. Grab your bestie and head to Peacocks Café or Massarella’s or why not pay tribute to the nation’s favourite pastime and create your own tea party with tea from Grapetree?

Throwing a tea party at home is a brilliant way to reconnect with loved ones. To be the ‘hostess with the mostess’ you’ll need a teapot, teacups, cutlery and cake slicers for serving. Charity shops are a good source for reasonably priced Chinaware and accessories to get that authentic olde English tearoom look.

If you own a tiered cake stand, dust it off and use it for the centrepiece. Don’t have one. No problem just follow these three tips to get your tea party down to a, well, T!

  1. Get ahead by prepping your sandwich fillings in advance, assemble just before guests arrive to avoid soggy sarnies. Simple classics include cucumber, smoked salmon and egg mayo!
  2. Don’t forget the Tea! Offer a variety of teas, like Earl Grey and English Breakfast, and add to the mix some trendy options like chai, mint or jasmine green tea.
  3. Let them eat cake! Throwing an afternoon tea party is all about having fun, so don’t feel that you have to bake all the cakes too! Head to Tesco for some good options. Their luxury Macarons will look cute on the cake stand!

With a bit of planning and preparation, it’s easy to recreate tea at home. For the essential ingredients we suggest:

  • Go vintage on the crockery. The British Heart Foundation and Mencap are treasure troves full of vintage, retro, pre-loved items so you might find those ‘must-have’ china cups.  Don’t worry if the patterns are mismatched!
  • Adding special touches with lace-like doilies from, napkins and party pieces from Poundland.
  • Baking your own scones try this easy scone recipe. Make in advance and simply warm through before serving.

Finally, if you’re feeling especially fancy, treat guests to a glass of prosecco with their afternoon tea.

It’s National Prosecco Day on a Friday 13th August so why not make tea tipsy and raise a glass (or two) at Crown & Cushion?

BBQ Brilliance

bbq

Nothing beats the aroma of something sizzling and succulent on the grill, mellow tunes playing in the background, a cool drink in hand. We’ve cooked up a three-step guide just for you. Follow these tips to ensure that your summer BBQ goes off without a hitch.

  1. Get Prepping
    One of the key aspects of a brilliant BBQ is preparation. Of course, you’ll need to set a date and get your invites out.
    From setting your menu to organising ingredients, you’ll want to make sure you’re on top of every part of your BBQ. We suggest stocking up at Tesco! Find out if you are catering for any fish eaters, vegetarians or vegans. Wrap veggies in foil parcels and grill them on the barbecue to cater for all your guests. Nowadays there are some fantastic non meat BBQ recipes.
  2. Theme setting
    When you’re getting ready for your BBQ, it’s a good idea to set out the general theme and atmosphere that you’re aiming for. For example, are you looking to create a casual ‘Aussie Style’ event with a relaxed feel, or a chic ‘white theme’ BBQ party? After all, if you can’t get to Ibiza or Santorini, why not let the white isles come to you?
  3. Sip something
    While you can ask guests to bring a bottle, it’s also a good idea to offer some refreshments to complement your menu and create the right atmosphere. A pre-mixed non-alcoholic fruit punch or an alcoholic Pimm’s and lemonade go far and cater for everyone too.

Finally fake it until you make it

When it comes to the traditional BBQ it is all about the host having as much fun as the guests so keep it simple. So, let us share, our secret hacks include (ssshh just don’t tell everyone)

  • Say goodbye to dry burgers – place an ice cube in the centre of your burger patty and your burgers will be cooked through without being dry.
  • Five a day – Remember a simple and quick Greek side salad is a good accompaniment to meat – simply mix onion, cucumber, feta cheese in a bowl. Add some olive oil and a sprinkling of dry herbs!
  • No more washing up – use disposable plates to save on your washing up and avoid a next day headache, so head to Poundland.

We hope we have given you some style ideas for August and we look forward to seeing you soon. Shop safe.

The safety and comfort of our customers remains important. The rules have changed; face coverings are no longer mandatory in the shopping centre. However, we would still recommend the use of face coverings in the centre to protect yourself and others. #ThankYou

26
Jul

The Great Summer Staycation is here!

Schools out for summer! And with the holidays in full swing, we want to inspire you with some ideas to enjoy the Great British Summer, right here at home. Yes, that’s right. From activities for the children, to date time for mum and dad. There’s something for everyone in our summer style guide.

No more mum/dad i’m bored

Let’s face it, it’s been a worrying time for children and young people. Take a break from homeschooling, classroom bubbles and exam result waits and focus on the #bestsummerever! Here’s three activities to keep the little, and bigger ones entertained this July.

  1. Make your own lollies

    Who doesn’t love an ice lolly on a hot day? It’s a great way to help kids with their ‘5 a day’ too. Pick up some strawberries, bananas and blueberries from Tesco. Grab a lolly mould check out Poundland and you are ready to go! We think these Real Fruit Ice Lollies by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall look delicious!

  2. Camping under the stars

    Camping for a night at home has huge benefits. There’s no packing, no driving for miles to a crowded campsite, you can practically pick the weather, plus you have your own private bathroom nearby! A camp out is a fun activity for little ones and teens. Impress the kids with your outdoor skills (thank goodness the tool shed is nearby) and build something memorable. Pick up a tent from Sports Direct. Remember the marshmallows for an authentic campfire experience!

  3. Family Movie Marathon/Teen film night

    It’s easier than you think – all you need to worry about is choosing the perfect summer flick! Get away from the tablet and get closer to nature…even if that nature is your neighbour’s birch tree! While you may have a Wi-Fi signal in your garden, don’t use it to load up Netflix on your iPad. Hang a sheet from a clothesline, and project a film with a projector. Sure, there is some financial investment but a projector can be recycled for those winter movie nights in the lounge. Now where’s that popcorn?

Finally, it’s always a good idea to get some ‘wet day’ staples. Get crafty with supplies from Poundland. Their craft materials are fab for a rainy day – let’s hope there aren’t too many!

Date Day Ideas – First dates, anniversary dates, mates dates

July is the perfect time to put that all important date day in the diary.

There’s been little opportunity for date time. For a long-time shops, pubs and eateries were closed. Then we had outdoor dining in April too which was often a little on the chilly side.

Create the ‘First Dates’ vibe with a relaxed chat, coffee and cake at Peacocks Coffee Lounge.

Anniversary date? *wink* Grab a spot of lunch at Market Fish & Chip Shop, check out The Fragrance Shop for his and hers romantic summer fragrances and visit Warren James for that special anniversary gift! Mates Date? Grab a drink, or two, from the Crown and Cushion.

Destination : Home Garden

Unfortunately, a holiday might not be financially affordable or feasible for you this year. So, this July why not bring a holiday vibe to your own back garden?

Remodel your garden with a deck, or just jazz it up with some stylish accessories for those holiday vibes! This doesn’t mean you need a big space either… you can decorate the smallest of areas with cute lanterns, wild flowers and fairy lights. Enhancing your garden assets will offer an instant wow-factor to your home and provide somewhere to sit with a homemade cocktail! Make your own Tiki Bar and pretend you’re in Marbella!  Need inspiration? Visit Pinterest for ideas and YouTube for DIY tutorials!

Whether you are going all-out on DIY decking, or just adding some simple accessories, a garden revamp is perfect for summer. Nip to Poundland for some garden bargains and don’t forget to stock up on drink supplies and summer reads at Tesco! Add the hint of a beach for the little ones with a paddling pool or sandpit.

Shop safe

The safety and comfort of our customers remains important. The rules have changed; face coverings are no longer mandatory in the shopping centre. However, we would still recommend the use of face coverings in the centre to protect yourself and others. #ThankYou

10
Jun

Trust Us, Your Local Shopping Centre.

Being your local shopping centre, we think it’s important that all our loyal customers trust and feel safe when visiting the centre for a little R&R.

We understand that restrictions are easing and there is (fingers crossed) more to come with how we can celebrate special events or milestone occasions with our nearest and dearest. However, we’d like shoppers to remember that your safety is our priority…

Want to know what we’re doing to ensure optimum protection? Keep reading.

Walk This Way…

When you come to visit us at Chesterfield Pavements, you’ll notice new signs in the shops and around the centre, like the new restrictions on how to use our lifts and escalators. Plus, there are extra safety measures in place so you’re able to keep a 2-metre distance when ordering your favourite drink or pastry from Peacocks Café or Greggs for example. #ShopSafe

Sanitise, Sanitise!

In every store, from Card Factory to ShoeZone or The Fragrance Shop, you’ll find a bottle of sanitiser that you’ll be able to use before browsing through the aisles.

By keeping your hands clean with antibacterial gel, or even by popping t the centre’s toilets and giving them a quick wash, means that you’ll be killing pesky germs and protecting yourself and others from catching anything nasty. You know the drill!

Although, if you’d rather purchase your own little bottle to keep in your bag or pocket, pop to Boots or Tesco to pick one up.

Face Masks Are a Must…

We think that facemasks will stick around for the foreseeable… Even if the government says that all is ‘back to normal’, we think many individuals will keep facemasks a part of their capsule wardrobe. And of course, if you’re exempt from wearing a facemask, we understand.

So, if you’re part of the ‘Masks to Remain’ crowd, then be sure to stock up on a few more to get you through the rest of the year. If you didn’t know, you can actually buy facemasks to match your little one from Poundland, fun styles from WHSmith and even sporty ones from Sports Direct. #FacemaskForEveryDay

Book or be Booted!

We’re only kidding, you probably won’t be booted away if you haven’t secured a booking for a local restaurant or cinema trip. BUT it is best to book if you can do. For example, we’d suggest making a booking to get a spot at Market Fish & Chips – just so you don’t miss out on a time that works best for you! 😊

It also ensures that store managers know how many people to expect for the day and can process the required safety measures, as necessary.

We hope that this Style article has reassured you of the centre’s safety, and we look forward to seeing you again soon. #TimeToShop #SafetyFirst

6
Jun

Staycations Vs Vacations!

We’ve seen April 12th roll by, then May 17th came around quicker than we could say ‘dining indoors, and now June is on our doorsteps and we’re awaiting the news from good ol’ Boris come the 21st.

But we’ve noticed a lot of chatter around staying home for the summer holidays (again), or whether individuals will brave the current climate and hop on a plane to somewhere sunnier… Are you in two minds? Same here!

As your local shopping centre, we’re here to inspire readers with whatever decision they make. We’ll be going through activities you can enjoy during June and beyond if you’re not jetting off – plus, ideas on what to prepare if you are planning on having some fun in the sun.

Staying in the UK?

If you’ve opted to stay in the country this summer, there’s still plenty for you and your kiddies to enjoy! All the activities highlighted in the link here are ones hosted in our beloved Chesterfield.

The link above offers a super simple guide to what’s on for children and families over the next few months. From painting pots activities to sports centres and aqua park, you’ll be spoilt for choice, and we know the kids will LOVE spending time with their parents and besties alike.

We particularly like the idea of a day of petting our favourite animals at Matlock Farm Park, finished with a fun evening at Chesterfield bowl! Be sure to scroll through the entire list, there’s so much on offer! #TimeToHaveFun

If we’ve tempted you to stay in the UK for your summer hols, click the link to find out more and book your trips out today! Don’t forget to grab cosy clothes and even comfier shoes to complete these activities from Sports Direct and ShoeZone. Remember, it’s best to be prepared!

And not just this, we think it’s a fabulous idea to pop to Tesco and Poundland to grab fun activities that you can set up to do at home. From water slides to paddling pools and mini-inflatable bouncy castles, the kids will feel like they’re on holiday either way – as long as the UK weather holds up!

Treats at the Centre!

Look, everyone LOVES going on holiday, but the pandemic has put a couple of bumps in the road to say the least!).

So, if you want to save a few pennies, or don’t feel 100% to travel abroad yet, then there’s still LOADS of fun things to do when you next visit the centre. Here are just a few:

  • Enjoy with friends, or family to an evening at the flicks. Be sure to choose a good movie to watch and grab those essential snacks from Tesco or healthier bits from GrapeTree.
  • Enjoy takeaway treats from one of our many cafes. Whether pastries from Pound Bakery, homely comforts from Peacocks Café or sweet treats from Greggs. (Our favourites are their Yum Yums!). A sugary pit-stop, once you’ve finished shopping at the centre, is just what’s needed for a fun evening ahead.
  • For the kiddies, we’ve got activities and toys galore. WHSmith and Poundland have plenty of offers on at the mo, so you’ll be able to find something to take home for them to enjoy!

‘Seas the Day’

If you and your loved ones are going to ‘seize the day’ by swanning off on your holi-bobs, then we’re here to inspire you with all the essentials you’ll need to pack.

Suitcase essentials MUST include:
– The right clothing, from undies to tank tops! We’d recommend popping to Sports Direct and Tesco.
– The toiletries. Get your toothbrush, moisturisers, and makeup at the ready. Here is where you can grab the goods: Has to be Boots for us.
– SUN CREAM. Grab a bottle (or three) from Bodycare or Boots.
– Mini first aid kit, you know, just in case! We’d recommend getting stocked up on allergy medicines from Tesco too.
– And lastly, all your electronics, from chargers to protective cases. We think Top Gift is your best bet. 😊

It’s time for you to tick everything off of your list! *high five*

Now we’ll await for more information on the 21st June and whether or not more holidays abroad become a popular theme for 2021. Whatever you plan on doing this Summer, we hope we’ve helped inspire you! Remember to #ShopSafe when visiting the centre – we look forward to seeing you soon.

18
May

Mental Health Awareness in May

We know we’ve got lots to look forward to when it comes to the month of May (and beyond), but we need to remember the important stuff, like our mental health. Not always widely spoken about, but COVID-19 and the endless lockdowns have affected us all, however big or small. So, as your local and trustworthy shopping centre, we wanted to lend a helping hand for whenever you need one.

We’ll be talking about tips on how to talk to those who are suffering with their mental health, making sure you check in on loved and inspirational books to get your head in gear for a successful year ahead (plus more!).

Nature Is the New Theme!

Mental Health Awareness Week starts on the 10th of May and ends on the 16th, and as part of the week, the Mental Health Foundation have decided that ‘Nature’ is the theme for 2021.

Clever yet obvious! Access to nature has been crucial for millions of people during Lockdowns 1, 2 and 3. Individuals have re-discovered their love for local parks, simple beauties like running streams and long stretches of green countryside.

If you’d like to get involved in this charity or learn more, you can sign up to their newsletter by clicking here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/newsletter

We also think pencilling in a leisurely stroll with your nearest and dearest would be a great idea. Friendly chat, optional hot chocolate and Fitbit on full blast! This way you can get your 10k steps in whilst talking about anything that’s been on your mind. Remember, a problem shared is a problem halved!

If you’re in need of a watch to track your steps or new clothes to stay cosy on walks and runs, we’d suggest popping to Sports Direct, Shoezone and even Tesco’s. Now that the centre has re-opened fully, we’d like to remind our customers to still wear their facemasks and to keep a safe distance from others when visiting.

Time to Talk…

Reaching out to friends or family members that may be suffering from mental health can be difficult. Regardless, you should always make the effort to check in and see how they’re doing… We’ve got a few tips for those who feel they may need it:

  • Set aside time with no distractions. Be sure to choose a time that works for both of you, so you’re not interrupted! Plus, providing an open space with no judgements is a must. (Tea and biscuits are optional!).
  • Talk about ways of de-stressing or how to practice self-care. This could involve exercise, getting a good night’s sleep or having a little fun with DIY facemasks one evening. (Plus, it’s just an overall mood booster!).
  • Always ask how you can help. Such a simple gesture can show just how much you care and willingness to listen. If their mental health isn’t something that’s up for discussion right now, it’s fine! If they know there’s a friend they can lean on, they’ll talk to you when they’re ready.

Want to set up a few activities for when you next see a loved one? We’ve got tonnes of ideas! Grab a new recipe books from WHSmith and unleash your inner Nigella Lawson.

Pick up circuit training equipment from Sports Direct – we’re talking weights, yoga mats or even a hula-hoop (a 30-minute sesh will get your heart pumping!).

Or pop to Poundland and get your arts and crafts on! You could choose a scrapbook, stock up on glitter, glue, paint and start to create your own picture book full of memories.

Practice Positive Self-Talk!

This is an important factor for us all! We tend to be our own worst critics, so giving ourselves a little affirmation from time to time will do you the world of good.

Research shows that even a small shift in the way you talk to yourself can influence your ability to control your feelings and thoughts, especially when you’re under stress.

An example could be instead of saying, ‘ugh I totally messed that up’, you could say ‘I’ll try that again, just a different way!’.

Or start using sticky notes! Simply write down a few positive quotes or qualities that you love about yourself, like: ‘You’re going to ace today’, ‘Your smile is amazing’. We know, it sounds cheesy, but it’ll be the best thing to see first thing in the morning stuck to your bathroom mirror!

Think this would work for you? Head to WHSmith to pick up the essentials. Be sure to get colourful pens to write your positive words in.

Books to Inspire You

Reading your thing? Check out these inspirational reads to get you in the right mindset to smash 2021!

  • You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
  • Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World by William H. McRaven
  • Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
  • Choose Yourself by James Altucher

Be sure to grab new reads from Chesterfield Library, WHSmith or from Tesco’s. Now that the centre has re-opened fully, we’d like to remind our customers to still wear their facemasks and to keep a safe distance from others when visiting.

Treating Yourself Is Important!

Although you should always take the time out for a little TLC, you know, long bubble baths, Friday night treats from Market Fish & Chips or Pound Bakery and yoga sessions during lunch breaksTreating yourself with something you’ve had your eye on after completing a project at work or finishing the week on a positive note, even though you’ve been overwhelmed, is needed!!

Seeing as our stores have re-opened, why not create a wish list of all the things that have caught your eye and #ShopTilYouDrop when you’re next at the centre! First on our list is facemasks from Boots, baking utensils from Tesco or even a new fragrance from The Fragrance Shop. (The list goes on…).

From everyone here at Chesterfield Pavements, we’re hoping we’ve inspired you to keep positive and to help those suffering with mental health whenever you can. We’re looking forward to seeing many more faces at the centre, keeping in mind that we should all #ShopSafe when out and about. #SeeYouSoon