When I got emailed the brief for this event, I couldn't have ever turned it down. Held at The Mall in Wood Green (but happening at different malls across the UK), Pamper Day is designed to show ladies that fashion is accessible for all shapes and sizes. Aside from goody bags and mini fashion show, the Pamper Day hosts three Fashion Battles where a shopper gets picked from the audience to go head to head with a Fashion Expert.The Fashion Battle is £50 per outfit, the three trends Summer Floral, Monochrome and Pastels, and you have an hour in total to shop the entire look on the £50 budget.
I was called in to be that Fashion Expert. I've done some catwalk work before, I've done public speaking and I've done fashion styling and of course shopping is like second nature for me, so I figured I could do this easily. Why the fuck not. It was only until it got to the actual day when nerves started to kick in. I was like...hang on a minute...an entire outfit for £50? Including shoes? How on Earth am I going to manage that? And I have to queue up, pay, then run off to get changed into my ensemble then get my arse to the stage in front of the audience...all within an hour. That is a pretty heated challenge!
The whole day, I am happy to say, was absolutely amazing. I had the best time. With my two best Kent girls in tow...the hour wasn't as stressful as I originally thought, although I couldn't have done it without their help. I was planning on heading to many shops but I spent the entire time in Primark, because I managed to get the clothes, jewellery, accessories, a bag and shoes for under £50 for every outfit. It may hold a certain reputation but on Sunday I discovered I love Primark.
What I also discovered, were new personal styles. I would never ever choose pastel colours for myself, let alone mix and match pastel colours to create an outfit fit for a cupcake picnic. I looked so feminine, and it wasn't my usual ensemble but I loved it. The Monochrome outfit was definitely more 'me', and the Summer florals was a bit out of my comfort zone too, but I loved them all. The shoppers who went up against me also had a blast... one lady was 6 months pregnant and looked fabulous after her Monochrome makeover.
After Sunday's success I have been asked to do this coming Pamper Day again, this time at The Mall, Walthamstow. So if you fancy yourself as my shopper challenger, get yourself to the Mall this coming Sunday, 11am-4pm and if you register for free beforehand you can also grab yourself a free goody bag too.