Fashion blogger and website entrepreneur Poppy Dinsey takes on a shopping challenge for three...
Escape the high-street hustle
There are few things I enjoy more than a shopping challenge, but being pregnant with twins really CAN make shopping a challenge! It's not just about trying to find clothes on the high street that will fit the bump, it's as much about having the patience to go around the shops in the first place. For me, there is no shopping destination in London that makes perusing the rails quite so easy as One New Change. There just isn't that chaos you get with some other shopping destinations. Everywhere is tidy, it's a perfectly manageable size but still has a fab range of stores and I don't think I've ever waited for a changing room. BLISS!
For me, there is no shopping destination in London that makes perusing the rails quite so easy as One New Change.
Dining in style
It was a gorgeously sunny day when I headed for my little shopping spree so I started off by meeting my husband for lunch on the roof at Madison.
Is there a better view for Friday afternoon cocktails?! Even if they are non-alcoholic in my case!
I highly recommend the truffle risotto, although perhaps be a bit more sensible than me and wait til after trying on dresses to enjoy this.
I've been loving the maternity range in Next so headed there after lunch, falling in love with a red kaftan which was from their main beachwear range...
Then I moved on to Topshop and was pleased to see quite a few maternity pieces upstairs in store.
I didn't buy this dress, but I did buy a straw hat optimistic that the sunshine would be sticking around a while longer.
I then flitted between H&M, Accessorize, Oliver Bonas, Gap, Reiss and All Saints before heading to the shop of dreams: Cos.
I love the cut of dresses in Cos and the fact they often favour loose silhouettes meant I could actually fit into them too, which definitely helps. I loved this geometric print dress...
And this green dress? I'm going back for it. Mark my words! In the end I bought this blue and coral dress and I'm very much in love with it. It's a beautiful soft cotton and I'm a big fan of a contrast trim.
Knowing I can have the perfect edit of shops all in one place means One New Change will stay the sure-fire winning destination for me.
Hats off to statement style
So I had my hat and dress but it would have been a shame to leave without some accessories, so I popped across to Mango to check out their earrings and was not disappointed. I've been after a statement tassel pair for ages and they had some lovely ones in there, I'd definitely take a look if you're passing. I chose a pink pair then found myself cooing over the scarves by the till (hey, the British summer isn't THAT reliable!) and so a big soft wrap made it into my bag too. It has so many colours it will go with most outfits.
I'll be back!
I bought my dress, hat, scarf and earrings for just shy of £100 and was impressed by how quickly I managed to find everything I wanted. I am a bit gutted by some of the things I left behind though, so I'll definitely be back. If not for me, for baby clothes!
My patience for shopping is only going to dwindle the further along I get into pregnancy so knowing I can have the perfect edit of shops all in one place means One New Change will stay the sure-fire winning destination for me.