If you're a blogger from 'up North', you're probably a little frustrated that the majority of brand events take place in old London town. So it was lovely when Next decided to come to us!
We spent the first part of the day in the new Next in Warrington being taken through each trend (you can find inspiration boards here) by the very lovely Jo. As we wandered round the huge, shiny new store we pretty much fell in love with everything from ceramic birds to giant lamps.
Kendal (it looks better in real life than online) but it was sadly out of stock so I used the vouchers that we were kindly given by Next to procure another lamp, two Great Gatsby style Champagne glasses and a slate cheeseboard complete with knife and chalk! I also cheekily reserved the lamp I wanted at The Trafford Centre Next so I can always get it at the weekend if I fancy, naughty!
The whole concept is so girl friendly too, there's how-to guides available on the website and handy checklists dotted around the store. Even the garden centre if full of beautifully coloured plants that match each other, from pretty flowers to fruit trees!
It was then time to be whisked off to Cottons Hotel and Spa in Knutsford to discuss the collections further, get to know each other and be thoroughly spoiled rotten! We started off with a scrummy afternoon tea where my detox went completely out of the window, never to be seen again!
We were all lucky enough to be booked in for a spa treatment or two so I opted for an oil and salt full body scrub and a neck, shoulder and back massage. The oil and salt scrub was actually amazing, my skin has never felt so silky smooth and the massage was just a little bit magic, I'm pretty sure the masseuse was some form of lady wizard.
After I'd had my treatments I had a couple of hours to relax in the spa before dinner so I decided to see how many lengths of the pool I could do, of course! But instead of my good intentions, I ended up spend hours flitting between hot tubs chatting to Jo from Next about life, boys and everything in between. It was so nice spending time relaxing and chatting when I would usually be sat at my desk stressing!
Not only that, I took the first step of Project Bikini and wore an actual real life bikini in the spa and actually felt quite confident and even got a few compliments which has never happened before!
The new Warrington store is in Gemini Retail Park, I'd definitely recommend a visit if you're in this neck of the woods! There is a move coming up (not sure where to or who with exactly!) this year so I'm currently obsessed with anything mildly interior related so I'll no doubt be visiting Next Home again soon!