I’m always up for discovering new places, especially if they’re to do with shopping! Rushden Lakes got in touch recently to tell me all about their new snazzy shopping complex, and let’s just say I was definitely up for a visit!
The Rushden Lakes shopping center is in a picturesque setting alongside the lakes. There’s such a wide range of shops so there’s really something for everyone! There’s a massive Primark, M&S, H&M, Boots and House of Fraser (with The Ordinary, Urban Decay, Nars, Bobbi Brown and plenty of other makeup/skincare counters). Other shops include Jigsaw, Flying Tiger, Jack Wills, L’Occitane, and loads more! For a full list of stores please see the Rushden Lakes website.
There’s also more to do other than shopping! There’s family leisure areas, the Nene Wetlands has a visitor centre to find out more about the nature reserve, there’s a place to hire canoes to take out on the lakes and there’s a lovely woodland walk if fancy a stroll or cycle.
Before I had too much fun in the shops it was time to start the day with some brunch!
Our first stop of the day was Jamaica Blue who are well known for their brunches. A few have popped up recently but I hadn’t been to one before, even though we have one in Cambridge! Trust me, I already want to go back again… the food was amazing! I ordered the avocado smash with streaky bacon, which was a bit risky as I have a love-hate relationship with Avocado (I find it so hit and miss), but this was SO good! I loved the red onion and tomato through it with the sweetness of the maple smoked bacon. Michael had the full English breakfast which was yummy too (I stole some of his hashbrown)!
After brunch had filled us with energy it was time to explore the shops! I had to be careful shopping with my capsule wardrobe mindset so I didn’t rush to make any purchases — I took some time before deciding what I really needed. I headed into Jigsaw which is such a lovely bright store and the staff were so friendly and helpful. I picked up some cosy loungewear as I know the quality is incredible and totally worth the price tag. Loungewear is something I wear a lot of when working from home so it was a nice treat. I also spotted an amazing bobble hat, but with a £40 price tag I’m going to hold off and hope it goes in the January sales!
We headed to House of Fraser where we couldn’t resist a stop-off at their Cafe Nero for a hot chocolate to warm up. We decided to go shopping to an outdoor shopping centre on a very cold day! The sun and blue skies were really misleading and meant we hadn’t dressed for the weather, but with Primark being one of the stores there we popped in and picked up some gloves to help us warm up.
Then we were ready for round two of shopping! I picked up a Wearhouse jumper in red which I loved and I know will get tons of wear over the winter season. I also spotted tons of lovely homeware in House of Fraser and I picked up a grey mug as I love adding to my mug collection. This one just really stood out to me! I could have re-styled the whole house there were so many lovely bits in there!
Afterwards we headed into L’Occitane which is a store I’m discovering more and more of recently. My favourite product of theirs is the lavender bath foam, it’s just the best! The staff knew I was coming and they kindly gifted me some items to try. I’ve been using the hand cream in Rose and it smells amazing and absorbs really quickly.
We then headed into Jack Wills, which had only just opened, and it was a gorgeous store full of lots of partywear and lots of great gift sets if you’re looking for any gifts ideas.
They’re also expanding and have some amazing things planned in the next few years — it’s all happening!
Rushden Lakes really do have you covered for whatever you’re looking for. I’m definitely going to head back before Christmas, the perfect excuse to do more shopping and buy lots of presents!
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