I feel like I've already written this post before! Because in a way, I have - in my review of the Stockton store, and the Jacamo store.
But there is something I wanted to focus when writing up Wednesday 2/5/2012.
It started with my Lady Vintage London dress (kindly gifted as a thank you for my previous posts), and an early start for my appointment for my tattoo!
How cute is my Baby Owl? It is sat just above my ankle, and only took the hour! I have been a Baby Owl for about 15 years, and I like that I now have this part of my life to carry around with me.
I needed to have some control over my body, inflict some pain on myself of my choosing! It may not me good logic, but it is my logic!
After mooching / limping about town, I headed over to meet Katie and Daniella for the opening of the New Simply Be Store in the Metro Centre, Gateshead (for those of you who don't know, it is right near Newcastle! Don't be shy!)
I actually remembered to take photos this time!
Because Gemma Collins was officially opening the event, there were a lot of people milling around outside at the start of the night, and if I'm honest, the Metro Centre security staff could have been a little clearer on where they wanted us to stand / wait. But that was quickly forgotten as the shutters opened, and the store open!
The plus size mannequins meant that there was no need for pinning, and so it was possible to see how the clothes actual hang, drape or sit.
You can see how packed the shop was, but what you can't see is the enthusiasm of the customers, how happy they were to be able to feel the clothes, to be able to hold the item up to them and see how long it would be on them!
It was a joy to see.
I did have a play on the magic mirror, but for some reason it would not accept my twitter details (IT Tom would have to come and sort that out I suppose?!) so I facebooked one instead.
I also tried on this dipped hem dress, mainly because I loved the colour, and because I wanted to try this style to see if it would suit me:
I love the dress, and the colour is gorgeous, but what you cannot see from the photo is that there seems to not be enough material to cover my ample rear (or was I referred to it infront of the whole dressing room 'I have too much junk in my trunk'. Yes, I said those words!) AND to cover my decency with the wrap skirt.
I could have sized up, but the slinkyness of the dress would have been lost.
My Magic Mirror Photo:
I feel like this photo does not do this top justice - I'm wearing this now and will be posting about it later, but this top feels amazing on! And look, Baby Owl makes a sneaky appearance!
It was lovely to see the place so busy, but it was even better to share it with Jackie, and be able to see it through her eyes as well. And one thing that really stood out was the atmosphere of the place. There were a lot of youngsters there, clearly for Gemma, but they stayed, they window shopped, and enjoyed the store.
The title of this post hints at something I felt at the store. Everyone was beautiful there. Everyone welcomed. And everyone was catered for. 'Straight sized' women are catered in shoes and bras (the fittings are a great success, measurement without tape measures), and the plus size women are catered in clothes, shoes and bras! Win win!
The atmosphere at the store on the opening night was electric. But it is still the same when there isn't the press there, or when Gemma Collins wasn't there with her minder and PA. When Metro Radio aren't broadcasting.
THAT is what makes the Simply Be stores a success. The staff.
Much love my lovelies,