Debenham Rugby Store| Launch

Debenhams RugbyBeing a Midlands-based blogger, I always do a little butt-wiggle of joy when I get invited to an event that’s not in London for once. The chance to meet some amazing brands and play with some beauty bits without the hour train journey to Euston? It’s the stuff that dreams are made of, my friends (okay, very selfish, lazy dreams… but dreams nonetheless).

A couple of weeks ago, one such dream-like event popped up as I was invited to the launch of the brand new Debenham’s store in Rugby. Along with fellow Midlands blogger Emma from Brummy Mummy of 2, I was given a sneak preview at the shop the day before it opened to the public. Armed with a glass of champagne, we had a tour of all of the new beauty counters, learning about the various brands as well as the new store as a whole.

Debenhams-Bloggers-046 Debenhams-Bloggers-017 Debenhams-Bloggers-023(I wasn’t expecting to be papped along the way, hence my manky natural nails. Also, how does Kylie Jenner manage to get photographed all the time and NOT have a raging double chin?!)

My eyebrows got some much needed attention at the Benefit Brow Bar, and I was also lucky enough to pick up some samples along the way from brands including Clarins, Clinique, Urban Decay and Bare Minerals. All of the staff we spoke to were so friendly, helpful and passionate about their brands that I know shopping at this store would be a really positive experience (unlike some department stores where the counter girls can make you feel like a bothersome troll).

Debenhams-Bloggers-094 Debenhams-Bloggers-078 Debenhams-Bloggers-032Our guided tour ended as all events should: with cake. Mmmmmm.

Rugby is only around 20 minutes away from me, but I have to confess that I’ve never really gone out of my way to visit the town as I didn’t know what it had to offer in terms of shopping. I’m sure that will all change from now on though, as the new Debenhams store is based on the equally new Elliot’s Field retail park. H&M, River Island, Outfit and Next will all be there too, along with food options from Nandos and Ed’s Diner. If you’re local, then I definitely recommend paying it a visit as you won’t be disappointed.

A huge thank you to Debenhams for inviting me along to their new store!

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15 Responses

  1. Lindsey Elyse September 14, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I definitely feel you about the hour long train ride into the nearest city (although mine is Toronto rather than London!)
    I always tend to avoid places like these because I feel exactly as you describe, ‘an annoying troll’ lol!

    Great post! And I love your hair 🙂

    http://www.lindseyginge.com

    • Claire September 19, 2015 / 9:32 am

      Haha glad I’m not alone in the troll fears! Thank you lovely 🙂 xx

  2. Jenn September 14, 2015 / 9:23 pm

    I love your hair, and jacket.
    Sounds like it was a really great event

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

    • Claire September 19, 2015 / 9:33 am

      Thank you – the blazer was a sale bargain from Topshop for only £25! xx

  3. Becky September 14, 2015 / 10:51 pm

    Just got to say you look absolutely gorgeous!! Hope you had a lovely time!
    Becky Shannon xx – Life-by-Becky

    • Claire September 19, 2015 / 9:34 am

      Aw thank you! I did have a great time thanks 🙂 xx

  4. Candice September 15, 2015 / 8:46 am

    The Benefit counter is always the most prettiest

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  5. Jessica Edmunds September 15, 2015 / 12:04 pm

    So nice to see events that aren’t just in London I agree and you looked amazing honestly, love your outfit! xxx

  6. Pam September 15, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    ohhh exciting! I bet the samples from all these amazing brands are great! Do shows us :p

    Love your eyebrows, they look so great!

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • Claire September 19, 2015 / 9:34 am

      Haha, I’m sure I will be showing them off soon 🙂 xx

  7. Summer September 16, 2015 / 10:14 pm

    The store is beautiful. I like your hair color♥♥
    chocolateandsunset.com

    • Claire September 19, 2015 / 9:37 am

      Thank you lovely 🙂 xx

  8. Jenna September 24, 2015 / 9:18 am

    Looking amazing as usual Claire! This looks like a great event, anything that ends in cake is a winner in my opinion!

    x

    • Claire September 24, 2015 / 9:58 pm

      Aw thanks Jen! Haha great minds 😉 xx

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