At Christmas, Chloe asked Granny and Aunty Nic if they’d like to have a girlie shopping day with her. Of course they didn’t decline her invitation and we arranged it for this weekend. Although Chloe hasn’t been a massive fan of shopping so far, the idea of lunch out with Granny and Aunty Nic and the promise of a new dress meant she was more than looking forward to her girlie day! Because Chlo does have a tendency to get a bit over excited in the run up to events, I didn’t tell her exactly when her day out had been arranged for until the night before!
Saturday morning saw us up and out fairly early doors, I think we left home at about half 9. Just being allowed to sit in the front of Daddy’s car was an exciting start to the day for Chloe and we had a lovely drive to Leeds playing ‘I Spy’ and chatting about the day ahead – we talked about what sort of dress she was going to look for (something she could wear day to day, not a party dress or a summer dress!) and how she mustn’t complain when the grown ups wanted to look at things too!
Leeds was wet and flipping freezing which, whilst not ideal for a good mooch around the shops, did at least seem to mean that town remained fairly quiet for a Saturday! After browsing a couple of shops we decided to make our way to Roast + Conch, a firm favourite for a girlie lunch but not somewhere Chloe had been before! We were extremely well looked after and whilst the grown ups enjoyed a cheeky prosecco, Chloe was treated to her very own chocolate cocktail – you can imagine how exciting it was for her to be drinking from a cocktail glass. She wasn’t quite sure how to hold it and I was convinced she was just going to pour it everywhere!
Poached egg, avocado and cherry tomatoes with extra bacon on sour dough toast made for the perfect lunch – light but satisfying and so tasty! Followed by a delicious chocolate orange scone (packed with the most enormous chocolate chunks) and a salted caramel hot chocolate. I didn’t need to eat for the rest of the day!
After a leisurely lunch, we made our way to the new Victoria Gate shopping centre – somewhere I definitely need to go back to to while away some child-free hours! The main focus of our trip was of course for Chloe to choose herself a new dress – she was like the proverbial pig prancing around John Lewis picking up dresses to go and try on in the changing rooms! I don’t think she’s ever tried things on in a shop before so she was in her element putting all the different dresses on, parading them around for Granny and Aunty Nic before checking out the twirl factor in the mirror!
Two (yes two!) dresses later, it was time to make our way home. Chloe was shopped out and it was starting to show! I was so impressed by how well she had behaved and what good company she had been. I’m sure that today’s girlie day out will have been the first of many! As a Mum of three, one to one time my babies is precious and has to be planned for – especially with the big two because they are at school – knowing that Chloe is now of an age where she will start to enjoy lunch dates and shopping makes it much easier to plan our outings!