Girlie Days {Ordinary Moments}

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!

Girlie day - Mummy and Chloe

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!

Girlie Day - Chloe and Aunty Nic

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!

Girlie Day - chocolate mocktail

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!

Roast + Conch lunch

Roast + Conch pud

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!

Girlie day out - had enough now

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!



  1. February 12, 2017 / 8:05 am

    This makes my tummy have all butterflies for when my girls are bigger to do this. Not only for some special 1 on 1 time but I ruddy love shopping! Her face with that cocktail says it all xx

    • Colette
      February 12, 2017 / 12:32 pm

      Me too! I’ve always hoped she would enjoy shopping with us one day! I don’t think she will want to do it very often at the moment but it’s a start 😉 x

  2. February 12, 2017 / 9:10 am

    Oh that’s so sweet, what a lovely day out (even in the rain!) and a gorgeous way to have some one on one time with your all your favourite girls!

    • Colette
      February 12, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      It was a really lovely treat for Chloe to get some time with Granny and Aunty Nic without the other two competing for their attention 🙂

    • Colette
      February 12, 2017 / 12:36 pm

      She’s super excited to be wearing one of them to a party this afternoon!

  3. February 12, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    This is so lovely Colette, its such a special thing to do as a mum. I remember going with my mum and nan and have such special memories of those times. That chocolate cocktail looked amazing, my Alice would have loved it too. x #theordinarymoments

  4. February 12, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Oh this looks like the most perfect day – and she looks so happy with that drink!! I absolutely love that Eva is at an age to really appreciate 1 on 1 time together as you are right it isn’t so precious especially when they are at school x

  5. February 12, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    Oh, that chocolate cocktail looks spectacular! And the lunch looks pretty mouth watering too. I always loved going shopping with my mum – such great bonding time – and it sounds like she loved it too, even if she’d reached her limit by the end of the day. Oh, and her blue dress is absolutely lovely! Great choice

  6. Hayley F
    February 12, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    ahh it looks like you had a lovely time.I have my eye on that hotchocolate, yum x

  7. February 12, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    What a great day. That lunch with a prosecco followed by a spot of shopping would be my idea of heaven. I can’t remember the last time I had two new dresses. You have one very lucky daughter. Pen x

  8. February 13, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Ahh what a lovely thing to do! I’m not a massive shopper myself but I have a feeling at least one of my girls is going to be so I’ll have to get used to it I suppose 😉 xx

  9. February 14, 2017 / 9:09 am

    Girlie days are the best. Looks like you had a fab time x

  10. February 14, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    What a lovely mum and daughter date, my daughter would love to do something similar. Amazing looking food and chocolate cocktail, lucky things 🙂

  11. February 15, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    This is just lovely. We don’t have many ladies in our lives apart from my mother in law or my friends but LP and I love a girlie day out when we get the chance – she would have LOVED Chloe’s cocktail – what a treat! Love the dresses too! x

  12. February 16, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    Oh my goodness that chocolate looks divine. It’s so so lovely to have one on one time with your girlie. This is so precious. I love the photos too. What a great day to document and look back on. Love the dresses too! Hope you have a lovely weekend ahead #ordinarymoments

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