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Friday, 10 September 2010

Mrs B goes to the mall

So today I went to Westfield, a new-ish shopping centre in Shepherds Bush, West London. I arranged to meet my dear friend, the Delightful D, ("DD"). Below, the Mulberry shop.
I made sure to ask permission to take photos. Some of the sales assistants were a bit hesistant - I think they had heard about my prowess sewing on the name labels, and knew it was only a short step to knocking together a rip off bag or frock or pair of shoes.
This is Prada, these mannequins were wearing the shoes that Jane from Sea of Shoes has. DD and I decided we like Prada, but we do not "get" Miu Miu.

Here we have Dior and some of those iconic Princess D type bags, in all different colours.

DD had her work cut out keeping me under control, I was so excited to see all this loveliness under one roof. I kept squealing like an over-excited toddler at a new playgroup.

We checked out the Dior clothes, just in case they were giving them away. They were n't.

Then we found ourselves in Ferragamo. I am afraid I don't have Ferragamo shaped feet. My feet are more downmarket.

The scarves were luscious. Sadly there is no Hermes in Westfield, so we will have to make do with Dior. Sorry MaiTai!

OO, Jimmy ChOO! ExpensivOO.

DD gave me a Chanel polish, Jade Rose. Thank you so much DD. As you can see, DD is v elegant, she reminds me a lot of Faux Fuchsia. Look at her chic nail polish, I have never seen her sans polish. DD is also big on thank you notes. So she and FF are practically twins. Here DD is showing me her latest perfume find, by Diptyque. And I loved her pretty blouse.

This family had come from the sticks to do a bit of shopping but were quite frankly disgusted by the amount of leather goods on sale. They said they recognised a bit of their Auntie Hilda in Ferragamo.

A queue outside the Apple store. I think it was for the new generation IPod.

DD's cute blouse came from TopShop, so we whizzed in to see if I could get one so we could be twins. But sadly they were all gone.

Westfield really is a Superior Establishment. Architectually it's quite something, and very shiny and clean, like a nice airport terminal.

And then the clock struck 2 and it was time to get in my car before it turned into a pumpkin... and the most shocking thing of all? I did not buy anything. The summer hols have obviously taken their toll. Don't tell anyone. Don't want to lose my reputation.


  1. Wow this post is so FF, Blighty! Particularly your pic of DD in pretty blouse and fingernails, with assorted Chanel loveliness.

    For me the most impressive thing about Westfield in your photos, is the happy lack of crowds - apart from the orderly queue outside the Apple store. Am feeling an urge to visit - oops except that it isn't actually an airport terminal, so no duty free prices!

  2. I remember visiting this Westfield. It was early December and bitterly cold so we very much appreciated the pretty shops and heating.
    It's wonderful to be let loose after the kidlets return to school. Same thing here, the cafes are full to bursting with mothers doing coffee once school term commences.

    May we please have a pic of you wearing the Jade Rose polish?

  3. uh ooohh, I already recognize the prada designs. I am brainwashed. I need my innocence back.

    those dior designs (scarfs) are lovely!

  4. Hey Blighty, Did you know that Westfield is AUSTRALIAN. Don't judge us all by that though, we don't have a Westfield in Townsville, far too glamourous for us North Qlders. We have SUPERIOR snakes though!
    I'm still over the moon that you are back, and funnier than ever. PS How does your garden grow?

  5. DD does remind me of FF

    What are downmarket feet?
    I like the Ferragamo bow toes...

    I love that you were squealing like a should be fun and I feel that you joyfully embrace it.

  6. Dear Blighty,
    I love Westfield Shepherds Bush and my daughter and I went there on a number of occasions window shopping and eating and drinking.
    Wahacca is a really groovy affordable (no seriously) and kid friendly Mexican restaurant there and almost worth the trip.
    Please tell me you and DD had a soothing (Thanks FF) champagne in the champagne bar there. If not I can recommend it.
    I wish I was back in London even if the weather is pants *sniffs*.

  7. Me again, a few hours and lots of housework later. I must say those shopping cows have kept me giggling all morning.
    cheers Louise

  8. Dear Mrs Blighty, What a lovely post! I cannot tell you how pleasurable it is having two new posts from you in as many days. I feel quite giddy with happiness. It is lovely going shopping with a fashionable friend. I always feel as if some of the glamour might rub off on me. But sadly, I too have downmarket feet. Our Westfield Shopping Centre in the heart of beautiful Belconnen, Canberra (where I used to shop) bears no resemblance to this mecca of fashion. Where are the omnipresent trackie daks and the ugh boots I ask you?

  9. Ha Ha - so love this post Blighty - "you have downmarket feet"!! So do I most definitely - not as narrow as a Ferragamo foot...Yes, DD is very FF I feel and loving her Dyptique find and you lucky thing what a nice gift from her... x

  10. I love DD's polish and how wonnderful that she gave you the Chanel polsih! Hooray. Love her top too. Maybe she and I are dopplegangers...We have Westfields here in Oz but the ones in my town do not have fancy stuff like Prada or Ferragamo or Dior, more's the pity. I am so glad you are back blogging. I often want to take photos in shoppes but I get Scared. My parents are here driving me insane by shouting at the tv during the news and that sort of annoying thing. If they don't start behaving I'll have to turn it off and insist that they go to sleep.

  11. are you sure ff didn't write this post? because i was soothed beyond measure. and i think that was a pic of ff b/c all that clobber really is 11/10. ok, ff where have you hidden blighty?


    i love that you checked out dior to see if they were giving them away. i do that too, you just never know.

  12. Wow, Mrs B, that is a very posh mall. Our Westfields look nothing like that ........down here in the colonies. A-M xx

  13. Hi ladies, thanks for all your lovely comments. the bit of Westfield I was in is called The Village and has all the posh shops, it has all the other usual shops too. DD is not afraid of going in the posh shops, she is no stranger to them and makes them get out all their trays of jewellery for us to look at, I tend to ruin the whole thing by exclaiming "Look at the price of that, £800 is ridiculous etc" I have turned into my own mother...

  14. I was so enjoying your Mall blog until the phrase Ferragamo feet appeared. For me this has terrible memories and associations. In 1959 I spent a night in a tent on Buckden Pike in the Yorkshire dales with other members of my Peewit boy scout patrol. One of our troop a certain Henry Wibble (whose charming mother worked as a "reacher in' at a local mill in Batley,) suffered from 'Ferragamo feet', they smelled terrible particularly after a days hiking,so much so that we all insisted that he keep his feet OUTSIDE the tent. As I recall I don't believe the poor chap ever got over his affliction and ended up in a one man office in one of those City banks in Canary Wharf. Best wishes 'Im Indoors.

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