Saturday, 1 June 2013

Summer girlfriends, house in Jamaica

Friday turned out to be the perfect day to take an afternoon off work. Not only was the sun shining, but the new flagship Joy in Leeds was having its much anticipated and weather appropriate beach party opening event. Ever since I found out about Joy moving into the old Urban Outfitters store I'd been getting a bit over-excited about it opening- the shop is huge! I love looking at all of the pretty prints and cute homeware in Joy and so the idea of it moving to a shop that was at least double the size of its old Leeds store meant only one thing to me- TWICE AS MUCH TO LOOK AT!

I joined the queue at exactly the right time, being about the 197th person in the queue, as the first 200 visitors got given free summer themed goodie bags. Amongst lots of other little treats (including a pair of novelty sunglasses with a giant palm tree and flamingo on the sides...) I was really excited to see a sample of a new Bumble and Bumble surf shampoo and conditioner... can't wait to see what its like, although I am concerned that I'll fall in love with it and decide I have to buy the full sized ones. My bank balance is scared already.

I also had a stroke of luck when I joined the queue as I ended up being stood just behind the lovely Sophie from onetenzeroseven who was the person who'd made me aware of the event in the first place. It was really great to finally meet another blogger (especially as it made me feel a bit less silly taking pictures of EVERYTHING in the shop as there were two of us snapping away with our DSLRs!). 

The shop was incredible inside, they'd put so much effort into making the shop look really pretty with pictures everywhere as well as a wall of old fashioned cameras which I absolutely loved. Plus there were Hawaiian flowers everywhere (including on all of the shoppers who'd queued up for the opening!) and a pop up cocktail bar serving mojitos so it really did feel like a summer beach party inside. If only shopping was always like that!











16 comments:

  1. This looks like my kinda shop! Amazing opening. Love the vintage cameras. xx

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    1. Its such a perfect shop :) me too, they're my favourite bit of the shop! x

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  2. I love it when shops have a kind of homely feel, it's so much more pleasant to browse in!

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    1. Me too, its nice to have something other than the clothes to admire :)

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  3. You are out of this world

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  4. What a great post! That shop looks amazing!

    Xo Amie

    www.creditcrunchchic.com

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    1. Thank you :) the shop is fab- so lucky having it on my doorstep! x

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  5. That shop looks so good! The old fashioned cameras look amazing.

    Love the blog layout by the way :)

    Katie xx
    thestylinguist.com

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    1. Its incredible isn't it?! I love the cameras a bit too much!
      Thank you :) x

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  6. Aww, yay! You took some fantastic photos :)) So lovely to meet you, I can't wait to meet up properly and have a chat!
    It really was great to be there with another blogger, didn't feel half as daft taking silly photos! ;)

    Sophie

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    1. Thanks Sophie! It was so much fun meeting you and having somebody else to snap loads of pictures with :)

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  7. I hope the mojito bar sticks around for when I get around to visiting the new store! aha Is it in Trinity now?

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    1. Sadly the bar has gone already :( its not in Trinity but very close to it, where Urban Outfitters used to be! x

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  8. This shop looks amaaaazing! I wish we had somewhere like this near me... sadly we are lumbered with enormous Primark and New Look stores, and they replaced our Zara with an Apple store. Rubbish. So glad you had a good time though! xx

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    1. That's pretty distressing... why would they get rid of Zara?! Silly people. You'll have to venture up north to our shops instead :) x

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