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The UK Does Macy’s $200 Challenge

December 5, 2014 | Shopping
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Chanel Illusion

Recently, I was lucky enough to visit the brand new Macy’s store at the Mall at University Town Centre in Sarasota. The new store is a triumph of technology and energy efficiency: from the sustainable lighting, the ‘Connect at Macy’s’ station where customers can view the complete store inventory on screens, pick up online orders and order from other stores, to iPads in the fine jewellery section, there are clever touches wherever you look.

Macy’s challenged us to whizz round the store and spend $200 as creatively as possible. Seeing as it’s nearly Christmas, and the new store was looking sparkly and festive, we decided our challenge should reflect all the sparkle and shine that the new Macy’s has to offer.

Our first items were these beautiful Macy’s ‘Holiday Lane’ glass baubles – incredible value at just $14 each. We always try to pick up Christmas decorations from our travels, and these delicate, hand painted glass treats will be a  reminder of our visit for years to come. We chose one each for the boys, a lovely memento of our trip.

Christmas Bauble

Next up, something for the Christmas party season. Macy’s have all sorts of designer clothes in stock and this Calvin Klein top is a classic – silky white fabric with a touch of delicate beading around the neck. Macy’s is all about affordable luxury and this top was just $69.50. Gorgeous with black skinny trousers and perfect for Christmas lunch with the family.

Calvin Klein

The technology in store includes some incredible innovations, including a mirror in the Chanel make-up area that can imitate different lighting choices at the touch of a button. And for a little Christmas sparkle, you can rely on Chanel.  I’m not at all confident with make-up but after a quick lesson from the friendly Chanel staff, I feel that I can recreate the simple party make-up I was shown. Their Illusion D’Ombre in Fantasme 81 lends a subtle shimmer to Christmas party make-up. Just gorgeous.

Chanel Illusion

And last but not least?  I couldn’t leave without these beautiful Betsey Johnson Tee shoes. I kept going back to them time and time again, picking them up, giving them a little stroke then setting them back in place again. But Christmas is the time for spoiling yourself, isn’t it? So at the very last minute, I rushed back and bought them.

betsey johnson shoes

Merry Christmas to me!

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