Monday, 10 December 2018

VIP Shopping @Bridgesshop Sunderland

VIP Shopping @Bridgesshop Sunderland: Event

A shopping spectacular in association with The Bridges and Sunderland Bid!

Hello lovely readers!

Christmas jumper season!

Apologies once again for my hiatus; blogging around two jobs is hard work sometimes!  I'm still here though, how are you? This is an event post as on Thursday evening, I was kindly invited to The Bridges, Sunderland to take part in their Christmas shopping event.  It was a lovely evening, filled with amazing discounts, great goodies and few cheeky little purchases for the build-up to Christmas.  So here's what I got up to!

VIP Shopping @bridgesshop, what's it all about?

Soooo, for those of you that don't know, The Bridges is a lovely little shopping centre in the heart of Sunderland's City Centre in the North East of England.  It may be small, but it boasts all of your favourite high-street shops and during the festive period, it becomes a Christmas cornucopia!!  Not only that, but Thursday evenings are for late night shopping; the perfect time to browse or in this case, finish off that Christmas shopping!  The VIP shopping evening saw discounts galore!  In partnership with Sunderland BID,  some of the luckiest people in Sunderland (and us bloggers!) got to pick up a wristband and shop at discounted rates throughout the shopping centre-I couldn't wait to get my shopping on!  Our evening started at Hotel Chocolat (who were offering 15% off during the event), where we met with the Bridges team, picked up our goodie bags and were treated to the tastiest hot chocolates from the HC CafĂ©!

I forgot to photograph the hot chocolate! Oops!

So...which shops were taking part in VIP Shopping @Bridgesshop Sunderland?

Well, it might be easier to ask who wasn't taking part!!  The discounts featured in twenty shops and varied from place to place.  They were the following:

  • Debenhams 15% on health and beauty and access to VIP beauty night
  • Body Shop a 250ml Shower Gel or Body Lotion when you spend £15 or more
  • Calendar Club 10% off
  • Collectables 20% off
  • Disney 20% off
  • Ernest Jones 30% off diamonds.  30% off full price jewellery and watches, 10% off reduced stock
  • Esquires 20% drinks
  • Flying Tiger 10% off
  • Footasylum 20% off
  • Hotel Chocolat 15% off
  • Kamrans Barbers 10% off
  • New Look 25% off full price
  • Supercuts 10% off
  • Superdry 10% off
  • Swarovski 10% off
  • The Works 10% off
  • The Perfume Shop 20% off gift sets
  • Thornton's 10% off
  • TOPSHOP/Topman 20% off
As I've already done most of my Christmas shopping, there weren't really many places I wanted to go to, but I do think the discounts were a great incentive to get people into the city centre to shop.  Still, I managed to take advantage of a couple, I mean it's Christmas after all!!

Tell us what you bought....

Trying to stick to things I needed rather than having a mad spend, I hotfooted it to Debenhams VIP beauty night.  Those that weren't lucky enough to have VIP wrist bands could take part in Debenhams discounts by paying £5 to access the evening for prosecco and goodies galore.  The evening is always a huge success and was absolutely heaving with people treating their loved ones to luxury beauty.  I'll forever be a Dior makeup lover, so I replaced my beloved DIORSHOW Blackout mascara for a new waterproof one (to stop the smudges!!), bagging 15% off!

I also couldn't help but photograph this super-cute Gucci snow globe !  I'm sure every girl would love some Gucci under their tree this Christmas!

Debenhams was super, super busy, so my next stop was Hotel Chocolat where I picked up a few little last minute stocking fillers.  I LOVE Hotel Chocolat; they may be pricey but I think everything about their products from presentation to taste absolutely screams luxury!  If I'd have stayed any longer, I'd have bought the whole shop!!  I also became a Hotel Chocolat VIP, meaning I'll get 15% off my next purchase and gifts throughout the year!

The new Velvetiser 

Did anything else catch your eye?

Well, although I never really shop in Primark, I always love a browse of their Christmas jumpers!  I know they weren't on the discounts list, but Primark is always cheap as chips!  

What was in the gorgeous goodie bag?

Oooh, I thought you'd never ask!  Well aside from these delicious Hotel Chocolat goodies, we received goodies from milk_shake, who treated us to a full size mint hydrating spray and No Inhibition Bath Salts.  Face Forward, a new Sunderland-based aesthetic beauty clinic, offered us 50% off our first treatment-a perfect Christmas gift for those who love aesthetic treatments.  Sunderland Bid offered us two ice-skating passes, which I'm very excited about!! Lush gave us a free Bubble Bar and we had lots of free samples from Debenhams too!  A great little goodies bag all round!  We were also invited to Hadrian's Tipi during the evening for a glass of mulled wine; but as I was flying solo I didn't get chance to go (I'm definitely going to visit before Christmas!!).

A great night all round, thanks Sorted PR, Sunderland Bid and the Bridges for making me feel so festive!

Until next time,

Kay xx


  1. Sounds like such a good event and looks so festive in The Bridges too! I can't believe how many stores were discounted, that's so good!


    1. It was such a good evening! Thanks for stopping by! Xx


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