Considering I live so close to Liverpool, I keep strictly to the town centre. Still, when Aintree Shopping Park invited me to pop along to see what they were offering for Spring, I was more than happy to get on a bus; especially because twenty minutes in I was right there on the edge of the park. Now, I don't know what I expected; but this is a pretty small industrial park full of shops ranging from Hobbycraft, to Pets At Home, to Boots, to M&S. Unfortunately, there are only actually two fashion shops in the park, and one of them (Next) was actually closed for renovation when we were there, nevertheless; Katy and I definitely found some pieces that we really liked.
Supposedly the thing for Spring this year is going to be Sports Luxe, but we didn't really see a lot of that being promoted; instead we saw a lot of casual combinations, sparked with bright colours, on mannequins around the store and (surprise surprise) some florals and cutesy pastel pieces. I'm a big fan of M&S and so I really wasn't disappointed that this was the only fashion shop open within the shopping park, and in fact I actually managed to find some really good pieces that I personally really enjoy, and might buy, for Spring.
My first love during the time that we were there was these Footglove Suede Trainers that I think would be perfect with dresses headed into Summer and Spring - I like a full shoe, but I also like something a little Summery and given the style of this shoe, I think that they'd be a really good fit. I initially fell in love with this navy pair, but I have seen online that they actually have a pink pair too, which are potentially even more beautiful (though they will knock you back £45 which is quite a lot for a pair of trainers).
I also fell in love with these casual/dressy looks that we seemed to be seeing throughout the shop - office pants and skirts mixed with casual, patterned tops and casual slouchy cardigans and hats; this definitely has me sold for Spring and will be perfect for those morning you're leaving the house knowing that when you get back around 2 you'll be absolutely sweating your face off. I like the muted colours mixed with one, solid, block bright colour to add something a little special. Bright yellow is seemingly really in this season, and I'm all about that.
Speaking of bright yellow, I think Katy and I both fell in love with this amazing coat, bright yellow and a really good quality? Count me in. All in all, I found plenty I like in Aintree Shopping Park, I just wish that it was a little bigger, and that Next was perhaps closed for a little bit of a shorter time, or even that either the home or the fashion side could have been open when the other was being refurbished - however, it does open again on Valentine's Day and so I might go and take a peek. All in all though - if you live around there and you want some basic fashion pieces, Aintree Shopping Park could be a good place to go, just don't expect a whole trove of shops to pick from.
Post written in collaboration with Aintree Shopping Park, however all opinions and words are my own.