Thursday 1 December 2011

Leeds - Christmas Shopping!

 I love living in Britain - I honestly believe that as a nation we offer the most amazing shopping experience, our highstreet has to be one of the best in the world; filled to the brim with a vast range of affordable, original and lust-worthy pieces that allow you to express yourself no matter what your style or budget. 

   Leeds is one of my favourite places to shop here in England, the architecture in the Victoria Quarter arcades is so beautifully European, marble and mosaics just add to the elegance - as you wander round the higher-end high street shops you could be anywhere, from Paris to Milan. The last photo in this post is of a gorgeous little shop called Rose & Co, it's so cute and has some of the loveliest soaps, bath bombs, bath and skin products - downstairs is even home to an array of vintage style underwear and 1950's clothing! I would definitely recommended a visit - even if it's simply to gawp at all the pretty things and soak up the French loveliness!

  The quintessentially British aspects of these arcades however, happen to be some of my favourites - there's a little cafe just down from the Harvey Nichols' restaurant, that serves some of the best vanilla scones I have ever eaten - their afternoon tea, complete with cakes and sandwiches is seriously yummy! Harvey Nichols is of course an attraction in itself, the restaurant is amazing and wandering round lusting after designer pieces that I can no way near afford is surprisingly fun, especially as the staff in Leeds talk to you without an ounce of pretension, a welcome oddity in such an expensive store. 

   At Christmas time, the festivity only brings more magic to the arcades, I love walking around whilst daydreaming that I've wandered straight into a scene out of a fashion-filled movie...

I would show you all what I bought, but that would ruin the Christmas surprise for a few people!
I hope you're all having a great week :)

Love Ellen xx


  1. Wow, the place looks amazing ! I would like to visit one day !
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  2. ooo i love leeds... especially round this time of year =) xx

  3. I adore Christmas and all festive ornaments and decorations. Gosh, how amazing looks everything in your photos.
    Happy weekend!

    xoxo Ra

  4. These are such beautiful photos! Really lovely!


  5. Nice articles. I'm just blogwalking and very happy to stop here. And also give you some comment here.

    Dont forget to give us some your comment into my blog too.

    Thanks for share,
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  6. Ah ! i love your blog ! Thanks for following me i'll follow back :)
    Happy Christmas shopping

  7. Hi Ellen!

    I really like your blog!! You have this sense of style that makes me challenge myself to be a bit more out daring. Visit my blog sometimes :)? Its still a new born with not a lot of followers but we all started from scratch, right.

    X Paula.

  8. Amazing photos, I'd really like to visit Leeds one day xx

  9. OMG! I am impressed! We don't celebrate that much in Italy!
    Come to see my blog and if you like let's follow each other!

  10. Lovely pictures!

  11. Amazing shots you have, makes me wonder how I could get a chance to see Britain! I would also wanna shop there ofcourse as what you said. I also like that this post is actually giving such a holiday spirit! :) My boyfriend and I created a blog featuring couples around the globe, hope you come by! ♥HIM AND HER PROJECT♥

  12. aww that's so awesome! And i love this huge christmas tree...

    xoxo Daisy

  13. Wow - most beautiful shopping centre I've ever seen! Although, meadowhall is quite nice

  14. Wow! This place looks fabulous decorated for the holidays. Love all the silver detailing :)


  15. Hi hun, just found your blog & think it's beautiful. :)

    I've never been to Leeds but the decorations look stunning. I love going to town when everything's so festive. :) xx

  16. Looks beautiful! I have only been to Leeds oce with work but I loved it - perhaps we can go when we go to Grandma's and you can show me some of these places for real?
    Love Andrea xxx

  17. Love the pictures!

  18. oh that looks beautiful! i want to move to England one day, in this is on the top of my list why(: check out my blog if you'd like xx

  19. Leeds?!!? :D oh God! Ive been there! I have friends from Leeds! Roundhay :) and I love that shop! besos from Spain! hope we could follow each other!


  20. Leeds = AMAZING

    Well at least the city is! Lovely Pictures :)


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