Seven Must See London Beauty and Shopping Locations

Traveling to London? It is a wonderful city for shopping and salon services! Check out these seven must see stops for all things in makeup, hair and beauty.

Fenwick London

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(1) Fenwick describes itself as the UK’s most exciting department store. Fenwick began as a hair accessories boutique, and is now a full department store featuring luxury goods. It is an especially good stop for shoes, handbags, and exclusive cosmetic lines. For luxury shopping at it best, make it a stop on your beauty and fashion shopping tour.

(2) Harrods is another top department store worthy of any shopping trip experience. With seven floors of luxury goods, you could spend all day, and easily spend a small fortune in one location. This is the go-to place for all of the top luxury brands.

(3) Need a new cut or style? When it comes to finding hairdressers in London, there are many great ones to choose from. From celebrity and television favorite Andrew Barton to Daniel Hersheson, a favorite of Vogue staffers, you can find a top notch cut or style for your days and nights out visiting the city. Some salons also use salon appointment software for easy scheduling, or simply ring them up and book your appointment.

(4) Check out Spa London for good values with a full menu of services. This full service spa offers everything from standard treatments to pools and steam rooms.  With its extensive selection of items, it is a great choice if you want to be able to get a variety of services or just plain can’t decide what you want. There is something there for everyone.

(5) As  a runner up to Spa London, if you likes pools and baths, try the Porchester Spa, which also offers affordable basic services and a great selection of pools and baths. This is the perfect place for all of you Turkish bath lovers, but you can also get an affordable massage while you are there too.

Fingernail Art

(6) Get chic nail art done at the trendy WAH Nails salon. The salon specializes in nail art and, with locations in TopShop stores, they are easy to find and are also affordable. Indeed, some credit WAH with making nail art into the current trend that it is today. While at TopShop, also do some shopping for affordable and highly on-trend clothes.

(7) Boots on Oxford Street is a must do affordable beauty stop in London. this large store is perfect for stocking up on all of your favorite Boots skin care items and cosmetics. Aside from their own line of products, Boots sells the popular Models Own nail polish line and the truly wonderful Soap and Glory line of skin and bath products. I particularly love Soap and Glory hand cream!

 

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Excursions for the Devout Fashionista

When you decide you want to enjoy a week or two of sheer retail therapy, where do you go? There are loads of wonderful cities worldwide that offer designer boutique stores, beautiful lanes and streets jammed with exciting stores and markets and at affordable prices. Read on for some suggestions for the fashionista’s perfect getaway.

Paris

Of course Champs-Elysees in Paris is considered number one for anyone who loves shopping. The beautiful tree lined street packed with designer boutique stores, coffee shops and known brand stores is an exciting place for any keen shopper.

Spend a day or two shopping before heading off to see the sights and attractions that the City of Lights has to offer before heading home with all your merchandise. Bear in mind that shopping in Paris is not affordable. The Champs-Elysees is an expensive street but you will return home with some of the finest items of fashion in the world.

Australia

Melbourne is alive with boutique stores and chain stores that will have you shopping for days. There are three major shopping streets in Melbourne, Chapel Street, Albert Park and Bridge Road; these should not be left off your list if you’re looking for the perfect fashion holiday.

Singapore

Singapore is another firm favourite with shoppers from all over the world as you are welcomed by boutique stores, bustling colourful markets and luxury shops. If you are shopping in Singapore, start in Orchard Street where you will find shops selling everything from fashion and cosmetics to electronics.

New York

Shopping in New York is a must for any shopaholic. This city is filled with boutique shops, chain stores, speciality shops and bargain stores. You can find anything when you shop in New York from designer labels to superior home furnishings.

London

Heading into the centre of London will have you amazed at what you can find. Oxford Street is a shopping oasis with loads of shops, boutique stores and electronic stores for you to choose from. Take a couple of days in London to visit as many stores as possible before heading home.

Bangkok

If you’re after some bargain shopping then Thailand’s capital, Bangkok is the place to go. It’s considered one of the best shopping cities in Asia and rightly so, this area is filled with shops, chains and markets offering all types of goods for you to take advantage of. Get your bartering hat on, because many of the stores will barter for price, so you may even get the prices knocked down.

Buenos Aires

If you’re heading to Latin America be sure to head downtown in Buenos Aires which is filled with boutique stores and chain stores. The most popular streets for some well-deserved retail therapy are Calle Florida and Calle Lavalle.

Copenhagen

The Danish capital is alive with boutique stores from local designers. You can get everything here from fashion accessories to fantastic home decorations. Spending a couple of days in Copenhagen will enable you to shop until you drop.

Saint Barthélemy

St Barths offers Caribbean shopping that has a duty free policy and over two hundred boutique stores. Walk along the beautiful streets, visit the stores and come home with plenty of bargains, this is the perfect blend of great shopping and incredible scenery.

So there you have it, a short rundown of some of the best shopping destinations in the world. Is there anything we’ve missed?

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Sears Fashion Shopping Finds

At one time in my life, Sears was a regular shopping destination for its good selection of fashionable items at equally good prices. But over the years, my trips to Sears morphed into trips for things like household appliances or tires over fashion. So, it was rather fun recently to take a fashion shopping field trip down to the local Sears store to see what sort of outfit I could put together for around $75.

Sears is still doing quite a nice job in terms of providing fashionable items, both in terms of the latest trends and in terms of more classic items. For those who want to keep up with trends, the UK Style by French Connection collection and the Kardashian Kollection each has some nice items. Interestingly, I was not all that interested in the Kardashian Kollection when I first saw online photos from it, probably because what I initially saw were animal prints, and that just doesn’t mesh with my personal style. But when I saw the collection in person, I found myself leaning heavily toward it for items to try on.  It includes a number of pretty light gray items, a color I tend to prefer, and it also has a good number of basics that have interesting touches, such a cut outs on the sleeves, a lace backed shirt, rivets added to skirts and so on.

I picked up two outfits, one to feature here and another for Beauty and Fashion Tech. For the most part, the items I purchased were also on sale. The outfit below consists of A Kardashian Kollection skirt ($29.99), Kardashian Kollection shirt with interesting buckles at the shoulder ($24.99), and Apostrophe footless tights ($7.00), for a total of around $62. I then tossed in a bit of a splurge and added a necklace from the Kardashian Kollection ($19.60) on top of it.

 

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Each item in this outfit will also work well with other clothing items I already own. For example the top can be paired easily with jeans, and the skirt would look nice with boots and just about any top. I could have just as easily worn the skirt without the tights as well. The items also match well with my purchases for Beauty and Fashion Tech, in part because I focused quite a bit on the Kardashian Kollection, which is a nicely cohesive collection that makes putting together outfits quite easy. The collection also includes a nice selection of lingerie, handbags, and shoes.

On the whole, it was rather fun to go rediscover Sears. I am quite sure I will return to shopping for fashion there much more often, which is certainly more fun than cruising the appliance section! If you haven’t seen what Sears has to offer lately and want some fashion bargains, drop in and take a look. I think you will be happy with what you find.

Disclosures: I was provided a Sears gift card through Glam Media in order to complete the purchases for this post. No monetary compensation was provided by Sears or Glam Media for this post. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sears

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