So when House of Fraser asked me to help mark the occasion, I came up with the 5 things I love most about the store. My favourite treat when I've got a morning to myself, is to nip into Belfast after leaving the kids off and pay a visit to a couple of these ground floor wonders..
1. Jo Malone
2. Bobbi Brown
3. Shavata Brow Bar
4. Nails Inc
5. The Ivory
Well, this week, House of Fraser invited me in for the ultimate pampering morning and what I actually discovered (dangerously) is that ALL 5 can be achieved between my school drop off and pick up...I could get used to this..
First up - Jo Malone where I was met by the lovely Sharon and this tray of goodies..
I was in luck on the day as Jo Malone are currently doing a limited fragrance range based on delicious desserts - sounds strange but it works! Sharon mixed one of my favourite JM fragrances, Pomegranate Noir, with Redcurrant & Cream during my complimentary hand and arm massage - the end result was one very relaxed and beautifully scented mama!
|Chilled Out Mama|
There's a great offer on at the Bobbi Brown counter at the moment. With a spend of £60, you will receive 3 generous samples to enjoy. I'm a complete convert to their foundation after many many years of trying every other brand out there so if you're looking for that elusive perfect match, I highly recommend booking some time with the girls on this counter.
With my gorgeous eye make up complete, I moved onwards to my next favourite House of Fraser treat, Shavata Brow Bar. This was just my second time having my brows threaded and I'm really hooked. It hurts less, gives a better shape and is more gentle on the skin than waxing.
|Before & After - difficult to capture the difference under shop lights...check out the lunch photo below!|
|Shavata products: Heart Tweezers, Brow Perfector & Mirror - perfect for Mother's Day!|
|You get your choice of Retro Sweeties to keep energy levels up during your manicure!|
I went for a taupe shade - one I've had before called Jermyn Street. It's very versatile and the regrowth is not as obvious as with a darker red or plum.
Finally, with time to spare, instead of staying on the Lower Ground floor and having a quick lunch in the Ivory Cafe, I tried out the Ivory Restaurant on the top floor. I have been here lots of times for fashion events and shows but I've never actually had lunch here.
It felt so special being up on the top floor, overlooking the city. The service was excellent and the menu impressive. I always know I'm in for a treat whenever I can't decide between several of the main courses. In the end, Mr SGS (who was invited for this part of my morning) went for crab linguine and I opted for the squid...and a side of the best chunky chips I've had in a while.
|L-R Trying out my new eyebrows, Crab Linguine, Squid, Chunky Chips|
Seems like such a lot to fit into a morning but without rushing any of it, I still made the school run at 1.30pm with a minute or two to spare.
So with Mother's Day approaching (and the LONG Easter holidays) House of Fraser Belfast's 5th Birthday celebration week (6th-9th March) is the perfect time to pop in for a bit of pampering and a browse. And if you spend £100 or more during the celebrations, you'll get £20 to spend on your House of Fraser reward card in your May statement. You can sign up for a reward card in-store when you're in - it works like a Boots Advantage card and points can be collected right across the store.
As well as this reward card promotion, there are tons of events going on during the week including special offers in fashion & beauty on each of the 4 days of celebration, competitions, live music, activities for the kids and great dining deals in The Ivory Restaurant.
Happy Birthday House of Fraser, my favourite destination in Belfast for a tired mum 'pick-me-up treat'. Thanks for the last 5 years and here's to many many more!