A month or so ago, during the Easter holidays the geekdaughter and I were invited by Next to view their Spring/Summer 2013 collection. At London Zoo no less! This gave us the chance for a number of “firsts” for the geekdaughter – first long train ride, first trip to London and first taxi ride to name but a few.
After an early start and an event-free journey the geekdaughter and I found our way to the zoo. We arrived at opening time, so the zoo was pretty much deserted as we made our way past all the enclosures to the pavillion where the Next team were waiting for us. Before long the large room was full of bloggers and their children. Headbands with animal ears were dotted all round the room – I think these were mainly for the kids, but us grown ups had a load of fun with them as well! There was plenty of time to chat and drink coffee with my fellow bloggers (which helped me recover a little from the early start).
The geekdaughter found some craft materials and sat down quickly to get stuck in. Next had arranged for a couple of meerkats to come and visit, and the kids were able to get really close to them, but after only a few minutes the geekdaughter was back at her crafting station again! I’m sure I was more excited about the meerkats than she was!
With the geekdaughter distracted I was able to get on with the serious business of the day – looking at all the lovely clothes Next had brought along from their Spring/Summer collection and telling them which I liked best, and giving them any other feedback I had.
The Spring/Summer range is full of bright, cheery colours and great styles. The only thing I found difficult about the whole thing is that the geekdaughter, at 5, now falls into Next’s “older girls” sizing, which is aimed at girls between 5 and 16 – that’s quite a range, and there were a number of things that would be great for a 16 year old but not that sort of thing I can see my daughter in! Still, I particularly liked this outfit, which I think she would look lovely in:
I did rather fall in love with the lovely baby range. I’m quite happy to not be having any more children, but I’m pleased a couple of my friends are expecting so I can have an excuse to buy things like this:
I asked the geekdaughter which clothes she liked best, and she kept picking out shoes and accessories! This bracelet was one of her favourites.
When we arrived we were given some labels and told to put them on the items we liked the best – Next would then feature the most popular items in a post on their blog. So a certain amount of the morning was spent doing this:
You can see the most popular items, as selected by the bloggers, here on the Next blog.
After lunch we were allowed out into the zoo, and the geekdaughter and I had a lovely time wandering around and seeing all the animals before it was time to set off back home. She did frustrate me rather by being more excited about going on the bouncy castle and the carousel than by seeing the animals – kids eh?!
Thank you Next for a lovely day out.
Disclosure: Next paid our travel expenses for this event, and we were both sent away with a goodie bag.