I’m not sure whether it was the freezing winter weather or just life getting in the way, but shopping just hasn’t been on the agenda. I was definitely due for a good haul and with the help of Simon Outlets, mission accomplished! As part of our girls’ trip to the Berkshires we got to spend the morning visiting some retailers at the Lee Premium Outlets. Our fantastic guide, Heidi, was spot on with the locations we visited. I’m so excited to share some of the things I picked up (and others that are now on my wish list).
We jumped right into my favorite store, J.Crew Factory. They had just put out a transitional winter to spring line and I was instantly in love with everything! Some of the stylist had even put together outfits they thought I’d like (and they were spot on!). I’ll probably never have a personal stylist in my life, but it was rather fantastic to pretend!
I ended up getting a few items to put away for spring and I’m literally counting down the days until I can wear them! Hands down my favorite is this striped ruffle-sleeve shirt (c/o) that also comes in black, white and black & white stripes. Plus everything is 40-50% off right now!
This trip also helped me find my new favorite store for home items and gifts, Ten Thousand Villages (thanks Heidi!). Even better you can shop there guilt-free because everything they sell is fair-trade handmade. The artist and makers from around the world are paid upfront when their work is commissioned. This month they are featuring global female artists and every piece was stunning!
Speaking of global travel, we took a quick look in the Samsonite Factory Store and I had serious wanderlust looking at all the luggage choices. Since we mostly do weekend trips my go-to luggage is a canvas tote bag. However for our honeymoon we’ll be traveling for longer than usual so I seriously need to upgrade my wheels. Now the million dollar question is… hard luggage or soft? I feel like there’s benefits to both and really can’t decide!
About halfway through our morning we stopped by the Lindt store. We sipped on the most decadent coffee (mine was poured over a raspberry Lindt truffle) and explored the new spring chocolates. Lindt is most known for their signature hollow bunny, but they started making a little chick too, which is the cutest! I picked up this little chick gift box (filled with truffles of course) to use as a centerpiece for Easter.
We also stopped at the Bass Factory Outlet, which was a surprising score for me. I definitely had a preconceived notion of Bass as being the place where my dad bought his shoes, but kept an open mind and found some amazing things! After trying on a few pairs for myself, I can now say their shoes are truly the combination of comfort and style.
Our last top before we collapsed from utter exhaustion was the Brooks Brothers Factory Store. In order to see the amazing items they have (at serious discounts) you have to visit one of their stores and believe me, it’s worth it! I don’t work in an office, so many of the styles were on the more dressy side for me. Brooks Brothers was so kind to gift me one of their signature non-iron dress shirts and I’ve already made good use of it under a sweater since New England insists on this perpetual winter.
I also took some time to browse the men’s section and took some inspiration from the suits to help S decide on his for our wedding (how is August only 5 months away?). While I’m not sure I’ll ever get him in a pink bowtie, this navy suit is on point.
As you can see it was a whirlwind of a morning, but I learned a lot about so many new-to-me brands! Outlet shopping can definitely be intimidating, but I think looking at which stores are there and making a must-visit list is really helpful. The Lee Outlets even have an interactive map on their website. If you plan on doing a marathon of shopping like we did another great thing to do is sign up for their VIP Shopper Club to get discounts throughout the year.
Thank you again to Heidi and Lee Premium Outlets for such a personalized shopping experience. This post was sponsored by Lee Premium Outlets. Opinions expressed are my own.