Please come to our shop and play dress up for the day. We will make you look pretty.
Obviously much more professionally worded than that but oh yes, I'm good at reading people's minds and I knew exactly what those people at Gemini wanted.......basically for me to run havoc through the shop, stroking and touching, cooing and caressing and trying on anything that took my fancy. Errmmmm yes please!
For those of you who don't know, Gemini is a ladies clothing retailer based in Stratford-upon-Avon stocking brands such as Sandwich, French Connection and Great Plains. But fear not (for I think you may after seeing some of the items below, want to check them out for yourselves), if you aren't in travelling distance, Gemini has an excellent online presence here.
So, off I trotted to Gemini along with my blogging pal, Fiona over at Avenue 57 for a day of pure indulgence. I told the husband it was work, very hard work. Mwahahahahaha.
We were greeted by Elizabeth and Holly who whisked us off to Space NK and Matthew Curtis for hair and make-up to humanise us after an early start.
And then it was back to the shop. Now imagine a wine connoisseur being given the run of St Emilion vineyards wine cellar or a teccy allowed to run the corridors of Apple Inc headquarters....do you get my drift? Well that was us yesterday. The girls had pulled out a selection of party clothes for us to try along with the most amazing footwear. I loved everything!
Check out those burgundy boots.
So more to follow about the actual outfits that we chose and professional shots next time. Here is a selection of behind the scenes shots.
And a taster of what I tried on
Great Plains Mariinsky Embellished Dress
Unisa Shoe Black Suede Ankle Boot
Great Plains Treasure Hunt Sequinned Top
Great Plains Sequin Drop Knit Top
French Connection Imperial Wool Coat
I'll do a proper show and tell next time suffice to say that I loved everything. There were even one or two surprises - ankle boots, bare legs and a mini(ish) faux leather skirt combo and a discovery of a brand that is my new obsession - INWEAR.
By the end of the day, we had tried on and photographed more outfits than I can remember and even had chance to chat to the owner, Claire who is absolutely delightful. Her passion for the business is as strong now as it was almost 30 years ago.
We finished off with a gorgeous champagne cream tea at a local eatery and a fabulous Gemini goodie bag. Cheers Fiona and thank you everyone at Gemini for an incredible day.
Gemini by day and night and a Christmas scene on my way back to the railway station
If you're not too far away from Stratford-upon-Avon, the shop is well worth visiting, it's an absolute treasure trove of beautiful clothes and I witnessed several very happy customers being given the full-on shopping experience. It appears that VIP treatment isn't just reserved for us bloggers, it's the norm at Gemini!
The website is also well worth a browse as Claire and her team work really hard to ensure that the brands they stock appeal to the clothes conscious 40 something woman - me actually!
I'll be back soon with some much better photographs of the outfits.
Have a great weekend.