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John Lewis Opens First Store In Sussex

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Home & Lifestyle, Product Launch | Posted on 04-04-2012

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Retail giant John Lewis is opening its first ever store in Sussex on Thursday with a “John Lewis At Home” store on the Portfield Way Retail Park, just outside Chichester. I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview on Tuesday and take a tour around the new store with branch manager Claire.

Boasting 40,000 square feet of selling space over two floors this new store has a wide range of products you’d commonly find within their bigger shops. There is a large selection of home décor and furnishing, as well as an extensive kitchen and lighting section.

Downstairs you will find the Click & Collect Service which makes shopping even easier – you just order the item and collect it from store the next day, and the only selection of Olympic Merchandising outside of a London branch. Perfect if you want to grab yourself a piece of memorabilia for this summers event without having to fight your way into the capital.

Jubilee fever has also struck with a number of Union Jack emblazoned products throughout the store from cushions to deck chairs and food gifts – I can highly recommend the Emma Bridgewater Biscuit Barrel!

Upstairs you will find a comprehensive electrical and gadgetry department which includes the brand new iPad and a number of TV’s – ideal distraction for the men! You will also find a small but well stocked baby section to pick up a few nursery essentials for your little ones, including cots, toys and a bedding.

The familiar John Lewis cafe is also upstairs where they’ll be selling a range of drinks, snacks and light lunches, as well as children’s lunch boxes. A supply of high chairs is ready and waiting! Customer toilets can also be found nearby along with spacious baby changing facilities, and a feeding room – something which is rare even on the high street!

One of my favourite “trends” on offer in John Lewis At Home is the ‘Playnation’ range. Here is the foyer of the new store, decked out in the range.

Can you believe that colourful book display is actually wallpaper? I love it and definitely want some for our home office!!

The ‘Playnation’ range is beautifully bright and encompasses a huge selection of products from table ware to garden items, home decor to office organisation. The mix of wood and colour looks brilliant and I can imagine several pieces finding a place in my home soon. Here are a few of my personal favourites:

This Tiffin Box would be great on family picnics this summer with four handy compartments for your lunch time favourites.

Office storage needn’t be dull with this brightly coloured unit featuring six large deep drawers.

Every cook and baker needs a good set of measuring spoons and I love this set of four – colourful additions to any kitchen.

Summer trips to the beach or just sitting in the garden will be stylish and comfortable for your little ones in this traditional deck chair.

John Lewis At Home opens on Thursday April 5th and with the extended Easter weekend it’s sure to be a busy one – I suggest you start queuing now!!

Adidas AW2011 Children’s Clothing Launch

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 17-07-2011

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Adidas launched their AW2011 Children’s Wear Collection this weekend in London and I was lucky enough to be invited to take a look. On display were their two collaborations – with Disney and London 2012 – as well as some of their Originals range.

To coincide with the premiere of Cars 2 Adidas have designed a range of clothing, footwear and accessories based around the characters of this much-loved series of movies. The trainers are designed to look like the characters and feature Tow Mater, Lightning McQueen and Finn McMissile amongst others. I particularly liked the Tow Mater trainers, which have his distinctive bucked teeth on the front of them!


Track tops, tshirts, track pants and baseball caps are also available featuring the iconic Lightning McQueen and there is also a rather funky rucksack which I’m sure will become a keen favourite. All the items also feature the instantly recognisable Adidas stripes and are brilliant quality. The clothing range starts from age 2 up to 10 and the trainers start at an adorably small size 1 right through the children’s sizes.

We are also now just a year away from the start of the London 2012 Olympics and this range of sports clothing was also on show. There are two ranges of clothing for children – the Mascot Rainbow range for 3 – 6 year olds and the Mascot Champion range for 8 – 12 year olds. This colourful range of clothing features the Olympic mascot Wenlock, who was also in attendance with his friend Mandeville, who is mascot for the Paralympics. A gorgeous range of clothes to ensure that the children are firmly in the Olympic spirit.

Finally the more traditional Originals range was on display. Sports clothing featuring the Adidas stripes as well as the more easily recognisable trainers feature in this range. From the tiniest cutest pram shoes with brilliant foot measurer in-soles right through to pre-teen sizes are available, as well as a range of football boots which are small versions of the boots you’ll see on a Saturday afternoon up and down the country. For any aspiring sports man or woman this is range for you.


The team on hand to show me around were great – very helpful and friendly and even provided me with a cup of tea when I arrived looking a little damp from the monsoon that was falling outside! Wenlock and Mandeville were working very hard, and somehow managed to both squeeze into a lift at one point – a very entertaining moment! Whilst my little man did not come with me for this he would like to pass on his thanks for the great Wenlock he received which he’s been merrily cuddling ever since!!