As someone who grew up on the other side of town, I never would have believed someone if they’d told me that I would eventually become a ‘Northern Beaches girl’, but here I am – 10 years in and no desire to be living anywhere else. As cliché as it sounds, I’m addicted to the casual vibe, the good restaurants and the ‘beach at your doorstep’ lifestyle – whilst all being an easy and short ferry ride from the city. The kids have it pretty sweet too, it’s a really magical place to be growing up.
I’ve got to be honest, the one thing that was lacking in the area for me was a high end shopping centre. Well, that’s not a problem anymore. Westfield Warringah Mall has had a major renovation, with over 70 new (fancy) stores. A definite stand out for me is the new Myer. The department store has a beautiful and spacious new fit out and is bursting at the seams with the usual – the cool fashion, homewares, and beauty departments really caught my eye. It truly has become a one stop shop for Christmas shopping, and I couldn’t wait to visit a second time after Myer invited me to have a peruse for some family gift ideas.
I headed straight to the Baby department as I knew Rafferty’s Santa Sack was a little light on gifts compared to Sunday’s. I picked up a cute selection of age appropriate toys, including the very popular ‘Dear Zoo’ building block set. Raff woke up from his morning nap while I was setting these shots up, so I couldn’t resist giving him an early play with the presents. I also dressed him in his new outfit – the adorable lobster get-up, which I found in the very cute Seed Baby department.
Next on my list was adding some items to Sunday’s Christmas haul. I have to be honest, she is an easy kid to shop for. Like all four year olds, she has soooo many interests – including art and craft, reading, swimming and a love for new clothes. As you can imagine, the range at Myer Warringah Mall had everything covered. I can’t wait for her to open the ‘paint your own garden gnome’, the perfect activity for when we move to our new house and garden. She’s going to love her pretty Summer gear too, which consists of a new dress and skirt/top combo, (the girl is happiest if she’s in a skirt). I’m also hoping the sticker book will keep her entertained in the car on Christmas Day, as we are heading to Bowral for lunch.
Not as easy to buy for is Mark. We have been throwing any spare money we have at the house/renovation this year, so his wardrobe situation is a little dire at the moment. I picked him up a cool pair of new board shorts from the Industrie department, and a smart Reserve shirt for his Christmas Day outfit. I added a luxe little stocking filler with a bottle of his favourite, Dior Sauvage Eau de Toilette. Speaking of stocking fillers, there are some great ‘gift idea’ departments that cover everything from the man to the baby in your life, definitely worth checking out!
When I’m shopping these days, this Mumma often comes in last on the list of the priorities, but not this time. I was totally drawn in by the fantastic fashion, homewares and accessory departments. You’ll be happy to know, Myer definitely has gifts for the modern mother sorted! I bought a new Christmas Day dress from Seed, and a set of Aura hand towels and Murchison Hume products for the new house. I also really went all out and treated myself to a pair of fab Karen Walker sunnies. Hello Summer!
Last but not least, I treated the family to a giant new lie-on float from the fab and fun Sunnylife department. The perfect Summer accessory in our pool for when we move. I’m also picturing lots of lazing under an umbrella once the madness of Christmas is over – one can only hope!
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My shopping spree at Myer Warringah Mall can only be described as a SUCCESS, everywhere I turned I spotted gift ideas. I even managed to stop for a coffee at the cool cafe situated near the homewares department. Shopping and Coffee. Alone. In peace and quiet. Ah! It’s the little things in life.