Saving Money Shopping At Debenhams

I had an interesting conversation with a friend yesterday on the subject of shopping. I am most definitely a shopaholic, I love the thrill of moving from shop to shop and being able to find a wide range of bargains. My idea of heaven is still a High Street with a good mixture of stores selling a variety of products. But my friend firmly explained that my idea of heaven is her idea of hell. She elaborated that when she shops, she prefers a traditional department store where she can pretty much shop for the whole family, and for the household, in one visit.  She also feels the same when it comes to online shopping. She would prefer to visit a site like Debenhams where she can find everything she needs and have it all delivered in one easy transaction. The good news is that shopping online in this way can also lead to a whole host of savings, some of which are not available in store.

If you are planning on shopping at Debenhams, I would always recommend that you take a look at the offers and voucher codes that are currently available at My Favourite Voucher Codes. (Debenhams have their own page of offers). Offers are updated on a regular basis and are very varied, they cover all departments and can be money off offers, free delivery options and also updates of all the current sales.  There are also secret voucher codes, and the option of guilt free shopping as My Favourite Voucher Codes donates 20% of its net profits to charity.

I must admit the conversation with my friend did get me thinking about the convenience of doing all my shopping online using just one site. Currently I am shopping for my next Summer holiday which is in Cyprus in June. It also happens to be the destination for my brother’s wedding, so I have quite a checklist of items to buy. This includes a wedding outfit suitable for a very hot climate, new swimwear for myself and Joe, some new sundresses, a pair of sandals with a low or kitten heel suitable for the wedding, and tailored shorts for both Joe and my hubby Pete. After a quick browse it is obvious I can find all of these things at Debenhams, with up to 30% off swimwear and designer dresses, which is pretty handy.

I love the Floozie range by Frost French, in particular the Bardot style swimsuit below which is just so bright and tropical.

Floozie by Frost French Multi-coloured floral print bandeau swimsuit

I also love this strapless printed costume from The Collection. It has tummy control due to a hidden panel in the front, and costs less than £20, making it a very pretty bargain buy.

Beach Collection Navy bird print tummy control swimsuit

In terms of a beautiful dress from my brother’s wedding, Debenhams has so many beautiful dresses that could totally fit the bill.

Star by Julien Macdonald Light pink bardot dress


Principles by Ben de Lisi Pink colour block pleated dress

The fabulous Racing Green Collection, which Ben Fogle has been unveiled as the new face of, is full of cool, stylish tailored shorts that would be perfect for a wedding abroad.

Racing Green Natural chino shorts

Mod style is back with Ben Sherman

If you are panicking that Father’s Day is now just five days away and you still haven’t found that perfect gift for your dad, or your baby daddy, I have one last gift idea for you. If the man in question is a fan of Quadrophenia, The Small Faces, The Who, Paul Weller or even Bradley Wiggins, he may well be a fan of anything to do with Mod Culture, and that could mean that Ben Sherman has the answer to your gift needs.

Ben Sherman has been a British Mod Style institution since 1963. With it’s range of buttoned up shirts, grandad style t-shirts, slim fitting trousers and polo tops, Ben Sherman epitomises the look beloved of ‘the Modernists’ aka the Mods, a look that has had a revival in recent years and found a completely new audience.

The Who - Mod Style

The Who – Mod Style

Jimmy the Mod


Debenhams has a great range of Ben Sherman polo tops and t-shirts available this year, along with a fabulous competition where you could win £500 to spend on Ben Sherman products. Many of the products are currently available at 20% off discounted prices, so you can find something that is a stylish and affordable bargain.

Here are a few of the products I would chose.

1. Love the idea of the red stripe with deep indigo jeans and desert boots. Would look great with a Harrington Jacket worn over the top too.

Ben Sherman Red fine stripe print t-shirt now £24 click to visit Debenhams

Ben Sherman Red fine stripe print t-shirt now £24 click to visit Debenhams

2. A grandad style top in Mod fit, this is just such a cool top. Would also look great with indigo jeans, or white shorts for a great holiday look.

Ben Sherman Navy marl grandad collar t-shirt now £24 click to visit Debenhams

Ben Sherman Navy marl grandad collar t-shirt now £24 click to visit Debenhams

3.  This is just a classic. Crisp white, buttoned down collar, so smart and perfect for that Paul Weller look – just add a black blazer and pump up the volume on ‘A Town Called Malice.’

Ben Sherman White chambray collar polo shirt now £32 click to visit Debenhams

Ben Sherman White chambray collar polo shirt now £32 click to visit Debenhams

What’s your dad’s signature style? What will you be getting him this year?

Making Pancakes with BlueZoo and Debenhams

Pancake Day must be rated as Joe’s favourite food event, he absolutely loves them, especially if eaten with ice cream or chocolate sauce. I, on the other hand, hate them with a passion, which, in the past, has made Shrove Tuesday, aka Pancake Day, a total non-event for me. But taking Joe’s love for the stuff into account, an invitation from Debenhams, and, in particular their fabulous clothing brand BlueZoo, to make pancakes with some new kitchen equipment` and lovely new season clothes for Joe was an offer that we couldn’t refuse. It was off to the supermarket to get batter mix and eggs for us.

Pancakes are such a fun and easy thing to make and they cost very little in ingredients.  Joe thinks they are a yummy treat, and one which he can be involved in the preparation of. He also gets very excited about the ‘flipping’ bit (and did ask what would happen if it got stuck on the ceiling…). Courtesy of Debenhams homewares selection, we had a lovely new mixing bowl to put the mixture in, and Joe worked himself into a lather whisking the eggs, batter mix and water together. (He had a little help from dad to get the lumps out.)

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Little Marco Pierre White getting himself ready to make some pancakes!


Once the mixture was smooth, it was added to a little oil in a frying pan. Joe wanted to make sweet pancakes with chocolate sauce and sprinkles, but Joe’s dad Pete decided a savoury cheese pancake would also be nice. The sweet ingredients were added once the pancakes were cooked, but the cheese was added whilst in the pan in order to melt it. Both were judged a success.







Chocolate sauce and sprinkles


Cheese pancake

The finished pancakes were served on our new Debenhams plates which we had chosen as part of a dinner service. Joe had such a wonderful time making pancakes and decreed the whole experience a huge success. The Tuesday we will probably be having pancakes again to celebrate Shrove Tuesday and I might even be tempted to try a honey one myself.

What fillings will you be having on your pancakes?


Joe looking super cute in BlueZoo

Joe looking super cute in BlueZoo

Happy Shrove Tuesday!

Happy Shrove Tuesday!

*We were sent a selection of BlueZoo clothing and Debenhams homewares to help us take part in this task.