Whole lotta love on the big V-Day

Emma Partridge, manager at Yves St Laurent in Debenhams with Lancashire Evening Post's Rachel Hurst

Emma Partridge, manager at Yves St Laurent in Debenhams with Lancashire Evening Post's Rachel Hurst

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Why I teamed up with a personal shopper at Debenhams to try out their VIP service to help me pick out the perfect date night attire

Valentine’s Day, you either love it, or you hate it. Or, if you’re like me, it’s never really been on your radar.

Lancashire Evening Post's Rachel Hurst at Debenhams

Lancashire Evening Post's Rachel Hurst at Debenhams

Sure, I love ‘love’ but I don’t feel you should limit yourself to dishing it out to one day a year, it’s a year-round deal in our house.

That said, this year I find myself newly-betrothed and, feeling that bit more love-dovey than other years, decided the big ‘V-Day’ would be the perfect time to treat my now fiancée to a much needed date night.

So off I popped to Debenhams, Fishergate, to try out their VIP personal shopping service to help me pick out the perfect date night attire – hoping it would remind the other half of the reasons he actually popped the question!

Greeted with tea and cake by the lovely Jenny, I was whisked through the checklist of my requirements, sizes, potential body hang-ups and what I expected from the experience.

No sooner had the cake reached my mouth did a rail, brimming with all manner of wardrobe choices, appear in the private changing area and, as Jenny took me through my potential ‘date night’ choices, I really started to feel like a movie star picking out her Oscar dresses.

After a couple of lovely, but nevertheless, non-starters, my eyes settled on a beautiful, deep-red 50’s style skirt from Coast, coupled with a black cowl neck top.

If there’s anything to get me to buy something, it’s ‘twirl-factor’ and this had it in droves, plus the pockets were an added bonus – we all need somewhere to keep our lippy, right girls?

And to top off my “superstar” experience, I was treated to a fabulous make up tutorial from Yves Saint Laurent counter manager Emma, who taught me all the sneaky little tips and tricks a girl can do to perfect her look – including the ever-elusive eyeliner flick (ladies, you know what I’m talking about!)

I just hope he notices all the effort the girls went to!

To book your personal shopping experience contact Debenhams on 0844 561 6161.