John Lewis is a bit of a British high street staple. Whatever you’re looking for – from beauty and fashion to homeware and technology – you’re pretty much guaranteed to find it in John Lewis.
It would be pretty easy to spend a whole day shopping there thanks to all the different departments, and that’s exactly what I did when the John Lewis Edinburgh team invited me in to the store a couple of weeks ago. If you’re an Edinburgh local, you’ll probably know that the St James centre is mid-demolition at the moment – but John Lewis is open throughout the redevelopment and, in fact, they’re getting some swanky new improvements of their own.
Personal Styling at John Lewis Edinburgh
I started my day off with a personal styling appointment in the fashion department. I’m the worst for buying clothes and then never wearing them – I’d really like to have a more streamlined wardrobe, so this was the perfect introduction to creating a capsule wardrobe. With the Style Express service (which lasts an hour and is complimentary, score! You can book online here), your stylist will have a quick phone call with you before your appointment to get an idea of your style and what you’re looking for.
My brief was summer city break capsule wardrobe with a retro twist, and my stylist at John Lewis Edinburgh did a fantastic job of picking out clothes I loved, but wouldn’t necessarily have picked for myself. The service felt very relaxed and not intimidating at all, and there was no pressure to buy anything at the end – although you will almost certainly want to buy all the things you tried on! Whether it’s a special occasion (like an outfit for a job interview or a wedding) or you just fancy getting some advice and giving your wardrobe an overhaul, I’d definitely recommend trying out the Style Express personal styling service at your local branch.
Murad Facial at John Lewis Edinburgh
John Lewis are well known for their beauty and skincare counters, but I must admit that Murad wasn’t one I had ever visited before. As I settled in for my appointment, I was excited to see that there was one of those fancy cameras which can see what lurks beneath your skin. In general, I’m quite happy with my skin but I’m always curious to find out if I’m looking after it as well as I could be. Luckily, the results from the camera were very positive, and my only real area of concern was sun damage – will be slathering on the SPF from now on!
After my initial skin consultation, I was recommended the AHA Rapid Peel treatment. Using a range of different Murad products suited my skin type, my therapist began by cleansing and massaging my skin, followed by a glycolic peel and plenty of moisturising afterwards (and probably lots of other steps I have forgotten!). Despite being in the middle of a busy shop, the treatment felt very relaxed and peaceful, and my half hour was up before I knew it. The cost of the facial is £55, but it’s redeemable against Murad products so you can treat yourself to a couple of your favourite items to take home. Book at John Lewis Edinburgh by calling 0131 525 8453, or just pop in to your local store to make an appointment.
John Lewis Edinburgh’s Smart Home Department
Feeling all glowy and relaxed post-facial, I headed upstairs to John Lewis Edinburgh’s new Smart Home department. Think things like smart thermostats, the Amazon Echo, Sonos speakers and remote-control lighting. Basically, there’s everything from an oven that enables you to put dinner on before you leave the office, to a bedside device that monitors the quality of your sleep. John Lewis Edinburgh is the first Scottish store to have a Smart Home department, and it’s definitely worth checking out if you love gadgets and tech.
One of the most intriguing things in the department was the Samsung Smart Fridge. The technology in this is insane, it puts my sad old fridge to shame! There’s a camera inside the fridge so you can use your phone to check what’s in there whilst you’re out doing your weekly shop, there’s a screen for notes, lists and calendars, you can create an inventory so you know which products are nearing their use-by date, you can play music directly through the fridge… and lots, lots more.
The Place to Eat at John Lewis Edinburgh
Finally, I finished off my day with a glass of prosecco in the new The Place To Eat cafe. The cafe was previously located on the 4th floor but, as part of the recent investments in John Lewis Edinburgh, it has moved up to a stunning space on the 5th floor. The floor-to-ceiling windows give an amazing panoramic view of Edinburgh, Leith and the Firth of Forth, and the cafe itself is beautifully designed with Scandi-inspired touches.
It’s open all day, so it’s the perfect place for breakfast before you start shopping, a lunch pit-stop in the middle of the day, or a glass of wine and slice of cake to round your day off nicely.
Have you checked out the John Lewis Edinburgh Store recently?