Gift Cards And Skirts.

I learnt a few weeks ago that House of Fraser (HOF) are not honouring gift cards in store or online.  My gift card for HOF is worth £80.00.   I have followed the process for getting my money refunded but I’m not holding my breath.  So my question is “are gift cards a safe bet”??

Since this discovery, I have been told it’s probably best to spend gift cards quickly in this present climate.   More importantly, I feel concerned for the staff of House of Fraser. It must be the worst feeling in the world for these employees to not  know what the future holds, and it makes the slight problem of a gift card seem trivial. But, nevertheless, £80 is no small amount!!!

Recently, I went to Newcastle to make sure my youngest son was settled into university for his final year.   We all met up in the city centre for coffee, then and I went into Fenwicks Dept Store.  This was a conscious decision as I had another gift card that I had received from Christmas 2017.  The whole House of Fraser gift card situation made me think that maybe I had to spend it quickly!

Wandering around Fenwicks, I couldn’t resist this pretty blue Daria Print Ruffled Skirt from Mint Velvet (£89.00).  It is chiffon material in a layered silhouette. This midi skirt sits high on the waist and I have already worn it quite a few times – pairing it with a Zara dark blue fitted jumper, or a cream fitted cardigan.

I particularly love the movement of the skirt and thought it looked good with this old leather biker jacket that I have owned for ages, along with some blue suede ankle boots.

This skirt could easily be dressed up in heels and a silky blouse or even a stylish t-shirt and sneakers with a little denim jacket – that would look cool!!

I know I will get a lot of wear out of it as it is so versatile and flattering – and I also love the midi length, which is my favourite.

Alison x


  1. 5 October 2018 / 6:20 pm

    Beautiful skirt, glad you got it before they cancelled your card. I’ve had that happen too. I’ve also been on the other side with a small boutique and had someone show up 2 years later with a $100 card when I was barely keeping the shop going ?. Definitely a good idea to use them right away ?

    • 5 October 2018 / 8:56 pm

      I agree, on hindsight, I should have used the cards straight away, just never crossed my mind that I may not be able to.
      Thank you for your comment.
      Alison x

  2. 14 November 2018 / 5:43 pm

    That’s a very pretty skirt, Alison.

    I’ve heard that about gift cards, too. Just heard on the news today that HoF in Metro will be one of the ones to go in the new year. The one in our town is earmarked, too. Very sad. These closures are leaving massive holes.

    My eldest son was at Newcastle Uni. He did Zoology. My youngest is there too.. at Northumbria doing Computer Science .. in his final year.
    Sharon xo

    • 15 November 2018 / 5:29 pm

      Thank you, Sharon.
      Funnily enough, I’ve just heard from HOF, saying that they will send an e-voucher for the full amount, but I have to spend it
      by the end of January. I’m not complaining, just pleased to get my money back really. I hadn’t heard about the closure. I feel so sorry
      for the staff in The Metro Centre, they didn’t seem to know what was going on the last time I was in there chatting with a few of them.

      My youngest son is in his final year doing Maths at Newcastle. He is 28, and was living in London doing an IT job. Then, decided
      to come home and do his degree, so not sure what is next, he always manages to surprise us!
      Lovely to hear from you.
      Alison xx

    • 23 December 2018 / 4:32 pm

      Thank you Esha – that is very kind of you!

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