Top Fathers Day gift ideas at UniHill Factory Outlets

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UniHill Factory Outlets – Janefield Drive, Bundoora
Open 7 days 10am-6pm www.uhfo.com.au

I can’t believe I hadn’t visited this factory outlet til recently! Thanks to UniHill’s bloggers event held last week I was finally able to make it down to Bundoora to check out all the bargains just in time for Fathers Day! The UniHill Factory Outlet was just over 30 minutes drive from the city and situated right off the freeway exit off Plenty rd. I didn’t realise it was that close! Unlike some of the other factory outlets, UniHill has both the retail & eateries and grocery side of things covered so after my little Father’s Day shopping trip, I was also able to get some groceries bought all before heading home.

With up to 70% off fragrances and cosmetics all year long my first stop was Cosmetic Fragrance Direct. Store manager Emma gave such an awesome and detailed run through of some of the top men’s fragrances that I was able to smell the individual top notes and middle notes as she specified them! It was such a nose-opener having someone there to go through the gorgeous scents with such precision.

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Here were some of Emma’s top picks with my fav being the Dolce & Gabbana Sport as its scent makes me think of an active, sporty man who loves to keep fit and toned! 😉

Versace Eros 50ml for $76 – a vibrant fresh scent that mixes both woody and oriental tones of amber, geranium flower and vanilla.
Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men (Sport) 100ml for $75 – watery top notes of grapefruit blended with rosemary and cardamon produce an energetic feel to this scent.
Rochas Man 100ml for $59 – coffee, lavender, amber and sandalwood create a sweet but masculine fragrance.

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Cosmetics Fragrance Direct has something for everyone from discount perfumes to lipsticks, nail polish and beauty items.
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Testers were readily available for all the perfumes making it easy for me to find the ones I liked!IMG_9854

I loved how Cosmetics Fragrance Direct had labels on their testers outlining in detail what each scent was made of.

For the dad who loves video games, I asked EB Games for their top picks and bestsellers. Below are some of the best sellers! I like watching the better half play God of War as it has plenty of puzzles and problem solving obstacles to overcome. 
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How cool is this clear mini basketball ring and ball!? Dads could put it up in the office to keep them awake and energized especially when 3.30-itis is looming!
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I found this wallet from Strandbags that would be a practical and useful pressie for the grandads.
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With spring just around the corner, some comfy shorts and polo shirts and casual footwear would get dad all ready to enjoy the warmer weather whilst spending quality time sporting around with the kiddies. I got so excited to see a Platypus outlet store at UniHill and there were some really good sales for both adults and kids shoes!

Of course there was no way I could visit all these stores and walk past their discounted goodies without having a look for myself and Baby D – how cute are these tiny Adidas kicks!!? 😀

I stopped by Capz to find some cool head gear and also shopped up a storm at Melbourne’s largest Nike Factory store! I also found beautiful DIY inspiration and products at the Kaisercraft store. Sarah and the Unihill Kaisercraft girls run workshops and kids creativity parties there with a card making class being run on Sunday September 1st so click here to book your place.

My last stop saw me filling a whole bag full of letters, stamps and prints for $5 at Typo before resting my feet whilst sipping coffee at Degani Bakery Cafe.

With nice wide walkways and a large, clean baby change room, my first trip to UniHill Factory Outlets will definitely not be my last. Head on over there for some last minute Fathers Day gift shopping. Politix, Aquila, Tarocash, Gloweave, Stafford Direct, Cotton On, Factorie, Espirit and Man to Man are some of fantastic retailers situated at UniHill. With friendly and helpful staff you are sure to find something to suit your man, the occasion and your budget!

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Besides lots of love, hugs and kisses, what will you be giving your dad this Fathers Day?

Be sure to stay tuned for a giveaway coming up soon!

2013 Shopper of the Year event

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A fun day out at DFO – 2013 Shopper of the Year!

The other day 50 of us set out on a challenge set by DFO and Shop Til You Drop magazine to find Australia’s most fashionable bargain hunter. We were given $200 and 45 minutes to shop for an entire outfit, top to bottom, including footwear and accessories. DFO Essendon was our venue with Lotta from Cosmopolitan Australia and Amanda from NW Magazine Australia being the 2 judges of the day. Their job was to pick 2 finalists out of the 50 of us to compete for the ultimate prize of $5000 and the title of the 2013 Shopper of the Year! I’m looking forward to seeing the winners from the other DFO outlets!

45 minutes is not a lot of time to put together a whole look so it was a real challenge rushing from store to store and getting ready along the way to be all done up for the final showcase! I had already been eyeing a black winter coat from Glassons and a black bag from Marcs. I had to get the rest of the outfit on such a tight budget because of those two items that I really wanted. Luckily I found a dress in Glassons for only $10 and its wrap neckline perfect for breastfeeding! All in all it was such a fun day and I bought pieces that I knew I would definitely use over and over again 🙂 Thank you to DFO Essendon and Shop Til You Drop magazine for the opportunity and the goodie bags! – got excited about the cute little Nutella jar!

Here’s a breakdown of what I bought and how much the total was. I actually had $6 left!! If only I had enough time to rush to the baby stores to get Baby D a onesie I would’ve used the $200 to buy 2 outfits ;P

1) Glassons Black Biker Jacket – was $139 down to $70

2) Marcs Black Nikki Pouch – was $149 down to $79

3) Winsdor Smith nude studded heel – down to $25

4) Glassons Maroon wrap dress – down to $10

5) Just Jeans ring and tassle necklace – 2 for $10

Total: $194

I thought I went pretty well 🙂 How would you spend the $200 to style a new outfit?

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