Five Ways to Pamper Away the Winter Blues at Your Local Shopping Centre

From spa sessions to stylish looks, here are some solutions to lift your spirits this winter.
Marie-Antoinette Issa
Published on May 31, 2024

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When seasons change, it can be a shock to the system. You're made to bid farewell to a lifestyle (goodbye beach days, hello heaters) and to crack open the other half of your wardrobe. This tough change can be made easier – Stockland has come through with a ton of treat-yo-self activities that are ideal for taking shelter on a particularly chilly day. Check them out below.


Get a Beauty Crash Course

It's so cold that the only thing you want to do is make your Oodie a plus-one and binge the new series of Bridgerton with the heater on full blast. But it really won't do your skin any favours.

The perfect antidote is to book a self-care session at one of Stockland's pop-up beauty workshops, like the Make Up For Ever Mini Masterclass. Hosted by makeup artist and Australian Fashion Week veteran Andrea Damyon, this lesson will cover all bases (pun intended) for mastering the art of foundation. The cost is $15, redeemable towards any Make Up For Ever product purchased on the day. These are taking place at 11am and 1pm on Friday, May 31 and Friday, June 7, inside City Perfume at Stockland Merrylands.

Alternatively, consider signing up for a Benefit Cosmetics Brow Masterclass. Led by Benefit's National Beauty and Brow Authority, this bespoke lesson delves into all things brows. You and the other attendees will leave with the expertise to perfect your brows like a pro at home. These sessions are happening at 11am, 12pm and 1pm on Saturday, June 1, at City Perfume in Stockland Merrylands and Saturday, June 8 at City Perfume in Stockland Wetherill Park.


Score $1000 When You Stock up on a Stylish Winter Fit

According to Pantone, the colours of the season are Tender Peach, Rose Violet and Red Orange. Winter Blues? Not so much (unless they're in the form of comfy denim jeans). Slip on your chunky loafers, strut on over to your nearest Stockland mall and stock up on some new pieces from Australia's best street-style brands, including Decjuba, Sheike and Specsavers.

Whether your budget is basic or blowout, you're guaranteed to find a new look that'll convince you to swap your Saturday night in for something a little more special. Although if what you really want is a matching velour trackie to keep you warm while you stay in, there are plenty of those on offer, too.

Got your eye on something fancy? The chance to win a $1000 gift card at Stockland Merrylands and Stockland Wetherill Park should make it just that bit easier to stretch your cents a little further as you lean into your fashion era.


Treat Yourself to a Glorious Spa Day

Beachside dips and lazy seaside strolls are probably not on the agenda any time soon. But what if we told you there was a way to experience all of the feels of a rejuvenating summer swim sans getting into the icy water? And that accessing this special treat is as simple as making a booking at one of Stockland's in-centre spas.

From massages to melt away the stress of not making it to Europe for summer to rejuvenating facials to give you a glow so good you could probably fake an overseas trip anyway, your local Stockland can offer an escape of the Greek Island kind. For approximately $8,000 less.


Upgrade Your Cosy Homewares Collection

Remember all those times you promised yourself that you'd redecorate your bedroom, transform your bathroom or give your living room a makeover only for it to be 40 degrees and that Aperol Spritz just had your name all over it? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but that excuse is now null and void.

The good news is that winter is actually an excellent time to get in touch with your inner The Block-contestant and renovate your spaces. Given the current cost of living situation and rental circus, it's best to put your time and effort into making the most of the home you have.

Your local Stockland is chock-full of affordable homewares stores (including My House, Bed Bath N' Table and the magic that is Kmart and its Anko range), you can invest in all the plush throw blankets, scented candles and pot plants you need.


Find a New Hobby to Stay Busy on Rainy Days

If your New Year's resolution to learn a new skill barely made it to February, allow us to introduce you to the sequel. Find a Hobby 2.0: The Winter Edition.

In this version, our suggestions include upskilling with an Idiot's Guides book from your local News Express, investing in some wearable tech) from JB Hi-Fi so you can brush up on an educational podcast or hit one of Stockland's office supply stores to top up on pens, paints and paper to channel your inner Picasso.

Your Fashion Era events and giveaways are taking place at Stockland shopping centres on various dates until Saturday, June 15, visit Stockland Merrylands or Stockland Wetherill Park for more information.

Header image: Dragen Zigic via iStock

Published on May 31, 2024 by Marie-Antoinette Issa
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