Holiday Happy Place - Cherry Creek Shopping Center

Is it wrong when someone tells you to "go to your happy place" and you immediately head to the mall?? (Pretty sure my hubs would say yes to that, but guys just don't get the retail therapy thing do they?) Can't lie, I love to shop.... window shopping, shopping for myself, shopping for others....I love it all. And in Denver, there's no better place to do all of the shopping-related things than Cherry Creek Shopping Center. It really is the perfect place to find all the gifts for pretty much everyone on your list (all in one pretty place) or just walk around and admire the festive decorations and huge gorgeous tree out front, grab something delicious to eat with friends, get your holiday makeup done or see a fun Christmas movie. It's kind of a one-stop shop for everything holiday (or otherwise)!

And as such, I'm at Cherry Creek Shopping Center A LOT (just ask my husband and my credit card bill). It's my go-to for movies with the kids when they're on holiday breaks from school, the place I meet a good friend for lunch at least once a month, where I buy most of my makeup (and shoes) and where I shop for the majority of our Christmas gifts. Plus I love seeing all the holiday decorations and browsing my fave stores to find good holiday sales and fun party looks.

And yes, I know Christmas is about giving vs. receiving (and I absolutely love searching for meaningful and fun gifts for my friends and fam...just found some perfect stocking stuffers at Cherry Creek Shopping Center this week in fact!), but when it comes to the holidays, I also can't resist trying on festive and sparkly holiday outfits and finding party-worthy looks (I mean what girl doesn't love a little overload of sequins every now and then?). And one of my very favorite places to shop for pretty dresses (and really everything else) is Free People. I love the boho vibes and movement of Free People's clothing and, bottom line, it just makes me feel pretty. So needless to say, I have a hard time passing up a visit to FP when I'm at Cherry Creek mall. I won't lie to you, I literally spent two hours there recently trying on all sorts of dresses and sparkles and holiday-worthy looks (felt like a little girl playing dress up in someone's amazing closet!)......and I wish I could've just taken all of them home with me! Believe me, they have some absolutely stunning holiday outfits in the store right now.....case in point, check out all the photos below (and there are a lot of them!) for some amazing party looks (and winter wear too), all available at Free People Cherry Creek. Not to mention how sweet and helpful all the girls who work there are....they answered all my questions, directed me to items I was searching for and were just all-around wonderful. And that kind of service always makes a huge difference in a shopping experience, don't you think?

So if you haven't been yet this season, I highly recommend heading to Cherry Creek Shopping Center to admire their beautiful tree, take the kids to a movie or to see Santa, enjoy the gorgeous piano music playing this time of year, have a good meal at one of their delicious restaurants, check out Free People for beautiful bohemian looks, try on fab shoes at Neiman's, get your makeup done and shop for exceptional skin care at Aillea or just walk around in search of the perfect gift (chances are you'll find it). 

Do you all have a favorite place to do your holiday shopping? And if you're a shopaholic like me, what's your fave place to frequent? Would love to hear!

But most importantly, Merry Christmas! Hope your holidays are filled with love, laughter, family, friends and all the wonderful things money can't buy!

XO,

Allison

PS. Linked all these Free People pieces below:) And you can also find Cherry Creek Shopping Center on Instagram here and FB here.

**All photos taken by Kelsey Erwin of @capturebykelsey

 Sequin tank from Free People Cherry Creek....Photo taken in front of the Cherry Creek Shopping Center Christmas tree. 

Sequin tank from Free People Cherry Creek....Photo taken in front of the Cherry Creek Shopping Center Christmas tree. 

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 Velvet blazer and pants from Free People Cherry Creek, hat from Forever 21

Velvet blazer and pants from Free People Cherry Creek, hat from Forever 21

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 Dress from Free People Cherry Creek

Dress from Free People Cherry Creek

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 Bolero Jacket from Free People Cherry Creek

Bolero Jacket from Free People Cherry Creek

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 Skirt and top from Free People Cherry Creek

Skirt and top from Free People Cherry Creek

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 Beaded Top/Dress from Free People Cherry Creek

Beaded Top/Dress from Free People Cherry Creek

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 Hat and Furry Bomber Jacket from Free People Cherry Creek

Hat and Furry Bomber Jacket from Free People Cherry Creek

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 Earmuffs from Free People Cherry Creek

Earmuffs from Free People Cherry Creek