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WIN £100 to spend on the new Spring Collection!

Had enough of dark nights, chapped lips and soup for lunch?

 

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Well we just about have, so let’s bring on SPRING!!

 

Every night on Facebook this week we’re giving you a sneak peek at some of the exciting new styles coming soon and giving you the chance to win £100 to spend on the new collection!

 

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It’s really easy to enter – just answer the question in any of our Facebook posts going out this week. It’ll be asking you about how you have a good time – who you’re with, what you’re doing etc.

 

If you feel like giving us a like and a share while you’re at it – well that would be just lovely.

 

Bring on the Good Times!!!

 

Bring on Spring

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Outfits under £50!!

A whole outfit, including shoes, for under £50? Yes you heard us right – what better way to make your ‘Happy Friday’ even happier!?

 

Here’s our stylist’s suggestions for creating gorgeous top to toe outfits perfect for any occasion…

 

Keeping it casual – Women’s 

Mythical Tunic Was £39.95 NOW £11.95
Stitch Pocket Detail Jeans Was £44.95 NOW £17.95
Make a Statement Shoe Boots Was  £44.95 NOW £17.95
Total= £47.85 Saving= £82!!

 

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Keeping it Casual – Men’s

One for the Weekend Trousers Was £39.95 NOW £11.95
Get Out There T-Shirt Was £17.95 NOW £12.95
Kurt Cobain Record Bag Was £34.95 NOW £16.95
Leather Hook Bracelet Was £9.95 NOW£6.95
Total=£48.80 Saving= £54!

 

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For a special occasion – Women’s 

Love Life Check Skater Dress Was £49.95 NOW £24.95
Forever Perfect Velvet Shoes Was £29.95 NOW £19.95
Total= £44.90 Saving= £35

 

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For a special occasion – Men’s 

Straight Joe Jeans Was £44.95 NOW £19.95
Vintage Peaky Hat Was £14.95 NOW £9.95
Devil’s in the Detail Shirt Was £39.95 NOW £11.95
Total= £41.85 Saving= £58!!

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Joe’s Christmas leftovers tips…

We all know portion sizes are at a premium over Christmas – you end up cooking to feed the five thousand, let alone the five…Well fear not! We’ve got three recipes to make your leftovers  lovable for all the family!

 

Starter – Turkey Samosas

 

Ingredients 

  • 3 tablespoons of curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons of mango chutney, plus extra to serve
  • 2 tablespoons of natural yogurt from a 150g pot (serve the remainder)
  • 200 grams of cooked potatoes (roasted or boiled are fine), cut into small chunks
  • 250 grams of cooked turkey, chopped into small pieces
  • 250 grams frozen peas
  • Bunch of coriander, chopped (plus a few leaves picked to serve)
  • 270 gram pack of filo pastry (6 sheets)
  • 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds

 

Method

  1. In a large bowl, combine the curry paste, mango chutney and 2 tbsp yogurt, and mix well. Fold in the potatoes, turkey, peas and coriander, then season well.
  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cut the sheets of filo in half lengthways so you have 12 strips – keep the pastry covered with a tea towel while you work so it doesn’t dry out. Layer up 3 sheets of filo, brushing a little oil between each sheet. Pile a quarter of the filling in the top corner of the pastry in a triangle shape. Fold the pastry over to encase the filling, then keep folding until the parcel is sealed and the filo is used up. Brush the final edge with a little beaten egg to help stick the pastry together. Repeat to make all 4 jumbo samosas.
  3. Lay your samosas on a baking sheet and brush each one with more beaten egg, then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 35 mins or until the samosas are golden brown and the filling is piping hot. Serve with the remaining yogurt, some mango chutney and coriander leaves.

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Thanks to the BBC Good Food Guide for this suggestion!

 

 

Main Course – Morrocan Spiced Turkey Pie

 

Ingredients

  • Two teaspoons of coriander seeds
  • Two teaspoons of cumin seeds
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil
  • Two Aubergines – diced
  • Two banana shallots – halved and sliced
  • Two tablespoons of harissa
  • Two peppers – any colours – deseeded and diced
  • 227g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • One chicken stock cube
  • 500g of leftover turkey – mix of leg and breast is fine
  • 100g of butter – melted (keep a little extra for greasing)
  • 250g pack/10 large sheets of Filo pastry
  • 25g of flaked almonds

 

Instructions

  1. Heat a large non-stick pan over a medium heat and toast the coriander and cumin seeds for 1-2 mins until fragrant. Add the cinnamon, olive oil, aubergine and shallots. Coat the veg in the spices and cook on a medium-low heat for about 10 mins until the aubergine has softened slightly.
  2. Add the harissa and peppers. Give everything a good stir, then add the tomatoes and crumble over the stock cube. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 mins until the veg is tender and the mixture is nice and thick.
  3. Stir through the turkey meat and season well. Set aside to cool.
  4. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and grease a 23cm springform tin with a little butter. Lay two sheets of filo over the base of the tin and brush with the melted butter. Cross over another two layers of filo and brush again with butter. Repeat once more, then put the cooled filling in the centre. Using the remaining four pastry sheets, cover the filling and brush with more melted butter. Scrunch the top of the pie together and bake for 30-35 mins.
  5. Remove from the oven and scatter the pie with the flaked almonds. Cook for a final 10 mins until the pie is golden and piping hot. Serve straight away.

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Thanks to the BBC Good Food Guide for this recipe!

 

 

Dessert – Espresso Cherry Triffle


(Don’t worry, this ones not got turkey in it – we just thought it would be nice to finish with something sweet that’s got a quick to keep you going)

 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons marsala*
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup strong espresso coffee, cooled slightly
  • 4 mini jam sponge rolls, cut into 5mm-thick slices
  •  50g good-quality dark chocolate, grated
  • 1/2 cup thick vanilla custard
  • 425g can black pitted cherries, drained

 

Method

  1. Combine marsala, sugar and coffee in a jug. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  2. Divide the sponge slices between four 400ml-capacity whisky glasses. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the coffee mixture. Drizzle remaining coffee mixture over the sponge slices.
  3. Top with half the chocolate, and all the custard and cherries. Drizzle with the reserved coffee mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining chocolate and serve.

*(Marsala is a fortified Italian wine available from liquor stores. You could use dry sherry, Tia Maria liqueur, Kahlua liqueur or brandy instead.)

 

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Thanks to Taste for this amazing recipe

Have you got an amazing recipe that you want to share with us? Tweet us @JoeBrowns and share with the JB Universe!

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The Best Boxing Day Walk Outfits

Boxing Day? Christmas Eve? Or maybe Christmas Day?  Does your family go for a traditional annual walk on mass over the Christmas break?

 

If so, get all the family complementing you on how gorgeous you look this year in your sexy new outfit from yours truly.

 

Which one takes your fancy…

 

Smart and Classic
Mystical Enchantment Coat £84.95 
Stand Out From The Crowd Boots £69.95

 

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Dark and Edgy
New Create Your Own Look Coat £64.95
Louise’s Favourite Boots £59.95

 

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Funky and Furry
Funky Fur Trim Floral Parker £74.95
Distressed Leather Lace Up Boots £69.95

 

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Delightful and Distinctive
Distinctive Coat £79.95
Funky Aztec Biker Boots £54.95 

 

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Mystical and Magical
Mysterious Velvet Coat £89.95
Eye Catching OverThe Knee Boots £54.95 

 

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Five Christmas Games you HAVE to try!

In all the Christmas mahem it’s easy to forget to plan stuff to do to keep all the family entertained (especially when it’s day 4 and Uncle Geoff’s outstayed his welcome and the kids are beginning to get a bit annoying.)

 

So we’ve come up with a few alternative games, for when the sixth game of Monopoly is just one too many…

 

Candy Canes

Remember the good old days when Bowie was rocking and Bob Dylan was rolling? Well, if so you’ll have tried part of this game before. Take a Candy cane, perch it on your nose and see who can hold it the longest!

 

 

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Christmas A-Z

Note the alphabet from A to Z down a sheet of paper. Ask everyone to fill in each letter with a Christmas themed word! Quickest to finish wins! Simple, but cheap and effective.

(You could maybe do with having a judge in case dad tries to cheat.)

 

 

Guess the Gift

Tell all your guests to bring a gift they would like to receive. Ideally keep the cost under a tenner. When everyone’s there, place the presents into a bag, mix them up and open them one by one. Now, let everyone guess who brought which gift.

 

 

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Dunk the Bells

Don’t be surprised if this energetic holiday game vaguely reminds you of your teenage years. To play Jingle Bell Toss, you simply throw tiny jingle bells (or sweets) into your opponent’s plastic cups. You could even decorate the cups with marker pens and cotton wool to make your own mini Santa cups!

If you’re all adults, why not add a splash of eggnog…to add to the entertainment if nothing else.

 

 

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Get Three in a Row

Those old wine corks can get the Frozen makeover for this wintry version of three in a row. The secret Frozen fan in all of us can enjoy this guilty pleasure!

 

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The Perfect Party Dress for your Shape

Now the party season’s in full swing it’s more important than ever you look and feel confident as well as 100% yourself.

 

So with the help of some Christmas decs (to help us illustrate what we’re going on about) we’ve given you and all your gorgeous body shapes a helping hand finding that perfect party look that’ll make you want to dance all night long!

 

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(Also known as the inverted triangle, aka you have a broader chest, wide shoulders and a narrow waist and hips.) What you guys want to do is accentuate your lower body while softening your upper body. One great way of doing this is with a 2-piece. Joe’s Favourite Skirt has a great full shape and the box pleats are really flattering.  Teamed with the square shape of Joe’s Favourite Top it balances you out perfectly.

 

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This is if your waist and hips are similar in proportion and set off by a tiny waist. If this is you you want to accentuate your beautiful curves, so go for tight fitting lightweight styles. We think you’ll look great in our Sensual Lace Dress. The sheer mesh sleeves keep you covered up, with with a sexy slinky edge.

 

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If your waist, shoulders and hips are all a similar width than you’re going to want to show off your great arms and legs while creating some curves. Skater style dresses will do this for you, so we recommend the Love Life Check Skater Dress which is full of winter charm and lots of fun!

 

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If most of your weight is above your hips, you want to elongate your torso and show off your amazing legs. Empire styles are great for this and also anything that has a belt to show off the smallest part of your waist. The Luxury Longline Blouse is not only stunning, but it also does all these things for you. It’s got a waist belt to sinch you in at your smallest part and the gorgeous georgette fabric drapes perfectly over your middle.

 

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If you’re a pear shape (meaning your lower body is wider than your upper body) you should be looking to create points of interest on your top half to balance out your bottom half. We recommend the Ultimate Knot Dress. The hem is in-line with your hips to keep them balanced and as well as the detail along the hem, your eyes are drawn to the detailing around the bust. The beautiful knits and jersey fabrics are really flattering.

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Christmas wrapping like a pro

Do your friends and family know which presents are from you for all the wrong reasons?

Confuse and amaze them this year, with a couple of our tips that’ll have you wrapping better than an elf on Red Bull.

 

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1. Always measure your wrapping paper first and trim off the extra bit. To know how much you need, especially if you’ve got a massive present and you don’t want to end up wrapping yourself.  Wrap a bit of string or tape measure around the gift, then lay the string on the gift wrap and trim it to the required length.

 

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(note: Don’t buy anyone a pumpkin for Christmas. They won’t like it.)

 

2. If you have trouble cutting giftwrap in a straight line, mark the paper at the edge of the sheet and fold it – then just cut along the crease. We can all just about manage that.

 

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3. Keep all the off-cuts. Odd lengths of ribbon can come in handy to tie round the neck of a bottle – great for a quick and easy present for the neighbour you forgot.

 

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4. If you’re half way through wrapping and run out of paper (we’ve all been there swearing profusely), make a ‘cheat pleat’ with another bit of paper. Pretend you meant for it to look like that by putting the pleat in the middle on top of the gift.

 

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5. When curling ribbon, remember to do it with scissors shut. Follow the natural curl of the ribbon when pulling it between your scissors and thumb. A bit of ribbon can help make a bad gift look like you’ve tried.

 

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Have you got any more tips up your sleeve?

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Christmas style – your way!

There’s loads of ways to style up Christmas – from a full on flamboyant jumper with jingling baubles, tinsel and a singing reindeer on the front with a flashing nose beaming from your belly – to a subtle festive nod given by a piece of jewelry.

 

So whether you’re mental about merriment or slightly reserved to Rudolf, we’ve got some outfit inspirations to match your enthusiasm for the festive season….

 

 

For the unashamedly Christmas mad ladies:

 

Festive Reindeer Jumper £34.95
Perfect Patch Pocket Jeans £39.95
Rudolf Knitted Hat £14.95
All New Remarkable Boots £49.95 

 

 

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And fellas…

 

Straight Joe Jeans  £44.95
Santa’s Ride Shirt £34.95
Suede and Leather Boots £64.95

 

 

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For the fairly festive ladies:

 

Funky Animal Cardigan £34.95
All New Versatile Cami £9.95
Eye Catching Embroidered Jeans £34.95 
Stand Out from The Crowd Boots £69.95

 

 

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And Fellas: 

 

Oh Dear T-Shirt £17.95
Cosy Up Cardigan £44.95 
Easy Joe Jeans £44.95
Rock the Nation Chelsea Boots £69.95

 

 

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For the tinsel dodging ladies: 

 

Amazingly Versatile Dress £44.95
Beautiful Basic Leggings £9.95
Sensational Velvet Boots £54.95
Beaten Heart Necklace £14.95 

 

 

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And fellas

 

Wonderful Winter Knit £39.95 
Slim Joe Jeans £44.95
Leather Heavy Duty Boots £74.95 

 

 

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Joe’s Ultimate Bonfire Party

Bonfire night is one of our favourite nights of the year because, for some reason, people seem to loose their inhibitions. They chat with anyone and become a kid again for the night – hence we love it.

 

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So if you’re going to host a party, do it for bonfire night, as it’ll be as easy as hell.

 

Here’s our fail-safe method:

 

To Eat 

Hot diggedy dogs

Really easy, hearty and yummy.

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Ingredients

2 tbsp sunflower oil
6 large pork sausages
1 large onion, sliced
1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
6 big flour tortillas
2 tbsp tomato relish
paper napkins, to serve

 

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to fan 180C/ conventional 200C/gas 6. Pour the oil into the tin and put it in the oven for a couple of minutes to heat up. Add the sausages to the hot tin and roast for 10 minutes.
  2. Push the sausages to the outer edges of the tin and scatter the sliced onion in the middle. Sprinkle the onion slices with the mustard seeds and some salt and pepper and turn them to coat in the hot oil at the bottom of the tin. Stick them back in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the sliced onions are golden and the sausages are completely cooked through.
  3. Briefly heat the flour tortillas in the oven, microwave or in a dry frying pan to make them softer and easier to roll. Place a sausage and some onion on each one, top with a spoonful of relish and roll, folding the bottom over. Serve straight away, wrapped in paper napkins.

 

 

To Drink

Mulled Wine

You can’t go wrong.

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Ingredients
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
10 whole cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 peppercorns, whole
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (to taste)
1 orange, juiced
1 bottle red wine
Cinnamon sticks (optional)

 

 

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients except wine in a pan and boil for five minutes.
2. Reduce heat, add wine. Heat to the point where it is just before boiling. (Try to avoid boiling; the alcohol will begin to evaporate.)
3. Strain into cups and serve hot.
4. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, if desired. Serves four.

 

 

To make some shapes

Sparklers

You can’t have a bonfire party without sparklers.

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To listen to

Wack on a load of great tunes about fireworks

 

“Firestone” – Kygo

“Burn” – Ellie Goulding

“Firestarter” – The Prodigy

“Your Hand in Mine” – Explosions in the Sky

“Gold Dust” – Galantis

“Burning” – The War on Drugs

“Bangarang” – Skrillex

“Firework” – Katy Perry

“Emerald Explosions” – culineR

“Rockets” – Ella Henderson

“We Didn’t Start the Fire” – Billy Joel

“Relight My Fire” – Take That ft. Lulu

“Chariots of Fire” – Vangelis

 

 

To keep warm

Blankets

A great little touch to keep everyone outside partying that little bit longer.

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To Decorate

Pumpkins!

Get everyone whose coming to bring there’s over.

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To Play 

Apple Bobbing

The good old classic – great for kids and big kids alike.

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Have fun!

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Winter warming essentials

Our memories of wrapping up for winter as kids may well be our mums layering us up in a multitude of clothes that don’t fit, match or smell that great because they’ve been shoved in a draw slowly thawing from last winter.

 

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But now we’re technically adults (or at least we look like adults even if we don’t act like them) there’s loads of gorgeous styles designed to keep us warm as well as look and feel great.

 

We’ve picked out a few of our favourites from this season…

 

For the girls…

 

Kaleidoscope Poncho £39.95
Easy to style and great for livening up your look, this super soft eyelash yarn poncho boasts a chic pattern and perfect tassel fringeing for a winter essential with a twist.

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The Chunkiest Bobble Hat £15.95
Super chunky and super cosy, see through the winter months in this vibrant hot pink bobble hat.

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Cosy Fluffy Knit Jumper £34.95
Everyone needs a reliable seasonal piece so throw this on and feel fab! This cosy fluffy knit will keep you super snug and keep the winter chills away.

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Fabulous Chunky Corsage Scarf £24.95
Wrap up with this unique chunky long scarf, flourished with pretty flower corsages for a pretty wintertime style.

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Funky Fur Trim Floral Parka £74.95
Here’s our funky spin on the parka. A beautiful winter floral print is paired with lavish faux fur cuff and hood trims for a whole lot of fun.

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Louise’s Favourite Boots £59.95
These classic winter boots will see you through those chilly mornings. Pull up the top to keep cosy, or fold down to show off the gorgeous borg fur lining.

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For the boys…

 

Longchamp Parka £89.95
Nothing beats a good parka. With a borg-lined hood and handy pockets, take on the winter with a real sense of confidence.

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Awesome Wool Beanie £17.95 
Funky with a relaxed edge, our Awesome Wool Beanie is great for keeping it casual yet cosy. It comes complete with a fleece lining and a rustic pom pom.

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European Tour Zip Hoody £39.95
Whether you’re into bikes or more of a boarder, this hoody is the ultimate winter throw on. Supersoft with a borg-lined hood and loaded with character.

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Leather Heavy Duty Boots £74.95
When things get tough, you need a shoe that can go the distance in style. Mixing leather and suede with unique wraparound laces, they’ll see you through a busy day or staying out all night.

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Old School Funky Scarf £16.95
Play it old school with this understated retro scarf. We’ve added some colour with the subtle stripes, finished with a super soft feel. (Available in two colours).

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One For The Winter Cardigan £64.95
Here’s one to see you through whatever winter has in store. This chunky knit has a cosy borg-lined hood and a quilted lining, great for relaxing on the weekend or for keeping warm when out and about.

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