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Smart Buys for your Holiday Wardrobe

Space and weight is pretty precious when you’re going away, so we know how important it is to pick stuff that’s really easy to wear so you can shove it on and get exploring! (Or chilling out in the shade with a massive margarita – whatever floats your boat).

 

We’ve picked a couple of our favourite items – for guys and girls – that’ll help you look and feel amazing no matter how you choose to style it….

 

The Funky Fringed Tunic £32.95

 

As modeled by the gorgeous Melissa above, it looks great with a pair of white jeans, statement necklace and a pair of heels for an exotic summer evening…

 

 

 

 

Team with a pair of funky embroidered shorts, comfy flip flops and a casual shoulder bag and you’re ready for whatever the day can throw at you.

 

 

 

If you’re off somewhere a bit cooler or out exploring our gorgeous English countryside, the funky fringed tunic is awesome for layering up and adding a bit of personality to your casual look.

 

 

 

 

The Bikes to Boards Shirt £29.95

 

As modeled by our main man Adam above (who’s either spotted a bar in the distance or a fitty that’s caught his attention) the Bikes to Boards Shirt is a great all-rounder. It’s a suitcase fail safe and looks great for a casual outfit with these Azores shorts, flip flops and cool sunnys.

 

 

 

 

Smarten it up a notch with a classic pair of Slim Joe Jeans, Chelsea Boots and leather belt and your ready for hitting the bars to sample the local beers.

 

 

 

Or to funk up your style a bit more we’d wear it with a pair of laid back ripped jeans, quality leather flip flops and a stylish summer scarf – perfect for a bit of daytime holiday exploring.

 

        

 

 

Where’s your next adventure going to be?

 

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Wizards and Wonderful Wardrobes

You really can’t beat the feeling when a complete stranger stops you to tell you they love what you’re wearing. It’s going to make you feel great for the rest of the day.

 

So team that with a fun trip with the family and you’ve got a recipe for a great weekend. Our merchandiser Abi told us all about hers…

 

So last weekend I went down to London as a late Christmas/birthday trip! The first night I went with my lovely fiancé Ash to NY Fold (best pizza place I’ve ever been to) and then to see Aladdin at the Prince Edward theatre!

 

                              

 

It was completely amazing and I totally recommend you see it! As it was the theatre I love getting a bit dressed up, but with the surprisingly warm weather we had I made sure it was something that would also keep me cool!

 

 

I decided to wear our brand new Cute Cold Shoulder Top with the best pencil skirt I own the Office To Bar skirt and my beautiful blue Rock Star Biker Leather Jacket. For me this was the perfect combination of smart and casual. I was kept nice and warm with the jacket, but not too hot as the top is so light! Plus I have had so many complements on this jacket, everyone loves how bright and different it is!

 

Since I was going for a smart/cas look I made sure Ash followed suit with his Check Suit Blazer and Waistcoat and his straight Joe Jeans.

 

 

The second day we met up with my two brothers and nephew to go to the Harry Potter Studios Tour.  It’s the second time I’ve been but there was the brand new Forbidden Forest part which had just opened the day before (talk about timing or what! Purely accidentally when booking the tickets!).

 

 

Due to having been before I knew how long we would be (we were there for 4 hours last time) I thought I better make sure I am comfy so I chose my new favourite tunic – Vintage Floral Tunic, (before I started at Joe Browns I didn’t understand how amazing tunics are!) and I paired this with some basic black leggings. I was super comfy and cool throughout the day despite how much walking we did and some running after an 8 year old!

 

 

Coincidently whilst waiting in the queue to go on the tour I happened to be behind a lady wearing one of our hoodies so I had to tell her how much I loved it!

 

So it was an amazing weekend with some great outfits (if I do say so myself!) and I can wait to go back down to London again!

 

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A Grown up Easter

We’re rebelling – Shock. Just because we have to go to work, pay bills and clean stuff, doesn’t mean we can’t have just as much fun (if not more) as the kids at Easter.

Here are some ‘adult’ Easter egg hunt ideas to get the grown-ups bouncing …

 

A Beer hunt (or mini spirit bottles)

Have fun painting beer cans or pop mini spirit bottles into plastic eggs.

beer hunt

 

Confetti Egg Game

You basically use real hollowed out eggs and fill one of them with loads of glittery confetti. Every time someone finds an egg it has to be smashed over their head. The one covered in confetti wins a prize.

 

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Night Hunt

Practically the same as a normal hunt, but put glow-sticks into plastic eggs and find them in the dark!

gow eggs

 

 

‘Scrabbled’ Eggs

Have two teams and paint letters on all the eggs. The team that makes the most/ best words out of their letters wins.

egg letters

 

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What to pack for him (or if you are him!)

Guys we know holiday packing can be a painful task and ladies it’s sometimes less painful if you just do it all yourself (making sure you have enough space for that extra pair of sandals of course!)

 

So here’s a helping hand to get the guys side of the suitcase looking as slick and organised as the womens’ while at the same time getting all the blokes looking and feeling awesome this summer.

 

 

Check list: 

  • T-shirts
  • Smart shirts
  • Smart Trousers
  • Blazer
  • Jeans
  • Smart shoes
  • Cas shoes
  • Belt
  • Underwear
  • PJs
  • Socks

 

 

Our top picks: 

 

 

Things you don’t think about, but that you need

  • Toiletries
  • Plane tickets
  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Charger and adapter
  • Prescription medicine
  • Book/kindle
  • Surprise present for the Mrs

 

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Joe's Bake Off

Browns Bake Off!

We know we can create distinctive and remarkable clothes, but can we create distinctive and remarkable bakes??

 

In the name of charity we gave it a go! Here’s how we got on…

 

 

Not too shabby looking hey?!

 

Our new chairman, Dereck (on the far right) sampled all 13 anonymous bakes judging on looks, but more importantly taste!

 

 

 

And the winner was… drum roll please… our head of quality control – Linda!

 

Her Malteezer crunchy chocolately square thingies were out of this world!

 

 

Then, like the vultures we are, we all piled in…

 

 

 

 

 


We promise we’re not all now slumped in the office with cake sweats (is that even a thing?) we’re creating more beautiful clothes for you – honest!

We raised just over 90 quid for our efforts which we’ll be sending off to the #RedNoseDay guys to help with the amazing work they do.  Have you been fundraising?

 

 

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Alternative ways to treat your mum this Mother’s Day

Want to do something a bit cooler than normal for your mum this year?

 

Or are you the mum and want to leave this page open on your browser for one of your little darlings to find and think they’ve come up with it all by themselves? (just remember to scroll down past this sentence)…

 

 

For the Boho Mum

Stay: Hire a VW camper van and go and explore some awesome countryside.

Do: Wrap mum up nice and warm and go for a long walk.

Eat: Take a picnic – or if a mate’s got one of those portable stoves, even better, let her sit back on a deck chair and you do the cooking.

 

 

 

For the Classy Mum

Stay: Find a cute little B’n’B just for the two of you bursting with English charm

Do: Book yourselves into a spa, but instead of the regular massage she’ll be expecting, why not try something different like cupping, a seaweed bath or chocolate facial?

Eat: Why not try an afternoon tea with a difference – like one that’s on a moving bus! (This one’s in central London)

 

 

 

For the Funky Mum 

Stay: Some mums might not fancy full-on camping, but glamping in a tree house – hello!

Do: Why not keep costs down and take your bikes for a bit of exercise and adventure.

Eat: If you and your mum enjoy cooking, why not do a cookery course together for some quality bonding time over good food.

 

 

 

For the Rocky Mum

 

Stay: If cash is a bit tight, why not kick everyone else out the house so you two can have some time together by yourselves? Maybe just run the duster round first so it looks like you’ve made an effort. A bit of Mr Sheen won’t break the bank.

Do: When was the last time you went to a gig with your mum? Have a rummage through her CD (or tape!) collection and see who she loves. Even if they’re not your thing – they might end up being and she’ll love you for it!

Eat: Make a cake! Yeah it’s not her birthday, but why not!

 

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A designer in the making…

 

One of the things we love most about working at Joe Browns (apart from it being the coolest place in the world obviously) is getting to chat to you guys on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram every day.

 

You’re such a fun, interesting and often inspirational bunch, we feel we’ve got to know you over the years and as cheesy as it sounds we’re often laughing with you and learning from you.

 

But you’re always still surprising us and this time it was 7-year-old Leah’s turn.

 

Her proud mum Emma shared her drawings with us on Facebook…

 

 

 

And then Leah took us through her designs…

 

So Leah we asked our head designer, George, what she thought of your work and here’s what she said…

 

“These are really fantastic Leah! You’ve clearly spent a lot of time thinking through your designs carefully. I particularly like your use of colour – it’s very vibrant which Joe Browns customers love and your flower patterns would look great as embroidery to give that bit of extra detailing.

 

Keep up the hard work and take inspiration from everywhere you go and everyone you meet.  I think you have the potential to be a real star!”

 

We hope you put into practice George’s advise Leah and keep designing. Thank you for sharing and watch this space design world – Leah’s hot on your heals.

 

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Wear it three ways!

Looking for a cardigan that’s perfect for summer nights sitting outside with a glass of wine with friends, a staple suitcase essential as well as something that’ll see you all through the year?

 

Well hey presto…!

 

Let us introduce you to the Cherrylicious Cardigan £34.95

 

 

 

 

Complete the cute cherry look perfect for the up and coming BBQ season…

 

 

 

Or pair it with a pretty dress for a picnic in the sunshine…

 

 

 

Or funk it up for a night of drinks with the girls…

 

 

 

 

And for the guys…

 

If you’ve not already got a waistcoat in your wardrobe. This is why you should…

 

The One For The Weekend Waistcoat £49.95 has it all.

 

 

 

 

Team with a crisp white shirt and jeans for date night or a pint with the lads.

 

 

 

Or team with dark wash jeans and a blazer for a sharper dapper look…
(We do recommend a shirt as well, we just couldn’t fit it on.)

 

 

 

Or for a more laid back chilled weekend we think a Grandad shirt, cool scarf and light wash jeans look awesome…

 

 

 

 

 

Which look does it for you?

 

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GOOD TIMES in Yorkshire (on a bike)

This week’s blog post comes to you from our adventure loving, Lycra wearing, creator of all things pretty on the Joe Browns site Ben. Take it away Ben…

 

I’m loving the road bike at the moment, even though it’s freezing and wet outdoors.

 

So Sunday was a good day, kit on, including the new Magic Rock Brewery Jersey (a combination of two of my passions, beer and bikes) helmet and out on the bike.

 

We set off from Yeadon, heading down into Otley taking in the views of the valley, then through the back roads of Askwith (a beautiful little village on route to Ilkley).

 

 

 

Taking in an essential coffee stop at the Commute Coffee Shop in Ilkley.

 

 

A Mecca for cyclists, and my favourite biking café to stop at, amazing staff, awesome coffee & cakes and some really cool biking gear.

 

After taking in a coffee and cake we headed back out of Ilkley towards Yeadon.

 

 

It was only 20 miles but feels amazing getting out in the rolling hills with the fresh air.

 

 

It’s the perfect way to clear the mind, plus apart from driving when are you going to take in 20 miles of countryside?

 

Bring on the weekend, sunshine, Cycling Sportive, running events and an Olympic distance triathlon.

 

See you guys out on the road, obviously. Lol.

 

 

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Cherry Blossom Cake

Inspired by our love of cherries this season, we thought you’d love this gluten-free masterpiece…

 

 

 

Ingredients

 

300g cherry, stoned and roughly chopped

250g polenta

250g pack butter, softened

250g golden caster sugar

4 large egg

100g ground almond

2½ tsp baking powder

150ml pot natural yogurt

1 tsp orange blossom water

juice ½ orange

 

For the syrup

juice 1 orange

3 tbsp golden caster sugar

½ tsp orange blossom water

 

For the cherry icing

50g cherry, stoned, plus extra cherries on stalks to serve

175g icing sugar

 

 

 

Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Use a little of the butter to grease a deep 23cm cake tin and line with baking parchment. Mix the cherries and 50g of the polenta, then set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Add the remaining polenta, the almonds, baking powder, yogurt, orange blossom water, orange juice and cherry mix, and stir everything until just combined. Tip into the tin, smooth the top and bake for 45 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
  3. Meanwhile, make the syrup. Boil the orange juice and sugar for a few mins until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat, add the orange blossom water and let cool. When the cake is done, remove from the oven and pour over the syrup. Leave to cool in the tin for 20 mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. To make the cherry icing, put the cherries and icing sugar in a small food processor and blend until smooth. Drizzle all over the cake, then top with whole cherries. It will keep for up to 5 days in a cake tin.

 

 

And to wash it down…

A Manhattan Sweet

 

4 Ingredients

 

Method

Shake all together with ice except the cherry then strain into a short stemmed glass and add a cocktail cherry.

 

 

 

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