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Winter sale picks

Joe’s sale picks

It’s Christmas and there’s a Joe Browns sale on – woop woop!!  What more could you want in life?!


We figured after you’ve spent all your hard earned cash on everyone else this month and smiled politely at all the gifts that were lovely (but not quite Joe Browns)  – it’s only fair to treat yourself!


So, to help you justify it, and possibly the other half if it’s coming out the joint account, here’s what you’ll be saving plus what you’ll be wearing it for…


For a pub lunch when you just can’t face any more cooking 


For her
Angel Falls Top Was £49.95 Now £24.95
Perfect Ponte Bootcut Was £29.95 NOW £17.95


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For him
Mix It Up Check Shirt Was £39.95 NOW £19.95
Easy Fit Joe Jeans Was £42.95 NOW £24.95


SH696A     TR347C




For a romantic winter walk (and escaping the relatives!) 


For her
Emma’s Favourite Coat Was £89.95 NOW £49.95
Classic Riding Boots Was £84.95 NOW £49.95


LJ260B     LF463A



For him
Charismatic Check Coat was £89.95 NOW £49.95
Laid Back Zip Boots Was £69.95 NOW £44.95


JA199A        FW198A



For Dinner with friends you’re dying to catch up with


For her
Funky Funtime Dress Was £39.95 NOW £19.95
Fabulous Flock Ankle Leggings Was £24.95 NOW £14.95


LD771B     LB369B



For him
Upstage Shirt Was £34.95 NOW £16.95
Slim Fit Joe Jeans Was £44.95 NOW £21.95

SH693A       TR357A




And for chilling out in front of the telly in 


For her
Boutiquey Sweat Was £44.95 NOW £29.95
Ruched Side 2 in 1 Leggings Was £22.95 NOW £14.95


LH086A     LB365A



For him
Ready For Action Cargo Pants Was £39.95 NOW £27.95
Pow Hoody Was £39.95 NOW £23.95


TR343A   CT575A




Shop more of the sale here and from all of us at Joe Browns have an amazing Christmas!



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Ben's Home Pub

Joe’s crew do Christmas

Nothing says Christmas like a group of mates getting together for a drink and a laugh. The only way this could possibly be made better is if you had your very own pub…well we don’t have a pub, but we have a Ben and he has a pub!




Ben, who does an awesome job of making our website, emails and social stuff look so cool, built this little gem that sits in his garden from scratch. He’s got it fully stocked with all the good stuff, working beer pumps and even a mini log burner!




So he very kindly invited the Joe Browns gang over to help decorate it and try out a few festive cocktails!




First on the menu was the White Christmas Cocktail…



It’s really easy, you just put a few ice cubes in a cocktail shaker with vanilla vodka, coconut cream, crème de cacao and grated nutmeg. Shake it up and strain it into jam jars – we even found some chocolate straws lying around which were a great touch (until we realised they were out of date).




Here’s the breakdown of measurements to make two:


  • 100ml vanilla vodka
  • 160ml coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp crème de cacao
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg
  • 2 chocolate wafers, to serve


Next up, we gave some Winter Whisky Sours a go…




Ideally you’d fill some glasses with crushed ice (we didn’t have any), put bourbon, lemon juice, orange juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker, shake it up and strain it into glasses. Check us out trying to pro with a chunk of orange.


Here’s your measurements for two:

  • 50ml bourbon
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • ½ tbsp sugar syrup
  • 2 slices of orange


If you’re feeling fancy you can stick edible gold glitter round the rim with honey. We weren’t.


Ben’s little dog Ace then came to join the party. He did enjoy himself – really.





What we were wearing:


Seb (casually giving himself some devil horns in this pic)


Christmas Cheer Top Now £9.95 (was £19.95)




Hit The Slopes Jumper Now £25.95 (was £39.95)




On The Piste Snowman Jumper Now £14.95 (was £29.95) + Dancer Hooded Scarf Now £9.95 (was £24.95)




Rock Around T-Shirt Now £7.95 (was £16.95) + Mistletoe Hat Now £5.95 (was £12.95)



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Stay Cool Sweat Now £16.95 (was £34.95)


What drinks would you serve up if you had your own pub?










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Posh Nosh to go with Posh Frocks!

Have you signed yourself up to do some Christmas hosting this year?


Are you now thinking ‘Oh god what have I done?’ and ‘Where do I start?’


Fear not – we’ve put together some jaw-dropping dresses and luxurious party food that’ll have everyone so impressed they won’t judge your ludicrous drunken behavior.



On you: Dance the Night Away Dress (£79.95)





On the plate: Serrano-wrapped Pear with Goat’s Cheese.




Tear 6 slices of Serrano ham in half. Core a pear and cut into 12 slices. Place a piece of pear at the bottom of the ham slice. Add a 3cm piece of goat’s cheese and a few rocket leaves. Roll up and secure with a cocktail stick




On you: Butterfly Jacquard Dress (£49.95)





On the plate: Ham and Stem Ginger Thins



Assemble the canapés by topping the biscuits with thin slices of the stem ginger in syrup and spoonfuls of shredded ham. These can be made up to an hour ahead.



On you: Sexy Lace Dress (£49.95)




On the plate:  Roasted Gnocchi, Sundried Tomato and Olive Stacks.




Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Tip the fresh gnocchi in a roasting tin and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 25-30 mins or until golden, stirring occasionally. Thread the roasted gnocchi onto cocktail sticks with pitted green olives, sundried tomatoes and basil leaves. Serve while the gnocchi is still warm.


Hey presto – you’re set for a great night!

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Accessorise with Mode Lily

Accessorising with Mode Lily

We took blogger Dash – yes she does have the coolest name ever – from modelily.com, around our home town of Leeds to try out some coat and accessory combos.


It was a good job it was a chilly night as we wrapped her up in some of our warmest gear, complete with bags, hats, scarves and gloves.


She was a great sport and think you’ll agree, very photogenic in her Joe Browns clobber…





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Which is your favourite look modelled by the lovely Dash?


Recreate her look by shopping coats here, accessories here and boots here.


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Blogger Kristina

Partywear with blogger Kristina

What better way to showcase to you our new gorgeous partywear range than with the fun and beautiful writer of Mode of Style – Kristina.


We met Kristina at the awesome Adelphi pub in Leeds, which provided the perfect backdrop with its period décor of wood panels and old tiles and the coolest bar man ever – cheers Gav!


We basically got Kristina to pick out some of her favourite dresses, try them on, have a drink with us and create a bit of mischief turning heads in the pub while telling us what she thought of all the shoes, dresses and bags.


And turn heads she sure did…

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Luxury Lace Dress £59.95



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Butterfly Jacquard Dress £49.95






Marvellous Metallic Skater Dress £49.95 






Sexy sexy (yes that’s double sexy) Señorita Dress £44.95



Kristina loved the Butterfly Jacquard Dress so much we let her keep it to wear for a wedding she had coming up.


Thanks again Kristina for being such a great sport and the guys at the Adelphi for being so accommodating  – if you’re ever in the area we highly recommend you stop by!


Which is your favourite party dress?

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Good Things Come In Pairs

Good things come in pairs

Wine and cheese, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, lovable geordie presenters…it’s true that all the best things come in twos.


So we’ve paired up all our matching shoes and bags and knocked a fiver off, so you can mix ‘n’ match your perfect twosome.


Spotty Velvet Handbag £24.95
Polka Dot Court Shoes £34.95

AD525B   LF477B


Amazing Floral Stud Bag £34.95
Fab and Funky Floral Boots £49.95


AD511A   LF455A


Faux Fur Bag £44.95
Remarkable Wedge Corsage Boots £54.95

AD512A   LF460A


Quirky Twit Twoo Bag £29.95
Amazing Corsage Shoe Boots £44.95

AD513A  LF447A


Funky Tapestry Bag £34.95
Funky Tapestry Boots £44.95

AD516A    LF466A





Spotty Velvet Handbag £24.95
Polka Dot Court Shoes £34.95

AD525A   LF477A


Floral Satchel £39.95
Amazing Floral Cowboy Boots £54.95

AD510A    LF449A



Shop our Buy Any 2 and Save £5 Mix ‘n’ Match Offer here.


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amusement parks

Amusement Parks From Around The World

We’re all familiar with a good-old traditional fun fair, so we thought we’d try and find some a little different from the typical family day out. Check out these three unusual amusement parks from around the world…


1. Thrill Rides at The Stratosphere – Las Vegas, USA




At first glance the activities at this Vegas attraction might appear like pretty standard rides – that’s before you realise that they are positioned at the top of The Stratosphere Tower, the tallest freestanding observational tower in the USA. The tower boasts all three of the highest thrill rides in the world, hanging you over the edge at 866ft, spinning you 900ft above the ground and shooting you over 1,000ft into the air! And as if that wasn’t enough, they also offer a scream-inducing leap off the tower from 829ft – good god.


2. Love Land – Jeju Island, South Korea



After the end of the Korean War, Jeju Island became an incredibly popular destination for young Korean honeymooners with one of the most popular attractions on the Island being Love Land – Korea’s erotic amusement park! Many of these young couples were in arranged marriages, with little or no knowledge about ‘intimate relations’ and the park became something of a sex education tool. Featuring over 140 erotic statues and running sex-ed films, this is one theme park where you quite literally get a bang for your buck! (sorry we couldn’t resist!)


3. Wunderland Kalkar – Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany




In 1973 construction began on a nuclear power plant just outside Dusseldorf, however due to protests it never got finished and following the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 was abandoned completely. When in was sold off in 1991 a Dutch entrepreneur saw an opportunity and converted the site into an amusement park! The complex features more than 40 rides including a climbing wall and 190ft high swing ride both built inside the imposing and iconic cooling tower. An area they now call ‘echoland’ – shout in there and it’s obvious why.



What crazy attractions have you been to?




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Joe Browns Coats

Get your coat…

Have you pulled your old winter coat out the back of the wardrobe yet? If not you should definitely do it to at least check the pockets – you never know, there might be a sneaky fiver to be had.


There’s no questioning it though- it’s definitely that time of year to start wrapping up so you can be out and about creating havoc, while staying nice and toasty doing it!


If you’re looking to upgrade this year from your sad looking worn coat to something with a bit more of a ‘wow factor’ then take a little look at these funky designs . We even thought we’d highlight some of the best bits for you.


Striking Coat £69.95

Heavy embroidery on this Striking coat adds a funky vibe, while a cute butterfly corsage keeps it poised and pretty.


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Boutiquey Coat £99.95

Classic and chic, this coat is such a great all-rounder. With double-breasted buttons and large, mock double-layer lapels, we love the contrast seams adding a sophisticated twist to this special coat.


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Amazing Padded Biker Jacket £99.95


Traditional biker styling meets quilted bomber. We’ve brought together two of our favourite inspirations – bikes and boards – to give you a great, heavy-duty textured wool winter jacket.






Charismatic Check Coat £89.95

Keep it retro for winter with this smart checked coat. The detachable fur collar and double-breasted front make this a classic.





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An autumn capsule wardrobe that packs a punch

Our lovely customer Cheryl recently got in touch to demand an apology for producing too many gorgeous clothes she wanted to buy and couldn’t afford while going through an expensive divorce (sorry again Cheryl).


So if you’re like Cheryl and trying to keep the cost of feeling gorgeous down, a capsule wardrobe can be a great idea to force yourself to be selective and pick pieces you can mix ‘n’ match.


So we reckon we’ve come up with a 10 piece capsule wardrobe that’ll speed up the getting ready process, leaving more time to go out and have some fun!


For the sexy ladies:



LD760B LC938B LB337A

LB369A LC931A AD518A



 For the dapper fellas:

SH699A JA205A  SH712A
 TS819A  FW201A

MK115A   SH685A  CT567B



Have you got your wardrobe sorted for the nippy nights ahead?


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Funfair Quiz Answers

Time to see how much you really knew!



Q. What was the first ever fairground ride?


A. Dodgems – 1920’s

The Pleasure Beach at Blackpool had a ‘Dodgem type’ machine in 1913 called the Witching Waves whereby motion was provided by a complex arrangement of tilting floor panels. The Dodgems are based on ideas expressed in a number of similar rides that all involved devices crashing into each other while under the control of “drivers”, or riders.



Q. What year was Candyfloss invented?


A. Machine-spun cotton candy was invented in 1897 by the dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton. It was first introduced to a wide audience at the 1904 World’s Fair as “Fairy Floss” with great success, selling 68,655 boxes at 25¢ per box (equivalent to $6 per box today).



Q. Who devised the first steam powered rides?


A. They were Invented in 1868 by Frederick Savage, an agricultural engineer from King’s Lynn, devised a method of driving rides by steam. His invention, a steam engine mounted in the center of the ride, transformed the fairground industry.



Q. What were rides fueled by before this discovery?


A. The first fairground rides began to appear in the eighteenth century, these were small and made of wood and propelled by gangs of boys.



Q. What were traditionally the main Funfair attractions before rides?


A. Sideshows:

In the 19th century, before the development of mechanical attractions, sideshows were the mainstay of most funfairs. Typical shows included menageries of wild animals, freak shows, wax works, boxing/wrestling challenges and theatrical shows.



Q. What year were Funfair’s first introduced in the UK?


A. The Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park was perhaps the first iconic event of this kind, but the Victorian age saw the growth of the Great Showman and the quality touring fairs and circuses.



Q. What is the oldest and most traditional fairground prize?


A. A goldfish in a bag



Q. What is the name of the world famous French Funfair Museum?


A. Musée des Arts Forains



Q. Why is it called a Helter Skelter?


A. The term “helter-skelter” was first recorded in the United Kingdom at Hull Fair in October 1905, taking its name from the much older adverb meaning “in confused, disorderly haste”.



Q. When was the first ever Funfair?


A. What is documented is that during the Middle Ages in Europe, there were chartered fairs. These were essentially trade shows that took place roughly between 1200 and 1400. They were gatherings of international traders and their wares, and subsequently included entertainers. It is likely that funfairs are the descendants of chartered fairs.



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