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Casual Summer Outfits with a difference

 

Whether you’re chilling at a friend’s BBQ, going for al fresco drinks with the girls or up to something a bit more active – we’ve got the perfect casual summer outfit to make you look and feel remarkable!

 

We’ve gone for bold injections of colour, funky prints and flattering styles full of personality – to match yours.

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If you’re planning on running around with the kids or grandkids (or even a load of big kids) this Cheeky Shoulder Top (£29.95) is perfect for everyday, but with the addition of a real unique charm. It look s great teamed with some basic, white Must Have Jeans (£29.95) and colourful Sunset Diamante Sandals (£19.95).

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An Impulsive Drink in the sunshine

When you’re out doing a bit of shopping and the sun feels far too good on your skin to go home, you’re going to want to be wearing an outfit like this. Send a couple of texts and stop off for some al fresco drinks with friends. It’s the Summer Days Dress (£39.95) with the Villa Lante Garden Sandals (£29.95) and the Pretty Lace Shrug (£34.95) for if you get carried away and end up staying out a little later than expected.

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A chilled out BBQ

Even if the sun isn’t shining there’s no reason you’re summer outfit shouldn’t. We love the combination of this Sexy Cherry Vintage Top (£29.95) with the perfectly matched Cherrylicious Capri Trousers (£32.95) and cute At The Hop Denim Mules (£29.95)

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Which is your summer outfit favourite?

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The Simple Recipe For A Sizzling Summer Barbeque…

Joe’s back again with the BBQ tips!

 

We’re all about the fun in the sun and it would be a crime not to take advantage of this wonderful weather we’ve had of late! So we’ve put together the music, the food and the gear to get this barbie started!

 

Joe’s Perfect Playlist

Summertime – Will Smith & Jazzy Jeff,
Sweet Like Cola – Lou Bega
Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People,
You Get What You Give – New Radicals
Sing – Travis
Air Balloon – Lilly Allen
Start – The Jam
Golden Brown – The Stranglers
Two Fingers – Jake Bugg
Living For The Weekend – Hard-Fi

 

Which songs would you add to our playlist?

 

 

What To Wear

 

Fellas…here’s our perfect barbie look.

 

The Laid Back Corded Trilby £11.95 (was £19.95) is perfect for the summer sunshine! Whilst the pattern on the All Over Me tee £7.95 (was £16.95) is inspired by some of our favourite pin-ups of all time!

 

Combine these with the Crazy Cargo Shorts £29.95 (was £49.95) and you’ll have as many pockets as you need to keep the tinnies, tongs and anything else you may need in!

 

Finish off the look with these timeless Enjoy The Ride blue suede shoes £19.95 (were £29.95). You’re already onto a winner!

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Don’t worry ladies, we’ve got you covered too!

 

Smoulder in our Sexy Senorita Dress, compete with a flattering pleated waist and floral pattern that will wow all your guests! You’ll be surprised yourself, with the dress coming in at £21.95 (was £44.95).

 

Team it with the Laid Back Wedges, which will suit almost any outfit! Bargain buy at just £21.95, down from £34.95!

 

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Joe’s Potential Party Games

Lawn Twister – Twister…but on your lawn!

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Beer Pong – A classic for all to enjoy – take your drink of your choice and throw your way to glory!

 

 

Catch the balloon – Spread out in a circle, and throw a water balloon around the group, if it bursts on you, you lose! (At least you’ll still be cool!)

 

Water Balloons

 

 

Food – Perfect Peppers

Ingredients

4 peppers halved lengthways through the stalk and deseeded

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle

2 x 125g balls mozzarella, sliced

2 tbsp black olive, chopped

1 tbsp chopped oregano

2 garlic clove, crushed

Recipe Sweet peppers

 

Instructions

 

Heat the barbecue to hot. Rub the outside of the peppers all over with the olive oil.

 

Stuff the peppers with the mozzarella, olives, oregano and garlic, and drizzle with a touch more olive oil, if you like.

 

Wack on the barbecue, stuffed-side up for 12-15 mins until the pepper is nicely charred

 

Joe’s Top Tip – If you want that extra BBQ taste cover the pepper’s with a roasting tin!

 

 

Cheers!

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Grown Up Hot Chocolate

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After Christmas, is the healthiest thing in your household your alcohol collection? Well if you’re looking to use a bit up and give yourself a well-deserved warm treat, look no further – we’ve got you covered!

 

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What you’ll need:

  • 25 grams cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 750ml whole milk
  • 125 grams milk chocolate chips
  • 75ml Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • 100 ml  rum
  • 1 orange
  • Whipped cream and candied orange peel garnish

 

How to make it:

In a medium saucepan, stir the cocoa with the sugar and a pinch of salt. Stir in the milk and milk chocolate. Heat over a medium heat until, stirring constantly, the chocolate is melted and the mixture is hot. If it’s got any lumps, give it a bit of a whisk.

 

Add in the good stuff – Grand Marnier and rum. Divide it into four serving cups. Rub the rim of each cup with the orange and top with whipped cream, candied orange peel, and orange zest.

 

Note: Best enjoyed in a cosy warm Joe Browns jumper, snuggled by the fire.

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Marshmallow Shots

We’re unashamedly massive foodies at Joe Browns and we’re always keeping our eyes peeled for jaw-dropping food discoveries that make us groan inappropriately.

 

Well, we’ve found one this week that made us do just that. It’s perfect for the cosy mood of autumn and as we come up to the party season (if you feel inclined to share).

 

We found it on the food blog The Watering Mouth by American writer Cheri Alberts and what’s great about it, is that it’s so incredibly simple, you can do it with the kids, or on a Friday night in on your own (we won’t judge).

 

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Ideally you want to do a Jamie Oliver and toast them over an awesome flame pit in your back garden or over a bonfire with friends on the beach, but if you haven’t got that luxury you can do it over the hob.

 

Holding the marshmallow over the heat on a folk, toast the sides and bottom until they’re golden brown.

 

As soon as you take the fork out (use another fork not your fingers), the gooey loveliness will cave inwards, creating the perfect shot glass.

 

Fill it up with Baileys or something equally as great, or chocolate milkshake for the kids, and neck it while it’s still warm.

 

Pure. Pleasure.

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Daiquiri’s with a Difference

What do pineapple upside down cakes, cucumbers and watermelons all have in common?

 

They all make damn good daiquiris, that’s what. Take a look for yourself…

 

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE DAIQUIRI

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What you need
(This makes just one for you)

  • 1 cup freshly frozen pineapple chunks
  • 2 large fresh strawberries
  • 2 splashes naturally sweetened pineapple-coconut or coconut sparkling water
  • 2 handfuls crushed ice cubes
  • 1 oz whipped cream vodka (this is basically just a smoother, sweeter vodka – Smirnoff do a version)
  • ½ oz pineapple rum

 

Get muddling

  1. Muddle (or mash) the strawberries and spoon into the bottom of a glass.
  2. Add the remainder of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Carefully pour the pineapple mixture over the strawberries.
  4. Enjoy!

 

 

SAVORY CUCUMBER AND GREEN CHARTEUSE DAIQUIRI

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What you need
(makes 4)

  • 8 ounces white rum, such as Caña Brava
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed juice from 4 limes
  • 1 1/2 ounces Green Chartreuse
  • 2 cucumbers, cut into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 4 cups ice cubes
  • 4 cucumber spears and lime zest for garnish

 

Get muddling

  1. At least 1 day before you’d like to serve the cocktail, combine rum, lime juice and Green Chartreuse in an airtight container. Store in the freezer for at least 8 hours.
  1. Pour pre-chilled base into blender with cucumber rounds and ice. Blend until even in texture. Pour into serving glasses, garnish each drink with a cucumber spear and lime zest, and serve.

 

 

WATERMELON DAIQUIRI
(makes 6-8)

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What you need 

  • 2 cups fresh watermelon, diced
  • (1) 12 oz bag frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 cup white rum
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Ice, 1-2 cups depending on how thick you want them


Get Muddling

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve at once!

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Beer Mug Cupcakes with Baileys® Filling

You can imagine our excitement when we stumbled across three of our favourite things- beer, baking and baileys all shoved together in one amazing little recipe!

 

So we thought it only right to share with you…

 

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INGREDIENTS

 

CAKE

1  box (15.25 ounce) chocolate cake mix

250ml water

120ml vegetable oil

3 eggs

 

 

BAILEYS IRISH CREAM CHOCOLATE GANACHE

5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped

120 ml heavy whipping cream

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

2 tablespoons Baileys® Irish Cream

 

 

BEER MUG CAKE WRAPPERS AND FOAM

30 ounces white modelling chocolate

Golden yellow gel or paste food colouring

1 (8 ounce) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed

 

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180c
  2. Make cake mix using water, oil and eggs according to package instructions.
  3. Spray Mason jars with non-stick cooking spray, then set on a baking sheet.
  4. Equally divide batter among jars.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the centre of a cake comes out clean.
  6. Cool cakes for 10 minutes. Turn jars upside down and remove cakes. Cool completely.
  7. Make Baileys® Irish Cream ganache: Pour chopped chocolate, heaving whipping cream and powdered sugar into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high power for 30 seconds. Let bowl sit in microwave for 3 minutes. Remove and stir until smooth. If all chocolate is not melted, heat for 10 second increments, stirring after each. Stir in Baileys® Irish Cream.
  8. Cut each cake to be 3 inches tall.
  9. Use a cupcake plunger, apple corer or knife to create a well in each cake.
  10. Pour Baileys® Irish Cream ganache into each well.
  11. Colour 20 ounces of white modelling chocolate golden yellow with food colouring.
  12. Roll out to about 1/8 inch thickness on a non-stick mat (or on a cutting board that has been lightly dusted with powdered sugar). Cut 3 1/4 inch wide by 8-inch long strips.
  13. Press wooden dowel at 1/2 inch intervals across each strip, creating the indentations in the beer mugs and leaving a 1/2 inch border along one edge. That will be the bottom of each beer mug.
  14. Wrap one yellow strip around each cake, cutting the seams to match up. Brush seam edges with water and press together.
  15. Pinch off pieces of white modelling chocolate and roll into mug handles. Attach with water.
  16. Just before serving, spoon whipped topping into mugs.

 

Do let us know if yours tun out anything like these!

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Tequila Time!

With all this talk of Mexico and our #MeForMexico competition (which you can still enter here by the way) it’s inevitable our minds turn to the native drink which we’ve all blamed for our vague recollection of the night before.

 

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But there’s so much more to this drink, than just the ritualistic method of shotting it with a lick of salt and a slice of lime.

 

For instance, we reckon you won’t have known (cause we didn’t) that…

 

 

  • There are 4 different types of tequila

 

Blanco

Also known as silver Blanco is a clear tequila that is not aged and fresh and fruity in flavour.

 

Joven

Joven or gold tequila usually isn’t aged and caramels are added to create a rich, tawny colour.

 

Reposado

Reposado or “rested” tequilas are aged in wood tanks or barrels for at least two months and are mellower than the Blancos and Jovens.

 

Añejo

Añejo tequila must be aged in oak barrels for twelve months or more and is gold to amber in colour with a soft, smooth, complex flavour.

 

 

  • Tequila is like Champagne Not that we’re encouraging you to drink flutes full of the stuff! In the sense that it has a ‘Domination of Origin’ or called after the place it’s produced to you and me.

 

  • Tequila once required human sacrifice or blood The Aztecs believed tequila was a gift from the Gods, so to ensure plentiful supplies would offer a human sacrifice.

 

  • Tequila is derived from the blue agave plant – not a cactus as many (including us) may have thought.

 

  • Tequila goes bad If it’s barrel-aged for too long, it doesn’t necessarily go bad, but you end up with something more like whisky (not necessarily a bad thing either!)

 

 

 

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A Sophisticated Tipple

We love looking to the Far East for inspiration for both oriental designs and the odd beverage!

 

The Oriental Cocktail is a classic.

 

Unfortunately none of its ingredients actually hail from that side of the globe, but it was probably quite exotic at the time and reminded someone of their travels there.

 

It’s really quick to do, refreshingly different and surprisingly tasty…

 

 

INGREDIENTS

 

1 1/2 ounces Rye Whisky
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
3/4 ounce Cointreau
1/2 ounce lime juice
Cherry garnish
From getting in the front door to having it in your hand: 3 minutes
Enough for: Just you – double up for a mate

 

PREPARATION

 

Add all ingredients in a mixing glass or cocktail shaker.
Add ice and shake vigorously.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a cherry.
For one last January bargain the Oriental Wrap Jersey Dress is currently in the sale at just £29.95.

 

Have you got any oriental inspired favourites?

 

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