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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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Which fashion decade do you belong in?

Every decade was known for something — whether it was the wild and wacky fashion or the people from that time that made history.

 

Find the perfect era for your body shape and attitude…

 

 

40s

In a nut-shell the 40s women were all about creating a certain silhouette – nipped in waists and knee length A-line skirts were really popular to create an hourglass shape. Loads of clothes created this outline, from suits and dresses to even some trousers.

 

If you aren’t naturally an hourglass, this style can help you achieve this silhouette (if you want to!).

 

Get the look: We’d recommend the Ditsy Floral Vintage Dress £39.95

 

 

 

50s

The styles from the 50s are timeless. It’s iconic for its youthful freedoms and sense of fun. It goes beyond poodle skirts and saddle shoes worn by teenagers however, with housewives playing a major role in defining the ultra feminine style we love to wear today.

 

The beauty of the 1950s era is that there is a ‘look’ that will suit any body shape – the more womanly the better.

 

Get the look: Pastel Floral Vintage Dress £49.95

 

 

 

 

60s

Women in the 60s had an extreme style and attitude from the start of the decade to the end.  Twiggy had women freeing their minds and bodies into clothing that didn’t require any extra thought or effort. From modest to “there is no such thing as too short!”

 

If you’re an apple or a rectangle shape these straight styles will look great on you.

 

Get the look: Quietly Quirky Zip Through Dress £59.95

 

 

 

70s
There were so many great styles going on in the 70s there’s something for every body shape and attitude! From bohemian babe (think floaty maxi dresses in patchwork prints and lace-up peasant blouses) to haute hippy (silky flared trousers and heavenly suede skirts).

 

Boho tops and flared trousers are a couple of our favourites. Boho tops with ruffled hems are great for rectangle shapes, if you’re an apple or pear tops that cinch you in under the boobs look awesome and for the inverted triangle and the hourglass figures look for a style which has a bit of an asymmetrical cut.
Get the look: Embroidered Flared Jeans £39.95 and the Festival 2 Piece Blouse £39.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which decade do you belong in?

 

 

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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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One Tunic Four Looks

Don’t you just love it when you’ve got one thing in your wardrobe that you feel amazing in, works for loads of occasions and everyone comments on it when you wear it.

 

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It can be a bit of an effort though thinking up new ways to style it differently to keep your look feeling fresh.

 

So we’ve taken one of our favourites the Distinctive Flocked Tunic (£39.95) and subtly styled it in 4 different ways…

 

 

For a special night out…

These lacey leggings and booties add a real touch of glamour and with a gorgeous statement necklace you’re ready to roll.

 

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Lacey Leggings £34.95 
Stunning Leaf Necklace £17.95
Unique Boutique Lace Bootees £49.95

 

 

A fun day out…

Teamed with a ripped pair of jeans, flat comfy boots and this stylish day bag you’ve got a really effortless look that still packs a punch.

 

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The Remarkable Patchwork Bag £36.95
Stand Out From The Crowd Boots £69.95
Rock and Roll Jeans £44.95

 

 

Spontaneous drinks with the girls…

For more of  a statement look we’ve gone for luxurious velvet boot-cut trousers and boots with a cool fedora. If no one compliments you in this outfit – we’ll eat our hat!

 

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Bootcut Velvet Trousers ££39.95
Magical Velvet Bootees £39.95
Remarkable Fedora £17.95 

 

 

A Cosy pub lunch…

For those days when you want to feel all snug and warm, but still look great, these casual leggings, riding boots and flattering chunky knit cardigan are perfect.

 

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Enchantment Cardigan £54.95 
Beautiful Basic Leggings £9.95 
Stylish Lace Back Riding Boots £79.95

 

Which look do you love most?

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Warehouse Clearance Outfits that wow!

We all love a bargain! So we’ve put some gorgeous outfits together, for either a daytime shindig or an evening one, at some equally gorgeous guilt-free prices…Enjoy!

 

For the Ladies:

 

Day Out

 

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Night Out

 

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Funky Heart Necklace Now £8.95 Was £17.95
Oriental Kimono Now £9.95 Was £34.95
Must Have Jeans (black) Now £14.95 Was £29.95
Suede Fringed Boots Now £41.95 Was £84.95
TOTAL: £75.80

 

 

For the guys…

 

Day out

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First Tracks Hoody Now £29.95 Was £59.95
Legends T-Shirt Now £11.95 Was £24.95
Easy Livin Suede Shoes Now £19.95 Was £39.95
Slim Joe Jeans £19.95 Was £42.95
TOTAL: £81.80

 

 

Night Out 

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Laid Back Leather Loafers Now £19.95 Was £49.95
Wild One Waistcoat Now £21.95 Was £44.95
Wild and Wonderful Shirt Now £16.95 Was £34.95
Slim Fit Joe Jeans Now £19.95 Was £44.95
TOTAL: £78.80

 

 

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Ways to inspire

Ways to Inspire…

We’d never try and tell you how you should wear your new JB dress, tunic or shirt – that’s how you make it individual to you and express who you are. But if you’re anything like us (which we reckon you are) you love to get inspiration from all around you and how someone else styles up an outfit can spark an awesome idea using what you already have (or plan to soon have!) in your wardrobe.

 

So here’s how our designers would style up the Mystical Enchantment Short Jacket for different occasions to get those creative juices flowing…

 

 

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For Work

The Understated Tie Neck Blouse is the perfect partner for a smarter look. We love its peter pan collar and ribbon tie and you can’t go wrong with plain black Must Have Jeans. Add a bit of contrast on your feet with the Make a Statement Shoe boots.

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For a walk in the country 

The My Favourite Ankle boots have a cool military style and with a borg lining are so comfy for long autumnal walks. We’d wack on a pair of Perfect Patch Pocket Jeans and The Epitome Top for an effortlessly fun and relaxed look. The Mystical Enchantment Jacket adds a touch of sophistication to complete the look – perfect for when you stumble upon a pub along the way!

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For shopping and bevvies

Love that feeling when someone stops you in the street to ask you where you got your outfit from? Prepare yourself for this feeling in this outfit. The Inspiring Print Dress is so eye-catching with its feel-good floral design it’s bound to turn heads. It goes perfectly with Beautiful Basic Leggings and the All New Remarkable Boots are both easy and elegant. With the addition of the light weight versatile jacket your classy look is complete!

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Crazy Commutes

Crazy commutes

For no other reason than we want you to check these out because they’re really cool  – look how some people get to work in the mornings…

 

In the city of Funchal in Madeira you can toboggan into the office.

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So you might be lucky enough to cycle to work, but how awesome would it be to get a little lift on your bike like the guys in Trondheim, Norway, who take the Sykkelheisen Trampe. 

The sykkelheisen Trampe bicycle lift in Trondheim, Norway

 

 

Google’s private commuter ferry, the Triumphant, takes workers between San Francisco and the company’s Silicon Valley campus – alright for some.

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How much fun would it be to wave down at everyone stuck in traffic as you flew above them? New Yorkers can who take the Roosevelt Island Tramway over the East River to Manhattan.

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OK so this one’s not that different to your average tube, but it would mix things up a little if one or two were diagonal like the Carmelit in Haifa, Israel, especially if you were hungover.

The Carmelit

 

 

No, this is not a roller-coaster, some people in the Vohwinkel district of Wuppertal, Germany take an elevated train (or upside-down train as we think it should be called) into work.

Elevated train in the Wuppertal

 

 

Not a lover of mornings or steps? You want to head to Medellín in Colombia for its outdoor escalators – lazy or genius? We think genius.

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How would you like to get to work in the morning?

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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!)

 

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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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Euros 2016: What to do if you’re not a footie fan

Prefer rugby, tennis or races? Or none of the above?

Take advantage of some ‘me’ time while everyone else is crowded round the telly indoors and try something you’ve not done before.

Here’s some of our ideas to get you going…

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  1. Go to a free music festival.
  2. Do a walking tour of your city.
  3. Pick strawberries.
  4. Go stargazing on a warm Summer night.
  5. Pick wildflowers.
  6. Take a road trip to the nearest beach or lake.
  7. Ride a bike.
  8. Go canoeing.
  9. Practice yoga in a park.
  10. Visit relatives.
  11. Throw a BBQ for friends who also don’t like footie.
  12. Take a day hiking trip.
  13. Play minigolf.
  14. Go camping.
  15. Fly a kite.
  16. Visit the library.
  17. Take a walk and listen to a podcast.
  18. Learn how to juggle.
  19. Pack a picnic.
  20. Join a recreational sports team.
  21. Go fishing.
  22. Visit a free museum.
  23. Take photographs of nature.
  24. Go to the zoo.
  25. Skip rocks at a pond.
  26. Plan your next holiday
  27. Try your hand at sculpting or pottery.
  28. Do some gardening.
  29. Have a water balloon fight.
  30. Play in the sprinkler.
  31. Feed the ducks.
  32. Make tie-dyed t-shirts.
  33. Smack some balls at a driving range.
  34. Make DIY gifts for friends and family.
  35. Tour a brewery.
  36. Go see a Summer movie.
  37. Paint outdoor landscapes.
  38. Make a slip and slide in your garden.
  39. Find fun shapes in the clouds.
  40. Build a sandcastle.
  41. Make an awesome summer playlist.
  42. Go Geocaching
  43. People watch.
  44. Ride a roller coaster.
  45. Collect seashells.
  46. Press flowers to make bookmarks.
  47. Buy ice cream from a truck.
  48. Paint your toenails with bright Summer colors.
  49. Dance in the rain.
  50. Paint your furniture.
  51. Go to the farmers market.
  52. Have an outdoor tea party.
  53. Make wishes in a fountain.

 

Anymore ideas??

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The Best Outdoor Activities for this summer!

Over in the states they’re calling June the ‘Great Outdoors Month’. Yeah, we know there’s always a month and a day for literally everything, but we rather liked this one!

 

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So we came up with, what we thought, were the funnest ways to get out and about in what WILL BE the best British summer ever!

 

Which one takes your fancy?

 

 

1.) Caving

The Cheese Press. Caving Sessions in The Yorkshire dales

If a claustrophobic journey down the dark gullet of the unfortunately named Giant’s Hole sounds like your cup of tea, then you should check out the Peak District’s Acclimbatize, a caving expedition service run by subterranean enthusiasts Duncan and Daryl.

 

 

2.) Wakeboarding

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It may not have suffered the crippling overexposure of surfing or skateboarding, but wakeboarding (a cross between freestyle snowboarding and waterskiing) is a big deal – popular enough to claim over three million participants globally. There’s places all over the UK to give this a go.

 

 

3.)  Quad biking

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A bike ride may be healthier, a stroll may be more romantic, but nothing matches a quad biking session for sheer adrenaline-fuelled elation. The boisterous four-wheelers can be rented all across the British countryside, but one that is highly recommended is Dulais Valley in Wales.

 

 

4. Rock climbing

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A two-and-a-half-mile stretch of gritstone crags, set amid the rolling hills of the Peak District, Stanage Edge is legendary among the climbing community.

 

 

5.) Horseriding on the beach

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There’s nothing like a ride on horseback along the sands to blow away the cobwebs – and the gorgeous Silecroft Beach, stretching for miles along the edge of the Lake District, is an idyllic spot.

 

6.) Flying and gliding

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Find inspiration for an airborne adventure on the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association’s website.

 

 

7.) Clay shooting

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As opposed to its more bellicose American counterpart, the NRA (National Rifle Association) of the United Kingdom is no more than a motley bunch of benign enthusiasts, whose clay shooting centre at Bisley is steeped in 120 years of sporting history.

 

 

8.) River tubing

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River tubers are strapped into an inflatable seat and must manoeuvre through a series of cascading ‘staircase’ rapids and pools, using only their hands – Go on, dare you!

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