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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!






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.






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.






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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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.




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.




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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Jacket shapes feature

Joe’s perfect coat for your shape

Your winter coat is such a staple item. It’ll last you years and if you get it right you’ll look forward to cold days when you can pop it on and wait for all the amazing remarks to come flooding your way!




But with so many stunning designs to choose from it can be a minefield knowing which one is the best suited for your unique body shape.


So with the help of some sweets we had lying around (we’re never without sweets in JB HQ) we’ve matched up the styles that best suit all your beautiful body shapes….



Cola Bottle header

A great trick to finding the right coat is to find a style that flatters not flattens your best assets. Single-breasted options are best for hourglasses, with a skirted bottom and tailored waist to show off your curvy figure.


(Understated Coat £84.95) 



Pear Drop header

Go for a big dramatic collar to draw the eyes up towards your shoulders. The gorgeous print of this patchwork balances out your awesome below-the-waistline curves.


Pretty Perfect Patchwork Coat £79.95 



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In general, when you’re picking a coat, try not to go for something that clings to your biggest measurement. This oversized coat is perfect for creating an a-line shape that won’t draw any unwanted attention to your middle.


New Create Your Own Look Coat £64.95



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Create instant curves with this feminine shaped coat. The flattering full-skirt will accentuate your gorgeous lean shape and an assortment of off-center buttons adds an element of sophisticated charm.


Ultimate Coat £69.95



Strawberry Heart header

Steer clear of billowy or double breasted designs. A cool stand collar will not only keep you warm and look stunning, but balance out a bigger bust.


All New Joe’s Favourite Coat £79.95




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wedding outfits

Joe’s 5 Best Autumn Wedding Guest Outfits That Wow!

We all love a good wedding! The food (especially the late night buffet), the crazy dad dancing done by everyone and the masses of drink that know one judges you on.


So you want to know you look great – leaving you to concentrate on the important fun stuff. We’ve taken out the hassle and put together 5 of our favourite looks. Enjoy…


The Sexy Autumnal Look 


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Autumn Leaf Wrap Dress £39.95

So Cute Bunny Handbag £22.95 

So Cute Corsage Shoes £34.95

Stunning Multi Flower Necklace £19.95



The Delicate Flower Look


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Sexy Floral Dress £49.95

Sensational Heart Tights £8.95

Magical Velvet Bootees £39.95

Stunning Collar with Velvet Tie  £19.95 



The Mystical Enchantment Look 


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The Romantic Sultry Look 


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Latin Spirit Dress £49.95

Fun at the Fair Shoes £34.95 

Remarkable Bib Necklace £16.95

Chic and Unique Bag £ 39.95



The Classy and Sophisticated Look 


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Effortlessly Sexy Dress £59.95

Sassy and Strappy Shoes £34.95 

Baroque Lace Tights £8.95

Vintage Chic Faux Fur Stole £39.95 



Which one would you go for?

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Grown Up Hot Chocolate

Grown-up hot chocolate orange

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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Christmas Sangria

Christmas Sangria

Is chocolate just for Easter? Cake just for Birthdays? Hell no, so why should we just have Sangria in the summer?


We say crack on!




  • 4 large red or green apples
  • 250g fresh cherries, pitted
  • 500g fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 3 strips orange rind
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/3 cup orange-flavoured liqueur
  • 750ml bottle shiraz rose, chilled
  • 3 cups chilled lemonade
  • Ice-cubes, to serve


(This will serve about 8 people – or 4 if you like your glasses as big as ours)


  1. Step 1

Slice each apple crossways into 3mm thick slices. using a 4cm star-shaped cutter (or going freestyle) cut stars out of the apple.


  1. Step 2

Put your apple stars, cherries, strawberries, orange rind and cinnamon in a large serving jug. Add liqueur, rose and lemonade. Stir to combine. Cover. Refrigerate for 2 hours.


  1. Step 3

Add ice-cubes and stir well just before serving.


What’s your favourite tipple at Christmas?

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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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