Do you know what, I blooming love those guys over at Joe Browns, partly because I lived in Leeds for a while and they are a Leeds based company and partly because the staff there are ace. They all seem to have a passion for the brand which lets face it, is something different to what the High Street has to offer. You wouldn't be wrong in describing it as quirky (quirky in a good sense though). You can be as wacky as you want to be in Joe Brown's clothes. As you probably know by now, I'm more of a
Anyway, I got to preview the S/S14 sale, all in the cause of research mind. Don't go thinking I enjoyed browsing the sale catalogue, glass of wine in hand, in the sunshine. You know, it's a hard life being a blogger. To make it even tougher, the guys at JB set me a challenge - they gave me £100 of virtual money to put together a wish list - I interpret that as an outfit. A full outfit, £100? That's tough. Erm, actually no, it's not. We're talking proper sales here not miserly discounts. So, what did I choose?
Well, I decided to go for a transitional outfit. Something to wear on slightly cooler summer days (look, it's all downhill now I tell you, we had the longest day on Saturday). I think this outfit does just the job.
|Awesome Fit Straight Jeans £16.95 (previously £34.95)|
Santorini Blouse £21.95 (previously £34.95)
Tremendous T-Bar Sandals £16.95 (previously 34.95)
Quirky Canvas Tote Bag £16.95 (previously £34.95)
I've heard great things about JBs Awesome Fit Straight Jeans (particularly the generous rise) and at £16.95, they are an absolute steal. The blouse is a little nod to the boho trend that we've seen the High Street embrace this year. It's different but not too different. I like that! And the sandals and bag finish off a summer look (these could be changed for something more substantial come September.
So, how much did I spend?
£16.95 + £21.95 + £16.95 + £16.95 = £72.80
Yes! That's £27.20 change.
And I was going to leave it there, until that is, my 13 year old son looked over my shoulder and said, you've got some change there Mum. What's in the menswear section?
'I've never heard of this brand before' he said 'they do some cool stuff mum. You can order those with the change' notwithstanding that
a) it's virtual money and
b) he's now taken me over my budget of £100 by £2.65.
That's a lot of swag for £100 though isn't it?
So what else caught my eye?
But of course, it would as I've already got it and I wear it lots....
It's a fab little jacket and I get so many people commenting on it.
A girl can never have too many pairs of white jeans.
How wonderful would this be for the holidays?
Glamorous Kaftan £19.95 (previously £29.95)
Staying with the holidays, this is so pretty. I love the white border running around the bottom of the kaftan. Ideal for evenings with a black cami and white jeans (see above!!!) or as a beach cover-up. But not both! You know my thoughts on day to evening outfits - that's just too gross to contemplate. Do it the other way round, evening to daytime.
Beautiful Beaded Cross Body Bag £16.95 (previously £34.95)
I wasn't sure about this but when I zoomed, in, I could see how pretty the colours are and given I don't wear much pattern, this bag will add that extra something to my holiday wardrobe. It also looks a decent size for 4 x mobile phones, keys to the hotel room, husband's wallet, lipstick, camera and anything else the family can palm onto me. And I rather like the idea of using it as a clutch.
Fabulous Cut Out Tote Bag £19.95 (previously £39.95)
This nearly made it to my outfit board but I changed it for a more summery look at the last minute. Joe Browns suggests it's a great summer choice, I say no way, this would work equally as well in colder months. It's too nice to put into the back of the wardrobe.
Go on over and have a browse at Joe Brown's sale, you may be just as surprised as me.
Anyway, here is what I wore a couple of days ago for a shopping trip with the hubby (he got bored after one shop, the less said about that, the better).
|Jacket, Wallis last seen here|
Top old, similar here
Jeans, Next last seen here
Bag Mulberry Antony here
Sandals old similar here