If Not For My Glasses

I’ve been a glasses wearer since I was 7. Back then, I only needed them to see the blackboard, but as I got older, I wore them more and more, finally wearing them pretty much full time when I moved to Bristol the first time.

Its not that I hate wearing glasses. I don’t really mind them too much, having spent over 20 years wearing them. But I hate how I look in glasses in photographs – which is why I’ll wear contacts if I’m going to an event where I know I’ll be photographed, and why I end up taking them off for my outfit photos.

On Friday night, I went out for the first time in quite a while, and had quite a fun time with some friends from work. All was fine until we went to the Slug and Lettuce and as we were waiting at the bar, some drunk blokes tried to take my glasses off my face. Wtf?! I freaked out, and ended up leaving early, but its been on my mind all weekend about how I tend to hide behind my glasses quite a lot these days.

Maybe its time to lose the big frames, and have less to hide behind?

Live the Life You Love

Last Friday, I packed a bag with the essentials (iPad, money for tea, dresses) and caught a train heading to the better end of the country – more specifically, Leeds. I’d been invited up North for the first Joe Browns blogger event, and was more than a little nervous to be meeting so many new people.

I think most of the posts from the other guests have all included a version of the following phrase: Joe Browns was not a brand I was aware of before the event. Started in 1998, Joe Browns is a mail order company offering a lifestyle – not only can you buy men and womens clothes, but also gifts and even adventure trips like bungee jumping, ice climbing and white water rafting!

The general styling of the clothes available are more unusual compared to the usual High Street offerings, which is great – I know I’m not the only one to have gone somewhere and found someone wearing exactly the same things as me!

We were introduced to the history of the company by the founder which was really interesting – I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to company histories, and really enjoyed learning about how the business has grown.

Joe Browns womenswear buyer showing different collections for AW 11


Next up came the buyers for menswear and womenswear, who talked us though the various collections for the new season, and where the inspiration had come from.

After that, we were let loose on the rails of clothes waiting to be tried on, had a tour around the office and even bashed a few pinatas (to go with the delicious Mexican food and drink from Pinche Pinche.

(These two manniquins are fit models – I’ve seen manniquins before of course for dress making, but these were much larger than I’d seen before – a size 16 and a size 20. Joe Browns also has a plus size range with Simply Be so these models are used to make sure those clothes fit.

Thank you SO much to Becs who organised the event – there are a few photos by her over on the Joe Browns Facebook Page here.

Miffy In Fashion

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the dick bruna huis being opened to the public, the Centraal Museum in Utrecht (which the dick bruna huis is a part of) has invited a selection of fashion designers from around the world to design a new party dress for Miffy.

I went to the museum when I visited Utrecht in 2007 and it was seriously interesting. Obviously the main attraction of the exhibition is Miffy and her 55 year history, but there was also a lot of Dick Bruna’s other work in the upstairs bit. The Miffy parts were mostly downstairs, and then the other works were in the loft area. There were a lot of young children in the Miffy section, I felt a bit out of place!

The exhibition is on until the end of the year. Utrecht is about 30 minutes on the train from Amsterdam and is such a beautiful little town to visit – if you’re visiting Amsterdam this year, Utrecht is a great day trip.

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