Maddening Shroud

Dress: Joe Browns*, Shoes: USC

Oh, more dresses. After going to the Joe Browns event last week, I was given a very generous gift voucher which I couldn’t wait to spend! I bought two dresses and a pair of leggings which arrived yesterday. This is the “Most Wearable” Dress* which lives up to its name. Its soft, generously cut (I think I could have gone a size lower and still be comfortable) and I can see myself wearing this too much over the winter! The boots are also a new arrival – I’d been looking for the right pair of heeled ankle boots, and after seeing Tabitha’s post about these ankle boots, I couldn’t click buy fast enough!

So after the event last Friday, I stayed at Becs’ house. We’d been chatting on Twitter for maybe 3 or so years but had never met, so I was so excited to finally meet her at the first event she organised for her company. On Saturday, we baked a cake for the Clandestine Cake Club which was at her house – you can see more about the different delicious cakes here. I could only manage a slice of the Battenburg, my favourite, but took a few slices for on the way home!

On Thursday, there was a big work gathering at Zerodegrees (which I’ve blogged about before a long time ago!) – I realised that the last time I’d really socialised with work people at any of my jobs was over 2 years ago, so its quite nice to be somewhere where people want to go out more. Yay. Also there was booze. And booze at Zerodegrees is GOOD. I wore this outfit last night, the Wife and Lord came over, and we headed to Wagamamas before coming back for a LOT of Rock Band and some Wii Party.

This week is my first of three three-day-weeks at work – some good holiday scheduling means lots of long weekends! Score! Gotta love long weekends, how are you spending yours?

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.

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