Christmas Competition Winners!

We can’t decide between turkey or beef and the scissors have decided to play hide and seek with the sticky tape: Christmas is upon us!

And for some lucky people Christmas has come early!! Check this video and find out whether you’re one of the Joe Browns #whatifxmas Competition winners.

Thank you everyone for entering and well done to the winners.

Merry Christmas!

What if Christmas was crackers this year?

Share you cracking Christmas pictures with us on Facebook for your chance to win a unforgettable break in Paris, more wine that you can drink (at once, anyway) and many more prizes!
Join in the fun on Facebook. #whatifxmas

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Joe Browns Christmas competition #whatifxmas – details can be found here.
Want to know who has already won one of the prizes? Check it out here>

Who Said Friday Should Be Black?

Today is now known around the world as ‘Black Friday’, we love bright colours and bold prints so I’m sure like us you’re thinking…why the dull name?!

As you probably know Black Friday started in America and is the Friday after Thanksgiving. It’s now one of, if not THE, biggest shopping day of the year in the US. As for its gloomy name, there are a variety of different explanations, some more believable than others!

We think the most likely explanation is that the term was started by the Philadelphia Police Force because of the chaos caused by the stampeding shoppers and treacherous traffic as everyone rushed to buy their Christmas goodies…Maybe there’s some things it’s better to not know!

Quaffable or Full-Bodied?

Given the amount of bottles up for grabs in our #whatifxmas competition (you can enter here), we are talking a lot about wine in the office these days.

And of course there’s always one smart cookie in the corner to come up with adjectives we have never heard of before! So we thought we would create a dummy guide to describing wine; we hope you find it useful!

When talking about the smell of a wine in general, use aroma or bouquet.

If a wine is a bit too sweet, it is somewhat more complementary to say it’s rich.

If its colour is very clear with no cloudiness, just say it is brilliant.

When a red is full of flavours and nearly velvety, you can call it unctuous.

If in doubt you are usually fine referring to anything from the fruit bowl (or the seasoning rack actually): wines can be plumy, peppery, herbaceous or even berrylike.

And of course we have all tried wines that were not that good (they usually felt even worse the morning after). If you want to be diplomatic about it, there are many adjectives to describe a wine without hurting your host’s feelings:

  • tart instead of ‘super acidic, it’s like vinegar mixed with lemon juice’
  • lean instead of ‘not much flavour, it’s just alcoholic squash’
  • earthy instead of ‘woody, this has stayed in the barrel for too long’
  • astringent instead of ‘this is just cheap plonk that doesn’t really taste of anything’

Of course, pick your audience so you don’t become the smart cookie in the corner when speaking so sophistically!

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Regardless of how you describe it, do you prefer red or white?

What if you could say it in a tweet?

This week is all about words. Characters actually. 140 of them to be precise. You got it, we’re running the competition on Twitter.

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It could not be easier to enter: just tell us your Christmas wish starting your tweet with What if, and don’t forget to use #whatifxmas and @joebrowns.

It can be quirky. It can be daring. For sure it will be good fun. What if you won a city break in Paris? #whatifxmas @joebrowns

Joe Browns Christmas competition #whatifxmas – details can be found here.

Want to know who won last week? Check it out here>

Un café, s’il vous plait

The top prize in our #whatifxmas competition is a fabulous city break in Paris: 3 nights in a four-star hotel and transport (flights or Eurostar), courtesy of The Travel Club and K+K Hotel Cayré. Don’t miss out and enter here.

The hotel is very central, in the trendy 7th quarter and here are Parisian gems to discover nearby.

Museums: if you like impressionists, a must-see is L’Orangerie where you will discover ‘Les Nymphéas’, one of Monet’s sumptuous collections. The artist painted water lilies at different time of the day and the small gallery takes you on an idyllic journey through romantic gardens. We strongly recommend you pre-book as it has small capacity and the queues can be long. http://www.musee-orangerie.fr/

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Where to eat: le marché St-Germain is a stone-throw away from the hotel and has an array of bistrots and restaurants offering good value for money in a traditional atmosphere. Marché Saint-Germain, 14, rue Lobineau. Just walk down Boulevard St Germain from the hotel and you will find the market square on your right-hand side.

Where to drink: you are surrounded by world-famous cafés where that are perfect to spot intellectuals, journalists and, you know, tourists. Head to Les Deux Magots (6 place Saint-Germain-des-Prés) or Café de Flore (172 Boulevard Saint-Germain) for a somewhat overpriced drink but a guaranteed true Parisian experience.

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Have you ever been to Paris and what did you think?

Who’s on Pinterest?

Our Christmas competition continues! This week you can enter on Pinterest. Have some fun creating boards and check out our unusual Christmas tree board too – there are some stunningly atypical looks.

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Find out how to enter here and don’t forget that you can get additional entries when placing an order before December 10th 2014.

Joe Browns Christmas competition #whatifxmas – details can be found here.

 

Get ready to party!

We’ve teamed up with The Fragrance Shop to offer you the chance to win the ultimate going out kit: £150 Joe Browns vouchers + £150 of selected fragrances.

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Enter the competition here>

Whether you opt for a party dress or a sequined blouse with leggings, it definitely is time to treat yourself to a lovely party outfit.

Gentlemen, don’t feel left out! Put on your favourite pair of jeans, pick the ultimate floral shirt and you’re good to go.

So, put your best playlist on, turn up the volume and use your hairdryer as a mic – all there is to do is paint the town red.

What’s your perfect night out?

Tis’ the Season…

… to let loose and be crackers! You can smell orange and cinnamon everywhere, pretty lights start appearing on the streets and it feels like calories do not count. It can only mean one thing: it’s time to have fun with the Joe Browns #whatifxmas competition.

This year we have officially lost the plot (more than we usually do!). And we are giving you the chance to take part in our Christmas competition for a chance to win one of 10 amazing crackers!

There are fabulous prizes up for grabs, including a city break in Paris (3 nights, 4* hotel, transport: the works. And we are even throwing in £250 worth of Joe Browns vouchers so you can pack your trolley case with lovely new stuff).

This is offered in partnership with The Travel Club.

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Other prizes include one of four cases of wine and a whopping year’s supply of wine, courtesy of Naked Wines. This is a bit like advent calendars; don’t drink it all on the first day!

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We also have two mouth-watering prizes from Gousto: festive food delivered to your door for a stress-free time in the kitchen.

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Finally, there’s a massive £500 Joe Browns voucher up for grabs as well as the ultimate loungewear bundle including onesies, slipper socks and winter warmers.

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All you have to do to enter is place an order between November 4th and December 10th 2014 or join in the fun every week to maximise your chances!

See this week’s crackers challenge here>

 

What if Christmas really was crackers this year?

We’re letting you in on the act

We’ve had a lot of fun shooting our Christmas collection this year. Winter is great because it covers gorgeous partywear for the girls, dapper blazers for the guys, super comfy onesies to lounge around the house and warm coats for long walks in the countryside.

So when it came to organising a shoot, we had plenty to go at!

Everyone turned up in an uber-cool vintage car. A few merry drinks at the local pubs allowed us to take picture-perfect postcard-style shots. Everyone in their Christmas jumpers: it was like a family portrait!

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They were off to the woods in the afternoon, hiding behind the trees and jumping around because, after all, Christmas is the time to be a child again.

Then it was time for serious business: PARTY. The girls got ready in their party dresses while the guys put their best shirt on (we particularly like this very Christmassy one).

They had food outside, danced on the table and enjoyed every minute – we certainly did.

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Watch our behind the scene video:

 

And don’t forget to take part in our #whatifxmas competition. This week (w/c 3/11/14) all you have to do is watch the video and answer a simple question. Easy. Find out more here.