JULY BLOGGER COLLABORATION WITH EJM FASHION: FAVOURITE SHOPS.

If you’re active on my Twitter you may know that I have teamed up with Enya Morrisroe at EJMfashion for a collaborative project in conjunction with our respective blogs. To view last month’s post on our top five favourite fragrances, click here!

Due to my holiday and other prior commitments on both mine and Enya’s parts, this month’s blog post is up a little later than anticipated, but hey, we’re all human right? In future, these posts with hopefully be up on the 1st of every month, alternating on our respective blogs, so stay tuned!

This month however is a collaboration of mine and Enya’s top four favourite places to shop! As you know I am an avid fan of shopping, if you can even call it something to be a fan of, as is Enya and together we came up with shopping to be our next topic! We certainly have a lot to talk about so I’ll stop rambling on and let you read what Enya had to say first!

EJM FASHION’S TOP FOUR FAVOURITE SHOPS:

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JACK WILLS HALIFAX
Jack Wills Halifax has been at the centre stage on my shopping list ever since last summer when they opened a new store within Dean Clough, Halifax Business Park. Ever since opening they offer all the seasonal lines and campaigns you’ll find in the original Jack Wills shop however, their prices are at an outlet price (for instance I bought one of their sweaters for £30 whereas in store it’s £69). Yet you’re still getting all the original Jack Wills stock you would normally see in any store.

To be honest it’s just like another Jack Wills shop with its great British house décor from the pictures on the walls to the pink and navy blue painted walls amongst the Union Jack flag. Yet you’re not breaking the bank and you’re getting more for your money when shopping the brand.
To top it all off the store is celebrating their 1st year of opening on the weekend of 3rd to 4th August 2013 with a birthday party. I’ll be attending since I’ve worked closely with the store regarding their brand awareness however, for the meantime until I do a post regarding the birthday party you can contact via their twitter handle: @JWHalifaxOutlet or Shop Directly in store.

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THEN AND NOW
Having first came across this luxury online retailer only a couple of years through a dear friend of mine. I’ve find it is a place to enjoy luxury and yet celebrate our emerging talent of brands and designers whilst shopping their goods available on site. Really the whole family is stored when it comes to shopping on thenandnowshop.com because the website caters for Womenswear to Childrenswear. The website of the store includes a great tool which is called ‘ Fashionista Fairies’ which is used when you’re stuck for something to buy  for an occasion regarding, whether or not it’s for you or a friend etc. It will help you decide whether or not the goods you’re wanting to buy is suitable or not. I’ve used it and it simply works.
It’s the only place online I shop when I’m in the mood however I don’t really shop online because I like to see the clothes and I believe that we should keep our high street and retail alive.
Tweet: @thenandnowshop Click and Shop: www.thenandnowshop.com

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TED BAKER
Ted Baker came to me through my ages of being 10-13 years of age because; Debenhams do Baker Girl by Ted Baker which is a fabulous clothing collection for children. From owning a range of their tops which were bought as a treat, Christmas, and birthday to getting my hands on the brands beauty products that’s when my love for Ted came into place. Even now I have the top draw from its beauty range which is filled with some of the brands products and my own beauty products from other brands. Yet the brands clothing is still my love because they are original and cannot be found anywhere else but within the house of Ted. Owning two of their handbags and travel kits to their perfect pumps and tees it’s still on my cards to the perfect indulgent when it comes to shopping. Tweet: @tedbaker Shop directly www.tedbaker.com

AND FINALLY..

Department Stores and High Street

Out shopping is what I like to do wherever I am!
I like our great department stores especially when I’m back in London because they open up all department and clothing which you won’t see up here in Yorkshire. Since we’ve got the Trafford Centre, Victoria Quarter, to shops on the streets a lot of department stores are a main feature within any town. This is a helping hand because I know that Debenhams to John Lewis will cater for my love for our London designers from the likes of Alice Temperley’s Somerset to Jasper Conran.
Yet at the same time I can buy my perfumes to branded make up etc. all in the same place.
As always I do shop our great British high street however I do have my guidelines because, I like to go with things which are a staple in the closet and have great quality. From River Island to Zara I find my feet when I’m out shopping with anyone.  I’m not a big fan of Primark however do own a pair of PJ’s and dress which was carefully picked out however I’m more a Topshop, Miss Selfridge, River Island kind of girl. Although I do like an indulge moment now and then.

 

AND MY FAVOURITE PLACES TO SHOP ARE…

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ALLSAINTS

I’ve always, always, ALWAYS had a huge love affair with AllSaints, so huge in fact it would give Romeo and Juliet a run for their money. AllSaints is always a “stand out” brand for me because they’re not afraid to push style boundaries and make everything their own. Nothing in the store is similar to anything else on the high street or even on the runways and still every piece is special, feels unique and ‘one off’. With many fellow high street brands trying (and failing) to imitate the signature cut of AllSaints items, the chain still comes out on top, showing those impostors who’s boss. With their price points aimed at the higher end of high street, the brand is definitely aimed at the more established shopper, both in life and in their style which makes their clothes even more covetable, appreciated and therefore loved. I love AllSaints, always have and always will. To check out AllSaints (which I sincerely suggest you do if you know what’s good for you) click on the above photo or click here.

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SAMMY DRESS

On the complete opposite end of the shopping spectrum, I also love Sammy Dress; an exclusively online retailer based in China. Sammydress offers a huuuuge range of clothing, literally thousands of items at excellent prices including shipping! I’ve ordered many many items of clothing from there as I’ve previously blogged about, and I’m extremely happy with the service I’ve received. I love how you can sit at your laptop, dream up an item of clothing you want and about 98% of the time, it’ll be on Sammydress! Catering to all sizes, styles and tastes, the site has so much to offer to everyone and I would thoroughly recommend a visit! I will warn you though that you probably won’t be able to leave the site without making a purchase! So click here if you want to check Sammydress out!

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ZARA

Zara is always a fashionista’s favourite store, if you’re an avid Pinterest user, you’ll know that a lot of Zara’s products have become cult classics on street style boards and blogs. That is no surprise when you consider the amazing quality of their products with the style capabilities of a high end brand! I particularly love the Trafaluc line, it always has some great seasonal pieces at brilliant price points. The Cambridge branch of Zara is particularly pleasing to shoppers because it never feels “crammed in” and crowded. The shop floor is always tidy and spacious even during the peak sales times and the staff are always (thankfully) willowing in the background rather than adopting the “attack the shopper” selling technique used by so many other shops out there today. To visit Zara’s online shop click here!

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H&M

It would be fair to say that about 80% of my clothes come from H&M. And I’m not kidding. I absolutely love this store. With it’s constant refresh of stock, great flow in the stores and no pushy sales assistants, the H&M brand is definitely a favourite (hence why I’ve listed it here, duh!). With amazig prices, great quality products and amazing key pieces, you can’t really go wrong with H&M. Perfect for basic items such as underwear, plain vests in every colour under the sun, jeans and shirts, H&M is definitely my go-to brand. Now with an H&M on practically every high street, there’s no missing their great deals; particularly the bigger branches in city centres such as London and Birmingham, who carry more stock and some of the more exclusive pieces H&M have to offer. Reason number 57685 to love H&M is their amazing array of designer collaboration, this year’s being Isabel Marant! I mean, really??? Is anyone else as excited for this as me?! To shop H&M online click here, although I would say visit in store, preferably the more inner city branches to get the full range of stock!

THURSDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER: THE JONATHAN ROSS SHOW

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Having been a fan of No Doubt since I was 11, you can imagine my excitement when it was announced around four years ago that the band were in the studio recording their sixth studio album. For any die-hard fan, this is a BIG DEAL, but No Doubt’s last official studio release was Rock Steady in 2001, making this album extra special.

September 27th 2012
This was the day that No Doubt’s sixth studio album Push and Shove was released in the UK. It is also the day after the band arrive in the UK after a short promotional stop in Paris. It was also announced a few days before that the band would be appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show. Since that had been announced, I had been trying to get myself tickets from an online TV show ticket company, but to no avail. All the tickets had already been allocated.

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Last October when Lady Gaga appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show, I was also desperately trying to get tickets, again to no avail. So I went on Twitter the night they filmed the show (not just a one-off Twitter session, but because Twitter is my life… No joke) and noticed that Jonathan Ross was tweeting Gaga fans about the show that had just wrapped. I took this opportunity to ask the man himself if he could send tickets my way next time she was on the show. Not thinking that he would even so much as see my tweet, seeing as he has millions of followers, but he actually replied saying he would “see what I can do”, he also followed me.

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September 26th 2012
So here we are, almost a year later and my favourite band, No Doubt, are going on the show… And I can’t get tickets. As a last resort, I decide to send Jonathan a DM on Twitter explaining that I am a huuuuuuge No Doubt fan and that I have been trying and trying for tickets but have been unsuccessful. Not only did he reply, but he gave me two tickets and told me to message him back with my contact details and someone from his office would ring me the next day. Bingo! Ecstatic, I’m on a high. There’s only one problem… Jonathan Ross is a busy man, will he forget? I go to bed that night excited yet nervous.

September 27th 2012
8:00AM
I wake up and instinctively check my phone. I do this anyway, but today would be even more of a obsessive-compulsive phone-checking day.
10:00AM
After a couple of hours of torment, and still no word from Jonathan Ross-land, I become agitated. After all, I do have to get ready and make my way to London…
12:00PM
Still no word. Losing hope and faith in Jonathan Ross, I beg my mum to ring his office and explain the situation… Although to be honest, the “I spoke to Jonathan himself yesterday” card seemed a bit weak and unbelievable. After a few wrong numbers, we were finally put through to Jonathan Ross’ personal office and spoke to a nice lady called Katie who was lovely and was willing to do anything she could to help us. Katie said that Jonathan arrives at the studio with the “The List”. Now, when she said this, it reminded me of The Devil Wears Prada when they have to deliver “The Book”. It must be extremely covetable to be on “The List”. “The List” consists of people Jonathan has personally reserved seats for, but only when he turns up will they know if I’m on that list or not. My mum then explained that we’re coming from Cambridge and that we needed to leave in good time to make it to the studio; Katie said that she would get back to us.
12:20PM
Katie from Jonathan Ross’ office rings back saying that she has notified Tom, the producer of the show, of the situation and would either have him or his assistant Verity ring me in the next hour with confirmation of tickets.
12:25PM
Less than five minutes later, I get a phone call from Verity, the producer’s assistant confirming two tickets! Jonathan had just turned up to the studio with “The List” and I am on it! My name is on the production list! She said we had to arrive at the main desk of the ITV Studios between 5:00PM and 5:45PM where someone will be waiting to take us up to the studio.
1:00PM
FINALLY en route to London, it’s fair to say both my mum and I are very excited!
4:00PM
We arrive at the ITV Studios in Waterloo after stopping off for lunch, and are an hour early so we decided to sit and people-watch to pass the time away before heading to the reception desk. There’s paparazzi waiting outside the main entrance, which is always intriguing.
5:00PM
We make our way over to the main door and sign in at the desk. We wait for a while on some chairs that looks like they were taken straight out of the Big Brother house circa 2002, and while waiting, we noticed some commotion going on outside. I turn around and see four cast members of The Only way Is Essex: Mario Falcone, Lucy Mecklenburgh, Billie Faiers and Joey Essex in all their fake tanned, platform heel glory.
5:15PM
It is time for us to go up to the studio! We are taken in a lift up to Studio 5 where we are met with reserved seats, right next to Jonathan Ross’ daughter, Honey.

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5:30PM
While we’re all sat comfortably waiting in our seats, there are noticeably 6 seats empty in front of us. All at once, a man with a headset and notebook comes along with 6 people and a man with a camera. My mum and I looked at each other with horror as we realised we were right in the camera’s lens… *cue glance in compact and re-application of lipstick*. Turns out they were filming for a new show on Channel 4 called Mimic which is a comedy/drama.
6:30PM 
Showtime! No Doubt come out first and perform two small sections from the song Hella Good which is used for the opening and introduction to the show… This is the part where studio 5 in the ITV Studios was covered in my exploded body after taking in the fact that GWEN STEFANI was standing in front of me.
The other guests on the show were Emma Watson (boring bore), Dynamo the magician (cool guy, strange talent) and Jack Dee (who, in my humble opinion, tries too hard by ironically not trying at all). Nonetheless, the show was very entertaining and No Doubt came back at the end to perform Settle Down which, I of course, loved!

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The taping finished at aroung 9:15 PM and it is fair to say that I thoroughly enjoyed my day, there is no faulting Jonathan Ross!

In short, I woke up, panicked, spoke to the assistant producer of The Jonathan Ross Show, got tickets, bombed it to London, saw the TOWIE cast, was filmed for a Channel 4 drama and saw No Doubt live. Such a good day.

TO WATCH NO DOUBT’S PERFORMANCE ON THE SHOW, CLICK HERE

TO BUY NO DOUBT’S NEW ALBUM PUSH AND SHOVE, CLICK HERE