Competition To Win An Amazing Joe Browns Coat: You don’t get if you don’t ask!

I am so chuffed about this competition to win a gorgeous Joe Browns Navajo Coat worth £89.95; just look at that gorgeous lining, which will flash every time you walk or put it on and off.  This coat says ‘I’m happy to stand out, I’m gorgeous, I’m sparkly, I’m bored of being dull’, ‘I might be a Mum, but I’m also a person in her own right’.

When I go on the school run, I’m one of a huge number of black quilted sausages walking up and down the school drive.  Curly Headed Boy’s school has it’s own weird micro-climate which means that it’s always a couple of degrees colder by the school than anywhere else in Hertfordshire, so there is sense in the sausages.  There is one lone Mum in a red quilted sausage!  But even when the weather is good, Mums seem to navigate towards boring dull coats, in dull boring colours and dull shapeless shapes.

Why?  In the few seconds it takes to put on a coat, you can give yourself a massive pick me up straight away.

So next time you catch yourself in a shop window or the mirror of a lift, one of you lucky ladies is going to look fabulous in a Joe Browns coat (sizes 8-18 available).  I hope that those of you who don’t win will consider your next coat purchase more carefully, and just push the boundaries a little.

This coat has taught me a couple of valuable lessons, and made me think through a lot about Mummy Blogging in general.  I have been getting a Joe Browns catalogue for a while, but had never bought anything as I’d been waiting until my weight loss stabilised.  Then I fell in love with their coats and cheekily tweeted did anyone fancy giving me one.  To my surprise I got a reply from the lovely ‘Best British Bloggers‘ – OMG!  So this definitely proves that if you don’t ask you don’t get, and over the last couple of months I’ve been thinking more about my blog and what I would ask for it to achieve and do.

Ironically at the same time a big (rather typical) argument kicked off in the mummy blogging world, with people accusing other bloggers of being blaggers, blah blah blah.  I wrote a post about how important it is to realise that we are all blaggers in our own way, somewhere or other, and that it’s important to not ignore it but ‘use your blagging for good’.  Some people really got it.  Others didn’t, they just wanted to be sure that no one ever considered them a blagger, and didn’t see that I was saying that as long as you are giving a fair deal to your readers, the PR, the company and yourself, then blagging is a really useful quality to use sometimes.

Was it cheeky of me to ask for a Joe Browns coat; yes, thats why I consider myself a ‘blagger’.  But was it without fair reason? I don’t think so.  I’ve been blogging since 2009, I’ve won a national UK blogging award, my stats are above average, I’ve put in the hours and the posts.  Although they offered me the coat, I quickly decided that it was fairer for them to give it away as a competition because they will get more views that way.  Luckily for me they then sent me a top, which is gorgeous.  Which is especially lucky as with the Big Northern Hubby being made redundant I wasn’t going to be able to buy myself my promised stash of Joe Browns stuff.

Expect a lot more ‘blagging’ from me over the next couple of months, because the practicalities are that I need to change my priorities, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be still getting great posts.  My book is out there and written now (only 99p remember, and you can read it on a computer, phone, iPad or Kindle!).  Now I need to cover my fixed costs, my variable costs and the cost of childcare, and that is not a small number.  If I can’t cover the cost, I won’t blog; end of.  Luckily for me, the mummy blogging world is also full of very kind women who have come to my aid over the last couple of weeks and taught me so much.  So my chances of bringing in some money have improved massively; thank you so much ladies!

Back to the competition.  I’m using one of those cute Rafflecopter widgets.  You have to enter a comment, and then click the button to say that you’ve done it.  I’d like a comment about the worst or best coat you’ve ever worn, or why you love Joe Browns stuff please.  You can then increase your entries if you wish by liking Facebook pages and following on twitter etc.

The closing date is Thursday Dec 15th at midnight – any entries after then will not count – and the results will be released first thing on Friday 16th.  I will need your address really quickly, to make sure that your coat is sent out on the 16th or 19th of December.


77 comments

  1. My current winter coat is my “bargain of a lifetime – a black wool coat that was sold by Asda about three or four years ago – £15!! It washes brilliantly and will last for ages yet. I’ve also got two macs from Asda for the same price – one black and one electric blue.

  2. My best coat is a green tweed number I’ve had for 6 years – it’s lovely and warm but a work coat and really not the right thing for the school run – I’ve been looking for a new coat for my Mummy days but not found one yet (and not sure I should be splurging at the moment)

  3. I have the most beautiful bright turquoise swing coat which I wore through my pregnancy but it’s just not practical as it has 3/4 length sleeves. Why oh why do they make winter coats with 3/4 length sleeves.
    Would lie to win this as I really really need a new coat!!

  4. My favourite coat looks like a bag of potatoes now. I’m desperate for a new one but just haven’t found anything in the shops that I haven’t seen walk down the street at least twice that day…

  5. I love Joe Brown’s clothes as it makes me feel like i’m a superstar in the movies (cue Adam and the Ants songs)!! My current coat i’ve had for 3 years and is of the military style and its getting old and very worn but i still LOVE it!!

  6. Gorgeous coat! I love the red one in their catalogue too! Would love to have teh cash to splash.
    My best coat has been a vintage leather coat. Loved it felt great in it! But my bum is bigger after DCs now doesn’t fit 🙁
    defo need a new one 😉

  7. I love Joe Browns clothing because it’s not your run-of-the-mill, carbon copy high street fashion, and it’s so wonderfully striking that it comes complete with an instant confidence boost, and guaranteed admiration!

  8. My favourite coat ever was a pale grey, funnel neck wool coat. I bought it in a closing down sale in a boutique for £10 about ten years ago. It was originally on sale at nearly £300! The coat was beautifully soft and always looked wonderful. I wore it so often but it stopped fitting me (I got bigger!) so it eventually went to charity. I hope someone else loved it as much as I did!

  9. I don’t have a Joe Brown’s coat … yet! I LOVE the the red one in the current catalog. The lines are unusual and I love the patterns. And no one has one! I’m currently one of the black sausages picking up my child from school. LOL!

  10. All of my coats are a disaster at the moment as since having Emmy my booooooobies have tripled in size, ekkkkk so have my hips lol

    Really need a new coat!

  11. My best coat is a brown trenchcoat style thing I got from Zara – it doesn’t fit at the moment, two kids in quick succession and I’m not back to normal yet….

  12. I’ve not heard of Joe Brown’s clothing before but judging by the prize it is stylish and just a little bit different from the run of the mill designs without being too wacky.

  13. Oh my that is gorgeous! I would love the coat, as the one I have has a patch on the back, that I thought you can’t see.. but everyone can’t see and it is very embarrassing and I like the rag woman.

  14. I love this Joe Brown’s coat! If I owned it I think I would go out walking every day just to get to wear it! I have one Joe Browns top, the pink hoodie, and it is so lovely and easy to wear. It is very comfortable, slightly hippy and very ‘me’. People always say how nice it is, they think it is velvet at first glance. It is flattering to my ‘mummy tummy’ and makes me feel really special just wearing it! I would love the opportunity to feel like this more often by winning this gorgeous Joe Browns coat!

  15. I am still waiting for my best coat experience! I have a friend who always has the perfect coat for an outfit but I either have my very formal work coat or my trusty, but hardly chic, Berghaus.

  16. My worst coat experience is the one I am wearing right now! It’s a size 20 but I have lost 4 stone this year but cannot afford to buy a new one :O( It makes me look HUGE when I’m no longer x

    @mummy_loves

  17. My worst coat experience is my current one!! It is 3 sizes too big and completely out of shape as i wore it during my last pregnancy and stretched it! I don’t often spend money on myself so winning that fab coat would be the perfect solution !! 🙂 @Bobbity666

  18. My worst coat experience was when I bought a coat I loved, just to find out one of my friends bought exactly the same one.

  19. I expect my coats to last forever so I get really fed up when one gives up the ghost too early (less than double figures for years), but far too late to take back to the shop.

  20. My worst coat was bought from a charity shop when I was a ‘cool’ 17 year old. It was a replica military/soldier jacket in khaki. It had a few wee holes in it which I thought were bullet holes, more than likely they were moth holes! My mother HATED this coat and out and out refused to let me wear it out! I couldn’t put up with her moaning so eventually it went back to the charity shop.

  21. My favourite coat is a big fluffy denim Miss Sixty winter one, which was sorely missed when we landed back in Gatwick in the snow last year & I realised I’d left it in the flat…

  22. Every time I spend any time with my Dad around the holiday season he insists on buying me a new coat because I usually end up wearing a heavy sweater that is covered in snot (not mine) and wotsit dust from my son wiping his hands on me after eating a packet.

  23. I have a red wool swing coat that I love to wear in December because lots children give me a second glance as I have white hair ! One little girl asked if I was Mother Christmas !! Aaaahh !”

  24. My best coat was an amazing fake fur beast of a coat that reached to my knees. I knew that everyone was jealous of my coat and that I was the coolest girl in college. Recently I found a photo of me wearing it and in truth I looked like a muppet.

  25. My best coat was a purple woolen one from Marks and Spencer, I had it a few months, and then found it wouldn’t do up around the belly, did a test, and woo! That was why, little squirtle was in my belly!

  26. Coats! How can you have too many? For rain, for wind, for cold, for dressing up, for walking the dog, for camping, for snuggling, for being the Bees’s Knees, for standing watching children play sport, for family route marches. I love coats!

  27. I didn’t grow up wearing this many layers, so it’s always a pain to find a coat that fits me nicely, keeps me warm, doesn’t bore me… The Joe Browns looks like it will tick all the boxes 🙂

  28. I like red coats for snowy days (not that I want to look like Santa!) I always think I feel brighter wearing red. I remember when leather full length coats were all the rage. I got one and it was the coldest coat I’ve ever possessed! Brrr. I had a couple of gloverall duffle coats when I was at school and I adored them.

  29. My favourite coat is a black one that has lasted through many seasons. It may look slightly tatty now but I simply adore it

  30. My worst coat was the one I wore two winters ago, I was heavily pregnant and just couldn’t find anything that fitted. I ended up with a sludgy green thing with arms that were slightly too short! Not attractive.

  31. I love how different their clothes are! My worst coat experience was a gorgeous coat I bought from Debenhams, it cost over £120 and was just perfect, until my mum bought a copy one from M&Co for £25 and insisted on wearing it whenever she saw me, even when I was pregnant and had no other coat to wear! I had a major meltdown one day due to the hormones and I banned her from ever wearing hers again!!!!!!!

  32. I was Umming and ahhing about spending 100 pounds on this really nice coat for ages and decided to take the splurge. lost a button first time i wore it, and then the zip shortly after. It just goes to show paying more for a coat doesn’t necessarily make it well made. That’s why now I look at reviews such as this one before splashing the cash 😀

  33. I have a great coat from Asda – cost me £15 about four years ago. It’s wool, washes well (yes, I risk that myself – eek) and occasionally has to have the pocket linings sewn up and a button put back on but it’s fabulous!! It’s my “work coat” as it’s very smart but also one that is comfy to wear.

  34. My best loved coat was a £30 sale item from Dorothy Perkins. It’s black with a high colour and military style buttons. I bought it just after I had Joel, 4 years ago, and it’s kind of had it – the buttons are tatty and it’s gone bobbly, so I need a new one.

  35. What a fabulous blog entry, really made me think about the school run! I too was a black padded sausage, sadly I still am! I love Joe Brown clothes, just that little bit quirky without being too outlandish – perfect for breaking free from the school run boredom.

  36. I do like Joe Browns clothes because they are practical without being boring. I’ve always found their delivery times to be good too so if I know I’m going somewhere and need a new top or jeans I can usually order and get them in time 🙂 I absolutely LOVE this coat. The colours are brill! @piperanddaisy

  37. Worst coat experience is forgetting my coat in Lancashire when going back to uni in Sheffield, in winter, in the snow, and having to go to a lecture in a t-shirt. Needless to say I bought a new one that day.

    1. I love my Joe Browns coat (I bought it in the sales after this competition), but being a wimp myself I reckon you’d need something stronger when it gets really cold in NY @Leslie ;o)

  38. My favourite coat is my Joe Brown “happy” tartan coat with mismatched buttons, but my happy coat is not so jolly lately as she is lonely and yearning for a sister Joe Brown coat for company. Please make the formerly happy coat smile in time for Christmas!

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