BAGGED: A post of purchases from John Galliano, ZARA, Primark and more

It’s been a while since I popped up a post of shopping bag goodies and as we move into a new season, what better time for a haul post, ‘eh?

This beauty is my most recent purchase, a bargain from the ¬£5.00 rail at Pop Boutique in Manchester’s Northern Quarter that I got over the weekend. The buttons are poppers and are gorgeous, with a kind of mother-of-pearl ceramic on the top. It’s a nice tight fit and looks rather dapper with skinny blue turn ups, for added irony.

Although, not everyone shares my love for this piece. when I picked it out from the rail, with a gleeful squeal, my friend Gwynne said to me: “Oh, but, will people know you’re joking when you wear it?” Oh dear.

This tee is a little older but non-the-less post-worthy. It’s from Zara and was a gift from the boyf. It just adds a little sparkle to what might be a plain ensemble and I’m all for that. Oh and I saw it in Made In Chelsea the other night! Style brownie points, surely?

The note pad is from Ted Baker, isn’t it cute?

This tee is from Primark and I’ve not even worn it yet. It reminds me of my upcoming (read: it’s twelve months away) holiday to Disney World. ūüėÄ I got it from the newly revamped Manchester Primark store, oosh, what a make-over that is, go check it out if you’re in the¬† North!

These pumps are from a fabby little Office outlet store on Manchester’s St. Ann’s Square and they’re Polo Ralph Lauren. They’re not usually my kind of thing but, believe it or not, I can go preppy every now and then. I got them mainly for the lace (yes, you did just read that) they’re leather and just rather lovely to handle…. #fashionvictim

This jumper is from TK Maxx and was a steal at ¬£16.00 for real wool! It’s so comfy and fluffy that I just had to have it.

The wallet is also from TK Maxx and was a really good find, Sweeney by Oliver Sweeney for just £14.00 down from £95.00!

These jeans are from John Galliano, another TK Maxx treasure, from ¬£275.00 to ¬£75.00! They’re a snug fit with a nice high waist with this cool coating over the top, which makes them my new ‘smart’ jeans.

This jumper is also from Pop Boutique, but the Liverpool branch, it was my only purchase after an unsuccessful shopping trip to the city. Liverpool is gorgeous but if you want shopping in the North West, stick to Manchester.

The cup was sent to me by Ted Baker, it’s tin and makes me feel all manly when I have my before-bed Ovaltine.

Don’t ya just love this? (No, not my pale arms) It’s from Zara (the girl’s dept) and I just bloody love it! Sleeveless, check, black, check, skull feature, check! What’s not to like? Oh and it was just ¬£7.00!

This pocket square is another Ted Baker piece, with a gorgeous reindeer antler pattern, very autumnal!


Head to Toe in Ted Baker: AW12 Ted Baker Workshop Collections and Footwear

Isn’t this fun?!


Ted Baker Head to Toe in Ted Video from Fluorescent PR on Vimeo.

Ted Baker’s recent Head to Toe campaign features men’s and women’s footwear styles inspired by certain British famous faces (or, should we say heads) of the sixties through to the noughties. I love it (although, I’m not exactly sure who they all are…)

Ted Baker Head to Toe in Ted from Fluorescent PR on Vimeo.

Whilst these videos kick off AW12, the Ted Baker Workshop collection and Sweet Shoppe Pop-Up shops, popping up throughout the UK this season, make me feel like Christmas is on its way! 

The new Workshop collection is an accessories line featuring on the best of the best for the debonair modern gentleman, from satchels, wallets, iPad covers and socks! I love a good gent’s gift and this range looks like it’s stuff anyone’s Christmas Stocking! Find the range online and at Selfridges.


Autumnal Excuses: TM Lewin’s New Casual Autumn Collection

Recruiting, organising Christmas late night shopping initiatives,visiting the Daily Mail offices in London, meeting Shelly Vella of Cosmopolitan Magazine, having a sneak peak of the J Brand SS13 women’s denim collection, and organising and running a fashion show for a ladies’ lunch are just SOME of the things I’ve done this week. So, it was nice to get out of my usual gear and slip on a shirt so comfortable, it should be Pajamas.

TM Lewin know their tailoring, the brand have been established since 1898 and is no stranger to their fabulous fit, quality and price. However, we are all a stranger to their new casual line for AW12. Allow me to introduce you to a new concept in Autumnal amazingness. 

The lookbook (pictures above and below) would have you believe that the new casual range by TM Lewin is for the cosmopolitan gentleman, he of the geek-chic look, he who sips cappuccinos with charming nonchalance but he who wears cardigans oh so candidly. Well, whilst that may be true, the range is actually pretty much for any bloke looking for casual shirts that work for daytime, weekend, comfort and style.

I was lucky enough to receive a little package from TM Lewin, featuring one of their nice new shirts. I have to admit, I thought I might be a little to young (read: hip ‘n trendy) for this look BUT, I was wrong. Either I’m an old fuddy-duddy or this shirt works for anyone!

As this look is perfect for woodland walks, I styled it with a pair of welly boots, which aren’t mine and which only went as far as the Maintenance shed in the communal garden before I got chilly and went back inside to blog with a brew…

It’s all in the detail, nice full cuffs with a different coloured lining.

Nice back pleat, don’t ya think? ;o)


BBC Radio Manchester Retail Therapy – Listen Again 13/10/2012

BBC Radio Manchester’s Retail Therapy show was at Manchester Arndale today and I popped by to talk high end and high street AW12 menswear and ladieswear trends!

The theme was Skinted Vs. Minted for men’s and women’s trends!
A Lady’s Lace


Skinted: £60.00 from Next                       Minted: £455.00 by Isabel Marant at Selfridges

Hell for Leather

Skinted: £55.00 at Warehouse               Minted: £850.00 by Acne at Harvey Nichols
                                                               Minted: £440.00 by Cut25 at Harvey Nichols
Nordic Xmas
Skinted: £38.00 at River Island                  Minted: £230.00 by Moncler at Harvey Nichols

Military Inspired

Skinted: £85.00 at Burton            Minted: £700.00 by McQ Alexander McQueen at Selfridges

LISTEN AGAIN to the show here, I’m approx. 1 hr and 25 mins in (available until 20/10/2012)


Harvey Nichols Manchester AW12 Catwalk Show

Like stuffing at Christmas and sparklers on Bonfire Night, it just doesn’t feel like Autumn until the Harvey Nichols Catwalk invitation drops through my letter box. This year’s show couldn’t have come sooner, after a dismal summer and a few stressful months at work it was nice to sit back and remember what I love about fashion, the drama.

This year’s show took place in-store (even Harvey’s are feeling the pinch) but the first floor was transformed into a fantasy-like scene inspired by misty autumnal woodland, which made for a great space to showcase this season’s HN edit. The North West’s best clambered into the show space and immediately starting fanning themselves with pieces of card a la London Fashion Week BFC Tent on a sweaty day.

Allow me to show you the best of my Instagram snaps before the deluge of professional shots hits other publications tomorrow.

It all got a bit wild to start, with animal prints galore from the likes of Cavalli, Karl Donoghue, Gucci and Celine…

Sophie wears Celine Jumper £760, Celine Dress £1250, Celine Shoes £430, Celine Bag £2300, Celine Sunglasses £200

Claire wears, Gucci Dress £2145, Balenciaga Bag £1795, Jimmy Choo Boots £650

There’s always a scandi-chic Nordic look, this time called ‘Alphine’, I adore the Moncler boots!

Daniel wears, Diesel Jumper £140, Dolce and Gabbana Gilet £565, DSquared2 Jeans £350, McQ Alexander McQueen Scarf £150, Dolce and Gabbana Bag £595, Moncler Boots £620

For the ladies (and me, WOO!)

Louis wears Pierre Balmain Gilet £595, Markus Lupfer Sweatpants £235, Creative Recreation Hi Tops £115, Marc by Marc Jacobs Bag £415

Danny wears, Versace Hooded Top £590, Dolce Gym Shorts £305, Jimmy Choo Hi Tops £405

How short is too short?

Tom wears BLK DNM Hooded Top £115, BLK DNM Sweatshirt £90, D&G Shorts £130, Marc by Marc Jacobs Hat £65, Creative Recreation Hi Tops £115, Nicole Farhi Holdall £195

Gold lam√© bomber, I’m yours…

Lauren wears, American Retro Jacket £495, Mary Katrantzou Dress £1125, Alexander McQueen Boots £695, Chanel Bag £2835

Military is my go to trend every AW season, here accessorized with a little bling from Givenchy…

Daniel wears DSquared2 Shirt £235, DSquared2 Cost £750, Balmain Jeans £695, Givenchy Bag £695, Jimmy Choo Hi Tops £595

Edward wears Dolce and Gabbana everything, oh so well

For more snaps see my Instagram @jordanjmcdowell or Twitter @jordanjmcdowell

A special mention needs to be made to congratulate the team on their incredible work pulling this show, and all the other Harvey Nichols Catwalk Shows, together. I adore their professionalism, their drive and there ability to do it all in heels.


This is my entry into the Stanley House Spa competition

Flicking back through my iPhoto library, I can’t help but stop at this photo. My cousin Jessica and her new husband Chris, on the rocks at Berry Head in Brixham, Devon (UK) last summer for their Wedding. An amazing day, truly the most emotional wedding I’ve ever been too! Why? The Princess met her Prince. Nawwwwww!

This is my entry into the Stanley House Spa competition.. Find out more at: