Office Blog Posts Tagged ‘Shopping’

Winter Occasions

Friday, December 12th, 2014

With family to visit and parties to go to, your Christmas calendar is piling up with events and we have the shoes to suit your every need in the holiday season.

If you are still panic shopping for presents then you need to be armed with some trainers to pound the pavements with your girlfriends. A pair of retro New Balance 574‘s or a pair of contemporary Nike Air Max Thea’s will be your best friend on long shopping days, keeping your comfy and help you run between stores.

With plenty of nights out planned for the holidays and of course the big one on New Year’s Eve, a perfect pair of heels is a must. It is the season of sparkle and sequins and a glittery dress needs a black heel like the Swirl Shoeboot. If opting for a monochrome, simple look you can wow with shoes and show off in a pair of rose gold Salvation stilettos.


When it’s time to walk of the massive Christmas dinner or pre Christmas buffet then a pair of waterproof Hunter wellies or Timberland‘s are ideal for country walks in winter. Grab the dog and the family and brave the elements with your winter fearing footwear.

Possibly the favourite of all days over Christmas is the days that you can cosy up in front of the TV watching back to back films and stuffing your face with leftovers. What could possibly be a better  than a pair of warm and toasty slippers from UGG Australia and Bedroom Athletics to wear with your pyjamas all day.

The best shopping cities in the UK

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

As you would expect, a few of us here at Office HQ are serious shopping addicts. While this isn’t always good news for our bank balances, it does mean we can point you in the direction of the best places to splash your cash.

Here’s our guide to the best shopping cities in the UK. Just make sure you book your trips for near pay day!


Best for independents: Bristol

If you crave something a bit different, Bristol is the shopping destination for you. The city’s streets are packed with independent stores and boutiques selling everything from clothes to records and books.

Our top picks include the simply named ‘Shop’ which sells everything from second-hand vinyl and homeware to furniture and fashion. Also visit the family-run Bamonte clothing, whose owners travel to the likes of Paris and Milan to source their latest pieces. The chances of you bumping into someone in the same outfit as you if you shop here? Pretty low.

Best for high-end shops: Leeds

Harvey Nichols chose Leeds as the location for its first store outside of London for a reason. This city boasts dozens of high-end shops brimming with designer labels. For the best high-end attire head to the stunning Victoria Quarter – a truly luxurious shopping arcade.

With All Saints, The Kooples and Vivienne Westwood all sitting under one roof, it’s definitely somewhere to visit if you are looking to blow the budget.

Best shopping centre: Birmingham Bullring

Some people prefer the Trafford Centre while others swear by Meadowhall, but for us there’s only one place to head if you want to find all your favourites under one roof – the Bullring in Birmingham. Not only does it have pretty much every high street and department store you can think of, it has super-sized versions, which are almost certain to have that dress you’ve been lusting after online.

Our favourite shop (except our own of course!) has to be Selfridges. Four floors of clothes, shoes, handbags, cosmetics and of course the legendary Food Hall.

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Best all rounder: London

We couldn’t have a best shopping cities list without featuring our beloved capital. Whether you want quirky boutiques, high street favourites or giant shopping centres, London can cater to your every retail whim.

Whether you want to join the crowds on Oxford Street, window shop in Mayfair, escape the rain at Westfield or hit the independents in Shoreditch, there’s sure to be something to suit your tastes.

For something a bit different, Shoreditch is home to the world’s first pop-up mall, Boxpark, while there are bargains to be had in upmarket Notting Hill if you pop by Portobello Market.

Now, where’s our credit card!


Vintage fashion finds

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014


There are plenty of clothes on the high street at the moment which are inspired by decades gone by, from beaded flapper dresses to 60s-style minis, but there’s nothing to beat that feeling you get when you discover a genuine vintage piece.


Sometimes the original is quite simply the best.


If you want to get your hands on some stunning clothing from a previous era, we’ve created a guide to some of our favourite vintage treasure troves across the UK.


In London

There are hundreds of vintage and retro shops in the UK capital, some of which specialise in a particular era and some of which provide fashions from a mishmash of decades.


One of our first ports of call is Rellik in Portobello which is the perfect place to browse if you want to find really high-quality vintage pieces with a few designer names thrown in. We’re always hopeful of picking up some vintage Ossie Clark, however, vintage designer pieces tend to still come with a designer pricetag.


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For something a bit more budget friendly, The East End Thrift Store has plenty of bargains to be had, with most things priced at under a tenner, but isn’t a complete jumble sale like some thrift stores. The pieces are carefully curated and arranged for easy browsing.


In Manchester

If you’re hoping for some vintage finds in Manchester there’s one place you should definitely head; Oldham Street in the Northern Quarter which is home to dozens of vintage shops. The cream of the crop is widely considered to be Junk, where you can find clothes and quirky accessories from a range of decades. The best thing about Junk is that most of the pices are reworked, so are wearable straightaway.


While you’re in the area, you should also pop into Oxfam Originals, where the quick stock turnaround means you’ll rarely see the same piece twice. Plus you can splurge knowing you are giving money to a good cause.


In York

Bowler Vintage in York is the perfect place for dapper gents and 50s fans to stock up on clothes. As well as a wide range of vintage attire, chosen and cared for by a team of experts, there’s also a large stock of reproduction clothing in case you can’t find the genuine article in your size.

We had a quick browse online and the beautiful beaded cardigans have certainly caught our eye.

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If you don’t live near a decent bunch of vintage shops, never fear, you can simply go online and have a world of vintage fashion at your fingertips.


The website we’re currently wasting hours browsing is VV Vintage which has a huge array of dresses, shirts and denim for under £30 per item.


You can also find some great bargains on Etsy, which sells great vintage clothes and jewellery and eBay.




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