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An adult acne treatment that works

By shinychris on December 7th, 2012

If you suffer from adult acne or skin breakouts then you’ll already know the change in season can aggravate these problems; making the cold months a truly miserable time. When the weather turns, your skin is constantly bombarded with wind, rain and freezing conditions. There is little solace in your home either, where central heating will leave your skin dry and irritated.

When you’re not happy with your appearance it can really affect the way you feel about yourself and lead to low self-esteem – but there is an easy way to treat your skin without smothering it with various lotions and potions which may contain perfumed chemicals that do more harm than good.

A treatment you can rely on

Most acne sufferers have usually tried the main treatment options to get their skin under control. These can often be expensive, time consuming and, when they don’t work, stressful.

Tria Blue light is a fantastic gadget that eradicates acne and improves the appearance of the skin. In fact, Tria Blue Light for acne is so successful that it’s even become a favourite amongst celebrities.

Stars like Rihanna, Katherine Jenkins, Alexandra Burke and Geri Halliwell have all admitted that they love using the hand held device to improve the appearance of their skin and give them the celebrity glow they’re known for.

In a recent interview with New! Magazine, Alexandra Burke explained that Tria Beauty products like Blue Light “helps decongest my skin and gives it a radiant, natural glow” – and if it’s good enough for celebrities then it’s certainly good enough for us.

How it works

The Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light is a hand held device that’s quick and easy to use. All you have to do is glide the device over your face for three minutes each morning and night. Its patented blue light penetrates the skin in a way no cream treatment can and eliminates the bacteria that cause breakouts and spots.

It can kill up to eight times the bacteria of similar devices and provides the most effective dose of blue light in the shortest possible time; so breakouts can be dealt with swiftly. Unlike creams, cleansers and lotions, which can cause redness, skin irritation and other harsh side effects, this treatment is gentle enough to be used every day without causing additional damage. Priced at £229 with free delivery, it’s easy on your wallet too.

The device differs from other similar medical treatments because it doesn’t use UV light which can also cause damaging side effects, especially if used over multiple sessions.

Other tips

In addition to using products such as the Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light, it is also important that you target the cause of skin acne. This is most commonly excess sebum – a natural oil produced by your body. Whilst some individuals are more prone to acne than others, everyone can implement a few basic procedures to improve the condition of their skin.

Using a daily moisturiser free from perfume and harsh chemicals is always recommended and you should invest in one with SPF protection – regardless of the season. Keeping your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water can also help flush out impurities and is always beneficial.



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Make Christmas fabulous with Debenhams

By shinychris on November 12th, 2012

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If you’re not feeling in a Christmas mood yet, you soon will be after watching Debenhams’ Christmas ad (below). Conjuring up the magic of the festive period, this beautifully shot video combines haunting Harry Potter-esque melodies with traditional festive scenes including an old locomotive train speeding through the snowy English countryside.

And while the reality may be slightly different there’s no denying it does just make you want to go out, blitz the shops and then collapse by the fire with some mulled wine and mince pies (or get dressed in some exotic lingerie if this video is to believed). Anyway, check it out below. If you don’t feel Christmasy afterwards, then you probably should be called Ebenezer Scrooge.



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Get into the festive spirit with Baileys Cream

By shinychris on November 9th, 2012

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Classic combo: Denim shirt and chinos

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 2nd, 2012

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Like an easy life but want to stay stylish? Stick to classic combinations like a good quality denim shirt and a sharp pair of chinos and you can’t go wrong. With a lot of choice on the market, there’s no reason why you can’t kit yourself out in this easy-to-wear clothing so that you are confident you can throw them on and still look good.

Whilst the denim shirt has had a bit of a drought in terms of popularity, it is now back with a vengeance. The key to successful wearing is what you wear it with. It’s not cool to wear a washed denim shirt with the same colour jeans, of course, but there are so many other ways to wear it that you can really enjoy the comfort of the 100% cotton and the style that today’s designers are adding. Pairing your shirt with chinos, for example, makes an immediate difference, as they are completely different to jeans, and give your look a lighter, less contrived look.

You can also layer your denim shirt over a plain t-shirt of any colour, wearing it partly buttoned up or even completely open almost like a jacket. This gives you additional warmth in cooler weather but also makes your shirt more versatile. In the same way, layer it under a fine knit or a chunky cardigan to bring your look right up to date. If you’re choosing to go with Chinos, look for contrasting colours, quality fabric and a good fit, so that whilst you’re staying casual, you look like you’ve put some real thought into what you’re wearing.

And what about accessories? If you’ve got the denim shirt and you’ve got the chinos, what else do you need? Well, that depends on what you’re trying to achieve, but consider desert boots for colder weather and deck shoes when the seasons turn fine again. Both are smart, classic styles, but are practical and good looking. For smarter occasions, try tailored jackets, or heavier wool-blend coats, and have a good quality fleece or quilted jacket available when you need to spend more time outdoors.

However you choose to wear this classic combination, you can get your hands on all the elements for less than you think. A denim shirt could cost you less then £20, and chinos, shoes, knitwear and coats are all available at affordable prices both online and on your high street. So go ahead; make your day.



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Our Pick of the Best Secretary Style Glasses

By shinychris on October 24th, 2012

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The secretary look isn’t complete without the accompanying glasses and it’s a style that isn’t going out of fashion any time soon. Your favourite celeb’s glasses may not be quite the right style for you, but you can be sure there is a pair of secretary glasses to suit your face and eyesight needs that are perfect for you on any occasion.

With so much choice available, where do you start? Well, your face shape helps determine what style of glasses will suit you best. Set off your cute, round face with angular or rectangular shapes. Vera Wang has a knack of combining that classic rectangular look with flirty feminism. Long or square faces look fabulous in sexy cat-eyed shapes, or anything oval. Cynthia Rowley’s Brown Shimmer is a great example of trendy oval glasses. If you have a triangular face, go for two-toned glasses or rimless bottoms with bold colour on top (something like Ltede’s Pink Green or Vera Wang’s Berry are possible choices). Oval-faced girls hit the jackpot – anything goes. Vogue, Valentino and Michelle Lane have some fabulous eyewear as a starting point. You can find all of these designer brands at LensWay.co.uk.

Once you have your basic shape determined, you can go crazy on colour and embellishments. Choose a colour close to your own hair colour or a high contrast colour. Then again, you can never go wrong with black. Decide on the statement you want to make then choose something you feel comfortable with, or choose several pairs of secretary glasses for different outfits. Do you want glasses that will feel right in both a business and night setting, or do you want to buy one pair for day and one for play? For night fun, secretary glasses with rhinestones or swirly cut-outs will help you stand out from the crowd. Check out the cutting edge ranges available from designers such as Michelle Lane, Vera Wang, Jill Sander and V&G.

Take your vision, whatever state it may be in, to new heights with a spectacular pair of secretary glasses. Choose quality and comfort in a style of your choice. Play the desirably intelligent woman or the seductive femme fatale to suit your mood. Secretary style glasses are a must have accessory, or necessity, that adds an extra statement to your unique personality



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The Best Gilets this Autumn

By shinychris on October 23rd, 2012

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Gilets are an autumn staple. Adding an extra style touch to your look as well as keeping you snug and warm as the seasons change. Now is the perfect time to get your hands on one. If you’re not familiar with gilets, they are sleeveless jackets made in a variety of styles, materials and colours.

Ski

Some of the hottest gilets this season belong to ski wear ranges. Superdry offers a variety of colours both with and without a fur-lined hood. Superdry’s ‘University Gilet’ comes in one of this season’s biggest colours – deep red. Blonde & Blonde also offer quilted ski gilets in a range of colours.

Heritage

Paul’s Boutique’s A/W range which can be found at Bank Fashion includes a selection of gilets inspired by the 80s. Diamond quilted with a cord trim collar, these gilets are statement pieces to be teamed with skinny black jeans, high tops and chunky headphones. Ghetto blaster optional.

Sports

To complement this season’s sportswear trend, Adidas have created a range of bright padded gilets. The best in the range combines black, purple, red and pink and would look perfect teamed with chunky gold accessories and skinny white jeans.

Faux Fur

Faux fur gilets have been around for the last few A/W seasons but they still look fresh and on-trend. Topshop have updated the look by adding a tassle hem and a light cream colour. Worn over a white blouse, black leather trousers and high ankle boots, these gilets will keep you warm until S/S 2013. Or try Matthew Williamson’s brown faux fur panelled gilet, it’s almost impossible to tell it isn’t real fur.

Leather

Leather is definitely the material of the season. Leather trousers or a jacket are the obvious choices but a gilet allows you to join the trend without fully committing to the leather look. A leather gilet with thin hoodie and straight light wash jeans will be a key look this season. For a dressier leather gilet, try Haider Ackermann’s long brown leather version.

Animal Print

As an extension of S/S 2012′s tribal trend, animal print will be hanging around for the new season. Alice & Olivia have created a stunning leopard print gilet that can be worn with dark jeans as a casual day outfit and dressed up with accessories and enhanced make up for the evening. Paul’s Boutique is offering an alternative animal print option with padding and a fur trim hood.



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Get The Best Advice On How To Choose A Hairdresser from Windle and Moodie

By shinychris on June 29th, 2012

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Hair plays an important role in the female world. Many women are defined by their outer appearance. Having beautiful healthy hair is a part of the equation that women use to measure their beauty and appearance. Even though you might style your hair at home, you probably are aware that the result will not be the same as when it’s performed by a hairdresser. However, finding a good hairdresser can be a challenge nowadays.

In this article you will find out how to analyse the qualities of a good hairdresser and the fast way in which you can detect one. First and foremost, pay attention to the general atmosphere when you first enter the salon. How does the staff behave? Are they nice and friendly? Ask your friends whether they would recommend anyone in particular. Based on their interaction and their experience, you might find the best hairdresser.

Further on, you should search for a hairdresser that has a lot of practice and expertise in dealing with all types of hair. This is really important because some stylists cannot perform haircuts on curly or rasta hair. Also, as soon as you enter the salon, try to observe closely the details. The utensils they use should be clean, the products should be professional and the staff should behave professionally.

A good hairdresser is one that facilitates interaction. So, try to be open and discuss on various topics. Release the atmosphere and make the time you spend with your stylist as enjoyable as possible. Of course, this should happen from the side of both parts. The passion shown about the job itself is a good guiding point concerning the professionalism of the person styling your hair. A gifted hair styling professional will find out everything about the history of your hair. He or she will want to know whether you ever dyed your hair, how many times per week you wash it or how you brush it.

A telling sign that your hairdresser is competent is the fact that he or she is popular. People will stick with a person who can work fast and really well. They will appreciate someone who can perform creatively a haircut. So, this is also a good criteria by which you can analyse a proficient hairdresser. Other qualities include a friendly attitude, patience and attention to detail.

It takes time to find the right hairdresser but when you find it, your hair will look amazing. You can forget about all those days when you wanted to hide and simply not go out.

The desire of the  hairdressers covent garden is to deliver first class, friendly, personalized service.



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Sponsored post: Healthy video recipes from the Pronamel Kitchen

By shinychris on May 18th, 2012


Loved the delicious recipes the chefs prepared at the Pronamel Kitchen? Or maybe you couldn’t come along to the healthy cooking demonstrations at The Vitality Show? Either way, you don’t want to miss out on these healthy video recipes.

Bang Bang chicken salad

An interesting twist on the classic chicken salad with lots of different colours, flavours and textures!

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients

4 medium chicken breasts (about 150g each)
1 head of Chinese cabbage
2 carrots
50g beansprouts
1 red onion
½ cucumber
1 tbsp fresh coriander
1 tbsp fresh mint leaves
1 tsp sesame seeds
1 small handful of micro purple basil
1 tsp fish sauce
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil

Peanut sauce:
2 tbsp of crunchy peanut butter
100ml water
1 tbsp of sweet chilli sauce
2 tsp soy sauce
pinch of chilli powder

Method
1 Firstly, trim and cut the cabbage into thin strips. Then peel and finely slice the onion and peel and cut the carrots into julienne. Mix them all together, with the coriander and the mint then set aside, covered and place in the fridge.
2 Take a small saucepan and add all the peanut sauce ingredients to it, then bring to the up to heat and combine well. Leave to cool.
3 Pop the chicken breasts into a saucepan, cover with water and then place on the heat, bring to the boil, turn to a low simmer for 8/10 minutes, then leave to cool slightly, take out of the water and cool completely. Then shred the chicken breasts.
4 Mix the fish sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil together in a little bowl and mix in with the salad vegetables.

Serving

Plate up a pile of salad, top with chicken, then peanut sauce and then sprinkle with sesame seeds and the purple basil.



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Barclaycard Amazing May Deals

By shinychris on May 9th, 2012

Looking to splash out on some new clothes to cheer yourself up this summer? Or maybe you are planning to get away from the rubbish weather in the UK at the moment with a two week holiday in the sun?

Whatever, Barclaycard is offering some top deals to help you save on a summer of spending. But hurry you will have to move fast. Applicatons for the improved deals can only be made until midnight on May 31st.

Deals on offer include the following.

·       Market leading 22 month 0% BT offer is now even stronger with the introduction of a brand new £30 discount on the transfer fee (for transfers over £2,500)

·       New 15 / 15 deal – 0% interest on both purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, an extra month improvement from the current 14 / 14 offer.

·       The low BT fee card (fee of 1.6%) is extended to 17 months duration, increased from 16 months

·       A completely new, 0% interest on all purchases for the first three months with Barclaycard Initial, a product designed for those customers who are new to credit

Says David Chan, chief executive of Barclaycard Consumer Europe said:

“We’re very excited to be offering even better value and such a huge amount of choice to new customers; from those wanting to manage their money better, to those who are seeking to build a credit history.”

22 month balance transfer with £30 off the transfer fee

Those looking to manage their balances can now receive money off the transfer fee on the Barclaycard Platinum card, with which they can enjoy 22 months 0% interest on balance transfers. New customers moving over £2,500 will now receive £30 off the fee. The card comes with a variable APR of 17.9% and new cardholders will all benefit from 0% on the first three months of purchases.

15 months 0% interest on purchases and balance transfers

For new customers eager to save on summer spending and on existing balances, the Barclaycard Platinum Purchase card now comes with 0% interest on both purchases and balance transfers for 15 months. The card has a variable APR of 18.9% and balance transfers incur a fee of 2.9%.

Low fee balance transfer for 17 months

Looking to save money on your balance transfer fee? The Barclaycard Platinum Low Fee card has a market leading balance transfer fee of just 1.6% and now comes with an extended 17 months 0% interest on balance transfers, with also three months 0% interest on all purchases. The credit card has a variable APR of 18.9%.

0% interest on purchases for the first three months for those new to credit

For those new to credit, the Barclaycard Initial now comes with 0% interest on all purchases for the first three months. The card has an APR of 29.9% (5 percentage points lower than the current Capital One Classic) and new cardholders will be offered a manageable starting credit limit as well as text and email alerts to help them manage their account.

For full details of cards and to apply online visit the Barclaycard site now!

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New Year’s Eve film hits cinemas. What will you be wearing for the last night of the year?

By Andrea Petrou on November 25th, 2011

Christmas parties are an important part of the social calendar but unfortunately they fizzle out as quickly as those champagne bubbles.

However, there’s another huge fashion event that we’re already gearing up for and that’s of course the New Year’s Eve shindig. Whether you’re planning a quiet night in or heading out in search of a kiss at midnight, you’ll need a suitable outfit.

A wardrobe essential, the little black dress, is a great choice as it goes with everything and can be dressed up or down depending on the mood of the party. But if you’re feeling a bit bolder, why not invest in a dazzling dress in on-trend metallics and sequins?

The shops are flowing over with silver, gold and glittering gowns in all shapes and sizes – the ultimate in power-glamour – so why not let the dress do the talking this New Year’s Eve?

Once you’ve got the dress you’ll want to get in the mood for New Year’s Eve too. This week romantic comedy NEW YEAR’S EVE hits cinemas and is a perfect way to get into the New Year’s Eve spirit. The movie, which is a must see for ladies, celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts and is based on a range of in the intertwining stories of couples and singles, told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.

And the best bit about it? It features many of our style and male crushes including: Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Ryan Seacrest, Hilary Swank and Sofia Vergara – we know we have quite a few.

Written by the brains behind last year’s hit romantic comedy Valentine’s Day, it is shot entirely on location in and around New York City making it a Christmas must see.

To celebrate the film we want to know what your New Year’s wishes are. Do you want to find love, save money or just simply get in shape? Place your wish here.

And more importantly what are you thinking about wearing to see in the New Year? Will it be that sequined sexy dress or will you be sitting on the sofa in your fluffy slippers and PJs? Tell us by logging onto the official NEW YEAR’S EVE Facebook page.

In the meantime here’s a little trailer of the film to whet your appetite. We’ll see you by the popcorn stand.

NEW YEAR’S EVE is in cinemas Thursday December 8



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Hair products from Windle & Moodie – top tools for the job

By shinychris on November 9th, 2011

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For style savvy individuals it’s common knowledge that fabulous doesn’t simply fall from trees. It takes hard work, and the tools of the trade determine how challenging that toil will be. Using the right hair products can turn your look from damaged and dull to show stopping stunner.

Windle & Moodie introduce a head turning range of salon quality hair products. This exciting new collection of trend topping must have’s takes the fine art of hair styling to the next level. The electrical products have been skilfully created by both studio and salon stylists, combining effortless versatility and dependability. The great news is, consumers now have access to these super tools, and home hair styling routines will never be the same.

Featured in Vogue magazine, WAM’s professional salon hairdryer is carefully designed with the end user in mind.  It is intelligently built, easy to hold and can achieve perfectly polished results in a reduced drying time of up to 50%. For any woman who’s experienced the arduous task of bracing one arm in the air, swishing the head from side to side and sweltering under blasts of hot air for what seems like ages…this is an invaluable innovation.

Just some of the delightful features include 2150W power, 1.5 million ions per cm3, 2000 hours of performance; it also has an easy to use, foldable handle for left and right handed people, two speeds and four air temperature flow combinations. In addition it has a double insulation system, a soft touch, black rubber coating and a 3metre long cord for ultimate flexibility. Add some Bumble & Bumble thickening hairspray; then add the WAM universal diffuser for curls, volume and texture.

Next on the hot list is a selection of revolving irons. A revolution in curling technology, these irons actually have a rotating barrel that does all the hard work for you. Never before has it been this easy to create beautiful curls. The anodised barrel and ceramic heating technology leave the hair perfectly smooth and glossy; bye-bye frizzy nests. This range includes three convenient sizes for quirky spirals, bouncing curls or long and luxurious waves.

Of course, for those who are blessed with natural curls or dancing spirals that have a will of their own, there is always an incessant desire to keep it straight. The advanced digital straightening iron from WAM introduces wonder working technology that will have those unruly waves under your full control in record time. With tourmaline ceramic technology, the plates reach an ultra-hot temperature of 220°C and maintain a high temperature during use. It includes a digital variable temperature control, LCD temperature display, universal voltage for use anywhere in the world and comes with a Europe to UK adaptor as standard.

So, gone are the days of painstaking beauty rituals. Fabulous has become a lot easier to achieve – how far technology has come.

Find these and many other ground breaking products at the Windle & Moodie salon in Covent Garden.

 



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eBay unveils new fashion campaign

By Andrea Petrou on October 17th, 2011

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eBay, the UK’s leading online marketplace, is unveiling a new fashion advertising campaign to promote its Fashion Outlet.

The autumn-winter adverts will feature fashion items from some of the leading brands that sell through the site, including House of Fraser, Office and La Redoute, Joe Browns and Very Clearance.

The campaign strapline, “The clothes you love direct from the brands you love”, reflects the growing number of high-street retailers that use eBay to reach to the site’s 96 million users across the globe. The sale of in-season stock on eBay’s Fashion Outlet, has secured shoe retailer Office, 50,000 new customers.

Outdoor ads will appear on buses, billboards and in stations in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Liverpool and Sheffield from 3rd October, lasting two weeks.

Print activity will start on 4th October, with ads in women’s weekly lifestyle magazines, including Grazia, Hello and More, and in early November for women’s monthly magazines, such as Marie Claire and Glamour.

eBay’s Fashion Outlet launched in April last year, and now hosts over 100 fashion brands and 30 high-street stores including Superdry, Bench, Ted Baker and Jigsaw, offering shoppers the best deals and discounts on new, branded goods up to 70% off.

The fashion category on eBay is outpacing the market, with transaction volume growing 30% year on year over 2010, attracting over four million customers searching for items each month.

Miriam Lahage, VP of Fashion for eBay said: “We’re attracting growing numbers of shoppers to our Fashion category as consumers want to choose from a huge selection of products, from the brands they know and love, at great prices. Our latest campaign showcases the unique fashion offering available on our site – only on eBay can you get the combination of the biggest brands and the best of the high street, combined with that special vintage find, and that illusive top from last season.”

See the gallery below for all the fashions:

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Gok Wan launches his collection for Sainsbury’s TU

By Andrea Petrou on October 6th, 2011

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Sainsbury’s is delighted to unveil Gok Wan’s first womenswear collection – Gok for TU. The collection, which hits stores today (Thursday 6th October), reflects Gok’s philosophy of making women feel confident, stylish and positive about their bodies, whatever their budget, size or shape.

Gok for TU is a capsule collection that cleverly combines key basics with strong statement pieces – all designed with shape enhancing properties. Prices range from £20.00 to £45.00. The colour palette reflects the autumn season; rich red, teal and terracotta are mixed with statement black. Two signature prints – Cherry Blossom and Oriental Floral – decorate garments inside and out. Speaking at the preview, Gok Wan said: “I’m so unbelievably excited to reveal further details about my debut for Sainsbury’s.

With these clothes, I want women to flirt, flaunt and celebrate their curves. I’ve spent the last few months working through every detail and believe we’ve delivered attainable and affordable design like never before.”

Geraldine Higgins, Sainsbury’s Head of Womenswear Buying said: “Since announcing our partnership with Gok earlier this year we’ve been overwhelmed with positive reactions from our customers and colleagues. Everyone can now put Thursday 6th October in their diary to get Gok’d!” Gok for TU comprises 13 styles, totalling 28 garments, when including multiple colourways. The collection will be available in over 200 stores nationwide from Thursday 6th October 2011, priced from £20.00 to £45.00.

See the gallery below for some of the collection.

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