I’ve got Bee here again today, wearing some lovely new clothes…
Its 2008. I’m 12. My much cooler friend Lauren walks into our geography classroom. Instead of the usual tween gossip mag filled with brand new information about the Jonas Brothers, she’s carrying a catalogue.
“It’s the new Joe Browns catalogue”, she says, “It came in the post this morning.”
“Oh yeah, cool” I say, acting like I know what she’s talking about. I then find out that Joe Browns is a super cool clothes website where Lauren gets most of her clothes. Being 12 and spending most of my money on Maltesers I’m not known for my amazing fashion sense. I stare at the catalogue wistfully as Lauren points out all of the things her Mum has agreed to buy her. I imagine that if I owned a t-shirt or even a hair clip from Joe Browns, I’d immediately be transported to the Cornish coast where I would surf, have long blonde windswept hair and listen to Jack Johnson while drinking coconut smoothies with a group of beautiful friends laughing around a camp fire.
Lauren seemed to be purchasing half of the catalogue. Needless to say, I was extremely jealous.
Five years later. My mum asks me, “would you like to review some clothes for a website? You can pick some things and they will send them to you”.
“Ur, alright then” I reply, not really caring.
“I’ll send you the link” she says.
I open my email a while later to see that none other than Joe Brown himself is offering me £50 worth of free clothes in exchange for a review. The chubby 12 year old inside me jumps up and down with delight. “YIPPEEEE!” she squeals, “DREAMS CAN COME TRUE!” I spend a while choosing clothes from the website, feeling sentimental as I realise this is exactly how I’d wanted myself to turn out in five years time.
In the end I went for a print dress and a leggings/skirt combo. They are lovely quality, practical and pretty too. I am definitely now the coolest person I know.