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Mountain Warehouse is a retailer brand that sells outdoor clothing, shoes and equipment. I actually wasn't aware of the brand until a few years ago until they opened up a store near me. I am an outdoorsy person and my hobbies include long distance walking, cycling and trail running so the brand is very attractive to me. The website provides a convenient way to shop as well as giving you extra options such as to find stock that perhaps is sold out in your local store. There are also a lot of sales and discounts online which tempt me to spend there.
Mountain Warehouse is itself a brand so rather than stock other brands they manufacture their own equipment. My experience with the brand so far has been quite good. I've bought walking boots, wellies, a breathable top and most recently a 3-in-1 coat from the brand and I feel that they have all been high quality goods. My coat in particular has made me wonder if I'll ever shop anywhere else again for jackets! I purchased the Ladies Storm 3-in-1 jacket in turquoise blue in the sale at £59.99 down from £119.99. The attention to detail on the jacket is everything a person used to being outdoors in all weathers could possibly want! Taped seams, pocket zips, inner pockets, removable fleece lining, breathable mesh lining, waterproof exterior, hood, toggles and velco tabs to adjust shape...it's just an awesome coat.
The website sells men's, women's and chidren's clothing and footwear as well as equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, ski equipment and more. The pictures of items on the site are quite clear and shown from a multitude of angles with items that are layered shown in each individual state. Detailed information about the benefits of each item is given as well as things like materials and dimensions. Sizes are generous at the store, going up to a 22 in womenswear and 4XL in menswear. A size chart is available to compare your measurements with those detailed. I personally find that in the womenswear the sizes are just a tad on the big side so I tend to buy a size smaller than I normally wear.
You can pay by credit or debit card as well as by Paypal. There are several delivery options with the cheapest being click and collect to go and pick up at a local store. As long as your order is over £20 there is no charge for this. Standard delivery to your home is £4.50. The brand are helpful, customer orientated and deliver the orders quickly with them arriving in great condition. I've certainly never had a problem with them and don't anticipate having any in the future. I would heartily recommend to all outdoor enthusiasts.
Barker and Stonehouse is a retailer offering unique and high quality furniture and household accessories for all areas of the home. They are a well known traditional company with a long history of providing good service and well made items. The company has various stores although many of them are based in the north, where I live. There is one in London though. Their website is a great alternative to those who can't get to the physical locations and the company deliver all items nationwide.
The company sell everything you could possibly imagine needing or wanting for your household. Furniture for all rooms including the living room, kitchen, dining areas, bedrooms and office. They also provide flooring options and lighting. As well as larger pieces of furniture the company also sell general decorative items like pictures, canvases, ornaments and more. They are a bit like IKEA in terms of what products they provide but I've always found they offer more unique products that are perhaps more bespoke than other stores. Many of the items are specifically made for you after you order. This can obviously mean longer waiting times to receive your items however.
The company sell products by particular brands including Tempur, Tonelli, De Sede, Little Tree Furniture, Kartell, Somnus and more. You are able to search products by brand alone but I think searching by item is easier on the website. The photography is great quality and allows you to really see the items in close detail before you purchase. Full dimensions are provided as well as materials used and a thorough description of the item is given on the specific item page. Delivery and return options for each individual item is also provided.
In the past couple of years I've redecorated a few rooms in my home and made a couple of purchases from the Barker and Stonehouse website. I had shopped in their physical stores before and been very happy with the attitude and assistance of the staff as well as the quality and range of products available so I knew I would get just as good an experience from the online shopping service.
The prices of most items is justifiable although probably higher than a lot of high-street furniture sellers. Delivery charges depend on the item you are buying and you can also choose to 'click and collect', going to pick up your item in a selected store.
My personal recommendations for the company are their collection of rugs as well as their beautiful but functional office furniture which makes working from home a delight!
I would definitely shop with the company again as they are very professional and helpful during the ordering process and the items they sell are top quality.
My introduction to Storm watches was many years ago when my parents bought me one of their watches as a gift. It's the only Storm watch I've ever owned but it made me aware of the brand, of their stylishness, strong reputation and their wide collection. It's not a brand I would have necessarily chosen for myself but since being given the watch I have always considered Storm when purchasing a new piece.
My own watch embodies a classic Storm design featuring a stainless steel strap and a black numberless face. There is something almost futuristic or post-modern about the design and I've noticed this is something that extends to many pieces in their complete range. A majority of Storm watches feature no numbers on the clock face and don't even have any distinguishing marks where the numbers would traditionally be. Others feature small lines or dots, often just at the four quarters of the clock face. There is something stark and sleek about this feature, something that screams of modern technology and robotics. Another exciting design trick the brand employ is to use only part of the clock face as the functional main watch whilst the rest of the space is given over to dials for navigation and dates. This design also looks like something that belongs in a distant era of time, light years beyond our own!
Whilst my watch features a classic strap shape and link design the brand like to play with dimensions and conventions. Thinner straps and larger faces is a feature common to the brand whilst they also enjoy inventing new shapes and styles for the strap, particularly in the ladies' collection where you might find straps with dangling charms or jeweled straps. The brand do make watches with straps of different materials and metals with the most common materials being stainless steel, gold and ion plated metal and leather.
I would suggest that the Storm collection offers watches that are suitable for most occasions but that they are best suited for more formal events given their crisp, clean style. Certainly the brand offer a wide range of prices which will suit most budgets with their cheapest pieces being less than £50 and their most expensive models costing thousands of pounds.
The brand have a website on which you can see their current collection. The watches are also commonly available at high street stores such as H Samuels. I find they are generally cheaper to buy on the high street from an independent retailer rather than from the brand direct.
I would certainly recommend Storm watches, particularly to anyone who enjoys very modern, technology based designs and I would also consider the Storm brand for a personal purchase in the future.
I've been a vegetarian since I was pre-teen but a couple of years ago decided I would start eating more vegan food and buying products that were suitable for vegans. I really delved into the world of trying to vegan and as a result my lifestyle has changed quite a lot since then. One of the online sites I have discovered that's perfect for the vegan and vegetarian community is this VeganStore.co.uk. It's a small online shop selling "over 800 cruelty free products".
What I discovered when I first started thinking about Veganism was that it's really hard to find suitable vegan products in mainstream stores. Especially when you are looking for something specialist such as replacement food products. This Vegan Store sells a moderately wide range of items including food, vitamins, cosmetics, toiletries and perfume, clothes and bags, accessories, books, household items, shoes and more.
Their website is a little bit archaic, if I'm honest, and they could do with a real make-over. However, it's easy enough to search using a filter menu on the main page. Items are photographed although the photography is not great quality. The items descriptions are also sometimes a little lacking in details. The store tend to stock products that are more obscure than the vegan fare you'd find in stores such as Holland And Barratt. You'll find things like vegan marshmallows, mars bars, whipped egg replacement, vegan 'honey', vegan toothpaste and many other products you may never have thought about needing to worry if they are vegan.
The prices on the site tend to be quite high although I would say it's average for vegan products in general. They tend to be a little pricier than non vegan stuff because of the limited demand for it and for the specialist ingredients needed. You can buy many of the items in bulk though which may be more useful to some customers.
Postage rates are dependent on how much you spend but starts at £2.99 and is free for orders over £50. I have only ever bought food from the site although I would consider buying their vegan shoes or cookbooks. If you are a frequent customer to the site you can register for an account and earn points on purchases which can then be used for discounts on future orders. The points conversion is fairly low but may be worth doing if you are buying larger quantities of goods. They take orders by credit/debit cards and will process the order on the same day. I would definitely shop here again.
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USC is a clothing store I started using when I was a university student many years ago. I actually used to shop in their high street stores with my friends from uni but now I'm much older I feel it's rather more acceptable to use their online shop instead. The store is aimed at student and young adults in general though, although there are many items that older ladies and gentlemen can wear too! There is a 10% discount for students across the board. It is necessary to prove your student status by registering before you can claim.
I regard USC as a place I can find fashionable but affordable clothing, somewhere I'm likely to find current trends as well as the basics and somewhere I can find some of the most well respected and trendy brand names available.
The shop sells clothing, shoes and accessories for both men and women. They offer clothing from such brands as Firetrap, Lacoste, SoulCal, Vans, Diesel, Lispy and many more. I'm pleased with the huge range of items available including seasonal items. The range includes dresses, t-shirts, tops, jeans, trousers, skirts, jackets, sweats and more. In the shoe range there is a lot of diversity with more casual shoes alongside boots and more formal looking pieces.
My last purchase with USC was a shift dress. I like the lay out of the site as it's always easy to search through their collections. Items are photographed quite well although they are not often shown as worn by models so this can mean the perception of how a thing will look on has to be imagined. It's also difficult to gauge things like length and overall fit. However, items are usually shown from multiple angles with a zoom feature for looking at close up details which I appreciate.
The majority of sizes on the site are small with only a limited number of items going up to a size 18. As a size 14 I find that in most of the items this is the top size and is considered to be a 'Large'. This may give you an idea of the general sizing of the brands available. All the clothes I've purchased in my size have been a standard 14 though, so they don't seem to make clothing on the small size just because they are aimed at younger women.
You can pay by major credit and debit cards as well as by Paypal, an option I feel safer using. I would say that in general delivery speed is okay but could be slightly improved upon. However, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase from the site again. They have frequent sales running which also offer huge discounts. I would recommend to anyone aged 15-45.
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Woodhouseclothing.com is an online shop selling designer clothing, footwear and accessories for men. The company has a physical store in London and their site provides clothing from such prestigious brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Armani, Lacoste, Fred Perry, Barbour and more. I use the site to buy special items for male family members and have made a couple of one off purchases rather than shop here regularly. The reason for this is the prices of the items tends to be a bit higher because of the high quality manufacturing and the brand status's.
The site sells a large variety of clothing types including T-shirts, shirts, shorts, polo shirts, jackets, trousers, sweatshirts and jeans. They also sell accessories such as hats, caps and scarves as well as footwear which covers everything from formal office shoes to casual trainers.
The site offers clothing on a size scale of S, M, L going up to 4XL. A special page on the site guides you through the process of measuring your body so you can find the right fit. I have based my purchases on the online size chart and found the items fit well so I trust that the guide will be accurate for most people.
There are some really fantastic quality items on the site, the likes of which you may not find at high street retailers. I have always headed straight for the Sale section of the website, when active, since you can find huge discounts on items that can normally cost hundreds of pounds.
My last purchases on the site were a pair of trainers and a t-shirt. The registration process was fairly simple and I was not charged a delivery fee on my orders. If you require next day delivery, however, you are normally charged £4.95. The site offers payment by credit and debit card as well as by Paypal (which I used).
I enjoy online shopping and would not hesitate to use this site again to find designer menswear. It's a reliable and efficient service with the goods I have received being in perfect condition.
I actually found this watch in a charity shop and I bought it with the intention of gifting it to my sister who is a Disney fan. However, once I had a new battery put in it I thought it might come in handy for me and kept it for myself! I think I paid around £6 for it. It is a discontinued piece now but it may be available to purchase second hand on Ebay or Amazon marketplace.
This looks like a children's watch and seems to be aimed at girls although obviously any lady who loves Disney themed products may like it too. I like to wear it when I'm at work with groups of kids as it gives them something to focus on and talk to me about.
The watch has a baby pink rubbery silicon strap. The strap has a smooth top with a diagonally ridged underside. I find these ridges help to stop the watch from sliding around on the wrist. The strap has nine adjustable holes to suit your wrist size and a standard fastener which is a little flimsy but acceptable. There is a rubber taper to hold the strap down and printed on the band is the name 'Sleepy' which corresponds to the image of one of the Seven Dwarfs who appears on the clock face. The 'Sleepy' text on my watch, which I bought secondhand, is slightly scratched and I expect will deteriorate more over time.
The clock face is very cute and shows the classic cartoon image of 'Sleepy' on a reflective silver background. The numbers appear as large black figures although the number 9 is partially obscured by part of the picture. Sleepy appears in a restful pose, leaning back into a soft fluffy pillow. Out of his mouth there are several 'Z's' indicating he is fast asleep! The clock has a second hand pink coloured pointer as well as the two hands which are silver.
This is a comfortable watch to wear and keeps good time. I did need to have the watch battery fitted professionally when I first purchased this. Any adjustments to the time can be made easily by twisting the small silver ridged control dial on the side of the watch face. The watch does get a lot of comments from people, and not just the kids, when I have it on and it's interesting to find out that so many people think it's very endearing and sweet.
I'm glad to have picked this up cheaply. Having searched online to see how much of a bargain this was me I discovered you could actually get this in black and white as well as pink and that they were around £30.
I actually had this watch handed down to my by a family member who didn't wear this anymore. This person was a lady but much bigger in stature than me and when she gave me this watch I thought she must have bought a man's watch to fit the size of her larger wrist. The watch is a large and heavy model and I would suggest that it will best suit those with thicker, sturdier wrists. I really like the watch but when I'm wearing it it often feels cumbersome and I can always sense it's there.
The watch looks beautiful. It's gold plated strap is made from large links which can obviously be adjusted. The strap is shiny and bright. Near the end of the strap, just above and below the clock face, are small squares of twelve Swarovski crystals. The crystals also edge the clock face in two rows but stop where the 6 and 12 positions are.
The clock face itself has large numbers in gold on a white background. This can make the numbers difficult to see sometimes. There are seconds marked out on the dial too in small black strokes. The inner segment of the face has three dials. I honestly never use these dials as I find it time consuming to set it up but they have pointers which show the day of the week and the date by month and day. Where these dials are positioned there is a small circle pattern behind which is cut into pie-like pieces with decorative lines. I personally think this makes the watch face look cracked and damaged and it's the only part of the design I really dislike. The Guess logo appears just under the number 12. There is also a Guess logo stamped onto the catch on the strap.
The watch has a winder on the clock face for adjusting the time. I don't know why but I sometimes find the watch runs a tad fast and I have to keep putting it back a few minutes. It's easy to adjust though, although as I mentioned I do not bother with the inner dials.
The watch, on the back of the face, is marked with some information including the fact that this is waterproof to 165 feet. It certainly can withstand small splashes from a sink which is all I subject it to! I would say that overall the watch is easy to maintain but the stainless steel catch on the strap can sometimes fill up with grime on the edges although it's easy enough to clean.
This is a very handsome and regal looking watch which you can find for about £75 on Ebay now. I would recommend it to anyone who likes bold and beautiful time pieces.
Viners is a brand which manufacture designer cutlery. I'd never actually heard of the brand until the brand's name appeared on a wedding gift wish list of one of my family members. The brand's website does not actually sell their products direct but provides details of their full collection, stockist information and provides other essential information such as how to care for kitchen products and how to properly set a table.
Viners produce some very classy looking cutlery with designs suiting all tastes. The brand even produce special children's design cutlery with things like teddy bears and fairies imprinted into the handles of the forks, knives and spoons. Adult themed cutlery can be cute or elegant, detailed or plain. The brand describe their ranges by themes such as 'Premium' and 'High Fashion' as well as the more down to earth 'Everyday' collection.
Stockists for Viners products include Debenhams, House of Fraser, Argos and many catalogue companies. You can view some great photography of the products on the Viner's website and then visit the online stockist pages for more details. The website also features full details of the 'stainless steel guarantee' for their cutlery. This is helpful if you're thinking of buying or have just bought something. You can actually register your purchase on the site.
A further section on the website called 'Cutlery Corner' highlights some personal advice to consumers of the products. Help with laying a table for a special dinner or advice on the various types of knives available can be found here. This may be useful information to anyone thinking of setting up a formal dinner or for those who are working in the fine dining industry.
This is a great site to visit if you are thinking of purchasing some cutlery which you expect to last for yourself or items for a gift.
I recently purchased a four pack of Imperial Leather soap from Marks and Spencer. It's a soap I remember from my childhood and which I have used intermittently throughout my life. I personally have always thought of Imperial Leather as more of a man's soap and although I am happy to use it now I feel some women may not appreciate the masculine qualities of the soap.
The four pack I purchased was £1.50 which I thought was a reasonable charge. The bars came packed in an outer plastic wrap with each bar individually wrapped too. These bars are described by the brand as "cleansing bars" and they are a corn yellow colour with tapered edges to the bar. The bars carry a little paper sticker in the centre but one of my family members peels this off before use as they don't like it when the sticker goes soggy!
I would describe the fragrance of Imperial Leather as very musky, traditional, earthy and manly. It is rather like a man's mild aftershave fragrance. The scent is clean and refreshing though and although I can smell this scent while I'm actively using the soap it does not overwhelm me once my skin is dried.
The bar lathers up well and can be used on it's own or applied to a sponge or other applicator. It has a creamy consistency which is pleasant and softening. It does not dry out the skin and it feels like it cleans deeply.
I'm happy to use this bar in the bathroom both as a hand soap at the basin or in the bathtub for all over body washing. I don't feel it's an appropriate kitchen soap because of it's scented properties.
I would recommend this soap to families although, as mentioned, I think some ladies may find this soap a little too much like a man's product. However, I personally think it's suitable for all members of the family and am pleased with my purchase. I would buy again despite the bars having been reduced in size to a smaller block which means they get used up a little sooner than I'd like. This soap is available to purchase at most major supermarkets in the UK.
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Many people will be familiar with these official Apple earphones since they are packaged with Apple products such as their mp3 players. They are also available to purchase individually and can be used in any earphone port on any device, not just Apple products.
These are in-ear earphones which are inserted into the ear canal rather than a cushioned pad. There are several designs now available but the ones I have are standard round buds which I find difficult to keep in my ear. They are not suitable for use on the go such as when running as they simply burst out. The newer products have in-ear hook shapes which can add stability or tapered ends which help the plug to sit further down the ear canal. I do not find the buds particularly comfortable to wear either since they feel quite hard despite the softer rings around the edge of the bud.
Each bud is marked with R and L for right and left ear. The ends of the cable are covered in a white rubber which, in my experience, is quick to get dirty and then deteriorate. The rubber actually seems to melt over time and will come away in chunks.
I have never thought the quality of these earphones was very good. First of all the earphones allow a lot of noise to filtrate through as you are wearing them. They do not block out unwanted outside distractions. I could not even wear these on public transport without hearing the hum of the bus engine. They also provide a very tinny and restrained sound quality. Music sounds as though it has no bass and it's difficult to achieve a volume with which I am comfortable with listening to. The earphones, in my opinion, do not provide anything like a decent listening experience. I find this a little strange since Apple are experts at designing devices that provide music to consumers.
There are many other brand replicas of these Apple earphones which work just as well and which cost half the price and if you are really not bothered about getting a deep and meaningful sound experience from your devices I would advise buying one of these copies and not the real thing.
I unfortunately had these Bose QC15 headphones stolen from me when I was on holiday. I actually bought these because my sister had a pair and had let me borrow them for a while to see the difference in sound quality when listening to music. I was incredibly impressed and decided to invest in a pair. Bose is a very desirable audio equipment brand. I believe this model has been superseded by the QC25.
These headphones are called "Quiet Comfort" and they are designed to cancel out any outside noises when they are positioned on your ears. They also use a design technology which reduces noise across different frequencies. They offer a very clean and true to life sound. When I first used these to listen to some of my favourite music artists I was astonished to hear many things in the recordings I'd never heard before. These headphones basically illuminate sound, letting you into a secret world that was previously hidden below the muffle!
These headphones have a comfortable fit although I personally find the cups just slightly too large although I have a small head. The cups have soft cushioning which is delicate and light. Each cup is individually marked with a control switch on one cup.They look stylish and modern in a black and silver colour design.
The headphones come equipped with a cable specially designed to allow interaction with specific Apple devices including the iPad and Ipods Classic, Touch, Shuffle and Nano.
The headphones also have a carrying case which is like a soft felt case in which you can position the headphones in a certain folded style. It allows you to keep the headphones in a good condition and transport them without damaging them.
Although Bose have an updated version of their Quiet Comfort headphones now for sale I would imagine this model is still very desirable. Expect to pay as much as up to £300 for the newer models. It is a lot to invest in but probably worthwhile if you really love your music and are looking for the best headphones money can buy. I personally would not opt to buy these again simply because of the disappointment of losing them and being out of pocket when my insurance wouldn't pay up!
This was my first Blu Ray Player which I bought because I wanted to get the same brand as my television. I thought that this might improve the performance of the models together. I bought this many years ago and it is not not currently available. It may still be for sale on Amazon or for auction on Ebay.
The model is really attractive to look at being black and modern looking. It's surprisingly small in size and very slim. It can be slotted into smaller spaces with ease. The model has a front LED display, a disc drive and a front positioned USB port. You can use the port to view content from any flash sticks or by connecting an external hard drive.
The model allows you to view online content such as Youtube although there is no Wi-fi capability here so you must connect to your modem via an ethernet cable. It's a fairly easy model to use and was perfect for me when I was just beginning with Blu Ray and newer technology.
The machine has a short start up time and doesn't take more than 8-10 seconds to start up and be operational. It makes a little bit of noise whilst in use but not too much to bother you.
The picture and sound quality are excellent and you can really see the improvements in picture quality when using the machine. It's an amazing way to discover visual media.
Although this model is obsolete now I would definitely recommend checking out newer models in the Samsung range as I am happy with the performance and durability of this model.
I have previously owned Sony headphones and been happy with the quality of the design as well as the sound quality. I therefore purchased these headphones from Amazon when looking for a new headset. The headphones were well reviewed and were one of the more affordable options on the site.
These headphones are described as being "outdoor" headphones as they are really designed to wear 'on the go'. However, I simply use them at home on my desktop or laptop and they are fine for any occasion.
The headphones are comprised of a thick plastic band which is adjustable. The earphones are cushioned with a soft spongy padding which also is designed to dampen noises from outside of the periphery. The overall design is really lightweight so when these are sitting on your ears you can't really feel that they are there. They are very comfortable and adjustable to your size of head. I have a particularly small head and adjusting these is no problem.
This model comes in black and white. I bought the black although the white tends to be slightly cheaper. The cable is approx 1.2 m long so there is enough length to be able to use this on different devices. These headphones have a 12Hz-22kHz frequency range. I'm not an expert on sound quality but I feel these are pretty good. When listening to music I feel there is perhaps a little too much bass though. Clear voices are crisp and succinct though. I have used these for video conferencing online and they are great at helping me to concentrate and shut out any sounds from the 'outside world'!
I paid around £12 for these which I'm happy with. There has been a little bit of wear on the earphone cups which I feel might get worse over time. However, I think they will last long enough to get my money's worth.
Although I've bought myself several Swatch watches in the past this one was actually bought for me. I have to be honest and say that this would not have been my personal choice of watch. I feel it's a very childish design and really only suitable for very casual occasions. I actually usually only wore it during a period when I was working with children as it would amuse them if they saw the design. I still have this watch but no longer actually wear it because I don't feel it is really appropriate for my age. As far as I know this watch is no longer on sale from standard Swatch retailers as I believe is was brought out in around Autumn 2005/2006 but it may be available to purchase online at sites like Amazon or Ebay.
The watch has a large clock face on which is the cartoon of a squirrel holding acorns or hazelnuts and a Fly Agaric mushroom. A faint oak tree branch also cuts through the middle of the watch face. The face is marked with actual numbers which are large and black so they are very easy to see. The pointers are bright red so they stand out against the watch face.
The strap of the watch is a smooth gel like plastic. The squirrel design is continued onto the strap where you can see a squirrel using a mushroom as an umbrella, squirrels throwing and eating acorns, troops of baby squirrels and mushroom patches. One of my issues with the design is that the creatures that are shown don't really look like squirrels. I think they may be actually chipmunks but they changed the description for the UK market! The animals are also drawn to look rotund so they look more like gerbils or even monkeys. They do have mischievous and cute faces though.
The watch takes a Q390 battery and has an adjustable winder on the right hand side of the clock face. I found this watch to be durable and comfortable to wear and it certainly lived up to what I feel about the Swatch brand in general, that is they produce high quality, well designed products.