Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Byline: JOANNE WATKINSON

I HAVE a confession, despite watching only approximately one to two hours of television per week, I spend it watching TOWIE.

I HAVE a confession, despite watching only approximately one to two hours of television per week, I spend it watching TOWIE.

To the uninitiated that's short for The Only Way Is Essex. Feel free to judge, but I'm all for easy watching.

To the uninitiated that's short for The Only Way Is Essex. Feel free to judge, but I'm all for easy watching.

My Earth- shattering revelation of poor taste has a valid point though.

My Earth- shattering revelation of poor taste has a valid point though.

I've been thinking a lot lately about the demise of boutiques, small multi-brand shops brimming with personality and individuality.

I've been thinking a lot lately about the demise of boutiques, small multi-brand shops brimming with personality and individuality.

Although the style of the TOWIE "stars" leaves me cold, in Essex it appears a new store opens each week - albeit fuelled by the owners' new reality celebrity status.

Although the style of the TOWIE "stars" leaves me cold, in Essex it appears a new store opens each week - albeit fuelled by the owners' new reality celebrity status.

Elsewhere the concept of independent boutiques is dying off, meaning we are less likely to be exposed first hand to new and exciting brands.

Elsewhere the concept of independent boutiques is dying off, meaning we are less likely to be exposed first hand to new and exciting brands.

So many of us shop from the same high street stores, out of convenience perhaps, but when it comes to a special occasion ideally you want something a little different and to, avoid seeing a dozen women in the same dress. The only way to achieve this is to opt for a brand that isn't as readily available. …

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