We are feeling pretty festive here at She and Hem, so in the spirit of the season, we thought it was time to hold a little competition for our lovely readers. Thanks to our friends at The Gro Company, it’s time for a Rafflecopter giveaway! Ho ho ho yeah! Like the certifiable Santas that we are (a little round, full of mince pies), we are giving you the chance to win a gorgeous Zig Zag Travel Grobag, as seen above. Designed for ages 0-6 months, the versatile 2.5 tog rating makes it suitable all year round. Simply enter below for the chance to win. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for you!
Keep your eyes peeled in 2017 for our little elves in their Grobags from the Orla Kiely range, which you can find on The Gro Company website right now. They are beautifully modeled by New Mum Online’s gorgeous little Lottie. Modelling for Orla Kiely at such a young age, we are very jealous Lottie!
It’s a “wearable blanket”. Can we get two in “new mum” size please?
There are an abundance of products on the market for mums to be which claim to sooth all kinds of pregnancy woes. Although we are definitely not beauty experts, we thought it would be fun to give a few products a try in the hopes of a little bit of rejuvenation and nourishment. Which is very much needed, as being heavily pregnant can be quite tiring. Who knew!
Our favourites were from Natural Spa Factory from our fancy neighbour, Bath. Firstly, we tried the Organic Facial Mask with bergamot and rose petals, which helps to “calm, uplift and replenish the skin”. Then, it was the turn of the Boutique Cream Mask. This mask is particularly good for blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles. We’ve got all of those (hooray!) so you could say it was perfect for us! We both really loved the alpine smell of this mask and thought it smelt good enough to eat, which was probably due to the lemon balm, cowslip and peppermint ingredients.
Big news! We’ve finally found something that we disagree on and oddly, it’s stretch mark cream. I (Victoria) prefer the Pregnacare cream whereas Jo is more of a Palmer’s Cocoa Butter kinda girl. Either way, unless we are just both super lucky, they have worked, so both receive the coveted She & Hem seal of approval. The Pregnacare is particularly good if, like me, you are allergic to the Palmer’s products. It also smells great, which is a bonus.
As for the Botanics eye roll on (seen below), although we’re not entirely convinced it makes a big difference to those pesky under eye areas, it feels refreshing and definitely helps you wake up in the morning. As someone not noted for an “up and at them” approach to the start of the day, this was certainly a bonus for me! This is a product I shall be repurchasing post pregnancy.
Thanks so much to The Bump Company for gifting us the super cupcake socks.They are almost too cute unravel, and make these products look even more alluring. Expect to see them on little She & Hem sometime soon!
Ding Dong Merrily on High! The festive season is truly well upon us and, here at She and Hem, we strongly believe Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a novelty print or two to swan around in! Thankfully for us, we’ve teamed up once again with our faves Emily and Fin to style a couple of their seasonal showstoppers! Merry Christmas indeed!
Victoria is wearing the totally gorgeous Swiss Chalets Print* which features a sumptuous ski scene set in the mountains of Switzerland. The perfect retro winter wonderland! It looks super cute and the lovely blue and green shades really make it pop. The dress is available in two styles, with Victoria opting for the sleeveless ‘Penny’ which has a flattering fitted bodice and semi-full mid-calf length skirt. She teamed it with as many glittery accessories as possible, including a gold belt from Dorothy Perkins, sparkly polka dot tights from Topshop and glittery black pom pom pumps from Kaleidoscope*. Not a salopette in sight!
I had been eyeing up the beautiful Ornamental Lights Print* since I first spied it back in the Summer! I knew it was going to be the perfect Christmas print and oh boy was it worth the wait! Who doesn’t want to be festooned with festoon lights during the festive period?! It’s such a fabulous print and the colours of those delightfully decorative lights really work nicely against the cool grey colour of the dress. Again, this dress is available in two different styles (plus a top and some incredible pyjamas!) with this being the ‘Lucy’. I always love the ‘Lucy’ shape as the A-line shape is just so easy to wear and lends itself nicely to twirling. I styled my dress with some super duper shimmery tights from UKTights* and some gold flats from ASOS (similar here)
I should also add that we both sized up at least once for these dresses as we are now, drum roll please, 38 and 32 weeks pregnant! Can you believe it? I think these frocks do quite the excellent job of disguising the massive bumps! If you’re not epicly pregnant then these dresses do run true to size.
Last weekend we gathered our nearest and dearest, popped on some pregnancy friendly party frocks and wandered (slowly) on down to our favourite tea room in Bristol, Cox and Baloney. Why? Why, only to celebrate the imminent arrival of our little bundle of joys at the She and Hem Baby Shower! Yippee! After shooting at Cox and Baloney several times over the last few years for the likes of Emily and Fin, Boden and Joy, we knew we’d love to hold some sort of event there one day, as it really is the perfect party venue. Luckily for us they had some availability, so we jumped at the chance to book all our chums in for a lovely afternoon of mocktails, sandwiches, scones and oh so much cake! Not to mention an endless supply of tea. Perfect!
We are pretty easy to please and decided we’d rather not have any baby shower games. We had invited more people than the venue usually holds (oops!), and we really wanted a chance to spend time and catch up with everyone who’d given up their day to spend it with us, without any forced fun. One thing we couldn’t resist though was a jazzy photo booth. Come on, we are bloggers after all. Jo fixed up some excellent props, and then we joined creative forces and spent the night before hanging lots of ribbon to our sparkly backdrop. At no point did either of us get frustrated with it not all holding together. Nope, not at all. Fortunately, it looked great on the day and everyone was super keen to get involved, even the grandmothers to be!
Alongside all of the incredible gifts we were both given by our very genourous friends and families (thanks guys!!), we were also sent this fun handmade nappy cake from The Bump Company and a wonderful personalised balloon from The Giant Balloon Company! Would you just look at those adorable little booties?! We really were so excited unboxing them both the day before the baby shower, and so touched that people are as excited as we are about our two tiny humans coming into the world. The cake and the balloon added an extra little something on the day, so thanks to both for sending them over to us. They were both big hits all round!
In true She and Hem matchy matchy style we wore dresses that complimented each other. Well, we like to think so! Jo’s beautiful Sequin Swing Dress is a maternity exclusive from ASOS and my Stardust Jewel Bodice Dress is by Rock-a-Bye Rosie from House of Fraser. I’d not heard of Rock-a-Bye Rosie before, but am now a big fan. I really love this dress. As it’s a maternity piece, I’m hoping to wear it to a Christmas party or two before I have to part with it! If not, I may just have to wear it around the house on maternity leave. Who doesn’t wear a party frock to watch This Morning?
Do you remember back in September when we stepped out in matching twee as anything Winnie-the-Pooh dresses from the extremely popular Disney X Cath Kidston range? Well, they’ve only blooming done it again! This time we’ve gone full on red, black and blue for the brand new CK range dedicated to Mickey Mouse and his beloved Minnie! Mickey Mouse X Cath Kidston launches online at 8pm on Friday 2nd December and our advice is to get ready! If it’s anything like the super cute Winnie-the-Pooh range, you will need to be real quick if you want to get your hands on your favourite item from this collection – you may even want to schedule a trip to your nearest store for opening time on 3rd December. We wish you luck!
We’ve styled the spotty fit and flare dress* and matching skirt* (how cute is Minnie?!!), statement rucksacks* and those ridiculously cosy knits*! But it’s not just clothing and bags those cheeky mice have taken over! From mugs to brollies, there’s lots available for all budgets and all in time for Christmas. Bravo Cath Kidston, you’ve aced this collaboration! We have been living in these seriously snug cardigans since they dropped through our letterboxes last week, and the city scene rucksacks have proven to be really popular whilst out and about. Both items will definitely be staples in our post baby wardrobes, if we manage to make it out of the house that is.
Let us know your favourite piece from the collection!
Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! You can blame pregnancy for the reason it has been a while since our last DT but I’ve seen so many AMAZING dresses this week that it felt rude not to dust off the old keyboard. Apologies in advance to your bank balance! Let’s crack on…
It’s raining cats and dogs at Cath Kidston HQ and this novelty print lover couldn’t be happier! Those colourful pups are perfection and are sure to leave people hounding you for style tips whenever you wear it! And how cute are those kitties? The retro collar is just puuurrrfect and I love the blue and white combo. The only bone I’ve got to pick is how I’m going to afford both!
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Spoiler alert! This gorgeous Emily and Fin frock is going to be appearing in an upcoming style post but I simply couldn’t leave my favourite festive frock out of Double Thumbs. I absolutely adore this dress! Who doesn’t want to be festooned with festoon lights? Gorgeous!
Yes to absolutely everything about this M&S dress! It’s gold, it’s shiny, it’s got sleeves, ruffles and a big ol’ Christmas bow. I am sold!
As a librarian, I was always going to need this novel frock from Joanie and despite being 38 weeks pregnant I may have made a cheeky purchase! I look forward to fitting into it one day! I just couldn’t resist those glorious book shelves. What a fab print.
Hooray! It’s an enchanted forest in dress form! Isn’t it just lovely? This Warehouse number is rather magical and I for one am pining for it.
Ring ring – it’s your bank manager on the phone. He wants to know why you’ve spent a small fortune on novelty dresses. Oops! How is one supposed to resist such marvelous prints though? These Ted Baker telephones are calling my name! It’s also available in navy blue if you, like me, are prone to spilling mulled wine down everything.
Masters of the perfect print, Palava, have totally nailed the ultimate Christmas day frock with this ravishing red number. How beautiful are those illustrated Christmas trees? It’s the most lovely festive scene and I want to twirl around it immediately.
And finally, courtesy of Lindy Bop, a dress perfect for all seasons! Who doesn’t want to wear a space scene featuring dogs in flying saucers? A BORING PERSON, THAT’S WHO.
The Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa in Bristol have recently launched a range of new rooms as part of their Accor My Room Project, and they very kindly invited us to pack our overnight bags and try out the rooms for ourselves. The hook? Well, all the new rooms have a bit of a twist! Not only that but we were treated to some much needed rest and relaxation in the spa and dinner in their restaurant, The Urban Bar & Kitchen! I (Victoria) stayed in the The Psychic Sanctuary designed by Sian, which she based around her love of all things psychic, and it left me spellbound! She probably saw that coming. I had a lot of fun pretending to be Mystic Meg with the crystal ball whilst getting ready for our trip to the spa.
Jo stayed in the The Sardinian Escape, a slightly larger room with added jacuzzi bath, designed by Marcella. It has a wonderful beach vibe with lots of lovely touches that make the room feel extra special. We especially loved all the shells dotted around the room and were left feeling quite desperate to jet off to a warmer climate.
Our trip to the Mercure was pretty perfectly timed as it was the day before our joint baby shower (post to come soon!). So after our wonderful ‘mum to be’ facials in the Wellness Spa, we really embraced the opportunity to wind down by grabbing a cup of tea and proceeded to get very excited about all the cake we’d be eating and friends and family we’d be seeing the next day. We actually skipped the pool, as we’ve previously spent quite a bit of time splashing about in there (post here), and in true She and Hem form, it wasn’t too long before we were feeling peckish. As it turns out that all that chilling out really helps you work up quite the appetite! We (over)indulged in a feast with all the trimmings, including beef brisket, pulled pork and some glorious sticky toffee pudding. I still feel full!
After dinner we went up to Jo’s room for it’s super comfy blue chairs, more tea and several hours of Children in Need. Catching up over breakfast we were both pleasantly surprised with how peaceful the hotel was considering how close it is to the centre of Bristol. I was slightly concerned that the busy road would keep me awake, but I slept through the night, only to be awoken by my alarm the next morning. Excellent. We were also both impressed with our room’s facilities, which were clean, comfortable (Egyptian cotton sheets are my new jam), and included my personal favourite hotel feature, a power shower. Thanks so much for spoiling us Mercure! We’d certainly recommend the new rooms to friends visiting Bristol.
It wasn’t so long ago that we wrote our first maternity wear love letter to JoJo Maman Bébé (you can read the post here) and it’s fair to say that not much has changed. We really really dig their fashion and it’s so nice to find a brand that stocks such great quality and affordable maternity clothes but that are actually rather stylish too. When they got back in touch to ask if we’d be interested in featuring some of their multibuy items we were delighted and began putting together outfit ideas! Turns out, you can save money if you buy two of the same style!
Having featured their dresses before, we were both keen to get hold of more nursing dresses that we can wear when breastfeeding (if it all goes to plan!) but look equally fab whilst we are pregnant. I (Jo) went for Floral Maternity & Nursing Tunic Dress* with Victoria plumping for the Stripe Maternity & Nursing Tunic Dress*. Both dresses are so comfortable and, we think, are super flattering. They both have pockets (yay) and thanks to the fabric, require no ironing whatsoever! Hoorah! The hidden openings for breastfeeding are so discreet and clever and if buying two dresses you can save £10. Sold! I teamed my dress with a red floral statement necklace from Tatty Devine (similar here), maternity leggings* from JoJo Maman Bébé and my trusty Tan ‘Marina’ Lace Up Boots from Dorthy Perkins. Victoria broke up her stripes by adding an old black belt and is wearing maternity tights* from UKTights and Tan Chelsea Boots* from Boden.
Our next look is a bit of a bold step for us as it involves, wait for it, TROUSERS! Who knew we could wear them? We were both were keen to get hold of black jeans so chose two different styles and, once again, you can save yourself £10 when buying two pairs. I went for the Black Super Skinny Maternity Jeans* which actually fit like a dream. I was worried they they might be too tight but there’s still plenty of stretch around the middle and I’ve been living in them since they arrived! Victoria chose the Supersoft Maternity Skinny Jeans* which don’t really feel like jeans at all making them oh-so-comfy. Finally, to complete our look, we chose two of the Breton Stripe Feeding Tops* in different colours (you can save yourself a Fiver when doing this). We love how clever the double layer system is, making breastfeeding so much easier and the cut is flattering yet roomy. As is often the way, we both accessorised in a similar fashion! My cosy grey hat is from M&S (similar here) while Victoria’s black floppy hat is from ASOS. We both also went for gold glittery trainers (even the most casual of outfits can benefit from a bit of sparkle) with mine from Keds for Kate Spade and Victoria’s from La Redoute (sadly they seem to be sold out).
You might also notice that we are sporting some rather fetching brown leather satchels. These are actually Chester Satchel Changing Bags* and are going to be used an awful lot of the coming months/years! Each bag is packed with useful pockets and compartments and comes with an insulated removable bottle bag and a padded changing mat. It just goes to show that even the most practical of pieces can still be stylish!
You can find the full range of JoJo Maman Bébé multibuy items here! Happy shopping!
Back in the Summer we grabbed our BFF Ellie from Better Bristol and Beyond (new blog klaxon!) and jumped straight on the Dreamland bandwagon. We had spotted several other bloggers had been along and enjoyed it’s colourful rides, tasty hot dogs and retro rollar disco, and as we had a girly weekend away already booked in neighbouring Whitstable, it would have been a crime against Instagram not to spend a day thrill seeking in sunny Margate and join the fun! As Jo and I are pregnant we were quite limited as to what rides we were able to go on, but we were more than happy to spend our afternoon indulging in fizzy pop and donuts whilst Ellie roadtested the rides. If you couldn’t tell by that huge smile, the rainbow slide above was her favourite.
We had such a great time soaking up the atmosphere and admiring all the deligtful retro touches. Dreamland really did live up to the hype! We also really really enjoyed the food (hello hotdogs!) and Ellie was full of high praise for their extensive (and delicious) vegetarian options. We also really liked how all the staff seemed to be having a ball and it was hard not to be swept up with their joy.
We wanted to go for a retro vibe for the occassion and, as our bumps weren’t so big back then we were still able to squeeze into a shirt and skirt combo! Victoria wore her Spotty Shirt* from Sugarhill Boutique, a Demin Skirt* and bag* (similar here) from Boden, cat eye sunglasses from ASOS (similar here) and glittery trainers from La Redoute. I wore my beloved cat shirt (can’t wait to fit into that bad boy again) from Topshop (similar here), skirt* from Boden, Pink Trainers* from Superga and a bag* from Boden. Ellie wore the incredible pencil dress from Cath Kidston that all three of us own!
When Aspire Style got in touch to ask if we’d like to style a few pieces from their ‘New In‘ section, we were a little nervous. Not because we didn’t think there would be anything that we liked, but because we were concerned we wouldn’t be able to fit into anything! These bumps are getting out of hand! How wrong we were though, as our favourite maternity fashion hack (sizing up) worked a treat.
Jo’s chevron stripe shift dress* by Closet is so striking, it’s a must for any chevron fan. Keen readers may have also spotted that it fits all of She and Hem’s dream dress requirements; it’s a good lentgh, has cute sleeves and most importantly…pockets! Dreamy. Jo kept her styling simple with black Boden boots* and spotty grey tights* from UK Tights. I picked the adorable Julita snow dress* by Louche in the hope that I’ll be able to squeeze into it a few more times over the festive period. With its Christmas trees, deer and snowflakes, it could just be the perfect Christmas print! I would say it hits the right balance between twee and subtle, but then again, during they festive period, I think anything goes. Next time Louche, plonk some candy canes on it will ya?
Whilst browsing Aspire, I spotted that fabulous pink fluffy jumper* by Yumi. Now, while I’m not usually a huge fan of pink (it doesn’t really get my party started), I felt like it had to be mine. Thanks to the loose fit, I’ve recently been layering it over a maternity top and teaming it with jeans and boots, and boy oh boy it’s like a big, warm hug. As we shot this on quite a chilly day, I wore some thick maternity tights* from UK Tights and blue Boden boots* (similar here).
Have you spotted any festive pieces that take your fancy?