She and Home: A Vintage Hen

Last weekend I had the absolute pleasure of attending my beautiful friend Anna’s hen do! I had been excited about this day for months as Anna is a very creative lady and I knew her hen would be something special – and I was not wrong!

Photo by Joey Beard
Photo by Joey Beard

It was a bright and early start as we met at Premier Apartments in Bristol city centre. Anna’s ‘angels’ had been busy working their magic as when I arrived at 9am the place was fully decked out with bunting, vintage china, lovely throws and lots of yummy food! It was wonderful to walk in to! After the Bucks Fizz had been duly handed out, it was  down to business for the real reason we had all got up so bright and early! Hair! Anna9

Anna had booked three girls from the Pop Up Parlour to give our hair a vintage makeover! There was a lot of excitement (and a few nervous giggles) as we worked our way through the look-book the girls had provided. I was finding it very difficult to decide as I have a lot of hair but I am in no way adventurous with it. I don’t tend to wear my hair up, as I don’t think it suits me, but it seemed such a waste to not to go for it! Plus, it was so outrageously warm I was quite keen on the idea of having the barnet up and out of the way!

Photo by Joey Beard
Photo by Joey Beard
Photo by Joey Beard
Photo by Joey Beard
Photo by Joey Beard
Photo by Joey Beard

My vintage look was created by Faye, who as luck would have it, I actually already knew! She went to school with my BFF Ellie and I’ve been lucky enough to have her do my makeup on more than one occasion. This was the first time she had done my hair but she’s incredibly talented and did an absolutely smashing job! I love that she decided to leave a ponytail at the back so that I still had some of the length! I felt like a real vintage princess.

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After the hair was completed, it was time for a mosey into town for a glass of bubbly at the Riverstation. My seat gave me the perfect vantage point to take some hair photos! Aren’t they brilliant? The Pop Up Parlour did such an amazing job choosing different styles that would suit everyone.

Photo by Joey Beard
Photo by Joey Beard

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We had been asked in our invitations to wear vintage inspired dresses and, as you can see, we certainly all looked the part! I wore a lovely yellow Lady V London dress which I had bought especially. I had been eyeing it up for some time and this was just the occasion it warranted!  I wore it with my, now obligatory, white heart sunglasses, my red Zatchel and my new horse and carriage necklace from Tatty Devine.  The lovely orange flower you can see in my hair was provided by the Pop Up Parlour.

After a few token photos with Gromit, it was time to board a boat to Beese’s Tea Gardens! The cruise was absolutely excellent, especially due to the soundtrack of Backstreet Boys and ‘N sync! It may not have fitted the vintage theme but you really haven’t lived until you’ve dressed up in your vintage finery and sung along to Dirty Pop on a river cruise.

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Whilst on the boat we were each given a lovely pearl necklace to wear to the tea party that awaited us. Anna’s very talented sister had made them all using necklaces she had picked up from car boot sales and charity shops and then attached pretty ribbons to them. I love mine and will definitely be wearing it again!

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Once at Beese’s we were absolutely spoiled with a humongous spread of sandwiches and cream tea. The size of the bowl of cream drew gasps of astonishment when it was brought out! I think we made a lot of the other customers rather jealous with our lovely little bunting filled corner, our veritable feast and, of course, our outrageously glamorous appearance.

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Photo by Joey Beard
Photo by Joey Beard

It was then time for the traditional party games to begin! Anna had the joy of being presented with a ‘vintage tea party’ lucky dip, which each hen had contributed to. Over the course of the day she unearthed treats such as a teapot, milk jugs, a cake stand and beautiful embroidered napkins! There was also an excellent game of Mr & Mrs, in which Anna proved herself to be infuriatingly knowledgeable about her husband to be, and a game of Kiss the Frog! (think Pin the Tail on the Donkey, only with less donkey and more kissing).

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As it was such a beautiful day, we ended up staying at Beese’s well into the evening. It’s an absolutely beautiful place, located right next to the river Avon and surrounded by a wooded bank.  Founded in 1846, it’s lauded as Bristol’s best kept secret and despite only being about a 15 minute drive away, it certainly feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

Photo by Joey Beard
Photo by Joey Beard
Photo by Joey Beard
Photo by Joey Beard

It was a truly phenomenal hen do and I feel absolutely honoured to have been a part of it! It can sometimes be a little daunting spending a day with people you don’t know but Anna’s friends were all so friendly and welcoming. We all had a great time and I can’t wait to see them all again at the wedding in a few weeks time! I will no doubt be blogging about that too, as trust me when I say it’s going to be stunning!

Photo by Joey Beard
Photo by Joey Beard

A big thank you to ‘angel’ Joey Beard who, you may have noticed, has kindly let me use a lot of her photos for the blog post. She’s a very creative lady too! You can check out her website here and I also highly recommend you watch the winning film from The Encounters Festival 2012 0117 Hour Film Challenge, “Wind”, with which both Anna and Joey were involved.  It’s brilliant!

Jx

She and Home: Bella Sorella

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We were super excited to be invited by the fine people of Cabot Circus to the VIP launch of the Bella Sorella Pop Up, run by The Only Way is Essex star Lydia Bright and her gorgeous sister, Georgia.

I must admit that when we first received the invitation I hadn’t heard of Bella Sorella but proud Essex girl Victoria immediately informed me who Lydia was! After this revelation, I wasn’t sure what to expect but Victoria was adamant that Lydia is a bit of a Queen when it comes to vintage style and after a look at the website I soon discovered her line is a veritable vintage dress heaven!

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From the moment we walked through the door (next to Starbucks in Cabot Circus if you are a local) I knew I was going to want everything! I wasn’t alone as everyone in attendance seemed to be walking around and stroking all the clothes with lustful eyes. Lydia and Georgia certainly have a great eye for detail as the shop is full of beautiful, feminine shapes and styles. It’s not all about the dresses though (unbelievable, I know) as there were also lots of super cute tops, shorts and cardigans, as well as lots of lovely scented candles and other bits of  homeware.

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The Florence, as seen above, was my absolute stand out favorite dress! It’s part of Lydia’s own collection, Lydia Rose Bright, and the print is simply stunning! I am always such a a sucker for a 50’s shape. I think I might have to go back and get it as I can’t stop thinking about it! However, whilst I was smitten with one dress, one of the manikins was obviously very taken with me! We had a big laugh when we noticed this picture!

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Jo – I was trying to channel a vintage vibe, so I dug out an old favorite Topshop dress of mine and layered it over a mustard slip from Marks and Spencer. I teamed it my navy geek shoes, also from Topshop, and my Cambridge Satchel.

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Victoria – I wore one of my staple dresses, a polka dot Primark number. It’s great for any occasion. I teamed this with red ballet pumps from H&M, which are now in the sale here for £4, so I think I’ll be stocking up on some other colours. My necklace is by  rachel loves bob, which we were lucky enough to receive when we went to the launch party of the Objets De Désir pop up shop (read about that here). I wore my favourite bag, my chestnut Zatchel. My glasses are from Glasses Direct.

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As part of the VIP treatment we were asked if we would like to interview Lydia! Having never interviewed anyone before we nervously accepted! We needn’t have worried though as Lydia was absolutely lovely, and stunningly gorgeous to boot!

Hi Lydia! Have you had a chance to explore Bristol yet?

LB: No I haven’t! But I really want to! I’ve been down to Harvey Nics to have my makeup done so I’ve seen around there and the centre is absolutely beautiful. I came down before to have a look at the shop to make sure it was right for us but I’m looking forward to having the chance to explore a little bit more as I’ve heard you have really good shopping and nightlife! I’m staying here until Sunday so plenty of time to explore. 

You’ve picked a good weekend as it’s the Harbour Festival! Bristol will be in party mode! 

LB: So I’ve heard! I’ll definitely be heading down there! I’m going to find myself a sailor! 

Having your own name on a clothing line is such a dream come true. How did that come about?

LB: Oh my God it’s amazing! So, first of all I got the store which was a massive dream of mine and then I do all of the buying with my sister (Georgia). We were doing all the buying and I found a niche market in that no one was doing vintage inspired for the evening – I just didn’t see anything out there and I just love off the shoulder dresses but it’s so hard to find them! So I decided I wanted to design my own collection! I met up with some manufactures and we opened a factory in London and now I design and manufacturer my own clothes! I stock at Bella Sorella but also at ASOS, New Look and Very so it’s up and up and up! I just launched my Autumn/Winter range yesterday!

What’s your favorite piece from your collection? 

LB: I would say from my new collection there’s a dress called the Evangeline that comes in a really beautiful berry colour – that’s definitely one of my faves. It’s kind of a mix of my two best sellers from my previous Autumn/Winter collection so I’m sure everyone will love it. From my Spring/Summer collection I would say a dress called the Gabriella which has completely sold out. It was beautiful and had a lovely crochet neck and a ribbon to tie up the back. I have kind of recreated it in my new collection. What I try and do is take my bestsellers and then evolve on them so that everyone knows what they are getting and so that everyone likes it! 

We write a fashion blog together and we wondered if you read any fashion blogs for inspiration?

LB: Yeah! I actually have my own fashion blog (check out her Youtube channel here) and I do like to read others. I like to read Zoella as she’s a Youtuber as well and I like Fashion Junkie. People always tweet me links to their blogs and I just go on them all and read them. Blogging does take up a lot of time so mine is heavily focused on pictures, I do have some writing in there too though. 

We are quite awkward when it comes to having our photo taken! Do you have any posing tips for us?

LB: You have a very good shape if you put one hand on your hip and then when you want to smile pull your face up, so you don’t get a double chin, and then put your tongue to the roof of your mouth. If you then turn your head slightly down you should get a really good pose! (we then all had a little practice at this!). Oh and lots of tall girls like to cross their legs but I’m not really tall enough to do that.

Sadly for us, we asked Lydia for posing tips after all of our photos had been taken! I hope you are all prepared for a lot of hand on hip action in the near future!

Cabot Circus have put together a lovely film from the event which features the lovely Lydia and, if you look closely, you might spot a couple of familiar faces fawning over a dress.

The Cabot Circus Pop-Up is there until July 28th so Bristolians, you have two days to get your skates on and check it out! The tour has only just begun so there is ample opportunity to pay Bella Sorella a visit and if the Bright sisters aren’t coming to a town near you, the line is available online too.

Thanks again to Lydia, Georgia and the team at Cabot Circus for putting on the event! It was brilliant! A big thank you as well to Harvey Nichols for our incredible goody bag! We can’t wait to use our makeover voucher! Fingers crossed we come out looking as glam as Lydia!

J&V x

Hem and Away: Osiris Launch


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Last week we were lucky enough to be invited to London to attend the launch of the vibrant new collection by Osiris eyewear, in collaboration with Paris based fashion designer Jørgen Simonsen. Simonsen’s A-List clientele includes Madonna, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez and now, She and Hem! The event was held in Searcys on the top floor of The Gherkin, so with the sun setting in the background the views were absolutely phenomenal and it was the perfect place to celebrate both the glasses launch and the eve of Jo’s birthday! 

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Jørgen, seen above with Dame Mary Perkins, representing Specsavers and two models, gave a warm welcome speech and described how the glasses are designed in mind for ‘people who like to dare’, as the designs are modern and empowering, using contemporary shapes and materials. They certainly make a statement. Jørgen was on hand all night to offer styling advice, which was lovely to see and very informative too. We had great fun trying on the range, and deciding which frames were our favourites. As part of the fantastic goodie bags, we were both given the chance to go to Specsavers and choose a pair of glasses from the new range once it hits the shops on August 14th. We cannot wait!

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The Osiris 2013 range comprises three key collections; Colour Pop, Frosted Hi-tech and Super Translucent, which all stand out from the crowd. We found the collection to be really sleek, fresh and minimalistic. The glasses felt incredibly light, without losing any of their quality. Jo was a big fan of the white frosted hi-tech, and I have my eye(s!) on the super translucent frames Jo is modelling exceptionally well below. I think the glasses have a beautiful shape and would be suitable to wear to work, and to play!

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What could be better than a launch party in a lovely location with the food and drink flowing you ask? Well, how about 2 awesome DJs in the form of top fashion designers Henry Holland and Giles Deacon. I’m sure all guests at the event will confirm what great fun these two were, and their musical choices were spot on, making the event even hotter. Literally…it felt like a greenhouse in there! The stunning Pixie Geldof was also on hand to support her friends’ japes on the decks.

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Jo –  I wore my new pink organza prom dress from Topshop that I picked up for £15 in their sale! I own the dress in green too and just love the pretty shape and texture. It’s only available in one size on the website now but I’ve seen plenty in store. I felt that a special occasion warranted special shoes so I broke out my most treasured possession, my Miu Miu shoes that I bought from My Theresa. I love them so much, especially the beautiful curved heel, and they set the dress of perfectly! In a bid to try and make my outift look a bit less girly I added my gorgeous Rachel Loves Bob necklace that we received when we went to the Objets De Désir Pop Up! I did feel like a bit of a Princess, although granted a Princess who regretted wearing her hair down on one of the hottest days of the year to a building made entirely of glass. Whoopsie!

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Victoria – Having worn glasses for the last 17 years, I was super excited about attending this event, so decided to buy something new. I choose this eye catching quirky dress by Voulez Vous, available at Debenhams. I had shortlisted a few dresses in store that I liked, and although this was the cheapest of the bunch, when trying them all on, this was the clear winner! I was worried it may be too casual for the event, but it just felt comfortable and very ‘me’. I decided to be brave and wear my highest heels, which definitely made me feel more confident, especially when surrounded by all of the glamorous guests (and fellow bloggers of course!) They are from George, who as you may remember from a previous post, I love because they do half sizes. My silver clutch  is from Topshop, and is a life saver as it can hold a spare pair of shoes and my SLR while still looking glam.

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Thank you to the beautiful Gina for asking us along.

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Follow up blog post to come once we choose our smashing new specs!

V & J

Liebster Award 2013

We recently received a lovely tweet from Christina at Just So Fashion to say that she had nominated us for a Liebster Award, and had sent us 11 questions to answer. After a little bit of research we discovered that it is a fantastic way to discover more about bloggers and their blogs, with under 200 blog followers. Sorry if you have more and we’ve included you, it’s often hard to find out! Anyway, what a great way to spread some blogging love!

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So, here are the rules

1. When you are nominated you have to answer 11 questions from the blogger that nominated you. The questions will be on their blog.

2. Then you choose 11 blogs to pass the award onto and tweet them to let them know you nominated them.

3. Choose 11 new questions for them to answer.

4. Put all this in your blog.

Here are our answers to the questions Christina asked us –

We completed our answers separately and we were really interested to see how similar they were. Enjoy!

Q1. What is your earliest memory of shopping for clothes?

JD – I remember my Mum taking me on lots shopping trips once I hit secondary school and letting me pick out new outfits for myself, no doubt in a bid to make me hip and trendy. I remember getting very excited in Tammy Girl and Pilot over all the tops but I was always slightly too small for Topshop, which was very distressing at the time! Regardless, I loved (still do!) going shopping with my Mum and she is no doubt responsible for making me the shopping addict I am today!

VT – On my 11th birthday my brother took me to Sole Trader to buy me some Kickers to wear to secondary school. He thought I would get bullied if my mum chose a pair for me. Bless.

Q2. Who is your celebrity style crush?

JD – There is nothing I wouldn’t do to get my hands on Taylor Swift’s wardrobe.  I want everything she wears! The music video of her cycling around Paris in a floaty skirt and cat shoes was too much for me. What Would Taylor Swift Wear?  (www.wwtaylorw.com) is my favourite corner of the internet.

VT – Taylor Swift (post 2011!) for sure. I also love what Mollie King wears during her down time. I’m not a fan of the The Saturdays styling, but then I don’t think I’m their target audience…

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Q3. Marmite – Love it or hate it?

JD – Hate.

VT –It’s the only food I dislike. I absolutely hate everything about it. The smell, colour, consistency and taste. Gross!

Q4. If you could only take three items of clothing to a desert island what would they be?

JD – That’s so tough! I would probably take a really fun swimsuit so that I could take full advantage of the sun and sea. However, that means I would have to take spare underwear too, wouldn’t it? No one wants to wear their cozi after a day in the sea. I haven’t really thought this through, have I? Hmmmm I’m assuming it’s super-hot so having a swimsuit and pants would probably serve me well. I’d also take my ice lolly print dress from New Look because it’s fab and would look good thrown over a swimsuit AND underwear. Winner!

VT –I’d take really fun dress. I’d probably choose something from Modcloth, probably with cats on. An Orla Kiely ruffle bikini is surely a must. Topped off with the new Tatty Devine eyelash sunglasses. A complete mismatched #hotmess!

Q5. Primark or H&M?

JD – Primark all the way! I managed to get my hands on their yellow smock dress recently and it’s just the best.

VT – Primark. I find H&M a bit hit and miss, but I can pretty much always find something I like in Primark.

Q6. Favourite catwalk model of all time?

JD – Oh no! This is tough too! It would probably have to be between Gemma Ward and Miranda Kerr, I think they are both so beautiful! Oh, but I am also loving Daphne Groenvald at the moment – that face! Yeesh!

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VT – I would say David Gandy, but ever since somebody highlighted his similarity to Dean Gaffney, I just can’t take him seriously. I’ve always had a bit of a thing for Sophie Dahl.

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Q7. Velvet, Fur or Lace?

JD – Lace, it’s ace. Fur is always a no no.

VT – Don’t do fur. Can’t do velvet. Lace!

Q8. How did you become a Fashion Blogger?

JD – I blame Whatsapp for the whole thing

VT – We love fashion and have similar styles, and we would often spend our evenings chatting about fun frocks we had seen and interesting blogs we are fans of. One afternoon we suddenly thought, why not turn our interests into a hobby and create a blog to share our thoughts and ideas.

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Q9. Which three fashionistas would you have to dinner?

JD – Alexa Chung, Tennessee Thomas (totally a close second to Taylor) and Zooey Deschannel so that they will finally realise that I am the perfect addition to their, quite frankly, intimidatingly cool friendship group. Actually, now that I think about it, what on earth would I wear to dinner with those three? They all look perfect. All of the time. 

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VT – Victoria Beckham – hopefully she would bring David or one of her amazing cat dresses along for me, I’m not too fussy which. Henry Holland – we met him at the Osiris event last week and he was absolutely lovely and I’d love to chat to him some more. He seems like he would make a top pal! Tyra Banks – She seems like a riot and could teach me how to smize!

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Q10. What is your favourite item of clothing right now?

JD – At the moment I can’t be seen without my Topshop Martie T Bar Geek shoes. I literally wear them every day! I own them in blue and white and they go so perfectly with everything and are the most comfortable shoes ever.

VT – Probably my Cath Kidston train dress. I had wanted it for ages before I was given it as a birthday present. CK featured my blog post about the dress on all of their social media sites, which resulted in a lot of lovely blog hits.

Q11. If you could choose any city in the world to shop in where would it be and why?

JD – Bristol of course! It’s the greatest place in the world! We have the perfect mix of high-street shops from New Look, Topshop and Zara all the way up to Harvey Nics! But we also have a fantastic amount of independent and vintage shops all across the city!  A little stroll down the Gloucester road never fails to throw up a few gems. I think it’s wonderful and if by chance you don’t find something to float your boat, beautiful boutique heaven awaits you just down the road in the form of Bath.

VT – I’ve been to Paris a couple of times and have always thought to myself how amazing it would be if I could afford to have a shopping spree there. It’s so pretty and romantic and there is so much to see and do. I’m even more eager to go now I have discovered they have some amazing vintage shops, such as Omaya Vintage, Bric-à-brac Emmaüs and Goldy Mama.

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We would like to nominate these blogs for the Liebster Award

For the Love of Thrift

Petit Dora

Across the Universe

Love from Kelly

Eclectic Threads

Love in Modern Life

Let Me Go

Mismatched Knitwear

Callie Rose

Beautiful Plumage

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Here are the questions for the nominated blogs to answer

Q1. When did you start your blog?

Q2. How do you feel posing for photos for your blog posts?

Q3. If you could have anyone’s wardrobe, who would it be and why?

Q4. How do you find time to work on your blog?

Q5. What has been your favourite ever blog post you have written?

Q6. Have you ever met anybody famous?

Q7. Where is your favourite place to buy dresses?

Q8. What has been your biggest sale bargain?

Q9. What do your friends think of your blog?

Q10. Jelly shoes. Yay or nay?

Q11. What’s your top blogging tip?

Can’t wait to see your blog posts. Tweet us at @sheandhem to let us know where to find them!

V & J x

Accessories to Murder #7 Bag Special

If you are anything like me then you’ll like to have different bags for different occasions depending on what you need to take along with you. For instance, I’m not going to take my Zatchel or rucksack (seen here and here) for a meal out, but they would be perfect for a day trip or a night away from home.

There are some fantastic bags around at the moment, of all shapes and sizes, and lots of them just so happen to be in the sale! Such as this cute Yumi satchel below, which is half price on the House of Fraser website.

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Floral Satchel, £20 (was £40), Yumi, via House of Fraser.

Another sale item, also half price, is this super cute box clutch bag from Oasis. It comes in several colours, but my favourite is the green and silver beauty. It is really small, so you wouldn’t be able to fit any emergency chocolate in there, but there will be room for your purse, phone and a cheeky picture of Ryan Gosling.

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Box Clutch Bag, £15 (was £30), Oasis.

If you are looking for something slightly bigger than the box clutch, maybe to use as a small day bag, I would go for this fun owl satchel. It’s a real hoot! It’s novelty without being too childish and has the all important across body strap. It’s not in the sale, but if you are a student Accessorize are offering 10% student discount for a limited time only. You can enter your details for a voucher code here.

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Owl Satchel, £25, Accessorize.

Bigger still in the bag department is this foxy little number from Accessorize, who’s looking for a new home. If I hadn’t recently bought a rucksack I would snap this up, especially as it comes in my favourite accessory colour, tan, so it goes with anything and everything. It is really roomy, has lots of pockets and it quite possibly the loveliest looking rucksack I’ve ever seen.

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Fox Rucksack, £32, Accessorize.

If it is a rucksack you are after, but like me you have spent all of your pennies on ice cream, here are a couple from Peacocks which are  slightly cheaper. I am very pleasantly surprised by the range of bags that Peacocks has to offer at the moment, especially the rucksacks which come in several lovely patterns and colours. My mum used to drag me to Peacocks, but now I’m excited to pay a visit this weekend to see what I can find.

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Printed Rucksack, £12, Peacocks.
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Bird Rucksack, £15, Peacocks.

Last week I stumbled upon the amazing, eco-friendly Ceridwen Hazelchild Design. Designing from a little studio in the heart of the Cotswolds, Ceridwen’s designs are distinctive, unique and thoroughly charming. There are 53 items for sale in her Etsy shop, which I wholeheartededly recommend checking out, especially as it is so reasonably priced. I really cannot choose my favourite bag, as everytime I look I change my mind as they are all so fantastic! Here are my current top 3 picks.

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Blue Typewriter Illustration Eco Cotton Tote Bag, £5.99, Etsy.
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Badger Illustration Cotton Tote Bag, £5.99, Etsy.
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Three Garden Gnomes Illustration Eco Cotton Tote Bag, £5.99, Etsy.

Hopefully one of these will be just your bag!

V x

Double Thumbs Dresses #9

Well hello there! Did you miss me? It has been a little while since our last installment of Double Thumbs and I can only apologise for my sudden leave of absence. I do hope you haven’t been frantically F5ing all this time. Fear not, dear reader, for I am back with all the delightful dresses one could ever wish for with this weeks overdue installment of the frocks deserving of the coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval.

Map Print Tunic Dress £50 from Topshop
Map Print Tunic Dress £50 from Topshop

First up, you will simply be lost without this sensational map print dress! It’s off the chart! It first appeared on my radar when it arrived online but sadly I have yet to find it in store. I absolutely love the quirky print but I’m not convinced the shape will flatter me. I would definitely recommend navigating yourself to your nearest Topshop to check it out! Topshop have been coming up with some genius prints lately so whilst your there go seek out the marshmallows and ferris wheels!

Smock Dress In Kaleidoscope Print £55 by Minkpink from ASOS

This absolutely gorgeous vintage inspired kaleidoscope print dress by Minkpink is an ASOS exclusive (you might have already gathered that from the massive exclusive banner). The print is so whimsical and childish, I just love it.  It would be the perfect festival dress! It might not currently be the weather for wellies but wouldn’t they just look fab? We’ve been so lucky with the weather so far this summer that I fear Reading/Leeds and Bestival might want to invest in some Hunters! Hey, at least you’ll look good!

G21 Spot Skater Dress with Detachable Collar £16 from George at Asda

It’s another hit from George who have been on a bit of a roll of late! This lovely polka-dot skater has a very pretty detachable collar (although we might not be able to be friends of you choose to take it off) and looks a lovely length and fabric. It’s a lovely and easy to wear summer staple.

Julita-Bird Print Dress £59 by Louche from Joy
Julita-Bird Print Dress £59 by Louche from Joy

This lovely bird print dress by Louche, available from Joy, has a wonderful 50’s flavour with it’s cinched waist and full skit. I love the vibrancy of the green birds against the monochrome background, it works brilliantly and makes the dress rather unusual. I also really love it when dresses come with a removable belt, it’s like a free gift!

Poodle Dress £121 by Hoss Intropia from John Lewis

I am experiencing some serious puppy love for this poodle print dress from Hoss Intropia at John Lewis. The petroleum colour is just divine and the playful poodle print is just too much, they are wearing top hats for goodness sake! I love the long sleeves (although granted I wouldn’t want to wear them right now) but the light jersey fabric makes it a very durable dress indeed.

Heather Ruche Sleeves Ditsy Floral Dress with Daisy Belt £65 from Dahlia
Heather Ruche Sleeves Ditsy Floral Dress with Daisy Belt £65 from Dahlia

I make no secret of the fact that I love the colour mustard so this dress from Dahlia is already an immediate winner with me! I really like the shape of the dress, especially with those delicious ruched sleeves and the floral print is super pretty. This is definitely one that could be thrown on and worn to the pub of a summers evening but will also look great in in the colder months (if you can bear to think that far ahead) teamed with tights, boots and a good old cardy.

Horse Print Tie Waist Dress £16 from Florence and Fred at Tesco
Horse Print Tie Waist Dress £16 from Florence and Fred at Tesco

You’ll neigh-ver believe the price of this little beauty from Florence and Fred! It’s an absolute bargain! Clearly I am a sucker for a novelty print but I love how versatile this dress it. I does look a triffle short but I’m still sure I could get away with wearing this to work, especially when teamed with tights. It has a flattering draw string tie at the waist and obviously it has a great sleeve! Giddy up!

Stripe Chambray Sun Dress £58 from American Apparel

I spotted this one in store at American Apparel and immediately went all gooey for it! I must admit that the website doesn’t do it justice at all! It has lovely white buttons all up the back and is a very pretty colour (it also comes in blue) and shape. Definitely one to go and check out.

That’s all for this week!

Jx

She and Home: Cox & Baloney

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A couple of months ago, the lovely Deesha (of MS Fundraising fame) rather marvelously won a Tea Party for herself and her friends at Bristol based Cox & Baloney. If you’ve never been there before, it’s a wonderful hybrid of vintage shop and tea room that’s beautifully decorated throughout with gorgeous wallpaper, mirrors, signs and furniture. It’s also filled to the brim with the most beautiful vintage crockery! It’s an absolute dream come true! 

The date was set for July 14th so last Sunday we prepared ourselves for a good old spoiling!

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First up was a little browse around the shop, which stocks a great selection of vintage and handpicked items. You can tell a lot of care and thought has gone into what they stock with brands such as Emily and Fin and Trollied Dolly rubbing shoulders with vintage items on the rail. 

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After we took our seats, we were asked to choose a pot of tea each from their extensive menu! On seeing our overwhelmed faces we were encouraged by the lovely staff to come and smell the teas, which were all in pretty jars around the counter. This was actually a rather wonderful experience and certainly helped with the decision making! I plumped for Greensleeves, a lovely and refreshing green tea whilst Victoria went for Sir Bountiful, a rather coconuty affair.  Sufficed to say, we were all very happy with our choices. 

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Much excitement duly ensued when we were presented with a variety of tiered cake stands, jam packed with sandwiches, cakes and scones! We then proceeded to have a very civilised (and delicious) high tea. We were never wanting for anything as the staff ensured that anything we liked was replenished until we were all truly full! Victoria was rather taken with their brownie whilst I might actually have dreams about the lavender cake. It was scrumptious!

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Once we had all finished we were then asked to choose our teapot cocktails! There was a lot of excitement around the table as menus were dished out and we pursued the variety of alcoholic delights on offer. 

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 As you may well have noticed, we have been experiencing some rather hot weather of late, which left us all feeling a little flustered. As part of the prize a photographer was due to take photographs of us so we had been asked to wear our finest vintage frocks! We were all so excited about the opportunity to get all dressed up but sadly, due to the heat, a lot of the dresses simply weren’t going to be appropriate. We certainly still tried our best to look glamorous but it’s very hard to achieve when your knees are burnt, your hair is stuck to your face and you’re fanning yourself with whatever comes to hand, which in my case was Kelly’s lovely straw boater! I was definitely feeling the heat but as you can see I was in very glamorous company. I opted to wear my Cath Kidston sail boat dress as it’s lovely and cool and ticked the vintage look I was going for. The blue on the dress matched my glasses from Glasses Direct perfectly. Victoria decided to choose the lightest dress she owned for the balmy occasion, which was a floral Therapy dress from House of Fraser

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It was an absolutely wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. If you are in the area make sure you add Cox and Baloney to your list of places to visit. It’s a truly special place and we must all support it! 

A big thank you to all the staff for looking after us and to Deesha for winning the prize!

J&V

Accessories to Murder #6

The sun has got his hat on, but unfortunately it’s sold out everywhere, so I won’t feature it this weeks in A2M6!

The past six weeks of Accessories to Murder have flown by, a lot like the little girl hanging from the delightful balloon brooch pictured below. This beautiful brooch was handmade by MyBearHands, who has an absolutely cracking collection on Etsy. I really love all of the goodies in this collection and have my eye on several of the necklaces.

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Fly Away balloon brooch, £18.00, MyBearHands via Etsy.

Oliver Bonas seems to have mastered something which I thought was impossible, and that is how to successfully sell clothes, accessories, homeware, furniture and gifts all under one roof. They do it, and they do it well. I can’t think of another shop where I would actively seek to buy both a pretty summer dress and a wooden bedside cabinet. I’ll certainly be spending a lot of time there at the moment because they have a fantastic sale, which includes this little beauty. For under £10 you should definitely try and grab an antelope necklace before he leaps off!

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Antelope Enamel Necklace, £9, Oliver Bonas.

Sticking with the animal theme for a moment, I give you this sleek fox belt from Yumi (who also have a great sale on!). I’m on the lookout for great belts, as I always seem to stick to my trusty waist cincher from Dorothy Perkins, so this foxy number really caught my eye. It’s very versatile and comes in black or brown.

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Fox Belt, £12, Yumi.

The last animal inspired accessory is an item that every girl should own. Never again will you have to be more than an arms length away from a quick G&T fix with this zoo themed hip flask from Topshop. It’s so fun, so flamin-go and get one!

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Zebra Hip Flask, £20, Topshop.

So, you are going to need somewhere to store that sneaky tipple. Here are my current top two bags of the moment. A lovely red structured bag with a scalloped trim and handy handle from Glasgow based Hey Sailor, and an absurdly pretty vintage inspired clutch from Oh My Love. Oh how I love it!

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Fit for a lady bag, £22, Hey Sailor.
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Monday I’m in Love Vintage Rose Clutch Bag, £15, Oh My Love.

Have a glorious weekend in the sunshine,

V x

Wish List – Daniel Footwear

After a lovely lunch in the sunshine, it is time to get serious about shoes here at she and hem. There is ALWAYS space in our wardrobes for more shoes, which is why we have created two individual wish lists of super shoes that we would like to give lovely new homes to. We haven’t posted a wish list before, but we do have one you can check out over on Pinterest, where we’ve selected some really dreamy items.

We’re focusing on Daniel Footwear, who are currently holding an amazing competition to win a £150 voucher and a beach bag full of goodies, more details here. Daniel Footwear have a humongous range, featuring UGG, Michael Kors, Vivienne Westwood and many more!

Victoria’s Wish List –

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Michael Kors Gold Reptile Aria Ballet Women’s Flat Pump £69
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Daniel Black Metallic Corden Women’s Flat Sandal £29
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Daniel Blue Barracudina Women’s Wedge Sandal £59

Jo’s Wish List –

Melissa Red Harmonic Bow 2 Women’s Sandal £19
Vivienne Westwood Lychee Ladydragon Heart Womens Peep Toe Shoe £89.99
Michael Kors Multi Printed Hamilton Women’s Loafer £72

The whole range can be found here!

Happy shopping,

Victoria and Jo x

She and Home: Multiple Sclerosis Fundraiser

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One of She and Hem’s favourite people in the whole world is a lady called Deesha Mondair (above on the right), who decided to do something extra special for her 21st birthday and hold a charity fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis, a condition which affects around 100,000 people in the UK.

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After making the decision to hold the fundraiser, she hired the beautiful Westbury on Trym Village Hall in Bristol and then set about achieving her vision. Over the past few months, with the help of family and friends, she has written to countless businesses in order to put together the greatest raffle in the history of raffles, bought food, made cakes, collected a lot of jams jars and gathered together all the props required! There was a lot of planning involved in putting this all together but her boundless enthusiasm for the party has been completely infectious! She even hand typed every single invitation on her trusty typewriter, Dorothy!

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We got off to a little bit of a bumpy start, as after setting everything up, we were told that the hall had in fact been double booked and that we would have to cancel the party! As it was due to start in under an hour (and was for charity!) we managed to convince the hall to let the party go ahead! It was touch and go though and all rather uncomfortable! A few much needed hugs were given to Deesha, Gins were drunk and the frivolity duly commenced.

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On arrival, every guest was treated to a jam jar of Pimms, complete with novelty straw. There is just something so delightfully wonderful about drinking out of a jam jar! They were a real hit. I was on door duty with the wonderful Kelly and we dutifully waved our welcoming flags and shook our collection buckets (which appear to have morphed into Gin & Tonics) with gusto. We had so much fun and it was so lovely to meet all of the people who had come to support Deesha.

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One of the absolute hits of the night was most definitely the raffle extraordinaire! As I said above, Deesha wrote to lots of local (and a couple of not so local) companies and boy oh boy did they do us proud! People were extremely generous and it just shows what you can achieve if you put your mind to it. I think we were all bowled over by the support and everyone who donated deserves a special thank you! Prizes on offer included a cooking demonstration with Rick Stein, donated by one of my favourite places, Topping Booksellers in Bath; a £60 gift voucher for Bristol Sewing School, £30 of gift vouchers from Thali Cafe and an absolutely beautiful collection of bags (which I’ve totted up to be worth well over £100) from Sew Lomax

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There were also treats from San Francisco Fudge Factory, Vintage Notebook, Elsie Belle (who donated two of her wonderful swallow necklaces), The Robin Hood pub, Jewellery by Jaymie (who donated a gorgeous french fries necklace and daisy collar clips!) , Bristol Beer Factory, Severn Cider and Rhubarb and Squirrel cards. As well all those goodies there were also free tickets and vouchers from Bath Bun Tea Shoppe, Paradise Cakes, The Birdcage, The Relaxation Centre, The Watershed, The Bath Comedy Walk and the Bath Fashion Museum.

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For this most special of occasions, Victoria and I decided to wear two different balloon print dresses from Modcloth, that we have been salivating over for quite some time! They are both SO MUCH FUN and we had an absolutely fabulous time wearing them for the first time. Both dresses are former Double Thumbs entries (Victoria’s from #1 and Jo’s from #7) and they are certainly worthy of the accolade. I wore my red balloon print dress with my white Topshop geek shoes and kept my accessories to a minimum with little yellow star earrings and a red bow in my hair. Victoria wore her smiley hot air balloon print dress with a gorgeous silver bunting necklace from Miss Selfridge.

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Now that Deesha has finished party planning, I think she should go into business as a professional prop maker as all of the wonderful props (minus the sombreros!) were made by her fair hands. We certainty had a great time messing around with them!

As well as rocking some very trendy red lips,  Kelly wore a zesty orange dress from Miss Selfridge, purple shoes from Red Herring at Debenhams, a gold turtle belt from ASOS and an Urban Outfitters watch. Ellie went for the must have accessory of the season in the form a of healthy mustache and teamed it with a gorgeous dress from Primark and a lovely blazer from H&M.

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The night was a great success and raised over £700! Amazing! And the money is still coming in! Well done, Deesha and a very happy 21st birthday to you! I shall sign off with a wonderful photo of Deesha and her Grandparents, who had flown over from Ireland especially for the party. The birthday girl wore a spectacular dress from Lady V London and paired it with shoes from Pavers!

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If you have been inspired to run your own fundraising event, or if you would like to make a donation to Multiple Sclerosis, you can find out more information here

J&V x