She and Home: Autumnal Bath

Bath12Today I (Jo) ventured the very short distance to Bath for a wonderful day with my BFF Fiona. I’ve known Fi since we were at school here in 1996(!), a simpler time when the Spice Girls and Britney Spears were only just beginning and where my Kickers were my most coveted possession. Now that we are all grown up (insert hysterical tears), it isn’t often that we get to mooch around the beautiful city in which we grew up. So when we do get one of these hallowed days, we sure do make the most of it!

DSC_0003 DSC_0005We started by visiting the Bath Spa, Britain’s only natural thermal spa dontachknow. It’s SO relaxing and I have to admit that it has become a bit of a favourite pastime among my circle of girlfriends, albeit one we can’t afford to do that often! It’s the rooftop pool with its beautiful view over the Bath skyline that does it. It’s just such a treat to catch up with your friends whilst surrounded by hot water, bubbles and a spectacular view. Sadly they don’t allow cameras but this should give you the gist. Pretty great huh?

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After three hours of pure unadulterated relaxation, we began a little exploration of Bath’s many cobbled side streets. It was lovely to be reacquainted with old haunts, discussing new additions and reminiscing about things that have long since disappeared. Continue reading She and Home: Autumnal Bath

Accessories to Murder #9

Good morning one and all and welcome to the latest installment of Accessories to Murder. Now, as you may have noticed Accessories to Murder is not a weekly feature, more of an ‘as and when’ piece for when knockout accessories capture my short attention span, or when Jo sends me a link to something so desirably foxy that I reward her with a gold star for sending me all quixotic. Anyway, you are in luck as this week there are umpteen enticing accessories that I would like to share with you!

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BLACK KOOKY CAT LILY TOTE, £50.00, LULU GUINESS.

Now, we all know and love the amazing Lulu lip and eye purses (they are on both of our Christmas lists!) but I feel we have all neglected poor old kooky cat! It has a slight Halloween feel to it, so there’s no excuse not to use it to store all of your trick or treating goodies in. It has the all important inside pocket and there’s even a kooky card holder to match.

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EDGE PAINT SATCHEL, £28.00, TOPSHOP.

Chartreuse is the new black. I LOVE satchels as you can wear them for work, play, with any outfit and they always look winsome. Topshop currently have a big bundle of gnarly satchels from leopard print to 70’s leather and I want them all, but I am more than happy to start with this one please Santa!

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JOULES KNITTED IPAD CASE, £19.95, JOULES.

Although this isn’t a satchel and I don’t have an iPad, I’d still quite like one of these nifty cases. I’m sure I could find a use for it. Perhaps I could use it to keep my collection of pasta sheets warm throughout winter, or, y’know, I could give it to a friend. Fairisle is the new animal print don’t cha know! Continue reading Accessories to Murder #9

Accessories to Murder: Halloween Special

Hey Hemsters,

With a name like Accessories to Murder, we could hardly let Halloween pass by without rounding up a spooktacular bonanza of terrifically terrifying accessories. So unlock your front door, disconnect your phone line and ignore that weird noise coming from the basement, it’s A2M time.

Boo Head Band £12 from Urban Outfitters

I think we can all agree that in the Halloween headband (vampire) stakes, this one from Urban Outfitters is pretty brilliant. I’d be tempted to add a my own K, for all year round usage.

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Aarrghhhh Necklace £60 from Tatty Devine

AARRGHHHHH what better way to ward off the zombie apocalypse than with this fabulous necklace from Tatty Devine? There is no better way, I’ve looked into it.

Glitter Witches Hat Headband £12 from Crown and Glory

Purveyors of dream-worthy hair accessories, Crown and Glory have embraced the dark side with a range of nightmarish headbands and clips. This glittery witches hat is my pick of the bunch.

Black Sparkle Mask £14 from Miss Selfridge

I’m always a fan of something that manages to cover up half my face and this great mask from Miss Selfridge would do just the job.

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Bat Suspender Tights £8.00 from ASOS
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Bat Clutch Bag £18 from ASOS

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Double Thumbs Dresses #17

Hey Hemsters!

In need of a mid week pick me up? Well look no further than this week’s round up of the dresses deemed deserving of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval. Warning: this week may contain sparkle.

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Floral Jacquard Dress £85 by ‘Loved by Mollie’ for Oasis

I’m not usually one for a celebrity fashion line but I’ll admit my interest was piqued when glossy haired purveyor of short shorts, and Victoria’s style crush, Mollie King threw her fashionable hat into the ring this week with the launch of her Oasis edit. Personally, I was expecting a lot of the aforementioned short shorts plus maybe a nice blazer or two. What I was not expecting was this incredible vintage inspired floral jacquared dress. Holy Moly Mollie, what are you trying to do to me? I just love love LOVE everything about this dress. The  winter floral colours are divine and it looks like it would fit like a dream. Have I mentioned the sleeves? Look at those sleeves! And I’ve managed to get through this entire paragraph without making a single Saturdays joke! Things are looking Up…

Textured Fit and Flare Dress £45 by Poem from Oliver Bonas

You’ll cut the mustard in this, errr, mustard dress from Oliver Bonas‘ in-house collection, Poem. This is the sort of dress that I would wear at least once a week. It’s an absolute A/W staple and I can already think of at least 507 ways I could wear it. Bonus points to Bonas who have teamed it on the website with a lovely big necklace and silver shiny dancing shoes. I think it would look equally as special with big boots and a long chunky cardy.

Limited Edition No Peep™ Faux Pearl Embellished Collar Spotted Shirt Dress - Marks & Spencer
Faux Pearl Embellished Collar Spotted Shirt Dress £45 from Marks and Spencers

You may remember last week that I was dribbling with desire over a rather lovely polka-dot dress that Victoria had pinned over on a Pinterest board (subtle come follow us on Pinterest plug). Well, imagine what happened when I spied this little stunner from M&S? EVEN MORE DRIBBLE THAT’S WHAT. It has a pearl collar for goodness sake! What a triumph. It’s a lovely shape and M&S even promise to maintain your modesty with ‘concealed extra buttons’. However if you read the reviews it apparently comes up rather short. Modesty: unmaintained.

Cross Embellished Skater Dress £85.00 from Topshop

I genuinely thought someone famous was in my local Topshop when I walked in over the weekend. Such was the size of the crowd gathered around the above dress. The website doesn’t even do it justice, it’s simply beautiful and oh so sparkly! Can I mention New Years Eve in October? Probably not. Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #17

She and Home: Bristol Fashion Week

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A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to attend a special bloggers event at The Mall Cribbs Causeway, to celebrate the start of Bristol Fashion Week.

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Spread over five days, Bristol Fashion Week for the Autumn/Winter season showcases all the latest fashion wares from big boy brands such as River Island, Marks and Spencers, Next, Fat Face and John Lewis.

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Having never attended a fashion show, I wasn’t expecting the abundance of choreography and pizzazz on display. Having only really thought of the runway as a place for serious model face, it was a breath of fresh air to see the models having a good time. The children were especially good fun and the M&S ballerina was my highlight of the evening. The only thing I didn’t particularly like were the hosts, Mark Heyes and Andrew Barton, who we both found a little too scripted and cheesy. Having read other blog posts, we do seem to be in the minority on this. Perhaps we are simply accustomed to being the cheesiest people in the room. Stop stealing our thing, Mark and Andrew.

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She and Home: Cirque de la Nuit

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The lovely folk at the Southgate Bath branch of Boots invited us to a ‘Cirque de la Nuit’ themed bash to celebrate the opening of their four new beauty counters: Smashbox, Liz Earle, Bumble and bumble and Ojon. Never ones to turn down the opportunity to rack up some Advantage Points, we duly went along.

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We’ve admitted before that we aren’t exactly beauty buffs, so please don’t treat us as an authority on the subject! However, it was wonderful to go around the new counters and get some advice from the pros.

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Jo: Makeup should really be my area of expertise as all the things that make me self conscious about my appearance also happen to be on my face. GO TEAM. My puffy eyes and dark circles are the absolute bane of my life and have been for about 15 years now. No amount of sleep or water has ever improved them and I actually dread to think of the money I’ve chucked at ‘miracle’ creams and concealers. Nevertheless, I’m glutton for punishment and so I shall continue my quest for the perfect remedy.

I’m not usually one for chatting at makeup counters due to the aforementioned crippling face fear. However, after a couple of glasses of wine I became most amenable and Continue reading She and Home: Cirque de la Nuit

Hem and Away: Chepstow Vintage Street Fayre

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On Saturday, I popped over to Chepstow in Wales to attend a vintage street fayre organised by Vintage Vision and lots of fab volunteers who all love all things vintage! Due to the rather inclement weather, the fayre was moved from the street and into a local village hall. Fortunately, what could have been a damp squib turned out to be the perfect location for the variety of charming stalls made up of vintage clothing, accessories and homeware. There was also a design workshop for children, so their parents could focus on oodles of shopping. I spotted some gorgeous vintage clothes for children, and my niece and I fell for this floral dress below.

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The ladies at Vintage Vision have a good understanding of what constitutes ‘vintage’ and will sell items from 1880 to 1980 that are classically beautiful, fashionable or just plain lovely. They are also up for a good party and have a unique selection of ‘cheesy’ vintage for fancy dress. I popped into the shop after visiting the fayre and they currently have some really beautiful 1950’s dresses in stock, so if you are local, do pay a visit!

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Double Thumbs Dresses #16

Have no fear frock fans, for I am back with another dose of dresses deemed worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. Hold on to your hem lines.

Black Floral ‘So Sweet’ Definition Swing Dress £50 from Lady V London

Regular readers will know that we are slightly obsessed with Lady V. Heck, we essentially wrote them a love letter a couple of months ago. The obsession is about to be pushed to new levels, as not only have they just released a stunning high definition collection but said dresses come with a matching headband. OH YES PLEASE. The above dress is my absolute favourite print from the new collection! I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for a tea dress version as, although I love a swing dress, I think the tea shape suits me down to a, er, ‘T’.

Phoebe Bow Dress £95.00 from People Tree
Phoebe Bow Dress £95.00 from People Tree

I’m still trying to embrace the tartan renaissance and this beautiful budget buster from People Tree is certainty just the ticket. I love that sneaky bow. More dresses should have sneaky bows.

Lemur Print Shirt Dress £45 from Yumi

At first glance, I though this was just another pretty floral dress from Yumi. But, just as I was about to scroll gaily on by, I noticed that the dress title contained the word ‘lemur’. I was intrigued. It was then that I learnt that this isn’t just a floral dress! It’s a floral dress with interspersed lemurs! More dresses should have interspersed lemurs.

My Sweet Art Dress $89.99 by Bea & Dot from Modcloth

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Double Thumbs Dresses #15

Morning Hemsters,

Apologies for the slight delay in your weekly dress fix but hopefully there’s no better way to kick off your Monday than with a round up of the beautiful dresses considered to be worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. Go grab your coffee, I’m going in.

Wild Ponies Dress £60 from Cath Kidston

Giddy up girl, Cath Kidston has brought out yet another print for us all to covet. This dress is not only completely beautiful with the stunning print but it also has a work friendly hem line, sleeves and pockets! As always with Cath, this dress disappeared off the website just as soon as it arrived but. before you despair, I’ve seen plenty in store. Wild horses couldn’t keep me away etc etc.

Vintage Rose Dress £49.95 from White Stuff

White Stuff are always a safe bet for a pretty dress but I don’t tend to associate them with more vintage inspired prints. This rose print number is just gorgeous and looks super flattering and comfortable. This fab frock  is also proving to be a pesky one to track down to purchase online but is also available at House of Fraser and John Lewis

Rockabilly Robin Dress £55 from There’s Only One Amy Laws

A cheep and cheerful little number here from the ever wonderful There’s Only One Amy Laws. The 50s shape and vibrant red colour are totally fab and once you throw in those delightful robins, you’ve got one heck of a dress on your hands.

Glitter Tunic £45.00 from Warehouse

Bonfire night is fast approaching so it’s obviously wise to invest in a nice little sparkler right about now. This glittery Warehouse number ticks all the seasonal boxes for me and could well be my new party dress! Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #15

Special Feature: Osiris & Victoria

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Here’s me making a spectacle of myself in my new Osiris glasses from Specsavers, which along with many other bloggers, we were lucky to receive at the London launch party back in July. Jo and I popped along to choose our frames a few weeks ago and after a good hour of deliberating I choose these tortoiseshell B29 flexie-hinge frames. Now that  I’ve been wearing them for a month or so, I can confirm that I am tickled pink with them!

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In fashion glasses are usually associated with geek chic or the ol’ sexy teacher image. While I am obviously always in the library (…), after coming across this colourful setting in Bristol one day I thought it was too good an opportunity to pass up.

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If you’ve ever spent any time with me, you will know that I’m a pretty clumsy fool. Having previously run face first into a glass door, belly-flopped onto some scorching hair straighteners and dislocated my thumb whilst plaster casting my own wrist, you get the idea why I REALLY had to ensure these glasses were scratch resistant. I’m constantly dropping, squishing and squashing my frames as I’m too featherbrained to put them in their case when they are not on my face. These frames are both scratch resistant and durable. Continue reading Special Feature: Osiris & Victoria