Whisky Business: Tunis Cake and Christmas Cake Pops

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Every year during the weekend before Christmas day, myself and Jo and our BFF’s like to get together for a 24 hour food marathon. It revolves around a huge Christmas dinner with all of the trimmings and our annual viewings of Elf, Home Alone and The Muppets Christmas Carol. Each year we alternate who provides each course of our Christmas feast. This year, Jo treated us to a titillating turkey and it was my turn to don my apron and get baking some festive puddings. I’ve always wanted to attempt Cake Pops, so when I saw this recipe, I thought it was the perfect time to give them a go!

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Christmas is a time for overindulging, so I decided to make two puddings, with the cake pops acting as more of a cheeky snack  to nibble on throughout the night, rather than a filling dessert. This year I was inspired by the Christmas edition of The Great British Bake Off, in which Mary Berry (love her!) made an incredible looking Tunis Cake.

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All Hail the Sale: Double Thumbs Dresses Special

Well hello there, readers! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas! But enough about the festivities, it’s sale time and I, for one, am ready for some bargains! I decided to have a cheeky look through our  previous Double Thumbs Dresses posts in the hope of finding some tasty reductions. It turns out that LOADS of them are now on offer so it seemed only fair to share this glorious news with you. So, without further ado, here is a list of frocks that have previously been deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval but have now been deemed worthy enough to go in the sale. Enjoy!

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River Island Printed Shirt Dress £22 (was £32)
Nishe Dress In Violin Print £45.50 (was £65)
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Midi Dress In Vintage Floral Print With Pleated Skirt £28 (was £40)
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Minkpink Smock Dress In Kaleidoscope Print £22 (was £55)

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Hem and Away: Harry Potter Studio Tour

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I love Harry Potter, like really love Harry Potter. It’s a bit of an obsession and one which I am, quite rightly, proud of. Thankfully I’m lucky enough to have a job that allows me to embrace this and as a result I am constantly reminded of what a truly special series of books J. K. Rowling has given us. Sterling work, fellow Jo.

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I have wanted to visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour since it opened but being a couple of hours drive away and, since I don’t own a Nimbus 2000, I’ve had to wait. My patience was rewarded recently when it was announced that, over Christmas, the studio tour would be decked out to reflect the seasonal festivities – delightfully dubbed ‘Hogwarts in the Snow’. I decided that this was to be my time and booked tickets – and boy am I glad that I did.

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Accessories to Murder #10 Christmas Special

There are only 3 sleeps until Christmas, so it’s the perfect time to have a brand spanking new Accessories to Murder. We’ve only gone and made it a Christmas Special! An early gift to our fabulous Hemsters and maybe some inspiration for any last minute gifts you need!  If you are anything like me you will be SO ready for a few days off to relax and indulge in mince pies, toffee pennies and my new favourite tipple, mulled cider. Joyeux Noël!

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Flashing Light Necklace, £6, Claire’s.

Now, I know it’s a bit of a faff wearing batteries as part of your outfit (don’t ask how!), but stay with me here, as this necklace exemplifies Christmas. This fully functioning flashing light necklace won’t be hard to accessorize with your Christmas outfit as it has not one but three settings.

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Gingerbread Man Earrings, £16.02, Etsy.

Just how cute are these little fellas from Pixie Hearts via Etsy? These ginger guys will certainly brighten up these chilly December evenings. They are made to order, so if you have a bit of a sweet tooth (or ear…), get your orders in asap! If it’s too late to order for this year, why not be super organised and grab some for 2014?

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Pom Pom Beanie, £10, Next

I’ve been looking for a cute beanie to wear over winter for a while now and I think I found the perfect knitted wonder in Next while I was Christmas shopping this weekend, and thought I should share it with you! It is Christmassy, but unlike the light necklace, you won’t look a little bonkers wearing it come January. Continue reading Accessories to Murder #10 Christmas Special

Festive Finds: Meaty Christmas

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As you’ve probably guessed by now, we here at She and Hem are very fond of a good Christmas jumper. We’re also pretty devoted to our annual trip to The Burger Joint in Bristol to sample their delicious Christmas Menu. It seemed fitting that we should combine our two true loves for maximum meaty joy.

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Choosing a meal at The Burger Joint is almost as much fun as eating it! Their selection is vast, allowing you to create your perfect carb-fest. With a whopping choice of locally sourced burgers, sauces, sides and salads, it has been calculated that there are a staggering 78,912,800 different combinations on offer. So, we’ve decided to make it our New Years Resolution to try them all!

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Double Thumbs Dresses #22

Dress fans rejoice! For I am back (finally, right?) with another round up of dresses deemed worthy enough of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. If any of my loved ones are reading this, the answer is yes. Yes please.

Scenic Print Jacquard Dress £36.91 from Chicwish

I’ve been coveting this lovely Chicwish dress for a while but now that it’s on sale it would almost be ridiculous not to buy it. It has pretty much everything I look for in a dress. Lovely long sleeves, a pretty neckline, a full skirt and a beautiful print. There is so much detailing on this dress, it’s actually rather overwhelming – in a good way. Even the white parts of the dress are subject to a jacquard embossed print. I say.

Stripe Prom Dress £80 from Topshop
Stripe Prom Dress £80 from Topshop

Ooof, I do love a prom dress and this black and pink striped number from Topshop is super duper pretty.

Velvet Spangle Collar Dress £62.00 from The White Pepper
Velvet Spangle Collar Dress £62.00 from The White Pepper

It has been great to see such an abundance of lovely velvet dresses around of late but this one from The White Pepper is definitely my pick of the bunch. It is a gorgeous colour and the fun trapeze  shape will totally lend itself to some Christmas party twirling. The thing that sets it apart however is the beautiful, and detachable, gold spangle collar. You can’t go wrong with a bit of detachable spangle.

Polka Dot Dress £35.99 from Zara

Mustard! Polka Dots! Sleeves! Pockets! It’s like Zara have a She and Hem dream dress crib sheet. This is a pretty impressive frock.

Neon Tipped Collar Dress £45 from Miss Selfridge
Neon Tipped Collar Dress £45 from Miss Selfridge

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Festive Finds: We Wish You a Wooly Christmas

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I know this might seem a little like we are jumping on the Christmas jumper bandwagon (well, it is December after all) but trust us when we say we LOVE a novelty Christmas knit. From wonky Rudolphs, to bonkers baubles, it’s all about embracing the cheese come Christmas time. Just ask Colin Firth.

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We wore our new George* Christmas jumpers out to a new night market in Bristol, which claims to be the city’s first street food event of its kind; combining local breweries, artists, music and all things Bristol. It was really a rather magical affair, with beautiful string lights and bunting decorating a courtyard packed with craft stalls, food stands (we went for a Minno wrap, yum!) and a big open fire. Inside the building, a former police station no less, we discovered a variety of art installations. We had a wonderful time exploring, especially when a kind stranger offered us a balloon each. It’s not often you spend your Friday evening stood in a police cell holding a party balloon, is it? Maybe it is. Continue reading Festive Finds: We Wish You a Wooly Christmas

She and Home: The Little Mermaid

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There’s just something so magical about visiting the theatre at Christmas time, so when A Little Bristol asked us if we would like to attend the opening night of Bristol Old Vic’s production of The Little Mermaid, we jumped at the chance.

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You can read our full review here but lets just say that it is a truly spectacular show and fully lived up to the dizzying highs of last years’ Peter Pan – of which I still find myself (Jo) singing the songs from. If you are in/around Bristol then it is most definitely one to go and see. We certainly left with a Christmassy glow and, no, it wasn’t because of the wine. Cheeky.

We were completely smitten with the enchanting tale of the pursuit of true love. The Little Mermaid, played by our new girl crush Katie Moore, is as graceful as can be. She makes every move appear elegant and poised, even when being carried around the stage by her fellow cast members. She’s certainly one to watch, a future starlet for sure! Continue reading She and Home: The Little Mermaid

Hem and Away: The Orangery

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On Friday evening, straight from work, myself and a group of friends drove the short distance from Bristol to Frampton-on-Severn in Gloucestershire to begin a weekend of lazy luxury at The Orangery. When I agreed to this trip a few months ago, I had no idea what sort of property we would be staying in. As a group, we like to go away once or twice a year to catch up and our criteria doesn’t tend to stretch much further than wine, beds and budget. This time last year saw us all pile in to a central London flat whilst our most recent effort was a wooden chalet in Woolacombe, which saw 8 of us sleeping in one room on triple bunk beds. It was then with a great deal of surprise that we arrived to such grandeur. We were most definitely not in Kanas anymore.

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