Double Thumbs Dresses #27 *Valentine’s Special*

Wahooo! It’s Friday again which means it’s time for a new Double Thumbs Dresses! But before we press ahead with this weeks’ selection of frocks deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval, a big THANK YOU is in order as you lovely lot have voted us into the shortlist for the UK Blog Awards. Honestly, this is the most unexpected treat for us and we are truly grateful and just the tiniest bit confused. So, seeing as we are in such a loving feelgood mood, this week’s DT will provide you with the perfect dresses for Valentine’s Day. Break out the violins and pass me the Milk Tray!

Love Heart Smock £32 from Vintage Style Me
Love Heart Smock £32 from Vintage Style Me

I’ve seen a lot of bloggers raving about this new heart print smock from Vintage Style Me and it’s not difficult to see why! It’s a fabulously pretty print with a great shape. I love Lily’s playful styling too!

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Abigail Heart Print Dress £65 by Emily and Fin from Aspire Style

Speaking of lovely heart prints, this Emily and Fin Abigail dress is pastel perfection. The hearts almost look like confetti! So cute. I love their Abigail style, with full skirt and high neckline.

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Capella Dress £75.80 from Miss Patina

Valentine’s Day is probably the last day for a while you can get away with wearing a sparkly red velvet dress, so you may as well do it properly in this Miss Patina number. The back of the dress is gorgeous too, with two very lovely red bows.

Dress with Bell Sleeves £59.99 from Zara
Dress with Bell Sleeves £59.99 from Zara

You can’t be the belle of the ball without your bell sleeves on, can you? (said no one) I’m rather smitten with this white dress from Zara as it’s got a bit of a 60s vibe going on. Team it with red accessories and you are hot to trot. Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #27 *Valentine’s Special*

Bloggers Love: Secret Garden Event @ Mahiki

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When the invite to The Secret Garden event and fashion show popped into our inbox I was pretty damn excited. Two minutes after finding out it was being held at my favourite London nightspot Mahiki, I was calling BFF Ailsa (above) and starting outfit planning. The last time I was invited to Mahiki for a birthday do, but couldn’t make it due to work, a pal bumped into my second favourite Zac, Zac Efron. She promises me that she gave him my number…he must have misplaced it!

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The event showcased swimwear and lingerie from up and coming designers from all over the UK, with lots of product displays dotted around the club. Designers included Alanna Rose Designs (whose gorgeous white swimwear can be seen above), Poshtotti and the whole night was sponsored by MAKAN. I’ve managed to whittle the designers down to my top 3 for your reading pleasure. Let’s dive right in!

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Sasha Jane Lingerie and Loungewear stood out to me, probably because I just luuurve to lounge. Their pink polka-dot ‘Ema’ range was promptly added to my Wish List when I returned home.

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If you are a regular reader you will know it has to be at least 31.5C before we will go tightless, so we are always on the lookout for new fun designs. Unfortunately, it’s super dark in Mahiki, so the above photo doesn’t do the quality of the tights justice, but Pamela Mann really did have a great display! If you are a dress and tights kinda gal, you’ll definitely find something you like on their website.

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Hem and Away: The Orangery Part II

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You may remember that before Christmas, I (Jo) discovered the wonderful Orangery. Well, I fell in love with it so much that on returning home I promptly booked it again for James’ 30th (THIRTY) birthday. A special occasion deserves a special venue after all!

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And so it was, a couple of weeks ago that six of us traveled the short distance to Frampton-on-Severn in Gloucestershire for a weekend of unadulterated indulgence. And Monopoly, obvs.  I had arranged an extra surprise in the form of a massive crate of goodies from James’ favourite bakery, Harts. Laura and her team put together the most delightful selection of bread, pastries and sweet treats for us. As you can imagine, I was a very popular lady that weekend! If you live in Bristol and you haven’t visited Harts, sort it out.

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We were rather lucky with the weather, in that it stopped raining long enough for us to potter about the village buying fresh food and picking out which houses we would most like to own. Victoria was rather taken with the bird hedge, whilst I would like my own welly rack someday. CK3CK9

By complete coincidence Ellie, Victoria and I had all packed our favourite Cath Kidston dresses! This provided us with the perfect opportunity for a country walk girly photo. Although, as always seems to be the way, the photos we like most are the ones taken after we had stopped posing!

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The Cath Kidston theme continued (obsessed, much) with the cake, which I decorated with lots of their colourful flags in a gallant attempt to cover up that I didn’t have thirty candles. They were a bit of an impulse buy but they actually really made the cake look special! I am all about flags on cakes now.

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Accessories to Murder #12

Where’s the fanfare at? Not only are our comments finally fixed but it’s the first Accessories to Murder of 2014! It’s already February, so let’s not hang around nattering about broken New Years resolutions and Justin Bieber’s mugshot. I give you the accessories that have made it onto She and Hem’s Most Wanted.

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Horse Necklace, £35, Tatty Devine.

There is neigh better way to celebrate Chinese New Year, Year of the Horse, than with this Tatty Devine novelty necklace. So don’t horse around, make it a stable part of your outfit as it won’t be around furlong! Thank you for bringing this into my life Tatty!

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MULTICOLOURED FLOWER NECKLACE, £18.50, Topshop.

Ah, thistle do nicely. This gold chunky chain necklace is so fabulous that it will easily brighten up a gloomy February morning, getting you jumping out of your flowerbed. I love the clash of colours and will definitely be investing in this piece to jazz up my London Fashion Week wardrobe.

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TURNLOCK SATCHEL, £28.00, Topshop.

Yes, I know I feature a satchel in pretty much every A2M. But Hemsters, I am not sorry! They really do go with everything and Topshop just keep on giving. They have a whopping 18 smashing satchels on sale at the moment and I can honestly say I love them all, with this soft mint dream being the cream of the crop.

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Glitter Hair Bow, £3.50, Head Full of Feathers via Etsy.

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Double Thumbs Dresses #26

Howdy dress fans! Can you believe how fast the weeks are going at the moment? I can barely keep up! In fact, I’m actually still thinking about that Lucky Cat dress from last week. But, whatever, it’s totally time to move on and take a gander at this week’s selection of dresses deemed oh-so-worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval. It’s a good job I’ve just been paid as this selection is not particularly budget friendly.

Strawberry Fields Sash Dress £65 by Great Plains

First up is this berry nice dress from Great Plains. It’s a lovely length, so perfect for wearing to work, and it ticks the very important sleeves and pockets boxes. It has a lovely big sash to nip your waist in, which is flattering but also means you can have a nice big fun bow. Woo! I’ve gone for the traditional red strawberry but if you’re a fruity renegade, it also comes in yellow.

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Mae Cat Dress in Black £85 from People Tree
Elizabeth Dress in Bow Print £78 from People Tree
Elizabeth Dress in Bow Print £78 from People Tree

People Tree have done the double this week with two fabulous dresses. I think we’ve established that I like anything with a cat on so it’s no surprise that the vintage style Mae Cat dress floats my boat. I love the colours and the fact that People Tree have nailed the evil glare cats give you when you’ve disturbed their day. It’s also a fab fit and flare shape with a tie belt and pockets.

Next up is the pretty bow print dress. I’m not usually one for predominantly black dresses but this one really appeals to me. The sleeves are simply divine and the shape is another vintage inspired affair. It looks a little Blair Waldorf to me, which is perhaps why I want it so much.

Right as rain dress £135 from Nadinoo
Right as rain dress £135 from Nadinoo

I have no idea how I stumbled across Nadinoo (I’m inclined to blame Pinterest) but oh my what a pretty label this is. I’m pretty obsessed with their about page which describes their style as whimsical and enchanting whilst each piece is designed ‘for three fictional characters Pixie, Fleur and Lula’. My favourite is this ladder print dress which has one of the most whopping great bows I’ve ever seen. Gorgeous. Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #26