To celebrate the three day weekend, we took some of our best chums along to TGI Friday’s in Bristol’s Cabot Circus to try out their new burger menu and sample all of the cocktails. Thumbs up to that! Although they have over 500 unique cocktails, surprise surprise, we were both drawn to those containing gin. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to try them all but we gave it a good crack!
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Hello hello! It’s Double Thumbs time again! Your weekly roundup of the top frocks we have deemed worthy of our seal of approval. Before we continue, I believe there’s time for one final shameless plea for any Company Style Blogger Awards votes. If you like our thumbs, please do take a moment to check out the website. We are on page 4! Voting closes on Friday. ONWARDS.
Ha! You thought you’d seen the last of my pineapples but here we are again, in what I am now calling the fashion world’s ‘pineapple agenda’, with another from There’s Only One Amy Laws. But WHAT a pretty 50’s style pineapple frock this is. I love everything about it.
Ha! You thought you’d seen the last of my pinea….yeah, it’s kind of getting a bit silly now isn’t it? I can’t help it though. I’m just drawn to the tropical. This lovely cami is fromRiver Island.
People can tell me all they want about how Marks and Spencer have lost their way when it comes to women’s fashion. I’m not listening. I have always been an M&S girl and from where I am sitting, they are consistently brilliant. Look at this sunglasses print dress? It’s marvelous! It’s on trend! It’s under £50! I will defend them UNTIL THE END! (bit of poetry for you there). Although I’m still waiting for a Percy Pig print dress. Sort it out, guys.
*update* currently showing as out of stock
Screw you, pineapples! There’s a massive lemon print on the block and it’s brilliant. I often overlook Banana Republic but they have got some fantastic pieces in at the moment!
Ah, we love a bit of Weekend Doll here at She and Hem so I was very excited to see their new collection pop up this week. This yellow puppy (!) dress, with it’s super cute print, is my favourite. It’s also got a whacking great bow on the back. Winner.
One of my favourite ever Double Thumbs Dresses is from 20th Century Foxy, so it’s nice to see them back with this bangin’ red stripe shirt dress. It’s even got hidden pockets. Dreamy.
My goodness, Matalan can be totally amazing. This perfect pastel pink floral shift dress is a tenner! A tenner!
Last up this week is this lovely floral tea dress from Peacocks. I love the shape and the pattern but the thing that truly seals the deal for me is that adorable Peter-Pan collar. You can’t really argue with that price-tag either.
Once in a blue moon I step away from my favourite dress shapes and styles and have a whirl at something new, which is exactly what happened when I caught a glimpse of this blue crepe shift dress from George (which has just been reduced to EIGHT POUNDS in their Holiday Shop!). Now, the loose shape is not one that I imagined would be that flattering, but I was pleasantly surprised. Turns out, I really like crepe. Not as much as I like crêpes, but almost! Next time I think I’ll wear it with a belt, but I haven’t found the perfect one just yet.
If you follow us on Twitter you will know that I braved bare legs and sandals for this first time this year last week and boy did I have passers by reaching for their sunglasses in horror. Embrace the pastiness I say! Anyway, if you have disproportionately big feet like myself and Paris Hilton, you will know that sandals can sometimes look pretty preposterous. This is why I’m a fan of the subtle sandal. I like to keep it simple to achieve aa dainty as look as possible, something of a challenge for the clown footed. These black beauties from Treds really came up trumps!
Sticking to my black and blue theme I pulled this cartoon bag out of my wardrobe that I purchased last year from Ebay. It’s awesome right? It’s cartoon styling blows my tiny mind.
Hello! It’s Double Thumbs time again! Our weekly roundup of the fabulous frocks that have won our seal of approval. I hope you’ve taken your hayfever meds as things are about to get real floral.
Floral fancy number one comes courtesy of Poem at Oliver Bonas. It has got a lot of things going for it such as that super feminine pleated skirt, a perfect-for-summer cool light-weight fabric and, to cap it off, capped sleeves.
Yeah, alright, I know I can dream on but this Hobbs dress is so gorgeous. I love the shape, the colours and, most importantly, the collar! They rather marvelously describe this dress as “billowing”. I will happily billow for Hobbs.
Back on budget now with this blooming lovely dress from Dorothy Perkins. This dress is also a great shape and the colours look so pretty together.
FlamingWOAH what have we got going on here? This Coast scenic print dress is delightfully bonkers. I love it though and it’s nice to see them bringing the crazy.
Oasis are always a good bet for a nice summer dress and this one would certainly take you from garden parties to the beach with little trouble. The straps are adjustable too, which is handy.
Yep, it’s happened again! I believe this George dress to be the third pineapple print dress featured on Double Thumbs in as many weeks. The pineapple is clearly running rings around its fruity competition, eh?
White Stuff continue to impress with their gorgeous new collection of dresses. This dahlia print is so pretty and prim! It looks a decent length for work too, if that’s a deal breaker for you.
Well, this is certainly a very happy Monday for us here at She and Hem towers! On Friday we found out that we have been shortlisted for a Company Style Blogger Award for Best Blogging Duo and we could not be more excited, thrilled and, quite honestly, amazed! A year ago this month we started writing She and Hem and since then it has bought us so many magical moments. Being shortlisted is certainly the icing on our 1st blogiversary cake, which we may have already eaten…
Although we are currently unaware of when the voting closes, the awards take place on the 18th June, so we thought we would ask for one more favour in the form of a vote. If you would like to vote for us, just follow the link on the picture below and head to page 4. You will see us snuggled amongst the other shortlisted bloggers for Best Blogging Duo or Team (who we are really looking forward to meeting!). Please do let us know if you’ve voted so we can personally thank you/buy you a cake/give you Ryan Gosling’s phone number….
Thank you so much. We are two very happy bloggers!
Hello and welcome to our roundup of the dresses deemed worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. As promised, this week we have an all singing, all dancing double Double Thumbs with this second installment being a prom dress special! Wahoo! We shall go to the ball!
We begin with this beautiful pastel and metallic (two trends in one you say? tick tick!) Fever dress which is available from Rivers and Roads. This particular beauty has actually just arrived through my letter box so will no doubt be appearing in a post soon! I couldn’t wait to share it with you though as it’s just so pretty! The pastel hues combined with the sparkly fabric gives a lovely shimmery effect and one which is perfect for spring/summer parties.
You could inject a bit of floral fancy into your prom with this big bold and beautiful dress from the ever wonderful Louche, from Joy. This capped sleeve dress is gorgeous and is a decent length too. It would also look bloomin’ marvelous with a petticoat!
I’m not sure if I can adequately describe how much I love this ASOS* dress and I’m clearly not alone as it keeps whizzing in and out of stock (at the time of writing it’s currently unavailable but persevere if you’ve got you heart set on it). I want to twirl in it and I want to twirl in it now.
I’m not usually one to fall for a strapless dress but there’s just something so classic and pretty about this River Island* number. I love the large stripes and how the pink and white complement one another. It’s all just a bit dreamy.
Oh my, this is pretty much pink perfection. Will you just look at that bow!? I don’t even care that I don’t have a ball to go to, this F&F* dress shall me mine! They currently appear to have knocked 30% off the £30 pricetag which makes it a total bargain! It would also make a pretty great bridesmaid dress, dontchathink?
We love a bit of Lady V London around here, so there was much cooing when they announced their new collection. I found it near impossible to choose a favourite but have plumped for this vintage peach and navy tea dress. LOVE.
This Hell Bunny dress from Aspire Style is super duper fun! The colour is fabulous, the spots are genius and the shape and style scream TO THE DANCE FLOOR.
I love this silhouette of this cotton Phase Eight dress. The colour and pattern are simply divine and who doesn’t love a tie belt?
And finally, if you’re looking for length then this stunning lace overlay dress from Little Mistress could well be the one. There’s so much beautiful detailing and the cowl back is quite frankly breathtaking. Plus it’s £45. As the kids say, Little Mistress you cray cray.
That’s all for this week! However, before I go I would like to say a massive MASSIVE thank you for nominating us for the Company Style Blogger Awards 2014. We have now officially been shortlisted in the Best Blogging Duo or Team category and it’s honestly a dream come true for us both. We are against some truly inspirational bloggers but if you would like to vote for us to win, please click the image below!
Do you own any dresses that are just so perfect for you that you can wear them again and again and never get bored? Well I certainly do, and would jubilee’ve it, this is one of those dresses! This remarkably jolly, vintage inspired River Island number features teeny soldiers, blue horses and marching bands all having a right royal knees up and I just love it! Jubilicious!
Even though the dress is pretty jazzy, it’s still very versatile. On this occasion the sun was shining and I was feeling adventurous, so I decided to throw on as many colours as I could and head out for some larks, ending with a glorious sunset (the perfect ready made filter!). The red cardigan from Just Blue* works wonders for this quirky pattern by bringing out the bunting and the union jacks, as do the white Matalan tights. Even though this was a casual outfit, I couldn’t resist bringing a little razzle-dazzle with my silver sandals from Topshop and my absolute favourite Boden* bag. You can call me Queen V…
Over the glorious Bank Holiday Weekend I found myself at the Royal May Day Fair in Knutsford, an annual celebration that comes complete with a parade, Morris dancing, a maypole and, of course, a funfair!
I’ll admit that I wasn’t actually planning on going anywhere near rides when I threw on this ensemble but it proved fortuitous as I don’t think my usual fit and flare style would have been fairground appropriate! Zara have been solely responsible for converting me into a trouser wearer, with this hounds-tooth pair being my current favourites. I teamed them with a classic black and white striped tee from Great Plains and a small lightning bolt necklace from Tatty Devine.
I’m basically obsessed with M&S at the moment and as soon as this blue vanity bag appeared on their website it went straight into my basket! They also purport to have it in lemon but I’ve yet to see it in stock. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t keeping an eye out! The sunglasses were thrown in simply to bump myself up to free delivery (yes, I’m that person) but I had a feeling they would be sticking around. I have a bit of a thing for white sunglasses.
I finished off my outfit with some new heeled jellys from Treds*. I’ve spotted these on a few people and love how fun and comfy they look! For this occasion, I was happy to have something which made quite a smart outfit (for me!) seem a little more care free! They were a big hit and perfect attire for mooching around the Fair.
Hello and welcome back to Double Thumbs, our bank busting roundup of frocks we consider worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. I’ve been a bit slack on the DT front of late due to LIFE and STUFF. Anyway, as a result there will be two Double Thumbs lists this week! Three cheers for that.
We start with not one but two pretty dresses from Joules (aff). Both feature charming prints, with a hand drawn vintage inspired cafe/picnic scene and botanical design respectively. Does the second dress remind anyone else of a Britannica Encyclopedia entry? Just me then. It’s lovely though, right? Both dresses are so summery and cool. Get in my wardrobe!
Another double entry! This time from Zara who are also nailing the summer dress. Both look to be my favourite sort of frock in that you could simply throw either of them on with a pair of sandals and be ready to party. Never let it be said that I’m not ready to party.
I’m a big fan of the brightness of this lovely fitted sundress from Sugarhill Boutique! If people are going to wear sunglasses, you may as well dress as loudly as possible eh? Has anyone else noticed the sudden prevalence of pineapple prints? Surely the fruit print of 2014.
Marks and Spencer are really bringing the pretty at the moment. If Fifties pastel loveliness is your thing (hi), then I would suggest you go take a gander at their website. My current crush is this lovely apricot shirt dress which M&S describe as not being overly feminine. Whatevs, guys.
This Oasis dress is super sweet! I love the candy cane colours, the slightly drunk looking stripes and that lovely nipped in waist. I couldn’t find this particular dress on their website but it is available from John Lewis.
Henry Holland is always a good bet for a novelty print and this adorable sunglasses adorned frock is no exception. You can find this retro inspired dress at Debenhams.
This might seem slightly obvious, but last year we both had a bit of a moment when we realised that good quality makeup is worth investing in. That doesn’t mean there won’t always be a place for budget products, there will, and in some cases the bargain items more than hold a candle to their supposed superiors. But it turns out there really are some products that are simply worth splashing the cash on. The problem is, where do you start? There are so many products offering any number of miracle fixes, it can be a daunting task to choose just one item (which is certainly all we can afford at a time!) and we very often find ourselves lost in the pretty world of high-end makeup.
So, step forward the distinctly high-end Harvey Nichols, who very generously offered us the chance to sample some beautiful YSL makeup. This was two great things rolled into one as ever since bring introduced to a Dr Hauschka bronzer by the fab team at their Bristol store, we’ve come to trust Harvey Nics’ beauty credentials. As for YSL, there’s a reason why everyone bangs on about Le Touche Eclat! It’s simply the best concealer EVER and so we were therefore both rather excited to try out some of their other products. After a lot of umming and ahhhing, we settled on the Limited Edition Blush Radiance in Beauty Blossom blusher* and the Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Luminous Orange*.
First off, this blusher simply looks beautiful. It was created to celebrate Chinese New Year, which is why it is a limited edition palette (if you like it, move quickly) and it is adorned with gorgeous jewels, inspired by one of Yves Saint Laurent’s dresses. Nice! It has a good sized mirror inside, which is always a must for blusher and it honestly feels worth every penny of its £32 price tag. And that’s before even applying it! The pallete itself is made up of two different shades of pink and I mean proper, proper pink. It gives such a lovely rosy glow and wears really well!
We’ve found that a lot of lipsticks can be awfully drying on our lips, so we were very pleasantly surprised to discover that the Rouge Pur Couture lives up to it’s promise of keeping lips suitably moisturised, due to it’s emollients. It’s particularly suited to our (pasty!) paler complexions, so perhaps if you have a darker skin tone (lucky you!), you might want to try the fuchsia shade from the same collection. Beware, this lipstick will cause major friend envy as it lives inside the most beautiful golden case. Popping it out of your make up bag for a top up certainly isn’t a chore. We’d both certainly recommend it as it’s suitable for a daily make up look, but also just about jazzy enough to party in!