Things Can Only Get Feta

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It would be fair to say that a little She and Hem celebration has been on the cards for a while. Both of us have been having a pretty stressful swell time securing new jobs and we never really did toast the success that was being nominated for a Company Magazine Award. So, with a luxurious bit of summer holiday time on our hands, we decided to have a little grown ups tea party. Any excuse for a cheeky lunchtime gin, eh?

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A swift trip to the Co-op later and we had all of the yummy ingredients needed for a perfect afternoon of Brie and Hem…..plus a reduced to clear cake, obvs. Our twee tea celebration was the perfect opportunity to crack out our jazzy cutlery and cheese plates  from Culture Vulture Direct*. We love how all of our mismatched items look together, it goes to show how a quick rummage through the kitchen cupboards can produce something that looks so special. Perhaps now is the time to crack on with that amazing cafe idea we once had…

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We do hope you found this post halloumi-nating!

J&V

She & Them

She and Hem | She and Them| Guide London

We have something a little different for you today, a little sneaky look at Mr She and Hem! It isn’t often that the boys behind these bloggers get to be actively involved with our little corner of the Internet (beyond taking photos and putting up with ENDLESS blog based chat, obvs) so when Guide London asked if our chaps would like to get shirty, we jumped at the chance on their behalf.

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JA wears the Geometric Print shirt with button down collar from Guide London with jeans by Fly53, shoes by Kurt Geiger and a blazer by Daniel Hechter. He has accessorised with a belt from ASOS, watch from Fossil and an orange Up24 by Jawbone.

I like shirts and, even more so, shirts with bright colours and/or patterns. I have way too many clothes (which makes for many a wardrobe war) but given the chance to add to the collection…there was only ever one outcome. The wide selection on offer from Guide London made the selection process tricky. Double collar; double cuff, double colour, double buttons (But NEVER double denim) and all sorts of wonderful patterns are on offer. 

I opted for the geomteric print shirt because a plain shirt would be just that, plain. Intriguing square button detailing, colour lined cuffs and collar, they all make for interesting detailing in and of itself. The colourful pattern is vivid without being too garish and means that I can wear it without a tie for further embellishment. The fit is good, the quality of the fabric makes this a comfortable wear in the Summer and when teamed with a blazer, truly smart casual with a difference.

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AV wears the Long Sleeved Floral Shirt in blue from Guide London accessorised with watch, belt, chinos and jacket from Topman.

As someone barely capable of dressing themselves, let alone carrying off the effortless, breezy kind of cool required of a fashion blog, I was initially sceptical about modelling a shirt, especially one as free-jazz as this. Many a camera lens has cracked, and family member recoiled in disappointed horror, at my attempts at carrying off a casual, sunny disposition (read: look human) in any photo opportunity that has come my way. Having said that, I think She & Hem may be the ones to have finally found the keys to my inner Tyra, let it out the garage, and taken it for a joyride.

I found this Guide shirt comfortable and classy, without the starchy stiffness I find in my usual, cheap and cheerful dress shirts. As a scrawny thing, with amusingly Twiglet-like arms, I have struggled in the past to find shirts that don’t make me look as if I’ve raided Dad’s wardrobe, but I felt this was an excellent fit, being roomy whilst retaining it’s shape. The pattern is vibrant and distinctive without being garish, and I’m now subtly (not subtly) looking for excuses to show off the shirt as much as possible, swanning around in an inappropriately Gatsby-esque fashion for the rest of the summer at any wedding reception, summer fête or box social I can find. Cheers She & Hem, you’ve unleashed a monster.

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Sorry if you were looking for some pretty dresses, normal service will resume shortly.

She and Hem (and them!)

Double Thumbs Dresses #42

Hello hello! It’s DT time! Our glorious roundup of the dresses we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval.

Cat Shift Dress £65
Cat Shift Dress £65 from ASOS

What’s the only thing better than a cat dress? A sparkly cat dress, that’s what. I just love how BIG those sequined felines are! I think we can all agree that this ASOS number is the cat’s whiskers.

Kitty Dress £49.95
Kitty Dress £49.95 from Voodoo Vixen

But hey, the cat madness doesn’t have to stop there! This kitty festooned pink frock from Voodoo Vixen is just darling. It’s such a lovely retro print and the black works purr-fectly against the pink. Also, those pockets! Paired with some kitten heels, this would be super cute!

Sunflower Bardot Midi Prom Dress £95
Sunflower Bardot Midi Prom Dress £95 from ASOS

If Summer was a dress this ASOS number would be it. Look at those gorgeous sunflowers! My goodness, it’s just so beautiful and swooshy. So so swooshy. If I was going to a wedding this summer I would be all over this beauty. If the price-tag is putting you off then ASOS do have other Bardot style dresses! This one, for example, will only set you back a reasonable £28.

Juicy Lucy £99 from 20th Century Foxy

Time for a fruity fifties number from the wonderful 20th Century Foxy. Just look at those massive lemons! It’s also the most flattering shape with capped sleeves and a whopping great full skirt.

Lips Decor Tulle Dress £32.62 from Chicwish

Like a lot of people, I have been slightly obsessed with the lips print dress from Alice + Olivia and, like a lot of people, I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that it would never be mine. Imagine my face then when I saw this rather similar basically identical number on Chicwish!

Newsprint Sleeveless Pleated Dress £65
Newsprint Sleeveless Pleated Dress £65 from Cath Kidston

Breaking news! Cath Kidston feature on Double Thumbs Dresses. Approximately 0 people are surprised.

Audrey Vintage 1950's Rockabilly Gingham Swing Dress £29.99
Audrey Vintage 1950’s Rockabilly Gingham Swing Dress £29.99 from Lindy Bop
Audrey Vintage 1950's Rock N Roll Cocktail Glass Print Swing Dress £29.99
Audrey Vintage 1950’s Rock N Roll Cocktail Glass Print Swing Dress £29.99 from Lindy Bop

And last but not least are these two delightful dresses from Lindy Bop! I will warn you now that they don’t have many sizes left in these particular two dresses (although I am sure other websites will stock them) but if you, like me, love this style and shape of dress then Lindy Bop could be your new dress BFF.

Jx

Victoria’s July Beauty Favourites

She and Hem | Victoria's July Favourites So, this is my first attempt at a favourites post. As beauty certainly isn’t my specialist subject, do please bear with me! I thought I’d give it a go as some of the products I’ve been using this month (and over the past few months!) are definitely worth sharing as they have contributed to making me look (slightly) more human on a daily basis.

It’s no secret that Soap and Glory products are amazing. They smell heavenly, they look dishy in your bathroom, and just seem to last forever. I’ve been using their Righteous Butter body butter since January and it isn’t even half empty. It’s easily my favourite Soap and Glory body product for moisturizing, as it’s made my skin feel softer and look smoother than ever.

She and Hem | Victoria's July Favourites After using my nifty butter I have to wash my hands, as although they would smell great, they would be so sticky my cat would get stuck to them. To do this I’ve been using English Rose soap* then protecting them with Verbena hand cream* from The Somerset Toiletry Company (support your local businesses Hemsters!). As I have very sensitive skin, I find most hand washes aggravating. So, I’ve recently switched to bars of soap after being told that liquid soaps contain more fragrances and other additives that would make my hands feel sad. No one likes sad phalanges.

I’ve included Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream not because I love it, but because I really want to love it! I’m just struggling to understand how to use it (because I am a wally) and I need your help kind readers. The day I bought it I got over excited and smothered it over my whole face. This was a big mistake as this cream is stickier than a Panini sticker factory. How does it work for you?

The Elemis lip balm which came in my Company Blog awards goody bag. I usually stick to Vaseline on my lips but thought I’d try this out and I’m so glad I did! I put this on one night when my lips were feeling more chapped than usual and when I awoke, they felt silky smooth. It’s a peppermint dream!

She and Hem | Victoria's July Favourites My nail polish of choice this month is Ciate and their enormous range of magnificent shades. I really rate the quality of this nail varnish, as I find that it doesn’t chip once applied and seems to lasts a lot longer than other brands. I’ve been loving the four colours below, which are ‘ladylike luxe‘, ‘maybe baby‘, ‘mines a mocha‘ and my personal favourite ‘spinning teacup‘, which I have been wearing constantly and can be seen in the lipstick pictures.

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The Witch concealer stick is one of those products that you don’t know that you need until you have one, and then just can’t live without. It’s a quick and easy way of covering up blemishes AND treating your skin at the same time. Winner!

She and Hem | Victoria's July Favourites She and Hem | Victoria's July Favourites She and Hem | Victoria's July Favourites Above we have the Jemma Kidd Lash Xtension Mascara and The Body Shop Shimmer Bauble which I have been using as a shimmery highlighter. After doing a little research for this post, it seems that the baubles were a limited edition piece, but I’d definitely recommend trying to get your hands on one, especially if you take a lot of pictures of your face!

The mascara is very cute and comes with a step by step make-up class from Jemma herself, and I can confirm it does indeed add length to your lashes and stays on all day long. Hemsters, here’s a little secret for you. I actually bought this from The Original Factory Shop as I have recently discovered their make up is SO cheap, but please don’t all rush and clear their shelves, save some for me!

She and Hem | Victoria's July Favourites

She and Hem | Victoria's July Favourites

We love a bit of vintage here at She and Hem, so I was predictably hyped to receive this lush ‘Debutante Pink‘ lipstick* from vintage experts Besame. The packaging is pretty ravishing, as is the lovely pink shade you can see above and in this post. Pretty in pink or what!

I will see you in August for another round up of beauty favourites.

Victoria

Harbourside Hell Bunny

She and Hem | Tiger Milly | Hell Bunny Last Saturday, as it was a gloriously sunny morning in Bristol, we decided to make the most of it and put on our glad rags for a stroll around the beautiful harbourside. Charmingly, by the time we finally finished getting ready made it into town the sun had beat a hasty retreat and we were left with some seriously gloomy cloud. We didn’t let that stop us though. In your face, weather.

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As you can see, we were dressed pretty cheerfully in these gorgeous frocks from Tiger Milly. Nothing makes us happier than a nice twirly number and Tiger Milly is a veritable treasure trove of fabulous vintage inspired pieces, stocking a great selection of brands who love their flirty fifites fashion just as much as we do. These particular two are from the wonderful Hell Bunny.

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We had such a great time putting these looks together with belts, bags and shoes flying everywhere in the process. Victoria ended up teaming her lovely Pink and Mint Hell Bunny Plaid Summer Dress* with a grey belt from The Bristol Vintage Fair, gorgeous coral shoes from Primark, pink heart shaped sunglasses from Amazon and her highly coveted macaroon print clutch which is also a Primark bargain. I accessoried my turquoise Hell Bunny May Day Floral Dress* with a fruity lemon clutch from New Look*, a black belt from ASOS (the dress does come with a matching belt but I wanted to be matchy matchy with my shoes), black shoes from the M&S sale and sunglasses from Topshop.

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She and Hem | Tiger Milly | Hell Bunny

It has to be said, we felt pretty darn fantastic strolling around in these outfits! They are perfect summer dresses and really fun, yet easy, to wear.

J&V

She and Home: No.3 Hairdressing, Bath.

She and Hem | No.3 HairdressingShe and Hem | No.3 HairdressingA couple of weeks ago, after enjoying a post we had written about Fashion Bloodhound, the talented bunch at No.3 Hairdressing in Bath got in touch and offered to tame our manes in their beautiful Georgian hairdressers. We have to admit, we are usually both quite daunted by the whole hairdressing experience. Small talk is not our forte! Thankfully, our worries vanished upon our warm welcome from the girls (and guy – hi Stefano!) and we were soon bonding over Cara Delevingne’s eyebrows, Game of Thrones inspired hair do’s and Taking Back Sunday’s upcoming Bristol gig!

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After chatting to the girls over a cuppa about styles we like and what would look jazzy with our outfits for the Company Blog Awards later that evening, we both decided on our do’s. A big thank you to Lucia and Jess for understanding instantly what we wanted and for not trying to persuade us otherwise, which is something that we’ve both dealt with before when visiting the hairdressers.  Lucia created an incredible fish tail plait for Jo in under 10 minutes. Nothing fishy about that! Meanwhile, Jess whipped my hair into an all over plait so sturdy that it still looked awesome a week later! Jess explained that this was very much due to the magical power of Bumble and bumble’s Prêt-à-powder

She and Hem | No.3 Hairdressing

She and Hem | No.3 Hairdressing

She and Hem | No.3 Hairdressing

The interior of No.3 is right up our street with a boutique yet friendly feel, so it was really easy to relax, be pampered and get giddy about the night ahead. We just wish this was a normal day in the life of She and Hem! The fun did not stop there though gang, as we also had our nails made somewhat more excellent by Tina. What a fab job she did too! We chose Topless and Barefoot (cor blimey!) and Bond with Whomever (I say!) by Essie. The nail varnish colours were a lot more subtle than their saucy names, but just as alluring. For our little pamper session Jo wore a floral jumpsuit (similar) from Topshop and an Olivia Burton watch and Victoria wore Modcloth’s Air of Adorable dress.

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Thank you so much to No.3 for making us feel so chilled. We will definitely be back soon!

V&J

Dreaming My Life Away at Bovey Castle

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and Hem

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and HemDuring a (slightly soggy) weekend away in Devon, I popped along to the beautiful Bovey Castle for a delicious afternoon tea in front of their roaring fire, which soon warmed my cockles! It was the perfect opportunity to wear this incredible and slightly Twin Peaks-esque embroidered ‘Dreaming My Life Away’ dress from Rivers and Roads*. It has all of the features I love in a dress; a flared skirt, sleeving and a distinctive print, as well as managing to stay comfortable whilst looking swish enough to wear on a sophisticated jolly in Dartmoor!

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and Hem

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and Hem

To dress it up ever so slightly I wore my black New Look cut out block heels, which I hurried back to New Look to purchase after wearing the silver version to the Company Awards last month, as they were exceptionally comfortable. I accessorised my look with a heavy downpour, a glass of fizz and a belly full of cake!

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and Hem

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and Hem

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and Hem

Whisky anyone?

Victoria

Double Thumbs Dresses #41

Hello hello! It’s DT time! Our glorious roundup of the dresses we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval.

Clocks Sleeveless Jacquard Dress £65
Clocks Sleeveless Jacquard Dress £65 by Cath Kidston
Stop Thief! Sleeveless Dress £55
Stop Thief! Sleeveless Dress £55 by Cath Kidston

When we visited the Cath Kidston AW14 press day a couple of weeks back we spent a lot of time fawning over their forthcoming prints and have been eagerly awaiting their arrival. I am therefore pleased to report that the Just In section of their website is currently a VERY EXCITING PLACE for an abundance of the new pieces have arrived, including both Clocks and Stop Thief! in delightful dress from! I really can’t decide which is my favourite, the charming vintage style of Clocks or the playful fun of Stop Thief! Time to hide my debit card.

Padstow Print Prom Dress £59.50 from Oliver Bonas
Padstow Print Prom Dress £59.50 from Oliver Bonas

How unbelievably gorgeous is this dress by Poem at Oliver Bonas? I did a little gasp when it arrived in my inbox. Firstly, I love Padstow so this dress was a winner before I had even looked at it properly. However, when I did have a closer inspection I discovered the prettiest print of pastel houses(!) and cute yachts! It’s all a bit dreamy.

Molly Macaron Smock Dress £55 by Mod Dolly
Molly Macaron Smock Dress £55 by Mod Dolly

Time for some macaron madness courtesy of Mod Dolly! I love this sweet loose fitting smock dress, especially with that gorgeous empire collar. I know I shouldn’t say this in a dress roundup but they also have this print in possibly the best two piece ever. Sorry, dresses.

Dolores Dress Summer Bouquet £65
Dolores Dress Summer Bouquet £65 by Collectif from Aspire Style

I hadn’t heard of Collectif before their dresses started appearing on the Aspire Style website by my goodness they are all about the twirly dress perfection. This super summery floral dress is just stunning. Look at those adorable buttons!

Unicorn Dress £46
Unicorn Dress £46 from Sugarhill Boutique

The new Sugarhill Boutique collection is making me very happy at the moment! So much pretty! I really love this handdrawn unicorn print which I think looks especially lovely against that dusky blue colour. Plus, you can always count on SB for a good sleeve.

Sunshine Shift Dress £45
Sunshine Shift Dress £45 from Miss Selfridge

This is such a lovely bright dress from Miss Selfridge! It looks like the sun exploded all over it! It makes me want to go on holiday.

Womens Printed Shirt Dress £14 from Peacocks
Womens Printed Shirt Dress £14 from Peacocks

And last but not least is the bargain of the week from Peacocks! I love a good shirt dress and the gorgeous vibant florals make this one a really winner. I usually find Peacocks dresses to be a decent length too, making them perfect for work.

Jx