Pins and Needles

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I have just returned home from a rather splendid week on the jolly ol’ Isle of Wight. I hadn’t been for a good 12 years so it was nice to see that other than the odd lick of paint and the occasional WiFi hotspot, nothing has really changed at all!

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Sunshine was a bit of a hot commodity during my time on the Isle, so the first chance I got I headed straight for The Needles Park at Alum Bay, home of the iconic chairlifts! I’m pretty sure I used to get on these without a care in the world but old age has brought with it an unwanted fear of heights! It was worth it though as the view down to the sea and over to The Needles was as spectacular as ever.

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In keeping with She and Hem tradition, I made sure to dress accordingly to my surroundings and broke out this delightful lighthouse print dress from Yumi*. I adore all of the little nautical details on the print and I think the little blue lighthouses are just so pretty. I teamed it with the world’s most comfortable gladiator sandals from New Look*, Topshop sunglasses and my ‘Jo’ necklace from Tatty Devine.

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After embracing my inner Ariel on my new favourite rock, it was time for a little hike to get an even better view of those Needles. Pretty darn sassy, aren’t they? Although they’ll always look like big teeth to me.

Jx

Lush Blogger Evening

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Victoria wears Vintage polka dot dress | Jo wears Brown Riviera Vintage Silky Top and Brown Riviera Bistro Short both from Boden*

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A few Fridays ago we had the pleasure of attending a blogger evening at the Cribbs Causeway branch of Lush in Bristol. As big fans of their colourful bath bombs and ethical approach to creating natural cosmetics, we were super keen try out some new products and to catch up with local bloggers and fellow Lush fangirls Lily and Charlotte.

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What a slick event it was too! Comprising of five different stations to visit where the lovely Lush ladies (and gent) discussed hair, body, skin and sun care, as well as introducing us all to their pretty extensive make up range. The sun care products were particularly interesting, and we were suitably awed by the sunblock bar, a clever wash on, rinse off block of sun protection. This is a really novel way of avoiding conventional sticky lotion. As we all know, less time spent applying lotion = more time scoffing ice cream! That’s just basic beauty maths.

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Our favourite part of the evening was getting the chance to create our own Catastrophe Cosmetic face masks. Many blueberries were harmed during the making of the masks! After (extensively) testing the end product, we have both been genuinely taken aback with the results. After each application, our skin looks clean, clear and unusually healthy. Since getting our hands on these delights, we’ve become so obsessed that we’ve decided to try them all, even popping into the Brighton branch of Lush during our girly weekend away to pick up three more. We are both truly convinced that the calming Catastrophe Cosmetic makes our skin look and feel heaps better and would be interested to hear if others agree.

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What is your all time favourite Lush product?

V&J

Double Thumbs Dresses #43

Hello hello! It’s Double Thumbs time again! Our roundup of the dresses we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. Let’s begin! 

Guest of Honor Dress in Balloons £56.99
Guest of Honor Dress in Balloons £56.99 (ish) by Effie’s Heart from Modcloth

I think we’ve successfully established that we really appreciate a good hot air balloon print, especially when it’s on a dress! This Effie’s Heart dress from Modcloth therefore ticks all of the right She and Hem boxes. Plus it has a massive bow. You just can’t argue with that level of brilliance

Yours Truly Dress £59
Yours Truly Dress £59 by Emily and Fin available to Pre Order from Aspire Style
Tea Time Dress £59
Tea Time Dress £59 by Emily and Fin available to Pre-Order from Aspire Style

Speaking of brilliance, the Emily and Fin A/W collection has truly blown my novelty print loving socks off. For the impatient among you (hi), a few of the pieces are already available to pre-order from Aspire Style. Look at those adorable little envelopes! Look at those adorable little forks! I can also promise you skiers, roaming deer and figure skaters in the future. Crikey.

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Ava Long Sleeves in Brown Hardware Store £159 from Poppy

Yet more torture for the bank balance as Poppy have also unveiled their A/W collection. There are a lot of lovely new prints to choose from but I instantly fell for this hardware print frock. I just hope I don’t feel like a tool in it.

Juniper Boucle Dress
Juniper Boucle Dress £59 from Monsoon

It may be August (emphasis on the may. Sunshine, why do you hate us?) but I have already found a contender for my Christmas and New Year dress. I love this sparkly 60’s inspired number from Monsoon. So shiny.

Princess Dress in Ivory £125 from Pretty Eccentric
Princess Dress in Ivory £125 from Pretty Eccentric

Whilst we were in Brighton last week we discovered our new favourite shop, Pretty Eccentric. We spent an embarrassing amount of time cooing over all of the fabulous dresses and totally fell in love with this stunning lace princess dress. We really need to go to more balls.

Skater Dress with Contrast Belt £28
Skater Dress with Contrast Belt £28 from ASOS

There’s something ever so pleasing about this ASOS skater dress. I love the navy and white together and can imagine throwing it on for any occasion. The shape is gorgeous too. A perfect ‘go to’ dress.

Trees and Bluebell Print Dress £75
Trees and Bluebell Print Dress £75 by Uttam Boutique from Yumi

This is quite the gorgeous print dress from Uttam. I adore the beautiful trees and flowers but those colours just take it to a whole other level of dreamy. Perfect.

Shift Dress in Scuba in Cat Print with Peplem Hem £38
Shift Dress in Scuba in Cat Print with Peplem Hem £38 from ASOS

Well, it seemed unlikely we were going to get through a Double Thumbs without any cats didn’t it?  Thank you dear ASOS for making this ridiculous purple pussy dress of wonder.

T-Shirt Smock Dress in Egg Print £55 from THE WHITEPEPPER
T-Shirt Smock Dress in Egg Print £55 from THE WHITEPEPPER

It’s no yolk, this really is an egg print smock dress! THE WHITEPEPPER have really gone to town with their Fry Up collection and I have to say it really is cracking. I know there will be a massive scramble for these so I’m going to buy one before they all get poached.

Sorry

Jx

Have you read Double Thumbs Dresses #42? 

Hem and Away: Gin Bop

Hem and Away : Gin Bop

Last Friday, after hanging out with some giant perfume bottles, we made our way to the real reason we were in London….Gin Bop! As big lovers of both gin AND bopping, we knew this going to be our sort of time! Held at the Rivington Grill in Greenwich, Gin Bop was a ticketed event which granted you access to an evening of live jazz, gin based games (!), a hog roast and, of course, gin!

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Experts from Hendrick’s, Beefeater, Tanqueray, Langley’s No.8 and Bombay Sapphire were all on hand to whisk up delicious cocktails from their respective bars (or buses, in Hendrick’s case). Being Hendrick’s girls at heart, we headed straight for their station which was parked up alongside the hog roast. A dream combination if ever there was one. Their delightful bartender served us two yummy Flora Doras in teacups which we then took onto their bus with us. Sadly the bus was candle lit and our already struggling camera simply couldn’t cope so you’ll have to take our word for it that it was pretty darn great.

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Jo is wearing a dress from Topshop (bought in the January sales) with M&S shoes. Victoria is wearing a dress from Primark with a belt from New Look and Topshop shoes.

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We then headed upstairs to Tanqueray who had a lovely sofa filled area all to themselves! We had a good chat with their bar men about the cocktails on offer (all the stations had a menu of three) but, in all honesty, we knew the moment we saw the slush machine what was going to happen! Behold, the Tanqueray Frozen Aviation, the most grown up slush puppie you will ever see. It was delicious!

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We were already feeling a little bit squiffy after two cocktails but we persevered onwards to both Langley’s and Beefeater (Soz Bombay Sapphire). Unfortunately, neither of us were big fans of our Langley’s cocktails (a No.8 Fizz and a New Orleans G&T) so we decided to leave them (I know!) and instead headed to Beefeater who lured us in with talk of Earl Grey. Thankfully this cocktail more than made up for the disappointment of our previous drink and we ended the night on a high…and a hic.

J&V

A big thanks to Hendrick’s for the tickets! You delicious people.

Hem and Away: Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop

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Last Friday, whilst sitting on the train from Bristol to London, we came across #MJDaisyChain on Twitter. Never ones to ignore a good hashtag, we were quick to discover that our trip to the capital had fortuitously coincided with a Marc Jacobs Pop-Up event in Covent Garden!

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The Tweet Shop was promoting the Marc Jacobs Daisy fragrance, which just happens to be a favourite of ours (and of everyone else, really) and worked using a cashless system where customers were instead encouraged to exchange tweets for products! See how Victoria cleverly demonstrates tweeting.

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We began by tweeting in exchange for a sample of perfume and both plumped for the newest Daisy scent, Daisy Dream. We decided that if it smelt as pretty as it looked, we were onto a winner! We then began checking out all of the other products on offer which included keyrings, manicures or a man with an excellent beard serving you hot drinks and macarons! Delightful. There was also a very exciting wall of goodies! If you were really lucky your tweet could win you sunglasses, a handbag or even a puppy perfume!

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Victoria is wearing a floral dress from Primark and a spotty bangle from Cath Kidston. She was probably wearing shoes too.

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Jo is wearing an ice lolly print dress from Emily and Fin (bought from Thundegg), black flats from M&S and a watch from Olivia Burton

Rather marvelously, thanks to the lovely Amelia (xameliax), we were really lucky and were both able to upgrade our sample sizes of Daisy Dream for 50ml bottles! We celebrated by playing with the giant perfume bottle props that were so heavy our arms still ached the next day!

J&Vx

Nurture Juices Cleanse and Detox Review

And now for something slightly different! Regular readers will know I have a keen appreciation for the sweeter things in life, but while even a fleeting glance at this here blog may suggest otherwise, I do eat things other than cake. In fact, I actually do like to try and eat healthily. That said, I could definitely do with some help and guidance from a professional, and so jumped (off the sofa) at the chance to sample one of Nuture’s delicious sounding “10 of your 5 a day” detox programmes. The programme provides a veritable buffet of tasty treats, designed to form the basis of a wholesome, nutritious diet, or to complement a healthy, active lifestyle. I was pleasantly surprised when this colourful bunch arrived.

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18 bottles of juice, 7 probiotic mixes and 5 servings of raspberry protein! Not being particularly (or at all) familiar with such a diet, I was a bit overwhelmed initially. Fortunately, Nurture provide some helpful guidance on their website on how best to integrate all of this into your lifestyle, whatever you are trying to achieve. For me, I felt options 3 and 4 were the most appropriate. Not, as you might have guessed, because of my “athletic training” regime, but because as I often find myself in need of a pick me up when at work and with little time (or willpower) to choose the healthy option! As Nurture say, the juices are a great grab and go solution, nutrient rich, filling yet low calorie. Sounds perfect!  

In the spirit of the Nurture way, I sampled all of the juices as part of a relatively active daily lifestyle, and some after a spot of light exercise. Without further ado, let me take you on a raw, unpasteurised tour of the juices…

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First up, Re-energise. This had what I would call a typically juice-y, sweet smell. The texture was smooth, with passion fruit the dominant flavour, and a slight tartness that lingered after I’d finished. Not bad at all.  

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Rehydrate certainly felt healthier than the first! The (so hip right now) coconut water and grapefruit was fresh, pleasingly bitter and decidedly un-sugary. This one is packed with electrolytes, ideal for replenishing the body after a run. I won’t claim I was out running marathons when I drank this, but after a day on my feet, this was a welcome refreshment. Very nice indeed, but then…

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That colour can only mean one thing – my friend and yours, the beetroot, champion of anti-oxidants. Revive was my favourite so far, the earthy beetroot flavour most prominent on the nose and tongue, with the blueberry and pear coming through after. Rather delicious, and with a more robust texture than the previous two. Given my love of beetroot, I expected no other juice to hold a candle to this. However…

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The best of the bunch! With the body provided by the kiwi puree and watercress, this certainly felt the most substantial and filling of the juices. The apple provided a delicate sweetness, while the mint and cucumber was fresh and distinctive. And I don’t even like mint! The only downside was that the ginger wasn’t as prominent as I would have liked. A bit more of that, and this would have been even better! If you’re into your anti-ageing B-complex vitamins (and who isn’t?), Refresh is the one for you.

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The last of the juices I tried, and I was already pining for Refresh. I needn’t have worried though, as Replenish more than made up for the end of programme blues. Similarly substantial, with the spinach, celery and cucumber doing the nutritional legwork and the apple and orange doing the rest. Tasty stuff, and apparently a wonder for skin.

If you’d like a whopping half price discount on the Nurture Juices, just enter the code ‘sheandhem’!

Victoria

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2014 Part Two

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So, as promised, here we are back for our second day of Feista fun! In previous years, we have been all about finding a convenient hill to watch the early morning mass ascents from but a quick look at the fiesta program shed light on the prospect of bacon. Yep, we set our alarms for 5.20am all in the name of ‘breakfast and balloons’.  And glorious it was too.

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The atmosphere at the morning ascent was just wonderful and we had such a lovely time drinking tea, eating our bacon sandwiches and watching the balloon teams preparing for launch. We have already decided that we will be attempting at least one early morning next year too.

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Jo wears Brown Riviera Vintage Silky Top and Brown Riviera Bistro Short both from Boden* with Topshop sunglasses and Vedra shoes from Solillas* (pictured below)

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Victoria wears Festival Sweatshirt and Boho Shorts both from Boden* with a navy top from Blackspade*, sunglasses from Accessorize and shoes from New Look* (pictured below)
Victoria wears Festival Sweatshirt and Boho Shorts both from Boden* with a navy top from Blackspade*, sunglasses from Accessorize and shoes from New Look* (pictured below)

Incredibly, despite the insanely early start, we still managed to coordinate our co-ords, which are both from Boden*.

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J&V

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2014 Part One

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Bristol is a city that blimmin’ loves its hot air balloons. It is certainly not unusual to see them gracefully floating over our beautiful city at any time of the year and, quite frankly, I’m not sure you can call yourself a true Bristolian until you’ve been woken up by the sound of a balloon that’s possibly about to land on your roof. It’s a novelty that never wears off, trust us.

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So, it’s no shock then that we are massive fans of the annual International Balloon Fiesta, held at Ashton Court. This free (FREE!) event is in it’s 36th year and without blowing too much hot air, is one of the greatest things in the world. Ever. Seeing over a hundred balloons fill the sky is one magical sight, you might even call it an uplifting experience.

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We hope you have enjoyed our ballooning experience as we went back for more the next day! Look out for part two!

J&V

 

Above Bristol – A Hot Air Ballooning Exhibition

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On Friday evening I popped along to The Island in the centre of Bristol to view the Above Bristol exhibition, organised by Fiesta Fringe. The exhibition displays the resulting artwork of five lucky Bristolian artists who were sent up, up and away on a balloon flight over the city and asked to create a piece of art inspired by their journey. It was certainly uplifting! 

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Artists featured include Hannah Carding, Pete Dalby, Lindsay McBirnie, Carrie Pooler and Jenny Urquhart and there are additional balloon-inspired pieces by Andrew Bill, Emily Ketteringham and Cath Read. I’ve included some of my top picks in this post, but there is plenty more to see at the exhibition, including Fuller’s incredible Bristol map, which I could happily gaze at all day long.

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So don’t be a basket case, if you’re in the area head down to Above Bristol and catch the art before it’s too late! Admission is free and the exhibition runs until 13th August 2014.

Victoria

A Lark in the Park.

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Last Friday after indulging in a jolly gin-fueled tea party to celebrate all of those little life achievements that often get neglected due to busy schedules, we decided to throw on our new summer glad rags and head to our local park to continue the party! We are so thrilled that we did as we were greeted by a colourful mini-meadow of beautiful flowers.

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Victoria: I wore a black embroidered trim playsuit from Rare* with over-sized sunglasses from Accessorize. My super bright orange nail polish is from Missguided and oh boy, I have found the comfiest shoes ever! They are handmade Menorcan sandals from Solillas*. I had planned on saving these for my upcoming holiday to Tunisia, but when I tried them on with this playsuit I was pleasantly surprised about how perfectly the turquoise complimented the embroidery, and the stylish deal was done. Marvelous!

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Jo: I adore this lovely floral summer dress from Rare*, the beautiful shades of green and orange look so pretty together and it’s just so easy to wear! It doesn’t crease (praise be!) and the slightly heavy material means there is no risk of a breezey disaster. Perfect English Summer wear! I accessoried it simply with a pair of cream Faith brogues from the Debenhams sale and my go to Topshop sunglasses. Oh, and about one million flowers.

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We’re hoping the weather stays this lovely all weekend for this years Bristol Balloon Fiesta!

V&J