Champagne Super Nola

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As we are both lightweights very responsible drinkers, sometimes we know that gin is not the answer to every boozy question. Although we got the moves like Jäger at the weekend, if we fancy a weeknight drink, it needs to be lighter, so we were pretty excited when the postman delivered this huge box of delights from Nola. We saw this magical delivery as a fine excuse to invite our favourite ladies over for a good old catch up and to sample some sweet sweet spritz.

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Hidden inside the Nola box was a cocktail of delicious accompaniments to enjoy with the drinks, including delicious mini meringues from Meringue Girls and tip top popcorn from Propercorn. Nothing corny about that! Many laughs were had dancing around the dinner table, sipping from teacups and discussing our plans for Halloween. We wore our fun Emily and Fin dresses and thankfully felt more pickled than plastered at the end of our girly powwow.

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Have a great week Hemsters!

V&J

Eat, Drink and be Scary!

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The ghoulish festivities of Halloween are fast approaching and as a couple (blood)suckers for dressing up and decorating, we are obviously ready to indulge!  We went a little bats in our local Wilkos and ended up with all manner of horrific tat,  which actually ended up looking rather spooktacular once all thrown together!

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Those plastic spiders are a little too real, right? They caused many a momentary heart attack we can assure you!

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This may be hard to believe but we used even more make up than usual to create our bewitching looks, all of which came from Fragrance Direct*. It was harder than we imagined to create a fun, eerie but cheery look, so we give kudos to anyone with the skills to make over their whole face. We’re big fangs of your work! We decided to stick with our eyes, lips and hair, whilst goblin up all of the party food. Ghostly green muffin anyone?

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Smashing pumpkins.

J&V

Everything’s coming up Warehouse

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We managed to get a rare couple of days off work together this week and, after a few healthy hours of slobbing around in our PJs, decided to take full advantage of the beautiful Autumnal weather and headed out for a stroll.

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Feeling rather seasonal, we decided it was the perfect opportunity to go pumpkin shopping and ended up with two rather gorgeous specimens that we have named Phil and Grant. Normal friends take photos of their pumpkins in public, right?

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It was bizarrely warm for late October and we ended up casting our coats asunder for a proper play in the leaves as we had a good gossip and a catch up. We are so lucky to live next to such a gorgeous park!

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Inspired by our frocks, we attempted a bit of a sixties vibe by adding our Boden* coats and white tights. Both of our dresses are from Warehouse* and we thought the colours looked rather spiffing together! It’s always nice when quite basic styles have fun details, such as Victoria’s snazzy collar and the excellent buttons on mine! Victoria finished her look with shoes from New Look and I teamed my look with a Gallic Rooster beret* (hello old friend), Topshop shoes and a black belt from ASOS.

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Double Thumbs Dresses #46

Hello dress fans!

Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our selection of the top frocks on the block and, according to Rife Magazine, “the ultimate round-up of dresses to die for.” You can’t say fairer than that!

Double Thumbs Dresses | Hartland Dress in Porridge Squirrel £79
Hartland Dress in Porridge Squirrel £79 from Boden

We begin by going slightly nuts over this squirrel print dress from Boden. Oh, where to start with how perfect it is? Could it be that super flattering shape? Or the lovely long sleeves? Or perhaps it’s those front pockets? Or, just maybe, it’s all of the above plus the fact it’s COVERED IN SQUIRRELS (I mean it’s that one, obviously). Personally, I am rather partial to this ‘porridge’ colour scheme but there are two other options available, delightfully dubbed ‘navy squirrel’ and ‘faded fatigue squirrel’. I feel bad for not realising squirrels could get fatigued.

Double Thumbs Dresses | Squirrel Dress £55
Squirrel Dress £55 from There’s Only One Amy Laws

I hope you’ve, errrm, squirreled some money away as the cute critters are slowly taking over Double Thumbs! Just LOOK HOW CUTE THEY ARE! Amy Laws has done it again with this perfect print set against the most gorgeous full skirted emerald green frock.

Laura-May Dress £60 by Look Magazine for Little Mistress
Laura-May Dress £60 by Look Magazine for Little Mistress

Right, enough with the a-corny jokes. It’s time to get down to serious partaaay dress buisness courtesy of this little stonker from Little Mistress. Just look how super shiny it is! And the dogtooth herringbone print is a lovely touch too.

Double Thumbs Dresses | Off Shoulder Jewel Jacquard Bardot Prom Dress £85
Off Shoulder Jewel Jacquard Bardot Prom Dress £85 from ASOS

Sticking with the sparkles, how about this glitzy ASOS dress? I am still loving their off the shoulder bardot style frocks and the heavyweight jacquard material looks simply stunning. The whole look is set off by some pretty substantial looking jewel detailing, making it the *whispers* perfect Christmas party frock!

Double Thumbs Dresses | Juliette Cat Dress £90
Juliette Cat Dress £90 from People Tree at John Lewis

Meowsers tousers, I am really digging this cat print dress from People Tree! The teal colour is fab and I am really feline the size and simplicity of those sitting white kitties! Puuurfect.

Double Thumbs Dresses | Katnis £49.99
Katnis £49.99 from Voodoo Vixen

It’s raining cats and even more cats in this outrageously fun frock from Voodoo Vixen! The colour is wonderful and the black looks absolutely sublime against it! The scallop detailing on the neckline and pockets is the stuff my dress dreams are made of.

Double Thumbs Dresses | Susie Meow £49.95
Susie Meow £49.95 from Voodoo Vixen

And the Voodoo Vixen fun doesn’t stop there as they have also brought out the most perfect winter dress! Behold this vintage inspired wool frock which has the most marvelous butterfly collar. What a triumph!

Double Thumbs Dresses | Folk Bear Skater £55
Folk Bear Skater £55 from Sugarhill Boutique

Last but not least is this lovely folk bear print dress from Sugarhill Boutique. I can bear-ly contain my excitement for that super flattering square neckline! The stellar combination of those sleeves, that shape and the cuteness of the print makes this dress a bare wardrobe necessity!

 Jx

Ask Her Friends

Ask Her Friends October Panel

As fans of both shopping and lists, we are delighted to say that we have now joined the Ask Your Friends bloggers panel! Along with some of our blogger faves, every month we will be picking our top pieces from the Ask Her Friends website in order to help those who perhaps don’t have the same ability to spend hours online scrolling through websites shopping. We definitely have no such issue.

This month was an Autumnal theme and we had a great time searching for the perfect  pieces and, after a healthy narrowing down session, went for the following….

1) Hidden Heart Mittens by Eka. How sweet is that heart detail? Now if only it was cold enough to wear them!

2) The rather dapper Sherlock Brooch – And Smile  by the super lovely Tigerlilly Quinn which shows a seasonally stylish Sherlock ready to take on the elements. Oh, Benedict it would be an honour to pin you to our lapels….ahem, moving on.

3) Comes in the form of a Jo Malone French Lime Blossom Home Candle by The Collection because nothing says Autumn like a nice cosy candle and lime blossom just sounds divine!

4) We were instantly rather taken with Alice’s Teapot Necklace by By Emily and can just imagine it looking lovely worn with a nice mustard jumper! 

5) Finally we went for the incredible Fashionista Biscuit Tin by Biscuiteers which possibly isn’t particularly Autumnish but seeing as our Saturday nights at this time of year are now mostly spent in front of the TV chomping on sweet treats with Strictly on, it felt appropriate to us!

We recommend heading over to the Ask Her Friends website as they are running a competition to win a £50 gift voucher (hello biscuits!) simply for voting for your favourite panelist’s choices! We even promise not to be offended if you don’t choose us….however Sherlock will definitely judge you.

J&V

Tequila Mockingbird

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Happy Friday everyone! Most Fridays upon finishing work we head to an all night disco party home, put our pyjamas on and drink all of the gin. Sometimes with friends, but usually alone with our cats. Luckily, when we can persuade our pals (they do exist, honest!) to hang out with us, they all love a simple G&T too. Very fortunate, as we can be predictably lazy when it comes to the art of mixology. However, last weekend we decided to step out of our boozy comfort zone and hit the hard stuff. Fruity pink cocktails! When excitedly hitting the supermarket, we quickly realised that neither of us really knew how to make anything other than a snowball, so we had a little helping hand from the experts at thebar.com.

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Tequila Mockingbird Cocktails | She and Hem | Lifestyle

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Luckily for us, thebar.com is really simple to use, with a handy search function on the main page, you just type in a spirit that you like (it doesn’t have to be gin!) or a cocktail you would like to try and hundreds of tasty recipes will pop up in seconds. As most have been sent in by members of the site, there are lots of fun ideas with suitably charming names, and well, they just all look so pretty. As a gift to you our loyal readers, we decided to try and throw ourselves a She and Hem style cocktail party. With added massive birthday cake. No, it wasn’t anyone’s birthday, we just like massive cakes, ok?

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I’m pretty partial to a Prosecco (not that I like to wine on about it…), so I was very keen to try a French 21. Oh là là indeed! For some of the cocktails, we went a wee bit rouge with the ingredients to suit our tastes, but with the French 21, the only switch we made was using a lemon peel spiral rather than lime spiral. These were used a lot elsewhere, and we didn’t want them hogging all of the limelight…

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After lining up our top three cocktails from the evening, there was no clutching at straws and, in a strong field of creatively named confections, the clear winner was the decidedly more Ronseal Archers Peach Schnapps & Cranberry Juice. Easy to make, refreshing and fun. It was sodalicious!

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Cheers!

V&J

Emily and Fin for the win

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If you read this ol’ blog of ours with any degree of regularity, you will already be familiar with our love of London based brand, Emily and Fin (who now have their very own online shop!). Never ones to shy away from a novelty print, we have long been fans of their original designs and tendency to create drop dead gorgeous dresses. We were therefore rather delighted to be offered the chance to try out a couple of pieces from their stunning A/W collection which features, among others, deers (!), figure skaters (!), envelopes (!) and our chosen prints of skiers (!) and an ENTIRE tea party (!).

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As, regrettably, the limited  non-existent She and Hem budget meant we couldn’t jet off to the French Alps for a full blown ski themed post, we settled for the next best thing and jetted off down the road instead for a tea party at the beautiful Cox and Baloney. This lovely Bristol based vintage boutique and tearooms (and Emily and Fin stockist no less) has created an entire vintage tea party wonderland in their private ‘snug’ downstairs. We were in prop heaven!

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Seriously, we would happily move in! And just look at those dress prints! Victoria’s Grey Tea Time* dress features the most stunning selection of designs including toast, whisks, egg cups, tea canisters, cafetieres, dinner plates, a cuddly toy. You get the idea. She decided to let the print do the talking and went for bold red lips and nails over accessories and added some ladylike gold heels from Office to complete her look. I also decided to embrace a pop of red in order to compliment my delightfully retro Blue Skiers* print and added a red belt New Look and Orla Kiely for Clarks wedges. I’ve really been embracing white tights recently and felt they were the perfect way to finish this outfit off.

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As well as their inevitably wonderful prints, Emily and Fin dresses are usually available in at least a couple of their signature flattering shapes. We have previously always been Lucy girls, a shorter a-line style of dress with a full skirt, but both decided that a change was as good as a dress and plumped for the Sophie (we look forward to the Jo and Victoria styles, obvs). The Sophie is a semi-fitted style with a wide cru neckline and adorable batwing sleeves. We are both duly converted and love this shape! It’s also worth mentioning that both the Lucy and the Sophie have hidden pockets which is always a She and Hem deal-breaker.

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Many thanks to Emily and Fin for this wonderful treat, to Cox and Baloney for allowing us free reign in their snug and to our lovely friend Ailsa for giving up her Saturday morning to help us with the photos!

 

Couscous me if you can

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Let’s raise a slice of toast as we are happy to announce that we are having a baby now part of the Sainsbury’s Food Blogger Community. As food fanatics and big baking buffs (See Sushi! Cakes! Cheese!), we are pretty excited by this! To celebrate, we thought we would share our perfect lunch with you. Warning, this post will make you ravenous for giant couscous.

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This is the usually the part where you would find a detailed recipe and step by step instructions of how to create the masterpiece you see below, but that’s not really how we work here at She and Hem (but please do contact us if you would like tips!). We favour the ‘throw everything you like to eat into the trolley, twice if it’s on offer’ kind of cuisine. So instead of working from a list, we grabbed the ingredients that we thought would taste delicious with the couscous, such as halloumi, pomegranate seeds, avocado and some awesome little salad sprinkles and headed to the kitchen.
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The results were scrumptious. So much so that we took the leftovers to enjoy at a picnic the next day, and they tasted just as good! We have definitely caught the foodie bug and can’t wait for one of our favourite dates in any star bakers calender, next month’s Stir-Up Sunday.

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Pasta la vista Hemsters!

V&J

Putting the Win in Winter: Coats

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but the weather seems to have waved a fond farewell to sunshine and warmth and replaced it with rain, wind and a brisk chill. This is, of course, brilliant news as it means we can all finally justify buying those coats we’ve been stroking in shops since mid August. Marvelous. Here are some of our current favourites…

The Katy Coat £95.00
The Katy Coat £95 from Oasis

First up is this dreamy oversized blazer fit coat from Oasis. I adore the natural colour but if you want to be totally jazzy, it also comes in very bright shades of orange and yellow.

Kelsey Coat £125 from Louche at Joy
Kelsey Coat £125 from Louche at Joy

You won’t get the hump about the cold in this luxurious vintage camel number from Louche. If that faux fur doesn’t get you, the lining will – it’s covered in super cute animals!

Colette Coat £99
Colette Coat £99 by Hell Bunny at Aspire Style

Go dotty for this spotty retro Hell Bunny number. Giant buttons and pockets are clearly the way forward.

Stand Collar Swing Coat £19 from Forever 21
Stand Collar Swing Coat £19 from Forever 21

Forever 21 appears to be THE place to go for budget friendly winter coats. The above also comes in black and camel but they have a pretty enjoyable selection of plaid too.

Ronnie Coat £125
Ronnie Coat £125 by Louche at John Lewis

I think this gorgeous Louche number might be my current most coveted coat. I adore the pink, which thankfully seems to be still a big trend for 2014, but it also comes in a rather fetching shade of blue.

Check Coat £95
Check Coat £95 from Warehouse

This Warehouse coat is neatly ticking the pink, plaid and pockets boxes. Plus I do love a brushed fabric. It makes up for the fact I don’t own a cat.

Dolly Coat £33 (was £70) from ASOS
Dolly Coat £33 (was £70) from ASOS

I really rate the ASOS Dolly style coats, having bought one this time last year, and so I thought this was a bit of a bargain. I really like the ice blue colour above but, for a £16 extra, it also comes in the bright raspberry.

Frances Coat £110
Frances Coat £110 by Sugarhill Boutique at House of Fraser

If you like this sixties style Sugarhill Boutique number with its lovely fluffy collar and velvet (I think?) detailing then I suggest you step on it as it seems to be rapidly going out of stock.

Iris Dress Coat £129.99 from Fever
Iris Dress Coat £129.99 from Fever

The more I stare at this Fever coat the more convinced I am that we are meant to be together. Beautiful colour, beautiful collar and the perfect coat shape.

Swing Coat with Contrast Faux Fur Collat £85 from ASOS
Swing Coat with Contrast Faux Fur Collat £85 from ASOS

Last but not least is this lovely swing coat from ASOS. I think the swing style is super cute and flattering – plus it would totally hide any extra roast dinners! Good work, fashion. It’s also available in pink.

Jx

Yumi and Everyone We Know

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As Autumn approaches, the She and Hem weekend wardrobe progresses from novelty/pretty dresses, to novelty/pretty dresses with slightly longer sleeves and tights. Sometimes we go crazy and throw on a cardigan. It is an issue we really need to a-dress…along with our obsession with puns.

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She and Hem | Yumi Dresses | UK Tights

Whilst exploring the beautiful Bluestone National Park in Pembrokeshire last weekend, we plaited our hair, popped a picnic into our golf buggy and parked up at the lake. We had a lovely afternoon stroll to really relax after a busy morning of making waves in the pool and indulging in pastries at the bakery. It’s a hard life being a blogger, but like the bakers who made our pastries, we think we rise to the occasion. It’s the yeast we can do.

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Victoria: I wore my lace print prom dress from Yumi*. Although I absolutely love the design and texture of this dress, I’m not a big fan of a revealing neckline and when trying this dress on I felt far too insecure to wear it without a top underneath. Luckily, Jo lent me a mustard slip from Marks and Spencer, which covered my modesty without overpowering the white tones of the dress. The black big spot tights are from Gipsy via UK Tights* and the white heart shaped sunglasses are from Dahlia. My sumptuous gold block heels are from Topshop.

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Jo: I had planned to wear this gorgeous Dipsy Daisy Dress from Yumi* with a mustard slip underneath but mine miraculously disappeared…..I jest, I jest. I do love a good pop of yellow though so this dress with its mustard belt and detailing really did, errr, cut the mustard for me! It’s also a really flattering cut, with a jersey fabric and a neatly nipped in waist. I also adore the beautiful detailing on the daisies and have surprised myself by digging the dip-dye finish, which will no doubt inspire lots of terrible ‘has it run in the wash?’ jokes from my Dad. I accessoried with white tights from UK Tights*, shoes from Orla Kiely for Clarks and Topshop sunglasses (although our sunglasses were slightly interchangeable it would seem).

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 V&J