Bristol Fashion Week SS15

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The red carpet has been rolled out in Bristol this week for the return of the South West’s largest fashion event, Bristol Fashion Week at The Mall. Thousands of stylish Bristolians will be strutting over to The Mall to catch one of the 17 catwalk shows, hosted by Lucy Watson from Made in Chelsea and Lorraine Kelly’s BFF/TV stylist Mark Heyes. This year the show has a travel theme, with the entrance of the purpose built pavilion styled as an airport departure lounge and each store has put together a cool collection of on-trend looks, based on gap years, summer holidays and safari chic.

We flew in on Wednesday night and, in true She and Hem style, were the last to board flight S/S15, with a one way ticket to the land of denim, swish 70’s and our personal favourite, brights. We saw so many outfits, the Bristol Fashion Week tailor must be swift. His career will certainly take off!

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After the show, we had a stop over at M&S in The Mall to check out the new Limited Edition collection, hang out with lovely local bloggers and eat ALL of the cheese. I (Victoria) fell in love with the Paisley Print Dress that Lily is beautifully modelling below and Jo’s yellow M&S Limited Edition No Peep Dress was certainly first class! In addition to her gorgeous M&S dress, Jo wore brown beads (old) also from M&S, spotty tights from UK Tights, Urban Outfitters boots and her Kate Spade bag. I wore a vintage 1970’s dress from Portobello Road with my brown Orla Kiely for Clarks heels and black tights from UK Tights. My belt is from New Look and black floppy hat from ASOS. We both accessoried with M&S flowers!

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Will we be seeing you at Bristol Fashion Week 2016?

V&J

Head in the Cath Kidston clouds

Head in the Cath Kidston clouds

You all know how much we love Cath Kidston (a quick glance at our Instagram should be enough to confirm that fact!) so we were on cloud nine when they invited us to style one of their gorgeous new prints! We love them all, naturally, but we’ve been truly smitten ever since we first caught a glimpse of the blue and white perfection that is the cloud print and decided the skies the limit in terms of how many clouds two girls can wear at the same time!

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When we originally left the house to take our outfit photos we were slightly dismayed to see a sky full of grey cloud! How totally unfitting, boo! However, after a fortuitous stop for tea and cake (and more cake), the skies cleared to make way for the most beautiful spring day! The moral of the story? Always stop for cake! We decided to make the most of this unlikely change in the weather and headed to one of our most favourite spots in Bristol, Brandon Hill. Not only is it Bristol’s oldest (and prettiest) park but it’s also home to Cabot Tower, AKA Rapunzel’s home, which you can climb up for the most the most spectacular view over the city! We had a fabulous afternoon making friends with the local squirrels (who were totally nuts for the cloud print, obvs) and pottering around the park.

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Victoria wore the Clouds Cotton Dress with Shirred Waist and teamed it with nude tights and her amazing white heels from ASOS. The shirred waist really makes this dress super flattering, especially as it’s so lovely and floaty! Hopefully this style is something we will be seeing more of from CK. I (Jo) wore the Cloud Cotton Skirt and Cloud Intarsia Jumper (which is in the sale FYI) and teamed them with white heart seam tights from UKtights and my faithful yellow shoes from Orla Kiely for Clarks. I also added an old hot air balloon necklace from New Look as I like to think it looks as though it’s flying through the clouds! Yellow is definitely a colour that makes this print pop and when it gets a bit warmer I will definitely be swapping my jumper for a yellow tee.

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The cloud print proved the perfect spring attire and we received many a compliment (as well as the odd confused glance) about our matchy matchy clouds! It’s just such a cheerful print and the beautiful blue really make it stand out. Bonus points to Cath for always including pockets in dresses and skirts! Pocket power all the way!

J&V

 

 

London Fashion Week AW15: Day Two

#LFW: Day 2 Street Style | Twinning Pastels | She and Hem | 2015
Photo by Celine Gaille for Runway Manhattan

We started off Day 2 of LFW with a trip to the Orla Kiely showcase (which we have written a post about here!). After that, we had some time to kill between shows, so we decided to go and check out the ever fabulous Somerset House. Pretty standard London Fashion Week activities I’m sure you will agree. What we are not so accustomed to is how we traveled there… in a stretch hummer! The lovely Kristabel from I Want You To Know captured this in her awesome Fashion Week Vlog. Be warned, the vlog does feature me (Victoria) getting a little over excited and doing what the kids are now calling #hummerdance.

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Photo by Yahoo
#LFW: Day 2 Street Style | Twinning Pastels | She and Hem | 2015
Photo by Yahoo
#LFW: Day 2 Street Style | Twinning Pastels | She and Hem | 2015
Photo by Jordan Brooks

I wore the Square Print Pleat Skirt Dress from The Whitepepper with probably the most worn item in my wardrobe ever, my yellow Ingrid Coat from Boden* (now in the sale!). I accessorised with fun spotty tights from UK Tights*, white ASOS Strike Heels and a yellow Westminster bag from Boden*. Jo wore a gorgeous Needle and Thread tulle skirt from ASOS, with a vintage blue jacket from Heartfelt Vintage and floral Emilie top from Boden*. Her Alice Heels are also from Boden and that glorious pink bag is Kate Spade.

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Image taken from ASOS Fashion Finder

Our jazzy outfits proved to be quite the hit on the cobbles, and we ended up popping up all over the place. Some of our favourite features we saw over the weekend were Yahoo’s best street style, ASOS Fashion Finder, STYLELDN and Boden Diaries. We had such a blast that we often struggled to pull our best ‘we are very serious about fashion’ faces.

We had quite a busy schedule that afternoon, but our favourite show was the couture collection from Hellavagirl. The show was a kaleidoscopic dream! Vibrant, dramatic and seriously sparkly. Just look at those incredible giant sequin bow headbands!

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Hellavagirl designer Helen with the models.

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Having been up since 7am and in need of a pick me up, we made use of our central location and decided to head back to base for a quick G&T and get changed into our chirpy Poppy frocks before heading out to our evening shows. Lady Gaga would be proud! I wore the Iris Navy Budgie Dress and Jo wore the Mable White Budgie Dress. Keep your eyes peeled and your beaks sharpened for a new Poppy post next week.

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London Fashion Week AW15: Day 3 coming next week, you lucky things!

V&Jx

Bristol Fashion Week SS15: Oasis Preview

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Hold on to your fedoras folks as Bristol Fashion Week kicks off next week at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway! BFW is always jam packed with fabulous high-street fashion and is a great opportunity to pick up on some top styling tips, as well as potentially spotting the odd celeb! It’s going to be a treat! We were therefore mega-excited when The Mall and Oasis invited us to come into their store and style an outfit based on the trends we will be seeing on one of the 17 catwalk shows that will be happening over five fashion-fueled days! A sneak peak at Fashion Week, as it were.

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Along with fellow lovely bloggers Megan from Briar Rose and Tara from The Style Rawr, we were let loose amongst the rails of Oasis at The Mall to put together our on-trend attire. Megan, Tara, and I (Jo) all flocked to the stunning monochrome pieces from the new Shadow Floral collection and raced back to the changing rooms. There was a rather bloggerific moment where we all pulled back the curtains to find ourselves in matching outfits! Can you blame us though? That monochrome duster is dreamy. Meanwhile, marching to the beat of her own fashionable drum, Victoria had bee-lined straight to her own monochrome ensemble choosing the fab Retro Flower Geo Print trousers and teaming them with the Libby Trimmed Crepe Tee. She added a pop of colour with a sunshine yellow Ponte Jacket and Cassie Courts and in doing so managed to nail two trends in one! What a pro.

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I decided on a quick change of style in order to mix things up and thought, as we have dabbled in pastels, florals, and seventies trends quite a lot recently, I would try my hand at embracing denim! I quickly nabbed the pretty Dita dress and proceeded to walk around the store like a lost lamb not knowing what on earth to team with it. Thankfully the lovely personal stylist at the store, Charlotte, recognised the fear in my eyes and within minutes had me wearing the most beautiful Suki Embroidered Fringe kimono and black ankle boots. She was like some sort of clothes wizard. I would never have chosen a kimono if left to my own devices but I loved it the moment I put it on!

Thanks for looking after us, Oasis! We are now suitably stylish and totally trendy enough to attend Bristol Fashion Week. Which is just as well really as Lucy Watson from Made in Chelsea is going to be hosting this year, along with regular host TV Stylist Mark Heyes, and she is not a lady we wish to disappoint! Big thanks also to Cafe Rouge for the yummy food and bubbly beforehand!

Bristol Fashion Week runs from 25th-29th March and you can find out more information and book your tickets here.

J&V

Double Thumbs Dresses #53

Hello hello and welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses! Our frocktacular roundup of the dresses deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval! What more could you ask for?

Hattie dress £69 from Boden
Hattie dress £69 from Boden

First up we have this bodacious beachy dress from Boden which features a super summery print of sailboats, parasols, and even the odd cheeky sunbather! Oh how I wish that could be me! It’s a lovely and flattering fit and flare shape from a brand which never fails to disappoint.

Red lips dress £50 from Lady V London
Red lips dress £50 from Lady V London

It’s time to pucker up and offer 50 of your best smackers as this delightful Lady V London lips print dress is sure to bring a smile to your face. Made in one of their signature 50’s shapes, this dress is destined for twirling in!

Seagull stripe dress £85 from Laura Ashley
Seagull stripe dress £85 from Laura Ashley

It’s time to flock to Laura Ashley who have brought out a lovely range of seagull print frocks! This stripey number with its nautical feel and fit and flare silhouette is my pick of the bunch. Plus look at those cute seagulls! They must be plotting something….

Cactus dress £59 by Emily and Fin
Cactus dress £59 by Emily and Fin

You’ll look pretty sharp in this cactus print dress from the marvelous Emily and Fin, which you can currently pre-order from Aspire Style. The dress is such a gorgeous colour and the white print with pink details looks perfect set against it. I’m going to be real prickly if I don’t get hold of this!

Botanical Specimen print dress £48 from Yumi
Botanical Specimen print dress £48 from Yumi at House of Fraser

What a botanical specimen you’ll look in this pretty Yumi dress! I’m not sure I have mushroom for anymore puns but I am a big fan of the casual crotch tortoise. More dresses should feature them.

Floral jacquard dress £85 from Warehouse
Floral jacquard dress £85 from Warehouse

I am in love with this stunning Warehouse prom dress. It’s the most beautiful shape and the floral jacquard print is just swoonworthy. Yellow and grey look set to be big colours this season and with a dress as knockout as this it’s not hard to see why.

Sweetie print dress £75 from ASOS
Sweetie print dress £75 from ASOS

Sweet dreams are made of this tasty ASOS dress which I can totally think of hundreds and thousands of reasons to buy. Number one being that it’s COVERED IN SWEETS, obviously.

Playful days dress £59.80 from Miss Patina
Playful days dress £59.80 from Miss Patina

Last but not least is this super cute dress from Miss Patina! It’s a lovely simple cream frock with nice striped detailing on the sleeves and, just in case you hadn’t noticed, it also features a massive cat face. Puuuurfect!

Jx

Akira + Neo Tokyo After Party: Watershed, Bristol.

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Now for something slightly different.  We love going to the cinema, even though we often dip into our overdrafts to pay for a She and Hem worthy amount of popcorn. We feel so privileged to live so close to Watershed, a venue and event space in the centre of Bristol which always provides such an excellent, diverse and interesting programme.  One event we definitely couldn’t miss (mainly because my (Victoria) OH would most certainly leave me if we did) was the showing of iconic anime film Akira, with added Neo Tokyo Party.

First, the film. Shown in the original Japanese with English subtitles, this was a particularly immersive way to first experience the influential, thrilling and visually dazzling world of Neo Tokyo. To those of you who have seen it, the film needs no introduction and I doubt I can do it justice. To those who have yet to experience Tetsuo and Kaneda’s technicolour adventure, please allow me to Samurais it for you;  loud, brilliant.

The party? 80’s computer games! Japanese food! Graffiti wall! It was all very exciting. As I am off to Japan for my honeymoon later this year, I was eager to pick up some tips about how to join a gang of delinquent cyberpunk bikers. Be sure to read my Japan review in October to see how I got on with that. Unfortunately we were unable to wear our favourite Kiyoko and Takashi manga cosplay outfits as we had both came straight from work. Also, it would have caused a huge Japandemonium! But please don’t be koi, and for goodness sake let us know if that is something you would like to see.

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I hope you enjoyed the post. I really bento-ver backwards thinking of all the puns.

V&J

London Fashion Week AW15: Day 1 OOTD

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During London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015, we spent three incredibly fun days attending shows, randomly bumping into blogger buddies and drinking several palm trees worth of Vita Coco. With British fashion stronger than ever, we were so happy to be in the capital for one of our favourite events of the year. Second only to pancake day, obviously.

On day one, with a strong coffee in hand, we headed over to Somerset House super early ready for the first show of the season, J.JS Lee. After the show, and before bumping into the lovely Joseph and Kristabel, we took a few outfit photos in the midst of all the fashionable fun. We were very kindly loaned a few beautiful items from the glorious Heartfelt Vintage in Bristol. I (Victoria) wore an original 1970’s black velvet skirt with a colorful jacket by House of Frou Frou, both from Heartfelt Vintage. My white shirt is from Marks & Spencer, the yellow square shoulder bag is vintage and my new favourite Dilly heels are Orla Kiely for Clarks. Jo’s floral 1950’s dress and vintage cloche also came from Heartfelt vintage, which she teamed with a black leather jacket from Marks & Spencer, a yellow Westminster bag from Boden and black round heel ankle boots from The Whitepepper.

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Joesph Kent from Unlimited by JK

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Keep an eye out for London Fashion Week Day 2 and 3 OOTD’s next week!

V&Jx

Bath Literature Festival 2015: Mary Portas

Bath Literature Festival 2015: Mary Portas

When perusing the fantastic lineup for this year’s Bath Literature Festival I was very excited to see that our very own Queen of Shops, Mary Portas, would be attending to speak about her new memoir, Shop Girl. I really love Mary Portas (and her sassy bob) so naturally when I was invited by the Bath Literature Festival to attend a couple of their events this was right at the top of my wishlist! Thankfully, despite being completely sold out and with a waiting list, they managed to squeeze myself and Kelly into the packed Banqueting Room at the beautiful Guildhall.

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I can now, with some authority, confirm that the official cut off point for being fashionably late is a measly three minutes as it was at 11.03 at which Mary graced the stage to begin an enthralling 60 minute discussion with the wonderful Viv Groskop. Mary spoke about what inspired her to write her memoirs (we can thank Kirsty Young) and discussed some of the more difficult chapters of her life and how they helped to shape the person she has become today. The importance of the high street, her belief that M&S needs a woman at the top and Ed Milliband’s inability to close a gate properly were all covered, along with the opportunity to address recent stories about her family in the papers. It was an incredibly inspiring and at times moving discussion during which Mary spoke with great humour, intelligence and eloquence. She really is fantastic!

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There was a book signing straight after the talk and, high on Mary Portas vibes, Kelly and I decided to join the masses and queue for a signature! We had both already bought the book after falling in love with the cover (that’s a totally acceptable way to judge a book, OK) so it was nice to be able to get them signed. Mary was just as lovely in person and even complimented our outfits and hair, much to our relief! We obviously couldn’t help but get a cheeky photo too!

Jx

Bath Literature Festival 2015: Austentatious

Bath Literature Festival 2015: Austentatious

We are taking a little break from the Fashion Week madness to bring you something a little more sophisticated. You see, when I (Jo) am not falling over the cobbles of Somerset House I am usually found in the Library, being a Librarian you see. And so it was that the lovely folk at The Independent Bath Literature Festival picked up on my book smarts and kindly invited me to attend a couple of their events! Refuse? How could I.

Having scanned their extensive (and impressive!) list of events I was immediately drawn to Austentatious, a completely improvised play done in the style of a Jane Austen novel. What frivolity!

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The play was held at The Forum in Bath, a building which I actually went to primary school a stones throw away from but had never actually ventured inside before. It’s a beautiful art deco building that was a cinema until 1969 and I loved how charming a space it was.

As we were seated we were asked to think of a name for a new Jane Austen novel and write it on our slip of paper. The cast members then proceeded to wander up and down the aisles for a good 15 minutes before the show collecting in the would be titles. I was impressed with how many audience members had pens about their person!

As the play began all the names were put into a wicker basket before one was plucked at random to perform. Previously performed titles include ‘Breaking Cad: Meth Comes to Pemberley’, ‘Die Hard With A Virtue’ and, my personal favourite, ‘Stone Cold Steve Austen’ so anything goes! As luck would have it, someone in the room had decided to be very topical indeed and had given their book the title ‘Who Cares What Colour “That” Dress Is?” much to the amusement of the cast and the audience!

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Without even so much as a moment to confer the 5 strong cast (plus their fabulous violinist) went straight into the most fantastic 60 minute play, which did indeed contain many a reference to ‘that dress’ and, for one scene, ‘that bonnet’.  It was outrageously impressive, especially as the cast remained onstage throughout the play. You can tell that they have a fantastic relationship and the way they bounced off each other as they improvised their way through each scene was a joy to watch. The audience was often left in fits of laughter, myself included.

If you’re in the area I would heartily recommend you check out what’s on at the Bath Literature Festival over the next week (full listings here). There’s such a fantastic range of events on offer including talks by David Nicholls, Emma Bridgewater, Kazuo Ishiguro and Mary Portas. As for Austentatious, they are currently on a UK tour and if they are coming anywhere near you I would absolutely suggest you go and see them. I am extremely tempted to get tickets for their Bristol show on March 7th and put ‘Stone Cold Steve Austen Two’ in the basket.

Jx

Although I received my ticket for free, this review is my honest opinion. With that in mind, the dress is obviously blue and black.