Double Thumbs Dresses #56

Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! Let’s crack on….

River Fish Cotton Dress with Shirred Waist £60 by Cath Kidston
River Fish Cotton Dress with Shirred Waist £60 by Cath Kidston
River Fish Mono Cotton Beach Dress £55 from Cath Kidston
River Fish Mono Cotton Beach Dress £55 from Cath Kidston

Oh my cod, things are certainly getting a bit cray cray at Cath Kidston HQ thanks to their delightful new river inspired prints! As a self-confessed CK addict, I have naturally fallen hook, line and sinker for all things underwater! I am loving the colourful fish number with its shirred waist (as seen on the cloud dress) but how beautiful does the blue and white sundress look? I think Summer 2015 is going to be the time and plaice for fishy fashion!

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

Surfs up! I love this fab new Hawaiian inspired prom dress from Oliver Bonas, which has a gorgeous pastel pallet and features some very lovely surfers riding the waves. I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to be accessoried with sunglasses, a beach and a Pina Colada. That’s what I’ll be doing anyway.

Iris Shirt Dress in Red Graphic Geo £79 from Boden
Iris Shirt Dress in Red Graphic Geo £79 from Boden

I am all about shirt dresses at the moment and this 1950’s inspired number from Boden is ticking all the rights boxes. That geo print is just retro heaven and the whole thing just looks fantastically flattering. I would happily trot into work in this first thing and then head straight out for drinks in it come 5. Living the dream…

Gretal Stripe Sundress £55 by Louche from Joy
Gretal Stripe Sundress £55 by Louche from Joy

This is possibly the most cheerful dress I’ve ever seen but, gosh darn it, who doesn’t love a bright, multi-coloured chevron dress? It also has super deep pockets so you can store extra sunglasses for your friends to borrow when they realise they can’t look directly at you. Excellent summer dress work, Louche.

How Sweet Cactus Dress in White £45 by Somedays Lovin' from Urban Outfitters
How Sweet Cactus Dress in White £45 by Somedays Lovin’ from Urban Outfitters

I didn’t know the cactus was able to look so pretty but Australian brand Somedays Lovin’ have created this super lovely print featuring a whole prickly bunch of them! I really love the laid back style of this dress and look forward to floating around in it on a hot day (did someone say something about a beach and a pina colada?).

Wild at Heart Dress £55 from There's Only One Amy Laws
Wild at Heart Dress £55 from There’s Only One Amy Laws

We always adore anything by Amy Laws and this 1950’s style floral affair is no exception! The dusky blue colour of the dress is gorgeous and who doesn’t want foxgloves growing around their hemline?

Dolores Doll Atomic Flamingo Print Dress £60 from Collectif
Dolores Doll Atomic Flamingo Print Dress £60 from Collectif

I thought the pom poms of last week were possibly going to be my Double Thumbs Dresses highlight of the year but here I find myself typing the words ‘atomic flamingo print’ and now I not so sure! This Collectif dress is brilliantly bonkers and features an array of watermelons, bannanas, pineapples and ummm ATOMIC FLAMINGOS (??!!). It might be the best thing I’ve ever seen.

Jx

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#shoeboxjukebox with Next

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A couple of weeks ago, an exciting email from Next popped into our inbox inviting us to the #shoeboxjukebox party in London’s Trendy Shoreditch™. Not only that, but we were asked to choose any pair of shoes from their website to wear to the event! After several hours browsing and whatsapping potential choices to one another, we went mad for monochrome and I (Victoria) chose the white Forever Comfort Leather Sandals and Jo chose the black Suede Wide Heels.  I was particularly pleased to see that Next stock half sizes to cater for irregular tootsies like mine. I do love a good half size, so bravo Next! We’ve both agreed our choices are going to be staples in our Spring/Summer wardrobes. A perfect fit!

We’re so glad we made the trip to London, as the event was one of the best we’ve been to in a while, and not just because of the endless supply of food! After being laced (ho!) with a few free cocktails, we were in a suitably merry mood, and in addition to watching the fab flash mob of dancers performing to songs straight outta the jukebox, it was a great chance to catch up with blogger pals over some salted caramel balls! There was no need for any sole searching on the night either, as the venue was decked out in the shiny new collection for us all to have a peep (toe) at. We tried (and failed) to win one of the pairs in a genuinely tense game of ‘Higher or Lower?’, grabbed a marvellous mini manicure and tried (and failed) to customise some trainers. You could say we really shoehorned in a lot of activities!

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Thanks to Next and Company Magazine for holding such a fabulous event!

V&J

Double Thumbs Dresses #55

Hello dear reader! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval. I can tell you hand on heart that this, the 55th edition, has truly tested the limits of my bank balance. Send help.

Print Me Pretty Dress Paris £68.80 from Miss Patina
Print Me Pretty Dress Paris £68.80 from Miss Patina

Or, preferably, send me this dress! I can’t even bring myself to look at the Miss Patina website at the moment for fear of the damage I might do. Everything is just so incredibly beautiful! This Parisian print is my pick of the bunch thanks to that super adorable illustration. What an Eiffel.

French Market dress £89.95 by Joules
French Market dress £89.95 by Joules from John Lewis

Oui oui! I am obviously taking my inspiration from the French as this market town print dress from Joules is also pickling my onions. How dreamy is that 50’s shape? and the colours are simply gorgeous.

Daisy Spray Beach Dress £50 from Cath Kidston
Daisy Spray Beach Dress £50 from Cath Kidston

It’s bright yellow, it’s got polka dots AND it’s Cath Kidston…..what’s not to love? I’m slightly obsessed with those thick straps and the polka dots are, prepare to sound the twee klaxon, actually super cute daisies! Oh CK, you sure do know the way to my floral loving heart. I think this is the perfect dress for Summer.

Beach hut short sleeve shirt dress £40 by Brakeburn
Beach hut short sleeve shirt dress £40 by Brakeburn from House of Fraser

I’ve been waiting ages for a good beach hut print (I know, I know, haven’t we all) and one has finally appeared thanks to Brakeburn. I love this little shirt shift dress (easy for you to say) as the short sleeves, little collar and tie waist make it super easy to wear!

Parasol Print Dress £22 from TU
Parasol Print Dress £22 from TU

There’s nothing shady about this parasol print dress from TU although you will have to leave your house in order to obtain it as it’s not available online. Boo you, Sainsbury’s! It’s a gorgeous print though and I love the the green and blues together. Let’s just hope it hasn’t para-sold out (sorry).

Dress With All Over Pom Pom Print & Detail £65 by Lazy Oaf
Dress With All Over Pom Pom Print & Detail £65 by Lazy Oaf from ASOS

Pom pom hem! This Lazy Oaf dress has an actual pom pom hem! Made out of pom poms! If Victoria and I ever decide we need blogger nicknames I am totally having ‘pom pom hem’ as mine. What a thing! Even aside from the whole pom pom hem thing, this dress is obviously brilliant with an all over multicoloured pom pom print. POM POM.

Barcelona Dress £39 by Louche from Joy
Barcelona Dress £39 by Louche from Joy

I adore this red 50’s inspired dress from Louche. It looks so pretty and I love the detail that has gone into the print and the beautiful looking hem, which is apparently a unique broderie analgise hem dontchaknow. Whatever it is it’s lovely and it looks very flattering too!

Sing For Your Summer Dress £55 by Trollied Dolly
Sing For Your Summer Dress £55 by Trollied Dolly

Last but not least we have a Trollied Dolly strawberry dress that is ripe for picking! It’s certainly a berry good print and looks lovely set against the peachy tone of the dress. I would definitely accessorise this one with lashings of cream!

Jx

1 Hot Bath Street, Bath Boutique Stays

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As you may know, we love spending time in Bath…..not just to keep ourselves clean you understand, but also to eat, be entertained and get pampered! Although it’s only a short train ride back home to Bristol, we just couldn’t refuse when we were offered the chance to stay in the tub a little longer and have a snazzy sleepover at the incredible 1 Hot Bath Street. There wasn’t a rubber duck in sight!

1 Hot Bath Street is one of the insanely gorgeous properties owned by Bath Boutique Stays. There is certainly nothing wishy-washy about this accommodation, it’s a Georgian dream! It sleeps up to twelve people in four bedrooms over three floors, but you may not be surprised to hear that we just couldn’t bear to leave each others sides and ended up bunking in together! After all, it wouldn’t be a real sleepover if we were on different floors, would it? It definitely didn’t have anything to do with the idea of being alone in a massive townhouse, no sirree. We needn’t have worried though as we slept soundly and felt very secure indeed! We were also pleasantly surprised not to be disrupted by any late might revelers, which was impressive as the property is right in the centre of Bath. Top marks!

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We had so much fun exploring all the rooms and admiring all of the detail that has gone in to creating such a fab space. We would have gladly taken a lot of the furniture home with us! They really have done an excellent job of creating a modern contemporary space whilst being faithful to this beautiful 200 year old townhouse and we really appreciated the local touches they have incorporated too. Our bedroom (which we chose because we liked its lamp so much) overlooked one of our favourite Bath hotspots, Thermae Bath Spa. Sadly we didn’t have time to pop along this time, but what an excellent excuse to stay again! I (Victoria) will be dropping lots of subtle hints to my exceptionally beautiful, intelligent and generous bridesmaids over the next few weeks as I’ve recently discovered the Roman Goddess Gold Hen Spa Package and HELLO, it sounds incredible. Vintage tea party! Cocktail making! Makeovers! Spa! It sounds like my perfect hen do. Hint hint.

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I think possibly our favourite room in the house was the kitchen, which has a beautiful breakfast bar area and everything you could wish for having a big celebration with family or friends, including cake stands, picnic baskets and even champers. They really have thought of everything. Naturally we had to have some champagne whilst we were there, as you really shouldn’t have Bath without bubbles!

She and Hem

Gaga for Superga

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Whilst in Bath recently for Bath in Fashion, we stumbled across a new store that has recently opened, Superga. The store instantly caught our attention as it is filled with shoes of every colour imaginable. A great feet indeed! We popped in and got a little carried away trying on the Italian beauties. The store was so buzzing that we felt slightly embarrassed that we’d never heard of the brand before. Luckily, the staff didn’t give us the boot!

After trying on several (hundred) pairs and discounting any cobblers, we chose our favourites. Jo picked the Superga 2750 Jutau in Grey*, and Victoria went for the Superga 2750 Cotu Classic in Sunflower*. We are total converts, especially after finding out fellow blonde duo Mary-Kate and Ashley were made creative directors for Superga US in 2011 and our girl crush Suki Waterhouse was their brand ambassador last year. Err, how do we apply for that job? If you are ever in London, Guildford or Bath, hightop it over to one of the seven UK stores and let us know which colour you choose!

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Got to run, see you loafer!

V&J

Log Ladies

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Happy Easter everyone! We hope you are all suitably stuffed with chocolate and are now enjoying a nice relaxing food coma on the sofa. That’s what we’ll be doing for the foreseeable future and pretty darn great it is too. However, before we consumed an unreasonable amount of sugar, we went on a rather lovely sunny stroll around the neighborhood to take some outfit snaps featuring a couple of beautiful new Emily and Fin dresses.

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Emily and Fin always do such wonderful shapes but we were both really keen to try out the ‘Jessica’ which is in a lovely sleeveless shirt style with concealed buttons all the way down the front of the dress. We had both commented that this style of dress was perhaps a little different for us and with both prints available in different shapes we were a little worried we had put all of our Easter eggs in one basket (boom boom). We needn’t have worried though as the ‘Jessica’ is the most flattering cut and the shirt detailing with the tailored collar is a delight. We are both rather in love, especially at it also has concealed pockets! Perfect for stuffing your chocolate wrappers in.

The vintage inspired prints are, as always with Emily and Fin, completely stunning with Victoria’s western inspired Green Cowboys dress* looking yee-hawt when teamed with her denim jacket from Waxen at Joy*. She accessorised simply with a brown belt from Accessorize and brown ankle boots from Clarks, which perfectly complimented the colours and western style of the dress. Victoria likes a bit of ranch dressing, you might say. I (Jo) teamed my gorgeous Vintage Hawaiian print dress* with a super bright pink jacket from Louche at Joy* which I think looks great set against the delightful blues of the dress. I continued my brights theme with a yellow woven clutch from Boden* and finished off with a gold belt and some trusty patent shoes from Faith. I like a bit of island dressing, you might say.

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After doing a lot of fashion-easter posing, we rewarded ourselves with Easter cakes, coffee and games(!) at The Bristolian cafe before stumbling across the most wonderful Alice in Wonderland graffiti on our walk home. We couldn’t help but take a few (hundred) more snaps!

J&V x

 

 

Double Thumbs Dresses #54

Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses and a very happy Easter to you all! It’s time once again for our frocktacular roundup of the dresses deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval….

Sunflower Dress £59 from Dickins & Jones
Sunflower Dress £59 from Dickins & Jones
Candy stripe dress £59 from Dickins and Jones
Candy stripe dress £59 from Dickins and Jones

First up we have two gorgeous tea dresses from Dickins & Jones at House of Fraser, who for me are totally hitting it out of the park when it comes to vintage inspired fashion! The first frock features a stunning yellow sunflower print that will certainty turn heads! I just love the little v-neck detail and the nipped in waste will make it super flattering and easy to wear. The second is such a cute little dress with a candy stripe print, rounded collar and little buttons to fasten it up at the back. It also has a lovely bow belt! Both dresses would make the perfect additions to any spring/summer wardrobe and I fear both are destined to be mine!

 Seaside Print Dress £20 from George
Seaside Print Dress £20 from George

Hold the phone, this beautiful seaside print dress is a supermarket bargain! How gorgeous is that print? The colours are simply fabulous and I cannot believe that it’s only £20. My size is currently out of stock on the website (sob) so I will be elbowing my way around my nearest ASDA until I find one!

Blue Summer Cocktails £75 from Emily and Fin
Blue Summer Cocktails £75 from Emily and Fin

And after all that elbowing what better way to celebrate than with a cocktail? I feel this fifties style sundress from Emily and Fin would be just the ticket! It’s so much fun! I adore the red and blues together and it’s such a fab summer print. Mojito, anyone?

Vintage Shift Dress in Geo Print £55 from ASOS
Vintage Shift Dress in Geo Print £55 from ASOS

I full on gasped when I saw this stunning ASOS dress. That’s how much I love it! It’s like the vintage dress of my dreams and I just want to wear it everywhere with some massive hair and some equally massive sunglasses. Gimmie.

Dinosaur Smock Dress Multicolour £55 from THE WHITEPEPPER
Dinosaur Smock Dress Multicolour £55 from THE WHITEPEPPER

This THE WHITEPEPPER smock dress is pretty dino-mite, amiright? It’s such an adorable print and the playful childlike design works perfectly with the shape of the dress. I want to swoosh around in it! I also really love the blue underlayer which really makes the dress standout.

Festival Bunting Print Smock Dress £50 from Sugarhill Boutique
Festival Bunting Print Smock Dress £50 from Sugarhill Boutique
Ice Lolly Print Midi Fit and Flare Dress £55 from Sugarhill Boutique
Ice Lolly Print Midi Fit and Flare Dress £55 from Sugarhill Boutique

Last but not least we have these two wonderful frocks from Sugarhill Boutique, who always know the way to my novelty print loving heart! Elephants and bunting you say? Sure, why not. Fab and rocket ice lollies? Consider it done! Both prints are totally delightful but I would expect nothing less from the masters of the playful print.

Jx