Girls with curls and Sugarhill Boutique

Girls with curls and Sugarhill BoutiqueGirls with curls and Sugarhill Boutique

Last Wednesday we both managed to have the day off work so took the opportunity to pack in a full day of blogging fun in beautiful Bath! Naturally it wouldn’t be a proper blogger day out without taking some outfit photos so after having our hair perfectly cut and curled by the delightful ladies at Frontline Style (our full review will be up on Total Bath shortly so keep your eyes peeled locals) we frolicked around near some of our favourite Bath buildings in some super lovely Sugarhill Boutique pieces.

We both adore the fun and feminine style of Sugarhill boutique so it was an absolute joy to be able to choose and style a few of their Summer pieces! We are both usually drawn to their quirkier prints (dogs, lollies, massive toucans – that sort of brilliant shenanigans) but thought this might be a nice opportunity to try something a little different.

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Victoria chose the gorgeous blue Stripe Organza Midi Skirt* which looked breathtakingly good as she swished her way around Bath! It’s so elegant and flattering and looked perfect when teamed with the white Emma Shell Top* which features a very pretty broderie detail. She finished her look with her white Forever Comfort sandals from Next* and an extra pop of colour in the form of her staple Boden Westminster handbag*.

I went for the vintage inspired Aurora dress* which features the most beautiful pastel floral print. The colours look stunning and the fit and flare cut make it such a comfortable dress to wear. I was, as always, thrilled to discover the dress has pockets which I will no doubt be stashing all manner of things into at a Summer wedding near you! I teamed the dress with sheer dotty tights from Pamela Mann at MyTights*, a mustard belt from Primark, cream brogues from Faith at Debenhams (old) and, seeing as great blogging duo minds think alike, an extra pop of colour in the form of my staple Boden Milan clutch*!

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Oh to have a personal hairdresser!

J&V x

Into the bluebell woods

Into the bluebell woods
Sunglasses by Moschino at TKMaxx | T-shirt (old) by Marks and Spencers | Skirt by Boden* | Bag by Boden*

I hope you all had a joyous long weekend! I spent most of my time eating, drinking and indulging in total Eurovision madness but somehow I also managed to find some time for a little bit of nature when I took a trip to nearby Prior’s Wood! You might say I’m combating the post bank holiday blues with some post bank holiday bluebells! That totally works, right?

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Oh gosh, it’s so pretty isn’t it? I do love this time of year and it’s always wonderful to find a hidden gem on your doorstop. Prior’s Wood is only a 20 minute drive away from Clifton in Bristol and even when the bluebells aren’t in season there’s still so much to admire whilst taking a stroll around this ancient woodland. I’m particularly excited about their Autumn ‘fungus foray’. A date for the diary indeed.

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I’ll admit that I wasn’t  planning on being in front of the camera when I left for this particular field trip so I didn’t put any makeup on! THE HORROR! However once I saw all the gorgeous bluebells I couldn’t help but get my pose on! On a completely unrelated note, you”ll notice that most of these pictures involve a lot of soft focus and/or no trace of my face. What are the chances?

How did you spend your bank holiday?

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #57

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 on this Bank Holiday weekend?

70's Dress with Fluted Sleeve in Retro Print £38 from ASOS
70’s Dress with Fluted Sleeve in Retro Print £38 from ASOS

First up we have this massive sleeved wonder dress from ASOS. It’s yellow, it’s 70’s and it went in my basket the moment I set eyes on it! I wasn’t sure if I could pull off the style but for under £40 I thought it was worth a go! You can see how I got on with my newly flared arms over on our Instagram

Map Print Dress £119 by Rachel Riley at House of Fraser
Map Print Dress £119 by Rachel Riley at House of Fraser
Heart Print Dress £119 by Rachel Riley at House of Fraser
Heart Print Dress £119 by Rachel Riley at House of Fraser

Uhoh, I’ve fallen head over heels for Rachel Riley‘s dresses! And no, before you starting Googling, it’s not the one from Countdown….although there are still some rather large numbers involved sadly! Much like our beloved Poppy, Rachel Riley design beautiful clothes for children but, as I have now discovered, they also have a range of wonderful pieces for ladies. Stocked over at House of Fraser, I am now obsessed with their vintage inspired prints and shapes! What a conundrum for my bank balance.

Mocha Floral Dress £59 from Louche at Joy
Mocha Floral Dress £59 from Louche at Joy

You can’t go wrong with a sassy splash of colour and this loud and proud floral from Louche at Joy is screaming Summer! That shade of green is particularly lovely and the reds, yellows and blues really pop when set against it. Gorgeous!

Carnation Blossoms Midi Dress £39.22 (sale price - full price is £46.13) from Chicwish
Carnation Blossoms Midi Dress £39.22 (sale price – full price is £46.13) from Chicwish

Be still my beating heart, what is this glorious Chicwish creation? It is simply perfect. The colours, the carnation print, those sleeves! Not to mention the super flattering cut and the cute little button up detail. Plus I always appreciate a nice belt. It makes me feel like I’m getting a free gift.  I really might need a lie down.

Raddery Dress £59.50 from Jack Wills
Raddery Dress £59.50 from Jack Wills

I do love a nice nautical and this is such a fab vintage style print from Jack Wills, featuring little sail boats, delightful old bridges, and what appears to be a man fishing from the comfort of his canoe. This dress is actually available in a different style on ASOS but I really love this take on the traditional skater dress. The fanned out skirt has perfect twirling potential!

Haute Flair Balloon Dress $79.99 from Modcloth
Haute Flair Balloon Dress $79.99 from Modcloth

I am always on the look out for hot air balloon prints (who isn’t) so you can imagine the gasping that happened when this little beauty appeared on Modcloth! I practically took off! I’d love it whatever but the adorable bow, the gorgeous teal and magenta hues, and the simple A-line shape really do make this one a winner for me.

Cowboy Sleeveless Dress £65 from Cath Kidston
Cowboy Sleeveless Dress £65 from Cath Kidston

Last but not least is a dress that has been a long time coming! The cowboy print from Cath Kidston was one of the first of theirs that I truly fell in love with and it has always distressed me slightly that I’ve never been able to own a dress in the print. Well, consider me distressed no more as I was very happy to find this beauty in their latest collection! Yeehaw!

Jx

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Vintage Fashion with Thirty 8 Birds & ASOS Marketplace

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Have you been looking for some fabulous (yet affordable!) vintage pieces to jazz up your wardrobe, without a moth ball in sight? Well, look no further dear, stylish reader! Let us introduce you to the wonderful Thirty 8 Birds over at ASOS Marketplace. You are most welcome.

Considering I (Victoria) am completely obsessed with ASOS, I’m quite embarrassed that it has taken me this long to seriously explore ASOS Marketplace. Now that I have, I’m completely hooked. With 800 boutiques selling new and vintage items from around the world, I will never have to leave the house to go shopping again. Hopefully Jo will agree my proposal to rename the blog She and Hermit.

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Jo wore white vintage 90’s dungarees with black polka-dots, black tights from UK Tights and a mustard top from Marks and Spencer. She accessorised with flat black boots from Topshop, heart sunglasses from Moschino via TK Maxx and one of the best novelty bags I’ve ever seen (and I’m not just saying that because I bought it for her…) from Next, which is also available here. In true She and Hem style, we decided to go a little matchy matchy, so I wore monochrome gingham dungarees, which are still available here, with black tights from UK Tights. My white chunky heels were an awesome ASOS bargain and my coordinating polka-dot sunglasses are from Primark.

On the short walk home from the shoot we found the perfect place to sit, have a quick catch up, throw blossom at each other and think of the perfect quote for the Tombola’s True Friendship feature, and here is what we came up with!

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If you pay Thirty8Birds a visit and like what you see, you can get 10% off your first order when you follow them on Instagram @Thirty8birds

V&Jx

Crafts & Laughs with Laura Ashley

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A few weeks ago we we spent a (sort of) sunny Sunday channeling our very best crafting abilities at a Laura Ashley blogger event at @Bristol, thanks to the team at Joe Bloggers and The Crafty Hen! Despite having previously failed to grasp even the simplest of make, do, and mend related instructions, we couldn’t resist an opportunity to spend an afternoon nattering with our favourite local bloggers and fawning over beautiful Laura Ashley prints.

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Thankfully for us, The Crafty Hen caters for all abilities and we felt on rather safe ground after being set the fairly straight forward task of covering a notebook with Laura Ashley fabrics and wallpaper from their Spring/Summer collection. We both went down the rather simplistic route but with a lovely range of buttons, ribbons, and accessories on offer our fellow bloggers were able to add a little extra flair and flourish to their designs. It was excellent fun and the hardest part was definitely choosing which print to use! We even managed to use a glue gun without needing a trip to A&E as a result. Success!

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After lunch (and important nattering) we were set the slightly harder task of creating a Suffolk puff, which we had originally hope was some sort of regional cocktail. As it turns out, a Suffolk puff is a circle of material gathered in on itself to form a smaller circle which is thicker and puffier. After a lot of re-reading of the instructions and PG swearing as our thread refused to cooperate with the needle, we mastered the art! We were then invited to turn our puffs into prizes by creating an accessory so brilliant it would win a prize.

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Unfortunately our hair clips failed to dazzle the judges but we were very proud of our newly discovered crafting abilities! It was one small step for crafty bloggers and one giant leap for She and Hem.

Thanks for having us Laura Ashley, The Crafty Hen and Joe Bloggers!

J&V x

Kew the new Poppy collection

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If you are a regular reader of our blog you will know how much we love Poppy. So much so that dresses from the Budgie Collection even feature on our blog business cards! They are so pretty, there is really nothing fowl about them!  Poppy are really spoiling us this season, as they have not only released the Budgie Collection, but also the insanely gorgeous Kew Gardens Collection. Inspired by a day trip to Kew Gardens, the fun floral prints are so good that we may need to call the garden police for some lawn and order. They are definitely our favourite designs since the Hardware Collection.

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During our photoshoot with the lovely Poppy team for the seriously cool Snowstorm Collection, we were very lucky ladies indeed and posed for a few photographs in these four glorious pieces before they were even released! Thanks Poppy! Above Victoria wears the Iris Navy Budgie dress and Jo wears the Mabel White Budgie dress. Below, Victoria wears the Freda Orchard White, and Jo wears Freda Kew Gardens, whilst we try our hardest to look Kew(t).

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V&Jx

Accessories to Murder #16 Bag Special

Hello and welcome to the 16th Accessories to Murder. Are you ready to delve into the world of amazing accessories? Excellent! Without further ado, here are the accessories that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted. It’s a big ol’ bag bonanza this week!

Origami Boat Shoulder Bag | The Whitepepper | She and Hem | Accessories to Murder
Origami shoulder bag from The Whitepepper via ASOS

I used to have a titanic fear of novelty boat bags, but that ship sailed when I laid eyes on this Origami shoulder bag from The Whitepepper via ASOS. Yes, it maybe a novelty bag, but it looks big enough to use day to day and definitely floats my boat.

Dino Clutch Bag | The Whitepepper | She and Hem | Accessories to Murder
Dino Clutch from The Whitepepper via ASOS

Boom! This Dinosaur clutch bag is dino-mite. You can always rely on The Whitepepper for a great animal clutch. Remember those unicorn beauts? This season, you will mostly find me carrying this dino whilst zealously humming the Jurassic Park theme tune. It’ll be roarsome.

Cara Camera Bag | Accessorize| She and Hem | Accessories to Murder
Cara Camera Bag from Accessorize

Accessorize have updated their cute Cara Camera Bag, although I’m sorry to tell you that you still can’t take a selfie with it. Unlucky. If that makes you a little snappy, perhaps you should go for their Apple Juice Bag instead? It’s very a-peeling indeed! Having admired it in store several times, I would say this fun and fruity little number is just about big enough to carry your essentials in.

Apple Juice Bag | Accessorize| She and Hem | Accessories to Murder
Apple Juice Bag from Accessorize

I’ve really been impressed with New Look’s selection of bags ever since getting my amazing Orange clutch that I took along to the Company Awards last year. This year, they have gone bonkers for bananas and preposterous for pineapples. Not to mention wacky about watermelon, ludicrous for lemons and silly for strawberries. What a bunch of fruitcakes! I just couldn’t feature New Look without giving you the scoop on their delightful Ice Cream Clutch. Perfect for any day of the week, especially a Sundae…

Pineapple Clutch | New Look | She and Hem | Accessories to Murder
Yellow Pineapple Clutch from New Look
Banana Clutch | New Look | She and Hem | Accessories to Murder
Yellow Banana Clutch from New Look
Ice Cream Clutch Bag  | New Look | She and Hem | Accessories to Murder
Ice Cream Clutch from New Look

I’ve been trying to get my hands on one of these Next Drumstick Clutch bags since I first saw them pop up on Next’s Instagram during a recent press day. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get one in any local stores or online, until the other day when I managed to track them down, hiding in the clearance section online! Sweet victory! What’s even sweeter is, that it’s just been reduced from £32 to £11. Definitely the best bargain I’ve seen all year.

Novelty Drumstick Lolly Bag | Next | She and Hem | Accessories to Murder
Drumstick Clutch from Next

Lastly I’ve chosen this Postcard Clutch, again from Next. Although both bags are called clutch’s, they do both come with chains, so can be worn over the shoulder. If Next bring out any more incredible bags, I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

 

Novelty Postcard Bag | Next | She and Hem | Accessories to Murder
Postcard Clutch from Next

Please let me know if you’ve seen any amazing bags recently!

Vx