We loved shooting our last Sugarhill Boutique post so much, we’ve decided to do another one and woah, what a scorcher it was too. The sunny climate called for up do’s, a trip to the local park, and matching heart sunglasses. What a blooming brilliant way to spend a Saturday morning! As you might be able to tell we both fell for the 1960’s style polkadot print from their new Autumn/Winter collection and couldn’t resist signing on the dotted line and styling it two ways. Both the Hayley Spot Jacquard Skirt* and the Dahlia Spot Dress* are super fun, whilst being so easy to wear, which are both big requirements for any item in the She and Hem wardrobe.
I (Victoria) took a walk on the wild side and paired the spotty skirt with the rawrsome Bella Tiger Blouse*. With tons of floating tiger heads, gold buttons and a dropped back, it’s pretty freakin’ fierce and we ain’t lion! Jo’s dress is the star of the show with a super chic tunic shape and snazzy zip detail, it’s the perfect dress to take you from work to play.
Now for the big bows! I accessorised my outfit with a black ribbon, sunglasses from Primark, a floral headband from New Look, and white heeled ASOS shoes (similar here). Jo layered her dress over a Zara blouse and accessorised with a humongous black bow headband from Forever 21, TkMaxx sunglasses, a cat shaped Dahlia bag, and black VANDER point shoes from Topshop.
What do you think? Are you ready to think about Autumn?
Hello frock fans and welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses. It’s time once again to take a gander at the dresses we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval. Let’s crack on!
We start with good ol’ Cath Kidston who have added an abundance of pretty to their website over the past couple of weeks. As always it’s the more novelty prints that I am drawn to with the gorgeous ‘Billie Goes to Town’ being my current favourite. How fun are those London illustrations? Hey look it’s London’s famous Big Ben, buses, and umm benches! Well, you get the idea. This new shape looks to be rather flattering and as someone who owns more than their fair share of CK frocks it’ll be nice to throw a different style into the mix!
PENGUINS! What more do you really need to know? Admittedly it feels a little weird to be lusting after a penguin print in July but seeing as I am currently wearing my fluffy dressing gown as it throws it down with rain outside I’m going to let Cath off. She clearly knows what she’s doing! I love this dress and whatever the weather should really p p p pick one up (sorry).
I think this might be a first time Double Thumbs appearance for the wonderful Sister Jane, which is odd as I spend an unnecessary amount of time drooling over their website! How adorable is that sheer embroidered cherry print neckline? VERY is the correct answer. It’s very Zooey (which they have also pointed out) which is pretty much all I need to hear to convince me a dress should be mine!
The Sister Jane fun continues (may as well make up for lost time eh?) with this stunning suede pinafore dress which features a fantastic retro daisy smack bang in the middle of it. I feel this would make a welcome addition to my ‘suitable to whack a jazzy blouse under’ arsenal and is it just me or does it have a bit of an Orla Kiely vibe to it?
I really do seem to be getting set for Autumn/Winter don’t I? Oops! Sorry, Summer! I can’t help it though when super 70s stripy numbers like these are made available. This little Topshop beauty also has sleeves and pockets! My favourite combo.
Everything about this floral Forever 21 dress is a winner for me. I actually bought a blouse in Zara recently which looks exactly like the top half of this frock (Instagram evidence) because I just loved the Victorian style neckline so darn much. This dress probably costs less than the top did! Dreamy.
Will I ever stop being obsessed with M&S? If my Mum is anything to go by it’s actually only going to get worse. Sorry in advance, bank balance. My latest dress crush is this navy check smock dress that just looks so cosy and easy to wear that I actually feel more comfortable just looking at it. I’m really enjoying this 70s sleeve style at the moment too. More of this sort of thing please.
Last but not least we have this cherry print dress from Ted Baker which claims to be cheerful but surely nobody is ever left that happy after spending £149, Ted. Sort it out. Regardless, this dress is ticking all the right boxes with those fabulous black bows down the front, that fruity print, and those lovely long sleeves.
Love is certainly in the air this year, with lots of wonderful weddings to attend before my own in September! Last weekend, the OH and I packed our darling Clementine off to the local cattery, donned our Sunday best and drove to Hampshire to watch some of our oldest friends (and Fantasy Football professionals) tie the knot. After the decade they have spent together, it really was quite the occasion. It was also a blooming lovely way to catch up with several old friends who had traveled from far and wide to be there, and who we both miss immensely. I thought I would share some of the photographs that I took on the day to celebrate the very happy occasion. Congratulations Jen and Sean, it was a beautiful wedding and I feel privileged to have shared the day with you!
The wedding was held at the historic Clock Barn in Whitchurch, surrounded by glorious countryside as far as the eye can see. I took advantage of the green space under the thatched clock tower during mingling time to take a couple of outfit photos. I must admit I was slightly more self conscious than usual, after being spotted by several confused wedding guests. I think they were rather curious as to why I was taking so many photographs of my shoes, but then again, they are fabulous shoes! However fabulous, they didn’t last long once the Cèilidh band started and I danced the night away!
It was an emotional wedding, even the cake was in tiers…
Well hello there and welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses! Just when you thought I’d forgotten about you, eh? As Cher Horowitz would say, AS IF! I am back with a new roundup of the dresses we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval…..
We begin with this bit of retro gorgeousness courtesy of the wonderful Boden, who continue to knock it out of the park season after season! That massive floral print is bloomin’ marvelous and who doesn’t love a cheeky little shift now and again?
Oh blimey, you should all know by now that the way to my clothes-loving heart is with a hot air balloon so naturally I was all over this Oliver Bonas frock when I spotted it in store! As well as the balloons this dress features adorable hand drawn images of famous landmarks from London, Paris and Pisa. It’s so pretty and perfect for Summer.
I love love love the colours of this chic little Warehouse dress! It’s just so darn bright and the 70s style and print are totally fab! I usually worry about a high neck but actually I think this dress would be super flattering.
This ship shape dress from Cutie (available from New Look and Modcloth) is really floating my boat! The tugboat illustrations are just lovely and make this simple dress so delightfully playful.
I wasn’t initially sure about the whole denim dress trend but thanks to seeing a lot of other bloggers looks fabulous in them I now find myself coveting this little beauty from Marks and Spencer. It just looks so nice! and so easy to wear! and I want one!
The new in section of F&F is a triumph at the moment, it really is. They’ve gone a bit 60s & 70s inspired dresses crazy and I for one am LOVING IT. This poppy print shirt dress is my pick of the bunch thanks to those dreamy sleeves.
I’ve also really been loving River Island of late and this neat little paisley print shirt dress is a fine example of why. The colours are just dreamy with the yellows, pinks, and browns all complimenting each other perfectly. Worn with the collar open and the sleeves rolled up, you my friend would be hot to trot.
Wimbledon might be over but surely strawberries and cream never truly goes out of style! I think this fruity number from Oasis looks good enough to eat and I am eyeing up ready for my sunny summer holiday next month!
One of the many fantastic things that has come from writing She and Hem has been the opportunity to discover, work with, and support new and exciting brands! We were therefore absolutely thrilled when Love Ur Look, who launched their first full collection in 2013, got in touch with us and invited us to style a couple of their dresses. A quick gander at their dream of a website later and we were rather in love with their look!
Love Ur Look is the creation of Ronke Fashola, a graduate from the London College of Fashion who has decided to take her love for vintage fashion and put it into her own label. The website is certainly a treasure trove of retro loveliness and we found it rather difficult (as always) to narrow down our choices! We eventually settled on two tea dresses in equally fun prints! Victoria went for the Bluebird* whilst I (Jo) went for the Doll* print. Aren’t the bright colours just lovely? We certainly felt suitably jazzy in them! They are really nice and flattering too with a tie waist, big buttons and even bigger pockets. We ridiculously decided to take these photos on the hottest day of the year so we can also confirm that their relaxed fit also helps to keep you nice and cool too!
Due to the heat and the boldness of our frocks we both decided to let our of dresses do the talking but we did both plump for a fun shoe to complete our looks! Victoria’s pink bow pumps are from Primark whilst my heart shoes are from ASOS.
We dressed down for this wee jaunt down the river to Oxford’s stunning Botanical Gardens, but we can’t wait to restyle these blue beauties again when we set sail on our summer holidays. Jo accessorized her halterneck dress with the Milan Clutch* from Boden, cute ASOS ballet flats and a mustard Primark belt. Victoria’s tan sandals are from New Look and the gorgeous straw bag is from Primark. Unfortunately, the straw bag is now unavailable, as it sold out faster than disposable BBQ’s in a heatwave.